Get Out Of Taht Style Rut, Add Variety & Personal Style

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When you lead a busy life, it’s easy to fall into a style rut. You likely wear the same types of clothes every day, get the same haircut every couple of months and use your favorite makeup products over and over. If you’re ready to add some variety to your personal style, you don’t have to pay for an expensive, full makeover with a professional stylist. Instead, incorporate some of these simple ideas.

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Go Bold with Accessories

New clothes can make you feel like a new person, but they can also be very expensive. If you can’t afford a whole new wardrobe right now, mix up your look with trendy accessories. A little black dress will have a completely different look when you pair it with a chunky red necklace and shoes. Adding a scarf, belt or statement necklace to your favorite basics will give you a fresh new look without blowing your budget. Since trends in accessories are constantly changing, don’t be afraid to buy cheaper costume pieces. You can have fun with them without spending a lot of money on items that will be out of style next year.

Try Some New Makeup

It’s amazing what a new shade of lipstick or colorful eye shadow can do for your look. The next time you visit the store, pick up a shade you don’t usually purchase to mix things up. You can even try out different types of makeup to see what works best with your skin. Try out a modern airbrush makeup kit, experiment with false eyelashes or experiment with other products you’ve never used before.

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Even if you love your current stylist, it can be fun to occasionally see another stylist. When you make an appointment with a new stylist, you’ll get fresh, new opinions about what works best for your hair. It can be scary to trust your mane to someone new, so ask your friends or family members for stylist recommendations instead of randomly picking a salon. During your appointment, let the stylist know you’re not afraid to experiment with a new style or color.

Win a $50 Kohls Gift Card, 2 Winners $100 in Prizes #kohls #sponsored

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Who loves Kohls? You know the answer to that!!! This girl right here does. I just can not get over how great they are. Just last night I was online ordering new boots for my daughter and I for our upcoming fall family pictures.  I love that I was able to get two great pairs of boots for a great price.  With sales and discounts I was able to score these two pair for just $71 shipped to me.

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You all know that Kohls has worked with me several times in the past. There is nothing that you can not find there. Today was Andrew and Althea’s first days of school and they both were sporting a few things that they got from Kohls.

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Althea is wearing a dress and shoes that she picked out from Kohls for her first day of school.

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Andrew is wearing a t-shirt and new pair of tennis shoes that he picked out from Kohls for his first day of school.

And yes, you did just read that right. Both my loves-to-shop six year old and my hates-to-shop eleven year old were able to find things that they liked for their big first day of school at Kohls. They were both excited about what they had picked out and looked stylish and cute when they were ready for their first days of school. (Mommy’s favorite thing about this is that we were able to get their new clothes and shoes as well as a new pair of shoes, shirt, and backpack for Huxley’s first day of school and we spent less than $100 on it all!!)

So do you want to win a $50 Kohls gift card?? I know you do!!

Start checking out the Kohls website and tell me what you would love to have? Then enter the great giveaway.

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Are You Trying to Lose Weight? Want to Win a Free $100 for Doing So?!?

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Well I will tell you that I always could use an extra $100, couldn’t you? If you could and you are trying to lose weight then I heard about an exciting opportunity that you might want to take advantage of with Plexus.

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I will admit that I have heard about Plexus a lot and while I had considered trying it before there was always something standing in my way. I am proud to announce that I was given the opportunity to try the products and think that it will be something that could benefit and help me along my weight loss journey. I know that I needed a little boost and pick me up and choosing diet pills can be hard. I am actually overweight enough to be able to get them from my doctor but I fear the harmful side effects that many of these weight loss pills can have. So I wanted something that was going to be healthier and more natural. Another huge problem that I have is drinking enough water and fluids like I am supposed to. I love that with the Plexus Slim I will be drinking at least one more bottle of water a day. My goal is to be drinking between 4 and 6 bottles of water a day but for someone who really does not like to drink a lot this can be hard.
Now a bit more about the challenge. The challenge is going to run for 60 days and has some pretty simple rules for you to follow. You can email Shea (shea4plexus@yahoo.com) to learn more about the products or to learn more about the amazing challenge that is taking place.  Don’t panic about your weight…you get to send it in privately so you do not have to share it with the group.  Only percentages lost will be shared with the group!
The challenge requires you to share your starting weight. Then in 30 days you report your current weight. By day 35 you will know who the front runners are and then you will be reporting your weight again at day 60. By day 65 the winners of the contest will be announced and their prizes will be rewarded. It is really that simple and did I mention that it is free to you if you are using the Plexus products?
Plexus Worldwide is a natural healthy lifestyle company that has been producing products to help you obtain optimal health in your life. Plexus Slim was first introduced for people who had diabetes as a product that would help them to regulate their blood sugar. I have tried the Slim and love how it tastes. It is seriously one of the most delicious things that I have ever put in my mouth!! I would not say this about all diet drinks but this one is easy for me to drink and tastes great.

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The thing is that the Plexus Slim does a lot more than just regulate your blood sugar. It helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure while lowering blood sugar. It also helps with a number of additional health issues including ADHD, anxiety, depression, autoimmune disorder, allergies, and migraines (but those are not all!!). Best of all is that the ingredients are 100% gluten free and plant based while being diabetic friendly.
In addition to Plexus Slim packets there are other products that can help you to achieve your goals.

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With the Accelerator you take just two capsules per day to help you feel fuller longer.

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If you want to help yourself lose weight more quickly then you have got to check out Boost. Plexus Boost is a special thermogenic blend that will increase energy while suppressing your appetite.

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Another great product that is offered is the X-Factor. X-Factor is a turbo charged multi-vitamin that helps you to absorb more vitamins. The vitamins offer a patented aloe blend that makes it easier for the body to absorb the vitamins than normal. Even if you have no desire to lose weight this is one of the best multi-vitamins available on today’s market because of it’s patented technology that helps you actually absorb the vitamins that you are taking.

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Finally Plexus BioCleanse and Plexus ProBio5 are made to work together. Did you realize that nearly 80% of Americans have a candida yeast problem in their stomachs? Well, they do. This yeast problem can lead to a number of things including feeling sluggish and out of shape. These two products are made to help you get back the candida balance that you need restored in order to have the ultimate health. This helps your body to work like it should and push the toxins out.
Of course I know that you want to get your hands on these products as much as I did. I promise that you will not be disappointed with anything that you try. So go ahead and check them out here and order what you think that you need. Then email Shea (shea4plexus@yahoo.com) and tell her that you want to take your own chance at winning $100 while losing weight.

Also keep in mind that there is a full 60 day money back guarantee so if you do not feel better or see results then you can get your money back from all of the products that you purchased!

Breaking Through Mental Barriers #NSNation #sponsored @NSNation

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I will admit that I have struggled the entire time that I have tried to lose weight. It has been almost three years and to be honest I am still struggling. I feel overwhelmed, ashamed and when I do not see a number that I like on the scale I feel defeated and seriously give up. I have decided that this can no longer be the way that I operate. I want to have success. I am lucky and have been given an amazing opportunity to be able to lose weight with Nutri System. I feel like I have not been able to stick to it. It took me a long time to realize what my problem was and now I am 100% certain that it was all mental roadblocks that were standing in my way.

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So I am determined to shake things up a bit, to add in the type of foods that I am supposed to and to sincerely stick to the plan. I am determined to work through my own mental roadblocks and to succeed and end up healthier. I know that the only person standing in my way is myself and that I no longer have any excuses as to why I am not able to do things the way that I should be. I am very determined to use this new knowledge to gain some light on my current situation.

 
No longer will I be struggling because I know that I have this. My struggles are ending with me making a stand to cut the crap, quit lying to myself and others, and to get out there and do the things that I need to do to get into the best shape of my life.

 
Here are my simple goals for daily encouragement and to get myself out there.
**Try something new. I am willing to try anything at this point but I am doing the steps that are necessary for me to be able to get this done.
**Follow the plan. I am going to be eating nothing but the NutriSystem meals each week allowing for no more than two meals out of the plan for me to make this happen.
**Daily writing. That is right. I am going to be writing about my daily struggles and challenges in order to overcome them easier.
**Daily exercise. This is the hardest part for me. I am busy writing and most of my work is done while sitting so squeezing in exercise seems impossible some days. I am going to be working hard to make sure that I do exercise, some type of video or routine, each and every day.
**No more skipping meals. I tend to skip meals and then overeat and have a hard time not doing this routine that is terrible for me. So I am determined to do what I need to in order to get healthier. I have noticed that I do not like to eat my breakfast so I will be drinking some type of smoothie or protein shake and eating my “breakfast” as an after lunch snack.

 
So I am off on this journey. I am working hard to learn new things about myself and I am trying to make sure that I keep myself in check. I am going to be writing about different health related topics to weight loss and will be working my way through. In addition I am going to stay off of the scale for a full 30 days. I know that this might sound odd to you but I have become far too focused on what that number says and put too much value in it. So now I am going to put value in who I am as a person and in focusing on the things that are going to help me to reach my dreams and goals. This will keep me feeling good about myself all along.

 
Admitting that I need to start over nearly two months through the program is hard but knowing that I can do it is something that will make me successful. I am recharging, changing and doing what I need to do to get things done.

Tips to Find the Perfect Gift for the Woman Who Has Everything

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My mom is that woman. Seriously I laugh and call her the “woman who has everything” all of the time. There are few things that she asks for and it can be extremely challenging to find a great gift that his perfect for her. Recently I discovered The Pink Monogram and let me tell you, they have so many unique gift ideas that it is the perfect place for me to shop for her.

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The Pink Monogram offers a large line of unique high quality items that any woman in your life is sure to love. I thought that I would share with you a few ideas for some great gifts based on the things that the woman in your life loves the most.

 
**For the Woman Who Loves The Spa

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If you have a woman in your life who loves the luxury of the spa do not worry. The Pink Monogram can answer your gift buying dreams when you purchase her the amazingly beautiful Monogrammed Kimono Robe ($49). If I were giving this I would include some great bath or relaxation products and maybe even a massage or pedicure gift card. This is the perfect compliment to any woman because you can easily find it in a color that she will love since they give you so many.

 
**For the Woman Who Loves Being a Grandma

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My mom is one of those ladies that you might have to try hard to figure out what she loves, aside from her grandchildren. She loves them a ton and is always putting them first and maintaining them as a priority in her life. I was very fortunate to be offered an item from The Pink Monogram for review. With so many items that I loved it was really hard to pick something for a gift but I knew that my mom’s birthday was coming up.

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I chose the Vertical Names Necklace in Silver, Rose Gold, or Yellow Gold ($135).

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I chose to have the four kids’ names put on the necklace for her.

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Now I will be really honest and admit that this was one of the hardest gifts that I have had to give away. I LOVED this one and found it nearly impossible to not keep it for myself. When my mom saw it she loved it just as much as I did. She said that she loved how unique it was and that it was something different from the others that she had seen in the past. I know that giving it to her as a gift was the right choice even though it was pretty difficult.

 
**For the Woman Who Loves to Travel

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I know a lot of women who like to travel. I love that The Pink Monogram offers so many great choices for luggage like the Navy or Black Garment Bag ($35). Any woman who travels a lot will love having fun monogrammed luggage pieces to add to their collection.

 
**For the Woman Who Has It All

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I also know that there are many women out there who seem to have it all. I tend to be one of these because I generally purchase things for myself when I see them and want them. I do not do this on purpose but I just do not want a lot so when I actually see something that I fall in love with it can be quite difficult for me to pass it up. Classic Sunglasses with Monogram or Greek Lettering ($28) are a classic and timeless gift that any woman would love to have. It makes them the perfect gift for someone who seems to have it all.

 
Choosing gifts for the favorite women in your life does not have to be difficult. In fact The Pink Monogram can make it simple and easy to find something perfect for any woman whom you might be shopping for.

Fun Boho Chic Style with Isabelle Grace Jewelry

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I love the boho chic style that has been so popular lately. Isabelle Grace Jewelry is a great line with many unique and fun styles. In the past I have been able to review a few of their adorable children’s pieces and a unique stamped bangle set. While these items are beautiful they do not fully embody or capture the boho chic style that is my favorite. The new Lux Leather line of products matches this style perfectly.

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Tips to Create the Perfect Relaxed Boho Chic Look

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**Dress in Layers
Many people do not realize how easy it is to create a great boho chic look. I love many different things about layering but if you do not know the right way to layer, you risk looking frumpy. The first tip to layering is to choose fitted bottoms or a fitted tops. Do not dress in loose and flowy styles both on top and bottom at the same time. Choose layers that are fitted as well. Even if you are layering a loose or flowy sweater over what you are wearing you should make sure that your first layers are well fitted.

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**Choose Neutral Color Palettes
it can be hard to find the right boho chic styles if you do not know what you are looking for. Dressing in neutral tones and colors is a great way to be able to hit the mark with your boho chic style desires. If you choose neutral tones you will find that there are many great choices for you. One of the best things about the Isabelle Grace Jewelry Lux Leather line is that there are so many great pieces in these neutral colors. The Lux Mini Bangle Set ($88.00) offers this style and look for you.

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**Find Amazing Pieces in the Least Expected Places
I am sure that Isabelle Grace Jewelry was not what you thought of when you heard boho chic. The thing is that you can find boho chic pieces from a wide range of designers and jewelers. Isabelle Grace is just one of these. Their adorable Lux Leather Bangles in Fern ($120) are a set of bracelets that I love.

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I was not sure how I would like them because I do not normally wear gold. These bracelets look perfect with my summer skin and the tan works great with the gold. They are comfortable and I have gotten numerous compliments every single time that I wear these.

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**Accessorize
For me the best thing about the boho chic style is that you get to accessorize. You can layer on scarves with necklaces or multiple bracelets from different lines. This can make you have that effortless chic style that you are craving. So choosing the Lux Gold Nugget Necklace ($88) can make you comfortable and will help you to be able to have a great unique style that you desire.

 
All in all Isabelle Grace Jewelry will help you to be able to have the best well put together boho chic look. You can choose from their amazing line of lux leather pieces or you can choose from any of their other lines. Best of all when you are going for a boho chic look you can mix and match the pieces that you love from all lines to look effortlessly chic.

5 Tips for Potty Training with Prince Lionheart

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Potty training is one of the hardest things that you must do with your toddler. It can be so hard because your toddler can be resistant to the process. Plus it is hard because you do not have have control.

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The thing is that if you are worried about your potty training success then you can relax when you try these simple and effective tips.

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Tip # 1 – Help Your Child Get Ready
One of the things that I have found to be completely successful is when you get your child their own potty chair. As a mom of four I understand using items from children before but I have found that a new potty chair is more motivation for a child who is potty training. The Prince Lionheart 3 in 1 Potty ($35.00) was a great surprise for Althea.

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Tip # 2 – Find A Potty Chair that is Functional
Since I have owned multiple potty chairs, I can speak from experience that not all potty chairs are created the same. They do not all work and some are easily outgrown. One of the things that I love about the Prince Lionheart 3 in 1 Potty Chair is that it is three different functional items in one. It can be a potty chair and then when your child is ready for the toilet it can be used as a seat. Plus the base can be flipped over and used as a stool. I love that this is one item that we will use for a long time and that we are not just going to add to our sale pile quickly after use.

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Tip # 3 – Stay Calm
Staying calm is the best way for you to be able to potty train your little one. If you are not calm when you are potty training then you are not going to have as much success with your little one. I have really had to work hard on this and learn that your child is going to potty train in his or her own time. I have four children and each one of them potty trained at a different time in their life. One was not two yet and one was three and a half. So there can really be a huge range in when your child is ready or not.

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Tip # 4 – Reward Your Child with Your Praises
When your child is potty training positive reinforcement is very important. You should reward them by praising them for what they are doing right. You should also offer up a sticker chart or a small treat each time that they use the potty. This is going to help you to have a lot of success with them.
Tip # 5 – Use Your Child’s Timeline
Do not try to make your own timeline for your child when you are potty training. Remember that each child is going to have their own perfect time and that they will potty train with ease when you choose to use that timeline. If you try to push before hand it can last a lot longer.
So when it comes to potty training you are going to have to be able to relax and enjoy these memories with your child. These tips can help make this possible for you.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Helps You Create Amazing Meals that Memories Are Made From

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Everyone knows that a good home cooked meal can make you feel something. It is actually possible for you to bring back a special memory from childhood when you are eating something that you ate with your family. I cook a lot at our house with hopes that my children will be able to conjure up amazing childhood memories when they are eating delicious meals.

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Recently I was approached about checking out the Chicken Soup for the Soul line of food products. There many delicious items that they have available and I have been testing the foods out so that I would be able to create amazing new recipes with them.

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A Recipe Made with Chicken Soup for the Soul Thai Style Chicken Broth
Spicy Thai Style Mushroom Shrimp Soup
1 box (32 oz) Chicken Soup for the Soul Thai Style Chicken Broth
2 jalapeno peppers, sliced thin
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
½ package (8 oz package) of white mushrooms, quartered
½ package (8 oz package) of baby ‘bella mushrooms, quartered
8 oz of cooked shrimp, tails removed
1. Put chicken broth in a pan. Add in the sliced onions, mushrooms, and green onions. Turn the stove on medium-low. Let simmer until the liquids are cooked out of the mushrooms.

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2. Add the shrimp to the pan. Simmer for 10 minutes.

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3. Serve.

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When I served this soup I added the Chicken Soup for the Soul Soup Toppers Zesty Tortilla Strips and Red Pepper Crisps to the top for some crunch and texture. The best thing about this recipe is that it was super simple, delicious, and took very little time to make.

 
This broth had complex well developed flavors for a box of broth.

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A Look at Chicken Soup for the Soul Three Cheese Pasta Sauce
We love pasta at our house. I will admit that during my diets this is the hardest thing to be able to do. I struggle continuously. Pasta is one of the things that I struggle with. This sauce was delicious. I am proud to say that there were some different things that I did with this sauce.
I made spaghetti noodles and put the Chicken Soup for the Soul Three Cheese Pasta Sauce on top of this.

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For my husband I used the sauce with penne noodles and quartered marinated mozzarella balls. He told me that it was delicious and something that he really enjoyed. He actually asked if I could make this again sometime too.

 

I can guarantee you that you will enjoy the delicious foods that the Chicken Soup for the Soul line has to offer you.

Time to Start Shopping Kate Quinn Organics THE BIGGEST SALE EVER!!!!

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You all know how much I love Kate Quinn Organics. They are seriously one of my favorites. I wanted to let you all know that right now they are having the biggest sale ever. To be honest I am having a hard time controlling myself during this one. I seriously want to just buy it all. However I am remaining in control and I ended up purchasing the following adorable items (watch out in the future as I am going to review them and share some pictures with you!).

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Best of all is that right now you can shop THE BIGGEST SALE EVER!!!

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I just ordered the following adorable pieces…

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Bell Sleeve Ruffle Empire Dress in Nakru ($15.00 sale price from $69.00)…AMAZING STEAL!!!

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Gathered Panel Dress in Kenya (another $15.00 steal marked down from $66.00)

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Flutter Sleeve Ballet Dress in Sugar Plum ($15.00 marked down from $44.00)

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Ruffle Tank Dress in Girls Baroque ($15.00 marked down from $36.00)

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Long Sleeve Lounge Dress in Earth ($15.00 marked down from $32.50)

 
I was very tempted to pick up some of the following items but I am a shopaholic and sometimes I just have to tell myself no.

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Short Sleeve Puff Screen Tee in Sugar Plum ($10.00 marked down from $26.00)

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Short Sleeve Puff Screen Tee in Peony ($10.00 marked down from $26.00)

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Top Stitch Pant in Girls Baroque ($10.00 marked down from $26.00)

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Button Bubble Skirt in Girls Baroque ($15.00 marked down from $36.00)

 
Now it is your turn. Check out the amazing prices and steals that you can find and pick up some adorable clothing for your little ones.

Another Amazing Kate Quinn Organics Giveaway!!!

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Once in a while you find an amazing brand that you fall in love with. Right now that brand for me is Kate Quinn Organics. I love so many adorable pieces that they have and I love how my girls look in their clothes. I feel blessed to be able to share their amazing products with you.

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One great thing about Kate Quinn Organics is that they offer some amazing contests and giveaways. Right now they are offering a giveaway of a $100 Kate Quinn Organics gift certificate and a set of Woodland Animal MATCH STACKS by Tree Hopper Toys.

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Just visit their Facebook page to get the details, like them, and take a chance at winning the generous gift certificate and some great toys. You can also check out their website and make your own wish list of what you would buy if you won the $100 gift certificate.

 
Here is my $100 wish list. I thought that you might enjoy it.

Lilac Ruffle Skirt KQO

Ruffle Skirt Lilac ($32)

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Boat Neck Tee Vanilla ($38)

Sugar Plum Short Sleeve Lounge Dress KQO
Short Sleeve Lounge Dress Sugar Plum ($32)
So check out and best of luck to you!! Cross your fingers and toes because Kate Quinn Organics is the best and you are going to love anything that you find there.

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