Learn How to Adore Your Wardrobe!

A few years ago I decided to stop being exhausted and start exercising and eating better. The lifestyle changes I made allowed me to lose 25 pounds, but more importantly I felt amazing!

While no one would have called me overweight to begin with, my weight loss meant that nothing in my closet fit me. NOTHING. Not even my underwear. (Just being real y’all!) I literally had to get rid of almost every thing I owned and start over.

Over the past few years I’ve built back up my wardrobe, but I’ve always struggled with finding clothes that look great, fit great, and don’t break the bank! I realized that before I lost weight I had a closet full of clothes but always felt like I had NOTHING to wear.

My friend Kelly Snyder from Redefined Mom was in the same predicament. But one revelation changed that forever… Fashion isn’t art. Fashion is:

  • science
  • math
  • proportion
  • balance

And now, she is on a mission to demystify fashion for women, transforming the way they think about, buy and put-together outfits…forever!

I wish she would have done this four years ago when I was replacing everything I owned! I probably would have kept me from making some shopping mistakes!

This month you can join her (and me- more on that later) on an amazing journey to allow you to finally Adore Your Wardrobe!

The Adore Your Wardrobe eCourse is a 30-day course that will change the way you think about fashion and your wardrobe. This nine module (and one master class) course contains videos, written overviews, and worksheets to help give you the skills to become a killer fashionista.

You’ll receive instant access to the entire course to enjoy the lessons when it’s convenient for your schedule.

Aren’t sure if the course is right for you? Check out this free lesson on the Rule of 4.

Every few days, you will receive an email from Kelly with an overview of the day’s lesson, as well as a mini-challenges to help build your confidence and feel successful in your ability to create a great-looking outfit.

Here’s what’s included:

  • Lesson #1: Getting Personal With Measurements
  • Lesson #2: Determining Your Unique Body Type & How To Create Balance and Proportion 
  • Lesson #3: Laying The Right Foundation Lesson
  • Lesson #4: Jeans – How To Find a Pair You Love 
  • Lesson #5: Anatomy of a Shirt – Necklines & Length Matter 
  • Lesson #6: 11 Items to Splurge On (And Four To Save On) 
  • Lesson #7: Create A Closet You Adore 
  • Lesson #8: Rule of Four 
  • Lesson #9: Putting It All Together
  • Masterclass: Discovering The Right Colors For You
  • PLUS: Exclusive access to our private Facebook group to connect with and encourage each other as we walk this path together!

Here’s the deal. The course costs $79. I know that’s A LOT of money! However, what if investing $79 now, meant that you wouldn’t waste any more money on clothes that don’t look AMAZING on you? I know that personally I’ve spent much more than $79 over the past ten years on clothing that I end up passing along to a friend because I see a picture of myself in it and think – UGH! THAT IS NOT FLATTERING AT ALL!!! 

Not only will you save money by learning how to buy (or shop your own closet for) amazing outfits but you’ll save time! Have you ever been late to church or a meeting because you tried on sixteen outfits trying to find the one that makes you look your best? (Guilty!)

This course is only open for a limited town, so don’t delay in signing up if you are interested. Kelly offers a 7-day money back guarantee, so you can purchase with confidence.

So, would you join me over the next several weeks? I’m going through the course too and I’d love to see you in the Facebook group or hear from you via email with updates on how you are doing!

Learn more and sign up today! 

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7 Activities to Keep Your Toddler Busy on the Plane

Flying in a plane is an exciting adventure for a toddler, but a toddler’s attention span is quite limited. The excitement will wear off and the boredom will commence. Not only are you trying to keep your toddler busy for your sake but also for the sake of everyone on the plane.

A busy toddler is important because you want the time to pass quickly for them. Check out these 7 activities that will keep your toddler busy on a plane.

A busy toddler is important because you want the time to pass quickly for them. If you can find a way to do that and avoid any tantrums, you are winning as a parent. The best thing you can do to make this a good flight is to prepare in advance, and you can do that with these tips! Check out these 7 activities that will keep your toddler busy on a plane:

1. Play I Spy

I spy is a great game on any trip, but it can be even more fun from the window of a plane. If you are too high up to see the little houses below, play I spy in the clouds. Have your toddler spot the cloud that looks like a lion, a tiger, or a bear.

2. Sing Songs

Singing songs is one way to keep your toddlers busy. Whether you bring a portable CD player or sing a cappella, toddler songs like ABCs, the wheels on the bus, and hot cross buns are great options for keeping your little ones busy.

3. Bring Coloring Books

You can’t bring a lot on the plane, but a couple of coloring books and crayons are a perfect plane activity. You can also bring blank paper and crayons and let your toddler use his creativity. Take a look out the window and draw what you see, or draw some portraits for people on the plane. Or, make paper airplanes decorated with color. Paper and crayons can add excitement and entertainment in various ways.

4. Read a Book

Toddlers may not want to sit still for long, but on a long plane ride, you can get them engaged in a few books. Bring Where’s Waldo? books, picture books, and short books that you and your toddler can talk about. The more they feel involved in the book, the more interested they will be in it.

5. Decorate the Window

Window clings are a great way to keep your toddler entertained for hours. Grab different themed clings and let your child sit by the window. Since you will be up in the sky, think birds, bugs, and bats to put up in the sky. Let your toddler be creative, and see what he can come up with.

6. Make Lace-Ups

Make or print letters using card stock, hole punch various holes around the letters, and bring some shoe laces. Your toddler can learn their letters while working on their fine motor skills. Not only does it keep them busy, but it’s educational. If you don’t want to make your own, you can purchase some like these Lace and Trace Pets.

7. Make Puppets

Bring a couple of paper bags (brown bags or colorful ones) for you and your toddler to create some puppets that can easily be transformed into a barf bag if need be. A couple wiggly eyes and a glue stick can easily go in a pocket to add a bit more fun. Or, if you want something different, try these Little Hands Paper Bag Monsters. If you know the people in front of you, you and your toddler can use the back of the seats as a puppet theater.

When you have a toddler, it can be tough to go on vacation. With a little creativity and planning, your toddler can be entertained for the duration of the flight. Do you have any tips to add to this list?

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Growing True Leaders

Since our first child was born twenty-one years ago, my husband and I have tried to instill leadership skills in our children. I want my children to be impacting the world around them in a positive way for many years after I’m gone.

This starts when your children are young, if you wait until they are “old enough” you don’t allow them to develop skills and habits that will help them become great leaders.

In our family this begins in the home by giving our kids responsibilities (aka chores) at a young age. As they grow older we look for opportunities for them to serve their community by volunteering. We try to find opportunities that allow us to work together as a family, so we can help shape positive attitudes and instill a good work ethic.

This could be something as simple as working around the house, helping a friend move, or mowing a neighbor’s grass when they are out of town.

We also participate in community events that allow our family to serve in a greater capacity and help our children develop the leadership skills that they will need as they grow older.

You may wonder, how do chores and volunteering help develop leadership skills? When our children have responsibilities around the house they are given ownership of those responsibilities. After they are able to complete their chores they are in charge of certain areas of the house (room, bathroom, kitchen counters, etc). They take responsibility for keeping those areas clean and organized.

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Last year we purchased a fixer upper house. All our kids worked on the home renovation. Even Cora could help by peeling wallpaper and doing other small jobs. The level of ownership our children have in the house they helped renovate is something that can only be achieved by doing.

They learned how to manage their time, get jobs done, ask for help, teach others, and work together. They developed leadership skills by working together and finding ways to help out even when they weren’t asked.

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We also try to get involved in community projects. My boys have coached soccer teams, helped the elderly in our community with home repairs, and volunteered at the local food bank.

Today’s youth want to make a difference. According to a National 4-H Council and Harris Poll, when it comes to their personal role in addressing key issues, most youth (88%) say they believe they can make a difference, they see themselves as leaders (74%) and they feel a responsibility to lead (73%).

However, only one in three young people says they have the skills they need to be prepared to lead. Half of all high school students report they are not prepared to lead in their life after high school – for college or career.

Here are some practical ways our children have learned how to be leaders in our home and community.

  • Coaching sports teams
  • Helping out at the local food bank
  • Volunteering at local events, such as Easter egg hunts, Trunk or Treat, and Vacation Bible School
  • Helping friends/ family move
  • Having responsibilities around the house
  • Doing odd jobs for the elderly in our community

This year my son had a unique opportunity to give a presentation at his younger sibling’s school. They were studying reptiles, and since my son has several reptiles as pets he was asked to talk to the kids about snakes and lizards.

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My son was able to give a unique and informative presentation to almost fifty children, answer questions, and teach them about animals in a creative way. He did a great job and the kids were excited and interested in his talk.

I have no doubt that all his leadership opportunities in the past helped my son give an hour and half presentation on animals without even breaking a sweat.

As my kids are growing up, I try hard to notice their leadership efforts and motivate them by giving positive feedback.

4-H wants to help you recognize and encourage our youth. You can join with 4-H to help more kids get the opportunities they deserve by publicly honoring youth who are making an impact (big or small) in their lives and the lives of others. You can recognize the youth in your family and local community by sharing their leadership efforts on social media with the hashtag #TrueLeaders.

You can also take a moment to join their ThunderClap to share one unified message about how great kids are today.

Help the next generation become leaders by offering them opportunities, encouragement and recognition.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of 4-H. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Make Over Your Year Goal Setting Course – Special Price

Make Over Your Year is a simple, effective, course designed to help you turn your big dreams and ideas into realistic goals and a doable action plan.

Do you have hope and dreams for the future but you struggle to figure out how to turn those dreams into realistic goals?  Crystal and Jesse Paine of MoneySavingMom.com have created a brand-new 4-week course that walks you through how to do just that!

Their Make Over Your Year course is a simple, effective 4-week, hands-on course designed to help you take your big dreams and ideas and turn them into realistic goals and a doable action plan. Over the 4-week period, you’ll learn:

  • Why & how to decide your most important priorities in life
  • How to narrow your priorities down to specific focus areas
  • The 4 keys to creating goals that you’ll actually follow through with
  • How to give yourself grace – without falling off the bandwagon
  • And more…

For the next couple of days they are offering a special launch price for this course. So head on over to MakeOverYourYear.com and get in on the rock-bottom price for this fabulous course today!

 

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