Wednesday, November 26, 2014

My love/hate relationship with Kohl's (new video!)

Yay! A video! I mentioned another video before but... I'm new at this and something went wrong! I have the video, I just can't seem to get it uploaded. Who knows? (Certainly not me!)

So, yesterday I had the opportunity to record this short video just in time for Black Friday. I would be so honored if you'd watch it and leave me a comment!

Here's the video!

Some of the deals I referred to in the video are:

Kohl's 15% off code THANKS15 or YES2SAVINGS
Kohl's Black Friday deals (now live online!)

Monday, November 24, 2014

How to feed your family without even trying!

As I alluded in recent Facebook update, last week was a little bit crazy for our family. We had a grandparent pass and a funeral to attend. We were overall distracted and sad (naturally)! So, no posts were written, very little make-up was worn and cooking was quite sparse!

I truly enjoy cooking and try to create healthy meals for my family, but, hey, this is real life and sometimes life throws you curve balls. With our dietary restrictions, meal planning curve balls can be HARD. So, anyway, I just wanted to give you all a little glimpse of a real life, unplanned dinner at my house! And, in all honesty, it really isn't that horrible. There still are many healthy-ish options out there, even when you need something quick and even when you have a limited diet. So, without further ado, here's what we ate one random night last week (with step-by-step instructions):

Step One:
Prepare paper products in whatever space is available in your messy kitchen. For me, it was on top of my [dirty] stove. 

Step Two:
Vegetables are important. Boxed lettuce and toppings from the salad bar = easy veg.

 Step Three:
Where would a meal be without a main course? Tonight's menu was hot dogs wrapped in tortillas. Fancy!

Step Four:
Last but not least, I rounded out the meal with a nice, healthy serving of potato [chips]! 

And guess what? Nobody cared. In fact we loved it. Felt like we were having an indoor picnic right smack-dab in the middle of November. 

Having a rough day? I hereby give you permission to put a big fat X over your menu plan for the day, and keep it simple. Wake up the next morning with better intentions and get back on the menu planning wagon. No. big. deal. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

How to start a weekly pampering hour

As we come up on the colder months it can be so comforting to just hunker down and stay indoors. Though I do get rammy from time to time, I generally like the idea of staying home!

One practice I try to institute on a weekly basis is some pampering time. Two things I love about my pampering hour are that I don't have to leave the house and it doesn't cost me anything.

I firmly believe that all busy moms should set aside about an hour per week to pamper themselves! 

Here's what I like to do:

Draw a hot bath filled with either pretty smelling bubbles or Epsom salts. Half a cup of milk & one quarter cup of honey also works well and is super soothing for dry skin!

Read a book/magazine, turn on some relaxing music or listen to a motivational sermon or podcast.

Wash with favorite products. Use a sugar or salt scrub when necessary.

Pat dry with a towel and apply body cream on problem areas like feet, elbows and legs.

Get dressed in comfortable yet presentable clothes- something that makes you feel good! A light smelling body mist adds a nice, feminine touch.

Apply facial cleanser and moisturizer.

Follow up with whatever hygienic items necessary. I like to use deodorant powder, a simple powder foundation and creamy lip gloss.

Brush hair and style as necessary. Or don't. It's up to you!  ;)

Trim and polish nails. Sometimes I just use this time to remove old polish and apply a coat of nail strengthener.

Pictured above are some of my favorite products:

  • Nature's Gate Chamomile shampoo for color treated hair
  • Burt's Bees clarifying toner
  • Nature's Gate Lemon Verbana oil-free moisturizer
  • Nivea Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss lip butter
  • Bare Minerals powder foundation in fairly light
  • Honey Bee Gardens deodorant powder
  • Ulta Tropical Citrus body cream
  • Ulta Mandarin Mint sugar scrub
  • Avon Ginger Scents body spray
  • Dollar General green nail polish remover (the green color works so much better than the pink and purple!)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What I wore Wednesday

As a DIYmom, I find it particularly difficult to get myself motivated to get dressed in the morning. I know, I know, it's ridiculous but it's true. I find that I am more productive and even a little happier when I do my make-up and get dressed. It helps me to feel more feminine and even professional in my approach of the day. For accountability sake, I am going to try to take some pics of what I wore. This is by no means a fashion column! This is just me, putting one foot in front of the other and getting out of my sweats...

So, here it goes:

Gap Cardigan from Thred-Up, T-shirt Nordstrom, scarf Thred-up, Apt 9 Jeans from Goodwill

Banana Republic Cardigan from Goodwill, Graphic tee from Goodwill, Leggings Queen Maxi Skirt from Amazon.

LOFT Sweater from Thred-Up, long sleeve tee (unknown!), Apt 9 Jeans from Goodwill, Scunci hair scarf from Weis. 

Long sweater from Kmart, T-shirt from Goodwill, Skinny Jeans from Old Navy.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Recipe: Sprouted Wheat Pumpkin Muffins

This was a super delicious recipe that I made for my family for breakfast (and part of lunch!) today! If you are avoiding traditional grains, eggs and sugar, this is the recipe for you! 

 *Our family chose to use sprouted wheat flour, coconut milk, walnut oil & coconut vinegar in this recipe. You could substitute regular flour, another milk, another oil & another vinegar. If you experiment with those substitutions, let us know how it turns out!