Saturday, May 25, 2019

Hey loves, I have something special today, I will be doing a review and a GIVEAWAY!!! I love giveaways and I love being able to offer giveaways to you as well!!!

Ok, so here goes, I found Jamie on the magical world of ETSY and I fell IN LOVE with her designs! I was googly eyes over her chenille fabrics and I knew I needed one in my life #baglady.

You see guys, I love ETSY, I love to shop small and support other small businesses! I reached out to her to see if she would like to collab with me and she was so sweet and btw an extremely fast shipper!!!

Go check out her shop here if you find a bag that is calling your name use code AMANDA15 and treat yo self to 15% OFF!!!

Seriously how cute! I know what you are thinking though, with something so cute how does it feel? Will it hold up? The answer friends, YES! She puts her heart into her work and you can seriously tell, the craftsmanship is amazing on these.

There eight compartments for oils and they will hold both 5ml and 15ml bottles with plenty of extra room for your hand sanitizer, thieves spray, savvy or even your keys!!!!  Check out this awesome interior!

This bag is amazing and I'm so excited it's mine!!! Now I know you are so ready to see the one we are giving away!!  This one is equally amazing and with its thick canvas type fabric I know whoever wins it is going to love it!!!

I love it guys! black and gold???? Yes please!!! So how do you get this bad boy? Make sure you are following both myself at onceuponamanda and pinevalleymarkethandmade on instagram! comment on the giveaway post and tag two friends who would love to win! Thats it!!

The code AMANDA15 will be live until June the 8th so make sure you stock up on some treasures!


Young Living Powergize

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Hey loves! Since I had a great response from the cortistop video you can find that here and don't forget to subscribe!

I decided I would do another on like that with another one of my other supplement loves from young living!

This video is about Powergize and it's a must have for basically anyone but especially those of us that feel as though we need a caffeine IV on the reg!

Hope you enjoy guys! Let me know if you have tried any of these and what you think of them!


Mean Mom's Unite

Monday, May 20, 2019

Guy's today I was a mean mommy or so thinks my five year old... I mean it all started when I said good morning! Apparently unbeknownst to me she hadn't slept all night! The snores that rang out of her nose like a small trucker, they weren't real... She was adamant that she hadn't slept at all. I mean really this isn't all that different from most mornings when she denies sleep. She's done that now since she was about three, when she told me she doesn't sleep at night time anymore.

This morning though, this morning me greeting her with a cheerful good morning about set her over the edge. Has anyone else been there? I know this can't just be me right? I mean its cute at first but when even the bribe of her beloved jelly toast for breakfast didn't work I knew it was going to be a nap kinda day...

I should probably tell you that she's my mini and such a sweet little love (most of the time)! Then there are some days where I'm like why do you have to be so much like me? #thatattitudethough
So when the unavoidable nap time of the day came, she was really over me for the day, I mean I didn't love her anymore, and I was pretty much her least favorite human...  Let's cut to about two hours later, she was a completely different child!

Sometimes I wish it was that easy for me! If only I could be made to take a two hour nap and all my problems attitude and other, would melt away!

This isn't her norm, usually I'm her very favorite person at all times of the day and even when she denies sleep she's a joy. I know when I look back at these days it will be comical that a simple good morning could send her spiraling at least that's what I'm telling myself...

This is five and I'm going to soak in every minute before she off for school next year and leaving me in the dust!

How your day going with your kids? Let me know if saying good morning sets your mini off!!

That's all for today!

Young Living Cortistop

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Hey friends, so today is a little different I have a video for you! I had to tell you about Young Living's cortistop and how you absolutely need it in your life! I hope you enjoy!!!


Motherhood Unplugged

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Hey Momma! .... I see you!!!

I know you've seen the meme...

"My well behaved first born gave me the confidence to be a good mom. My wild child second kid taught me not to judge other moms."

Now we won't even get started on my third #bossbaby....

Anyway I love that meme but it really got me thinking... Why do we judge other mom's in the first place? I mean really, we've all been there right? We've been standing in line and have had to either leave our cart or wait it out and deal with the silent judgment because of a screaming child... If you haven't been there yet, just wait, it's coming.....

I mean stay at home moms tend to judge working moms and working moms will judge stay at home moms. It's not always this way but it happens more then not...
It kinda goes back to, you always want what you don't have right? Listen guys we're all just trying to do whats best for our families at the end of the day right?

I've done both, and now I'm doing work at home mom and I gotta tell you, it's all rough. Motherhood in general is the hardest yet most rewarding job. When I worked I was so sad I was missing so much time with my baby and his firsts and it wasn't fair. Then when I was non stop at home I was overwhelmed! I feel like everyone looks at me like it's such a blessing and I shouldn't complain. Listen it is such a blessing but ladies, it's non stop, its hard!

I miss them as soon as they are asleep or I go somewhere alone but during the day I mostly fantasize about bedtime.. It's the most ridiculous thing, if you're reading this though you already get that because you have those same feelings.... right?

I just got done reading "girl code" and while that book is a lot about entrepreneurship it's also a lot about women supporting women. Honestly it opened my eyes to a lot of things and I defiantly recommend it.

So I started thinking yes women in business should be raising each other up but what about moms? What if we were to say screw you mom guilt? I mean, when we judge others it mostly comes from a place of jealousy right? It maybe makes us feel a little bit better about our own parenting if we point out her faults....?

Guys I'm sick of this, I don't need to judge or gossip about anyone to validate my parenting skills. I have no place to! Just last week I literally was wishing I could time travel and go back to the sixth grade for a day to make this little boy that's been picking on my son cry! Yep I'm owning that! Bullying is a story for a different day though. Some most days I go to target with Scarlett and her outfit is on point and I look like a hobo, sometimes she literally wants to fight to the death for me to put a brush to her hair and she's the hobo... Then there's the rare occasion that were both fly, in which case she inevitably eats something that she finds in the back of the car and uses her shirt for a napkin... Or maybe it's a marker, I detest markers... Insert eye roll here but guys I'm telling you this because you have probably been there at some point and if not, well maybe send me some parenting tips!

My point is we all have our own things we are dealing with, we're all doing our best (most days) for our kids. So let's start a movement, lets be moms supporting moms! We're a few days from mother's day so what better time to start right?

So here's what I'm going to do, a weekly post about motherhood. The good, the bad, the dirty! If you have stories, I'd love to hear them!!

Let me know what you think of this idea! Is that something you'd like to hear about? We're going to build a mom community that's so supportive that everyone wants to join us, K!

That's all I have for today ladies! I hope you have a very Happy Mother's Day!!!!


April Favorites

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Hey loves!! Hope everyone had a good Easter, spring break and all that jazz!!! Who all went to see Avengers?? Did you love it??? I haven't seen it yet so no spoilers!

Anyway let's do an April favorites post!!

So I'm still obsessing over all things peach which is super killing my keto life!!! I'm not even joking guys peach lemonade... Do yourself a fav and don't even try it, if you do though omg try the one from Wendy's!!! It's legit soooo delish!!!

Ok so then, there's this little shop that makes my absolute favorite oily bags... If you follow me on insta you may have heard me talk about them a lot... #obsessed  This one quite literally screams summer and beach and poolside parties to me and I'm here for it!!!

Ok so obvi, game of thrones came back this month and guys... I'm obsessed, truly I am!! If you haven't started this show yet do yourself a favor.... Ugh it's so so good and leave me some love below and let me know if you're a fan too!!

Lastly I'm super loving kimonos,  I've kinda stayed away from them in the past because I'm like do they really look good on a curvy figure....? The answer is yes! Also the answer is stop hating your figure and start loving it for all the great things it's done for you. This is a tough one for me and I struggle with it a lot but I am trying... Any I got this super cute Kimono from torrid for Easter and I think I'm in love!!!

Also I actually have an amazon store front now of a lot of my loves!! Check it out here it is an affiliate link so it helps support this blog!!


Negative Self Talk

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

I know you've heard this before if you have ever listened to a self love podcast or even read a self help book... STOP THE NEGATIVE SELF TALK... Why do we talk about or to ourselves in a way that we wouldn't even think about talking to others...

Our words become our thoughts, our thoughts become our beliefs and our beliefs become our actions..... We've all heard it, tale as old as time right? #realtalk As many times as I've heard it though, it's almost like I don't know how to stop...
I know your probably thinking hello!!! You are supposed to be telling us how to stop this, not that you do it too... Yes, that's true but for the sake of transparency I'm going to tell you, EVERYONE struggles with this! The best thing we can do it take it day by day. We need to retrain our brains. It can be done, I know it can be done!! I know that while I still struggle I have come a looonnngggg way!

Guys do you realize, if we can master this, I mean how much easier would it be to lift others up if we already felt worthy.... And you are worthy, you truly are! I look at my daughter, she's five and genuinely believes she can do anything; and she can! The thing is, the negative self doubt hasn't hit her yet... I pray it never does, I pray I can teach her through example to love herself, to teach her that she is fearfully and wonderfully made.

Even now as I write this in the back of my head I'm like will anyone ever even want to read this, WHY? The truth is, even if nobody ever reads this blog again, it's therapeutic! It helps me and you know what? I have value to add to this little corner of the web, I'm worthy! You are worthy too, the only one holding you or me back from our dreams is ourselves. I for one find it super easy to get stuck in my comfort zone. Case in point, this blog... I stopped blogging for almost two years, why? Simply put, I knew I needed to go in a different direction but I wasn't comfortable sharing my heart with you guys for fear of rejection or failure...

So what are some things we can do? Well for me anyway I have to read, self help books, leadership books, girl boss books, whatever it may be I HAVE to read. What else? Positive affirmations, I know that sounds crazy but remember....
Our words become our thoughts, our thoughts become our beliefs and our beliefs become our actions.....
I like to roll on some Valor Essential Oil  (because that's my fave) and say things like...

I am worthy
I am unique
I have a lot to offer
I am a great mother
I am an amazing wife
I am an amazing  I do ok at keeping the house clean!
I can succeed
I will succeed
I will leave my comfort zone behind
I am loved
I am a truth seeker

My affirmations may look different then yours but you need to make some. Start your day with them, end your night with them. Another thing I do to get in a good head space is pray and read my Bible, I also have a prayer journal. That my friends can fix a whole lot of our problems....

That's all I have for you guys today. I'm stepping down off my soap box now I just felt like this was something I should share... Let me know if any of this helped or what you guys do to help with the negative self talk!!!


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