If You Only Buy One Winter Coat Ever, It Should Be This One

I've discovered the warmest and coziest winter coat ever and you need to get one too!

After moving from Los Angeles to Columbus, Ohio (where we are experiencing one of the coldest and snowiest winters in many years — of course) I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect winter coat. My criteria: it has to be warm, comfortable, long, stylish, and under $100. It was a really hard to meet all of those, but I finally found the holy grail of winter coats! I posted a photo on Instagram last week and so many people DM’d me asking where it was from, so it only confirmed my feelings that this coat deserved a blog post all its own.

I've discovered the warmest and coziest winter coat ever and you need to get one too! I've discovered the warmest and coziest winter coat ever and you need to get one too!

The coat feels like you’re wearing a down comforter, in the best possible way. It is a slightly heavier weight but I love how that feels on a cold day. It has a TON of zipper pockets and the sides unzip up to make it bigger on the sides so that it can fit over bulkier sweaters or layers. It has a hood, which you can sort of turn inside out to make it a warm layer right behind your neck if you don’t need to wear the hood (I’m usually wearing a beanie), and it is long enough to keep your bottom half warmer too. I got the olive color — which I love — but it also comes in grey, beige, and black. And it is lined in an orange fabric, giving a cute pop of color in the lining. I would call this wind proof and since I’ve had it I’ve not been cold (and also don’t get overheated, which I tend to do when I have to wear warm layers in the winter).

I've discovered the warmest and coziest winter coat ever and you need to get one too!

So, if you are in the market for a warm and cute winter coat, I highly recommend this one! We could be twins 🙂

Also, check out this post for my favorite winter wardrobe essentials for kiddos.

Outfit sources: Coat // Vegan Leather Leggings // Boots

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It’s Ok To Take Shortcuts in Parenthood

This shop/post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #FreshEatsPizzaDeal #CollectiveBias

ways to make mom life easier.7Whew, is it just me or is this a crazy busy time of year? I always think things will slow down in the winter and I can go into hibernation mode a little bit, but with the holidays and a constant slew of sick kids in our house it never seems to slow down. This year I’m trying to give myself a bit more grace, accept help when offered, and allow myself shortcuts without feeling guilty. I try to cook healthy meals at home as often as I can. But I’m also realistic about my limitations, my tendency to get overwhelmed when things get hectic (like during the holidays), and my need to simplify when things get crazy. After three kids and 7+ years of motherhood I’ve finally come to the realization that it is ok to take shortcuts in parenthood, and to accept help and cut myself a break when I need it.

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Some ways I take shortcuts in parenthood are by hiring a housekeeper to do my deep cleaning when I can no longer keep up, having a sitter come one morning a week so I can run errands or do work kid-free, and I do takeout pizza night once a week. Bonus points if all of those things happen in one day and I get to come home after a morning out kid-free to a clean house and don’t have to cook that night! Sounds like the best day ever. And none of those things make me less of a mother. In fact, they make me a better mother because I’m less stressed, have more patience, and have more time to enjoy my family. A clean kitchen + pizza I didn’t have to cook = a beautiful thing.

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The main reason we don’t often do takeout is that it can really do a number on our family food budget, especially when you are feeding a family of five. So when I find a good meal deal, I get pretty stoked. If your family loves a pizza night as much as mine does, and if you are on a budget, then I have to share a great deal that will be available at your local Fresh Eats store next week. Get a fresh, hot ready-to-eat large one topping pizza and 2-liter Coca-Cola™ beverage for $5 at your local Fresh Eats Market! I placed my order at the Fresh Kitchen order screen, got a receipt, and shopped for some produce in the market while I waited for the pizza to be ready. Then I checked out and paid for everything in one spot. And I just picked up my 2 liter of Coca-Cola from the soda aisle and it was included in the deal. Mom shortcut, for the win (and a super affordable one at that!)

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Do you have any regular mom shortcuts that save your sanity? Share your ideas and hacks and sanity savers in the comments — I can always use more ideas! And don’t forget to visit your Fresh Eats store to make your life a little less complicated and save some money!

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Because Moms Don’t Get Sick Days

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Because Moms Don't Get Sick Days #sickdaysolutions

We’ve all been there: sick as a dog, needing to rest, so badly wishing we had someone to take care of us but instead we have our own children to care for, and desperate for a sick day. I’ve had it happen three times this fall alone, and one day I called an audible and begged my mom to drive the two hour distance from her house to mine to help — and she did! We’re lucky we are now close enough to have that option. But sometimes we don’t have help and we can’t take a sick day and we just have to push through that bug that we’ve caught (probably from our sweet and loving children who are human petri dishes and generously bring home every germ possible). On those days, I’m glad I have a stockpile of ways to fight colds and the flu, and a Kroger just down the street so I can easily replenish my stock when needed. Here’s how to create your own “sick day kit” to get you and your family back on their feet in no time.

Because Moms Don't Get Sick Days #sickdaysolutions

These are some of my favorite things to have on hand and are always on my grocery list when I run out:

  • TYLENOL® Cold + Flu Severe Day/Night: This is my go-to for cough, congestion, sore throat, aches, and fever. I love that there is treatment for both daytime or nighttime, so I don’t get drowsy during the day but I can sleep better at night. And I trust it because it is the #1 doctor recommended pain relief brand.
  • Theraflu ExpressMax Severe Cold & Flu: This is powerful relief without a prescription, and it is great for helping to defeat 7 cold & flu symptoms fast, like sore throat, nasal congestion, chest congestion, fever, cough, headache, and body aches.
  • Campbell’s® Soup and Premium Saltine Crackers: For generations moms have turned to Campbell’s® Condensed Soup to soothe and comfort, whether it be due to cold weather or colds and flu. My mom made it for me, and I make it for my children. And Premium Saltine Crackers are always the perfect soup or chili pairing. But when I’m sick, I always long for the same things my mom made for me: chicken noodle soup and saltine crackers 🙂 That is why I keep some on hand to make for myself when I’m down with a cold or the flu.
  • Lipton Daily Support Tea: When I’m sick, a cup of tea feels like the best thing in the world. The Lipton Daily Support Tea is an excellent source of Vitamin C. This herbal infusion can help boost your body’s natural defenses against germs, plus it features turmeric, echinacea and ginger — all of which are good for you.

If you want to find any of these products for yourself, I found mine at my local Kroger store. The Tylenol and Theraflu products are found in the cold and flu/pain relief aisle near the pharmacy. The Campbell’s Soups are in the soup aisle, of course and the Premium crackers are in the cracker aisle. Lipton teas are in the tea and coffee aisle.

Put all of your food and beverage supplies in a designated area of your pantry, so you can find them when you need them. Do the same with your medicine — keep the cold and flu medicine separate and where you can find it quickly and easily. If you don’t have a hall closet or bathroom cabinet where you can store supplies (out of the reach of kiddos, of course) then consider making a “sick basket” with all of your supplies and keep it somewhere you can find it all when needed.

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Be sure to go here to find more inspiring content on prepping for germ season. There’s also savings on these products. What are your tried and true cold and flu fighters? Do you have something you like to use in your family that your parents gave you as a kid?

Campbell’s® – © 2018 CSC LP Lipton – © 2018 Unilever Theraflu – Read and follow label directions. Theraflu is for use in adults 12 years and older. Use products only as directed. TYLENOL® – ®Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2017. Use products only as directed. The makers of TYLENOL® remind you to use only one medicine with acetaminophen at a time.

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Winter Wardrobe Staples for Kids

winter wardrobe essentials for kidsNow that we’ve been officially hazed into our first real winter, I’ve already found some winter wardrobe essentials for the kids that are helping us to survive, stay warm, and have fun in the snow and cold weather. Since we still have a couple months of winter to go, I thought I would share some of the things we’re finding to be super helpful in this extremely cold weather! Read More

Self-Renewal + Hitting The Reset Button

Self Renewal and Hitting the Reset Button on a new Year

2017 was a year of change and transition for me personally. My baby became a toddler, I stopped breastfeeding and closed the door on my baby years, we moved across the country to a new home and entirely new weather (which we’re still struggling with a little bit). I feel like I spent a good part of the year (the last two really) in survival mode. My health suffered and I haven’t been well for a while. I’m sharing more about my personal struggles and health journey in a new blog series in the coming weeks but you can see me talk a bit about what I’ve been struggling with in my Instagram Story highlights in my IG profile under ‘Hashimotos’ (and I think you can only see stories when using the IG app).Read More

Shopping For A Cause During the Holidays

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. This post is sponsored by Huggies. All opinions are mine alone. #HuggiesHelps #Hugs4Huggies #DiaperNeed #sweepstakes #CollectiveBias

No Baby Unhugged with Huggies & Oh Lovely Day #DiaperNeed, #Hugs4huggies

As a mother, I cannot imagine a baby not receiving the love and care they need to thrive. I look at my sweet boys and want to protect them and do anything in my power to help them live their best lives. It is a universal feeling as a parent I think. Part of that wish to provide all they need is having the diapers and supplies necessary to keep them clean, dry, and healthy. And if you have a baby yourself you know — those tiny humans go through a lot of diapers!Read More