Lakeshore and WeeStructed Back to School Teacher Giveaway

Earlier this Summer we contacted Lakeshore (one of our favorite stores, EVER)  to see if they would be interested in doing a giveaway for the beginning of the new school year; they graciously said yes (eep!).

So, to kick off back to school season, Lakeshore and WeeStructed have teamed up to bring a deserving teacher a bit more fun and fascination to their classroom. Many teachers across the nation are handed small to non-existent budgets for their classes to work with, leaving little to the imagination. Our educators end up spending their own wages on necessary supplies for the classroom and their students. Its an uphill battle, and we as parents, need to help when we can.

For our back to school giveaway, Lakeshore will be providing one awesome educator with the 3 Little Pigs STEM Kit for their classroom and WeeStructed will be giving away a $50 shop credit to spend on any of our Teaching Tiny Humans is Exhausting merchandise. To enter the giveaway, simply follow both WeeStructed and Lakeshore on Instagram. Comment on WeeStructed’s morning post (9AM) and tell us who your favorite educator is and why they’re so special to you and your family. Giveaway will go until Sunday evening (6PM). Winner will be notified on Monday to claim their prizes.

Remember to thank the teachers in your life. After Summer is over and we, as parents, get to breathe a bit easier again while the kids are in school, we realize the impact and the importance of educators. They seriously are the sanity in our children’s lives (and our’s). Hallelujah!

Read below to find out about STEM Kits and the growing benefits of having your kids use them throughout their schooling.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These kits are great for kids as young as 4 and go up to the high school level. I personally love them for home school Fridays. Each pack contains the materials needed for the experiment, teacher cards to explain the lesson plan and reusable step by step instruction cards for the kids. I originally bought this pack for my littlest human (in preschool), but my 3rd grader joined in as well.

I love that these kits are all based on trial and error until the student comes up with a solution. I’ve talked to many of the teachers at the charter school my kids attend, and they agree. Kids need flexibility and reasons to experiment. Everyone comes to the solution from a different path. It’s a great resource and product to have on hand!

Thanks to Lakeshore for the partnership on this giveaway. To learn more about STEM Kits and all of the other amazing products Lakeshore carries in their stores, visit lakeshorelearning.com

 

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Diaper Crisis of Hurricane Harvey

As stated earlier in our Instagram stories (and our latest post), we donated much needed diapers to the Texas Diaper Bank through their wish list on amazon.com.

To my surprise, and to the surprise of many, disaster relief agencies do not provide families with diapers for young, and old. Imagine having to up and leave your home at a moments notice, with little in hand, only to realize you can’t get the necessary supplies for the tiniest humans in your family. It’s heart wrenching.

It is crucial that we come together as a community, and as a nation, to help those most affected by Hurricane Harvey. There are several ways you can help out with the click of a button:

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Visit Today.com for info and links on how to donate diapers and other goods through Amazon Wish lists. Multiple organizations and non-profits are listed with the necessary supplies to help those in need. Link available here:

Today.com

Amazon.com

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You can also go directly through the Texas Diaper Bank website to donate. They provide several options in which you can help out. Click on the link below to send your donation now:

texasdiaperbank.org

For as little as $12, you can help out a family in need. Please help in any way you can. It’s another way to be a “Good Human in Progress.”

XO, Sarah


First image includes our “Raise Good Humans” garment dyed crew and flashcards by Summer Robinson at @wewearart

Second image is reposted from @motherhoodsatx

 

 

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Lily Asher Dress Up Party

We recently teamed up with brand favorite Lily Asher to do a look book full of combos we’re slightly obsessed with. We’ve paired Asher’s go-to button earrings with a few of WeeStructed’s top sellers to showcase how you can wear the two brands together. Whether it’s running around town picking up the kids or headed to your favorite amusement park, we’ve got you covered. As always, tag us in your ensembles online so we can check out the cuteness!

Our Retro Stars Raglan is quickly becoming one of our favorite pieces in the shop. It’s perfect for baseball games, family BBQs and bonfires at the beach! Pair it with Lily Asher’s patriotic button earrings for an awesome Americana look.


Ladies, it’s hot out here in Southern California. And one of the best ways to stay cool is with our Cali Mama trucker hat! Show it off at the “Happiest Place on Earth” with a pair of Asher’s Mickey Mouse earrings. Both pieces are sprinkled with the right amount of fairy dust 🙂

 

Nothing says “Mom on the Run” like our Raising Tiny Humans is Exhausting travel mug and matching earrings! Show up to carpool and the weekly Target trip in style with our coffee cup paired with Asher’s earrings.

 

Date night is waiting, and we’ve got the best combination for you to rock. Dress up our classic Raise Good Humans v-neck with sleek black denim and a structured blazer. Add Asher’s Tabby button earrings for an unexpected pop of pattern and fun. Top the look off with a great red lip, and you’re ready to go

Check out lilyasher.com for a ton of other great styles and because they love us so much they gave us a CODE to pass along to you guys for 15% off!!!!!  USE CODE: WS15 for 15% off your order 

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Back to school means time to get yourself in check mama

Back to school means back to the realities of routine and the daily hustle of life.  We make sure our kids have their annual physical, dental check-ups and are in tip-top shape for the new school year but we often let ourselves fall by the way side.

Having our littles in school doesn’t mean we have a ton of free time I mean in the blink of an eye and one Target errand trip it’s pick up time again am I right?  But it does mean we have some freedom and availability to spend a little bit of our time focusing on ourselves and well-being.  I’m as guilty as the next for letting myself go, forgetting to make that doctor’s appointment or hit the gym but as the saying goes “you can’t pour from an empty cup” now can you?

The US Preventive Task Force recommends screening for cervical cancer in women age 21 to 65 years with cytology (Pap smear) every 3 years or, for women age 30 to 65 years who want to lengthen the screening interval, screening with a combination of cytology and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every 5 years.

I realized that I haven’t been to see my OB/GYN since my 6-week after care appointment with our last baby and hello he’s FOUR now!  Needless to say it was time ladies time to make sure I’m healthy for not only my sake but for the sake of raising my babies.  I urge you all to take some time this back to school season to get a physical if you need one, see your OB/GYN, take a yoga class, start walking, read a book and focus on your health and well-being to fill that cup over…. it’ll make us all better wives, mothers and friends if we are healthy and happy for our loved ones.

I’m happy to report I’m staring my personal check list of care items this month I can check off my pap and female health check up and I have a physical scheduled for next month so I’m off to a great start investing some time in my health…..now its your turn!

I hope this little reminder helps to motivate you to make those appointments and invest a little time in yourself mama!

XO,

Sarah

 

Pick your battles

You saw my son, with his big brown eyes and beautiful contagious smile. You watched him run into the park with adventure pulsing through his little body. You saw me follow behind reminding him to be aware and considerate of the couple of kids there, you smiled at me and said hi. 

More kids came, the park is getting louder, I’m all out of the snack my son asked for, the blue car he wants is at home, the ice in his cup has melted and now he begins to melt as well. He screams, he threw his green car that just 20 seconds ago he was happily driving around the park. I quickly scoop him up and hold him tight, he starts hitting me. I can feel you watching me, I can see the judgment. He bit me, it broke the skin and I’m bleeding. You’re still watching.

I don’t raise my voice, I don’t get angry. He is the storm and for him, I have to be the calm. This is a sensory meltdown and he is incapable of controlling himself. It will end and he will go back to happily driving around his car, or it won’t end here and I’ll take him to where he feels safe and can come back to me. You might still be watching and that’s ok. You might have hastily taken your child away like others have done and that’s ok too.

This is his battle, this is the battle I pick and it is the one I will always pick. Your judgement is not my battle. 

To all of you out there fighting a similar fight, you are not alone. 

Fate whispers to the Warrior, you cannot withstand the storm. The warrior whispers back, I am the storm. 

For information and support groups check out:

https://www.poac.net

http://www.autism-society.org

http://nationalautismassociation.org/family-support/find-a-support-group/

https://www.facebook.com/AutismMomsSupportGroup/

For your own ‘Pick your battles’ gear shop here:

"Pick Your Battles" Vintage Hat

"Pick Your Battles" Trucker Hat

"Pick Your Battles" Boyfriend/Husband Style Sweats

 

Proudly sporting her ‘Pick your battles’ vintage cap

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Mother together

world breast-feeding week

When the lovely Oat Mama asked us to join in this years ‘Mother Together’ event it was a no brainer for us.  Having successfully nursed all three of my babies breastfeeding is something I’m passionate about as a mother and as a woman I love to help support other women during their nursing journey… it’s not always the easiest journey.

Nursing was not something that personally came easy to me or without many struggles, meltdowns and hours of lactation help.  My nursing journey was filled with all of the above and you can safely say I had every emotion during my early nursing experiences with our first-born.  From using an SNS system to six months on a nipple shield with bruised and battered black boobs  that ultimately ended up fighting double mastitis TWICE you can say I truly got the FULL experience as a first time nursing mother.

Somehow through it all with the love and support of my husband who I might add was the real pro nursing advocate in the beginning (I was not) and the help of a wonderful free lactation weekly support group in my town I survived those early years as a breast-feeding mother.  I went on to successfully nurse our sweet daughter until she was 18 months followed by our second for 19 months and finally our last baby for two years.  Had I not had the support systems in place with a loving husband, helpful tribe of women and nurses along with local groups I honestly don’t think I would have survived it ladies.

Now my nursing days are long behind me but when I see a mama nursing in public I give her a smile and nod or even most recently I was visiting my dear friend who is pumping for two I tried to give her extra encouragement (she’s pretty bad ass Hello TWINS) lets face it we all can use that ‘Mother together’ comradery whether you choose to nurse, formula feed, or do both Mama’s gotta stick together ladies we’re in it TOGETHER!!! #fedisbest

In the spirit of sticking together and showing Moms some love we are so excited to be in this year’s ‘Mother Together’ shopping guide with over 30+ stores all giving YOU some discount love to celebrate your journey during world breast feeding week.  Click on this link https://www.oatmama.com/pages/mother-together-shopping-guide to see all the amazing shops coming together!!

XO,

Sarah

 

 

 

Get Freshly… a mompreneur lifesaver!

healthy meals are my Nemesis

Being a mompreneur to three kids while running this little business doesn’t always leave me much time to focus on healthy eating or eating in general LOL. Between the summer hustle of playdates and sports commitments I honestly haven’t had that overabundance of time I thought I’d have to start eating better.  I’ve been exploring some options of local meal prep services and some home delivery companies to take some of the stress and workload off my busy plate so giving Freshly a try was a no brainer for this busy mama.


Freshly is a company that is composed of chefs who work to cook your meals weekly and can be prepared in three minutes….even I can spare three minutes to eat a good meal if it’s on hand!

These meals help make eating convenient, healthy, delicious, and sustainable! They are served fresh and are kept chilled through ice packs in the refrigerated boxes which leaves the meals delicious and as fresh as possible.

I got four gourmet meals shipped right to my door which included Chicken Parmigiana, Penne Bolognese, Veggie Fried Rice, and Shrimp Fajita. With Freshly you can pick meals from a changing menu where you custom make your meal plan for the week. The facility is gluten and peanut free to limit cross contamination and will accommodate dietary preferences. Plans are also easy to cancel which makes Freshly that much more convenient as you are not committed to an every week schedule and can cancel whenever you please! 

This awesome lifesaver package arrived just in time for my busy week and was perfectly packed and chilled even in our 105 degree SoCal weather.

 

I poured myself a nice refreshing glass of water and dug right into my four meal pack.  Our newest pint glass makes the perfect cold beverage companion on a hot day.

Grab one here https://www.weestructed.com/collections/tchotchke/products/raising-tiny-humans-is-exhausting-beer-glass


My first meal was this yummy Penne Bolognese which happens to be a specialty of my husbands so I’m a tough critic but this yummy pasta dish sure passed my test.

Meal two was this zesty Shrimp fajita and fresh roasted corn I added a side of lime and a cold sparking lime water on the side.  This was the perfect easy dinner after taking my boys to football practice ….three minutes and dinner was served! Our stemless Motherhood winging it glass was perfect for my mini mama fiesta.

For my third meal I had this amazing Chicken Parmigiana and broccoli with a sparking water….a nice wine would have been better but I forgot the wine section on my last shopping trip distracted mom fail because ‘raising tiny humans is exhausting’ and you forget the important things like WINE!

My final Freshly meal was this tasty veggie fried rice which made the PERFECT workday healthy lunch option for me.  I normally just eat a quick sandwich of whatever my littlest left on his plate.

I loved everything I received in my four meal plan pack and ease of having these healthy options on hand and ready in under three minutes is truly a busy mama’s lifesaver so thank you FRESHLY for taking some of the stress off this week for me.

Our new friends at Freshly are giving our followers a chance to try their service with a special code.  Use code: dlvr638, which gives first time Freshly users $20 off their 6 meal plan!!!!!

Let me know what you think of these yummy quick healthy options!

XO,

Sarah

 

 

You rock!

Last week my kids and I were invited to participate in the Murrieta Rocks Facebook which is a simple DIY project to spend time with your kids and brightening up someones day with a cute painted rock with a positive message.

I bought all the supplies at Michaels and only spent $3 for 3 different colored paints and purchased a whole paintbrush pack for $5. We bought rocks from Michaels as well, but they had a polished finish around them and no paint could stick onto them. We then had to make a trip to Lowes to buy unpolished river rocks which were perfect to paint.

The kids and I spent all afternoon together painting something positive and then we placed them around Murrieta Town Square. We helped contribute to making Murrieta a more positive and supportive city and we hope more people  join in!

Share your rocks with us on Facebook or Instagram using hashtag #weestructedrocks… hope to see more encouragement and positivity around town!

Summertime in SoCal

The first day of summer calls for a fiesta

I’ll admit it: we Southern Californians are spoiled with the weather. We basically have a uniform of tees and flip flops all year round, and get upset when we have to put on more than a lightweight sweater. In true form, we find it necessary to celebrate the first day of Summer, our most favorite of the seasons. No school, late sunsets and Taco Tuesday every day of the week.

And this year for the Summer Solstice, we’ve decided to pair up with a few of our favorite Southern California-based brands to bring you a mini fiesta with (what we consider) Cali Essentials. Enjoy!


Ingredients for a successful mini fiesta:

Chips! We love chips. Like, we may be obsessed with them. And Cabo Chips may be our newest obsession. Non-GMO, gluten free and DELICIOUS with multiple flavors to choose from. This SoCal brand is seriously rad, and can be found at Whole Foods and here: cabochips.com

We recently came across O.C. based shop Live Styled, and instantly fell in love with their clean aesthetic. Plus, who doesn’t love a onesie with a bit of humor?! Grab one for your lil bebe here: lifestyledshop.com

And just for our viewers, Live Styled is offering a discount code. Take 15% off your purchase of pouches, mama, baby and toddler items when you use LIVESTYLED15 at checkout.

What better way to claim your love for being a California mama than with our OG design “Cali Mama” trucker hat?! Lightweight and perfect for the beach, river or around town shopping, this cap speaks for itself. Pick yours up here: weestructed.com

Our Cali Cub trucker is the perfect head gear to get your wee ones through those warm summer days. The mesh back keeps their noggins well ventilated and ready for action. Will fit ages 2-12. Pick a few up for your tiny humans here: weestructed.com

Use code: MOMMYANDME for 20% the purchase of Cali Mama and Cali Cub hats!


Cali Mama’s shorts are from Target, and can be found here: target.com

Tunic from our Simply Motherhood collection. Pick one up here: weestructed.com

“Kitchen Rules” sign by The Bee and The Fox. Find yours here: thebeeandthefox.com


CHECK OUT OUR GIVEAWAY WITH LIVE STYLED AND CABO CHIPS ON INSTAGRAM. ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN AT @WEESTRUCTED NOW UNTIL THURSDAY AT 6PM!

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Working Class Mom

In today’s day and age, it’s hard to define one’s self a with a single word. We are more than just mom, business owner, or grocery store connoisseur. We are a combination of these (along with a slew of about 3,496 other words at any given moment). We are our own superhero on the good days, and our worst critic on the not-so-good days. But somehow, we always manage to make it through. We are the WORKING CLASS MOM club, and we are awesome.

For me personally, the last few years have been exceptionally trying. Starting a business while raising 3 tiny humans is insanity, but also amazing. They are, obviously, the inspiration for WeeStructed, and without them, this pipe dream would have never happened. WORKING CLASS MOM was heavily influenced by this juxtaposition between my life and work, and my love for John Lennon. Go figure.

If you’ve been contemplating your current season of life with mom hood, work life, or a combination of those and other obstacles/struggles/life nonsense, we salute and support you! You are indeed, a WORKING CLASS MOM, and you are a badass mama.

Below I’ve listed a few of my favorite go-to’s when in full #bosslady mode. They help to keep me a little more organized during the day so I can get back to mom life a bit sooner.

I love a good ringer tee, hence my need to make this. Super soft and lightweight. Perfect for you to wear during the upcoming Summer months while you conquer the world. Find your size here: weestructed.com

Clearly the mug says it all. Find your’s at: weestructed.com

Handmade coasters by the ever so lovely Madison & Grand. These are seriously the cutest, and add a touch of warmth to any office space. Check them out here: madisonandgrand.com

I don’t know about you, but gold anything makes me feel fancy. Check out these rad shears from Nate Berkus for Target. Heavy duty with a touch of class. Get yourself a pair here: target.com

Sometimes we need a quick pick-me-up in the middle of the day. And while Prosecco is preferred, a small affirmation plaque can be just as gratifying. I keep this baby on my desk for when I’m feeling a little less-than stellar. Grab one here: amazon.com

Every agenda/planner needs a personal touch, and this paperclip/bookmark is everything I strive to be. Get your’s at: etsystudio.com

Bando seriously makes the CUTEST AGENDAS you guys. I’m currently waiting for my 2018 edition to come in the mail 🙂 Find your inner organized diva and treat her to one of these beauties. They even come with pages of stickers; STICKERS! Get it here: bando.com

Mini plaques are where it’s at! We recently started stocking these lil guys and I couldn’t be more stoked. Put it on your desk and remind yourself that you are indeed, a Mother Tasker! Pick up one (or three) here: weestructed.com

Alright, you ladies ready to take on the world?! I know I am. USE CODE: WORKIT for 20% off our entire WORKING CLASS MOM COLLECTION FOUND HERE https://www.weestructed.com/collections/working-class-mom

XO,

Sarah

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