10 Things About Me! (That May Surprise You)

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Happy Wednesday Y’all! I really wanted to write this one so that my readers can get to know me a little bit better. I would love to hear something about yourself in the comments so that I can get to know you better too.

1. ย Southern Belle Here

I am from Texas, which is why I say y’all. ๐Ÿ˜Š But I am proud of my roots and they have made me into the person I am today!

2. I Love To Watch Sports

My favorite sport to watch is american football. Don’t get me wrong, I am a total girly girl, but I love to watch a good college or NFL game.

3. My Spouse Suffers From Anxiety

My husband gets really bad anxiety attacks. I try to make him feel better, but sometimes I just do not know what to do. It is a difficult situation for both of us. I can say that the only thing that has been helping him is drinking kava tea.

4. I Am Extremely Shy

I am very, very shy. It gets so bad that I don’t want to be social sometimes because it makes me feel uncomfortable. Blogging makes me feel confident. I put myself out there with blogging in ways I could never imagine doing in person. I am still working on being more social tho.

5. I Don’t Have A Driver’s License

I know how to drive, but I don’t have a license. ๐Ÿ’

6. My Favorite Color Is Pink

I love a lot of colors, but my favorite is pink. Especially with makeup. I tend to gravitate towards pink glosses, blushes, clothing…

7. I Am Extremely Disorganized

I am not as bad as some disorganized people, but I wish I could be the type of person that has a place for everything, but it hasn’t happened yet. #goals

8. I Am Adopted

My mother passed when I was 4 years old and I never knew my father, but fortunately my aunt and uncle took me in and treated me like their own. I am very grateful to them for providing me with the life I had growing up.

9. I Love The Outdoors

I love to be outside. I love the mountains and I am outside at least twice a day. I start and end my day outside. Being outdoors helps me relax and unwind at the end of the day.

10. I Am Afraid To Fail As A Parent

My kids being successful adults means the world to me and I fear that I may not be able to create perfect adults, but I am trying my best and that is all I can really do. So far, so good.

That is it for my 10 things. Hope you got to know me a little bit better! We will talk again soon!

-Jenny

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Why I Chose To Use Cloth Diapers

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I just had a baby almost 6 months ago, on March 23, 2017. My husband and I named him David Rudolph.

When he was born, I had already bought some cloth diapers. I bought them online. They were all-in-one, one size fits all, Thirties brand. In the beginning, I just found it more convenient to buy disposables because I was changing him constantly, about every two hours. And I was really tired and was breastfeeding too, so I had very little time to get up and even eat, much less do laundry. As he got a little older, I would say about 4 months old, I lost my part time job and we needed to cut back on some expenses. Diapers are expensive. We were buying a case every week or two and they are about $25 each. I had those cloth diapers just sitting there and decided that I would use them instead. I started slowly, still using disposables at night and in between laundry loads, but I slowly cut disposables completely out within about two weeks. I refused to buy another case of disposable diapers. I am not here saying cloth diapers are for everyone because they really aren’t. They may not work for a mother who has a full time job outside the home and has their baby in child care, but for me, it was the better choice.

Five reasons I love cloth diapers:

1. They are so soft.

2. They come in the cutest patterns.

3. I can save those $25 for anything else I need.

4. My baby loves them.

5. They are good for the environment. ๐Ÿ˜

I know not all my readers are mothers yet or may not use cloths diapers, but I wanted to write about why I chose cloth diapers. Whatever you think is best for your baby is just fine. Hope you enjoyed and got to know me just a little bit better.

Much Love ๐Ÿ’™,

Jenny

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September 2017 Goals

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We are only a week into September of 2017, but there are a few things I have been thinking about accomplishing this month.

Blogging Goals

  • I want to write at least one blog post a week.
  • I want to engage more with other bloggers.
  • Focus on writing more than anything else.

Financial Goals

  • Start saving to buy a new/ used car without getting a loan.
  • Plan my budget monthly.
  • Keep trying my best to save money by buying on sale and using coupons.

Life Goals

  • Take time off of working and make time for my family.
  • Don’t stress about everything. Everything will work itself out.
  • Eat healthier.

Career Goals

  • Stay focused on what I want to accomplish. Even though I am on a break from working in the technology field.
  • Study new technologies and stay current with technology.
  • Network on LinkedIn and other websites with people in the same field.

I know..it is a ton of goals for one month. But, I am very much a goal setter type of person and thought it would be fun to categorize them this way. I think that my readers would understand these goals a bit more if I wrote a 10 things You Don’t Know About Me post and link it to this post. I would love for you to get to know me a bit more and where I come from. I will start on that now.

What are some of your goals for September? 

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Jenny

What I Didn’t Know About Breastfeeding Before I Started

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Breastfeeding, in my opinion, is one of the best things you can do for your baby. That is if you have the time because I am not going to lie breastfeeding takes a lot of time and dedication. But, it is so worth it and it is a just my personal preference. I decided I was going to nurse my last child because I currently work from home, ย I am quite frugal, and even though I gave my other children formula, I just couldn’t stand the thought of doing it this time. There are a few reasons why, but I don’t want to get into that because many mother’s decide that formula is just great for them and that is totally fine with me. ย But, before I started this breastfeeding journey, I am currently going on 5 months in, I had a ton of questions and things popped up along the way that I had no idea about. So, I decided to write a few things about breastfeeding that I had no idea about before I started. Let me know of anything that you have figured out on your nursing journey too in the comments below.

1. Some women do not get a menstrual cycle while breastfeeding.

This was a big shock when it happened to me because like I said, I formula feed my other children. So when I didn’t start my cycle, I was like what is going on. Good thing I have joined many breastfeeding support groups on Facebook and they all said they were going through that too and it is quite normal. This happens especially because I co-sleep and I wear my baby for most of the day too. I am just as attached to him as he is to me. But it is getting better, he has been napping on his own for a couple of weeks now. โ˜บ

2. It DOES get better.

I don’t know how many times I heard, it will get better just give it time. In the beginning I was like, are you sure!? Because I felt like giving up so many times in the beginning of this journey. I actually gave up for one whole week. I still gave my baby breast milk, but I exclusively pumped. There is nothing wrong with exclusively pumping, your baby is still getting your breast milk. It’s just for me, I could not keep my supply up that way. I was pumping less and less everyday. So after a week of not nursing my baby, I thought to myself, I wonder if he will still latch on. I tried it again and he loved it. Latched right on as if he never took a bottle. So we have continued feeding on demand since. My son refuses to take a bottle now at all. Anyway, the way it gets better is when I first started, I was in so much pain. My nipples were sore because he was hitting growth spurts. So I cringed at the thought of him latching on, but I just did whatever I could to soothe my breasts. Taking a nice shower really helped me personally and allowed me a little time to just relax and kind of unwind. But there are a ton of other things you can do to soothe the ache like creams or even breast milk helps.

3. Breastfeeding is more convenient for me than bottle feeding.

For me personally, it is so much easier to breastfeed than to bottle feed. I don’t need to wash bottles, sterilize bottles, or prepare any bottles before I leave the house. I just grab my baby and go. I quit breastfeeding for one week because I was tired of the pain in the beginning and just tired. But, when I started pumping I realized, for me, it was just more effort to pump and bottle feed than to just pull down my shirt and nurse my baby. I also got way more rest at night because I breastfed laying down with baby, so we both would fall asleep. I know a lot of parents do not like to cosleep with their baby, but it works for me and my family. I just suggest you do whatever works for you and your family.

4. I love the bond I share with baby.

I didn’t think that I would love nursing as much as I do now. I like it so much I have chosen to take a big cut in pay to just do things from home that make me some money. Yes, I could go out and make more , but right now I choose to exclusively breastfeed 24/7. I do not go anywhere without my baby and when I thought there was a slight chance I may have to go back to work outside the home, I burst into tears. So right now my family is living off of one and a half incomes. I do everything I can to make that work. We do not go out to eat, or buy things we don’t absolutely need. And I am fine with that for right now. In a few months, David will turn one years old and at that time I will have reached my goal of nursing for 12 months. We will see what the future holds them, ย it for now I am happy as can be at home with baby. Til next time, take care.

XO,

Jen

Why I Put A Pause On Blogging

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It has been so long since I have written a blog post. One of the main reason I took a break is because I was working on other projects that are profitable. And blogging hasn’t really been profitable for me yet. Why?

Here are a couple of reasons why. First, I am not self hosted yet..and that’s ok but if I ever want to make this a full time income I need to make a change.  Second, I need to be picky about my affliations. Basically in the beggining of this journey I was just happy that affliates were reaching out to me. But I now realize it is best if it pertains to my niche and also that I give the product a try so I can have a strong opinion about it. If I like it then I can recommend it to my readers.

I need to be authentic and connect with others. The authetic part isn’t too difficult but connecting with others is difficult for me. I struggle to communicate and connect with other people in the world even if it is just over the internet. But I made a commitment and I want to stick to it. First, my goal at least one post a week from now on. In the past I have tried to take on too many projects bit I am not going to do that anymore. I will be freelance writing and one blog post a week all while I take care of my little angels..my family. I will talk to you soon and I will probably begin with a post about how to get organized. 
Jenny

Summer Routine for Kids – Ideas to Make Summer Less Stressful

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School has been out for summer break for a over a month now and some of you may be thinking of back to school. But before we start getting back into a school routine, we still have a little more summer to survive. With the kids at home, it can be difficult to stay stress free, but here are some ideas that will make it less stressful for all of you.

1. Plan a menu.

My kids love knowing what they will be eating the next day. It reminds them of a school lunch menu so they just love it. And it helps you by staying organized and budgeting your grocery list as meals are preplanned. It’s very simple and it takes only a few minutes. Get your kids involved in the planning too.

2. Have a designated quiet time.

Everyday this summer, I make sure to get sure to have an hour or two of quiet time. It’s a great way for both you and the kids to unwind. If you work from home, like me, it can give you some time to peacefully catch up on some work that had been sitting in the back burner. Tip: I always promise a treat for them if they behave. It could be a popsicle, some playtime outside, or a movie that they have been wanting to watch but an incentive really helps.

3. Have a set schedule.

Some days its OK to not follow a schedule but some children just like structure. They have a schedule at school they follow and I don’t know about yours but my kids love structure. If your at home with your kids this summer having a schedule can make things fun and less stressful for both you and the kids.

4. Make sure everyone helps with household chores.

Now that the kids are home, there maybe a bigger mess but there are certainly more people able to help clean up. I have a list of chores I do on a daily basis and I assign each child art least one of those chores to do each day. This helps me feel less overwhelmed, shows them responsibility, and creates peace within the chaos.

5. Have some alone time.

Don’t forget momma to have some quiet time alone. Whether its in the morning before they wake up or at night when they go to bed. Have some alone time to do whatever it is that you enjoy.

I hope these tips help you feel less stressed. Please leave a comment with anything that you do to make summers with kids less stressful and more fun. Enjoy!

Jenny

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How To Make Ends Meet | 5 Tips To Make Ends Meet On A Tight Budget| Living On A Limited Budget

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How To Make Ends Meet

Hi! If your here it is probably because you are looking for tips on how to improve your financial situation and not spend endless hours away from home. First, I want to tell you that everything is going to be OK and I am sure there is so much in your life to be thankful for. This is something I tell myself daily and it keeps me sane. Especially because social media is a big part of most of our lives and everyone’s life just looks so perfect, right!? Truth is everyone has their own problems, not one person I know doesn’t struggle with something. It’s normal and it’s a part of life. Here are some ways I make ends meet in my small town in Texas where there are little to no jobs in my line of work.

5 Tips To Save Money

1. Use coupons. I shop at a couple of different stores for my groceries and necessities. And lately I have been saving a good chuck of money by using coupons. There are digital coupons and coupons from the Sunday paper that can really help you save money. I get digital coupons from apps on my phone. Search for your favorite store and they should have an app with digital coupons available. If you are really interested in couponing there are FB groups where everyone gives each other tips on how to use coupons successfully. This is the FB group I am currently a member of Raffles, Couponing, & MORE.ย These ladies provide lots of great tips on how to get stuff for great prices or for free sometimes. And they are so helpful if you have any questions. The website coupons.com has printable coupons available for free on tons of stuff too. This website is great because you can print tons of coupons right at home.

2.ย Ibotta. Iย have been using this app for a few years now and I love it. They literally give youย free moneyย back on your purchases. They also haveย bonusesย like for exampleย if you redeem two rebates on any two items they will give you aย $5 bonusย inย your account. Once you reach at least $20 then you can transfer it into your PayPal account and use that money on anything you want. I recommend either looking on the app before going shopping to find rebates on items you normally buy or as soon as you can after your shopping trip take a moment and look on theย Ibotta appย to see what rebates you can redeem. Use this link to get a bonus just for signing upย Ibotta!

3. Use your talent to make extra cash. If you are good at carpentry, quilting, sewing, babysitting, tutoring etc. Use these skills as a way to make some money. Handmade items can be a great money maker. There are also so many ways to sell them. You can sell online. I recommendย Etsyย because there fees are really low compared to other sites I have used. If you have a really good product Amazon also has a seller platform for handmade items that other sellers I know have been successful on. You can also sell these items at swap meets or craft shpws on your local area. Carpentry is something my husband does on the side for extra cash because he has so much experience and his own tools. He has been able to run his own small business from this talent. Together we make wood signs for anย Etsy shopย that I manage. Using your talents can really bring in some cash that you may need.

4. Get rid of unnecessary expenses. I used to have the whole bundle pack from my cable provider that comes with cable, internet, and a home phone. I was paying $250 a month for these services. I know right $250!! I realized that no one was really watching television everyone was using their internet connected devices. So just recently I cancelled my cable subscription and decided just to keep internet only. My Billie down to $50 a month. Savings of $200 per month. That’s an incredible amount of money to save to do other things with the family. And if there is a channel or channels you can’t live without look to see if that network provides a streaming service. Sling TV and HBOGO are two of my favorites because for much less than I was paying I can still enjoy my two favorite TV shows Live PD and Silicon Valley.

5. Cut back on light and water. Make sure to turn off all unnecessary lights. Make it a habit to turn off the lights after you leave a room. Shut down your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode all night long. Don’t leave the water running while washing dishes. This is a tough one for me but filling up a bowl of hot water and soap a few times while washing isn’t as expensive as leaving the water running the entire time you are washing dishes. Unplug the electronics you aren’t using at night or during the day. Do temperature or twice a week instead of everyday. Air dry instead of running the dryer. Keep the air conditioner at a comfortable temperature and keep it there. Changing the temperature constantly makes it work harder and use more energy. Keep the blinds and curtains closed this will keep it cooler during the summer and warmer in the winter.

These are just 5 tips I use myself because I live on a limited budget. I have a large family and right now I chose to be a stay at home mom. My husband works but these are ways I contribute to the family and save or make us some money. What do you do to save or make money? I would love to hear your ideas! Please leave your suggestions in the comments and have a wonderful day!

Jenny

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Breastfeeding Tips From a Breastfeeding Mom

Breastfeeding has been one of the most challenging experiences for me as a new mom. I have managed to overcome these challenges, so I decided I would write as many blog posts as I could about the subject. I want to be able to help you overcome the challenges you face by hearing my story. Here is my story.

My Breastfeeding Story

My breastfeeding journey actually began 9 years ago when I had my second daughter, Emma. I remember wanting to breastfeed her but wasn’t really given the opportunity to breastfeed her from the time she was born. Basically, they rushed her away and shoved a bottle in her mouth as soon as I gave birth. I guess to give me time to rest. So when I made it back home and wanted to try breastfeeding, I didn’t really know what I was doing, the internet wasn’t as accessible for advice on where to begin as it is today, and I didn’t really know how much effort it took to breastfeed at that time. So I gave up pretty quickly at trying to breast feed Emma.

Five years later my son Daniel came along. I was determined to breastfeed him from the start. I spent hours on the internet researching exactly how I would accomplish my mission. From this ย I have learned in life things don’t always go as planned. Daniel was also rushed away soon after being born but for a different reason. He was born with a blockage in his urethra that prevented him from urinating the entire time that he was in my womb. He developed hydronephrosis and stayed in the hospital the first month of his life. I feel extremely blessed that he was able to come home so quickly. I know plenty of mothers who endure their child being hospitalized for much longer.

While Daniel was in the hospital, I pumped breast milk for him. I would use storage bags and mark the date and time. I would take them with me to the hospital everyday. The hospital was 45 minutes away from where I lived so sometimes the nurses would give him formula if they ran out of my breast milk. One time I tried to breastfeed Daniel in the NICU when I was finally able to hold him but I was worried about disconnecting a wire or hurting him. So I continued to pump. I also had an uncomfortable experience with a nurse. She asked if I wanted to nurse Daniel one day and I said yes. Daniel had a hard time latching probably because he was used to a bottle that gave him his milk immediately and with breastfeeding a baby has to wait for the letdown process. Either way I tried and the nurse wanted to see if I had milk coming out so she pulled and pinched my breast so hard that it brought tears to my eyes. From that day forward I never tried to breastfeed in the NICU again fearing they would hurt me. I continued pumping breast milk even after he was released from the hospital but my challenge with that was keeping up my supply when exclusively pumping. There are many moms that are successful at exclusively pumping but I unfortunately was not one of them. So I switched to formula when Daniel was about 6 months old.

Fast forward five years to March 23, 2017. I was again determined to exclusively breastfeed and told the nurses my plans while in labor. David was born at exactly 10:45 am that morning with no complications. As soon as he was born they laid him right on my chest for a good 5 minutes. They then cleaned him up, weighed him and all that good stuff, and immediately gave him back to me for skin on skin contact. I truly believe this is a major reason why breastfeeding David came so natural to the both of us. I got to hold him close to me for at least a couple of hours as soon as he was born. Once he started rooting for milk, I got him to latch on and he began to breastfeed for the first time. It was one of the most amazing experiences of motherhood I have ever been through. I felt very satisfied that I could provide the nourishment he needed without a bottle. Not there is anything wrong with a bottle. Breadtfeeding was just my personal preference. He is currently in his third month of life and I am still nursing him on demand. I actually had given up breastfeeding for a two week period and had begun exclusively pumping but went right back to breastfeeding right away because for me, it is just so much easier.

Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

1. Don’t Give Up. In the beginning of this journey, I wanted to give up so many times. Some reasons I wanted to give up were, I didn’t think I was producing enough or I thought I was over producing. What I have learned is that your body regulates the production of breast milk and magically knows how much to produce. So as long as your baby is still wetting and soiling the normal amount of diapers throughout the day then this means your baby is eating enough.

2. Breastfeeding is time consuming. If you are breastfeeding on demand like me, then it is very time consuming. I will normally wait for signs that my baby is hungry such is sucking his hands, rooting for a breast, or crying. Make sure to have a nice, comfortable, and supportive place to breast feed because it could take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. It is best to allow your baby to feed until they are full which at that time they will let go of your nipple and probably fall asleep.

3. Burp them after feeding. This is something I wasn’t sure about when I first started to breast feed but it is necessary to burp the baby just like when you bottle feed. This prevents them from spitting up and getting gassy. Gentle pat or rub your baby’s back for at least 10 to 15 minutes. If they don’t burp within that time, that is OK, you can stop.

4. Buy breast pads for leaks. You will leak and if you are in public it can be embarasing. Even when I am at home sometimes I wear breast pads as well for leaks because it can be uncomfortable. There are both disposible pads and reusable. I like both types.

6. Talk to a lacatation consultant before leaving the hospital. They can help you with any questions or concerns you have about breastfeeding. They can also provide you with a phone number or contact information for a lacatation consultant that can help you with breastfeeding once you are home. It helps to have that support.

My Must Have Items for Breastfeeding Success

Here are some items I can’t live without when it comes to breastfeeding and I recommend you get them too! This will make the experience much less stressful.

I use a pump when I feel too full of milk either in the morning or anytime that baby isn’t eating as much and I need some comfort.

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with On the Go Tote

I use storage bags when I do pump and freeze my milk just in case I need to go out without baby or so hubby and I can get a sitter and have a date night.

Medela Pump and Save Breast Milk Bags, 50 Count

I used this pump with Daniel when I exclusively pumped and it worked great

Lansinoh Smartpump Double Electric Breastpump, Purple/White

I use these storage bags when I can’t find Medula brand. They are also BPA free.

Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags, 100 Count, BPA Free and BPS Free (Packaging May Vary)

I have used these disposable nursing pads to avoid leaks and they work really well. I use them between washing my reusable breast pads.

Lansinoh Stay Dry Disposable Nursing Pads, 100 Count

I just started using this brand of reusable pads recently and love the convenience of being able to reuse breast pads instead of throwing them away after one use.

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Washable Breast Pads for Leaks

I used a cover when I first started breastfeeding and felt uncomfortable with breastfeeding in public places. Now I feel comfortable enough to breastfeed anywhere.

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Nursing Cover..Comes in Different Colors and Designs

This is another type of design for a nursing cover for when you are out and about.

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Nursing Scarf/Cover

I recommend having a set of nursing pajamas because it will make it so much easier for nighttime feedings when you are completely exhausted and unable to function or think clearly.

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Nursing Pajamas

I used a regular pillow at first until I found this one on amazon for only $19! This definitely is easier than a regular pillow and allows me to type on my laptop while nursing which is great.

Comfortable New Silver Dot Design Nursing Pillow for Mom and Baby by All American Collection, Portable,Soft and Light

Don’t forget to by a pillow cover for it too!

Boppy Pillow Slipcover, Classic Gray Giraffe

If there is something that has made your breastfeeding experience easier please leave it in the comments! Let’s help one another be successful at breastfeeding if that is something they are wanting to do. Again there is nothing wrong with bottle feeding I have successfully bottle and formula feed five children and they are doing just fine. Happy Friday!

Jenny

XOXO

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Summer Essentials |What’s In My Beachbag | Summer 2017

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Essentials for Summer

Summer is a great season. The kids are home for summer break which for a work from home mom means late start mornings, late nights, and weekdays that feel like weekends. It’s also the time to be outdoors and have some fun in the sun. Here are my summer must haves you will definitely need in your beach bag.

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1. Swimsuit. Summer is all about having fun and most of the time it has a lot to do with getting wet. So a swimsuit is an absolute must have during summer. There are some great deals on swimsuits right now and they are super cute too. Here are some of my choices that are both affordable and stylish. Follow the link before they are all gone and you miss out on these hot deals.

Women’s Seafolly Hipster Bikini Bottoms โ€ข Seafolly

Plus Size Women’s Gabifresh Milestone Convertible Bikini Top

Missguided Tropical Print Frill Bardot Bikini Top โ€ข Missguided

Aerie One Piece Cutout Swimsuit โ€ข aerie

Seafolly Riviera Striped Boyleg One-Piece Swimsuit โ€ข Seafolly

Aqualuxe Halter One Piece โ€ข Athleta

Tahiti Triangle Bikini Top ~ Navy Stripe โ€ข MUMU

2. Sunscreen. I find myself buying sun screen year round but we expose ourselves more to the sunshine this time of year. Protect your skin from harmful rays and invest in a good sunscreen. These are some that are both highly rated and smell great.

3. Sunglasses. During summer we also have to be sure to protect our eyes from the sun. My optometrist had told me over and over how important it is to protect my eyes from harmful UV rays. I found several pairs that I just couldn’t resist that look great and will protect one of my best assets, my beautiful brown eyes. Let me make it easy for you and link some great options here.

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Chanel Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses โ€ข Chanel

Quay All My Love Sunglasses โ€ข Quay

Junior Women’s Bp. 52Mm Oversize Mirrored Sunglasses – Green/grey Tort โ€ข BP

Women’s Ray-Ban Icons 50Mm Round Metal Sunglasses – Gold/ Green โ€ข Ray-Ban

4. Sandals. I love wearing sandals. Now that summer is here and its warmed up, this is the perfect time to bust out my sandals. I can’t help but buy a new pair every year. Sandals are definitely a summer essential.

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Women’s Soludos Lace-Up Espadrille Sandal โ€ข Soludos

American Rag Keley Two-Piece Flat Sandals, Only at Macy’s โ€ข American Rag

KAANAS Cap Ferrat Slides

Women’s Bp. Zandra Beaded V-Strap Sandal โ€ข BP

Women’s Sam Edelman Gigi Sandal โ€ข Sam Edelman

5. Nail polish. During summer it is so hot. I don’t put on a ton of makeup during this season but I have to have nail polish. Especially since I will be wearing sandals most of the time. So don’t forget to stock up on some of summer hottest colors for your nails.

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Deborah Lippmann Women’s Sunrise, Sunset Nail Polish Set โ€ข Deborah Lippmann

Essie Nail Color, Fun In The Gondola โ€ข Essie

NARS Women’s Nail Polish โ€ข NARS

Deborah Lippmann Women’s Hologram Girl Nail Polish โ€ข Deborah Lippmann

Deborah Lippmann Iconic Treatment-enriched Nail Polish โ€ข Deborah Lippmann

Pale Buff โ€ข J.Crew Factory

6. A beach bag of course. How else are you going to carry all this stuff around. I like to keep mine packed just in case an unexpected trip to the beach comes up. These bags called to me. I just had to have them and I think you will enjoy them too.

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Sun N Sand Hatteras Oversized Shopper Straw Tote Beach Bag 36467

Bp. Slouchy Straw Tote – Beige โ€ข BP

Street Level Reversible Stripe & Faux Leather Tote – Black โ€ข Street Level

Bp. Faux Leather Trim Canvas Tote – Pink โ€ข BP

7. Beach towel. If your getting wet all season, you might as well get something to dry off with. There are some fabulous options out there. I have conveniently linked some below so you don’t have to go too far to find one for you beach bag.

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Kassatex Cabana Round Beach Towel โ€ข Kassatex

The Beach People – Avalon Round Cotton-terry Towel – Blue โ€ข The Beach People

8. Sundress. The summer heat is well, it’s hot. So for me, the less I have on the better. I still want to look made up, classy, and fashionable. Check out my picks for summer dresses. I made sure they were cute and affordable for you.

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Women’s Lush Ruffle Cutout Sweatshirt Dress โ€ข Lush

H&M Short-sleeved Jersey Dress โ€ข H&M

boohoo Candence Stripe A-Line Skater Dress โ€ข Boohoo

Polo Ralph Lauren Striped Cotton Shirtdress โ€ข Polo Ralph Lauren

Women’s Lush Ava Skater Dress โ€ข Lush

Women’s Lush Knit Maxi Dress โ€ข Lush

9. Cover Up. A cover up isn’t for everyone but if your just a little self conscious like me it can be a lifesaver. These coverups also look very much like dresses so they are super cute and are light enough to wear by the pool this summer.

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Calvin Klein Crochet-Shoulder Tunic Cover Up โ€ข Calvin Klein

Raviya Tie-Dye Handkerchief Maxi Dress Cover-Up โ€ข Raviya

Dotti Tulum Striped Cover-Up Shirt โ€ข Dotti

These items are what I buy every single summer and carry around in my tote. Please comment below if I missed any items that you just have to have in your summer beach bag.

Jen

XOXO

First Blog Post Ever- On This Blog

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First Blog Post

I am great at a lot of things and successful at most everything I do, but the one thing I feel like I fail at the most is parenting. I know I am not alone. Although we truly are great parents, in the back of our minds ( at least for me anyway) I find myself thinking, “Can I do this better?” “Am I giving my kids enough love and attention?” “Enough time?”

These reasons are primarily why I wanted to start my blog. I want to connect with other parents who feel the same or have some advice on the topics I will post. I also want to be able to help people with my wisdom. Although I am only 34 years young, I feel like I have been through a lot and can really help others with some of my knowledge. I have 6 children ages 15 yrs, 13, 10, 9, 4, and 3 months old. So I definitely have some advise for every stage of childhood.

I also want to open up the conversation about marriage, relationships, and health. Follow me on this journey. And be sure to check out my other blogs.

My DIY blog

My Women in Tech Blog

I look forward to connecting to all of you through the comments below.

Jenny

XOXO