5 Must-have Boots Under $50

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I love boots. Riding boots, over the knee boots, booties, rain boots, pointy boots, wedge ankle boots, high heel boots. Yes, pretty much every single style that exists. However, is it just me or do they seem to go up in price every year? Ok, inflation but seriously, some of my favorite styles can be way pricey. Determined to make my budget stretch this year, I rounded up a handful of my favorites for under $50! Yes, these are not only super rad and perfect for Fall/Winter but they’re also affordable.


1. Over the Knee Boots

$39.99 TJ Maxx (in-store)

These boots were a steal and are beyond comfortable. Perfect for a date night with the Mister. I love how I’m able to wear a skirt or even a comfy sweater dress during cold nights and still stay warm. Well, warm enough for us Californian residents, that is. My husband always jokes with me that I could never handle living in a city with real seasons. And he’s absolutely right. I’m cold once it hits below 70 degrees folks. It’s safe to say I’m not moving to Milwaukee anytime soon. I’d love to visit that gorgeous city, though. ;)

 

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Over the knee boots-outfit

 

2. Ankle Boots

$49.99 Me Too Leather Bootie

I mean look at this color and style. These are currently on my holiday wish list.

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3. Pointy Toe Boots

$39.99 + 30% off Target Faryl Robin Pointy Toe Knee High Boots

Oh, Target! You always somehow find a way to never disappoint. These are just perfect!
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 4. Rain Boots

$49.95 or price match! Nordstrom Joules Welly Rain Boot

We don’t get much rain out here but lately it’s been pouring. These fit in perfectly with my black and white wardrobe obsession and they’re currently on sale at Nordstrom!


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5. Lace Up Boots

$49.99 + 30% off Karlee Lace Up Boots

Target for the win again! These boots are by far my favorite as they have a full side zipper which makes them easy to get on and off. And the chunky heel is comfortable enough to run errands even with the kids.

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Happy Shopping!

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys


7 Amazing Gifts For Men

gifts-for-men-mens-gift-guide-2016It’s Black Friday eve and if you’re still looking for the perfect Christmas gift to buy your guy, look no further. We’re sharing 7 amazing gifts for men. These must-have items are picks from 5 lifestyle/mom bloggers. Yes, 5! How neat is that? So you’ll get to see a variety of items which are perfect for just about all the men in your life (husbands, brothers, dads, grandfathers, etc.) So sit back, serve yourself some Thanksgiving seconds, and pick out your favorites.  

1. Daniel Wellington Classic Black 40mm Watch $229

For the business suit and tie kinda guy in your life, this Daniel Wellington Classic Black watch surely sets the bar high in terms of quality and design. My husband loves black on black so this watch is just perfect for work.

Daniel-Wellington-watch2. Stainless Steel Beer Growler – 64 oz $24.99

Calling all mamas with beer lovin’ husbands. Nikki from NikkiAndal.com purchased this Stainless Steel Beer Growler – 64 oz from Kegworks for her husband. It’s made of food grade 18/8 stainless steel and passivated to ensure tap fresh flavor and retails under $25!

3-4. Google Home $99 & Moment iPhone 7 Lenses $89.99

For the Techy men in your life, Danielle from Momwifefoodie.com suggests Google Home (a.k.a personal assistant) and the Moment iPhone 7 / 7 Plus DSLR-Shutter Button Lenses. Per her husband Michael, “Simplifying my life one piece of info at a time…because with 2 little dudes running around you easily lose track of your day + obligations.” AndBeing a true #instagramhusband means having the proper equipment on hand at all times. When the big boy camera doesn’t fit the wardrobe of date night, these small but powerful moment lenses get the job done.”

5.  Men’s Otago Long Sleeve Zip $199

If you’re looking for the perfect gift to give your outdoorsy guy, we’ve got you covered! Joanna from Lazymomsblog.com shares with us this 100% merino versatile sweater she’s getting for her husband.

“My hubby loves outdoors , running and winter sports, and he loves merino for it’s quality. And so this Xmas I’m getting him a merino sweater from his all-time favourite brand, the Ice Breaker.” — Joanna  

6. Parabo Press Calendar $30

And for all the dad’s out there that love personalized items, this one melts my heart! Sarah from Amultifacitedmama.com shares a personalized calendar she’s getting her husband.

“Every year we get my husband a calendar of my favorite pictures of the kids from Instagram. It works out great because he doesn’t have an instagram so more often than not they’re new to him.  We like this calendar from Parabo Press because you can detach the print and keep.

7. Amazon Fire TV Stick $39.99

This little device allows you to get an all-in-one access to a world of instant entertainment. From Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, YouTube.com, music, movies, and even sports events.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Abrazos (hugs) — Gladys

3 Tips To Create Gorgeous Family Holiday Cards

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3 Tips To Create Gorgeous Family Holiday Cards

It’s that time again for my absolute favorite part of the holidays, creating and mailing out our annual family holiday cards. I have to admit it’s the one item on my to-do list that I absolutely love getting checked off first. I’m that mom that tries to get photos taken early November so that our holiday cards are printed and ready to be shipped pre-Thanksgiving. I know, it must sound like I’m on top of everything but in reality, I’m not. I’m just slightly obsessed with getting these cards out in time.

And year after year, I try to improve the quality and look of our cards as well. I focus on making sure our wardrobe meshes well with the photo shoot location, that we work with an amazing photographer, and that we use an awesome card design.  

Wardrobe & Location

It’s so important to know or have in mind what backdrop colors you’ll be working with. It definitely sets the tone in choosing the best colors for your family wardrobe. Just be sure to choose wardrobe colors that pop against the backdrop so that your family doesn’t get camouflaged in the photos, sorta speak. This year we went with black, burgundy and white. If you read my previous post, you know burgundy is my go-to color for Fall.

Hire A Top Notch Local Photographer

Lucky for us, we were able to work with Courtney from Courtney McManaway Photography. My heart seriously melts every time I look at these candid moments she snapped for us. I was beyond impressed with how Courtney was able to take so many amazing photos with two little ones all within 30 minutes! And I love using a local photographer that knows the best local photo locations. It keeps our drive short and prevents the little ladies from falling asleep in the car. Let’s just say, they would not be camera ready if this happened. 

So if you’re in Southern California, looking for a top-notch photographer with affordable rates that does wonders with family mini sessions, Courtney is your gal.

Exceptional Card Design

If you want the absolute highest quality family holiday cards, Minted.com is the only way to go! After being disappointed year after year with just ‘ok’ quality of other online card companies, I can tell you that Minted really sets the bar high. Their incredible paper quality and gorgeous designs are on a whole other level. They will be our go-to from now on for any occasion! 

3 Reasons why Minted.com is not your ordinary card printing company:

1) FREE Address Assistant makes addressing holiday cards so easy. Simply add addresses and choose an envelope design for FREE. Once you receive your order, your envelopes will be addressed and all you have to do is add postage and mail them out. Now how easy is that? And by the way, the envelope address designs are stunning!

2) The Find it fast option allows you to upload your photo and watch it appear in hundreds of different holiday card designs all at once. This tool by far saved metons of time! And it let me see exactly which design looked best for our photos. Absolutely fell in love with the foil-pressed glittery font and it happens to be on our 2016 holiday cards.Minted Gorgeous-ornament-holiday-cards

3) Minted also allows you to purchase holiday cards now with discounted codes and personalize them at a later time. This is genius and perfect for usmoms that can’t get to it all at one time.

The entire process from choosing a perfect design to placing our order was a snap. But hands down the best part was the fact that our cards arrived packaged so neatly (the attention to detail on this was beyond my expectations) and within a few days. And by the way, I just had to order these super cute glittery ornaments for our family. I mean, I can’t even!

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Be sure to stop by Minted.com this Friday for their BLACK FRIDAY EVENT to receive 20% off Minted Holiday Photo Cards , art, and gift orders of $150+ as well as 15% off the entire site no minimum.  today! In the meantime, we’re giving away not one, not two but three $100 Minted gift cards to 3 awesome followers! Enter here.

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

Sponsored by Minted.com but my love for Minted is completely my own!holiday-photo-cards

Courtney McManaway Photography

 

 

 

Real Behind The Scenes of A Mom Blog

Behind-The-Scenes-mom-blogAs a stay-at-home mom of two little ones, I can tell you that it’s truly a blessing. But being a stay-at-home mom/lifestyle blogger, well that’s a whole other story. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my girls with every ounce in me and blogging is my outlet but it’s definitely hard work to do both. Yes, I get to stay home and be a boss mom; but imagine going to a 9-5 job with a little one still nursing around the clock, super attached, and another one tugging on your shirt because she just wants to play all day long? My oldest, Mia, definitely has the energy of a whole soccer team put together!

Because of this, I realize that I have to put all my work aside to parent and be present as that is what’s most important. However, what about brand collaboration deadlines? Photos that need to be taken and edited. Creative ideas that need to be pitched. And responding to emails and social media to name a few. Oh and all my mom duties. You know, washing last-minute laundry because I forgot Mia had a soccer game and her uniform still needed to be washed. And breakfast, lunch and dinner that needs to be made and served. You get the idea.

So when do I have time to work? And who takes my photos when I’m in them?

Well, the truth is I work around the clock. Lexi, our 11-month old is nocturnal and still wakes up every 3 hours and only takes cat naps during the day. So you can imagine. I just keep saying, “This to shall pass, this too shall pass.”

And as far as photo shoots go, I occasionally collaborate with a handful of photographers but 97% of the photos on this blog are taken either by myself or a family member. You know how they say “it takes a village to raise kids?” Well, my village is seriously the best and I owe everything to them. Without them, this little space of mine I call The Mother Overload, would not be possible. Behind-The-Scenes-mom-blog

Behind-The-Scenes-mom-blogAnd in case you missed it, we shared our photography secrets over on the very talented Nikki Andal’s Blog. I can tell you that I’ve used her awesome photography tips multiple times and in fact still do. Be sure to head on over to her site to read all about them. In the meantime, we’d love to share 2 additional tips on what we use to create our colorful and bright photos.

And if you’re wondering, we use a Nikkon D3300 camera with a handful of lenses but our photography tips can be used even on camera phone photos.

One of the tools I mentioned I use all the time is PicMonkey.com. Aside from it being user-friendly, it also has a photo editing option that lightens up all photos — Curve. Curve is hands down my favorite filter to use.

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Testing background for a flatlay pre-editing

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After photo editing

But the best tip I can share is taking photos outside right before the sun goes down. Something about that time that’s just the perfect lighting. Although, with two little ones schedules, catching that perfect sunlight could be a bit of a challenge with feedings, bathroom breaks and nap times. But when we can make it happen, the photos turn out absolutely amazing.

So there you have it. A bit of what it’s like to be a stay-at-home mom blogger with two little ones. Hope you find some of our photography tips to be useful. And here’s to being boss moms regardless if you’re a SAHM, a work from home mom or a working mom. We got this mamás!

 

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

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Burgundy Love


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Fall fashion is in full swing and I’m excited to share a color that’s currently on repeat over here. And when I say repeat, I mean it’s on myself, the girls and even our accessories. It’s the perfect shade for Fall and goes well with just about any other color — Burgundy.

This Forever21 burgundy mock neck dress is only $12. Love that it has a classic look to it with its short-sleeved silhouette and perfect Fall length. I paired it with some pointy leopard double strap flats (Target clearance score $14). But notice how I didn’t add tights or layers for that matter? Well, that’s due to our Southern California heat wave we’re experiencing at the moment. We’ve been back in the 90s post-Halloween. Yes! You read that correctly. Summer all over again. I can not wait to add a cozy vest, and fancy heels to this dress once the temperatures start to drop a bit.

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And how cute are these ultra soft Little Miss Dessa jersey knit ruffle dresses? Love how they can also be used as tops with leggings as the girls grow.

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What colors do you currently have on repeat for Fall?

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

 

DIY Art: Día de Muertos (Day Of The Dead)

dia de muertos-pan dulce-hot chocolate-Día de Los MuertosDía de Muertos (English: Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday observed mainly throughout Mexico. “The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico where the day is a holiday.” — Wikipedia

Interestingly enough, Día de Muertos is a multi-day holiday celebrated on October 31, November 1 and November 2. Per Wikipedia, It’s  “in connection with the triduum of AllhallowtideAll Hallows’ EveHallowmas, and All Souls’ Day.[1][2] Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skullsmarigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.” 

So in honor of Dia de Muertos, my little one and I made this super easy piece of artwork using 3 inexpensive items. dia de muertos-DIY-Art-Día de Los Muertos

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Items Used

  • Dollar Store Calavera paper plates. Yes, paper plates! :)
  • Old frame. We had one in our garage that just needed a little spray paint.
  • Piece of fabric. We used the left over material from a previous project as it just so happened to be black and white but you can also purchase material at your local fabric store.

Directions

Cut out the skulls from the paper plates. Cut your fabric to the size of your frame. Glue the fabric onto the back portion of frame (i.e. where you would place a photo instead). Glue your skulls in a decorative way directly onto the fabric. Mount the artwork using a mat board (our old frame already had one). Frame your piece of art and hang! All it takes is just a mere 10 minutes.

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¡Feliz Día de Muertos!

Abrazos (hugs) — GladysDia De Los Muertos-Day of the Dead-DIY-ART

 

 

 

3 Ways to Wear Cuddl Duds This Fall


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I’m always on the hunt for wardrobe pieces that are versatile. More so in the fall and winter. Which is why I absolutely have to share my latest find, Cuddl Duds. These pieces are perfect for layering. I myself, have used them to walk Mia to school in the brisk mornings. Plus, I kid you not, even to a date night and to my husbands’ work function. Talk about versatility right?

Below are 3 ways I layered my Cuddl Duds for fall but I’m currently in the process of adding more ways since the material is extra comfortable and super soft. I could seriously wear them every single day.

Walking Our Oldest to School

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Around The House

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Date Night

cuddl-duds-kholsWhat I love about these pieces is the versatility they have. And I feel extra comfortable wearing them which is a must for this mamá. Because let’s face it, chasing around two littles is no easy task but when you’re wearing something that feels and looks great, that’s just a win-win!

Be sure to visit Kohls.com to find the latest Cuddl Duds styles and colors.

Abrazos (hugs) — Gladys

A New Comfort Food Recipe, Made with Simple, Local Ingredients

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Cooler weather calls for comfort food. But when I think of comfort food I think of carbs, carbs, and extra carbs. It’s all the yummy food that’s certainly not on the healthy side and definitely not fresh. An overload of processed foods to be exact.

Recently, however, I accidentally created a healthier version of a comfort food recipe. It all started with the change in weather and the so-called Kinder bug. Mia’s kindergarten school bug for lack of a better word.

fosterfarms-chicken-stew-recipeIt seems that the Kinder bug made its way back into our home for the third time in just 3 months. And let me just say, I’ve made multiple batches of chicken soups and stews because of it. So it’s safe to say I’ve perfected a recipe that is not only delicious but also on the healthier side (less sodium,  antibiotic-free chicken, and local grown fresh ingredients).

Mexican Chicken Stew

Mexican Chicken Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs Foster Farms Simply Raised Fresh Chicken Breast, diced
  • 1/2 cup organic carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup organic lacinato kale, chopped
  • 1 cup organic red potatoes, diced
  • 2 corn on the cob, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups organic low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • *Garnish and extras: cilantro, red pepper flakes, chopped avocado

Instructions

  1. Add water, chicken stock, garlic, cumin, salt and flour into large pot.
  2. Stir and bring to a boil. Add in chicken and boil for 20 minutes or until fully cooked.
  3. Add potatoes, carrots, celery, corn on the cob and kale.
  4. Boil for 10 minutes. Serve and top with avocado, cilantro and red pepper flakes.
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Foster Farms Simply Raised chicken is not only locally grown (i.e. California and Pacific Northwest) but also 100% antibiotic-free. For us, this is key when serving meals to my family as we try our best to only consume poultry that contains no antibiotics whatsoever.

fosterfarms-chicken-stew-recipeBe sure to visit the Foster Farms Simply Raised website to learn more about Simply Raised fresh chicken and to find additional delicious chicken recipes to try out! Including new comfort food recipes which have local natural ingredients (free of additives, preservatives, antibiotics and hormones), require minimal ingredients and are quick and easy to make.

 

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

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How To Make Cleaning Fun For Kids

 

bob9When we were looking to purchase our first home, I immediately knew I wanted it to have an open concept living area. I also kept visualizing a color contrast. Black flooring and white walls to be exact. 

We searched and searched until we found one; however, it was a complete fixer upper. I remember my husband trying to convince me to look past all the things that needed to be fixed. He mentioned the words, “ we can add our personal touch to it”. Yet, even though it had so much potential, I simply couldn’t look past all the “ugly.” It could have been due to the fact that I was 8 months pregnant with our first and my pregnancy hormones were on point. But in retrospect, the house really did need a ton of work. 

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Once our home was move-in ready, I couldn’t be happier. I realized we made the right choice in focusing on the layout of the house rather than the list of items we’d need to fix, clean or simply replace entirely. 

And although our dark floors are my favorite thing in our home, they’re also my least favorite to clean. Clearly, I wasn’t thinking about the fact that dark floors are hard to keep clean more so with kids. 

bObi-bObsweep-reviewThe food crumbs are obviously inevitable but what bugs me the most is the dust and hair. I can literally see dust the very next day we vacuum. And don’t get me started with the never-ending strands of hair. We don’t even have pets but I can assure you we probably shed more than cats and dogs do. It must be due to the girls and myself having tons of hair. It’s nearly impossible to keep these floors hair-free.bObi-bObsweep-review

Which is why I just had to share with you all our newest family member, bObsweep PetHair (a.k.a Bob). Bob is always there to pick up the food crumbs, the hair, and even mops and disinfects (via UV- light) our floors. Bob even comes with a remote control which Mia is obsessed with.

Once Mia gets home from school, she goes straight to pick up the remote to start cleaning our floors. Seriously, what 5-year-old wants to help clean floors? Ours does now. And she even plays with Bob as if it were her pet. Just the other day I heard her say, “Bob, fetch! Good job! Here’s some dinos so that you can play with them and give them a ride.” This kid cracks me up. Lexi, on the other hand, pauses everything she’s doing (even tantrums) and just gets excited to see Bob go.

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Bob not only makes cleaning fun for the kids, but he can also get things done alone. Get this, you can even program him too! We have him programmed to start cleaning post breakfast around the kitchen and into the family room. And right around 10p, once everyone’s asleep, I go downstairs to tidy up the kitchen while my sidekick, Bob, jumps off his dock and cleans around our kitchen, family room, entrance and main living room. He navigates really well on and off our rugs and even our fireplace brick flooring.

But my absolute favorite thing Bob cleans is under our beds!! Since we have dark floors in our entire house (with the exception of our bathrooms) it’s super neat that Bob vacuums and even mops (by attaching a microfiber cloth) underneath them. I no longer have to crawl on the floor with multiple items just to get the bottom of our beds clean. Talk about best invention ever!bObi-bObsweep-review

Bob definitely has tons of pros; however, I bet you’re thinking what the cons are, right? Well, for us, it’s the staircase. We need to use our handheld vacuum and mop for that still but it’s a cinch to clean anyways.

And what about the best part about having Bob around? For us, it’s the fact that we have one less chore to do which means more time to spend with our girls. And you can’t put a price on that, right?

To find out more about the bObsweep options click here.

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

Disclosure: Bob from bObsweep was gifted for review purposes but all opinions are my own.

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They Grow Up So Fast

Daniel-Wellington-Watch-Review-Baby-MomI’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “they grow up so fast” a billion times. I, myself, have said it repeatedly since we had our first born. But it wasn’t until recently that this statement really hit home.

While looking over a roll of photos from a recent trip to the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland; I stopped everything I was doing and stared at this photo for a good fifteen minutes. In complete disbelief, I began to question why our little kindergartner looked so grown up here. Isn’t it interesting that as parents we see our kids daily yet we can’t grasp just how fast they’re really growing physically?Kids-black-halloween-sweater-ghost-taty-kids

According to KidsHealth.org, children grow the fastest during their first year.  “After age 1, a baby’s growth in length slows considerably, and by 2 years, growth in height usually continues at a fairly steady rate of approximately 2½ inches (6 centimeters) per year until adolescence. Weeks or months of slightly slower growth alternate with mini “growth spurts.” And interestingly enough, “Kids actually tend to grow a bit faster in the spring than during other times of the year!” So I guess Mia had that growth spurt this past Spring.

I wish I could keep both of our little ones little forever. Perhaps we could somehow invent a way to just freeze time? In the meantime, we’ll just be trying our best to create as many memories with our girls as they grow up.             

And speaking of time, this Daniel Wellington watch will not be coming off of my hand anytime soon. It’s now one of my favorite timeless wardrobe pieces. This classic style is part of Daniel Wellington’s Sheffield Collection.Daniel-Wellington-Watch-Disneyland-Walt Disney-Mickey Mouse-castle

And today, I’m excited to share with you all that I’m not the only one who gets to have this cool well-made watch. Daniel Wellington is offering all The Mother Overload followers a discount! If you’d like to treat yourself and take advantage of this special offer simply enter MOTHEROVERLOAD code at www.danielwellington.com.



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Abrazos (hugs) — Gladys

Disclosure: I received a watch of choice from DW but all opinions expressed within are my own.