What’s Up with Betty?

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Hi there! This is what’s up! My boys have been out of school for almost 2.5 weeks now and let’s just say they are keeping me really busy. Diego is doing half day camps (except this week) and that means the little 2 have to learn to play nice with each other…all day long. I swear I spend much more time breaking up fights and sighing loudly throughout the day than working, writing or doing much of anything else. I did find this handy “25 Ideas to Avoid Summer Learning Loss” I wrote for Mommy Maestra that is so helpful and perfect right now.

What else is going on? Oh! I’m on day 24 of #28DayCleanEating challenge! I have been off caffeine, sugar, dairy, gluten and alcohol for the past 24 days. No secrets: Day 2 was the hardest. I suffered from caffeine withdrawal BAD, but over the years I realized coffee was making me really anxious and I knew I had to stop sometime. Also, I won’t lie but…weekends are hard! We love to eat out and often accompany every meal on the weekend with some form of fun alcoholic beverage (Bloody Mary’s for lunch to Spicy Margaritas for dinner!) and my tummy was so bloated. I would also wake up feeling extremely sluggish and although I have always maintained a regular workout routine, I wasn’t feeling energized. So guess what? Even though I wasn’t super perfect throughout this journey,  I have lost about 6 pounds and a few inches off my waist. My weight isn’t fluctuating after the weekends either. My belly feels and looks flatter and I feel AMAZING.  My journey hasn’t been perfect and I will let you guess where I failed due to my weakness and super social life (I kid! Just check out Instagram for proof of me drinking solo!) but I still did way better than I expected. I was not compensated for taking the challenge or to speak of the program. You guys know how much I love to learn and any way that I can help my family and I stay healthy, and pass it on to you…I’m on it! Let’s think before we eat! For additional info on this specific program, please visit HERE or contact Kanani Briggs by sending her a message HERE. I loved the private Facebook support group and I will take all of the new nutrition knowledge I have acquired in the past 3.5 weeks to continue to stay on a healthy path. The next group challenge starts July 6th!! Sign up!

What else I’m doing and loving right now?

Snapchat! Follow me! I’m @MyFriendBetty

Periscope! Follow me! Yup, @MyFriendBetty

I’m loving this leave-in conditioner. Just wash, apply and go! Really nice for these hot days.

And this SPF 30 that leaves your legs and arms looking and feeling super soft.

Just finished Us and starting One Day.

Do you have your summer swim suit yet? These are my favorite and I just picked up this one.

Sharing this immigration post again. We have to continue to share our parents’ and grandparents’ stories. So, so important during this time.

Happy Wednesday!

Your friend,

Betty

 

 

 

 

CAbi GIVEAWAY!

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Hi everyone! It’s been a while! But don’t you just love that this post and the last are giveaways??!  Thanks for your continuous support while I was away. I’m back to talk about CAbi…you know how much I love CAbi! The clothes are well made, super comfortable and on trend without making you feel like you were just in your teenage daughter’s closet. Here’s one of my favorite looks and THIS ONE! Love. Love. Love.

I have an $88 value CAbi giveaway for you today! If you haven’t tried #CAbiClothing, this is a great way to start. I have my own Candy Print Scarf (look!) and I love it so much that I got one for one lucky MFBS reader! I also picked up these gorgeous Chandelier Earrings to thank you for always coming to my little space to check in on me. Both of these CAbi accessories are perfect for any of your summer outfits and of course they will work as you transition to the fall.  All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below, visit and “like” MyFriendBettySays on Facebook, and follow @myfriendbetty on Instagram and Twitter.

Buena suerte!

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J. Hilburn GIVEAWAY!

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Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21st! What are your plans? Hubby would be so happy if we all hang out in the backyard! And let’s not be fooled by Dad’s insistence for us to not buy gifts. Dad loves gifts. Everyone loves gifts.

In the past, we have made our own Father’s Day present, shopped for Hubby, and even asked other dads for ideas. This year, it’s going to be easy! Joy has all of Hubby’s measurements so I can quickly pick something out for him and the boys can still do something more personal.

MFBS has a $50 J.Hilburn gift card to facilitate all of your Father’s Day wishes. Just follow the Rafflecopter’s prompts below and done! Good luck!

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$50 J. Hilburn Gift Certificate: J. Hilburn offers men custom dress shirts and suits.  The Personal Stylist will come to you at your convenience to measure you and help you choose the Italian fabrics and style details.  With custom shirts starting at $99 it’s affordable luxury!  Winner must be a new client to J. Hilburn.  The gift certificate expires on 6/30/16.

Joy Chang, Personal Stylist

phone  973.652.6971

email  joy.chang@jhilburnpartner.com

website  www.joychang.co  |  www.joychang.jhilburnpartner.com

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All Over the Map

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This is the final post of my CAbi summer series. I have received CAbi items as gifts for my review. However, all statements and opinions are my own.

I think I have all of my summer outfits set and ready thanks to CAbi. I love, LOVE how every CAbi piece is super comfortable for a mom-on-the-go like me.

This Off the Map Tie Dye dress made it to the soccer fields, a quick trip to the playground, and a nice restaurant over Memorial Day weekend. Please don’t judge me if you see me wearing this same dress every other day. Remember last year’s go-to dress? Yeah, still wearing that one too…BUT this CAbi frock is light, colorful and much more comfortable. The boys are getting a kick out of the tie-dye pattern (they have never seen anything like it!!! jajaja!). I love how they notice their mami’s #ootd!

If you haven’t tried CAbi, a great way to get started is by hosting YOUR OWN party. Hostesses receive so many awesome perks (so many…I’ll be doing a CAbi giveaway soon!). For more details and info to get yourself started with CAbi, please visit HERE. Enjoy!!

images: CR Photography

Breezy Summer Tops

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I have 2 fun summer looks for you in one post! When you have CAbi in your closet, it’s just super easy to put outfits together. Mix and match = Instant chic.

For me, white skinny jeans and nude sandals are a summer staple. Having breezy summer tops in different styles and colors helps me prepare for all occasions. I just switch up my bags, necklace and lipstick and LISTA!  This Off The Map Summer Cover Up Tee inspired me to pair it up with a nude lip gloss and pale pink tote. The subtle pink in the top is just right.

The bright blue in the Sun Peasant Blouse needed a bold statement piece like the neon bright cross body. It’s also light and the almost sheer-like fabric definitely calls for a cami underneath.

I love both tops! Which is your favorite? Stay tuned for a CAbi giveaway coming up soon on MFBS!

Above: Off The Map Summer Cover Up Tee
Below: In The Sun Peasant Blouse

Images: CR Photography

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Ugh, Monday.

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Honestly, with 3 boys, I don’t know if weekends or weekdays are easier! They have me running around like crazy! Plus, there’s all of my stuff to do too! A good weekend around here is a balanced weekend of fun and sleep. We got to do both (follow on Instagram to see!) and needed lots of time to recover. I fell asleep at 8:30p last night. Hence…the late Monday post!

My middle little guys needed a lot of rest too. Allergy season has been really tough for him. It pains us to see how bad he’s reacting to all the pollen. Are you suffering from allergies? I will take any additional recommendation and tips you might have. He is going to see an allergist in a few weeks and I hope to have a better plan for next spring.

Here are your weekend links! Lots of good stuff…

I was over at Mommy Maestra last week with: 5 Ways to Help Kids Deal with Disappointment

In a rut? 5 tips to get out of it!

NJ friends, a creative workshop! Vision and Vino

Have you shared your #Strengthie yet? Here’s mine.

A little inspiration from a female CEO.

Please back CrayonCrunch on KickStarter.

English Proficiency Rises Among Latinos as Speaking Spanish Dips

A Mommy Trade GIVEAWAY just in time for Father’s Day!

Reading now…

This tee!

THESE sandals! As seen on Ivory Lane.

Top Image: Fancy.com Tee shirt: Nordstrom (thanks, Lily!)

Have a great week!

 

Trust Your Instinct: Mosaic Romper

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I am not going to lie! I fell in love with this CAbi romper when I saw it and ordered it right away. But when I received it I thought, “No. I can’t pull it off! I won’t be comfortable! The pattern is too much!!” MFBS friends, when in CAbi hands…NEVER panic! All it takes is a little imagination, a little confidence and lots of trust in yourself and trust in the brand you know you love.

This romper stands out! It’s ultra comfy, the pattern so fun, and it will leave you feeling super sexy. I decided to throw on this blue blazer, which you should all have in your closet by now, and checked in with Chitra (the brilliant woman behind the images!) for approval. We went for it and now she’s ordering it and I can’t wait to wear mine again.

Have fun with fashion. It doesn’t matter if you think something is too young, too trendy, or too “out there”. I get it. As a mom of three boys, I often doubt myself with trendy selections. The key is to make it your own. Since starting this blog, I have taken so many risks, have tried so many new styles and have developed the confidence to pass it along to you. You want to know something? I have never felt better.

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images: CR Photography

ETCETERA

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These pants? Butter. This top? LOVE! When I tried this ETCETERA outfit for the first time, I wanted to live in it! No joke. I felt fantastic.

Etcetera has developed a reputation as a chic, everyday lifestyle brand for busy women by creating elegant pieces that live up to designer standards. Season after season, Etcetera’s collections are sought after by women who love its confident, creative, and bright spirit. I had the opportunity to try on several different outfits and had a hard time selecting just one. Not only did this say “spring” all over but it was easy to finish putting the ensemble together with accessories I already had in my closet.

As a lover of “high-low” fashion, I appreciate a line of clothing that I know I’m investing in for the long run, yet can put together with street-style/fast fashion accessories. Trends come and go but brands such as Etcetera are timeless and worth every penny. Etcetera is available exclusively via appointment-only trunk shows. Etcetera’s collections and their Consultants’ close relationship with their clients, makes for a shopping experience unparalleled in the industry.

Denise Gaffney knew exactly what to select for me when she found out I was interested in Etcetera. Consultants are professionals with fashion expertise and a fantastic personal service. Denise loves and appreciates the opportunities Etcetera has provided for her and would love to extent MFBS readers and opportunity to develop their own business and become their own boss. Perfect!

If you live in the NJ/NYC area and are interested in joining a team that works by-appointment only (your own schedule!), contact Denise so she can help you figure out if Etcetera is right for you. I believe that if you love fashion and have the entrepreneurial spirit, Etcetera can be a great fit. Please email Denise HERE or HERE. Good luck and enjoy!

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ETCETERA Mandarin Top
ETCETERA Beachcomber Pants

Images: CR Photography

Fit Moms: Pure Barre

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Life is definitely better at the barre. Guys, you know I always want to share what I love. I have talked about yoga, cardio, trainers…and I think I found the perfect combination. If you are looking for a low-impact, group fitness workout that will lift your mood and your behind, Pure Barre is the place.

My close friend D introduced me to Pure Barre in Millburn/Short Hills and I had been completely dedicated for 2 months. I have been missing from PB these past 2 weeks though because…craziness (!!) and miss it BAD. PB is an incredible space, with motivating instructors who make you sweat and give you so much attention during class.  I love how they go around and stop to correct my posture, I love the energy in the room and the music…instant mood changer!

The Pure Barre technique is high intensity but with very low impact, meaning you’ll get a great workout without putting excessive stress on your joints. They focus on very tiny isometric movements for the WHOLE body. I was sore and discovered muscles I never worked out before! Pure Barre is one of the fastest, most effective ways to change your shape. Clients typically see the best results when they take 3-4 classes per week. Classes are challenging but never leave you feeling defeated.

Busy moms, the class schedule is great. Management is always listening and adding classes to fit busy schedules (the app is the best!). I know this is something we can all appreciate.

When I heard that co-owners Melanie Colman and Molly D’Allesio are both busy working moms themselves, it gave me even more motivation to stick with it. A big supporter of local and women-owned businesses, their positive and encouraging attitude makes my visits to Pure Barre extra special. These women put you at ease. Strong, fit mommies are just like us! You can often hear Melanie and Molly share stories with other members about the demands of raising little people, balancing work and family and coming up with creative ideas to give members extra goals and challenges. We’re all busy, yet there we all are, at PB, becoming mentally and physically better for our families.

With over 300 studios nationwide, you have to try PB! Local friends…I’ll see you at the barre!

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 Pure Barre Red Bank and Millburn/Short Hills co-owners Molly D’Allesio and Melanie Colman

images: CR Photography

The Best of Jordi

 

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It’s Jordi’s 3rd Birthday! We have been celebrating since Friday morning! I hope that one day my boys will decide to visit their ol’ mami’s blog and find the little messages I have written for them throughout the years.  The whole family wanted to share what they love best about our little guy and I thought it would be a nice idea to save it here for him.

Jordi, when you are old enough to read this, Mami, Daddy, Diego and Santi think that the best things about your 3 year-old self are…

“I love that Jordi wants to brush his teeth by himself. I love that Jordi plays ‘imaginations’ with me.” -Santi, age 4.

“Jordi has the best sweet tooth ever. I love that he eats everything.” -Diego, age 8.

“I love Jordi’s travesuras. I love that he is mischievous.” -Daddy

“Jordi is fearless. Jordi is brave and kind. Jordi will always be our baby.” -Mami

We LOVE you, Jordi!! Thank you for keeping us on our toes! Have a happy birthday, sweet love!!

Thank you Bungalow Boutique for the beautiful outfits!
On Jordi:
Búho August Pant
Búho Ceaser Plane T-Shirt
On Me:
Angry Rabbit Destroyed Cropped Denim
Jack by BB Dakota Perrie Sweater (LOVE!)
Olivaceous Flowy Tank
Brown Horn Necklace

Images: CR Photography