Family, Life Lessons & Inspiration, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

¬†5 Things You Can Do to Beat The Monday Blues

The phrase #MondayBlues has been quite a popular idiom for some time now. Though the phrase can have multiple meanings, for the most part it speaks to a feeling of melancholy or sadness that Monday brings mostly because it’s the first day of the work week after the weekend. Let’s face it, we all crave for longer weekends. We crave more time at home with the family, more vacations and just more time in general. The reality is however…well reality.

For those of us with 9 to 5’s if you really did the math you will realize that you spend more time in your office fulfilling your roles and functions than you do at home. The work life balance for many of us really isn’t  much of a balance at all as we know that work is paramount to life. It’s how we pay the bills, pay for daycare and put food on the table and gas in our cars.

When we really look at this process it’s difficult not to see this as modern day slavery in some sense. Our time is clocked and monitored by a job. They tell us when to come in and when to leave. They even dictate when we can have lunch and for how long. They tell us how much we are worth by the salaries we are paid and we do it all for money that we need to survive.

There’s no surprise therefore that when Monday comes around we are feeling a little bluesy. There are however a few small things we can do to override those Monday Blues and start the work week off on positive note.

 

1. Be Positive

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Instead of looking at Mondays in a negative light try making the first day of the work week about setting the stage for how you want your entire week to flow. Remember you are what you think. So make your Mondays more about fresh beginnings and chose a positive phrase or mantra to focus on not just for Monday but the entire week and repeat it to yourself every time you feel those blues setting in.

2. Set Goals

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I’m so big on goal setting. Not only does it give you something to work towards but goals are positive actions that force you to focus consistently in order to achieve them. Goals can be long-term or short-term and they can even change and/or evolve as you go along. The important thing is to stick to them.

3. Pray or Meditate

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This is a big one. Prayer and meditation are the key to creating and maintaining balance in your life. Having a connection to God through prayer and thanksgiving (or gratitude) helps keep you grounded and keeps things in perspective. It also helps you to foster an attitude of faith, which we can all use a dose of. Meditation keeps our spirit centered and connected to our life source. It brings us peace and solitude and gives us that alone time that we as a people seem to keep losing each day as we are constantly always “On”. Put away the phone and your computer for a few minutes everyday and just enjoy the moment. I particularly like doing this at the beginning of my morning. Begin your Mondays in solitude and prayer.

4. Exercise

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So I always have an excuse as to why I can’t seem to put an exercise regimen in place consistently. Usually my one excuse is time. But seriously you just need to MAKE TIME. I know this may be easier said than done, I mean as busy moms we are literally all over the place, taking care of everyone but ourselves. Start your Monday off with a quick workout at home. There are so many benefits to exercise. It’s not just about the physical. Daily exercise can also increase your overall mental feeling of well-being. I found an app called “Circuit Training Assistant Pro” that has a great list of exercises under 10 minutes that are very effective. Find it in your Google Apps Here.

5. Make it About You

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Self-Care is a must. Taking care of everyone else is great. In fact I enjoy doing it and I am sure that all you moms like me out there,  you enjoy doing it too. There’s just something about us women. I think we were genetically made to be s-heroes. I mean, we do it all. But there must be a time for you. Self-Care is about balance. At least once a week pick an activity that you enjoy doing and carve some time out of your schedule to do it. Whether it’s going to your favorite coffee shop, hanging out with your girls going to the spa or just taking a nice long bubble bath. So whether it’s a Monday, Wednesday or Saturday find the time to do you!

Make your Mondays more about #motivation than the #blues.

Happy Monday! #MotivationMondays

Beauty, Lifestyle, Videos

How to Style Natural Hair with Curling Rods: Part 2

Hello Mommies! This week’s video is the second installment to last week’s curling rod tutorial, except this time, I’m using the curling rods over my entire head without flat twisting the hair.

I have never done this before so I’m putting it all out there for you to see. (that’s why this video is sooo long!!) The good news is I am really pleased with the results. You should definitely try this look as well if you want to switch things up a bit.

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Family, Lifestyle, Videos

Small Space Solution + Giftbox Winners!

This video speaks to a specific portable wardrobe and how it can be useful for organizing and space saving solutions. Portable wardrobes are great options for families with little space to work with or small apartments. It’s a great choice for the kids room, if you have one and works well even if you don’t. I included links below in case you’re interested.

I’d love to hear from you. What are some of your own tried and true space saving or organizing hacks? Leave a comment or suggestion.

Music by https://www.bensound.com

43″ Portable Clothes Wardrobe on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SIZMJVW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s03?ie=UTF8&psc=1

ClosetMaid Cubeicals Fabric Drawer
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SIZMJVW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s03?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Family, Fashion, Life Lessons & Inspiration, Lifestyle, Videos

How to Plan a Simple Baptism or Christening | From Gown to Cute Favors to What I Wore

Hello Moms!

Well Ruby-Rain’s baptism has finally arrived! I’m here to share with you some of the fun and creative things I did to prepare for the special day. I assure you, that you can have a very simple event or celebrate a special occasion without bringing out all the bells and whistles. Something sweet, simple and meaningful can go a really long way. I hope this video gives you some inspiration for your baby’s baptism or even inspires you in some way for any other special event you may have coming up!

Please let me know your thoughts. Would love to hear some of your own baptism and christening ideas.

Links to everything I talked about below!

Music Credit: https://www.bensound.com

Baby lace christening or baptism gown
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Glitter cross votive candles http://www.beau-coup.com/all/s/cross-votive-candle?s

Customized tags
http://www.beau-coup.com/party/personalized-scalloped-party-gift-tags.htm

Dove Pins
http://www.orientaltrading.com/web/browse/processProductsCatalog?sku=36/3493

Religious Cross Gift Bags
http://www.orientaltrading.com/religious-cross-gift-bags-a2-36_2454.fltr

Fugifilm Instax Mini Camera
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Outfit:

Lace Blazer: Bolton’s

Pink Sleeveless top: Bolton’s

Necklace: New York & Co

Off White Wide Leg Pants: Ann Taylor

Kitten Heel Mules: ZARA

 

 

 

Fashion, Lifestyle

Spring Fashion Lookbook for Busy Moms

These days, when it comes to choosing pieces for my wardrobe, a big must for me is comfort. Style is second on my list. Now that I am a mom, practical pieces make so much more sense for my lifestyle. As I multi-task through my day, whether that means heading to the office, attending a meet-up or happy hour after work or simply running around with the kids, I like knowing that the clothes I’m wearing are not only relaxed and comfortable but also stylish enough to take me through all my daily activities.

Take a look at these 3 chic looks that are not only on trend but also perfect for on-the-go mommies like you and me!.

Casual Chic

Who said casual couldn’t be chic?! In this look I’m wearing wide leg striped pants from New York & Co. I love these pants because they are loose fitting and hide my lumps and bumps, which I haven’t quite gotten rid of since giving birth. A staple piece in my wardrobe is an oversized button up shirt which goes with almost anything. I can wear it to work, or dress it up or down. This shirt also does wonders for covering up trouble areas like post baby tummy, while still being on trend. I’ve accessorized this outfit with an olive green bomber jacket (the orange inner lining adds a nice touch don’t you think?), a thick gold chocker, reflective lens aviators in rose gold, a delicate triangle bracelet and some chunky rings. You can add your won flavor of accessories to any outfit to make it your own.

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Dressy-Preppy

The preppy look usually isn’t as dressy, but you can certainly pull this look off with ease. Here, I’ve combined a black flared skirt from Bolton’s with a basic black turtleneck sweater from H&M. What really gives it the preppy feel and look is the varsity jacket which everyone is wearing oversized now, which is even better for moms post partum still working on that baby weight. I can definitely take this look from day to night. Adding the polka dot sheer stockings with boots adds the finishing touches.

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Sporty Edgy

This look is more of an everyday, running errands, soccer mom type look. It’s basically leggings with a t-shirt. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. To add my own unique touch, I opted for Chelsea Boots instead sneakers, a leather jacket, vintage sunglasses and topped the outfit off with a scarf tied around the neck for a choker effect. Stay Fierce mommies!!

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Photo Credit: Teba Andrew

Family, Health and Wellness, Life Lessons & Inspiration, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Happy Women’s Day! | The Struggle of being a Working Mom

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Happy Women’s Day everyone! I think it is so wonderful to have a day carved out on the calendar that is specifically and uniquely dedicated to women. The role of the woman in the home, at work and in society often times gets overlooked. So today, I hope to shed a BIG, bright light on all the women of the world whose daily actions, no matter how big or small adds to the fabric of our society.

In the last two years, I’ve become a mother to two beautiful little girls and I can’t begin to tell you how much they have changed my life. It seems as though just overnight I’ve become this selfless being whose sole and only purpose is to provide and protect these innocent little ones.

Living in a city like New York however has made raising them and enjoying them much more difficult than I could have imagined. My experience makes me tip my hat off to all the mothers running around New York City with strollers during rush hour on the trains, rushing between work and the daycare, while still trying to maintain some sense of normalcy in their lives. It is not easy being a woman and even harder being a mom.

I remember the first day I returned to work after my maternity leave with both my daughters. My heart sank to my feet at the sight of their little eyes watching me walk out the door. Something about that felt so unnatural. It made me wonder whether other mothers felt the way I did? Going back to work made breast feeding more difficult. In fact it killed the whole process entirely. When I’m at work, I ache for my children and find myself often day dreaming about them and wondering what they were doing, whether they had a nap, whether Opal-Rose got into my jewelry box again and if Ruby-Rain finally took her first steps….without me.

This experience has really made me ponder life and how we exist. Granted in other parts of the world like the U.K.where maternity leave can be had for up to 50 weeks 37 of which are paid, in most countries a mother has to return to work when her child is three months old or even younger. When I think about it, the thought of dropping off my newborn to a stranger everyday is nerve wracking and even scary, but we must do what we must.

Our society, driven by profits and bottom lines demand that we spend more time behind the desk or in our cubicle making companies rich, rather than staying at home to nurture our most precious commodity during their most formative years. That is archaic to me. The role of the mother (and father) should be to care for and nurture their children until it’s time for school (usually around 3 years old). I believe that if society for a moment stopped to think about the big picture rather than their pockets and placed a much higher value on the role of the family, we will foster stronger and safer communities that will in turn deliver more positive outcomes for the society on a whole.

Though some small waves have been made, we need to do more to protect our children and our families. In this modern world, women should not be forced to chose between keeping a job and raising their kids. It should be a choice mandated by policy and law. It is my hope that with Trumps new healthcare plan that we not take ten steps back, but rather forge forward in the best way that protects women’s health and rights of our precious families.

 

Beauty, Fashion, Health and Wellness, Lifestyle

Breakfast Beauty for Busy Moms Event at Sisley Paris Boutique, New York

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BREAKFAST BEAUTY for BUSY MOMS

Enjoy easy makeup and skincare tips that will save you time and help you look and feel your best.

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

10am – 12pm

Sisley Paris Boutique

343 Bleecker Street / 212.645.1013 / 343bleecker@sisley.fr

Space is limited – Reservation is required

$60 fee – beverages and mini bites will be served plus a special gift for attending

Bring a friend and you will receive a full size Lip Twist.

Space is limited – Reservation and pre-payment is required

We look forward to seeing you on March 12th. xo

 

Beauty, Lifestyle, Review, Videos

My Ipsy Glam Bag Subscription Review| 3 Months with Unboxing

Hi everyone! So sorry this video is late. I promise to try and keep up with my weekly commitment (every Sunday) of posting new content for you!

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This video is an honest review of the Ipsy beauty monthly subscription. I am not paid to endorse this company and its products. I am an honest customer just giving my honest feedback on the service. So this video is for persons who were curious about the Ipsy subscription service and are interested in knowing what types of products they can expect each month.

The Ipsy glam bag is a combination of beauty, makeup and skincare products. I’ve had the subscription for the past 3 months and I love it! I think it is well worth the money! ($9.99/month)

You can sign up for the ipsy monthly subscription glam bag here! https://www.ipsy.com/

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Health and Wellness, Lifestyle

Good Vs Bad Peanut Butter: What’s Best for You and Your Kids | Homemade Recipes

First thing! Please SUBSCRIBE! SUBSCRIBE! Thank youuuuu…..Here’s the direct link! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUwgK6HrUvrY61-_b8em4sg

We should all know that peanuts are a healthy part of the diet, which is great! because so many of us actually LOVE peanut butter. But is the brand of peanut butter you’e eating actually healthy? In this health topic video find out more about the good peanut butter brands and the not so good ones and make your choice.

I’ve also included in this video some healthy snack options that you can make with peanut butter that is perfect for you and the entire family. This is also a great way to get your kids eating fruits!

Healthy Recipes for Kids