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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The Best Books For Kids

The world of fiction is an ideal starting point for a child’s intellectual, moral, and cognitive development. Through exciting adventures, fun rhymes, beautiful illustrations, and the occasional sensory experience, a child begins to make sense of the world, as well as the words we use, and the language we speak.

Here are some of the best books for kids.

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