KEEP on KEEPIN!

You guys. I am so excited to talk about one of my all time favorite things ๐Ÿ˜! Wahoooo!

KEEP Collective is this amazing line of jewelry where everything can be made completely personal and customized. There are about 1,258,456 (according to my math) things you can find and create with KEEP. From engravable items, leather bracelets, necklaces, and charms of all shapes, sizes, and colors (including DISNEY โค) this is seriously one of the coolest companies out there.

Plus you get to connect with amazing KEEP Designers – people who are passionate about helping you find that perfect piece that tells YOUR story. I’m lucky enough to get to work with a real-life Barbie doll, Michelle! She is an amazing mom to two boys, so creative and caring about who you are and what you need from KEEP! She is always spot on with her designs and suggestions while helping you shop. She’s the reaaaal MVP ๐Ÿ‘.Michelle

KEEP is such a fun way to express who you are. It is easily changeable so you can create a new look everyday. Plus, a lot of the bracelets are reversible to 2 different colors so you are getting 2 bracelets in 1 ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ. Here are some of my favorite combos from my personal KEEP collection:

In the top left picture I am wearing a double wrap KEEP bracelet that has an engraving from my FAVE Maroon 5 song (“Leaving California” – look it up, it’s very dramatic but totally worth it ๐Ÿ˜Ž.) The bracelet can also be reversed to a plain black side.I also have my C & B charms for my boys, of course ๐Ÿ’•.

One of my favorite, more recent purchases is the bracelet at the top of that stack – Lava beads in the Howlite/Silver combo! A few drops of your favorite essential oil in those lava beads is the best way to start the day!

I just love how there are so many combos and ways to wear KEEP. Here are a few more that Michelle has shared:

Can we please talk about that gold engravable on the left that says, “not today satan”๐Ÿคฃ.

KEEP is such an awesome thing to add to your life and it also makes a great present to others! My brother, sister and I all got one for our Mom last year for Christmas and she loves it! Plus we can always get her new charms to add so it makes gifting easy.

I am so excited to share KEEP on Momchella that I have an exclusive link you can check it alllll out at:ย KEEP Collective

If you love it and make a purchase using that specific link above you could win FREE KEEP! I am so excited to share this brand with you guys. It is SO much fun!

Happy Shopping!

XOXO- Megan

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Easiest Ever GF Stuffing

Thanksgiving is just days away and most of you are probably gearing up for the big feast! It can be a little bit of a daunting task to try to prepare a gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner without compromising on the taste and flavors everyone enjoys. (Luckily my master chef of a mom, Ginny, has taught me her ways โค) Also, a lot of gluten-free food doesn’t exactly cooperate when trying to cook with it ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ. But I’m here to tell you that there is an easy way to make a delicious gluten-free stuffing that everyone can enjoy!

Easiest Ever GF Stuffing

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1/4 of an onion, diced
  • 6-8 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/2 loaf Kinnikinnick gluten-free white bread
  • Poultry seasoning

 

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ยฐ F
  • Cube 1/2 loaf of Kinnikinnick gluten-free white bread and spread evenly in pan (make sure it is only 1 layer of bread…too much bread will make this recipe a FLOP)
  • Over medium heat, melt 2 TBS butter
  • Once butter is melted, add diced onion, diced celery, sprinkle with poultry seasoning and let it simmer! Give it a stir every few minutes ๐Ÿ‘
  • Once vegetables are soft, pour mixture evenly over bread and mix together
  • Mix 1/4 cup water with more poultry seasoning and pour over bread and vegetables.
  • This sounds silly – but kind of smash it down so it is even in the pan (helps it bake better, haha!)
  • Cover with foil and cook for 25-30 min. Enjoy!

 

Now, as you will notice, there are not a ton of ingredients listed. Which is awesome because easy cooking is MY JAM. But that means that one thing wrong or missing can ruin the recipe. For this stuffing that is definitely the bread. 100% THE BREAD. You’ve got to get the good stuff and that isย Kinnikinnickย gluten-free bread! It has a really smooth texture – we all know gluten-free can be kind of…sandy (? haha) at times! So definitely grab this bread if you haven’t tried it yet because it is super yummy!


Happy Thanksgiving Momchella Mamas!

 

XOXO- Megan

 

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Blue Dimple Designs

You all know that mama loves to SHOP ๐Ÿ›! I can’t help it. I just have to do it. I have to. I especially love shopping from mommy-preneurs – a mommy who has their own business about something they are passionate about. I find these women SO inspiring! I was lucky enough to have met the creator behind Blue Dimple Designs, Jenna Congdon-Martin, and immediately was in awe of her story and her amazing product.

Jenna said bye-bye to her 12-year career at Costco to be a stay-at-home mom to her four kiddos! She even named Blue Dimple Design after them, because all four have blue eyes and dimples ๐Ÿ˜. Jenna, on top of raising her tribe, now makes these unbelievably awesome earrings. She uses genuine leather, faux leather and glitter canvas to make them. Her creativity with patterns, different shapes and textures with her earrings is fantastic! They range in price from $6-$18 (that’s right NOTHING isย even $20! ๐Ÿ™Œ)ย and she uses nickel-free wires – again with the ๐Ÿ™Œ emoji! You remember how I was allergic to my wedding ring because of nickel? Haha, well these earrings are 100% safe ๐Ÿ˜‚!

OH! And she ALWAYS offers free-shipping. That’s right mamas – FREEEEEEEE SHIPPING! This is super exciting because I’m totally the type of person that will put $106.52 in their online cart but refuse to pay the $5 in shipping ๐Ÿคฃ!

Here is my personal collection of Blue Dimple Design earrings so far:

The black are 2.5 inch with an amazing embossed pattern on them!

The camo print were a super sweet birthday gift from my friends – this is how I became hooked on these earrings!

The third pair pictured are also 2.5 inches and are a cork-looking material with beautiful speckles of gold that shine through!

The last pair are definitely going to be worn a lot this winter – double layer buffalo plaid! I love the leaf shape on these!

I can’t wait to keep adding to my collection because they are so easy to wear! Jenna gave us a sneak peak of patterns she has coming in for the holidays! Take look at this gorgeousness:

leather samples

EEEEK!! I can’t wait to see what she is going to do with these patterns! You guys definitely are not going to want to miss out on any Blue Dimple Design earrings so you need to find her Facebook page RIGHT NOW and follow it! Search Blue Dimple Designs on your Facebook search bar or click this link:ย Blue Dimple Designs Facebook Page

You will be able to buy directly through the Facebook page and Jenna is going to open an Etsy store soon so be sure to look for that! Here are some more pictures of what Blue Dimple Design offers. They are all incredible!

And this is just a SAMPLE of what she has to offer – there are seriously so many options so get on Blue Dimple Designs Facebook page to check it all out! I could have posted EVERY picture because I love them all but I decided to do a few of my favorites – meaning these will be in my collection very soon ๐Ÿ˜‚! Like I said, mama loves to shoppppp!

 

XO – Megan

 

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The Teal Pumpkin Project

Trick-or-Treating is one of those things that every kid, every year looks forward to. (Side note – I do think it’s strange that as parents we are all like, “NEVER take candy from strangers…EXCEPT on Halloween!!” ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚) But for some kiddos, throwing on that magical $50 sparkly polyester contraption and ringing on door bells is scary not just because of the ghouls and goblins. Kids with food allergies are extra scared and have to be extra cautious during events like this because it could go from fun to tragic in just seconds.

Kiddos with food allergies can’t simply just pick any piece of candy from any bowl. For example, growing up with a severe peanut allergy I knew if there was ANY candy in the bowl at all I couldn’t touch it because of the cross contamination that could happen. And whipping out my EpiPen mid Halloween night just didn’t seem fun. Trick-or-treating was so stressful for me as a kid I just wanted to stop doing it because what was the point?!

Now this isn’t me saying NO ONE HAND OUT PEANUT CANDY because that is completely unrealistic and unfair to the people that enjoy that. Also anyone can be allergic to anything so if we went that route no one would be giving out ANY candy, which is also not where I’m going with this. This is just me saying that maybe in addition to handing out fan-favorite candies we could also have an option available for kids that can’t eat certain candy, or any candy at all. And that is where the Teal Pumpkin Project comes in!

The Teal Pumpkin Project (which was started by FARE {Food Allergy Research and Education}) is pretty simple and straightforward – put a Teal Pumpkin out on Halloween and it is a universal symbol to kids and parents that you have an allergy friendly option for kids. This could be candy in a separate bowl from common allergy triggers OR, as FARE recommends, a non-food option. Think stickers, a little Halloween craft from the dollar bins at Target, glow-sticks, anything! If you click this link for FARE’s website:ย FARE Teal Pumpkin Projectย you can read more details about the Teal Pumpkin Project and they offer more suggestions about non-food options for Halloween! You can also mark your house on their map so kiddos can know exactly where to find allergy-friendly options.

The teal pumpkin is just a great, easy and visual way to make all kids feel included and safe while trick-or-treating! And there are a bunch of cute ways to incorporate a teal pumpkin into your outdoor decor! This one is my personal favorite that I came across and I miiiiiiiiight have to do this next year:

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I picked this guy up at Target for just under $7 and it will be out on our porch alongside our traditional pumpkins!:

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Please consider joining the Teal Pumpkin Project movement! We are going to have allergy-friendly candyย  (nut, soy, egg, gluten free) as well as some non-food options for the kiddos who need it! I hope everyone has a safe and FUN Halloween! Show me pics in the comments of YOUR teal pumpkins!

 

Happy Halloween!

XO- Megan

 

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Maple Mercantile๐Ÿ

What if I told you that there was an online boutique that had everything a busy mom could possibly need in her closet with nothing priced over $45? Would you even believe me?! Well…you should because it is REAL. It EXISTS. And it’s a little gem called Maple Mercantile.

Maple Mercantile (MM) was created by an awesome mom to 3 insanely busy soccer-playing kiddos, Jenise. And let me tell you something – she GETS it when it comes to what clothes are cute, affordable, and most importantly functional. For example, my favorite item, dare I even say the holy grail, from MM – the Moto Jeggings ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

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These little babies are IT for me. Yoga waistband ๐Ÿ‘. Soft fabric ๐Ÿ‘. Versatile๐Ÿ‘. I mean I can roll out of bed, throw these on with a sweater and gym shoes for school drop off! Or I can put on a white tee, denim jacket and slip on sneakers and be ready for errands. Plus, they allow me to comfortably roll on the ground with the kiddos if need be ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ. Did I mention they are only $30?! (Plus if you keep reading you’ll find a discount code to use through 10/31/18 ๐Ÿ˜‰.) They come in a few colors and sell like HOT CAKES so if these are your jam grab them here now now NOW:ย Maple Mercantile

So it’s been established that I love leggings. Wear them all day everyday. I kind of cringe at the thought of actual jeans when I have to wear them ๐Ÿ˜‚. BECAUSE I wear leggings 24/7 it is important for me to have a shirt that covers the bum a little bit, if you know what I mean. And this top is perrrrrrrrrrf for that.ย hi-lo dolman

It is the Hi-Lo Dolman! Each color is only $23 and offers all the comfort and versatility you could ever want in a top. You can wear it tucked, off the shoulder, tie a little knot in one of the front sides – really anything! I first bought that olive green color and then maybe 1 day later ordered the berry ๐Ÿคฃ! You NEED these in your life.

Another thing I love about MM is that Jenise keeps her prices super reasonable. For example, I scooped up this camo double hoodie for just $36 the other day!ย double hoodie

I found a hoodie like this at another online boutique for $56! It just seemed like a no- brainer๐Ÿ˜!ย  MM’s quality and prices simply cannot be beat! I know a fear people have when buying online is sizing – but with MM that is really no worry. You order TTS on almost everything! If there is a sizing issue Jenise will tell you to either size up or down – there is no guesswork for you when scrolling through her site.

I absolutely love shopping MM and want you guys to love it just as much. So from now through 10/31/18 use the code MOMCHELLA at checkout. Click here:ย Maple Mercantileย to visit the boutique and use that code to take advantage of the savings! Let me know in the comments what items you scoop up from her site!

 

XO -Megan

 

* Special thanks to Jenise for teaming up with Momchella for a blog post! It was super fun and I so appreciate your support, thanks laaaady!ย 

ForEVER ๐Ÿ‘„

Before I begin….kind of LOLing at that red lip emoji I used in the title ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. It will make more sense when you read this, haha!

I was recently asked by my friend Jenn*, who has an awesome EVER Skincare business, to take what she coined, “The Forever Challenge”. EVER recently launched a longwear liquid lip color collection. Full coverage, matte finish but none of the nasty chemicals you find in some products because all of EVER’s products are clean. (You can check out everything EVER has to offer here:ย EVER with Jenn Mosier

So the challenge was to wear one of the Forever colors all day. Simple and easy. Put it on in the morning when I get ready, take pics at different parts of the day, but don’t reapply because we want to see how long this lip color truly lasts! The colors are: Glam, Crush, Flirt, Party (Limited Edition), and Swipe. I chose to wear Flirt, which is the color in the center of the picture.ย images

 

I put the color on around 9:30 AM after I got back from dropping my oldest off at preschool – let’s be honest I didn’t get ready BEFORE drop off ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ™ƒ! Here is what Flirt looked like right after I applied it.ย 930 AM

I loved the subtle brightness to the color. I also loved how easy application was. Are you ready? Prepare yourself….you just swipe it on. That’s right ladies – you just glide it right on your lips like lip gloss! It feels moisturizing and has zero stickiness! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™ŒAbout 4.5 seconds after this picture I took a sip of my chai tea latte (grande, non-fat, extra hot chai tea latte if we are being specific ๐Ÿ˜œ.) Here was my coffee cup after:

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Hardly anything came off! I was super excited. So I continued on with my day – honestly forgetting I even had anything on because it felt that natural on my lips. I took pics again at 12 (after I had lunch and had tons of water – you guys know I’m like part camel or something ๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ง๐Ÿ’ง), 3 PM, 6 PM (after I had dinner and…more water!), and 9 PM after I had taken all my other makeup off and just had Flirt left on! Here were the results:

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I mean that lip color LASTED. It even made it through a smack-you-in-the-face-while-nursing session with B-boy – his hand circled in red for dramatic effect.ย Brody's Hand

I loved that I didn’t have to reapply. I loved that my lips felt moisturized. I loved the color. I loved the fact that there was no weird smell or taste. I. LOVED. THIS. PRODUCT. And you guys know I’m honest – read through my blogs, if I don’t like something I say so ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ. Even taking the remainder of Forever off was easy – just a little splash of EVER’s new beauty water on a cotton square and I was good to go!ย Beauty Water

If you are looking for a trustworthy, clean product then this is it! Forever retails for $29 but if you join the easy subscribe-to-save program it is $26.10! Here is the link again to check out all things EVERย EVER with Jenn Mosier. I can’t wait to try the other colors – let me know in the comments which one is your fave!

And if you are interested in knowing more about EVER contact Jenn through that link above! She is super knowledgeable and can answer any questions you have. And for you Cincinnati locals, EVER is hosting an event near Xavier University on Saturday October 13th! You can go explore ALL the products, test them out and hear what EVER can bring to your life! Plus, you can go hang with Jenn – she’s the best! Here is the link to tickets and other information about the awesome event:ย EVER Event Info & Tickets.

Thanks for reading and I hope you love Forever as much as I did! Plus…those red emoji lips at the top make more sense now right?! ๐Ÿ‘„๐Ÿ‘„๐Ÿ‘„๐Ÿ‘„

 

 

XO – Megan

 

*Jenn, by the way, is a complete ROCKSTAR. Seriously. She’s a full time stay-at-home-mom to 4 amazing kids. Two of her kiddos have Type 1 Diabetes and she is not just their caretaker but their advocate – and a GOOD one at that. Plus, she is killing it with her side gig with EVER Skincare! Hands down one of the best people you will ever meet!

Pampers. All day. Every day.

There are many overwhelming things when it comes to being a parent. It starts even before those precious little nuggets are here!๐Ÿ‘ถ Did I have enough pre-natal care? Do I have the right birth plan figured out? Am I going to breastfeed or bottle-feed? Will I swaddle my baby? Co-sleep? Stay-at-home or go to work? AH!!!!! Seriously you can drive yourself NUTSO with the questions. ๐Ÿ˜– Yes, I said nutso. Yes, it is a word….at least to me. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

So it should come as no surprise that there are also choices upon choices piled on top with questions when it comes to diapers. When we had our first son I knew that the disposable diapers were going to be the ones for us (if you use cloth diapers, you go girl! You do you when it comes to being a mama!). The hospital used Pampers Swaddlers on our baby and that is what we started buying from the get-go. I liked the comfort of having the blue line to let me know when the diaper was wet when our son was brand new. It helped give me peace of mind knowing he was getting enough milk! I kept my oldest in Pampers Swaddlers all the way through until he was out of diapers!

We continued with Pampers Swaddlers when our second baby boy came along! Loyal customer, right?! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ When our second son was 3 or 4 months old I started hearing about a Pampers Pure line. It promised to offer the same protection as the Pampers Swaddlers (because seriously those bad boys do NOT leak!) but they would be free of any chlorine bleach, fragrances, parabens and latex. As a parent you want what is best for your baby and these were claiming to be THE BEST, and clinically proven to be better for your baby’s sensitive skin.

I was always curious about these diapers and finally, at a year and some change old ๐Ÿ™ƒ, I got to try them out on B-Boy! I decided to do a little experiment between my trusty Pampers Swaddlers and the new Pampers Pure line. So for 3 days I kept B-Boy in the Pampers Swaddlers and it was business as usual…haha. He SOAKS diapers up but we rarely, if ever, have had any leaky diapers with the Swaddlers ๐Ÿ˜œ. I was excited to try to Pampers Pure out and was happy to discover the same fit as the Swaddlers. The biggest difference was the super cute all over print that the Pure collection has! It seems similar to what the brand Honest does on their diapers! But I have to say…about 20 minutes into the first Pampers Pure diaper I smelled pee. At first I couldn’t figure out where it was coming fromย because my first son is super Type-A and has never had an accident ๐Ÿ˜‚. I could not figure out where the smell was coming from, but it was for sure PEE.

Then I realized..it was B-Boy! Haha the diaper did not leak but the lack of fragrance (because the Swaddlers do have a nice fresh scent to them) did not disguise the smell of pee AT ALL. So I changed him much sooner than I normally would have because, I mean, he was stinky! And it was the same thing with the next diaper. Maybe it is something that you have to get used to when you make the choice to go the all natural route when it comes to diapers but I just don’t think it could work for me. I found myself doing more frequent diaper changes (like I said, B-Boy soaks up a diaper ๐Ÿคฃ). But I couldn’t justify spending more on a pack of diapers and going through them faster.

Here is the price comparison at Target. I could’ve looked at other stores too but let’s face it…Iย usually end up at Target for diapers (and other things that fall into my cart) ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜†!

For a jumbo pack of the Pampers Swaddlers (in a size 4 like B-Boy)ย  it is $8.99 for 22 diapers.ย Swaddler

 

For a jumbo pack of the Pampers Pure (also a size 4) it is $11.99 for 23 diapers.

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I totally get the appeal of wanting the most natural, chemical free product for your baby. I really do. But I also don’t want him to smell like pee ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ. I couldn’t bring myself to spend more on diapers, because let’s face it they are expensive enough right?!, that I was going to go through faster and that I wasn’t thrilled with. For me, what is best for your baby is sometimes what works best for you and your family. And for us, that is sticking with the Pampers Swaddlers!

 

XOXO – Meganย 

 

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