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Oh my gosh, I’m in love with how these little sashes turned out. This is another creation by my wonderful mother and me. You can find them in the Lil’ Star Boutique for $17.

Can you tell I like flowers and ruffles? :)

These sashes tie in the back so it can fit most sizes of little girls. If you want one for a baby then you’ll have to specify in the notes so that we can make it miniature :) The flower is a clip on brooch so you can remove it and use different colors to match specific outfits. They all come with one flower, but more colors are sold separately. You can even request a specific color in the notes if you’d like.


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These days it’s getting harder and harder to find anything that fits right. It’s either too tight around the waist and digs into my sides making it look as though I’m pregnant with triplets! One baby in the middle and the other two hanging out on my hips.

I went searching for SOMETHING  to save me from this horrible nightmare. Then suddenly I realized what my solution was…


Who ever invented these babies MUST have been pregnant at the time. They are the perfect pants for the ever growing figure.

So in my search for the perfect pair of drawstring pants, I came across Island Importer which is actually a website that sells wedding apparel. But don’t click away just yet, this is where I found the CUTEST pair of drawstring pants.

But wait! It gets even better!

Usually I’ll buy a pair of pants online only to find out they are either too short or too long, ugh! Nothing worse than having to go through the hassle of shipping something back and trying to get a refund. That’s one of the downfalls of online shopping I guess. So anyway, this company actually custom makes your pants. You simply fill out your measurements when ordering!


These pants also come in a ton of different colors too. I got me a pair of the brown AND the gray which I love :)

I also got a pair of their cute yoga pants, because it’s all about comfort.

“ANYTHING STRETCHY”  Is my motto when pregnant.

Doesn’t my butt look AWESOME!

Ha! Yah right, in my dreams. I thought about posting a picture of me wearing these, but then I quickly changed my mind. My butt while pregnant is like two of these put together… and with a bit more sag.


Yes, someday, I’ll be back to my regular size.

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I feel like I’ve spent my whole life dealing with acne. I thought by now I’d have grown out of it… after all I am 30. But you know what they say, with age comes hormonal acne…

or was it beauty…



Guess there’s a lot that comes with age isn’t there.

You obviously can’t see how bad it REALLY is since I’m wearing make up. It’s the worst when even make up can’t hide it. Thank goodness for photoshop.

Being pregnant definitely doesn’t help the hormones situation. Usually it’s just that time of month where I deal with the break outs, but NOW, it’s constant. I’ve got the pregnancy glow goin on that’s for sure. But my glow stems from the redness caused by acne. Yay for me!

So I’ve been on a constant search for ways to treat my hormonal acne and I happened to come across this Organic Clay treatment called LEROSETT.

It seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. Being pregnant of course I’ve got to be careful about using any harmful chemicals on my skin and definitely don’t want to be taking any pills for it.  So when I saw that this skincare was all natural and chemical free I was sold. I’m always willing to try anything, so I ordered it and only paid like $2 because they offer a free 30 day trial with a guarantee you’ll see results. That’s always a good sign right?

I was so excited once I got it in the mail, I went straight upstairs to try it out.

I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now and have to tell you I am seeing some improvements.

Lerosett has a 23-year record of success for medical/consumer use, and is clinically proven safe with no added chemicals. The cool part about it is that it cuts down the oil production thereby minimizing future breakouts. The longer you use it the healthier and clearer your skin will become.


1. LEROSETT goes deep into pores and effectively absorbs bacteria, oil, dead skin cells, toxins and impurities.

2. A strong ionic charge attracts impurities like a magnet while natural minerals like zinc regulate the production of “sebaceous” oil glands minimizing the return of breakouts.

3. Organic minerals minimize redness, swelling and kill bacteria in the same way as many antibiotics without the negative side effects while promoting the skin’s natural healing abilities.

For more info go to www.gunillaofsweden.com or visit their blog at http://gunillaskincare.wordpress.com/

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This giveaway is closed. The winner is Charlene Moore. She will be contacted via email.

I wanted to properly introduce the Lil’ Star Boutique. This is a little shop that my mom and I started. We named it after Lily and our new little one on the way, Brooklyn Star.

It all started with the day planners I created. I picked out all the fabric and added the little flowers to them, but my mom is the one that sewed the covers for me. She loves it and is extremely good at it. She appreciated the extra money she earned by doing it and said she’s be happy to do more. So with the extra fabric from the planners and my mom offering to make what ever I wanted, the ideas just came flooding in. There were so many cute things I wanted to make and I knew with my moms talent we could become a great team. So I went out and bought a ton of fabric and we began to create. This has been so much fun for me because I LOVE doing the designing part, just don’t have the time to actually MAKE everything. Also, a huge motivation was to get clothes for Lily at a way more affordable rate. I’ve seen these outfits we’re selling going for well over $100. Our goal is to keep the prices down as much as possible.

So now I’d like to show you a bunch of the stuff we have in the shop. If you’d like to shop now just click on “shop” in the far right side of my navigation bar. The shopping cart is located in the sidebar and will direct you to paypal at check out.


The day planners are on sale right now!!!!

So I’ve decided to kick things off with a good ol’ fashion giveaway. I’m offering a $25 gift card to the Lil’ Star Boutique.


Leave a comment below telling me your favorite item. I’ll choose a winner from the comments using random.org. Giveaway ends 9/7

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES: Leave a separate comment for each thing you do from this list below. This will increase your chances to win.

Okay, good luck and thank you for helping me spread the word!!!!

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My little Lily is almost 6 and starting kindergarten this next month. Boo hoo :(
She’s growing up so fast and is turning into a little teenager. Seriously, it’s funny how much she’s changed over the past year.

I thought it was time to start teaching her how to take care of her hair and skin.

I’ve found the perfect hair and skin care products for tweens, it’s called Ottilie & Lulu. My daughter has been using it all this past week and I can tell she really enjoys the whole pampering thing. Don’t we all. She’s now taking showers instead of baths, washes her hair by herself, and washes her face with these fun little face wipes. It’s pretty cute in my opinion. I’ve also noticed that her hair looks and feels much nicer than using the stuff from the store.

Here’s a little information from their website that I found pretty interesting.

“Clean Skin Face wipes are specially formulated for tween skin (no salicylic acid) and are the ideal way to help her keep her beautiful, clear skin. The very light scent of rosewater will leave her feeling refreshed.

Now is the time to start a daily skin and hair care hygiene regimen for tween girls because 80% of the damage done to skin happens by the age of 17. Tween girls have delicate skin and face their own challenges. They need safe products made just for them to help them feel good and look good. Ottilie & Lulu is created with special, gentle formulations of anti-oxidants, botanicals, and vitamins – tween essentials for feeling clean and naturally beautiful. Dermatologist, allergy, and clinically tested-but not on animals.
Ottilie & Lulu for naturally beautiful skin and hair today and for a healthy beauty future.”

Thankfully Ottilie & Lulu has offered to sponsor a little giveaway, giving one of you the chance to try these out on your tween.

The Prize:

SHAMPOO (which is also body wash), CONDITIONER, AND THE FACE WIPES!!!

To Enter:

Leave me a comment telling me your favorite thing about your little tween.

Additional Entries:

For addtional chances to win, leave a separate comment for each thing you do from the list below. Giveaway ends 8/25, and after choosing the winner using random.org, the winner will be contacted via email.

Thanks so much ladies! Have a great weekend. Oh, and how do you like my new site? I’ve added a couple new features. I’ll go into more detail about it next week sometime.

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Haven’t you found there never to be cute maternity clothes when you’re pregnant? It seems like when ever I’m NOT pregnant I see all kinds of cute maternity options which gets me all excited about being pregnant again. Well, I’m having no luck these days, so I’ve decided to just buy large in regular clothes.

Down East Basics seems to be the perfect place for me to shop. Everything is stretchy and comfy which is what it’s all about when you’re body is growing larger by the minute. I’m always impressed by how stylish their clothes are, not to mention VERY affordable, everything priced at around $30 or less. It seem like they’re coming out with new clothes every month which I love! It’s nice to get on their website and see that there’s always something new to choose from.

Here are a few of my recent finds.

These shorts are maternity. I got them from Lilac Clothing, which is a little pricey when you buy online, but they were selling them at Costco for way less last month.

I just LOVE cardigans! They are a perfect way to create the illusion of a curvy waist, which is something I don’t have right now.

And here’s a few recent pics we got taken last week for this years family pics. To see the pics of our kids, you can add me as a friend on Facebook :) I got this shirt from Charlotte Russe.

I got the shorts from Gap Maternity.

Oh, and pretty please “like” my picture over at Hapari on Facebook. I’ve entered their contest to win $2500 and a trip to Florida :) All you have to do to enter is email them a picture of you in one of their swim suits.

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Lately I’ve really been into the cuff bracelets. They are just so darn cute, and in my opinion, way more comfortable since they stay in one place.

Here are some of my recent finds. Unfortunately the lady I bought them from does not have a website. I do know that a lot of boutiques are selling them now, one of them being The Sweetest Thingz. Don’t know if they are AS cute as the ones I found, but they come close :)

I actually going started making some of my own and maybe even some baby ones for my little baby on the way. You can find them HERE. It’s not official that I’m having a girl, but I just THINK I am :) I should be finding out within the next few weeks, so I’ll keep you posted. I will also be sure to post some pics of the cuff bracelets I come up with using my crafty skills.

Check these out!

If you want to win a couple of cute decorative pillows, be sure to enter my giveaway that ends in 2 days.

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To all you balanced moms out there who love all the latest fashion trends but want them at a reasonable price you will love the store Bohme Boutique. One of my long time friends Fernanda Bohme is the owner of this fabulous new store.

Back in 2002-2003 I was a college student at SLCC. I attended this program with Fernanda.  We put on our graduation fashion show in the spring of 2003. Of course all of us aspiring fashion designer/merchandiser/buyers had big dreams that we would go on to be big fashionistas, but most of us ended up in retail. One year after graduation I was walking by Cache at the Fashion Place mall when I noticed my college buddy.  I went in the store and asked her how she liked working there and she said she loved it.  So I began working there and still do to this day.  Fernanda would always talk about opening her own store, but having worked in the business for so long I knew this would be an extreme task. Sure enough after a year of hard work in 2008 Fernanda and her sister opened their first store.

About Bohme

Fernanda and Vivien (sisters) are adding more bling to life.  Their hip new boutique offers a collection of the latest styles in denim and tops for women.  Bohme sets itself apart by offering above and beyond customer service.  Since it’s first store opening in 2008, Bohme Boutique has grown into 5 locations.

Fashion Place Mall, SLC
Gateway Mall, SLC
University Mall, Orem
Layton Hills Mall, Layton
Red Cliffs Mall, St. George

Fernanda has so graciously offered an exclusive 25% off your entire purchase to all our Balanced mommies!  Thanks Fernanda!
Click HERE to print.

You can also check out her website for more offers at Bohmeboutique.blogspot.com or befriend her on facebook.

Happy Shopping Ladies!

Crystal I will also send you the email with the coupon in it from Fernanda, and if you haven’t already checked out her store it is so cute and really reasonably priced.  Thanks Sarina

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How many of you know what microdermabrasion is or have had a treatment done before?

“Microdermabrasion is a mechanical exfoliation that removes the uppermost layer of dead skin cells from the face, chest and hands. For best results, it is recommended you get a series of treatments and use in conjunction with anti-aging skin care products.
The price for a single microdermabrasion treatment usually ranges from $100 – $150.”-Information from About.com

I’ve been a huge fan of microdermabrasion for many years now that I’m noticing the damage done by spending countless hours in the sun. These days I get a monthly microderm treatments as well as wear sunscreen on my face daily, in hopes to turn back time a little.

Recently I found this personal microderm system which cost me about the same as ONE treatment at a spa. Now I can give myself a weekly treatment at home for a fraction of the price. Here’s more information on this great new tool I’ve found.

The hand-held device uses the same aluminum oxide crystals as the ten thousand dollar machines found at your doctor’s office. It smooths away dead skin cells, reduces the appearance of brown spots and other signs of aging.
The system includes: 1 personal microderm, 6 exfoliating discs (2 green and 4 blue), 1 electric cord (Standard U.S. Outlet), 1 facial cap, 1 body cap, 1 reusable filter, Instructional CD and Pamphlet.

This system was recently featured on “The Doctors”.  Here’s the short video clip if you’d like to see it.


To order yours just go to their website www.myskincarefavorites.com, register as a member (which means you will get a monthly email or something… nothing big) and get 20% off all products, then enter wannabebalancedmom as the discount code and you will get an extra $10 off the PMD unit.

Pretty exciting don’t ya think? I’m really loving my system and also loving all the money I’m saving by doing it myself. Microderm just makes my skin glow, it smoothes out the surface and evens the skin tone. I’m addicted I think :)

Here are a couple before and after pics I got directly from their website. I posted my before and after pics a while back when I shared what skin care I was using. Click HERE if you’d like to see it.


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Lately I’ve been laying around all day feeling nauseous and having barely enough energy to take care of my kids. This is the time where I think to myself, WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO????
Or better yet, what did SEAN get me into. What a jerk right :)
I’m kidding Sean :) I love your finger paintings.
*That’s a line from Happy Gilmore incase you were confused. I kind of like to quote movies.

So anyway, yesterday I ventured out into the world after being home bound for the last few weeks. I went and got a pedicure and manicure, then did a little shopping. Nothing like a little pampering followed with some money spending to make me forget about the morning sickness.

The Sweetest Thingz was where I landed and ended up finding some GREAT deals! They’ve got a sale going on AND having a little Ladies Night special happening tomorrow night. Here’s the details.

“Join us this friday, for Girl’s night out 5-10 p.m. Mother’s day event.
If you Grab your Mom or bring anyone who’s a mom you both will recieve a free gift with any purchase!!!
We are also going to give a free pair of our super cute rainboots with every $50.00 purchase! (while supplies last) so come early for best selection and sizes!
As well as an additional free item off of the clearance rack if you spend $100.00.
Also buy one get one 1/2 off on all jeans and capri’s; including Rock Revivals and MEKS.
We also have sales going on around the store for this night
This is a perfect oppurtunity to get your mom a mother’s day gift she will love!!!
and as always we will have yummy kneaders treats!!!
Love to see you there!!!”

Here are just a few of the things I got, I was too tired to get dressed up and take pictures of everything :)

I got these adorable shoes for $29.95

I got this cute shrug for $19.95, the dress for $39.95 and the hat for $14.95. This dress is perfect for a growing midsection :)

Also got Sean a pair of jeans and shorts. Look how sexy these shorts are!

And here’s a couple pictures of some other things they have.

Happy Shopping!!!
By the way, if there is anything you want from The Sweetest Thingz and don’t live nearby, then just contact Allison on facebook and she said she’s be willing to ship items to you.

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