4 Stylish Mix & Match Outfits For Spring

February 19, 2018

My favorite time of year is approaching- Spring! It's already warming up here in Atlanta and I am so thrilled! I wanted to put together an easy and affordable ensemble for you ladies. All of the pieces I selected match each other, no matter how you put them together.

If you're lifestyle is similar to mine, you can be found mostly in a park, the library, or the grocery store during the week and you need comfortable clothing to travel around in- especially with kids in tow. I've never been the type to compromise my style for comfort-ability and you don't have to either. Not only are these pieces relaxing and convenient, they are also affordable.

One of my favorite tricks is to buy coordinating pieces that you can mix and match, saving you tons of money and time in the long run. From homeschooling, to running errands, home school field trips, PR meetings, and running multiple online businesses, durability and style is a must. I hope this helps! 

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Update Your Laundry Room This Year With The LG Twin Wash System

February 13, 2018

As a stay-at-home mom, we all know very well, just how fast laundry can pile up. With two active preschoolers whom I also teach at home, there are always accidents happening- causing more laundry to accrue. During the day we paint, we cook, we run and play outside, not matter the weather; and when it's all said and done, we love a fresh bed set to cuddle into during nap and bed time. Not to mention, my significant other is a chef, so there's another hefty chunk of clothing added to the pile at the very end of the day. I honestly feel as if I'm doing laundry every single day, but hey, it's expected.

I know it may sound crazy, but I love doing my laundry, simply because no one else in the house is interested and they tend to let me have some space during this time. Isn't that the silliest thing, ever? You guys, I need those thirty minutes to myself. Just me and my family's clean clothes, is a pretty liberating experience. Especially when you have a system that's as immaculate and convenient as the LG Twin Wash System at Best Buy.

This LG washer and dryer is truly like no other! This set allows you to raise the washer and dryer to a comfortable height just for you- let's face it, I'm just over five feet, so this feature is extremely helpful. It also features storage compartments for your laundry detergent and other cleaning products. But what truly blew me away was the option to choose from the pedestal washer for added storage, OR the SideKick Pedestal washer that will wash an extra small load for you- and since I have a chef in the house, this works perfectly for us!

With LG's TwinWash system, you get the best of both worlds! For smaller loads that can't wait, like those sweaty workout clothes, or the kids' clothes filled with mud, you can wash your smaller load at the same time as your regular full load in the LG front load washer. Not only do these washers have a massive capacity for any sized load, they are also energy efficient while giving you the best cleaning performance!

Save $500 off any LG laundry solution for your home from now, until April 25th at Best Buy. Hurry before the offer ends!

**The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.**

7 Legit Work From Home Jobs

January 29, 2018

If you told me that working from home was an option two years ago, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. In fact, I remember applying to one of them in the midst of relocating to another state, only to find out it was a complete scam. So off to the hustle and bustle I went. I had a very rewarding job as a preschool teacher, but spending time with so many infants and toddlers that weren’t my own, led to a tremendous amount of guilt. I’m a strong gal, so instead of moping and drowning in my sorrow, I decided to plan. After a year of working and executing my plan to stay home with my kids full-time, I realized that I didn’t have to go without my own income all together. So I decided that this time would be different, this time I would find a job that wasn’t a scam and could supplement my income.

You’d be surprised at how many companies are offering virtual customer service jobs nowadays. After doing a ton of research, I wanted to share a few work from home jobs  that are extremely flexible and simple to obtain. I used to only hear about working from home jobs for people with Bachelors degrees, or years of training, but not anymore.

Sykes. Sykes has been around for over 40 years now and has been rewarded for their outstanding customer service support. Upon signing up for an account, you will be introduced to all the prospective clients that are currently hiring through their services. There are a few trainings starting within the next couple of weeks, so stop on by and see if you’re a match!

Working Solutions Jobs is another job posting site that matches you with perspective clients depending on your background as stated in your resume.

Alorica is another match-making (with a job, of course) site that pairs you with their clients as well.

ABC Financial is currently seeking customer service representatives in Georgia, Texas, Florida, and Arkansas. If you’ve been searching for a work from home job that has a set schedule and offers benefits, this is for you! Just type in “work from home” in their search box and the available positions will appear.

Concentrix offers paid-training, a set full-time schedule, and benefits.

We all know of the Hilton brand oh so well. They offer full and part-time positions, benefits, and even hotel discounts! You just have to love them!

Liveops is another company that matches you with their prospective clients and allows you to chose your own hours.

Every one of these companies is making dreams come true! I remember the days where I could only imagine working from my home office and still be able to stay home with my kids. Now I am able to make those visions into a reality and I hope I am able to help others do the same.

Until next time.


11 Winter Must-Haves For Your Toddler

January 25, 2018

The weather has been extremely cold lately and I wanted pop in and make a few style suggestions for your little one this Winter. Just because it's nippy outside, doesn't mean your little cutie's style has to be compromised!

If you favor the blush tone, you'll love these trendy picks.

Brielle Faux Fur High Top Sneaker. Aren't these the cutest shoes you've ever seen for little girls? I mean, seriously! I had to top the list with one of the most fashionable pair of shoes I've come across for the mini fashionistas. With the velvet trend on a hiatus, your mini is sure to steal the show! 

Carter's Little Girls Bow Tutu Dress. This dress screams simple, cute, and fun! Throw on a pair tights and she's good to go. 

Michael Kors Slip-On Sneakers. Catch these slip-ons on sale, right now at Dillard's! You can pair these super casual shoes with just about anything in your daughter's wardrobe. The best thing about them, they're perfect to wear all year long! 

Carter's 2 Piece French Terry Top and Leggings Set. This two-piece set is so casual to wear anywhere. 

Carter's Pink "Pick Your Smile" Printed Top. Here's a cute and casual top that your baby girl can wear with anything as well. You can dress it up, or down and go about your day.

H&M Jersey Polka Dot Dress. I absolutely love H&M! They always carry amazing styles, with amazing prices. 
Reversible Polka Dot Drop Waist Dress. What's better than an expensive and stylish dress for your little one? A reversible, inexpensive, dress. 

Children's Place Glitter Mesh Tutu Dress. Nothing screams mini diva like a "Princess" dress. I love pairing my daughter's dresses with cute, glittery sneakers. How about you give it a try and tell me all about it! 

Gap Puffer Parka Coat. This coat is a bit of an investment, but how can one resist? I always purchase outwear a size or two larger, so that my little ones can have them to wear for a couple of years. 

 Carter's Glitter Sneakers. Carter's truly impressed me with these bunny sneakers. What a way to fuel your daughter's imagination, by gifting her these cute shoes! They're also a nice pair to keep around for Easter- hence the bunny!

Steve Madden Insulated Jacket. I wanted to save one of the cutest finds, for the last. I'm not huge on designer for my little one, but if it's worth it, I will indulge. This jacket is perfect for on the go and can be worn with anything as well.  

I hope you enjoyed this list of winter must-haves for your baby girl! Again, these are just a few of my favorite finds. I thought that they would be super fun to share! Until next time.

xoxo, Ecomomical 

12 Strong Movie Review, Plus Book & Movie Ticket Giveaway

January 17, 2018

I had the honor of attending a special movie screening of the intriguing war drama, "12 Strong".  Oscar winners Ted Tally ("The Silence of the Lambs") and Peter Craig ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Parts 1 & 2") wrote the screenplay based on Doug Stanton's 2009 bestseller, Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rod to Victory in Afghanistan. The film, produced by the legendary Jerry Bruckheimer (known for his "Pirate of The Carribean" films), is based on a true story of the first American soldiers and their families, who were sent to Afghanistan immediately after the September 11th attack. Captain Mitch Nelson, performed by Chris Hemsworth (known for his performances in Thor), leads a team of twelve men on a dangerous mission into unknown territory, in pursuit of defeating the Taliban and it's Al-Qaeda allies. 

Outnumbered and unknowingly outgunned, the team arrives in Afghanistan and collaborates with the Northern Alliance to tackle the extremely dangerous Taliban forces. Accustomed to state of the art technology and transportation, the U.S. Special Forces Team has to adapt to the ways of the Afghan horse soldiers and were expected to combat war using horses as their only means of transportation. Which for most of the team, was their first time saddling a horse. However, they had a very critical mission to complete and proceeded to battle with the help of coordinated bomb strikes from the air used to cripple the Taliban forces and to diminish their weapon supply. 

Directed by the award-winning director, Nicolai Fuglsig, the film depicts the strength and wits of the "Horse Soldiers" as they beat all odds to win the seemingly impossible battle against the Taliban with every soldier still standing.

I gained insight on what having "heart" truly means. No matter the odds, we have the power to win. If we put forth the necessary will power; nothing can stop us. I've partnered with Review Wire Media to give you a chance to claim your very own copy of the critically acclaimed tale, Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rod to Victory in Afghanistan and two tickets to see the film "12 Strong". 

Click to enter your very own chance to win. The film "12 Strong" opens January 19, 2018 by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. 

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Valentine's Day Made Easy With My Gift Stop, Plus Enter A $500 Giveaway

January 09, 2018

The most romantic time of the year is around the corner and I'm here to introduce to you the easiest online gifting site there is, My Gift Stop. Finding a unique gift every holiday can be challenging and sometimes time-consuming, but not this year! My Gift Stop makes it easy to search for the perfect valentine's day gifts, without the stress and countless number of hours spent, coming up with an idea for the perfect gift. 

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Simply answer the question "What are you looking for?" at the top of their home page. The prompt allows you to select the 'Valentine's Day' option followed by the option to choose who that gift is for. Almost instantly, My Gift Stop fetches a variety of gift options for you! It's truly that simple. 

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From their vast selection of designer handbags, bracelets, watches, sunglasses, and perfume for women, you’re sure to find an amazing gift that will blow your Valentine away this year! 

And if you’re in the market for that special guy, My Gift Stop also has a stunning selection of men’s shoes featuring designer brands like Vans, Sperry’s, and Allen Edmonds. Did I mention the amazing discounts that they have to offer?

If you and your loved one already own enough clothing and jewelry, My Gift Stop also has you covered on electronics, special edition lighters, accessories for running, cutlery, and Swarovski figurines.

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Simply click the link below to enter the giveaway from now until February 5th.

With lots of love,

**Although I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own!**

Celebrate National Puzzle Month Plus 7 Benefits Of Puzzle Solving

January 04, 2018

Hey mamas and Happy New Year!

What better way to kick off the New Year with your kids than to celebrate National Puzzle Month? As a home schooling mom, I love giving my kids puzzles throughout the day and see their brain power put to work. I actually use them quite often for pretty much every subject. There are so many puzzles out there to chose from that help with a variety of subjects from counting, to letter recognition, to adding and subtracting, and even to help with telling time!

Puzzles help accomplish the bigger tasks as well as the smaller ones that we don't even think about. In case you didn't know, just last year, I was one of the top preschool teachers in New Orleans and puzzles were my absolutely favorite activity to pull out for my class. I also love them for my kids at home because they allow me a few seconds to answer emails and other tasks pertaining to blogging, while they have an activity to complete with each other.

Which brings me to the amazing benefits of playing with puzzles:
  • Social Interaction. When kids get together to work on a puzzle, they are interacting with one another and you, the parent or teacher, to get the task done. This is super beneficial to their social development and vocabulary. 
  • Vocabulary. Completing a puzzle, different words and phrases are constantly being used, causing an increase in a child's vocabulary. Puzzles are a great way to get a child to ask for what they need, in order to finish their initial task of completion.
  • Problem Solving. Problem solving comes into play the entire time, simply because the child is presented with the need to have critical thinking skills to complete the puzzle. Their brain is being challenged when they have to find the missing pieces, or match different shapes and colors.
  • Hand-Eye-Coordination. This skill comes into play when the eye and hands have to move together, hence the whole object of a puzzle. As a mom and a previous preschool teacher, it's amazing to see the child's eyes and hands move all over the place just to get two pieces to match. It's so enjoyable to watch! 
  • Fine Motor. Puzzles cause for lots of small motor movements to put the entire puzzle together and it's great practice to get those little muscles moving!
  • Patience & Persistence. No matter what age and what difficulty, puzzles demand focus. It's super important to sit with children and let them know to that just because one piece doesn't fit, theirs another that will and that they can never give up. Puzzles cause for various pairings in order to get it right, so patience and persistence is a must.
  • Self Esteem. You guys that giant smile and the constant jumping up down and screaming "Yay, I did it" is what I live for as a mom! When children and even toddlers, heck even adults, accomplish a new and difficult task, the satisfaction of completion gives them a significant boost in self-esteem. It also helps them prepare for other challenging situations in life.

**This post may contain affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.**

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