Stock Up and Give Back!

This is a sponsored post for Always

It’s truly the best feeling when you get to stock up for that time of the month while helping other girls to be as confident as you are.  At this point, you might have already heard of the Always Live #LikeAGirl campaign. If you have not, it’s a meaningful campaign from Always & Walmart to help #EndPeriodPoverty. I have talked about this campaign on a previous blog post. I also shared my experience about my difficult life 10 years ago in Vietnam. Be sure to read it! (provide link to post here) It is tough for me to think back but I think it is important to share because it relates to the Always Live #LikeAGirl campaign.

Period poverty is a real problem in the U.S. Nearly 1 in 5 girls have missed school because they can’t afford period protection. They do not just only miss school, but also the activities they love. And the side effects of missing out on their activities outside of school can be just as real.


These activities help build a girl’s confidence and skills, and missing out can limit a girl’s potential and opportunities far beyond puberty.

Always Live #LikeAGirl is all about helping girls stay confident by encouraging girls to stay in sports and to persevere through failure—both of which are key confidence boosters.

Always and Walmart are donating a year’s supply of period products to 50 teams in 50 states. Also, during January, for every purchase of a 3-pack box of Always Pads, Always will donate a pack to girls in need across the US. This donation will only be triggered via purchases from  smarturl.it/WalmartAlways during the month of January.

You can get involved and help, too! Simply go to smarturl.it/WalmartAlways to purchase a 3-pack box of Always Pads and Always will donate a pack to girls in need. It’s a win-win – you stock up AND help a girl stay in the activity she loves.

Stay Active #LikeAGirl

“This is a sponsored post for Always.”

When I was a teenager living in Vietnam, my family was having a terrible time economically. My mom moved to the United States when I was 15. She was moving with nothing but hope for a better life for her children. We, a 15-year-old girl, a 12-year-old girl, and a 9-year-old boy, were left with my dad who had never had that responsibility.

By that time, both my little sister and I were teenagers. Nobody taught us about what was going to happen when we grew from little girls to teen girls. By then, we were uneducated about having a period and we weren’t able to afford pads all the time. We were unprepared most of the times. It was a lot better when we got to come here to the United States and live a better life with my mom 3 years after that.

However, whenever I think back about those days, it’s terrifying to me especially since  I am amom of a girl now. I had tears running down my face as I was watching this video from Always Live #LikeAGirl.

The video brings me back to the memories of those days. I also used toilet paper when I didn’t have pads. I know the exact feeling when being unprepared. Everyone knows that being prepared and ready in any life situation is important, but in the case of having a period, it’s a lot more important for a girl.

Now I know it’s not only in my home country, Vietnam. Period poverty is a real problem in the U.S. Nearly 1 in 5 girls have missed school because they can’t afford period protection. The Always Live #LikeAGirl campaign is all about helping girls stay confident. Their previous campaigns have done that by encouraging girls to stay in sports and encouraging them to persevere through failure—both of which are key confidence boosters.

This year, Always Live #LikeAGirl campaign is aimed at keeping girls involved in the confidence-boosting activities they love—by helping tackle period poverty. Always and Walmart are donating a year’s supply of period products to 50 teams in 50 states to help #EndPeriodPoverty . With my real-life story, this campaign is so important to me. I’m so proud to be partnered with Always and Walmart to support it.

Let’s get her back in the action by sharing the new Always Live #LikeAGirl YouTube video and creating awareness of period poverty.

This new Always Live #LikeAGirl video is a must-watch. Everyone should watch it, especially if you are a teen girl or are a parent to girls.

Again, as a mom myself, I work hard to provide my daughter a wonderful life no matter which age she is. But life is hard, things may happen. I adore and 100% support meaningful campaigns like this. I highly encourage you to do so and spread the word about it. That one little act from each of us would mean so much for someone’s daughter.

Kid Toys for Toddler

Gifting is fun this Holiday season especially buying gifts for toddlers/kids. As a mom to a toddler, I found it to be so fun and magical for them to open the gifts.

Below is my top 10 picks. Hopefully it is helpful for someone who is looking for kid gift ideas.

1-Mystery box with Kinder Surprise Eggs giftguide3I made this idea for my daughter’s 2nd birthday and it was so fun watching her digging the box to find toys. So I think I would do it again this Christmas. Instead of makeup toys, 15 pieces of Kinder surprise eggs would be perfect. This idea is fun while doesn’t hurt your wallet. I bet kids who receive this will totally love it.

2-Learning Recources Puppy Play setgiftguide2My daughter loves pets. This set is great for her. It is simple and cute. It would make the best first puppy set for toddlers 2+ years old. Learning Recources also has a wide range of toys for all ages.

3-SoulSlings Doll Carriergiftguide6For toddlers who love dolls!!!!! This is the cutest item. I love seeing my daughter wearing her doll using this carrier, just like a mini me. I also have a matching actual toddler carrier which is also from the brand SoulSlings. Adding a cute little lightweight doll is perfect.

4-Kidzlane Piano Matgiftguide4This is a super fun item for 3+ years old. My daughter is a little too young to enjoy all the fun but she loves making random music with her little steps. If you are gifting this to a big kid at 4+ years old, I believe he/she will love it a lot.

5-Playfoam® Pals™ Snowy Friends 12-Pack giftguide8This has been what my daughter watching on youtube. She LOVES seeing others playing with PlayFoam and I know she wanted it too. It is so fun and sastifying playing with these. Yes even I do get attracted. Each pack has a cute animal in it which is the extra fun. Great for family with 2 or more kids.

6-USA Toyz – Snap N’ Glow Trax Light Racer Setgiftguide5This would be the best for boys. Girls also love it, for example my daughter. She will needs to be a little older to play with it longer so I would say it’s great for 4+ years old.

7-USA Toyz – Unicorn Play Tentgiftguide7Now this unicorn little play tent is the girls favorite. It folds compactly just like the size of that box in this pic, and pops up beautifully and roomy. Adding a little unicorn plush toy is perfect.

8-Cubcoats 2-in-1 giftguide1This 2-in-1 stuffed toy transformss into a jacket. How cool is that? It would be the item that both kid and mommy will love. So convenient for on the go.

9-MiniDiva Reborn Baby Doll giftguide9This doll is in new born size and weight. It looks just like a real baby with soft silicone arms & legs. It is the perfect gift for 2+ toddlers who loves playing dolls. Use my code XMAS15% for 15% off.

10-WoomBike – Woom 1 for Toddlergiftguide10This is the very high quality bike for 2.5+ years old. It does say for 1.5 to 5 years old but I personally think my daughter will master it at 2.5 or 3. Love that the seat height is adjustable. This is the great gift for active toddlers.

Those 10 items above are listed in ascending price. Hope that helps too. Any of those items I mentioned is already on your list? Do you have any other item you think must be added in? Comment down below.

Do It For The Gram

For new moms who want to start blogging and potentially become an influencer, in this post I’m going to share the steps that I took to become an influencer along with some tips about getting that “instagram worthy” photo. Good photos and being able to portray YOU is one of the most important things about being an influencer.

Before I became an influencer, I was always scrolling my phone looking at  influencers and bloggers on instagram. These ladies were so inspiring to me. One day it clicked. I can do that too! I was always curious of how well they portrayed their life into fancy looking photos. Do they really have dreamy houses where every single corner of their house is “instagram worthy?” Do they secretly have messy spaces and just photograph around it? Or throw everything aside and just photograph what’s pretty?

I was so hesitant at first, but I wanted to be a lifestyle blogger too and I’m still learning as I transition into being a blogger. (The modern day internet triple threat. HAHA.) Why was I hesitant? Because at that time, I couldn’t find anywhere in my house that would be a good background. All my photos were taken with an old model iphone under bad lighting and distracting backgrounds. So how did I make it to this point? Did I spend a lot to fix it? Let’s find out!

  1. Clean it for the gram ! 

I mean it!. Get up and clean all over your house. Get rid of unnecessary clutter. Make as many blank space as possible. Take advantage of windows for lighting. Paint the wall brighter if you can and want to. Brighter empty space makes look more appealing to the eye.

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  1. Buy something nice !

A nice neutral sofa for example, and something to store all your kid’s little toys. This absolutely up to you and your budget. I personally like to use cube organizers and cube bins with white and light grey (the last pic on the screenshot above). It is a good background for daily life photos while keeping the room neat. Plus, it doesn’t cost much.

I bought many things but not all at once so there are something I can’t remember, but the Mainstays 8 cube organizer is $35 at Walmart (i know right?) and the 6 pack cube organizer bin is $17 on Amazon. Some other things I got from collaborations with brands. So I couldn’t sum up to an exact amount, but whatever you want to buy, do search on Amazon or Walmart. They have the best value items.

  1. Enjoy the better photos

At this point when your house looks nicer,  it’s way more than enough for you to have a good starting point. It doesn’t have to be that cute, super expensive and updated vintage farmhouse. You can make what YOU have work, even without spending money.

Is it worth doing that much work to start?

I say YES ! Even if you’re not getting seriously into the influencer thing, it’s worth having a fresh, clean, and nice looking house. And who doesn’t want to have pretty photos to look back on?

If you are starting to be a mom blogger/instagrammer/influencer, BE CONFIDENT . Don’t think your followers will dislike your photos just because your house is not as beautiful as you want it to be. You’re biggest critic is yourself. The content that you create is going to be the most important. There are opportunities to collab with brands for products.

I’m pretty sure there are many influencers (including myself) who wipe down areas and clear all the clutter to have a nice clean looking space for photos. lol.

We’re all doing it for the gram !

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Look at the background, super distracting. See the below image to see how I changed the corner.

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I replaced the old desk by a more fancy desk and chair from ikea. Both of them are white.

Finally !! I have a BLOG !!!

Hey guys, this is Vannie. Thank you for stopping by my “house”. This is my first blog post ever. I guess I need to introduce myself more, but to make this post short, you can go to “About Me” on top of my page or click HERE.

I’m an Arizona based Instagram influencer @vannie.beauty. I should have created a blog a long time ago, but I didn’t have enough confidence in myself (and I still don’t). I’m afraid I’ll make tons of grammatical errors since English is not my first language. However, I think that by being an influencer on instagram, it’ll help me practice my English. So here I am writing my own blog.

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I’m just a mom like many of you. I try my best to make it look good on the gram, but trust me I’m that lazy messy mom. I post about lifestyle and parenthood topics. Hopefully, this blog will be a warm and informative place for us as you join me on our journey of motherhood together.

Okay, let’s get started by commenting below with any question or suggestion you have.

This blog house is always open for new friends ❤