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The Ultimate Sports Bra

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Looking for the perfect workout bra for your body type? Workout apparel selection is often a very daunting task for me as it can be difficult to find clothing and undergarments that work for your body without bunching, moving around or otherwise distracting you from the task at hand…getting fit! SheFit® has developed a workout bra for us ladies that stays put, gives us the coverage we need and is, most importantly, comfortable!… [read more]

Purex Crystals and Jockey Tech Terry Sports Bra Review


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I was so excited for the opportunity to try the new Purex Crystals, along with the Jockey Tech Terry Sports Bra!  I love to work out several times a week.  I enjoy doing pilates, Turbo Jam and Turbo Fire.  Turbo Fire includes cardio, yoga, stretching and high intensity interval training.

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Ideas To Workout On A Budget

Exercise is important for anyone. Keeping fit and active is good for both your physical health and your mental well being. Unfortunately, exercise can be an expensive hobby. Gym memberships and all the fitness gear you need can soon add up. If you’re on a budget, you might think that fitness isn’t accessible for you, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some ideas to help you stay fit, without breaking the bank. 

Ideas To Work Out On A Budget

Workout With Friends

Do you have friends with similar fitness goals to you who are also on a tighter budget? Form an exercise group together and meet up a few times a week to work out. Choose free spaces like the local park or a high school for a run, the community pool for a swim, or someone’s home to do fitness videos together. Make things fun by working out together and then doing something like having coffee together afterward. You’ll feel more motivated, without spending more money. 

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Comfort In Leggings And Jeans

When I found leggings, I wore them around the house and even as pajamas! They were basic leggings and were perfect for our laid back lifestyle. I loved them because they lasted years as compared to the pajama pants I have now, they barely lasted an entire year. Since I love being comfortable and we spend most of our time at home, I prefer laid back styles. I found comfort in leggings and jeans! 

Comfort In Leggings And Jeans
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As far as my fashion, I keep it simple and easy going! When it comes to leggings, you want comfortable and non-see- through styles! I remember hearing about those name brand leggings that were see-through! Thankfully I have never had that issue! 

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Get Inspired! 6 Easter Basket Themes For Tweens & Teens

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There is always something about Easter that my kids never get tired of no matter how big they get. We love decorating eggs using the Egg-Mazing & of course our ‘slightly competitive‘ annual Easter egg hunt. After all that running around hunting for candy filled eggs, they get to dig into their personal Easter baskets.

I usually try to create a basket based on what my kids enjoy. So to help out with creating an Easter basket for tweens & teens, here are some great ideas to help you get started.

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Saving Our Coral Reefs One Sunscreen Bottle At A Time

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Coral reefs are very valuable to our ecosystem. They provide a home for over 1 million species of marine life and are a natural protector by providing barriers. The coral reefs also provide many unique jobs all over the world. It is estimated coral reefs contribute $375 billion dollars each year in goods and services. So why would we damage such a valuable asset?

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Baseball Mom Life

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Surviving the Season

Its that time of year, baseball season is here! It is probably one of the most exciting & exhausting times for us in our household. Not only are we baseball fans (GO RED SOX!), but my youngest son has a passion for the sport and is an incredible player.

My son with Boston Red Sox player Rick Porcello
Baseball Mom Brag Moment: My son was the youngest to win the HomeRun Derby in our town (he was 7!) AND he was invited to train at the prestigious HIT CLUB with veteran Red Sox player Darren Bragg!!

If you’re new to this lifestyle or a pro, you know it’s time to break out the comfy tees, pop on a cap and nix that nail polish. A baseball mom is the bringer of snacks, bitter of nails , and the biggest cheerleader to their ball player. To help ease some of craziness, here are some tips for surviving this season.

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Look Stylish Under The Sun

Living in California, the sun is out most days. I like to take walks throughout the day. However, when it’s too cold outside, I tend to do an indoor workout, such as yoga! I prefer wearing cute and flirty styles, even at home. Leggings are my favorite, I can never have too many pairs! From clothes to accessories, we found fun ways to look stylish under the sun! 

Look Stylish Under The Sun
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When my son and I head out to run errands, I always remind him to put his sunglasses on. I make it a point to wear sunglasses when it is bright outside or the sun is out! 

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Baby Steps to a Healthier You

Health. Working out. A balanced diet. A bunch of words that sometimes is difficult to digest. Of course everyone wants to be healthy and in shape. We also want to eat fabulously tasting meals everyday. Overall that ‘Healthier YOU‘ lifestyle is what almost every human being strives for.

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Here’s the real ‘tea’. Life is chaotic and our minds keep pushing its own personal agenda of ‘you don’t have time’. This chubby girl is here to you ‘That’s an excuse.’ There is always time to be healthy.

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The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit
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The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting The Most Fun I’ve Had While CraftingI’m an avid crafter. Primarily, my medium of choice is yarn, but I’ve been known to dabble in stamping, simple painting, beginner beading and jewelry, thread crafts like embroidery and cross stitch, card making, etc. Years ago, I was on a little scrapbooking kick. Also, one year my mother-in-law helped me sew a poodle skirt for my oldest daughter to wear as part of her Halloween costume. Basically, I’m game to try anything crafty — that’s the takeaway here.

The newest craft company to come to my attention is Joone Crafts. Joone offers some of the most colorful, interesting crafts! Paper crafts like cutting, embroidery, and coloring. Cloth crafts like tea towels and tote bags that you can paint on to decorate them. Even a Macramé Jewelry kit and a few Teracotta Tile Coaster crafts that look super interesting to me.

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

I am finding the designs of Joone Crafts very pleasing and the color palettes bright and cheerful. I’m working on making a Paper Embroidery Pencil Case and a Paper Embroidery Notebook for my daughters as part of their Christmas gifts this year.

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

The pencil case will be for my younger daughter. She’s an artist, so it will be paired with some sketchbooks and sketching pencils. She is always drawing, so hopefully this pencil case will be a good way for her to organize and take her sketching pencils along wherever her creativity takes her.

My older daughter is a writer, so the notebook will be paired with some fun colored pens. She loves to journal, write lists, and use notebooks to gather and analyze her thoughts or make future plans. She’s gonna think this is awesome!

I am having fun working on these crafts, but I know they’d also enjoy many of the crafting kits available from Joone, as well. So, I’m tucking this company in my back pocket (i.e. adding to an ongoing gift idea list that I keep in my phone’s notepad app) for their birthdays this coming year. Now I just have to decide whether I want to choose some kits for them, or get them a Joone gift card so that they can choose for themselves.

I love this Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit so much! Here’s why. First of all the kit comes with two items to embroider, and you get to choose them. In each kit you can choose to receive two notebooks (choose black covers with blank pages, or kraft covers with lined pages) OR two Kraft pencil cases OR one each Kraft cover lined notebook and Kraft pencil case.

But, that’s just the beginning! Once you decide which items you want in your kit, you will need to choose a colorway:

Joone Creative Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit Colorways

Spring: peaches and greens

Autumn: purples and oranges

Winter: blues and cream

For my kit, I chose the option of one Kraft cover notebook and a Kraft pencil case in the Winter colorway, since these are going to be Christmas gifts. I love all three colorways, though! So, it was really hard to choose one over the others.

Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

This kit is COMPLETE!!! Seriously … it comes with everything you need to complete the project. Literally the only thing you need to have at home already is a pair of scissors.

Here’s what comes in this kit:

Project materials:

  • (2) notebooks, 5″ x 8″ or (2) pencil cases or (1) notebook + (1) pencil case
  • (5) skeins DMC cotton embroidery floss
  • (5) plastic floss bobbins
  • (1-2) lengths elastic cord (pencil case kits only)

Foundation materials – reusable with future paper embroidery projects:

  • (1) Clover straight tailor’s awl
  • (1) tape measure
  • (1) piece Eco-fi felt
  • (1) 100% recycled cardboard pad
  • (1) needle threader
  • (2) size-22 tapestry needles
  • (1) bobbin MT washi tape
  • (1) pot pH neutral glue (to seal your stitches)
  • (1) glue brush
  • (1) instruction booklet
  • (1) set paper punching patterns with beginner, intermediate & advanced designs (Note: combo kits include 2 sets of punching patterns – one for notebooks and one for pencil cases)
  • (1) design examples booklet (Note: combo kits include 2 design examples booklets – one for notebooks and one for pencil cases)

Bonus materials:

  • (1) 100% recycled cardboard project tray
  • (1) cotton drawstring project bag
Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

I don’t really know how not to multi-task, so while working on this project I had my laptop in front of me so that I could catch up on some political news programs. Sometimes while I’m crafting I’ll watch TV shows on YouTube TV on my iPad, also, or listen to an audiobook. But, today, it’s political news.

Joone has quite literally thought of everything when designing this project kit. I’ve never done this type of project before. But, the instructions and design templates are so inclusive and complete that I embarked on this project with full confidence that I could actually complete it without messing it up.

And I think it’s really an intuitive idea for them to include a drawstring project bag in the kit. I will often take a knitting or crochet project with me when I leave home to work on while waiting for my kids at school or sports functions or to work on in the waiting room of a doctor’s office if they have an appointment. I think it’s fantastic that I can take this project along just as easily when I’m on-the-go! The drawstring bag can even be used as a gift bag, just put the completed project (or the uncompleted kit itself) inside the bag, cinch it, and maybe tie some ribbon around the top and add a gift tag … presto! Gift giving ready!

Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit - embroidery thread
Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit - embroidery thread

The punching patterns that are included to choose from for the embroidery design on the cover of your items are of three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Depending on which level you choose, it will include a different number of the leaf design elements to be punched and then embroidered onto the notebook and/or pencil case.

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit
The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

Even though this is the first experience I have had with this project type, I felt completely comfortable choosing the Advanced design template.

Seriously, if you are a crafter or if you know a crafter you’d like to give a crafting-related gift to, you have to take a look at all the awesome crafting kit options that are available from Joone

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit - Clover Punching Awl
Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit – Clover Punching Awl

I had a really great time learning a new craft skill. And I love that I now have some tools to make more items using these tools and skills in the future. You can get additional supplies (notebooks, pencil cases, tea towels, tote bags, and other items) on their own without re-purchasing full kits. This is great since some of the items that come in the kits like the punching awl, measuring tape and needles are re-usable and would not need to be purchased again. I really can’t wait to try out the Macrame Jewelry Kit and the Fabric Stamping Kit one of these days. 

The Most Fun I’ve Had While Crafting - Joone Crafts Paper Embroidery Foundations Kit

I’ve finished the pencil case and am working on the notebook now. After the holidays when things slow down I will be doing a little internet research to learn more about paper embroidery to find other design patterns and see what other things I can do this kind of embroidery on!

Which Joone crafting kit would you love to try? Or which one would you love to gift to a friend or a loved one?