Sarah Flint Shoes

Sarah Flint Shoes

Today we have an exciting announcement- we are thrilled to announce that we are officially a Brand Ambassador for Sarah Flint Shoes!

If you haven’t heard of Sarah Flint, we are excited to be the ones to introduce you to this amazing brand. Sarah Flint shoes are SO comfortable and SO beautiful. They are 100% certified made in Italy. Sarah makes luxury shoes at a lower cost because they are sold direct to you, she doesn’t need to offset costs of being sold in big department stores. Her shoes are absolutely stunning and when you put them on your demeanor changes instantly, you just feel good. With being Brand Ambassadors – we have a code for $50 for you when you purchase your first pair of shoes! Use the code SARAHFLINT-BATHEMERIDIANBLISS at checkout!

If you are in the market for a new pair of classic, beautiful shoes – look no further! She has every type of shoe for every occasion. These boots are perfect to take you anywhere and everywhere during the fall and winter months. And these booties (they come in leather and suede) are so stunning and would be perfect to wear from work, to dinner, to a party! Not a fan of a heel? Not to worry, the same booties (also in leather and suede) come with just the slightest lift!

The flats Sarah has are just as beautiful as her boots. These are my favorite house shoe and I love these, these, and these flats as well! For summer, I love these sandals.

Although shoes are Sarah Flint’s main focus, she loves all things beautiful – and also has some gorgeous accessories and home decor (think headbands, scarves, tablecloths, napkins).

Skin Care Routine 2022

Skin Care Routine 2022

A couple of weeks back I started trying a new brand for skin care, and I love it so far! For those that do not know, I do not have great skin at all. I have tried so many different products but haven’t found what I’ve been looking for … until now! The Inkey List is the line I have been loving.

This line is a Clean at Sephora line (which is so important to me) which means that the products are formulated without phthalates, formaldehyde, oxybenzone, parabens, sulfates, and SO much more! And they have so many different products depending on your skin type and need. If you are in the market for a new skin care routine, this one is easy, clean, and it works! Here are the products that I use…

Skin Care Routine:
*Just Ingredients – Organic Face Scrub: I do not use this everyday. I use this a couple times a week as a mask, I rub it on my face and then let it sit for about 10 minutes. After, I rinse with warm water and rub in any excess oil.
* Salicylic Acid Cleanser – this cleanser helps with breakouts
* Hyaluronic Acid – helps with hydrating skin
* Niacinamide – helps control excess oil
* C-50 Blemish Night Treatment – helps reduce blemishes and breakouts
* Brighten-i Eye Cream – helps with instant and long term illumination and brightening
* Just Ingredients – Face and Body Serum: I use this day and night and absolutely LOVE this product

All that being said – I use these products in addition to the face wash and the topical cream that my dermatologist prescribed to me years ago.

Hair Care Routine 2022

Hair Care Routine 2022

Throughout the month of January, everyone is setting resolutions, making lifestyle changes, and just doing an overall refresh of their lives. I love a good reset, but somethings don’t need to be reset! I have been using Bondi Boost hair products for a while now and I love them just as much as I did at the beginning.

The products I use are the Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner, Growth Miracle Mask, the Intensive Growth Spray, the Heat Protectant Spray, and the Hair Growth Supplement. I love how they smell and how they make my hair feel! I also love that their products are: free from parabens, silicones, and sulphates, and are cruelty-free.

I am a once a week hair washer so these products last me a LONG time, especially the conditioner and the mask because I alternate using those two products each week. Since I wash so infrequently, I always double cleanse and only condition my tips. Once my hair is towel dried I will spray in the Growth Spray and then the Heat Protectant before drying and styling. All of these products, except the vitamins, are now sold at target too! Not all Targets have them in store, the ones closest to me do not but I am hoping that, that could change in the future!

What is your hair care routine? What products do you swear by?!

Fitness Resolutions

Fitness Resolutions

Starting a New Year always means one thing… the gyms are crowded. About 6 months ago, Rob and I swapped out our gym membership for the Tonal. Best decision! Having a gym at home means no crowds, no travel time, and I don’t have to worry about scheduling my day around a specific class I want to take. I have the ability to create my own workouts, choose a program to do over the course of a couple weeks, or do a live class.

This year, I think my fitness resolution would have to be to take the time at the end of my workout to stretch. This is not always a priority for me in the past couple of years, it is an easy part to skip over, and I can tell the difference. Whether or not you have a fitness resolution, you could probably use some new athleisure… always, am I right? Here are some of my favorite athleisure pieces to bring me into the new year and inspire my fitness resolutions.

What are your fitness resolutions this year?

Lilac Sweater

Lilac Sweater

I have been wearing this Loft sweater on repeat since I got it last month! I love the color, I adore the puff sleeves, and the buttons elevate this sweater a couple notches. I have worn this sweater to work, to church, and out to dinner. You can see here I paired it with flared jeans but it would also look adorable with skinny jeans or the spanx leather skinny pants. I also love that this sweater could easily be dressed up by pairing it with a skirt (this faux leather one would be adorable) and heels.

The best part is… this sweater is on sale right now! The lavender color I have (and the heather grey color) are both are $54.99 BUT if you us the code JOY at checkout you will get 50% off and free shipping. And they also have it in a beautiful bright blue ($60.00 and 50% off & free shipping with the code JOY) color too.

Gift Guide for your Neighbor

*Corkcicle – the perfect gift for those late night drinks with your neighbor bestie after the kids go to bed
*Initial Mug – the perfect gift for those early morning impromptu playdates outside
*Gloves – the perfect gift to add a little fun and a little class while keeping warm
*Avocado Oil – the perfect gift for those that always (me!) borrow missing ingredients from your neighbor
*Pom Pom Hat – the perfect gift for those cold outdoor playdates in the snow
*Champagne Ornament – the perfect gift to add a little fun to her Christmas tree
*Serving Platter – the perfect gift for the neighbor who loves hosting

Hunter is 6!

Hunter is 6!

This past weekend was so much fun celebrating our big 6 year old all weekend! We started off by having our families over for dinner and a little party on Friday (which was his actual birthday) and the celebration continued through Sunday evening with a party for him and his friends! It was all sports all weekend long for this active, sports loving child.

Party Details
We had a kids party on Sunday at the Athletico Center in Northbrook. They did. such a great job there and I highly recommend it! The kids had a great time playing flag football, soccer, and nerf guns (your choice of 2-3 sports to play). The facility was clean and the staff was great.
Balloon Garland – we DIYed this balloon garland but got both the blue and sports themed balloons from amazon
Party Cups – we, once again, ordered from Sequins and Stripes and absolutely loved our cups! And who doesn’t love a fun (on theme) straw!
Paper Plates – Hunter loved his sports themed plates!
Stationery – invitations & fill in the blank thank you cards are from Ellington Paper Company
Pinata – from Amazon and filled with leftover Halloween candy (haha!)
Sports Themed Cupcake Toppers

Update on Hunter
Hunter is always on the go (he has been since the moment he realized he could do things independently)! The energy that this little boy has is on a different level. He is always moving, building, and creating. Hunter is always on the go, unless he is sleeping (or watching TV haha). He loves TV and would probably watch it all day if I let him. Hunter is all boy and loves sports, ninjago, and fighting. He has also recently developed an interest in drawing/coloring – which he is probably better at than I am. He is kind, a listener, the most precious big brother, helpful, and looks up to his dad more than anyone.

Height and Weight
We take him to the dr today so I will update this later – but Hunter is tall and lean!

Activities
We are officially into the “competitive” sports phase in our lives. This summer Hunter was in a t-ball league and this fall he was in soccer. But at the moment he is not signed up for anything. Every sport he has tried, he has loved!

Eating
He is still the most adventurous eater of the three boys. He loves Filipino food (his request for his birthday dinner with family), seafood, & olives. He will try almost anything and if he doesn’t like something he will usually say something along the lines of, “Mommy I don’t love this but I’m still going to eat this. Please try not to make it again.” haha!

Schedule
Hunter typically starts his day between 6:30-7:00 but will play quietly in his room until his light turns red (thank you Hatch light for being created!). We still have him go to his room or the basement for quiet play time from about 1:30-3:30. I cannot recommend quiet play time enough – there are SO many benefits from it, for both the child and the parent! We usually have him in bed around 8:30 and he typically is asleep right away!

Happy Birthday Hunter! We love you!

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

After a week (more like a month) of buying gifts for yourself and others, today is a day to think about a cause that is near to your heart or those less fortunate. It’s Giving Tuesday – a worldwide celebration! It is a day where we emphasize generosity and come together to by doing random acts of kindness, giving your time, giving your money, or advocating to support others. We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a couple nonprofits that are near and dear to our hearts and to give you a couple idea that you could celebrate Giving Tuesday (either by yourself or with the whole family).

Operation Christmas Child
This is a project that the nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse heads up every year. The purpose of OCC is the show God’s love for children in a tangible way, through the gift of a shoebox that is packed with toys, school supplies, and hygiene products. Samaritan’s Purse makes it so easy to donate, you can build a shoe box online here. Every year we do this activity with the boys. They are able to pick out the age and gender of the child they are shopping for and (with some guidance) they pick out what they think the child would like. Throughout the process, this is such a great time to teach them about how blessed we are.

The Well Resource Center
This nonprofit is specific to the Chicagoland area. The Well exists to serve First Responders and their families. They provided counseling services for first responders to talk and process through things that have happened on (or off) the job. In addition to counseling, The Well hosts a number of different social programs to connect with First Responders – two of these weekly programs are a Bike Night and getting together to play basketball. If you would like to give to The Well, you can here! But there are many different ways that you can walk alongside this nonprofit that don’t include the giving of money. You could provide food for a local police department, provide a meal for a first responders family, write a note of encouragement to a First Responder, and more. To connect with one of those ways of giving back to The Well, click here.

CAST Water Safety Foundation
This is another local nonprofit that is near and dear to our hearts. CAST’s mission is to prevent childhood drowning and to create safer swimmers sooner. If you’ve been around here since the beginning, you know that we have the boys participate in ISR for swimming lessons. Since we started ISR we have been continuously amazed with the self-rescue swim lessons that the boys receive. Not only have the boys learned self-rescue skills but we as parents have learned so much about water safety (be on the lookout for more ISR updates as they are starting their refresher course this week!). We have personally benefited from CAST because of the scholarships they provide for those interested in lessons. They provide scholarships for military, nurses, teachers, & first responders families, for those with special needs or a disability (parent or child), or for those in need for financial assistance. If you want to donate to CAST click here, if you want to learn more about ISR click here!

Small Business Saturday

We know today is black friday but we are not covering those sales today. There are so many other people who do such a great job with coverage and we know it can be overwhelming to sift through all the different sales. So we wanted to focus on something a bit different today. With tomorrow being Small Business Saturday, we wanted to take today to get you prepared to shop some of our favorite small businesses. Some of these places do have Black Friday sales happening so you should definitely check them out either today or tomorrow. All of these small businesses that we are highlighting here are ones that we have consistently bought from and are staples in our families and homes.

*Fontana Candle Company – we love this clean candle brand
*Ellington Paper Company – you all know our favorite place to get our gift tags, stationery, christmas cards, etc
*Grow Fragrance – a toxin free, plant based air + fabric freshener that smells so so good!
*Smaller Things – the boys love their “Chicago Jams” but they now have Texas, NYC, LA, and birthday themed pajamas!
*Stephen Joseph – Kylie’s favorite water bottles (see the boys favorite water bottles here – from etsy)
*Fig + Olive – the only soap I will use on the boys, they have such sensitive skin. I also use this soap and lotion too!
*Mixy – become an expert mixologist with this mason jar, all you need to do is add the alcohol of your choice and then wait!
*Just Ingredients – this facial scrub and serum combination is a dream on your face, what makes them even better is that all the ingredients are clean and super beneficial for you and your skin!