Busy Mom Snacks Featuring LARABAR

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This post is sponsored LARABAR.

Playdates, nature walks, gymnastics class, swimming lessons the list can go on and on. What can I say being a parent of two little ones keeps me busy. Often I find myself “forgetting to eat” and trying to fit in bites of a meal when I can and sometimes the only really substantial meal I get in the day is when we all sit down to eat dinner together. But, mama needs her fuel. So, to keep me going during the day I rely on quick and healthy snacks to provide me with the boost of energy I need.

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Instead of turning to crackers, cookies and other less than healthy snacks I try to eat as clean as possible. I prefer my foods vegan and I avoid foods with artificial ingredients, added sugars and colorings. For me the easiest snacks are fresh fruit, pre-cut veggies, nuts and seeds and my favorite snack – LARABARs. LARABARs taste great, are an easy and healthy vegan option and I love that they are free of added sugars, artificial ingredients and preservatives. LARABARs are also gluten-free and kosher and are non-GMO!

LARABARs are easy to throw in my purse or diaper bag and I also keep them in a basket on our snack shelf. They are a super easy and delicious snack I can just grab and eat while I wrangle children or snack on when we are out having fun together. I even enjoy them for breakfast on the go sometimes with a cup of coffee and a banana.

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I have been eating LARABARs since long before I had kids because kids or no kids LARABARs are great for those on the go. They taste great, are an easy and healthy vegan option and I love that they are free of added sugars, artificial ingredients and preservatives. I remember the days when they only had apple pie, cherry pie and lemon bar. Now with such a wide selection of flavors, my gotos are cashew cookie and pecan pie. Although, lately I have been stocking up on the seasonal snickerdoodle flavor. I’m sad it’s only seasonal. I’m also looking forward to trying the seasonal gingerbread LARABAR because that sounds like perfect fit for holiday snacks and our littles ones’ stockings

What are your favorite healthy portable snacks? Do you or your kids have a favorite LARABAR flavor? We love to grab a few LARABARs, a few bananas or tangerines and a chia squeeze packet whenever we head out for a playdate, nature walk or class.

LARABAR_logo[1]At LARABAR®, we believe that the foundation of a sound mind, body and spirit is derived from what you eat – and what you eat is most delicious and satisfying when it’s in a whole, natural state.

Spring Cleaning With CloroxⓇ Triple Action Dust Wipes

While cleaning hasn’t always been my favorite chore, it’s become even more of a burden since having kids. Between picking up clothes, toys and finding food in weird places, all of the fine details of cleaning the house tend to fall by the wayside. While we do recognize the importance of taking the time to wipe down the mirrors, mop the floor and dust the furniture, finding time can prove to be nearly impossible.

However, with the seasons changing, we’re leaping into spring cleaning season. Between a winter’s worth of hibernation and the extra dust and pollen that comes with allergy season, our family is feeling compelled to declutter, organize and give all of those forgotten nooks and crannies the attention they’ve been
missing.

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One of our favorite discoveries lately has been CloroxⓇ Triple Action Dust Wipes. These dry, non-abrasive wipes work great to dust our furniture, TVs and counters. And even better, it only takes one wipe to do an entire room! Gone are the days of using half a package of wipes just to clean your window sills. Having issues with allergies and dry eyes as well as roaming infants and toddlers has made keeping these surfaces clean a priority. And because they’re not abrasive, the CloroxⓇ Triple Action Dust Wipes work wonders when wiping down the dust that’s built up on our TV, picture frames and full length mirror without leaving a scratch or smudge.

And while Alder’s still too young, Edith loves to help with picking around the house. And Lindsay and I both realize that we need to jump at that opportunity to involve her while she’s still young and have her contribute while having us set a positive example. And sure, she may play with the items she’s been tasked with putting away instead of finding homes for them. But it’s clear to all of us that we are more comfortable and happy in a clean, healthy home. Involving Edith has also made it easier to find the time to fit cleaning into our busy schedule.

What are some of your favorite time-saving cleaning tips?

This post is sponsored by Clorox—helping you clean on the go for a happier home.

Fashionable Nursing & Maternity | Belly Dance Maternity

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I think I had a pretty fashionable pregnancy with Edith and I totally regret not keeping my cute maternity clothes for the second time around. However when it came to postpartum/nursing wear I was a hot mess. I lived in old t-shirts, nursing tanks and maternity jeans for months and months and by the time I was mentally ready to buy new clothes I was pregnant again.

This time around I am not waiting 15 months to buy clothes that I feel good wearing. While I am still struggling with embracing my new postpartum body I am working on it. Luckily I have a few great pieces of postpartum clothing including the beautiful NOM nursing top that you may have seen in my Nursing Wear YouTube video.

First I want to thank Belly Dance Maternity for sending me this beautiful top to share with you.  I am absolutely loving it.  I love black and white strips and this top has a bonus feature it is nursing friendly. You just unbutton the snaps on top and lift up to easily nurse. I don’t have any other nursing tops like this and let me tell you I plan on buying a few more. It’s so much easier than wearing a nursing tank under my shirts and having to lift it up every time I need to nurse. Plus you’d never really know it’s a nursing top from looking at it. It is also a fantastic maternity top and the ruching is great for an expanding belly or in my case a postpartum belly.

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Belly Dance Maternity features fashionable gear for your entire pregnancy and postpartum. I am loving their new Fall clothes and am making a list of items I want to buy. I am seriously lusting after MICHAEL STARS POSEY SURPLICE MATERNITY TOP (also great for nursing),  SERAPHINE BLACK JOLENE KNOT DRESS (because cute nursing friendly dresses are hard to find and the holiday season is upon us so of course I need a dress for parties and events) and seriously how cute is this LOYAL HANA CROSSHATCH CARRIE POCKET SHIRT.  If anyone is looking to get me a late birthday gift …..hint hint.

What are your favorite nursing/maternity styles? How do you stay stylish while pregnant or nursing or being a mom in general? 

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  Disclaimer: I was compensated with a $25 e-gift card by ErinCondren.com for this post. All opinions are my own. 

I am a planner. I mean extreme planner and my husband loves to give me a hard time about it especially when I spend hours planning weekend getaways. Now that we have a little one and I am trying to be a work-at-home mom as well as a stay-at-home mom (more on that in another post) I have gone into planning over drive. The one problem I have though is that I don’t have a a good planner.

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Now you might be saying well I would rather do my planning all on my smart phone or tablet and I get that so if that is more your thing don’t worry ErinCondren.com has a number of other really great products that you could use this gift card for including holiday cards, notepads, pens, a cover for your iPhone, or even some really fun wrapping paper (the holiday’s are coming fast!).ErinCondren-Pens-LRG_set

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