Current Favorites

These are a few of my favorite things…

I’ve been loving on a few things lately and – because I always like to know about fun things others enjoy, I want to share my current faves with you!

1. Walmart Grocery Online Ordering – YOU GUYS. This is a game changer! I’ll be honest, I am not a huge fan of Walmart (Target all the way…), but I have been impressed with this new service since James was born. I won’t lie, the thought of grocery shopping with a toddler and an infant is somewhat terrifying which drove me to try this service back in June. I’m happy to report that not only does it make grocery shopping a breeze, ordering AND picking up is incredibly simple, Walmart has an impressive assortment of organic/natural products, and I find that I save money by not randomly browsing aisles in the store. And yes, you can order items other than groceries… the only exclusion being electronics. So load that cart up with toiletries, WINE (haha), whatever you need!

Here’s the gist of it… you reserve an hour time slot for pick-up, place your order online (they even have an awesome phone app so you can order on your phone!), arrive at the pick-up location and – voila! – your groceries are loaded into your car. Seriously… that’s it! I definitely recommend checking it out! If it is your first time using the service, here is a link that you can use to save yourself $10.

2. Vilia Soaps – My internet friend (One of my favorite kind of friends… the ones you meet online!), Staci, recently contacted me about her new soap company, Vilia Soap Company. She and her husband recently moved back to the United States after living abroad in Greece (#goals) and decided to begin selling handmade soaps made with Greek olive oil. She sent me a few to try and I am pleased to report that these may be my new favorite soaps!

I was a bit hesitant at first because I am not a fan of grandma-esque soaps… you know the kind that smell like decorative soaps? Villa Soaps are NOT like that at all! They offer a perfectly light aroma and hold up well in the shower or by the sink. I also love the flavors of soap. My personal favorite is the Activated Charcoal and Tea Tree!

Because I love her soaps so much, she’s offered to give all of my readers a 15% discount on all purchases until the end of August – Yay! Enter the code olivesnwine during your online checkout and receive 15% off your purchase. This coupon cannot be combined with other coupons or sale items. This coupon can only be used once per customer. There is no minimum order amount on this coupon. Coupon Expires August 31, 2017.

3. Baby Bjorn – Dean LOVED our Baby Bjorn carrier when he was a baby and James has been the same so far. I actually purchased a K’Tan as well after receiving good reviews from friends, but that one is tricky to put on and James does not like it nearly as much. It is what I use to get him to nap if he won’t give in and I carry him in it while running errands. If you’re a new mama or expecting, this carrier is a must!

4. Commit to FIT – YOU GUYS!! I am super excited about this!! (Can you tell by all of my exclamation points?! LOL.) A few weeks ago, AdvoCare launch a brand new line of products called FIT… yep, you guessed it – They are for your fitness game! There are Pre, Intra and Post products as well as a convenient, ready-to-drink protein shake.

The products take the guessing game out of your fitness supplements (HALLELUJAH!) as you take the Pre 30 minutes before a workout, the Intra during a workout, and the Post within 45 minutes following a workout. Easy peasy! They are also made for ANY fitness level and ANY type of workout – How awesome is that?! Oh, and have I mentioned they taste like candy?! Haha… The Pre is a strawberry-lemonade flavor and oh my goodness is it ever good!

I’m happy to answer any question on the new FIT Line of products – They don’t disappoint! Also, if you’re brand new to AdvoCare and would like to try a sample of the new FIT line, please reach out – I have a few more I can send your way!

What are your current favorite products or services? I love getting recommendations so please share!

DockATot Review

This is not a sponsored post. I purchased our DockATot Deluxe+ and was not provided any discount from DockATot.

If you’re a new parent, you’ve most likely heard the hype surrounding the newest magic sleeping bullet for babies.

The DockATot boasts some pretty impressive online reviews – Babies sleeping through the night (like 12 hours through the night!) after being introduced to the DockATot, colicky babies being soothed, long naptimes, and cosleeping parents feeling less anxiety by placing their infant in a DockATot, just to name a few.

For the exhausted new parent, reading these reviews is enough to have you clicking “SEND ME ALLLLL THE DockATots” when you’ve been awake comforting your newborn from 2-4am. No, my purchase wasn’t made on impulse in the middle of the night ;-)

After chatting with a new of my fellow new mama friends who have used the DockATot, I decided to take the leap and purchase the miracle worker for James. The price tag is steep – $165-185 USD for the Deluxe+ model, but thankfully, Target now sells the DockATot and I was able to use a coupon to save myself a few dollars.

I wouldn’t say James is a bad sleeper. He is actually MUCH better in the sleep department than Dean ever was at his age. He typically wakes twice per night to eat and goes back down fairly easily. (KNOCK ON WOOD…) The only issue we had been facing is that he does not like the bassinet we used for Dean. He could also “halfway” rollover in his swaddle from birth so we were nervous to place him in a crib or bassinet while swaddled. The DockATot seemed like it would be a good alternative as it keeps babies cozy and warm as if they are swaddled.

I was slightly concerned about safety as there are sides on the DockATot, but the fabric is breathable (I tested it when it arrived) and it has been tested for that specific safety feature. It also claims to not harbor heat, but I’m not sure this is entirely true. James doesn’t get super warm while sleeping in the DockATot but I do think it keeps him warmer than if he were just in a bassinet or crib. The DockATot is also harmful substance-free, machine washable (yasssss!), and easy to travel with in either a car or a plane <– Nice for families that are on-the-go as baby always has a familiar place to sleep.

So, is the DockATot a magic sleeping solution?

Eh, I’m not convinced. It is a nice baby gadget? Yes, for sure! Kyle and I both feel much less anxious if we place the DockATot in our bed as a cosleeper than if we were to not use it. (Also FYI, we have a king sized bed… It would be a tight fit if you have any smaller of a bed size with the DockATot). I don’t think James sleeps any longer when sleeping in his DockATot vs. our Rock ‘n Play or in a baby wrap/carrier. There are also MUCH cheaper (and just as safe in my opinion) options for infant cosleepers on the market.

That being said, we will continue to use the DockATot. It is soft, safe, and easy to use which I appreciate.

As all parents know, there isn’t a single solution for all babies whether it be for sleep or feeding or fussiness. Each baby is different and for every parent that claims the newest baby gadget is a miracle worker, there will be another parent that says it is didn’t do squat.

My suggestion? Before purchasing, find a friend with a DockATot and borrow it for a night or two to see if it works magic on your new baby before spending the big bucks!

Have you tried the DockATot? If so, did it work nighttime magic on your infant?

Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Do your stress levels rise when your house is a mess? Personally, I hate chaos in my home (I am learning to adjust with two little boys!) and I feel much more relaxed and happy when my house is in order. Is my home always spotless? Hahahahahahah <– Sorry, I got a good laugh out of the question. My house is definitely not spotless, but I do like to make sure I am keeping up with the mess with a quality cleaning schedule.

Now that I’m home full-time caring for my two little nuggets, I’ve put together a cleaning schedule to help keep me feeling sane and in control of the everyday chaos. And yes, the feeling of sanity is all an illusion ;-)

  • Monday: “Mindless Tasks Monday” – Dust + Vacuum
  • Tuesday: “Toilet Tuesday” – Clean bathrooms
  • Wednesday: “Windex Wednesday”- Wipe down all kitchen appliances, lanai doors and mirrors
  • Thursday: “Linens Thursday” – Wash sheets and bathroom towels
  • Friday: “Freedom Friday” – Vacuum

Note that laundry (clothing) and kitchen duties (run dishwasher, wipe counters, etc.) are not included on this schedule. Kyle and I have to do those every. single. day. to keep up! My weekly cleaning schedule includes more the “big item” cleaning tasks that I try to avoid. We also have larger “monthly” cleaning tasks like keeping the cupboards organized, sweeping the garage, washing the cars, etc. but I don’t plan on creating a schedule for those items… unless we totally start slacking!

Also, yes, I need to vacuum at least twice per week thanks to our furbaby Mitchell. I don’t know how the dog continues to have hair on his body considering how much is scattered over our floors!

Thankfully, our lawn maintenance is taken care of for us by our HOA so we don’t need to include mowing on our list.

Here’s to attempting to maintain my sanity with two little boys at home, one clean room at a time.

Do you follow a weekly cleaning schedule? If so, what do you clean each day?

Still Pregnant…

Oh, hi!

Remember me? Becky, the blogger behind Olives ‘n Wine? Yes? No?

It’s been 5 whole months and boy do I have a lot of updates to share with y’all.

  • I’m due with Little Brother (LB) TODAY, June 5th. Personally, I think my due date is closer to the 9th… we shall see!
  • With LB joining Dean in our family, I began my SAHM journey today. Wish me luck!
  • Yep, that means I am no longer managing group exercise or personal training at my favorite YMCA. Thankfully, I will continue to teach my beloved BODYPUMP and Spinning classes there after my maternity leave.
  • Not much travel (or wine… wahhh) have gone down recently. Dean and I traveled to Iowa in January, we visited Disney World as a family for my birthday, and other than that we’ve been enjoying the lovely Florida winter here in Naples. Kyle and I are planning our first non-kid vacay in the far off future though… Ideas? Recommendations? We’re thinking wine country ;-)
  • And yes, I’m bringing this little blog OUT OF HIBERNATION! Wahooooo!

More details to come on the above points! This is just a quick check in to let y’all know I’m still alive and kickin’… and experiencing a lot of kicks inside tonight as well, haha.

Make sure you’re following me on social media for up-to-the-minute snapshots of my life:

What is new with YOU? What have I missed? Fill a girl in!

Younique!

I am really excited to share that – after months (no joke!) of consideration, I’ve decided to sign up as a Younique Presenter! Younique came out with a new Presenter Kit at the beginning of this year and it sold me. A few of the items in the new kit have been on my to-try list and since I was going to spend almost $99 purchasing them, I figured I might as well get the discount too!

Younique Presenter Kit

I am what you call a “kitnapper” ;-) This means that I purchased the Presenter Kit for $99 (it includes almost $300 worth of makeup!!) and plan on using my presenter-status solely for the discount on makeup. That being said, I AM keeping an open mind and doing my best to take the time to learn about the business opportunity as well. I want to make sure I’m informed about EVERYTHING Younique in case I need to answer a question. And well, I signed up as a distributor with AdvoCare with the very same intentions and it grew into a nice little side hustle for me that is paying off my student loans. Yay!

Now, let’s be real, I am totally not a makeup guru and the thought of me doing a makeup “how-to” video is comical… So definitely don’t expect me to be posting videos with makeup tips and tricks anytime soon ;-) What I do know is that I love every item of Younique that I’ve ever tried and not only am I excited to finally have a discount on my favorite beauty goodies, I’m excited to share them with all of you!

My current top 3 favorites include:

  • Moodstruck Precision Liquid Eyeliner <– I was SO scared to try this that I waited almost 2 months after my initial order to test it out. Ummm… Love at first application! Not only is it incredibly easy to apply (I am no makeup artist, haha…), it doesn’t move from your eyelids AT ALL. No more eyeliner below my eye and no running down my face during a workout. YASSSSSS!
  • Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ – This mascara was very recently reformulated and the new formula was included in the presenter kit I received. I LOVED the old formula and this one is even better!! My lashes look longer and fuller and it even seems a bit easier/faster to apply. I have blonde eyelashes so even though they’re fairly long, you can’t seem ’em without mascara. SUPER annoying. I haven’t tested this out during a workout yet but I will let you ASAP if it holds up during a sweat session.
  • Lucrative Lip Gloss – I confess. I am a lip gloss junkie! I love trying any and all brands of lip gloss but I am not too brave when it comes to bright/bold colors ;-) I love that the Lucrative Lip Gloss is affordable so I can try multiple colors and that it isn’t sticky. At all! There is almost nothing I hate more than sticky lip gloss, LOL. #firstworldproblems

Now for Younique products that I am super excited to try!

  • Moodstruck Lip Exfoliator – I don’t know about you, but my lips are ALWAYS dry. Can’t wait to give this a try and have my gloss go on nice and smooth. (FYI – This is included in the presenter kit so I will be trying it within the next week!)
  • Lip Bonbons Tinted Lip Balm – Along the same dry lips line… The Bonbons are supposed to be super  nourishing and I can’t wait to try it out!
  • Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation – I’m not a huge foundation girl but EVERYONE raves about this product so it is most definitely on my list. Once baby comes I know my skin is going to be looking “blah” due to hormonal changes and I’m hoping this can help a mama out!
  • BB Flawless Complexion Enhancer – I’ve always been intrigued by BB creams so naturally I’m intrigued by this product too. Moisturizer and foundation in one means fewer steps while I’m trying to get ready with a toddler clinging to my leg, haha!
  • Moodstruck Minerals Concealer – I’m a mom. ‘Nuff said.
  • Royalty Moisture Boosting Gentle Cleanser – I’ve been searching for a new cleanser for a while now. Fingers crossed I love this one!
  • Royalty Detoxifying Mask – OMG AM I SO EXCITED TO TRY THIS!!!!! My friend always posts photos of herself on Facebook with this (charcoal-based) mask and it looks like a great product. I received a few samples in my presenter kit so be on the lookout for a scary charcoal-mask selfie, haha!

I have A LOT to learn and a lot of new beauty products to try. If you have any tips or tricks or any favorite Younique products, give me a shout out in the comments. I’m super excited to FINALLY get into makeup at the age of {almost} 32 :-)

24 Healthy Dinner Ideas for your 24-Day Challenge

January 2, 2017 is quickly approaching and that means it is time to start meal planning.

Our HUGE National All-In 24-Day Challenge kicks off on Monday and I’m super pumped for the fun group challenging with us! Missed out on the All-In 24-Day Challenge promotion? It’s not too late! The free shipping deal has ended but the free goodies (including a shaker bottle and meal prep containers!) are still available while supplies last.

Get your All-In 24-Day Challenge here or contact me with questions!

 

So, what are we eating throughout those 24 days? SO MUCH GOOD FOOD! I thought I’d share 24 dinner ideas to help kick start your 24-Day Challenge. I like to eat leftovers for lunch, but these recipes can definitely serve as lunch options too :)

  1. Crockpot Salsa Chicken served over brown rice or quinoa
  2. Mexican Chicken Stew topped with 1/4 avocado
  3. Red Thai Curry Stew
  4. Hummus Crusted Chicken
  5. Easy Oven Fajitas served over brown rice or in a lettuce “tortilla”
  6. Meatloaf Muffins served with steamed vegetables
  7. Turkey Lettuce Wrap Tacos sans sour cream
  8. Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash, limited blue cheese
  9. Grilled Pineapple Chicken served with steamed vegetables
  10. Chipotle salad (my personal fave!!) sans rice (too salty), sour cream and cheese
  11. Grilled Pesto Shrimp served with brown rice or quinoa and steamed vegetables
  12. Quinoa Fried Rice
  13. Grilled Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps sans ranch dressing
  14. Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
  15. Fish Taco Bowls
  16. Mustard Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables
  17. Zucchini Pasta with Avocado Pesto – I will serve this with a lean protein like chicken or fish
  18. Thai Turkey-Zucchini Meatballs served with brown rice and steamed vegetables
  19. Pesto Spaghetti Squash Casserole
  20. Healthy Sesame Chicken with Broccoli
  21. Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stirfry
  22. Chicken Fajita Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  23. Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet sans mozzarella
  24. Skinny Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles

Doesn’t this list sound amazing and delicious?! I love that AdvoCare teaches us how to eat real, healthy foods throughout the 24 days of the challenge and then those 24 days turn into life-long healthy habits.

January 2nd, here we come! I’m so excited and cannot wait to reset my holiday eating habits in the new year.

And then there were two! 

Baseball games, wild adventures, and even more toys… We are excited for two little boys!

Baby Brother Klapman arriving early June 2017 💙

2017 New Year’s Resolution… Number 2

This year I’ve decided to type up my New Year’s Resolutions in separate posts. I like to do a little bit of explaining when it comes to goals and this will help me elaborate each goal without writing a novel! ;)

Resolution #1

Resolution #2?

Stick with my new motto: Actions over goals.

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I’m typing up New Year’s resolutions. It is OBVIOUS that I like setting goals for myself. Here is the thing about goals, they’re great at giving you an idea of where you want to go/be but just setting a goal won’t get you results. You must perform specific actions to achieve your desired results.

I wish we could set goals like…

Reduce my body fat percentage by 5 points.

Improve my half marathon PR by 7 minutes.

Grow my business by 15%.

Wake up each morning to a clean kitchen.

Set aside 10 minutes per day for relaxation.

… And they would JUST. HAPPEN.

Sadly, that isn’t the way things work!

So, with my 2017 resolution of actions over goals, I am not going to stop setting goals each week or month or annually, but I am going to put specific action steps behind each goal… Actions that require my attention weekly, if not more often. These action steps will help me get closer to my goals and – hopefully! – surpass my own personal expectations.

I’m curious – Do you often set SMART (specific-measurable-attainable-realistic-timely) goals? How often to think about the action needed to meet your goals?

Here’s to 2017 being an ACTION-FILLED year!

2017 New Year’s Resolution… Number 1

This year I’ve decided to type up my New Year’s Resolutions in separate posts. I like to do a little bit of explaining when it comes to goals and this will help me elaborate each goal without writing a novel! ;)

Resolution #1?

Reduce my/our (sorry, Kyle) unnecessary spending.

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The driving force behind this resolution is that I have been able to pay off debt by limiting our spending and paying off debt is one of the best feelings EVER! I checked my car off of the list back in June and my $30 grand of student loans will be DONEZO come the end of January if everything goes as planned.

We thankfully don’t have other debt (besides our mortgage) after my student loans have been paid off, but why not save our “extra” money for big item, fun things… Like remodeling our kitchen or putting in a pool/larger lanai or a trip to Europe? I’d much rather put my money toward these larger things than spend it on spur-of-the-moment, unnecessary splurges.

So, what do I consider unnecessary?

It totally depends!

Sometimes lunch out is NEEDED for my sanity, but most of the time it is an unnecessary expense.

That “sale” at the outlet mall? Yep, I most likely need to skip it unless I’ve been eyeing something for a LONG time or Dean has no clothes that fit ;)

My super expensive facial care line that I LOVE but that costs me $200+ every few months? *sniff, sniff* I don’t need it.

A pricey bottle of wine at our local liquor store? Maybe needed for a special occasion, but for most days, box wine does the job JUST fine.

Family dinner at a restaurant? HAHAHAHA – We always think this is a good idea UNTIL we sit down and Dean wants to run around. It’s much more pleasant to let him run around, jabbering up a storm at home while we make our own dinner (for a lot less money too!) than to stress about noise at a restaurant ;)

I LOVE a good mani/pedi so it pains me to say these are unnecessary, LOL. They are needed before a vacation or a fun girls’ day out, but (sadly) they are not needed weekly.

Weekly golfing trips during season. Sorry Kyle, not worth the crazy expensive price!

I would say that we already do a fairly good job of keeping our spending in check. I have a monthly budget Excel document that I update bi-weekly so we know where our money is going and can pull back if anything looks out of control. We also (normally) check in with each other prior to larger purchases.

I am excited to continue with this goal into 2017 and see what fun things we can do for our family with our savings!

What is one of your 2017 New Year’s Resolutions?

Small Business Saturday

On this Small Business Saturday, I want to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me in my business endeavors! From this blog to AdvoCare to my online personal training business, I appreciate each and every one of you.


Y’all rock my socks!

In celebration of entrepreneurship and shopping small businesses, I’m offering a few specials today through next Saturday, December 3rd.

Email me (Becky @ olivesnwine .com) for personal training specials that will have you feeling strong, happy, and healthy by the end of the year. 


If you’re not in my Facebook fitness group – Fit Squad, let me know and we will get you added ASAP! It’s a fun group that helps to motivate each other daily.

Below are four AdvoCare bundles to get us all through the holiday season! I’m all about enjoying my favorite foods, holiday parties, WINE (obviously…), and Christmas treats this time of year. These bundles – like my personal training packages, will help you to feel happy, healthy, and minimize your stress from now through the end of 2016. Then come 2017, we will go ALL-IN together with a 24-Day Challenge! I cannot wait!

If you’re interested in any of the below bundles, please contact me or comment below for more information, including pricing, flavors, and discount options!

Energy! Does anyone else struggle with keeping your eyes open this time of year? Between the holiday parties and the work potlucks and the kids’ concerts and plays, it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get all of the holiday stuff done. Do not fear, my friends! MNS (a daily vitamin pack that will not only boost your energy but will also have you feeling like a million bucks!) plus Spark will do the trick. This bundle is an important part of my daily routine, holiday season or not.

Can we all say stuffing and mashed potatoes and green bean casserole?! YUMMY!! I’m not one to make healthy versions of recipes over the holidays… traditional recipes are the best! These products help me feel great while indulging in my favorite holiday foods. They are not miracle workers (those don’t exist!) but they – along with BODYPUMP and eating an 80/20 diet – keep my pants fitting come January ;)

You don’t have to tell me twice that holiday stress is running high! Clear Mood + Oasis help you effectively manage stress throughout the crazy holiday weeks. Don’t less stress rule your holidays!


This is my FAVORITE bundle! FRESH START! Great products that will make you feel fantastic each and every day. Fiber + Probiotic Restore to keep your digestion game strong throughout the holiday party and yummy food season. Spark to provide lasting energy. Rehydrate (a sugar free electrolyte drink) to keep you hydrated after long nights.

Again, thank you from the bottom ofmy mama  heart! I love helping people live healthier and happier lives and I can’t do it without ALL of you!

Happy Small Business Saturday!

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