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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, 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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Don’t you just LOVE vinyl letters?

I do :) It’s a fun way to add a little personality to your home. Recently I’ve come across a great website that offers pretty much anything you could imagine in vinyl letters. It’s called Say It Your Way Custom Vinyl. I’ll share with you some of my favorite things from their site. First let me show you the vinyl I have so far in my home.

This is in my kitchen.

And this I just recently added to Lily’s room (not sure why the picture is showing up all blurry).

And here is the most recent one I got. I haven’t put it up yet because it’s going to go in Lily’s St. George room. I’ll post a picture of it as soon as I put it up.

Here are some of my other favorites.

Family Is $15.99

Family Monogram $19.99

Candle Warmer Personalized $25.00

Now these are really fun! You can personalize them how ever you want.

Tumblers $10.00

One of you lucky ladies will have the chance to win a $25 gift card to Say It Your Way. Giveaway ends one week from today 7/21.


Leave a comment telling me which item is your favorite. I will choose a winner from the comments using

For MORE chances to win:

You can leave a separate comment for each additional thing you do from the list below.

1. Become a fan of Your Way Vinyl on Facebook.

2. Share my blog with your friends on Facebook. Thank you :)

3. Follow Your Way Vinyl blog via google friend connect.

4. If you’re a follower, subscriber or liker of my blog, I”ll let you leave another comment :) Thanks everyone!

Good luck!!! The winner will be notified via email.

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Check out these adorable hair accessories I got for Lily.

Today I get to feature this great little boutique on Etsy called La Flor Couture. Heather, the founder and designer of the company has offered to give away a $30 gift card to her shop. First let me share some information about them.

**La Flor Couture*** Vintage * Luxe * Original Handmade Accessories designed by Heather Jenson est. 2010.

Specializing in hair flowers, headbands, wraps , sashes, bows, bridal, veils, rosettes and more.

We have a passion for what we do at La Flor Couture and love to make you look and feel beautiful with our one of a kind accessories! All styles are handmade originals (made with lots of love :) and many have vintage materials so you get that one of a kind look. All are made to customer satisfaction in a pet-free, smoke-free environment. We also specialize in custom orders for weddings, parties, photo shoots/props, gifts or that something special for yourself! Thank you so much for taking the time to look at our shop!

Heather has always had a passion for fashion and design which reached new heights��� when she began working for and helping design wedding and prom dresses for a large Bridal and Formal wear company in 2004. Heather traveled to China while on the design team and her passion for beautiful materials and high quality design escalated as her education in fabrics, beading, and sewing grew from the experience . Now a stay at home mom of 2 and wanting to still put her skills to work, she began making cute hair accessories for her own daughter, herself and her friends (along with her awesome sister) and thus La Flor Couture was born! Heather is so happy to share her creations with you now and hope you enjoy shopping here at La Flor Couture!

Here are a few more of my favorite items she has.

Lil’ Flapper Hot Pink and Black $9.50

Tea Party Signature Luxe Rosette $18.50

Signature Luxe La Princesa $22.50

Pleated Bridal Headband $48.50

Now here’s how to enter:

Leave me a comment here telling me which item is your favorite. I will choose a winner by using one week from today 7/14. I will contact the winner via email.

For more chances to win:

You can leave additional comments by doing some of the following. Leave a separate comment for each thing you do.

1. Become a fan of La Flor Couture on Facebook.

2. Become a fan of Balanced Moms on Facebook.

3. Become a follower of La Flor Couture’s Blog.

4. Share this giveaway link on facebook.


5. Check out Heather’s Etsy site and add her to your circle or comment on your favorite one.

Okay, good luck, and click HERE if you’d like to shop La Flor Couture.

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I was recently introduced to a fabulous blogger, semi new to the blogeshere. She is a young cosmetologist who loves to write and share fun idea’s on interior design, food, fashion, and much more. Her blog is called Rolled Up Pretty and Cut Off Thoughts. She has a wonderful blog and that’s why I wanted to share her with you all. She also makes these cute decorative pillows and has offered to give away TWO of them to one of you lucky ladies!

Here’s a little introduction from Savannah herself!

“I am 25, have my cosmetology license, graduated in communications from the University of Utah and still have no idea what I want to do. I just know it has to be something fabulous :) Life is too short to do something everyday that you don’t love.

I do know, I love to write and…. I love fabulous finds, interior design, food, taking pictures, fashion, funniness, randomness, the hub, projects, re-doing, music, and just sharing my crazy ideas about all of these things with anyone who will listen. So what better way to do it than start this blog? I can’t think of one…. can you? It is going to be the fabulous that this cat needs right now, to bring myself a little fun throughout the day, and write what comes to mind.”

So head on over and see what this girl has to offer.

Now for the giveaway rules!


*Leave a comment telling me one of your favorite things to read about, fashion, food, health, photography, ect.

For more chances to win you can leave additional comments by doing a few of the following (leave a separate comment for each one).

1. Become a follower of Rolled Up Pretty and Cut Off Thoughts.

2. Follow or subscribe to this blog :)

3. LIKE Savannah’s Facebook Page.

4. LIKE Balanced Moms on Facebook.

5. Follow Savannah on Twitter.

Good luck and have a great weekend!!!

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Looks like I’ll be having a giveaway per week at this rate :) Thanks to all the wonderful sponsors. Today, I’m featuring the Cute Baby Boutique by Analia Palmer. She is incredibly talented and hand crafts all the stuff in her shop. Here is what I bought from her recently, and it’s also the giveaway prize for today. Sizes available in 12 months to 6 T.

4th of July Tank Top for Girls

Here are some of the other cute things she has to offer.

Aren’t they all adorable!!!! Okay, so once again, here is the prize. This cute 4th of July tank top.

To Enter:

Simply leave me a comment telling me which one is your favorite.

*For more chances to win you can leave additional comments by doing some of the following. (Leave a separate comment for each one you do).

1. Become a fan of Cute Baby Boutique on Facebook.

2. Become a fan of Balanced Moms on Facebook.

3. Follow the Cute Baby Boutique blog via google friend connect.

4. And if you’re a follower or email subscriber of my blog you can go ahead and leave another comment :)

5. Last but not least, you can share the link to this giveaway on your facebook page for another comment in the contest.

Thanks everyone!!!

Oh and one more thing, I’ve noticed I dropped in the rankings of Top Mommy Blogs since moving over to WordPress and all that, so would you mind giving me a quick click! All you have to do to give me a vote is click this icon Vote For Us @ Top Mommy Blogs That’s it! Thanks so much!!!


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Today I get to share more fun jewelry with you, PLUS you have the chance of winning a beautiful necklace.
My friend Suzanne has recently become a Stella & Dot Stylist. She has offered to sponsor a giveaway to help spread the word a little.

Before I get down to the Giveaway details, let me show you some of the cute stuff they have.

I love this Allie Pearl & Ribbon Necklace for little girls.


Wishing Nugget Bracelet
Colette Necklace — Silver.
I love this one, and it’s on sale right now too!
Isn’t this Sasha Flower Brooch fun!


The item provided for this giveaway is this beautiful Avery Chains & Pearl Necklace,
that’s a�$69 VALUE!!!

Leave a separate comment for each thing you do from the list below. �You can choose one or do all three. �Each comment you leave obviously increases your odds. �The winner will be randomly selected using �Be sure to leave your email address if it’s not already public in a profile. I need to have a way of contacting you if you’re the winner. Giveaway ends June 15th.

1. Take this short 5 question survey.

2. “Like”�Stella & Dot by Suzanne on Facebook. If you share the link on your own page and refer friends, you will get an additional entry for each friend you send. (your friend will get an entry as well as long as they take the survey).

3. Share this Giveaway link on Facebook.

Also, Suzanne is offering a discount of 10% off any piece and free shipping on orders of $50 or more while the contest runs. In order to redeem the discount, you will need to contact her with your order so she can put it in manually.

Shop now:

And vote for me by clicking this icon below :) Thanks my lovely ladies!

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It’s the perfect time to have another jewelry giveaway seeing that Mothers Day is right around the corner. Jewel Kade has a great new Mother’s Day selection that is sure to assist you in finding that special personalized gift for your mom.

Here is my newest Jewel Kade piece.

And here’s the flip side of it.

Don’t ya love it!!! These kinds of necklaces are so fun because you can mix and match the charms and chains how ever you want.

Here is their mother’s day selection. All orders must be in by April 24th to guarantee Mothers Day arrival.

About Jewel Kade:

The company is about 1 year old. The pieces are hand made in Utah- no 2 pieces are exactly alike– It’s truly like wearing a piece of art. The pieces are all interchangeable- (mix and match), great for any attire-from casual/jeans or dressy. You can even upload a photo for a very special, personalized photo charm. New pieces released every couple months. 

My friend Kathy Andrews is looking to have people join her team to rep this new line of jewelry- The timing is perfect!

For more information on how you can become a Jewel Kade consultant:

Contact my Kathy by email: [email protected]

Or you can call her: 248-895-0046

Now to enter the giveaway!!!

Here’s how it works:

To enter the giveaway leave a comment telling me what you’re going to get for your mom for Mother’s Day in the comments section of this post. Be sure to leave your email address if it’s not already public in your profile. I need to have a way of contacting you if you’re the winner. The prize is a $40 gift card to Jewel Kade. Giveaway ends April 22nd.

For additional chances to win you can leave a separate comment for each thing you do from the list below.

Good luck!!!!!

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Can I just tell you how much I enjoyed Tangled the movie. We took Lily to see it twice in the theater because I loved it so much. I totally bawled at the end… both times.

I’m sitting there, tears flowing almost to the point of full on weeping noises. I’ve learned to lean forward to where my face is out of sight from Sean, otherwise he makes a point of starring at me only to add to my embarrassment.

I really thought the movie was so inspirational!!!! I think my favorite part is when they all break out in song, singing about their dreams. Seriously, it was so inspirational to me!!! I left that movie thinking,  I can be what ever I want to be when I grow up. And that’s exactly what I hope it did for my daughter.

Look how fun this little widget is below.

The Tangled widget will allow children of all ages to discover talents they might not have known they had!  Whether you are an aspiring artist, chef, or just feeling crafty, Rapunzel will lead the way as you find your own hidden abilities!

So go ahead, grab your kids and select one of the icons. I checked them out already and they are so much fun!

Today I get the opportunity to offer one of you lucky ladies a FREE copy of the movie. Plus, a bonus promotional surprise picked at random from the following list: A Pascal Beanie Baby, Flynn Ryder and Rapunzel T-Shirts, and Official Disney Paper Lanterns!

All you have to do to enter is answer this question in the comments section of this post:

What is one of your talents or a new found talent?

I will randomly select a winner a week from today April 4th. The winner will be contacted via email so be sure to leave your email address with your comment if it’s not already public in a profile.

You can vote for me on top mommy blogs to0 if you want :) :) But only if you really want to.
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I’ve blogged about Hapari before because they have the cutest and best fitting swimwear around, and since I now have a 30 year old mom body, tankinis are the way I roll :)

“Hapari Swimwear enhances the curves you love and hides the curves you don’t. We make modest swimwear and tankinis that are stylish and comfortable for all body types. With Hapari’s new line of tankini swimwear we’ve improved upon the things women have traditionally disliked about modest swimsuits. Using our special style tabs, every tankini can be worn 3 different ways; halter, tank and criss cross. Women’s swimwear is our specialty. Shop figure flattering tankinis, one piece swimsuits, bikinis, and bottoms. We have the perfect swimwear for you!”

Today I get the opportunity to host a giveaway for them.
The prize is a $96 gift card!!!!!

Let me just show you how cute these babies are. Here are the ones I already have.

 I just love the skirts but my favorite are the tummy tuck bottoms.  The Tummy Tuk� band helps keep your figure and provides extra coverage for your midsection.

And here are the ones I want.

Now for your chance to win one of these!!!


To enter the giveaway, just share one of these links below. You can post it on your facebook wall, tweet it or blog it.  Then come back here and comment on this post with the URL where the link to Hapari can be found. Once this is done you have entered into the giveaway!


You can leave additional comments for each thing you do from the list below.

* Share my blog with your friends on Facebook. Copy and paste this link:

* Follow or subscribe to this blog either through google friend connect, networked blogs, or email.

* “Like” Hapari on Facebook.

* “Like” Balanced Moms on Facebook.

* Enter my other giveaway I have going on right now.

Giveaway ends March 29th. The winner will be chosen using I will contact the winner via email so be sure to leave your email address with your comment so I have a way of contacting you.

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As most of you already know I’ve developed a day planner I like to call the Wanna Be Balanced Planner.  Inside this planner you’ll find all kinds of useful organizational tools as well as 3 months of meal plans WITH weekly grocery lists. My goal is to make 12 months of meals, so far I have 5. You can buy the additional months as they become available.

I’ve borrowed recipes from all over the web, but now my new goal is to start creating my own. I usually add my personal touch to basic recipes anyway, so I thought why not share them with you.

Another thing I’m working on to go in the day planners is a 4 week exercise program with meal plans catering more towards weight loss. This can be purchased separately as well. It should be ready to present to you within the next couple of weeks.

Last week I made some delicious Tortilla Soup ( recipe is included in month 5 of the planners). I’ll share the recipe first, then below I’ll give you the details on the giveaway. You’ll all have a chance to WIN one of my specialty day planners.

Here are ALMOST all the items you’ll need for the soup. Later I decided that the consistency was too soupy for my liking. I like soups to be on the thicker side, so I added a can of tomato sauce.

Chop the onions WITHOUT tearing up in the process.
Man I think my eyes are just so sensitive because every time I cut onions my eyes are burning so bad to the point where I’m cutting with my eyes closed.
I’m known for my brains :)

Chop 3 cloves of garlic, then saute them in a tablespoons of olive oil.

I really hate measuring, so I usually just guess, but I would say that a couple teaspoons of chili powder would do the trick.

Then a couple sprinkles of dried oregano…

Add a can of diced tomatoes and green chilies…

A can of chicken broth…

Then a can of rinsed black beans and a can of corn…

Chop up some fresh cilantro and add it to the pot. About 1/4 cup.

I really hate cooking chicken. Handling it raw just grosses me out and I never seem to cook it right. Either I don’t cook it enough and the middle is pink which of course makes me lose my appetite and end up throwing it out, OR it’s extremely dry.  So in my opinion, buying the rotisserie is the way to go:) It saves time, is cooked to perfection and tastes incredible!!!

Just start pulling it apart with a fork and adding pieces to the soup.

Now here is where I noticed I needed to add the tomato sauce to thicken it up.

Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes or so. While it’s simmering you can get your garnishes ready.

Crushed tortilla chips, avocado’s my favorite, green onions, Monterey jack cheese, and sour cream.

Isn’t it beautiful!!!!

Okay, now for the giveaway!!! One of you lucky ladies now has the chance to get one of these for FREE. Just help me spread the word by doing some of these things below, then you can leave a separate comment in the comment section of this post for each thing you do. Be sure to leave your email address if it’s not already public in your profile. This way I have a way of contacting you if you’re the winner. Giveaway ends 3-25. The winner will be selected using

*Must be subscribed to this blog in some way. Google friend connect, networked blogs, or via email. Leave a separate comment for each one.

*Become of fan of Balanced Moms on Facebook. Just click the “like” button.

*Suggest to at least 5 of your friends to “LIKE” Balanced moms on facebook.

*Share the link to this post on your Facebook wall. You can leave TWO separate comments for this one.

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Next week on Wanna Be Balanced Mom

*Turning 30
My dreaded 30th birthday is on Monday. Can we just skip that day?

*Spring Fashion
I’ll be posting some cute spring finds for ya.

*Purse Pics
What’s in your purse? If you’d like to submit your purse pics then email me at [email protected] I’ll be sharing your pics next week. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, refer to this blog post for the details.