For Every Mom on the Go: Dr. Scholl’s

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As a mom, it’s no secret I’m always running around. Errands, doctor’s appointments, chasing Kiara outside, trying to get a workout in, and all life’s moments in between. That is why I’m so glad to have partnered up with Dr. Scholl’s® to try out their Stylish Step® insoles.

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Guilt-Less Chicken & Waffles

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If you follow me on instagram @mermaidfitnessbump or watch my stories, it’s clear that I am IN LOVE with Pamcakes Pancake mixes. And if you do not follow me, or missed what I’m talking about… Pamcakes are pancake mixes that are low in carbs, NO added sugar, high in protein, GF, and safe for the whole family!

Once I tried and fell in love with Pamcakes, there was one meal I knew I HAD to try right away… a healthier take on a southern favorite – Chicken and Waffles. The waffles part was easy. Just add water to the pancake mix and put in the waffle maker and bam! I used the pumpkin, but I imagine any flavor would taste great with this combo.

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BabyLum Car Mirror – A review

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Since the day we took Kiara home from the hospital, I have wanted a backseat car mirror so I could see her. So I could see if she was OK, if she was breathing, or if she was awake or asleep. You know, the usual mom worries. The problem was all the car mirrors we saw went over the headrest of the back seat and there are only headrests on the passenger and driver’s side back seats. Not over the middle seat where Kiara’s car seat rested. 

When I received the car mirror from BabyLum, I was both excited and nervous that it wasn’t going to work for us right now, but at least it could work for us when the new baby arrived and the car seats would be moved to the passenger and driver side back seats. I honestly, could not have been any more pleasantly surprised.

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Infant Potty Training Part 1: Why We Introduced the Potty Early

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When we started Infant Potty Training, I didn’t even know there was a word for it. I didn’t even research it. It was something we talked about doing before Kiara was born. I had said something about sitting her on the potty as soon as she could hold her own head up or could sit on her own. Little did I know, she would be holding her head up so soon and we’d be ordering a potty for her before she was three months old! 

So… What even is Infant Potty Training?

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Food Sensitivity Test Results with EverlyWell

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How a simple test saved me from another long road of suffering.

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Before I get into my test results from my at-home food sensitivity test with Everlywell (watch the unboxing & finger pricking video here), I want to dive into my experience with food sensitivities prior to and confirmed by this test. I’ll also talk about how this test saved me from another long road of suffering, trying to find the cause of my next big issue.

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Postpartum Confessions: I stopped loving my cat

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When my husband and I moved to South Carolina, we were still just dating. Not only that but we had just started dating about 6 months prior. Kyle knew getting into a relationship with me that SC was my end goal. I just don’t think either of us expected it to be so quick. When we went down to Folly Beach on vacation, I had a job interview and when they offered it to me, I took it and we moved down a month later. It was insane.

It was around 3 months after the move that I got a job at a publishing agency. At that time we were able to get into a nicer place. A townhouse. With the odd hours we worked, Kyle would drive me into work early in the morning. Then, he would meet me at my job and I would take a break to run him to work before driving back to work myself. I’d go pick him up late at night, early in the morning, we’d drive home and do it all again. We didn’t see much of each other this way. We mostly were just struggling to make it work. And somehow, we did.

Nights were lonely. I remember one evening, Kyle must have had the day off. He was waiting to pick me up from work and went over to the pet store. He picked me up and told me of the small black kitten he had found. She’s so sweet, he had said. We went back together. We played with this cute, outgoing kitty cat. We liked her. We sat on it for the night and went back for her the next day. Her name is Natasha, and years later, she is still ours.

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