Things I Love Thursday (Woke Up To Snow in March in Nashville Edition)


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Happy almost Friday! I haven’t posted a Things I Love Thursday wrap up in some time and I have several great things to tell you about. We woke up to a couple of inches of snow here in Nashville (and it’s still snowing) which is pretty crazy considering out “spring break” starts March 22.

Belli Skincare

 Belli Skincare Although Belli’s line focuses on skincare products for pregnant mamas, they carry a full line of great products good for any woman who wants to use products minus any harmful chemicals. Belli also sent me body wash, body lotion (has a lovely clean and light lemony scent), and my second favorite product from their line, the Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator, which is the perfect pair to the Eye Brightening Cream, which I have been using daily before I apply my eye makeup.

CapriClear Moisturizing Coconut Spray I had a really bad case of poison ivy last year and still had residual marks on my legs. This coconut spray is great for helping extremely dry patches of skin and eliminating scars from bug bites and more. Really great stuff.

natural car air freshener

PURGGO Air Freshener If you have kids who play sports or do any sort of activities, such as Scouts or music, you spend a lot of extra time in your car. PURGGO sent me their eco-friendly air freshener for my car and I love that it doesn’t mask odors with scents, but absorbs them. Plus one PURGGO air freshener lasts more than 365 days! “Recharging” it takes a little natural sunshine for an hour every month or two. Plus it looks cool! It’s also 100% asthma and allergy friendly.

Logitech Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard There are times when I’m traveling or attending an event and I don’t want to bring my laptop or a tablet but I want to take notes. This nifty keyboard extender from Logitech (which makes fantastic tech accessories) is very easy to use. You simply place your iPhone (or tablet) in the cradle and it connects via BlueTooth, allowing you to type as easily as if you were on a laptop. I know if I try to take notes on my iPhone I have difficult typing. This is a great geek or blogger gift, especially for someone who attends a lot of conferences or meetings.

Fre wine

Fre Nonalcoholic Wine I gave up wine for Lent (yes seriously) and I laughed at the thought of non-alcoholic wine, however this red blend by Sutter Home’s Fre line is delicious. I don’t care for non-alcoholic beer at all and virgin dacquiris and other girly girl beach drinks often have too much sugar. This is perfect for sipping in the evenings. And come April 2 I can have the real deal (hollah!)

PURGGO Got dogs? Got kids? Your car probably smells like it. I’m just sayin’. This is a really cool Eco-Purifier, made with 100% Bamboo Charcoal. It’s an eco-friendly way to eliminate (dog) odor from your car (or room) plus it’s all-natural, non-toxic, and totally safe to use around kids and pets.

Knot Genie Detangling Hairbrush My younger daughter got her hair cut at Divas and Dudes last weekend and the stylist used this brush on her hair. She loved the way it worked on her hair so much that my husband promptly ordered her one. It’s great if your child has long hair that tends to tangle. It detangles without major ouches! Great if your daughter is tender headed.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Spray

This stuff is a working mom sanity saver this winter! I have dry hair, but my roots tend to get a bit oily and when you have “naturally highlighted” (ahem) blonde hair like mine, it can quickly look drab after a skipped shampoo or two. I’d been wanting to try a dry spray shampoo and when I read the reviews for Batiste on Amazon I was sold. The light blonde formula adds a touch of color and lightens and refreshes my roots, meaning I can skip a shampoo and not look shabby! A can sells for less than $10 on Amazon and my first can lasted about a month.


Wordologies I love stationery and pretty coffee cups so I loved the goodies that Wordologies sent me. I also love that they are a company that gives back. 5% of sales proceeds to Women for Women International, which aids women survivors of war all over the world. The coffee cups are my fave and are lead free and made in the USA.

Nashville Humane Association Donations When we lost our sweet boy Jack in January my neighbors made a donation to the Nashville Human Association in his honor. We are huge proponents of rescue dogs and the shelter and this was such a thoughtful way to honor our boys memory.



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Old School Blogging: What We’re Up To!

Mardis Gras Pooch

When we get snowed in slash iced in we do crazy things like dress up the dogs in Mardi Gras beads and boas…good times!

It’s been a while since I really wrote an old school blog post (remember those?) about what my family is up to so I thought I’d share a few updates.

First of all, our baby girl Miss A is going to be starting middle school in August. Yes, let’s just let that sink in for a bit. MIDDLE SCHOOL. We’ll have two middle schoolers at home this fall. Now 5th grade for us in Metro Nashville public schools officially means the start of middle school and don’t get me started on how I think that is way too damn early. We toured a magnet school last month and really loved it but we’re on the wait list so both girls may or may not be at the same school in the fall. I sense a lot of car pooling finessing in my future if Miss A does get into the magnet school.

Miss A has been enrolled in A Novel Idea’s Pen & Paper Club this school year and she absolutely loves it. Her group meets weekly and it’s been perfect for her amazing writing talent. If your child loves creative writing, I highly recommend it. I will never forget her fall teacher, J’Laine Vest, an amazing creative soul who lost her life too early. My last conversation with her was one of positivity and encouragement about Miss A’s writing ability and I will treasure this poem written by Miss A (which J’Laine handed to me that afternoon) forever.

Speaking of car pooling, Miss C just made middle school track and is back on the soccer fields this spring after breaking her ankle last fall. I’m a big advocate of kids playing sports. I was never athletic as a kid and more of the always chosen last in P.E. sidelines kid but if your kid has a particular talent or love for a sport, I say go for it! Just be prepared to log a lot of hours driving to and from games and practices.

Spring break is this month and Miss C is flying solo for the first time ever and will be visiting my sister in Tampa. I’m excited for her! We may take a quick weekend trip to Chattanooga at some time during the break, as well, although all this crazy winter weather in Nashville is chipping away at snow days and more ice and snow is in the forecast for this evening. Mama needs to make a faux wine run (yes in other news I gave up wine for Lent…and not I’m not Catholic or crazy!) I gave up drinking about 5 years ago for Lent and it was a great way to detox before spring, not to mention shed a few pounds of winter weight.

So, that’s about it for our little corner of the world. I have been decluttering the house like crazy and some of that was inspired after seeing how much work it took to settle my stepmom’s estate and get my dad moved into an apartment last fall. We humans love our STUFF. I’m also working on some cool projects at work and occasionally writing for The A Group blog, doing a little freelance work on the side, and enjoying serving on the boards of Femfessionals Nashville and Every Girl Counts, which is set to open Hope Academy very soon!

What’s going on in your world? Do your kids take track? I’m curious to learn more about it as we are track newbies.

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CitruSolution Got Our Carpet Spring Ready

Citrusolution Review

Disclosure: CitruSolution cleaned one room of carpet in my home as well as a sofa in exchange for my honest review. As always, all words and opinions on my blog are mine all mine!

Dog hair and carpet. Muddy paws and carpet. Doggies who bring mouthfuls of kibble upstairs to eat on the carpet (seriously why dogs do this?) I love love my dogs, but none of these things are a good combo!

It’s officially March and I’m officially ready for spring, even though the big date isn’t for a few more weeks. I’ve been cleaning and organizing like crazy, purging our house and donating and consigning things. I haven’t embarked on full-on spring cleaning yet, but I definitely wanted to get our carpet cleaned as it’s been a while and our home cleaner just wasn’t cutting it.

We have two dogs, and up until a few months ago we had three, and our berber carpet has taken a beating. We’re not at the point to replace it yet (we want to go with hardwood floors in our den so that we’ll have hardwoods throughout the majority of our house) so I was thrilled to learn about a local carpet cleaning company that uses all natural ingredients.

CitruSolution sent a cleaning team out to my home a couple of weeks ago and I was thrilled with the job they did. I had pretty much lost hope that our carpet could look better but it not only looked better, it smelled better, when they left. They also cleaned (by hand mind you) our tan chenille sofa and throw pillows.

What makes CitruSolution different from most carpet cleaning companies? The cleaning solution they use it not your typical soap-base cleaner. I learned from CitruSolution Ed Voorhees that soap detergent on carpet actually leaves a residue that traps dirt. So while your carpet may initially look clean after using a traditional shampooer, it will quickly retain dirt that is tracked in by you, your kids, and your pets.

CitruSolution also smells amazing. They use only natural, safe ingredients to clean your carpet so there are no overwhelming chemical smells filling your home. I know that after using some really strong cleaners in my home I want to run and open all the windows, but not with CitruSolution.

CitruSolution also dries quickly. Most traditional shampoo cleaner processes soak the carpet, padding and sub-floor, which may induce mold growth.

Here’s the lowdown on CitruSolution’s unique three-step process (which also involves vacuuming with an industrial-strength vacuum as a final step):

1. Apply the non-toxic CitruSolution, which contains no soap or shampoo.

2. Activate the CitruSolution with a rotary brush and bonnet to neutralize germs, allergens, spots, and embedded soils, and bring them to the surface.

3. Vacuum with a Lindhaus HealthPro Vacuum to remove surface soil.


Most carpet cleaner contains harmful chemicals such as perchloroethylene and naphthalene, which have been linked to damage to the human nervous system. If you want a safe cleaning solution for your carpet that won’t be harmful to you, your kids, or your pets, CitruSolution uses an environmentally-friendly, citrus-based cleanser. It contains citrus acid (like lemon juice) and d-Limonene (extracted oil from citrus rinds), which not only works, but smells great! The d-Limonene agent has been proven to fight against dust mites and other household allergens. CitruSolution’s proprietary formula neutralizes spots, traffic areas, soap and detergent residue, red wine, and even pet accidents. Most carpet cleaners leave your carpet very damp. CitruSolution’s low-moisture process eliminates the possibility for mold to grow. We had really bad high-traffic stains going from our kitchen into our den and I was amazed that it came clean!

Another bonus? CitruSolutions’s team will leave you with a bottle of their spray spot cleaner for touch ups and those oh whoops party foul moments (like popsicle droppage, and wine spillage).

CitruSolution also works with small businesses and realtors for their carpet cleaning needs. (And they clean area rugs!)

Now I’m ready for spring and so is my carpet!

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