Friday Favorites

Friday, March 27, 2015

 
Happy Friday everyone!  Made it through the week!  Which is always something to celebrate.  :) We woke up this morning to a surprise snowfall.  Thankfully for us, March has been more of a Lamb then a Lion which makes this new blanket of snow even more unusual.  What I am really looking forward to that first warm day where I can open the windows again, here's to hoping it's not that far away!! 
 
 
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....
 
 
This sweet blue eyed boy turned 3 last week!!  I can not believe we no longer have a toddler in the house or even a baby for that matter.  I love my sweet Nicholas so much, his constant energy keeps me on my toes and his sweet cuddles warms my heart.  Its been a fun filled 3 years with my little man, I can't imagine life without him!
 
 
I finally bought my Hunter boots but sadly have not worn them yet.  They seem like they run a little on the big side and thinking of actually going DOWN a whole size.  Anyone have this happen when they bought these boots or is this normal when wearing willies?  If anyone has had this experience, I would LOVE for you to comment below.  I need to drive myself back to Nordstroms to try on a smaller pair just to compare.
 
 
Jeff decided to take the day off last Friday so we took the kids to the Cleveland Children's Museum to get out of the house for the day.  The kids LOVED the huge sand box and would have played in it for hours if we let them.  Jeff and I were able to just sit and hang out together as the kids played which was AWESOME!  This never happens, definitely a sigh of the kids growing up and becoming more independent.  Sadly, the baby stage is further and further behind us with my little man turning 3.
 
 
Last week a few neighbors and I went to see Dirty Dancing at the Cleveland Play House.  It was awesome!!!  Dirty Dancing was one of my favorite movies growing up and it was so fun to see it live with a group of girls.  As soon as I got home, I downloaded all of the songs from iTunes.  I haven't been able to get "Hungry Eyes" out of my head since.  LOL!!!  And of course, nobody put Baby in the Corner!
 
I hope you all have a great week!!
 
XOXO
 
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Rodan and Fields Consultant in Cleveland Ohio

Thursday, March 26, 2015


I am so excited!!..after many years of searching, I have finally found a skin care routine that works!...and quickly!!  I am such a believer in these products, that I decided to become a Rodan and Fields consultant so I could share with all of you!  

If you haven't heard about Rodan and Fields, let me tell you just a little bit about the company.  Rodan and Fields was developed by the same doctors who created Proactiv for acne.  What they did for acne, they are now doing for aging skin.  Rodan and Fields products were previously featured in high-end department stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.  The doctors realized they were only reaching one person at a time behind the cosmetics counter and decided with social media on the rise to move to the direct sales market.  I'm SO glad they did!!  These uniquely effective skincare products are designed by two of the most respected dermatologists in the country with a legacy of delivering on what they promise. I believe that using Rodan + Fields is as close as you can get to visiting a dermatologist … without an appointment. Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields have also taught me that achieving great skin requires more than great products. Rodan and Fields can truly transform your skin. I have personally witnessed the difference these products have made on people's skin and in their lives. Along with Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields I am committed to exceeding your expectations and always here to help.


My neighbor, Tiffany, recently started selling Rodan and Fields.  I'd see her information on facebook and finally one day I contacted her about using the products.  I've been using the regimen for about two months and am LOVING my skin!!   So much so, that I decided I'd take a leap of faith and start selling/sharing the products with all of you.
I absolutely loved how the products made my skin feel so smooth and hydrated. Not to mention, my skin felt amazing! I completely fell in love and was hooked. I decided to join to share my skin journey with others and offer advice and support in anyway I can.  Just imagine if you partnered with the doctors when they created Proactiv in the 90's... They are now an $85 million dollar acne company. What they did for acne they are now doing for anti-age. Take advantage of this ground floor opportunity, this is such an exciting time to be in this business!  Reach out and message me if your interested in learning more or pass my information along to someone who you think would benefit from this opportunity.  Whether they are looking for a way to treat their own skin issues or for a way to earn extra money, I now have something amazing to offer them. Thanks to Rodan and Fields, I can give people beautiful, healthy skin and an opportunity to build something for themselves that will create inner radiance as well. I absolutely love what I do...I love making people look and feel good and seeing them happy and more confident about their skin makes me feel good about my work. I would love to help you with your skin concerns, wondering where to start and what regimen is right for you? Start with the Rodan and Fields Solutions Tool. You can even email the results to yourself or email me at rockyourskin@yahoo.com so we can discuss your results together.


If you're interested in this business, please e-mail me at rockyourskin@yahoo.com.  I'd love to chat with you!
 
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Friday Favorites ~ Spring is Coming Edition

Friday, March 13, 2015

 
Hello friends!!  I hope you all had a wonderful week!  Well, the sickies have hit our home yet again, my sweet Jillian came down with the same nasty virus that Nicholas had last week so it was another fun filled four days spent in our home with no where to go.  My poor sweet girl, I don't think I have ever seen her so sick.  I am so ready for Winter and the sickies to be over with...bring on Spring! 


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

Who watched our favorite Bachelor Prince Farming get engaged on Monday?  If you have been reading my blog for awhile now, you know how much my sister and I love this show and it is the ONLY show that I will never miss.  My obsession all began with the very first season with Andy and Trista and I have been hooked ever since.  You would laugh watching my sister and I madly texting one another during every episode as the hubby stands by rolling his eyes.  LOL!  I personally think he loves the show too but will never admit it :)
 
I was so excited our Bachelor picked Whitney, she was my favorite ever since they crashed the wedding together.  If you are a huge Bachelor fan like myself, be sure to read Shaeffer's Blog over at Pinterest Told Me To.  She writes a hilarious and candid recap of every episode and I truly think her recaps are what I love even more about this show.   My sister and I always wait in anticipation every week for Shaeffer's recap and will always text one another the moment it's up.  It's THAT good.
 

I know it's a little early for Clevelanders to get too excited for Spring but I am!  I can't help it.  It's been a long Winter and anything over 10 degrees at this point feels balmy to us.  After 3 months of the ground completely covered in snow, we are finally starting to see the grass again peeking through the melting snow. 

 
The view from my home office has been so much more pleasant these days with all of the sunshine we have been having this week.   It makes such a difference when the sun is shining!
 
The top item on my Spring Fashion Wish List this year is the Hunter Boot.  I feel a little late to game with this but I have officially fallen in love and must have them!!!!  Our Spring weather is always a bit on the cold and rainy side and these would be perfect for rainy mornings picking up Jillian from preschool. 
 
 
I am on the hunt for Mint skinnies and I seem to be striking out.  Old Navy has skinnies in "Ice Blue" but I am thinking these are more baby blue than mint. 
 
 
During my search, I did happen to notice that all jeans and pants at Old Navy were on sale.  I totally plan on taking advantage of this sale and stocking up on my favorite Rock Star Super Skinnies.  What Mama doesn't need a new pair of skinny jeans for Spring?
 
 

Thanks to all of you who have inquired about my Rodan + Fields launch party so far!!  It's still going on and anyone can attend.  I am offering lots of freebies to anyone who places and order or becomes a Preferred customer.  I'd love to e-mail or talk to you about this.  E-mail me at rockyourskin@yahoo.com if you're interested in learning more. 

 

Each month I hope to do a freebie, giveaway, or just a deal!  For the rest of March, any one who signs up to become a Preferred Customer I'm waiving or reimbursing their fee.  Just in case you didn't know a Preferred Customer receives free shipping AND 10% off their orders.  It usually has a one-time initial fee of $19.95, but for the next week I'll be happy to waive that for you!!

 
Hope you all have an amazing weekend!!
XOXO
 
 

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RODAN + FIELDS ON LINE LAUNCH PARTY

Tuesday, March 10, 2015



 
WELCOME TO MY RODAN + FIELDS ON LINE LAUNCH PARTY!!!

Hello friends!!..after many years of searching, I have finally found a skin care routine that works!...and quickly!! I am such a believer in these products, that I decided to become a Rodan and Fields consultant so I could share with all of you! If you haven't heard about Rodan and Fields, let me tell you just a little bit about the company. Rodan and Fields was developed by the same doctors who created Proactiv for acne. What they did for acne, they are now doing for aging skin. Our products were previously featured in high-end department stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdales. The doctors realized they were only reaching one person at a time behind the cosmetics counte
r and decided with social media on the rise to move to the direct sales market. I'm SO glad they did!!

Wondering where to start and what regimen is right for you? Start with the Solutions Tool. You can even email the results to yourself!!
 
https://karentucci.myrandf.com/Pages/Ourproducts/GetAdvice/SolutionsTool
 

**LAUNCH PARTY SPECIAL FOR NEW PREFERRED CUSTOMERS**
Who is excited for Summer? I am giving away a free Sunscreen or Sunless tanner for anyone who signs up to be a Preferred Customer. Wondering where to start and what regimen is right for you? Start with the Solutions Tool. You can even email the results to yourself!! 

 If you aren't satisfied with your current skin care routine, or would like to learn more about why Rodan and Fields is different, PLEASE e-mail me at rockyourskin@yahoo.com. I'd love to sit up a time to talk to you and see how we can help you (and your skin)!

To place an order, please go to my website
http://karentucci.myrandf.biz/

This ON LINE party will be open for 2 weeks, looking forward to helping you all love your skin!

If you know exactly what you're interested in, you can go to my page HERE.  Please let me know if you have any questions!!  Thank you!!
 
 
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Easy Crockpot BBQ Chicken

Monday, March 09, 2015

Hi Friends, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!   Our temps finally went above the freezing mark and dare I say that it actually started to feel a tad bit like Spring time.  I am just waiting for that day that it's warm enough to finally open the windows and air the house out.  Keeping my fingers crossed that day is here sooner than later!!  I wanted to share with you a simple an easy Shredded BBQ Chicken recipe that you can make right in your crockpot.   You know I am all about simplicity...so when I find a recipe that has only 4 ingredients? And it tastes amazing? Love it!!  Another great thing about this recipe is that there are numerous uses for Shredded BBQ Chicken...you can use it in sandwiches or even throw some right on top of your salad.  Delicious and super healthy!!

 
 
All you need is Boneless Chicken Breasts, Chicken Broth, your favorite BBQ sauce and an onion.  Easy peasy, right?  

Place the chicken breasts inside the crock-pot...OH, and did i mention you can pop the chicken breasts in frozen? I do that all the time!  Chop up as much onion as you would like and place the chunks on top of the frozen chicken.  I prefer a lot of onion but you can judge the amount to use that you think your family would enjoy.   

I pour in enough chicken broth to cover the chicken breasts, I typically do not use the entire can, probably use around two-thirds of it.  I also squeeze around two-thirds of the bottle of BBQ sauce into the crock pot as well, covering the chicken.  Cook on low for around 6 hours.
 
 
When the chicken is done, set the crock-pot to warm and shred the chicken, using 2 forks.  The chicken will start to absorb all of the extra liquid and create an amazing, tangy, BBQ sauce. 
 
Enjoy!  XOXO
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Friday Favorites

Friday, March 06, 2015


Hello friends!  I hope you are all having an awesome week.  This week has been a little on the hectic side but looking forward to the weekend.  My sweet Nicholas has been sick with a stomach virus but I think we are finally on the mend today thankfully!  So excited it's finally March though! Woohoo!!!  Although it is a whopping 9 degrees outside this morning, I finally feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel with Spring on the horizon.
 
It's Friday which means I am linking up with Erika, Andrea and Narci to share my Friday Favorites with all of you.  I would love for you to join in on the fun! 
 


On Sunday, we took the kids to see Disney Live ~ Pirate and Princess Adventure.  I don't know about you but Disney Junior is on our TV constantly and I just knew Jillian and Nicholas would love this show.   Princess Sophia and Jake waiting patiently for the show to begin.

 
Speaking of Disney, we are in the process of finalizing our details of our trip to Disney World and can not believe it is almost here!!!  This is not an easy trip to plan for a first time Disney Mom and have thoroughly enjoying my blogging friend Jenna's Blog, Real Mom's Disney.  If you plan on visiting Disney World anytime soon, I highly recommend checking out Jenna's blog!
 
 
One other Disney Junior favorite in our home lately is Miles in Tomorrow Land.  Both of my kids LOVE this show and it's so cute to hear Nicholas try to say the whole title.  He is always asking me to watch it, sounds like Disney has another hit on their hands!


If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen me sharing the amazing new Make Up Eraser.  Have you heard of this new Direct Sales Company or tried their product yet?  It's an amazing little cloth that all Make Up wearers need to own.  All you do is add water and wipe off your makeup.  I am honestly not sure how it works, all I know is that it does and I have not bought make up remover in 2 months. 



I am so excited!!..after many years of searching, I have finally found a skin care routine that works!...and quickly!!  I am such a believer in these products, that I decided to become a Rodan and Fields consultant so I could share with all of you!  

If you haven't heard about Rodan and Fields, let me tell you just a little bit about the company.  Rodan and Fields was developed by the same doctors who created Proactiv for acne.  What they did for acne, they are now doing for aging skin.  Our products were previously featured in high-end department stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.  The doctors realized they were only reaching one person at a time behind the cosmetics counter and decided with social media on the rise to move to the direct sales market.  I'm SO glad they did!!



 

My neighbor, Tiffany, recently started selling Rodan and Fields.  I'd see her information on facebook and finally one day I contacted her about using the products.  I've been using the regimen for about two months and am LOVING my skin!!   So much so, that I decided I'd take a leap of faith and start selling/sharing the products with all of you.
 
I absolutely loved how the products made my skin feel so smooth and hydrated. Not to mention, my skin felt amazing! I completely fell in love and was hooked. I decided to join to share my skin journey with others and offer advice and support in anyway I can. Whether they are looking for a way to treat their own skin issues or for a way to earn extra money, I now have something amazing to offer them. Thanks to Rodan and Fields, I can give people beautiful, healthy skin and an opportunity to build something for themselves that will create inner radiance as well. I absolutely love what I do...I love making people look and feel good and seeing them happy and more confident about their skin makes me feel good about my work. I would love to help you with your skin concerns, wondering where to start and what regimen is right for you? Start with the Rodan and Fields Solutions Tool. You can even email the results to yourself or emai me at rockyourskin@yahoo.com so we can discuss your results together.
 
I am planning an on-line launch party with all sorts of great deals and freebies so please stay tuned for the big event!!  Can't wait to share it with all of you.

 
This sweet girl has been all about getting herself dressed lately with full make up and who can say I blame her?  I just love the girly-girl she has turned into and feel so blessed to have her as a daughter!
 
Hope you all have an amazing weekend!  Happy Friday!  XOXO
 
 
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The Direct Sales Mama Guest Blogging Series ~ Essential Oils

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Hello friends!! I hope you are all having a wonderful week.  I am so excited to launch The Direct Sales Mama guest blogging series featuring different Bloggers who are also involved in Direct Sales.   As you already know, I am very passionate about both Blogging and Direct Sales and love to support other Mama's who also do both.  Today's guest blogger is Annie from over at The Farrar Four.  I have followed Annie on IG for some time now and love her passion for Essential Oils.  Not to mention she has the cutest family!!  I have been wanting to learn more about this latest craze with Essential Oils and Annie has been so gracious to share her story and knowledge with us today.
 
Hi there!  I'm Annie.  I blog over at The Farrar Four...when time allows!  

I'm from Tennessee. 
Stay at home momma to two littles.  
I love anything DIY.   
I love to bake, crochet, organize & decorate.
I love Jesus.
AND.  I LOVE ESSENTIAL OILS!
Karen asked me to share about my love for Young Living Essential Oils with y'all and I am happy to accept!
First, I want to share with you...
Why Oils?
  • They keep us healthy.  At the first sign of sickness, we oil.  Early & often is the key!  If I feel a tickle in my throat, I apply.  And reapply.  And reapply.
  • They help me sleep.  I'm a nervous nelly at night.  I get anxiety.  I take a warm bath before bed and finish with a few drops of oil behind my ears and then on top of my ears.  They help me fall to sleep and sleep soundly.
  • They feel great on my skin.  I've started using jojoba + essential oils on my face each night.  My skin has cleared up & isn't dry like it was in the past.  I also use it for diaper rash, eczema & minor cuts + scrapes.
  • They give me confidence.  Maybe it's mental, maybe it's oils.  But I know, when I apply our oils, for whatever need it may be for, I am confident I'm doing what's best for my family.  Whether it be caring for my family in time of sickness, promote sleep, calm a fussy baby or even to increase immunity (and keep #allthegerms away), I believe I'm doing what is best and right for my family.
We started using oils before all the cool kids were doing it.  I bought Thieves Soap from a local Homesteading family.  I didn't know what I was using, except they told me it kept germs away and I was sold.  We started using it when Easton was about 2.  Then when Emerson was born with a metabolic disease that can effect her most at times of sickness, I stepped up and purchased Thieves + Purification Essential Oils.  Then, my best friend became a distributer and I purchased a kit from her to help her business.  I started sharing how we used oils and the rest is history!
I try oils first anytime we have any sort of health issue.  I am not so far crunchy to say that we don't use medicine, because I'll be the first one to call the doctor if my kids are sick. But I've been pleasantly surprised with how well we can reroute a sniffle or tummy trouble with the help of essential oils.  
It's hard for me to narrow down what my favorite oil is.  I would first say THIEVES!!!...but then I think, no wait...I really love Purification because it makes my house smell so fresh & clean...but then I remember that lovely Vanilla smell when I apply Stress Away at night and drift off to neverland...and then I think, oooooo, Peppermint...it soothes my headaches and sore muscles....and Lavender opens me right up when I have a cold...There really is no way to narrow down to just one.
That's why I recommend starting with our Premium Starter Kit.  You get 11 of our most popular oils + a Home Diffuser.  

If you are interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils you can email me:
a {dot} farrar {at} hotmail {dot} com
If you are ready to purchase your very own Premium Starter Kit, click on the link below:

  • Make sure to select Wholesale member- this will give you that 24% discount on all future orders
  • Enter my # in the sponsor and enroller ID section, if it isn’t already filled out: 1958042
  • Enter your personal info
  • Select your starter kit (Premium Starter Kit, $150)
  • You can add additional oils at this time
  • Complete your order!
  • WELCOME!!!! You are going to LOVE these oils!!!
TIP:: Please follow the link from a computer. It doesn't work right from iPad or iPhone.  
I would LOVE to have you on my team!
I'll be back next week with my Top 5 oils! 
Thanks for having me Karen!
 
Thank you so much Annie for sharing your story and your passion for Essential Oils!  I am so excited to try them myself and looking forward to ordering a few to try with my family. 
 
If you would be interested in becoming a Karen At Home Guest Blogger where you would be featuring your blog and direct sales business, please send me an email at karenathomeblog@yahoo.com  I would love to chat with you!
 
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Favorite Things At Target

Monday, February 23, 2015



Good morning friends, I hope you all has a great weekend!  We are experiencing yet another snow day due to the subzero temperatures and even colder wind chills.  This Winter is living up to be just as awful as last year and I honestly think Jillian has only been to preschool 5 days this entire month.   My babies are getting stir crazy and so is their Mama!!!  I am so excited to be linking up today with Erika over at A Little Bit of Everything Blog and Andrea over at Momfessionals sharing my Favorite Things At Target.  If you are a Mama that loves Target too, be sure to head on over to Erika's blog and check out all of the other Target Favorites, you will be sure to find a few new  favorites of your own!

 
 This eCard always makes me laugh!  Can you imagine???  LOL!  If this ever happened, I may even spend more than I already do. 

My sister and I both ordered these cute booties this week and I can not wait for this crazy snow to melt so I can wear them.  How cute would they be with skinny jeans and a long cardigan?


I blogged last week about my new office curtains from Target and had to mention them again here.  They are the perfect accent to my aqua, black and white office. 

The wicker trunk from Target just might be my favorite item ever and it's on sale this week. Woohoo!!  We actually have 4 of these in our home, I love it that much :)  It is my absolute favorite way to store toys in our home and tackle the clutter.  The kids each have one in their toy room and one each in their bedrooms.  I love how you can just pop the lid on and it's a stylish and practical way to hide the toys. 
 
Even though we are still in the midst of Winter, I am starting to dream of Spring and my typical Mom uniform of tanks, maxi skirts and flip flops.  Here are a few favorites on my radar for the upcoming Spring season.

 
Have a wonderful snow day and stay warm!!!  Thanks for stopping by!
 
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Life Lately

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hello friends!!! Long time, not chat, huh?  I can not believe my last post was right after the holidays!  Well, I am back to what is hopefully going to be a wonderful 2015 documented by lots and lots of blog posts here at Karen At Home.  This is it, I know it!!  LOL!!!!  Seriously, I miss blogging so I will always be back, you know I am.  The last time we were together, I posted about my new blog The Direct Sales Mama.  My family has been so blessed by Direct Sales that I have created a blog solely dedicated to this amazing profession.  Are you involved in Direct Sales or want to learn more?  Be sure to check it out.  I think the best way to get back into blogging again is to just give you an update to what is going on here in our little frozen tundra of the world and we'll go from there, sound good?  I missed this whole crazy blogging thing and so excited to dive right back on in!!

First things first, my babies....they are doing amazing.  We spend most of our days driving them back and forth to their activities although right now anytime I get into the car I want to cry it's so cold.  Today the kids are off from school because they are anticipating -25 wind chills for the next few days.  Yikes!!!


As you can see, this is how Nicholas feels about his Ice Skating class.  Bless his heart.  We signed up a little earlier than we probably should have but this sweet boy is obsessed with hockey because of his Daddy and thought it would be fun for him.  Poor little guy hasn't quite realized that if you want to play hockey, you need to learn to ice skate.  Hard to believe this little man turns 3 already next month!!!


A few weeks ago, we took the kids to Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky for the weekend for a much needed change of scenery.  The kids had a blast and it was so nice to actually be in a bathing suit swimming in a heated pool all while watching it snow outside.  Certainly not something you can do every day :)

 
One nice thing about this cold Winter is all of the quality cuddling time we get.  A LOT of lazy days spent this Winter just hanging out at home.  With nothing to do but take selfies :)
 


People will often ask me if I am still into decorating my home and the answer is yes!  Just a slower pace than I did before I became a Stay At Home Mom.  We painted my Office last Winter SW Copen Blue and I finally bought these black and white drapes from Target which I LOVE!  I also added a calendar from Pottery Barn and plan on adding two more pieces below it.  My office is clearly not "Pinterest Ready" but we are getting there slowly.  Once it is done, I will put together a post on how my beautiful office came together.  I love how it is coming together though!!!  Slowly, but surely....we are getting there!


I am signing up this sweet girl for Kindergarten next week.  How is this even possible?  I tear up just thinking about it.  So not ready for this stage yet!! 
 


I came across this quote below this week and it might be my new favorite so I had to share it with all of you.  Love it!!!!  How are you showing courage this week in life? 

As always, thanks so much for visiting me today!!  I hope you stop back again soon where I will be sharing a delicious crock pot recipe, perfect for these cold, Winter days!!  Until then, I hope you have a great day!!
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