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Friday, July 31, 2015

Death by Teenager: Driver's Ed and Clenched Hands





Ummmm my hands have been aching lately. So painful that I've been worried I was getting inflamed again from all my paleo cheats or arthritis or wrist cancer. I was about to diagnose with Dr Google when it hit me.

I have a child learning to drive.

Parallel parking where she came a scream-from-me-close-to-ramming-a-Mercedes yesterday made me realize my hands were clenched for the entire hour!
Ding Ding Ding!!Killing me slowly, you are PB!

XOXOX,
Mommy

Monday, July 13, 2015

DIY Teen Girl Cycle Survival Kit: Studying & Swimming with Periods #CycleSurvival #ad #CollectiveBias


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CycleSurvival #CollectiveBias



One for school and one for swim practice

When it comes to that time of the month, preparing my daughter is one way to make it less stressful, especially when headed back to school.




Awww isn't she cute?

So cute I created a PMS Cycle Survival Kit for my baby girl.  You heard me! An Aunt Flo SURVIVAL KIT!




I am super proud of her for her full load of honors and IB courses this coming fall. She also swims both high school and club practice back-to-back after school, so having a discrete survival kit is perfect! She is hitting the books and the pool--she doesn't need her period to slow her down from her dreams.

I am sure you have a busy girl in your life too!



Having a period goes with the territory and she inherited a monthly doozy from me.  I've got to make sure she's covered when she goes back to school and back to high school swim practice.  Heck, while I am at it, I made sure her lips and legs were covered too!

So I'll be surprising her with two kits!  One for her swim bag and one for her school bag!

DIY Cycle Kit to Surprise Your Daughter, Niece, or Granddaughter For Confidence


First up, stroll on down to your neighborhood Walgreens.  I was able to scoop up everything I needed there.  Bonus: If you buy $15 of participating U by Kotex,  EOS , and BIC products, you get 3,000 Balance Reward Points!! I found some adorable bags and I started shopping to fill them up!





U by Kotex CleanWear® by U Pads.  Yep, these Maxi pads are the foundation of your kit especially with heavy flows.With the new technology applied in Kotex's new pad, girls can now be more confident in wearing whatever they want whether it's all day at school or hours in the library studying for finals. With their young, fresh, modern covers, they aren't as obvious either!
Tissues.
  Yep because a disappointing quiz back when your on your period??  Yeah, keep those tissues handy.



EOS. 
 When you are PMS-ing...is there anything worse than chapped lips and rough legs?  Heh!  Yes, on your period everything seems a little more nails on chalkboard so having a quick fix prevents mini-rants, right? Eos Lip balm and shaving cream to the rescue!




Bic Shaving Products
. Yep, you get to school in that cute new skirt only to find you missed an entire strip of hair.  Yes, you have a shin mohawk.  A discreet razor?  Done.



Hairbands & Hair Conditioner Spray. BECAUSE is there anything worse that hair in your face when you are taking a test and those few frizzy whisps tickle your nose? Or doing dry land at swim practice with a mess of hair in your face??  Hello!!

For her swim bag

Breath Fixers. Gum, mints, and mouth strips, oh my!  Just for those times when you are feeling cranky pants and suddenly that hot, but guy with the sparkly eyes finally get up the nerve to talk to you the day you slept in with cramps.  At least your breath will be fresh right?




Chocolate and Motrin. 
 You knew there would be chocolate right? Add a Motrin chaser and cramps?  What cramps?

Jam packed with maxi pads, tissues, chocolates, and lip balm for school

Sooooo...do you think she will like it?  Gotta admit it's been hard keeping my boys away from some of these survival items, but nooope boys!  This is girls only this time! HA!



Sooooo...how do you survive your period? I'd love to hear what you'd put in your survival kit!

Friday, June 12, 2015

On Parental Learning Curves: Fruit Tray on Fleek

Fruit tray on fleek, my friends!!

#parentinglearningcurvesarereal

Yeah I went simple for end of year picnic for kid #3.

Kid #1? I would meticulously carved watermelon baskets and have a
dozen exotic fruits like star fruit that kids wouldn't even eat.
Arranged to spell out kids' names. Hours and hours... desperate
housewife style.


Kid #2? A little simpler. Maybe rainbow fruit kabobs arranged on fancy
party platters.


What I have learned? Kids don't even notice -- only parents are
impressed. And by kid #3? I could not care less if I impressed any
parents. It's not a competition.


So kid #3 gets simple fruit on dollar store trays with ice underneath
to keep them chilled--prepared five minutes before we leave... Done!


Can't say my competitive housewife won't return someday but for now?
She's dead, Jim. She's dead.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Add a Little Sparkle to Your IPhone 6 with Rebecca Minkoff and AT&T #ATTSeattle

Taken with my iPhone 6 of course

Hello there gorgeous! Gotta love AT&T for delivering this Rebecca Minkoff beauty today for my iPhone6.

So much sparkle!!

I'm a casual girl during the day, but love I can dress up my phone for evening events!


With both silver AND gold sparkles, love my new Casemate Rebecca Minkoff Crystal Statement Case!! It'll match silver AND gold phones AND the silver or gold accessories you wear!

Perfection since clashing metallic accessories drive me nutso. Fits my phone perfectly too.


Bonus? $20 off retail price and free shipping at AT&T right now!

From AT&T:

A premium leather accent, gold buttons, and a gold metal badge complete the look, offering an unexpected balance between elegance and edge:
  • Genuine crystal accented with premium leather
  • Ultra-slim silhouette
  • Refined dual-layer protection
  • Gold metallic button accents

Check it out! 



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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Not Paleo: How Not to Make a Fool of Yourself & Hijack #Paleo #CavemanDiet #PaleoDiet #EatClean



I am no paleo expert and I am no paleo nazi. However, I do know some things:


You cannot have greek yogurt and granola and call it paleo.

You cannot have corn on your salad and call it paleo.

You cannot have rice with your steak and call it paleo.

You cannot have baked goods and cakes made with white sugar and flours made from any grains.

And???  And??? You cannot have store bought flour tortillas, pre-shredded cheese and canned enchilada sauce--even if you added extra chicken for protein--and call it paleo.






I have also seen people label their food simultaneously vegan and paleo. Those generally don't work together and usually the picture is either one or the other...or neither!

People I can't make this stuff up!  Bwahaha! All of these dishes I have personally seen on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest over and over!!.


Psssst!!  Paleo doesn't mean more meat or more protein.
 




Paleo for the record:

  • No sugar
  • No processed foods
  • No grains of any kind
  • No dairy
  • No soy
  • No alcohol (although wine and tequila seem to be a graay area)
  • No nightshades (although this is a gray area with pepper and potatoes)
  • No legumes (gray area with green beans and peas)

Do I eat like this all the time? Nope. I believe in moderation. Yes, you can tweak it to how it works best for you.  I certainly do.  I eat nightshades after having eliminated them from my diet and then re-introducing them without any side effects.  And?  I do cheat. I will indulge occasionally.

However when I do? I don't take pictures of my cheats and hastag them paleo.

But best ever today? I saw a purse on IG labeled paleo. Pretty sure I don't eat paleo purses...






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