Switch Up and Out of Your Rut

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**Thank you Viva® Vantage® for sponsoring this post!  I received product and compensation to help me facilitate this awesome and informative post. 

Switch Up and Out of Your Rut

Switch Up and Out of Your Rut

How adorable is this beautiful Italian Soda Bar, I have never seen this before!  It’s a festive alternative to a mimosa bar and perfect for mock-cocktails. 

There are several things I know about myself, the top of the list is that I’m a creature of habit.  Almost without thinking I do the same things repeatedly until someone points out that there could be an easier/better way.  Thankfully I’m also someone who believes in evolving and learning.  And that is exactly what happened when I went to the Viva® Vantage® live blog event last week.  I pledged to take the 7-Day Switch Up and swap out my normal brand of paper towels for Viva® Towels.  I have to admit, this brand does far more than my other brand especially when it comes to durability and scrubbing power.  With two kids and a dog, there’s always a mess!  It’s no surprise that Viva® Vantage® was recently named a 2015 Product of the Year.

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Back to School Style by Lyla

“I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

Back to School Style by Lyla

Back to School Style by Lyla

Ms. Lyla, my sweet sweet 6 year old.  She was very excited to do some back to school shopping this year, more than previous years.  I thought it was fun, but I didn’t realize that hyped enthusiasm was foreshadowing a slight change in the way she and I shop.  We typically hit up a few stores, but I started at Osh Kosh B’Gosh because they have sturdy clothes that are built for play and are also super cute and the way they cut their styles really works for Lou’s shape.

Before we headed to OKB’G in the Folsom Outlets we talked about how she needed to try to find a color palette and try to keep to those colors or to complimentary colors.  Moms: this is my biggest back to school shopping tip.  It truly makes the mornings and the outfit pairing sooooo much easier because everything basically goes together.  I also told her we needed to get leggings to layer, she needed new shoes, and a warm topper.

Back to School Style by Lyla

So Osh Kosh has been known for decades because of their sturdy denim.  Well, we chose our denim in the form of chambray and it is truly fab!  So that helped to develop our color pallet: grey, navy, white, tan, and pink.  After that she asked if I would shop on the boy side with Brady and that she would check in with me.  What?  This has Never. Happened. Before.  But I went with it… and spied on her from the other side of the store.  It was priceless!  She would pick something up and check it out, hold it up to her, hold it up to a skirt or pants then look for her size.  Crazy.  After about 30 minutes of this she said she was ready to try on.  Wait, try on?  Here?  We’ve never really done that before. 

Here’s the top pics for the coolest Back to School Style by Lyla… 

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Sensitive Second Skincare Solutions

**I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for P&G. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions and reviews are my own.

Sensitive Second Skincare Solutions

One of the many things I’ve dealt with most of my life is sensitive skin.  It started when I started shaving my legs and it never got any better.  I have bad memories of being very embarrassed about red dots all over my legs or my legs bring crazy dry because any and all lotions would enflame the sensitivity.  Moving forward my sensitivies only got worse and moved north to… especially my underarms.  I have talked to a ton of people and professionals to find out if they had any idea what I could do to help with the issue.  Anyway, nothing has been helping with this issue until now.

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