Beauty, Favorite Things, Uncategorized

Current Crushes

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Since, Valentines Day will be here before we know it I wanted to put together a fun guide of some of my favorites items and also their affordable dupes. I know I personally love to save up for real items and splurge on dupes! Below are some of my favorite recent items or items I have been eyeing!
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David Yurman Bracelet| Dupe $18

Chanel Perfume| Dupe $25

Lip Sweatshirt| Dupe $18

Sam Edelman Shoes| Dupe $25

Chanel Purse| Dupe $22

Gucci Belt| Dupe $15

Heart Blouse| Dupe $15

Ray Ban| Dupe $10

Leather Leggings| Dupe $15

What are you hoping to get this Valentines Day?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Favorite Things, FItness

Vital Proteins Review

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The new year is underway and I have really been trying to focus on my health.  With that being said as a busy mom I realized that my eating habits aren’t the greatest [hello leftover Mac & cheese or PB&J].  After taking a look at my diet I also realized I was lacking protein.

IMG_3830When Vital Proteins reached out to me I was really excited to try their Collagen Peptides. What is Collagen?!?! It is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues. These protiens/peptides help with hair, skin, nails and your whole body.  I have really seen an improvement over the past few weeks since I have amped up using Vital Proteins.

For me, I love adding it to my morning coffee.  This line dissolves quickly and has no taste.  But for those who love lighter coffee (I drink mine black) they have SUPER yummy creamers that I have tried and they taste amazing,

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Want to try it yourself? HERE is the Collagen Peptides & HERE is the coffee creamer.  I am also excited to try some of the other products they have to offer soon!

What is your favorite way to add protein into your diet

PS Apparently I have a thing for Texas coffee mugs…

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

Favorite Things, Uncategorized

Fort Worth Favorites- Family Edition

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Hi y’all! I am back at it with another Fort Worth Favorites posts! This one is gears all towards families but specifically those of you with toddlers like me! Some of these I have mentioned in other post before but I wanted to put a comprehensive list together for all things kiddo!
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Free/cheap meals & Food
McAlister’s: Kids meals are under $4 and most days after 4pm are 99 cents with a purchase of an adult entree!
Original Pancake House– Free mini pancakes while you wait for your food!
Blu Mesa Brunch: Kids 5 and under are FREE and the food is amazing!! They have several locations too!
Firehouse Subs: One free kids meal for every adult meal purchased– day and time varies by the location.
Whole Foods: You get a free piece of fruit and they have story time Tuesday at 10am!
Favorite play spaces/ activities
Library: My personal favorite is the Benbrook Library.  They have a great play area and Story Times.  Their story times are broken down by different age groups.  They also have a TON of other fun actives throughout the week!
The Playspace: This is such a wonderful drop in “play care”! Lots of fun activities and you can drop in when you want! SO great for doctors appointments or when you just need a manicure!
Barnes and Noble Story Time- I think it varies by location but ours is Fridays at 10!
Happy Lark: One of our favorite indoor play areas! It is great during those hot summer months.  They also have story time and music time!
SeaQuest: Lots of fun to explore at this aquarium!
Flight Deck  & Pump it UP: They both have a toddler jump class.
Celebrations: A SUPER fun open play space for littles!
Parks: Castle Park is our favorite: Lots of equipment to play on for all ages and there is a pond! But we also love Z Boaz, Rolling Hills and Skyline Ranch.
Lone Star Gym: Open play on Friday Nights!
Fort Worth Zoo: Our favorite spot to explore on nice days in the Fort.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History: Endless possibilities but Tripp loves the play grocery area!
Z Boaz Park: This is a small quaint park that we love to pop in and swing at. It is clean and surrounded by trees!
What are your favorite Fort Worth Activities?!
XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

Gabbing Girls

Tangled Up With Endometriosis

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I am so excited to bring you another feature on Gabbing Girls.  Tifanee is a fellow mom blogger over at Coins & Babble. She is bringing light to women who have Endometriosis and what is means to live with a chronic disease.  She also has great tips for Autism and parenting in general! With out further ado…

Endometriosis. When I first came across this word I had to google it for a definition. The dictionary in Google reads “a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus and causing pelvic pain.”  

Worst definition ever. It’s so much more than that.

Symptoms:

Besides pelvic pain, there is a huge list of symptoms that go along with Endometriosis. Here are some of the most common symptoms, and what they feel like to me!

Painful Periods: Not like the cramping that makes you want to eat a banana (that never worked for me anyway) and put a heat pack on with a movie. The kind of cramping that totally occupies your brain. The kind that makes you want to heat that heat pack up so damn hot that it burns your skin because maybe that will take away from the twisting, pressured, inflamed feeling. This pain starts a week before your period, and ramps up to its worst during your period, then lasts for the week after too. Oops, only one week left in the month.

Pain with/after sex: This is one of the most annoying symptoms for me. I am not one of those women who can just shop away my desire for sex, do those women actually exist?! My body and mind crave that release and closeness with my husband. If we are in just the right position, the pain during is fairly minimal, but as soon as that stupid muscle contracts for my wonderful euphoria, pain comes with it. The kind of pain that makes me curl up in a ball in our bed after with tears streaming down my face. The kind of pain my husband feels the need to apologize for and ends up feeling bad over. Not healthy for any relationship.

Pain when you go to the bathroom: I sat down 5 minutes ago to pee, yet despite me trying to relax my body, pee won’t come out. When I try to relax a little more, it feels like something inside is clenching me. Like there’s some rope tied around something and it’s just getting tighter rather than looser. If that’s what urination is like, lets not even get into the other.

Excessive bleeding: “Oh no, I went through 121 tampons in three months.” No joke, one of my friends with Endo actually kept track once.

Other symptoms: Chronic fatigue, nausea, infertility, excessive bloating…I think you’re getting the idea.

Actual Feelings

“What does it feel like?” It’s the most common question women ask. If you suspect you have Endo, you’re probably wondering this. I know it feels different for every woman because it depends on WHERE the endometriosis is growing. But, the feeling I think is the most common, is the feeling of blisters. It feels like hundreds of blisters inside your pelvis. Some of them feel like they’ve burst, and others are just rubbing against your pelvic wall and internal organs. Your pelvic wall being the ill-fitting shoe you have to wear ALL THE TIME. The best description is in the book “Stop Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain” by Dr. Andrew S Cook, he describes the full effect here “For endometriosis sufferers, it’s as if the entire pelvis is covered with hundreds of incredibly painful blisters. At best, this leads to intense short-term discomfort and frustration, at worst to years of agony and despair. Endometriosis can ruin quality of life—harming family relationships, impacting friendships, damaging careers, and straining marriages.”. You can read the forward by Dr. Robert Franklin here. If you have just been diagnosed with Endo, or think you might have it, I highly suggest this book!

Managing through life

Thankfully, I am not one of the 1/3 of women who endometriosis caused infertility too early in life. I have three beautiful children, it was a struggle to have our third and following her, I can’t have anymore. I feel extremely grateful that I could have children, but that also means that I have to care for them while I am in extreme amounts of pain and mentally and physically drained. I honestly feel dead most days. I have mom guilt to the max because sometimes, my little just lays in bed with me for the day. My husband comes home and helps around the house, otherwise, it would be insanely messy. I consider myself one of the lucky few out of the 1 in 10 (176 Million) girls and women worldwide diagnosed with Endo because I was able to have kids and my husband understands. Getting through day to day life with an invisible illness is not easy and people really don’t understand. I should be a cheery 20 something….ok, 30 something woman, who has energy and loves to go to neighbourhood potlucks and kids parties. Let’s be real, I would still hate kids parties. But, instead, I spend way too many of my days in bed and way to much time carefully planning out my errands and responsibilities. The fatigue a woman experiences with Endo is similar to that of a cancer patient going through treatment. I think that really puts things in perspective for people who don’t understand.

The worst part, there is no cure. A hysterectomy doesn’t cut it because your body still needs hormones and hormones are what cause the lesions to bleed and increase. In cases like mine, where pain cannot be controlled, a hysterectomy is what you end up with as the last hope for some relief. I feel like this is a sad end to this story, but also, a fitting one. With so many women and girls suffering from this life sucking disease, an actual solution is what we need!

T, xx

About Tifanee:

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I am a mom of two special needs kids and one diva of a daughter who happens to be the perfect sister for her siblings. I also have been diagnosed with Endometriosis/Chronic Pelvic Pain. I started Coins & Babble as a place of escape for me. I love writing about our life, chaos and all. You’ll find raw honesty with bits of humour in my writing, because that’s who I am. How could I not have humour with THREE kids around me?!

Find her on: FacebookInstagram,& Twitter

Everyone go check out Tifanee and give her some love!
XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

baby, Family, Things I Love

Tripp’s Favorite Things + 20 Month Update

As I sit down to write this post I just can’t get over that Tripp is almost 20 months old.  He is a talking machine, a runner and full of life.  He eats ALL the food, ALL the time and he is getting cuter by the day which I don’t even know how that is possible.

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He loves to keep me on my toes and he is learning how to play by himself… which is amazing for this work at home mama.  Tripp loves to play catch and He is a wiz at puzzles.

Which leads me to this….I get asked all the time what are some of Tripp’s Favorite Toys are so I wanted to put together a quick toy list. Most of these are smaller items but I wanted to show off the best item first…  Tripp is a little over a year and a half right not so he loves A LOT of things but we really have fallen in love with Melissa and Doug toys! They don’t feel cheap and they are durable!

This Jeep has a remote for the parents to use and Tripp is OBSESSED with it!

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On to the inside toys…

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Infant Melissa & Doug Personalized Multi Activity Table • Melissa & Doug • $149.99

Toddler Melissa & Doug Farm Animal Train Set • Melissa & Doug • $19.95

Toddler Melissa & Doug Farm Jumbo Knob Puzzle • Melissa & Doug • $19.99

Melissa and Doug Kids’ Deluxe Wire Puzzle Rack • Melissa & Doug • $19.99

Toddler Melissa & Doug ‘Fridge Food’ Play Set • Melissa & Doug • $19.99

Toddler Boy’s Melissa & Doug ‘Magic Mine Train Tunnel’ Wooden Train Toy • Melissa & Doug • $29.95

Toddler Melissa & Doug Food Groups Set • Melissa & Doug • $19.99

Melissa & Doug Dust! Sweep! Mop! Play Set – Ages 3+ • Melissa & Doug • $30

Melissa and Doug Toy, Fishing Magnetic Puzzle Game • Melissa & Doug • $9.99

 

What toys does your toddler love? I need birthday present ideas!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Favorite Things

ThredUp Clean Out Kit

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Get a ton of stuff this holiday season and need to get organized in your closet.  Take a moment to check out ThredUp.  I have shared my love of them before and wanted to let you all know how easy the other side of the process is… which is “selling” your previously loved items.

It is so easy to head to ThredUp and order a kit, they also explain how to clean out.  You have a couple different options [like if you want to donate what they don’t accept or if you want it sent back].  Once your kit arrives it comes with great information on how much items are valued at and what brands they look for. They also let you know their standards of accepting items. Fill the bag and sit it out for the post office to pick up or head to an approved drop location!

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Once your order is processed everything is online and you can see what was automatically purchased from you and what they are listing!

This was such a great way for me to get rid of a good amount of items without having to leave my house… which is key if you are a busy mom or person like me!  I can’t wait to do another clean out soon!

Some other cool things to think about is how shopping and selling secondhand helps contribute to sustainability!

Have you tried ThredUp before? If you haven’t use code GABBINGGINGER for 50% off until March!
XOXO. Gabbing Ginger