Girls Back to School Clothing Sale – Limeapple

If you are a mom of a girl, we have an amazing sale for you. As most of my readers know, L has always been a fashionista and loves putting her own styles together. Limeapple Boutique speaks her fashion language. In the past, we reviewed their Limeapple Sport Apparel. It was with great excitement that Limeapple reached out to us to review their Limeapple Boutique Back to School pack.

Beginning tomorrow, Limeapple is going to be offering three different back to school packs at over 50% off! This is incredible news for all the parents doing their back to school shopping. Beginning Monday, August 15th through Wednesday, August 17th, you can choose from the below clothing packs. Whether you are looking for, that perfect activewear set, that beautiful dress with matching items, the perfect gym strip pack for back to school, or that perfect gift, Limeapple has you covered!

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L loves the soft feeling of the clothing and I am very happy about the great quality. The clothes are not thinly made which any parent is always grateful. Let’s take a peek at L’s fashion show.

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Limeapple Clothing Review

Clothing Review Limeapple

As you can see, the styles are perfect for a pre-teen. A spin of NY fashion district for a pre-teen. This makes this mom very happy. You can be very stylish and still have conservative clothing choices. Limeapple showcases this with their different styles. To see the twinkle in my daughter’s eye, makes me smile very big. L is very picky with her clothing but has not taken off the first outfit since we got home from church. She keeps saying but it is so comfortable. We are confident when we say that your daughter will love these outfits as well.

Don’t miss out on the biggest savings this summer; all in one easy click, and delivered right to your door step!

Disclosure: Limeapple sent the outfits for L’s honest review. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.

Inspirational People in Life {Born This Way}

Positive and inspiring people can change your whole outlook on life. If you choose to surround yourself around these type of people, I firmly believe your day will go better. Life can throw many curve balls, and we have two choices once those curve balls hit us. The individual can drown their sorrows or develop ways to turn a negative into a positive.

Our L cannot eat food at the moment due to her having eosinophilic esophagitis. She lives 100% on a prescription formula. This has greatly changed our family dynamics in how we would do family adventures. We could choose to just stay in the house or do the opposite and create family adventures that inspire L and bring her delight. Believe me, it can get hard but we choose to surround ourselves with inspirational people. Friends will text L and myself to uplift us, encourage us, and pray for us. It really makes the days so much better.

I have teamed up with A&E Network to write about someone that inspires me. This would be Nan from A Mom Blog. This beautiful friend has been with us every step of the way since L’s diagnosis. She has been a longtime family friend but on an even more inspiring part, her family lives many states away from us. Despite the distance, the entire family inspires and loves on us. Our daughters are online best friends who we would like to reunite but distance and money have unfortunately prevented a reunion. L and Princess have not seen each other in person since 2012 but that does not stop them from sending text and skype messages to each other to encourage and inspire one another. Princess does not care that L is different. She sees past L’s disease and loves on her continuously. Nan has raised a wonderful daughter. Nan will pop up on my google chat each morning, or I will pop up on her google chat. Each weekday, we have a virtual 3:00pm tea time together. Our daughters laugh at us, but tea time really brings us great cheer and smiles. It’s uplifting and it gives us time to inspire and encourage each other if we are having a bad day or just need that little extra push to go out of our comfort zone. Nan and Princess, on behalf of A&E Network, we are sending you a $25 Target gift card so you both can pick you out a special gift for always inspiring us! We are grateful and blessed to have you all in our lives.

L and I would like to encourage you to watch a new season of an inspiring television show, BORN THIS WAY! The new season starts on July 26, 2016 on the A&E Network and will leave you feeling inspired and heart full after each episode. BORN THIS WAY chronicles the lives of a group of young adults born with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions while defying society’s expectations. The series also follows their parents who share their own journey of joy, sacrifice, and unconditional love.

Below, please find a clip that shares the heart and depth of this show. In this clip you will meet Rachel, one of the cast members. Rachel, like the rest of the young adults featured in this series is an inspiration – facing the challenges and obstacles of life with courage, grace, determination and love.

The show will easily become your new favorite television show! Please tune in Tuesday at 10EST/9CT.


Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with A&E Network. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

All Natural Eating Leads to Weight Loss

In January of this year, my youngest daughter started on a medical journey. It all shook us hard and made me take a close look at the food that was going into our bodies. When your child is diagnosed with a rare disease and it revolves around food, your life indeed changes.

This picture was from January of this year.


This picture was from this past Saturday:


Can you see the changes? M and I both have officially lost 20 pounds. I’m so proud of M for embarking on this healthy journey with me. Her blood pressure was 150 over 80 at the first of the year. This was not good at all. This past week, her blood pressure was 110 over 74. Isn’t that amazing? By now, you probably want to know what all we have changed in our diets.

First off, no drinks are allowed in the house. We all drink alkaline water that we purchase each week from our local health food store. Four gallons usually last us about 5 days. Other drinks of choice include boiling water for herbal teas and Madi will drink cold green tea as well.

Secondly, we eat all natural foods. No processed foods are allowed in the house. The diet we follow is more along the lines of the paleo diet. Giving up dairy was a big positive for me. After being diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer earlier this year, I did my own research to see what could cause gastritis and bleeding ulcers. I am now gluten free and dairy free. I still drink my coffee each morning but add the SO Delicious Coconut Creamer. M and my husband still have some dairy, mostly in the form of different types of cheese. At first, I thought I would miss dairy but do not miss it.

Thirdly, fresh fruits and vegetables along with almonds are our go-to snacks. When I said “our”, I mean Madi and I. My husband is not a fan of fresh fruits of vegetables so his go-to snack is all natural peanut butter. If a day goes by without my natural roasted almonds, I start craving them. My sugar cravings are completely gone. It’s amazing, friends! Your body feels so much better and your overall mood toward life is much more positive.

Each week, I will buy blueberries, strawberries, apples, cucumbers, celery, and peppers. My weekend consists of cutting or chopping up the fruits and veggies to put them in individual containers so it is easy to go to the fridge for a snack. I cook from scratch three meals a day. You may say, “you are too busy to cook from scratch”, but that is not the truth. I work full-time, go to school, homeschool our girls, travel to lots of doctor visits and still find the time. Finding the time is key. Organize your week, meal plan and make the time.  Exercise is non-existent for me at the moment. This is where I need to do better and incorporate a type of exercise into my day. If I am lucky, I will squeeze in a walk in my neighborhood each week but it is definitely not on a regular basis. We do have a gym membership at my work that I really want to strive hard to use more.

With all that being said, just look at what eating healthy can do for your body. Get in the right mind-set and say you are going to do this for your family. Stop buying junk or processed foods. Don’t bring it into the house anymore. If you don’t buy it, your family will get in routine of eating healthier.

Let’s see what the next six months will bring for our family in our “more healthy” life journey.

Avoid These Oops Moments!

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. You go to wash the dishes and realize you used the last drop of the dish detergent last night. You reach for the next roll of toilet paper under the sink and get that uncomfortable feeling because you do not feel anymore toilet paper rolls. Your child gets sick in the middle of the night, so you go to wash the sheets and realize there is no more laundry detergent. We have all had these moments right?

Life gets busy. I get it. The grocery store list continues to grow by the inch, but if you don’t actually make it to the grocery store for a few days, the list just stays on the fridge. It is evident that you run out of the household essentials. I have a solution for you. Put a monthly reminder on your smartphone to order your household products from All you have to do is click your mouse, add to cart, and check-out. The products will show up at your house and you will never have to experience that moment of oops anymore.

Walmart Avoid the Oops

All of the above products are available at Don’t struggle with the toddler on your hip or trying to fit in a quick run to the store. Visit online, shop, add to cart, and await your shipment. It is that simple.

Doing this will ensure that you will not be stranded in the bathroom, or have stinky sick sheets left on the laundry room floor. It’s easy to forget to purchase these type of items. I chalk it up to mom brain. Never fear though if you set your monthly cellphone alarm. As soon as the alarm goes off, go straight to and place your order.

There are many things as a mom that will cause us to worry. This leads to the gray hairs multiplying on the top of our head. Online shopping is one task that can take away extra stress or worries about stocking up on must-have household essentials. The shipment will show up at your door and you can enjoy more fun family time. can provide you shopping fun in the following categories:

  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Cleaning
  • Baby
  • Bathroom

Happy shopping and enjoy living!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Walmart. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

Officially Weaned Off Of Steroids #EosinophilicEsophagitis

Mom and LI wanted to update on L’s latest journey with living with eosinophilic esophagitis. From the last blog post, you know we were trying foods that eliminated the top 8. Unfortunately, after 48 hours, we ended up in the emergency room. She had a severe reaction. It was at this time, we started questioning if we were under the right care for L. After our research and talking with other families that deal with this disease, we switched to a hospital that is experienced in treating this disease.

This new hospital and team of doctors are amazing. They care about L and stay in contact with us. This is a hard disease to navigate and we need doctors that are going to walk this journey with us. It was decided that L would go on a new steroid and 100% Neocate Splash formula, no other foods or beverages. After 6 weeks, L is doing amazing with no reactions or symptoms. As of last Friday, we have weaned L off her steroids and all other medicines. Isn’t this great news?

Now, we let her body heal for three weeks before her next endoscopy and biopsies on June 30th. If all looks well during the endoscopy and biopsies, L will be able to do her first single food trial. She is hoping for potatoes but we will have to see what the allergist and GI doctor says for her to try. The allergist said they go on experience of what foods are usually not a trigger with other patients. This disease is very unique to each kid, so it is a trial and error method to figure out safe foods. We will try each food for six weeks and then do an endoscopy to see if this will be a safe food for L.

We will continue to keep you all posted in hopes L’s journey will be able to help others. Our family dynamics have changed so much since L cannot have any food. Obviously, her feelings matter to us and we want to be sensitive to doing activities with food. You don’t realize how much life in general revolves around food until your child cannot eat food.

My husband and I both continuously encourage L, praise her, and lift her up on a daily basis. She is a very strong and brave girl. Positive thoughts, lots of prayers and encouragement have gotten her through these last few months. We are in this with her!

Pray with us for good news on June 30th! Thank you!

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