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Sunday, May 24, 2015

The HP Envy 5660 All-In-One Printer Versus Cat- #HPSmartMoms

I am a member of the #HPSmartMoms Community. Regardless all opinions contained below are original and all photos copyright Momma Told Me Blog 2015.
The HP Envy 5660 All-In-One Printer satisfies both cat and owner with thoughtful wireless printing design, free printables, an interative touch screen display, smart ink service, and enclosed paper tray. #HPSmartMoms
Momma Told Me: Sometimes things work a little too good.

I have beef with HP.

We have owned our HP PhotoSmart C7250 All-Im-One Printer since 2008. That's back when 'Vista' was a thing peeps! Meanwhile, year after year, HP's releasing all these new amazing office innovations and I'm sitting here twiddling my thumbs, patiently waiting for our current printer to finally meet the electronics graveyard in the sky. But it never happened.

So I began looking for any reason, an LCD pixel beginning to flicker, microscopic streaks on photo pages, "Honey, does the printer sound like it's printing kind of funny?" any reason to retire our trusty HP for one of the new, modern, HP Envy 5660s. After all, it's bad when a company makes a product so reliable you find yourself planning for them to 'sleep with the fishes' just so you can invest in a new one! Thankfully, Truffles, our cat, has been ever so happy to oblige.
Cats and printers
About a year ago we moved out living room around. We live in a condo, so space is a at a premium and when I took a corner of the living space for my brand new desk, well, the printer had to move clear across the room. It didn't bother me much, after all, technology these days is wireless, 7 year old printer or not. Unfortunately, our printer stand now happened to be located next to the patio window, and the ever-so-stylish leopard print cat tree. And, if you own a cat, you know, anything in their space is fair game.

Not only did my printer immediately become the BEST perch in the house to soak up the sun rays, enjoy an afternoon bath, and generally glare at the inhabitants of the house from, but it served, immediately as a very large and expensive cat toy. You see, our old HP printer was a behemoth, and very loud. I'll admit, it was cute at first watching the cat scramble off the printer bed when the feed tray began winding. However, it was NOT so cute when the printer lost all ability to detect and pull paper because the try, below, was full of cat hair. Yes, Ms. Truffles liked to jam her paws in the tray whenever she saw paper moving.
Annoying as it was, I halfheartedly scolded the cat because I knew, eventually, I was going to be able to use this as leverage to invest in a new, shiny, printer. And, the day our HP Envy 5660 All-In-One Printer arrived I promptly let out a squeal, removed my new toy printer and passed the box on over to the cat who immediately moved in, I presume imagining it was a rocket ship (or whatever cats imagine when in a box). After all, every cat owner, or human parent, knows the best way to get some peace when playing with a new toy setting up a new electronic is to surrender the box. In the back of my mind 'Hallelujah' rang in multiples to a chorus of angels, it was an 'experience,' people.
The HP Envy 5660 All-In-One Printer satisfies both cat and owner with thoughtful wireless printing design, free printables, an interative touch screen display, smart ink service, and enclosed paper tray. #HPSmartMoms
Not only was my brand new printer sleek, attractive, and low maintenance (easy to set up,) but she was smart. No sooner had I hooked her up to her lifeblood than she came to life with beautifully rendered animations of simple setup procedures. Little did I know that HP Envy 5660 touch screen was the gateway to so many 'awesome' MyPrintly freebies I'd yet to discover! I was immediately relieved to find I also had exchanged a printer that took 5 cartridges for one Tri-Color and one Grayscale cartridge.
The HP Envy 5660 All-In-One Printer satisfies both cat and owner with thoughtful wireless printing design, free printables, an interative touch screen display, smart ink service, and enclosed paper tray. #HPSmartMoms
I wish I could say the ink for my new Envy 5660 is going to be as cheap or cheaper than my previous printer, but the simple fact is our old ink cartridges were pretty darn cheap. However, we went though a LOT of cartridges and, I can only imagine, wasted a fair amount of ink. With it's smart technology the Envy 5660 actually monitors the printer's ink levels and offers a one of a kind HP Instant Ink program that not only saves owners over retail costs, but ensures new cartridges are delivered to your door before you actually run out of ink! That's right- never run out of ink again!
The HP Envy 5660 All-In-One Printer satisfies both cat and owner with thoughtful wireless printing design, free printables, an interative touch screen display, smart ink service, and enclosed paper tray. #HPSmartMoms
My new printer is even great with childcare- thanks to the ever growing library of free HP Printables available directly on my printer's touch screen I can subscribe to or schedule printables ranging from recipes to coloring sheets. It's as easy as browsing the many categories of free printable content and printing immediately, or subscribing to future installments on your specified day of the week. Think of it as a magazine for your printer! While the kiddos love the range of Disney coloring sheets covering popular characters from Frozen to Madagascar, I've fallen in love with the interactive Origami and Highlights worksheets. Prefer not to hover over your printer like a stalker? Browse an even larger library of free printables from the HP Connected hub online from any internet connected device with a browser.
The HP Envy 5660 All-In-One Printer satisfies both cat and owner with thoughtful wireless printing design, free printables, an interative touch screen display, smart ink service, and enclosed paper tray. #HPSmartMoms
Of course it's great being lazy and letting someone else do the project planning, but now and then  want to get a little hands on too. Printing photos has never been easier; and that's especially important since modern smartphones have built in cameras of increasing quality. In fact, I can print photos taken on my phone, or imported from social media networks, directly from the HP ePrint device. While my Envy 5660 has all the 'standard' SD and media card slots, I don't even have to bother with them when I want to print an instant memory such as these snapshots from my recent trip to Texas.
The HP Envy 5660 All-In-One Printer satisfies both cat and owner with thoughtful wireless printing design, free printables, an interative touch screen display, smart ink service, and enclosed paper tray. #HPSmartMoms
Not only does the HP ePrint application make it easy to send images to my Envy 5660, but the printer, itself, has a secondary photo paper tray to house standard print and photo paper all at once. that's less fussing with my printer and fewer smudges on expensive photo paper! Of course I'm certain those smarties at HP know this is going to mean a LOT more photo printing in every HP Envy 5660 household- more printing, more ink and paper sales, ka-ching! I don't mind because time IS money, and my brand new Envy is saving me a whole lot of time!
The HP Envy 5660 All-In-One Printer satisfies both cat and owner with thoughtful wireless design, free printables, an interative touch screen display, smart ink service, and enclosed paper tray. #HPSmartMoms
So now that I've got a new printer in the family, how do I protect it from the 'untimely demise' of our last one? The Envy 5660 even has that covered, literally! While I'm sure their rigorous product testing didn't involve testing the device as a modern cat lounge, it did take into account that an exposed paper tray makes for an increased amount of dust (and fur, in our case) internally. Dust/fur/fine particles drifting into a fancy pants electronic device is NEVER a good thing, so the kind people at HP also thought of putting an easy (magnetic) cover over the paper tray. Oh, and the need to shove one's paws inside, at the outgoing paper? Our Envy 5660 is impressively quiet- so quite it hardly warrants a yawn from sleeping kitties atop. Now, if they could just find a way to use the scanner without disrupting the cat...

P.S. I know you're just dying to see what I'll be creating with my brand new printer- stay tuned this Summer for some Awesomesauce road trip printables!

What Daughter Says: Don't miss out on new tech because your old tech still works. Sometimes an upgrade needs no excuse other than to upgrade.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Red, White, And Bacon- Sweet Treat Double Takes

Bacon Sugar Cookies- No pigs harmed in the making :) Perfect for a cookout or April Fool's!
Momma Told Me: The best foods sneak up and surprise you.

Summer is nearly here and that means lazy afternoons napping in the hammock, sunny picnics in the park and plenty of gatherings with family and friends over good food. I'll admit, I'm not much of a grill master, but I do love entertaining. Whether I'm the hostess or the lavished attendee, I always have something special on hand for Summertime soirees. Our neighbors and friends always know I'll have something especially unique to add to the spread of delicious Americana staples. This year I'll be causing buffet line double takes with some special sweets masquerading as savory faves!
Bacon Sugar Cookies- No pigs harmed in the making :) Perfect for a cookout or April Fool's!
Believe it or not, sometimes I just want to play with colored sugar dough globs, like modeling clay, at 2 am without having to set up a lighting rig and host a tutorial. Sometimes I have an idea and I go online hunting for someone else who's had an equally zany idea to see how they tried to tackle it first. Bacon sugar cookies are a prime example of both. I apologize, deeply, for the lack of step by step photos on what may seem like a rather involved treat.

Essentially these bacon sugar cookies were pulled off by layering slabs of white, pink, and brown (generic bag mix) sugar cookie dough until they formed a slab of sugar meat, as seen above. 2 hours in the freezer, and side sliced, they produced the adorable cookie dough forms above. Do not be fooled, this was my 3rd batch attempted- it IS trickier than it seems in Not Your Momma's Cookies deceptively complete and simple tutorial. In the end I decided to ditch the 'rods' for 'waves' and used crumpled foil beneath my parchment paper, as well. (If you check out the tutorial, you'll see.)
Double Take Chocolate Deviled Eggs for cookouts or April Fool's!
Double Take Chocolate Deviled Eggs for cookouts or April Fool's!
And, because no self respecting Summer shindig would be complete without some Deviled Eggs I pulled out the plastic egg tray and poured some white melting chocolate carefully into each cubby. While you can place the chocolate directly in the freezer for 2 minutes, then 'pour' the center out and end up with a similar effect, I choose to carve the centers out with a spoon. It turns out I use coconut oil to thin my melting chocolate and this leaves it at quite the agreeable consistency for coring (who knew?)
Double Take Chocolate Deviled Eggs for cookouts or April Fool's!
Decorating my faux deviled eggs was really quite elementary- color a buttercream frosting yellow or make a simple ganache. Just heat 1/2 C Heavy Cream to a boil, remove from heat, add 1 C white chocolate chips, and let sit, covered for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes have passed whisk until even and add yellow food coloring. Pipe into chilled 'egg' chocolates. For some 'bacon' or paprika flecks, use fine red sugar sprinkles to decorate.
Bacon Sugar Cookies- No pigs harmed in the making :) Perfect for a cookout or April Fool's!
Whether you pin these for April Fool's or bust them out this coming Memorial Day weekend, these Bacon Sugar Cookies and Chocolate Deviled Eggs are sure to turn heads and solicit smiles. Again, I'm sorry I decided to tackle the bacon cookies at midnight and left you without one of my tutorials- perhaps another time I will sit down and show you my methods now that I've mastered the concept. In the mean time, do refer to Not Your Momma's Cookies post! Now, tell me, do you have plans for the upcoming holiday weekend?

What Daughter Says: Tired of bringing egg salad to the party? Try one of these fun ideas for Summer cookout-foods and really turn heads!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fly High This Summer With Blast Zone + The Big Ol' Bouncer, Giveaway 6/10

***We received the following product in hopes we would share our honest experiences here on the blog. All photos contained below are original copyright Momma Told Me Blog 2015.
Own your own bounce house or inflatable for a fraction of the cost of rentals, with Blast Zone. Featured is the Big Ol Bouncer with a 12' x 15' footprint and 600lb capacity! #sponsored
Momma Told Me: It's only natural to want to fly.

When I was a little girl, somewhere between a dream of being a dolphin trainer and an Olympic Gold Medal figure skater, I decided I wanted to be a master gymnast. Momma went out and bought me an orange leotard with a neon star on the chest and aqua leggings (hey, it was the early 90s.) She tied my hair up in a Bam Bam 'pineapple' ponytail and sent me out to the middle of the mat with 5 or 6 other girls my age. I recall they were all wearing girly colors, like baby pink and grey, and I felt as though I was about to learn how to piroutte, rather than walk the balance beam.
Own your own bounce house or inflatable for a fraction of the cost of rentals, with Blast Zone. Featured is the Big Ol Bouncer with a 12' x 15' footprint and 600lb capacity! #sponsored
In truth I really had no interest in learning a floor routine, dancing with twirling ribbons, or swinging on the bars- it was flying through the air that appealed to me. You see, this gymnasium had a corner in which the entire floor was a giant trampoline. Visit after visit I had watched as my peers soared through the air doing back flips, splits and other maneuvers mid air. Little did I know that was but one form of training in a sport otherwise unrelated, and gymnastics did not translate into 'spend hours on a trampoline fooling around.' It was very hard work!

Needless to say, I am not a world renowned gymnast, and my 'career' barely lasted past week 3, when I took one look at the bars, and the woman asking me to let go of them mid-swing, and burst into tears. We're not all cracked up to make playground equipment tomfoolery look like a fine art performance! Luckily, I did discover a much more suitable outlet for my need to dance mid-air.
Today, locally, parents an guardians pay upwards of $10-$15 an hour to bring their little ones to a building, the equivalent of an abandoned warehouse, and let them loose on a handful of massive inflatable devices. We've shelled out hundreds of dollars to these fine establishments (which can often be quite crowded) on Spring and Summer breaks alone. Then, when a birthday or family event rolls around, the adults find themselves chipping in to rent a bounce house, which can cost anywhere from $100-$250 an afternoon (plus tip.)

To me, few easily obtainable childhood experiences are as wondrous as quite literally dancing on air. Nothing better captures the freedom and magic of being a child quite like feeling one's self entirely free, yet equally surrounded and safe. The ability to jump, dance, skip, kick, and even flip, in a full size bouncer emulates the freedom and creativity every kid needs to nurture their most precious qualities of creativity, independence, and expression.
Own your own bounce house or inflatable for a fraction of the cost of rentals, with Blast Zone. Featured is the Big Ol Bouncer with a 12' x 15' footprint and 600lb capacity! #sponsored
That's precisely why I advocate owning an inflatable bouncer for home use. The Big Ol Bouncer Inflatable Moonwalk retails for around $400, a fraction of the cost of a few years worth of rentals and bounce-park visits. It measures a generous 12' x 15' footprint and can support as many as 6 kids at once, with a weight cap of 600lbs! Manufactured and sold by Blast Zone, the Big Ol Bouncer is perfect for entertaining yet economical and easy enough to set up/tear down, to use every day this Summer. Not only does it come with it's own UL Listed Blower, for operation, but it's backed by a 2 year guarantee and eaisly folds back into the included carry tote for seasonal storage.
Own your own bounce house or inflatable for a fraction of the cost of rentals, with Blast Zone. Featured is the Big Ol Bouncer with a 12' x 15' footprint and 600lb capacity! #sponsored
You don't have to be a business or commercial bounce house dealer to own and enjoy an inflatable like the Big Ol Bouncer. Not only were we instantly the coolest house on the block when this puppy went up in the front yard, but it's size and capacity makes any occasion a great excuse for a jump. I never quite realized how many days we would use a bounce house, if we had only owned one! The generous footprint of the Big Ol Bouncer means all of the kids can play, together, at once. Ages 3-10 all happily marched in and played for 4 hours, at first inflation, without a single incident of tears, fighting, or whining.
Own your own bounce house or inflatable for a fraction of the cost of rentals, with Blast Zone. Featured is the Big Ol Bouncer with a 12' x 15' footprint and 600lb capacity! #sponsored
We were astounded to watch as the big kids helped the little kids up the slide and through the velcro latch door seam, and as the little kids remembered to line up their shoes and take off their glasses before going inside. Furthermore, they played so enthusiastically that we had requests for hydration breaks, from the littles! One by one they'd call for everyone to stop bouncing so a companion could safely exit down the slide to grab a bottle of water before heading back to play. And play they did!

We were quite excited to see the Big Ol Bouncer allowed for dancing, 'zombie tag,' house role-playing, and (of course) bouncing, without anyone ending up with an elbow in the face. The children has plenty of room to move about and interact! We've even been inspired to look into some of Blast Zone's Inflatable Water Parks for the Summer; http://www.blastzone.com/shop/pc/Inflatable-Water-Parks-c3.htm

Own your own bounce house or inflatable for a fraction of the cost of rentals, with Blast Zone. Featured is the Big Ol Bouncer with a 12' x 15' footprint and 600lb capacity! #sponsored
While the Big Ol Bouncer has, naturally, proven a useful tool for healthy outdoor play, it has also proven a priceless tool for social skills and development. One of our favorite things to do is empty the bouncer out and allow each kid 3 minutes of 'silly time,' to bounce, dance, and flip to their heart's content. With close adult supervision, each child loves to practice their moves in the middle of the bouncer to the cheers of their friends. For added fun, put your camera on a tripod with multi-shot and snap away for those 'in air' shots that make any child feel like a superhero!
Own your own bounce house or inflatable for a fraction of the cost of rentals, with Blast Zone. Featured is the Big Ol Bouncer with a 12' x 15' footprint and 600lb capacity! #sponsored
The Big Ol Bouncer is made of an impressively lightweight (to move and store,) yet durable nylon material that has so far also been resistant to scuffs and stains. Since the bouncer has joined our family it's appeared, on schedule, every Friday for some much needed 'end of the school week' recreation. We've yet to experience any issues with leaks or tears, though there is a patch kit included with the purchase. But any proper bounce house connoisseur knows it's all about the bounce!
Own your own bounce house or inflatable for a fraction of the cost of rentals, with Blast Zone. Featured is the Big Ol Bouncer with a 12' x 15' footprint and 600lb capacity! #sponsored
As fun as it is to go to a party and see that inflatable magic Dora the Explorer commercial inflatable castle peeking over the fence in the backyard, nothing quite compares to knowing the bouncer is here to stay. The smiles on these children's faces have yet to fade, and every time our Big Ol Bouncer goes up the magic is just as real as the first time. They spend hours practicing imaginary play and inventing their own games/sports inside that green and blue bouncer. they build social skills, hone manners, show understanding and respect for personal safety and most of all they 'kid.' They float through the air, not a car in the world, with the largest smiles their faces will accommodate, and every bounce is just as satisfying as the first. As an adult, watching these mini humans take part in such wondrous play is *almost* as satisfying as soaring through the air, myself.
Own your own bounce house or inflatable for a fraction of the cost of rentals, with Blast Zone. Featured is the Big Ol Bouncer with a 12' x 15' footprint and 600lb capacity! #sponsored
But don't take my word for it (okay, don't ask your kids either, they might be a little biased.) If you're not quite sold on investing in an inflatable for home play, check out the giveaway below for a chance at winning your own Magic Castle bouncer from Blast Zone. Explore all of the newest bounce house designs available from Blast Zone in 2015: http://www.blastzone.com/shop/pc/Bounce-Houses-c2.htm and save 10% when you order by phone with special code BLASTBLOG. We'll also be sharing some of our favorite bouncer games and activities this Summer in a special series so keep your eyes on the blog for more fun! Now, tell me, bounce house, jungle gym, trampoline- what was your favorite way to 'kid out' when you were a child?

What Daughter Says: Let your kids feel like they're dancing on air every day with your own inflatable bouncer.





One Momma Told Me reader will win a Magic Castle inflatable bounce house from Blast Zone!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Learn How To #DressYourBodyType With A $185 Monroe And Main Giveaway

This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic.
#DressYourBodyType in the most flattering way with the season's latest fashions and prints thanks to Monroe and Main's esy to follow How To Dress Your Body Type Guide. Dress featured: Monroe And Main Scuba Fit 'N Flare Dress, Monroe And Main Draping Pumps by Andiamo, and Monroe And Main Tribal Side Bag. Read more tips to flatter your shape at http://www.monroeandmain.com/blog/real-women/infographic-take-your-measurements/ #FashionistaEvents #sponsored
Momma Told Me: This is your body, learn to love it.

Fashion and I have a love hate relationship. My body and I have a love hate relationship. Where some are convinced that a youthful body is the best body to have, I'm learning more and more that the power of one's fit and fashion has much more to do with the brain attached to the body. It doesn't matter whether you feel you are too short, or too tall, to busty, or too bony, bow footed, or poor postured; all your really need is the knowledge of how to work what you were born with. Every body can look like a model when it's dressed to flatter.

You say, "But, Jenna, I don't have the time to read articles and Wiki Hows on how to dress myself, and I wasn't endowed with a bank account fitting a personal stylist." I say, "You are in luck, my fashion hungry friend, for Monroe and Main has developed just the tool for people like us!"
http://www.monroeandmain.com/blog/real-women/infographic-take-your-measurements/
The very first thing you need to do before you find your fit to #DressYourBodyType is throw out every preconceived notion about shapes, sizes, and age. Stare your fierce self in the mirror, in all your glory, play I'm Every Woman (Whitney Houston,) Man! I Feel Like A Woman (Shania Twain,) or any other woman power anthem of your choice and dance it out. It's okay if there's no actual music, it's just you and your mirror, we won't tell.

Next, head on over to the Monroe and Main Blog (HINT: you can click the GIF above to be taken straight to the page in reference) and begin your shape and style revolution with Part 1 of their How To Dress For Your Body Type series.
#DressYourBodyType in the most flattering way with the season's latest fashions and prints thanks to Monroe and Main's esy to follow How To Dress Your Body Type Guide. Dress featured: Monroe And Main Scuba Fit 'N Flare Dress, Monroe And Main Draping Pumps by Andiamo, and Monroe And Main Tribal Side Bag. Read more tips to flatter your shape at http://www.monroeandmain.com/blog/real-women/infographic-take-your-measurements/ #FashionistaEvents #sponsored While you're going to want to go directly to the Monroe and Main Blog to view the entire How To Dress For Your Body Type series, I've gone ahead and shared a little of what I learned in the interactive graphic above. Believe me, I don't have visions of walking the Victoria's Secret catwalk; but, in an effort to emphasize that we are all friends, and we are all 100% woman, I've gone and bared a little of my personal reflection with you. Hover over the image to explore measuring tips for the 4 main clothing measurements, and to discover some great videos, shopping links, and more!
#DressYourBodyType in the most flattering way with the season's latest fashions and prints thanks to Monroe and Main's esy to follow How To Dress Your Body Type Guide. Dress featured: Monroe And Main Scuba Fit 'N Flare Dress, Monroe And Main Draping Pumps by Andiamo, and Monroe And Main Tribal Side Bag. Read more tips to flatter your shape at http://www.monroeandmain.com/blog/real-women/infographic-take-your-measurements/ #FashionistaEvents #sponsored
It's very important that you follow the tips for accurate measurements so you can make the most of your online and catalog shopping experiences. Be sure to remeasure all 4 main measurements every 3 months to allot for fluctuations such as weight loss/gain, muscle build, and more. After you identify your shape (I learned I'm an hourglass) Monroe and Main will help you select the right shapewear to flatter your shape and really make your figure pop. Shapewear is much more than a tool for women with curves- it can help lift the bust, boost the booty, and smooth undergarment lines beneath fine materials. Everyone can benefit from great shapewear, and modern shapewear solutions are much more comfortable than you might imagine!

I'd like to note I, personally, take my measurements with and without shape-wear on, and always keep both sets of measurements on hand. I find I lose 4-5 inches with a light hold body shaper, which makes a significant difference when wearing a formal fitted dress. If you plan on wearing a fitted outfit over shapewear consider taking your measurements over shape-wear and adding 1-2 inches for the right sizing and fit.
Once you have your measurements down and any shape-wear ordered and bought it's time for the truly fun part- shopping! I love shopping Monroe and Main online because they have such a wide range of flattering fits and fashions for everyone from Millenials to baby boomers. Their collections are constantly growing and I can always browse the seasons hottest trends through carefully curated collections of clothes. Or, if I'm feeling adventurous, I can browse hundreds of fashions by clothing/accessory type or style!
Monroe and Main is one of the few online clothing brands where I can find trendy, high quality, shoes in my size (Women's US 12.) Just look at these gorgeous Draping Pumps by Andiamo availible in standard and wide sizes! Their pointed toe and playful teal coloring were the perfect compliment to my, well, complimenting, dress, picked out with tips to flatter my shape.
#DressYourBodyType in the most flattering way with the season's latest fashions and prints thanks to Monroe and Main's esy to follow How To Dress Your Body Type Guide. Dress featured: Monroe And Main Scuba Fit 'N Flare Dress, Monroe And Main Draping Pumps by Andiamo, and Monroe And Main Tribal Side Bag. Read more tips to flatter your shape at http://www.monroeandmain.com/blog/real-women/infographic-take-your-measurements/ #FashionistaEvents #sponsored
Once I identified myself as an hourglass I was ready to learn how to dress for my shape with color and prints. As a general rule of thumb, for every size and shape, Monroe and Main suggests, 1.) Don't clutter your outfit with too many bold colors, pair a bright hue with a neutral one for the best sucess, 2.) Avoid over matching by breaking up heavy prints with solid fabrics, and avoid repeating the same print with too many items, 3.) If you must mix prints keep them within the same color family. For my specific shape, hourglass, it was also suggested that I draw attention to my silhouette with a bold color or print that highlights my assets.

I think I accomplished this precisely with the Scuba Fit 'N Flare dress, perfect for Summer, or that daring Fashionista that just loves to stand out! This zipper back dress comes to my knees and is offered in plus sizing for the truly fierce hourglass figures. I kept with the geometric theme, while breaking up the print, and my waist, with a solid color thanks to a wide red belt I had in the closet. I also paired the dress with an easy on/off solid black 3/4 sleeve shrug that offered a little more modesty, as well as styling as the day progressed.
#DressYourBodyType in the most flattering way with the season's latest fashions and prints thanks to Monroe and Main's esy to follow How To Dress Your Body Type Guide. Dress featured: Monroe And Main Scuba Fit 'N Flare Dress, Monroe And Main Draping Pumps by Andiamo, and Monroe And Main Tribal Side Bag. Read more tips to flatter your shape at http://www.monroeandmain.com/blog/real-women/infographic-take-your-measurements/ #FashionistaEvents #sponsored
While some might argue I bordered over styling with the Tribal Side Bag as my complimenting clutch, I found it's slender rectangular footprint and triangle repeating print was far too perfect to pass up. At less than $30 this bold accessory is a statement maker with any outfit, and a great addition to my handbag collection as a clutch or shoulder bag.
#DressYourBodyType in the most flattering way with the season's latest fashions and prints thanks to Monroe and Main's esy to follow How To Dress Your Body Type Guide. Dress featured: Monroe And Main Scuba Fit 'N Flare Dress, Monroe And Main Draping Pumps by Andiamo, and Monroe And Main Tribal Side Bag. Read more tips to flatter your shape at http://www.monroeandmain.com/blog/real-women/infographic-take-your-measurements/ #FashionistaEvents #sponsored
As we march into Summer of 2015 this season's collections are full of vivid colors and bold prints you can now feel confident in wearing, armed with the knowledge of how to #DressForYourBodyType. But don't take my word for it, do another dip and twirl in the mirror to your inner soundtrack them head on over the Monroe and Main Blog where you'll find an entire tab titled 'Real Women' where you can answer some of your burning questions about fit and flattering every shape and style. After all, you are uniquely you!
#DressYourBodyType in the most flattering way with the season's latest fashions and prints thanks to Monroe and Main's esy to follow How To Dress Your Body Type Guide. Dress featured: Monroe And Main Scuba Fit 'N Flare Dress, Monroe And Main Draping Pumps by Andiamo, and Monroe And Main Tribal Side Bag. Read more tips to flatter your shape at http://www.monroeandmain.com/blog/real-women/infographic-take-your-measurements/ #FashionistaEvents #sponsored
Finding the right fit can feel like an impossibility when shopping without the right tools. Arm yourself with current and accurate measurements online, and learn how to flatter your shape with Monroe and Main's How To Dress For Your Body Type guide. Then, my wonderful, fabulous, fierce, dear friend, get out there and rock your body like only you can! And, if you're feeling especially sassy, a little Bend and Snap never hurt anyone! Find more great tips and styles on the Monroe and Main Pinterest board. Now, tell me, what's your shape, and how do you flatter it best?

What Daughter Says: Any woman can be a Fashionista when they know how to flatter their body!





Thanks to Monroe and Main and #FashionistaEvents, one Momma Told Me reader is going to win a "How To Dress Your Body Type" Kit and $185 Monroe And Main shopping spree good on shape-wear, clothing, and accessories!

Your Dog Nudges You In The Most Unexpected Ways, #NudgeThemBack This Summer

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Momma Told Me: Sometimes all it takes is a little nudge.

It never really bothered me when people referred to me as a 'crazy cat lady,' until I got a dog. See, I'm a pet parent, not a cat hoarder or a dog owner. I'm the caregiver, nurturer, educator, provider, and companion to two lovely living beings. They just happen to have four paws and require a few extra accommodations in the potty training department. But if you think I own them, then you are sorely mistaken- after all, who wipes my hiney when I do the walk of shame back from the potty patch? Yes, I'm a firm believer that family is what you make it, and my furkids are my family. Sure, one day we'll add some 2 legged pooping machines to the mix but, for now at least, we're quite content parenting children that won't require student loans and college funds.
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In fact, in recent years, the term 'pet parent' has grown with quite a bit of popularity. It's odd to think there ever was a time where cats and dogs weren't considered part of the family. Surely even those who first adopted for pest control or home security have forged an unbreakable bond of love and nurturing? After all, pets tend to nudge us in the most unexpected ways. With our 3 year old Morkie (Maltese + Yorkie,) Nora, the nudges have come in the form of patience, understanding, and the drive to live more active, overall.

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When we decided to bring home a toy breed dog it was with the desire to have a traveling companion that suited our small 2 bedroom condo. I am, indeed, the epitome of a 'crazy cat lady,' in the sense that Truffles, our cat, is my baby and princess. However, Truffles does not travel outside our walls, and I have no desire to put her through the training of acclimating a cat to outdoor walks. (Besides, even I draw the line at a house cat in a harness, but I digress...)

When we brought Nora home she was about 5 months, and expected not to grow much more. To my relief, she did grow, but mostly in length. She is a very slender dog that holds her stature quite well in hair. Nora weighs 4.8lbs on a 'hefty' day. She's certainly not the smallest dog I've seen but she's tiny enough to give me a complex whenever shes underfoot, or out and about. While she is always nudging me to get out of the house and be more active, to burn calories, I am always trying to put some meat on her bones and 'fatten' her up.
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And, while a proper pet parent can't walk past the pet aisle without a gander, this means I almost always bring something new and delicious home for Nora when I visit Walmart. On a recent trip I discovered the latest addition to one of her favorite treat brands, Nudges. The new Nudges Grillers and Sizzlers dog treats are made in the U.S.A., just like the original treats, with real meat as the #1 ingredient. Even better, they are 'people food' inspired with varieties such as Chicken Grillers and Beef And Cheese Sizzlers, while remaining absolutely natural, and artificial (filler) free! Our Walmart was sold out of the 3.5oz pouches so we took 2 18oz zipper pouches of these new Nudges Grillers and Sizzlers treats home.
I was so inspired by the adorable shapes of these new Nudges natural dog treats that I decided to stage a photo shoot during our next trip to the beach. Being a proud pet parent means taking lots of photos- and we have albums full of our four legged kids! Not only did the Nudges Grillers and Sizzlers dog treats look like real 'people' food, but they smelled delicious- Nora really threw some pouty faces out as I made her practice her 'leave its' for the photos! Of course, when we were done, it was time to hit the beach. If there's one thing Nora loves more than a delicious treat it's the chance to socialize with complete strangers. There's no 'small dog' complex here!
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I dont like to brag about my fur children, but one of Nora's best qualities is her ability to walk up to absolutely anyone with a wagging tail and enthusiasm. She could easily sit at the end of the pier and people watch all day and never get bored. Of course, it doesn't hurt her chances for attention that she's absolutely adorable (okay, so I may be a little biased.)
Before we brought Nora home we hadn't been to the beach in years- In fact, I barely motivated myself to get off the computer (work) and walk down to the mailbox. These days we're all a lot more active. I try to look at the world through Nora's eyes, with such enthusiasm, and take her leash as an opportunity to get out, see more, and be more active. She nudges us constantly to live happier and healthier, and the beach is just one of her favorite places to take her parents.
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On her first trip to the beach Nora decided she wanted to treat the ocean like her personal water bowl. We were pretty concerned when our daughter decided she wanted to return for seconds and thirds- after all, who wants a mouthful of saltwater? A few visits back a good wave fixed her of her fascination with drinking the ocean when she emerged from a surge soaked in her harness. So now it's our turn to nudge her back as she works on building her confidence around the beach and moving water. On the most recent trip she learned to observe the rhythm of the waves and began playing cat and mouse with the incoming tides.
Of course nothing in life is ever routine, and even Nora got caught by an unsuspecting wave. I can't imagine how cold she must have been as she scurried directly under her father's legs, pawing at his calves to let her 'up.' Even though she was just wet, and cold, my heart grew a little more for this tiny dog. There was our dogher, running to her dad for comfort and protection. Who could argue she's unlike any other child?
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If you are a pet parent you know your four legged kids nudge you in the most unexpected ways, #NudgeThemBack this Summer with unexpected memories and Nudges Grillers and Sizzlers from Walmart. Follow Nudges Dog Treats on Facebook for more touching stored of doghood and bonding over life's little nudges. Remember, while fun in the sun is best for socialization and pup's health, don't forget to grab the water bottles. Hydration is important too- and I'm not talking about salt water, Nora! How has a pet or animal in your life nudged you unexpectedly?

What Daughter Says: Our dogher nudges us constantly to get out, be more active, and smile more. Nudge your pets back accordingly.