The Strapless Bra You Can’t Live Without! Large Chest Approved

Ladies, rejoice!  I have finally found the PERFECT strapless bra!! (Insert praise hands.)  Several of you have asked about what strapless bra I prefer to wear with my off the shoulder tops and dresses.  Until recently, I had a strapless bra I wore, but I didn’t really love it.  I’ve been searching high and low for a comfortable strapless bra and i’m happy to report that I’ve finally found one that I’ve fallen in love with!  It provides coverage, support, comfort and (most importantly) it has a minimizing effect rather than a “pour your boobs out the top of your shirt” effect.  Here’s the crazy part, it’s made out of spanx material!  Sounds wild, right?!?  I know….when I saw it hanging in Macy’s I thought for sure I wouldn’t like it.  But then I tried on like 47 different strapless bras (of course I left this one ’til last, because apparently misery loves company) and as soon as I slid it on, I knew it was the one!   I have to tell you, it has not let me down.   I wore it to a wedding and danced the night away and I did not tug at it once.  Seriously amazing.  It’s like the bra gods crafted it and sent it directly to me just to make life better.  Ok, so here are the deets you’ve been waiting for:

 

Lilyette by Bali Minimizer Strapless Bra

 

Does strapless bra shopping have you feeling like this…….

 

Then you definitely need to check out the Lilyette Minimizer Strapless Bra, it’s worth every penny!  Thankfully, it doesn’t break the bank.  It’s reasonably priced at $40 and mine has already been put to good use.

 

 

If you decide to purchase, let us know.  We would love to hear your feedback!  I hope you love this bra as much as I do!

XOXO

Jill

 

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Who’s the Better Half?

Relationships. While all of them are fun, challenging, confusing, and make our lives better, there is one that is more so than the rest – the husband/wife relationship.  This is the one that we have to work at the most, for better or for worse.  On top of all of that, this relationship morphs through different stages of life: newlyweds/merging lives, kids/no sleep, new jobs/traveling, retirement/reacquainting, etc.

Jill and I recruited the husbands, Caleb and John, to put our relationships to the test! After a combined almost 15 years of marriage and four kids, we thought it was about time to figure out how much we really know about our spouses. See how we did!

We are all about keeping those marriage relationships strong and laughter is a big part of that! Use some of these questions and see how well you and your spouse know each other and let us know how you did!! This is the first of our two-part relationship series.  Stay tuned for more!

XOXO,

Lauren

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What I Wish Everyone Knew About Motherhood

“You are the trip I did not take;

You are the pearls I could not buy;
You are my blue Italian lake;
You are my piece of foreign sky. //

You are my Honolulu moon;
You are the book I did not write;
You are my heart’s unuttered tune:
You are a candle in my night. //

You are the flower beneath the snow;
In my dark sky a bit of blue;
Answering Disappointment’s blow
With ‘I am happy! I have you!'” -Anne Campbell //

 

 

For me, this sums up #motherhood and parenthood in a nutshell. The sacrifices we make as mothers are real. The sacrifices are costly. Perhaps you’ve had to put certain hopes and dreams on hold to prioritize current family needs. Perhaps life didn’t turn out quite as rosy as you once upon a time imagined it would be. I can sometimes be hard on myself about where I think I should be during this stage of my life. Being self-motivated certainly has its pros and cons! It’s tempting to entertain these futile “coulda, woulda, shoulda” thoughts. But I take one look at my kids, I see what amazing miracles both of them are, and all those fears and regrets fly right out the window. My kids have a way of keeping me centered. Their love and trust in me as their mama humbles me. They help me to remember what is most important in this world and that life, as hard and messy as it can be sometimes, is beautiful.

 

Guest Contributor Sarah Brown is a happy wife, proud mama, and relentless real estate agent living la vida loca in Washington, DC. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, pretending like she knows what she’s doing in her garden, spending time with family and friends, and perfecting her sea salt caramel chocolate chip cookie recipe. You can find Sarah on Instagram @sarahbrowndc!

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10 Things Millenial Parents Need To Stop Doing Immediately. Are You Part Of The Problem?

 

Our generation of parenting has it harder than any generation before us.  Sure, other parents have faced obstacles in the past too.  We could even suggest that they’ve seen more struggle, but parenting in an instant-access, media filled world has created quite the challenge for us.  Social Media, if used in a positive manner, can be amazing.  I mean, I wouldn’t want to imagine a world without y’all in it!  But social media can also be a very dark place.  Many parents scroll through Facebook daily, mentally sizing up their family, constantly comparing them to the fake lives that others are displaying online.  “Keeping up with The Jones'”, or The Kardashians, is at an all time high.  Unfortunately, we all fall victim to this sometimes, myself included.  But as I sit back and compare my (amazing) childhood to my kids’ childhood, I realize that parents today are forcing themselves to perform at a much higher level.  A level that 80’s parents would’ve literally belly-laughed over.  We consider ourselves to be personal chefs, cleaning ladies, chauffeurs, scheduling assistants, pediatric nurses, family therapists….ohhh, and yeah, we actually have real careers too!  It’s absolutely understandable why we’re always feeling overwhelmed, stressed and exhausted.  We are micromanaging every.single.moment of our children’s lives, and i’m here to tell you, it’s time to stop!

 

Stop Doing These Things Immediately:

 

1.  Stop comparing your kids to their friends.  Quit worrying about the fact that your baby isn’t walking and someone else’s is.  Don’t stress over the fact that someone else’s child won 5 awards and your child only received a participation medal.  Our lives are hard enough without this added pressure.  99% of the things we worry about as momma’s doesn’t even matter in the long run.  I promise you, your child will be potty trained before they go to Kindergarten.  Quit stressing!

 

2.  Stop the insane amount of extracurricular activities.  Stop living vicariously through your children.  Stop enrolling your child in every activity known to man just because you weren’t allowed to do those things when you were little.  Stop getting so involved in your child’s craft that you act like it’s your own personal victory.  Let your child find something their passionate about and make it fun!

 

3.  Stop hovering and constantly intervening when your child is interacting with other children.  Let them work out their own problems and create their own solutions.  They’ll need this skill later in life.  Mommy won’t always be there to fix everything!

 

4.  Stop acting like your 8 year old is “going pro.”  It’s time to say no to year ’round kids travel sports.  Kids aren’t  collegiate athletes!  (Not to mention how expensive travel sports are.  Parents are being bamboozled on the daily!)

 

5.  Stop making Homecoming and Prom seem like a wedding!  It is literally insane the amount of money that parents are spending on Prom these days.  I think some of these Prom dresses cost more than my first car!  And let’s not even talk about the fact that girls are wearing $1,000 dresses while their dates are in khaki’s and chucks.  (insert major eye roll.)

 

6.  Stop doing everything for your kids; teach them life skills and lessons – make them accountable.  You will not be their personal assistant forever (even if you’d like to be.)

 

7.  Quit giving your child the best of everything.  Let them know a little struggle so they’ll appreciate the finer things in life when they earn them!  Teach them to work hard for their goals (and give them a chore chart while you’re at it!)

 

8.  Stop making them believe that the world is full of unicorns and rainbows.  Don’t allow them to be sensitive, offended “snowflakes.”  Teach them to be tough and to always stand up for themselves.  Teach them that the world will be cruel but that they’re strong enough to handle it!

 

9.  Stop allowing your kids to be fully involved in electronics.  Just say no to kids and cell phones!  I’m all about some iPad time, but 7 year olds do not need functioning cell phones.  Don’t cave to the pressure, momma.  Stay strong!   Send your children outside to play and tell them to do what we always did – wonder around til you find a friend!  You know, actually talk to someone face to face.

 

10.  And for the love of everything holy, stop constantly trying to out-do each other.  Stop trying to throw the biggest baddest birthday party or gender reveal.  Stop trying to always top each other.  This isn’t a competition, we’re all in this together.  And honestly, I don’t want to have to book Cher for my kid’s birthday party in 2020, so just chill.

 

Whenever you’re feeling the urge to hover and micromanage, channel your inner 80’s mom.  Light up a Pall Mall and turn on some Dallas and remember that your mom would’ve never, ever done these things.  She had her own agenda to deal with, and guess what, you turned out just fine!

 

XOXO

 

Jill

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Button And Bear Children’s Boutique: Summer Collection Reveal And Giveaway!

I’ll never forget the moment during my first gender-reveal appointment when the ultrasound tech pointed out those three little lines that told us we were having a baby girl. Images of sweet, frilly dresses and huge, pink bows flashed across my mind, and I couldn’t wait to jump off of that table and run to the mall to start shopping, much to my husband’s dismay.
But when I did start shopping (probably within hours of that ultrasound), I was so disappointed in the local selection. There were the normal chain stores, which carried some cute pieces – but cute pieces that everyone else had. And my baby girl? Well – she was going to be special.
(Moment of truth: Three and a half years later, she likes to dress herself and usually chooses not-matching, weirdly paired outfits, much to MY dismay.)
My Mom and I had generic discussions about opening our own boutique and offering cute, but also very affordable, fashion options for little girls. And one day in Spring 2016, with the encouragement from my Dad, we jumped right in.
Button & Bear (named after my nicknames for my kids, Charlotte & Jack, respectively), has been a fun little adventure, and we so enjoy choosing pieces we think you and your girls will love! Having a little girl, myself, I know the necessity of having pieces that work for everyday wear, as well as running to the mall or dinner with family, and we choose many of our collections with versatility in mind.
Equally as important to us, is offering products that won’t break your bank (or keep you from going through the Starbuck’s drive-through, because, coffee!). There are certainly occasions to whip out that credit card and splurge (or call Grandma!), but daily life isn’t one of them, and we have kept it our mission to offer boutique fashion at affordable prices.
After all the nitty gritty, though, my Mom and I just love what we do. We have so much fun choosing product, setting up shop at vendor events, and just showing y’all our sweet pieces. We hope you love them as much as we do!
Our current collection, The Garden Party Collection, is on pre-sale through the end of today, and you absolutely don’t want to miss it! It’s the sweetest group of flowery, summer-inspired prints and colors, and we know you and your girls will love them! Be sure to visit our website, because these items won’t be available to purchase after today!
 

 

And because we love Glitter Jungle so much, we are giving away a $10 store credit to one lucky reader! **To enter for a chance to win, like this post, tag a friend and share on Facebook, today only!** We will announce a winner tomorrow.
Can’t wait until the giveaway ends? Totally don’t blame you.
Use promo code GLITTER right now on our website to get 15% off your entire order. This includes our brand-new collection!
Happy Monday, y’all!
Guest Contributor Jennifer Worrell is a wife and Momma to two toddlers and step-Momma to two more. She and her mother, Tami Chapman, opened Button & Bear Boutique in June 2016. 
Visit Button And Bear Boutique online at  www.buttonandbearboutique.com)
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18 Random Things You Don’t Know Until You Have Kids…

 

When you found out you were pregnant, you may have read up on all the latest information, talked to all your mom/dad friends and you may have even taken child care classes.  However, in my experience (with input from the Husband), there are just some things you can’t prepare for. In the words of the old MTV show Diary, “you think you know…but you have no idea”.

 

 

  1. When kids get a cough, they will sometimes cough until they throw up. This leaves you to run for water and scream, “don’t throw up!!” each time you hear a cough coming on.
  2. A runny nose is a nightmare when your child doesn’t know how to blow his/her nose.
  3. Stomach bugs + pull-ups = certain death
  4. Babies are able to defy gravity with their poo (aka bowel movement or BM).
  5. BM becomes common vernacular.
  6. Onsies can be taken off by pulling them over your baby’s head or more importantly in light of #4, down over the shoulders.
  7. Sometimes your 8 hour work day is the most relaxing part of the day.
  8. You will enjoy certain toys more than your kids do.
  9. Some babies don’t like baby food. It’s super fun trying to figure out what a person with no teeth and a sensitive tummy can eat.
  10. It is a privilege to mow the lawn.  Peace, sweet peace.
  11. Sometimes, NOTHING, even something they really really want, will motivate them to use the potty.
  12. A grocery store run, after school, with 2 kids, is a kamikaze suicide mission.
  13. You gain a supreme amount of appreciation for your dog. She doesn’t talk back or whine and generally obeys.
  14. You should include the following brands in you retirement portfolio: PROCTER & GAMBLE (Pampers) or Kimberly-Clark Brands (Huggies), Abbott Laboratories (Similac) or Mead Johnson & Company, LLC (Enfamil), Nestle (Gerber) and Baby Gap. The amount you (and every other parent) will spend buying products from these companies will certainly secure a plush retirement.
  15. You will have to choose between personal time and sleep.  (Lauren: sleep wins / John: personal time wins)
  16. Buy (at least) two of whatever comfort item your child has. Losing this item = no sleep for 3 weeks.
  17. Sprinklers are magic mood boosters for kids. (Tip: buy one from the home and garden section not the toy section.)
  18. Kisses and hugs from your child and the random “I wuv you momma/dada” will melt you and make you want to be a better parent.

Did I miss any?  Comment and let us know the surprising things you’ve learned since becoming a parent.

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XOXO,

Lauren

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