22 BEST Labor Day Sales

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In case you didn’t know, Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers in this country.  Just thought it was necessary to highlight that since, you know, it’s Labor Day and all.

In other news, here’s a list of Labor Day sales that might interest you!  Some of them have already started so get on ‘em!

Amazon Fashion: Up to 70% off women’s clothes, shoes, jewelry, and watches. Ends Sept. 1.

American Apparel: Extra 30% off sale items with code BIGDEAL. Ends Sept. 1.

Anthropologie: Extra 20% off sale items.

ASOS: Up to 75% off dresses.

Gilt: Up to 80% off select items

H&M: Labor day deals starting at $4.95. Ends Sept. 1.

Intermix: Extra 40% off sale (savings applied at checkout).

J.Crew: Extra 40% off sale styles with code WEEKEND. Ends August 31.

JewelMint: 50% off site wide including extra 50% off sale items. Ends Sept. 1.

Juicy Couture Black Label: Take $15 off purchases of $100 or more, $40 off $200 or more, and $75 off $300 with code JCLABORDAY. Ends Sept. 2

Madewell: Take 20% off select dresses and boots plus extra 30% off sale with code YESYES. Ends Sept. 2.

Nasty Gal: Labor day sale items starting at 30% off.

Nordstrom: Up to 40% off clearance items. Ends Sept. 7.

Of A Kind: 35% off select fine jewelry with code AFINEFRENZY. Ends Sept. 2.

Old Navy: 50% off site wide. Starts August 29 and ends Sept. 1.

The Outnet: Up to 50% off M Missoni merchandise.

Revolve: Up to 70% off select items.

Sephora: Up to 75% off sale items.

Shoemint: 50% off site wide and extra 50% off sale items. Ends Sept. 1.

Shopbop: Up to 70% off select items

Stylemint: 50% off site wide and extra 50% off sale items. Ends Sept. 1.

Topshop: 30% off select items. Ends Sept. 2.

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How to Work Your Curves

Newsflash!  The average American woman is a size 12-14, and sadly the average woman has minor body image issues.  Even women who are considered petite have days when a pair of super skinny jeans are not in the plans.  I’m here to tell you, that you don’t need to hide behind ill-fitting, boring clothing.  Sure, black is a sliming color to wear, but that doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re going to funeral every day.  Here are 5 ways to use your wardrobe to celebrate your curves.

First, patterns are still very much in style.  The key to making this look work is to find a dress with an allover dark pattern.  The darker the pattern the better.  Patterns keep the eye moving and take attention away from shape concerns.

Next, the easiest way to define your waist is to fake it.  Add a cropped jacket over a dress and voila, you’ve got a waist.  The jacket will hit at your natural waistline creating the illusion of a curve right where you want it instead of where you don’t.

In this warm climate, there’s nothing wrong with showing a little skin as long as  you do it tastefully.  As I tell my daughters, make sure you’re always appropriate.  I’m a huge fan of wearing layers, but did you know that when you wear too many layers you can end up looking larger than you actually are?  It’s true.  A great way to show more skin without showing more skin is to wear sheer fabrics.  Blouses with sheer sleeves as well as dresses and skirts with sheer hemlines will always allow you to suggest more skin without revealing too much.  And they’re much cooler during the hot summer months.

You’d be surprised to know that working your curves doesn’t only apply to what you wear, but also how you accessorize.  A bold sparkling necklace or dazzling drop earrings will draw attention where you want it.  The more spectacular the better.

Color is your friend.  I’m not sure who started the rumor that curvy women should not wear color, but that’s a complete and total fib.  Color looks amazing on curvy women especially in monochromatic tones deep blues and emerald greens, even a sapphire red.  This fall, think about pairing your solid monochrome dress with a dark colored pair of tights.  This combination will make your legs look amazingly slim and trim.

Here are a list of some of my favorite curvy bloggers to see how it’s done:

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http://www.curvesandconfidence.com/

http://girlwithcurves.com/

http://www.diaryofachicmommy.com/

http://thecurvyfashionista.com/

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Bless me with Patience – Wednesday Prayer

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God deals with all of us in certain areas.  For me, it’s patience.  I try so hard to be patient and exercise grace when I’m being pulled in many directions, but boy is it hard.  I like this little prayer for patience and I try to remember it when those moments come.

In what area does God deal with you?

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Lansinoh Signature Pro Double Electric Breast Pump {PRODUCT REVIEW}

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Research shows that breast milk is the best nourishment for your newborn.  Who can argue with that?  Afterall, there’s nothing more organic than mother’s milk.  Regardless of your choice, what’s important is that your child is getting the appropriate amount of nourishment and is growing, period!  The decision to nurse or formula feed is a very personal decision should be made solely by the parents.  So, here I’m just sharing a little about my decisions with my 4 and a very helpful pump.

MY DECISION

With each of my 4 children, I started out nursing.  Although, when I returned to work from maternity leave I made the transition to formula feed.  I purchased a GRACO brand breast pump with the intention of pumping while at work, but the pump was so painful that I had to stop using it.  With baby #4, Jonny, I’m nursing primarily but also supplementing with Similac Sensitive Formula.  Because I’m no longer “on the leash” I have more flexibility to be able to continue nursing longer and to tell you the truth I’m very excited.  I don’t know how long I’ll nurse but as long as he’s getting the appropriate nourishment and is happy then I’ll keep it up.

NURSING HIGHS

There are so many great reasons to pump. For me, the greatest reason is the natural bonding experience. The other great thing about nursing, is it helps the baby weight fall off faster.  But, more importantly I’m beginning to realize that as parents we have such a short time to make meaningful connections with our children. My children are at a period in life when they want mom and dad around all the time. They want to play make-believe with us, read with us, sing and dance with us, tell us their fears and secrets and crawl into bed with us. In just a few short years, a lot of these things will be distant fond memories. The children will be finding themselves without mommy and daddy. We’ll be wishing we had those precious moments back and hadn’t shoo’ed the kids away to finish other meaningless tasks. For me, I want nursing to be the beginning of a life-long commitment to make a meaningful connection with my Jonny.

NURSING LOWS

I’d be lying if I said that nursing is a breeze. For me, it wasn’t. I gave a subtle reference in this post last week when I shared with you what to pack in your hospital bag and decided I’d share a little more. The downside of nursing is that it’s usually pretty painful at first.  Baby’s usually have a natural rooting reflex, which is to move their mouths to suck.  They also turn their heads to find your breast, instinctively.  While this comes natural, knowing how to latch on to my breast didn’t come as easily.  Early on, there were several times when I just had to ignore the pain so that my baby could eat.  It even got to the point when I dreaded the thought of nursing because the pain was so extreme.  It would eventually get better but it was a rough start.  The other low, which I can’t necessarily attribute to nursing, is engorgement.  When the breast become full with milk, the milk needs to be expressed or it will cause engorgement.  This is where a good breast pump comes in to play.

PRODUCTS

A few months into my pregnancy, I was surprised to receive a Klout notification that there was a Lansinoh perk waiting for me.  I checked it out and not paying super close attention, I accepted it.  A week or so later a Lansinoh Signature Pro Double Electric Breast Pump arrived at my front door.  I was super surprised and thought it was really cool for them to send it to me but to be honest I wasn’t looking forward to the “pumping process” again, but I’d give it a shot.  Fast forward to July 25, baby is here and I can begin using the pump.  My experience with this pump was nothing like my last experience.  What I love most about this pump is that it comes with a supper comfortable bra-like garment that allows you to multi-task while pumping.  Sure, it looks kind of silly, but I don’t care who you are, there’s no way to make pumping look glamorous.  You should have seen Jon’s face the first time I walked into the room wearing it, of course with a completely clueless look on my face.  He laughed.  My old pump was not hands-free so I was chained to my rocking chair with nothing to do but stare at the wall and pump, like some creepy old lady from a horror movie.  It was great to be able to control the suction level so that it wasn’t too strong.  Not to mention, it was also pretty quiet compared to the last pump which sounded something like a baby lawnmower.

Disclosure: I received this product free via Klout and chose to mention it on my blog.   Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:

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15 Things to Post {when you’re out of ideas}

15 things to post

 

Let’s face it.  It happens to all of us at some point in our blogging journey.  We get bloggers brain, when we can’t think of a single thing to blog about.  While some might suggest that it means you just sit it out and don’t blog, while the die-hard bloggers say you think of something and get to blogging.  For those die-hards, here’s a list of things to blog about that you might not have thought of before.

1.  Love story.  Tell readers about how you and your spouse first met.  Where did you go?  Were you immediately smitten by him or did he have to grow on to you?  How did you know he was the one?  Of course pictures of you back then are fun to share as well.

2.  Instagram.  I’m very visual as are most bloggers.  Share a few of your favorite pictures from Instagram and tell your readers the context of the picture.  Readers love to hear the back story to pictures.

3.  Personal favorites.  A round up of your favorites (bloggers, favorite places to eat, online stores, apps, etc.)

4.  Reader comment.  Dedicate an entire post to responding to a comment left by a reader.  You may want to keep the reader anonymous, but if you choose to share who the reader is for the sake of giving her a shot out, be sure and get permission.

5. Nightstand.  Your nightstand is usually covered with items you use or need before bed or when you wake up.  Take a picture of your nightstand and describe the items there.

6. A day in the life.  Your life.  Believe it or not, you’d be surprised to know just how many readers are interested in knowing the basics of what you do on a daily basis. Tell readers what a typical day looks like.  Include products you use, food you eat, etc.

7.  Recipe.  Share a recipe that you’ve successfully made, are planning to make, or only dream of making.  Tell readers why you like this recipe.  If you’re going to cook the recipe, be sure to take pictures along the way.

8.  Workspace.  You’ve seen it before and chances are you love it.  Maybe it’s just me but I love to see how people organize their desks to optimize space and cuteness.  Tell what inspired you and what were absolute must haves with your workspace.  Include pictures.  If you incorporated any DIYs into this workspace, you can write another post on how you created the DIY.

9.  Goals. What are you goals for the rest of the year.  How close are you to getting there?  What are the biggest obstacles, and opportunities to reaching your goal?

10. Burnout.  How do you cope with blogger burnout or lack of inspiration.  Tell readers if there are other bloggers, networks or groups you go to for inspiration.

11.  Solicit feedback.  Tell your readers how much you value them and ask them to give you feedback on how to make your blog better.  Follow through with incorporating some of those suggestions as well as responding to comments.

12.  Why did you start blogging?  Tell readers what your blogging journey has been and why blogging is important to you.

13.  Superstars.  Be it Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter or Bloglovin we all have our favorite accounts to follow.  Tell readers who you’re following and why you love them so much.

14.  Road trip.  Okay, maybe you don’t do roadtrips, but what was the most memorable trip you’ve gone on.  Tell your readers about why this trip was so memorable and of course all the funny or enlightening moments that happened along the way.

15.  Casual conversation. Whether you know it or not, there are tons of blog topics found in the casual conversations we have on a daily basis.  Tell your readers about an interesting conversation you recently had.  It may be a challenge to find pictures that match the subject matter, but give it a shot.

Hope this is helpfu!

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The Power of A Praying Mom – Wednesday Prayer

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Today is back to school day in the Young home.  I was really excited to celebrate it in a fun way {which I’ll share with you here in the coming days}. While I was able to pray with my littles and help get them dressed and have breakfast, I didn’t ride with them to school and walk them to class.  I’m still home with baby Jonny, but Daddy and grandpa {better known as Big Daddy} went with them.  I put Daddy up to the task of taking pictures of them and making sure they are settled and feel positive about the first day of school although we’ve been coaching them for the past 2 weeks.

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see that we had a little of our First Day of School breakfast party.  Just wanted to make things memorable and special for them.  Of course, as soon as the garage went down, I cried like a infant.  My babies are growing up!

How are you dealing with first day of school meltdown?

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Back to School

With school starting back up this week, I’m having mixed emotions.  All of the littles will be in school except Jonny.  Jaxon is going to first grade, Julia is going to Kindergarten and Jayde will be in preschool.  Being home with them this summer has given me the chance to see Jaxon and Julia develop their “negotiation skills” as well as their “leadership skills” and I’ve watched Jayde mimic their every move.  She’s growing so quickly and even tells us that she’s not a baby anymore.

Speaking of back to school I thought I would put together a short list of ways to celebrate the first day of school!

1. BTS breakfast party.  For 99 cents I put together a fun little breakfast party for the kids. 99 cents were for the balloons.  Everything else I had at home.  I spelled out “1st Day of School” out of regular 8 1/2 x 11 colored paper cut in half and with the scraps I made large confetti squares.  We had pancakes, fruit, powdered sugar and strawberry syrup in the fridge so that was easy.  The kids really liked it and were very surprised.  The best part was they went to school with a positive attitude.

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2. Lunchbox love. A special note like, “Hope you’re having a great day!” or a bite of your child’s gave candy {just a bite} with a note that says he/she can have the rest of his/her treat after school.
3. After school snack surprise. Granted I never need a reason to eat ice cream, the first day of school is a great reason to make a pit stop on the way home and discuss the first day over a cone.
4. Make a sign.  I found some really cute printable signs to send to Hubby for printing.  Here’s where I found them.

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Praying you and your family have a wonderful year!

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