The Cure for Fancy Frocks! {Bandelettes Review}

bandelettes reveiw

Once upon a time I wore dresses. I've always been partial to pants because I feel like they're on the functional side of daily attire. But a nice frock always gets me excited. I will find a dress I like and horde it. Even if I only wear it to bake Christmas cookies, I will keep it in my closet for years because a fancy frock will make me feel beautiful and womanly in ways none of my pant outfits can. And that, my friends, is worth every inch of space wasted. If you know me personally, or at least well enough to be on my social media channels, you'll maybe have caught that I am at my biggest now than I ever have been thus far in my life. … [Read more...]

It’s a Free for Fall! {Giveaway Hop}

Free-for-Fall

Welcome to the It's a Free for Fall Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network. The days are getting a bit cooler and Fall is just around the corner! We're celebrating the upcoming season with a fun giveaway hop. Each blogger in the hop has a prize for you worth at least $25, so don't forget to hop around to them all in the linky at the bottom of this post. For my prize here at Atta Mama, I'll be giving away one print/canvas up to $75 from Fulcrum Gallery! Fulcrum Gallery is an online art print store with thousands of choices from art classics to modern posters. Looking for your own version of The Starry Night? No … [Read more...]

Soda-Free September

fruit infusion pitcher fronteir kitchens

My fiance and I are getting married in November. That's pretty crazy in itself. I mean after all this talk WE ARE FINALLY DOING IT! I've already sent invites and annoyed my father with all of the details 100 times. I'm getting ready to make the final payments on everything. It's getting real! We're in the 6 week window... We started way too late to get sexy for the wedding, but we've decided together to get healthy. We need to lose weight. Both of us. As a stepping stone we've decided to stop eating fast food and drinking soda. In reality that just means I live in the kitchen now, but lucky for us I like cooking (when I don't have a … [Read more...]

Simplifying No Poo with Mirasol Farm

easy no poo from mirasol farm

Guys, I have a confession: I was sick of the natural beauty routine that made my hair feel both dry and waxy at different intervals between showers. I could tweak forever and play with different methods, but I just want to live an easy life free of chemicals in which my hair still looks fabulous. In a moment of desperation I reached out to Mirasol Farm and begged them to send me more of their fabulous herbal shampoo bar. It seriously does wonders. The herbal shampoo bar from Mirasol Farm is top notch. No matter where I've bathed, no matter the water source... My hair always comes out looking and feeling fabulous. It's important for me … [Read more...]

BeGreen T Review and Kickstarter Initiative

BeGreen T I heart Cloth Diapers

When it comes to being a green mom, there's only one thing I love that's even close to babywearing... And that, my friends, is cloth diapers. Cloth diapers are so easy, guilt free, not to mention they make baby bums look totally cute! When I was offered a chance to review the new line of tee shirts from BeGreen T, well this one was calling my name for sure! These tees are very soft and comfortable. They launder well (I've washed mine twice already). I was surprised because the logos are literally part of the shirt. They aren't painted on with cheap paint, so you don't have to worry about them peeling off from wear. The whole thing is … [Read more...]

Keeping My Daughter in Touch with Her Hispanic Heritage

sabor spanish review

I have a 6-year-old daughter who is half Hispanic. Her father's parents are natives to New Mexico with a big majority of her heritage being Hopi Indians. Her father isn't too big into the culture himself, and after meeting my language requirement for high school graduation I surpassed him in my Spanish knowledge. Her grandparents both are fluent, and we decided that we did not want her to miss out on that part of who she was. Besides Gaia's interaction with her grandparents on her father's side and her love for Dora the Explorer as a wee lass, she did not get too much of the language down in early years. We know how important childhood is … [Read more...]

Notes from the Nude

notes from the nude

Once upon a time I read a post about a mom who wanted her sons to see her naked and it caused controversy on Facebook. Go figure. It wasn't my page, thank goodness. But all the same, women were completely outraged that this mother would let her boys see her naked body. Some suggested it was nothing short of child endangerment. And that folks is what made me mad. See I am constantly reminded of the story of a mother breastfeeding during bath time who was arrested. And more and more parents who are actually taking care of their kids are being punished for something as simple as getting a second opinion on medical care or even playing … [Read more...]

Water Bead Centerpieces (A Dollar Tree Wedding Sneak Peak)

water bead centerpiece

If you Google water beads you'll find a lot of different fun things to do from sensory activities to flower vase arrangements. I honestly never heard of them until a few months ago during a co-op buy in one of my Facebook groups. I was intrigued, and that's when my window shopping obsession began... I would often get on different water bead websites and add different colors to my cart. However, I was so confused about how X grams looked when the beads were fully expanded. I didn't want to over buy, or not have enough. They're so cheap that shipping seemed silly if you didn't get exactly what you needed. I came to the conclusion that I just … [Read more...]

Making Expired Breast Milk Lotion

expired breast milk lotion

I have been blessed to spend most of my breastfeeding days at home with my son. Although I did recently decide to go back to work, there's no need to pump much since he's in full toddler mode with the solid food and almond milk consumption. I do, however, have plenty of milk in my freezer taking up space. It's a good thing, too, because that patch of dry skin I thought was pregnancy mask is hanging around making my face look all scabby and blah. Try to ignore the fact that my Paragard makes me break out worse than adolescences ever did. Focus on that dry skin patch under my bottom lip. See that? I hate it. I had it with Miss Gaia … [Read more...]

Adding Fun to Our Bathtime Routine with Daddy & Company

daddy and co health and skin care bubbles

This three-day weekend was a real doozy for us. The heat down in Florida makes living in the outside world hard, even for us natives! It's a guarentee that if we do decide to venture out into the world everyone is going to come home slightly frustrated and hella stinky. The only cure is a cool shower and a nap. The kids love bubble baths, but as we get more conscious of our choices in the home bath time has suffered a little. I can't tell you how long it's been since I gave up looking for a reliable bubble bath that was long-lasting, smelled good, and also non-toxic for my little one. I thought that bubble baths were just out for us. With … [Read more...]