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Decorating with Minted.com {Wall Art, Party Decor, & More}

When I was approached by Minted.com, an online stationary store; I was anxious to check them out and see what they’re all about.

I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered a large assortment of products were available by what they describe as, “a global community of designers.”

Minted.com | wall decor, party decor, & more

 

Minted’s collection of wall art is simply stunning. I really have enjoyed browsing all of the different pieces. The website is so easy to use giving you the option of browsing by newest designs, by price, and by most popular. You can even narrow your search by credentials like style, size, color, and type as well.

While I’m not an “art enthusiast,” I do love to find new and creative pieces. We moved into our new home just over a year ago and I have yet to completely decorate the walls, because I haven’t found the perfect pieces to show off my family and my taste.

I really love the assortment of different styles offered. Like chevon? There are some really funky and modern prints you will love! Looking for something peaceful like the ocean? I found a few wall prints I really am in love with.

“Flight of the Ocean” is one of my favorites!

Minted.com | Flight of the Ocean

My absolute favorite room in our house is our sunroom and this would fit perfectly with the look I’m going for in that room! I love how Minted.com gives you the option of buying the print with or without a frame. If you’re like me, you sometimes have a hard time finding a frame at just the right price and look – I love that you can choose from several options right on the website!

Another favorite? “Out to Sea” I love the colors in this one, everyone who knows me, knows I have a thing for teal. Even though this is a little different, I love the unique look and calming feel. It’s different and not something I may appreciate as much if I saw it in a store. I love having the time to just browse the collection from the comfort of my own home, I’ve found I have an eye for things I might just pass by while shopping in a store.

Minted.com | Out to Sea

 

How do you shop for decor for your home? Would love to hear what your favorites are from Minted.com! Maybe we have the same taste or perhaps you have an eye for something on a totally different spectrum – I would love to hear!

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Disney Movies Anywhere | Sign Up Now to Get “The Incredibles” FREE!

Are you like me and have to buy the DVD/Blu-Ray Combo packs so you get the digital copy? Now that the kiddos have their own iPad mini’s, we like to take our movies on the go. It comes in handy even for trips to the grocery store. I’m so excited for a brand new app, Disney Movies Anywhere!

Disney Movies Anywhere gives you the ability to easily access all of your digital movie copies. The beset part? It’s FREE!

The app will allow you to access any of the digital copies you have download via a digital copy code or if you purchased it from iTunes and access them easily through the app. I love that my kids can now access their digital movie copies anytime, without taking all the space on their iPads!

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman | Who Doesn’t Love a Talking Dog? | In Theaters THIS Friday, March 7th!

As we get ready to approach our final stretch of the week, I have an exciting treat for you! You know how much I find going on a date with your little one to be so important, so why not take them to a movie? I have the perfect flick both parent and child will enjoy!

Mr. Peabody and Sherman l In theaters Friday, March 7

 

Meet Mr. Peabody, a sophisticated, intellectual, and verbose dog who has gone through his life lonely and yearning for a boy to love him. After finding an abounded baby, he was granted custody of Sherman; an adorable eccentric little boy embarking on a new journey in school.

Dreamworks Animation’s brings you Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Travel through history and have fun with Mona Lisa and Leonardo Da Vinci, President Lincoln, plus battle through The Trojan War and more in this fun experience the whole family will enjoy. It’s both a comedy, yet heartwarming, because every parent can relate to the unconditional feeling of love and bonding we have with our kids.

Let me just tell you.. my four year old literally laughed out loud through most of the movie. If I wasn’t laughing and enjoying his reactions, I was laughing myself! I love how this movie was filled with jokes only mom and dad would get; to leave the little ones giggling anyway and to give mom and dad a fun family adventure for all to love.

If you’re looking for a fun family outing, Mr. Peabody & Sherman hits theaters tomorrow, March 6th! Pick up some popcorn and a snack, and kick up your feet to enjoy an adventure with Mr. Peabody & Sherman Who doesn’t love a talking dog!?

 

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Harlem Globetrotters Come to Charlotte March 22! {GIVEAWAY}

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Every year around this time, my husband and son start getting psyched about seeing the Harlem Globetrotters play! I think it’s just as fun for daddy to watch as it is little man!

This year, the Globetrotters come to Charlotte on Sat, March 22 and I have a special treat for YOU! One lucky reader will win FOUR tickets to see the Globetrotters play!

The enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Please be sure to follow all MANDATORY RULES of entry, winners will be verified! Giveaway ends at midnight on March 7th and winners will be notified via email. You will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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My Favorite Pieces from the NEW Janie & Jack Spring Collection!

While we are experiencing some colder temperatures in the Carolina’s right now, we are ready for SPRING! I love everything about spring. The colors, the fresh air, and the fashion! I cannot wait to start shopping for my kiddos spring wardrobe’s and it’s even more FUN now that little miss is two and loves fashion too!

You can celebrate spring with Janie & Jack’s NEW Spring Collection right NOW!

 

I am absolutely loving this bubble! The classic look in this collection fits my little lady’s personality perfectly!

Janie and Jack Spring Collection 2014

Janie and Jake Spring Collection

I’m seeing adorable hats for boys and elegant dresses for girls – I cannot wait to start shopping away and enjoy the gorgeous spring weather to come!

My son’s “thing” is hats. He loves to accessorize with a cool hat and has a new one for every yearly photo shoot. I’m seeing this one in our five year photos in the near future!

Some of my other favorites features the to-die-for Gingham Seersucker Blazer for boys, Peplum Ponte Dress, and Eyelet Leather Ballet Flats for girls. Seriously… these are so my children’s style and would make the perfect accents to their spring wardrobe’s! I’m already getting fun family photo ideas around these adorable spring colors!Eyelet Leather Ballet Flat l Janie and Jack Spring Collection Gingham Seersucker Blazer for boys l Janie and Jack Spring Collection Peplum Ponte Dress for Girls l Janie and Jack Spring Collection

Take a peek at Janie & Jack’s Spring Collection and leave me a comment telling me your favorite!

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Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure to Come to Charlotte, NC March 20th! {#CLT GIVEAWAY}

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You’re favorite pirate and princess, Sophia and Jake is headed to Charlotte! Join the party on Thursday, March 20th at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte! You can attend the 3:30 or 6:30 time and you won’t want to miss it!

Sophia and Jake are the favorites in our house! What about yours?

If you want to buy tickets, CLICK HERE.

And enter the giveaway for a family four pack of tickets to the 3:30 or 6:30 show! Please be sure to follow all MANDATORY RULES of entry, winners will be verified! Giveaway ends at midnight on March 7th and winners will be notified via email. You will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

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This is Not Okay For My Daughter’s Eyes {Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50th Anniversary Edition}

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UPDATE : I wanted to reiterate before you read the full article, this goes beyond comparing this image to a breastfeeding mom. With the way society thrives on sex and the image of being sexual, so many young girls grow up with 1.) unrealistic expectations of how they should look and 2.) that being sexy is put on a pedestal; as a way everyone should be. This is not the case. You can be sexy and beautiful without plastering yourselves (or lack thereof) all over the cover of a magazine or for real life women; in public at the mall or out to eat.

Human trafficking is happening everywhere and while I’m not necessarily putting a label on one image here, I’m saying; it’s real. Young girls grow up seeing images like this one and think that’s real life and if us, as parent’s don’t show them this is not reality and this is not okay; they could get sucked in to what society thinks they should be. Where we live, in Charlotte, NC; sex trafficking is a real thing. If my daughter grows up to think this is normal, she could end up being a victim. North Carolina is one of the top states in the US where sex trafficking is most prominent. (Side note : not saying if you don’t idolize these images or try to be like them you won’t be a victim either. Unfortunately, it can happen to anyone at any time, but if women think this is okay, they might start to think other things are too.)

My argument here is; what kind of a mother would I be if I flaunted this image in my daughter’s eyes? It’s not okay. It’s not okay society has put such a glorifying image on sex for young children to see and grow up idolizing. Yes, they’ll see it anywhere, but as you read further, you will hear more about why I have such an issue with this specifically.

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When a friend posted this on Facebook tonight, it caused a lot of debate.

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Now, you can’t see all of the comment on this, but you might be able to get the idea that some (aka : those who are not parents) think this is okay and us parent’s who have issue with it are just sadly mistaken, because our kids are going to grow up and be crazy anyway.

While the parent’s are all arguing that this is not okay for our innocent babies to see. I have to agree. While my disagreement may be for other reasons.

Flashback to the 80s. This is what a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover looked like.

Elle Macpherso Sports Illustrated swimsuite cover 1988

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And this is what the cover looks like today, in 2014.

Sports Illustrated 50th anniversary cover

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In a world where mom’s who are breastfeeding their baby’s are asked to leave a restaurant, cover up in a store, or told they can’t fly on a plane if they have an exposed breast while feeding their infant; why is this okay!?

I have been lucky enough to breastfeed two kids and never been refused a service, but the reality is; it’s true. Follow experts like TheBabyGuyNYC; he’ll tell you. A mom was recently told she would not be allowed to breastfeed her infant uncovered on a plane… even if he won’t eat with his face covered or take a bottle on a flight that is several hours long.

But, it’s okay for my two year old to cash out in a CVS and see the cover above? Really?

Hypocrites.

The argument in my friend’s status was that, our daughter’s are going out (& I quote;) “tweaking like Miley Cyrus” anyway and if we deprive them in their youth, they’re going to go crazy when they get older and let out of the house.

Ignorance Much?

Our world is full of sexuality and crazy things these days. Things I hope my children never see, but unfortunately, they probably will.

But, what kind of a mother would I be if I flaunted this sexual image in my daughter’s face? This image promotes so many things the devil wants us to hear.

  • Being insecure about our weight and our looks
  • The fake reality of what we should look like
  • Children wanting to grow up much faster than they should

While I realize there are so many other things our kids can be exposed to (and certainly are even when we try so hard to protect them from it,) we shouldn’t be worried about cashing out at a CVS and our kids innocent eyes being exposed to so much sexuality.

If society thinks it’s okay to ask a mother to leave a restaurant or tell her she can’t fly on a plane if she’s exposing a breast while feeding her newborn, how is this okay!? 

How is three women who look too skinny to be healthy with no top looking at the camera in a sexual manner okay compared to a mother feeding her infant? It’s not. That’s the point.

We live in a sexual world. The truth is, times have changed. It wasn’t always this way and I’m sure it’s going to continue to get worse where us parent’s need to be even more afraid of what is out there, but it’s about how we raise our daughter’s and our son’s to be respectful of themselves, their bodies, and other people that is going to count.

I’m not saying every child who is raised right by their parents is going to grow up and not get into trouble or give in to temptation, or vice versa for kids who may not have been taught right from wrong, but what kind of a parent would I be if I waved this magazine cover in my daughter’s face and flaunted it like it was a healthy body image?

We should be encouraging our children to be healthy and happy and respectful. There is nothing about the cover of this magazine that says any of those things.

Now, I’m not saying it’s wrong for this to be on the shelves. Sadly, we live in a time and a world where these types of images are everywhere. However, I am saying.. is it really okay for this to be flashed at the checkout line for innocent eyes?

My daughter deserves better than this. My son deserves better than this. I will nurture them, love them, take care of them, and teach them right from wrong. I will not wave these images in their faces and let them see an image that is so far from reality; it’s disgusting.

Maybe I look at things like this differently now that I’m a parent, but we’re supposed to. We are supposed to have our children’s best interests at heart. We’re supposed to change and grow. We make mistakes, I have and I know I will again; but I will always have my kids and what is best for them in all of my actions. And if that means speaking out about something that is important to me; so be it.

This isn’t about three women in a skimpy bikini. They’re going to see that everywhere, no matter what. This is about the sad twisted views our society has between what’s right and what is wrong and the fact that just, because our kids are going to grow up and be exposed to things makes a two year old being exposed to this image now okay. It doesn’t.

Now.. sound off. Tell me what you think? How is the cover of this magazine any more respectful than a mom feeding her baby while shopping or our to lunch?

{Mommy & Me} Workouts!

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Being a SAHM doesn’t leave me with much time to accomplish things for myself. Some mornings the kids will play upstairs and I’ll work on some blog posts or attempt to get some laundry done, but more often than not until daddy gets home around 6pm, my day revolves around the kids.

Not that I mind (I know I only get times like these in their first years) and now that both kids are a little older, I’ve started to let them do certain things with me. When both kids were babies, I would occasionally do baby yoga with them, but I like to promote a healthy lifestyle. Now that they’re older, they’re understanding things more and asking questions so when my daughter wanted to do yoga with me, I happily obliged!

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My workout may not have been as productive as it normally is as far as the actual workout goes, but it was more productive for me when it came to laughter and time with my girl! The look on her face as she watched me and tried to mimic my moves melted my heart. She pulled out her picnic blanket that goes with one of toys (even though I have a second yoga mat I offers her) and she practiced her moves right beside me. It was one of my favorite workouts to date!

If you want to spend time with your kids, but want to get that workout in too – have them join you! We had a blast!

Watch for an upcoming post on Lavery demonstrating some fun “toddler” yoga moves for you, too!