Padalily Arm Cushion Review

It’s no secret my babies come out big. Brielle and Wade both weighed almost 10 pounds at birth 😱. As many parents know carrying a constantly growing baby in a car seat can be a bit of a workout. Add a diaper bag, purse, and masks to the equation and your hands are completely full. That’s why I was super excited when Padalily.com wanted me to try out their Padalily Arm Cushion for Wade’s carrier. The arm cushion was great for relieving the weight of the carrier and adding support when putting my him in and out of the car.
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Moms and Moms to be this a great and affordable accessory to add a little cushion and comfort in your life. Be sure to checkout @lilywinnail for more cute designs.

Brown Sugar Chicken

I will be the first to admit I’m not the best when it comes to meal planning. However over the weekend my husband and I decided to plan out our monthly budget and realized we were spending way too much money on food delivery services and fast food. So, we made a goal to focus on meal planning for the week and sticking to eating at home. One of my favorite go to recipes is Ayesha Curry’s Brown Sugar Chicken from her cookbook The Seasoned Life. 

My family loves this recipe even my 6 year old daughter whose main food groups currently includes: mac and cheese, cheese quesadilla, green beans, and jelly sandwiches.  Can’t get 

enough of this “sweet chicken”. 

Ayesha Curry Brown Sugar Chicken 

(courtesy of thereal.com)

Ingredients:

4 Chicken Quarters

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp chopped shallots

3 cloves chopped garlic

3/4 cup chicken stock/broth

1 cup low sodium soy

2 cups brown sugar

1 heaping tbsp freshly chopped ginger

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Heat a dutch pot on med high to high heat with your butter and olive oil.

3. Generously salt and pepper your chicken quarters. Brown the skin of your chicken in the pot for about 2 mins on each side until it’s crisp and golden brown.

4. Remove the chicken quarters and reduce the heat to medium. Add in the shallots and garlic.

5. Deglaze the pot with the chicken stock. Scrape down all of the sides to make sure you get all of the delicious seasonings and flavors into the broth.

6. Add in the soy sauce, brown sugar and ginger. Simmer the sauce for about 5-10 mins.

7. Add the chicken quarters back into the pot, place the lid on and bake for 45min to an hour.

8. The chicken will be flavorful and falling off the bone. Enjoy!

Giveaway: Bring on the Bump

Bring on the Bump Giveaway!!!

Bump Date: 22 Weeks 4 DaysBalance has been the overarching motif for the past few weeks in my household. Between teaching remotely, homeschooling my daughter, and being a wife, everything has started to become one big #quarantined blur. However, creating a daily schedule has helped me keep balance and sanity during these surreal times.

Here are some beautiful mamas/moms-to-be that juggle motherhood with style and grace:

@chelseyann__

@chequelagaines

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@priddle08

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Exciting new I’ve teamed up with @motherhoodmaternity to challenge you expecting mamas to enter the “bring on the bump” contest! ⁣⁣⁣

How to enter:

⁣⁣• Follow @motherhoodmaternity & like the contest post ⁣⁣

• Post your bump photo with #MHJuggle & Tag @motherhoodmaternity

• Tag 5 moms in your squad to join

⁣⁣•This giveaway runs from 4/1-4/25 2020 ⁣⁣And a random winner will be chosen each day to win a Motherhood Maternity care package including a $100 gift card to motherhood maternity! ⁣⁣ #MHjuggle#brandssupportingmoms

MommyMoments: 5 Must-Haves

I know it’s been a minute but I’m back with brand new motherhood content, organization hacks, and beauty tips. Life has been a whirlwind for the past few months (more about that coming soon, but 2019 is here and it’s time to get things in order. Let’s face it as moms, wives, career women, and entrepreneurs our day is jam-packed with numerous to-do items. With that being said, one of my goals for the new year is finding ways to better organize my days, weeks, and months so that I can conquer these tasks efficiently. So to kick things off, today I’m sharing my top 5 busy mom must-haves.

Planners: Raise your hand if your life revolves around your planner. I’ll be the first to admit my planner keeps me sane. It helps me keep track of my personal tasks as well as my family’s busy schedules. The personal planner I’m currently using is the Glamorous Planning Planner, but usually, Michaels is my go-to spot for all things planner related.

Functional Purse/Tote Bag: I’m so guilty of carrying around my purse, work bag, and iPad case because I never know when I’m going to need something. But lately, I’ve been following the motto “Work smarter, not harder.”; so I decided to invest in a more functional tote bag which can hold everything I need while I’m on the go, but still looks cute. Piper Nobel makes amazing functional totes and purses and is a great starting point for anyone interested in consolidating their load.

Digital Calendar: All phones and most tablets have some sort of digital calendar. Since my phone uses Android my go-to is Google Calendar. I love the fact that I can add events and appointment directly from my email, sync my info across various platforms and devices, and share planning items between my husband and me. If Google isn’t your thing, then check out your respective app store for the hundreds of calendar options available there.

Checklist App: Checklist apps are great for ensuring the more immediate to-do items in your life are taken care of. There are a million checklist apps so research and find the one that works best for you. My current favorite is Wunderlist: it’s very user-friendly and helps me keeps my day together.

Water Bottle: I know this seems random but daily water intake is vital. Personally, having some form of a water bottle with me is a great reminder to mind my water intake. The cup I use the most is my Zak! brand tumbler, which is similar to the more expensive Yeti cups but is way more affordable and just as effective.

I hope you find these tools useful and be sure to hit the comments below with some of your busy moms must-haves.

Brand Ambassador: Pineapple Clothing

Our Sunday family outing turned into a Disney dress shopping spree for this kiddo but at least we were cute  (Look at how adorable our tops are!!!)

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We’ve team with Pineapple Clothing to be brand ambassadors for their mommy and me line. If you have the time check out their website; it has tons of mommy and me outfits just in time for Easter. Get 20% off with the code: beeedw 

Shop: Pineapple Clothing 

 

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DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

February is the month of hearts, love, and flowers, but if you tend to procrastinate in the gift department like me then you’re probably rushing to find the perfect gift for your significant other. Don’t fret, because I have some last minute DIY Valentine’s gifts that your loved ones will fall in love with.

(pictures via pinterest)

Valentine’s Day Jar

Step Outin Style!

Mugs Set

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Sweet Treats

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Spa Time

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Love Notes

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Let me know some of your favorite DIY projects in the comments below and don’t forget to follow my Pinterest board for tutorials of the projects listed above.

 

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