When I think of Valentine’s Day, it’s hard to get away from thinking about flowers, hearts, candy and anything pink and red. But we can’t forget about the men in our lives, lol. So here are some Valentine’s gifts for the man in your life. Whether it’s your SO, Dad, Grandpa or a Teen Boy. This list should have you covered.
I’m back with another Valentine’s gift guide. This time it’s a fun one for the littles in your life. There’s something for every age that will be fun and exciting on your day of love spent with your little nuggets.
Do you have special things planned for your kiddos for Valentine’s Day? I still have 40+ valentines cards to help fill out for my 2 youngest nuggets classrooms. (pray for me, lol.) We may order in because Valentine’s Day in a restaurant is always a crowded event, lol.
Hi Babes! So Valentines Day is just around the corner and I figured would put together some gift guides for all the loves in your life. Whether a Galentines Gift, a Gift for that special someone or a teen. I’ve picked some gift options that are great gifts for everyone in your life! There are gifts for all different price ranges and most are on Amazon for easy shopping and quick delivery, just in the nick of time. So first up on the gift guide agenda, Valentine’s Day gifts for Her!
I love online shopping, its convenient and you don’t even have to leave your bed, lol. So anything that takes the guesswork out of my shopping experience is even better. I decided to try out this monthly clothing subscription service for the last few months by Nadine West. It’s a free monthly clothing service that’s super simple and quick. So here’s the breakdown:
You go to nadinewest.com and sign up, take a style quiz based on your likes and dislikes style wise and then just sit back an wait. They curate a package with a top, a bottom, a dress, jewelry, gift cards or other fun accessories and send it out to you. Once your package arrives you will get time to try everything and see what you like and what fits your style. You get a packing slip in your fun shiny pink envelope with the items you received and the individual prices for each along with a return date for sending back what you aren’t keeping. When it’s time to mail anything back, just put everything you aren’t keeping back in the same envelope and stick the return label over the sent label, drop it off at the post office or give it to your mailman and that’s it.
They debit your account $9.78 for shipping which is credited to whatever you choose to keep so that your shipping is free. If you decide to send everything back for that shipment then you will ONLY pay your one-time shipping cost of $9.78 even if you send everything back. Super easy and simple. Also, it’s ok if it takes a few shipments for you to get some items you like. It may take a couple times for them to get your style down to a science but they definitely will work to make sure you get items that you love.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this break down of how Nadine West works and hopefully it made you want to try it out for yourself. If you would like to try it out just go to http://Nadinewest.com and use my referral code: UVPF-XDJ2-BJ78 and let the fun begin. Are there any clothing subscription services that you love or have tried? Let me know in the comments below, I’m always looking for new and fun shopping experiences.
You’re not alone. I’m right there with you, sprawled out on the floor like a washed-up starfish. Just ready to drown in my tears. I’m there too. You didn’t imagine it would be like this. You always saw those beautiful photos of mothers looking their best with such well-behaved children in tow. But that’s not always reality. In fact, it’s not a reality at all. Life is messy, you learn as you go. Some have it better than others at first, but everybody eventually finds their way.
For the SAHM-there’s the sleepless nights, the loneliness, wanting to talk to someone old enough to buy a beer, so much so that when the UPS guy or the mailman comes you start talking about random things and they’re looking at you like ‘Ok lady, here’s your mail.” No? Just me? K, thanks! Well, I’m there too. To the working single mom and the married single mom (you know what I mean) who has to wake up, get dressed for work, get kids ready for school, get out the door and everyone where they need to be on time. Then get off work, pick up kids, grocery shop, go home, cook dinner, run baths, do laundry, remember all appts, performances, field trips, little Suzie’s birthday party and so on. Every mom who’s lost sleep or cried themselves to sleep or even both. You rocked a sick child or children to sleep, you’ve sent your kids off to school for the day only to worry the entire time they’re out of your sight for their safety and well being. I FEEL you. When you’ve tried everything and your child is still inconsolable and you’re just touched out and drained. When you’ve breastfed so much that you don’t even want to touch your own body to shower. When all you want to do is crawl into the nearest bed and sleep for days. I UNDERSTAND. You’re not alone. You’re not wrong. You’re not a bad mom for making tv dinners or letting them eat whatever is in the pantry just so they can go to bed and get out of your hair. You love them, you made them, you carried them, you felt and heard their heartbeat before they even knew who you were. It’s ok. There’s millions of us. We’re everywhere, feeling all the feels.
The next time you see that mom that looks like she’s going to exit out the back of Publix and leave her screaming child right there on the floor in the chip aisle. You just look at her and say, girl, I FEEL you. I UNDERSTAND. We need more compassion, more help, more support, more love. Stop judging so much and band together. I mean we need some defense against these toddlers man, like they’re seriously cray, lol. Mothers do an extremely exhausting and endless job. It’s thankless, there’s no trophy or award given. Sometimes you just want to punch your SO when they haven’t helped you do one thing around the house but still expect you to have dinner on the table and then be ready to get sexy later even though you’re currently wearing your “fancy sweats” and your “good” t-shirt for the third day in a row because you’ve either had no time or just been so exhausted you couldn’t even get up the strength to make it to the bathroom to shower.
Sometimes your kids even make you cry. No? Just me again? Ugh, ok then. Yes, that’s right. My 14 yr old has made me cry and so has my 4 yr old. Girls can be mean, lmao. But for real they are. But, you know what? I’m doing my best and so are you. There is no manual to life, especially the having children part. No one tells you that once you become a mother, no excuse me, once you conceive, that your whole life changes. You begin changing and adapting and protecting from day 1. Your body does things that shouldn’t even be humanly possible, you create life. I mean I don’t want to toot my own horn but man I’m pretty awesome, lol. I mean really, so are you. You’re awesome, mom in the PJ pants, sweatshirt, no bra and sunglasses to hide your eye bags in the car rider line. (If i’m alone in this morning fashion choice, I’m gonna scream, LOL).
I’m with you mom currently looking at her peacefully sleeping SO while being puked on at 3 am and thinking of ways to slap him and pretend it was a dream when he wakes up. Sometimes I just want to walk out my front door and get in my car and drive off. Have an Eat, Pray, Love moment and then figure it out from there. But I don’t and neither do you. We stay, we show up every day without fail. We keep things running like a well-oiled machine, sometimes everything doesn’t go as planned but you get through it. So the next time you’re on the floor, just close your eyes and imagine the other moms out there just like you. On the floor like washed up starfish, so exhausted they could probably fall asleep just like that, hearing small voices calling their name and just wanting to burst into tears. Just know that we’re there, know that we’re together in mind and spirit. I will hold your hand in spirit. We’re together on that floor and we will lay there and cry and feel our feels and then get up, pull ourselves together and return to the chaos.
But when it’s all said and done. Here we are, standing by our children’s beds or looking at them peacefully sleeping next to us and think, “I love you so much, I never knew my heart could feel this much love for anything other than Jason Momoa.” , lol j/k j/k.” But seriously, they know. They know you love them, they know you care and even though they said you ruined their life the other night or they hate you, they don’t. Let’s not forget we were all kids once and I’m sure our own moms have plenty to say about how we acted when we were children. But once they get older and they begin to think you’re uncool, they dont want to kiss you infront of their friends anymore and they think you don’t know anything, just know that will pass and they will grow to want your opinion. They will want to call you randomly and be appalled when you don’t answer the phone, lol. You’re the first person they want to tell great news and the one they want to make proud the most. Because they’re the only person who has heard your heartbeat from the inside. You’re a great mom, you’re doing great and if no one has told you today, I love you!
It’s December Babes! We’ve made it to the end of 2018 and that’s so crazy to me. November was a great month, especially with all of the sales and I’m sure this month won’t disappoint either. Have you started decorating for the Christmas season yet? I always start decorating December 1st. I like to enjoy the fall and Thanksgiving decor for a bit before Winter Wonderland starts, lol.
Here is my Instagramrecap for November. I’ve added links with all my outfit details, and quick links for my November Insta posts as always. Also, don’t forget that you can find me @lolanicoleblogs on the free 21Buttons app and that way you can shop all my outfits with a quick click without waiting for a blog post to go live, YAY!
I’m so excited because this is one of my favorite holidays. I can’t wait for the food coma to start, lol. Also, those BLACK FRIDAY sales are rolling in! So here’s a round-up of all the sales for the stores that I love and shop the most, so you know where to shop. I will update this list as more stores announce their sales, so keep checking back.
I will try and update as much as I can on Insta stories as well so that you know when some sales are ending and if anything has changed. Follow me here for updates. Grab a plate and get comfy in front of your computer because the sales are rolling in!
Let’s Get Shopping!
ABERCROMBIE– 50% off the entire store and Free Shipping on all orders.
ASOS– Up to 60% off Pre-Black Friday Sale. Get 25% off with Code EPIC25.
BLOOMINGDALES– Get $25 off every $200 spent on select items and up to 50% off select items online and in store.
I’m all for girl power. Especially mom built businesses because we all know it’s hard enough to be a mom without having any other responsibilities so to add a business to the pile of things to do is a lot and I commend and support any mom out there trying to make a better life for themselves and their families.
I have a deep love for a comfy tee and jeans. So when I find new mom shops that have cute tees, pullovers, and more I’m in heaven. This post is to share two of my most favorite mom shops that I’ve been shopping for a while. I found both on Instagram and have been hooked ever since. I love them because they have sizing options and accessories for everyone including the kids and dad too. Both shops have unisex size tees so that you have a more oversized comfort fit but you can also get your regular size in some tees as well.
-The T-Shirts I have are all unisex sizing and I’m wearing a size Medium for a more oversized fit. If you want a more fitted look size down one.
-My Pullover is also unisex sizing and I’m wearing a size Medium.
I’m 5’8″. Typically wear 9-9.5 in shoes and a size 10 if they run small. M/L in tops and dresses. 6-8 in Jeans depending on make and brand.
Do you have a favorite mom shop you love? If not, definitely try these shops out because they’re the best. Their customer service is awesome too. Check out their Instagram pages @CHARLOTTEANDEZRA and @MOMLIFEMUSTHAVES.
Being a blogger is a lot of work. It’s not just the perfectly edited, amazing daily life and vacation photos you see online. The, behind the scenes editing, is a lot of work and time. Aside from photoshoots, flatlays and home decor pictures you have to take. Then you have to edit them for posting on your Blog, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. That can be time-consuming and stressful. These apps have totally saved me whether it be time, confusion or finding a great preset. They are the apps that I am currently using on the daily.
There are so many today and a lot of bloggers use a lot more apps or different ones but since I’m just diving all into this blogging thing I had to start from the bottom and figure it all out on my own. These apps were the easiest to understand and learn how to use for me so I’ve stuck with these through the years. I don’t use many and I don’t do much editing on my photos other than my preset but here’s a list of apps that have made things so much easier for me with my Instagram, blogging, and vlogging.
I hope this post helped you a little more on your blogging journey. Whether you’re just posting for fun or to make this a full-time career. These will definitely help steer you in the right direction for having a more seamless, professional and organized feed.
Who’s ready for Black Friday?! Now don’t get me wrong, when I talk about Black Friday i’m not talking about the going to the stores part. I’m talking about the online sales. I do most of my Black Friday shopping online. It’s easier because you don’t have to get up, get dressed and fight through traffic on the roads and in the stores. The long lines, the short stock, just yuck! You can shop all your favorite stores at the click of a mouse and stay in your pjs at the same time. Who doesn’t love that?
Online Shopping Tip:
Go in the store location first and try on things that you need to make sure they fit. Like jeans, pants, bras, etc. T-Shirts I know I can get a medium or large in. Medium if it’s TTS and Large if I want a little more room or an oversized fit. But doing that will help you when shopping online. If there is no store nearby or at all for the boutique you’re shopping at online, then take your body measurements and look on their size chart to match with a size. That will more than likely give you the right size when you receive it unless their size chart is really off in which usually doesn’t happen.
I can’t wait to Black Friday shop on PrettyLittleThing.us. I’ve been shopping on the site for over a year now and I love all the cute outfits they have at such affordable prices. They’re always on trend but I can stick to my budget rule of not paying outrageous prices for on trend items. Which is important because this mama likes to save money, lol.
I’ve put together this post to bring you some cute outfits you need to grab between now and Black Friday. PrettyLittleThing always has awesome sales and discount codes and Black Friday is no exception. I’ll definitely be on the site grabbing all the things, lol. But make sure you get on there early because all the cute things sell out quick (at least everything I want in my size) *insert cry face emoji* lol.
I love this AURIEL BURGUNDY KNITTED JOGGER JUMPER loungewear set. It’s so comfy, like wearing a sweater all over your body. It’s perfect for fall because it’s not super thick but not too thin either. The pullover can be worn off the shoulder and I sized up for a more oversized fit.
I got this BASIC V NECK T SHIRT DRESS in 2 colors because I thought it was so cute. I feel like it’s more flattering on my shape when I wear it with a knot either on the side or in front. It adds a nice silhouette to my body. It can be worn like a deep v or off the shoulder. I paired it with a jean jacket because it’s a dress that can be transitioned into fall and a jean jacket is good for places that don’t get cold at all but a little cool. Because the jacket can still be worn inside stores or restaurants (at least I do because I’m always cold, lol.) But the dress can be worn alone with light accessories or dressed up for a night out. I love versatile clothing pieces and these dresses definitely are.
This cute PRETTYLITTLETHING BLACK T SHIRT DRESS I had to have because it’s cute but casual. It can be worn all year round for me (I live in Florida) or anyone else that has warm weather for a majority of the year. A T-shirt Dress is something every girl needs to have in her wardrobe because it’s effortless casual cute. It has the relaxed casual comfort of a basic t-shirt and the length and style of a dress. Just add some cute accessories like a layered necklace, baseball hat and sneakers and you instantly look effortlessly cute and put together.
-Sets are TTS and have good stretch. I’m wearing a size 8 in Camo Set and size Medium in Black set.
-T-Shirt Dress runs TTS. I’m wearing a size 6.
-Olive and Tan Basic V-Neck T-Shirt Dresses run a little big, I’m wearing a size 8 but I would have sized down.
I’m 5’8″. Typically wear 9-9.5 in shoes and a size 10 if they run small. M/L in tops and dresses. 6-8 in Jeans depending on make and brand.
I hope this post helped you guys find some cute things to grab during Black Friday. Let me know in the comments if you’ve got your eyes on anything from PrettyLittleThing. Are there any other online shops you can’t wait to catch sales on?