Brunchin’ with Babe

A few weekends ago I gathered some girlfriends at my house for a Sunday brunch. Recently, brunch has become more popular than ever and as much as I love going out, staying home is something I look forward to on the weekends. It’s important to set aside time for our girlfriends and catch up and it’s always more fun with some Babe Rosè. There is just something so refreshing about those little cans of Rosè with bubbles. This was one of the most fun get-togethers I’ve had and it was super easy because I didn’t cook anything. I grabbed plenty of pastries and carbs for us to snack on while chatting, some fresh flowers and the Rosè and that was it. I love how Drink Babe comes in convenient can 4-packs which are perfect for parties, tailgating and other places questionable decisions are made. Thank you Drink Babe for helping me throw an awesome brunch for some of my sweetest friends.

The Most Inexpensive Bathroom Upgrade

“This post is sponsored by hansgrohe on behalf of Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.”

As much as I would love to do a total bathroom remodel, let’s face it: We don’t have the time or money to take on that kind of project right now. Especially after the basement flood that happened a few weeks ago. However, I still like to upgrade from time to time, and there are ways to do so without having to spend thousands of dollars. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom and the shower. For some (I’m talking to you mama’s), the shower is the only place we can have a few minutes of peace and quiet, so why not make it beautiful?

If you’re ready to take your shower routine to the next level, let me tell you about PowderRain technology from hansgrohe. The hansgrohe Raindance Handshower was installed in less than 3 minutes by my husband. If I was a tad taller, I could have done it myself too. The hand shower has three spray modes: Rain, Whirl, and PowderRain. The rain setting gives you a gentle flow that is great for general rinsing and my personal favorite. The whirl setting provides good pressure without being harsh, and the PowderRain is a “full rain” shower experience to revitalize the skin. You’ll instantly feel like you’re in a five-star hotel! Each setting is easy to change with a simple press of the “Select” button which is convenient for one-handed operation and functions flawlessly! The spray is steady and allows excellent water flow which feels fantastic on sore muscles.

Updating the shower head in our bathroom was definitely one of the easiest home upgrades we’ve done. I wouldn’t even call it a project because it took so little time! Have you updated any parts of your home recently? I’d love to hear in the comments!



Being Prepared: Senior Care Basket

This post is sponsored by Depend, Poise, Ensure, and Glucerna but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Did you know that November is National Family Caregivers Month? This year’s theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock.” While you may not be in a caregiver role now, it’s something that many of us will need to consider as our parents and loved one get older.  As my grandmother gets older, the discussion has already begun regarding who will take care of her. While we may not be there just yet, being prepared and aware of your options when thinking about transitioning into the role of a caregiver is something that should be on your radar. Products from the Sam’s Club Caregiving program are essential to have on hand so that caregivers can continue to provide the best possible care for those who rely on them. I’ve included some below in a senior care basket that I know my grandmother would love!


1. A Plush Robe – who doesn’t love a warm robe that also doubles as a blanket?
2. Cozy Slippers – Because no one likes cold feet!
3. Journal/Game – A crossword puzzle, word search, Sodoku or a journal for writing
4. Picture Frame with a photo of loved ones so they can feel close even if they aren’t physically present.
5. Coffee/Tea mug so they can sip their favorite warm beverage
6. Bottled Water – Staying hydrated is essential in keeping blood sugar levels regulated.
7. Personal Items like Poise Pads and Depend Disposable Underwear – Seniors or those in need of assistance can’t always get around that fast, so these items are vital in helping with accidents.
8. A box of tissues for beside the bed or end table to prevent unnecessary trips to the bathroom.

If who your caring for has pre-diabetes or diabetes, Glucerna is just one way you can help them manage blood sugar. In addition to portion control, exercising regularly, staying hydrated Influencers to talk about the other things they are doing to help regulate blood sugar levels. It’s a lot of small steps that help make a significant change! For those struggling with blood sugar management, replacing one meal or snack per day with Glucerna can help with Carbsteady, which are slowly digestible carbohydrates designed to help minimize blood sugar spikes.

If you don’t live near  Sam’s Club, they offer a variety of products like Depend, Poise, Ensure and Glucerna. They have discreet shipping options and club pick-up so that you can get what you need no matter the time of day. For any questions about products listed, to please contact a pharmacist at your local Sam’s Club. Have you taken on a caregiver role before or know anyone who has?  Is there anything else you would add to this care basket?

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good

Happy Halloween! The best day of the year has finally arrived and I could not be more excited! It’s been a busy day gearing up for our annual Halloween party tonight and celebrating at the kids schools this morning. It was so fun to see all the kids in their costumes and I love how special the schools make it for all of them. I may have even cried after leaving Henry’s school because he was so cute and excited to see all of us there. This years costume is a family affair and I’m obsessed with how everyone’s turned out! The kids have really gotten into Harry Potter lately and my husband and I have always been fans. When brainstorming family costumes a few months ago, Harry Potter came to me like a lightbulb moment and from there it was time to start planning. My husband is 6’5 so Hagrid was the perfect choice for him. My maiden name is McGonigle so Professor McGonagall was very fitting. Evelyn makes the cutest little Hermione and my sweet Henry plays the Harry character so well. This was such a fun costume to put together and nearly everything was from Amazon except Evelyn’s costume which was handmade and my husbands which came from a few thrift stores!! Also, can we talk about how he rocks the Jesus hair and wig?!? What are you guys being today? I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween! xoxo

The Best Vacation Spot in Georgia for a Relaxing Girls Weekend

A few weeks ago my girlfriend Katie and I packed up our cars, kissed our kids goodbye and escaped our busy daily lives of wiping bottoms, feeding babies and cleaning up endless messes. All moms deserve to be pampered, even if it’s for a quick 48 hours. Barnsley Resort is located just an hour west of Atlanta which makes it perfect for a girls’ getaway literally any time you’re craving a break but are short on time. It is one of those places that can make you feel like you’re in another country. Since visiting Barnsley last year with my family, I knew I was going to have the best time and I couldn’t wait to experience this beautiful resort with Katie!

Last summer my husband, kids and I stayed in the cute cottages because The Inn at Barnsley Resort was still being built. For my visit this October, I was able to experience the brand new Inn which just opened in March. It is simply exquisite with brand new furnishings, plush beds and an elegant staircase in the lobby. With only 3 floors, it’s just quaint enough to feel like you’re the only one there! My favorite part was definitely the end of night s’mores around the fire pit! I love how the staff had everything you needed and they even lit the fire pit for you! It was a great end to our whirlwind trip!

One of my favorite, and most relaxing, things to do was walk the beautiful grounds and breathe in the fresh Fall air. The weather in early October was ideal and it made all the outdoor activities so fun. From Bocce Ball to Disk Golf, Clay Shooting to Horseback Riding, there is something for everyone. In addition to the numerous activities Barnsley offers, there is endless indoor & outdoor space, making it an ideal location for retreats and weddings.

When you’re ready to relax, head to the incredible spa with whirlpool tub or take a dip in the saltwater pool. And don’t forget the food, which to me is the most important thing on a trip! I definitely travel for food and Barnsley Resort does not disappoint. From extravagant breakfast spreads to a deviled egg flight, every meal I’ve eaten at The Woodlands Grill has been fantastic. The only thing better than the food and amenities is the service which exemplifies Southern hospitality!

This expansive resort is the most breathtaking and magical place you will come across! Basically, you’ll never want to leave! And with that, I am so, so excited to be teaming up with Barnsley to give one lucky reader a FREE stay! The giveaway includes a Light Up The Holidays prize package in a Barnsley Resort Cottage, $50 resort credit, and a commemorative ornament {Valid November 24th – December 27th 2018}!! Entering is SO easy and we can’t wait to give one of you a weekend trip to see their beautiful Christmas display and tour of lights! HOW TO ENTER: Follow @chanelvanreenen @kotuttle and @barnsleyresort on Instagram and like & comment on our giveaway photos that we will post over the next few weeks. SO EASY! For an extra entry, leave me a blog comment and let me know who you would bring with you if you won! Thank you so much for reading, following along, and for your continuous support! xoxo

*Thank you to Barnsley Resort for sponsoring this post!*

Halloween Home Tour!

It’s no secret that Halloween is my favorite holiday! I mean, I had my dining room painted dark purple because of my deep love for this holiday! If you have been following me on Instagram (@chanelvanreenen), then you have seen some behind the scenes decorating that’s been happening over the past few weeks. Within only one week until Halloween, I’m so excited to share our home tour! Decorating for the holidays is hands down my favorite thing to get everyone in the holiday spirit and really makes the month leading up so much fun. Let’s get onto the tour!

Living Room

Sunroom

Dining Room

Foyer

Kitchen

Basically my house looks like an asylum right now and I’m definitely okay with that. My favorite places to shop for Halloween decor are Target, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Party City, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot and Lowe’s. I’ve actually never, ever purchased Halloween decor online because I love getting it in person and I need instant gratification. Do you decorate for Halloween? What is your favorite part of this holiday? I’d love to hear in the comments below! Happy Haunting!

Oh Sugar, Sugar

Halloween is so close I can practically taste it! The house is decorated to the max, candy is stockpiled, the kids have their costumes and now they finally have their trick-or-treating bags! These super cute Kelly Green tote bags are made by the Father/Daughter duo Gunner & Lux. You may have seen Evelyn wearing their adorable shirts or necklaces over on my Instagram feed because I am seriously obsessed with everything they make. I am so excited to share that they are giving away TWO bags to my readers! These are the perfect totes for Halloween night and any other Halloween activities you have. Entering is super simple, just head to this Instagram post! Good luck, Friends and happy almost Halloween!

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