Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fun, Flirty and Fashionable Clothes for us Plus Size Women!

*Disclaimer: I received a sample product in exchange for my honest opinions. All opinions are 100% my own.

Hello lovelies! I have a fun, flirty, summery fashion post today!


Now, I am not trying to claim to be some fashion forward model of all things trendy...what I am is a stay at home mom with 2 kids, a dog, a husband and I live in one of the hottest climates in the United States. Comfort for me is key to anything I wear, if it's easy to just throw on and I don't have to worry about flashing anyone if I bend over - that's what I'm looking for out of my clothes most days.  This is what my wardrobe is made up of - jeans and tee shirts and tank tops.


Sometimes though, I do like to get dressed up, you know wear something that requires the use of Spanx ;) and let's face it 6 months after you have a baby, Spanx are a must for most of us. 


Even though I enjoy wearing dresses and getting dressed up, I can't always find dresses that fit me properly. I'm a plus size woman and it can be really difficult to find trendy or fashionable clothes that fit me the way they are meant to fit. Enter eShakti - they are an online clothing company that carry sizes 0-36W and the best part is you can customize your clothes!  You just take your measurements and include them in your order (just like you would choose the color or size, you can choose to customize your items).


I really like eShakti and the variety in styles and patterns in the clothing items.  The website is really user friendly, including the customize section.  So you would select your item:


Then you can either just go with a standard size option or you  can select the Customize tab and it opens up with a bunch of measurements that you can take to make your new dress really fit YOUR body!



Once you are all done with those, you just submit your order - it couldn't be any easier!  I did have my husband help take my measurements to make sure everything was accurate.  I submitted my order and I received the dress within 2 weeks and it fits like a glove, honestly.  I adore it.  I feel so pretty when I wear it, I feel flirty and feminine and beautiful.


Can I just tell you, my favorite parts of this dress are the pockets in the full skirt and on the straps there is a little snap...I couldn't figure out what it would be there for until it dawned on me that you snap your bra strap into it to keep your bra straps in place while wearing this dress!  Brilliant!!  The cut of this dress is really flattering and it just fits beautifully since it is custom to my exact measurements.  Love it!



Now for the fun part, eShakti has created a coupon code just for you, my readers!  I really hope you all take advantage and get yourself something that will make you feel as beautiful as I know you already are ;)

 Here is the coupon code 'divadashes'- to get 10% OFF when you shop at eShakti – valid from 07/17/2014 – 08/17/2014

Please note:
Code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box. It is not case-sensitive.
Code can be used any number of times until the validity period.
It can be clubbed with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions.
This discount code is not applicable on clearance / sale, gift cards & overstock categories.
Not applicable on previous purchases.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Keeping My Kids Safe with Walgreens #GiveAShot

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

I can’t be the only parent who has a child that is terrified of the dreaded needle. When I think about it, I don’t know if terrified is really the right word…I think her fear is based more on the anticipation of the shot than the actual shot itself. Let me tell you a little story about the last time my 9 year old daughter needed a shot. Hannah has been getting vaccinated on the normal schedule recommended by the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) http://www2.aap.org/immunization/izschedule.html since she was born, I have not delayed or refused any immunizations. When she started school she was all up to date on the required vaccines it was never her favorite part of her well checks, but it was never an anxiety inducing part either, it just was and it was done and over and we all moved on. As she has gotten older, her anxiety has grown considerably whenever well checks are mentioned.


We don’t always get the flu shot, but last year we all had to have it based on the recommendations of my ob since I was pregnant with Asa during flu season. We decided to get mine and Hannah’s flu shots together and let me tell you…the entire store knew Hannah was getting a shot. She knew ahead of time, before we even left for the pharmacy that we would be getting a shot and she seemed ok but as we walked into the store she started to hyperventilate and cry. I just don’t even know where this anxiety came from to be honest with you, we have never held her down to force a shot, and we have always talked to her about why we get immunizations and how they help to prevent a lot of people from getting sick.

When we finally made it to the pharmacy counter and asked for our flu shots, she was in full blown panic mode. No amount of bribery or snuggles helped to calm her. One of the great things is that Walgreens makes it really easy - no appointments are needed, you just show up when its convenient for you and most insurance is accepted.  Walgreens also will report back to your primary physician about what vaccinations you received. I asked Hannah if she wanted to watch me get my shot first to see that it really was not a big deal and she said she did. I put on my biggest smile and got my shot and she calmed down long enough to watch but as soon as I was done and she realized it was her turn she flipped out again.

The pharmacist was fantastic and was trying his best to sooth Hannah’s fears even telling her a story about an older teenage boy who had cried even harder than she was before he got his shot! That made Hannah giggle and set her at ease a bit, but what really worked to get her mind off what was about to happen was that we had gotten her a little something but had it in a paper bag so she couldn’t see it and had no idea what it could be. So she had to guess and that kept her mind busy long enough that the pharmacist was able to give her the shot and slap the band aid on it while she was contemplating what could possibly be in that bag!

Success! We found something that worked really well and hopefully the next time Hannah needs her next round of vaccinations it will still work! I really love the Walgreens #GiveaShot program because it helps provide life saving vaccines through the United Nations Foundation, this program is aimed at school age children 7 and up.  #collectivebias





Friday, July 18, 2014

The Blogmopolitan Quiz

It's my first time doing this Blogmopolitan Quiz, but it looked super fun and a good way for me to come back to blogging more regularly now that my son is 6 months old! I took sort of an unintentional blog break, but I'm really hoping to get back into the swing of things now that things are settled in for the most part! So, I'm linking up with Erin from Two Thirds Hazel for this fun quiz!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

That Friday Blog Hop


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

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