Shop the Back to School Collection at Gymboree!!

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My kids go back to school in a little less than a month. I know some of you are in that same place. There are also some of you who have just sent your kids back to school, and some who will be doing so in the next couple weeks.

It’s that time of the year for all of us, and I know that I am beginning to think about what I need to buy for my 3 kids before they head back to school at the beginning of September. I have a list of school supplies to buy, but now I have to determine clothing needs.

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I determine my 3 children’s clothing needs by:

  • taking inventory of their current closet
  • removing items they have outgrown
  • making a list of needed items
  • shopping at stores for great deals on the items they need

Online shopping is one of my favorite ways to save time and money, and right now Gymboree has plenty of cute options for school-age children!

On my “to buy” list?

  • leggings for both my girls
  • a few casual dresses for my 10 year old
  • boys’ pants for my 8 year old
  • socks
  • shoes
  • first day of school outfits (x3)


I can begin searching for all of this and more at Gymboree!! I’m also super excited about free shipping that is going on for a limited time! That’s always an added bonus in my world!!

What about you? What are you looking for as the “back to school” season begins??

Until next time,
Charissa

 

Cute Kimono Vest for Just $13.95 + Free Shipping

I love wardrobe pieces that go the distance! This kimono vest from Cents of Style is one of those types of pieces. It’s great for the summer, but it’s also perfect throughout the rest of the year!

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This vest comes in 12 colors! I got the black!!

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I’m looking forward to pairing my vest with a variety of items in my closet and creating a great layered look!

Which color jumps out at you? Get it for just $13.95 + free shipping with code: VEST17 !!!

Until next time,
Charissa

My Five Favorites (June 2017)

Today begins a new series here on my blog. I’m excited for the chance to share some of my favorite things each month! I share many of my favorites on both my Facebook and Instagram, but these posts will be an easy way to find all my favorites in one place. My monthly favorites will be a combination of products, recipes, books, blogs, people, places, and whatever else strikes me during the month.

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1.Polar’s Summer Seltzer

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Seltzer is definitely my favorite beverage year round, and Polar is my favorite brand. I love when Polar brings out its limited edition flavors. This year’s summer flavors are so tasty! I have a hard time picking a favorite!!

2. Do it on a Dime, YouTube Channel

I am a huge YouTube fan, and it has replaced much of my television viewing over the last year. Part of the reason I like YouTube so much is because of what I am able to learn. I generally subscribe to mommy channels, and I find so much inspiration and so many ideas from the women I follow. Do it on a Dime (created and led by Kathryn) is one of my top favorite channels. Kathyrn is upbeat, creative and frugal. I always look forward to her new videos. Check her out here!

3. My crossbody bag

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I have shared this crossbody bag numerous times on my Facebook page. It is cute, functional and so reasonably priced! I own it in the khaki, but this fun purse actually comes in 16 great colors, and all choices are just $16.95!!

4. BAT sandwiches

One of my favorite summer sandwiches is a BLT (Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato). Well, that was one of my favorite summer sandwiches. I’ve given that sandwich an upgrade, and now my very favorite summer sandwich is a BAT! I replaced the lettuce with avocados and WOW!, the sandwich is beyond tasty! Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

5. Reading Wonder to my kids

My kids and I have enjoyed a number of read alouds over the years and plenty of audio books, too. Right now we’re excited to be diving into Wonder this summer and look forward to the release of the movie this fall.

Those are my 5 favorites for the month of June! I am looking forward to sharing more favorites next month!

What about you? What is one of your favorites this month? I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment below!

Until next time,
Charissa

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5 Reasons You Might Be Busy

How often have you heard someone say (and that someone might be you), “Everyone is just so busy!” or “We’re all just busy people!”? I know I certainly hear it all the time. Busy has almost become a buzz word of sorts. But why all the busy? Is this just a reality of the world we live in? Can we truly be “not so busy” in this day and age? Why are we busy people in a busy world?

I think the answers to these questions are multilayered, but I also think there are some very basic reasons someone might be busy.

Today I am sharing 5 reasons you might be busy.

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1. You like to go, go, go.

I have heard plenty of people say, “I like to keep busy!”. Some people love to be involved in a wide variety of activities and enjoy attending numerous events. Many people love to get involved and get their children involved in as much as they can. I don’t know that a “keeping busy” lifestyle is all bad (and I’m not going to say it’s all good), but I do think that there is a place to check this tendency because it could mean that…

2. You are afraid of the silence.

This might be the hardest reason of all 5 to write about. We are not people who like silence. In silence we are left alone with our own thoughts. In silence we have to face the truth. Some of us don’t want to think about our purpose in life or even our purpose in a given day. Many of us are running from pain and anxiety, so we fill up our days with a bunch of to-do lists in the hopes of escaping the silence.

3. You have a hard time saying no.

If you struggle with saying no (and this is a struggle of mine) than you will quickly find yourself being busy in a wide variety of areas. It can be hard to say no because we feel like we are going to disappoint or hurt someone. We want to please those around us, so we say yes without much consideration of our priorities. Saying yes when we should be saying no can lead to a very busy life.

4. Everyone around you is busy.

I believe busy is contagious. If everyone around you is busy or you perceive that everyone around you is busy than you might be tempted to jump on the busy train. If all the moms around you are talking about everything their children are participating in then you may feel that signing up for the same activities is just what you’ll have to do. You see the busy life of those around you and you, too, join in on it.

5. You don’t believe there is any other way.

If busy is what you see and busy is what you know than you might believe there is no other way. You might believe that busy is just the “name of the game”. You might think that in order to get through this thing called motherhood than you need to be busy and just be okay with that. You believe that “busy mom” is the title you will carry for years to come. It’s inevitable, and you just go with it. You believe there is no other way, and so you are busy.

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Today’s post is not a post of solutions. You will find plenty of inspiration, ideas and encouragement in previous (and upcoming) posts, but I did want today’s post to prompt reflection in my readers. If you find yourself always busy, take some time to consider why. Read through this list and see if one of the reasons jumps out at you. If you’re hoping to make a change, read through my previous posts and stick around for more!

What about you? Do you know why you might be busy? I would love to hear your thoughts, so drop me a comment below!

Until next time,
Charissa

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Quick Tip: Use Frozen Onions to Prevent Tears

It’s time for another quick tip!!

Does anyone else get super teary-eyed when they cut onions? I know it’s a problem for many people including me. I am basically crying after a couple minutes of cutting onions. I am always looking for a new idea to prevent the tears but very few have ever helped me.

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Some time within the last year or so I stumbled upon an idea that has been the answer for my teary-eyed problem. What is this solution? Frozen onions!!! When a recipe calls for onions, I just use frozen chopped onions! I use them in stews, soups, and stir fry. The only time this doesn’t work is in recipes when you aren’t cooking the onions (like salads).

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This tip has made it so I don’t just skip the onions in recipes anymore! (It’s true; I would sometimes do that.) Thank you, frozen onions, you have been a big help!

What about you? What do you do to prevent teary-eyes when chopping onions! I would love to hear your ideas, so leave them below!

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Until next time,
Charissa

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My Photo of the Week

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Yesterday I took my kids to the playground. It had been over a month since the three of them had been at a playground together, and it had been a long while since we had been to this particular spot. They had so much fun playing together and enjoying having the space all to themselves.

I took advantage of our time there as well and decided to hop on a swing. You know, it’s really hard not to smile while you are swinging. Truly. I actually found myself giggling a bit while I pumped back and forth next to my 4 year old.

Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously. Sometimes we get caught up in “adult world”. Sometimes we just need to jump on a swing and smile the afternoon away.

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Until next time,
Charissa

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