Mama Monday’s….Makeup Tip!

Good Morning Mama’s!

I didn’t really wear makeup until I was in my mid-20’s. I first tried it out in junior high; my mom found out and banned it. But of course, being the rebellious tween (I shudder to think of the payback I am going to get with my two daughters – at least I have ten years) for about a month I snuck over to a girlfriends house in the morning before school to put on that terrible, pink lipstick with blue mascara….anyone else remember that look?

In my 20’s, I went through a heavy black eyeliner and red lipstick (which I still seem to fall back on every now and then) and now I pretty much have a daily routine. Please let me just say that I am not saying that anyone needs to wear makeup! However, if you are someone that enjoys applying makeup and/or wearing it then here is your tip!

Have I mentioned that I have a three year old and five month old and haven’t slept in oh, three to four years? Add to the fact that I have Italian blood and the beautiful (yes that is sarcasm) raccoon eyes that come with that ethnicity. For those reasons, I have been on the hunt for a good under eye concealer and boy oh boy did I find one!

I am not here to promote any brand over another so I am not going to mention the specific brand…if you really want to know leave me a comment with your email address and I will ping you directly. BUT, I do want to share that if you can find a good under eye concealer, it makes all the difference between being a disheveled, tired looking mama and a bright eyed and bushy tailed mama…personally, I prefer for people to see me and not that I am just another tired mama.

And, a very Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your lovies!

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What’s for dinner Wednesday…Why I love Trader Joe’s

How is it that every night I am surprised by the fact that the day has gone by and it is almost dinner time and I haven’t thought about what I am going to make – does this ever happen to you?

For me, those are the nights that I look into my fridge and sing the praise of Trader Joe’s. How I love this store and all the simple, quick and mostly healthy dinners that feed my family. Not only can I breeze through the aisles and pick up one or two or ten items that will happily feed all the members of my family but also on a budget we can afford!

Turns out, last night was a Trader Joe’s signing night! I looked up and realized it was 5:15 pm and whoops, no dinner in sight! What me worried? Nope, not with my trusty Trader Joe ingredients. I pull out from the freezer, Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatballs (have you ever tried these, not bad at all, not like an Italian Grandmother’s but delish in my opinion). Throw those in the pot with some pasta sauce (we always have red sauce in the pantry); it only takes about 20 minutes. I had picked up some Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Spaghetti Pasta (just to try it out – very good, texture is more like rice than pasta and the three year old loves it). Threw together a quick green salad together, yes, that would be another one of those take the lettuce mix from the box and place on the plate, add veggies if you have them. Final piece, Trader Joe’s now has French Baguettes; they are in the freezer section and perfect to for nights like this.

We were all so hungry last night that I forgot to take a picture, but if you visit a Trader Joe’s near you or pop on their website, they offer all kinds of meal suggestions.

Happy Eating!

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You can still travel with children…it’s just different.

My husband and I both have a love of traveling, it was one of the things we loved to do before we had children.  We traveled throughout Europe together and around the states. Then came our first daughter and we wondered to ourselves if our days of travel were going to soon be over.

We made a pact together that just because we had children we would not stop traveling and we both felt it was important to introduce our child(ren) to new cultures and expose them to people all over the world. Neither my husband nor I had traveled much as children and wanted it to be different for our girl(s) childhood.

We took the big plunge when our first daughter had just turned one. We headed off to Vietnam and Cambodia (my husband does business in Vietnam) so we were able to turn a business trip into a vacation. I have to admit I was nervous about traveling in Asia (I had not been before) but my husband had been countless times and was very comfortable with his surroundings. I thought the worse part would be the plane ride; it was 13 hours to Taipei and then a couple more into Saigon. I packed SO many things, but the only toy she wanted to play with was her Wikki Stix, which as a parent I thought they might be the greatest invention ever! Another tip: Only bring new toys (doesn’t have to be new from the store but new to the kid) and introduce them for the first time on the ride. We also got REALLY lucky and she slept for a good portion of the trip as well. I think this is one of the major benefits of traveling with the kiddies when they are younger.

We had an amazing time the three of us and we are talking about taking another trip next spring when our youngest daughter is over a year but less than 2 years. Don’t stop traveling because you have children, just change your attitude. It’s worth it!

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Namaste…

Have you ever tried yoga? I know it’s not for everyone. I have been going to classes off and on for the past (not sure I want to say this number out loud) actually, I will cheat and say since I was 18. Anyway, every time I go to a class I leave feeling like I have rejuvenated my mind, body and soul and can take on whatever I have coming to me next. This feeling lasts until I walk in the door of my house….but oh, those 15 minutes are wonderful!

Yesterday, we hosted a Superbowl party at our house. One of my girlfriends suggested we hit up a yoga class that we occasionally go to before the party. It was a great idea, and hour and a half of yoga before my house is filled with children and beer drinking daddies sounded like just what was needed.

There is a beautiful yoga studio just 5 minutes from my house. It is a converted church, so it has gorgeous stain glass windows and a chapel and just feels like you are reconnecting with yourself. It was a great class; it’s for beginners so it’s lots of low impact stretching, which is perfect for me….almost 5 months postpartum, I am still not up for anything strenuous yet.

My favorite part of the class is the relaxation part at the end. When else in your daily life do you take five minutes (doesn’t seem like a lot but it does the trick), to lie on the floor with your eyes closed, covered in a blanket and just do nothing? Try doing this at home and the three year old thinks it is time to take mama out and the baby cries…you know the routine. I am still working on actually relaxing during this time and not running through my mental checklist but I am getting better.

As I was leaving the class, I thanked my friend for getting me there before the big day. I felt relaxed and ready to have a house full of people. I felt connected to myself and that I could move through the day feeling just a bit lighter….that is until I helped myself to the chicken wings the boys had cooking at home!

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