Hello Bello Diapers

This is not a paid ad. I’ve been using Hello Bello diapers for the boys since they were 1 month old. We were initially gifted Huggies and Pampers, both of which caused allergic reactions and leaked terribly. We searched around and tried Honest diapers, which were fab but way too expensive for twins diaper buying.

That’s when we found Hello Bello diapers. They are plant based, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly, chlorine free and started this company with the motto that everyone deserves premium diapers, not just those who can afford them.

I fell in love with their philosophy.. Also, when I realized it was a company created by Dax Shepherd and Kristen Bell I was ecstatic.. Have I mentioned I’m a big Kristen Bell fan? So we gave them a try and have not turned back since.

We buy all Hello Bello products from their diapers, wipes, lotions, body wash, etc. Their items have never caused reactions to the boy’s sensitive skin and we are signed up for their subscription service so we choose our adorable prints every month and they’re delivered right to our door so no last minute outages and store runs with stinky baby in tow.

Again, this is not an ad, I just genuinely love this company and their products so wanted to share the love and my referral code for $15 a Hello Bello diaper bundle! I promise you’ll never wanna go back to another brand.

I mean.. How cute are these prints?!

Hudson’s 5th Birthday

Remember when we were kids and it was the most exciting thing ever to choose our birthday party venue? Those were the days. Our friends buzzing about how excited they are to play, eat pizza and get sick on soda? Now that we’re parents it’s crazy how much more fun it is for us.

Not only do we get to look around at fun venues, imagining our kids cutting up having a good time but we get to see our kid’s excited faces when we tell them and they get to tell their friends.

Hudson has been dying to go back to Westminster Little Monkey Bizness and when I told him that’s where his party will be he literally screamed. He told every friend he could and has been counting down the days ever since.

As much as I love the whole themed party thing life has been crazy and I’m thrilled he’ll just get to have an amazing party with his friends and Westminster Little Monkey Bizness will supply everything I need.. That’s right.. No streamers or silly string to clean up at my place! They’ll literally clean up after these rambunctious kids and I get to go home. Full, happy and my kids’ll be passed out in the back.

Did I mention they had private parties? No risk, cleaned just for us and he can feel like a king having the whole place just for him. And I did it at night.. Why? Strateg-ery 😉 Bouncing fun for 2 hours, pumped full of soda and pizza? Reminds me of the old days.. Except I’ll be the adult reveling in the silence and happiness.

Have a little who’s birthday is coming up and not sure where to have it? Westminster Little Monkey Bizness will not disappoint. Their snack/coffee bar, toddler space, and mega sized bouncy castles will have your kids begging to come back. Literally. Every. Day. You’re welcome 😉

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own and we’re literally as excited as we sound!)

Young Living Essential Oils

As a health blogger now for 4 years I’ve begun the journey towards a chemical-free home and that’s brought me to Young Living! Amazing baby products, great household items, and of course… Essential oils!

I got a premium starter kit with the beautiful aria diffuser and I’m so excited to start filling our home with calming scents without the environmental impact 🌳

Enroll with me today by purchasing a Young Living Premium Starter Kit here -> https://www.myyl.com/simplykaraliz

Priddy Books Early Learning Collection

Colorado weather has been insane. Hottest summer I’ve ever seen with constant 90*F temperatures. Along with these we’ve had the worst fires Colorado has ever endured, creating dangerous air quality levels. These conditions are a perfect storm for more indoor time, as if the COVID lockdowns weren’t enough.

With all this time inside I’ve been desperate to find a way to have my twins engaged in sensory play and Priddy Books has been my answer! Their books are specifically designed to spark creativity and encourage development, essential for their little minds.

Not only has it been a hit for my 15 month old twins but my 4 year old has also been having fun playing alongside his brothers!

Their My First Play and Learn Farm is designed for ages 3-5. Love that not only are they focusing on the development of our babies/toddlers but also on our older kiddos! As you can see it was a major hit with my 4 year old!

Their amazing collections can be found on Amazon (2 day shipping, yeeeeah!) and is 100% worth it! Your kiddos will be carrying them around the house and plopping down for hours to play and read.

Fun Fact : This year is the Priddy Books’ 20 year anniversary!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Get Duked!

Looking for a good watch this evening? Get Duked is an anarchic satire of generational politics, hip-hop loving farmers and hallucinogenic rabbit shites that puts the youth of tomorrow against the status quo of yesterday.

Having just joined Amazon Prime August 28th, this movie will keep you laughing and quoting for weeks! It’s a sharp fork..

Starring: Samuel Bottomley, Rian Gordon, Lewis Gribben, Viraj Juneja and Kate Dickie with James Cosmo and Eddie Izzard

Written and Directed By: Ninian Doff

**WINNER: AUDIENCE AWARD – MIDNIGHTS – SXSW 2019**

**WINNER: JUST FILM GRAND PRIX FOR BEST YOUTH FILM – TALLIN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL 2019** 

“An off-the-hook black comedy.”- Peter Debruge, Variety 

“A hilarious retort to the critics of youth and a rousing late night movie for a new generation.”- Joe Blessing, The Playlist 

“The hippest, wildest, most energetic genre blowout to come from the UK since Attack The Block.”- Matt Donato, Slash Film

Only available on Prime Video! Stream now!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Westminster Little Monkey Bizness Birthday Parties

This pandemic has been really rough, not just on us but also for our children. They weren’t able to see friends, go to the park, go to sports, have normal birthday parties and so much more. Their sweet little brains can’t comprehend the complexity of COVID and the reasons we need them to be socially distanced.

But, when there is a business that understands children and the importance of cleanliness during this unprecedented time you can give them something special that can bring back a little bit of normalcy – A birthday party at the Westminster Little Monkey Bizness.

Not only are they cleaning around the clock but with an area for both babies and older children, all kids can get out that pent-up lockdown energy! Did I mention they also have a cafe? Normal birthday party… Clean facility… Energy release AND a chai tea latte? Yup.. All of this is possible at the Westminster Little Monkey Bizness!

We plan on having a party for Hudson’s 5th birthday in November and he’s CONSTANTLY asking if it’s November yet. It’s a memorable place that gives kids that bit of normalcy they need and deserve.

You can have Monkey Bizness all to yourself!! Just you and your guests playing together, no worrying about the other party the table over from your or kids running around you don’t know. Enjoy your time, worry-free, in our private and clean play space.

Private birthday parties are $239 – Amazing price for an amazing experience! Book your party today and give your kids a birthday they’ll never forget!

(I was compensated for this post – All opinions are my own)

South Dakota Tourism

It’s not just the proud American in me, but our favorite place to vacation as a family is South Dakota. The wide open ranges, the rolling black hills, the historical monuments and the people all make South Dakota a magical place.

I surprised my family with a last minute vacation to get them out of their cabin fever mindset and it did them wonders! We always stay in Keystone. 3 minutes to Mount Rushmore, 45 minutes to Rapid City and an adorable tourist-y town that provides unique food and fun shopping!

Our favorite hotel of all time is the Roosevelt Inn. It’s at the edge of town, close to Mount Rushmore and provides peace and quiet while also being walking distance from the bustling town!

Our view from the hotel.

They have an amazing pool, an arcade room, and the most beautiful views available in Keystone. They recently renovated it making it even more comfortable and eye-catching. Their breakfast is beyond delicious with many different options and selections to choose from.

Not only is this our favorite place to stay for the amazing amenities, rooms and people but across the street.. It boasts tubing hills, alpine slides, bungee jumping, zip-lining and more. That was the first thing we did when we got there because although it’s only a 5 hour drive from our house the kids were so excited to get exploring!

For dinner we decided to check out the Keystone board walk and tried a newly opened pizza place called Blazers Pizza. Incredible food, beautiful views of the strip and wonderful owners who were passionate about their food!

After dinner we went back to the hotel and enjoyed a dip in the pool. It’s always empty and we had the whole area to ourselves. The kids were stoked and exhausted afterwards 😉

After an amazing nights sleep we drove up to Rapid City and tried out the WaTiki Water Park. Let me tell y’all.. I am SO jealous this is an exclusive South Dakota thing because we had a BLAST. I wish we had something like this in Colorado!

There were slides, a lazy pool, a bar and a bistro – Something for everyone in the family! We booked a table and they had a basket full of everything we needed as soon as we got there. Complete with stuffies for the kids to keep, towels, waters, a bistro coupon and more!

The kids were BEAT after this so we went back to the hotel, took a nap then hit Rushmore. It never ceases to amaze me the grand scale of the sculptures and the feeling of being so close to such an important part of our history.

After walking around and reading we decided to head to dinner. We tried the Powder House for the first time and man I’m kicking myself that we hadn’t gone sooner. It was amazing. Beautiful full mountain views, delectable food, and wonderful service.

After an amazing dinner we went back to the hotel, got some rest and got ready for our last day of adventure. The kids were bummed but looking forward to another day of fun.

Wanting to make the most of our last day of vacation we got an early start with the Roosevelt Inn’s amazing breakfast stocked with a variety of goodies for even the pickiest of eaters!

A family tradition is to always hit the Bear Country Zoo on the last day. It’s fun, calming and so memorable we never want to rush through it so we ensure enough time to take our time!

The kids were so excited to see so many baby animals and they were all out and active – Especially early in the morning when they’re ready for food and play!

Down the road is an amazing dinosaur museum that we make sure to hit everytime for Hudson, because obviously he’s a dino-wiz.

Sadly it was time to leave, but we stopped at the Crazy Horse memorial before we made it out of South Dakota because it is such a powerful place to learn and discover the beauty and importance of preserving the Native American culture. The kids loved it and we were in awe at the progress they’ve made on the sculpture just one year later!

South Dakota will always hold a special place in our heart and our favorite family vacation spot as it’s wholesome, quaint and historical.

We cannot thank the Roosevelt Inn enough for allowing us the opportunity to stay there for another year of cherished family memories. It’ll always be the place we stay when we come into town and the kids constantly ask to go back. Interested in booking a stay there? They’re affordable, clean, and always friendly. They’re located at 206 Cemetery Rd, Keystone, SD 57751, call (605) 666-4599 to book a room for your family and let them plan your stay while you plan the fun!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Gestational Diabetes

*This article is for a college paper I am writing for my nutrition essentials for nursing class.

What is diabetes? It is a disease that affects how your cells use sugar, or glucose. Gestational diabetes is found during pregnancy when a mother’s blood sugar is found to be abnormally high which is a risk for the mother and baby’s health.

As with any of form of diabetes, it may not initially show symptoms but they person may show signs of extreme thirst. It’s causes are still very much unknown but it is believed that the excess weight gain some mother’s experience may play a part in the causation. They’ve also found that women of non-white race have a higher risk of developing it as well.

Normally, hormones can keep blood sugar levels at a normal range but when pregnant, hormones throw you for a loop and make your body’s ability to process blood sugar efficiently a lot harder. Which is why Doctors regularly check you during pregnancy to ensure you don’t have or haven’t developed gestational diabetes.

When I was pregnant with my twins I was at a very high risk for developing gestational diabetes and was checked often. Yeah, those nasty sweet drinks and hours of waiting are SO fun. But after getting the green light every time it really interested me on what exactly gestational diabetes was and how it occurred.

As I stated in the beginning, gestational diabetes is when your cells are unable to process glucose properly and occur when pregnancy hormones are unable to regulate your blood sugar levels. And as a person without diabetes you would imagine the prevention requirements would be quite cut and dry.. But there is a lot that goes into not just diabetic remedies but gestational wise cures.

Eating more nutritious foods is the number one recommendation for mothers with gestational diabetes. Obviously your goal isn’t to lose weight because you’re growing a sweet little human who needs all of the nutrients they can get; Instead, ensure you’re eating foods that are low in fat and calories with a focus on lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits!

The types of foods recommended to eat include lean, high protein meats such as chicken, fish, eggs and tofu. Along with the healthy fats found in avocados, olive oil, nuts, and seeds. Low GI fruits such as berries and fresh vegetables are all wonderful examples of foods to stick to.

It is pertinent to stay away from processed foods along with anything high in simple carbs such as white bread, pasta, rice and white potatoes. Fruit juices are high in sugar and pastries/dessert are high in carbs and sugars with low nutritional values. Resources are found all over the internet that include foods to eat and foods to avoid.

Watching portion sizes and staying active, (As much is possible because you never know what pregnancy can do to your physical abilities) regardless of the activity, can make a huge difference in prevention and treating gestational diabetes. Being more health conscious and mindful in your lifestyle choices is what will make the biggest impact.

Monitoring baby and blood sugar levels are very important parts of your gestational diabetes treatment plan. Doctors observe blood sugar levels in the hopes they’re maintaining healthy ranges (hopefully without the need of medication) and ensuring that baby is safe, developing properly and that there are no complications. However, medication intervention may be needed in the case of irregular blood sugar levels.

There are many resources for mothers who need support or information regarding gestational diabetes, such as the American Diabetes Association. They have support communities for fellow mothers to discuss and ask questions regarding their condition at https://community.diabetes.org/discuss/viewcategory/7. As well as information regarding their medical needs found at https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes/gestational-diabetes.

In order to better understand gestational diabetes through subjective information from an actual mother who had suffered from this condition I reached out to a mom in a local Mom group I’m in and interviewed her. For privacy’s sake we’ll call her Lelani.

Me: Lelani, can you describe to me how you felt when you were told you had gestational diabetes?

Lelani: Scared. I didn’t know much about it and was worried it had affected my baby somehow.

Me: I’m sure! Did you have a feeling you may have had it before you were diagnosed with it? Did you have any symptoms?

Lelani: No, actually. I was actually quite surprised! I was only pregnant with a singleton and hadn’t gained much weight so I was kind of blind sided by the diagnosis.

Me: Were you given much information about your health, what to do and steps moving forward with this diagnosis?

Lelani: I was! My Doctor was very informative on my treatment plan. I was instructed to eat whole foods in smaller but more frequent meals (5 times a day to be exact), was told to walk twice a day everyday and I had to come in more regularly for check ups to ensure my baby and myself were staying healthy.

Me: Your daughter is now 6 months old. How did everything work out at the end of your pregnancy up to now?

Lelani: It felt like a normal pregnancy. I followed the Doctor’s instructions and was able to have a normal delivery and after my daughter was born it was gone!

Me: Did your doctor check your blood sugar levels at all after delivery to ensure it went away and did they check your baby?

Lelani: Yep! And all was good. Baby was healthy and my blood sugar levels were completely normal, haven’t had a single issue since!

Me: Wonderful! Gestational diabetes is different for everyone but I’m glad yours wasn’t too rough on you and your sweet baby!

Like I stated above, of course gestational diabetes is different for everyone. In the case of Lelani it was scary but she didn’t suffer from any symptoms and it didn’t affect her baby or her health at all, especially because she followed the Doctor’s orders after receiving her diagnosis.

As an aspiring nurse who wishes to work as a Labor and Delivery nurse this information is very useful to me as I can better assist Mothers in need to ensure a healthy pregnancy!

Do you have experience with gestational diabetes? Comment below and tell me your story!

Homemade Air Fryer Paleo Calzones

This quarantine sure has given everyone a ton of time to experiment and try new things. And after eating the same things over and over and over I decided to try something new with my favorite Chebe Mixes. I created a paleo calzone that’s PACKED full of flavor and is insanely filling.

Starting with the Focaccia Mix, I followed the boxed instructions and created two pizza rounds (Chebe also has a pizza mix but I decided to try the Focaccia mix incase it’d make the calzone a little fluffier!)

Obviously they’re not very round but oh well 😉

I stuffed that sucker FULL and once completed I carefully folded the dough in half and tightly pressed down to release any extra air trapped inside to avoid bubbles and a sauce explosion 😉

After pinching the edges to keep all those goodies in I cranked up my airfryer to 350* and cooked for only 6 minutes.. Yeah.. 6 MINUTES y’all. It came out crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside.
It ain’t pretty but man it’s good!

Because we eat paleo we don’t add cheese but never felt like it was lacking because of the gooey-ness of the dough!

Not sure how to do this timing wise in an actual oven but we’ve been using our air fryer WAY more than anything else so we’ve found that this is a quick and delicious way to prepare a healthy meal when the pizza cravings hit!

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Challenger Sports Summer Camps

I’m really eager to get Hudson into some activities to help his little mind and body develop, especially after months of being cooped up from this weather! So I found a Soccer Summer Camp coming up through Challenger Sports and can’t wait to get him signed up for June!

Challenger Sports, the leading camp company in the US, has launched a brand new soccer camp that combines the most popular elements of their two camp programs, British Soccer and TetraBrazil. The all new Challenger International Soccer Camp will offer instructional camp programs for each age/ability level!

The TinyTykes program will provide 3-5 year olds with fundamental soccer activities, games, and stories, designed to enhance technical skills along with physical and social development. The Half Day Camp for 6-16 year olds is the most popular program and will provide 3 hours of skill development, games, challenges and competition each day.

Register now for Challenger’s International Soccer camp and get a free international ball, t-shirt, poster, skills evaluation and new downloadable coaching app & 20 skills videos! Register 30 days before camp and qualify for a free International Game Jersey! https://www.challengersports.com/international_soccer/

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)