Monday, March 2, 2015

Mini Retreat: Hannah & Julia Take on Orlando!

I love a good girl's weekend. I love my kiddos and hubby but sometimes this momma needs a good "me-time" trip.

My friend Hannah was going to be in Orlando for work and it happened to be her birthday on Saturday. I wasn't going to let her spend her birthday by herself, so I tagged along and we made it a girl's weekend.

We did a little shopping on Friday and walked around Downtown Disney. We ate from food trucks and ended the night with a caramel apple for dessert!

On Saturday we woke up early and headed to Universal Studios/Island of Adventure. The forecast called for rain most of the day, but we put on our rain jackets and went for it. It turned out to be a great decision because we were the second people in line for the park, there were no lines and we were done with both parks by 12:30! That's got to be some kind of world record!

I think the rain is a great deterrent to most people wanting to spend their day at the park but it worked out so well for us.

I'm a huge nerd and I was most excited for Harry Potter World! I hadn't been back to the park since they opened up Diagon Alley and Hogwarts Express so that was pretty cool!

We ended the weekend with more shopping and dinner. It was such a great weekend! Here are a few highlights from our little getaway!

March is here


March is already here.  It is normally the month I get very excited for since Ava and I share the same birthday month.  But for the rest of my life it will be bittersweet.  Bittersweet since March is also the month my mom passed away.  March 16th marks one year and I’ve been dreading its arrival.

It doesn’t feel like a whole year has passed. If fact, it feels like it was just yesterday.  It feels like just yesterday I heard her voice, I touched her hand, I hugged her and laughed with her. It feels like just yesterday I talked to her on the phone and she asked me how the girls are doing. 

I don’t want it to be a year already because the longer time passes, the further away I feel from her, if that makes any sense.

I don’t think it’s true that time heals. I feel like I have lived with the same level of grief in my heart since that day we said our goodbyes. There are times when I'm feeling okay, and then the grief comes back with a vengeance the moment I hear someone talking to their mom or if I see something that reminds me of my mom.

My sister posted a quote about grief yesterday and it describes how I am feeling exactly, “Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes part of you, step for step, breath for breath.” I never understood the gravity of that until I lost my mom.
This has been a hard year. Thankfully, I have my kids to distract my mind from missing her. They have saved me really. Without them to make me smile, laugh, and love, I would be curled up in bed and a heaping mess.
But I know mom wouldn’t want us to be sad as this anniversary is approaching so I will try to enjoy all the good things this month has to bring too.  My baby girl is turning 5 and I’m travelling out of the country for the first time. I will concentrate on the good and keep her close in my heart.

My family is coming in town for a special mass prepared for my mom. I will let myself break down and then I’ll pick myself up again like I’ve been doing for the past 12 months.

 

Dear mom,

                I hope you are watching over us all. We still need you. Your grandchildren are growing and learning new things. Lily is just as funny as ever. I know you’re laughing with us. Ava is practicing ballet and she loves to perform. Her first recital is in May and I know you’ll be there in spirit.  We miss you every second of every day. Please pray for us. We love you!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Currently Craving

It's Friday, I'm in love! This week I'm currently craving some spring items!  

1) I love this reversible tote from Old Navy.  The inside is navy blue and I can see myself adding a cute little gold monogram to it! 

2) I love these embellished sandals. They are j. crew-esqe but at a fraction on the price!

3) I love this hustle cuff. Like it says on the Furbish website-- "This chic cuff serves as a daily reminder that good things come to those who hustle." 

4) I'm still in love with graphics. And this graphic tank is just what it says!

5) I'm travelling out of the country for the first time and I'd love for my passport to travel in style :)

6) I just purchased the Champagne Lime New Balances from J. Crew but I'm also liking the gold ones! Should I get these too?

7) I need a cute cross body I can take when I go out. I love this Kate Spade-ish bow adorned cross body from Target. 

What are you currently craving this Friday? 

Currently craving


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Guest Post on Positively Oakes : Baby Must-Haves

Today, I was invited to be a guest blogger on Positively Oakes!  I'm excited to pull from my personal experience as a mom of two beautiful girls to provide you some baby must-haves!

Starting a baby registry can be overwhelming for new parents. You want the best for your precious bundle of joy, but there is so much out there it can be hard to choose. Just because something is the most expensive item doesn't mean it's the best. I know the first time I was starting a registry I gave myself anxiety over reading all the ratings, getting advice from other parents, doing loads of research, watching videos. It was exhausting!

I remember never using certain items I registered for. I don't want that to happen to you.  Also included in this list are items I wished I had as well. Things have changed in the 3 years since having my youngest.


























1) Diaper Sacks: I didn't care for the diaper genie at all. I registered for one and it was not fun to empty. Not only was it heavy, but the fact that you go through long periods before emptying it was disgusting to me. I came across these diaper sacks and I highly recommend them. After changing a soiled diaper I'd use these sacks and could throw them in our regular trash can without worrying about an odor. I packed them in my baby bag so in public it would be easy to dispose of dirty diapers. You can find this pack of 200 for $9 on Amazon.

2) Cloth Diapers: I used cloth diapers as burp clothes. I had them everywhere around my house. A great gift idea, they have lots of uses, from diapering and changing to nursing and burping. These Gerber ones come in a 10 pk from Target.

3) Swaddler: I love these swaddlers from Ergobaby. Newborns enjoy the comfort of being swaddled. They sleep better, which means, parents get more sleep :) These swaddlers are soft and made of breathable material promoting longer, safer and more comfortable sleep for your little one. I like this one because its easy to use and has a great option for easy diaper changes.

4) Lounger: Both of my girls loved their lounger. The one I had was closer to the ground, but I like how this has an easy  put-away option. It was great for me because I could get little things around the house done.  It is a great option to put in your bedroom too. The baby will not be sleeping in the nursery for a few months so this is a great item to have in your room. It comes with a projector and soothing vibrating unit. With a mom's gentle push, the lounger will rock too! Get it here.

5) Video Monitor. This is the best! It was so comforting to know I could check on the baby without having to go into the nursery for every little of sound. Sometimes the baby makes sounds in their sleep that don't need you rushing into the room. It was also helpful at the toddler stage when they like to try and escape the crib!

6) Moby Wrap : This baby carrier is ideal because it distributes the baby's weight evenly across mommy's body. This wrap is super soft and babies love it because it makes the transition from the womb to the outside world easier. The fabric is breathable and machine washable.

7) Convertible Stroller: I love this option for a stroller. As your baby grows, your stroller grows. I love the versatility of this one from GB. It's not too bulky and provides so many options for mommy and baby. Not sure if this brand provides additional bases so when stroller/car seat  shopping be sure to check! It makes transporting the baby so much easier if there is a base in multiple cars! Get it here!

8) Baby Moccasins from Freshly Picked: Baby shoes are adorable but let me tell you, they don't stay on at all! Don't waste your time on shoes unless you purchase these adorable moccasins. Not only are they super comfortable, uber cute, and easy to put  on/ take off but they stay on your baby's feet! These gorgeous moccs have been featured in Parenting Magazine, IN TOUCH, US weekly, People.com, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Kourtney and Kim Take New York.

Other baby items I would suggest:
  • Infant's Acetaminophen drops
  • formula divider-- this came in handy because once formula is mixed it is only good for one hour. So to make trips out of the house handy, I would prefill the bottles with water and when it was time for a bottle I'd use the formula divider and dump the exact amount into the bottles and give it a little swirl/shake.
  • manicure kit
  • hylands homeopathic baby teething tablets
  • onesies
  • baby thermometer
  • baby vicks vapor rub
  • nasal aspirator
  • Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo/wash
  • oxiclean versatile stain remover
  • pampers swaddlers
  • baby blankets
  • diaper changing pad
  • Baby Einstein's take along tunes (baby toy)-- both of my girls loved this little toy. It plays music and has moving lights which helped when we rode in the car at night.
  • changing stations for each room (basket to carry diapers, wipes, rash cream, baby powder, changing pad)-- This is helpful to have in every room because let's face it, you aren't going to want to walk into the nursery for every diaper change.
  • extra crib sheets-- for those messy nights that involve throw up, diaper explosions, etc.
  And stuff for moms!
  • extra long iphone charger
  • hair ties
  • dry shampoo
  • always unscented pads with wings
  • extra underwear (the ones you don't really care about)-- Word of advice: Before leaving the hospital, ask for extra mesh panties and pads!


Thanks for reading along. This list is not a complete list but it should help to get your registry started. Making this list brings back lot of memories and it isn't helping the baby fever I'm starting to feel. Before I know it I'll be starting another registry here soon :)

If you have any questions about any of the items I've listed you are more than welcome to email me and I'll try to help as much as possible. You can reach me at glitterandjuls@gmail.com.

Also, if you have not already, swing by my blog, glitterandjuls.com, for a visit. Follow me while you're there!
 
 A huge thanks to Positively Oakes for letting me guest post today! It was so much fun!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sole Serum: Fall in Love With Your Heels Again


Heels can be a girl's best friend and enemy. We ladies can pay a heavy price for looking cute. But I've found the perfect solution for you ladies who can't part with your heels.

I was recently given the opportunity to try out Sole Serum and I had no idea how much this would change my world! Comfort is very important to me. Sometimes it wins over looking cute I'm afraid. But after trying sole serum I may be sway my decision when picking my shoes out.


Sole Serum contains a blend of natural and active ingredients to relieve minor foot pain for up to two hours. It contains lidocaine which blocks the foot's pain signals from reaching the brain and helps with achy inflammation. It also contains natural ingredients to help soothe your skin and leave your feet feeling refreshed.

I just applied a couple of pumps to the area of my foot in pain when I was first starting to feel the pain. I let it dry for about 60 seconds. It has a nice cooling effect and then I slipped my heels back on and was off again. The discomfort was relieved within minutes.

I think the key thing to remember with this product is to not wait until your foot is already throbbing in pain, but to apply at the first sign of discomfort.

I definitely recommend keeping this product handy in your purse when wearing heels.

You can shop Sole Serum products here. For a limited time only purchase a 15ml bottle and receive a sample size for free. It's the perfect travel size! Or get two bottles for $39.50.

Check out Sole Serum on Instagram!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Not Your Average Bridal Show




Wedding season is fast approaching and I've already received save-the-dates for five! It's an exciting time because I get to witness some awesome couples tie the knot!

Even though I am no longer a bride-to-be, I enjoy all things weddings. I love seeing every little detail  put into one special day!

I was very excited when I was invited to attend a bridal show like no other... A bridal show alternative in the form of a Big Fake Wedding-- complete with a ceremony and a reception! "Wedding guests" get to experience tons of wedding vendors in action.

The fake wedding I'll be attending is on Thursday, March 5th at the Georgia State Railroad Museum in Savannah. What a fun venue!


I love this idea. Not only does it make planning a wedding fun, but it really pumps you up for what your special day will be! My favorite part about the big fake wedding is they ask real married couples to be the fake brides and grooms. How cool is that? The whole evening is filled with love, fun, and laughter.

I can't wait to take my friends, Mandy and Hannah, who both have weddings coming up later this year! 

Are you a bride-to-be or know of any? Tickets are on sale now! Use code, "HalfOffTheBFW", for 50% off-- making tickets $15! Get tickets for The Big Fake Wedding Savannah here!

Even better, want to win a pair of free tickets to the show? Winner will be announced on Wednesday, February 25th and will receive the golden tickets via email. ** At least one of the guests must be a bride or a groom** 

To enter:
1) Follow @glitterandjuls and @thebigfakewedding on Instagram
2) follow me on bloglovin' or through Google Connect. 
3) comment below with your email address

Find details about the event their website: thebigfakewedding.com

I'll be covering the event here on the blog, via Instagram, and Twitter so be sure to follow along! It's going to be a fun evening!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Shop My Instagram - Made Easy


So  I'll let you in on the next best tool for shopping my Instagram posts!

You have probably seen this little diddy  recently >>>#liketkit liketk.it/XXXX @liketkit <<< at the end of my posts on Instagram. These are generated through a program called LIKEtoKNOW:IT that allows you to shop my Instagram straight from your email inbox.

No longer will you have to wonder or ask "Where did you get that?" and wait for a response again! 

Simply sign up with LIKEtoKNOW:IT  with these easy instructions: 

STEP 1. Submit your email to register on LIKEtoKNOW:IT's website.

STEP 2. 'LIKE'  my Instagram photos that include the threesome >>> "#liketkit liketk.it/XXXX @liketkit"
[The URL will be different for every photo generated through LIKEtoKNOW:IT]

STEP 3. Open your email to view ready-to-shop product links, like this:


I know what some of you are thinking... "I don't need all these extra emails bombarding my inbox!" I completely understand that. You actually have the option to change your setting so you can receive the emails Daily or Weekly, depending on your own personal preference.  

Also, instead of letting you know just the brand in my posts, the emails you receive will send you exactly to the desired (or in some instances, similar) item link and you can shop that item right away.  That's really why I like this program. Instead of searching for the product, this saves you the time! And if the item is not available anymore I can link similar items. 

Be sure to sign up so you can always shop my look straight from your email inbox via >> LIKEtoKNOW:IT! Thanks so much for reading and be sure to catch up on & shop my Instagram feed below:


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