It’s the Weekend! Creating the Perfect Casual Weekend Outfit.

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Who else is excited for Memorial Day weekend? I hope you all have plans of spending time with friends and family. When you are spending the weekend traveling and enjoying time with people you love, the last thing you want to worry about is if you are comfortable in what you are wearing. That is why I am OBSESSED with loose fitting dresses any day, but especially on the weekends. This dress from Cents of Style has been on repeat lately. It is the best!

Casual Spring Weekend Look on www.girllovesglam.com [Read more…]

Stylish Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Who says dad can’t have a little pampering or stylish gift for Father’s Day? Back away from the ties and traditional gifts and give him something that he may not be expecting, but will really appreciate!

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Men like accessories just as much as we do, they just keep it a little more quiet than we do. Find some great sunglasses, a watch, or even a rad belt to give him to make him feel like he is one of the cool kids.  [Read more…]

Baking mixes that are good for you?!

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Ever since I started looking into doing Whole30, I have been a lot more aware of the ingredients in my foods. Before starting Whole30, I was introduced to Silver Fern Brand and their Paka Baking Mixes. I was instantly impressed with how delicious each of the baked goodies looked, but what surprised me the most is that these products weren’t the unhealthy versions of these treats that I am used to. Paka Baking Mixes are full of protein, fiber, low in sugar, and don’t have anything artificial in them!

Paka Baking Mix Gluten Free on www.girllovesglam.com [Read more…]

7 Things to Live a More Holistic Lifestyle

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by vitafusion™  through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about vitafusion™ gummy vitamins, all opinions are my own.

Feeling beautiful starts with overall health and wellness. It is important to nourish your body from the inside. I have been focusing a lot on this over the past few weeks. I have found 7 things that have helped me a lot with this process of feeling healthier and rejuvenated.

The first way has been through physical activity. This seems pretty obvious, but my body always feels good after a hard workout. I have loved finding ways to break a sweat each day. I recently went to a conference that gave me very little time to exercise. One night, I decided to do lunges and squats in my hotel room while visiting with friends and I was shocked at just how sore my legs were the next day. I was so glad that I had taken the time to exercise while I was still able to participate in conversation. I try to squeeze in a workout almost every day. Many of those exercises end up happening at home. Although it can be difficult to exercise with small children around, I never regret that I took the time to exercise.

Working out as a mom [Read more…]

How to Choose the Perfect Watermelon

How to Choose the Perfect Watermelon

Have you ever seen that viral video going around of the hippo eating the watermelons? I can totally relate to that hippo. I LOVE watermelon. My husband told me that he thinks that in our 8 years of marriage, I alone have eaten over 15 watermelons and he has only eaten about 2. What can I say? It is nature’s candy and I will partake! Over the years, I have learned a few tricks to choosing the perfect watermelon and I want to share these tips with you, as long as you don’t take all of the good ones away from me.

How to Choose the Perfect Watermelon on www.girllovesglam.com [Read more…]

Managing Spring Allergy Symptoms

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As much as I love enjoying the warm spring weather, it can also be a really hard time of year for me and my family. We all suffer from seasonal allergies that almost make it worth just staying inside instead of enjoying the outdoors. We have found a few things that have really helped us this season and we have still been able to enjoy a lot of things outside. There are some really great outdoor malls that I definitely don’t want to miss out on just because of seasonal allergies. When I did my last photo shoot, we went to one of the outdoor malls. The last thing I want is to have to deal with allergies when I am trying to look my best for pictures.

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The photoshoot ended up being a total success, even with the four year old in tow. The weather worked with us (which is very rare for Idaho) and my allergies didn’t bother me too much to be able to work it for the camera. [Read more…]

Beautiful Inside and Out

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Life can be so busy. I sometimes feel overwhelmed with all of the responsibilities that somehow seem to fall onto my plate. I know that I’m not the only one who feels that way. I am willing to bet that most people feel like they have too much going on as well.

One of my goals this year was to be more present with my family. That means that I put my phone away and really pay attention to what is going on around me. I feel like I have become a better listener and I have been able to appreciate small, special moments that I would have missed if I would have been checking my phone instead.

One thing that I have really learned over these past few months is that I feel the best and the most beautiful when I am around the people that I love. It doesn’t matter if I have actually gotten ready for the day or not. These people make me feel like a million bucks. I think it is important to surround yourself with people who make you feel this way.

Of course, I am talking about my family, but I have friends who make me feel this way too. I recently spent time with my friend Sadie. We used to live really close to each other, but we both moved away at the same time. We were talking about new friends we had made and we both agreed that neither of us had found a friend who we were as comfortable with as we are with each other. We can hang out without makeup on, in our pajamas with bedhead and feel totally comfortable. Those are the kinds of people I suggest surrounding yourself with!

This year started out in a difficult way for our family but making the goal to be more present has made a huge difference. I have made it a point to make myself a priority in my own life. I don’t want to feel like I am letting my self-confidence come in last place. That is why I make sure to take care of my body each day. Obviously, beauty products are a major part of my life. I have found that using products that go the extra mile in making me feel great can make my days better and give me the boost of self-confidence that I need, just like the friends and family that I surround myself with.

I recently have tried the new Garnier® Whole Blends™ products and have loved the way my hair feels when I use them. I have felt totally confident when I use these. The shampoo and conditioner make my hair feel clean and moisturized while making it smell divine! The leave-in treatment spray makes my hair so soft! I have loved the Refreshing line with Green Apple & Green Tea Extracts! They revitalize my hair and make it nice and shiny. These are paraben-free formulas that are gentle for everyday use and are made with products that feel good using. The argan oil and cocoa butter ingredients are purchased fairly and sustainably to support local farmers and communities. The bottles are made of recyclable plastic too!

Surround yourself with people and products that give you self-confidence. You will feel great and may even feel like you can conquer more of the many tasks that find their way onto your plate. Find time to put your phone down and spend that time with the people who matter most in your life. You will be able to enjoy wholesome, beautiful moments that you may have missed out on before!

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Remembering to Create Time for Yourself this Mother’s Day

I remember hearing women say that they hated Mother’s Day. As a teenager, the thought of having a day to celebrate the woman seemed like something really special. Now that I am a mother, I can kind of understand where these women were coming from. Mother’s Day can be hard. You see the tributes others make to their moms, and while it’s never something you should ever do, I can’t help but compare myself to the others.

I often have to remind myself that we are all just trying our best to be the mother that our kids need. Mother’s Day isn’t the time to tear yourself down. It’s a day to both celebrate the role of motherhood, and feel celebrated by the ones you care for the most! It’s a day to both treat, and feel treated by others. This Mother’s Day take time to yourself somehow. This may be as big as going to get a manicure and pedicure or as small as just taking a long shower! I have been using the Garnier® Whole Blends™ Refreshing Hair Care with Green Apple and Green Tea Extracts products and they make me feel like I am in a spa every time I wash my hair! The new Garnier® Whole Blends™ is a full range of naturally inspired hair care shampoo, conditioner, and treatments. You can find the right blend for your hair care or hair type!

Let’s face it, we all have our good days and our bad days, but we try our best and that should be celebrated! So instead of thinking so literally when you think about creating that picture perfect Mother’s Day, think about truly celebrating all that is motherhood. The good and the bad. Because even the bad makes us grow.

Creating the picture perfect Mother’s Day is up to you! Have a happy attitude, do something for yourself, and remember just how beautiful motherhood truly is.

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Motherhood: Bringing out the Bold

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I have never had to question how my mom feels about me. What I may have referred to as helicopter parenting as a teenager, I know realize was just my mom’s love and concern for me. I remember thinking that I wouldn’t grow up to be a helicopter mom and now I look in the mirror and see a helicopter mom in the full flesh.

Busy Mom Life on www.girllovesglam.com

Honestly though, being a helicopter mom isn’t as bad as it sounds. I like to let my daughter experience life, take risks, and even get some bruises along the way. My definition of a helicopter mom is the type of mom who wants to be involved in their child’s life. They want to hover over their lives enough to know what is going on, enough to let their child know they are interested, but far enough away to let the child learn and grow on their own. I know that isn’t everyone’s definition, but that is how I see it. [Read more…]

Camping Hunt Preschool Activity and Backyard Campout Ideas

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Backyard Campout Ideas for Familes

I will be the first to admit that I am not a huge camper. Since being married, we have camped annually at a family reunion and that has been about the extent of my camping adventures for the past eight years. Last summer, we wanted to try camping in our backyard before family reunion came around so that our four year old could get used to the idea of sleeping in a tent. Family reunion was her first real camping experience and we wanted to be totally prepared for it. I have heard of people taking their camp trailers to camping locations close to their home for the first time each season as kind of a trial run for the year. I loved that idea! It is a great way to make sure you have everything you will need when the time comes to actually go camping.

Backyard camping is the perfect solution for our family right now. We are still a pretty young family and are still getting the hang of things in the camping world. Since our first backyard campout, it has become a favorite of ours. There are a few things that can make backyard camping special. [Read more…]