Superfood Ice Cubes

“This post is part of the #GenesisTodaySuperfoods campaign, in which I am a compensated blogger ambassador. All opinions are my own and based on my own experiences.

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// USA shirt  / Eternity necklace

Have you been watching the Olympics lately? I’ve been watching every day, obsessed – they are so much fun to watch and all the athletes are so inspiring.

Inspiring enough to keep me on my 30 day Juice FocusCRAZY

I’ve been having my green juices + smoothies every day for the past 18 days and I’ve been feeling pretty good. It’s definitely been a big factor in me making healthy choices in the morning and afternoon. Juice/Smoothie for breakfast and I’ve been enjoying having some of the protein powder mixed with almond milk for a little snack when I do need to take the hunger edge off.

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My new obsession is freezing the liquid superfoods into ice cubes! How amazing is that?

Shown here: Acai, Goji, Mangosteen + Noni {in that order}

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It’s been so easy to freeze them in a ice cube tray and then easily add them to any juice, smoothie or pretty much anything I’ve been drinking lately!

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A few of my favorite combinations include: My Green Monster Update with all 4 superfood ice ubes mixed in. This made the smoothie pretty thick, but it was a good one!

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I also enjoy a good Arnold Palmer – 1/2 lemonade 1/2 iced tea – been brewing my own tea at home and adding in a mix of regular ice + Acai OR Goji ice cubes for an added kick. It’s been a nice little refreshing summer treat and as the ice melts the flavors combine even more.

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Aside from feeling better I can really feel the difference in my hair, skin and nails from making this dietary change almost 3 weeks ago. My hair has definitely grown and it just feels better. It’s been so hot out so most of the time I’ve got a mom bun going on, but the other day I blow dried my hair for the first time and I was pretty excited about it!

// floral top / Riad necklace {3 in 1!} / shorts / shoes / Parker sunglasses
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It’s fun to really see how much changing up your diet even a little bit can have such a positive effect on everything else! A little tan doesn’t hurt either but still!

// sunglasses / top / bar necklace / Mirage Pendant / shorts

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What’s one healthy change you are making this month?

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“This post is part of the #GenesisTodaySuperfoods campaign, in which I am a compensated blogger ambassador. All opinions are my own and based on my own experiences.”

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Happy Birthday Jackson!

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I thought it was worth a special blog post to let you know that Jackson is 10 years old today! The little dog that started it all! He’s been through countless apartments and jobs with me, two pregnancies, two little baby boys. He was there when we got engaged, made an appearance at our wedding, saw me train for my 3 marathons, Jacksons been there through it all. I can’t believe he will be 10 years old – seemed like just yesterday I got him shortly thereafter I got a graduated college and got a job. Time sure flies when you are having fun! And the good news is that even after 10 years, for the most part, when given the chance, Jackson still acts like a crazy little pup! He’s still got some pep in his step at the age of 70 {in dog years}!

For a little fun, check out this walk down memory lane of pretty much the past 10 years of Jackson! I’ve had him pretty much as long as I’ve been blogging – which is another crazy thought!

Happy birthday to the best little dog around!

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Skin to Skin + Pure Love

“This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

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I can’t believe my little Graham is going to be one next month. I think this past year with him went by even quicker than the first year with Brooks.

Maybe it was more of a blur because there were two littles! Ha!

Graham was born on Labor Day, ironically enough  {Check out Graham’s Birth Story + Brooks’ Birth Story Part 1 & Part 2} and it’s so crazy to look back at our first few moments, hours + days together and seeing how much both he and Brooks have grown. I can’t believe Brooks will be 3 in January, but that’s another story for a different day.

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When I was prepping for delivery with each of my boys, I didn’t really have much of a birth plan for either of them – just a safe delivery for mom + babe, hopefully a easy latch to start our breastfeeding journey together and skin to skin.  That was all I could really hope for since I knew early on you can’t really plan on much when it comes to giving birth – so I’m glad I was able to really focus from the beginning on the little things that matter.

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Skin to skin contact immediately after delivery was really important to me. I knew it was something simple we could do to make the little’s tradition from womb to world a little easier and an extra little treat for mom to get those first newborn cuddles in. I also believe skin to skin is important in helping you make your milk as well as reduces baby stress or any pain from delivery and the warmth and comfort can help them sleep too!

Side Note: Can you tell who is who in these newborn pictures? Ha! Brooks or Graham?

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Right after each of my boys were born we immediately did skin to skin and even in the early newborn days there after. It was a special moment for sure and I totally believe in the fact that it calms and comforts and soothes newborns. I love the WaterWipes Pure Love video because it highlights the importance of skin-to-skin contact between Mom and Baby.

Check out the full video here:

I’ve been a fan of WaterWipes since I was introduced to them with Brooks. He had some serious diaper rash as a Little little and once we started using WaterWipes, it went away! WaterWipes are amazing because they are a chemical free baby wipe that contains only two ingredients, 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.

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They are durable and effective without containing any of the harmful chemicals that may be found in other baby wipes, proving to be a safer, natural option for your little one. I use them with diaper changes, have them on every level of my house, use them to clean up messy hands or sticky fingers and there’s no funky taste or smell. The littles barely even notice them because they are just like a wet cloth with water!

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Definitely one of my favorite baby products to date. If you haven’t tried them before, be sure to pick up a pack next time you are in the store, you can thank me later!

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A Virtual Juice Date

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Soooo, I was going to do a morning coffee date, but I literally haven’t been having coffee the past two weeks because right now I’m all about the juice {and the green monster!} So today, I wanted to sit back and chat with you about what’s been going on lately.

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No Friday Favorites post today because yesterday was a little rough and I needed a moment. Graham took a rather serious fall and it was a tough day. He seems fine {and we’ve been in constant contact with our pediatrician} But I just wanted to put it out there to hold your babies a little extra tight today and thank heaven for those guardian angels.

Seriously.

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In less serious news, but also quite dramatic, if I do say so myself – Brooks is starting preschool next month! Ahhh! I’m totally going to cry! He’s going to be doing twice a week for a few hours – I’m excited for him to be in the teacher/student environment and for him to meet other friends his age. But seriously? How is he old enough for this? Where did my little Brooks go? He’s looking so big these days, it’s freaking me out!

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In other news – I got Charles a drone for Christmas {yes, 6 months ago} but we recently busted it out last weekend. This one has a video camera that records, which is pretty fun – the boys were mesmerized by it – and so was half the neighborhood that was walking by. So much fun – hopefully we can take it out again soon! And I can’t wait to share a video from it’s flight!

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If anyone is in the market for a new toy for their 2.5 year old, look no further than the Melissa & Doug Cutting Food. My SIL got this for Brooks for Christmas. At the time he didn’t really get it, but I busted it out the other day and he is obsessed. He plays with it constantly and is in serious love. Such a fun and cute toy.

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Target has ALLLLLL their summer shoes on super sale. I scored these babies on super sale the other day – even cheaper in store than online. I love the tassels – so fun! But seriously, shoes for the littles are buy one, get one 50% off so if you are doing any back to school shopping, be sure to check it out!
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I know I’ve posted about my side gig as a Stella + Dot stylist before but I had to put it out there, to anyone who is thinking about joining, now is the time! Seriously, you make some great money, get tons of free jewels, get connected to an amazing group of supportive women – it’s winning all around! Plus I’ve got a great sign-up special this month!

And if you are looking for a little something extra for you – to make some extra cash or just something MORE to fill your cup – think about it! Now’s the perfect time to get started before the holiday shopping beings! Check out my VIP FB group or email me – andherlittledogtoo@gmail.com – for more information! Would love to help you get your business up and running!
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Oh, and a paint can full of wine.

Always a good idea.

Cheers to you, Friday!
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What’s been going on with you lately?

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