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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Introducing The Direct Sales Mama Blog!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Hello friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and finally caught up from all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays!  I am so excited to announce today that my new blog, The Direct Sales Mama, is now up and running.   Woohoo!!!!  The Direct Sales Mama blog is where I will share amazing tips and my experience all for your Direct Sales businesses.  

I am so blessed to have been given the gift of Direct Sales which has allowed me to stay home with my two babies and still contribute financially to our family.  I love sharing my experiences and tips with other Mama's so they too can achieve Happienss, Success and their Dreams.   

Are you involved in Direct Sales?  Please be sure to visit my new The Direct Sales Mama Blog and also leave a comment below and share your journey with us.  I would love to hear from you!

Want to follow me at The Direct Sales Mama on Social Media?  Find me on FacebookInstagram and all Social Media at #thedirectsalesmama.

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2014 Christmas Card

Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas from The Tucci Family!!!
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Friday Favorites

Friday, December 05, 2014

Hello Friends! Happy Friday! I hope you are having a great week.  I don't know about you but this week seemed to have flew by for me.  I am sure this is how it is going to be this entire holiday season, so much to do and so little time!!    I am excited to kick off the weekend by linking up with Erika from A Little Bit of Everything with a Friday Favorites post.  Going through my camera roll I realized I have not taken that many pictures this week hence again with it just being a really busy week, even too busy to take some pictures!!  Anyways, here are my Friday Favorites from the week.  Enjoy!

We had a rare warm day here in Cleveland on Sunday and Jeff was able to put up all of our Christmas lights.  I snapped this picture using the Instaweather App which is one of my favorites.  I love how you and document your pictures with what the weather was doing on that particular day. Genius!

I started the South Beach diet on Monday after a weekend of Thanksgiving indulging not to mention all of the Halloween candy I had consumed in the last few weeks.  Mama's pants were getting tight and drastic action needed to be taken.  The South Beach Diet is my favorite way to shed a few pounds quickly without giving up too much.  Yes, I have to give up my love of carbs, but even on Phase 1 you can eat a few "good" carbs such as beans.  The first day is always the hardest but I am already on Day 5 and still hanging in there.  I like to stay on the full 2 weeks of Phase 1 where I typically lose around 5 pounds.   Wish me luck as I head into the weekend, especially with all of the parties we have scheduled, it will be tempting but I am determined to make it through to the other side :)
Here is the other culprit for the few extra pounds, anyone else love the French's Fried Onions that go into the Green Bean Casserole?  Ah-maz-ing!!!  When I was little, I would always sneak these while my Mom was trying to make her Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole.  She would always have to hide them so we would have some left!!  Growing up, our Green Bean Casserole was always a little light on the onion because of my obsession.  LOL!  This Thanksgiving, we bought a ginormous bag at Sam's Club which probably wasn't the best idea.  It made for the perfect snack for several days but now I am paying for it.  I sent this picture to my Mom which gave her a good laugh :)
"Paci" the Elf made his return this week and my kids are loving that he is back for another Christmas.  "Paci" brought Christmas jammies with him for the kids and they loved having a present to open so early in the holiday season!  I hope to turn this into a tradition every year. 
I have been struggling getting into the groove of remembering to move him, I need to add some kind of alert to my iPhone because one of these days I am going to slip up.  Jillian seems more into the Elf than Nicholas. I think he just likes him because she does.  I am sure he will get more excited about it as the years go on.  They still haven't quite understood the whole point that he goes back to Santa and reports whether they have been good or bad much to my dismay as a parent.  Isn't that the whole reason a Mom came up with the Elf on the Shelf in the first place?  LOL!!
The Winter season always brings a lot of deer sightings in our back yard along with it.  These sweet deer hung out in our woods for most of the afternoon yesterday and decided to even take a little nap.  The kids just love having these deer and other critters as our neighbors. 
 Can you believe Christmas is only 20 days away?  Hope you're enjoying EVERY minute of the holiday season!  Have a GREAT weekend!!
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October 2014 Wrap Up

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  After a pretty chilly weekend here in Cleveland, we are experiencing a beautiful Fall day in the mid-sixties.  This Fall has been full of ups and downs weather wise.  When I finally feel that Winter is about to rear it's ugly head, a beautiful day seems to pop up out of nowhere.  This Fall has been amazing so far and I don't want it to end.  Let's hope Mother Nature still has a few more days like today left in her back pocket for us to enjoy!!!
October truly was a blur for us and I never ended up getting out all of our Halloween decorations.  It was one of those things where I felt I had more time and then...boom!  Halloween was upon us and it was too late.  This year, I am vowing to get our Christmas decorations out early so we can at least enjoy them before things get way too crazy.  I feel like I am still getting back into the blogging groove but excited to at least being able to blog when I can.  Running three blogs is no easy task but I am up for the challenge and appreciate you all stopping by and saying hello.  I love writing these monthly blog wrap ups because it gives me a chance to reflect on what we did for the month and look forward to the month ahead which I am sure will be just as busy if not more!
In the beginning of the month, we headed out to our local pumpkin patch and apple orchard.  Thank goodness we did it then because we never had the opportunity to go back later in the month.

Nicholas has been obsessed with tractors lately so we have been going on a lot of "tractor walks" around the neighborhood this Fall.  Luckily, we live in a new construction neighborhood with several homes currently under construction.  There is never a shortage of tractors around here so needless to say this little man is in his glory!  It gets me out of the house too and on a walk so it's a win-win for both of us.
The leaves behind our home have been absolutely gorgeous this year and I have been trying to take a weekly picture to capture the beautiful changes.
We met up with my sister and sister in law in the middle of the month on the west side of Cleveland to check out their pumpkin patch. 

I love that all of the cousins on my side of the family are all the same age, they have so much fun together!!
The Fall just isn't compete without a "cow-train" selfie with my sister and the kids.
We enjoyed our annual tradition of the Lake Farm Park Haunted Hayrides even though it was an absolute downpour the night we were scheduled to go.  The kids were still in good spirits and were such good sports about going a hayride in the cold and rain.  We were able to snap one quick picture under cover with one of the haunted hayride volunteers.  I thought for sure Jillian would lose it when the Mad Hatter came up to her but she took it all in stride and posed for a cute pic.
Queen Elsa and Jake and the Neverland Pirates made a lot of guest appearances towards the end of the month.  I had Jillian in and out of her costume at least four times between Strongsville's Hullabaloo, her Preschool Halloween party, Dance Class Dress Up Party and on Halloween Day itself.  I just love Halloween and this age, it is so much fun and the kids really got into it this year! My two little ones and my sister's daughter at Strongsville's Hullabaloo night out.  My sister's other daughter was home sick wit pink eye which was so sad, she was truly missed!
Jillian dressed up for dance class the Saturday before Halloween and it seemed more like "Dress Up Like Elsa" day than Halloween.  It was a sea of blue out there!
Jillian's school program was so sweet and cute!  Her school always does a good job for the holidays which makes things so special for us as parents to see.
My little ham!!! 
Although it sprinkled most of the evening, the kids had an absolute blast on Halloween!!  Nicholas really got into Trick Or Treating this year and it was so fun seeing his personality blossom.  He actually surprised us with just HOW into it he got, it was adorable seeing his little face light up with every house we stopped at. 

It is such a joy experiencing these Halloween memories with our little family!!  So hard to believe it is already over as the Christmas holiday already seems to be upon us.  With such a memorable month behind us, it only makes me more excited to see what memories this holidays season will bring.  Hope you all had a wonderful October!!!
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The Direct Sales Mama ~ Booking Tip # 1

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

What is your go to tip for booking more parties? I always play a Booking Game such as "Deal or No Deal". It is so much fun and your future hostesses love receiving a little bonus for booking a party with you!
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The Direct Sales Mama ~ Selling Tip #1

Developing a RELATIONSHIP with your customer is the KEY to a successful business. Always under promise and OVER deliver.
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Favorite Things Party ~ Target Beauty Section Favorites

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hello friends! I hope you are all had a fun weekend and amazing start to your Halloween week.  We had a neighborhood Halloween party on Saturday and it was an absolute blast!  It was so nice to have a date night with the hubs and get out of the house just the two of us.  If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably saw a fun glimpse of my Flapper costume.

This picture of Jeff and I in our costumes makes me smile every time!  Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea with our favorite things under $10.  I am a huge fan lately of a few items that I picked up in the Target Beauty Section this Summer and they have pretty much been my make-up staples since.  Both items give you just a slight hint of sun-kissed pink without making you look like a clown.  

The Master Glaze Blush by Maybelline in Just Pinched Pink is honestly the best blush I have ever tried.  I apply it lightly to my cheek bones with a beauty blender and it gives my cheeks healthy sun-kissed pink glow.


The Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tatoo Metal in Pink is the perfect eye shadow base.  It truly does live up to it's name and it stays on all day long as if it were tattooed on!  I apply a light coat to my lid with my fingertip and then swipe the residual under my brow which adds just the slightest hint of shimmer.  I feel like it really brightens up my face.  I will then use my favorite Mac Brown eyeshadow in Satin Taupe on the outer lid and crease.  Both shadows compliment each other so well!

Thank you so much for joining me today for the Favorite Things party.  I hope you all have an amazing week!

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