Halloween Costume Prep with Contact Lenses

September 22, 2017

Fall is here! And this means Halloween is just around the corner. My company holds an annual costume contest, and I'm already scouring the internet for fun ideas. They give prizes for both homemade and store-bought costumes. Last year, I made my own. You can see it here.

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During my search, I found one thing that can take any costume to the next level. AC Lens offers fun, specialty contact lenses perfect for Halloween. All contact lenses are FDA approved. The only catch is that every customer must have a prescription from their eye doctor to wear the lenses. (per US law) You can get a prescription for contact lenses even if you don't require vision correction.


They have lenses that would be perfect for a wide variety of costumes.
cat • zombie • vampire • reptile • and more


If you added contact lenses to your Halloween costume this year, what do you think you would be?

I have no idea how I could utilize the pink contacts, but I want them!



Finding Time to Exercise, Tips for the Working Mom

September 19, 2017

My divorce was final in July. Since then, the kids and I moved into a new place. Between moving, work, school, sports, and dipping my toe back into the dating world, I haven't had time for much else. But at 38, no matter how busy I am, I know how important it is to find time to exercise. It may seem impossible, but it can be done! Here are some tips to help you squeeze a workout into the busiest of schedules.

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Audit Your Schedule
In order to find time, you've got to take time from somewhere else. How you are spending your unused chunks of time? Are you spending 30 minutes on Facebook or Pinterest? Do you spend 10-minute intervals checking your email? Pay attention to how you spend your time. I bet you can find 15 minutes here, 30 minutes there.

Block Out Time
Figure out what time of day you can work out and create a reminder in your calendar or phone. Schedule exercise as part of your day and make it non-negotiable, just like any other appointment.

Have A Workout Plan
Once you’ve penciled in your workout, think about what you’ll actually do. You'll be less likely to skip a workout if it's planned out in advance.

Include Your Kids (When You Can)
It’s hard to find dedicated alone time as a parent. Sometimes it's simply not possible to squeeze in a workout without the kids. You can walk or run with them. You can exercise alongside them at the park. Get creative. You'd be surprised what you can do with little ones around. And introducing your kids to fitness is never a bad idea. #GoMomGo

Make Any Space A Home Gym
You don't need a gym membership or fitness equipment to work out. Use what's at your disposal. There are countless exercises you can do with a chair. You can also find exercises that only require you to stand or squat against a wall. I often do sit-ups with my legs propped on the side of my bed. You can also pick up a yoga mat, hand weights and an exercise ball at Target, Walmart or any sporting goods store.

Turn Chores into Exercise
My favorite thing to do is crank up the music and dance while I clean. It's a great aerobic activity and fun for the whole family!

Utilize Your Smart Phone
There are numerous apps to help you with your fitness routine. There are apps to help you keep track of meals and calories. There are apps with step-by-step exercise videos. And there are even apps that allow you to set timers for your workout.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Let’s face it, life happens. Some days you may only be able to squeeze in 15 minutes of exercise instead of an hour. Some days you may not be able to work out at all. It's ok.

Hold Yourself Accountable
Juggling the responsibilities of family, work and life can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone. Find a buddy or share your workouts online. It really helps to have others hold you accountable and cheer you on.

Make It Count
At the end of the day, spending more time with your family is always a priority. So when you do carve out some time to work out, push yourself the entire time.

Dress For Success
Even if I'm exercising at home, I still get dressed like I'm going to the gym. Every little bit of motivation helps. And we all know that if you look good, you feel good. Fabletics offers cute, comfortable styles that fit most body types with sizes up to 3X. If you sign up for their VIP program, Fabletics will send you a new outfit every month. (You can opt out as often as you want.) Fabletics also has workouts put together by renowned trainers and coaches that are accessible for VIP members as well.









Fitting fitness into a busy schedule is hard and exercise is often the first thing to go. But, with a little planning and effort, it can be done. Make your well-being a priority. When Mommy's happy, everyone's happy. Right? Right.







A Life Recap, January - July 2017

July 11, 2017

It's been a minute since I've come to this lovely space to update you. So to catch you up, I'm going to share everything I've been up to since January. Yes, January.

I've seen four concerts this year. Tom Petty and Red Hot Chili Peppers were both atop my concert bucket list. Tom put on one hell of a show. He sounded amazing. Of the four concerts, the RHCP were my least favorite. It's not that they were bad. They sounded great and had a lot of energy, but I was a little underwhelmed. And they didn't play Under The Bridge. Boo!

It was my second time to see Garth. He performed for over three hours. He played every song, old and new. I totally teared up when I heard my favorites. (The Dance, Make You Feel My Love) I took my son to see Twenty One Pilots. It was his first concert. It's shocking to admit, but this one was my favorite. Two young kids new to the biz put on one of the best shows I've ever seen. If you're into their music even just a little bit, go see them.


Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers


Garth Brooks, Twenty One Pilots



I bought a new car. My Nissan Rogue started having major transmission issues. Instead of shelling out money for repairs, I got rid of it. I didn't go with a Nissan this time because my last two crapped out on me long before they should have. I bought a Jeep Cherokee Latitude. I've only had it for about 6 weeks, but I love it so much.



My son graduated from elementary school. He'll be a 6th grader in less than a month and will be turning 12 this fall. Time really needs to slow down.

Speaking of time needing to slow down, I had my twenty year high school reunion. Even though I keep up with a lot of my classmates on Facebook, it'll never be the same as actually hanging out. I had a blast catching up with old friends. And I must say, we all look damn good to be pushing 40!







I turned 38 and got the best birthday card ever. Every time I see this picture of myself, I laugh. I used several filters to try and hide my sunburned forehead. It didn't work.



Last but not least, I watched Kentucky beat UCLA in the Sweet Sixteen. I've gone fishing, played mini golf and celebrated the 4th of July with family and friends. It's been a great 2017 so far. And it should only get better from here.






2017 Met Gala Fashion, Best Dressed

May 8, 2017

The Costume Institute Gala, also known as the Met Gala, is regarded as the top social event of the year in New York City. Fashion experts and style magazines consider it to be the world's best red carpet. The fashion is often outlandish, which is why I love it so much. Anything goes.

This year's theme was Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons. Rei Kawakubo is the first living designer to be the sole subject of the fashion exhibit since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983. Comme des Garçons is famous for its unusual and outlandish silhouettes, which attendees were encouraged to try and emulate.


Some dressed for the theme. Others did not. Here are my favorites.


ALEXANDER SKARSGARD in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture
I mean, he's just so pretty.


STELLA MAXWELL in H&M
This dress, comprised mostly of pearls, is gorgeous.
I love it.


KATE HUDSON in Stella McCartney
I'm really digging this dress on her.
I also love the makeup, platinum blonde hair and white nails.


EMMY ROSSUM in Carolina Herrera
I don't know why I love this so much, but I do.
Her hair, makeup, nails, and jewelry complete the look.


HAILEY BALDWIN in Carolina Herrera
This is not something I would ever wear, but I still love it.
Does she look like a wedding cake? Maybe.
Love the color, the choker and the veil.


BLAKE LIVELY in Versace
Gold
Feathers
Form-fitting
Broad shoulders
Not to mention how gorgeous she is...
♥♥♥


LILY-ROSE DEPP in Chanel
I like the hot pink.
And I especially love the flower details.


CARA DELEVINGNE in Chanel
It's not a wig, y'all.
She spray painted her head.
Ballsy and I like it.
I love the futuristic feel of this look.


HALLE BERRY in Versace
I don't love her hair and makeup.
But she gets props for sticking to the theme.
I love how three-dimensional this is.


DAKOTA JOHNSON in Gucci
If it were any other event, I would probably hate this.
I love black.
And I like that this is different.


JULIANNE MOORE in Comme des Garçons
Julianne wore a dress by the honored designer.
It's funky and fun.
The earrings are great too.
I don't like the shoes though.


RIHANNA in Comme des Garçons
Rihanna also wore a design by the night's honoree.
And she nailed it!
This wouldn't work anywhere else, but for this event...
Perfection.
#RhiRhiSlays


all images via People


Currently, March 2017

March 21, 2017

Since deciding to move forward with a divorce, I've had to refocus my time and energy. Quality time with my kids comes first. I've been cleaning and purging like a mad woman because we'll probably move over the summer. I'm also focusing on the important friendships in my life. I have the best girlfriends in the world. Without them, I probably would have fallen apart. And now, baseball and softball season are in full swing. Most of my weekends between now and June will be spent at one ballpark or another. I wouldn't have it any other way though. I was born to be a sports mom.


Currently Loving


my oversized baseball tote + softball tumbler


Currently Listening To


I've been listening to a lot of 90's rap.
Biggie, Tupac, Snoop, Mase


Currently Enjoying



Currently Watching


I just binge watched all 7 seasons of Rules of Engagement and the first season of Santa Clarita Diet.
I didn't watch Rules when it originally aired. I loved it!
Santa Clarita Diet is different and so hilarious. Drew and Timothy are great in it.
Big Little Lies on HBO is so good, even better than the book. The cast is amazing.


Currently Anticipating


I'm going to see my Kentucky Wildcats play in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday.
Here.
In Memphis.
I'm dying, y'all.


Currently Needing


a tropical vacation
or at the very least, a road trip


Currently Wanting


an Apple watch
My birthday's coming up. Maybe I'll buy myself one.