I will tell you what moms want for Mother’s Day. I don’t want a spa treatment; I will do that on my own when I need it. Don’t try to buy me an expensive bag. Again, I can manage that myself and get the bag I actually want without pretending to like the one you got me and now can’t return and am stuck with in the wrong color that I’ll never wear. Not to sound ungrateful or anything. This is truth-telling time. I want a day to be left alone to catch up on my shows (Outlander, OMG!) and finish the books that I got at the library a month ago. I don’t want to be left alone on actual Mother’s Day, though. On actual Mother’s Day, I expect my favorite meal served at my favorite restaurant; none of that three-ring circus buffet that happens in a hotel. Rich, if you haven’t made a reservation for Son of a Gun by now, you are so screwed. Their burrata with uni and slivers of mushroom, if only you can bring that to me in bed!!! While I’m watching Outlander.
The summer is so fun! You get to spend time outside with your kids, and that’s even more fun when you introduce water. But yikes, with that comes the stress of keeping them safe. It takes all of the excitement away when you’re made to feel that you need an extra set of eyes on your tots around any type of water source. And if you plan on getting on a boat, forget about it; my anxiety levels goes to 11, and I’m on high alert the entire time. The day usually ends with me wondering why my neck and shoulders are in agonizing pain. Were all of my muscles in a vice grip along with my nerves? That’s no way to spend the summer.
Christmas may take the number-one slot, thanks to the guarantee of gifts, but we know kids look forward to every single holiday, big and small. That’s because each one is loaded with candy and sugary treats. There will be plenty of that stuff to go around, so you don’t need to include it in their Easter baskets.
What a difference a great outfit can make, and that holds true for the gym as well. Actually, in my experience, it holds true for the gym more than almost any other place (those damn, unflattering fluorescent lights!!). I am OBSESSED with Koral, and I can’t imagine that you won’t be too when you check out their website. I would literally wear everything. Better yet, their pieces are so well-designed that you can get away with wearing them by day even if you’re not heading to the gym. I’ve actually had men ask me about clothes from the brand (the pants on the top left get the most compliments from my experience…seriously, I have yet to wear them without at least one person commenting or asking me where I bought them).
As fun as Valentine’s Day can be for adults, it’s even better for tots. Who doesn’t miss exchanging silly cards with friends and classmates? Simple Valentines are just the tip of the red and pink iceberg, though. There are thousands of craft and snack ideas out there, and I love to try new ones each year with my girls. Here are a few of my holiday favorites…
If you’ve ever done a juice cleanse, odds are it was Blueprint. Or at the very least, it was a cleanse inspired by Blueprint since they’re the ones that ushered in the liquid-cleansing trend and made it mainstream. What you might not know is that the two women who founded the company sold it three years ago. Now they seem to be at the forefront of yet another trend. Listen up, Chrissy Teigen!
While Moov Now may only be around $80, it packs a lot of punch. It does the same sleep and step-tracking your Apple Watch, Jawbone, and Fitbit will do, and then it goes one step further by offering real-time coaching designed not only to improve performance but to prevent injury. Moov Now works for running, cycling, boxing, swimming, and weight training. For example, if you’re running and you’re hitting the ground with too much impact, you’ll get an alert (yay for your knees!). Or if you’re about to hit your steepest hill yet, you’ll be alerted of that as well, so you can mentally and physically prepare. The fact that the device can work in and out of the water is also impressive; all the more given the frugal price point…
I love Halloween! I have to say, before having kids, Halloween was an afterthought. But now, our entire month is spent planning and doing crafts. I spent this last weekend making treats with my kids and their eight friends (yes, that would make 10 kids making messes!).