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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Casual Fall Outfit Idea | What I Wore #ootd

Fall weather is finally here, and I admit that fall is my favorite fashion season of all. I love the look of scarves and boots, without the hassle of a coat. Adding a scarf can make a simple, casual outfit look a little bit fancier.

This weekend, we hit up Clover Market - my favorite outdoor vintage market. It was a fabulous day - sunny, with a crispness to the air, so I pulled out my favorite spring purchase, a polka-dot sweatshirt.

I am NOT a sweatshirt and jeans kind of girl, but I admit to owning a couple and styling them up with own personal touches.  Case in point:

Mid-Life Mom Style - Casual Fall Outfit | My Scraps

Jeans - NYMJ
Sweatshirt - Coldwater Creek
Shoes - Aerosoles (old)
Bag - Kate Spade
Necklace - Tiffany
Earrings - Kate Spade
Bracelets - Alex and Ani, AnnikaLane, Tiffany

When we left the house, it was still pretty chilly, so I threw on a scarf for an added bit of warmth and a pop pf color.

Casual Fall Scarf | Mid-Life Mom Style

What fall clothes have you broken out already?

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This post is linked up at The Pleated Poppy and at Get Your Pretty On.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - 2014 Week 36

This week I am heading off to the Type-A-Parent Conference in Atlanta, GA. I don't travel too much for work at this point, as the only driver, and with no close family, coordinating the kids' schedules can be tough. My husband is more than capable of handling school, homework, dinners and everything else, so I am lucky that I don't need to leave any prepared meals, long lists, detailed directions or anything like that.

I'll pick up a few extra quick meal ingredients from the store this week and they will be set. How do you prepare for times when you're away from home?

Here's what we have on the menu for htis week:

Monday - Tortellini Soup, Crusty Bread, Salad
Tuesday - Taco Tuesday, Corn and Guacamole
Wednesday - Salmon, Buttered Noodles, Spinach
Thursday - Boys Night
Friday - Pizza Night
Saturday and Sunday - TBD

What are you making this week?

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This post is linked up at I'm An Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Is Your Child In The Right Seat?

Where and how do your kids ride in the car? Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children age 1 to 13 in the US? The fatality rate could be reduced by about half, if the correct child safety seat were always used.

Child Passenger Safety Week - Is Your Child in the Right Seat?

This week, September 14 - 20, 2014 is  Child Passenger Safety Week. With the help of the Ad Council and Element Associates, I'm bringing you some important information to help you keep your kids safe when they ride in the car.

One of the goals of Child Passenger Safety Week is to encourage parents and caregivers (like you and me) to visit to determine if your child is in the right seat for his or her age and size.  

We are definitely "no tolerance" when it comes to car seats and seat belts. My kids ALWAYS ride in a car seat (if required) and wear seat belts, or we don't go. They are not allowed to unbuckle if the car is on - ever. We do not roam around the car in "carline" for school or camp. Car seat safety is not an option for us.

Safety seats, if used correctly, dramatically reduce the risk of fatality or injury to children. When I was a child, I remember sitting on the arm rest in the front seat of my grandparents' Lincoln Continental. Can you imagine letting your child do that these days?

We are so much smarter and there are more laws to protect our safety these days, however research shows that three out of every four seats are not used correctly. This means the child is not in the correct car seat for their age, height and weight OR the car seat is not installed correctly.  If a car seat isn't installed properly, your child's safety could be in danger. Every car seat has different installation instructions. You can find resources and tips to help you get the right fit on your car seats online. I found out that the back of our son's booster seat needed to be raised up! You can also locate a seat check event in your area.

Even as smart as we are, in 2012, over one-third (37%) of children killed in car crashes were not is car seat or wearing seat belts. That is 37% too many! While you're online, be sure to register your child's car seat with the manufacturer, so that you can be informed of any recalls.

I hope you found this information useful - let's all be safe out there!

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This post was created in cooperation with the Ad Council, The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Element Associates to help raise awareness of a serious issue. I was not compensated for my time, and all statistics were provided to me.  All opinions are as always, my own.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Searching for a Good Night's Sleep

Getting a Good Night's Sleep

Is there anything better in life than a really good night's sleep? Waking up, on your own, after a night of restful sleep can make you feel like a while new person. But how often does that really happen? And why can't more of us get a better night's sleep?

Here's a funny little thing. . .I am actually a pretty good sleeper, if my FitBit monitor is to be believed. I had never done anything special before, I'm just tired at the end of the day - LOL. Lately though, I've added a drop of lavender essential oil to each of my toes before bedtime. I feel like I'm sleeping more deeply, and waking up (even to just roll over) less. 

Let's talk a little bit about sleep,  what prevents you from getting a good night's sleep, and what you can try to improve your sleep.

Why Sleep Is So Important:
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), getting enough quality sleep at the right times,  can help protect your mental health, quality of life and safety. Also, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems.

What Prevents Us From Getting A Good Night's Sleep:
Many things can keep us from getting a good night's sleep, things like stress or noise, or even a large meal before bedtime can disrupt our sweet dreams. It may help to keep a log to see what things may effect your sleep, such as caffeine, alcohol and some foods.

How We Can Get A Better Night's Sleep:
The NIH has several recommendations for getting a good night's sleep, including going to bed and get up at the same time every day, keeping your bedroom cool, dark and quiet, and using relaxation techniques before bedtime.

Essential Oils to Help Get a Better Night's Sleep

To enhance our relaxation techniques, I've been diffusing Young Living's Peace and Calm Essential Oil before bedtime and also applying Lavender to all of our feet at bedtime. If you've been interested in trying essential oils for yourself or even if you're curious how they can help you and your family live a healthier life, consider this your invitation to get started with Young Living Essential Oils. Or feel free to email me with any questions - I'd love to help you figure out what can work for your family and lifestyle.

What is your favorite tip for getting a good night's sleep?

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Please note that I am not a doctor (even on my best day), and while I (and thousands of others) think essential oils are fabulous, they have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not regulated to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I Have Nothing to Wear | What I Wore - #ootd

A closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. Sound familiar? Even we bloggers that talk about fashion and  take pictures of our inspired outfits have days (a whole week even) where we just don't have anything to wear.

Blame the weather, the change of season is always hard for me, when it's 85 one day and 70 the next. Somewhere between flip flops and boots, but I don't have any flats. Blerg.

Or days where all I am doing is shuffling kids around and working in my home office. Why bother wasting an outfit. Then when I DO have to get dressed for an outfit - I'm uninspired. I've worn it all before.

Before I share the one outfit you haven't seen before that I managed to put together this week, here are three tips to inspire you when you have nothing to wear:
  • Check out Pinterest. Just browse Women's Fashion, check out your favorite Fashion Blogger's Boards, or search for the one piece you're sure you want to wear (Chambray Shirt).
  • Shop your closet. While you are standing in front of your closet - take out a piece you want to wear and try to build an outfit around it that you've not put together before.
  • Tried and true. If you are really stuck, go with something that makes you feel pretty. I know you've worn it a million times, but it's more about how you feel than how you look (for reals!)
Here's what I put together this week:

Mid-Life Mom Style T-shirt, Skinnies and Scarf

Jeans - New from Ann Taylor 
T-Shirt - Lands End
Scarf - Talbot's
Bag - Kate Spade
Shoes - New from Target

What are you wearing this week?

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This post is linked up The Pleated Poppy and at Get Your Pretty On.