Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Favorites

Hello friends and Happy Friday!!  Wow, has it really been 2 weeks since I last blogged?  It's crazy how time is just passing us by as we get closer and closer to the end of the school year.  We have been swamped the last few weeks with kids activities and have had something to do every night this week.  Looking forward to a much easier schedule next week (or at least I hope!)

Per usual, I am linking up with Erika for my Friday Favorites!!!  Here is what I have been loving these last few weeks...

ONE


Eating healthier!  We are leaving for Disney in a few weeks and I need to quickly find away to get rid of those Winter pounds that have seemed to have outworn their welcome.  Jeff and I have been doing a great job in watching what we eat, one of them is making our own Pizza instead of ordering out.  So far we are both down a few pounds and feeling motivated to keep up our progress!!!
TWO
 
Speaking of losing weight, I have been extremely diligent in tracking my calories and my exercise activity these last few weeks with the help of the Fitbit and Fitness Pal Apps.  These are both amazing tools to track both and I have been utilizing them to their fullest potential.  My daily goal is to burn off more than I consume and it's been so rewarding reaching my goals every day. 
THREE
Spending quality time with this silly guy!!  I had the chance to join in Nicholas's class field trip to the Farm Park and get to the do the same with Jillian's class next week.  He insists on making silly faces during our selfie moments :)


FOUR


My "new" Erin Condren Planner!  Did you know that you can carefully cut the ring holes in the covers of your old Erin Condren planners and swap them out with the now removable covers 2016 Erin Condren planner?  I did this yesterday with all of my old planners which didn't have removable covers and can't wait to be able to reuse all of my old planner covers again.  I absolutely loved the print of my very first Erin Condren planner and love that I can use it again!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend friends!!

XOXO,
Karen

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday friends!!  I hope you all had a great week!!!  I just dropped Jillian off at the bus stop and was really enjoying the sunshine this morning on my walk.  It is shaping up to be a beautiful Spring day!  It's Friday and you know what that means...I am linking up with ErikaAndrea and Narci with a Friday Favorites post.


I love everything about this outfit! And I am starting to get even more comfortable with the wand, it might be time to retire that curling iron for a little while.  Outfit details: Top is from Jane and Kendra Scott Style necklace from GroopDealz.


We celebrated this Storm Trooper's birthday this past weekend with our family.  He is one lucky little guy!  He is into everything and anything Star Wars lately and I love seeing his little imagination come to life.


Before the party, Jillian decided to make her brother the sweetest Darth Vader card for her brother.  I just love her heart!!! 


In an attempt to eat clean a few nights this week, I made this amazing Cilantro and corn salad.  Delicious!! My friend Casey posted it and I had to duplicate it.  Looks so colorful, doesn't it?  Anything with Cilantro is a win!  I will try and post the recipe next week.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend, thank you so much for stopping by!

XOXO,
Karen
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Stranded with Erika and Shay


Hello friends!!  I hope you are all having a wonderful week :). Today I am joining Shay and Erika for a fun new link up...Stranded!  We are all sharing this week which 3 items we would bring from our medicine cabinet if we were stranded on a deserted island.


Before we begin, does this come to mind for anyone else while thinking about being stranded on a deserted island? 


Or maybe this?


Loved these movies!!  Anyway, here are the three things I couldn't possibly live without if I were stranded on an island.

If I was stranded, I would hope my family would be with me :). If so, then we could not live without Children's Tylenol.  We must go through 2 bottles every Cold and Flu season and who knows what kind of germs would be lurking on an island.

We would also have to have an endless supply on Band-Aids on hand.  I am not sure about your kids, but we seem to use band-aids daily in our home.  Even the slightest cut or boo-boo requires a Band-Aid to make it feel better.  I just roll with it, whatever stops the tears right? Ha!


And for me? I couldn't possibly live without my Rodan + Fields skincare.  The AM Cream even contains sunscreen which is a must for any deserted island!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!  


XOXO,
Karen


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April Goals and Weekly Plan With Me


Hello friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  We celebrated my sweet boy's birthday and also woke up to this the morning of his party.


Wow, right? We received some serious snow on Friday night and thankfully it melted as quickly as it came.  Let's hope this is the last of the snow until the Fall!



I sat down this morning with my coffee in hand and decided it was time to organize my April and jot down my goals before the month got too far away from me.

Read Two Books


I purchased these two personal development books recently, "I Am That Girl" and "You Are a Badass" and really need to sit down and read them.  I am prone to just picking up my iPhone late at night after the kids are in bed and will just aimlessly scroll through Facebook.  A total time waster when I could be reading something with a little more reading.   Time to put down the phone and pick up a book!

Donate, donate, donate!

For the first time since we have had kids, I am starting to feel overwhelmed with all of the extra "stuff" we seem to have in our home these days.  We have boxes and boxes of baby clothes and toys that are no longer being used and just taking up space all over the house.  

I also cleaned out my own closet this Winter and pulled together a bunch of old suits and over 20 pairs of Ann Taylor work pants from my Corporate America days.  They are simply just collecting layers of dust in my closet.  Throw in 3 under the bed storage boxes of maternity clothes that I recently discovered and we are suddenly on the verge of an episode of hoarders.  

Something needs to be done and I simply need to just make the time in my busy schedule to take these items to a Woman's Shelter and Once Upon a Child.

Workout and eat healthier!

I know this is one goal that pretty much goes without saying, however with swimsuit season on the horizon, it's time to take this a bit more seriously!  I have dusted off my 21 Day Fix DVD's and trying to put aside 30 minutes a day to get in a workout. 


Frames for my Office

bought this adorable cabinet over the holidays for my office with the intention of hanging 4 inspirational quotes above it.  Here we are in April and it is still looking pretty lonely :)  Hoping to knock this one finally off the "to do" list!


Blog

One of my goals for 2016 was not only to blog more but get back into the Blogger community.  I want to get back to reading all of the blogs I love, comment more and truly get back to where I used to be.  I have met some amazing bloggers that I am fortunate to now call friends over the last 10 years and really want to get back to what I love about blogging.  I can slowly feel myself getting my blogging "groove" back and excited for what the future holds. 

Plan With Me

Planning out my week in my Erin Condren planner certainly helps bring a little sanity to our busy schedules.  To add to the chaos, both kids began swimming lessons yesterday in preparation of the warm months ahead.  This week I am using my new April weekly kit which is color matched to Erin Condren's color palette. 




Thanks for reading today, see you back here tomorrow where I will be linking up with Shay and Erika for their first STRANDED linky party.


I will be sharing What three things would you take on a deserted island from your medicine cabinet?  Stay tuned!

XOXO,
Karen


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Friday, April 08, 2016

Friday Favorites


Happy Friday friends!!  We survived the first week back to school after Spring Break.  The kids seemed happy to see their friends again and this Mama was happy to have her 5 hours of "Mama time" back again.  

It's Friday and you know what that means...I am linking up with ErikaAndrea and Narci with a Friday Favorites post.

One thing that was not my favorite this week was the weather....sigh.  I hate to complain about it because my mission is to keep things positive around these parts, however, for documentation purposes, it needs to be mentioned.



Our view this morning.  I mean really.....Mother Nature needs to get her act together here.  Bring on Spring!


Curling Wand




I have always curled my hair with a curling iron so yesterday I decided to change things up a bit and practice with my curling wand.



I bought this wand over a year ago but never really quite knew how to use it, nor have I taken the time to learn.  Mama's time is precious and most of the time it's best to just stick with what you know. Ha!


After watching several Youtube videos and a cute Periscope, I finally got the hang of it.  I have to admit, I think it turned out pretty good! I loved the open ended waves and thinking that this just might be my new look for Spring/Summer.  Do you use a wand? A curling iron? I would love to hear!


Jane.com


Even though our weather says "Winter" my wardrobe is screaming for Spring.  I found these 4 adorable looks on Jane.com this week and I just couldn't pass them up.



This adorable ruffle hem is actually a separate piece!!  You can add a ruffle flair to any top with it, I am dying to try out so many different looks with it. 



I can not wait for them to all arrive!!  Thank goodness for the Aftership app so I won't have to continuously stalk my mailman.

Etsy


And to go with these beautiful tops I found these Kendra Scott inspired accessories on Etsy.  



And speaking of Etsy, I designed these beautiful brush stroke inspirational quotes to be used in your Erin Condren Vertical planner. 



I have always loved seeing these quotes in my Facebook or Instagram feeds and now I can put them in my planner to reflect on every day.



Target Guacamole


Does your Target carry this guacamole? If so, grab it now! It's probably the best store bought guacamole I have tried.  Trust me, if you are a guac lover, you will not be sorry!



My Cleveland Browns Football Player




This sweet boy has my heart and with him now playing football in sub zero temps these days, I have been frantically trying to find ways to keep him warm.  Needless to say we are thrilled his flag football is the Cleveland Browns this season so I have been conveniently buying out our local Kohl's clearance section of all their Browns gear. He loved modeling his new Browns hat.   And I just may drag a mini space heater to his game tomorrow for all the football Mom's to huddle under, that's allowed, right? 


I hope you all have an amazing weekend! Stay warm! 

XOXO,
Karen
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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

All Things Loved in March


Hello friends, I hope you all had an amazing weekend.  Nicholas had his first flag football game and oh my goodness was it cold!!!  


Poor sweet thing had every right to complain but he and his team played their little hearts out and I couldn't have been more proud.  So excited for the rest of the season and for hopefully, warmer weather!!

After a fun week of Spring Break, we got back into our usual routine this morning.   As much as I loved not setting the alarm, I think we were all craving the normalcy of our routine.  

I don't know about you but March flew by for me!  First of all, this Winter has been extremely mild  (with the exception of this weekend and the upcoming week, brrrrr!) even for Clevelanders.   Usually this time of year just drags and drags as we deal with one cold and snowy day to the next but not this year.  Winter just seemed to whizz on by.  It's been heaven!  Let's hope we get through this unusually chilly week and our Spring continues to be a mild one.

As we are about to kick off yet another month, let's stop a minute to see what I was lovin' in March!!!

{Younique Foundation and Pressed Powder}


I was so excited to learn that the Younique's Infamous Touch Liquid Foundation had finally come back into stock this month.  This item has been sold out since Christmas and I had been dying to try it after reading so many rave reviews on social media.  I had also recently tried their Touch Pressed Powder and was so impressed that I knew that this product would be as equally impressive if not better.  Well, it certainly did not disappoint!!!  The color of both the liquid and powder foundation could not have matched my skin tone any better.  Nothing drives me more nuts when a foundation gives you that fake "orangey" look.  The coverage and color were absolutely perfect! And wearing them together was just the a match made in heaven.  I highly recommend contacting your local Younique Consultant to try out these amazing products!  I promise you won't be disappointed.


{Periscope}


I decided in March to embrace the whole Periscope thing again.   For awhile, the concept just intimidated me, throw in my phone constantly chirping with alerts, and I just shut the entire thing down and took a step back.  It felt good! But now I am back for round two and approaching the whole idea with an open mind.  I have been watching a lot of scopes lately in preparation and I feel more at ease with the whole "talking live in front of people" concept.  And I also found this amazing gadget, the Selfie Ring, to give you more an "airbrushed filter" look as you scope.


I tried scoping with the Selfie Ring for the first time last week and have to honestly say I loved the result!!  If you are on Periscope, I would love for you to stop by, my user name is @karenathomeblog

{Favorite iPhone App - AfterShip}


I shared earlier this month how much I have been enjoying the Aftership App and it's still my #1 favorite new app of 2016. If you love on-line shopping, and what girl doesn't? Then you need this App in your life.  All you need to do is add the tracking number from all of your on line orders and this little app tracks all of your in line shopping shipments all in one place.  I have also been using it for items I ship out on eBay or for my businesses.  If I want to track a package to be sure it arrives, I punch in the tracking number and I am continuously alerted throughout the shipping process. It's genius!


{Skinny Pop}

My neighbor came over the night of The Bachelor finale and introduced me to the world of Skinny Pop. Yum!!  Where has this been all of my life? I am a huge popcorn girl and this was definitely right up my alley.  I sent my neighbor a text later that week asking her if the popcorn was still considered "skinny" if you ate half the bag.  I am going to hope for a yes on that one!  

{Easter}



We had a very Blessed Easter and Spring Break!  I loved spending some quality time with my babies with no school, no major commitments and no stress.  Definitely some needed R and R.
Hope you all had an amazing March!  I am ready to kick off April with new goals and hopefully some warmer weather.

XOXO,
Karen
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