How I manage chronic pain with CBDMEDIC

This post is sponsored by CBDMEDIC but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

It started 5 years ago – my body aches and pain – and grew increasingly worse each year. It started about halfway through my first pregnancy, the pain in my lower back, and turned a highly active, high-intensity workout girl into a low-impact, slow walk kinda gal. Then after I delivered my first baby, my pain got worse. Right when I started to feel somewhat normal, I got pregnant – the aches and pains started earlier and were more aggressive the second time around, and my third pregnancy was almost unbearable. I was hardly weight-bearing the last few months and used a cane or crutches to move around.

Needless to say as a working mom to three girls ages 4 and under, I’m busy – aint nobody got TIME for pain like this. I’ve tried everything over the years – I’ve seen specialists, been tested for autoimmune diseases, done physical therapy, seen chiropractors, altered my diet, gone to acupuncture, and more.

Marie Antoinette costume for kids

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If you’re stuck in a costume rut with your little one and looking for something unique, girly, and not just another princess costume, you’ll love this Marie Antoinette costume for kids!

Marie Antoinette, the last reigning queen of France before the Revolution, represented, on the surface, opulence, fashion, and indulgences – she is often used as a symbol of over-the-top, girly girl couture fashion, usually seen with elaborate gowns, extravagant hair, and surrounded by the most beautifully delicious sweets. Underneath all the extravagance stood a Marie who represented feminism, strength, and a tender-hearted, complex woman who matured from a teenage queen to a graceful, elegant mother.

Who wouldn’t want to dress up as Marie Antoinette?!

The problem was, once I set my heart on my daughter being her for Halloween, all the costumes I fell in love with were at LEAST $300. I can’t even tell you how close I was to pulling the trigger on one of those gowns – thank goodness I didn’t because I found so many equally beautiful, affordable, more wearable options – and don’t worry, I’ll share them with you below.

The other alternative was to buy your typical princess, Marie Antoinette, or period-piece costume that are over-produced and way under the quality I was hoping for.

Favorite products for new mom and baby

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com.

Whether you’re pregnant, a new mom, or looking to treat yo-self or a friend, it can be overwhelming to sort through all the “stuff” to find tried and true products. Check out my top picks, including something for pregnancy, baby, new momma, and post-partum.

Pregnancy life-saver:

I was one of the lucky ones who had morning (aka all day/night) sickness for 40 weeks of pregnancy. I kept stashes of Ginger Chews from Prince of Peace in my nightstand, in my purse, and at the office.

I actually love these always, not just during pregnancy. During pregnancy, they helped with the nausea, but the warm, yummy chews are also packed with health benefits.

Get your Ginger Chews here

Tips for transitioning back to school

This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com on behalf of popchips.

After seeing everyone’s social media posts about the end of summer and beginning of school, I feel a bit relieved that my kiddos don’t start until September (the way it SHOULD be). At least it’s this way for our 2 and 4-year programs, but I’ll take it. While we’re still enjoying every last bit of summer break, I’m also mentally and logistically preparing for our new routine.

When my schedule changes, I always enter panic mode at the beginning – anyone else? I literally have to map out and write down how drop offs, pick ups, office time, doctor appointments, babysitters, etc. will all fit together, and it looks like some serious A Beautiful Mind stuff. In the end, with organization and preparation, it always works out.

Here are some of the ways I’m prepping to transition into back to school mode.

How to protect your family with life insurance

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Nationwide 

I’m not going to lie – sometimes I have a hard time coming to terms with the fact that I am an adult, one whose job is to take care of three kids, because in my head, a small part of me just believes my parents will handle everything for me. (Probably because they’re the most active adult parents ever.)

I don’t enjoy having to do all the things my parents always just handled behind the scenes – yet I have this huge sense of responsibility to carry on what my parents did for me. Luckily I have a partner who is a huge planner, saver, and thinker of our future. While talking about life insurance has never been my favorite conversation with my parents, as a parent myself, I look at it way differently now.

We take planning for the future and protecting our family seriously, and because of that, my husband and I can live more freely, with peace of mind.

Diaper bag essentials

This post has been sponsored by Dr. Brown’s though all opinions are my own.

I’m a mom on-the-go, and aren’t we all? If it wasn’t for my bag, I would probably lose my mind. I work out of the home part-time, so between leaving my house, going to my mom’s, going to work, running errands on my way home from work, trips to the park, and everywhere we go in between, I like to be prepared.

And by ‘like,’ I mean ‘need,’ because when you have kiddos, their needs are priority, often urgent, and can make the difference between a total melt down and a successful day out.

I broke down the major diaper bag essentials every parent needs in their bag along with some tips for organization and not overdoing it.