The one where I have no time and the kids need stuff for school. #ZapposStyle #MC #Sponsored

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zappos.com. I received product samples to facilitate my review. Remember how I totally admitted defeat and decided to knock out my back to school shopping at Zappos.com? It all came in!!!! And I LOVE IT ALL.  I scored ALL of this for under $300, and I was super pumped about the brands they had available: Nike Stride Rite New Balance Converse Keen Pediped Under Armour The Northface Patagonia Roxy Volcom Splendid Tommy Hilfiger Stuff that I KNOW will last long enough and stand up to the beating my growing kids will put it through! I was originally planning on schlepping to an outlet mall an hour away, followed up by another shopping center ANOTHER hour away, but I was able to pick up the high quality stuff I wanted while in my pajamas. I declare myself the winner. On to the clothes! Emma started off with this Tommy Hilfiger Hi-Low Polo in Fuschia ($24). Polos aren't required … [Read more...]

Guys. I totes conquered back to school shopping. #ZapposStyle #MC #sponsored

Emma Stock Collage

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zappos.com. I received product samples to facilitate my review. Summer is basically over now, ain't it? Labor day is right around the corner, so it's time to bid farewell to summer-y things. Like popsicles. And water parks. And ratty clothes. My kids are looking pretty busted, not gonna lie. They've been at a summer camp type place that just LOOOOOVES to let them use tempera paint without smocks, and while I love having 90847501938475 pieces of butcher paper covered in blue, red, and yellow streaks, I do NOT love the idea of sending them to school in clothes covered in blue, red, and yellow streaks. But here's the problem. I work a lot, and that means that even in the summer, my day consists of commuting, dropping off kids at day camp, working, picking kids up, commuting again, and then mustering enough energy to feed the fam. Notice how there's no time for massive back to school shopping trips? Yeah, … [Read more...]

Ready, Set, LOSE! JOIN the #SummerSweatDietBet with me!

Summer Sweat Diet Bet

Has anyone else been living it up this summer, indulging in poolside treats and letting loose? Um. I have. Lots of Otter Pops and ice cream. Picnics with hot dogs and chips. But it's time to reign it in! I've had so much fun with my kids this summer, but I'm ready to get back on track. What if I told you that you could lose 4% of your body weight by Labor Day, and win money while doing it? I've done it before, and I'm so excited to do it again! I'm hosting a DietBet, a weight loss game where participants bet money that they'll lose 4% of their starting body weight in four weeks. Those that do, split the pool of money! If that's not motivation to get your rear in gear, I don't know what is! Announcing the #SummerSweatDietBet! Here's how it works: The #SummerSweatDietBet starts on July 29, but you can join RIGHT NOW to get in on the bet! Click here to join. You bet $25 that you'll lose 4% of your body weight in four weeks (game ends August 25). To give you an idea of how … [Read more...]

Creamy Brown Sugar Spread with SPLENDA: Making #SweetSwaps

Splenda Sweet Swaps

This post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS ™ blogger program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them. Y'all. I just made the best flippin' cream cheese dip I've ever had in my life. It was super easy and I even lightened it up a little! Lately, I've been ditching sugar and using SPLENDA no calorie sweetener, and I've been enjoying my favorite stuff with a little less guilt! This week has been insane -- Emma's 7th birthday (OMG) was on Sunday, so it's pretty much been a week of non-stop food. Birthday dinners, ice cream cake, and cookie cake have all gone down so far, and it's only Wednesday. Tonight's cookie cake was my breaking point. I just FEEL so gross from all of the indulgent meals I've been eating, so I decided to whip up something that still felt like a major cheat, but with SPLENDA, I was able to cut some calories from … [Read more...]

Making #SweetSwaps with Splenda! #ad

Sweet Swaps

Part of living a calorie-conscious diet means making changes in the things you eat -- but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the foods you love. You just have to be smarter than the food! I've spent the past year and a half finding little tricks to eating right that make a big difference over time. It might not seem like a big deal to swap your sugar with a no-calorie sweetener, but each day adds up to a week, that adds up to a month, which rolls into a year. Little swaps can (and do!) make an impact! For me, things like swapping diet soda for water (so hard!), fried foods for baked options, and restaurant cooking for at-home meal prep solutions. I definitely am an advocate of taking small steps that add up to big movements -- overwhelming yourself with a million new "rules" or changes will probably just result in frustration when you inevitably fail. Did you know? Experts recommend that women consume no more than 6 tsp. of added sugar daily, but the average American … [Read more...]

Dreaming of Spring with Carters! #CartersSpringStyle #ad + GIVEAWAY!

Carter's Spring Style

I participated in this program on behalf of Carter's and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. I know that most of the US is still buried under a bazillion feet of snow, but here in Arizona, we're loving our bragging season -- Spring! I always like to do two big hauls for the kids clothes -- one at the beginning of the school year, and one right before spring break. Our summers are hot and long, so we have to find a TON of great warm weather outfits for all of the kids. We've lucked out in that we have a Carter's store here in the Phoenix metro, so I've been day dreaming about cute outfits for the kidlets. Is it wrong that I want some of this stuff in my size? I mean. Seahorses. I have a thing for seahorses, and I'm so not above making my kids love what I love, haha! I'm really big into coral and mint right now, too. I don't think you can go wrong with that combo! Isn't this the cutest outfit? Dress it up or dress it down! Just so y'all know, the Carter’s Baby and Kid Up … [Read more...]

I’m running in the Skirt Chaser 5k in Tempe! Join me!

Skirt Chaser 5K Tempe

Can I tell y’all what I’m super pumped about? I am so excited for a fun, themed run. My past two races have been serious, focused, and challenging 13.1 miles. This Saturday, I’m running in the Skirt Chaser 5k in Tempe! It’s my second year running in the Skirt Chaser 5k, and I’m so thrilled to be back! It’s very unique in that there are two start times, based on gender. Following the rules of etiquette, ladies start first, and then the men follow three minutes later – hence the name “Skirt Chaser”. The race is hosted by Skirt Sports (which I LOVE, by the way – super huge fan of their stuff!), and it’s so neat to see a ton of ladies kicking asphalt in running skirts! Here I am at last year’s Skirt Chaser (whoa, blonde hair flashback!): The best part, to me, is that with an upgraded registration, you score a Skirt Sports running skirt! With the dreadfully hot summer up ahead, my running leggings are going to be retired, and I’m going to get a lot … [Read more...]

Namaste, y’all! Get one free month of MyYogaWorks.com! #ad #MC

MyYogaWorks.com

I will be totally honest. As I write this, I am beyond stressed out. I just tore my house apart looking for some important documents that I should have stashed away, but I can't find them. Right now, I need to chill. And here's what's awesome -- I just chilled out in under 6 minutes, in my own bed, and it was the best thing I could have done for myself tonight. I've been checking out MyYogaWorks.com, an online yoga video site, and I'm pretty impressed! I signed up and told them the main areas I'd like to work on, like my core, balance, sun salutations, and calming effects. I'm totally a yoga beginner (I can't even touch my toes!), so it's nice that they have their videos separated so you can easily find one that will suit your needs. MyYogaWorks offers 500 online yoga classes ranging in length from 5 to 90 minutes. They even offer specialty classes like pre & post natal yoga, meditation and more. Since I can access it from my laptop, phone, or tablet, I can have a yoga … [Read more...]

Weigh in Wednesday: Losing Weight Twice Sucks + I’m Running 13.1 Miles on Sunday!

Mean Girls Workout Tank

Just a little PSA for any of you who are thinking about slacking off and letting yourself go. When you gain back weight that you've already busted your ass to lose, the process is twice as hard, twice as emotionally trying, and twice as sucky. With that out of the way, I think I can say that I've had an okay week! On Monday, my office started a weight loss challenge, and I signed up. There's some stiff competition, and I might not have a chance at winning, but I'm doing my damnedest to hold my own. I've only had a handful of Diet Dr. Peppers this week, too! I've been twiddling my thumbs with excitement and nerves (okay mostly nerves), because this Sunday is the PF Changs Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon! My second half! Again, I always feel like I could have trained better, and I know I could have, so I'm apprehensive about how I will do during this race. I'm going to stick with the 3:00 pace setter and hope for the best. I ran on Sunday, and kept a good pace to put me at the finish … [Read more...]

Weigh in Wednesday: 2014 Edition

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRECKLEBERRIES! I would love to tell you that I got gussied up and danced the night away, but I'm a fuddy duddy who enjoyed her evening on the couch with her husband and kids watching a Cops marathon. (Funny tidbit: Micah woke up in the middle of the night and asked me if all the bad guys got arrested. Ha!) I hope you guys had a great New Year's Eve. Is anyone else feeling really excited about the fresh start? I am big on charting, tracking, and following analytics and stuff, so something about a new year with no data is encouraging to me. I don't have any bad juju going into this year when it comes to my weight, so I'm going to try and bottle that up and use it! Time to be transparent. I've found that the only way to keep myself accountable is to blog about my food, exercise, and current weight. I kicked a lot of ass on Nutrisystem, and I think it was due in part to the fact that I was required by contract to blog weekly. Knowing that I had to write about my week … [Read more...]