Basketball Mom Shirt: Cricut Made

It’s the middle of basketball season around here.  It’s January, and for middle school basketball, we have about 8 more weeks of games.  (Then AAU season starts, but that is another kettle of fish entirely.)  The Big One plays a lot of basketball between lessons, games, and practice, we are often running from gym to gym.  I’ve picked up a fair amount of spirit wear as a sports mom, including several basketball mom shirts, but the reality is that I can always use a few more.  I decided to use my Cricut Explore Air to create my very own Basketball Mom shirt.  I’m going to share the shirt with you today, along with a quick tutorial to show you how to turn font and images into a single Welded image.  By doing this, your designs become even easier to position on fabric, and you don’t have unexpected cut lines.

Here's an easy to make Basketball Mom Shirt that is a simple DIY project with Iron-On Vinyl. It's a perfect graphic tee to make with your Cricut machine that any mother can wear to their child's basketball games and tournaments.
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Coping with my Sweet Tooth

I have a confession to make.  It’s the reason that I struggle with eating healthy.   There are salty food cravers, and there are sweet food craves, and believe me, I love sugar.  And yes, I know that it’s not good for me.  However, as a mama, at the end of the day, after the Littles are in bed, and the Big One’s activities are over, I need a sweet treat for my sweet tooth, and I’ve recently discovered the Outshine Yogurt and Fruit Bars, as a great treat.  They are sweet enough for my child-sized sweet tooth, but their ingredients give the for mom in me to feel good about what I’m eating.  That being said, sometimes I need a bit of a chocolate punch for my sweet tooth, and I’ve found an appropriate adult solution for adding a bit of chocolate to the Outshine bars that makes me feel like a health-minded adult.

Do you have a sweet tooth, but are trying to develop a healthier lifestyle like me? I've found these yummy fruit and yogurt bars by Outshine. Top with them some caco nibs if you need a quick chocolate fix. Not too sweet, but perfect for my late night sweet tooth! (Sponsored by Outshine.)
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Improving Sleep Hygiene

Sleep Hygiene is something that I’ve talked a lot about in life. Mellow Man might even say that I harp on it. I don’t mean to, but sleep is SO important. It is critical for so many aspects of health—physical health, mental health, parenting health. Unhealthy sleep habits affect mood, brain functioning, weight and your immune system. It’s critical for all of us. And here’s the reality. Moms are tired.   Our sleep hygiene is crummy. I know, you are shocked, right? Like many other mommies out there, I am fueled by caffeine and faith.  So the question is– what can we, as mothers, do to improve our sleep hygiene, and overall wellbeing?  Well, there are a lot of options, and I’ve been trying out a number of them, as a part of my goal to get healthier this year (remember, I’m turning 40?!)  I’m going to share a bunch of my tips and tricks, as well as what I do when I’m struggling with insomnia from a day filled with too much juggling — Melatonin from Natrol. Actually, it was recommended by doctor, so when they asked me to write about their product, I jumped at the chance.

Sleep is so important for health and wellbeing, and moms don't get enough of it! Here are some great tips and tricks for helping improve sleep hygiene and overall health-- just what every mom out there needs {Sponsored by Natrol}
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Aging with Kybella & Artisan Plastic Surgery

This post was sponsored by the Everywhere Society and Artisan Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, Georgia.  However, my opinions and experiences with Kybella and Artisan Plastic Surgery are entirely my own.  I don’t share things that I don’t like and use myself.  **WARNING HORRIBLE SELFIES AHEAD!**

In just a month I’m going to be 40.  And that feels really old to me.  I don’t feel old on the outside at all– I feel the same as I did when I was 16.  BUT I remember that quote from one of my absolutely favorite movie, Steel Magnolias, when Truvy says to Shelby, “Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it is marchin’ across your face.”  And I’m beginning to notice the effects of that age.  The crow’s feet (or laugh lines), the brow furrows, and just the shape of my face and jowls.  I’m looking old.  After the Peanut was born in 2015, I told my Mellow Man that he was going to give me a “Mommy Makeover”  to celebrate my life, but that feels a little too extreme for my life right now.  However, I wanted to feel good about myself for my birthday, so I decided to visit Artisan Plastic Surgery’s open house in late April to learn about ways of refreshing myself.  I knew about Botox, and thanks to Kylie Jenner, Lip Injections, but I didn’t know what other options were available for women like me.  While I was at the Open House, I learned about a new treatment called Kybella to remove submental fat, and a few weeks later, Dr. Inessa Fishman started my procedure in the offices of Artisan Plastic Surgery near Northside Hospital in Atlanta.

As I prepare to turn 40, I visited Artisan Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA to learn about a new treatment to remove submental fat (AKA my "wattle") through the use of Kybella. Learn about my experiences, aging gracefully and the awesome physicians at Artisan Plastic Surgery. I can't wait to get rid of my double chin! I had no idea that there were so many gentle ways to age gracefully! Can't wait to see all of the results! {This post was sponsored by Artisan Plastic Surgery}
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Gearing Up for Sports Safety

This past week I was watching the Big One at a game, and I saw a heavier boy charge directly at him, slam into his body and send him first into the air and then into the ground.  The wind was knocked out of the both of us, literally!  As you may remember, we have not allowed the Big One to play football because of the risks for severe head injuries, but that doesn’t mean that sports like soccer, flag football and basketball don’t involve contact.  And fear and worry for parents.  I strongly and firmly believe that having your children engage in athletics has wonderful benefits for their physical, social and psychological wellbeing.  That being said, mothers worry.  I do feel that Storelli is a brand that helps alleviate the anxiety that a mother feels with the creation of their BodyShield Sliders.

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