Classic Back To School Style with Reebok

Classic Back To School Style with Reebok

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I remember my first day of school like it was yesterday..

I remember it so vividly because I had been waiting for what seemed like forever to start school. It was the eighties, and when we initially tried to register (wearing my new school clothes), we were informed that I did not make the cut off for enrollment. You see, in the good state of New York the birthday cut off for registration is December 31st. Makes sense, right? The last day of the year should signify whether someone is eligible to start school. Except for kids like me who were totally ready, but happened to be born on January 1st.

Back To School Reebok

Back To School Style

I walked away with a light backpack, and a heavy heart. I had to wait an entire 365 days before attempting to register again, so at this point I practically was sling shot leaping forward from my mother’s hands and into my future. I was excited and didn’t house a nervous bone in my body. I also was armed with my favorite new pair of shoes, the Reebok Classics. Except back then, I don’t believe they were referred to as a “classic,” they were just Reebok’s.

Back To School Reebok

I remember shopping with my parents in anticipation for what I would wear on my first day. They are still a favorite of mine, which is why I was excited for their come back this year. It seemed only right I could share in this experience with my boys in getting their first pair of back to school Reebok Classics. I even scored a pair for myself. You know, for old times sake..

Back To School Reebok

Reebok’s classic leather style pairs well with any outfit, whether you’re at school or on the playground. Their comfort is key, making it the perfect choice for moms on-the-go, and kids preparing for a long day at school. It may have something to do with the fact that they were originally running shoes.

With our new Reebok Classics were ready to kick-start a fun new year!

Back To School Reebok

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Essentially yours,

Erika

Boho Summer Sandals + Giveaway!

Boho Summer Sandals + Giveaway!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links that support essentiallyerika.com. As always, all opinions and obsession with a boho lifestyle are completely my own.

Summer fun comes with a lot. We’ve been traveling this summer and while we enjoy all of the fun new experiences, packing and unpacking can be arduous. I prefer to keep my wardrobe simplistic for the most part, and add in pops of fun here and there. I’m not quite yet a minimalist, but I like to keep it pretty simple. I am also by no means still in the business of donning uncomfortable shoes that are tight and damaging simply to complete a look. Call it age, call it wisdom, call it anything you want except a comeback. The days of me limping to my car from wherever I wound up because I have blisters and likely will be walking silly for a week are OVER.

Boho Beach Style

Comfort Vs. Trend

PLAKA Sandals are a fun and convenient. I’ve been wearing these handcrafted sandals all summer long and I can’t get enough. Each pair is packed in a 100% cotton bag, that can be re-used afterward in many ways (earth-friendly). They fit neat and tidy into my tiny suitcase (perfect for travel), and look adorable with just about anything I wear. Their high-quality rope sandals make it perfect for all of your boho-beach needs. There are a variety of colors to choose from. Plaka Sandals are available in four different models – Palm LeafSeashellSahara and Oceanside – and in many cool and unique colors.  I fell in love with the Sapphire Blue and Sweet Ivory with the Moca Sole. I received compliments everywhere I went!

Boho Sandals

Their high-quality materials made it possible that I could walk around all day in comfort. When packing for a trip I usually look for the following:

  • Comfort – PLAKA Sandals are comfortable enough to enjoy walking tours.
  • Style – Adorable boho beach vibe!
  • Convenience – Easy to pack / store in your suitcase
  • Function – PLAKA Sandals can easily take you from day-to-night!

Like most beautiful things, PLAKA Sandals were invented almost by accident. Founders, Einat & Sagi, were away in Crete and purchased a similar pair of sandals. They had all the makings of a great travel sandal, so Einat and Sagi decided to make a few tweaks, and make them to sell in the US where everyone can enjoy them!

I can’t wait to get a few more pairs so I have comfortable options for my entire summer wardrobe!

You can order your PLAKA Sandals at Amazon.com. BUT…. three lucky readers can win a pair by entering below! Enter to win any time before August 1st, follow PLAKA’s Instagram & Facebook pages as well as my own, and three lucky folks will get to pick a pair of Plaka Sandals of their own to enjoy the rest of this summer. Good luck!

 

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If you don’t win the raffle, no worries I’ve got you covered! Be sure and use coupon code ERIKAPLA for 20% off your entire PLAKA Sandals order!

Essentially yours,

Erika

Organic Finds at BJ’s Wholesale Club

Organic Finds at BJ’s Wholesale Club

Most days it feels like I’m feeding an army at home. Just as soon as I buy it, (poof) it’s gone, and I’m back at the store.. again. Some weeks I feel as though I live at these grocery stores, it just doesn’t seem worth it. I finally got hip to the game and tried a free trial 3-month membership to BJ’s Wholesale. What a game changer, wholesale is where it’s at folks, especially for my brood. To be fair I’m not sure if two kids constitutes a “brood,” but they sure eat like one.

BJ's Wholesale

 

 

With fun summer holiday weekends quickly approaching, wholesale seemed the most logical way to shop. Although, what we save by shopping BJ’s Wholesale is logical all year-round. You can’t beat the prices, and it reduces stress on having to provide additional groceries on top of the already existent grocery bill, especially if you’re frugal like me. Even if you aren’t you can’t deny the good deal that comes from buying large quantities for a fraction of the cost at local grocer’s, and lest we forget the convenience of not having to go shopping every week. Less stress, more fun with the family.. makes sense to me! I once heard Suze Orman yell at the camera, “if you are a family and not shopping wholesale for groceries, then you are just throwing your money away!” She was totally right, so /i decided to try the convenient free-trial membership to see which wholesaler had the food that my family liked.

Having this membership means nothing if we don’t like the product, and being a mostly organic buying family it was especially important for me to be sure my family could still eat a healthy and nutritious diet. I was wowed by the growing amount of organic options at BJ’s (this was the deciding factor for me). I know that (like me) most organic families shy away from wholesale for this very reason, so I decided to share all of my fun organic find from shopping at BJ’s! You know, in case that free-trial membership is just calling you.

Dairy

Organic Dairy

There are a few items we haven’t been able to find that are certified organic, and I’m well aware of the “dirty dozen” list. However, dairy is one space I refuse to take chances. All of our dairy and meat is certified organic, humanely raised, and grass-fed if possible. I was impressed with the different brands that BJ’s carries, aside from the house brands (Wellsley Farms & Berkley Jensen) which is growing by the day, each time I go I find a new organic option.

Produce

Organic Produce

One of the trickiest parts of an organic diet is finding the right responsibly sourced produce. Lots of big chain grocer’s claim to sell all organic produce, and don’t. It’s all a part of the “green-washing” that the organic industry is currently facing. Supply must meet demand, and unfortunately now that folks are demanding to eat food that are free from harmful pesticides, the snakes are moving in for the kill. They want their customers back and they’ll say or do just about anything to get them.

Fun fact: All organic produce sku numbers start with  the number 9, if it doesn’t, then it isn’t really organic.

There is a wide variety of organic produce options at BJ’s, enough to get a good deal of groceries and fill in where you have to. Anything from greens, fruits, and veggies are available in their own organic section that is clearly marked and easy to find.

Organic Produce

Both frozen, and fresh produce is available for your convenience. I tend to buy a mixture of the two, frozen for the items we don’t consume as often (because it may spoil), and fresh for the everyday items that we need.

Organic Produce
That’s a lot of broccoli…

Boxed / Canned Goods

While most of our groceries are fresh, there are items we need to buy boxed, and a select few that are canned. I like how the organic options are directly positioned next to their non-organic counterparts, so it’s easy to locate. We buy mostly pasta, tuna, rice, flour, beans, maple syrup, sugar.. You know, the necessities. All organic, and all within reach. Buying these in bulk really helps to drive down the cost, and keep me at home with my family (instead of at the store).

Organic Coffee
Come to mama…

The spice selection is growing by the day, making it easier to access all of the ingredients to cook all of our homemade meals.

Organic Spices

Snacks / Kids

Organic Kids

Fruits and veggies are our main source of snacks for the kids, but occasionally we will splurge on some organic treats which has the potential to get pricey. Our boys are a big fan of the organic brands at BJ’s so it’s a win for us. They love coming with me on these kinds of grocery runs. The fun carts, double seating, and multiple snack stops along the way make shopping here bearable for my hungry boys.

Organic Snacks

 

Body Care

I think I was most surprised with the amount of toiletries that were offered that we actually use. I was pleased to see I could buy these items in bulk seeing as how you have to pay more for aluminum free deodorant, and fluoride-free toothpaste.

Organic Toothpaste

There is something for everyone at BJ’s is my point, and if you’ve been curious to check it out. Now is a great time to test it out with their three-month trial membership here (no other wholesale retailer offers this).

Essentially yours,

Erika

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