Wet Kleenex?

It’s 4AM and I can’t sleep. Shocker. I made some coffee and figured I could enjoy a few glorious hours of ME time on the couch watching trashy TV until the kids wake. Just like I do every morning, I sit down, check my email, check my messages, check Facebook. That’s when I was like… UGH. It’s too early for this. As I am scrolling my news feed I come across THE ARTICLE shared by someone who has never worn LuLaRoe. You know which one I’m talking about , the one where it states the leggings are made of “wet kleenex” and that LuLaRoe is being sued over how they previously collected tax from their customers. I say previously because we have a new system that NO LONGER charges tax based on MY location, but yours. Hm. Well, that solves that. YAY!

Anyways… I stopped scrolling and thought to myself – Facebook friend, why did you share this article? You don’t wear LuLaRoe. You’ve never been charged extra tax. You don’t own a pair of  “wet kleenex” leggings. So why? My conclusion is that you don’t KNOW what LuLaRoe is about. I’m here to school ya. In a very polite way.

What is LuLaRoe? It’s clothing.

WHAT?! It’s clothing!? I know, big surprise. But yes, its clothing. It’s affordable clothing that is comfortable, cute, loud and crazy. It’s clothing that makes people feel confident and beautiful. It’s a way for women and men young and old, single or married, gay, straight or transgendered, divorced, widowed, etc. to have a common interest/love for a brand and what it stands for. Which is spreading LuLaLove.

It’s also clothing that has changed lives of those who struggle with chronic illnesses that have finally felt comfortable with what they put their body every day and don’t feel constricted by their clothing. It’s helps those going through Chemo find comfort. Can you believe that? There is an amazing women that has started a not-for-profit ministry that takes donated damaged leggings, you know, the ones that are supposedly made of wet kleenex, and turns them into hats for Men, Women, and Children going through chemotherapy so they have something that is buttery soft and beautiful to wear  as they dominate their journey through battling chemotherapy.

So, the next time your ass falls out of your leggings, which to be honest, has happened, but not often, don’t be angry (ok, you can be a little angry. I’d be kinda annoyed too!). Remember that your cold hiney is about to bring some serious comfort to someone who is fighting cancer. I don’t know about you, but that puts things into perspective to me.

LuLaRoe is also a form of income for roughly 65,000 kick ass women who were willing to take a risk to better their future. I am one of those 65,000, but you already knew that. I work really hard every day to run my business, do the best I can for my family and customers, and teach my children that with hard work comes success. I am doing what every person is trying to do with their lives – survive and be the best version of themselves they can be.

LuLaRoe is so much more than JUST clothing. Did our system charge tax in a way some felt was wrong? Sure. Was it wrong? I am not attorney or tax specialist, but the owners of the company don’t seem like folks that would try to swindle you for a few bucks on your leggings purchase. I’m just a tired Mom though so what do I know?

The leggings aren’t made of wet kleenex. Although that reference made me choke on my coffee  and giggle. It’s not true…but it was a funny reference, I’ll give them that. They are actually made of Polyester/Spandex and the technique used it patent pending to get that incredibly soft feel if you must know. I mean, if you really think they are made of Kleenex, try to make a pair of leggings out of kleenex, wet them, and then put them on. I tried this morning and let me tell you, it ain’t easy. And they weren’t even wet. because that would be kind of gross.

Harper said “Mommy…what are you doing? Those aren’t pants!” and then laughed hysterically. HA!!

I guess my rant here is that I understand the frustration some customers have. I really do! Trust me. I have my own frustrations. But, something like this doesn’t define a company and the women and men that work hard to earn a living. It just doesn’t. It’s unfortunate, but not life threatening, therefore in the big scheme of things, it’s simply an inconvenience. It was an inconvenience when the arm of my $97 dollar sweater from Nordstrom seam fell apart. It was an inconvenience when Harper smeared peanut butter on our wall. I said, are you effin’ kidding me? and went on with my day.

Anyways, by no means is this long-winded post meant to dismiss the situation at hand. Tax should be charged appropriately and leggings shouldn’t expose your butt while you are at work. But, before you jump on the negativity bandwagon, maybe take a second to think how this might affect someone you know or care about. The LuLaRoe culture is about blessing lives and strengthening families. I will continue to do that regardless of what’s thrown my way.

Lastly, if you are dead against leggings, maybe try a color block Julia. Because it is HOT!!!!!!!!!!

 

That’s all I’ve got for today. Do you.

 

XOXO,

JO

P.S. If you ever want to shop with me and see what the hype is all about, click HERE

Baby Gear Drive Thru? Yes, please.

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Hello, hello!! Long time no talk! AH! You know how it goes… Mom Life.

Even though my kiddos are 3 1/2 and 2 1/2, I find myself STILL browsing baby gear websites and needing all the new goodies!!! The struggle is real my friends. I’ve said it more than once, I am strolling my son into his College dorm in a stroller… I just can’t give them up.

Anyways… during my most recent stint of insomnia, I stumbled upon babycubby.com. It’s a super cute website featuring all the latest and greatest in the baby gear world. Awesome. But a little icon appeared that said “Free shipping. We price match”. Those are two things I love. I can’t help it. I love a good deal! I mean, they even price match Amazon. #sold

After browsing their website and seeing some super cool things they do that made me sad I don’t live in Utah… or have an infant. First off, they have DRIVE UP ORDERING. Yes. It’s like a drive thru for baby gear. I mean… can we talk about it!!  As if that wasn’t enough to make every Mom jump for joy, they also have a TRACK inside of their store to test strollers!!!! If I walked into this store, it would be a disaster. I would be in there for hours just running around the track all day testing every stroller possible. How awesome is that though? It’s so hard to get a feel for a stroller pushing it through tiny isles in a crowded baby store. A track is GENIUS.

Ok, back to what I came here to do! I thought I would pop back in and share a few of my fave picks from their website for new parents! Finding the perfect gear can be a daunting task… hopefully this will make it a little easier… if it doesn’t, scroll down and let Baby Cubby do the picking FOR YOU!

  1. DaVinci Jenny Lind Stationary Crib with Toddler Rail – So so so cute!!! It converts into a toddler bed and a day bed, has 4 adjustable mattress positions and is finished in non-toxic multi-step painting process. I am totally in love with this crib!!

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2. Clek Fllo Convertible Car Seat – If you have ben doing any research on Car Seats and safety, you have definitely seen the Clek! This Car Seat is AMAZING. It can be used from 5 lbs (with the Clek insert) up to 65 lbs! I cannot say enough great things about this Car Seat. Go to Baby Cubby and check it out!!!

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3. Stokke Tripp Trapp – This thing is the bomb. It’s cute, lasts FOREVER, and is easy to wipe clean. I don’t think I need to say anything else. ha!

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4. Ju Ju Be B.F.F. Diaper Bag – Saved the best for last. THEY CARRY JU JU BE!!!  I LOVE JJB. For so many reasons!! Machine washable (if you don’t think this is important, talk to me when your kid has its first blowout diaper), cute, fictional, lot’s of pockets. I love pockets. Do yourself a favor and waddle your pregnant self into this store and shop your heart out.

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If you don’t love any of my picks… that’s cool. No hard feelings. Baby Cubby can help you with that because they also offer Baby Gear Bundles. I can’t even. I would have done this is a hot second when I was pregnant! Literally takes the guess-work out and they pretty much do everything short of delivering your baby for you. If they could do that, I would for sure have another child…

 

Do yourself a favor and visit this store or their website. I love everything they carry! They have researched these products, and make sure us parents are getting quality products we will love!   They have an awesome community blog with tons of info to help you stay in-the-know  during those sleepless nights, too!

Happy Strolling, friends!

LuLaRoe Diaries: The Lola

Her name was Lola, she was a show girl…. #barrymanilowforthewin

I’m just gonna go ahead and say I think this skirt is seriously underrated. I had to dig DEEP to find a Lola. I’m glad I did because It’s SO cute and SO flattering. For real.

What I love about this skirt is the way it fits. I love anything with a high-waist because when you tuck in a Tee or pair it with a crop top (what is this the 80’s???) it’s super fab and give all body types a beautiful hourglass shape. I do believe I am obsessed. My Lola is bright blue with a soft pink elastic waist band and I probably wouldn’t have paired these two colors together on my own, but I loved the blue lace too much to pass it up. Once I finally had it in my hands, I remembered why LuLaRoe designs the clothes and not me. LOVE THAT SOFT PINK!!

Lola can be dressed up or dressed down, worn with wedges or sandals and makes for the perfect skirt if you’re heading to a Sock Hop Dance…. More on that in a minute.

Ok, so what should you wear with your new-found love? ANYTHING!!!

Lola + Randy Tee = new favorite combo.

This is my favorite Randy ever. I love the sleeves and clearly have a thing for blue at the moment. I had this Randy when I bought my Lola and was pleasantly surprise when I realized I had a match. It was like an episode of Maury over here. “Randy, you are the father!!!”  Those blues are from the same DNA, baby! #fabulous

I love the way these two look together! It’s conservative yet cute and I dig that since I’m a Mom and don’t need any of my lady bits hanging out.  I also feel a bit like one of those robots out of Stepford Wives and I dig that too.

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#ivecomealongwaysincemytwenties

 

Lola + Crop top/Tank = Summer Ready.

I talked so much crap about this trend coming back it’s not even funny. I was like, COME ON!! Who is going to wear a crop top!?! I’m a Mom now…those days are behind me.

Yeah, so I have a crop top and I like it. A lot. It’s PERFECT with high-waisted skirts!! Who knew?? I am obsessed with this little get-up for Summer time. It has festivals and Bar-B-Ques written all over it! It’s comfy, pulled together, and I’m not going to sweat my butt off. The white is somewhat of a stretch for me since I have two of the messiest children on the planet , but I guess that’s why they invented OxiClean. I also decided to try it with a knotted tank and love that look!

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Lola+Converse = Sock Hop Ready.

I put this on and kind of felt like I just stepped into 1950. It made me think of the movie Pleasantville. If you haven’t seen it, you should.

Maybe you aren’t a sandals and crop-top kind of girl and like rocking your chucks with EVERYTHING. Grab your favorite graphic tee, throw on your Lola, and you are ready rock. If you actually need a 50’s inspired outfit to rock around the clock though, I highly suggest the Lola.

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Lola + Cardigan = One Classy Broad

I LOVE the Lola paired with a Cardigan! This is so perfect for work or even some weekend festivities! Add a pop of color to your outfit to keep it fun and brighten your day. Another fun way to pair this with a cardigan is to get one in a print you are crushing on and pair with a lace Lola! Don’t be afraid to mix patterns with lace… step out of your comfort zone and rock it like you mean it!

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Lola + Irma = Perfection. Irma Is Your Best Friend For Life  #IIYBFFL

New life goal: get that hashtag trending on Facebook.

Y’all know I have a legit love affair with the Irma. There are SO many ways to wear it and this is one of my faves. The Lola is fun and flirty and I love how the knotted Irma compliments that! This is the perfect outfit for Date Night with your significant other or night out with girlfriends. Its comfortable but stylish and flattering in all the right ways.

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Whatever you choose to wear with your Lola, make it your own! Confidence is a good look on you! I know I sound like a broken record, but it’s the truth. I read post after post of so many woman feeling less than confident with themselves because of the pressure the media puts of on us to look a certain way. There is no certain way to look. There is the way YOU look, and then everyone else. I always say, DO YOU.  I say that all the time because I mean it. Do you. Don’t do what Susie to your left is doing. Do you what works for you. Sure, it’s great to see what someone else is wearing, or how they have their hair done and use that as inspiration…. I mean, we all have Pinterest, right!?! But always remember to make is your own. What I love the most about my LuLaRoe shopping group is seeing how unique everyone is and the different ways people style their clothes. It’s a great reminder on how different we all are, but in the same spot in love with the same brand because of how it makes us feel…and that’s confident. Rock on with your bad self this week chicas!! Rock that Roe 😉

Happy Strolling!

 

P.S. I’m getting CLOSER to launching!! #Icanseethelight

P.P.S. don’t judge me on the crop top. It was on sale!

P.P.S. I am so embarrassed by the Cartoons in the background. One day I will remember to turn the TV off when the kids take a nap. Yeah…right. Maury would be like “Jackie, the results are in and the lie detector said – that in fact, is a lie.” #toobusytakingselfiestoturnthetvoff #sorrynotsorry

As always, Click HERE to join my shopping group – Roeing in the Deep – LuLaRoe with Jackie Oliva

^^Can you tell I’m obsessed with Adele? #wearebestfriends #shejustdoesntknowityet

LÍLLÉbaby COMPLETE – Love

 

If this was periscope (which I find totally terrifying by the way), I would be giving this carrier SO many hearts. I love the versatility, comfort, back support, and of course this ridiculously beautiful embossed coral color! Swoon.

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There are so many carriers out there to try which can be a little overwhelming. A few important features I look for in a Soft Structured Carrier are support for myself and baby, “proper” seat position for my little squish (they are big squishes now but I will just keep pretending they are still babies), and easy to strap on. I am usually wrangling one child while I’m wearing the other – it needs to be easy. I don’t have time to watch 700 YouTube videos to figure out how to carry my kid.

Here’s my honest take on the lovely LÍLLÉbaby..

Support: LÍLLÉbaby is unique in the sense that it offers lower lumbar support. If you’ve ever carried around your 22 lb child around for more than an hour, you appreciate and need this type of support. My Husband has 2 herniated discs so a carrier that offers back support is a major plus!  The COMPLETE also provides your newborn-toddler plenty of support! The adjustable neck support  is an awesome feature  (no need for an infant insert!!!) and it’s  also great for breastfeeding Moms.  Pair the adjustable neck support with the Privacy Hood and you are ready to nurse that baby while doing 700 other things at the same time. #momshavesuperpowers

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Clearly Brody is a little big and would fit better in a CarryOn. But due to the amazing support of this Carrier, I can still tote him around comfortably if needed!

Seat: The COMPLETE is ergonomic making the seating position ideal for your child’s hips. Your newborn can be placed in a Fetal position in the carrier without the need for an infant insert. One less thing to buy!! Since the seat on the LÍLLÉbaby is adjustable, your older baby/toddler can sit comfortably  facing you, facing the world, or chillin’ on your back or hip. You want their knees above their cute tush and their head close enough to kiss! Always do a fit check along with a peek inside to make sure their chin is lifted and airway is open!

If the baby doesn’t fit, then you must acquit! #ivebeenwatchingtoomuchOJvsthepeople

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User Friendly: This is a major reason selling point right here. No one has 2 hours to get your kid into a baby carrier! I don’t know about you, but I only have 2 arms and appreciate when a carrier is made for normal folk to use… you know, as opposed to an octopus who has a 6 arm advantage. The easiest way for me to place my child in the carrier is to snap the waist belt on, place baby in the carrier and pull the fabric and straps behind them and slide my arms into the padded shoulder straps. Once I adjust my kiddo a bit, I reach back and buckle the shoulder clip. This becomes easier once you’ve adjusted your straps to the right length. You can pop baby in, snap it up and go. I dare someone to re-adjust my straps after I’ve gotten them perfect. You will have hell to pay in the form of a second LÍLLÉbaby 😉

Added Features: I love pockets. Love them. I love them on dresses, diaper bags, and most importantly Carriers. The LÍLLÉbaby Complete has a long zippered pocket in addition to the easy-reach pocket for strong the hood or any Mom necessities such as binkies, your cell phone, or maybe some nursing nipple shields. Typical mom stuff. #nippleshieldswerethedeathofme

The Complete is suitable from 7lbs-45lbs which is a lot of baby wearing!! The straps are adjustable and can be worn backpack style or criss-cross for maximum comfort. I LOVE the option to criss-cross the straps in the back. It really helps you customize the carrier and get the perfect fit!

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Last but not least, this beauty is MACHINE WASHABLE. I repeat, MACHINE WASHABLE. My kids make messes out of air. Being able to toss it in the washer is like winning the lottery. Ok, maybe not the lottery….maybe more like winning the “my kids didn’t just ruin my $170 embossed carrier with Cheetos fingers” lottery. Basically the same thing.

The LÍLLÉbaby Embossed COMPLETE is $170.00 and $120.00 or the COMPLETE Original. This a very average price for Ergonomic Carriers. If your better half is like hell-to-the-no, just show them what the going rate is for a USED Wrap Conversion Soft Structured Carrier. #stoptryingtomakemoneyoffyourretailpurchase #idontcarewhatmarketvalueis

He/She will be happy to buy the COMPLETE for you. I don’t know about you, but $120 bucks is worth the extra bonding time with my baby, sweet snuggles, and keeping me hands free for some wine action. #dontjudgeme #youknowyouwearandwinetoo #helpamamaout

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For all you soon to be Mama’s out there looking into Carriers, check out the LÍLLÉbaby!! But whichever Carrier you use, I am so excited (and a little jealous) for the new memories and amazing snuggle sessions you are about to enjoy! Some of my most cherished memories from when Brody was a baby involve baby wearing. I struggled with Postpartum Anxiety and being able to have him close to me kept me calm. I felt safe and so did he. I remember in those early months as a new Mom feeling so exhausted, nervous and scared. I wasn’t confident wearing my baby and felt like I had it all wrong… but it was the only thing that all of us sane which meant I was doing something right. Looking back, I laugh at what a hot mess I was (and still am) because I was just doing what every new Mom is trying to do – survive. Nothing prepares you for Motherhood. But with some coffee, baby wearing, and patience, I promise you will rock it!!

Keep them close y’all.

 

Happy Strolling!