Top Links: September

Do you ever just want to quit? Just turn in your mom, best friend, or girlfriend card and peace out?

I do.

Anytime things get super crazy or Braun has been gone for a long stretch of time, especially if it happens back-to-back, I start to get a little frayed. But thank goodness for good husbands and small miracles, because when I told Braun how I was feeling this week, he surprised me with a little staycation at a local-ish hotel!

It was just what I needed. I wish I could tell you I really whooped it up but I really took this time to catch up on work, connect with myself, and get some much-needed sleep. And I also ordered 2 breakfasts this morning (the banana fosters was so yummy and I plan a repeat tomorrow), went to orange theory fitness, and had one of my girlfriends come up for a sleepover.

I basically acted like a really responsible little kid for 3 days. It was glorious.

And it gave me the time to put together this September round-up for you…so let’s get started!

LIFETIME SUPPLY OF MAGIC ERASERS

Can you even with that face! This is how my month started out. You can see why I needed this mini-break, right? I mean…I love this kid and it’s a good thing, too! But it also reminded me that what happens today doesn’t have to bleed into tomorrow. That night I put together a blog post about the 5 Steps to Take Today to Have a Better Tomorrow outlining how I get through the crazy and alone times! It’s a short read but really does help put everything in perspective and will help you have a better, more prepared tomorrow!

TANKTOP  | SHORTS | ON THE FLY 7/8 PANT ($98) | STRETCH OUTDOOR CARGO 7/8 PANTS ($30) | LEGGINGS PHONE CASE – use code ‘TARA10’ for 10% OFF 1 or ‘TARA15’ for 15% OFF 2 or more

When it comes to workout gear, comfort is certainly key, but there’s also plenty of benefits to having an outfit that is both functional and that you don’t look awful in. After all, my workout clothing often has to go from the gym to school pickup, and without anyone the wiser, to business meetings. So this month I shared all of my workout favorites with you!

SHOP MY FAVORITE WORKOUT PANTS

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I also posted some super yummy recipes this month and of course, all are gluten-free and so easy to make! Have you ever seen chocolate pavlova on a menu and wondered what it is? It’s the child of meringue and marshmallow and I AM HERE FOR IT! Seriously, it’s such an easy recipe, will “WOW” guests and will totally satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth!

CHOCOLATE PAVLOVA | CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP | COWBOY CAVIAR

And if you look closely, you’ll see that all my recipes are marked if they’re gluten-free and a 30-minute meal!

SHOP MY FAVORITE KITCHEN GADGETS

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But my month wasn’t all spent chained to the stove. I also escaped to the mountains with my family for one last ‘hoorah’ before school and before it gets terribly cold! I’ll be honest, it was the tent and the cute hat that convinced me that I could rough it for a weekend. Haha

SWEATSHIRT | PANTS| HAT | ZIP-OFF PANTS

What did I learn about myself during said camping? I love being clean. I love showering. And I love going to the bathroom sitting on something that flushes, made of pristine white porcelain. Girls like me are the reason they created the term “glamping.” If you are one of those girls, my camping ‘necessities’ are listed below!

SHOP MY CAMPING FAVORITES

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One thing I made sure we took with us were long pajamas. My kids love them and now I do too! These ones are great because they keep the kids warm when they need to be warm and but can keep them cool as well!

I have done my research and found some brands I really love and that my boys love as well. It’s hard to convince boys to wear pajamas that aren’t covered in Spider Man or some other superhero! I’m not the only one who’s been in this boat, right? haha

What’s a girl got to do to get some boy’s clothing not covered in cartoons?!? Sometimes I feel like it’s the only option we get! So I’ve collected my favorite non-cartoon pajamas for you!

SHOP PAJAMAS YOUR KIDS (AND YOU) WILL LOVE

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After all the camping and adventuring was done, I spent some time getting my life and house put back together and it’s really been an awesome month for us. The kids are back in school and back in the swing of things and so am I. I don’t know what it is about this year but getting back to it all seemed to easy. It usually seems like such a herculean task but it’s been great!

Has your’s been the same?

The additional free time allowed me to get all my tech organized (I linked all my favorite cases HERE) and tell you guys about my favorite kitchen appliances!

CREPE MAKER | PROFESSIONAL BLENDER

And you know I take my job as a product tester seriously! I have tried so many appliances and gadgets over the years. Some appliances stand the test of time because they are just that good and get better with every iteration. And some come out of the gates a 10 because of all the failed models before. So everything here absolutely has my stamp of approval.

SHOP MY FAVORITE APPLIANCES

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And I can tell that the rest of you mamas are settling back into your own world as well. Your favorite links this month proved it! You’re taking some time for yourselves, getting some new threads, and honestly? I couldn’t be more excited!

So without further ado, here are your top 10 products of September!!!

SEPTEMBER'S TOP LINKS
1.
WOMEN'S LONG SLEEVE CREWNECK FLEECE TUNIC PULLOVER SWEATSHIRT
TARGET
No one ever said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it...and this sweatshirt is totally worth the hunt! The struggle was real hunting this down, but I know you'll love this easy, comfy, sweatshirt as much as I do! Super simple look, goes with everything, and only $25! Great fall transition piece. I'll be wearing mine constantly all season long.
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2.
ACNE PIMPLE HEALING PATCH
RAEL
For those of you with no self-control when it comes to pimple popping + zit picking, this product is for you! These little magic pimple patches suck out all the crap and junk right out of your zits making them smaller and less frightening in no time. Perfect for those days when a big, angry, whitehead just doesn't go with your outfit. (and soooo much better than the other brands).
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3.
BLURRING & MOISTURIZING FACE PRIMER
TULA
You know what they say, if you can't fix it, cover it! If you don't love the way your pores look, you need this primer! It promises to blur the face (think Facetune editing app in a bottle) AND it's made with probiotics so it's as good for the face as it is for the confidence. This is one of my can't live without products!
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4.
SILICON EXFOLIATING GLOVE
HOMMIESAFE
It looks so innocent, just dangling there from your shower knob, but more likely than not, the loofah you got with the glittery shower gel when you were 14 is a death trap. And since #selfcaresaturdays are pretty much a thing of the past (thanks, kids), you need, nay DESERVE, a shower brush that works as hard as you do. It's 35x's more hygienic than other shower brushes, leaves you with squeaky-clean skin, and isn't trying to kill you in the process. I'm basically saving your life here. You're welcome!
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5.
BRAUN'S FAVORITE T-SHIRT (JUST BUY IT ALREADY)
NEXT LEVEL
Seriously? If you haven't snagged these for your man, have you been living under a rock? Over 35,000 are in the know and you guy has been thanking you ever since. Snag one before these bad boys sell out again. *Hot man bod not included*
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6.
FACE AND EYEBROW RAZOR
TINKLE
I’ll be the first to admit how hairy I am—it's not like I need to visit a laser hair removal clinic, a waxer, or a doctor to figure that out. Think of it this way: A teen boy going through puberty has nothing on my peach fuzz and my mustache, thank you very much. And after years of feeling embarrassed about it (because let's face it, the stigma around body hair and women is real), the prospect of having super smooth, hairless skin—not unlike a man who just shaved his face— had me stoked. Because dermaplaning is the bomb. And my skin has never ever felt better nor looked more radiant.
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7.
BLUE LIGHT BLOCKERS
LIFEART
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8.
ICE COLD PACK REUSABLE ICE BAG HOT WATER BAG
OHUHU
Yes, they're old school but everyone should have one of these babies. Bump your head? Use this. Fal down during yoga? This is your friend. Run a half marathon 5 months pregnant? This is your crotch caretaker. Too far? Oh well. There is no length I won't go for your lady bits. Seriously, this is something you NEED.
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9.
LIGHT WEIGHT YOGA RUNNING SHORTS
AMAZON
Do you know what I love? Spending a ton of money on something I can get for a fraction of the price elsewhere... said no one ever. These are a really close dupe for the Lululemon speed shorts! I love working out in these and the quality is shockingly great for the price! Have you tried this dupe yet? What did you think? I love it when I can find a product I love for cheaper!
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10.
SPORTS BRAS - 3 PACK
MIRITY
Your bank account just called, they want all the money you've been lighting on fire buying pricey sports bras back. Guys, these bad boys are the real deal. They hold your money maker's in place just as well as an expensive Lululemon bra, come equipped with removable padding, and are priced at a whopping $6! You're welcome.
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