Fashionable Holiday Finds With Mel & Mae

November 19, 2017

Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and that it brought you a ton of joy! After all, the holidays are coming up- this weekend in fact and I wanted to share with you some last minute holiday looks.

I’ve recently brought up the topic of self-care and it’s importance and I’d like to piggy back off of that for a minute. It’s so easy to get caught up in the holiday madness, that moms tend to forget about themselves. Not only is a skincare or a hair care routine important, it’s also important- and fun, to be able to go out and purchase a few new items to add to your wardrobe as well. Let’s face it ladies, this weekend is Thanksgiving weekend, so now is the perfect time to grab a new top or fashion accessory. It really doesn’t take much to feel brand-new, as long you put some effort into yourself.

Today I want to discuss my new bell-sleeved top and plaid scarf I received from a fellow mompreneur at Mel & Mae Boutique. I was honored with the opportunity to choose a few pieces from her site and let me tell you- the decision was not easy! Mel & Mae offer a fashionable, yet comfortable variety of choices for women. From the selection of dresses, to shoes, to tops, and accessories, you can’t go wrong!

This bell-sleeved top is the perfect ensemble for Thanksgiving. Aside from the cute and trendy bell-sleeves, I particularly loved this color for the holidays! I also chose this scarf to go over the top, because who doesn’t love a stylish scarf? Scarves are all the rage during the fall and winter months and truly are must-haves on my list!

If you’re still pondering what to wear this weekend, head on over to melandmae.com and check out their trendy selection, plus FREE shipping! I’m certain you’ll fall in love and find something for every occasion from dinner with the family, a family photo shoot, date-night, girls night out, or even your new favorite top to wear every day while running your errands. 

And remember ladies, it's important to stick together and support each other! When you support a small business, you're not only supporting the "business,"you're supporting a DREAM! So shop "small" this holiday season. How cool is it to know exactly where and who you're items are coming from? I absolutely love building relationships with other entrepreneurial women. Tell me what you think about Mel & Mae's collection below. I can't wait to hear from you! 

The Importance of Self- Care Featuring Buttercup Essentials

November 15, 2017

**Although I received these products complimentary, all opinions are my own!**

The holidays are upon us and while this time of year is filled with cheer and giving to others, as mothers, we can let the hype override our own needs. The last three months of the year have always been my favorite since I was a small child. It's something about the crisp air, the everlasting smell or cinnamon, and the cold nights warmed by a roaring fire that you'll never forget. That was back when I was a CHILD.

Even though this time of year is still very enjoyable, it's really easy to leave myself off of the list. Personally, I get so excited about what I want to gift to my children and what theme I'm going to go with as far as decorations for the house, coordinating outfits, putting together a menu, and so forth- that I rarely think about self-care.

Which is why I wanted to introduce to you my favorite night time regimen and the products I use that help soothe my mind, body, and soul after a chaotic day. I also wanted to make you aware of the importance of taking time out of your busy day to solely focus on yourself; especially with the holiday arousal right around the corner.

According to Mental Health America, experts have found that good feelings can boost your ability to deal with stress, solve problems, think flexibly, an even fight disease. Taking care of your body emotionally, physically, and mentally through creating joy and satisfaction is an important part of living with or without a mental health condition.

With that being said, we can't expect to be at our absolute best for everyone else when we're no good to ourselves. We all have pretty busy lives and we're always wondering when it will end, but it never does. That's okay. There are ways to help wind down from a stressful and/or productive day.

At the end of the day, when my kids are finally in bed and my kitchen is spotless, I finally start focusing on ME. I actually get excited cleaning my kitchen because I save it as the last task on my to-do list. That way my brain knows once it's finished focused on cleaning, it's time to relax.

Here are a few steps I incorporate into my night time routine to help ease my mind from a busy day.

  1. Wash my face.  You may be thinking "Duh! Everyone should wash their face before bed." But what we use to wash our face is crucial. I like to use African Black Soap because of it's antibacterial properties that help treat acne breakouts and reduces discoloration and dark spots. A little goes a long way, so using a dime-sized amount will do the trick. I recently discovered Buttercup Essentials Organic Body Care and I absolutely love these hand-made products! Everything on their site is literally made to order and I am currently incorporating their 3-In-1 African Black Soap into my skincare routine.
  2. Moisturize my face. I am currently using Buttercup Essential's Triple Whip formula to moisturize and hydrate my face once I've completed washing it. The best part about this Triple Whip formula is that it contains all natural ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and mango butter; which gives your skin all of the nutrients it needs to pull off a healthy and glowing look. 
  3. Soak in the tub. After a long day, I love seeping into my bath water. I even like to play some soothing music in the background as if I'm relaxing at the spa. Seriously, life is what you make it!
  4. Exfoliate my skin. While in the tub, I incorporate an exfoliating regimen as well. I absolutely love Buttercup Essential's Exfoliant Rose Body Scrub- this scrub leaves your whole body feeling and smelling like a beautiful bouquet of roses!
  5. Moisturize my body. It's really important to moisturize your skin after bathing, especially in the cooler months. With less humidity, the moisture in your skin evaporates quickly. You don't want your skin to dry out and cause unnecessary itching, flaking and bumps. Again, I am loving the Buttercup Essentials Triple Whip formula for moisturizing my skin. I've even started to use the formula as a moisturizer for my hair as well.    

I can't begin to convince you of how relieved I feel after my night-time routine, until you try it for yourself! Allowing yourself time to wind-down, free of distractions, is very important! I also recommend putting away your cell phones and laptops during this time, to allow your brain to relax as well. That will prepare you for a better night's sleep.

If you're like me and you love all natural skincare products, visit Buttercup Essentials and sign up to save 15% off your first order! Put yourself at the top of your Christmas list this year and invest in your self-care routine. These products are definitely made with love and will exceed your expectations! I also enjoy the fact that I can use their products on both my skin and my hair, which of course is 'being ecomomical,' and ultimately saving a few bucks to use elsewhere!

A Timeless Gift This Holiday Season

October 31, 2017

**This post is sponsored by Jord and although I received this product for free, all opinions are my own.**

As we head into November, I couldn’t be more excited about this holiday season for so many different reasons. One of them is being able to share gift ideas with you. Growing up, the holidays were always a blissful time consisting of many family gatherings, karaoke, gifts, and all of the food you could eat! Now that I have a family of my own, it’s even more delightful to be able to share the holidays with my son, my daughter, and my fiancée.

Our kids have grown so beautifully and now that they’re preschool age, they are able to verbally express to us what gifts they look forward to receiving, what types of places they’d like to visit, and the activities they would like engage in. With all of that in mind, it’s really easy to get caught up in what the kids want and forget about yourself and/or your spouse.

That’s why this holiday season, I’ve partnered with Jord watches to make gift giving super easy. This fashionable watch is made from 100% hand-finished wood, that makes the perfect accessory for men and women! Jord also offers a custom engravement option for that special someone. Whether it be a name, a favorite quote, or anniversary date, your loved ones are sure to adore and truly value this unique time piece.

As a frequent online shopper, I am always intrigued by packaging. Jord didn’t disappoint when they sent out their product. From their custom packaging, to the hand-crafted wooden box that the watch is stored in, I have to admit I’m truly impressed! The wooden box also includes a small drawer for storage- where you can keep your cloths and your finishing oil, which is also included.

To make the deal even sweeter, YOU have a chance to instantly save 25% off your wooden watch until December 19th! 

That’s right, get your code now at: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/beingecomomical and get this wooden beauty on your loved ones’ wrist this holiday season! They even have a selection of wooden watches for women as well. 

Don't waste time searching anywhere else! This is a really nice gift option that ANYONE will love and it will last forever! Every time your special someone looks down at their wrist, they'll automatically think of you, which makes this the perfect option for giving something extraordinarily beautiful! 

Would you like this specific watch? Get it here:  https://www.woodwatches.com/series/dover/koa-and-black/#beingecomomical

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10 Halloween Finds For Your Toddler

September 30, 2017

Halloween is quickly approaching and throughout the years, I've found that it's best to be prepared sooner than later. Last year, my kids fell in love with the movie Hotel Transylvania and wanted to be monsters for Halloween ever since. Mind you, this was back in March of 2016 and they talked about vampires and witches all the way up until Halloween.

Halloween wasn't celebrated nor favorable in my household growing up, but I always knew that someday I would embrace the day and celebrate it with my future family. Fast forward several years later...and here I am, sharing a few tips with you!

If you're a previous reader, you know I love shopping at H&M for just about everything. When I realized they offered Halloween costumes, I was overwhelmed with joy! I particularly liked their costume selection simply because they are rather fashionable- and "ecomomical."

My son expressed to me that he wanted to be a vampire last year and when I found this costume top at H&M, I knew it was perfect for him. I paired the top with a pair of black skinny jeans and a pair of black sneakers, from Kid's Foot Locker to complete the look. He looked so fashionable and adorable all at the same time!

My daughter wanted to be a witch last year and I found this costume on Wal-Mart's website- and it can also be purchased through Amazon. It was super affordable as well. I also paired it with some black flats she already had from Children's Place. I also found an adorable onesie for your infants' first Halloween. Boy do I remember those times!

Below are a few more finds that would make great items to bring in the occasion. Again, more items from H&M, because they have the cutest selection of just about everything!

What are you and your family dressing up as this year?
Stay tuned for more Halloween tips and trciks.

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Life Doesn't Have To Be Perfect To Be Wonderful- Plus FREE Printable!

September 13, 2017

Lately, I have submerged myself into a world of life coaches and people claiming to be their "higher selves." Although I aspire to be that person someday; striving to that ultimate destination can be exhausting. Especially when life continues to jabs you in the torso. Life isn't perfect and despite the information people put out there to make it seem ideal, sometimes it's not that way at all.

Having a positive mindset is key, but maintaining that mindset can be very challenging. One thing I'd like to share with you is that life isn't always about the destination, it's about the journey. You have to appreciate the journey in order to reach your full potential. Appreciating what's in front of you is going to make your life's vision and purpose that much more meaningful. Our goals seem to tire us out and overwhelm us when we start to complain about every little thing that's wrong, or every thing that doesn't go our way. By the time we finally get what we desire, we appreciate it a lot less because the journey seemed like it wasn't worth it anyway.

So I wanted to share with you this free printable stating that life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful. Your perception is key. Perceive the beautiful things about your life. Hear the laughter around you. Be the change!

You can print this out and simply frame it, to remind yourself of how enjoyable life truly can be!

4 Tips For A More Productive Day As A WFHM/SAHM- Plus Free Printable

August 29, 2017

As a new work-from-home-mom, it's been a challenge finding the perfect balance and it's not as easy to stay on task as I thought it would be. So I've come up with a few ways to help myself and others stay on task.

  1. Wake up EARLY! I know most of you may feel like staying at home all day is an award because you get to sleep in and roll out of bed whenever you feel like it. That is so NOT the case! Although I've enjoyed being able to wake up an hour or so later, the kids have to be tended to. Ya know, breakfast, lesson plans, etc. So in order to get some alone time before the morning chaos, I tend to wake up an hour EARLIER than I did before I resigned. This allows me to have my cup of coffee in peace on my back porch and it allows some time to plan for the rest of my day, if I haven't already.
  2. Plan ahead. Planning is essential to any successful day. Without it, you, your kids, and your house will be in total chaos- and we all know, no one functions well with total mayhem. Wake up early, after your coffee and breakfast, take time to open your planner and have a pen ready so that you can check off all of your tasks as you go along with your day. This helps you to keep track of what is done versus what still needs to be done. 
  3. Play some music. Music helps me and my kids get in the groove of things! Studies show that music can instantly boost your mood and your energy. Do your household a favor and turn on some tunes to help everyone get into the groove of things. It doesn't have to be distracting either, I like to play classical tunes early in the morning and as we stroll into the evening, I may speed things up by listening to something a bit more upbeat. 
  4. Schedule some YOU time. I know this may be difficult for most, but I have been blessed with the most understanding three and four-year-old. I actually explain to them how important "me" time is. After all, I'm schooling them all day- sometimes mama needs a break! I even make it a point for them to separate (one may be their room building blocks, while one is at the dining table cutting and pasting out of a magazine) at some point in the day, just to emphasize "me" time; because we all could use it from time to time. Around this time, I retreat back to my backyard and meditate. 
There are many more aspects throughout the day that I want to point out in some future posts, but I thought I'd start out with a few. What are some of the things you struggle with as a stay-at-home or work-from-home mom?

Try this free printable to help you throughout your days. You could even laminate for future usage.