Quick & Easy Dinners that are Perfect for Summer

Quick & Easy Dinners that are Perfect for Summer

If you are looking for ways to make meal time more efficient with the kiddos home for summer then look no further! We made steak and fish tacos with fresh ingredients shipped to our front door, and I am hooked!

Quick & Easy Dinners that are PERFECT for summer from Home Chef!

**A big thank you to Mavenx and Home Chef for sponsoring this post. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own. See my full disclosure here.**

Quick & Easy Dinners that are Perfect for Summer

Hey Mommas!

Summer break is here for some of you, and right around the corner for the rest of us! Can I get a woohoo!?

We have a sort of laid back summer that I hope to jam pack with fun activities, short trips, and lazy days. LOTS of lazy days.

That’s what summer is all about right?

The LAST thing I want to worry about is what to make for dinner every night… especially when it is hot, and nothing sounds good.

So… I tried Home Chef to see what all the hype is about, and give my readers a full review!

AND here is the best part… I have a promo code for you at the end of this post so that you can try Home Chef too!

If you are like me, and have been living under a rock LOL let me tell you what Home Chef service is all about.

You sign up, add your food preferences/allergies, and they select meals that they think you might like.

Home Chef labels and packaging for two different meals in the same box

Don’t let that scare you though because you can switch them out! We picked the steak, and fish tacos. They are labeled and packaged (see picture above), so that you know what ingredients go with what meal.

You can’t mess it up… even in a hurry! 🙂

A confirmation email will show you the meals, and a link to replace them with different ones by a certain date (before your box ships).

Home Chef Fish Tacos

The box was delivered to my house by Fedex right around lunch time. It was insulated with ice packs, and a divider between the meat and other ingredients along with a cute little white binder to keep your recipe cards!

See!

The divider with the meat at the bottom of the box

 

This is how they pack all of the fresh yumminess into the box

 The recipe cards have pictures, and LOTS of instructions for those of us who are cooking impaired. I make very simple meals, but the recipes were so thorough that even I could do them.

A friend of mine said to look over the recipe card before I started, (Like Home Chef also recommends) and that helped.

Home Chef recipe cards that you put into your binder that is included

 

Let me tell you that both of these meals were waaaaaay easier to make than I thought, and they are good size portions. We got the meals for 2 people, and had left overs. I could only eat 2 of the fish tacos, and there were enough for each of us to have 3!

 

Now for the good part… Thanks to Home Chef… I get to offer you $30 off of your first purchase if you use my link (Click here) or use Promo Code:  MOMLIFE

 

What an easy way to have dinner covered for at least a couple of nights a week!

No making a list, no going to the store, no trying to decipher a complicated recipe… just cook, serve, enjoy, and get on with summer time!

Let me know if you are going to try it out 🙂

 

With Love,

Sahvana Stapleton

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Style Saturday Vol 2

Personal Stylist

Style Saturday

Outfit Ideas

Style Saturday Vol 2

Hello Mommas!

Introducing a new weekly post that I am deeming “Style Saturday.” I have had quite a few mommas ask for style inspiration, and I am more than happy to oblige 🙂

These fashion posts will be short & sweet because let’s face it, us moms don’t have time for all that! We also don’t have time to be out shopping that much, and if you are like me… you usually end up buying more clothes, shoes, etc. for your kids instead.

You know those memes out there that say something like ‘My kid looks like a Gap model, but I look homeless’ or something along those lines… Not up in here my friends! LOL

Take a peek at this week’s style, and let me know what you think!

As a Stella & Dot Stylist, you are getting fashion ideas straight from the source!

I am making it as EASY as possible to get this look by posting the links to my online boutique for the accessories, and finding similar clothes online at affordable prices.

 

**This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure here.

The Accessories

 1. Arc Pendant Necklace (On SALE NOW!)

2. Chevron Aviator Sunglasses in black

3.  SOHO Flap Wallet – Saddle

The Clothes and Shoes

  1. Gemma Caftan (Tunic) *From Stella & Dot!
  2. Jeans
  3. Sandals

I am VERY happy about how close I got with finding the jeans and shoes that were pictured in the outfit inspiration from S&D. They are both from Amazon… so super easy to get, and budget friendly!

If there are any styles or trends that you would like to see in the future just leave me a comment or shoot me an email at Sahvana@livingthatmomlife.com

Also… Would you wear the outfit in this week’s Style Saturday? Just curious to see if this is your style or not.

Thanks!

&

Have a great Memorial Day weekend ladies 🙂

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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Style Saturday

Personal Stylist

Style Saturday

Style Saturday 

Vol. 1

 

Hello Mommas!

Introducing a new weekly post that I am deeming “Style Saturday.” I have had quite a few mommas ask for style inspiration, and I am more than happy to oblige 🙂

These fashion posts will be short & sweet because let’s face it, us moms don’t have time for all that! We also don’t have time to be out shopping that much, and if you are like me… you usually end up buying more clothes, shoes, etc. for your kids instead.

You know those memes out there that say something like ‘My kid looks like a Gap model, but I look homeless’ or something along those lines… Not up in here my friends! LOL

Take a peek at this week’s style, and let me know what you think!

 

As a Stella & Dot Stylist, you are getting fashion ideas straight from the source!

I am making it as EASY as possible to get this look by posting the links to my online boutique for the accessories, and finding similar clothes online at affordable prices.

 

**This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure here.

 

The Accessories

  1. Quinn Cuff – Gold
  2. Gilded Path Double Wrap Bracelet – White
  3. Miramar Sunglasses – Blonde
  4. Cleopatra Studs – Gold (substitute for the pearl studs since they are sold out)
  5. Garland Fringe Necklace
  6. Pyramid Watch – Exotic

 

 

The Clothes and Shoes*

    1. Top
    2. White Crop Jeans (Save 20% with code DENIM20 at Target for a limited time!)
    3. Boot

 

*My picks… usually from Target, Amazon, or Old Navy

 

Being a mom has changed my style quite a bit, and at first I didn’t know how to dress my postpartum body. I seriously wore scrubs for like months after my first baby was born. LOL

My hubby was getting worried, but he never said anything about it until after I stopped wearing them.

(Now he just begs me not to wear LLR, because I “look like The Big Lebowski.” HAHA)

Style Saturday outfits will always have mommas in mind 🙂 Comfortable, functional clothing that makes you feel better about yourself because confidence is always in style… And a confident mom is a happier mom, so here’s to you!

If there are any styles or trends that you would like to see in the future just leave me a comment or shoot me an email at Sahvana@livingthatmomlife.com

Have a great weekend ladies 🙂

With Love,

Sahvana Stapleton

P.S. Talk about PERFECT timing!! Stella & Dot has TWO sales going on right now… up to 50% off of must-haves AND you can earn $25 Dot Dollars for every $50 you spend to use starting 6/27!! 

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Simple Corner Shelf Decor

Simple Corner Shelf Decor

 

Simple Corner Shelf Decor that won’t bust your budget, and will make your house feel more like home. Check out this 4 element display for some inspiration! 

Simple Corner Shelf Decor

**A big thank you to Mavenx and Shopko for sponsoring this post. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own. See my full disclosure here.**

Simple Corner Shelf Decor

If you have a small space such as a corner shelf that needs a little something then you have landed on the right page my friends!

 

Our home décor style is a rustic farmhouse type vibe, and we have quite a few corner shelves in our house that I wasn’t sure what to do with. We started stacking junk on the ones in the kitchen, and that was NOT working for me.

 

I am so happy and excited to share this with you! Making our home pretty is very important to me, and my happiness… and it has taken me a very long time to not feel guilty about it.

 

Finding ways to decorate on a budget, one small project at a time is key J Speaking of budget… SPOILER ALERT: Promo code at the end of this post!

 

(This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you make a purchase using one of these links. This is at no extra cost to you. It helps with the cost of running this site, and keeps the content free. Thank you!)

 

Take a look at these awesome finds that I scored at Shopko:

 

There are only four elements to this look, and the size of that box sign was absolutely perfect for the space. Uplifting sayings/words around the house help me stay positive. I love it.

 

Candles are another obsession, so I found this candle and holder that actually plugs into the wall! It heats the wax instead of having to light the wick. The neutral checkered placemat hides the cord beautifully.

 

What do you think? Better than stacking junk there right? Lol

 

AND… wait for it…

 

Good GREAT news: Shopko has offered my readers a discount code, so you can get this look for less! (Or whatever else you might need from Shopko 😉 )

 

Use promo code FNF119 at checkout, valid online from May 21st 2017 to May 24th 2017 for 20% off Home & Clothing AND 10% off Furniture & Electronics during Shopko’s Friends & Family sale!!

 

Take advantage of this offer, and treat yo’ self mommas… you sure do deserve it!

 

Talk to you soon!

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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Coffee by day, wine by night

Coffee by Day, Wine by Night!

So, I don’t have a long post today, but I wanted to pop on to let you know about this amazing deal on wine that I was offered to give to my readers 🙂 

Coffee by day, wine by night

**A big thank you to Mavenx and DRINKS.com for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own. See my full disclosure here.**

 

Coffee by Day, Wine by Night

 

Hey Mamas!

As I enjoy my peace and quiet this evening… enjoying some wine a lot of us moms do from time to time… I thought about how some days I count down to the switch from coffee to wine.

Today was one of those days. For no particular reason either… but I made it. Some days just getting through the motions of school drop off, changing diapers, or whatever stage of parenting you are in, just getting through the day feels like an accomplishment.

I just want to tell you that you are not alone in this feeling, and you are doing a great job mama!

Hang in there, tomorrow will be better, and for now… just enjoy your wine 🙂

 

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

 

P.S. For a great deal on great wine assortments check out this offer for my readers using the affiliate link below! Cheers!

 

 

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Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers for Toddlers

Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers

Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers for Toddlers

I can’t believe it is almost Easter time! If it is sneaking up on you too, then check out my Easter basket ideas below 🙂 

Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers for Toddlers

**This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you make a purchase using one of these links. This is at no extra cost to you. It helps with the cost of running this site, and keeps the content free. Thank you! See my full disclosure here.

Non-Candy Easter Basket Stuffers for Toddlers

Hi Mamas!

 

Candy for EVERY holiday is getting old… and yes, that is me being bitter. ALL this candy, and I have very little self control. I end up eating waaaaaaaay too much. Why can’t I just eat all the candy I want without consequences via stomachache and weight gain? C’mon!

 

Besides that, it really isn’t good for the kids. I try to ration it, but then there usually comes the day when I just want them to EAT IT ALL… and be done with it!

 

Don’t get me wrong, I am not boycotting all candy. I cannot live without chocolate. The kids need to be kids. I am just trying to cut back because I feel like it has become a little bit of a problem in our house.

 

Instead of packing the little plastic eggs full of candy for the kids’ Easter baskets this year, I decided to find non candy alternatives because they will still be getting candy from Easter egg hunts that we go to anyway.

 

I wanted to share what I found for all of you mamas needing inspiration for toddler Easter baskets.

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Skin Care Tips for Busy Moms

Skin Care Tips for Busy Moms

Skin Care Tips for Busy Moms

(First a little blurb about my skin care concerns. If you are looking for the list just click read more, and keep scrolling because it is towards the bottom)

Skin Care Tips for Busy Moms

**A big thank you to FOREO® for gifting me the LUNAplay ™ for me to review, and for sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% my own. See my full disclosure here.**

 

Skin Care Tips for Busy Moms

 

Hey Mamas!

 

So… I have mentioned self care on here, and how important I think it is for us busy mommies. Self care is so general that I wanted to hone in on a specific area that I am passionate about: skin care. This stems back from my teenage years when I first started breaking out… wait, make that pre teen years. Lucky me, I know. Haha. Ugh.

 

At the time when I first started experiencing skin problems, my parents got me some Sea Breeze and cotton balls, and thought I just needed to wash my face more.

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5 things that make life easier for a new mom

5 basic things to make life easier as a new mom

5 Basic Things to Make Life Easier as a New Mom

5 basic things to make life easier as a new mom

Hey Mamas!

 

Giving parenting advice was one of the main reasons I started this blog, and I haven’t really wrote a lot about my experience as a new mom yet. With a few of my friends expecting this year, I decided that I needed to get on it.

 

This series is dedicated to those new mommies, so be on the look out for helpful tips and tricks from being in the hospital to bringing your little bundle home.

 

I just want to give a little disclaimer because every baby is different, so things that worked for me might not work for you. In sharing my motherhood experiences, I just hope to help some of the parents out there. When I became a mom, I had NO experience with babies whatsoever.

 

My own two babies seem to like everything opposite! Keeps me on my toes. Haha. So I hope you can relate to one or the other to help you with your little one.

 

These 5 basic things WILL make your life easier, and I wish I had known about them.

 

They are things that you just don’t think about until you are living it.

 

 

  1. Dye Free Tylenol – Wait, what? As a not so new mom, I think ALL medicine should be dye free, and it isn’t even because I am worried about blue #7 or whatever.

 

It is because my first born had acid reflux. When he was teething, we would try to soothe his poor little gums by giving him Tylenol. He would spit it up, and if it was pink, purple, or red, it would leave a stain on his shirt or bib.

 

It didn’t matter if I soaked it or pre treated it before the wash. Dye free is clear or whitish, and guess what? It doesn’t leave a stain!

 

Babies spit up, drool, or in the case of my daughter… will hold the Tylenol in her mouth and spit it out. You will be so glad that you have the dye free stuff. (I have seen generic brands with dye free options as well.)

 

As a new mom, you don’t want to be spending more time than you need to on treating laundry anyway… you have that beautiful baby to bond with!

 

*This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you make a purchase using one of these links. This is at no extra cost to you. It helps with the cost of running this site, and keeps the content free. Thank you!

 

  1. Nail Scissors – I realize this may not be applicable to all new moms or parents, but they were a lifesaver for me.

 

I was so nervous about cutting my tiny little baby’s nails, but they needed to be trimmed so bad because he would scratch himself. They have mittens to put on newborns hands for that reason, but I didn’t want to keep him in those all the time.

 

My friend suggested that I try nail scissors instead of clippers since I was having a heck of a time filing his nails… which is what the nurse suggested at the hospital.

 

There are specific nail scissors for babies, and they are super duper easy to use if you are a fraidy cat like me!

 

 

  1. Swaddle Blankets/Learning to Swaddle – Ok, so I am a little embarrassed to admit, but I had no idea how to swaddle until after I gave birth to my son.

 

You always see babies on TV wrapped up in blankets, looking like a little burrito… there is a method for that.

 

And if you have a little baby ninja, there are swaddle blankets with Velcro. I had to use them on my son. The swaddle would soothe him, but he could wiggle out of the blankets in about 2 seconds.

 

Now, with that said… swaddling is great, but please follow your pediatrician’s guidelines for safe swaddling such as not swaddling a baby that can roll over. You should receive some information on this from the pediatrician or the hospital when you have your baby.

 

 

  1. Dry Shampoo – This may seem a little vain to some, but hear me out. As a new momma, you might find yourself choosing sleep over showering. Haha. I know that sounds gross, but it was true for me!

 

On the days where the baby is cranky or you don’t have help (like when your hubby is gone for the week at work if you’re a railroader wife), sometimes you might skip a shower, but if you want to freshen up… I highly recommend using dry shampoo.

 

I brought dry shampoo to the hospital with my second baby, and after I used it (to look a little bit better when visitors stopped by) the nurse even complimented me, and asked how I did my hair.

 

 

  1. Diaper Delivery – There are quite a few companies that you can order diapers from, but our favorite is Costco if you do disposable.

 

Here’s why: Costco Huggies diapers are higher quality than you will find at regular stores, they offer free shipping, and the diapers go on sale a few times a year.

This is a time saver, but makes it so you have one less thing to worry about. When diapers are running low, I hop on my Costco app really quick, order more, and they arrive within the week. It is such a big box that running out doesn’t (usually) sneak up on you.

 

Babies use lots of diapers, and you don’t want to be stressed about running out.

 

*General Diaper Tip: Don’t jump the gun to go up a size! The bigger the diaper, the less you get in the pack for the same price.

 

These tips for new moms are just things that I picked up along this motherhood journey of mine. Starting my series of parenting tips with these basic things was important to me because they are the little details that you might not think of.

 

If you have any ideas or suggestions, I would love to hear them in comments 🙂

 

Talk to you soon!

 

 

With Love,

 

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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Make Your Home Feel Cozy This Winter

Cozy Decor Ideas

Ways to Make Your Home Feel Cozy This Winter

Turn your home into a cozy winter retreat! Here are a few simple and budget friendly decor ideas from my home to yours. Make this holiday season your coziest yet! 

Ways to make your home feel cozy this winter

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Hey Mamas!

How are you all doing? We woke up to about 5 inches of snow this morning, so this is the absolute best post for today! AND the reason why this is a little late going up… wifi was having a hard time uploading images. Some of the pitfalls of living in a rural area. Ugh.

Anywho…

Let’s get to the good stuff. Home decor inspiration. I was ask for some tips on making your home feel cozy by the Florida office of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. With decorating being one of my favorite things in the whole world, of course I was happy to help!

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Wooden Holiday Sign

Wooden Holiday Sign

Wooden Holiday Sign Craft

This little wooden welcome sign craft is super duper easy! I picked up the sign in the fall clearance aisle at Target, and hot glued some flowers on it… Wallah! 

Wooden Holiday Sign

Hey Mamas!

The word “craft” is being used very loosely for this post my dears… haha. I will let you in on a little secret. The wooden welcome sign was not DIY, but picked up from Target for 75% off in their Fall decor section! Score!

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