Tag: mom life

Graduation Applesauce

These were a super easy DIY for a preschool graduation, but could be used for VPK, Kindergarten or any grade, for that matter.

I bought applesauce cups (not pouches), hot glued googly eyes and black construction paper on them. I added string for the tassel.

I believe all of these items can be purchased at the good ol’ Dollar Tree, so in total, they probably came out to $6 for 12 cups, or about 50 cents each.

I already had black paper and used a square hole punch I had, but could easily be cut free-hand.

Ipsy Bag 101

I’ve been getting Ipsy bags for 3 months now and it is BY FAR the best $10 I spend per month.

I’ve never been very into makeup, but let’s be honest, with 2 kids, when’s the next time I can make it into a Sephora?

This is the perfect solution for moms!

You get 5 items per month in a Glam Bag.

Here’s what I’ve gotten over the last 3 months:

February Glam Bag:


-417 Hand Moisturizer

I love this! I’ve never used a hand moisturizer before, but I use this before bed and it feels more luxurious than just a regular lotion. 

Clinique Lip Color + Primer in Love Pop

This is one of my new go-to lipsticks! And seriously, I would’ve paid $10 just for this at a store! 

Marsk Loose Eyeshadow in Foiled Again

I really like this shadow for special occasions.


Luxie Beauty Blending and Shading Eye Brush 249
M.A.D. Skincare Spot On Targeted Skin Brightening Serum

I had no idea WTF brightening serum was. “WTF am I supposed to be brightening, exactly?!” With some help from some younger gals, I applied it and have noticed a nice difference in my skin. 

P.S. Here’s how it was explained to me: “You know how you have black shirts that fade? Brightening cream brings out the color again…but for faces”

March Glam Bag:
This bag came with markers to color the bag!

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Baked Highlighter in Soda Pop
Glossier Balm Dotcom in Rose

Before I knew this was a GLOSS I was totes using this as a blush *facepalm* 

Tarte Cosmetics Sex Kitten Eyeliner


Rodial Glamobrow in Dark Ash Brown


Trufora Triple Action Exfoliator

Here’s me with the exfoliator!

April Glam Bag:


Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks


Vasanti Cosmetics Concealer Buffer Brush

This has really helped my concealer stay in place under my eyes! 

Ofra Cosmetics Blush in Chameleon
Perfect by Symphony Beauty Micellar Cleansing Water in Coconut
Aurora 24H Lip Stain in Salmon

LOVED this lip stain! It didn’t stay on for 24H but it did outlast a Starbucks and chocolate croissant so I call that a win! 

Stay tuned as I will start reviewing my bags monthly!

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Beautifully Yours,

XOXO

Jenn

How running helps me be a better mom

It’s my alone time. My me time.

My sanctuary. My therapy.

When I can think without being interrupted. Or not think at all.

It’s when I feel most myself.

I’ve laughed on runs. I’ve cried.

I’ve picked up leaves or acorns for my kids.

I’ve thought about my grandfather who passed when I was 15. I felt like he was running with me. Like he would be proud of me.

It’s when I get to take care of me. So I can be healthier. And live longer.

It’s when I get to be in nature. See the animals.

Peace.

It’s when I get to listen to what I want.

And the endorphins. Runners high is no joke.

I’m calmer after a run, especially with my kids.

Running makes me a better mom.

A better person.

A better me.

6 Fall & Halloween Themed Lunch Boxes

1. Fall Leaves themed lunch

PB&J cut into leaf shapes, Maple Leaf cookies from Aldi, apple slices, and yogurt with fall sprinkles.

2. Mummy hot dogs 

Mummy hot dogs, pumpkin spice Cheerios, Halloween Oreos, Halloween pretzels, mandarin oranges and Danimals smoothies (orange creamsicle flavor)

3. English muffin pizzas

And just to show you that not everything goes as planned, here are the lunches my children refused to eat. English muffin pizzas (one with an olive and bacon spider), vampire teeth apple slices, and oranges and tootsie rolls to make pumpkins with an eyeball chocolate.

4. Pumpkin themed lunch boxes 

Ham & Cheese sandwiches cut out with a pumpkin cookies cutter (purchased on Amazon here), Babybel Halloween cheese, pumpkin patch dirt cups, Halloween pretzels and one with raisins and one with pumpkin spice Cheerios.

5. Spookley the Square pumpkin snacks

Graham crackers, green M&Ms, candy eyeballs, and black icing. I made orange icing with vanilla frosting and food coloring.

6. Spider lunch boxes

PB&J with pretzel stick legs, candy eyeballs, Veggie Chips, cheese stick/ Halloween Babybel cheese + grapes and spider rings (purchased at the Dollar Tree)

 

FYI* These lunch boxes are Bentgo lunch boxes and I got them on Groupon!