Dear Politicians: Your Time Has Passed

My 8th grader came home from school today and told me about the conversation they had in Home Economics. Her teacher told the kids that if they ever had an active shooter in their school, that in her classroom, they would arm themselves. They would grab knives, throw microwaves, do whatever they could, and that she would go down fighting for them. She told them that she would take a bullet for them.

And in that moment, when I’m thinking to myself that I wouldn’t mind if her Home Ec. teacher had a gun, and just as all we seem to be hearing is that if we would just arm our teachers and schools and that it would take JUST ONE trained person with a gun on site, we see this headline:

As Gunman Rampaged Through Florida School, Armed Deputy ‘Never Went In’

“He never went in,” Sheriff Israel said in a news conference. He said the video showed Deputy Peterson doing “nothing.”

So there was a trained, armed deputy, literally standing outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while shots were being fired — who did nothing.

That one TRAINED guy with a gun, who by the estimation of all of the NRA backed politicians, should have been able to stop that whole thing.  

And maybe, just maybe that one trained gun owner knew deep down that he was no match for an AR-15. Have you read about what the AR-15 does? You should. 

But you know, why would we ever want to limit access to those weapons? It’s our right. 

Oh, and here’s another good reason to not do anything about those weapons . . . my Utah state Senator Mike Lee says that they are just too hard to distinguish from hunting rifles. GO HOME MIKE. 

I’m neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I’m registered as an Independent. And at times like these, I’m wishing like the rest of America that there was some moderate, logical, sensible voice of calm to address these issues. 

When I hear from the mouths of politicians “It’s not TIME to talk about gun control” my head falls off. I guess you’re right, it’s not time, the time HAS PASSED.  And this isn’t just about gun control, it’s about ALL THE THINGS related to this problem. Let’s talk about all the things. All the ways to solve it. I’m sure there are some great ideas on both sides of the aisle. 

This problem touches everyone.  I sit here, in a really nice, safe, suburban neighborhood. I can look just one street away and find a woman that I know who’s daughter was shot and her grand daughter killed in a mass shooting at a mall here in SLC.  One of the dad’s on my son’s soccer team was shot at random in a restaurant less than 15 minutes from our house. Just two years ago, our streets were locked down as an officer had been shot and killed in a regular traffic stop. He was shot two doors down from the house I grew up in and just a couple of miles from my home now. My children helped line the streets to honor him during his funeral procession.  

The summer of my junior year of high school I went to Europe with our Art History class. I got a haircut in London, and the girl cutting my hair asked me about living in the United States, and if I was afraid of guns. That was 1995. I laughed. I told her no. 

It’s 2018, and YES I’m afraid of guns. I, like many others, think about it when I go to the mall, when I go to the movies, to concerts, to church, and now more than ever, when I send my kids out the door to school.

I get it, there are people with problems using the guns. Let’s talk about how to solve the people problems. We glorify violence and gun use in our media. We have a media and entertainment problem. Let’s talk about that. The ease of access to guns and the types of guns being used are a problem. Let’s talk about that too. Honestly, HOW CAN WE NOT TALK ABOUT THAT?

What other preventative measures and protections do we need at schools and in public places? Let’s talk about that too.  What kind of early interventions can we put in place to identify and diffuse those who are a risk to the public?  Let’s talk about that too. EVERYONE needs to be talking about how to fix this problem. Not the right, not the left, EVERYONE. 

Dear Politicians, 

Your time has PASSED. 

You’ve failed us. You’ve failed our children.

Stand for something — or leave your office and replace yourself with someone who is built to do this kind of work.  

Those are the people we need now. 

 

 

 

Get Ready for Grocery Delivery to Change Your Life

If I told you I could save you…

  1. Time
  2. Money
  3. Tremendous Mental Anguish

Would you be interested in having a chat? Okay, well pull up a chair because I have SOME KNOWLEDGE TO DROP ON YOU.

I’m sorry for the shouty caps, but this was pretty big for me. Because I pride myself on efficiency and planning. I’m a meal planner, a to-do list maker, and when the occasion calls for it, I can bust out a color-coded spreadsheet to take the planning/list making to the next level. So when something comes along that makes my life SO MUCH EASIER, I want to shout it from the rooftops.

Walmart Online Grocery Pickup. 

I know. I know. You’ve probably heard of it. You’ve probably seen the signs at your friendly neighborhood Walmart. I had too. But I’d never tried it.

But then it occurred to me…I could be doing things with my time that are FAR more useful…working, working out, shuttling kids around….the idea that I could pick up my groceries on the way home from any number of activities was a big AH-HA moment for me.

And that revelation was BURNED INTO MY BRAIN when I picked up my groceries with Walmart Online Grocery Pickup and realized that my weekly grocery shopping just took 3 minutes.

THREE MINUTES.

That’s how long, from the moment I pulled up in the pickup area to exiting the parking lot, it took to get my groceries.

Let that sink in.

Everything else was the same. I planned my meals, made my list (more on that in a minute), made the drive to and from Walmart—but I didn’t even need to get out of my car. Or shop with kids.

Look. I love my kids. So much. SO MUCH.

But grocery shopping with them…not so much. I mean, I’ve seen parents cruising through the store with several mild-mannered kids in tow. Everyone shuffling along, quietly and calmly.

Parents of these children please teach me your ways, because my kids are under the impression that grocery store aisles are long corridors that are begging for their interpretive dance performances. That the produce section is where they should wrestle. That the checkout line is the spot for asking for candy. (The answer is always no…and yet…they still ask.)

Don’t even get me started on taking kids to the grocery store when potty training…I didn’t even know I could run that fast while carrying a kid. Or that I could abandon a cart and come back to it later.

Think how nice it would be to pick up your groceries after the gym, or on the way home from work, or to be able to load up on supplies when you’ve got a houseful of sick kiddos without needing to get out of the car.

THE APP IS MY FAVORITE.

Imagine my delight when, upon feeding my dog, I realized I was running low on dog food and that I could simply add it to my Walmart Grocery app cart, and then some wonderful person would deliver it to the back of my car!

Have you ever tried to shimmy a 36lb bag of dog food onto the bottom of a grocery cart? The cart wants to roll away. It does. It’s science. And your kids will be no help during this bent-over-deadlift saga.

Here’s how to get started!

And if you get started now, use the promo code WOWFRESH for $10 off your first order.

  1. Go to Walmart.com 
  2. Pick your store.
  3. Set up your profile. (Easy.)
  4. Download the app at the same time.
  5. Start shopping.

Use the app for when you’re on the go and need to add something to your cart. Not that asking my kid to write it down on a napkin while I’m driving hasn’t been SUPER effective. (It’s hasn’t.)

You can add things to your cart over several days if you want and then select your delivery date and time frame.

You will get a message letting you know what your deadline is for making changes.

After I had placed my order, I had shifted gears and began working on some plans for my son’s upcoming birthday—he’d been very specific about wanting a Minecraft Lego set, so I clicked over to Amazon, to order a set…but then it occurred to me. Maybe Walmart had the same set? At the same great price? OF COURSE THEY DID.

Since I was still within my ample “edit” window on my order, I was able to easily update the order and include this Lego set.

I selected “9:00 AM-10:00 AM” for my pick up time and received and email and notification on my phone that my order was ready for pick up at 8:53 AM.

I was prompted to “Check In” and let them know when I was coming so they would be ready when I arrived.

When I pulled up, a lovely young lady came to my car, confirmed my name and loaded my car.

It was literally the easiest thing I’ve ever done.

The service and app will learn your favorite and you can manually “heart” certain items so you can create your own favorites list…VERY HANDY, in my opinion. Because I’m a creature of habit and once I find the best gluten free pancake mix, there is no more experimenting.

And of course the prices were amazing—especially on the gluten free and organic items that I’m accustomed to paying more for at other retailers.

Hashtag: WINNING.

Try it for yourself and get $10 off with the promo code WOWFRESH (for first time users only.) You’ll be SO HAPPY you did!

Now start thinking how you’re going to spend that time you’re going to save…

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Early Man Family Movie Giveaway

This post is in partnership with Lionsgate.

Movies are our JAM. We love nothing more than a big tub of popcorn and an even bigger screen to see the latest family friendly movie to hit the theaters!

This week that means we’ll be snuggling into our reclining chair to see EARLY MAN! (In theaters this weekend!)

Voiced by some of our favorite British crushes…I’m looking at YOU, Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston. Well, maybe I’m mostly looking at Tom Hiddleston, but you get the drift.

The hilarious creators of Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit are back with the next epic adventure for the ages—the STONE AGE that is! Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of how one brave caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day!

And we want to send your family to movies to see EARLY MAN on us! Just leave a comment below letting us know what part of the movie you’re kiddos will love most? The dinosaurs? The soccer? The laughs?

All of the above?!

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One (1) winner receives:

  • $100 Visa to see the film in theaters
  • Early Man soccer ball and T-shirt

We’ll select one random winner from the pool of comments on Friday, February 16th.

While you wait to see if you won…click here to download this FREE Early Man Activity Book! It’s epic.

A Printable Valentine For All Ages

It’s time to face the facts—Valentine season is upon us. If you’ve ever stood in the picked over Valentine aisle at 9 pm on February 13th quietly cursing Cupid, then we’re here to help. We’ve got a printable Valentine you can make happen from the comfort of your own fuzzy slippers. With this you can look like a Pinterest mom while really being an Amazon Prime mom.

 

Let me start by saying I hate giving candy Valentines because there is SO MUCH sugar going around. I don’t mind the kids getting some sugar, but I don’t feel like I need to add more to the mix. But giving just a regular old Valentine seems boooooring. Trust me, no one is going to miss the candy hearts when this fidget spinner Valentine shows up in their shoe box on February 14th.

Fidget Spinner Printable Valentines Day Cards

Here’s the deal—I found some great fidget spinners here. As an added bonus, these fidget spinners come individually boxed. That means you could use washi tape (like this Valentine red tape) and put the Valentine on top for a quick and easy project. Your kids can probably even do it themselves. Or if you want to dress it up, you can do like I did and get cellophane bags (find them here) and baker’s twine (I like this kind) and assemble them into cute little packages.

 

Download the Spinner Printable Valentine Here

Non candy printable valentine

 

After you download the printable Valentine, you can print it out at home, or take it to get printed somewhere. It prints out six to a page. They’re easy to trim down and then they’re good to go. If you don’t already have a paper trimmer, you may want to get one. I love this one from Fiskars. It’s so inexpensive, and has saved my life and sanity on more than one occasion.

Fidget Spinner Valentines

Cute? Check!

Fun? Check!

Easy? Check! Check!

Valentine Hero Status Guaranteed? Check! Check! Check!

Valentine Cards with Fidget Spinners

 

Looking for more non-candy Valentine options? Check out these eight printable Valentine ideas here.

 

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Here’s How I Really Feel About Turning 40

I didn’t think it would be a big deal. You know, I’ve told myself I’m above having a midlife crisis about ages and dates. But it really is a weird psychological number. 

Let’s start with the fact that all growing up, I REALLY didn’t think I’d live to be 4o.  I thought the apocalypse would have come and gone and the world itself would have crumbled. But here it is, the eve of my 40th birthday . . . and guess what 18-year-old Rachael . . .I’M STILL HERE.

Here’s a little sampling of what’s on my mind:

Please Bless 

So. Yes. This aging thing is real, and not that cool. I’ve found myself lifting up my eyelids and pulling back the edges of my face in the mirror. Nothing has been nipped, tucked, or injected. Frankly, I’m terrified of it. I’ve seen far too many women in their late 30’s and 40’s roaming around who’ve been hitting the nip, tuck, inject scene, and it seems to turn everyone into the same 50-70 year old frozen in time(ish) looking women with the same robot face.  

But here’s the thing . . . I get it! I don’t want my face sagging off! I don’t want permanent elevens creasing between my eyelids. But I also don’t want to look like I’ve just been in a street fight and taken a direct hit to the mouth. 

Please bless that some measure of grace will let me age gracefully and humanly. But yeah, I just saw my friend the other day and she just dropped 200 cc’s of something in her forehead and it did look tempting.

I’m Scared To Death

This has gone so fast. It keeps going faster. When I do the math (it’s Mormon math), I realize that if I were my own parents, my oldest child would be getting married in 5 years and I’d be a grandparent in 7 years. THAT. IS. CRAZY.  My parents were grandparents by the ripe old age of 47. Tiny babies. That seems like yesterday.

And here I am with teenagers, and time just seems to keep speeding up, and I want to keep them in my house forever, but I feel like there is some sort of countdown clock ticking down somewhere in the ether. Sometimes I just want to freeze us all in place. 

Yet I Love It

Speaking of teenagers . . . I used to imagine having teenagers as the window of life with the potential to be the darkest more miserable time in the world. I mean, TEENAGERS. They are crazy right?

The best thing someone told me when my kids were tiny was “Oh just wait until you have teenagers . . .” (and then I waited for them to tell me things that would scare me. They continued: “Teenagers ARE MY FAVORITE”.

Well guess what? I love teenagers. And being a parent is still fun. It’s trickier. It’s morphed from mothering to parenting. Serious parenting. But I love it, and I love my not so little people and who they are becoming. 

I’ve Got None Left To Give

GNF. If you don’t know what it means, Google it, away from your children. Hint: it doesn’t mean “Greibach Normal Form” — click on the Urban Dictionary link.

There’s a lot of things I really don’t care about any more. That saying: “Life is too short for fake butter, cheese, or people”

Amen to that! 

I really like the people in my life. And I don’t care about impressing them, keeping up with them, or anyone else really. 

What Bothers Me The Most? 

So far it’s that I have to check a different demographic box. It doesn’t feel right. Yep. It’s stupid. But I don’t like it. Throwing me into this 40-60 zone? I don’t belong there. 

Just give me the box that says RACHAEL. I’m good. 

In the meantime, while I avoid checking boxes, here’s to 40 more trips around the sun! (Sunglasses and excellent lighting REQUIRED!)

 

How to Start (and Keep) Friendships as an Introvert

Very few people who meet me would ever consider me an introvert. I dance this weird line of being an extroverted introvert.  When I get in a group I am very chatty (too chatty?) and loud and comical and can’t really turn it off. It’s more of a coping mechanism because meeting new people skyrockets my anxiety. I become incredibly self-conscious. I second guess everything I say and then replay it in my head for weeks (sometimes months).  I don’t need to socialize outside of my 1-2 closest friends (and even they rarely see me).  If you call, count on me not answering (why? why would you not text?!). If I do socialize, I am going to need a day or two to recover, so no, I won’t be going out again with you this week… When people ask what I am doing for my birthday, I feel ashamed to admit that I just want everyone out of the house so I can lay in my flannel sheets and watch all the grown-up shows I can’t watch while my kids are awake. All day.

In high school I had a frustrating phone call with my very, very best friend at the time.  I really liked like naps. I grew up in the pacific northwest where it was cold and I hate being cold.  School was too early, and I am the furthest thing from a morning person. My preferred after-school routine was to walk in the door, cover the heater vent with a blanket to create a cocoon of heat and nap. I loved this routine. Apparently, this isn’t a good routine for a high school social life.  As my friend dragged me out of my nap with yet another phone call, she began to tell me how bad of a friend I was because I didn’t like to talk on the phone to her. What she didn’t understand is that I didn’t like to talk on the phone to anyone. And I just saw her at school! What really could have happened between 3pm and 6pm?? This was the moment our friendship started to see trouble. I never initiated communication with her outside of school. She was always the one dragging me around.  Which I loved, but that one-sided love can only last so long.

                source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/1407443614173492/

 

Here I am 20 years later and just now learning that no matter how much of an introvert I am, if I really like someone and want them as a friend, I need to start by doing these 3 things.

ANSWER THE PHONE.

Why is this so hard?!  It seems simple to all you non-introverts, but this is a miserable task. When I get a phone call I am put on the spot and have to answer and discuss unknown questions and topics. I have no time to prepare myself or look at my calendar to find potential ways to already be busy for whatever they want to invite me to.  However, people call you because they WANT to talk to you! Answering phone calls will make them feel as though you are engaged and not avoiding them.

INITIATE OUTINGS.

I love it when plans are canceled. Doesn’t matter who with — I just love the feeling that falls off my shoulders when I HAD to do something and now don’t have to.  However, you don’t get friends by canceling plans whenever possible. Sometimes you MUST be the person who initiates social outings. It could be as simple as a movie at your house, a quick lunch with the kids at a nearby park, or even a quick coffee. Any time together is an expression of love and caring; it’s saying “Hey, I like you and want to spend time with you.” (Imagine that!) 

BE OPEN ABOUT BEING AN INTROVERT.

Some people may not fully understand what you are saying when you tell them you are an introvert. So if you really like someone and really do want to be their friend, you have to communicate to them about who you are.  One of my dearest friends is the best kind of introvert friend ever. I often tell people we became friends after she tried to date me for a year.  She NEVER gave up on me. I remember plenty of texts where I bowed out of plans or invites and followed it up with “Please don’t give up on me. Still invite me.” And she did. Even though I said no most of the time, she never let me go too long without seeing her face or getting a text. Soon enough she was a safe, anxiety-free place for me to land…and now she gets video chats about my dirty clothes pile.

Introverts are tough to be friends with. Trust me when I say that just because we really like being home and doing “boring” things that don’t involve socializing, it doesn’t mean we want to be forgotten or left out of the invites (and all you introverts — you have to say this to people!! They don’t know!). We just need time and space to figure out when we are comfortable enough to get involved. 

 

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Our Favorite Bear Is Back (A Paddington 2 Giveaway!)

This post is in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures

Who doesn’t love Paddington?! The books and movies are so sweet and that little bear is just so well meaning and naive and adorable.

We can’t wait to see his cute furry face back in theaters on January 12th, in Paddington 2.

Paddington and the Brown family are in for a new adventure—with Hugh Grant as the new oh-so-evil villain.

Oh man. PADDINGTON.

“If we’re kind and polite, the world will be right.”

Sweet, right? This is a movie I’m READY to see.

Grab your tickets to see Paddington 2 with your family, AND enter to win our awesome Paddington 2 prize pack that includes: 

To enter, leave a comment below telling me whether or not you’re a fan of MARMALADE.

You can also download this free Paddington activity sheet. (Click to download.)

Good luck!

About Paddington 2
Following the worldwide hit “Paddington,” one of the most successful family films of all time, this much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington (Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

Win Free Cord Blood Banking

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Holiday Survival Guide – How To Navigate Food

The holiday season is full of opportunities for celebrating gratitude, family, love, faith and service.  Food is often a big part of those celebrations, as it should be!  However, it’s during the holiday season that many are tempted to adopt an all-or-nothing attitude toward food, throwing all caution to the wind only to punish themselves come January.  Instead of falling prey to extremes in thinking and behavior that only leave you feeling exhausted physically and emotionally, these tips are aimed to help you enjoy the holiday season without feeling the need to pay penance.

1.  First and foremost, don’t plan to diet or follow some sort of meal plan after the new year. That’s a sure fire way to trigger the all-or-nothing mindset during the holidays.  If you know restriction, deprivation or a diet is around the corner, it can create “last meal syndrome” where you get all of it right now even if it means consistently feeling stuffed and uncomfortable.

2. Along with that, be sure you are eating consistently, regularly and adequately rather than skipping meals or saving up for holiday meals.  If you go into a meal starving, it’s hard to stay level headed about how much and what you eat.  Regular, balanced meals will stabilizes blood sugar levels, which helps to reduce cravings. It also influences mood regulation as well as overall hormonal balance.  That’s going to come in very handy in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and managing stressful situations and schedules.  Taking care of yourself doesn’t need to come last!

3.  I would recommend approaching holiday meals like any other meal.  While it may include traditional foods, seeing the holiday meal as different usually means you choose to eat differently, losing sight of listening to hunger or fullness levels.  Remember that you can have tasty, flavorful, satisfying meals any day of the year. This doesn’t have to be reserved only for holidays. Even make your favorite holiday dish at other times during the year or at least during the season.

4.  LOVE the food you are eating.  Get picky – eat what is truly satisfying and enjoyable for you.  If you find yourself eating a treat or a portion of your meal that doesn’t taste good, leave it behind and move on to something that does.  If you love your Grandma’s pumpkin pie and she only makes it once a year on Thanksgiving, you better have a piece but allow yourself to eat it without self-inflicted shame or guilt.

5.  Make memories and find meaning in what you’re celebrating. Food is a fun part of that – and perhaps symbolic – but it’s not THE celebration.  That can help put food in perspective, making it less overwhelming or preoccupying.

6.  You may overeat, that happens.  Trust that your body knows how to self-moderate; it can handle it without needing self-imposed restriction and rules.  Be intentional about listening and learning and respecting what it’s needing.  That could take practice!  Recommit to yourself rather than recommitting to a diet or set of food rules.

I wish you nothing but a healthy, happy and mindful holiday season!

holiday food

 

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Best Last Minute Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Did you happen to see the Facebook Live video of Kristin and Jen from @IMomSoHard where they shared all of their favorite gifts from Walmart?

First of all, it was hilarious. There was a moment with a cake and the Speak Out mouth piece that darn near broke the internet.

SEE.

So many great gift ideas (I think there was one about a very large bottle of beer and a beer pong set for someone’s husband…but I can’t be sure because I was probably still laughing about the cake. See above.)

But we’re getting down to the holiday shopping wire, people! It’s time to hit the stores to wrap it up!

So here are some of my favorite gift picks from Walmart this year.

Want to feel festive AND cozy? Then these Seasonal Onesies are just the ticket. (I’ve always had a soft spot for Rudolph.)

Need something more fancy? You’ll be the hit of the ugly sweater party with this Santa dress.

Don’t leave baby out of the festive fun! These Parent’s Choice Santa diapers are the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

Who doesn’t love party games? Try Hearing Things or Speak Out — which was the game that gave us this CLASSIC imomsohard moment. (I am still laughing about this.)

Best Last Minute Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Looking to delight your kiddos?

Bring the real life obsession inside with this toy garbage truck.

Best Last Minute Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

For the Star Wars fan…Rey and BB-8 adventure figures.

Want to encourage those STEM skills? These Electronic Snap Circuits are a family favorite at our house.

So are these Magnetic Tiles. So much so that they sit in a lovely decorative bowl in the center of my dining room table. No joke. They get played with daily.

For the kids, there’s a Pop Solo Karaoke mic, Hatchimals Colleggtibles 4-pack or Hatchimals Glittering Garden, FurReal Tiger, Ken Fashionista doll, or the Frozen Fever Friends Gift Set.

Need a special clubhouse? Reading nook? A play tent is just the ticket. 

Want to get those kiddos OUTSIDE?

Tetherball is the old school answer. A few members of the TodaysMama team are DIE HARD tetherballers. Or maybe they’d like to jump away their after-school wiggles on a trampoline? Come on, sitting all day in a classroom is tough.

Need something that everyone in the family will enjoy? Bean bag toss is a crowd FAVORITE. 

Stuff I want in my kitchen! An Air Fryer because I simply cannot eat enough fries. And everyone I know that has an Instant Pot just RAVES about it.

Are you looking for a way to pamper the ladies in your life? (Or maybe you’d like to pad your stocking with a few things to TREAT YOURSELF?!) Bath bombs are a clear winner, along with this Burt’s Bees Mani Pedi gift set.

A new to me tradition is a nice hot bath with this Pink Himalayan mineral soak. IT’S HEAVEN. (Run do not walk!)

Best Last Minute Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

For the frequent traveler, this makeup brush set comes with the cutest little travel case so they can feel fancy on the road.

 

Happy Shopping Mama Elves! 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.