Category: Style

Just because we’re mommies doesn’t mean we need to give up fashion and let ourselves go. In fact, I’d say its even more important when we’re mommies to feel good about ourselves! When we feel good about how we look, we’re going to be in a better mood for our family. It’s amazing how taking a shower each day, getting dressed in real clothes instead of sweatpants, and putting a little effort into our hair and make-up can make a huge difference in how we go about our days!

Lilla Rose Headband Winner

Congratulations to Rachel Laidlaw, winner of the Lilla Rose Headband Giveaway! I’m so excited she won! She has the most adorable boy-girl twins and I know she’ll love the headband! Rachel, we’ll be in touch with you so you can claim your prize!

A big thanks to Melody Detwiler for hosting this giveaway! And another big thank you to all of you who entered. If you didn’t win, don’t forget there is a buy 3 get 1 free deal going on! Check out Melody’s Lilla Rose website to shop for the perfect hair jewelry for you!HOOU 1

XOXO,

Amber

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Lilla Rose Hair Jewelry Giveaway

Hello again! I hope you all had a great weekend. Ours was full of adventure! We took a trip down to Kansas City to visit my brother and sister-in-law and had a blast. It was great to spend quality time together and get a glimpse into their life there. As if traveling with kids doesn’t come with enough built in entertainment, on the way home we had major car trouble. I’ll be back to fill you in on the hysterical details later, but it’s safe to say that after our vehicle dying twice in below zero temperatures with three kids in tow, being home has never felt so good.

In the spirit of forgetting about those traumatic incidents and turning the focus onto something more fun, I’m excited to bring you a giveaway!

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that over the past year I’ve taking a liking to headbands. Whether it’s at the gym, at home to hide hair that hasn’t been washed in a couple days, or as a fun accessory to wear on a date night, I’m a huge fan.

When Melody from Lilla Rose approached me to do a review and giveaway about the hair jewelry she sells, I was so excited. What a perfect fit! Whether you’re a mom or not, we all have days when we just want to add a little something to spruce up our hairstyle a bit.

I was given the Roses Headband and love it. Unlike other headbands that can tend to give me a headache by the end of the night, the adjustable strap in the back of this one allows me to find the perfect fit. It’s so comfortable, I forgot I’m wearing it! I also like that I can wear it with my hair down, as pictured here, or as a simple accessory to a ponytail, which to be honest is what my hair is in most days.  There are so many cute headband colors and styles to choose from. There’s sure to be one that fits your fancy!IMG_0635 IMG_0627IMG_0638

Lilla Rose not only sells headbands, but also has adorable bobby pinshair sticks, and another convenient option called a flexi clip that allows you sweep your hair back in a matter of moments.marketing image 12-1

The flexi clip will fit all different hair types and it comes in 7 sizes: mini, extra small, small, medium, large, extra large and mega. To find out what size would be best for you, you can watch this video. You can order with confidence since Lilla Rose offers a 90 day sizing guarantee.

If you place an order, be sure to take advantage of the buy 3 get 1 free deal available to all new customers! HOOU 1

She’s also offering a free bobby pin set to anyone who hosts a Facebook party in February. That gift is in addition to the free & half priced items that can be received based on sales. Go here to contact her if you’re interested in this!

Okay, now onto the giveaway! One lucky reader will win a Lilla Rose headband! The giveaway is open through Sunday night, February 16th, 2014. The winner will be announced on Monday, February 17th. It is open to US residents only.  In order for your entries to be counted, record them using Rafflecopter below.

Here are your options to enter:

1. Visit Melody’s website and leave a comment telling us which headband is your favorite.

2. Like Melody’s Lilla Rose Facebook page.

3. Share about the giveaway on Facebook.

4. Easy entry for Mommy’s Me Time Facebook fans.

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Good luck!

Amber

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Tiny Togs Giveaway

It’s Monday! As I mentioned yesterday, it’s time for another giveaway! I’m super excited about this one because I know you are going to be thrilled to have a chance to win a Tiny Togs one piece from the Toasty Togs Shop.IMG_0530

What are Tiny Togs, you ask? 

Made with 100% cotton, these stylish one-piece outfits are handmade from baby soft fabrics in a design only a mom could think of! All of the Tiny Togs outfits feature ‘grow with me’ flexibility, a roomy neckline, and a hidden zipper that runs from cuff to cuff, making diaper and clothing changes a breeze! It’s our favorite baby gift, the best hand-me-down, and the only thing dad will want to dress your little one in.

In addition to Tiny Togs, Toasty Togs also sells womens’ and childrens’ fleece wear such as hats, mittens, and coats.IMG_0535IMG_0539

When I was contacted by the owner of Toasty Togs to give a review and host a giveaway, I was really curious to see how they would work. With diapers changes happening more times a day than I can count, I spend a lot of time buttoning my twins’ onesies.

I received one short sleeve and one long sleeve outfit, and I absolutely love them. It’s safe to say Emersyn and Mckinley do too. The first thing I noticed about them was that the fabric was incredibly soft and comfortable. And after a few blowouts, thanks to the antibiotics my girls are on, I also learned that they wash up very nicely. Always a win-win!IMG_0550IMG_0558

There are many things to like about Tiny Togs, but here are my two favorites:

1. The zipper is amazing. I think I have conquered a new personal record on my diaper changing routine! Eliminating the hassle of buttons makes changing amazingly convenient. I’ll admit that I’ve been grabbing for these outfits first when I open up the dresser.IMG_0570

2. The grow with me flexibility is great. My girls were born premature and I often have a tough time finding pants that fit them well because they’re skinny around, but still long. The one piece fits any waistline, and the cuffs on these are great because they can be rolled up easily and stay where you want them. I recommend buying a little big because you’ll be able to anticipate their next growth spurt.IMG_0573

I’m confident that you and the little babies in your life will enjoy these just as much as we do. If you’re a mom, an aunt, a grandma, a friend, a nanny, or whatever please enter the giveaway to win an adorable Tiny Togs outfit for that special baby! Their sizing runs from 0 months – 2T! Boy styles can be found online as well!

How To Enter

Submit your entries using Rafflecopter below. The giveaway winner will win a coupon code to be used on the Toasty Togs Etsy site for the amount of one Tiny Togs outfit plus free shipping. Contest open to U.S. shipping addresses only.

The contest will be open through Sunday, February 2nd. The winner will be announced next Monday, February 3rd!

1. Leave a comment telling us who you want to win the Tiny Togs outfit for.

2. Like Toasty Togs on Facebook

3. Favorite the Toasty Togs Etsy shop

4. Follow Toasty Togs on Pinterest

5. Easy entry for all Mommy’s Me Time FB fans

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Good luck!

XOXO,

Amber

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Origami Owl Giveaway Winner

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The winner of the Origami Owl Giveaway is…

Hope Basher! Congratulations, Hope! I’ll put you in touch with Jenna from Origami Owl so you can order your prize!

Thank you to everybody who participated in the giveaway. If you didn’t win and are still interested in some of the beautiful Origami Owl jewelry, stop on by Jenna’s website to place your order!

Happy shopping!

Amber

 

 

 

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Origami Owl GIVEAWAY

If you’re anything like me, it helps to have something to spice up Mondays a little bit. Today I’d like to help you with that! I have the opportunity to give away a $30 credit to Origami Owl!

Have you heard of Origami Owl? It was started by a 17 year old girl named Isabella when she was fourteen years old. She came up with the idea to create “Living Lockets” that were see-through and that people could customize to tell their own story. Armed with great taste and $350 of babysitting money that was matched by her parents, she set out to raise enough money to purchase a car when she turned 16. Little did she know that within a few years with help from her family, she would take her fabulous idea and turn it into a thriving business. After a successful year with a mall kiosk, Bella and her mother decided it would be more fun to take it the direct sales route. That way mothers and daughters could work together creating fun at-home parties to share this fabulous product with their friends.

Personally, I get excited when I think about Emersyn and Mckinley getting a little older and being able to personalizing lockets like this with them. I’m excited to learn about their different personalities and focus on how they are uniquely created, even though they’re identical twins! If you don’t have kids, there are lovely lockets and charms available for women of all ages. I have my eyes on the mini silver lining locket and using my kids’ initials for the charms. I’m also thinking these would be perfect Christmas presents for my mom and mother-in-law!

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My friend Jenna got started with this company because she absolutely LOVES these lockets and the story of Isabella, and she knows you would too! Thanks to her generosity, she’s giving away a $30 shop credit to one lucky Mommy’s Me Time reader! For $30 you would be able to pick out a locket and two charms! Visit her website to check out all the fabulous options available.

Enter using Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will be open for a week, which means next Monday you can look forward to finding out if you are the winner! Like I said, it’s all about maximizing opportunities to find a little extra excitement on Mondays!

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Disclaimers: This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. You are responsible for tax and shipping, so if you’d like it included in your $30 please account for it when selecting your items. 

I’ll be back later to resume my 31 days series of Seeing God in Ordinary Moments!

Love,

Amber

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No Bow No Go Series: DIY Pom Pom Headband

It’s Friday! Before I move on to this new headband series, I want to congratulate Kristen S. who was randomly selected by random.org to win the $50 gift card to LOFT! Kristen also happens to be a twin mommy – so fun! Thank you to everybody who entered and made the giveaway an amazing success. I’m looking forward to hosting more in the future!

Today, we’re moving away from mommy fashion, and on to baby fashion! As many of you know, I had a boy first before having my twin girls, so I think I get extra excited to get them all cutsied up. I love picking out their girly clothes every day. I love painting their their toenails. And I’m really looking forward to the day when I get to braid and curl their hair! However, for now they remain my bald beauties and I think it will be quite some time until their blonde fuzzies turn into anything curlable.photo-81photo-66Being bald is okay, except for those handful of times when we’ve been out and about that people have mistaken my girls for boys. Apparently a pink car seat, pink blankets, and girly clothes aren’t enough! The few instances Baylen was mistaken for a girl I guess I didn’t really care, but you better not be callin’ my girls boys! SO, I remedied that. The new rule in our house is: “NO BOW…NO GO!”photo-77photo-76Ever since I found out we were having girls, I’ve been on the hunt for headbands. I found a few here and there, but have struggled to find cute ones that are as affordable as I’d like. So I set out to make my own. Over the next few weeks, I’m gonna share a few different methods I’ve discovered, and hopefully by the end of the series we’ll all have a decent collection. If you don’t have girls, I’m sure you know someone who does. These would make great baby gifts, or if you’re hosting a baby shower, it’d be a fun activity to do to with guests and awesome takeaways for the mom-to-be! photo-78Okay, let’s get started! All of the headbands pictured were made using the same method, just adapting it a bit to get a few different looks. (I also used this method to make wall flowers for the girls’ nursery!)

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-Felt

-Cotton fabric in various colors. For a point of reference, 1/3 of a yard will make about 3 – 4 headbands.

-Tulle in various colors

-Scissors or fabric cutter

-Hot glue gun & glue

-Elastic (cheapest to buy it by the yard)

-Any extra bling you want to add to them

1. Cut out two felt circles, about 1.5 inches in diameter.photo-702. Cut out lots and lots of colored fabric circles, about 2 1/4 inches in diameter, although you can make them any size, depending on how big of a flower you want. The circles don’t have to be perfect. It won’t matter. photo-673. Take a circle (let’s not worry about layering the tulle for now…I’ll cover that later) and fold it in half both ways. photo-71 4. Place a dot of hot glue in the center of the felt circle and glue the tip of the “petal” to the felt, pushing down firmly with your fingers. Be careful not to burn your finger with the hot glue.photo-805. Continue gluing folded circles until the felt is full, or you have the desired flower shape you like. photo-79photo-725. Leave it as is, or add a few jewels or feathers. photo-646. Cut your elastic to the desired length. Leave a bit extra on the end (approx.1/4″) so you can overlap the elastic when it is glued. Measure around your baby’s head, or use this size chart. The recommended lengths are as follows (including the extra at the end).

  • Newborn – 13 3/4″
  • 3-6 Months – 15″
  • 6-12 Months – 16 1/4″
  • 12m – Tween – 17 1/4″
  • Adult – 18 1/4″

7. Glue the elastic ends together.photo-738. Glue the flower to the headband. After attaching the flower, glue the second felt circle to the back. The finished product will look like this from the back. photo-74

Variations:

You can make each headband look slightly different by adding multiple colors or cuts. I’ll show you a few examples. With this one, I glued a green and dark pink circle together with a small dot of glue in the middle. Then I proceeded to glue them on using the method above, but alternating which color was facing up.  photo-84With this one, I cut the slits in the circles before gluing them on. photo-75photo-87With the next one, I glued colors together AND cut slits.photo-85For this green one, I cut even more slits, but only used one color. photo-83photo-86For the purple one, I glued three circles of tulle to the top of the purple fabric circles.photo-65photo-64

It’s as simple as that! As you have seen, the variations are limitless. You can create countless headbands for the price of one that you’d buy from a store, and no one else will have another just like it!

Go have fun making some pretties for the girlies in your life! I’ll be back next week with another way to add some glam to our babies!

XOXO,

Amber

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LOFT Gift Card Giveaway

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Happy Friday, friends! It’s been a while since I shared a fashion post, mostly because I’ve been living in my comfy running shorts on many of these hot and sweaty summer days! BUT, I’m hoping to get a little more motivation to spruce myself up soon, and in case you’re in need of a little extra push yourself, I thought I’d help you out by giving away a $50 LOFT gift card to one lucky Mommy’s Me Time reader!

You do not have to be a mommy to enter. You only need to share my love for the LOFT, where you’ll find me frequently shopping the clearance racks until I leave with bargains that make the Dutch girl in me feel quite proud.

How to Enter:

Enter using Rafflecopter below. I’ll be taking entries until the end of the day on Thursday, July 18th, and will announce the winner the following day, on Friday July 19th!

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Thanks to all of you who have helped to get Mommy’s Me Time off to a great start. It has been about six months since I started this little blog, and it’s been amazing to witness how the Lord has used it to connect me with so many amazing women. I’m excited to get to know you more in the next six months!

Good luck on the giveaway!

Amber

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Mommy Tees

I’m a stay-at-home mom, which means sometimes it can be pretty darn tempting to stay in my sweats all day, since technically I don’t have to abide by a dress code or wear anything specific. However, I find that when I spend a few minutes to shower (or at least wash my face and brush my teeth) and then put on a decent outfit, I feel so much better. Just as putting on a nice outfit when I used to head to an office everyday put me into a professional mindset, the same holds true when I’m at home. I am seriously in such a better mood and feel prepared to tackle the day ahead after I have my clothes and mascara on! However, this doesn’t mean you’ll find me galavanting around the house in silk blouses and dress pants. Nope, not even close. I feel great when I’m able to wear something cute yet comfortable. It also has to be ultra easy to wash because by the end of the day it is most likely to be covered in spit-up from the girls or stains from my precious son who likes to use me as a napkin.

So, where do I go when I need to find comfy cute shirts? The LOFT. If you’ve gone shopping with me, then you know this is my favorite store. My husband knows this well. When I needed to get out of the house last week he sent me there on a little shopping spree. He said he wanted me to find some new clothes for Spring to help me get through the postpartum slump. Gosh I love that man!

Among a few others things, I came back with my favorite t-shirts. They are awesome. They’re long enough to cover my ultra-lengthy torso, and don’t shrink at all when you wash them. While they’re super comfy, they are form fitting, but not too tight. If you’re in the market to spruce up your mommy wardrobe, I’d highly recommend buying some. They may not be fancy enough to wear out on a hot date, but they are just perfect for everyday mommy activities. AND, I just noticed that they’re buy one get one half off online right now…a great way to justify a little treat, don’t ya think? My favorites are the Everyday V Tees, and I also picked up a Sunwashed Tee with neon stripes that I love as well!

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Loft T Red

 

{Sunwashed V Tee with Neon Stripes}

Yellow Neon T

So there you have it, a simple shirt that makes me feel like a million bucks! Now, if only the snow would stay away, I’d be able to actually wear them! Until then, this Minnesota gal may be giving into those stay-in-my-sweatpants days more often than I should. ;)

What are your favorite everyday shirts? I’m always up for expanding my mommy wardrobe!

Have a great weekend!

Amber

P.S. A little birdie told me there may be a LOFT giveaway when Mommy’s Me Time reaches 200 likes on Facebook! Spread the word!

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I Want(ed) Proof

IMG_9166We usually put our kids to bed between 7 – 7:30pm. This means most of our nights are spent at home, and usually include watching some TV. One of our favorite shows is Shark Tank that airs Friday nights on ABC.  If you aren’t familiar, it features a panel of potential investors, known as “sharks” who consider offers from aspiring entreprenuers seeking investments for their business or product.

A while back they featured Proof Eyewear, and Jake and I were immediately interested in their wooden eyeglasses and sunglasses. All of the wood used is sustainably sourced and they have fun and unique designs and colors. Additionally, a large portion of each sale goes to a charity in India that provides sight-giving cataract surgeries to those in need!

Jake’s been needing new eyeglasses, so he chose a pair that he’ll be able to put a prescription in. We liked his so much that we decided to order a pair of sunglasses for me too! They’re a bit of an investment, but since I’m in an awkward stage of post pregnancy and don’t want to invest in new clothes quite yet, sunglasses served as the perfect postpartum pick-me-up! To top it off, we’ve been super impressed with their customer service. Each pair arrived only two days after we placed our orders! IMG_9150IMG_9167IMG_9170Another great perk about the glasses is that they’re unisex, so until Jake gets those prescriptions in, I can steal his from time to time!IMG_9161If you’re in the market for a fun pair of glasses to welcome in sunshine and warmer weather, the Kuiper house would highly recommend Proof!

Sunglasses: Ontario Skate Aqua

Prescription Glasses: Loom Black Clear

Are there any other Shark Tank lovers out there? Has anybody tried products featured on there?

Have a blessed Easter weekend! We are enjoying a house full of family staying with us this weekend!

Amber

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Goodbye Maternity Clothes!

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Happy Friday, Everybody! After a week and a half of wearing mostly yoga pants and sweatshirts, I decided today was the day I needed a little pick-me-up and feel like a normal person again. I started the day by taking a bath and put on some jeans and a sweater. I then went downstairs and my mom, who came to help for a couple days, asked me if I was going somewhere since I was actually dressed. Nope! And since the doctors have told us we shouldn’t take the girls out in public for a couple months, any outfit I wear will likely not make it beyond the four walls of our house very often.

With chances great that I’ll get spit up on at some point in the day, I most certainly won’t be wearing anything fancy around here. But there’s just something that feels good about putting on real clothes and a little make-up. Plus, I think my husband deserves to see me put together from time to time too.

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The other bonus of getting ready today was that I didn’t have to stick to the maternity section of my closet! I love that it feels like I have a new wardrobe again. Now of course a week and a half post-delivery I’m not gonna be sporting anything too form fitting, but I found a baggy sweater that will do just the trick until my tummy has a chance to get back where I’d like it.

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Sweater: Forever 21

Jeans: Seven via Marshalls

Shoes: Charming Charlie

Earrings: Charming Charlie

I wasn’t the only one who took some fashion shots this week. My girls had their close-ups done! A huge thanks to Ashleigh Rachel Photography! We met Ashleigh shortly after moving back to MN and she is super creative and talented. I had so much fun with her at our in-home shoot. Head over to her Facebook Page and check out my little beauty queens!

Now I’m off to go eat a delicious chicken casserole that my sweet husband made! He’s so good to me. And then we have another date night on the couch planned after the kids go to bed taking in some March Madness. Minnesota plays tonight and according to Jake it’s a game we can’t miss. :)

Have a great weekend!

Amber

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