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American Girl Doll Grand Opening at Washington Square Mall

This post has been brought you by the American Girl and The Ace Agency and contains affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are based off my daughter and I's experience at the grand opening of the American Girl store at Washington Square Mall in Portland, Oregon.


Last month marked the grand opening of the American Girl temporary store in the Portland Metro Area. Although our family resides in Vancouver, Washington; it's just a forty minute commute for us across the river to the Washington Square Mall.

My daughter Aurora joined me for this experience. I thought it would be a fun mommy/daughter date and seeing that she  loves dolls it only made sense to bring her along. For the past year, I have been researching the American Girl Doll collection looking for a doll that resembles my multiracial daughter. When I was a child we had limited options so it's amazing to see dolls with complexions ranging from ivory to dark chocolate and all shades in between; representing the young girl's from America's diverse melting pot. 

Upon entering the 4,000 square foot store located within Washington Square Mall we were greeted at the front entrance by an American Girl employee who handed us a free gift to take home. Aurora was in awe when her big brown eyes landed on all the displays neatly arranged with the 18" inch dolls from the Truely Me, BeForever, and contemporary lines as well as the Wellie Wishers and the Bitty Baby lines. She immediately went on a mission exploring all the dolls and of course play with and messing up the displays! She awed over their cute accessories and cuddled every girl that was on display. She was especially smitten over the newest addition to the BeForever Doll Collection. Her name is Nanea (Nah-NEY-ah). She is helpful and kind and has the prettiest hazel eyes. The meaning behind her name in Hawaiian is tranquil and fascinating (yes I looked it up!). She's one gorgeous American Doll and Aurora didn't want to leave her behind.


The American Girl store will remain open until January 28, 2018 at the Washington Square Mall. So all my Washingtonian and Oregonian  friends, you have plenty of time to visit the store before the holiday season's upon us. I know my daughter would love an American Doll for Christmas and we have put it on her Christmas wishlist this year! So why not pick up your very own American Girl for the sweet little girl in your life? 





Ecocentric Mom Series: September Mom Box Review

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My September Mom Box arrived from Ecocentric Mom and literally it is happiness in a box for me. I look forward to that beautiful teal box sitting on my doorstep each month filled with new products for me to tryout at home. The theme for September  is the Date Night/Play Date Collection. It's filled with mostly personal care items but a girl can never have too much lotions and facial cleaner.

Here is what came in my September Mom Box:



Lyeska Facial Cleanser - So far I am really liking this facial cleaner. My skin feels fresh and clean after each use and I have noticed that I am not breaking out as often as I usually do. It smells great too.

Sincerely Different Scar & Stretch Slave - I used this on my inner tub burn I got a couple of weeks ago when we went to Summit Lake. The scar is healing great and I even use this product on my kids when they get scrapes and scratches when we are out and about.

Miracle Tree Moringa Organic Superfood Tea - This tea is yummy. I love apple cinnamon tea. I make sure I pack a couple of tea bags with my lunch to drink throughout the day. There is nothing like a hot cup of tea while doing data entry at the office.

Glow for a Cause Body Butter (Inspire scent) - I keep this in my purse and use it mostly after washing my hands. It keeps my hands mosturized and soft. It also smells really good.

Glow for a Cause Perfume (Inspire scent) - I used this product once. It smells nice but the fragrance didn't last long. If you like a shuttle scent this ones for you. I like a stronger perfume that last throughout the day.

Yum Earth Organic Sour Twists - I let the kids eat these and they loved them. The bag was gone in less than a minute. I didn't even get to try them but the kids said they were delicious!


If you have not ordered yourself a box from Ecocentric Mom you so need to do it! It's a nice way to treat yourself as a busy mom. The company recently made some changes which I think is amazing. They expanded their memberships to include Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, Mom & Toddler, and just Mom. Next month I will be getting a Mom & Toddler box to review for you all. You can also select 2 products from the collection each month and Ecocentric Mom will pick the rest of the 3+ items in your box to keep the surprises factor when you open it. They also added the ability to skip months on the memberships. And shipping is free on all shop purchases. The cost for a box from Ecocentric Mom is $27.99 and it is worth it. I have loved all the items that I have received over the past five months. 

| For those asking our Door Matt is from Zazzle |

Mommy Style: My Favorite Military Vest for Fall Transitional Outfits

The weather is finally starting to cool down her in the Portland Metro Area and I have been dying to bust out my new cream thermal and my favorite olive military vest I found at Ross last autumn. I wore it all fall and winter long last year and I love that it has so many pockets so that I can store my phone and lipgloss when I have my tiny bag that fits only my wallet and keys.

Thermals are new to me. The last time  I wore one was when I was in elementary school. That was a long time ago! I purchased one out on a whim one day when I was at Wal-Mart. Let's just say that it was the best $7 that I ever spent. The thermal is super soft and comfortable and I plan on getting more in other colors for the fall. 

The boyfriend jeans came in one of my fixes from Stitch Fix. They are super comfortable and I love dressing them up by pairing them with a basic tee and pumps or causally like I did with booties. I tried to find my booties online but sadly, they are all sold old. If I do find them any time soon, I'll make sure to link them below. They are my favorite pair off booties.

I hope the weather near you is starting to cool down. It's slowly feeling like fall here. Thanks for stopping bye. Have a great week friends!







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Mommy Style: Fuchsia/Plum Tunic and Floppy Hat

I am sucker for tunics. They have been my go-to top since I gave birth to my daughter almost three years ago. They are perfect for the autumn and winter months. What I love about this summer tunic is the color. How pretty is that fuchsia/plum hue? I paired it with my favorite pair of denim jeans and my Steve Madden loafers. I also added this cute floppy hat to give it more of a fall-like vibe to complete the look. I originally wanted to wear a cardigan I got in one of my fixes from Stitch Fix last winter but it was too hot out. I love it and it's really comfortable and the asymmetrical shape is pretty fun and I hope to wear it soon with a different outfit.

Tomorrow my youngest son starts his final year of preschool. He is really excited to see his teacher and friends again. He has learned so much and even though he still struggles with speech he has improved a lot this past year. I know my husband and I are both excited for our boys to be back in school. I hope you had a wonderful three day weekend. I know I sure did watching football, spending time out at Summit Lake with my husbands family, and cleaning up the house. I even started putting up some of the fall d├ęcor.

What did you do over the Labor Day holiday?







Thanks for stopping bye and have a wonderful day.