Beating the Back to School Blues

I never really want to be the person that brings bad news but it's the first day of August and if you are a parent, chances are your next few weeks will be filled with errands, to-do lists and the ever so dreaded back to school shopping for uniforms and school supplies. Yes I said it! Summer is just about done and the long evenings, refreshing cocktails and waking up late is next. It's hard to let go and for some reason I am having the greatest struggle shacking the summer - bum mindset.

Have no fear, there is good news! 
Whether you are an expert or this is your first time prepping for school, the key to making this month less difficult as you prepare for the return of school, is to remain organized.

This month, join me as I share tips and tricks on how to 
BEAT the Back -To- School Blues by saving time, energy and my favorite, money!

Anni's Bubble
Back to School Preparation
Are you a blogger with tips and tricks on making this month and the dreaded back to school easier? Email me for guest posting opportunities at
We are going to make this August our best one yet! 

Co-Hosting: Creative Style ink Up

So I'm super excited to be joining these lovelies for the 7th week of Creative Style Link Up!
Get to know each of the host and be sure to follow them on social media.
Guaranteed to keep you entertained!
Image Map
Welcome to the Week 7 of the Creative Style Linkup! Thank you so much for yet another week of great linkups and the opportunity to connect with more bloggers last week! This week, apart from sharing your favorite blog posts with us you can grow your Twitter and Facebook accounts. Did we mention that each week we will be selecting 3 favorite posts and most clicked posts get pinned to this Pinterest Board here? We're excited to pin your posts to give you more exposure!

Your Stylish Co-Host:

Follow Anni at Anni's Bubble

Week 7 Results:

Most clicked: (We have a tie!)
Bloggers Need to Live Life Too! by Janine at J9 Designs
Who's writing what now? by Echo at The Mad Mommy
Our favorites:
crib safety
Crib Safety by Julie at Don't Lick Your Sister

modesty part 1
Modesty Part 1 by Ren at Let The Redeemed of The Lord Say So


Delicious Zucchini Pasta by Jillian at Baby Doodah

Want to co-host the Creative Style Linkup with us? Email at and we'll get you on the calendar!
Grab Our Button:
New Mama Diaries

Just a few guidelines:
    • Let us know you are new so we can visit you back.
    • Show us blog posts only. - No main pages, please.
    • Pay it forward by stopping by a few other blogs and show comment love.
    • Spread the word and Tweet about the link up! Sharing is caring!
[inlinkz_linkup id=429513 mode=1]
[inlinkz_linkup id=429511 mode=1]
[inlinkz_linkup id=429512 mode=1]
Thanks so much for joining us in linking up this week! Be sure and stop back by next week for more sharing!

What I've Been Up To + Giveaway Winner Revealed

As we wrap up the month of June, I thought it important to go through my goals for the year and see where I'm at. As it stands, more than half of my goals/ resolutions haven't been actualized. While I am a little disappointed in this, I am overjoyed by what I have accomplished to date.

Here's What I've Been Up To

Writer for Nu Woman Magazine: A couple posts ago I received a message from a local editor - in - chief for the Nu Woman magazine to connect with her. A few weeks and a Summer Issue later, I am now a contributor to the magazine. Nu Woman Magazine is a quarterly publication that is based in Nassau, Bahamas. The magazine’s main focus is on Bahamian and Caribbean women who are contributing in a positive way to community and society as well as Caribbean culture and lifestyle. This has been an amazing experience thus far and has exposed me to so much locally and internationally. Be sure to check out my article "Fashion for a Cause" in this summer's issue.

Blogger Intern at Sarah Scoop behold the power of social media. I added Sarah to Twitter earlier this year. In May I got a tweet that she was looking to add to her team. I jumped on the opportunity and have been writing, learning and growing more and more through this experience. Haven't subscribed as yet? Be sure to check out Sarah's Scoop she covers everything WOMEN! Here is my first article on

I have dropped out of Grad School. Right now I simply do not have the time or the stickability to continue with an online program. I have been doing great thus far simply by completing the bare minimum; however, I want to learn and be able to put into practice what I learn during the program. So I am looking into classroom options locally and can see where that leads.

I have not lost weight. In fact, I am pretty sure I have added a few pounds. Exercising is only effective when its done on a consistent basis and given my current schedule, I just can't seem to get it in more than twice a week. I blame my daughter. After dealing with her in the evenings, I am beat.

Speaking of Kids. Sigh. Why are they so much work! 

So there you have it, Bob's your uncle. Progress in some areas is better than stagnancy all around so I am pretty pleased with where I am at for my six month check up. Lots of work to be done, looking forward to making the remaining part of the year even better! 

And the Winner of the +Sephora  Collection Liquid Eye Liner is +Grace Matthews  congratulations on your win!
 Please check your email for more information on redeeming you prize. 

Stay tuned for more giveaways and lots more fun! 

xoxo, Anni

Tagged Tuesdays: Summer Essentials

With us being just a few days shy of Summer, now is the perfect time to get your Summer Essentials. Here is my guide to 5 Summer Essentials:

Face it, when its sunny outside, sunglasses are the one thing you reach for. For me, it is important that my sun glasses are not only protecting my eyes but that they are fun, sexy and cool. If I am wearing these bad boys for the entire summer they must look good!

Flip Flops
Don't get me wrong, I love heels just as much as the next woman. But I must admit that I have a special place in my heart for the summer time and the opportunity to wear the cutest flip flops and sandals. Now all I need to do is maintain my pedicure, sigh.

Big, Floppy, Hat
Light weight and cool, a big floppy hat not only protects from the harsh sun rays but it also is a fun way to jazz up a summer look.

Staying away from harmful sun rays that damages the skin is always the trendy thing to do. Be sure to lather up before heading out of any building. Not just on the beach, sunscreen is great to use every day as a protective layer over the skin.

Waterproof Eye Makeup
If you are a makeup gal like me, be sure to snag waterproof makeup during the summer months. You never know when you may end up on the beach, at the pool or enjoying a refreshing shower of rain. Shameless Plug: be sure to check out my amazing giveaway and enter to win a Sephora Collection Waterproof Liquid Liner! 

Be sure to check out the other fab host behind Tagged Tuesdays, D'Vanya of Vanzblogs shares her summer essentials lists. Let's bring on the Summer Fun! 
09 10