Father’s Day with JORD

*The following post is sponsored by Jord, all opinions are my own , special thanks to Jord watch and Tabb Creative for the amazing pictures *

Father’s Day is Sunday and last week I was blessed with the opportunity to team up with Jord watches to not only gift my amazing hubby with this unique gift, but to also host an amazing giveaway for my readers! How amazing are these watches ?! Be sure to check out the site here trust me you will love what you see.

As many of you know, my husband is currently deployed so I was excited to receive the watch just in time for his monthly care package.  The kids are always excited to pack items to send to their dad.  So this year we went with his favorite snack items, a few dry fit polos and some nutrition items.  IMG_1572

The icing on the cake was this AMAZING watch we were able to pick from 3 beautifully crafted time pieces and when the Dover arrived I was in love with a hint of jealousy.  I mean seriously this watch is so cool and unique.

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I’ve always been a lover of creative unique items, and it’s so hard to find gifts that stand out and truly set the tone.  This watch is sure to be one of my hubby’s favorites.  Here are some of the specs:

  • sapphire crystal glass
  • deployment buckle with push buttons
  • screw-down crown
  • case width: 41mm
  • case thickness: 12mm
  • lug ends: 49mm
  • band thickness: 24mm
  • band length: 202mm

Be sure to enter for your chance to win a $100 e voucher towards the purchase of your very own Jord watch and just for entering you will get a coupon code for $25 off click here for your chance to win!  And ladies don’t worry they have several options here for us as well!  Until next time and sending warm father’s day wishes to the amazing men out there.

XO,

Meka


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7 gifts I’m loving in JUNE

Tomorrow officially starts the month of JUNE!!! I can not believe we are ALMOST  halfway through the year 2017 has been moving.  There are so many amazing memories that I have created but the most memorable by far was giving birth to the newest member of the #HWTH crew Axel Roman.  June is my favorite month because I get to celebrate with my first born ElleMari and with Mommy ( may she rest in peace).

This year I’m celebrating the big 3-6 and I’ve decided to compile a list of gifts I’m loving, this is not normal for me.  I love surprises but this year I am thinking it’s easier to just let people know what you really want so that I can get things I will use.  As moms we are so used to buying for our kids,  or seeing what they “need” or should I say WANT?! This time, I’m thinking about myself andI’m not ashamed to say it!!! Dear Momma’s LOVE YOURSELF because when you love yourself you can LOVE your family as much as they deserve!

Now that my spill is over show me the GOOIDES!!!!! :

  1. image1 (4) What can I say, this is pretty easy and it fits everyones budget!  You absolutely can’t go wrong with Target, MAC, Panera,  Chic Fil A, TJ Maxx or Chipotle!
  2. IMG_8637Because I’ve been trying to read more, and I LOVED the first book check out my book list here , I have to get my hands on this new book by Jen Sincero!  Snag your own copy here and let me know how you like it.
  3. IMG_8633I’m a sucker for cool pink things so I just have to have this glass water bottle by BKR I’ve also been digging white.  Shop here  you’ll love it!
  4. IMG_8645 Since starting my blog, I’ve really need to keep my camera on me so having a cool camera bag that also doubles as a purse is on my list!  I love this cute number by Jo Totes
  5. IMG_8636 It’s sumer and you have to have a nice pair of white shoes, my choice for myself and my family are Chuck Taylors!  White goes with everything and it’s a staple for summer.
  6. IMG_8634I have been wanting a record player since forever!!! So I figured I’d give it one more shot before I just purchase it myself HA!  Crosley has a ton of affordable ones and Amazon has amazing prices!
  7. IMG_8635Last but not least, I want a new band for my Iwatch!  I have the rose gold so anything that compliments it will do, also I hear Groupon has awesome deal.

Well that about sums up my list, I figured it’s pretty affordable and I can eliminate the guessing game! So what do you think? Do you have any of the products above? Are you loving them?!  Oh and in case you’re wondering, my birthday is June 17th. Until next time…

XO,

Meka

11 things I’m doing this summer

For the past week and a half I have been asking myself “What season is THIS?” We have literally gone from fall, to spring, summer sun and back to monsoon week just recently.   With all of this bipolar weather I haven’t even had a chance to think about the fact that my favorite season is right around the corner! _MG_1113

School is about to be out for SUMMER!!!!  Seriously in a matter of days we will be halfway through the year.  Time is moving by and this makes me want to hold on to as many memories as possible.  Just thinking about how fast my kids are growing makes me so emotional.  I want to share 11 things I’m doing with the crew this summer:

  1. Strawberry picking
  2. Enjoy a Staycation
  3. Visit the Zoo
  4. Sit on the porch and indulge in a fruit salad
  5. Enjoy a movie outdoors
  6. Take a trip to the beach
  7. Have dinner at the park
  8. Plant flowers
  9. Visit the farmers market
  10. Make your own lemonade
  11. Make tie-dye tees

Well this is my to do list this summer! What plans do you have for the family?  I try to set small goals and anything else is icing on the cake! In the mean time I’m enjoying these pictures to remind myself of how much I can not wait until summer is here!

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Until next time….

XO,

Meka

Let the Church say…..

Sunday I was on a mission to make it to church on time!  I haven’t been to church since having Axel so Saturday night I made up my mind that we were going to church in the morning.  I set my alarm clock so that I had enough time wake up, nurse Axel, do my hair, do Elle’s hair, get all 3 boys dressed, grab some breakfast on the go for the kiddos, hop in the car and make it to church ON TIME!  That was my goal Saturday night… fast forward to Sunday morning!

I woke up at 7:30 and drifted back to sleep some how then I woke up again at 9am, thanks to my back up “get yourself together so you can leave the house” alarm.  Church started at 10 and by the time I did everything I mentioned above it was 10:10.  Ummmm I’m not sure how that happened but I told the kid’s there was no point in going to church now because we would get there at 10:30 and that’s not cool.  But for some reason I decided to look on Instagram and there was my sign… Church didn’t start until 10:30!!!!!

Well needless to say Momma we MADE IT, on time and the kids enjoyed themselves.  See I almost gave up, but this time social media came through in our favor.  We even managed to have an impromptu photo sesh afterwards #winning. 18595415_10156050503858368_2679487757354792922_o

Well that was my Sunday summed up! How do you get your squad ready, out the door and on time?  Until next time…

Meka

My first YONI Steam

Hey Momtourage!

Friday I had the opportunity to experience a Yoni Steam, if you haven’t heard of this it’s pretty much a steam treatment for your vagina.  As a push gift, my husband purchased the steam at Ma’ati Spa you can learn more here .  I headed to the downtown location and was greeted by Martha, she was super sweet and welcoming.  IMG_8463

Things started off a little rocky, for some reason the spa had me down for a massage instead of the Yoni steam ( no sweat, a simple mix up) this actually gave me an opportunity to check out the herb garden where she picked the herbs for my steam.

I even spotted a few yoni eggs during the brief tour.  This was pretty cool, being able to see first hand the actual herbs being used in the process.  Once everything was set up she explained the process and offered me a rob as well as a blanket for the experience.

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The process was quit interesting, the most important thing about it is making sure you find your “sweet spot”  you have to remember just how sensitive our lady parts are so sitting right on the bench is not the best thing to do.  I recommend you slowly lowering yourself over the center of the bench to allow yourself to adjust if needed.  Once you’re comfortable you need to trap in the steam with the blankets for the next 30-45 mins.   This experience was very relaxing, I even did a live Instagram story during the process HA!

The steam has so many benefits such as cleansing, assisting with menstrual cycles, fertility, anxiety the list goes on and on!  Even though this seems to be a new trend, it’s actually been around for centuries.  I personally plan on getting another steam as well as trying some DIY techniques.  I would recommend you experiencing a spa service as well as trying a DIY steam which you can find on Pinterest.  Have you incorporated yoni steams into to your self care regiment?  If so what herbal blends do you use?  I’m thinking a quarterly steam will do my body good!  Until next time…

XO,

Meka

Motherhood….

Some how I managed to get 4 tiny humans dressed and out the door in 45 mins. Thankfully I took a shower at 1am to prepare. I was even able to throw on some nice clothes and a little make up, put my hair up in a universal mom bun and make it to Elle’s school before 8:15! Yessss cheers to another day of not being late {Inserts DAB}  I made it to Maveric’s preschool by 9 am for the Mothers Day Tea even though Jagger had at least 10 tantrums, this morning.  While trying to relax ( who am I kidding) the boys suddenly wanted to go outside and play.  I didn’t think anything of it so off we went to play at the preschools playground.  As the boys were play, I froze my bun s off  and young Axel woke up wanting to nurse ( saved by the baby) resulting to the biggest meltdown of the morning for Jagger.

With Jagger not speaking as he should he often gets frustrated with us because we have no clue as to what he wants or he breaks out into a tantrum or possible hitting.  No worries he’s starting speech therapy this month! Anyway back to the meltdown, picture me with Axel crying in the Moby wrap and Jagger having a full out tantrum on the floor this eventually lead to resulted to a mom stopping and asking “Do you need help?” I looked up and in that moment I wanted to shed a tear, because I get overwhelmed, and I felt helpless but she stopped to help me.  YES I do thanks you!!!! She picked Jagger up off the floor and walked us to the car making sure we were good.

Now I’m in the car, nursing Axel in front of Maveric’s preschool while the boys watch a movie.  How many times have you shook your head when you saw a toddler screaming or kicking? How many times have you judged a Mom without knowing her story? Have you ever just stopped and asked if she needs help?  Well here’s my story for the day and YES I needed help!

The next time you’re out and you see a mom in distress stop and ask her if she needs help! You never know what she’s going through

“Motherhood – it isn’t easy but it’s worth it! “

S.S.L Giveaway

Hey hey hey! We are excited to team up with the Greensboro Coliseum for a fun filled family night out.  We are giving away a family 4 pack to see Sesame Street Live, and we can’t wait to share the love.  IMG_1382

Our family LOVES Sesame Street so when I shared the news, the boys were thrilled.  Jagger was actually Elmo for Halloween and Elle’s 2nd birthday party was Elmo themed.  I know that Mother’s Day is only a few days away but hey we all know Momma’s love anything that will put a smile on their little ones face.  Be sure to enter here for your chance to win!

Spring Contest

If you don’t win, no worries just head here to purchase tickets for your family.  See you at the show!

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XO,

Meka

I’m Lovin’ it!

*The following is a sponsored post by Mc Donald’s, all opinions are my own*

Now that our household is full of boys, I try to make sure that I have Mommy/ Daughter time with Elle and it was perfect timing last week when we were invited to taste test the new signature crafted menu from Mc Donald’s. KOV-5472 We met up with a few bloggers from the Triad Women Blogger group in Greensboro.  This Mc Donald’s has a modern and chic layout and the staff was very helpful! KOV-5491

In three easy steps, I was able to order my meal.  I opted for the crispy chicken sandwich, on a toasted artisan roll with the Sweet BBQ sauce.  This normally comes with bacon but I had mine without since I haven’t eaten pork since 1999.  KOV-5488

To be quite honest, I haven’t had a Mc Donald’s meal in at least a year, but this was truly a treat.  The chicken was crispy, and the bun melts in your mouth, I loved the caramelized onions,  the white cheddar cheese and the bbq sauce to top it off..

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Of course I had to get some fries and a Hi-C orange!  Can anyone please explain to me why they are getting rid of Hi-C orange, I mean who doesn’t love that drink?! Any who… I highly recommend you trying one of the 3 signature crafted meals.   Here are the details:

  1. You have 3 base items to choose from : grilled chicken, crispy chicken or a burger.
  2. Bun options include: the classic sesame, or an artisan roll.
  3. The main flavors are: Pico Guacamole, Sweet BBQ Bacon or Maple bacon Dijon Check out the options here .

IMG_8232Elle and I had fun, it’s always a good time hanging with my baby girl and introducing her to new experiences.  And whenever we have a chance to rock a mommy/ daughter outfit makes it even better!  We would like to thank Mc Donald’s again for letting us hang out and test out the new menu.  Be sure to let me know what meal you try and how you liked it.  Until next time…..

XO,

Meka

 

Terrific Two’s

*The following post is a sponsored post for Nuby, all opinions are my own*

Now that Easter is over, I can get back into the swing of things!  I have really been getting this Mommy of 4 role down.  The kids are back in school from Spring Break and everyone has welcomed Axel with open arms.  Life has been pretty smooth but now we are dealing with the Terrific Two’s as I like to call them.  Jagger has enter the stage of independence, mischief, curiosity and TANTRUMS.

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Recently I have been able to scratch off  dinner melt down from my list thanks to Nuby’s amazing Sure Grip Miracle Mat!  Normally when Jagger is done or he has a tantrum he wants to throw his plate on the floor, but thanks to this mat he’s no longer giving me a hard time and extra cleaning might I add.  Here’s what I love about the mat:

  • Integrated Section Plate
  • Non-Slip base sticks to flat surfaces
  • Plate and placemat in one
  • Silicone easily wipes clean and is dishwasher safe
  • BPA Free
  • Available at Babies R US 

I’m also thankful for the Nuby 360 cup!  This cup really preps your toddler for independent drinking out of regular cups and they do not leak!!!!! Your toddler has 360° sipping which is easily allows them to sip from any side of the rim. It even has an insulated base that keeps drinks cool for up to 6 hours!  Yo ucan snag this cup at Babies R Us as well!

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Just thought I’d share a few items that are making #MomLife less stressful for me.  Anyone else having fun with the terrific two’s?  Until next time….

XO

Meka

 

Memories

* The following post is a sponsored post for Milestone,  all opinions are my own*

Life has been extremely hectic in our house, trying to adjust to 4 kids, a new baby, nursing , and just mom life in general.  While most of you are gearing up for Easter, I’m trying to remember what day it is…. I almost forgot that Axel turned 2 weeks old on Thursday and this was the perfect time to grab hold of our amazing memory cards from Milestone!  IMG_1035

We were gifted the new Over the Moon collection for Axel’s first year of memories.  This set contains a total of 30 memory cards.  I really love the color scheme in this packet; the black, white, beige, blue and yellow really compliment the graphics.  The memory cards range from 1 week to 1 year as well as sweet memories such as babies first smile, first words and blank cards to document your own special memory.

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I love that each card has a date line so that parents are able to scribe the exact day each memory was captured.  With Axel being the last of our crew I am soaking up each and every memory.  These card will make it easy for me going forward!  I wish I had learned about these sooner to share with my other kiddo’s.  Be sure to grab a pack there are several themes to choose from here even a wedding pack!  And don’t worry mom’s if you missed the first year you can snag a pack for the toddler years or even activities from going to the movies,  visits to the zoo or to your child’s first visit to a museum.

IMG_1028I’m just thankful my life has gotten some what easier when it comes to capturing memories with the family!!! Which pack is your favorite?  I’m excited to know and tag me in pictures with your family memories. And make sure you check out the freebies, especially the My first Easter printable!  Until next time….

XO,

Meka

Bringing Home Baby

*The following post is a sponsored blog post with Dock A Tot, all opinions are my own*

As you all know we have been excepting the arrival of the newest member of our family.  It’s my pleasure to introduce our little guy Axel Roman.  After being induced and having a delivery au natural (which I plan on blogger about very soon) it’s great to be home with the rest of the kiddos adjusting to life.

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My goal for Axel is to nurse more, as well as pump once I head back to the workforce.  Currently Axel has been sleeping very well and I seriously want to thank Dock A Tot for helping with this transition.  Being a breastfeeding mommy of 4, it really helps to be able to safely co-sleep.

There are so many other great benefits of the Dock A Tot as well such as:

  • Lounging
  • Tummy Time
  • Bed Transitioning
  • Play Time
  • Diaper Changing

The safety features will surely win you over as well! Seriously, it’s 100% breathable, machine washable, hypo allergenic, harm and substance free, as well as having temperature control.  Not to mention safe for co-sleeping, I call this a total WIN!

We were able to get the Mrs. Mighetto  night cover, I am in love with this design as well as the hues of blue.  IMG_0952I think it’s a perfect unisex cover as well.  I’m looking forward to watching Axel enjoy his Dock A Tot over the next several months, more sleep for Axel and a peace of mind for me.

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Be sure to check out more items from this amazing brand such as the Dock A Tot Grand for ages 9 months – 36 months, from what I’ve read this one is great for bed transitioning!

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Until Next time…

XO,

Meka

What’s in my Hospital Bag

Welp it’s about that time to head to the hospital and go from Mom of 3 to FOUR!  I am so excited about meeting the newest member of the #HWTH crew.  I officially packed my hospital back no more than a week ago.   Yeah a WEEK ago, pretty crazy but hey, I’m having number 4 so I am pretty much going with the flow at this point.  I’m using my Timi & Leslie bag that I got when Maveric was born.  Four years later it’s still going strong and it holds a lot of stuff! It’s very spacious and it’s a classic bag who would even think this stylish bag was a diaper bag?!IMG_0875

Here’s what’s in my bag:

Comfy PJ’s are a must and I always choose a dark color so I decided to pack a leopard night top, with a black robe and black leggings that have a draw string just in case God forbids I  have a C-Section.

Slippers and flip-flops are needed because I refuse to take a shower bare foot in the hospital.  Some people don’t like to bring their house shoes to the hospital which is also why I pack my shoe garment bag and throw them in the washing machine as soon as I get home.

Dark colored undies because we all know why…. even though you get the mesh ones during your stay, who really wears them home?

Body Care items such as a towel, wash cloth, facial creams, tooth brush, soap, deodorant, lotions and body spray.  I absolutely must have lip balm, I know this sounds funny BUT the Deraye and Co lemon lip balm is a game changer your lips will thank you .  I love to feel as comfortable as possible while I’m at the hospital,  it helps me to relax and enjoy the time with my new baby.

Baby Items include an outfit for pictures, as well as a going home outfit, I packed the new Freshly Picked Crib Moccs in powder blue and I absolutely LOVE them!! I always pack a blanket to lay over the car seat as we depart and don’t forget to have someone bring the car seat when it’s time to leave.  Remember you DO NOT need diapers, you will receive plenty at the hospital so leave room in your bag to pack those items before you go.

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Electronic Items include your camera to capture memories, Iphone chargers, Ipad and it’s  charger to catch up on your favorite Netflix shows while you rest.  It’s so important for me to have my chargers because FaceTime is how my husband gets to see his new son enter this world.

Last but not least.. in my books anyway!  I ALWAYS pack a wallflower from Bath and Body Works.  I love to plug these  in as soon as I’m settled into my room after delivery.  I absolutely HATE going to the hospital so anything that can keep my mind free and that smells good is needed!

Well I am officially ready to meet the last member of our crew!  Praying for a healthy and stress free delivery of Axel Roman today!  Chat soon…

XO,

Meka