Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer Style Saved by Skimmies

I was super excited to review the Jockey® Skimmies® Slipshort ~ a revolutionary undergarment for every dressing dilemma!

 

 



I immediately fell in love with the softness and texture of Skimmies. The lightweight, silky-smooth material provided flexibility and full range of motion. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the slipshort did NOT suck the life out of my thighs and abdomen like some "other" popular undergarments. I know you know what I'm talking about. Sure, you might look super cute and tight in that sexy dress, but your body is SCREAMING: "FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WOMAN! Take off the constrictive, fat-sucker-upper spandex before you pass out!!!" Skimmies are the perfect amount of support and comfort.


Jockey has brilliantly categorized 4 different types of dressing dilemmas for the modern woman. See if you can relate...

1. Friction Affliction: A bow-legged stride that aims to keep a dreaded thigh fire from ruining your day.

2. Namaste-dry: For when the hard work pays off but sweating isn't your style.

3. ShakeDown: A classic move combines one part wiggle and two parts tug, brought about by all over static cling.

4. FlashCycle: Trying to keep covered when an unexpected breeze picks up.


I know which one I struggle with the most, and because I love you, I'll confess... I am a long time sufferer of the Friction Affliction, a.k.a. "fire thighs". I know it's hard to believe, but I have been void of the mythical "upper-thigh-gap" since I was in junior high, folks! And I'm okay with that. But BOY, do I hate feeling my upper thighs rubbing together.

So, I decided to put Skimmies to the test with 3 of my go-to summer outfits:

First up, the Sunday Morning Church Ensemble:


Pet peeve: When a woman is wearing a thong under a dress/skirt and the material gets bunched up in her booty crack. Nobody wants to see that! Well, no worries with these nifty Skimmies. Nice and smooth.
As a mom of quadruplet 7 year olds, I am constantly bending over to pick up the 49 legos that were strategically dropped on the floor (or something of the like). With this slipshort, I do not have to worry about flashing any brethren. Score! I already give it two thumbs up.


Outfit numero dos~ Hospital Issued Uni-Sex Scrubs. BLAH.


I was hesitant to layer shorts under my scrub pants for fear of feeling like a stuffed animal. I mean, I'm running around like a crazy person at work and the last thing I need is more layers to slow me down. But y'all, the Friction Affliction is REAL. Something about the way these loose fitting scrub pants lay, just rubs the mess out of my upper, inner thighs. It absolutely drives me bonkers!

Status report: I LOVED them. You could not see the outline of the shorts under my pants whatsoever and I was comfy-cool all day long. NO THIGH RASH! Yay! (It's the little things, people...)


My last ensemble was the Summer Fun Girls Night Out.


What better way to bring in the summer, than with a cute pair of white pants?! Am I right, ladies?! But I'm not going to lie...white pants scare the bejesus outta me. I feel so vulnerable in them. Can people see straight through to my panties? What if I sneeze/laugh/cough too hard? What if "Aunt Flo" comes for an early visit and I'm not prepared? --All terrifying scenarios that can be magically whisked away with the wearing of the Skimmies slipshort. Once again, you could not see the short lining and I was SO incredibly comfortable all night long!


The BEST part of these Jockey Skimmies is the price! They retail for $20-$22 and are worth every penny.

There are 3 different styles to choose from (I reviewed the Original Microfiber Skimmies):

Original Skimmies- Smooths like a slip, covers like shorts. Offers a smooth, polished look under fitted-to-flowing skirts and dresses. Available in short and regular lengths. Silky-smooth microfiber stretch fabric for smoothing coverage without restriction.

Anti-static Skimmies- Resists static and allows clothes to glide. Wear under pants or other cotton fashions and say good-bye to cling. Wide, flat leg hem for a stay-put fit. Targeted stretch zones flatter your natural curves.

Wicking Skimmies- Breathable mesh panels keep you comfortable and dry all day. Perfect for working out. Moisture-wicking, quick dry fabric helps prevent chafing.

How would you like to be #SavedBySkimmies? Tell me in the comments for a chance to win a $100 Jockey.com gift card. Each comment will automatically be entered to win.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kellogg's Cereal in a Cup- a Busy Mom's Dream!


As a working Mom with 7-year-old quadruplets, I am constantly looking for ways to make life easier! (As you can imagine!)

 

 



Most mornings, the Steece house operates like a well-oiled machine.



Other days: we can't find shoes, someone is missing his homework, we have no bread, sister doesn't like her outfit, boys are fighting, we have no milk, sister is having a meltdown, we are running late, etc.

On these horrific mornings, Mama is doing her best just to survive! I have to get myself ready for work and make sure that 4 kids are clean, dressed, fed, packed and out of the house without being late.

One of the lessons we taught the kids at a very young age was how to make their own breakfast and lunches. Let me tell you, it has been an absolute life saver.

Kid-made breakfast is often messy and terrifying when you multiply it by four. Can you guess what our favorite go-to breakfast food became? Why cereal, of course! You cannot go wrong with Kellogg's. It is quick, easy and convenient, and always satisfying.

I wish I could tell you that we are the type of parents who do not allow food in the car, but I would be lying. When you are constantly on the go, racing from one event to another, you are many times left with no other choice than to eat in the car. This is why I LOVE Kellogg's Cereal In A Cup! They are easily portable, prepackaged servings that the kids literally grab and go!



Cereal is not just for breakfast. There are many different places where we enjoy Cereal In A Cup as a fun snack, especially with summer activities quickly approaching:
- on our way to baseball games
- while playing at the park
- at the pool
- on a long road trip

It's the perfect anytime, anywhere, anyone food.

Don't forget all of the yummy snacks that you can make using Kellogg's cereal. Good old fashioned Rice Krispy Treats are a Steece family favorite! Be sure to check out the link below for fun cereal treat recipes and get in the kitchen with your kiddos!
www.walmart.com/MakeTheMostOfSummer 

 

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Break Tour of Texas~ 1st Grade Edition


Every spring break, I load up the kids and we drive all over Texas to visit the grands and great-grands. Some call me crazy, I say it is super fun! We miss our family.
First stop: Waco! (Papa & Granna)





Next stop: San Antonio to eat at my FAVORITE Chinese food place~ Golden Wok




And of course, our FAVORITE bakery in Castroville, TX: Haby's Bakery! Make the trip---it is SO worth it.




Benny Boo showing some love...



Next stop was Brackettville, TX to love on our Auntie JuJu and Uncle Stoney. We visited Judy at school! 






It might be Spring Break, but my kiddos sure loved the extra school work!





Working over the computer centers...





I had never taken them to our family's gravesite. It was so special to pay our respects to our loved ones.






We slept at Fort Clark Springs in their officers' quarters. My sleeping partner is on the left...if THAT tells you anything about how comfy I slept. 





Next stop: Uvalde, TX (GrandPapa & Sugar) So thankful that my kiddos get to love on their great grandparents! 





My Papa has these massive trees in his beautiful backyard. It was fun watching the kids climb around like I used to as a little girl.





Savi~ my fearless wonder. Ethan was terrified (on the left). Ben and Drew held on pretty tightly. heh, heh...





Next stop on the trip: Lakeway/Austin, TX (Grampy & Grammy).




Loving on our G's while eating some yummy Mexican food...






The boys got some much needed haircuts! I thought this pic was hilarious. The twinkies- staring at some bball games, standing the same way.




Grammy treated us to a movie!!!




The boys weren't too excited about the choice of movies... (but they secretly ended up LOVING Cinderella!)






We caught up with Grampy at the golf course for one last hug before heading home. 
(Ben, Ethan, Andrew)




And one LONG drive home. Mama- hitting up some coffee for the last leg of the drive...




My traveling companions... (any surprise that the princess got an entire row to herself???)


We had a WONDERFUL week, loving on our family and friends...
...'til next year's Spring Break Tour of Texas!
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cruisin' on the Carnival Magic!

Joe and I just returned from a Sunday-to-Saturday cruise on the Carnival Magic! We had an absolute blast! The company where Joe is employed, sends its top performers on an all-expenses paid cruise every year. 

Before we left, there was TONS of planning to do. Leaving four, 7-year-olds for an entire week is no little task. It is a good thing that I am so organized--- I had each day mapped out with a stack of clothes & instructions for that specific day. We made our Valentine's boxes and handouts early...the house was stocked with food and snacks. 

Even without all of this planning, I had nothing to worry about because my best friend, Liz, is a pro! She handled my FOUR kids plus her TWO twin girls with ease. She. Is. Amazing. Halfway through the week, my parents came to take over the end-of-the-week shift. God love them. We appreciate all of you, more than you could ever know! Thanks for making this trip possible!!!

We weren't excited or anything...




We rode 4 hours in a big bus to Galveston, TX and boarded our ship! Our room was perfect and had a nice, little balcony.



Check out our view! (This was later on in the week, out in the middle of the ocean)





Joe and I have gone on many trips without the kids, but now that they are older...it was much harder on Mama's heart. Sav and Ethan actually cried when we woke them up to say goodbye. Break. My. Heart. It was fun face-timing with the little ones, before turning off my phone for the week. They loved my tour around the ship!



See ya in a week, kids!!!




I get VERY nauseated in movies where the camera is constantly moving; I get car sick easily; I always get sick after anesthesia...I have what you might call, an extremely sensitive equilibrium. Despite the scopalamine patch, dramamine, anti-nausea gum, etc.~ you guessed it...I STILL got seasick. (at the very beginning and at the end) 






But Joe and I still managed to get up and workout in the mornings! (I took a picture because my friends would never believe me). Scary.




We spent our days at sea, hanging out on the top deck of the ship~ for adults only. It. Was. Glorious.




This was my reading material for the week. HOLY COW. Mamas, if you haven't read this book, get it now. 




Our first port was Costa Maya. We got off the boat and did a little shopping.




The hubs and me, dressed all swanky for din din





Joe works with some super cool peeps and we had a blast hanging out with them all week! I'm pretty sure we caught the comedy show almost every night. 
 (Marissa, Joe, Carl, Suz, Shannon, and Gina)



...maybe a little dancin' too





The next day, we docked at Cozumel! 




The water was breathtaking! 




Of course we had to get one of those cheesy pictures for the kids!




We were blessed with such amazing, beautiful, tropical weather all week!




It doesn't get much better than this! I LOVED this day...




...of course THIS guy could make any day fun...nerd




I'm not gonna lie- this video is my happy place... so peaceful and perfect! (I love Joe's "almost-laugh" at the end. What a goober)





A smooching pic to gross out the kids...mission accomplished! (heh, heh)




The locals were celebrating Carnival! How fun is that? The atmosphere was electric. 




Because...well....why not?!




As we enjoyed the sun in Cozumel, another Carnival ship docked right along side us...the very same boat that Joe and I were on in 2011! For the record, we highly suggest the Carnival MAGIC over the Carnival Ecstasy, ANY DAY! The Magic was SO much nicer.




I can't get over how massive these boats are...




Enjoying some tunes and sun back on the boat. We didn't plan any excursions this time---we liked being able to walk around and do our own thing.




Back to sea! Guess who got seasick again...this gal.




Another cheesy pic in front of our boat while docked in Progresso.




Joe and I did some damage in the shops and headed back to the empty boat to relax. Not gonna lie, we enjoyed being on the boat while everyone was off exploring the port towns.



Of course we had to hit up a show or two while onboard...




When a random, creepy Thing 2 comes up behind you...you take a selfie, for the kids of course!



Comedy-clubbin' it with the gang!




A pic with the funny man, Jeff Jena. He was great.



Holy-Day-At-Sea-Brunch in the main dining area. It. Was. Amazing.




Look at all this food!!! (Needless to say, Joe and I have some work to do, now that we are home! heh, heh)




Okay, so one night earlier in the cruise, I hit up the "dance lessons" because I absolutely LOVE to dance and learn new moves. The professional cruise ship dancers were teaching us how to Salsa, Samba, and Tango. Little did I know, that they turned it into a dance competition ("Dancing with the Cast") and I ended up winning the Tango! CRAZY. I was SO nervous and giggly. 

I was chosen to learn a routine with my new dance partner, Martin, for the big final show on Friday night...in front of EVERYBODY! NUTS. This is Martin and me, learning our steps that afternoon. Such a cool, sweet guy from Blackpool, England. Amazing dancer.




One last dinner in our dining room with our awesome servers for the week~ Alfredo and Grace. I am amazed at how the entire crew on this boat can remember names! They were SO kind and gracious.




Then it was time to change into costume and get ready for the show! I was nervous but excited! Too bad I don't have video to show you. They gave us a DVD and a 8x10 of the performers. Earlier in the week, the crew held auditions for singers (Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Cher, Elvis, etc). So the performers were all cruise patrons! It was a blast.




Martin and me




Another girl who works with Joe was chosen to dance the Cha-Cha. Sherri was so cute and did a fantastic job!




Good times! Fun show. Joe was proud of his wifey.



The next morning, we left the ship, drove home and loved on those kiddos! What a whirlwind week! One of my favorite parts was being able to disconnect and not look at a phone one time. I loved getting to hang out with my best man and have no responsibilities. PERFECTION.

Thanks again Liz, CT, Mom, Dad, Collin, Ashley, & all the teachers at JBLittle for loving on our babies while we were away. We love you so much!


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