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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Tips For Staying Energized for the Busy Mom's

Let's face it, being a mom is exhausting. For me personally: Working full time, owning my own small business on the side, doctors appointments, extra curricular activities, school functions, sicknesses, making full meals, house chores, grocery shopping, garden keeping, mowing the lawn, home repairs {I'm a single mom on top if it so I get ALL the duties}. Us mom's do it all. Thankfully there are a few things I incorporate in my lifestyle that I believe help me power through every single day and I wanted to share those with you. It's funny because I get this ALOT. "Kelly, I wish I had your energy" "Kelly how do you do it all?" Here we go:

1. Sleep
This one is KEY for me, I am one of those people who need a full 8 hours of sleep. Having a set schedule M-F with the same time to turn off the lights. As tempting as it is to stay up late, my lights go off at 9:00 p.m. on weekdays. Something I have found that helps in aiding a decent nights sleep is meditation before bed, reading a book and turning off electronics, a hot bath and CBD oil helps me relax and slow down my mind and prepares me for a good nights rest.

2. Eating the right foods.
What you put in your body FUELS the body, so if you filling it with sugars, candies and crap you will burn out. I try and make sure for my breakfast every morning I eat some type of fruit followed by a protein bar etc. Then for lunch I tend to eat salads, with all kinds of veggies this helps fuel my body in a positive way. Don't get me wrong I don't eat health all the time and often I fail, but I try and put a effort into the foods I buy and consume. I do try to stay clear of foods that won't naturally boost my energy levels. Plus if you eat healthy, that means your kiddos get those benefits as well.

3. Coffee.
Yep I said it. I'm sure some of you have a found a healthier way to gain caffeine in your lives. BUT for me I would literally kelt over and die without it. Yep I said it. I need a few cups of Joe in the morning to assist in a jump kick to my day. Other wise I have a really hard time functioning and communicating and doing all the things.

4. Exercise // staying active
Yea I don't exercise. But staying active I do. I am constantly on the move, at work, at home. Little do I actually sit and binge watch Netflix {well yea depends on the show I guess}. I am always in movement like: working in my yard, mowing the grass, working the garden, going on trail walks with family, bike riding, doing some type of adventure with my son...

5. Essential Oils.
Yes I am a oily person and believe in the power of what some of these oils can provide. I wear oils almost every single day of my life. What kind? Doesn't matter, just make sure it is PURE. I use Doterra. Using oils such as Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange all have benefits of naturally boosting your energy levels. I actually wear my oils around my neck with a oil necklace diffuser that I make and sell in my Etsy shop here, super affordable and I wear mine weekly. Find one for you here.

6. Listen to uplifting tunes
Music makes all the difference and set a tone and mode wherever you are, I'm lucky to work in a place that plays amazing music and it helps with my energy levels. Same for when I'm cleaning house etc. playing music can boost how your feeling inside. Not saying to play some thrashed heavy metal music to get motivated {however that's ok too} but something with a upbeat and steadiness to it works for me. Nothing emotional, sad, deep. I'll save those thoughts for a rainy day.

I hope some of these tips helped in some small or large way for you, these 5 things help me on a day to basis. What do you mamas find that help you power through the day?

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Etsy Handmade // Mother's Day Gift Guide

As you all know I have been part of the Etsy community for 9+ years now and there are truly so many amazing artist there that create these beautiful things from scratch, that every year I pull my favorites for a Mother's Day gift guide. This is such a special time of year for all the hard working mothers, grandmothers and those that step up and in the be one. I honor you. Enjoy. Hopefully you find something amazing.

1. loveCOLORAY ROSE QUARTZ nursery Wallpaper, $260
This nursery wallpaper is what dreams are made of, soft pastel tones that will add such a soft loving touch to any nursery. 

2. BellsandWhistles18 Lava Stone Essential Oil Car Diffuser$9.20
Now you can diffuse your favorite oils in style, while on the go. Cute Lava stone beads hung on chain, so it slides over your mirror. Different colors to match your style + the price is super affordable!

3. bexcandles relax candle lavender & rosemary$18
This candle says it all for us mom's. Relax. Made with one of my all time favorite herbs lavender and rosemary. Also love that the candle is clear with botanical flowers as the focal point. 

4. HannahMadden Spring Flowers Lantern, $28.69
Beautiful Spring themed latern, with a soft pastel glow. Hand screen printed! What a beautiful way to add a touch of feminine to your space. 

5. 3CEtching Mama Bear Engraved Tumbler, $24.95
For the protector. Super cute design, simple and modern. Great for on the go!

6. BronsCeramics Ceramic flowers, $29.12
Small delicate flowers handmade from clay! Love them grouped together. So many possible ways you could gift these.

7. ZoeGibbonsStudio Botanical Flower Press, $38.70
I admit, this one is on my personal wish list. I have always wanted to learn how to press flowers and this kit makes it super simple and easy to learn. Plus it has a option to personalize.

8. ArtworkByAngie Happy Mother's Day card, $5.20
One of the cutest handmade cards I spotted on Etsy, printed with botanical illustrations.
 Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to order as the company is based over seas! 

9. CreateGiftLove Personalised Photo Keyring, $34.70
Something to jazz up and pretty the key sets, personalized with your own kiddos photos. Option to further your customization with choices of leather colors and text on front.

10. HammeredHeartDesigns Family Trees Personalized Bracelet, $80
You know this list would not be complete without one of my very own Etsy shop editions. I have many Mother's Day styles to choose from. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, keychains and more! All personalized and custom made with mom in mind. This bracelet is forged from brass metal and then hand stamped with your names of choices. Perfect for mom or grandma. 

11. HomeGnomeStore, Scandinavian Gnome, $18
Super cute for the dreamer,magical and mythical mom lover. Super cute pastel colors and soft tones. 

What are you planning to gift your Mom this year? 

Monday, April 22, 2019

Product Review for SILK18 Hair Conditioner

I'm so excited to share a review with you today, from a company called Maple Holistics. I got to test for weeks, their SILK18 Conditioner. You can find that product  here on their website mapleholistics.com. I pulled up some information from their site, that tells you directly more about this product: Tame dry, frizzy hair while strengthening and fortifying strands with our Silk18 conditioner. A dreamy blend of eighteen silk amino acids are infused into this hair strengthening conditioner. The silk proteins are enhanced with a nourishing blend of argan oil, shea butter, organic pomegranate, and jojoba oil which deliver nutrients to promote softer, smoother, more lustrous looking tresses. The natural vanilla extract makes for a sweet, sensual shower experience. Our conditioner is silicone and paraben free making it great for all hair types, color treated hair, and sensitive skin.

When I was first asked if I would like to review this product, I wanted to make sure that it was made with safe ingredients as we are aware of chemicals that can be in most of hair products. I went ot their website and found out that the conditioner is indeed made with natural ingredients!

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Certified Organic Pomegranate, Hibiscus, Green Tea and Sea Buckthorn, Silk Amino Acids, Jojoba Oil, Natural Vanilla Fragrance.

With a ingredient list like this, you can't loose.

What I love about this conditioner {I have literally used 80% of the bottle already}, is that you FEEL clean after using it. It doesn't 'dry your hair out. It nutritious it and feeds it beneficial vitamins and minerals. I have super thick hair, so I like to use a little more of condition no matter the brand so I splurged with my amounts I used. One of the first things I noticed when I used this is the smell, it quite literally smells like confetti birthday cake. No lies. I crave cake when I use it, its devine! I read the bottle after using it to find out what smells so yummy and they noted "Natural Vanilla Undertones" on the bottle. Yep! The bottle itself is cute and functional. Nothing large and over sized, fits my shower shelves. Cute minimalistic labeling on the bottle, I appreciate the simplicity of this. 

One of the things I appreciate is that it is made right here in the USA in New Jersey, I always try to buy within our country before any other. Always supporting our business here in the USA, rather then out sourcing. Over all I really enjoyed this product and would recommend for someone that is trying to live a cleaner more aware life with the products they use on a daily basis. Also I noted their amazing feedback for this conditioner, on their website. Way to go Maple Holistics, tons of happy customers! 

You should checkout their website at mapleholistics, they also carry Shampoos, Bath & Body and Personal care. Plus they have a 20% off coupon posted currently on the main page, give it a try you won't be disappointed. Treat yourself! 

Friday, March 29, 2019

tie dye wedding dresses

With wedding season currently in full effect, I have been super busy in my shop creating Men's tie bars for Groomsmen and beautiful vintage necklaces for Bridesmaid's. You can find some of those items here in my shop hammeredheartdesigns

This morning as I was scanning Facebook, I found such a inspiring post on tie dye wedding dresses for Women! You read that right, Tie Dye! I love that these style of wedding dresses are so different then the 'norm' and standard White gowns.  The fact that they are so vibrant, colorful and unique, I love! So, I wanted to create a blog post around this style of wedding dress and share just how beautiful they are and to tell you its totally OK to do different and step outside of that 'box' for your own wedding dress! I know if I ever get married again, this maybe a option.

If you get a chance, click on this link and take a look at this couples beautiful wedding photos, they actually made me tear up because in my mind they had the perfect wedding! It would be a dream to have something like that.


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Make the Most of Valentine’s Day When You’re Single

I can't believe I even hesitated at posting this, however society has a way of making you feel just like poop if your single. The entire holiday is after all geared for couples and couples only. BUT why should it be? Over the years I have grown so much in learning who I am as a single mom, as a business owner, a friend and so much more! The single years have been with me for a little over 6 years now, since my divorce. First few years were always the hardest and not going to lie, some holidays there is still something missing there. However I am stronger now. Maybe your newly single with this holiday approaching us fast. Here is my personal take on how to make the most of your Valentines day, single edition.

Celebrate it like your not single.

Do all those things that you wish you were out doing on this day.
Wear a cute outfit, do your makeup and hair and go out!

Go to one of your favorite local places to eat, go see a movie you have been wanting to see.

I know a lot of you are thinking, yea ok alone? I'll look silly.. Who cares? Go out and enjoy the day girlfriend! Try something new and different, take that leap and dig deeper into YOU.

Friends are great aren't they? Specially those who are also single! Share this day with your closest girlfriends/friends. Go out and have some fun together.  Have a great day/night

Treat yo self. Buy yourself something nice. A jewelry statement piece, a dozen Pink roses, a box of decadent chocolates, a new soft warm blanket, a new inspirational book. Anything to gift yourself and lift the spirit is great!

You don't have to go anywhere or do anything, honestly.
Why not just stay home and cook a amazing dinner, or order take out.
Light some candles, take a warm bubble bath and just chill.

Enjoy the fact that you don't have any pressures of a relationship and you get to do whatever you want. Have fun and Happy Valentines day to all you single ladies out there!