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Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Resolution
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Yes gals......I am going to do it this year, I am making a resolution!  I feel like the hardest thing for me in 2012 was eating healthy and getting all the nutrition I need, I want to fix that this year! Being a mom makes it a little difficult to have time to make 3 healthy meals everyday, I feel like I can usually fit one healthy/protein filled meal in a day but the other two meals are normally shot!  So what I have been searching for is the perfect and quick protein shake that actually fills me up while still being really healthy for me! Most of the shakes I have tried in the past I am hungry an hour later and end up eating junk so it is a complete waist. Well I think I have found my solution and it is the Body By Vi Nutritional Balance Shakes.  I just started them about a week ago and I am in love with them! What I am doing is taking 1 shake a day which replaces 1 meal and making sure my other meals are protein filled and good for me.  I like doing this for breakfast or lunch because I feel like I never eat breakfast and if I do it's a sugary one.  The best part about the shakes is that the entire bag is only $50 which is a lot cheaper than some of the other shakes I have tried!  I actually am saving money each month on my food which has been a bonus!  I am already feeling so much better and I also feel like I have more energy to chase around little Hanes!
Now I am doing these shakes to get all my nutrients in everyday and to be more healthy, my sister is also trying this out but she is doing another version.  She just a baby about 3 months ago and wanted something to help her loose those extra pounds and still be healthy and energized while doing it.  She decided she wanted to try the entire Body By Vi Transformation Kit which is a weight loss program that includes shakes, metabolism boosters, and much more! If you are interested in doing the entire Transformation Kit I would watch this video to give you a little more information.  She started the kit before I did and she said she has never felt better! 


Here is the nutritional shake mix that I use:

My favorite mix ins are.... (it tastes divine!!)
  • frozen banana 
  • frozen strawberries
  • concentrated apple juice 
  • milk
  • 2 scoops of shake mix

Here is what the Transformation Kit looks like (my sister is using)

I am determined to eat healthier and I can't wait to continue using these shakes!  This is just what i have decided to do so I wanted to share with all of you who asked, I am not a nutrition or health specialist so please remember that! What are your New Years resolutions!?
If you want to order the shakes or any other packages you can click here or click the sponsor button on my blog labeled Body By Vi!
Happy New Year!!!
p.s. if you have any questions just email me at caralorenblog@gmail.com

another p.p.s.
If you live in Utah you should go to one of the 2 Resolution Rallies this Saturday.  In Ogden & Orem.  You will be able to try many of the products, and learn more about the program.  Visalus is also announcing the largest consumer weight loss offer in history which equals savings!
-if you can go RSVP to Amber Olsen at 801-791-9903
Monday, December 31, 2012

Bows
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I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and got more done than I did haha My sis was in town so everyday was pretty much a play day, but that was fine by me! 
I can't believe 2012 is almost over, it definitely was a great year! Well I guess every year is with the little man, he makes everything that much more special.  I also wanted to say thank you to all my fabulous followers and reader of CaraLoren'! It is a huge passion of mine and you guys are the reason I can do it everyday and I love you for that!! I have so many fun things planned for the new year and I hope you continue to read along with me! Love you all and don't party too hard tonight haha 
-to see how to get the ballerina bun look go here
 

shirt: Forever21
skirt: c/o PB&J Boutique
shoes: Zara (sold out)
bow: Forever21 (sold out online)
infinity bracelet: c/o Very Jane
pearl earrings: c/o Apple of My Eye Jewelry
necklace: c/o Apple of My Eye Jewelry 

Hanes' outfit: 
button up: Gap
sweater: H&M
jeans: Gap
shoes: c/o Freshly Picked
bow tie: DIY

Friday, December 28, 2012

A Little Pattern
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I'm wearing a few of my favorite things in this post so I thought I would just tell you a little bit about them.  To begin I have to give the hubs some major credit because look at these amazing boots he picked out for me for Christmas! I am in love, he knows me oh to well! They are the perfect grungy boots that I have needed in my closet! I can't forget Hanes' new leggings from Little Four Clothing! Cutest things ever and so comfy, I have a hard time not putting him in leggings everyday! Oh and I got a new pair of high waisted jeans that I am in love with and they are actually on sale right now so make sure you take a look! Anyways, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend, I still have a disaster of a house to pick up from Christmas so I know I will be busy! I am one of those people that like to keep all the Christmas presents and decor around the house for the following week so let's just say it's a disaster!
p.s. I know many of you said you wanted to see The Daily Dish segment from yesterday! Once I can get the link to it I will post!
**Make sure you check out the winners of the NuMe haircare at the bottom!
 
 
sweater: c/o PB&J Boutique 
boots: Steve Madden (surprise gift from the hubby)
 (not yet online)
hair bow: Forever21
necklace: c/o The Oxford Trunk
earrings: c/o Bip & Bop


Hanes' outfit:
leggings: c/o Little Four Clothing 
top: Gap
moccs: c/o Freshly Picked
hat: Pro Image 


the winners of the NuMe Haircare giveaway are.....

Lady B.
I follow! Love you!

 &&

Brittney Smith
Following you on Pinterest

email me within 48 hours to caralorenblog@gmail.com
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Turbans & Bows
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This look right here could be my everyday look, it is so easy and definitely mom friendly! Oh and seeing Hanes in rompers is my favorite, I feel like he a baby again (a really big baby that is)! 
This turban headband is also one of my favs from Lemons & Lace and they are going to give one lucky winner a turban of their choice (adult or baby). Make sure you enter, trust me you will love this perfect messy hair day accessory! 
HOW TO ENTER:
(leave a comment for every step you complete) 
1. Must be a follower of CaraLoren (Join this Site button on the right)
2. Like Lemons & Lace on facebook
3. Share this giveaway on facebook and/or instagram (CaraLoren)
*giveaway winner will be announced on Thursday Jan 3rd

p.s. I will be on the Daily Dish sometime between 9-10 this morning talking about affordable chic outfits so make sure you check it out! (CW30, channel 15)
 
top: Victoria Secret
pants: Urban Outfitters
cardigan: Gap
shoes: Steve Madden
headband: c/o Lemons & Lace
bow necklace: c/o Hello Fab
bow ring: c/o Hello Fab 
bracelets: c/o Apple Of My Eye 
quartz ring: c/o The Oxford Trunk

Hanes' outfit:
romper: Gap
moccs: c/o Freshly Picked 


and the winner is...
Tarin
liked lemons & lace on fb!

congrats!! email me at caralorenblog@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Beach Curls Tutorial
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Here is the post (in case you missed it) about how to get the beachy curls that was on Casey Leigh's blog last week!!  Hope you enjoy!
Well hello gals!! It is tutorial time and I decided to go with my most requested hairdo right now and it is the beachy curls!  They are so quick and easy and I am hoping you guys love them as much as I do. It may take some time to embrace the messiness of them but I promise you will love! They also look really fun a few days later in a top knot and give your knot the fullness and messiness that we all love!

Hope you enjoy the tutorial and my little helper in the beginning!!

To give you a little recap in-case you couldn't understand me sometimes, which I'm sorry I am a little bit of a mumbler!  

  • Hydrating Intense Oil on wet hair 

  • Not Your Mothers Kinky Moves in damp hair 

  •   Pearl Curling Wand by NuMe (discount code caraloren)

  • Once I am done I use Finishing Serum
 Remember there is a huge discount on the pearl wand with coupon code caraloren
Love you all and hope you have an amazing holiday weekend!!!
Friday, December 21, 2012

The Fabulous Casey Leigh
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 I can not even explain to you guys how much I love Casey Leigh! She is the most inspiring women/mom I have ever met and I am honored to call her a friend! Trust me her writing will change your life, she puts her heart into everything she does and continues to inspire me everyday.  She has the cutest little family you ever did see and I just adore you Casey!!
 Enjoy her post today on the blog and make sure you check out the rest of her fabulous blog posts and you can also see a new tutorial done by yours truly on how to get beachy curls! Have a fabulous holiday weekend!

Lunchtime. 
Sweet baby Apple was sound asleep and my two "big" kids were eating at the table. I was sitting between them and after a few moments Ainsleigh creeped over and climbed up on my lap. She was facing towards me and grabbed my cheeks, looked me straight in the eyes and smiled....over and over again in between kisses on my cheeks. 

Something about the way the sun was shining behind her, something about those sweet dimples that she has.

Something about the way her tiny fingers were stroking my hair and clinging to me.
Something about the way she clenches on when she thinks I am about to get up.
She, too, wants it to last.

I desperately wanted to jump up and grab my camera but I didn't. I held her tight. Soaked it in. And am doing the best job that I can right now to repaint it as a memory.

The weather here in Texas is changing. 
I love the fall. I love the chiminea burning on the back porch. 
and the leaves that are beginning to fall. 
it nudges at my soul.  

Today I was thinking.
Recently I had to take a personality test for some "work" related things. We wanted to see where we fit best on our team and what roles we could easily be in. There were so many things about the test that were so eye opening for me to read and see written out on paper.

Something that really struck me though was what my results said about me as a mother.

*help their children become who they really are
*support their children's creativity and originality 
*are good at helping their children get in touch with their feelings

I have no idea if my kids would actually say these things about me or if someday these are ways that they would talk about me as a mother...but I sure hope so.

I desperately want to embrace my babies as individuals...I want to help each one in their own way figure out their purpose, their passions and foster that.

I want them to feel deeply, and learn that it's okay. I want them to learn to express that.

Motherhood for me is such a joy. 
A "life giver". 
I can hardly believe it's going as fast as it is.

I just hope that I can help my babies find their life purpose...and help them make it happen.
Friday, December 21, 2012

Party Outfit with Mom's Best Network
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I thought since all the holiday parties are happening right now I would do a holiday/party outfit!  Check out Mom's Best Network to see the entire post!  

p.s. make sure you check in for a blog swap post tomorrow with Casey Leigh and a beachy curls tutorial by yours truly!
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hair Care Secrets & NuMe Giveaway
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I have had a bunch of requests to do a post of hair care and what I to do take care of my hair! I am no expert but I will tell you my routine and what I have found to work! I hope you enjoy and make sure you continue reading the post for a HUGE giveaway!

  • Take Biotin Everyday, and any other daily vitamins.

  • Use a good shampoo & conditioner, here are my two favorites.

NuMe Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner
 
WEN
go here for an awesome post about WEN by Maskcara

 

  • I try to use a a hydrating mask or renewal mask at least once a month.

  • Try not to blow dry too much but if you do make sure you are using a good blow dryer.


A couple more tips that I'm sure you have all heard before are.....
  • Be careful brushing your hair too rough.
  • Pick your hair out in the shower when conditioning it, it helps a ton. 
  • Use a leave in conditioner if needed. 
  • I know you may think it's gross to not wash your hair everyday or every other day but it really is good for your hair!
  • When curling your hair try to not curl it everyday, fight through it and learn to love the messy curls!
  • Coconut Oil always helps!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
And our giveaway for today is given to you from NuMe!!! 2 lucky winners will receive a Hydro Punch Hair Care Package + The curling wand of their choice OR blow dryer.  There are also discount codes so listen up.... Discount code for Individual Curling Wands or Blow Dryers is caraloren and discount code for the 4PLAY styling set is cara4nume and these give you huge discounts!!

HOW TO ENTER:
(leave a comment for every step you complete)
1. Follow CaraLoren' blog (right side button that says "Join This Site")
2. Like NuMe on facebook/ follow them on twitter @NuMeProducts and leave a comment of their facebook page or tweet them saying "Cara sent me, enter me for her NuMe Giveaway."
3. Follow CaraLoren' on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram (CaraLoren), Bloglovin and/or Twitter 4. Share this giveaway on Facebook and/or Instagram (@caraloren #caralorenbellettogiveaway)

  • Winners will be announced on Friday December 28th
  • The winner of the Belletto Airbrush System has 24 hours to respond until I choose a new winner! The winner is..... 
Eryka (From abcde)
I follow you and liked them on FB {and said hi!}
Xo
Eryka
abcde.the.blog@gmail.com
email me at caralorenblog@gmail.com
  • To see the winner of the LaPosh giveaway see here!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Slouchyness
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Yes....I am wearing my distressed jeans again, they are my go to for the moment!  We all have those certain clothing items that if you are in a hurry or stumped with what you wear you immediately put them on, well these are them at the moment. And for Hanes these leggings are them as well! Yep gals, you got our go to's for the day, hope you like!
 
jacket: Gap
top: Cotton On
pants: Old (DIY distressed) 
scarf: c/o Nathalie a sweet follower (palmasoho.com)
shoes: Forever21
gloves: Gap
beanie: Target (mens)

Hanes' outfit:
tee: H&M
jacket: Old Navy
leggings: walmart
shoes: c/o Freshly Picked 
beanie: American Apparel
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Letterman
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Hanes has been cracking me up lately!  Watching him interact with other kids is my favorite thing.  He first tries to kiss every single one of them, I think he got the kissiness from his dad! He is the most affectionate little guy I have ever seen, mommy gets kisses all day long (snotty nose kisses are always the best.) He is obsessed with all of his older cousin, he thinks they are the funniest/coolest thing that has ever happened! It is so fun to see their little personalities even when they are tiny! Anyways I just feel like a real lucky mommy to have such a special boy!
jacket: Forever21 similar here
shorts: DIY
tights: H&M
shoes: Vince Camuto 
necklace: c/o The Oxford Trunk
charm necklace: c/o Bip & Bip
earrings: c/o Bip & Bop

Hanes' outfit:
cardigan: c/o Au Natural Baby (Perfectly Imperfect Mom)
jeans: Gap
shoes: Converse