Beach’n Babies

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

August is here and I can’t believe summer is almost over, this week this kids are taking a much needed beach trip with their Nana and Papa, so we decided to test out our brand new beachmate  at the local sand park.  First off I love that it’s engraved with our family name, this gives it a classic spin.  Having a custom piece really stands out while on vacation.

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As a mom of 4, it’s so important to have my hands free, so this durable strap really came in handy after everyone was finally out of the car and in route to the park.  I love that it’s comfortable enough for Elle to carry, while I’m busy rounding up the younger boys.

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Once we hit the park it was over, the fun began and the kids went to work.  I love the that all of the containers can double as organization or just plain toys!  The shovels are extremely durable and they are actually industrial strength so I know they will last forever, especially being a mom of 3 boys.

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The beachmate also comes with a cooler, this was so perfect because I was able to pack up some snacks for the kids and an extra bottle for Axel.  Did I mention the tote bag has several pockets?  Oh my gosh, this is so necessary for my car keys, cell phone, sun block, shades, literally anything you can think of!  And on top of that it’s bottomless so there’s no issues of having sand in your car or home after the trip.

Whenever we are out in the sun we ALWAYs pack our Nuby water bottles, because staying hydrated is a must.  The cooler kept the water cool and I never have any issues with the kids drinking their water with these awesome bottles!

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Now that the test run is over, I have the kids swimsuits, beach chairs and of course the beachmate packed up and ready to hit the road.  Be sure to head over and snag your very own Beachmate here trust me your family will love it and it’s so durable it’s totally worth every penny! No more cracked buckets being replaced every year.  These containers are so sturdy and legit!

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How are you guys celebrating the last days of summer?  I’m enjoying all the fun memories with the kids before they head back and we have to be on a schedule.

Until next time….

XO ,

Meka

All eyes on me…

*The following post is sponsored, all opinions are my own!* 

Recently we were given the opportunity to test out the new Lollipop smart baby camera. Now as we all know I am a mom of 4, and to be quite honest I have NEVER purchased a baby monitoring system, for some reason I have always felt like it was not on my priority list.  When I was pregnant with Elle I had the basic monitor that you could only hear the baby crying.  With the boys I never wanted to spend money on a camera because I knew that I would want a camera that was in color, with amazing video quality and awesome sound.  Most monitors of this nature were close to $200 and I just couldn’t bring myself to splurge on it.  Thankfully the Lollipop cam meets all of my needs plus bonus features for less than I ever imagined,  snag one here and this is why you will absolutely love it:

  1. Everything is  available via the app! Seriously I can view live footage, speak to anyone in the room where the monitor is located, play classical music to soothe my baby, review stats from the day all and so much more with this amazing app!image1 (6)
  2. The camera’s live feed is so amazingly clear! I seriously look at the feed when I’m at work and I’m amazed by the quality and the delay is only 3 seconds.   FullSizeRender (19)
  3. Automatic event recording.  So quick story… one night I heard Jagger crying , normally he wakes up wanting something to drink at 4 am which is cool with me because I am usually nursing Axel.  Well I got up and didn’t see him, when I walked to the hallway I saw him sitting on the steps, mind you it’s completely dark in our house.  Well later that day I was looking at the crying stats on my app and it had a log of Axel crying at 4am.  When I clicked on the video it showed Jagger crying in the living room on the floor holding his cup! This totally freaked me out, I could not believe he was downstairs crying all this time I thought he was just in the hallway, which doesn’t make it any better b/c he could have fallen down the steps but this video was an eyeopener for me! Check out the video on my instagram page
  4. The camera is so sleek and the set up is so easy!  I currently have the camera in our living room because that’s the main place the kids are playing when I am not home so I like to check in from time to time while I’m at work.  It keeps me at ease and helps with the baby blues.  IMG_2396

I have seriously fallen in love with this camera, not only does it make for a great babycam, but it’s an awesome nanny cam as well!  The flexibility of the camera makes it easy to move throughout your home.  I am totally satisfied with the new innovative product and I’m sure you will love it as well.  Until next time….

XO,

Meka

Home for the 4th!

Recently I took my very first road trip with the kids and it was one heck of an adventure!  Technically I drove back home to Baltimore on July 2nd but it was to celebrate with family at my aunts annual 4th of July block party.  What normally would take 6 hours ended up being an 8 hour drive.  When traveling with 3 kids, a baby and a GRANDMA you have to factor in BREAKS.  We took our very first break at the VA state line rest stop.  The kids were able to stretch their legs and play on the playground for a few.  We even had a nice family take our pic in from of the Welcome to Virginia sign.  Stopping again to eat at Apple Bees, lots of rain and traffic we finally made it to Baltimore for the cookout!

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Thankfully we had our own chairs in the car because they have been in the car since soccer season!  Sunday I wanted to make it all about the kids.  They did so well durning the car ride up even with the extra 2 and 1/2 hours added onto our trip.  So we started our day with some Ms. Shirley’s for brunch.  IMG_1968

I absolutely had to have the chicken and waffles! It’s something about the cheese on the waffles that gets me every time.

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After brunch the kiddos and I headed to Port Discovery I knew they were in for a treat, and I couldn’t wait to share some memories with them.

IMG_2018 In true Mommarazzi form, I made them take pics before entering lol

IMG_2019 Once they were inside it was a different story.  They had a BALL!!!!

We literally stayed there for 4 hours, and we still didn’t get to see everything.  After Port Discovery we finished visiting family so that we could hit the road in the AM.  I really wish that I had cameras installed in the van during this adventure.  I think that will be my new goal when traveling with the family.  I want to truly document all of the adventure with them because they are growing so fast.   I am so thankful that our van has the DVD package it helps keep the  kids entertained especially during long trips.  We made it back home Monday just in time for me to go to work… yes I went to work after driving from Baltimore to NC.  I’m starting to agree with everyone else, maybe I am superhuman.  Until next time……

XO,

Meka

1 bag 4 kids

So I’m sure many of you read my last post about our staycation and as we all know at the time I took 3 out of the 4 kiddos, however this amazing bag from Birdlings can actually hold clothes for all 4 kids and myself for an over night staycation!  “How Sway? you might ask, well let me tell you below…..28

I currently have the grey weekender and I LOVE it!!! Seriously it sucks to have to pack 5 separate bags for myself and the kids.  This bag makes quick trips with a big family a total breeze.  23The weekender has three interior compartments, six interior mesh pockets a key clip, seven exterior pockets as well as a removable shoulder strap.   gweekender7 I don’t know how I managed to go this long without this bag.  We are going to visit family in Baltimore this weekend and we are totally packing this 1 bag for our clothes and possibly a smaller bag for shoes… hmmmm  *runs to the Birdling webpage*

51 I love the classic color combo with the leather and metal details.  I know without a doubt this bag will be a family favorite, the only thing it’s missing are wheels!

Here are some other bags that I am totally loving :

I’m crushing on the mini day tripper  for Elle I think she would absolutely love it especially during road trips to keep all of her art supplies, American girl dolls and snacks organized .  And the  day tripper for me would be perfect when we are flying with the kids to hold snacks and activities on the plane as well as road tripping or daily park trips.  So if you’re looking for an amazing quality bag  you’ve found it and it’s Harrell Approved.  Get used to seeing this weekender  because it will be in heavy rotation throughout the year and years to come.

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Until next time…..

XO,

Meka

 

*The following post was sponsored by Birdling Bags, all opinions were my own*

Staycation with the Harrells

Last Monday the kids (minus Jagger) and I enjoyed a wonderful staycation at the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel here in downtown Winston.  Since opening, we have driven by the hotel on a daily basis during Elle’s commute to school.  Since one of my friends has an apartment in the building I was able to get a little inside look at this amazing establishment.  I’ve heard so many great things about the Kimpton properties like having a gold fish in your room, cool record players and so much more.  IMG_1666Upon arrival we were greeted with the craziest rain storm which lead to utilizing their amazing valet service.  Once we made it inside the kids enjoyed a refreshing cup of apple infused water.  IMG_1719

In true Harrell form the first thing the kids wanted to do when they got to the room was too “test” out the beds with the ultimate jump party.

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The beds passed the test and were baby Axel approved!  Since it was raining so much we opted to stay indoors and order pizza as well as enjoyed some awesome amenities the hotel had to offer like an adult size “playground” that was equipped with a 2 story tunnel slide.  IMG_1755

Finding the the slide was the highlight of our evening.  As you can see Maveric truly enjoyed this, it was a 4 year old’s dream.  IMG_1757In addition to the slide we were able to go bowling, some how Maveric ended up beating Elle.  IMG_1748 The adult playground was a total life saver with the storm we had going on outside, they were able to have the time of their lives on the inside.

 

Here are some of the amenities of the hotel :

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for Kimpton Karma Rewards guests
  • Pet-friendly accommodations free of weight and size restrictions and no additional fees
  • Nightly hosted evening wine hour from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • In-room dining from The Katharine Sunday-Thursday until 10 PM + Friday-Saturday until 11 PM
  • A yoga mat in every guest room and yoga mat roll-out service available upon request
  • In-room spa services for private, full-service day spa services
  • 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Bowling alley, basketball, ping pong and more in the lower level recreation center
  • Complimentary morning coffee and tea
  • Essential travel items, available upon request

We will definitely be staying again, the only thing we did not have was the gold fish I requested.  Unfortunately they died before our arrival but we were told that they “should” have new ones by the time we stayed.  That request fell through but the staff and the hotel gets 4 stars in our books. Until next time….

XO,

Meka

Fiesta fiesta!

A few weeks ago I, as well as some local bloggers were invited to Tijuna Flats to try out their new street tacos so of course my plus one was none other than my baby girl Elle!  We were able to indulge in a 6, yes SIX course meal.  However, due to our dietary restrictions of no pork or beef, we opted for 3 out of the 5 tacos offered.  Here’s a look at the deliciousness we were given:

Crispy Baja Fish Crispy fish, chipotle crema, shaved cilantro cabbage & pineapple salsa.  This was actually Elle’s favorite!  She loved them so much we had then for her birthday meal of choice (Thursday June 22nd).

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Jerk Chicken Crispy jerk chicken, MoreFire! hot sauce, shaved cilantro cabbage, pineapple salsa & cotija cheese.  My favorite by far, because I LOVE spicy foods and these have major kick!

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Bangin’ Chicken® Tostadas Crispy corn tortillas with Smack My Ass Bangin’ Chicken® (our version of Buffalo), refried beans, cheddar-jack cheese, grilled onions & peppers, tomatoes & ranch dressing.  These were really good, and I am not a big bean fan but they were tasty! IMG_1563

The last 2  tacos that we didn’t try were:

Lime Steak Grilled garlic-lime steak, avocado crema, shaved cilantro cabbage, pico de gallo & cotija cheese.

Philly Cheesesteak Flautas Crispy wheat or flour tortillas stuffed with shaved sirloin steak, mozzarella cheese, grilled onions & peppers. Served with a large side of queso.

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Overall we LOVED the experience and to top it off we had my favorite the cookie dough flautas.  OOOOO M G!!!! If you love warm cookies you will love this, trust me!

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COOkie DOUGH FLaUtas “The Original” chocolate chip cookie dough loaded in a flour tortilla, lightly fried & topped with powdered sugar. Served with a side of chocolate syrup.  So there you have it, if you’re hungry then I suggest that you head over to Tijuana Flats and grab some of this goodness.  Oh and to top if off, they offer military discounts, so enjoy and until next time….

XO,

Meka

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! “