Teacher First Day Survival Kit

7 Sep

Confession:  You might feel a twinge of guilt after reading this post.  However, that is not the intention.  If you are anything like myself, your child started school this week.  I was feeling especially proud that my son made it out the door on time.  His school supplies were nicely labeled in his new dinosaur backpack.  His teeth were freshly brushed.   His clothes were neatly ironed  and he had a healthy breakfast in his tiny little tummy.  Day One= SUCCESS!!!

By most motherly accounts, I may have even exceeded expectations.  However, I can’t help but feel a bit guilty after scrolling my Facebook newsfeed and coming across a friend’s out of this world “1st Day Teacher’s Survival Kit”.  Talk about starting the school year off on the right foot!  These amazing teacher baskets are personalized for each teacher and include some of the following items:  hand sanitizer, cute office supplies, bath and body soaps, coffee cards, chocolate, gum and personalized clever little notes indicating what each item is for.  Amazing, no!?

The creator and thoughtful gal behind these adorable creations happens to have dedicated quite a bit of time in the classroom as a teacher and knows first hand how valuable teachers can be to our little arm candies.  It is going uncontested that the Arm Candy Confessions First Day of School MVP (most valuable parent) goes to Mrs. Amy Taylor of Portland, Oregon.

If you are like me and didn’t think of getting anything for your child’s teacher, (not even an apple…doh)  fret not.  Teacher’s appreciation week will be here before you know it and the holidays are right around the corner.  Amy shared a couple of her other crafty creations to help get our creative teacher lovin’ juices flowing.  She just happened to whip together these baskets in her “free time”.  Oh, I forgot to mention, Amy is the mother to three beautiful girls (see below), my P90X inspiration and pretty much out of his world fabulous and I can’t imagine she has a lot of free time!  No joke. Thank you to Amy for the inspiration and the reminder that teachers need love too!

GIVEAWAY: Brazil Butt Lift DVD’s Valued at $59.85 

How to win: Visit Beachbody and sign up for a *FREE membership.  Enter “CoachChayna” as your coach and enjoy the awesome  free benefits!  Extra entries for each friend you refer!  Leave me a message indicating you did so and which friends you referred. Winner will be selected by Random.org

Contest ends September 16th at noon.  Eligibility: Must be 18 years or older and a US resident.

Sugar Booger

29 Aug

Confession: I’m still in love with Sugar Booger.  Nearly a year ago, I confessed my love for the company, ORE, and its’ line of Sugar Booger products. (Don’t remember, click here)  A year later and I am still in love.  The wonderful news is that I received the Fall 2011 Press Kit and I am even more in love.  I have managed to leave the catalogs dog-eared and drool stained. And though I have torn through them numerous times, they still have not managed to make their way to the recycle bin.

In addition to the fabulous children’s line, Sugar Booger,  ORE has two additional lines, one for adults (Living Goods) and one for pets (Ore Pet).  The Founder and President of ORE is a mother from Long Beach.  If you haven’t noticed, I LOVE woman run companies.  Especially woman run companies that make safe and adorable products for our arm candies and our pets.  I also love discounts. ORE is bringing us fabulous products and a 10% discount on web order purchases by using the code MID11 through September 30, 2011.  Check out some of the adorable and functional fall collections.  Be sure and check back for a few new designs that will be available on September 1, 2011.  They are absolutely ad “ore” able!

Flip & Sip Stainless-steel drink container

Zippee Lunch Tote

Prehistoric Pals Kiddie apron

Good Lunch Snack Sack

CURRENT GIVEAWAY:  Set of Brazil Butt Lift DVD’s!!! Valued at $59.85! Click here to enter!

Brazil Butt Lift Giveaway

27 Aug

Guess who earned a double belt in Insanity!!?!?!  (In case you missed my Insane post, you can see what I am talking about by clicking here) Ok…well maybe they don’t give out belts, but I deserve one.  I earned it.  Although I might not have an Insanity t-shirt, because my husband finally confessed that he purchased our Insanity set on Ebay. Therefore, I am not eligible for the “I earned it” t-shirt (boo-hiss), which is awarded for completing 60 days of Insanity.  I did sweat my way through two rounds of the madness and since I can’t get a freakin’ t-shirt, we are doing a giveaway to celebrate!  Who needs another t-shirt anyways!? Sniffle…sniffle….

Contest Details

What can you win?  A set of the booty blasting Brazil Butt Lift DVD’s by Beachbody.  Valued at $59.85

 How to enter:  Visit Beachbody and sign up for a *FREE membership.  Enter “CoachChayna” as your coach and enjoy the awesome  benefits!  Extra entries for each friend you refer!  Leave me a message indicating you did so and which friends you referred. Winner will be selected by Random.org.

*It takes two seconds and there are no credit cards involved or anything of that nature.

Dates:  Contest ends September 16th at noon PST.

Eligibility:  Must be 18 years or older and a US resident.

Girlfriends Tea For The Mother-To-Be

22 Aug

Confession: I love hosting baby showers.  I love the planning, the excitement and the pampering of the expectant mother-to-be, which typically happens to be a dear friend. There always seems to be debate surrounding whether or not to shower or sprinkle a mother when she is pregnant with her second, third, fourth….child.

When I was pregnant with my second, I really did not want a shower and two of my closest friends insisted.  I, of course caved. I am so glad I did.  The afternoon was one I will never forget.

Fast forward to present.  One of my closest girlfriends is pregnant with her third child, which happens to be a girl.  She has two beautiful boys and is thrilled to be adding a little pink to the family dynamic. She of course did not want a shower or anything fancy, but every princess needs a tea party and that is exactly what we gave her! I promised her it wouldn’t be big in numbers, but it was a grand affair.  The afternoon was filled with hats, tea, games, finger-sandwiches and a whole lotta love.  It was low in stress and high in fun.  Hats were strongly encouraged and all the guests kindly obliged. It was such a fun, fancy affair and left me longing for another afternoon filled with girlfriends, tea and reasons to celebrate.   Here are a few pictures of our Sunday afternoon!

**Disclaimer.  All pictures were taken by yours truly and are unprofessional in nature.

The beautiful guest of honor.

The favors: tea bag holder, personalized tea bag and a silver spoon.

The Georgian. Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle.

The girls

The Hostesses

Missoni is coming! Missoni is coming!

21 Aug

Who said 13 isn’t a lucky number?  As luck would have it, September 13th happens to be a very lucky day.  So lucky in fact, that I might wake up a little early and go get in line at a local Target.  TARGET you ask?  Yes, Target.  As luck would have it, Missoni has decided to bless the general population with a collection of zigs, zags and even handbags.  Below is a sneak peek of a few of the children’s items from the new line.

Want to see the full line?  Click here.  I will warn you, some outfits might be more appropriate for a game of cowboys and indians as opposed to a meet up at the park.(I know, so politically incorrect, but don’t tell me it didn’t cross your mind when viewing some of the women’s wear) However, there are definitely a few items that I hope end up in my closet.

This outfit is not one of them.

Simply Spell-binding

18 Aug

Confession: She drove me crazy on Beverly Hills 90210, but Tori Spelling’s maternity wardrobe makes me drool.  Third time is definitely a charm for this expectant mom!

Calling All Moms

17 Aug

Confession:  I am well aware that calling cards are perhaps the modern-day dinosaur.  Let’s be real.  If *Billy’s mother is unable to track you down through Google, Facebook, or mutual friends, this is probably not someone who you would want your child hanging out with. 

However, when it comes to free adorable Mommy Calling Cards from Minted, it is hard to resist.  I could not. From now until September 23, Minted is offering 25 free Mommy Calling Cards.  Shipping is not free and from card to cart, you will be charged $7.95.  Such a steal! 

*Name has been changed to protect identity.

T-Elle Photography Fundraiser

8 Aug

Back in May of this year, T-Elle Photography hosted an amazing giveaway for a photo session and prints,  valued at $335. I happened to be the lucky winner of the giveaway and have been so excited to schedule a  family photo session with this incredible artist.  However, two Northwest families that are battling cancer have been heavily on my mind and heart.  I have been thinking of ways to help ease their financial burden. I spoke with Tushna of T-Elle photography and we decided that we would LOVE to auction off the giveaway and donate 100% of the proceeds to the Jostad & Warwick families. In addition to the original photography session, T-Elle Photography has generously decided to donate $300 in photo credit.  The package is now valued at $450! 

Meet the families:

Ethan Jostad is a 9-year-old boy and  his body has been ravaged by  Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer.   While his body is losing the fight, his  spirit has won the war. You can read about  this amazing little boy’s heroic fight  here:

You can make a donation directly to the Jostad family by clicking here.

Meet Krystal:

The second family we are supporting is a local Seattle  mom, Krystal Warwick. Krystal is a 27-year-old mother of  three who was diagnosed with a brain tumor 9 days after  giving birth to her daughter. She has been through  surgery, radiation and will be receiving ongoing  treatments, much of which is not covered by insurance.   You can find additional details on Krystal’s blog here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can make a donation directly to the Warwick family here:

Deposits can be made at any Chase branch. Account # 2976735882. Or, they may be mailed to the Warwick household at 12907 4th Dr SE, Everett, WA 98208.

Fundraiser Details:

The fundraiser starts today and will run until Monday, August 22, 2011. Leave a comment on T-Elle photography’s facebook page with your bid amount.  The highest bid will receive this amazing photography package valued at $450! *Minimum bid $50

Donation must be received by September 1st and photo shoot must be in the Seattle area.

Additional ways you can help?

Spread the word! Tell everyone you know about this fundraiser and these families!

Spread the love! Stop by and “like” Team Ethan Jostad and T-Elle Photography!

A HUGE thank you to T-Elle Photography for the generous donation!!!!

INSANE in Seattle

5 Aug

Confession:  I am OBSESSED with Shakeology and Insanity.  Shake-what you ask? Shakeology.  Those near and dear to me know that I have been raving about both Insanity and Shakeology for months.

Since having two children, I have been on a mission to create the best version of me possible.  I have tried a number of different methods and while many have failed, Beachbody has definitely succeeded.  I have completed one round of Insanity and am currently on my second round.  Yes, that makes me freaking INSANE.  However, I love it! Actually, let me clarify…I love the results.  I often roll my eyes and swear my way through the workouts.  They are the hardest workouts I have ever done.  I went so far as to cancel my gym membership because the program works so much better for my crazy schedule of motherhood and I achieved better results in 60 days with Insanity and Shakeology than I did with two years in the gym.  I complete the workouts in my living room and there are no excuses for me. If I have to run and let the dog out, I do it.  If I need to get milk for one of my kids, I do it.  I just keep pushing play and pulling myself up off the floor.

I made the decision early on that not only do I need to work out, which I have always done fairly consistently, but  I also need to eat cleaner and set a better example for my children.  Don’t get me wrong, I am nowhere near perfect and enjoy pizza and wine as much as the next.  However, I try.  I ordered Shakeology after reading online raves and it has become my multi-vitamin.  I have a shake every day for breakfast and love how it makes me feel.  I have even done the 3 day Cleanse with Shakeology and lost 7 lbs the last time around.  The stuff is simply fabulous.  The only downfall to Shakeology is the price.  It is expensive.  However, I view it as a lifestyle modification and have given up my afternoon coffee from Starbucks to balance the budget per se.  In addition, I signed up as a “Coach” to receive the product at a discount and to hold myself accountable to my goals.  I truly feel the Beachbody programs are absolutely amazing. I am so inspired by many of my friends that have made incredible changes on p90x and Insanity.  I just happen to be one of the masses that has had success with the program.

Ok, I am off to push play and sweat myself to a healthier me! If you are seriously interested in trying Shakeology, send me a message and I am happy to send you a sample.  I am also planning on starting TurboFire once I finish my second round of Insanity.  (Approx. 3 weeks) If you are interested in joining me, let me know! Happy Friday!

Juicy Deals

3 Aug

There are so many “deals” out there! Trust me, I have purchased my fair share! However, there is a new kid on the Seattle block!  (Not so new in other areas of the country)  Welcome Juice In The City!

This fabulous deal finder uses moms to find the best deals in local communities.  Juice in the City focuses on local mom favorites and passes the savings along to others in the community! It is a win-win! Moms win and local businesses win! What is not to absolutely love?!  You may even recognize a local Juice in the City mom or two!

Want to see today’s sweeeeeet deal:

Today's Juicy Deal