Kristen and I are excited to introduce you to Rachelle! She will now be joining us as a contributor to Mudpies and Tiaras. I have known Rachelle for 6 years and I know she will make an excellent addition to the blog. I’m going to hand it over to Rachelle and let her tell you a little more about herself!

I am so thrilled to be joining Mudpies and Tiaras! Blogging has been an interest of mine for quite some time and I am very thankful to Belinda and Kristen for bringing me on. I have become somewhat of a Jill-of-all-trades. I love learning new things, trying out new ideas and creating new works of art, however, I always wished I could share these ventures with others. I look forward to sharing life with all of you as we get to know each other.

I’m a very-much-in-love wife. My husband and I are high-school sweethearts. He is now a youth pastor at a local church and loves it. We have three girls and all their names start with E. E1 is a 2nd grader. She’s full of energy and is the life of any party. E2 is in kindergarten. She’s our little scholar and miss determination. Lastly, we have our little E3 who is about to celebrate her 1st birthday! She’s already showing signs of being our family clown.

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I am one of 5 kids and the experience instilled in me a love for family. As our families grow and move away, we try very hard to get together at Christmas and other big occasions. It’s a lot of fun and not that we tried to make it difficult for my mom, but both my brothers have kids who’s names start with E too. We are going to have to make sure that no added pets have the E.

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So other than being a wife and mom, for the past eight years, I have also been a professional photographer. I studied art in college and enjoy working on and off as an art teacher and preschool teacher.

As a family, we recently made the choice to homeschool our kiddos. E1 and E2 are excited! I’m excited too about this new journey, but let’s be honest—a bit nervous too.

This is us. We do fun, hard work and often goofy but no matter what, we are family and I can’t wait to share our family with yours.

Rachelle is a wife, mother, photographer and blogger. She has 3 little girls. Her oldest 2 are home-schooled. Rachelle’s interests are fitness and health, furniture re-purposing and building, DIY decorating, sewing, learning and everything family. Click here to meet Rachelle

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

We had been having a fairly mild winter. It had gotten cold but we hadn’t had more than dusting of snow so far this winter. That changed last week. The first winter storm brought 6″ of snowy fun.  The kids were thrilled and so was I.  Being from Florida I used to dream of fun winters filled with snowmen and snowball fights.  Not to mention the fact that there is something so peaceful and beautiful about freshly fallen snow.

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We had so much fun playing in the snow!  We went sledding, made snow angels and enjoyed yummy snow cream.  We were thrilled to finally have some winter fun!

Fast forward a week.  A second storm brought an additional 6” of snow.  Although it can be pretty and fun, it also brings bad roads and leads to us being home-bound for many days.  The kids have been out of school for a week and a half now and we are all going a little stir crazy!  Trying to keep 6 kids occupied and not fighting constantly has become challenging!  Thankfully, I had a few items from Family Christian that I was able to pull out for the kids.  Having something new to play with broke the monotony and gave me a much needed break from the whining and boredom!

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Little Miss loves to sing her ABC’s so this puzzle was perfect for her!  Plus we’re getting some learning time in while she plays :)

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For the older kids, I got Blink: Bible Edition Card Game.   It’s a super fast, easy game where players race to discard all the cards in their pile.  Each card has a Bible themed symbol on it.  You have to match either the color, number or image on each discard pile with one in you hand.  The description says it’s for ages 7 and up but my almost 5 year old had no problem playing.  My hubby and I enjoyed it as well and we ended up having a tournament.  It was so nice to see the kids cheering each other on, rather than bickering!

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We have definitely enjoyed the snow but being cooped up has us excited for the warmer days of Spring.  I found this adorable Butterfly Chair for Little Miss and she loves it!  She carries it all over the house and it will be perfect for trips to the soccer field next month! For now though, she’s enjoying carrying it from room to room and having her own special seat.

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I love to read and thankfully, so do my kids.  So, we have been spending a lot of time the last week, snuggled up with books.  Family Christina has a HUGE selection of great kid’s books. F is for Fireflies has become a favorite of my youngest kiddos!

Another great activity for the kids when we’re stuck inside?  Music! 268176

The  ABCs & 123s CD is filled with 24 fun songs that got got my kids up and dancing as they sung along.  They had a blast and it helped get out some of their pent up energy.

I am so thankful for all of my great finds!  They have helped me keep my sanity over the last few days!  I actually just got the call while typing this post that school has yet again been canceled for tomorrow :/  Time to break out the goodies again!

Now I have some exciting news!  All of the items I shared as well as the ENTIRE kids department at Family Christian will be 30% off in a big ONE DAY sale tomorrow, Saturday, February 28th!  This sale is in store only so make sure to head to your nearest location! It’s the perfect time to stock up on some rainy (or snowy) day fun or get ready for birthdays and Easter!

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

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Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

 

I’m definitely a jeans girl.  I love that they can be casual or on the dressier side depending on what I wear with them.  However, it can be hard to find a pair that fits well and is flattering.  I’ve gone into a dressing room with 10 pair of jeans before and come out with none that fit right.  When I came across Max Jeans, I was eager to try a pair of their great looking jeans.  They offer timeless style and versatility.  Max Jeans uses the latest innovative techniques and washes to provide great fitting, high quality jeans, that are fashionably sophisticated, all while maintaining affordable prices.  After browsing their denim section, I decided on the Black Mini Boot jeans.

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I really liked the cut of these jeans.  The bottoms of the leg were a little more flared than I expected but they still looked great.

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I liked the pocket style.  They weren’t too big and they were higher up which I think is more flattering.

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The waistband was nice ans stretchy.  I couldn’t wait to try them on and see if they fit as good as they looked.  I crossed my fingers and pulled them on.  I was thrilled to find that they fit perfectly!

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I loved how they felt on.  They are super soft and had just the right amount of stretch.  One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to jeans, is ones that are super low rise.  I’m a busy mom and the last thing I want to worry about is having my bum show when I squat down to pick up my daughter!  The rise on these jeans is perfect!  The waistband comes up to just below my bellybutton.  I also love that the stretchy waistband doesn’t cut into my stomach.

I decided to be brave and take a behind shot to show how the jeans fit.

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I’m 5’4″ and the length of the jeans makes them perfect for heels or boots(I’m wearing 2″ heals in the (pics).  They’d definitely be too long to wear with flats.  As far as overall fit, I feel like they are pretty true to size.

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As I said before they have more of a flared leg.  I really like how they looks with my heels though.

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My hubby is not one to comment on my wardrobe very often.  However, when I showed him these jeans, he said they looked great and he loved how they fit.  I felt really good in the jeans and I’m super pleased with them!  I got comfort and style, which is a rare find!

In addition to their great variety of jean and pant styles, Max Jeans also offers some beautiful tops and jackets.  They carry sizes 2-12.  You can check out their entire selection at max-jeans.com.

One very lucky reader will win an item from Max Jeans, valued up to $69.

 

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

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Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen