10 things moms should keep in the car at all times

10 things mom should keep in their cars

10 things moms should keep in the car at all times.

I have about an hour commute to work each way. So basically I spend 2 hours a day in the car from Monday – Friday and on the weekends  I drive around running errands, taking the little one to ice skating class, ballet, visiting the grandparents, play dates, birthday parties  etc etc etc. Some days I feel like I spend more time in the car than in my house.  Needless to say that with spending so much time in the car, something is bound to happen and you will be needing some essentials… With the right arsenal of supplies, you’ll be ready. Well, maybe, because with kids, you just don’t know.

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12 Secrets Working Mothers Know to be True

Beach day baby

12 Secrets Working Mothers Know to be True

1. I’m so sleep-deprived I regularly lose my keys only to find them in the front door lock and my cell phone which is actually in my hands.  However I seem to be on point when dealing with customers, writing a request for proposal and making decisions all day.

2. I secretly cherish the TGIM… at least for a moment. That Monday morning you enjoy a hot cup of coffee and feel like an adult again. By Wednesday though you are already wishing for the weekend again so you can play on the floor with your child once again.

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Is it safe to microwave food in plastic?

good containers for the microwave
Containers I use in the microwave
Is it safe to microwave food in plastic containers?
Have you ever heard or received an email from a friend about the dangers of microwaving our food in plastic containers and how it can put you at a greater risk of
infertility, diabetes, obesity and cancer?  I sure have, and although this may sound over alarming, scientist today are concerned and conducting a lot more research on this matter. There is evident increase in the reliance of a group of chemicals present
in almost everything we use today, from plastic water bottles, soda cans, cosmetics, toothpaste and hairspray.

Money Management for Kids – Raising a penny-wise kid

 

Raising a penny-wise kid is of great importance to our family.
Until the age of 13 I had never seen a credit card or even heard of the concept of “charging” a card at a store and then paying later. My concept of money was simple; save, save and use wisely because we don’t know what tomorrow might bring. As a child growing up in a communist country, the concept of Capitalism was sacrilegious. (that’s a story I will share later). However the basics of money management were still elementary – You don’t spend what you don’t have, and you save for the future. 
We live in an in debt, over stimulated world. It is technically considered “good” to have “good” debt to establish good credit. We have home loans, car loans, school loans and the list goes on. As with anything worth learning, the best and most well-received knowledge comes to us when we are children. This is why I think it is critical to start teaching our children how to manage their money at a young age.

Berry Healthy 4th of July – Keeping it light this year

I love a good juicy burger, especially on the 4th of July! I also like all the cheesy sides, corn on the cob covered with butter, and warm apple pie (seriously drooling as I type). However I’m on a health kick and trying to lose some weight here, and the 4th of July is only two days away. What to eat, what to eat…?  I need to stay in check! I have promised myself to work a little, I mean a lot harder on making better food choices, so healthy version 4th it is. I’m a foodie, so flavor is a must.

I have put together a healthy menu for this Saturday. No creamy potato salad or corn casserole this time, but I’m definitely having a good quality burger with some awesome lighter sides and non-fat all natural fruit dessert.

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Flying Sunday Family Fun

fun fly at the field
Vicky and Dusty Crophopper
This past Sunday we went to my husband’s RC plane flying club for what they call a “Family Fun Fly”.  This is when family and friends of club members get together at the “field” to fly RC planes and drones. Yes my hubby is one of those guys who flies drones, but not those white infamous drones ‘that anybody can fly” like he likes to say … he actually flies FPV (first person view) racing drones built by him and his friend.

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Raspberry Sherbet Float – Summer Drink (non-alcoholic)

This is such a pretty and summery drink to enjoy on a hot summer day… or any day.
This drink is delicious and fun to make with the kids. Best of all it’s super quick and easy to make. Ideal for the busy mom as there are only 3 ingredients; and most likely you already have two of them in your refrigerator (orange juice and apple juice).

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Inside Out – Movie in Theaters Now + Character Nail Art

We can’t wait to meet the little voices inside our heads!

The weekend can’t come soon enough. My little one has been wanting to go watch this movie since it came out on Friday. So you know what we’ll be doing this Saturday.
All the reviews I have read have given Inside Out two thumbs up. Can you expect anything less? I mean who doesn’t love the “Toy Story” movies, or “Finding Nemo”?
I was literally in tears when we watched “UP”.   I have to say… I’m pretty excited about this Pixar movie.

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Touch a Truck

Kids paint firetruck - Touch a truck

This morning my little one had the chance to get up really close to her favorite big trucks, police cars, fire engines and more!  What better time than the Saturday before Father’s Day. She was able to sit behind the wheel, honk the horn on a garbage truck, and explore the cool service vehicles she sees on the road every day.

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Makeup in the workplace – Dos and don’ts

Choosing the right makeup for a corporate environment.

Looking competent and professional is extremely important at the workplace.
You may have to put down the hot pink lipstick and glittery eyeliner, however you don’t have to go bare-faced. On the contrary, studies have shown that women who wear make-up to work are more likely to get promoted, a bit sexist but real. The trick is finding a look that enhances your natural beauty and makes you look polished and and put together. Besides… let’s admit it… makeup is fun! I personally wear makeup to work every day, not too much, but just enough to make me look rested and alert.

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