Let’s Make Packing Simple

We are getting ready to move into a new home very soon.  We have been so busy packing and sorting things I thought I would share with you, just how I have kept it simple in all the chaos!

Get Organized. Easier said than done, I know. I live in my own organized disaster where I know where something is, even if it is  under papers, boxes or clothes. One way to help me get organized is to have a box ready for donations, a bag for garbage and a box for stuff you may want to sell at a yard sale site, your own yard sale or at a consignment shop.

Get your supplies ready. Now when I say get your supplies ready, everyone’s supply necessities may be different. I will list a few basics. For me it is necessary to have all the boxes I need ready to go in my garage (My husband even put them all together so that I can just grab and pack when the baby is asleep).  Tape. More tape and even more tape just in case. You can use one of those hand held tape guns, or just a roll of tape. A big black sharpie to write on the boxes. Scissors. Packing bubbles and/or newspaper. Labeling your boxes is key, this early on.

Pack away. I start packing our off season items first. For instance, winter coats were packed away the first day of May. I then proceeded to pack away knick knacks and books, followed by DVD’s, CD’s and other items I knew we weren’t going to use anytime soon. I have only had to go into one box to grab my rolling pin!

Storage is necessary. You won’t necessarily have to go out and rent a storage space, for me I have been using half of my garage to store all my packed up boxes. This way, I pack and move it along, out of my way.

Host a Garage Sale or Donate. At this point, when you have sorted through everything you want to get rid of, host your garage sale or donate the items earlier, rather than at the last minute. This way, you earn some extra cash and you free up your valuable space, along with having less clutter.

That’s pretty much what I’ve been doing now for over a month! We are now down to the last few items in our freezer and just trying to keep everything clean before our move!

Are you a moving pro? Do you have any tips to share? Comment below!

Frankie’s South Philly Cheesesteaks (Tucson, AZ)

Any reason not to cook and try something amazing, and to do it for a lunch date with my husband, I’m all for it! We have so many amazing restaurants to choose from in Tucson, sometime’s I just have to trust him and let him pick what we are going to go eat, since he actually gets to venture out more than I do.

My husband recommended Frankie’s South Philly Cheesesteaks and of course I agreed, but since I can’t eat dairy, while breast feeding my little one, I figured I would end up getting a plain salad, since a Philly Cheese Steak without cheese just seemed so boring. When I walked into Frankie’s South Philly Cheesesteaks, it smelt like heaven! The aromas of steak and peppers is so exciting to me.

Let me just say, a Philly Cheesesteak sans the cheese was not boring at all. I decided to try a 9 inch Plain Steak on a delicious Amoroso Roll, loaded with both, sweet and hot roasted peppers. It was absolutely delicious! The steak is so flavorful and rich tasting, the peppers just enhance it to the next level.

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Plain Steak with Peppers

Even though I was so full from the 9 inch sub, I wanted more, just because it tasted so good. The steak is aged certified angus beef and that amoroso roll is so fresh, fluffy and warm straight from Philly! I seriously cannot wait to eat here again.

For those who love cheese, this is the place to be! My husband ordered the cheesesteak with WHIZ and hot peppers, it was just oozing with cheese! (I don’t know why I didn’t take a picture, my bad) BUT you can get your cheesesteak with WHIZ, American or provolone cheese as well. My hubs also ordered onion rings, which are just as delicious as the subs, I snuck a few and would recommend them to anyone wanting a savory side. I wonder what the steak and cheese would taste like on them……

You can order your steak on a roll, on a plate, on a hoagie, on a salad and even on a pizza! If you have someone with you who doesn’t like Philly Cheesesteaks, before ending your friendship, they can eat here as well! Frankie’s offers Hoagies, Pork, Chicken, Chicken Cutlets, Vegetarian options, Salads, Cod, and even have a kids menu for kids 14 and under. Yes, 14 year olds, and younger. I find that awesome, because sometimes you have that 14 year old who is picky AF and you just want to enjoy something delicious! I’m excited to take our 12 year old here, so she can try something new while we devour more Philly Cheesesteaks!

Frankie’s has a cozy atmosphere to sit in. They what appears to be 3 dinning rooms in the restaurant, my husband and I chose the back room, since we had our teething baby girl with us, and just in case she lost her shit, we were somewhat away from the majority of the crowd. The staff was so friendly, the cashier recognized my husband from when he would visit with co-workers. I’m assuming he has gone more than he has mentioned…..which I totally get the food is amazing!

If you are in Tucson, AZ, check out Frankie’s South Philly Cheesesteaks, 2574 N. Campbell. (They even deliver with a $10 minimum and a small delivery charge!)

All opinions are my own, check them out for yourself and let me know what you think!

 

Saying Goodbye to Elementary School

Today was a BIG day in our family. My oldest, SJ, has completed 6th grade in Elementary School and was promoted onto Middle School. 

We celebrated with her at school, where she received a promotion certificate and a Citizen of the Quarter award. I’m proud of her, mostly because she has dreaded 6th grade, was barely passing her math class and finally brought that grade up! She worked hard, with lots of tears, frustrated attitudes and regular tween attitude.

SJ also had a huge life change middle of the year, she lost the title of “only child” in January and then soon after that found out she was going to be getting another sibling on her dad’s side of the family. Followed by her stepdad (my husband), transferring jobs which is resulting into another move this summer. But she has handled it all like a champ. 

I’m so excited for her to trek new grounds but nervous for her as well. She doesn’t make friends the easiest, has reservations about approaching others  but I hope she blooms. I hope she shines in the next couple years of middle school. We hope the 2017/2018 school year will be great! 

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! If you are a mother, you deserve to be celebrated today! I have been a mother since 2005. I don’t remember my first Mother’s day, honestly some day just run into one another. This year I’m celebrating with both my beautiful girls.

PicsArt_05-13-09.53.48I wasn’t entirely sure I ever wanted to be a mother. I was raised by a single mom, I saw how hard she worked and I knew I wanted different things in life than doing the daily grind. I’m so thankful for my mother, she has been such a rock in my life, through all my ups and downs. I wasn’t always the easiest kid to get along with, but she was such a great role model.

I became a mother pretty young, ripe age of 19. I couldn’t believe it. I know I wasn’t ready, but I’ve always been a little bit more mature than others my age. I had no choice but to stay that way.

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Samantha at age 3

When I delivered my oldest daughter, I was shocked, elated, blessed, surprised, happy,  loved and just had a whirl wind of emotions. It was so amazing and lovely. I never knew how much you could love somebody, until that moment. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me, especially at the age of 19. Now fast forward to her being 12, she is still such a blessing and joy. We don’t always get along, but god I love that girl.

I knew I wanted more children someday, it just didn’t seem like it was going to happen. When my husband and I met, Samantha was already 6 years old. That seemed like such a large gap for any future children, and there was no way we were having a kid so soon. Once we were married and felt settled, we decided to start trying and after 9 months, got pregnant with our little one.

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Charlotte 1 day old

When I delivered our daughter, it was the most amazing, beautiful, crazy, love at first sight feeling all over again. I couldn’t believe the amount of love I felt for this little girl. It felt like a crazy emotional roller coaster from the moment I got pregnant, to this long awaited delivery of this baby. Now, I’m a mom of two girls. Two beautiful, amazing little girls.

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My two beautiful girls

Seeing my two girls together soon after her delivery, was a whole new wave of emotion. I love both of my girls and even though being a mother is absolutely the most terrifying, emotional and tiring job I will ever have, I couldn’t imagine my life any other way.

Mothering is tiring, as fuck. It is exhausting, relentless at times. Someday’s I feel like I’m spent by 9am! I’m physically exhausted after a day of chores, nursing my little one and driving the older one to and from everything but when they smile at me, I melt and I’m thankful for everything about them. Parenting a newborn and a tween, man it’s a trip and they aren’t always thankful for me or appreciative BUT I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life.

Happy Mother’s Day, I hope you are blessed with someone to do the laundry for you today! 

My Own Worst Enemy

Sometimes we need to take time off. Time off for ourselves, from ourselves. We can be our own worst critic. I know I judge myself harder than anyone else. 

We live in a society that everything and everyone has to be perfect, but what is perfect? 

I know I struggle with what I think is the perfect body, perfect hair, perfect makeup, perfect outfit and perfect teeth. I want it all and then some, because in my eyes I don’t have the perfect image.

I’m about 4 months post partum, I struggle with my body image. I’ve always struggled with body image. In high school I wanted to be thin, so I tried bulemia. I figured I could fool my folks into thinking I ate food, then go purge it. 

I struggled with body image after my first born, it drove me into a deep depression. I yo yo dieted, lost tons of weight then gained it all back and then some. After my divorce, I struggled with body image. I was so unhappy during my marriage, I didn’t realize I gained 60 pounds. I eventually became obsessed with working out, I was single, so I ran and went to the gym daily. That was my time when my daughter was away. I then met my amazing husband and when we moved in with one another, I stopped running and going to the gym as much. Yet, I’ve always felt beautiful in front of my husband, be it at 150 pounds of 175 pounds. 

 I still struggled with my self image as the weight crept back on. I hated my thighs, my stomach or whatever else. Over a year ago, I learned I had a thyroid imbalance. Of course getting that corrected, led me to finally get pregnant. I did really well not gaining too much weight, but here I sit, 4 months post partum and 17 pounds away from where I started. Which adds to the 30 I was originally trying to lose. 

So I feel not perfect in my own body. In a society where celebrities look like they lost all their baby weight with delivery, I’m here counting my calories and wishing I could go for a run, alone, and get lost in my steps. Yet, that is so hard to accomplish with a baby who is constantly nursing on you. (And that whole thing of losing 500 calories a day while breastfeeding is a load of crap I think)

As I try to focus on the positive in my life, so many wonderful things have been happening, I still go back to my body image. I try my best to not talk about it out loud in front of my 12 year old, I know she has days she struggles with her own body. Is this something we are born with? Or is it just society around us that makes us question everything? 

I have always used positive words and hardly used the words fat in reference to myself in front of her. But here I am, thinking of how fat I have gotten. How can I improve myself and teach her, along with myself to live our bodies, when all I see in the mirror is fat. 

Something I will try to improve with myself, is learning to love my body after baby. Really, this is a journey not all of us face, but many of us do. I know our bodies are amazing for holding these precious babies for 9 months and it’s strong for that, but the aftermath is a hard reality to deal with, when you’ve grown up hating your body for almost 32 years. 

Spring Fab Fit Fun Box 2017

I opened up my Spring 2017 Fab Fit Fun box and I have so many goodies to share with you! I was impressed with the price of this box, it is very reasonable compared to other subscriptions I have purchased. The amount of goodies enclosed are great, they are trending, full size products, unique and great brands! You can read the review or watch the video here !

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The first item I’m going to gush about is the Gypsie 05 Roundie. It really is versatile, you can use it as a beach blanket, picnic blanket, hang it on your wall, across your couch or love seat or like me use it as a cute table cloth! wp-1490641089610.jpg

I really love the “Resting Beach Face” zip pouch by Milly. It is great for wet swimsuits if you are traveling to the beach or local pool. However, I will most likely be using mine for all my makeup or beauty products when traveling. However, I’m starting to think it would work great in my diaper bag!

The Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning spray will be great on my mom hair, but it will also work for my tweens sun beaten hair when she hangs out at the pool all summer. The Fab Fit Fun box also included a hydrating face mask, this will be great to use when I get time alone to pamper myself, if I don’t use it soon, my tween will find it and try it out. It looks like a luxurious mask though, at a retail value of $28 a box, it is supposed to hydrate my dull skin back to a glowing silky smooth face.

Apparently Spring is the time to rejuvenate your skin back to life, from a cold dry winter. Got it. They included Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator to help me out with this. This is $79 a bottle and is supposed to leave my skin bright, smooth and healthy looking. Totally looking forward to this!

I was really impressed with the Lip Kit by Realher. I received it in Neutral pink (Women Rule the World edition), which is probably best for my skin tone. I thought the packaging was adorable on each lip stick item, with a cute saying. I’m a sucker for that stuff. The nail polish in the kit is great for Spring too! I received the Like a Virgin(white) and Shape of my heart (blush) duo. They are the perfect shades for spring outfits.

The jewelry item in this box is adorable. I was so happy to get the “Joshua Tree” bracelet by Emerald Duv, rather than the earring set. This bracelet acts like a cuff, it is going to go with so many of my outfits during Spring and Summer. I think it is simple and can totally be paired with other bracelets and articles of jewelry with no problem. I also received Nature’s Bounty Skin, Hair and Nails vitamins….they do not taste like strawberries, but they aren’t horrible.

The retail value of this whole box would be around $370, however I paid for the full year subscription, which set me back $179.99 for four seasonal boxes. I really enjoy getting spoiled once a season with great products, this was really fun to open and unveil. I totally look forward to what the other seasons have to offer too! Keep it simple, sign up for your own subscription box!

<3, K

All opinions expressed are my own!