The Make-Up Product Every Tired Mom Needs

The Make-Up Product Every Tired Mom Needs

If you follow this blog you know that like a lot of moms I am super busy and often exhausted. I have two boys that wear me out, a full time job, a house to run, my children’s sports and music activities, as well as all that lovely cooking and laundry that needs to be done over and over.

So I am always looking for the next great product that will just blow my socks off and leave me asking the question, “How did I ever live without this before?” In previous posts I have talked about my extreme love affair with 5 Hour Energy, my PAK from , and even the hanging Monday-Sunday Closet Organizers that hang in my boys’ closets which makes putting together a week’s worth of outfits a snap. If it is convenient, time saving, or just amazing, I want to know about it!

Well, this weekend my husband told me to go out and have some girl time. Living with three guys I don’t always get girl time so I decided to jump at the offer.  In a flash I was driving to the mall with the windows down, the radio blasting and no destination or purpose in mind other than walking around and sipping on something pumpkin spice (yes I am one of those people).

Walking past Sephora I remembered a Youtube video on this great blush from Smashbox and I thought I would check it out. I found it right away but decided to walk around the store and look at all the pretty things.  Suddenly there it was!  (Insert a dramatic dun…dun…DUN!)  It was a thing of beauty.  It was a marvel of cosmetic genius.  It was a freaking bargain and a half!!!  It was the new and limited time only Master Class Palette III – Color & Contour by Smashbox.

Master Class Pallete III by SmashboxInside there are 32 of the most gorgeous eye shadow colors to create any combination you can think of.  Day time neutrals?  Done.  Evening smoky eye?  Check.  Date night come and get me big boy?  You betcha’!  Halloween clown face? I don’t know why you would want to but I am sure you could pull it off with this.  Then there are three contour colors for creating that glorious bronzed and highlighted look as well as three perfect blushes, a pale pink, a rosy pink, and a glowing peach.

Plus, here is the best part!! This kit actually comes with cheat sheets!  I’ll be brutally honest, I have been afraid of using contour colors in the past.  It just seemed too complicated and I was certain that I just wouldn’t have the time in the morning before work to be bothered with it.

Well, I was wrong. I did a practice run on the weekend and was shocked by just how easy it was.  It’s just like putting on blush, only now you are doing a quick swipe of three tones that soften jaw bones, give you fabulous chiseled cheeks, a hint of color, and highlights the good spots.  I can apply and blend all three in less than 60 seconds. Add a rosy tint to the apples of your cheeks and you almost look like you have been photo shopped in real life.

Plus, as I said, this palette is a super bargain. It contains $300 worth of make-up inside but only costs $65.  I know!  Amazing, right?  I love it so much that I am seriously contemplating buying a second one and putting it away for the future.

What I also love about it is that it is completely self contained. We are going up north this weekend and packing my make-up is going to be a breeze.  I’ll take my new palette, a lipstick or two, mascara, eyeliner, and I am good to go.  No more little pots of eye shadows, separate compacts of blush, bronzer, and powders.

As always, if you have discovered the holy grail of mommy products please share below. I won’t hesitate to check them out and then share a review here.

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Kid Battles I Refuse to Fight

Kid Battles I Refuse to Fight

There have always been battles between parents and their kids. Sometimes as parents it seems we spend entire days, weeks, and even years battling with our kids.  Just wait for those ‘tween years if you don’t believe me.  We battle to get them to do what we want, keep them safe, and most importantly not send us running to the nearest loony bin!

Because we love our kids and we do want them to be healthy and safe we keep fighting the good fight even though we know it means suffering the wrath of hormonally charged, prepubescent, crazy people.

I’m not going to apologize for making homework mandatory, even if the teacher doesn’t grade it. No, my kid can not have a can of Coke with dinner.  They will greet grandparents and other relatives AND give hugs upon arrival and leaving.  They will do their chores if they expect to get an allowance and no, they cannot spend their allowance on junk food in the school cafeteria.

All these non-negotiable rules don’t always make me Miss Popularity in my house but oh well.

Having said all that, I have learned that sometimes you really do have to pick and choose your battles or you will be fighting with your kids from sun up to sun down. So here are a few examples of where I have thrown in the towel.

Winter Clothes

What is it with boys and winter clothes? The temperature outside might be 25 degrees.  A blizzard could be swirling around with wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour, and my teenager will stand there and insist that there is absolutely no reason why he can’t wear a pair of shorts and a hoodie to school.  I can’t tell you how many times we fought this one out with me yelling at him that he needed to wear his boots, coat, gloves, and you get the idea.  For crying out loud, we had four polar vortexes last year.  FOUR!  His reply was always the same, “It’s not that cold, mom.  I don’t need all that stuff and it doesn’t fit in my locker anyway.”

One day something in my brain finally snapped. “You want to freeze your ass off,” I yelled, “then go right ahead.” I bit my tongue and kept the word “dumbass” to myself since I know a mom really shouldn’t call her child (at least out loud) a dumbass. (It is perfectly allowable to think it several times a day, just don’t say it.)

So that day he went to school dressed for the beach, not a cold winter day. The next day he still wore a hoodie, but I did notice he put on pair of pants since the temp dropped down to about 22 degrees.  The miracle came on the third day.  He wore his coat to school, as well as his gloves!  It turned out that freezing his ass off for a couple of days was more effective than all my preaching.

Trumpet Practice

When my oldest first joined band I used to nag him day in and day out to practice his instrument. The teacher wanted 30 minutes of practice a day.  That didn’t sound too bad, until you realized that the English teacher wanted 30 minutes of reading each night, and the math teacher sent home about 20 minutes of homework a night. On top of that, every other night there was science or social studies homework, plus he had to memorize all of his Spanish vocabulary.

When you looked at his nightly work load it didn’t take me long to figure that if he was practicing the trumpet for 45 minutes a day in school, he would be just fine if he only practiced for a half hour or so on the weekends and skipped the thirty minutes every night. Each week I signed his band practice sheet without a single moment of guilt.


I admit that I have a problem using sentence enhancers. A four letter word pops out of my mouth at least once a day, sometimes more often than that. (Hey, just be glad you can’t hear all the ones that roll through my mind all day long.) But, I tend to use the same words over and over.  Shit, crap, damn it, those really are my big bad words.  Okay, the occasional fuck is mumbled too.  Still, my teen was using a lot of cuss words and he was using them more often than I was.

I tried to keep him in check, even going so far as to censor my own mouth and cut out most of my cussing at home. He just kept letting them fly.

Then one day I was in the house while a group of five teenage boys were running around in the woods right behind my house. This moment was a revelation for me.  All five boys cussed NON-STOP.  Not only did they cuss, but that trash talked each other for over an hour.  I found myself blushing as I listened to them yell at each other and laugh hysterically.  I was never going to curb my kid’s potty mouth because I was hopelessly outnumbered.  So now the rule is no cussing in front of his baby brother.  Other than that, I give up.

So what battle of wills did you finally just said, “fuck it” too? I’d love to hear about it.
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Common Core – The Death Of Math As We Know It (And Not In A Good Way)

I am a teacher who teaches the new math. Some of the strategies are valid and useful. Some of them I just shake my head at and think “Seriously??” Whether you are a fan of common core or not this post by Christopher De Voss had me in stitches laughing because its true!!

“Daddy, I need your help,” the 7 year old says to me.

“Sure honey…with what?” I respond.

“Homework. Math. I don’t understand it.”

Second grade math. Easy. Addition. Subtraction. Piece. Of. Cake. Now is my chance to look like a Super Hero! Captain Mathman! Super Subtraction-man! The Great Additionanator!

With great pride and bravado I say, “Let’s see what we got going on here. Show me the problem.”

She walks the computer over and stops with a jolt. It’s still plugged into the wall.



That is the very last cute thing of this horrible tale you will read. Proceed at your own risk of hair and brain cell loss.

The 7 year old is frustrated.

“I don’t understand this problem,” she says all cute and doey eyed.

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