Friday Favorites

Friday, July 31, 2015

Happy Friday everyone!  What a gorgeous morning it is here in Cleveland!!  Summer is in full swing here and we are trying to soak up every last moment. Who can believe that today is the LAST day of July?  How did this happen?  I am excited to kick off the weekend linking up with Erika, Andrea and Narci with a Friday Favorites post.  Here are a few of my favorites from this past week....
 
{ONE}
 

 
Our new neighborhood pool!!   I have not blogged much this Summer and this is primarily one of the reasons.   Our long awaited neighborhood pool finally opened and it has been heaven on earth this Summer.  My kids love it and it is so convenient now to just run up there for a few hours.  We will be making Summer memories here for years to come! 
 
{TWO}
 
 


My morning walks.  I am not a morning person, however, I have decided to try and become one this Summer.  I am up and at 'em by 6:30, out the door by 6:45, walk a few miles around my neighborhood and then head home around 7:20 right before Jeff leaves for work.   I am loving how therapeutic my morning walks have become and its a great feeling that if I am not able to fit a work out into my day, I am still getting in some physical activity before the kids wake up and the craziness of my day begins.  I am also a fanatic about my Fitbit and achieving those 10,000 steps a day so this has been a huge help in achieving that goal as well!!
 
{THREE}
 


Myrtle Beach.  If you have been following my blog for awhile now, you all know that Myrtle Beach is my happy place.  My family vacations here every year and I absolutely love it.  We had beautiful weather all week and we truly took advantage of every minute we had there.  We usually stay at my in laws condo, however, had a bit of a snafu with our condo rental so we decided to stay a few days at the Kingston Plantation Hilton Hotel.  This resort was amazing!  I have been wanting to take the kids here for years so we made the best of the little snafu and enjoyed all of the amenities that this resort had to offer.  The view from our ocean front room was absolutely beautiful...




and the kids had a blast at the Splash Park....


 It was a great trip, we are already counting down the days for next years trip!

 

{FOUR}

Have you all jumped on the Periscope band wagon yet?  I am officially addicted and absolutely loving it.  I love following all of my favorite bloggers, celebrities and direct sales industry professionals.  I have learned so much in just a matter of a few short weeks that this has officially turning into "The Summer of Periscope".  It's so funny how you hear that little chirp notifying you that someone is live you just drop everything to check it out.  LOL! Right now I own 2 Periscope accounts for the two blogs that I write for.  One for The Direct Sales Mama and one for Karen At Home Blog.  I would love to connect with you!  Please leave your user name in the comments below so I can find you.
 
 
 
{FIVE}

This was a BIG week for Rodan + Fields with the highly anticipated Sunless Tanner coming back into stock.  Well, it was back and now it is officially out of stock again!  The high demand of this product truly shows just how amazing it is and how much this company is growing.  It's exciting to be a part of and will be counting down the days along with everyone else until it comes back in again.  Now is the time to partner with me in the fastest growing premium skincare brand in the US! This is an amazing part time opportunity to earn some extra income around your schedule.  If you are looking for an opportunity like this, I would love to chat with you more.  Feel free to email me at theperfectskinmama@gmail.com.

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!!

XOXO
 
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Find Me on Periscope

Monday, July 13, 2015



Happy Monday friends!!  I hope you are all having a wonderful Summer!  We have been quite busy as you can see from the last time I have blogged.  I had to stop by though and share with you all one of my latest obsessions....Periscope!  If you aren’t on Periscope go sign up right now! This new app is the best new Social Media Platform. Everybody is catching on. Periscope just celebrated their 90 day birthday and they already have 7.2 million users!! Wow!  No social media platform has ever done that before. 
What is Persicope? 
It is a LIVE streaming app. You can watch people in real time. Everyone from Celebrities to small businesses are on Periscope sharing tips, giving behind the scenes peeks, and doing Q&A’s! Let me just warn you this app is addictive! 

How do you login? 
Download the app in the app store on your phone. And you can login with your Twitter account (Twitter owns Periscope.) You’ll be able to follow any of your twitter followers plus search for anyone else you want as well. 

How does Periscope Work?
Periscope is actually a LIVE feed.  You can actually watch what someone is doing right at the moment they are doing it.  It's like you are right there with them.  I actually watched Jillian Harris (The Bachlorette/HGTV Host) make dinner one night.  How cool is that?  While you are watching, you can give the people hearts by tapping the screen. It keeps a running tally on a person’s profile. So people are always begging for hearts! You can share a live stream with your Periscope and Twitter followers by swiping left with your finger. The best part about this app is the engagement. You can chat with the people streaming and watching. It definitely makes you feel special when the celebrity or who ever you are watching calls you by name and welcomes you to the stream or answers your question! 

So go download the app and thank me later! : )  Would love to connect with all of you the next time you are on Periscope.  Hope you are all having an amazing Summer!
 
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Skinny Chicken Enchiladas

Monday, June 01, 2015



 
Hello friends, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Today certainly does not feel like June 1st here in Cleveland.  It was 66 in the house this morning and promptly turned that furnace right back on.  Totally crazy!! Needless to say, we will not be going to the splash park today.   I wanted to share with you an easy Skinny Chicken Enchiladas recipe that is simple and delicious!!   You know I am all about simplicity...and Mexican food, so when I found a recipe that is healthy, easy and it tastes amazing? Love it!!  Delicious and super healthy!!

 
 
Ingredients
  • 16 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked + shredded (about 2.5 cups shredded chicken) 
  • 8 oz reduced-fat sour cream
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • 10¾ oz can Campbell’s® Healthy Request® Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped (I used the Cilantro that comes in a tube, worked perfectly!)
  • 10 oz can Ro*Tel® Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 4 oz can diced green chilies
  • 8 Small Tortillas
  • ½ cup reduced-fat Cheddar shredded cheese
How to Make It
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 9" x 13" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.  In a saucepan, mix together sour cream, soup, milk and cilantro. Heat through and set aside.  Combine the chicken, Ro*Tel®, onions and green chilies in a pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Heat until onions are transparent.  Warm the tortillas until flexible.  Fill each tortilla with about 2 Tbsp of the chicken mixture.  Roll the tortilla up and place seam side down (or they will unravel) in baking dish.  Sprinkle Shredded Cheese over the top of the rolled tortillas.

    Enjoy!!
     
    XOXO
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Friday Favorites

Friday, May 29, 2015

Happy Friday everyone!  What a gorgeous morning it is here in Cleveland!!  So excited for Summer to FINALLY be here.  This was officially our first week of Summer vacation and we pretty much spent most of it catching up on things around the house or playing outside. 



 I am loving our new routine and looking forward to an awesome Summer with my 2 babies before Jillian starts Kindergarten in the Fall!!
 
 
 
I am excited to kick off the weekend linking up with Erika, Andrea and Narci with a Friday Favorites post.  Here are a few of my favorites from this past week....
 
{ONE}
 
 
This favorite has been a long time coming!  Our neighborhood pool and clubhouse are set to open in a few weeks and I could not be more excited.  This project was put on hold while the economy was down and now it's up and running and almost ready for Summer!!  If you need me this Summer, this is where I will be.
 
{TWO}
 
 

The Bachlorette is in full swing and it already seems that this season just might be the most dramatic season ever!!!  If you have followed my blog for awhile, you know just how much I enjoy this show. 






























I didn't think I could love this show any better until Shaeffer from Pinterest Told Me To started recapping the show in her blog after every episode.  Her recaps are utterly hilarious and are one of my favorite blog posts to read all week!  If you love The Bachelor/The Bachlorette series, reading Pinterest Told Me To is a must!!!!
 
{THREE}
 


I decided this week to sign up for Get Your Pretty On's Summer Challenge.  I love how Allison uses 'outfit formulas' which makes things so easy for this busy Mom.  I finally purged out my closet a few weeks ago and decided that it was time to finally say good bye to all of my "Corporate Casual" clothes from my Accounting days and make room for more clothes that are more appropriate and to embrace this season of my life. I have met so many amazing and inspiring ladies already, can't wait for this challenge to begin!!
{FOUR}



This was a BIG week for Rodan + Fields with the highly anticipated Multi-Function Eye Cream coming back into stock.  Let's just say 10 minutes BEFORE the Eye Cream coming back, my website started to crash. The DEMAND shut down our systems and the eye cream was sold out again in less than 1 hour! That’s what happens when over 50,000 people tried to order our eye cream...not a bad problem for a business to have.


The pandemonium this created today because of the HUGE product demand was insane! Even our President, who was the former President of the Neutrogena division of Johnson and Johnson, says even her head is spinning.  Now is the time to partner with me in the fastest growing premium skincare brand in the US! This is an amazing part time opportunity to earn some extra income around your schedule.  If you are looking for an opportunity like this, I would love to chat with you more.  Feel free to email me at theperfectskinmama@gmail.com.

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!!

XOXO
 
 
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Easy Teacher Gifts with Rodan and Fields

Friday, May 22, 2015

 
Happy Friday friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful week :) It's been a little bittersweet over here in my world, my sweet Jillian graduated from preschool this week and is officially a Kindergartener.  I still can't quite wrap my brain around it and totally lost it driving out of her school parking lot yesterday afternoon for the last time.  Although it was a very exciting and emotional week for all of us, I did manage to come up with an adorable teacher gift for Jillian's teachers that I couldn't wait to share wih all of you!   If you’re a mom, you might be racking your brain trying to find a gift for your child’s teacher. This cute little chevron gift bag is filled with goodies cost about $40 and would be something useful and fun that your child could actually help put together.
 

How to make it:
 
I created this little note with the help of Pic Monkey using one of their "School U" themed overlays, but you could have your child hand write the gift tag.

I purchased all the craft items at Michaels, which includes the card stock for the note, large circle paper punch, chevron gift bag and white ribbon.  The Rodan and Fields I purchased from my Rodan and Fields website and they showed up in 3 business days! I just love their quick service.  The entire gift took less than 15 minutes to pull together. 

Have any questions about the Rodan and Fields business or products?  Feel free to email me at theperfectskinmama@gmail.com
 
Best of luck to your little ones (and you too!!!) on their last week of school!  I hope you have a fabulous Summer!!
XOXO
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Friday Favorites

Friday, May 15, 2015

Happy Friday friends! I hope you all had an amazing week!  Hard to believe another week has come and gone...Next week marks the last week of preschool for Jillian and just the thought of it makes me tear up.  Where did this year go?  Where did the last 5 years go?  Excuse me while I go cry in my pantry, and then I may or may not eat the rest of the Oreos that I have stashed away in there.


This sweet girl is just growing up way too fast!!  

I am excited to kick off the weekend linking up with Erika, Andrea and Narci with a Friday Favorites post.  Here are a few of my favorites from this past week....

{Summer Lovin'}
Although most of this week has been a little on the chilly side, we have seen glimpses of what is to come this Summer...


We had our first visit from the Ice Cream truck followed by the second a few days later.  I am thinking that this ice cream truck is on to us and will be swinging by our house A LOT.


We bought a bubble machine at Kohl's this Winter and finally busted it out this week.  My kids can never get enough of bubbles as this bubble machine was perfect for them.

{Home Decor}


One of the items on my "Mommy" bucket list this Summer is to start decorating my home again.  If you have been a reader of my blog, you know just how much I love decorating, however, it has truly fallen in the priority list rankings these past few years and it's time to get back into it.  I have missed decorating so much!!  This week I decided to kick things off by visiting the holy grail of home decor....Homegoods.  I picked up a few accessories for my naked tables and looking forward to doing more!!  This table still needs a silver vase or candle stick to finish it off.


I am on the hunt for a sunburst mirror for above this buffet, it's a work and progress at the moment and looking forward to the finished product.  I also picked up a few baskets for the rest of the house, a blanket basket for the fire place...


And a basket for our bread which fit this empty corner of our kitchen counter tops.


I am thinking a cute lamp behind the basket would finish off the corner nicely.  

{Nightime Cuddles}


Although I said I would NEVER do this,  have to admit, I still lay with Nicholas at night before he falls asleep.  it's a habit that I am going to have to break here soon but moments like this make it all worth it.  

{Spring Fashion}


The Jane.com obsession continues!!  If you happen to read Monday's post, you know just how much I love this daily deals website.  I loved my drapes cardigan so much, this I also picked up one in emerald green and black for only $14.99 a piece.  Can't wait for these to come in!

{Rodan + Fields}


Look at what came in the mail today!!!  The Rodan + Fields AMP System has arrived and I couldn't be more excited. The AMP system is proven to firm your skin and reduce the appearance of acne scars. Acne scarring is a very personal struggle for me and is something very close to my heart.   I suffered from a very devastating case of hormonal cystic acne after having kids.  It's a very painful story that I plan on sharing in a future post one day.  For now, I have a few acne scars that I would love to get rid of and can't wait to see what this can do.  



Check out these amazing results from a fellow consultant...

I plan on taking some before and after pictures and can't wait to share my results with all of you!  If you ever have any questions about the struggles of hormonal cystic acne or the Rodan + Fields AMP System, please let me know or visit my website.

Hope you all have an amazing weekend friends!!!

XOXO

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My Best Kept Fashion Secret...Jane.com

Monday, May 11, 2015


Happy Monday friends!!  I hope you all had a fabulous Mother's and that you were all spoiled rotten!  I continue to pray for all of you ladies who pray daily about becoming moms. You're on my heart all the time!

Today I want to share with you all an amazing website where I purchase most of my clothes... Jane.com.  I always receive so many compliments from friends on items I purchase from here!  I love to share this amazing resource with them and want to share it with all of you too.
Jane.com is a daily deals website which offers boutique style clothing for very low prices.  I can not even tell you how many amazing finds I have purchased and for cheap! (I was not paid by Jane.com to post this article, these are the true opinions of my own and just absolutely love this site!)

Here are a few cute items I have purchased at Jane.com in the past year.  I will try posting links to similar items, however, since items on this site change daily, I may not be able to find the exact item.

Dolman Tops
 
 
I love wearing dolman tops in the Fall and Spring, the go great with skinny jeans or leggings and have a very flattering cut to them.  I own at least 3 Dolman style shirts from Jane.com and absolutely love them!  Here is a short sleeve style for Summer and one for kids too!
 
Chevron Flowy Hi Low Tanks
 
These flowy tanks in a Chevron print were my Summer staples last year and they look to be in the rotation for yet again another Summer.  I wear them with a cami underneath that I also purchased from Jane.com.  I absolutely love that you can purchase both basics and key pieces!!
 


 
I wear both tops with skinny jeans and wedges.  Love the flowy look of the tank on top and skinny look on the bottom.

 
 Chevron Shift Dress
 
 
Have I mentioned I love anything chevron?  No wonder I love Jane.com so much.  They offer so many items in trendy prints.  I especially love this Chevron Shift dress, I pair mine with black leggings with flats or tall boots.
 
Solid Lace Tunic
 
 
 
Love these Solid Lace Tunics for the Fall in mustard.  I also pair this top with leggings or skinny jeans with flats or tall boots.
 
Maxi Dress
 
 
 
Jane.com always has a large assortment of Maxi dresses all of the time which are a huge staple in my closet in the Summer.  I own this tank chevron maxi in the black pattern. 

Lace Shorts

 
 
I fell in love with these lace shorts last Summer and SO excited that they are in style again this Summer!!!  I will definitely be busting out these babies again. 
 
 Fun Skirts for Young Girls



I bought this cute chevron skirt for Jillian last Summer and can't wait for her to wear it again this Summer.  I love that Jane.com also has clothing for my sweet Jillian too!  So many cute items that you are just not able to find at your local Target or Department store.

Long Draped Knit Cardigans




Long Cardigans are a staple in any season, especially Spring of Fall.  I am totally in love with both of these cardigans and have gotten so much use out of them!  My Fall/Spring uniform always consists of a long cardi, long and lean tank paired with skinny jeans and tall boots.
  
Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Jane.com

1. Boutique style clothing at very low prices.  Who doesn't love this? #amen

2. Everything is purchased on line.  I love shopping but I do not love carting my two beautiful babies around when it comes to clothing shopping for myself!

3. You can purchase both basics and trendy pieces along with other items such as make-up jewelry and items from your home.

4. Jane.com also carries boutique clothing for kids that you just can't find at Target.

5. Paypal! I love the convenience of shopping with Paypal, I can make a purchase with one push of a button.  Paypal already has your payment and shipping info on file which makes it so easy to shop!
 

Do you shop at Jane.com or any daily deals website?  I would love to hear your best kept fashion secrets!! 



What's for dinner tonight with your family?  Tonight we are having my amazing Chicken Spaghetti!!!  I have not made this in awhile and I can not wait.

Have an amazing day! 

XOXO
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