Eating Fresh with Freshly

If you’re like me, you’re constantly rushed for time. In between prepping and preparing food for your kids and cleaning up the messes left over; let’s be honest – making yourself a healthy, well balanced meal is just a far fetched fantasy.

That is why I am so glad that I can count on Freshly. Freshly delivers well balanced meals with both healthy and vegetarian options right to your door.

They’re not like most food prep companies who will deliver ingredients to your door. No, they did all the hard work for you! All you have to do is pop it in the microwave, set the directed time and BOOM! Delicious, fresh, healthy meal at your fingertips! So easy right?


Are you a busy mom who can’t find time to make a well balanced meal in between the cleaning and wrestling? Are you a working mom who can’t always find the time to cook after a long days shift? Are you a college student with a tight budget? Honestly, Freshly is for everyone. It’s affordable and delivers great options. And I’m here to help it be just a little more affordable for you. Just use my code DLVR639 and get $20 off your first 6 meals. What do you have to loose? Try it out, let Freshly make your life just a little bit easier!

Jord Wooden Watches – For The Modern, On The Go Mom

I am not one to over accessorize. I usually just have one to two bracelets and a hair tie wrapped around my wrist at all times. That is the extent of my mom accessory style. To me, watches either look too sporty or too fancy on my wrist so searching for the perfect combination was either a hit or miss.

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Being that I am always on Instagram, I had come across the company Jord Wooden Watches and got to look at their selection of watches. I had never owned a wooden watch, and the idea seemed so innovative and eco friendly to me which made me very intrigued. As I looked through their gorgeous selection, I was drawn to the Frankie and the Fieldcrest the most – but ultimately decided that the Fieldcrest in the tone of dark sandalwood was for me.

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What I love about Jord watches is that I can wear mine with a fancy outfit, or just my usual mom uniform of a t-shirt and jeans – and it just works! It looks great paired with any outfit, for any occasion. I love that it is versatile in that way and I don’t have to over think it. With other watches, I’m limited to what outfit I can wear each with and I’m so glad that I don’t have that problem anymore. As mom that is always on the go, I’m glad that I’ve eliminated that process.

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Just opening my Jord package, not only does it come in a very well thought out wooden box – but it is so modern in its design. Just looking at the watch and its fine craftsmanship makes me proud to own and wear one on my wrist. If you have not checked this company out, I encourage you check them out here. You will not regret the purchase, and they make perfect gifts!

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Don’t just take my word for it, but enter HERE for a chance to win a

$75 e-voucher to a watch of your choice!!!!

on the JORD site.

Even those that don’t win will still get a $20 e-gift card to use on the site!!

What do you have to loose??

This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches

 

Make Friends While You Drive with CarMoji by MotorMood

Being on the road could be very stressful sometimes, especially when you are driving by angry drivers full of road rage. When I used to get cut off by other drivers, lets just say I would have my choice of colorful metaphors to exchange with them. Now that I’m a parent, I try to just keep it as calm as possible so that I prevent any accidents because I have my kiddos to keep safe.

That is why I think the CarMoji is such a unique product. MotorMood has come up with such a fun product that any driver can use! The CarMoji is a light up “emoji” face that you attach to the rear mirror. You simply touch the remote button that is placed on your window visor (much like a garage door opener) and your CarMoji lights up its pretty little emoji face.

The CarMoji has interchangeable color faces, I have the blue and the red face – which works best at night for me since my car windows are tinted. There are also other emoji faces available, as well as a “thumbs up” icon. The remote is battery operated but the neat thing is that you only have to replace the AA batteries about twice a year.

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Honestly, it makes driving something to look forward to and my son loves seeing the CarMoji face light up! I got a few friendly waves from using it, making friends on the road – now that’s something new for me!

So”kill them with kindness” if you will. Or use it as another way to give a friendly thank you to that driver who let you in the lane the very last second. Check MotorMood here out and get yourself a CarMoji! Make sure to use coupon code “THANKSGISELLA” to get $5.00 off your purchase!!

 

Printed and Proper

I always try to stay true to myself and my personal style. I love rocking graphic tee’s that express more than just a trend, but that just personally get me and exude my personality. Now to find both of those things in a brand and on top of it, add faith to its purpose – I’m sold!

Printed and Proper not only offers pieces with a purpose but some of the shirts have some of the most funny slogans for us foodies who just love to laugh and a good eat. When scrolling through the brand’s site, it was really hard to just narrow it down to just two pieces to pick out because her line is so adorable and has a broad range of cute tees to fit any personality. Whether you are strong in your faith, need a rocking mom power tee, or are just looking for a shirt to express how much tacos mean to you – this is the shop to buy from!

One of the first pieces that stood out to me was the “Be You Bravely” tee. One of the reasons this piece resonated with me was the Bible verse that it represented – which is:

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

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This is one of my favorite Bible verses, mostly because as a young girl and throughout me growing as a Christian – I felt the tug and pull of being a Christian in this modern world. Being of the flesh but trying to live in Christ is a huge challenge, especially for young girls. It is important to “not conform” to what this world expects of young women, many things that are not godly – such as premarital sex, promiscuity, vanity, etc. I have always struggled to be myself, sometimes not so bravely – so I feel this shirt is an awesome message for not only young women, but all women. Because even when you grow up and become mothers and wives, we still have to hold true to the will of God and the examples we have to uphold in Christ.

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I also fell in love with the t-shirt “Taco’s Are My Love Language” because, well who doesn’t love tacos? I know I do, I especially gravitated towards this graphic tee because tacos has been my number one craving this pregnancy. So, it was only natural to pick this baby up!

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Audrey Deprenbok is the shop owner, and she is seriously the sweetest person you will ever meet! Her packaging is adorable, well thought out and personalized to make you feel extra special. Great customer service always has me wanting to come back for more – which I definitely will be back for more! Not to mention, the fabric of both the shirts I received were so soft and the cuts are very trendy! So I encourage every one of you to check out her shop, here – and she is also on Etsy. Make sure to use coupon code “GKNOWSBEST” to get a special discount! Make sure to shop small business ya’ll!

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Until next time!

~G

Summertime fun in style at Thornton A. Sullivan Park

In Washington state, you have to put up with a lot of rain for the majority of the year. So best believe that as soon as the sun come out, everyone comes out to enjoy its beautiful rays of sunshine.

It was a hot, sunny day last Sunday afternoon and me and my husband were trying to decide if we were going to go out and do something. I was missing California and its beautiful beaches and poolside homes. I really wanted to get out and enjoy the sun next to a body of cool water. I don’t know what it is about the summertime that makes my body just crave being in the water like no other. Must be the California girl in me 🙂

So I went on my trusty Yelp app and came across Thornton A. Sullivan Park in Everett, Washington. I saw that it was a family friendly environment and we decided to give it a try.

Upon arriving, we noticed that there was ample parking space with a lot of friendly people that came with their families. I was already excited as me and my husband love the family feel, especially because we have a lot of family in California. We got out of the car and to the right of us was a huge playground for children with picnic tables and chairs for barbecuing and gatherings. They also had bathrooms that were not porter potties, which makes a huge difference to me. The scenery on our way to the water was just gorgeous, with the usual Washington trees and greenery. Then we got to the beach area, boy was I in love! Soft, sand at my feet with minimal rocks took me back to Cali. My son was so excited to get in that water and what was really comforting is that there were so many children there for him to enjoy the company of.

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I was a little bummed that I had not brought my bathing suit as I love to get in the water but momma still hasn’t gotten herself a maternity bathing suit. Instead, I opted to wear my newly received “Wifey” t-shirt that I had gotten from this company I found on Amazon called Awkward Styles . They offer a variety of novelty graphic tees, and have a huge selection. So I decided to give them a try because I can never say no to a graphic t-shirt that’s offered at a good price! I love its fit and cut, the supplied t-shirt is from Next Level Apparel – which previously being from the garment and promotional products industry, I can tell you is a good quality t-shirt. I can definitely say that I will be wearing this shirt often, and will probably re-purchase from the company because they do offer a quality tee at a reasonable price – which is everything to me!

Overall, the atmosphere at this park/ lake was very friendly and family oriented. I will definitely be coming back with my family and friends this summer and bringing a bathing suit this time so I can enjoy the sun!

 

 

Summer Styles with Pink Blush Maternity: Maternity Style and Giveaway

I have really never been one to wear or purchase maternity clothes, mostly because there weren’t any stores that I could really find with cute, fashionable, and comfortable clothes. Most maternity clothes fit too big, giving me that frumpy look which left me feeling down about how I looked.

So, my only options up until now were to purchase dresses and shirts that were a size or two bigger than my original size so that it would fit my growing bump. The problem with this is that, you can’t use these pieces after baby is born – thus leaving me with a bunch of clothes that won’t fit me afterwards.

Then I found Pink Blush Maternity! They offer an adorable maternity line that is not only fashionable, but reasonably priced – which is a big plus for me. Looking through their site, it was really tough to just pick out one item that I liked because they have such a beautiful selection of trendy clothes. I finally narrowed it down to the Ivory Lace Belted Maternity Dress, which I love! I really like the belted dress look, which gives you so many options to pair with different shoe styles and accessories! This dress comes in a variety of colors and sizes, which I love!

My first impressions on the dress:

-The fabric is breathable, which is really important for that growing and uncomfortable belly.

-The dress is form fitting, but not tight and grows with your expanding bump.

– Material is soft but sturdy, you can tell the fabric is of good quality and will hold up.

-Fashionable, which is so important because most maternity clothing lines offer some hideous styles

– Not only makes for an adorable maternity dress, but you can wear after pregnancy which makes it multifunctional

Another big plus for me was that Pink Blush Maternity is a small family run and operated company. This allowed me to contribute to a small and local shop, instead of bigger corporate companies who aren’t as mindful of their customer platform.

In addition to selling maternity clothes, they also provide a great selection of clothes for women who aren’t expecting, as well as plus size options. They even offer baby and nursing accessories – which I’m keeping an eye out for when baby #2 arrives.

Overall, a great company to purchase from! Great customer service and product packaging! I really recommend their products and will not only be a returning customer but I will be sporting this dress often and proudly! Thank you Pink Blush Maternity for helping me create my mom style and maternity experience! 

I will be running a special giveaway for your chance to win a $75 gift card to Pink Blush Maternity. Add some beautiful summertime pieces to your wardrobe and make sure to enter (instructions on my Instagram account here)! Giveaway will run until Friday, June 10, 2016 at 9AM PST and will be  Be sure to check out their site here to pick up some amazing maternity pieces for this summer!

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What’s In My Diaper Bag?

Sorry to have been so MIA lately! The demands of running a small business all while being a stay at home mother and over all house slave really puts a time restraint on getting much done these days.

Anyhow, I’ve been through quite a few diaper bags in the short time that I’ve lugged around my little guy. Through trial and error you start to learn what your must haves are when you leave the house and have that “oh crap” moment when you forgot about something you suddenly remembered you left behind. It’s important to have a diaper bag that not only can:

-physically hold up

-has proper functionality for your on the go needs

-has enough space and storage

-is affordable (some diaper bags are ridiculously expensive! Huge downer!)

-must look cute!

So I finally found this gem! The Carter’s Zip Fashion Bag

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I love the cute mint color of its interior, it has two side pockets, a large back pocket, and an ingenious zipper down (detachable) changing pad (pictured below).

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As you can see, it’s not only functional – it’s fashionable and affordable! I purchased mine for about $50 on Amazon and got free shipping because I’m a Prime member. I believe sometimes when on sale, you can find it for $39 – $40. It also has sewed in stroller handles so you can just clip on the stroller handles which literally makes life so much easier!! You can stuff so much inside, here’s a picture of everything I have inside mine:

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Everything inside my bag I consider ESSENTIALS and MUST HAVES whenever leaving the house with my little guy! Not having these = my doom!!

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First, and foremost – the most important item in my diaper bag, my life saver (hence why it’s at the very top of my bag once the zipper is open):

  • My Ergo baby carrier (link is to the one I purchased, which I purchased with the infant insert). I seriously CANNOT leave the house without it. My son AJ hates being in the stroller for too long and prefers to be held/ carried. The Ergo baby carrier is the perfect solution for this. I put him in the stroller until he starts to get fussy and starts to cry, then I strap him in his carrier and he’s good to go until he falls asleep in it.
  • TONS of diapers, because – well, this should be self explanatory. Baby poops, baby poops often, mommy must clean the poop!
  • An extra onesie for the times baby boy poops all over himself or decides its fun to play with food and smear it all over himself

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  • A jacket for those days when its unexpectedly cold or extra breezy.
  • Bib so that baby boy doesn’t ruin the perfectly adorable outfit you put together for him while he’s eating.
  • Wipes pouch full of wipes. For poop, food residue, crumbs, all sorts of messes. Baby wipes cure ALL!
  • AJ’s cute sunglasses I got at Nordstrom’s for $10! They’re a flat blue color that have checkered stems (not sure what these part of the sunglasses are called, but they are the long pieces of the sunglasses that rest on your ears)

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  • Neutrogena Kid’s Sport Sunscreen
  • Honest Company’s Organic Kid’s Sunscreen
  • Earth’s Best Organic baby food pouches. Now, I like to make all of AJ’s food at home, but when I’m on the go and can’t take his homemade food out – I purchase this brand. AJ likes them, they are convenient for when we are on the go, affordable, and most of all ORGANIC. Which is a relief because I don’t have to worry about what is going in to his little body.
  • Disposable baby utensils for when we eat out or go to a restaurant, I don’t have to feed him with my hands or sharp metal utensils that he’s not ready for.
  • Extra pair of socks since he’s notorious for pulling them off and getting them lost. Forget about even trying to get shoes on this kiddo!
  • Mommy stuff: Small perfume bottle and hair ties. Getting myself and AJ ready to go out can be quite a challenge. I always try to remember to get everything he needs, but often forget about myself in the process so I stash a bottle of spray for myself and hair ties in my diaper bag to prevent all the hair pulling.
  • Infant thermometer
  • Baby Orajel – because he ALWAYS seems to be teething
  • A baby nail file

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  • Baby blanket, just in case it gets cold
  • Sun cap, because AJ hates the sun in his eyes
  • Beanie, for that Washington cold weather
  • Pacifier with pacifier clip holder
  • Plum Organics Little Yums Organic Teething Wafers. To calm down that cranky, teething baby all while enjoying a yummy snack! AJ prefers the Spinach, Apple, Kale flavored one. NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT A PACK!
  • Extra baby bottle to add water or juice to for baby boy.

A few things I also have in the side compartments:

Receiving blanket: when nursing AJ because he gets really sweaty and breastmilk gets everywhere!

A bottle of water for the both of us.

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AJ Photo bombing!

Well, those are my diaper bag essentials and everything I lug around with my little guy. What are your diaper bag essentials? Hope you guys enjoyed my post, leave some love in the comment section below!

Till next time!

-Gisella

xoxo