Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My 10 Year Old Wears Victoria's Secret Panties

So I have a confession...this post has been sitting in my draft posts for 2 years. The title was originally My 8 year old wears VS panties. No joke. Why have I not just posted it before now? Aside from life just got really crazy? I'm not really sure. So, here we are 2 years later and it is time to hit publish.


Oh Victoria you sure don't have many Secrets left, honey.

I know that some people won't really get why I buy my daughter Victoria's Secret panties and that's ok, you don't have to get it.

For the longest time, Hannah has had a hard time with the textures of clothing against her skin. She's never been diagnosed with anything like Sensory Processing Disorder or anything else under the label of 'special needs', but I believe she does have a sensory issue that we've dealt with her entire life. There is a definite switch that happens in her when she tries on clothing that feels ok and when something doesn't work for her. She loses her mind. When I say she loses her mind, what I mean is that she completely loses her ability to cope rationally with what's happening. If something doesn't feel right against her skin, she goes into absolute hysterical freakout mode instead of just taking that piece of clothing off. It's like the easiest solution doesn't make sense to her mind at that moment.

Over the years, we have tried every brand of panties from stores like Walmart and Target, but it was hit or miss on whether she'd actually wear them. Either the elastic on the thighs and waist didn't feel right or the actual material wasn't soft enough. It was a huge struggle. Finally, I had bought her some DKNY panties at Costco and it was like a whole new world. She had zero issues, she loved them because they were so soft and there was no rough elastic. Try as I might a few months later when it was time for new panties, I couldn't find those same panties, so I decided a trip to Victoria's Secret was in order.

Now, yes, my daughter was 8 years old when we started buying her panties at VS. The biggest reason we started shopping at VS for her panties is the sensory issue. The Victoria's Secret panties are just the softest I've found. We have had zero issues over panties since she's started wearing them. Obviously I don't buy her the sexy panties, the lace, thong and cheeky panties are off limits. She gets the same style that we would get in a Walmart or Target from like Hanes, the only difference is they are so much softer.

On top of the actual panties being a better fit for her senses, it makes my daughter feel special when we go to Victoria's Secret and she gets to pick out cute and comfy panties. Who wouldn't like picking out new panties when they come in such fun designs and colors?! If this is what it takes to help Hannah through a sensory issue, I'm totally ok with it.

I've learned over the last 10 years what works for her and what doesn't. It definitely doesn't mean that I don't have moments of frustration when we are in a dressing room and she tries something on and then goes into freak out mode. In my head, the most rational thing is to just take that item off if it doesn't feel right, but to her, that is not her first instinct and so I try to just calmly get her out of whatever clothing is bothering her right away to minimize the meltdown.


If you've got a special needs kid, what are some things you've found to help you both cope?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lane Bryant NFL Capsule Collection

So a couple of weeks ago, I was invited to the launch of the NFL Capsule Collection at Lane Bryant. It was just before the Super Bowl so they had decor in the Seahawks and Patriots colors along with football shaped cookies, cupcakes with each teams colors and chocolate dipped pretzels.

They had a selection of these new shirts ranging from the NFL Logo to individual team shirts and a special Super Bowl t-shirt as well. If you made a purchase and were one of the first 50 people you got a swag back with one of the NFL logo shirts and a few other fun little items.

I decided to film myself getting ready for the event and then took a few pics while I was there to show y'all some of the highlights of the event.



I really loved being invited to this event and can't wait for future fashion events to go to!

What would be your dream fashion event to go to?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

That Friday Blog Hop


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

That Friday Blog Hop


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

5 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Summer

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Hey guys!  So today I have a little different kind of post for you.  My husband and I are planning our summer road trips and with that comes getting the car in tip top shape for the long hot summers we have here in the desert.  I thought I'd share with y'all my Top 5 Tips for Getting Your Car Ready for summer!



1. Make sure your A/C is charged, you've had a tune up and oil change.  The summers here in Phoenix are brutal not just for us but for our vehicles too.  It's a good idea to make sure your A/C is charged before you'll need it.  Also, it is highly recommended to have a yearly tune up just to make sure everything is good to go for your long road trips.  For me, I am pretty good about getting the oil changed every 3000-5000 miles but I always make sure that it's been done right before any long road trips...like say from my house in Phoenix to the beach in San Diego.  ;)  We use the Pennzoil Pennzoil High Mileage Vehicle – Better (goldish/brown bottle - suggested when car milage is above 75,000). High Mileage Vehicle – Helps to reduce leaks and oil consumption in worn or higher mileage engines. It's a motor oil that is specifically designed for new or late model vehicles with over 75,000 miles, to help keep the engines running clean and going strong for a long time. All Pennzoil products help clean out sludge lesser oils leave behind. Pennzoil is designed for complete protection and will allow you to drive an extra of 550 miles per year vs. a dirty engine. No other motor oil provides better protection from friction.  My preferred place to get the oil changed on my car is the Walmart Tire and Lube center.  I can get all of my other shopping done while I'm waiting and it's really affordable - that's a win win in my book!

2. Check your tires and make sure they are in good shape.  Enough tread, no nails or other sharp objects penetrating the tire.  It can be really dangerous to drive around on bad tires and especially in the summer when the pavement gets even hotter, it can wear your tread down more than the rest of the year.



3. Check all your rubber ;)  Your belts, hoses, windshield wipers.  Anything that is rubber is going to heat up more than normal in the summer, which leads to drying and cracks in the belts, hoses and of course the wiper blades.




4. Check your fluids and make sure they are all topped off.  Brake fluid, water, radiator (anti-freeze), power steering, and wiper fluid.  Any fluids can evaporate much faster in the hotter months so it's best to check them before you notice a problem.



5. Have an emergency kit in the trunk that includes, water, snacks (non-perishable), sunscreen, tp, paper towels, blanket, flashlight,  small tool kit and matches, jumper cables, and a phone charger.  I haven't restocked my emergency car kit yet this year, so now that I've seen what I have and what I need I can go stock up while I wait for my oil change to be done at Walmart's Tire and Lube center.  Easy peasy!  



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Are y'all heading anywhere fun this summer?  We are planning a trip to Vegas and a trip to the beach of course...if you are in the SouthWest, where are your favorite road trip destinations?

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Skinny Cow Creamy Iced Coffee Tasting Party!

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So a couple of weeks ago, I hosted a Skinny Cow Tasting party!  It was so much fun!!




I had a table set up with coolers full of the Skinny Cow Creamy Iced Coffee drinks and these cute placemats that had a spot for a little shot glass of each of the different flavors. We had Creamy Cappuccino, Vanilla Latte and Mocha Latte to try.


The consensus was that Skinny Cow hit a home run with these tasty iced coffee drinks but the favorite of the 3 was the creamy cappuccino!

If you are interested in trying Skinny Cow Creamy Iced Coffee you can find it at your local Fry's store.


Monday, January 26, 2015

SNICKERS® Cheesecake Cups for The Big Game!

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I don't know about y'all, but I'm a huge football fan, of course my team didn't make the big game this year, but that isn't going to stop me from watching it and enjoying the time with friends and family.  This year I'm planning on making some delicious snacks and I thought I'd share them with you since they are super quick and easy!




The first thing I'll be making are these divine SNICKERS® Cheesecake Cups.  So easy and really quick to whip up!  The first thing I did was head to Walmart to grab some supplies.  What you'll need is: 

A bag of SNICKERS (you can use fun size, mini's, singles...whatever you prefer to work with since you'll just be chopping them up anyhow)





Caramel sauce 

Cheesecake filling (I bought mine pre-made but of course you could make your own)




Next, you'll need a good knife and cutting board so you can chop up the SNICKERS into really small pieces.  The first step is to roll out a few of the SNICKERS bars (I used 5 of the mini's) to use as your crust.  I flattened them and then pressed them into the bottom of my cups.  Then I added a scoop of cheesecake filling and topped with a layer of the chopped up SNICKERS.




Once those first 2 layers are done, you could stop, but why not go all out for the big game?!  I chose to add one more layer of cheesecake filling.




To top it off, I added another layer of chopped SNICKERS and finished off with a drizzle of caramel sauce all over the top.








See, I told you, super quick and easy!




Now, of course, it wouldn't be a party without some fun drinks so I'm making a fun Skittles® fizzy soda!





What you'll need for these drinks are:




Skittles
Clear soda ( any brand will do )

Just pour the fizzy soda into a glass (over ice or not) and drop some Skittles into the glass and watch it fizz even more!  The soda will change colors depending on which color Skittles you drop in the glass too.  


I would love to hear what y'all are going to be making for the big game, leave me a comment below telling me your go-to recipe for the party!