Gift me!

One thing about me, that you may have noticed throughout my blog is that I don't talk about myself or my style very much. The reason behind that is, I HAVE NO STYLE. Honestly, last Christmas I bought three black dresses, 3 pairs of leggings, and one over sized open sweater, and they lasted me all year long. I wear the dresses with leggings on cold days, and lose the leggings and wear the dresses on warm days. Done and done. My shoe collection includes black flip flops from Old Navy, Skechers for walking, and Uggs for really cold days. That is all.
A big part of being a stay at home mom is that I am sacrificing a second income, so to be very technical, I don't have a budget to buy things for myself. When you have two little girls that just started school and are constantly growing, the clothes budget really does go to them. I am fine with that.
So.. the husband said to me, "I have no idea what to get you for Christmas. I mean, I can buy you something, and you can just return it for something you really want." So, although I told him that we are skipping present buying this year, I put together a little idea board of stuff that I do like, and would not return if it were given to me. 

Gift me!

I have been wanting an Origami Owl locket for like a year now, I have actually "created" several different variations on different occasions. One day, I will get one. The clothes and shoes are from Old Navy and the Gap. I really like basics that are easy to throw on and walk out the door.
I used to be a bag hag, before I ended up being a diaper bag hag? So, I really love hobo's and over sized, over the shoulder bags, like the brown one from Mossimo. I have also loved Hello Kitty since I was a very little girl, really as long as I can remember, so it is no surprise that I added a Hello Kitty bag and wallet from Kohls.
How cool would a at home Gel Manicure be? Sephora by O.P.I has gelshine and I would love to have this, so I could do my own gel mani's at home.
One thing I would love to budget for this upcoming year is a bedroom/office section makeover, so I added a dresser because mine is literally falling apart. Haha! Oh, and those vinyl decorative frames from Jonathan Adler are so cool. I am kind of in love with them!

Well, there it is. Just some cool stuff I'm into and would not return if they were given to me. What do you think about my picks? 

Things we need for the 1st day of Preschool! #KleenexBTS #LatinaBloggers

*This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Kleenex however, all opinions are my own. 

Recently while making small talk at a family party, I asked my husband's cousin's husband, "So, how's work going?" His response was, "Busy! For some reason, back to school is a busy time for Kleenex." (He works for Kimberly-Clarke) It hit me right then, he was right. Kleenex is a very important part of Back To School and now it was time to start preparing Lacey for school. This is her first time going to school, and I can guarantee I will be crying my eyes out. :)

There are so many different scenarios that I have been looking forward to when Lacey starts school. I can't wait for her to bring home her own little handmade projects, for her to tell me about her new best friend, and of course for her to learn new things that I have not taught her. I can't wait to help her with her projects and dive in and be an involved parent. I was partially done with my teaching credential classes before I became a stay at home mommy, so there is a part of me that feels a longing for the classroom.

As I contemplated Lacey's Back to School essentials, I created an inspiration board for things that I feel Lacey might need before starting school. You better believe I have hand sanitizer and Kleenex on my list! I HATE when my kids are sick, every time my kids are sick, my Facebook status is: "Sick babies suck!" Lol! I know that is just part of the deal when kids go to school that they will come home sick and all I can do is feed them their vitamins, teach them to sanitize their hands, and wipe their noses with Kleenex. Thankfully, Kleenex Everyday Tissue with Sneeze Shield is now thicker and more absorbent to help keep the moco's from escaping and I love that they come in handy compact, travel sizes to fit in their pockets or backpacks.

Things we need for the 1st day of Preschool!

I can't wait to volunteer at her school and now I finally have a reason to start collecting Box Tops for Education to help support my daughter's school. Box Tops for Education coupons can be found on more than 240 products, and is an easy way to help raise funds for your school. It is so simple to take advantage of this opportunity, just cut the Box Top and return it to your child's school. Each Box Top for Education is worth 10 cents, and can be found on Kleenex products too. Last year alone, Box Tops for Education earned $80 million. Imagine what you could do for your child's school? 

Kleenex's Everyday Tissue with sneeze shield is definitely on my Back to School list to help protect Lacey from germs but, let's keep it real, I will need strong tissue to wipe my tears away as I drop her off at her first day of school. Yup! I am that Mom who will be bawling my eyes out as I turn to walk away. 
Do you collect Box Tops for Education? Which Back to School products do you find them on? 



Disclosure:  This post is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Bloggers Connect and Kleenex. All opinions expressed are my own.  I must disclose this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."