Buying a Car with Small Children Can Be Fun!

We’ve all seen it. Those restless children screaming there heads off in the dealership due to waiting for long hours while their parents decide on which car to buy, go through the process of finances and then waiting longer for the car to get ready to take home. It can be a grueling process and one that is not suited for kids that don’t have the patience to self-entertain for up to 6 plus hours. 

I remember my own process a few years ago. My oldest daughter was only 6 months so thankfully we caught her during her afternoon nap time but as the 3 hour marked neared and she began to wake up.  My husband and I then took turns walking her stroller around a dealership while singing her favorite songs. That lasted another two hours while they finalized my financing and prepared my car. Now that I have a 10 week old and a very active two year old, I can’t imagine doing that again. It would be a complete nightmare with my daughter really affecting the sales of these hard working men and women with her multiple interruptions of her playing chase me around the room. We had to learn that game the hard way and in public. Not fun, at least for us. She seemed to be having a blast as we tried numerous ways to entertain her and calm her tantrums down.

So how can buying a car with small children be fun?! Glad you asked. Insert Joydrive here.  It’s the easiest way to purchase a car online! 

Here are some awesome things you must know! 

• You can do it all from your home. The looking, the financing, etc.  

• The car will get delivered straight to your door step  

• $500 reserves any car you want. Then you have the option to purchase it! 

• Don’t like the car, just return it within 5 days!  

Sounds like a win-win to me! Check out this awesome article recently written about it and this new trend families are loving!  

 http://www.star-telegram.com/news/business/growth/article213125799.html

To learn more or to get that new car you’ve always wanted, check them out online at: www.joydrive.com

Thank me later! 😘 

A Simply Way To Help Clean Our Environment and Why You Should Care

Most people don’t realize how their simple everyday choices affect our environment. We are so blessed here in America but it has a lot to do with brands like Natural Partners that aim to care about the environment creating products like their Compostable Bags. These bags are amazing and since you use trash bags every single day...why not use a brand that actually helps the environment.  What makes these trash bags special:

• Breaks down organically  

• Strong bags that don’t break easily  

• Fits 13 gallon waste receptacles  

I even did a fun poem on YouTube inspiring our world to take your place in helping the environment. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/6-LuBJiuw6g  

Truth is we can’t complain about the food, environment , etc if we don’t do our part to help. This is an easy way to do it every single day. Purchase the bags here: https://amzn.to/2IJ0GsF

 

Let’s go higher! 

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Your Self-Care Summer Guide

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Truth is...my days are seemingly running together and my plate is overflowing with the responsibilities of being a new mom, having an very active toddler, being a good wife, friend, sister, daughter, active church member and volunteer, influencer, business owner while ALSO working on three major projects. Yes, something has to go. While I’m sorting through my crazy to do list, I recently decided on one things that MUST come first this summer....self-care. They seem like buzz words these days as we see and read about them everywhere but Sis, they are so vital to our overall balance and self-maintenance in life. So I’m writing this list for me. You can use it to but I needed somewhere to remind me what I can do other than do all my “stuff” this summer. Something for me....to just breathe. So here it is...my list of 10 things to help me  have really good rest and self care. Enjoy! 

1. Get a hobby. This might sound weird but I thought I had a hobby of writing and reading because I love to do but then I realized it was all towards a purpose of a project or something. Like now I’m reading on parenting and writing for my blog. I need a hobby that has NOTHING to do with a project or goal. I might try painting or finally learning to play the violin. 

2. Indulge in your favorite beverage. This is totally unique to where I am right now. So recently I’ve been like crazy addicted to Sweet Tea and the tea I love the most is from McAllisters. Well during my 3 visit this week to McAllisters they had these tumblers our that were available for purchase and guess what guys, you get $99 refills as often as you like. Really?!! My eyes lit up! Then she went on to share that June 21st is #FreeTeaDay. Umm...yes please! Just another way for me enjoy something JUST for me.  

3. Be around water. It’s hot here in Texas. Next week we will have 3-4 days of 99 degree weather. So being outside is a little miserable unless your somewhat immersed in water. I’m sure there is a study somewhere that says being around water helps your emotional well-being. It sure does for me so every opportunity I get to be in water or at a lake, pond etc. I’m there. And the goal is to just be present 

4. Just be present. Put the phone down! I know...I get it. You have a bit of FOMO (fear of missing out) that no one is willing to admit they have. It’s okay...the social giants are working on creating more things like Instastory to keep our addiction strong but in the meantime....have a moment to yourself. Forget your phone one day on purpose at home...leave home. It’s so beautiful and peaceful! Like really..try it!  

5. Take your shoes off and run in the grass. Feel th earth beneath your feet and be a kid again! We work hard but sometimes I think we have forgotten how to play well!

6. Find every opportunity to laugh! I recently got this game that you put a mouthpiece in your mouth and you and your family or friends have to guess what your saying. It’s hilarious! Laughter is not only good for the souls it burns calories! For the win!

7. Exercise. Not too lose weight but just to get your body moving and for those endorphins to flow! They are the feel good hormone so it’s a win all the way around. I think I’m going to try going biking again. I use to do it a lot and just fell off.  

8. Make your bed every day. Sounds simple right! I stopped doing it with my crazy schedule but the other day when I went to take a photo of my son, I made our bed and it felt great just walking in the room and seeing at least one space organize and clean. (No judgement...it’s been a struggle! Lol!) 

9.  Join a book club. For me I needed a online book club. I’ve never really been apart of one so for my summer read this year I joined Cultivate What Matter Book club. Google it...it’s amazing. Thank me later!

10. Get in the presence of God as often as you can. Talk about a spiritual detox! It’s something about His presence that makes all things new. I feel SUPER rested and ready to conquer the world when I get in the presence of God. 

Enjoy your summer ladies...and remember...you matter! No one can pull from a empty well! Keep it full and fresh! With love!  - Bree  

Keeping Baby Cool in the Summer Heat

This week has been a whirlwind in most of the US. Yesterday I called my mom and she said it was 94 degrees in Michigan. Down here in North Texas it was also in the 90s. One thing I had to prepare for recently was preparing my 2 month old for the crazy heat when we have to venture outside. 

Here are a few tips for all you mommas:

1. If possible start your car and let it cool down before putting the baby in there. 

2. Invest in a window heat shield. It helps keep the temperature at a manageable level while your car is sitting out in the sun. 

3.  For babies in car seats try getting a car seat insert that cools the baby’s back. I found one at Buy Buy Baby called “Meeno Baby Car seat Insert”. My 2 month old has a tendency to sweat in his car seat so this keeps his back cool.

4. Baby fans. This is amazing for keeping my son Josiah cool. It’s battery operated and clips onto his car seat. Everywhere I go people love it. Great for keeping baby cool in the car and while your out and about. 

5. Lastly...Sis...listen closely...please don’t risk running into that store, House, etc and leaving the baby in the car. I know...I get it...trust me. I use to be that judgemental person watching the news and thinking how could they?!! But now I see it...we moms have a lot on our plates. Slow down, realize that it’s just not worth it. If you don’t have help...if you can’t get it today...everything will be alright. No heat, no judgement....just wisdom. Stay focused on what matter and that’s the life of your baby. He/She needs you so please don’t leave him in this crazy summer heat. Try some of the tips above. I hope it helps. 

Said with SO much love! Let’s go higher! 😘