Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BeliBea Nursing/Pumping Bra Review & Giveaway: September 2015


I know what you're thinking... and no, I'm not making an announcement here. We're not expecting baby #2 yet, but hopefully we'll welcome baby #2 into our family sometime in the future, so I was extremely excited when BeliBea contacted me about doing this review and giveaway of their nourish bra! 

So to kick this off, let me tell you a little bit about the BeliBea company... "BeliBea is a brand-new maternity bra line perfectly designed for both easy nursing and hands-free pumping, or doing both at the same time. The innovated design has two panels on each breast. You can unclip both to nurse, use the interior panel to hold your pump in place (hands free!) or wear both panels for all day and night comfort."


My son was exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of his life, until we introduced solid food - but even then we continued breastfeeding until he was 2. Throughout our breastfeeding journey I wore a variety of nursing bras, tanks and tops. Some were great and some weren't, but I can say without a doubt that none of them had the functionality of a nursing & pumping bra in one. Needless to say, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't the least bit curious and excited to try out the Nourish Bra by BeliBea. (Which I received in exchange for my honest review.)

My Review

Normally I buy clothing items in a size large, so I was a little surprised and skeptical when their sizing chart placed me as a medium. BeliBea had me try both sizes - medium & large - and sure enough I was a large. My thought on this would be to go with your gut (or perhaps slightly larger) but its always an option to be like me and try them both, returning the one that doesn't fit. I did have a little concern about post baby breast size changes while nursing, but BeliBea informed me they designed the bras to be very stretchy, allowing for minor changes in breast size as your milk supply balances out. (Hooray!)

My favorite feature of this bra basically sells itself - the double layer design allows you to pump hands free at work, then come home and nurse... all without changing bras. (If you've ever nursed a little one while working, you know how awesome that is!)

The design is actually incredibly simple, I don't know why someone hasn't created these before now. In basic terms, there is one extra layer of material in the bra that has slits cut for the pump nozzles to fit (see pictures above) and an extra set of snaps on the shoulder so that you can pick which layers to wear at any given moment.

In addition to its functionality, I really like the look and feel of the bra. I didn't like wearing thin, pad-less bras under my work shirts because of my concerns with leaking and/or visible absorbent nipple pads through the material. But I also didn't like nursing in a full coverage nursing bra because it felt so bulky under little mans cheek.The BeliBea offers a nice compromise between the two - it has a removable pad in the outer layer that is thick enough to make absorbent pads underneath invisible. 

Sound too good to be true? 

Well it's gets even better... the bra is not only a great price at only $49.95, but BeliBea has graciously offered up one of their Nourish bras as a prize for one lucky reader! (Thank you!) To enter just fill out the rafflecopter form below. (Giveaway is open to all US residents aged 18+)

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

This Week's Goals: 8/31-9/6/15



Taking the time to write out your weekly goals is a great way to stay motivated towards completing them - looking for other reasons to set goals? Check out our post 4 Reasons You Should Write Weekly Goals. Goal setting can seem a bit scary at first, but we have you covered - How To Create Weekly Goals. Do you struggle with ACTUALLY accomplishing your goals? We can help you with that too!

Without further delay... here's my goals for last week & this week. I'd love to help you stay motivated, so join me by posting your to do list for the week in the comments below. :)

Last Week's Goals:


Classroom Goals
  • Finish photo copying unit 1 for the upcoming school year
  • Start creating lesson plans for the first unit of the school year
  • Visit my classroom every couple days to feed the fish
  • Enter school year dates into my personal calendar
  • Attach seat numbers to student desks for the new year
Household/Family/Mommy Goals
  • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our August budget & create our September budget
  • Continue weeding our gardens & watering as weather requires
  • Clean house
  • Go garage sale shopping - I always have a running list on my phone of items to be on the look out for. Right now I'm hoping to find fall/winter clothing for little man and perhaps even some shirts for me. 
  • Start working on painting our master bathroom - first step deep clean & tape edges
Marriage Goals
  • Make a point to spend at least one minute cuddling with hubs after he gets home from work everyday
  • Write him a love note <3
  • Publicly praise my husband (A great tip I picked up here!)
  • Start planning my next date with hubs - I'm thinking a high ropes course adventure plus dinner???? Who knows.... ;)
Personal Goals
  • Exercise at least twice this week
  • Journal at least once this week 
  • Work to schedule dates with a dear friend I haven't seen in awhile (We finally had plans... but then her son got sick. Boo!)
  • Finish reading The Struggle by Wanda Brunstetter
  • Start reading Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford
Blogging Goals
  • Schedule posts for this week
  • Continue reading Smart Passive Income's Niche Site Duel post series (here's week 2 if you're interested)
  • Continue listening to the Flipped Lifestyle podcast when I go running


This Week's Goals: 

Classroom Goals
  • Start creating lesson plans for the first unit of the school year
  • Attend professional development sessions all week
  • Enter school year dates into my personal calendar
  • Create seating charts for the new year (one week to go!)
Household/Family/Mommy Goals
  • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our August budget & create our September budget
  • Wash & organize little man's clothes (I brought home tons of new items from garage sales, so it's time to do a major cleaning out of his closet)
  • Start working on painting our master bathroom - first step deep clean & tape edges
  • Plan a really basic meal plan for my first week back to school (no need to add any extra stress right now!)
Marriage Goals
  • Make a point to spend at least one minute cuddling with hubs after he gets home from work everyday
  • Write him a love note <3
  • Publicly praise my husband (A great tip I picked up here!)
Personal Goals
  • Exercise at least twice this week
  • Journal at least once this week 
  • Find a fitness DVD at the library that I enjoy (it's time to add something besides running into my schedule)
  • Continue reading Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford
Blogging Goals
  • Schedule posts for this week
  • Finalize my review & giveaway for September (stay tuned!)
  • Create my September editorial calendar
  • Wrap up our August Era Organics Giveaway
  • Continue reading Smart Passive Income's Niche Site Duel post series (here's week 2 if you're interested)
  • Continue listening to the Flipped Lifestyle podcast when I go running

Wish me luck! What's on your schedule this week?

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

FREE "4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families" eCourse

Today I'm bringing you something a little different - a limited time offer from Ultimate Bundles available to all you lovely mamas starting today - check it out:

Like me, I’m sure you worry a lot about the health and fitness of your family! (It's been on my mind A LOT lately - as my email subscribers know!)

You want everyone to eat good, wholesome food. You want to have plenty of energy. And you’re suspicious of all the unnatural chemicals in the products you use around the house – not to mention in the medication you give your kids.


But it’s tough to know where to go for more information, right? Where should you start? Who should you trust? You end up flailing around, following a few principles and pieces of advice when you have time, but not really having any sort of road map to follow.

Until now.

My friends over at Spark Health and Ultimate Bundles have put together a FREE mini-course called “The 4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families”.

The course contains a collection of quick and easy-to-follow lessons from trusted bloggers:
  • Essential Habit #1: “Nurturing your Best Self” (with Heather from Mommypotamus)
  • Essential Habit #2: “Staying Fit as a Family (Gym Membership Not Required)” (with Crystal from Money Saving Mom) 
  • Essential Habit #3: “From Scratch Meal-Making” (with Katie from Kitchen Stewardship)
  • Essential Habit #4: “Using Natural Remedies” (with Katie from Wellness Mama
Each lesson comes with a 20-minute audio lesson, PDF transcript, and a practical “Take Action” guide.

(Did you notice my all time FAVORITE blogger - Crystal from Money Saving Mom - is on the list... she's amazing guys!)

If you want to get your family on the road to real health, it’s simple to get started: sign up for your FREE mini-course now!

P.S. Hurry because this mini course is only available until Sunday, September 6th. Don’t miss your chance to access this exclusive content! Grab it now.


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

20+ Books Every Wife & Mother Should Read


I'm a lover of books. 

They entertain, teach, inspire & provoke change in our lives. If you're not turning to books in times of need, you're missing out - there are big lessons to be learned out there people!!!

With that in mind, I've compiled a list of 20+ books I believe every wife & mother should read. In the words of reading rainbow... "don't take my word for it" borrow, download or purchase these books today. (Note: All direct links below are affiliate links - thank you!)

Make It Happen by Lara Casey
"Surrender your fear, take the leap, live on purpose"

Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver
The old saying "happiness is a choice" seems to fit really well with this book - a truly inspirational book about marriage and what it looks like all across the globe. So many amazing stories to teach you about the love of your life (or your future love)!

by Crystal Paine
Crystal Paine is hands down one of the most influential moms I've had the pleasure of reading. Her straight to the point & honest writing will make you feel at ease & comforted no matter where you're at in the motherhood game.


by Tsh Oxenreider
If you'd love to learn more about living with less & loving it, this is the book for you. (Plus some added cool info from Americans living over seas.)

Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruze
Have you ever wondered HOW to teach your kids about money? This book breaks it down by age and is full of first hand stories from the Ramsey family - its informative & entertaining.

Miss You Like Crazy by Pamela Hall 
Read this one with your kiddos - it's perfect for working moms & does a great job 
explaining WHY you go to work everyday to your young people.

The Doctor’s Diet by Dr. Travis Stork
The best diet/weight loss book I've ever read - I love it's easy to understand and follow guidelines.

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
"A proven plan for financial fitness" & one of my all time faves!

Growing Up Social by Gary Chapman & Arlene Pellicane
"Is technology bringing your family closer together, or driving them farther apart?"

The Surrendered Wife by Laura Doyle
"A practical guide to finding intimacy, passion & peace."

"The secrets that helped me win $500,000 in free money for college. Plus you can too!" (A must read for any parents of middle school - college aged students.)

Balancing It All by Candace Cameron Bure
"My story of juggling priorities and purpose" - if you were ever a fan of Full House or were curious about the "surrendered wife" life style then this book is for you.
A Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex by Sheila Wray Gregoire
"and you thought bad girls have all the fun"

"Over 200 Freezer Friendly Recipes"

Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford
"A guide to putting down the phone, burning the to-do list, 
and letting go of perfection to grasp what really matters!"

Deliberate Motherhood by The Power of Moms
"12 powers of peace, purpose, order, and joy"

"A one-year experiment and it's liberating results."

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
"The secret to love that lasts."

The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell
"Everything depends on the love relationship between you and your child. When children feel loved, they do their best. But how can you make sure your child feels loved?"

Do you have a favorite book you think we should add to this list? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

This Week's Goals: 8/24-30/15



Taking the time to write out your weekly goals is a great way to stay motivated towards completing them - looking for other reasons to set goals? Check out our post 4 Reasons You Should Write Weekly Goals. Goal setting can seem a bit scary at first, but we have you covered - How To Create Weekly Goals. Do you struggle with ACTUALLY accomplishing your goals? We can help you with that too!

Without further delay... here's my goals for last week & this week. I'd love to help you stay motivated, so join me by posting your to do list for the week in the comments below. :)

Last Week's Goals:


Classroom Goals
  • Finish photo copying unit 1 for the upcoming school year
  • Start creating lesson plans for the first unit of the school year
  • Visit my classroom every couple days to feed the fish
  • Schedule fall open house
Household/Family/Mommy Goals
  • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our August budget
  • Continue weeding our gardens & watering as weather requires
  • Help a neighborhood committee with planning our voting process this summer
  • Clean house
  • Go garage sale shopping - I always have a running list on my phone of items to be on the look out for. Right now I'm hoping to find fall/winter clothing for little man and perhaps even some shirts for me. 
  • Babysit my step-brother while my mom & step dad attend her high school reunion
  • Take in both of our vehicles for repairs
  • Rotate tires & have the oil changed on my car
Marriage Goals
  • Make a point to spend at least one minute cuddling with hubs after he gets home from work everyday
  • Write him a love note <3
  • Publicly praise my husband (A great tip I picked up here!)
  • Start planning my next date with hubs - I'm thinking a high ropes course adventure plus dinner???? Who knows.... ;)
Personal Goals
  • Exercise at least twice this week
  • Journal at least once this week 
  • Work to schedule dates with a dear friend I haven't seen in awhile (I caught up with the other I hadn't seen in forever last week!)
Blogging Goals
  • Schedule posts for this week
  • Continue reading Smart Passive Income's Niche Site Duel post series (here's week 2 if you're interested)
  • Continue listening to the Flipped Lifestyle podcast when I go running


This Week's Goals: 

Classroom Goals
  • Finish photo copying unit 1 for the upcoming school year
  • Start creating lesson plans for the first unit of the school year
  • Visit my classroom every couple days to feed the fish
  • Enter school year dates into my personal calendar
  • Attach seat numbers to student desks for the new year
Household/Family/Mommy Goals
  • Continue our Total Money Makeover by following our August budget & create our September budget
  • Continue weeding our gardens & watering as weather requires
  • Clean house
  • Go garage sale shopping - I always have a running list on my phone of items to be on the look out for. Right now I'm hoping to find fall/winter clothing for little man and perhaps even some shirts for me. 
  • Start working on painting our master bathroom - first step deep clean & tape edges
Marriage Goals
  • Make a point to spend at least one minute cuddling with hubs after he gets home from work everyday
  • Write him a love note <3
  • Publicly praise my husband (A great tip I picked up here!)
  • Start planning my next date with hubs - I'm thinking a high ropes course adventure plus dinner???? Who knows.... ;)
Personal Goals
  • Exercise at least twice this week
  • Journal at least once this week 
  • Work to schedule dates with a dear friend I haven't seen in awhile (I caught up with the other I hadn't seen in forever last week!)
  • Finish reading The Struggle by Wanda Brunstetter
  • Start reading Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford
Blogging Goals
  • Schedule posts for this week
  • Continue reading Smart Passive Income's Niche Site Duel post series (here's week 2 if you're interested)
  • Continue listening to the Flipped Lifestyle podcast when I go running

Wish me luck! What's on your schedule this week?

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