Goals for everyday

Lately, I have found myself under a lot of stress and I have had trouble managing it.  However, I am pledging to strive to do things that take a little bit of my stress away everyday.

My new goals are really simple things that will help me remember what’s important.  

  1. Find 10 minutes for quiet time everyday.
  2. Live in the moment.  Be present.  Time is priceless.
  3. Make eating healthy an everyday choice.  When you eat better you feel better.  It’s that simple.
  4. Drink more water.  Your body needs water to thrive.
  5. Take care of you.  For you.  For your family and friends.
  6. Give back.  Helping others always brings joy.
  7. Give yourself a break (on occasion) because life is short.

Second Honeymoon by James Patterson- Book Review

SoSecond_Honeymoon-400px I have recently been on a reading kick and I loved this book!  Second Honeymoon by James Patterson is suspenseful and keeps you on your toes.  There is so much action and adventure.  Plus you have a mystery to solve while reading it.  There are just enough plots going on to keep you entertained, while not so many that you can’t keep up with all the characters.  I highly suggest reading it.

If you don’t have time to sit down and read, use Audible!  It’s my go to when I can’t be posted up in my reading nook until my heart’s content!  I know audio books can be pricey but some of the memberships really aren’t bad if you would listen to books monthly.

Books to Read: The Maze Runner Series

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Looking for some summer reads this summer?  If you liked the Hunger Games you will like the Maze Runner.  It you thought the Capitol was cruel is the Hunger Games just wait to you read about WICKED.

This series follows a teenage boy named Thomas.  It starts with him waking in up in a dark elevator ascending into blackness.  He can’t remember his past.  The only thing he can remember is that his first name is Thomas.  He is about to become a trivial part in the Gladers escape to freedom from a man-made maze that they have somehow found themselves it.  Can they escape?  If they do escape will they really be free?  Find out more my devouring this quick paced book.  Before you know it you’ll be finished with the series!

This trilogy includes The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure.

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Red Door Spa Review: Hydra-quench Remineralizing Body Wrap

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I’m a lucky girl.  Recently my husband gave me a gift certificate to Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Spa.  I was so excited for some pampering.  It took me DAYS to figure out what services to get done.  I decided on a body wrap because I have never had one before and it scared me a little.  I also had a warm cream pedicure which was AMAZING.

The body wrap I chose was the hydra-quench remineralizing body wrap.  It is a body wrap that promises to restore natural balance and to hydrate.  You can read more about it here.  I loved it and was very happy that my esthetician talked me through the process because I really knew very little about the body wrap process.  Let me enlighten y’all on my experience…

  • When I arrived, I was escorted to the locker room and given a fluffy robe and sandals to wear.  They provide lockers to lock your stuff in.  In case you aren’t aware, you are completely naked underneath the robe.
  • After I was in my robe and sandals I went to the relaxation room.  This room was so peaceful.  They have cappuccino, lemon water, cucumber water, and coffee.  I chose the lemon water, grabbed some magazines, and found a comfy spot on the couch surrounded by pillows to relax.  The atmosphere is tranquil and the lights are dim.  There is also biscotti to nibble on.  Waiting for your spa treatment is a small get away.
  • When I was called back my esthetician lead me to my room.  She explained that I would need to put on a paper-thong and shower cap for my service, as well as, take off my robe and lay face up on the table with a blanket over me.  She left for several minutes to let me get situated.
  • The process started by an exfoliation with little tiny micro beads.  They were rubbed all over my body and then wiped off.  While the exfoliation occurs you lay listening to relaxing music and enjoying the warm room.  After the exfoliation, a mask is applied with a massage.  The mask smelled so good.  It had a floral, sweet scent.  Roses meets hydrangeas, with honeysuckle.  If they sold it in a bottle I would definitely buy it.  It was so refreshing.  As the mask is applied, they wrap your body in what feels like plastic wrap, with an outer layer of a solar blanket.  It is comfortable but confined.  It kinda make me feel like I was in a cocoon.  It was really cozy.  I took a little nap while I let all the goodness from the wrap sink in.
  • After the wrap stage, the esthetician will unwrap you and have you take a quick shower.  They supplied lots of towels and new sandals.  They didn’t supply another paper thong so I took it off before the shower and put it back on when I got out.
  • From the shower you get back on the table and get the last finishing touches of the wrap.  The whole process takes about an hour.  I highly recommend it at least once.  My skin felt amazing afterwards and looked great for my trip to Miami a week later.

That pretty much sums up my body wrap experience.  I will definitely get another one at some point.  Probably when my skin is in need for some desperate TLC.  Next time I go I think I will pamper my face.  There is no doubt I’m starting to getting older.  Experiencing the first signs of wrinkles is scary!  What are some of y’alls favorite spa treatments?

 

Review: Lush’s Honey Bee Bath Bomb

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Recently, I made a trip to LUSH to try out their bath bomb’s.  I was in the Tyson’s Corner area meeting friends for some always delicious Cheesecake Factory and knew they had a shop in the other Tyson’s (The one you can actually shop in).  I first learned of LUSH when listening to HOT 99.5’s The Kane Show.  Sarah, who is no longer on the show, was raving about their products and I’ve been dying to try

 them out ever since.  This weekend was the perfect time.  It’s been so hectic, the little one is sick again.   When I finally found some me time, I decide to try this out.  A warm relaxing bath would be a nice stress reliever.  OMG, the Honey bee bath bomb made my bath heavenly.

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The water was warm and silky smooth.  It felt so good.  I have never been in water that literally felt like silk.  And the smell…I wish I could be back in the bath right now.  Just drop the bath bomb in a tub full of warm water and let the sweet scent revitalize you.  It smells of honey, toffee, and gardenia.  It has aloe in to make your skin soft and Moroccan Rhassoul mud to give your skin a deep cleansing.  It’s truly amazing.  It fizzes and dissolves quickly leaving your bath water an amber color, that will not stain your tub.  I will definitely be purchasing it again.  I also got their sex bomb bath bomb, but have not got to try it out yet.  We’ll see if it can deliver on its promise….

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 In case any of you are wondering, LUSH did not pay me to write this post.  This is my own opinion on their product.  I have tried other bath bombs, one from Whole Foods (a vanilla peppermint one at Christmas time) did not come close to what LUSH crafted so well.  I have also found them in other specialty stores but LUSH’s bath bomb was by far the best.  If you are interested in learning more about LUSH’s products or want to buy a honey bee bath bomb for yourself click here.  When I purchased mine, I paid $6.45.  I do not know if their prices are always the same or not.  I would highly recommend this product.  I also have fairly sensitive skin which this did not bother.

 

A beach trip with baby

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Recently, my husband played a soccer tournament in Virginia Beach. This meant bringing out little one to the beach with us. Traveling to the beach, with a baby, is SUPER DIFFERENT than when it was just you and your significant other. Prepare yourself and you will have a FABULOUS weekend like we did! And don’t worry, there will be more pictures at the end!

Here are some tips I learned alone the way…

  • Re-evaluate what your expectations are for the trip. If you expect to sun bathe and read book while listening to the ocean, you’re gonna be miserable. Your baby is gonna need you attention ALL DAY LONG. This isn’t a bad thing, it just may not be what you are used to. He may or may not like the sand. He may love water at home but then think the ocean water is too cold. You have to just roll with. He may try to eat sand or seashells. My little one absolutely WOULD NOT put his feet on the sand, even though he can walk. He would crawl in it but if you tried to walk him over to the sand, holding onto his hands, he would pull both feet up and just hang like a monkey from a branch of a tree. He also frequently changed his mind on if he wanted to play in the sand, water, or on mommy’s lap. But it was amazing to sit back and watch him take everything in.
  • Baby powder helps get rid of the wet sand that’s hard to brush off, but don’t let your baby inhale it!
  • Remember your baby will need a nap! You may want to cool off to in the room so it isn’t a bad time to take a break.
  • Lather on your sunscreen! No one like being sun burnt. And it is SO MUCH HARDER to take care of a little one when you’re not 100%. I used California Baby sunscreen since it doesn’t contain chemicals for Landon and applied in 30 minutes before we went out if the sun.  We were lucky and no one got burnt!
  • Figure out shade for your baby! We got a shaded pool that he cool splash around in. At nap time we even tried pouring the water out and laying down towels so he could take a nap there. Unfortunately, he never falls asleep in anything other than a crib, pack n play, or car seat. He squirms around like crazy when its nap time. A umbrella would work to. For our set up, we had a battery powered pump to inflate and deflate our pool. We would use a sand bucket to get water from the ocean for him to splash in and let him pour it into the pool at his own pace. This worked wonderfully and he played all day (for the most part)
  • Come to terms that your nights may end much earlier. We had my sister come with us to help, but felt guilty leaving her by herself in the room (while Landon slept)…so our nights out ended around 8pm. Such a big change!
  • Stay at a hotel or place ON THE BEACH.  You will be packing so much stuff with you, you are gonna want to be close.  Some of our essentials swim diapers, wipes, snacks, bath toys, large sand bucket, sippy cup, sunscreen, our baby pool (to provide fun and shade), towels, neat sheet, bottled water, and our inflater/deflater.
  • When in doubt of how to entertain your baby, DIG A HOLE.  Yeah, it’s that simple.  Bring a bucket of water up.  Instant entertainment for the young ones!
  • Get a beach bag and make your husband carry a backpack.  You are going to need help to carry all your baby essentials.
  • Consider water shoes.  Think about being the parent, you may have gradually stroll across HOT, HOT, HOT sand.
  • If your baby has never been in sand, maybe try a sand box out before you go to the beach.  You’ll know what to expect then.

That’s all the tips, I have!  What do you guys do to make things easier?

Here’s the photos I promised:

The ocean and all the Fields
The ocean and all the Fields
My twin sister looking GOOD :)
My twin sister looking GOOD 🙂
Finding Shade in the Hot Sun
Finding Shade in the Hot Sun

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Playing while daddy was scoring soccer goals.
Playing while daddy was scoring soccer goals.
When at the beach why not get twin tattoos that only last a week....
When at the beach why not get twin tattoos that only last a week….

 

Our family at dinner
Our little family at dinner
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After a nap
After a nap
Hanging with Dad
Hanging with Dad
My Sand Soccer Champion
My Sand Soccer Champion
Co-ed winners
Co-ed winners

 

 

A Mother’s Day weekend retreat

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This past Sunday was Mother’s Day and what this mom needed more than anything was a BREAK! And I’m not even a little bit scared to admit it. Judge me all you want, being a mom is T-O-U-G-H. Night feedings that seem to be never-ending, diaper changes that feel like wrestling matches, extra laundry, having your day dictated by nap times, suctioning tiny noses that don’t want to be suctioned (so gross, by the way), are just some challenges moms face. On the other hand, I never felt true joy until I held my baby boy in my arms. I thought I had but I was completely wrong. I love him so much and he inspires me to be a better person. I swear something changes when you become a mom, it’s like the whole world shifts, and you finally realize what matters most: FAMILY. Not that I didn’t know it before, it just I would get stressed about things that in the grand scheme of things don’t matter at all.

Unfortunately, my husband and I don’t live close to family so date night kind of died when Landon was born. We probably should find a regular baby sitter, but it’s just so scary to leave your baby with someone you don’t really know. I had a terrible time letting him go to daycare, but the people there are great. The first step is just hard I guess. Soon, I will be adding that to my to-do list.

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Luckily, for Mother’s Day my husband arranged for friends of ours, who have two kids of their own, to watch Landon overnight so we could finally have a night together. It was the first time that we have had a night to ourselves in 11 months! He surprised me by taking me to the Ritz-Carlton for a night. It was just what I needed. From the moment I walked through the door, I just seemed to relax. How could you not with the soft classical music playing and it being so pretty everywhere you looked? I don’t think I have ever seen so many chandeliers in my life. They were everywhere in the lobby, hallways, elevator….

When we got to the lobby they had cute Mother’s Day cookies, lemon and lime infused water, and apples for the guests. There was also bottle water everywhere. The room was every girl’s dream! There was a big fluffy bed, a soaking tub, walk-in shower, a vanity outside the bathroom so I had a perfect place to sit and get all dolled up. I know this may not seem over-the-top amazing to you but when getting to take a shower daily is a luxury, this was phenomenal.

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For dinner we went to Wildfire and treated ourselves to cocktails, calamari, and filet. We didn’t have any room for dessert, but when we got back to our room our turn down service left us chocolates on our bed. I would gotten a picture of that too BUT it was gone before that even crossed my mind. Oh my, I do love chocolate! Which reminds me of how sweet my husband is, he had ordered us chocolate strawberries via room service for when we arrived.

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Ladies, I think I’ve got a keeper. We followed up our amazing night with room service for breakfast, which didn’t disappoint. Then we packed up our stuff to go pick up my little cutie pie. It was an amazing weekend and I was very pleased with our stay at the Ritz.

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P.S. Some of the pictures would have been better, but I didn’t want to look like a creeper or someone who had never been in a hotel before.