Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Count Your Blessings!

Last night, I had a dream. A dream that was very far from the present. A dream from the past.
It was present day, but I was still married to my first husband, and had no kids, nor was I living my dream of becoming a blogger.
I was just as miserable in my dream as I was in the past and I wanted to get away. Far, far away.
My current husband and my son were nowhere to be found. It was like they never existed.
And then I got to thinking: "How did I ever make it through life without these two precious people?"

I mean, it is crazy to think that once upon a time, they didnt "exist" to me. Now, I cannot imagine my life without them. I have never been so filled with love, joy, and happiness as I am today, currently.

Sometimes, dreams can really put things into perspective and make you realize how amazing you have it. Dreams are a funny thing, you know? Always pay attention-it will reveal a lot about you, your hearts, and your desires-without realizing!

Count your blessings!

My Fall Favorites: POPSUGAR MUST HAVE BOX + COUPON!

Hellooooooo September. 

It is almost officially fall and with fall comes a few of my FAVORITE things including this amazing box of goodies! 

This is called a POPSUGAR Must Have box as I received a few of them in the past. It costs 39.95 a month for a subscription to receive your boxes. 

You may use coupon code REFER5 to save $5 off your first box! How cool is that? Each box features “Must Have” items for women selected by POPSUGAR editors. The prodcucts range from Fitness, Food, Fashion, Beauty, you name it! 

And the best part of all? It is a SURPRISE valued at way more than you actually pay-worth over $100 in full sized items to be exact.

Get yours now!


Before I get into the box, I just want to share with you all a special code, courtesy of POPSUGAR, to save $10 off of a 3 month subscription to their Must Have Boxes-a subcription addiction you will NOT want to pass up!

Use Code: SEPT14SELECT to save $10 on a 3-month subscription   
Expires: 9/30 at 11:59pm


Each MUST HAVE box contains a pamphlet that states each product with a nice little description along with the retail value and the site on where the item is from. Take a peak!


The first goodie-one of my favorites in the whole box-was a $20 Nike Gift card! The gift code is to be applied towards Nike's new line of women's sports bras called teh Nike Pro Bra. They even include a measuring tape with instructions on how to find your perfect size before placing your order!


This Urban Remedy Almond Brownie was so good, I didn't share with my husband! It was TOO GOOD to share! The great thing about this brownie is that it is vegan (gluten and dairy free) and made with 100% natural and organic ingredients. Cindy Crawford loves these! The brownie retails at $6. They even included a little $10 gift code on their site! :) 


OH MY GOSH! I love anything Nicole Miller-especially their sunglasses! But I had no idea that Nicole Miller made earbuds as well! I love my headphones, especially while I am working out. These headphones retail at $20 on her site. 


Mmmmm. Ghirardelli... This brand is the ONLY brand of chocolate that I will eat. I am not a huge chocolate person, but THIS. This is really good! I had the chance to nibble on the Milk Chocolate Sea Salt & Almond Minis, which retail for about $6. Yup, might have to buy these again. 


Though my hair is currently shorter than usual, I have been a fan of hair gel, mousse, and hair spray to keep my tight curls from going astray. Included in this box to help me do my 'do, was this Oribe Superfine Hair Spray retailing at $21.50. I think I may try this tomorrow on my date night out with my husband!


Below are some goodies to keep stashed in my home office! Letter C Designs Pencils and Rifle Paper Co. Garance Dore Assorted Girls Set were included within the box. The pencils retail around $5 and the stationary set is $18. Love stationary and always have! There is something so personal about writing versus emailing! Love it.


Lastly, my other favorite item within the box (and the most expensive one), is the Tilo Modal Gradation Scarf in Raisin, valued at $125. I love this scarf!!!!! 
It is absolutely soft to touch and light to wear-it is so perfect for fall! This scarf is carefully hand dyed which is very neat-so I am guessing it makes them truly one of a kind, for each one that is available for purchase! I can see myself layering this scarf with my new grey sweater and jeggings!


POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

Monday, September 15, 2014

My NEWEST eBook is NOW Available!



Features everything you could possibly want to know about breastfeeding and pumping! From latching on to pumping & breastfeeding schedules, this eBook also features a healthy breastfeeding diet as well as lactation recipes.

Also included within the book: how to lose weight while breastfeeding, common breastfeeding issues and how to fix them, and tons of tips to helping you boost your supply!


One Ingredient Overnight Acne Mask

I came across this acne mask on Pinterest the other day and it stated that it's main ingredient-Aspirin- could solve all of your acne issues.

I thought, "wow, could this possibly work?" 

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Let's break down Aspirin for one moment. Aspirin contains the primary ingredient in almost every acne mask or treatment on the market: you guessed it, Salicyclic Acid!

This chemical is used topically to treat acne by encouraging the shedding of old skin cells. Basically, it "dries" up your pimples-if you ever notice that weird feeling after you have used an acne scrub or wash. Salicyclic acid also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Most acne treatments tend to be costly so this is definitely a cheaper method to help combat your acne once and for all!
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Ok, so I lied. This magic acne mask contains two ingredients:
  • 3 tablets Aspirin (generic brand works fine)
  • Few drops of distilled water
All you do is this:
  1. Hold the aspirin tablets in the palm of your hand.
  2. Apply a few drops of water to the tablets, until you notice the tablets are starting to dissolve.
  3. You may rub the tablets around in your hand to help speed up the process (this does not take too long anyway).
  4. Apply to affected areas, pimples, or blackheads.
  5. Let sit for 10-15 minutes and rinse dry.

Precaution: Since this is a medication, do not use this or consult with your doctor first if you are pregnant, nursing, have issues with blood thinning, or have Reye’s disease. Discontinue use if you experience irritation as some people are allergic to aspirin. Although the rate of absorption is slower through the skin, aspirin WILL absorp into your so keep advised dosage amounts in mind. I am a peer and not a medical professional, and my advice should not be taken as medical advice.

DIY Puckered Bikini Bottoms



When I found this amazing tutorial for DIY scrunched bikini bottoms, I got uber excited! 
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It involves taking regular, old (or new!) bikini bottoms and making them scrunched, giving a "puckered" look to your booty. I love this look because it makes you look like you have a booty-even when you don't.
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It is actually pretty simply to do, but involves some sewing. You can make it quicker by using a sewing machine, though!
According to Geniabeme blog, here are some things to consider:
  • This will make your bikini bottom smaller, please be aware of your comfort level before doing this! 
  • Also remember this will make your bikini bottom lower in the back. I would suggest using this method on bikini bottoms that are a tab too big for you.
  • I am not a good seamstress, I am sure there are better methods that look better. Use my tutorial as a guide but do whatever you need to make it look good for you!
  • This works best for busy patterns because the thread is visible.
To make your scrunched bikini bottoms, you will need the following:
  • Bikini Bottom
  • Thread
  • Needle

Now, to make your scrunched bikini bottoms, here's what to do:
  1. Grab one of your bikini bottoms you want to transform.
  2. Turn your bikini bottom inside out. With a washable marker mark the middle on the backside of your bikini bottom.
  3. Find some thick thread. I’ve doubled up some random thread I found in my drawers and I’ve also used elastic thread before.
  4. Depending on how much coverage you need, sew down the middle. If you want less coverage on your butt, make your stitches wider, if you want more coverage make your stitches closes together.
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5. Play around with the bikini bottom and thread to get your desired scrunch-ness. When you are satisfied, knot the end.

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Tutorial & photo credit: GENIABEME

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Where I Get My Personalized Gear From!




I absolutely love personalized things. Mainly due to the fact that you can't just walk into any shop and buy something pre-made with my name on it. 


Yep, I am one of those weird named folks. 

Luckily for us, places like Initials, Inc. exists! 

Initials, Inc. provides everything that you need-from luggage to backpacks to purses to even jewelry! This company also provides free personalization on top of it all!

I had the chance to try out a couple of their headbands-as you know, I usually never leave the house without a headband ever since cutting my hair short. It adds a ton of feminine flair and is so much fun! I absolutely loved these two prints as they were vibrant and stuck out. They were also pretty comfy to wear all day-some headbands tend to give me a headache-yuck! But, these do not.



I received this personalized beach towel below. The funny thing is, I thought it was a rug! I had no idea that it was a towel... till I read the packaging-it is made of some pretty darn good material! 

And the embroidery? Fantastic! I loved my initials :)


I was also sent this Love Me Knot-Polka Dot personalized purse with my name embroidered on it! They also have an ADORABLE houndstooth print as well. Loved my name embroidered on it-again, personalization is 100% free with your purchase!


Overall, I was totally impressed with Initials, Inc. I had heard about them for some time, but am so happy to have finally gotten to try their products. I now have some gift ideas brewing inside my head for the upcoming holiday season!


Initials, Inc. also gives you an opportunity to start your own business with them, hosting parties, and creating a team! 

If you are interested in making a purchase or checking out the huge selection of adorable personalized goodies, visit here or contact the following gal:

SHENNA THOMPSON


Creative Partner

20.31woman@gmail.com

Disclaimer: I was given products to test, at no cost. All opinions are my own.

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DIY One Step Leg Warmers for Fall


Cold weather is just around the corner! I love all things winter-including winter fashion & style. Leg warmers are great for the gym whether you are running, dancing, doing your morning yoga, or just lounding around the house sipping your morning cup of coffee, but they are also cute to wear with winter boots as well.

All you need to make these leg warmers?

An old (or new) sweater and a pair of scissors!

If you want tight leg warmers, choose a sweater with tighter sleeves. If you want your leg warmers a bit on the loose side, choose a sweater with wider sleeves.


Next, all you have to do is cut both arms of the sweater off by holding both sleeves out straight directly on the hem line beneath the armpit.


Like this!


This should be your result!


You may trim up the top if you'd like or just fold in the edges like I did!




Saturday, September 13, 2014

DIY Beautiful Booty Cellulite Scrub

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While us ladies are known to indulge in exoliation, a lot of us forget one importnat body part-our butts!  Exfoliating your bottom gently scrubs away dead cells that make your skin look dull and you may even reduce the appearance of that cellulite too in the process! 

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Here is a perfect butt scrub to use once or twice weekly while in the shower!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Coffee Grinds
  • 1/2 cup Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Raw Honey
  • 4 tbps Coconut Oil
  • An exfoliating glove or dry brush (very helpful, but optional)
Directions
  1. Mix ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Massage the scrub into your skin in a circular motion for 5 minutes per butt-cheek. You may also use a dry brush as well.
  3. Store in  an air tight container and keep in the shower for future use.

Monday, September 8, 2014

eBook Store NOW OPEN!


I am soooooooooo freaking excited to announce that my new eBook store is NOW OPEN!

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