National Sleep Month

Photo Credit: Lauren Hammond

If you read my recent post regarding How Sleep Makes You Beautiful, you know just how important it is to get enough shut-eye!  May is National Sleep Month and to celebrate, intelliBED is offering anyone buys a bed this month a 10% discount (with coupon code SKINNYLATTEMOMMY) and a FREE Sleep Genius Speaker Set ($295 Value).

Sleep Genius is a sound-based sleep aid used nightly to gently train your brain into natural healthy sleep rhythms.  Your ears hear soothing music, but your brain hears scientifically developed neurosensory sounds helping you get to sleep faster, sleep deeper and stay asleep longer, so you awake feeling refreshed.  

With over 1 million customers, Sleep Genius is the most scientifically advanced sleep program in the world, and was developed following their research helping NASA get astronauts to sleep in space.

The research and technology used in Sleep Genius was recently celebrated in the 2015 edition of NASA’s prestigious annual publication, Spinoff. 
Click Here to watch the 90 second over view of Sleep Genius.

MAY 1 – 31ST 2015

When you buy an intelliBED ANY SIZE (not including toppers) you will receive:

1 free Sleep Genius Kit - $295 value 

The Sleep Genius Kit contains:
High-Fidelity Sleep Genius audio programs onto an iPod Shuffle
Portable high quality  stereo speaker
AC Charger
Connection Cable
User Guide


Sweet Dreams!

Bell Sleeves & Vibrant Green || What I Wore

Walker Boutique is a true “mom and pop” shop updated for the 21st century. 
They have an extensive gift department, a women’s boutique, and a children’s clothing store
I have always been thrilled with the adorable items from Walker Boutique.
This fun little wrap dress was no exception.
This is an essential spring/summer dress made in a loose style that is flattering on any body type.
Dress features a v-neck neckline and wide bell sleeves with a vibrant green print. 
I paired this dress with a layering camisole and a pair of black sandals.

Skinny Latte Mommy followers can save 15% off their purchase at Walker Boutique with coupon code WBSKINNY.

When Calls The Heart Giveaway

Welcome to When Calls The Heart Giveaway! When Calls The Heart Giveaway 

More about When Calls The Heart:
The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. “When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.
Read More about "When Calls the Heart" and an interview with Erin Krakow(she plays Elizabeth in this series)HERE.
  Enter for your chance to win 1 complete set of When Calls The Heart Season 1 on DVD ($60 value!!)

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Fit Snack || April Box Reveal

Each Fit Snack box is packed with the most delicious and healthiest products on the market.  They strive to include a diverse experience of full and sample size items that taste delicious and make clean eating easy.
Every box is different - half the fun is getting the mystery box of goodies delivered to your door each month.   
Boxes start at only $15 per month.
Skinny Latte Mommy readers will receive a free gym bag when they join Fit Snack!

Here's what was in my April Fit Snack box:

 Svelte shakes are deliciously low-sugar, low-glycemic tested, vegan, and certified organic and gluten-free.  
Enjoy as a balanced meal replacement, pre/post-workout, or a protein snack. 

 French toasted buttered oats: this one is sure to take you back to granola's roots.  
The traditional maple granola flavor you've always loved in an easy-to-tote package.

 Beanfields Pico de Gallo Bean and Rice cups are non-GMO verified, gluten-free and vegan.
There are certainly toddler approved... Miss Cupcake can't get enough!

 Raw ingredients come together in delicious concoctions of craveable cookies.
Snacking is made easy and healthy with Go Raw Junk-Free Food!

 Dfine8 is the original best-selling powered thermogenic fat burner with CLA, a fatty acid that helps you slim down.
Gain energy and burn fat with Dfine8.

 A family granola recipe from the '60s was the inspiration for Fiona's Granola, a trail mix full of wholesome ingredients like raw nuts, seeds, and fruits to keep you energized.

 Barney Butter makes all-natureal almond butter from locally sourced Premium California almonds.  
Produced in a peanut-free factory, it is safe for food allergies of all sorts, and intensely delicious.  
I love spreading this on my morning toast.


Matching Outfits || What We Wore

Every mom's goal is for their child to be loved, to feel loved, and to feel important.  The products available from MeNmommy are designed to bring joy to your child.  Miss Cupcake was positively thrilled with the opportunity to look just like mommy!  But it doesn't just stop there. This complains truly pays attention to what kids want to wear.  They select products that have excellent quality and comfort, and at the same time have adorable designs to make sure that kids want to wear them.  We had such fun with these lovely Laura dresses available in adult and child sizes.
MeNmommy is partnering with Hope Worldwide, an international charity that has been dedicated to serving the poor and the needy on all six continents since 1991.  Their worldwide reach will allow this company to provide to needy children around the globe.  For each item you purchase, MeNmommy provides a piece of clothing to a needy child.  
The adorable outfits available from MeNmommy are perfect for Mother's Day photos or any day that you want to make extra special for the little lady in your life.  They have an outfit for every occasion... from a day at the beach to a Sunday morning at church.  Miss Cupcake and I will certainly be purchasing more outfits from MeNmommy!


Sandra Ingish Tunic || What I Wore

I recently wore this flowy Sandra Ingrish tunic to a family picnic at the park.
This tunic is so versatile that it could easily be dressed up with a pair of leggings or used as a cover-up at the beach.  The fabric is incredibly lightweight and perfect for summer.

Many Sandra Ingrish blouses, button-downs, tunics, and dress available at the webisteNordstrom and multiple speciality stores.  

Tunic - c/o Sandra Ingish 
Cuffed Capri - Similar
Beige Sandals - Similar
Anchor Earrings - Similar

How Sleep Makes You Beautiful

Photo Credit: Planetchopstick

Sleep enhances your skin's natural beauty.
Getting enough shut-eye is vital to your skin's health.  When you lack sleep, your blood does does not flow efficiently.  While you are sleeping, you body produces human growth hormones that are an important ingredient in the production of collagen.  Collagen helps keep your skin looking healthy and young.  However, all of this metabolic activity causes your skin to lose 25 percent more water during the night than it does during the day.  Using a moisturizing cream, such as Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream, can help prevent moisture loss while enjoying the many benefits of a good nights sleep.

Not getting enough sleep can lead to an increased level of stress hormones in your body.
When these stress hormone levels get too high increased inflammation within the skin occurs.
This contributes to to accelerated aging (such as wrinkles and dull skin) and worsens acne.  A rise in grown hormones occurs during deep sleep while allows damaged skin cells to be repaired   When you do not experience this deep phase of sleep noticeable signs of aging will begin to occur.  In addition, those who are habitually sleep deprived can develop skin sensitivity and irritation as their skin loses it's ability to protect itself from the harmful pollutants in the environment.

Your body rebalances it's hydration while you are sleeping.  This is the perfect time to use a moisturizing cream because your skin is recovering moisture while excess water in the body is preparing to be removed.  When you do not get enough sleep you are at risk of water imbalance, which can lead to puffy eyes and dry, wrinkled skin.

Sleep contributes to weight management.
Not getting enough sleep is a contributing factor to weight gain.  Sleep deprivation has been linked to snacking in excess and greater calorie consumption.  The amount of sleep that you get can affect the appetite-controlling hormones gherkin and leptin.  When you are sleep deprived your gherkin (which is an appetite-stimulant) levels rise and your leptin (which is an appetite-suppressant) drop.  Thus, you are left with cravings and an increased appetite.

Improve your sleep with a supportive sleep surface.
Because your shoulders and hips stick out further than your side and back they bear much more of the weight when you lie down.  This causes pressure on the sensitive areas of your body.  This often causes excessive tossing and turning in an attempt to avoid these pressure points which exhibits you from reaching the deep phase of healing sleep that your skin desperately needs.  The subconscious mind tells your brain that it is time to move (you are likely not even aware of most of these movements).  You almost wake up when you move which means that you leave the deep, restful level of sleep and move into level 1 sleep.  

If you sleep on a mattress that is too firm you end up shifting frequently until you no longer find relieve and develop sleep-related hip or shoulder discomfort.  More importantly, you have sacrificed your opportunity to spend the time you need in the deep, restful levels of sleep necessary to heal your body and prepare for the next day.  A sleep surface, such as the IntelliBED, provides significantly less pressure (50-80%) than other leading brands.  In fact, many sleepers have reported that they wake up in the same position that they went to sleep in.  

I have personally experienced the benefits of the support that an Intellibed can offer.  For as long as I can remember, I have struggled to get a good nights sleep.  This is partly due to the fact that I have slight scoliosis which leave me feeling uncomfortable when pressure is placed on my spine.  The IntelliBED has made a world of difference. 

Get 10% off IntelliBED with coupon code: SKINNYLATTEMOMMY


Springtime Plaid || What I Wore

This lightweight plaid shirt from Sandra Ingish an essential for spring and summer.  
The relaxed fit and ultra cool fabric make this shirt perfect for sunny days. 

Many Sandra Ingrish blouses, button-downs, tunics, and dress available at the webisteNordstrom and multiple speciality stores.  

Plaid Shirt - c/o Sandra Ingish
Denim Skirt - Banana Republic (sold out, Similar)
Sandals - Similar
Animal Print Sunglasses - Similar


Nautical Stripes || Mother & Daughter

Miss Cupcake and I wore nautical stripes for a Sunday afternoon stroll through the park.
These matching shoes and handbag from Chadwicks of Boston were the perfect accessories.

See additional outfit details below photos.

What I Wore
Nautical Striped Ballet Flats - c/o Chadwicks of Boston
ZipperNautical Striped Handbag  - c/o Chadwicks of Boston
Sheath Dress - Oscar de la Renta
Anchor Necklace - Similar
Sunglasses - c/o Wantable

What Miss Cupcake Wore
Striped Dress - Fab Kids
Sandals - Similar

Meg & Peg Monogrammed Rain Jacket

I used to dread getting dressed on rainy days.  However, this wind & waterproof New Englander monogrammed women’s rain jacket from Meg & Peg changed all of that.  I love this rain jacket so much that I have been known to pull it out at the first sighting of sprinkles.  But who can blame me?  
This jacket is simply adorable and brightens up even the dreariest of days.
 This monogrammed rain jacket is available in 10 colors with reflective stripe accents and two-way front zipper. Simply, choose your monogram font and thread color for a truly personalized garment. 
Meg & Peg currently have a April Showers giveaway on Facebook
Meg & Peg offers a wide variety of children and adult personalized gifts.  The collections are not your typical personalized items – they are hand selected for superior quality and styleWhether you are shopping to toast, thank, invite, announce, gift or fete, an item from the Meg & Peg collection is a delightful departure from the ordinary.

Joyfolie Avery in Seaglass Giveaway

Miss Cupcake is truly a little fashionista at heart.
She positively adores playing dress up and admiring her outfit in front of a full length mirror.
Today she wore a darling pair of crocheted lace short from Joyfolie.

If you have any interest in toddler fashion, you have probably stumbled across the breathtakingly gorgeous clothing this company carries.  Jolyfolie is about beautiful textures, unique finishes, and careful details that come together in a delightfully feminine way.  Women's clothing and shoes are also available.

Miss Cupcake adores all things sparkly, oversized hair hairbows and most of all... shoes!
Jolyfolie shoes have been seen on the red carpet, worn by celebrities and featured in numerous magazines.
We are obsessing over these classy t-strap shoes with a beautiful bow accent coupled with pretty scalloped detailing.  The varying shades of a sea glass hues make these shoes the perfect pop of color for any outfit.  

Enter to win a pair of these  classy t-strap shoes ($62 Value) for your little princess!

5 Things Every Mom Of A Toddler Needs

Life with a toddler can be tough.
These items can make life a bit easier.

My nifty little Butt Bench has been a lifesaver. This great for shaving and proves a bit of extra storage space for products. More importantly, my Butt Bench makes bathing and combing out Miss Cupcake's abundant curls a much more enjoyable and comfortable task. This is truly a must-have for mommy's of squirmy toddlers who require assistance in the bathtub.  These are available in several colors and sizes to best suit your bathroom.

AquaShield is a spray that treats surfaces and guards them against contamination from dirt and dust.  
If the surface does get dirty, it can be easily cleaned by rinsing it with water or a mild cleanser.
I use AquaShield on everything from area rugs to Miss Cupcake's canvas TOMS.
Skinny Latte Mommy followers get 20% off purchases with code SMLnano20.

OK to Wake is a color chaining night-light timer that teaches toddlers to stay in bed longer in the morning.  Parents can set the time and brightness.  The toddler learns that they should stay in bed until the green light comes on.  Although an alarm options is available, the light works best for toddlers (because you likely won't want to wake them if they happen to still be asleep at "ok to wake" time).  Separate "nap timer" allows for afternoon napping without disrupting usual alarm and night-light settings.

Dreambaby Safety Kit is a necessity when it comes to to keeping little ones safe (and keeping the pots and pans in the cupboards).  This kit includes 35 pieces that are easy to install and require no tools.  Contains 1 appliance latch, 1 angle lock, 1 secure a lock, 1 fish door stopper, 4 corner protectors, 1 adhesive double lock, 24 outlet plug covers, and 1 mini multi-purplose latch.

The Potty Caddy contains everything needed to say good-bye to diapers forever, including a 32-page full-color gender neutral book, four toddler size "magazines" for bathroom reading, 100 toilet targets, reward stickers, a potty chart, a helpful brochure for parents (written by a pediatrician, and a child's very own roll of toilet paper on a refillable holder.  With its happy illustrations of a proud and curios toddler, the Potty Caddy Book answers the question little ones actually think about: Why does the toilet make such a loud noise when it flushes? Will I fall in?  Why do I need to stop using diapers?  And Miss Cupcake's personal favorite...  Where does everything go? 

Contains bathroom humor.