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thirty-one: A Review and Giveaway!

I received a thirty-one Large Utility Tote for free in return for providing my honest feedback on this blog.   I have a friend who swears by the quality of thirty one bags so when I was offered the chance to review a tote, and hold a giveaway on the blog, I jumped at it […] Read more…

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My Mommy Reality: Life Hacks

This week’s Mommy Reality Challenge requires participants to submit their “life hacks,”  those time saving tips, tricks, and secrets you employ that help you as a mom. It took me a few days to come up with my own little “life hack” to add to the challenge.   And it’s a bit, well odd. But […] Read more…

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Mommy Reality Challenge #9: Life Hacks

Can you believe that we are at week 9 of the Mommy Reality challenge! When the Mommy Reality team began this project we started with the hope of creating a community of mom’s who would encourage and support one another on this important and difficult journey of motherhood. It has been exciting to watch as […] Read more…

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Lately

*Thanks to those of you who have reached out wondering where I’ve been! Aside from the Mommy Reality Challenge I know I’ve been rather absent from the blogosphere! Lately… It’s been somewhat of a daily struggle to eat gluten and wheat free (I use the terms interchangeably but I’m making sure I’m not eating anything […] Read more…

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Turn It Up Tuesday!

Welcome to the 43rd week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be! As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts and meet […] Read more…

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Mommy Reality Challenge #8: Guilty Pleasures

Meet the Mommy Reality Team: Carolyn of A Lavender Life *Jen of JENerally Informed * Celeste of Leapfrog and Lipgloss In honor of the Fourth of July holiday last week, we were extremely laid-back with our challenge topic and offered up some summertime free reign with our Essence of Summer Challenge.  We called upon you show us your summertime moments […] Read more…

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Turn It Up Tuesday!

Welcome to the 42nd week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Hope you all had a Happy 4th of July!!! We received some amazing 4th of July-inspired posts and summer-inspired posts – they were all so much fun to read! Thanks! Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop […] Read more…

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My Mommy Reality: Essence of Summer

In case you’ve missed this week’s challenge post, this week, we’re linking up our Essence of Summer pictures!  So far, we’ve been doing pretty specific topics with a hilarious edge, but due to the recent holiday, we decided be a bit laid-back and lenient and do a bit of a free-for-all. The only rule this […] Read more…

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Mommy Reality Challenge #7: Essence of Summer

The Mommy Reality Team Carolyn of A Lavender Life *Jen of JENerally Informed * Celeste of Leapfrog and Lipgloss (To learn more about the #mommyreality team, click here) Well, Jen certainly caught us off-guard last week by switching the theme challenge topic to “Mommy Loungewear“! We were crossing our fingers and saying our prayers that […] Read more…

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Reflections: 6 Months of Blogging

It’s my six month blog-iversary! In some ways, the six months have flown by and in other ways the time has dragged along slowly but surely and pulled me kicking and screaming behind it. Overall, I’ ve come to love blogging and the connections and experiences I’ve had. This blog has become my online journal, a […] Read more…

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Homejoy: Get a Happy Home!

It’s a daily struggle to keep your house even somewhat clean when you have little ones at home isn’t it?  And when they are home from school for the summer, it can be downright impossible. I have a friend whose house is always unbelievably sparkly clean.  Everything is always put away; I’ve never noticed any […] Read more…

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Turn It Up Tuesday

Welcome to the 41st week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Can you believe that 4th of July is literally a few days away? Where has this year gone??!! This week, we’d love to see your Independence Day themed posts, your summer posts, and your vacation posts. Don’t feel limited to just these kinds of posts though – share […] Read more…

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My Mommy Reality: Loungewear

My first reaction at reading that this week’s #mommyreality challenge was going to be loungewear?  I was utterly horrified.  Maybe I could fake sick this week?  Or say my phone and camera both happened to stop working simultaneously? But when I really started thinking about it, I am at my happiest, truest self when I’m […] Read more…

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Mommy Reality Challenge #6: The Laundry Room

This past week, you have openly given us access into your laundry closets, basements, patios and rooms. We have seen clothes piled high and the detritus that surrounds a life well lived. Bravo fellow Moms for your willingness to show that we will not be “hampered” by the laundry in our life! The Mommy Reality […] Read more…

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GIVEAWAY: 3 Winners!

Azure Naturals is generously giving away THREE bottles of their Ultimate Hyaluronic Anti Aging Serum here on A Lavender LIfe.  I’ve been using this serum for about a month now, trust me, you’ll love what it does for your skin! TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY ON FACEBOOK: Simply “Like” A Lavender Life on Facebook and “Comment” on the […] Read more…

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Mom Brain: 6 Top Tips From 7 Moms Who’ve Been There, Forgotten That

Have you ever spent an inordinate amount of time fretting about an appliance not working, only to realize it was never plugged in to begin with? Left a room and then wondered where you were going? Forgotten what you were going to say – mid sentence? Attempted to put a newborn diaper on a potty […] Read more…

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Gift of Happiness: $5 OFF or 10% OFF Your First Purchase

I’m excited to be partnering with Gift of Happiness to bring you this discount to use on their website!  When you buy things from Gift of Happiness, you are also donating to very needy, worthwhile causes. Gift of happiness is a charitable online shopping marketplace, a “social good” company, dedicated to donating money to worthwhile causes with […] Read more…

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Turn It Up Tuesday

Welcome to the 40th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be! As you may know, Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts and meet […] Read more…

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Weekend Randoms

It is a faithful and devoted husband indeed who takes a car in to be serviced at our local Ford dealership, which has some of the worst customer service I’ve ever experienced.  If he didn’t pay attention to the needs of my car I don’t know what I would do.  I seem to be unaware of […] Read more…

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Azure Naturals Ultimate Hyaluronic Anti-Aging Serum: 30% OFF Through June 30th

I recently reviewed another Azure Naturals product, which did very nice things for my sensitive, combination-type, all-you-have-to-do-is-look-at-me-and-I’ll-break-out-skin. Since I was already a fan of Azure Naturals products, I was happy to try out Azure Ultimate Hyaluronic Anti-Aging Serum and write a review on my findings. Product Features: • Fast Acting and Effective Vitamin C Serum […] Read more…

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Mommy Reality Challenge #5: The Laundry Room

Moms, you have responded to our call to action with pictures of dirty pots and pans piled high in kitchen sinks, filthy cars, messy baby faces, and mixed up meals! You have given us a glimpse into your lives and into your homes, making us proud and inspiring us to continue this real mom movement […] Read more…

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Creepers Love The Avon Lady {My Experience Selling Avon}

Some time ago, in October of last year to be somewhat specific, I started to feel a more than a little restless. I needed something to do. Something besides all of the everyday mundane household chores, taking care of my two lovely ladies, working a few hours a week as a website evaluator, and getting […] Read more…

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Humble Chic: 20% OFF

Have you ever heard of Humble Chic? I’d heard they make cute clothes, so when I was offered the chance to partner up with them here on my blog, I was really excited. Especially considering my most recent outfit of choice- wide-leg linen pants and whatever t-shirt or tank top I can find without stains on […] Read more…

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One. {Mama is a Basket Case}

Somehow, despite my strongest and most valiant efforts to keep her a newborn forever, “the baby,” our daughter Violet, turned one last Friday. I can’t believe it.  How could a year have flown by so quickly?  Was it the lack of sleep that made it go by so fast?  The laughs and first moments?  Was […] Read more…

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