Saturday, October 20, 2012

Carter's Haul

Carter's Babies and Kids

Well my little monkeys seem to be growing like weeds over here! Their pants are too short, shirts are too tight, sock and shoes are too I decided to head on over to the new Carter's store here at the Shops at Greenridge. I have heard from several moms about the great prices and deals so this was a better time than any to go. Most of the items I got were between $6-$8 and they are having an even better sale right now with 40% or more off all items in store!

Here are a few of the items I picked up:

Bow front shirt here with polka dot leggings here

Long sleeve Tee here with drawstring pants here

Vest with leopard print dress here & leggings here

Button up shirt here with twill pants here

Long sleeve shirts here, here & here

Long sleeve pajamas here

3-piece pajama with short sleeves, shorts and pants

Another 3-piece pajama with long sleeves, short sleeves and pants

1-piece footed pajamas here

My little monkeys in some of their new outfits!

This is just a few of the items that I purchased. Many were from the clearance rack so that's why there are no links to those items. Not only are the prices good but Carter's is a very trusted brand. I remember Carters from when I was a baby! So there you have it, I hope you all find some great deals as well. Oh and right now they are giving out $10 vouchers for every $50 you spend in the store, this is great for going back later to get even more! Happy shopping!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Time Management

I don't know about you guys but it seems like there just isn't enough time in a day to do all the things that we need to get done, not to mention those things that we just want to do, you know like hmmm...shave your legs or finally polish the toenails on your left foot. Haha I know I'm not the only one! o_O

Well being a SAHM (stay at home mom) it can be easy to get off schedule and just wing it, "what's so wrong with that" you ask? Nothing....if you are one of those "fly by the seat of your pants" type of gals. But if you're a planner like myself then time management or the lack there of can either make your day a success or a total disaster.  While I was in cosmetology school, being organized and managing my time well made things a lot easier for me, the Hubs and the babies. So I have put together a few steps and some tips that have helped me and I hope will help you also.

Step 1.     Determine your passions & gifts. What things are you passionate about in your life? What are your gifts do you have those things that you are naturally good at doing?

Step 2.     Determine what your priorities Are & Aren't. (Ex. when making schedules or task lists prioritize them by things that MUST get done and things that you would LIKE to get done.)

Step 3.     Create a "Time Budget"
  1. Total up the hours in a day (or week).
  2. List all activities to accomplish in that time. (Don't forget sleep!)
  3. Determine the amount of time needed to complete each activity.
  4. If there isn't enough time in the day/week:
    • steal time from other activites
    • streamline and take less time on activities
    • get someone else to do it
    • drop it completely
Step 4.     Create a daily/weekly schedule to have a "blueprint" of how your day/week should go. *Do not get discouraged if you don't follow it exactly.

So those are 4 steps to get you on your way to better time management. It is very important not to feel discouraged or unaccomplished if each day does not go as planned. Hey we are human right, and life throws us curve balls so just go with it! Your daily/weekly schedule is simply there to help you get things in order. I know there are MANY days that I am forced to deviate from my schedule in most cases just because I simply don't want to do something at that particular time. Such is life...Right? o_O

Along with those steps here are a few tips that may help you as well.
  • Avoid distractions like the T.V., computer, phone, etc. while tackling those priority tasks.
  • Avoid multitasking. Well this one is easier said than done, but if at all possible, try it.
  • Create cleaning schedule(s) for daily/weekly cleaning (blog post coming soon).
  • Prep for the next day the night before ex. lunches, clothes, etc.
  • Utilize meal plans such as planning a weekly menu or freezer cooking (blog post coming soon, by the way this saved me when I was in school)
  • Try to do at least 1 load of laundry per day to eliminate laundry pile ups
  • Do not hesitate to delegate. We always feel like we have to do it ALL. Well nobody is perfect and if you know someone that does "do it all" she/he is probably superhuman, Just sayin! 
So there you have it! I hope that this will be helpful to you all. How do you guys manage your time? Share any suggestions in the comment section!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Planning is key!

Soooo...I had every intention on going to the gym yesterday but naptime struck with a mean vengeance before I could get us all dressed, fed and ready to go #stayathomemomproblems
Anywho, that didn't change the fact that I still needed to workout. What I decided to do was a circuit of exercise routines right here in my own living room and I have to say by the time I got to the second set I was really feeling it! Here's what I did:
Now that being said, although my babies slept until after 10:00am today I still failed to make it to the gym before the kids room closed and went shopping for the Jackster instead!!! He really needed some things. So the moral of this story, "Planning Is Key"!!! If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. :-((
I guess a blog post about time management should be happening soon! LOL
Tell me what you think about this routine in the comment section below.
Happy working out and I'll catch you guys later!
Next post: Carter's Haul....then Time Management LOL

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Vanilla & Lavender Body Scrub

Now that Autumn has arrived I thought it would be a good time to share with y'all this great homemade body scrub! This scrub is really easy to make AND it's not expensive at all! Double Yay!

I adapted this recipe from a fellow blogger Savvy Brown. She had a great blog by the way, so be sure to check it out!

So lets get started with the recipe!

  • Raw brown sugar
  • White sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 Cup Sweet Almond Oil or EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • Vanilla EO (Essential Oil) or Extract
  • Lavender EO
  • Eucalyptus EO
  • Jason Calming Lavender Body Wash (optional-this makes it a cleansing body scrub)
  • Glass or plastic jar with a lid

  1. Fill the jar 1/2 way with brown sugar
  2. Fill the jar almost to the top with white sugar
  3. Make a pit in the sugars to add your oils
  4. Stir in the oils
  5. Add more sugars if necessary
  6. If you plan to make a cleansing body scrub, add your body wash now
  7. Add 10 drops of Eucalyptus EO, 20 drops Vanilla EO and/or a capful of Vanilla Extract, 20 drops Lavender EO
  8. Blend ingredients well
How to Use:
Use after cleansing your body
Rub onto skin in a circular motion
Rinse away the sugar
*if using the cleansing body scrub skip step one*

This body scrub will leave you feeling moisturized and your skin will be so soft! This is also great to use as a scrub for manicures and pedicures!
Oh and if you have your own body scrub please share them in the comment box below! I love new recipes!
♥ Enjoy! ♥

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ponytail A poem for Gabby Douglas

My Aunt sent me an email today with this video and I just had to share this with you all! Enjoy!

Workout With Me!

Ok so today was tough because I am sick with a cold! Ugggh I hate being sick! But never the less I got in the gym today and did what I had to do!

Today I decided to do legs again, I am determined to tighten up these glutes, hamstrings, and calf muscles! I did my normal leg work out but I also added 15 minutes on the elliptical  alternating sprint for 5 minutes and jog for 5 minutes.
Here is a rundown of my leg workout:

The following leg exercises I did 3 sets of 10-20reps:
  • squats with 115lbs
  • front squats with 60lbs
  • hack squats with 60lbs
  • lunges with 50lbs
  • leg curls with 50lbs
  • leg press with 90lbs
  • leg extensions with 70lbs
  • calf raises with 45lbs
Now moving onto abs:
  • 200 decline crunches
  • 30 side crunches (each side)
  • 3 sets of 30 leg lifts
Remember that YouTube has plenty of good vids for the proper way to perform these exercises.

Happy exercising! Feel free to comment below with your workout!

Workout With Me!

This is going to be a post about my workout from Friday, we were out of town for the weekend so I wasn't able to post until today. So here goes!
I finally got to work out with the Hubs on Friday! Yaaaaay!!! I miss him in the gym. His school schedule has changed his workout schedule :-( so most days I work out by myself.
So to take advantage of having each other there for a spotter, we decided to do chest and arms. Here is a rundown of our workout:

Bench Press-
  • 1 set of 12 reps with 65lbs
  • 1 set of 10 reps with 75lbs
  • 1 set of  8 reps with 85lbs
  • 1 set of  6 reps with 95lbs
Incline Bench Press- 3 sets of 10 reps with 75lbs
Decline Bench Press-  3 sets of 10 reps with 80lbs
Bench Press with Dumbbells- 3 sets of 10 reps with 25lbs each
Preacher curls- 3 sets of 10 with 65lbs
Standing curls- 3 sets of 10 with 40lbs
Dumbbell curls- 3 sets of 10 with 20lbs each

200 decline crunches
90 leg lifts
30 side crunches
Remember that YouTube has plenty of good vids for the proper way to perform these exercises.

Happy exercising! Feel free to comment below with your workout!

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