Mommy Juice: Skinny Pumpkin Pie Martini

This skinny pumpkin pie martini was crafted as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars 

and Sweet’N Low…..but my need to make it more often? That’s all mine!

#sweetnlowstarsskinny-pumpkin-pie-martini-sweet'n-low-fall-pumpkin-drink-low-calDon’t judge the whole mommy juice series idea.  It’s not like I’m boozing it up on regular basis, or….ever.  Honestly, this series idea came at a much needed time.  Hubby and I have been trying to plan fun date night at home ideas.  When Sweet’N Low asked if I’d like to share a series of low cal seasonal beverages….the answer was a way too enthusiastic YES!  So…..welcome to a fun new series.  Every Friday night we are testing out different cocktails…..and the best ones will be shared here.  Thus, the mommy juice title.  Not gonna lie, this might be my husband’s favorite blog project yet.skinny-pumpkin-pie-martini-sweet'n-low-fall-pumpkin-drink-low-calOur first Mommy Juice experiment was this delicious Skinny Pumpkin Pie Martini…….and it was a total success.  After experimenting a bit with the milk to vodka ratio…….we perfected this fall drink recipe.  And the best part? Low on calories, and big on flavor!

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Skinny Pumpkin Pie Martini:

2 1/2 to 3 ounces of vanilla vodka (a double shot)

5 packets of Sweet’N Low

4-5 tablespoons of canned pumpkin

1/4 cup of skim milk

cinnamon

 

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake. Pour. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Enjoy! (serves two)
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Grey + Black

grey-black-mommy-and-me-outfit-bow-tie-teeBig weekend in our household! Lydia spent all of Sunday’s service in the church nursery! I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty worried about this transition.  During the work week, Lydia is with my mom.  So she’s never been with a non-family member…..except when we’ve had babysitters come in the evening and she’s already in bed.  Our church texts parents if their child has an issue, and I probably glanced at my phone every thirty seconds for the whole sermon……..but NOTHING!  Yup, she was fine.

I’m pretty impressed, our sweet and friendly little girl is the exact same way even when we aren’t there!  Victory!  Plus, it sure was nice to be able to hear the entire sermon for the first time in, about 11 months.

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Baby: / tunic / leggings / headband c/o HeadsUp Kids /730x100letitshineWelcome to Let it Shine!   Welcome to the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years, we decided to rename our link up to something we felt was a better fit.  Welcome to Let it Shine! Why the name? Because, we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine! We will be sharing our favorites each week here, and on social media!

a few of our favsfall/ Autumn Outfit / Edgy Pleats / Lovely Combo /

Another place we will be showcasing our favs? The Let It Shine Pinterest Board!

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Shades of Blue

puffer vestsLesson learned.  Dress Lydia in all blue…..don’t put a bow in her hair…..and people say how adorable your SON is.  Lydia’s lack of hair has caused quite a bit of confusion in this area……I’m often told what a handsome fellow she is, even when she’s dressed in the girliest outfit EVER.  Cue awkwardness, because these compliments are usually followed up with a question about her name.  Leading to embarassment, when said person realizes she is a GIRL.  Funny, because I feel like Lydia looks very girly.  Thus, my lack of hesitation in dressing her in this adorable all blue outfit.  Cute, right?

puffer vestsThis outfit was inspired by the adorable crossbody bag that I’ve been using all week.  When Johanna contacted me to try out one of her bags, I feel in love with the line.  She offers a variety of bags and clutches in nine adorable fall fabrics.  Plus, a ton of cute jewelry.  I got to pick the fabric and lining for the bag…….and this blue tweed beauty has been on heavy rotation since it arrived in the mail.  Johanna is offering a shop credit to one of you, so don’t forget to enter!

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Baby: jeans / vest / moccs c/o Faas Design /

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Little Style: Graphic Tees (and Let it Shine Link Up)

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Am I the only one obsessed with graphic tees for little ones? As Lydia gets older, we are switching from onesies to tees…..and I love all the adorable options out there!

Each of these is made by a small business……….which makes me want to buy them even more.

730x100letitshineWelcome to Let it Shine! Welcome to the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years, we decided to rename our link up to something we felt was a better fit. Welcome to Let it Shine! Why the name? Because, we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine! We will be sharing our favorites each week here, and on social media!

a few of our favsbikes

/ Mixing Patterns / Oxblood / Stripes and Bikes /

Another place we will be showcasing our favs? The Let It Shine Pinterest Board!

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Halloween Accessories (plus a giveaway)

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halloween accessoriesEnter to win your own Halloween pieces…..perfect for your own little one or as a shower gift!

The giveaway prizes include:

Halloween Headband

Halloween Legwarmers

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Mommy and Me: Fall Staples with J.Jill

jjill5Now that fall is here, and the temperatures are slowly dropping to non-boiling in Lala land…….I can actually start to think about fall wardrobe staples.  Having a little one has brought a barrage of new expenses…..so I decided to approach fall clothing shopping in a new way this year.  Instead of buying a million trendy pieces…..I’m going to buy a few fall staples.  My plan? To buy key pieces that can be styled over and over again, and then use accessories to add trendy accents.  Genius, right?

Enter J.Jill’s Pure Jill line.  Pure Jill is a stunning line of simple, wearable pieces using high quality fabrics.  As I checked out the pieces online, it was practically impossible to pick just two.

Three of my fall staples are styled here…..expect to see them a LOT this fall and winter.   This crinkle V-neck tunic will be perfect with leggings and boots, or with trousers and heels for work.  The crinkle infinity scarf? Not gonna lie, I’ve worn it three times since it arrived last week. And these jeans? I’ve been on a serious hunt for jeggings post-baby.  It’s been a bit of a disaster.  Things just don’t fit the same!  I added them to my order at the last second and figured…..I could always return them.  Much to my surprise, they’re PERFECTION!  High waisted enough, and the fit is stellar!

For little ones, what is cuter than their own jeggings and infinity scarf? This scarf was a quick DIY cut out of a pair of my old shorts….and Lydia couldn’t stop looking at herself in the mirror with it on.

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Baby: / jeans / onesie / moccs c/o Faas Design/ bow c/o Heads Up Kids /

What fall staples are you buying this year?

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Baby Mantra + Let it Shine Link Up

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I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Baby Mantra. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

baby mantraBathtime is a HUGE part of our nighttime routine.  HUGE, and I think it’s one of the reasons that for the most part Lydia has been a great sleeper.  It’s an important time for babies.  After a busy day, they need to wind down and relax before going to sleep.  Lydia has sensitive skin, so we’re always been careful about the bath products we use. In fact, until recently…..we’ve stuck with one, fairly expensive brand.

When I was introduced to Baby Mantra, I was instantly intrigued.  It had all the benefits I loved about our previous products, but was about half the price…..so I was definitely willing to try it out! We are total converts…..it’s amazing! Not only did we switch our shampoo and body wash, but we’ve added some new products to our evening routine.

Each evening, Lydia uses 3-in-1 bubble bath, shampoo and bath wash in the tub.  However, separation anxiety has set in (totally normal developmental milestone).  She gets much more stressed before bedtime.  So, we’ve added a few steps to help her relax.  After bathtime, we apply Baby Mantra’s Calming Lotion.  The lavender oil seems to help her stay calm, and she drifts peacefully off to sleep.

baby mantraBaby Mantra was founded by two sisters, on a mission to create all natural and safe skincare products for little ones.  Baby Mantra is certified allergen free, all natural and gluten free.  Their products are available at select Walgreens / Duane Reade stores, Babies ‘R Us.com, and on Amazon.

/ Baby Calming Lotion / Calming Massage Oil / 3-in-1 Bubble Bath, Shampoo, Body Wash / Newborn Shampoo + Body Wash / Detangling Conditioner/

What bath products do you use with your little one? 730x100letitshineWelcome to Let it Shine!   Welcome to the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years, we decided to rename our link up to something we felt was a better fit.  Welcome to Let it Shine! Why the name? Because, we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine! We will be sharing our favorites each week here, and on social media!

a few of our favsoctober5/ Plaid / Fabrik Jeans / Color Block /

Another place we will be showcasing our favs? The Let It Shine Pinterest Boardlet it shine hashtag_edited-1   Linking up to Let it Shine? Don’t forget to link back to our blogs or share our button, thanks y’all!   still being molly


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Fall Nail Trends with Jamberry (and a giveaway!)

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Confession…..I’ve gotten a manicure twice since Lydia was born.  Yup, that’s ten months.  And my nails look terrible.  I’m horrible at painting my own, they smudge……and look even worse than just leaving them nude.  So when Laynah suggested that I try Jamberry nail wraps, I was intrigued.  I’ve tried nail decals before, but they always wrinkled and peeled off after a couple days.  But she swore they were different.

Verdict? I’m a convert! Not only were they easy to apply……but they’ve already lasted over a week.  They stood up to white board cleanser at work, counting bottle scrubbing sessions, and have gotten compliments from every student I work with! Thank goodness, because I don’t see manicure appointments in my near future!

Want to try Jamberry decals for yourself? Laynah is giving away a full sheet of Jamberry Nail Wraps in the winner’s choice of pattern….enter away!

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