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Summer 2019 Must Haves!

Alright Y’all the heat has turned up and got me thinking about my favorite must haves for this summer season. Whether you are planning on taking a trip to a more tropical location or just chillin at home these are this summers must haves! This summer guide for 2019 includes links to Amazon products because who doesn’t love AMAZON especially prime!

The Goods:

Lets start with one of the most important items you should have in your beach bag and that is SUNSCREEN! Listen up, May is skin cancer awareness month and sunscreen is our best defense. I have compiled some of my favorite sunscreens to help a sister out. I will be including some options for your little ones as well as everyone in the family.

This is my favorite sunscreen for my little one. It scores well on the environmental working group (EWG) website. It is reef safe and is SPF 50+ which is a very important factor for me when deciding which sunscreens I purchase.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I3DJ796/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00I3DJ796&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=ea9c06c34f1e3cbe715ed5b9e65d67ae

The Alba sport mineral sunscreen is another awesome option. This product scores well on the EWG website also. I love that it is fragrance free as I have extremely sensitive skin.

So the next thing you need to pickup before your trip is an awesome sunless tanner. I have pale skin and need a little boost during this season so I don’t look too much like a zombie. Recently, I picked up this product because of its excellent reviews and the fact that is scored a 1 (the safest level) on EWG website was a huge bonus! I love the idea of a safer tan by using a self tanner. The problem many people don’t know is how many chemicals can be in these products. This one however is such a great option and am so excited to share it with you all!

I recently picked up this product because of its excellent reviews and the fact that is scored a 1 (the safest level) on EWG website was a huge bonus! I love the idea of a safer tan by using a self tanner. The problem many people don’t know is how many chemicals can be in these products. This one however is such a great option and am so excited to share it with you all!

Before you go applying that self tanner you need to pick up this mitt to help you achieve that perfect glow. This package is amazing and it includes a small mitt for your face and an exfoliating glove for prep before application.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MZ0PHYE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01MZ0PHYE&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=51c37b58838a69b9eeeab2826eb1104b

I have found the best cooler bag to take with you to the beach, the office, or poolside. Packit has a bunch of different cooler options that you simply put in the freezer flat and the insulated gel provides the cooling that you need. Since you don’t have to put any additional cooler packs inside, you are left with a much larger area for all your goodies! I linked the picnic bag and its a must have!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0185K91ME/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0185K91ME&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=c6acbcc50742f85d71e94f42fe641cf0

Girl you need this cover up and summer handbag! It will be the perfect accessory for dinners at the beach and that tassel is to die for! I am hooking you up with a link to a kimono that can also be paired with jeans and your favorite tank.

So i know you ladies love the look of a wide brim sunhat. I have several in my closet that I honestly have NEVER worn. The problem is a hat is to be used for hat hair! Whenever I reach for my hat or if I am at the beach, pool, or outside my hair is not down. Girl you need this hat it solves this problem!! It has the same gorgeous look of a wide brim sunhat but has a cut out at the top for your messy bun. Plus this particular hat has a bow where the hat comes together around your head. And bonus you can roll it up for ease of packing. Along with that hat you need the perfect oversized sunnies and with this tortoise shading it will look great on all skin tones.


I hope you have enjoyed my summer 2019 guide. Lets get the conversation going let me know what you ladies are loving this summer! I look forward to hearing what is up with you!

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Ladies let me tell you I am the worst at waiting until the last minute! I have such a hard time deciding what to get my loved ones. Mother’s day is quickly approaching and if you’re like me you still have nothing purchased for the holiday. Since I can’t be the only one out there in this boat, I figured I would compile a list of a few items that make great gifts. Don’t worry girl I got you! I am making sure to hit all price points and these items can all arrive in time for the holiday. OK lets get started!

For those with a Limited Budget:

After all mother’s day is most importantly about making those mamas feel special and appreciated for all the hard work they have put in. First and foremost lets make sure those special ladies in our life know how much we love them. Don’t worry, you can do that without breaking the bank.

Coupon Book:

I have always turned to this as a great solution for almost any occasion. You can personalize it to the individual and it is practically free! So here is how you do it. Get yourself some construction paper a hole punch and some string. Punch some holes and string your coupons together. Here are a few ideas for your coupon book. I owe you one free room cleaning of your choice. Or something like one free dog walk. Or even as simple as one free dinner prep on one meal of your choice. As mamas, who doesn’t want a little help!! This idea is so clever and if you have littles be sure to get them involved in this mother’s day activity.

Pick Some Wildflowers:

Flowers are always a treat for most mamas. They can get pricey but who wouldn’t love the effort of your loved ones picking fresh flowers just for you!

Foot or Hand Print Canvas:

For new mamas out there make a footprint canvas. My husband and Amelia did this for me last year and it was so special to me. My husband got a canvas and then painted my daughters foot and made an imprint. I will forever have this and it was such a great gift as a new mom.

Mid Price Range Gifts:

If your wanting to spend a little more on gifts this year without completely blowing your budget I got you covered!

Gift Card of Choice:

What mama doesn’t love target or amazon. If you simply can not decide on a gift, pickup a gift card. Bonus if you have a Kroger near by you can get extra fuel points for purchasing your gift cards there.

A Selfcare Package:

Put together the ultimate care package! Feel free to tailor the package to your loved one however you see fit. Here are a few links and ideas of what would go great in your self care basket.

This soy candle in fresh linen is a slow burner and is made with soy so it doesn’t have all those nasty chemicals.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_qf_sp_sr_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=whatsupwingo-20&keywords=B07CKPSH95&index=aps&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&linkId=52120aa06b72a9e8e025eb8a7de9332d

Bath bombs are amazing! These ones are organic and are great value. Plus they are simply gorgeous!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D6PPW8C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07D6PPW8C&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=c5a126f3b97532b29f57444cbd600e2c

Facial mask in french rose that has cleaner ingredients and is simply luxurious!

Eve Hansen French Rose Clay Face Mask | Resurfacing Pink Clay Mask with Bentonite Clay and Kaolin Clay | Blackhead Remover Mask, Acne Scar Treatment and Soothing Dark Spot Remover Facial Mask | 1.7 oz

Beverage of Choice Package:

Include a nice mug and some tasty coffee or tea of choice. Here are a few of my recommendations.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BF7TYCV/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07BF7TYCV&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=78c56414a326ed34985ad6d4fa0a5c18
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005Q8BLA4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005Q8BLA4&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=3dd84e866dd14a30f396907b0bd2f4f5

Luxury gift guide:

For those who have more to spend or want to give a truly special more luxurious gift here are a few of my favorite suggestions.

Pamper Session:

Invest in a nice spa package including a facial or massage. This is a great gift that any mother will love. Truly a great way to provide some self care!

Digital Picture Frame:

This is a great gift especially for the grandparents. We bought one for both my parents and in laws for Christmas and I think its safe to say its a great gift. You can upload pictures via an email address and can share that address with multiple family members. Pictures will arrive automatically for you to view. It is a great way to simplify as its hard to find a place for all those picture frames.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07J2CQYM4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07J2CQYM4&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=527e3d8109eb135cef9dede2b54e0bdf

Special Day:

Use this as a chance to let your love one design their own day. Including meals, shopping, pedicure however they wish to spend the day. Make a special card including a self printed certificate for their day.

This will be my 3rd mothers day the first was actually the day I found out I was expecting our sweet baby girl. Last year was the first with our baby girl and this year will be lots of fun as she is much more active and into everything. I never quite knew how much I would love being a mother. I hope all of you mothers out there have a great mothers day and know how much you are appreciated and loved. Let me know what’s up on mother’s day in your households!

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APRIL FAVORITES

I’m bringing you my April favorites post. Here are some things that I am loving at the moment. This month I have included a little bit of everything from fashion, to makeup, nails, and my favorite beverage. I hope you find inspiration from my favs and enjoy this post.

Fizz & Co. Seltzer Water from Kroger and Sweet Leaf vanilla Creme liquid Stevia

I love me a good coke. Whats better that sweet flavor and bubbly fizz….yum! As an RD, I try to find alternatives that I know are better for my body. If soda’s are your thing too, you have to try this. The Fizz and Co Seltzer waters are the bomb! They come in three flavors; Cola, Root Beer and The Dr. I have also figured out exactly how to take it up a notch where you wont even realize you aren’t drinking the real deal. The secret is Vanilla Creme Liquid Stevia drops from sweet leaf. Add a few drops straight to the can and you will be in vanilla cola heaven.

Birkenstocks and Matching Cork Sandals for my Little One

Birkenstock Sandal
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BUQ4ADQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00BUQ4ADQ&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=342a10c99a729427cc594c53eb3e4b5a
Birkenstock Sandal

I love my Birkenstocks . As a kid during the 90s/00’s Birkenstocks were my go to. I swear they are still in great shape and I got them like 20 years ago! Even though I still own the original style clogs, I don’t wear them much these days. HOWEVER, I have found a new love in the Birkenstock sandal. These are super comfortable and I love the look. I found a Walmart cork sandal in a pale pink for my little to match!! So we have been matchy matchy this past month and to tell you the truth I am loving it! With the warmer weather starting to come around these are a must!

Physicians Formula Organic Mascara

Who doesn’t love makeup? I try to stick with a more natural makeup whenever possible. My mascara was dry and I needed a natural alternative that still functions well without breaking the bank. I picked the Physicians Formula Organic Mascara up this month and I have been loving it! It is a nice balance between lengthening and thickening without being clumpy. The wand really does a nice job of separating your lashes. It seems to stay put and the packaging is adorable. I am super excited about my find!

Milk Frother

I recently got a milk frother, and let me tell you I am in love! I am quite fond of a nice warm cup of goodness. I have recently seen a lot of awesome looking frothers but most have not so great reviews. I’ve only used this a few times so far but i’m really enjoying it. I have used it in tea, coffee, and even if I am looking for a splurge with hot coco. The coolest part is it has a cold setting for those hot days! It is definitely a nice addition to that cup your are brewing.

Zoya Nail Polish in Leigh

I have finally found a good nail polish, that is not full of junk! I have, and will continue to purchase some not so healthy polish if the color is to die for, but I try my hardest to stick with safer alternatives. This is a gorgeous color that is almost like a pinky beige with hints of peach in it, perfect for the spring time and summer.

I hope you all enjoyed my April Favorites! I look forward to sharing these with you monthly! Please let me know if you have bought anything this month that you are loving! Now that I have shared my scoop, what’s up with you?

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Top Five Audio Books you Need to Hear

I have a long commute to work and need to find ways to pass the time. I love listening to the radio but I feel as though I waste away a large portion of my day hearing the same songs over and over again.  I have always loved to learn and lately I have been on a quest to increase my knowledge. Audio books have been a game changer for my long commute.

While I listen to books mostly in the car, lately I’ve been listening while doing the dishes, laundry, or any housework.  I find that I keep focused better with a book going and actually manage to get a lot more housework completed.  It also makes the tasks a lot more enjoyable.

I prefer to listen to self help, organizational, and health and wellness books but occasionally like to take the opportunity to listen to a book just for pleasure and enjoyment.

Here are my top 5 favorite audio books not in any particular order:

Girl wash your face by Rachel Hollis: Is an excellent book for helping mamas realize their worth. It is such an easy listen and is chock-full of excellent relatable info for all of us. It is definitely a must read.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077GZBL1Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B077GZBL1Y&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=d405f526800b116647265c959532406

Girl, Stop apologizing by Rachel Hollis: This is a great companion to Girl, Wash your face. It goes into detail about how to achieve what you want in life. Both of these books by Rachel are fabulous and are definitely must reads for all Mamas

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FSTP9WQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07FSTP9WQ&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=6a9849852e5f8633cac3e59c4ba3a35d

The 5 love languages by Gary Chapman:  This book is a must have for all!  It contains great relationship advice to help us understand our partners better.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079B7PJMV/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B079B7PJMV&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=ef5ebd67c38e0c5f2a3c4e31c0cafba0

the life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo: This book is definitely organization goals!  I love her simple approach to tidying and I aspire to use her methods throughout my house.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RC3ZGN4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00RC3ZGN4&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=ef6ce5d8c7240b92ef5b736984f25b44

It starts with food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig:  This book is a fabulous resource for those who suffer with food intolerance and want to take a more whole foods approach to eating.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PMCGFRS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00PMCGFRS&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=74f7496158664d4092677bf3570fdcdd

I love audible and have been using their audio books for years. They have a great selection and have just about any type of book you could be looking for.

I hope this article was helpful and you found some new books to listen to or read if that is more your style.  This is what’s up with me now tell me what’s up with you and what you happen to be listening to?


Check out my Summer Must Haves here

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Easter fun at 14 months

Happy Easter!

This was our second Easter as a family of 3. The first Easter was special but this year was what I would call wild! As always, I am a lover of Amazon especially Amazon prime. All of the Easter basket items were purchased in the comfort of my pajamas from my couch. Since Amelia is still little there is not a ton of things she can do yet. But I wanted to make sure she had some things that she can play with and learn from and wont get tired of after a couple weeks. No candy baskets can be tough, but I think we did fairly well of thinking outside the box!

Here are the Easter basket items links:

Melissa and Doug clock: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B4EJO1C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00B4EJO1C&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=720f7f0b680249c7968d70d706dbf06b

Honey Sticks Beeswax Crayons: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GSY9MD2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01GSY9MD2&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=136e4d4f05da6222ac4a28d839f4808f

My story book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076C5KPSL/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B076C5KPSL&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=7bfc9113e9b40028294f841940ae5f6f

Melissa and Doug soft activity book:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JBJ04MK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00JBJ04MK&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=5b07b95d981512c6fa67089bf687bc0f

Hide and Squeak eggs: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M0WSIWF/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01M0WSIWF&linkCode=as2&tag=whatsupwingo-20&linkId=b7a1b97d7fae57ab2db0d93cb6402097

Keep in mind some of these items may have an older kid range noted than my child’s age. You will have to determine what is best for you and your kiddos.

Here are the pictures from our Easter Fun!

Little Miss Wild Child got a grand idea.

To Finish out the eggstravaganza…..see what I did there. We decided to dye some eggs. It is hard to know exactly what Amelia will want to and can participate in at this age. Even if she is unable to participate we are trying our hardest to give all things a shot. Egg dying didn’t work out like we planned as daddy and I were the only ones dying, however I think the end result was beautiful!

I hope you and your family had the best Easter! Thank you for visiting my site. That is what’s up with me, now whats up with you?

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