Mothers Day

Mother’s day is coming!!   Don’t be a jerk and forget 🙂  I mean that politely, of course.  Everyone has someone who has been a mother figure in their life.

In hopes you can start thinking about what you would like to do for your mom, mail to your mom, deliver to your mom, surprise your mom….. START THINKING NOW.

Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Gift ideas:

  • Skin Care – Colleen Rothschild Radiant cleansing balm is my fave!
  • A customized necklace, earrings if she likes jewelry.
  • A Plant or assorted flowers in a pretty pot for her patio, sunny window or front porch.
  • Book a spa day or take her to lunch.
  • Pick up lunch and take it to her.
  • A framed photo or photo book of family/grandkids.
  • A lovely candle.
  • A bouquet of flowers.
  • A basket of bath goodies.
  • A new perfume – roller balls are fairly inexpensive.
  • A nice card… that arrives a couple days ahead.

Deliver the gift in person if possible.  If it’s not possible than call. facetime, skype.  Just make some kind of contact in some way.

I realize we are all in different places and situations.  I hope that on Mother’s Day you can find peace and joy knowing that you were born on purpose.  It’s your job to find that purpose.

Planners…. Are you or are you not?

What are your thoughts on planners?  I started using one a long time ago.  Actually it was a desk calendar long before I became an “apple product addict” and started using an online calendar.  Eventually I realized I’m a visual person and need to write things down.

My most favorite planners are the ones that have the whole month layout as well as weekly layouts.   I need one that lays flat with tabs that separate each month.  I would prefer a 15-18 month planner but find I get tired of it after 12 months and start looking for something new.

I used the Lilly Pulitzer planner last year and thought it was really nice for $30++!   They have since changed the design and I have to say I’m not a fan.  It had a protective thick cardboard cover with spiral binding that allowed it to be folded backwards.   Pockets, stickers and plenty of room to personalize was secondary to the layout.

I found a planner made by Me&My Big Ideas and it’s almost as good.  Only 12 months but the thick plastic coated cover and large spiral make it a decent runner up to my previous love.

And then there are bullet journals and although it seems fun it may be a little to overwhelming.

What’s your favorite planner?

Ashley

Drugstore Brows | What the heck?

Help!!!!

I have been trying to find the best drugstore brow products and am coming up short handed.

Here are the latest contestants, from top to bottom. (All purchased from Target or CVS)

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  1. Brow Stylist Definer by L’OREAL – Ultra fine pencil with spool brush – works ok, seems like I have to apply a lot of pressure to get a line drawn, color matching decent, stayed in place most of the day.
  2. Brow Fantasy by Revlon – Weird powder and brow gel with a spool applicator and sponge tip – negative, and that’s all I have to say.
  3. Micro Brow Pencil by NYX –  again, have to apply a ton of pressure to draw lines, it shouldn’t be such a struggle, color matching could be better, stayed in place.
  4. Brow Pencil by Revlon –  It has a thicker angled point brow product and a spool brush on one end, didn’t have to press too hard, stayed well, I didn’t have to use a ton of product, the thickness of it makes it tough to draw hair like lines, seems like it’s better for those who like to use a shading technique.Bottom line:   I’m still searching.  Do not want to spend $21 on a specialty brow product, haven’t found my perfect match on color and although I like to be able to draw a thin line to fill in my brows, I prefer not to have to apply super-human pressure to do so.

    What’s your favorite brow product?

Our Go-To Weekly Meals – When life gets hectic!

Isn’t it amazing how crazy busy life can get?  Between the 8-5, soccer practice, recitals, playdates, homework and… and… AND!   There’s the need to feed the family.  The following meals have been tried and true staples during the super busy times.  Enjoy!

White Chicken Chili (without beans) – Just 100% good and quick!  Follow the crock-pot recipe to make it ridiculously easy.  www.TheRealFoodRDS.com  Serve with some tortilla chips or diced avocado. (photo from TheRealFoodRDS)

Taco Tuesday Stuffed Peppers – Not the easiest or quickest but it’s totally worth the work.   Recipe is here.  I love to make these in addition to our regular Taco night menu.  They make perfect leftovers for lunch to-go.  (My photo)



Sheet Pan Dinners
– One pan and done.   I love these type of dinners.  Just be sure you have a higher quality sheet pan so it doesn’t warp in the middle of baking (my favorite pan is from Pampered Chef).  I typically use Chicken Thighs or Boneless Pork Chops.  Check it out here  www.TheKitchn.com (photo from TheKitchn)

Spaghetti & The Meatball – Yep you read that right “THE Meatball”, meaning one meatball 🙂  A step up from our typical sketti & frozen meatballs & sauce dish.  We like to follow this recipe from www.HalfBakedHarvest.com except we double the meat and divide into 8-10 large meatballs.  (photo from HalfBakedHarvest)

Whole30 Style Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden Dupe) –  I’ve tried a few different variations and they always turn out super yummy.   Check out the recipe here: www.FarmsteadChic.com   (photo from FarmsteadChic)

 

MYO Night – also known as Make Your Own and/or Leftover night.  The kids really hate to see this on our meal board. Basically because it means it’s leftover night!  They eventually figure something out and all is good again in the world. 🙂

 

5 tips – Get your act together!

  1.  Make a list.   Creating a To-Do list with things like Do Laundry or Empty Dishwasher can help you stay focused on what really needs to be done.  As each task is completed draw a line through it.  

2.   Stay positive.  Nobody likes a Negative Nancy.  Thinking positive thoughts actually help us feel better.  Make up a mantra and repeat it in your mind to push the negative ones out.  Think something like this: “I have everything I need to be happy and I am thankful today for_______.” Fill in the blank.  Are you thankful for the sun streaming through your curtains?  Are you thankful for the friend that called to say hello?  Are you thankful you weren’t actually out of toilet paper?

3. Be aware.  I have preached this before but you should always be aware and observant.  Complacency is not your friend.  Be aware of yourself, your family, bank account, co-workers, credit score, neighbors, what’s in your refrigerator, etc …. You can’t improve things if you don’t know where you stand.

4.  Be proactive.  It’s as simple as this: Do the right thing, don’t be jerk to others and don’t treat your body like an out-house.

5. Finally, there can’t be a true-er phrase when it comes to keeping your act together: Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Give yourself a break if you mess up.  We are not perfect and we are allowed to make mistakes.  Just try to learn from them, “yeah THAT was not my best decision”  and move on.  Do not beat yourself up.