Friday, January 23, 2015

Keeping Extra Coin in that Change Purse

I like to save as much money as I can in my every day, not because I am super strapped for cash but I do have a child now and that sort of costs some money plus, I just like getting a good deal/saving money/getting rewarded for shopping. Since it only takes a short period of time to create a new and positive habit, I have instituted a couple of new (but mostly easy) ways that I can keep moola in my pocket without completely changing the way that I do things. I haven't really kept track of exactly how much that I am saving by creating new habits but in my heart of hearts, I feel like I am contributing to my financial greater good.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ladies I Love: Jordan Reid, Ramshackle Glam + a Giveaway

When the book Ramshackle Glam: The New Mom's Haphazard Guide to (Almost) Having It All was released in the Spring of 2014, I was knee deep in What to Expect When You're Expecting type books filled with all things pregnancy related. Being that this is my first baby, I was like, totally not prepared for everything that no one tells you once that little bundle of joy (and poop and love) arrives. I think that a lot of what comes with being a new mother is kept on the DL because if we talk about our worries and what we fear are failures, we might be viewed as a bad mother by those judgey types. Or so I would assume... I haven't shied away from expressing anything and everything that is on my mind so when I (belatedly) picked up Jordan Reid's book on being a new mother, "having it all" and lots of the in between, her blunt honesty was/is refreshing and greatly appreciated. Her willingness to share some intimate details and stories of hormonal outbursts were not only humorous but also made me feel like I am not alone in this world where I am now responsible for a human life and keeping my sanity intact at the same time. 

I excitedly reached out to Jordan and tried not to gush too much about how much I liked the book, how I could relate and how pretty I think she is, but you know, I am only human. She was such a doll and agreed to answer some of my most burning questions. Check out what she had to say and after that, you should totally stick around to see how you can score a copy of her sassy book.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Golden Globes in Emojis

I usually do a recap of the fashion of the Golden Globes since it is pretty much the first red carpet event of the movie year but this year I thought I would do something different. Not that I didn't think the fashion was "all that" ( I mean, Kate Hudson and Amy Adams hello) but there were some pretty fun, sweet and emotional moments in the awards show that I thought I would highlight... but how to highlight these moments, without doing the same post everyone else is doing... emojify it! OK, I am sure if you were live tweeting the awards show, you must have seen the following tweet, which by the by, made me legitimately laugh out loud. A lover and avid user of emojis, Katherine Zeta Jones' bent back arm? Everything. Here are some of the night's best moments, as depicted in emojis.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Think Sexy (Say What?), Be Sexy

You may be aware of the 10 ways that I am investing in myself this year. I gave birth to a child not terribly long ago. If you follow any of my various channels, you likely are already aware of this fact. If you have given birth to a child or care for children, you may know all too well that the amount of time you feel sexy when you are with a baby... is next to nothing. You're feeding them, your doing dishes, you may or may not shower before you take them to daycare or if you stay at home, same story on the whole showering bit... I pose this question to you, my friends "How do new mother's get their sexy back? Once you get said sexy back, how do mother's keep their sexy current?" I am here to say that I am taking matters in my own hands and starting at the foundation, you know what I'm talkin' about... bras and panties. I was at the mall with the baby the other day. I went into Victoria's Secret for the semi-annual sale siren song was singing. Once I got in there, #1 I realized how long it had been since I stepped foot in a Victoria's Secret and #2 I realized that I am so not their primary customer anymore; Same with Aerie. I want to feel sexy but I don't want to feel like I am trying too hard in undergarments that aren't my current style since it's about me, not what other people think. Plus, I am a nursing mother and with the state of things currently, I need some full, sexy coverage. I think that I have found a great line that will my go to for seriously fantastic, full coverage yet sexy undergarments... ThirdLove.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

10 Ways I am Investing in Myself, Starting Now

You guys, I am like so sick of myself, it's kind of ridiculous... now before you start saying "oh, just love yourself the way you are!", I gotta give you some background as to how I feel and why I feel this way. I wouldn't go as far as to say that I am a shell of my former self but I would wager a bet that I am not the same person I was a year ago today. So much has changed and in the goal to become an excellent mother, I sort of let Amanda's needs fall by the wayside. My husband and I think we pretty much have the baby thing under control at this point so I have decided to hunker down and make a list of the things I plan to do to invest in myself, self care if you will. I make the list for multiple reasons, mostly so I remember but also to keep me honest. Take a look at my "goals" and let me know if you have any trick or tips on any or all of them. These aren't so much resolutions but ways that I can take better care of myself.

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