Friday, April 17, 2015

A Laptop-Tablet Mash Up for the Modern Mom (And Giveaway!)

Before I became a mother, I had one job. That job was working as a registered nurse in an acute care setting. I juggled very few things during that time- mostly striking a balance between long hours at the hospital and keeping a happy house and husband as a newlywed. Soon enough, the fog of newlywed-ed bliss cleared and with career shifts came major life changes such as a move south and a baby on the way. It wasn't long before I became a mother and a stay-at-home one at that!

As we began to settle ourselves down with deeper roots, I tested the work-from-home waters. In addition to being a brand new mother, I also became much more dedicated toward engaging brands and businesses within my blog. Over the last several years, not only did my blog become a working passion of mine but I also launched a photography business (in addition to adding two more babies to the mix!) 

Our life looks much, much different now than it did just five years ago and if you ever mentioned that I would not only be a mom of three boys but also the owner of not one but two businesses, I would have laughed and said, "not a chance!"

"Never say never," am I right?

I love every single second of our crazy busy days and I wouldn't trade them for the world. As a mom of three and business owner, it's been a difficult road to navigate. Sure there are contracts and deadlines to be met but at the same time, my family has been and always will be my number one priority. I've spent many long nights burning the candle at both ends, learning not only how to run a business from my home but also how to do so successfully and without detriment to my family. It hasn't always been easy and I'm sure I've failed both my family and a client on more than one occasion but in every instance, there's been a lesson learned and growth as both a mom and business owner.

As a mom and business owner, I'm always on the hunt for technology that allows me to transition seamlessly between roles. Whether I'm in Kindergarten prep-mode scouring Pinterest for readiness activities, in the pediatrician's office for a unforeseen fever, on the road doing some hands-on research for a brand or sitting down with a freshly swaddled newborn and her family in my at-home studio, I need to not only be accessible but also access email, apps and the Internet in a way that benefits myself, my family and my business.

The Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro is a tablet laptop mash-up that in layman's terms is "simply freaking amazing." It's ultra-thin, incredibly lightweight and boasts an incredible 6-hinge design that allows it to fold back a complete 360 degrees. Want to learn more about the YOGA 3 Pro and enter for the chance to WIN ONE? Head over here! 

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Buying / Trying / Reading / Watching

It's been a long time since I've written a guest post for a fellow blogger but when E, from over at Teaching Sam and Scout, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to fill in for her while she loved all over her fresh baby girl. 

E has recently launched a new series on her blog "Buying, Trying, Reading, Watching" and it's such a fun and easy-going series to read and participate in. Head on over there today to see what I've been Buying, Trying, Reading and Watching lately and be sure to follow along in the series! You can see a sneak of what I've been buying lately, down below!

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Buying :: Oh let's just say what should really be said here and that's "what haven't I been buying lately?" There's just something about the change in seasons, especially the transition from Winter to Spring, that always has me shopping for new pieces, often of the bold and bright variety, to breathe new life into my closet. This month not only did we celebrate Easter but we'll also be celebrating the baptism of our Middle Little and Littlest Little. You just name the occasion and I'll go out and buy a new dress for it- and although I intended to wear this Lilly Pulitzer shift for each of the celebrations, ultimately I ended up purchasing this number from Nordstrom too and even though it's sleeveless, I think I'm set on wearing it for the boys' baptism. See what I mean about bright and bold colors? 

Unfortunately, the desire to breathe new life into closets doesn't just end with me. Anticipating cool nights on the beach and the boat this summer, I ordered these striped half-zips for each of the boys during the recent JCrew Factory sale as well as some new t-shirts and shorts to get them through the start of the summer. In much less exciting news, we also had to purchase a new dishwasher this month which further solidified my status as "Officially Grown Up."

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Step Into Summer with Target Baby

Today I'm sharing summer wardrobe staples from Target Baby 
as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #TargetCrowd

I have a funny feeling that we're going to skip Spring all together around here and jump head long into summer once Mother Nature gets her act together. When it's not thirty-five degrees and we're struggling with whether or not to pack away the winter coats, Summer appears to be elbowing her way in with long days full of sunshine and highs in the upper seventies.

We're most definitely not complaining about the warmth, however, as it gives us an excuse to sift through our summer wardrobe and pull out pieces that give mothers everywhere what they desire most: easy access to those delicious baby and toddler thighs! Gosh how I've missed seeing those chubby baby legs all winter long!

To see more of my Target Baby summer wardrobe picks, head here! You won't want to miss the crazy steal I got on a pair of jean shorts- I'll give you a hint, they were less than $5! 

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