My biggest (and most extraordinary) accomplishments

My biggest (and most extraordinary) accomplishments

...

read more

Friday favorites & a NuNaturals giveaway!

Friday favorites & a NuNaturals giveaway!

1.  Starbucks Iced Green Tea Maybe it is the summer heat, but I am just not as into coffee lately.  I’ve been drinking iced green tea like a madwoman instead though. (A special thank you to my sister for treating me twice in the past week!).  The iced green tea is so refreshing, and I might even start to make it at home to save a few bucks (although there’s just something about ordering one at Starbucks…).   2.  Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation On Tuesday evening, I had a minor accident with my PMD and ended up...

read more

Recipe: Mango barbecue sauce

Recipe: Mango barbecue sauce

One of my very favorite things about the summer (not too surprisingly) involves food and drinks.  Fresh corn, tomatoes from the farmers market, grilling out, sipping wine on the patio…  I love it all. I have a lot of go-to summertime recipes in my arsenal and just added one more (a barbecue sauce) that absolutely positively needs to be shared with you today. I think it’s just perfect for the 4th of July! As you’ll see, it is so versatile, and the possibilities for how it can be used are nearly endless.  I am sure the...

read more

Weekend recap (Lazy 5 Ranch)

Weekend recap (Lazy 5 Ranch)

It has been scorching hot in Charlotte lately.  If I don’t get the kids out for a stroll by 8 am, I can just forget the whole idea because walking any time after 10 in the morning is just too uncomfortable, sticky, humid, and gross.  In fact, I’ve taken up doing laps around the mall lately- a great air-conditioned alternative to walking outdoors! Anyway, MT and I wanted to do something fun with Michael over the weekend, but it was too steamy to go to the zoo (my first choice), and he hasn’t been digging the pool (just a...

read more

Friday Favorites (6/20)

Friday Favorites (6/20)

1.  Skinny Pop Naturally Sweet Popcorn MT makes sure that I always have a good supply of popcorn, and he picked this up for me a few weeks ago.  I thought that it might taste a bit like kettle corn when I read the bag, but that isn’t the case at all.  It is basically just regular popcorn with a subtly sweet flavor.  Add a little sea salt, and it is perfect combination of salty and sweet! 2.  Mary’s Gone Crackers Pretzels These pretzels are gluten free, whole grain, and totally addictive.  I’ve been snacking on them all...

read more

8 tips for beautiful skin (& break up with your makeup)

8 tips for beautiful skin (& break up with your makeup)

I’ve always loved makeup.  I love shopping for makeup, looking at the pretty packaging, and choosing what beautiful shade of blush I feel like wearing on a particular day. Even when I was in high school and rarely wore a lick of it, I still enjoyed reading beauty books and wandering through the makeup aisles of the drugstore. Somewhere between then and now, makeup became something that I not only enjoyed wearing but something that I felt I needed to wear to feel complete.   All of the lip products that I found in my diaper bag...

read more

Why I blog (a virtual blog tour)

Why I blog (a virtual blog tour)

There are so many wonderful benefits of being a blogger, and I have to say that the very best one of all is meeting some fantastic people.  In fact, I met the majority of my friends in Charlotte through blogging! Char, one of my sweet blogging friends, who writes at Char Eats Greens recently asked me to participate in a virtual blog tour.  I was very flattered and thought that it sounded like a fun way for you to get to know me just a little bit better. In case you aren’t familiar with Char’s blog: Char is a recent nutrition...

read more

Friday Favorites (6/13)

Friday Favorites (6/13)

You all know that I am a fan of trying out new things.  Alright, I also just really like to shop. But the beauty of my shopping addiction is that I discover great products, foods, etc. that I can share with you!  So, I’ll be posting my Friday Favorites a few times a month.  I’ll still my Things I Didn’t Share posts from time to time too. OK, let’s get down to business!     1. Beach Babe Lip Balm (3 pack)  I recently won these as part of a giveaway, and I was actually kind of blown away by them.  They are...

read more

What to Try: LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

What to Try: LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

[Please note: This is not a sponsored post.  However, some of the products mentioned below were sent to me for consideration.]   The first time that I ever visited a LUSH store was many years ago in San Francisco.  After reading about how much celebrities loved their products, I was just dying to try them out for myself.  However, I felt very overwhelmed when I got to the store and left empty handed.  There were just so many fabulous scents, soaps, and creams, and I didn’t know what to choose! After lots of research (or...

read more

Help put an end to distracted driving

Help put an end to distracted driving

Today’s post is about a more serious subject…distracted driving. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Auto Alliance want to increase awareness about the risks of distracted driving through the Decide to Drive program. The Decide to Drive program aims to empower drivers and passengers to speak up about distracted driving, continue the conversation at home, work and play, and reduce distracted behaviors behind the wheel. I’m really happy to be involved in the program- especially since this subject hits kind...

read more