Healthy Choices with Walgreens Balance Rewards

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I'm excited to report that I've started a NEW fitness routine that further challenge myself. How are all you doing on your fitness goals? I've graduated from my couch to 5k program and have better eating choices so now it's all about maintaining. What do you do when you get to a plateau? You have to jump-start your body with something new!

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In this post on staying healthy I mention tracking your progress and how important is in your fitness/health journey. I'm excited to share a little more about how I stay goal-oriented and keep motivated with Walgreens Balance Rewards.

Download the Walgreens app and register for the healthy choices feature. Then sync your FitBit and MyFitnessPal, and start setting goals. 

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Once you've set goals you can start earning points based on making healthy choices! Just by weighing myself and logging my exercise today I earned 270 points for the week. Since it's synced to MyFitnessPal I only have to enter my info in once and it's automatically synced with the Walgreens app.

Now my goals are to tone and strengthen, best achieved by rigorous weight lifting. What? 
Lifting heavy instead of light will NOT make you bulk up. I've been following this weight lifting for beginners program and steadily increasing my weight. I can't believe how amazing it is to see my body improve and get stronger! 


Carissa Miss: Healthy Choices #BalanceRewards #cbias #shop
I love that I could do an extreme barre workout at a local gym and push myself instead of just suffer through it.
Carissa Miss: Healthy Choices #BalanceRewards #cbias #shop
 I love that I'm fitting into a whole size smaller! A first ever in my entire life!
Carissa Miss: Healthy Choices #BalanceRewards #cbias #shop

I love that staying healthy is a family effort. We love hiking and going on runs together. 

Thanks to Walgreens Balance Rewards I'm earning points for all my healthy eating and fitness choices that I can in turn use to get discounts on goods I'm already purchasing.

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Baby Essentials: Buying for Baby

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“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies & Target. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.” #MC #sponsored

Now that I've been a momma to TWO babies, I feel like I understand those things that are absolutely essential and those that are just nice things to have. I can't believe my baby is almost a year! yikes. Savor those newborn moments. I put together a couple of the items I think are important to have with each baby: 9 Nursery Must Haves, 4 Baby Bath Time Essentials, and 6 Diapering Necessities. 

Carissa Miss: Baby Essentials when Buying for Baby #MC #sponsored
The nursery can be all dolled up or completely thrown together with second-hand gear. You can have your baby sleep in your room or not. We always start out co-sleeping and then gradually they end up in their own bed so we both can get better sleep! I always like to have a comfy chair to nurse {or snuggle} in, not just for night-time but during the day too! It forces me to sit back and relax and take a time out, even if technically I'm still working! A lamp is nice because then you don't have to turn on an overhead light and go blind. Shelves are totally essential so you have somewhere to stash stuff. I need wall shelves so I can store meds and creams I don't want older sister to have access to. A crib, bedding and hamper are kind of self-explanatory. Oh and curtains. Mine aren't black-out, but just having some sort of window covering keeps the light out better than none! Here's some pictures of our nursery

Carissa Miss: DIY Lined Curtains
Carissa Miss: DIY Crib Bedding
Carissa Miss: DIY Ikea Rast Campaign Dresser
Carissa Miss: DIY Ikea Rast Campaign Dresser


Carissa Miss: Baby Essentials when Buying for Baby #MC #sponsored
With my first, bath time was play-time! Sometimes it took 30 minutes+! With number two, I definitely didn't have that luxury. I was usually hurrying so I could help out big sister. I usually ended up cleaning the toilet and wiping the mirrors and counters while Jens was in the sink. That's the amazing feature of the Puj Tub. Absolutely essential in my opinion. No bending over in the tub, no getting too cold too quickly, and I could do it all one handed.

Carissa Miss: Baby Essentials when Buying for Baby #MC #sponsored

My babies have pretty sensitive skin so I like to use sensitive skin diapering. We tried cloth diapering for a little bit, but it just didn't work for our needs. I love my Huggies Little Snugglers. I can keep babies in them from Preemie (up to 6 lbs) through Size 3 (16-28 lbs). Huggies knows your newborn’s skin is sensitive and it can be difficult to find the right balance that will protect their delicate skin. The Huggies Little Snugglers diapers feature a new GentleAbsorb Liner for a cushiony layer of protection while drawing the mess away from your baby’s skin. Brand new mommies will love the wetness indicator lets you know when it’s time to change and the umbilical cord cut-out to help protect sensitive belly buttons. I pair them with wipes and  Butt Paste/Diaper Ointment to help keep baby's sensitive skin protected. A diaper pail and caddy are also important to me, as is a place to lay him while I change him.

Here's some pictures of our changing station:

Carissa Miss: DIY Changing Pad Cover


Carissa Miss: DIY Ikea Ekby Rustic Shelves

Carissa Miss: DIY Ikea Ekby Rustic Shelves
Carissa Miss: DIY Changing Pad Cover

All of these items are conveniently available at TARGET.

I would recommend putting them on your Baby's Registry . It's simple for you and easy for your friends to get you exactly what you need! And, by starting your registry and adding Huggies Little Snugglers you can ENTER TO WIN FREE DIAPERS FOR A YEAR! win. win. win.

Tell me, what are your registry must haves?
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DIY BYU Game Day Bow

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Football season, yay! I love bundling up and watching the games. In fact, last year, Eliza was a BYU cheerleader for Halloween.
Carissa Miss: DIY Game Day Bow

This year, she's being Elsa, of course, but I can't resist dressing her in head-to-toe in my Alma Mater! We've reused and re-worn those easy bows over and over! They work for all ages. This is my go-to template for making bows. I love how quick they are and they are perfect scrap-busters

Carissa Miss: DIY Game Day Bow
 Here's how to make your own:

Carissa Miss: DIY Game Day Bow

Download my template and cut 2 on the fold.
Carissa Miss: DIY Game Day Bow
1. Unfold and right sides together
2. Sew, leaving a small gap
3.  Turn right side out
4. Tie in a bow
Add the clip of your choice and you're done! 

These are the same bows I add to my turban-style headbands too:
Carissa Miss: Turban Style Headbands



Need more football ideas for your game-watching and tailgating this weekend? I’ve teamed up with a group of creative bloggers to share some fun football game day ideas. So, check out the DIY team spirit wear, football party decor, and great game-watching recipes below!
Carissa Miss: 10 DIY Football Crafts and Recipes

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DIY Leather sleeve dress

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Last night, I went to check out a new local thrift store, TAG's, and picked out a couple pieces for a fun little Fashion Show competition. I have not ever done women's fashion here before, so I thought I'd challenge myself and do a women's thrift store re-fashion!
Carissa Miss: DIY Leather Sleeve Dress #tagsthrift

The hardest part for me about thrifting is to find quality pieces. I check each item's fabric content before I let myself fall in love with it. It wouldn't do good to have a fabulous idea only to be ruined by poor quality!
Carissa Miss: DIY Leather Sleeve Dress #tagsthrift
When I spotted this 100% genuine leather jacket I knew I HAD to do something with it. I actually headed to the menswear section first so I'd have plenty of material to work with.
Carissa Miss: DIY Leather Sleeve Dress #tagsthrift
I scoured the women's section looking for something that would compliment my leather--something feminine and soft. I didn't look for things in just my size because I knew I could alter it, but then this little dress jumped out at me
Carissa Miss: DIY Leather Sleeve Dress #tagsthrift
I loved the print and when I tried it on I actually didn't have to alter it at all! Well, besides the whole weird front wrap. That definitely had to go.
Carissa Miss: DIY Leather Sleeve Dress #tagsthrift

Deconstructing the pieces was the most time consuming. I unpicked the sleeves and the front wrap and then cut out the sleeves from the leather jacket
Carissa Miss: DIY Leather Sleeve Dress #tagsthrift
I attached them to the dress
Carissa Miss: DIY Leather Sleeve Dress #tagsthrift


Carissa Miss: DIY Leather Sleeve Dress #tagsthrift

Carissa Miss: DIY Leather Sleeve Dress #tagsthrift
 The zipper belonged to the leather jacket as well and I looove how modern it makes the dress look.
Carissa Miss: DIY Leather Sleeve Dress #tagsthrift

Carissa Miss: DIY Leather Sleeve Dress #tagsthrift


Carissa Miss: DIY Leather Sleeve Dress #tagsthrift

I'm entering this into a virtual fashion show contest and NEED your votes! Simply share my post with the tag #tagsthrift on as many social media channels for a vote!!!
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Outside {the Box} Link Party No. 2

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Another week in September has come and gone! Can't wait to see what you've been creating!


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Easy Frozen Party Decor

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My baby is 4! How in the heck did that happen? She requested a FROZEN themed party {surprise!} and I decided if I was going to do it I was going to go all out. I've always love the design aspect behind party/event planning, but the actual doing is a little overwhelming. With that in mind, I worked hard to make something unique, but still totally FROZEN. I'm proud to say I think I've put together a totally doable party that is sure to please girls of all ages!

Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor

Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor

We sent Frozen invitations and told the girls to come ready for "coronation day"


Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor
 After all the girls arrived, we got them ready for their coronation! Each girl got to decorate a lace crown and make a chunky bubblegum necklace. {video tutorials to come!}
Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor

Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor
 After the coronation, we played with snowmen
Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor


As they crafted, the girls snacked away on Melted Snow, Olaf Noses, Kristoff's Ice Blocks and Snowflake Cupcakes. {More info on food to come!} All of the beautiful printables were designed by Jen from My Fabuless Life. Available here!

Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party DecorThe backdrop looks so simple and yet it was a ton of work! All those snowflakes were carefully hand-cut by yours truly. I printed some templates and then made up some of my own. There are 8 snowflakes per strand and I just sewed them together on my sewing machine. The fringe is just cheap crepe paper cut on either side, inspired by this tutorial. Glitter snowflake ornaments and sequin ribbon are on the ends and of course, my DIY striped curtains match perfectly. {I've actually never blogged about them but they were super cheap and easy! I tried painting my own version, but decided sewing was better.} I also made a Tissue Paper Tassel Garland and strung it up with bakers twine. 


Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor



Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor
This Happy Birthday Garland with pictures of her when she was 1, 2, 3 and 4, inspired by this awesome banner I saw on Minted.
Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor

Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor


Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor


I also made the 3-tier cupcake stand using this tutorial but you can also buy the cutest one here for only $13, about the same cost as it was to make mine! 
Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor

The paper goods are all from Party Pail and the confetti and fake snow are Darice.
Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor

At the end of the party, the girls ate their Elsa LolliPics on the front porch.  
Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor
I designed these personalized LolliPics with a non-copyrighted image of Elsa that I found here. They are white opaque, toasted marshmallow and blue opaque, raspberry.
Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor

Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor
The kids loved that they could lick Elsa's face right off the lollipop. Although on the priceyer side, they shipped quickly and all arrived safely. No cracks or broken lollipops! The image quality was amazing! For gourmet lollipops these are definitely your best bet. 
Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor


::sources::
photography  |  me
party supplies  |  Party Pail

Carissa Miss: Easy FROZEN Party Decor

lollipops |  LolliPics
cupcakes | Cupcakes by Amy
cupcake stand | DIY by me
party printables | Jen from My Fabuless Life
lace crowns |  DIY by me, supplies from Darice
paper dolls |  Paper Dolls by Cory
necklaces |  DIY by me, supplies from Darice

More great party ideas on my Frozen Party Pinterest Board:
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