Emily's Book Club · Family · Lifestyle · Uncategorized

Favorite Usborne Christmas Books! (for 12-24 months)

I love books! And I have been blessed to have a little girl who is already showing a love of books, creativity, music, and beautiful things. But we especially love our reading time. Twice a day in fact! My little Emily is about to be 18 months old, and I thought it would be fun to create a running list of her favorite books! Like a baby book club you could say 😉 Since I am also a consultant with Usborne Books & More, I’m going to start off with some of her favorite books that we have from Usborme! 🙂 I’ve included links for you to click and shop on my Usborne page, and also some helpful videos from other Usborne ladies 🙂

 

That’s Not My Reindeer

Not My Reindeer

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That’s Not My Snowman

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These are just 2 books from Usborne’s “That’s Not My…” series. This series has over 50 TITLES! We have quite a few more of these on Miss Emily’s shelf, but these are 2 of our favorite Chirstmas-y ones! I’ll feature some more of our favorites another time, but if you just can’t wait, click here to shop the full series!

The Nativity Touchy Feely

The Nativity

This Nativity Touchy Feely book has the cutest little pictures with vibrant colors and engaging touchy feely items on every page for your little one to discover. They are incorporated enough to keep my little 18 month old engaged for the full (baby version) of the story of Jesus! And that makes my heart happy 🙂

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Nativity Flap Book

The Nativity Flap Book

Another Nativity book that my little Emily loves! It’s fun seeing her recognize the story and familiar characters, but with a different look than the touchy feely version, and a different way to interact using the fun little flaps! She loves finding Baby Jesus behind the hay!

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Slide and See Christmas

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This book is a fun festive one that is more about the pictures and surprises from the “slide and see” tabs on each page. This book has hardly any words, but the pictures are so cute and fun. Since it’s not so much a story book, we like to use this book as another fun resource to identify new Christmas-y things together like ice skating, reindeer, and a gingerbread house!

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Pop-Up Christmas

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Love, love, love this adorable book! The pop ups are beautiful and elaborate! They are also sturdy, but to keep your book in good condition, it’s best for toddlers that are a little more removed from the “ripping and tearing” phase.

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Usborne Books & More has some really, REALLY cute books for your younger and older kids! Some of my favorites for my niece and nephews (and any other kid that loves Christmas) are the Christmas activity books! They are fun for keeping busy while traveling, (and waiting to open presents at grandma’s) or some down time over the school holiday break. I’ve included a video, in the link below, that some other lovely Usborne lady has made. Check out the video, but come back here to shop 😉

Usborne Christmas Books for ALL Ages!

See something you like? HURRY and grab it by shopping from my link. Many of the Christmas Books are almost out of stock! By clicking any of these “Shop this book” links, it directly takes you to my website where you can place your order 🙂

Shop Usborne Christmas books and ALL of our other collections for year round! Our books make the best Christmas gifts & stocking stuffers!

Join the movement. Balance your child’s Christmas by giving them…

“Something they want

Something they need

Something to wear

SOMETHING TO READ!”

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Just in case you’re interested…

I know there are so many more moms out there like me that have visions of walls and bookshelves full of dreamy books for their child’s home library. That’s the main reason I joined Usborne! Free books, discounted books, and a little money on the side!

If you’re interested in earning free and half priced books, You can always host an ONLINE book party, or even jump right in and become a consultant like me for even more rewards! Send me an email anytime at usbornebookskrystle@gmail.com

Those who book an online party before the end of January will have the opportunity to earn DOUBLE the hostess awards! That’s a good deal, y’all! Can’t wait to hear from you and share even more amazing books with you and your friends!

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Sweater Weather!

Sweater Weather—It’s more than just a Bath & Body Works Scent! It’s the explosion of Fall Fashion on Pinterest and moody coffee shop posts on Instagram, that make you want to fall in love with someone and curl up with a book and maybe a maltipoo. It’s time for pumpkin spice everything, and meal planning for Thanksgiving! It’s time to be cozy chic for the next few months and I couldn’t be more excited! 🙂

If you’re anything like me, you love Pinterest and the dreamy inspiration for almost any category. But today I am zoning in on all of my favorite sweaters that you have seen across your Pinterest boards and Facebook ads! Because…sweater weather! I haven’t stocked up on my 2017 sweaters yet because, well, I live in Oklahoma and it was 81 degrees 3 days ago and 41 degrees today so…now I’m ready! And freezing.

I went through and found some of my favorite affordable sweaters and have put them all together, here, with links to where to buy from! No more endless hunting and online browsing. 🙂

Let me say it again…I have not bought any of these (yet!), but love the style and will probably be stocking up soon!

I have put them into a few fun categories too! Enjoy! and share 🙂

Cozy Comfy Chic

 

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Flirty & Feminine

 

 

For more of our favorites, follow us on Pinterest! New items added daily!

 

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Off I go with Usborne Books & More!

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So last night I signed up to be a consultant with Usborne Books & More! Yay!

Let me go ahead and say that when I decided to leave my teacher life behind to stay home with my sweetness, I promised that I would not, would not, would NOT do any sort of direct sales, pyramid scheme, business. That being said, I must have something on my back that tells people to ask me to join their sales teams! (I will just assume people think I’m nice and friendly, which I would agree ;))I have been asked to join in with so many other work from home gals that I would love to work with! They are all sweet, beautiful, funny, intelligent, and are seriously making a living! I’m impressed. But I just wasn’t personally interested in selling makeup, clothes, nutritional products, etc. I’m kinda one of those people on Facebook that just scrolls… You know what I mean? So the fact of going from a scroller to someone using Facebook as a way to reel people in to buy my products, just seemed too uncomfortable for me. The more I read about Usborne, I realized their are multiple ways to make sales other than just trying to overload everyone’s Facebook feed.

I love staying home with my daughter! I feel so blessed and so fulfilled spending my days playing with her and teaching her new little things. I do not want to go back to teaching any time soon, but I do miss sharing the love of reading, imagining, and discovering with other kids and even their parents! I keep up with a lot of my past students and have even became great friends with many of my past classroom parents. I feel like Usborne is a great way for me to stay connected to and continue partnering with parents who want their children to flourish, by building lifelong readers and learners!

But there is one thing that really lead me to make the decision to sign up with Usborne, and it was an in-house motivation. For the past few months, one of mine and Emily’s favorite outings has been going to Barnes and Noble. We live kind of out in the country, so at least once every week and a half or so, we would make the 20 minute drive across town to explore the dreamy children’s section of B&N and just get lost in all the books. It makes my heart swell in the best way when I see Emily’s little face light up as she’s surrounded by colorful books and stories and pictures. So, I had this bright idea to make this part of our routine where we would buy a new book at least twice a month to continue adding a variety of books to Emily’s library. Well, like all great plans, that didn’t always work out. We would enjoy our time, but often go home empty handed without a new engaging book. I found there were two reasons that happened.

1.) I would have a certain style of book in mind, and just couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. I had high standards and was really trying to find books with engaging, beautiful pictures and solid educational content (even for toddlers). Or I’d be looking for a sweet story line with dreamy pictures and characters.  Many came close, but I would still put them on the shelf saying to my self “nah…” or “I’ll think about it…”

2.) Most of the time that decision to decline, or just ‘think about’ a book that I was on the fence about was because of the price. Now, I’m not a cheap person, but I definitely am always looking for quality products at a discount. Unfortunately, most of the books I wanted to buy were never on sale. Again, a book doesn’t have to be on sale for me to buy it, but if it was only about 80% of what I was looking for, plus full price, I had to make the choice to leave it there. I have learned the hard way that if you don’t TOTALLY love something, don’t buy it.

So there I was, hanging my head because my sweet little darling wasn’t getting her shelf filled with wonderful, magical books, to assist her learning. I decided to search. I searched and searched to find the exact niche’ that I was looking for and finally I found it!

Usborne Books and More!

I went back and forth about signing up to be a consultant. Because if anything, I’d always get a discount on these amazing books that I wanted to buy anyway. Then wait, if I actually worked at it, I would get FREE books aaaand make some extra money on the side, which is never a bad thing. 24 hours into it and I’ve already got my launch party date set up and have recruited one other person on my team! I’m ready to hit the ground running on my first working adventure in my stay at home life!

Xoxo,

Krystle

P.S. If you’re interested in joining me, hosting an online book party, or just wanting to hear more information, send me an email at usbornebookskrystle@gmail.com!!! There are some AWESOME deals you can get as a hostess, and it doesn’t matter where you live!

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My Top 10 “Must Have” Beauty Products That You DON’T Have To Splurge For!

So here’s the deal…I love specialty beauty stores and products from the salon as much as any girl can. But let’s face it– bottles, jars, and tubes full of beauty promises can be ex-pen-sive! So whether you’re a college girl, or a young mom like me, or just any girl trying to make your dollars stretch, these are 10 affordable beauty products that I love!

10. Sally Hansen Gel Nail Polish

When it comes to nail polish, I’m like a kid in a candy shop, and initially, the colors and the pretty new style bottles are what drew me away from the obligable OPI, and the trendy Essie, to the throw back girl- Sally Hansen! The factor of a gel-like nail polish without the UV light, without making a trip to the salon, without spending more than $8, and much longer wear than any other nail polishes I’ve ever used, has made this my go-to, at-home nail polish! And I LOVE the colors! Just use your favorite colors with the Sally Hansen Gel Top Coat and you have an affordable alternative to the nail salon. You’re Welcome!

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9. L’OREAL Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

Disclaimer: my faaaavorite cream/serum/foundation/color corrector for my face is the Bare Minerals illuminating serum. But that’s one of my splurge items and does not apply for this list. Therefore, my next best choice that can be found at your local store is the L’oreal BB cream. I feel that L’oreal is usually one of my favorite inexpensive brands, and that was even before Blake Lively was their spokeswoman 🙌🏻.  Now it’s a shoe-in, because I will buy anything that Blake Lively tells me. An-y-thing! Anyway, I love how this L’oreal BB Cream magically transforms to match your skin tone for a beautiful light coverage! It has a sheer finish and really does do the 4 things it promises- primes, perfects, hydrates, corrects. It really is like magic, so I guess they were on target when naming this product.

Price Range: $7.96-$10.99

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8. Batiste Dry Shampoo

Ok…so for me, dry shampoo is a must have! It made the list, because as a mom to a toddler, a runner, and a girl with combination hair, (oily roots, dry ends) I have to confess that for the LONGEST time I have used the ever faithful (and ever available) baby powder! Now let me just say that I have predominantly blonde hair, so this has worked pretty well for me. I also couldn’t quite find a low expense dry shampoo that I really liked, and whom could compete with the reigning baby powder. Then I stumbled upon the amazing scent of the Batiste (Bright & Lively Floral) Dry Shampoo! I tried it out and now it’s mine! It’s affordable, it works, and it smells good! Triple whammy! (Though, I will still use baby powder if its the closest thing) It ranges in sizes from travel to a jumbo size. I bought the jumbo size.

Price Range: $7.99-$13.99

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7. Jumbo Lip Balm Crayons

There are so, and I mean SO many lip products out there today that it can be overwhelming. But for an easy every day look, I love these jumbo lip balm crayons. Most beauty brands have these, so if you want a different brand, they’re not too hard to find. Just by looking in my makeup bag, or shuffling through abandoned purses, I’ve noticed the affordable ones that I gravitate to are Covergirl and Revlon (Price Range:$6-$9). They must have the prettiest colors that catch my eye in the Target aisle. I love these chubby little gals because they give you a smooth, pigmented color, while also nourishing your lips! For me, they seem to even make my lips appear fuller, and when is that ever a bad thing? Helpful Tip: Apply after kissing baby 😉

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6. Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play

There are some things in life that just go together. Peanut butter & jelly, cookies & milk, Texas & big hair. As you’ll probably hear from me too many times, I am a forever Texas girl. Though I currently reside in Oklahoma, and previously in South Carolina (where hair is also a big deal), I was born, raised, and resided the majority of my life in Texas, where the backcombs are something serious! Back in my ‘serious’ hair days, Big Sexy Hair was my favorite discovery. Now we are in a long term relationship and I can’t break up with it. (10+ years!) It has great hold & flexibility, a little mist goes a long ways, and you can get it from $8-$14. Enough said.

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5. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

When this mascara came out, I instantly fell in love with it! Then I told every female about it, then bought one as a stocking stuffer for every female in my family! I wowed my mother with an eye to eye comparison during a car ride to the lake that I basically turned into my personal, front seat infomercial for this mascara. I love bold, beautiful lashes with volume AND length. This baby does the trick! Plus the bottle is very appealing to me and my obsession with pale pink. $7

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4. Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder

This powder cracks me up because it still has a “NEW” sticker on it. Which I’m pretty sure I’ve been using it since some time in college, and that would have been more than 5 but less than 10 years ago. I keep waiting to see when they’ll remove that sticker. I’ll probably document it. Anyway, I became committed to this powder because of the “skin clearing” benefits. I’ve always had combination skin (just like my hair) and would always have an oily, shiny forehead in the days before handheld photo editing.  It had to stop. This product not only prevented my shiny forehead in photos, but it really gave me a matte finish, and would speed up the clearing process of my face whenever I did have a breakout. I don’t have many breakouts now, but at the same time, I’ve been using this product for so long, I might just give it credit for keeping my skin decently clear. 🙂

Price Range: $9.99-$12.99

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3. Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Serum

I’ve been using anti-aging products since I was a teenager. Because I always had the theory that if I used them now, before I got “old” then I wouldn’t have a meltdown moment when did get old. But one day, along the way I started to notice that I still was developing crow’s feet anyway. I knew they would come, it was just a matter of time. So I found this sweet little serum and I loved it. Now listen! I don’t know much about the REAL expensive anti-aging serums or creams, (I’ll save that for my 40’s) but I have tried most of the Wal-Mart & Target options, and I keep finding my way back to this one. Neutrogena is another brand that I really do love because it has proven, over the years, and the course of trying out many, many products, to be tried and true. This wrinkle serum has a gel like feel, and has a faint vanilla/oat scent. It might sting a tiny tiny bit, but that tells me it’s working? I’ll say yes. I do know, that even if my fine lines and wrinkles are still minimum, I can definitely tell the difference the next morning after using this product. Now my husband uses it too…but don’t tell anyone 😉

Price Range: $15.00-$21.99

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2. St. Ives Face Scrub

Ok, into the top 2! And this one really is a MUST-HAVE for me. I said earlier that I would give the skin clearing powder the credit for my skin being predominantly clear most of the time. I changed my mind. Well, not really changed my mind, but am giving it less credit, because this item deserves the MAJOR credit! With its 100% natural ingredients (yes, puh-lease!) it is just literally the best at exfoliating and refining your face– leaving it pure, soft, and glowing! I have used every single variation of this scrub and they are all perfect for whatever your facial need. I love it so much that sometimes I even will just rub it all over my body…TMI? Sorry. And listen to this…this face scrub is LESS than $4. Yes! I may or may not have bought it by the armfuls in the past. Just sayin’

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1. It’s a 10 Leave in Conditioner

Dun-Dun-Duuuun! My #1 beauty product that I also cannot live without is It’s a 10 Leave In Conditioner! Ok, ok, so maybe I stretched a little, and this product can get a little pricey. BUT you need to at least buy the travel size for $9-$12. Another item that I claim “A little goes a long way!” And by the time you finish this little bottle, you will want to splurge for the bigger size. Me and my hair can testify!

Once upon a time I worked at a Christian summer camp where I was outside AAALLLLLL day, in the sun, in the lake, in the pool, and showering in outdoor showers…yes, it’s true. (If you know me, you know this was a real call from the Lord to drink water from spigots and shower outdoors.) Nonetheless, my hair was suffering from it. Big time!  I have always been a “hair-girl” and this realization was severely bothering me. The next time I had a day off, I went straight to a salon to beg for help. Here she comes, presenting me with this glorious bottle that does TEN things to help your hair! I had never used or even heard of leave in conditioner before (this was 2008), but I was desperate and gave it a try. A true O-M-G moment as my hair transformed to the most beautiful state it had ever been in! Now nearly 10 years later, I am still using this product religiously. If I have gotten complements on anything about my appearance, it is at least 7 times out of 10 about my hair. And for that, I really DO give the majority credit to this product for rescuing my, colored, hot tooled, teased, and sprayed strands since 2008! You da real MVP!

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Xoxo,

Krystle

Me & My Little Life · Uncategorized

About Me & My Little Life

Hey Y’all, I’m Krystle 🙂

I am a 28 year old, Jesus loving, wife & mommy to a handsome hubby and a precious little 13 month old baby girl. Like many of you, I am simply enjoying the journey of figuring out the right balance to creating the most joy filled version of my world that is possible!

I have always been a dreamer. I’ve always had a huge imagination with big ideas, big hopes, with an equal amount of fear, and a heaping spoonful of being a little scatterbrained. I can be silly, sweet, sincere, & serious all in the same conversation. I could be called an introverted-extrovert. I don’t know if that’s even a thing, but I know that I identify with it! I have a huge heart which makes me a lover of many things! –I love people and their stories! I love coffee, girl time, dogs, reading books, anything floral, the beauty and temperatures of fall, watching morning television, cooking, running, traveling, and perusing Pinterest for pretty things (yes, that’s a hobby)! I love going to the beach, or sipping sweet iced tea, poolside. I’m a Starbucks, Target, Hobby Lobby and boutique kind of girl. I was born and raised in Texas, and went to Texas A&M in College Station, where a part of my heart will remain forever and ever, Amen! I am a Texas girl, through-and through, but I also fell in LOVE with the deep, deep south while living in South Carolina! I am a foodie who loves organic, gluten free, vegetarian, while also being a life long lover of good ol’ southern cooking, & specifically, anything that has ever came from my Nanny Georgia’s kitchen. I love shopping– clothes shopping, online shopping, local shopping, grocery shopping, boutique shopping (did I mention shopping?) I’ve always had a love for fashion, interior decorating, food & cooking, and most of all, enjoying time with my family and closest friends!

I have spent a good part of my life in a church or ministry setting and have always felt a calling to minister to the lives of young girls, teenage girls, and now, young adult women! For the last 5 years that “ministry” has predominantly poured out through my role as an elementary teacher, loving on those little angels with crooked halos. Since the school year has been out, I have been able to make the change from teacher to full time mommy, wife, & homemaker! I couldn’t be more excited for this new journey with the freedom to explore more of life, my dreams, & the opportunity to just slow down and love my family more deeply, & to love others more intentionally!

I’m so excited for you to join in with my journey! My hope is that by visiting this blog, you will find a refreshed love of life, hope, and inspiration, with a little bit of laughter, too. 😉

xoxo, Krystle