Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Shifu Orboot Interactive Globe For Kids

Special Post! My ever-willing photographers and sidekicks in many blog adventures were sent their first item to review!  When Shifu contacted me about their interactive, augmented 4D and educational globe my only concern was the age of my boys. Is the globe more geared for younger children? The recommended ages are 4-10 and my boys are right at the top! So before we agreed, I had them watch the Amazon video, look at the pictures and read reviews (mostly me on those reviews). They were intrigued, so we accepted!

Seeing their enjoyment of the process made my heart full, so it brings me great pleasure to share the Shifu Orboot Interactive Globe!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Up Your Denim Style With a Scarf & The Smuggler's Cove Adventure

Heyyyyy! It's hump day, the last week of school for my teens AND we used our four-day Visit Sarasota VIP pass for the second time!  If you missed last week's post on Selby Gardens, I explained that I received VIP passes from Visit Sarasota for two at several participating Sarasota attractions. With only 4 valid days and a full schedule, I literally squeezed in outings. Some may call me crazy but I hate to waste opportunity!

That being said, while the older boys were in school, I bribed the younger boys to get their work done quickly with mini-golf adventures! Today's pictures are from outing #2 - Smuggler's Cove Adventures!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Time To Recharge...In My Floppy Hat

Hello my sweet friends! How do you recharge after an overloaded calendar week or month? Oftentimes we add far more than needed to our calendar, right? We struggle to say "no" to our kids, employers, church, etc or we don't want to say "no". We think, oh I can manage that. It's only once a month. And before we know it, we've lost any "white space".  Before we know it we're working on overdrive and forgetting about visions, goals etc. For me, the bottom line is if I don't plan out the month ahead of time, the calendar gets out of control.  

Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday Favorites: My Top Picks For The Dog

Back in December my husband and I caved to the pleadings of our boys (it only took 10 years) and adopted a dog. Growing up my family had pets, but they were just kind of there. Our dogs training never went beyond using the bathroom outside and basic commands like, "sit" or "give me your paw". Therefore, I honestly had no idea what I was doing when we brought Dolly home. Thankfully, the Humane Society and friends were a big help. We are still navigating our way through pet ownership, so I thought I'd share things that make our life easier with Dolly.

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Floral Dress For Marie Selby Gardens & The 3 Things Prompt

Hello lovelies! How was your weekend? I hope you felt loved this weekend no matter your current role in life (i.e. momma, daughter, etc).  I want to tell you all about my weekend, but I'll piece it apart, post by post, to do each event justice.  Now before I delve in, I must say that today's post is inspired by Laura and her "3 Things..." questions so you'll find her prompt at the end of this post with my responses. Thank you Laura for being wonderful you!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday Favorites: Food, Fun & Fashion

Hello! Once again the days melded together and brought us Friday - my favorite!  And this weekend starts long anticipated blog adventures. Today I'll be visiting a local dry bar, tomorrow is the Sip and Mingle Event (right here in Sarasota) and Tuesday I'm attending a private influencer event!! You know I'll be sharing on Instagram stories, followed by a recap on the blog, so stay tuned!

I seem to be getting ahead of myself, for I've current favorites to share - a recap of adventures, fun, and faves featuring another recipe, an adventure and a touch of home. Now before I do, allow me to update you on our eldest. He broke his collar bone last Thursday and was in so much pain for a few days. Thankfully everyday he improves and is able to sleep and even become more independent. He's able to dress himself and started back to school on Monday!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Target "Jenny" Slides: Is There Anything They Won't Work With?

 Hey, hey! I'm coming at ya with another Target shoe find - the Jenny Slides by Universal Thread. They were a lone box in just the right size on the clearance section and my heart went out to them.  Oddly enough they're not clearance online, so they must be an online return!  Needless to say, they came home with me, adding lots of options to my closet. I tried them with summer dresses, shorts, baggy jeans and fitted jeans. They look great with everything so if you haven't picked up a pair, these may be your next thang! Here's two looks to start off the spring/summer season on trend!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Cami Floral Dress, The Sunday Showcase & A Birthday Link UP

Hello! Today's Sunday Showcase features my GAP cami, floral print dress, which I hinted at bringing home with me on my Wednesday Fashion Post. Also featured is aspecial Blog Link Up Party for Ada's Birthday! Ada is passionate about women connecting and supporting each other. She loves fashion, not only for herself, but also for her daughter Vivian, and loves a good link up party! Happiest of birthdays to you Ada! It's a pleasure to join in on the birthday fun, sharing our pink or coral looks!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Friday Favorites: Celebrating, New Restaurant Find, Chia Bowl For Breakfast

Hello dear readers! This Friday will be quick in word for yesterday we ended our day with one boy in the emergency room. More on that at the end of this post, but aside from that craziness I'm happy to share a few favorites from this week, which includes birthday adventures for the twins, a new local restaurant find and a recipe for my latest breakfast favorite - a chia bowl!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

GAP Drawstring Linen Joggers, Styled Two Ways

Hey friends! I'm making it short and sweet tonight. You may remember these GAP linen joggers from a previous post (catch up HERE)! Well, I'm delighted to share two more looks that I enjoyed. As you may already know I love to get as much bang for my buck, especially when it comes to trendy-like items. Though joggers began appearing a few years ago, who knows how long they will stick around. Until then, let's have fun with them! They are lightweight and more comfortable than a pair of jeans. However, like jeans they can be worn dressed up or casually.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Simply Earth Essential Oils: Pet Care Recipes

Here poochie! Our dog didn't stand a chance when this month's Simply Earth Essential Oil box arrived in the mail. My boys knew the box was all about the pets and couldn't wait to see what recipes awaited us. Their excitement was infectious, making me feel excited. In fact excitement abounded until I came up with the idea to get Dolly in the pictures.  I never worked so hard for so little a result in my life (I may be exaggerating, but seriously)! After ten minutes I was ready to throw in the towel, but Dolly loved every treat she consumed!

Life with pets and/or children is rarely ever boring, is it! Also, look for a code for a $40 shop credit at the end of this post!! Now let's dig into this box. ;)

Friday, April 26, 2019

Friday Favorites: Sarasota Local Spots, SUPERSEED Well, Target Slides & More

Hello and Happy Friday! Today's features are everyday favorites, though I feel like they usually are, with the exception extraordinary adventures! So, in the light of everyday common-dom, I eagerly share my favorite fashion addition, a healthy & beauty item I use on the daily, my latest healthy snack adventure and a local spotlight!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

GAP Midi Wrap Dress & A Few More

 Short Sleeve Midi Dress/Hat/Shoes: Old/Purse: Old

Hello! My hubby and I went shopping together this weekend! I told him I'd like to shop for dresses and he volunteered to go.  Surprised but happy to oblige, we hopped into our family mobile and headed to the mall. Since I had a $30 credit at the GAP we stopped in there. Success came quickly (thank goodness - he isn't as patient as my MIL), starting off with this short sleeve midi wrap dress. Boy is that a mouthful! My husband liked this one immediately and seemed a tad disappointed that I wanted to try on ALL the ones I pulled of the racks! I'm giggling right now. He didn't understand the concept! And his commentary on the dresses that followed cracked me up.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Happy Earth Day: Beach Clean Up & Networking

This Easter weekend was bustling with activity, but I couldn't resist the temptation to add one more event to the calendar - a Beach Clean Up gathering with Salt Link. Salt Link is a company dedicated to helping local influencers connect and collaborate with each other, so in honor of Earth Day they decided on the beach clean up. Cleaning up is far more fun in groups, so I drove over to Lido Beach and met a new set of faces.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Meadowlark Leggings: Eco-Friendly, Elegant & Comfortable

 Hello beautiful, sweet friends reading this post! You being here makes me want to reach through my computer screen and hug you (except for creepy, anonymous dude - I don't want to hug you).  Thank you! Alright enough of that! Now if you love leggings, you're in for a treat! You may have seen the Meadowlark Clothing Brand of leggings featured around the blogger block here recently.  Well, I'm thrilled to confirm the praises I've read thus far. From a beautiful design to a fit that will make you forget you're wearing pants - these leggings are worth their weight in eco-friendly polyester (keeping with Earth Day coming up)!  I've worn a LOT of leggings before and sang their praises, but now I'm singing a new song.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Small Steps To Care For the Planet

With Earth Day coming up, I thought it the perfect time to share my small steps to care for our planet.  Our family of 6 produces a lot of garbage and with our busy schedule it's easy to want convenience in everything.

My friends, this will not be an extensive post on the effects of pollution, but rather a brief overview of the small steps I've taken to care for our home and ultimately the earth more. As you may know, I lean towards a natural approach. However, moving to Sarasota during their worst bout of Red Tide in maybe ten years, motivated me to pick back up "cleaner" habits I've neglected.

On the rare occasion I ventured to the beach to see the conditions for myself, I felt depressed. The dead fish lining the shores and floating in the surf made me feel as if I was living in the apocalypse or something. For images go HERE.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Friday Favorites: Good Vibes & Gift Cards

Hey, hey! It's another Friday Favorites coming at ya! As I type, I'm spurred on by all the hopeful contestants on America's Got Talent. I go on these talent show kicks...The Voice, World of Dance, and now AGT. I cry along with the acts that receive affirmation of their talents and hard work. I cringe at the dangerous, death defying acts, giggle at the outlandish, oddities (hey, everyone is equally valuable but some are more comical than others) and I get all out inspired. I can write the best Friday Favorite in the WORLD! Ok, not quite but I love watching or reading things that give me all the "I can do it" fuzzies. So today I'm totally choosing AGT as my first Friday Favorite. Thank you for joining me!  (*This post may contain some affiliate links, which sends a bit of change my way but does not affect your price. Thank you so much for your support!)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Buffalo Denim Jacket From Costco For The Win

If you've seen one denim jack post, you've seen another, right? Well, I would agree. However, in the off chance your jacket was run over, chewed by the dog, left at the park or eaten by moths, Costco has one by Buffalo Denim for just $15.00! Say what? Yes, until April 12th the $19.99 price is discounted by $4.00 and is available for purchase online with free shipping. 

Also, I noticed that there's one in white available, which I'm seriously tempted to order for myself.  This jacket is surprisingly soft and just the right weight for spring and summer air conditioning. As for the rest of my outfit, I was back to shopping my closet - pulling my favorite ripped up green jeans, striped top with fun fringe and these Sam Edelman Nordstrom Rack sale find wedges. I was in a hurry and went for the basics.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

The LOFT Try On Adventure With The Sunday Showcase

Hello! And welcome to April, right? Today's Sunday Showcase with Ada and Kellyann is all about the LOFT. The three of us went to our local Loft stores for a little try on adventure. We thought it would be interesting to see what each of us picked to try on and feature. I haven't shopped at the LOFT for over a year so this outing was pure style research. Another great bonus was Kim at Fierce Fashion met up with me! More to come on that in another post, but in the meantime keep an eye out for her in these pictures.

Friday, April 5, 2019

A Clean Home, Naturally by Simply Earth Essential Oils

Ya'll! I do have oils for that - my own laundry detergent. I made my own laundry detergent and dishwashing detergent! I've officially plunged deep into the world of natural this month. When I opened this month's box, I danced. Who gets that excited over house cleaning products? I guess I do! Throwing together my own laundry detergent has been on my "try it" list since the twins were babies. Where does the time go? And thank you Simply Earth for putting together such a fabulous recipe box just in time for spring cleaning!

My friends, please join me for a review on Simply Earth's April box with four powerful essential oils, six creative recipes and bonus items! Also, be sure to look for a coupon code at this end of the post to receive this great box PLUS a bonus box of freebies, PLUS a $20 electronic credit to their online shop for only $39

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Lucky Brand Tees For Spring & Boho Vibes

Hello and a happy hump day to you!  Lucky Brand is having an extra 40% off sale online, so what better time to compile the spring tees from my recent shopping trip with my MIL? Though we were content with our GAP finds, a quick duck into the Lucky store turned into a try on party in the changing rooms. There was 50% off their tees, so naturally we were drawn in. Once I slipped on one of their tees a knowing smile formed on my lips - Chrissy found a new favorite store.  Though I've featured a few of these items before, I thought a full post was in order because I've loved the tees so much. ;) 
Boho Vibes With The White TEE
The first item I tried on one was this white burn out "Venice" v-neck.  The softness enveloped me in a warm hug and so I went home with one in white and one in black. These boyfriend jeans were off their sale rack and priced at $25. Sadly, I can't find them online anywhere! However, I'd like to try one of their slim boyfriend cuts. Mine are baggier, making them trickier to style, however it works with those boho vibes that I gravitate to.  The rest of my outfit is shopped from my closet!

 Paisley All Over Tee
This tee looks so pretty on. I love the green, pink and burgundy shades that make it perfect for spring! Don't be fooled by the print, this top is just as soft as the basic white tee!

The Back View modeled by my MIL...

All Over Floral Tee

I love the delicate florals on this tee and am glad I followed my MIL's lead on this pick. Crew neck tees are not a favorite of mine, but I've added two so I guess I'm changing things up. Sadly, this tee is excluded from the sale, though it wasn't when we bought it. Who knows, right?

all over floral

There were several tees that I would have brought home that day, if not for that pesky budget! All good time, right? The red tee with hearts on it is calling my name!

 Have you tried Lucky Brand tees before?


Monday, April 1, 2019

A Homeschool Field Trip to SeaWorld Orlando

My, my doesn't the time pass quickly before our unseeing eyes? Back in August I looked over our homeschool field trip schedule and stopped at March's event - SeaWorld for only $29 a ticket! SeaWorld invites students from homeschool, private or public school to come and learn about the mysterious and captivating ocean at a deep discount. I love most theme parks so I added this one to the calendar!  Now someone explain how this day already came and went?? If you're planning a trip to Orlando, you may want to add SeaWorld to your itinerary. It's a place I've visited since childhood and our recent trip felt like a walk down memory lane...

Friday, March 29, 2019

Friday Favorites: All the Things

From Easter gift ideas to the everyday things that make me smile, I'm elated for the opportunity to share in with you on the favorites editions!! These weekly posts quickly became my, well, favorite! It's the real life day to day things I use, put a smile on my face, make life easier or all of the above. I've loved reading everyone else's ideas and have no shame in jumping on the band wagon. I hope you enjoy today's favorites!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Faux Leather, Floral & The Spring Causebox

Spring is almost on its way out in Sarasota and the humid temps are on their way in, so I thought I'd seize the opportunity to wear my faux leather gray pants before it's too late! As for the portfolio clutch, it was my most anticipated Causebox item, however it quickly became my biggest (momentary) disappointment. Read on to hear more and see the full Spring subscription box!

Now before I chat about contents, let's talk outfit details! The scalloped sleeve, floral top and faux leather pants were shopped from my closet, while the leather slides were a recent clearance find from Lucky Brand. And of course there's that portfolio clutch there's that clutch I mentioned. I liked how this came together, but it's missing something...

We will get to that later as well, but for now let's get back to Causebox.

What's IS it? 
What is Causebox? Well, have you heard of Fab Fit Fun - that wonderful box of full-sized "hot" items packed up at an amazing price? Causebox has the same idea, only with a socially conscious twist. Here's how they describe their company:

"A quarterly curation of socially conscious lifestyle products for women. Every box is filled with products that have a story and make a difference."

Each quarterly box is $54 or $200 up front for a year. Each box is designed by an artist, so who wants to discard them?? Not me.  In addition, the spring box features an item that the Causebox Team designed WITH another company. Hint: It is my most anticipated item!

What's IN the Spring Box?
  • Marina De Buchi Bracelet ($37 retail value)
  • Bamboo Lyocell Eye Mask ($15 retail value)
  • Cleobella Scarf ($52 retail value) 
  • Altru Macrame Plant Hanger (Retail value $14)
  • Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask by Cosmedix ($54 retail value)
  • Wyld French Pink Clay Konjac Sponge (retail value 16.90)
  • Glass Ladder & Co Portfolio Clutch (valued at $120)
  • Mist Congeniality - rose water hydra mist (retail value $22)
The Scarf 

Beautiful, silky smooth. This scarf feels luxurious. However,  I usually don't wear any shade of gold or yellow, But you never know til you try right?? So, I took the scarf off the dog and skeptically tried it on myself. Surprise. This is the first bit of yellow fabric that I've worn close to my face in I don't know how long! Currently it's tied around my head. I've also worn it as a belt and of course around my neck.

Beauty Items
I haven't tried any of these products, but I love the concept of a hydra mist and who doesn't love a good mask! As for the sponge, it is rock hard and softens up when wet. I used it last night and loved it!

The "Megan" Portfolio

Here it is! The much anticipated item! This beautiful vegan clutch was designed in three colors: grey, black and rose gold. It has several organizational pockets and feels like real leather - Swoon! So what's the problem, right?

Well, I dreamed of different ways I'd use this clutch...toting my laptop in style to the coffee shop, upcoming vacation trips, etc. However, when I tried to fit my Mac I felt like Cinderella's step-sister with the glass slipper - grunting ungracefully, pushing and shoving. Oh, I got it in there, but not without considerable effort. My laptop is a hair too big. Sad day, right? I spent another 10 minutes trying to get it back out. Won't be doing that again. However, I found that my Cultivate Power Sheets and accessories fit perfectly so not all is lost!! Also, after a little investigation I learned that the newer models do fit (mine is a 2015).

Alright, someone needs me. Have you tried Causebox? This is my third subscription and I've loved each one. The winter box became a source for several Christmas gifts, which made me feel sublimely justified in my purchase. ;)

Monday, March 25, 2019

Top Aldi Picks With Prices That Can't Be Beat

I have three favorites when it comes to grocery stops: Costco, Aldi & Detwiler's Farmer's Market. Do I need to go to all three? Maybe not, but I sure love the system I have. Costco for coffee, lunch meat, cheeses etc, Detwiler's for milk, most of my meats and produce and Aldi seems to fill in the rest. I find that Aldi's prices on our family favorites can't be beat - and that includes B1G1 sales! So today I wanted to share our favorites to either add to your favorites or bring Aldi onto your shopping route! However, let me prepare you in advance, they are not all healthy choices.  There are battles I've chosen to concede in, starting with sugar cereal. Oh the horror!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Friday Favorites: Spring Is In The Air

Hello! And a happy Friday to you! Today I'm THRILLED to share with you a few of my recent favorites. Most of them are "new to me", which is probably what's got me all giddy. From an item that brings on nostalgia for an era I never lived in, to a product that makes me feel like I'm walking through the heavenly gardens, I hope you'll enjoy as much I as do. And be sure to look for a 30% off coupon code for my fave new kitchen item!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Lucky Brand: Baggy Boyfriend Jeans For Spring

"Honey, do these boyfriend jeans look silly on me?" In a moment of fashion doubt, I asked my hubby what he thought of the baggy fit of my new jeans. He surprised me with a positive response. Why did I buy a pair of jeans that I wasn't 100% sure about? 

Monday, March 18, 2019

GAP Finds For Spring/Summer 2019

Beeeeeeeeeeep! We interrupt the usual blog schedule for a "GAP finds" post because there is a 40% off sale going on all this week! We wouldn't want you to miss it!

And now back to our post.

Don't be deceived by the "baby" on the bag! Those clothes were for us! During our recent visit with Grandma and Grandpa, my mother-in-law and I went SHOPPING! After my 6 month "shop my closet" adventure this felt like she was taking me to Disney World. No Lie! We both love looking at home decor and shopping for clothes and as I've stated on the blog before: My MIL is one of my fashion inspirations! This lady knows her colors and she has an eye for DETAIL.

Before her visit, the boys and I had already scoped out GAP for my current closet "need". SHORTS! I loved the shorts, but they were full price. And so I waited, but I didn't have to wait long. The following week our shopping adventure began with those shorts! And wouldn't you know it? She loved them as much as I did AND there were on sale! We spent well over in hour scouring the racks, trying on our picks and even trading since we wear close to the same size!  Ok! Let's get to those clothes!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday Features: The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello my lovelies! Today I'm honored to be sharing answers from Kim at Fierce Fashion for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  Thank you Kim for recognizing Granola & Grace as a blog that inspires positivity and joy. Sending you the biggest of cyber hugs and thrilled to share answers to your posed questions. And what's up with the strawberries? Well, in light of some of those questions I thought it would be a great opportunity to give a mini-highlight to my favorite local market - Detwiler's!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Simply Earth's Essential Oil Wellness Box For March!

Anxiety Away, Mood Lifting Diffuser Blends, Magnesium Sleep Spray...can you just feel the tension easing out of my shoulders as I type? Soft music plays and a smile tugs at the corners of my mouth. It's my 6th month with Simply Earth essential oils subscription boxes and I continue to be impressed with their creative recipe. In 6 months I gained a total of 24 bottles of EOs, 24 natural recipes and lots of memories with my boys. I bring roll-on bottles around from place to place and when I forget what oil does what, I simply refer back to my growing stack of cards. 
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