Mom’s Night In: Subscription Box Review

This post was sponsored by Night In Box as part of an Ambassador program and contains affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  As always, thank you for the support!


Hey mama! Yeah you, with the messy bun and chipped nail polish. My guess is you’re exhausted and could use a little break, am I right? Me too. Motherhood is a beautiful thing but as fulfilling as it is, it doesn’t leave much time for “me time”.

There are quite a few things I love to do to unwind. The trouble is that most of these are time consuming and often pricey (shopping, manicures, etc.). Honestly, the majority of the time I’m too tired to even go out and do these things. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fairy Godmother appear at times like this? I imagine mine would show up with treats in hand. 

I’ve had quite a busy Summer (the blog, family vacations, keeping my toddler entertained…). Then one day I opened my mailbox to find a package marked: It’s You Time. Mom’s Night In Boxes.

I was like Cinderella herself opening this box. Well…that is, if Cinderella was sleep deprived and took care of a toddler instead of two wicked step sisters. Inside was everything I could possibly want or need for a night ALL for myself.

May I introduce you to The Night In’s new line of Mom’s Night In subscription boxes! Follow along as I reveal what I found inside my first box. 


1. Ambiance: You may remember from my Date Night In experience, the box included everything from setting the mood to food! This was no different. To set the mood they included 3 tea candles which were perfect for a quiet candlelit night to myself.


2. Activity: This particular month was all about pampering. As soon as I opened it my mind jumped to BUBBLE BATH! After putting my son to bed I ran myself a nice hot bath. Typically I barely even have time to shower without interruption, so I can not tell you how relaxing this was. 

The first items were a nail file and polish by Sinful Colors (thank God because you would have cringed at the state of my nails). I also found an amazing little lip scrub, The Earthy Child Sugar Lip Scrub (mint). To my pleasant surprise there was even a Handcrafted Cleansing Grain Scrub by Lemoncrate. So I applied this clay mask and allowed it to dry while I sank back for a peaceful soak in the tub. With my little one and my husband asleep, I even had time to enjoy and drink and the incredible treat my Mom’s Night In box had included.

My usual “go-to” dessert are macaroons but the almond toffee cookies by Grey Ghost Bakery give even the best macaroon a run for it’s money. 

Once I felt replenished enough to go back to reality I got out and ready for bed. Before going to sleep I used the Moisture and Shine Leave-in Conditioner by Carol’s Daughter. It was the last item included for the activity. I’m usually skeptical about hair products since my hair is so fine. Some conditioners are too heavy and will have my hair looking oily by lunchtime. But not only did this Black Vanilla leave-in smell fantastic but it also kept my hair looking healthy and fresh throughout the next day.

3. Snacks: Last but not least, every Mom’s Night In experience comes with a treat! As I mentioned earlier, this particular box came with cookies. It ALSO came with a nice Organic Lavender Herbal Tea by Stash

As you see, my Mom’s Night In fairy Godparents really seem to have thought of everything! 

But like any product or service, there are pros and cons. 

CONS Again, like the Date Night In Box, the monthly cost seems steep at first (starting at $34.99 month to month). However, comparing the cost of the subscription to the cost of an actual day at the salon or spa, leaves the subscription looking like the more affordable option. They also offer a discounted rate for longer subscriptions! This really depends on your preference and budget.

PROS After a long day of diapers and cartoons, it was so nice to have time for myself. Not only did this night benefit me, but it helped my family. The next day I was refreshed and content. All of the exhaustion was washed down the drain along with that clay mask. A happy mom makes for a happy household! 

Not only that, but as a stay at home mom, it’s difficult to find the time to go out. Having a subscription shipped to me each month means flexibility (something I love). 

And as much as I love getting out of the house once in a while, it’s great to be able to have “me time” at home, without the stress of finding and paying for a sitter. 

In Conclusion I adored my Mom’s Night In. It was just what I needed and I can not wait to see what the next one holds! 

If you’re like me, a tired mama in desperate need of some Cinderella grade TLC, go sign up for your own Mom’s Night In Box.

While you’re there, check out their referral program: refer 3 friends and get your next box FREE!

Looking for more? Check out these other subscriptions they have to offer: 

Date Night In 

Daddy Daughter Night In 

Faith Night In 

Moms Night In

So how about you? Have you tried a Mom’s Night In box or any of the others listed above? What did you think of the experience? What are some of other ways you unwind and relax? For more ideas head over to my article about a Mom’s Timeout.

Flying With Kids (the reality)


The first few times we flew with our son, he was young enough to be entertained by the safety pamphlet on the plane. I was sure that flying with him this time, at over a year and a half, wouldn’t be so simple.

You can bet that I planned out the perfect checklist for keeping him happy during our flight from North Carolina to Texas (including one 3-hour Atlanta layover).

Of course, you and I both know, that no matter how much you plan and prep, things can always go a different way. My dream flight turned into reality very quickly.

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6 Tips for Packing for Kids

Hello I’m Jordan. And I’m an over-packer. I’ve always been this way; packing for every type of weather, taking full bottles of shampoo for one weekend, and having my suitcase bursting at the seams when I close it.

(Pictured above: Our trip to Texas the previous Summer where I thought packing a whole separate suitcase would be a good alternative. Try dragging that thing around airport after airport…)

The first trip we took after having our son was hard for me. Not because I was afraid he’d get cranky or because we’d be on a germ infested airplane, but because it meant I would have to pack both my things AND my son’s in ONE suitcase!
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#darlingvoxbox Influenster Reveal

The following products were given to me for my full and honest review via Influenster.

Ladies! Have you heard of this fun app that lets you earn points by writing reviews on products you love? Influenster is a community perfect for the aspiring social influencer. When you earn points you get the chance to be selected to receive a voxbox. This box is packed full of products you actually WANT to try!


I recently received the Darling Voxbox and I’ll be honest, it was so much fun to dig into! I loved it so much that I wanted to share the experience with all of you. If you haven’t signed up for Influenster do it now!

Inside the box
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Nescafé Genio 2 Coffee Maker Review

The following products were gifted to me by Nescafé Dolce Gusto as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my honest review. Target & Amazon links may lead to affiliate compensation. Thank you for your support!


Okay mamas, raise your hand if you love coffee! Did you raise it? Then keep reading. Do you not only love coffee but prefer to order specialty drinks when you go to your local coffee shop (i.e. macchiatos, lattes, hot chocolate)? If you answered yes, keep reading!

I would like to introduce to you our newest kitchen member, the Genio 2. Naturally my husband and I were excited and pulled it out immediately to try it. The first thing we noticed is the chic and futuristic look of the machine, the next thing we noticed was how compact it is! We live in an apartment so space is limited. I also cook a lot so I need my counter space. The Genio 2 fit perfectly in it’s own corner and that is where it continues to reside.
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#RockingMotherhood Challenge


10 Ways That I’m Rocking Motherhood!

I say it all the time…”I’m totally winging this whole motherhood thing.” I spend half of my day trying to get my toddler to eat something other than hotdogs and cheese and the other half arguing about why he needs to keep his diaper on.

When my friend and fellow mom blogger, Little Bit Of Learning, challenged me to write out 10 ways that I’m rocking motherhood, I pushed it to the back of the writing pile. It’s difficult to boast about what you’re doing right when you’re constantly unsure of what you should be doing in the first place. Now with Mother’s Day here, I thought I’d give myself a little gift and brag away.

So here are just 10 ways that I’m rocking motherhood:
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One Comfy Mama: Lularoe by Haley Watson Review


This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own and are an honest review of the products mentioned.

Since becoming a mom I feel like I’m constantly on the go. Our days are filled with appointments, grocery trips, play dates, or park trips. Even at the house we’re either playing or cleaning up!

I’ll be honest, I have a love-hate relationship with clothes. I want to look “put together” but I also want to be comfortable while I’m playing tag with my son or vacuuming the house.

I discovered Lularoe about a year ago and have been hooked ever since. My closet is currently about 80% Lularoe, making me one comfy mama!
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Oven Baked Donut Holes


Binge watching The Flash last night, I realized (at about 10 p.m) that I had an Easter picnic/potluck with my running club in the morning. In realizing this, I remembered I hadn’t picked up anything to make. Sitting there kicking myself for forgetting, I briefly thought, I can just pick something up on the way in the a.m. Then I came back to reality knowing I would never get us ready and out of the door in time.

I would love to tell you all that this doesn’t happen to me often but that would be a lie. I am a last minute kind of girl…but I’m also the girl who loves to bring good food to the party.

So I opened my fridge and let the creativity flow. Noticing a can of biscuits (from a pack I bought in bulk, convinced I would put them all to use) I had an idea!

All I needed was that can of biscuits, butter, sugar, and cinnamon. I went ahead and preheated the oven according to the directions on the package (400 degrees in this case).

I melted the butter in a small bowl (heard it crackling and realized I needed to do it in 10 second increments next time).

In another small bowl, I mixed the sugar and cinnamon. Then set up the two bowls and my round cake pan station style for dipping.

Once I cut each biscuit into fours and rolled them each into little balls I was ready to dip and bake!




This was so unbelievably simple that my 18 month old was able to help! We baked the coated biscuits for 10 minutes (again each package may vary). Once baked they were good to go!


This was the perfect last minute treat to bring. Simple, easy to take along, and delectable; they turned out to be a hit at the picnic!

Do you have any simple recipes you use when you don’t have time to run to the store? Please share them in the comments below!


OVEN BAKED DONUT HOLES
Cook Time: 10-20 min.
Serving Size: 8-10


Ingredients


Refrigerated Biscuits (any brand/size works)
1/4 C. Sugar
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
4 Tablespoons Butter

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 (or follow the biscuit package instructions).

2. Grease shallow baking pan (I used a round cake pan) with butter or cooking spray.

3. Melt butter in small bowl in the microwave (in 10 second increments).

4. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a separate small bowl.

5. Use a knife to cut each individual biscuit into fours and roll into small balls.

6. Place in your pan and bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes (or follow baking directions on biscuit package. Let them cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

It’s alright if the donut holes are touching in the pan while they bake. They will be easy to pull apart. 


 


Breastfeeding Diaries: Nursing Essentials

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No matter what project you take on you need the perfect set of tools. You get a manicure and you have nail polish, a file, clippers… you paint a picture, you have a paint brush and a canvas. To me, breastfeeding was no different. Of course nursing a baby is much bigger and more important than painting your nails or a picture, but it does require a certain checklist if you want to do it efficiently and comfortably.

Of course your breastfeeding essentials may vary from my own but if you’re just starting out or preparing to nurse and have no idea where to begin, feel free to check out my list!

1. A good nursing bra.
One that clips in the front! This will save you from a lot of fumbling as your baby quickly grows hungry. They’re also incredibly comfortable and you may find yourself wanting to wear them for months AFTER you’ve weaned the baby from the breast.
Found at: Target
Tip: Wait to be fitted until after the baby is born and your milk has come in then buy the bra. 


2. Tank Tops.
If you’re more on the modest side and don’t want to lift your entire shirt up in public then this will be a staple in your closet. Layer it under your shirt and simply pull the top down for the baby to eat (this will help keep your tummy covered).
Found at: Old Navy or Target
Tip: Don’t pay for overpriced nursing tanks; instead buy some simple tank tops that are big enough to pull down!

3. A good cover.
Blankets will work for this but I recommend using a light weight, breathable one. I personally decided to invest in an Udder Cover and am so glad I did! These not only come in some extremely cute prints but they are light and airy with a little plastic insert that allows you to see the baby as your nurse. Each one also has a strap that’s acts almost like an apron keeping the cover securely attached to you. This provided a huge peace of mind and made it much easier to maneuver the baby without letting the cover slip.
Found at: Uddercover.com
Tip: use the code 767593 at checkout to save $35 on yours today!


(using my Udder Cover after crossing the finish line at a 10k)

4. A reliable pump.
Whether you plan to go back to work or just go out to see a movie, you’ll want a good pump you can depend on. My recommendation is to use one that is easy to travel with. My Medela came in a backpack so it was great on the go.
Found at: Target
Tip: Check with your insurance..they may cover some or all of the cost of a pump!

5. A bottle you’re comfortable with.
As a mom who felt strongly about breastfeeding it was very important to me that I find a bottle that would be as similar to the breast as possible. There are a variety of options. Do your research and you’ll find one that you’ll feel comfortable with. We used bottles very seldom but when we did we used Munchkin Latch bottles.
Found at: Target
Tip: Keep in mind that many bottles have “stages” based on age/size of baby. Don’t get one that is too big or small for your little one. 

6. Nursing pads.
A Breastfeeding mom’s worst nightmare…leaking! Chances are, the leaking may begin towards the end of your third trimester. Having nursing pads on hand will save you some discomfort and a lot of embarrassment. They tuck securely into your bra and are comfortable enough that I had no problem wearing them for the entire 12 months that I breastfed!
Found at: Target
Tip: if you’re leaking and using these, I recommend also getting a “sleep bra“. It’s a thin cotton bralett type of bra that will help jeep the pads securely in place through the night. I found mine at Here at Target as well.

 (Picture via www.breastfeedingmamatalk.com)

7. A mommy-worn teething necklace.
These adorable accessories come in handy for much more than teething! During my breastfeeding experience my son would paw at me like a puppy. To be honest, being scratched and pinched by little baby fingers isn’t ideal. Wearing a teething/nursing necklace will keep those little hands busy while nursing. It allows them to grab and hold onto something other than your boob or shirt (which you are probably trying to keep up and off of the baby’s face!). My absolute favorite nursing necklace is by The Vintage Honey Shop. They’re absolutely beautifully handmade and they offer a variety of styles/patterns. Best of all, I’ve teamed up with them to GIVE one lucky reader a $25 gift card to their shop in an INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY!

To enter:
1. Visit our Instagram @beautifullyimperfectmama and follow us!
While you’re there, like the giveaway photo for an entry!
For more entries tag a friend (1 entry per friend) or Share our post (be sure to tag us so we know!)
2. Head on over to @thevintagehoneyshop and follow their page as well!
Giveaway ends Tuesday April 11, 2017!

You may find that you need some or all of these items but either way I definitely recommend checking them out. Life doesn’t give you a checklist for motherhood and winging it can be tough. I hope my Nursing Essentials here at least gave you an idea of what to look for!

What was your MUST have product when you breastfed? Do you have a concern and need a product to help? Comment below and maybe we can find an answer for you!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of our series. This includes product recommendations for breastfeeding for the first time and tips on nursing in public!

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Breastfeeding Diaries: Nursing in Public

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Nursing in public was once one of my BIGGEST fears about breastfeeding. There are all sorts of stories about women getting dirty looks, lectures from strangers, or even having an accidental slip of the cover! As if I really needed more pressure as a first time mom right? But I did what any overwhelmed mama would do and pushed those fears aside, figuring I’d cross the bridge when I got there.

That bridge appeared one afternoon two weeks into my postpartum adventure. My husband, my mother in law, and I took the baby to a store on base to browse around (really I was just getting cabin fever from being stuck at the house). Things we’re going smoothly as we wandered the store then the inevitable happened… the baby got hungry. In a panic I debated going to the bathroom (gross) or the dressing room (awkward) to feed the baby. Instead I settled on the car.

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