Chic Businesswear

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Hi Guys,

Hope you’re doing well.  I’ve got an cute outfit for you!

If you’ve been following us for a while you know that I am a Fashion Designer. In 2015 to 2016 I pursued and completed a Textiles and Material Design Level 3 NVQ Course and I shared a bit of my Textiles Exhibition with you on our instagram page.  Feel free to head on over to check it out, and if you want to see more pics you can stop by my business page Wabbimails.

So June 1st 2017 was our graduation and our invitation said business wear.

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So seeing that I don’t have any business suits and I didn’t want to wear one for this occasion even if I had I decided to pull some of favs that I thought would work and I came up with theses. Enjoy!

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My gorgeous lace jacket and light blue camisole.

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Pearls & Jeweled necklace

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Hair – Pin Up & Curls

 

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Side View – Sporting my Nude Gloss Bag

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Full Body

 

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Certified & Feeling Good

 

Hope you enjoyed my first fashion post!

Don’t forget to follow, like, share and comment if you did!

Keep going for your dreams!

 

Love

*Janelle*

Myah’s Wedding Recap Part 1

Hey Lifestylers!

Finally the wedding recap is here. Well part one anyway.

I got married!!! and let me just tell you that wedding planning without a wedding planner is fun but it can tiring especially when all of your health issues decide to rebel all at once.

Luckily I had help from mom with the DIY’s. It was fun to do them even with low energy levels which reminds me to inform you that during the planning process, taking vitamins daily is essential especially Vitamins B & C. I had to use more Vitamin C as I ended up with a sinus infection then after barely recovering from that, I got the flu; after that was another sinus infection. Not to mention the muscle spasms, scoliosis and endometriosis pain.(insert long growl). An entire month and a half of my body defying me. Along with the vitamins, if you are a religious person PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!!! PRAYER got me through the times I felt like saying, forget this! let’s elope!

Let’s get back to the good stuff.


 Our Invitations

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These amazing invites were done by the extremely talented Shonah of Dot_Ink Designs.   We met with her and looked through her many designs and chose the one we loved the most, which was a pocket fold design. She transformed it using our theme (PEACOCK).  Our colours were PURPLE, TURQUOISE  & LIME GREEN. For the minimal details, I created our direction cards whilst my mom dealt with the outer envelope-ribbon design.  Everyone loved these invites and so did we.

This purple ribbon was sourced from one of our local craft stores: Laurie Dash & Sons Inc.



(DIY)Escort Cards

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DIY Escort Cards

(For posting on the blog, I have removed the names of our family and friends).

I made many attempts at designing our escort cards. Night after night I would attempt different designs until I finally settled on this design.  For our table names we used flowers and birds. These wonderful designs were printed, cut and glued to the opposing card. That is – the purple bordered cards were glued to turquoise cardstock and vice versa. When they were completed I must say that I was very impressed with my DIY. I was a bit saddened that we didn’t get any photos of them though. After C (husband will be referred to as C) and I finished all the cutting and gluing with these at 1 in the morning while we did other DIY’s we were worn out. 



(DIY) Wedding Fan Programs

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All done and pre- packaged : never mind the Kraft paper bags under the fans: If you look closely though you will see the thank you tags I designed.
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Template done using Microsoft Word

(Some names have been removed for their privacy purposes)

I can say that I enjoyed designing this template after looking at Pinterest for some layout inspiration.  Mom and I put the finishing touches on these amazing wedding programs, one day before the wedding. 

After being printed, the were folded in half and glued around the edges leaving just enough space to place and stick the Jumbo Craft Stick at the bottom. When that was step was completed, mom tied the ribbon around the craft stick and then it was complete.

We sourced the ribbons for used for these lovely Wedding Fan Programs from Amazon



Wedding Favors

When I tell you that our guests were well treated in the wedding favor arena, they were well -spoilt. For our wedding favors we gave:

  • Alcohol-free Caribbean black-cake cupcakes (packaged in cupcake boxes)
  • Mini chocolates (packages in mini bags * see photo below)
  • Candy (packaged in mini-treat boxes *see photo below)
  • Barbadian mini sweet treats package (done by Salena Spice Creations who did an amazing job) which consisted of mini: sugarcakes, tamarind balls, nut cakes and guava cheese. We also packaged these treats from Salena in purple mini-sized organza bags. (see photo below)
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These Caribbean great-cake cupcakes were baked by my aunt and decorated by my mom. Here they are waiting to be placed in the packaging box.
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Cupcakes boxed up and displayed.
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Chocolates all packaged up in these mini bags.
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Captured by our wonderful Wedding photographer.  (Akira Joseph Photography). This box held the mini candy.
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Our sweet treats from Salena Sweets packaged and ready to go.

Mr&Mrs boxes sourced from Amazon (These were supposed to be as the 5 x  5 x 7.5 in size to use as the cupcake boxes but upon arrival were 3 inches!!! I was upset but we put them to good use)



Even though going the DIY road was a bit tiring at first, in the end I really loved the finished product. It saved us lots of money.  I will tell you though that I have earned a lot more respect for person who has a career in designing things like these, it is a lot of time and hard work and you have to ensure that it is perfect for the big day!

Stay tuned for Part 2

No one has it all together!

Hey guys,

Today I want to have an honest chat about something I think we can all relate too.

Balance.

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As women it seems like a lot of us feel like we need to have everything under control and perfect all the time. But is that possible? Is work – life balance actually attainable?

I think we look at each other and feel as though, the other person has it covered more than we do. Perfect home, perfect appearance, perfect career, well behaved and groomed kids, amazing relationship.. all day, everyday. After talking to other ladies I have come to these conclusions:

  1. We contribute to each other feeling this way. When someone says they are struggling sometimes people take this opportunity to say how “great” they are at what the person is struggling with and tell them to get it together. Come on! Stop that, you know you struggle too. Share a tip and be there for your girl but don’t brag and DON’T criticise.
  2. There is no such thing as balance, its more like a river. With ebbs and flows, some days you’ll be a domestic goddess and some days you won’t. Some weeks you’ll have lots of play time with your kids and some weeks will be full force work. Try not to feed the guilt or the feeling of failure when somethings feel unbalanced.
  3. Flexibility and personal time is important. Things don’t always go as scheduled but you have to be able to roll with it. Also know your limits, know when you need to say no. If taking this order or accepting this project means that you are compromising your limit and putting yourself under unnecessary  stress sometime its okay to say no. Take time for yourself even if its just 10 mins in the morning with a cup of tea.teaNow I struggle with this balance thing just like anyone, but I am working on it. I believe you can have it all just not all at once. Mom guilt is real and work responsibilities don’t end but doing your best is what matters. They say you can’t pour from an empty pitcher. So take care yourself don’t judge and go with the ebb and flow as much as you can.

Much love – work in progress

Jo

 

Four Days of Twist Out!

Hey Guys!

Hope you’re well! Today I’m going share my “Twist Out” and how I maintained it this long for the first time. A few months has passed since I did it but no worries. Let’s get right into it.

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 “January 21st 2017”

Style Prep

After washing and conditioning my hair, I parted it into sections. I detangled each section by spritzing with water and then sealing with my “Homemade Whipped Shea Butter Cream.” I got the recipe from Naptural85 which is called  “Do It Yourself: Natural Homemade Creamy and Fluffy Shea Butter Cremes Recipe” but I tweaked it a bit. I then made smaller sections and flat-twisted those being sure to add some more cream to the ends.

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Depending on how big the section was after every 1-2 twist, I wrapped either 1 or 2 twist(s) over a straw and rolled it under. Next I secure them with a bobby pin.

N.B The straws were cut into halves or thirds which turned out to be about 3″ in length each.

That night I slept in a satin scarf. The next afternoon I undid the flat-twist after rubbing a bit of oil unto my fingers to prevent frizz.

Day 1:

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I was so surprised at how soft and moisturized it came out. Even though it was more compact than usual it was super curly and cute. The photos don’t even do it justice. It was Saturday and I was off to a party. Was thrilled too when I received loads of compliments! Wow yay! Lol.

Hometime!

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So after taking a few pictures for you guys, I decided to pull my hair up to see if the pineapple method (which I had never researched but guessed what it was, based on it’s name) would work.

Cute right!? But I still wasn’t sure if this would work for my really thick and curly hair so I started Youtubing ways to maintain a “Twist Out.” Why oh why did I never do this before? I would always ruin the style after day two by not properly maintaining it, but not tonight, I had to find a way. That’s when I found this video by “My Natural Sisters” How to Maintain a Twist Out on Natural Hair.  After watching a few of these I decided to try to it and prayed it would work.

So to find out if it did let’s go to Day 2…

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Yay! It worked!

So by using the same technique I had seen in the video I twisted chucks of the twist out together the night before. No combs, no brushes just my fingers finding the previous parts very gently and twisting large sections of hair together. Next I covered my hair with my satin scarf and went to bed.

On Sunday morning I unravelled gentled, shook out the twists and fluffed. I also used some booby pins and hair pins to achieve my style.

Day 3

Work and Home – “23rd January 2017”

Well guys I work from home and did not venture out on Monday so I didn’t take any pics. However, I just did what I had done on Sunday and maintained it the same way I did on Saturday night.

Day 4

To town for supplies- “24th January 2017”

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“Still cute and still curly!” Ok guys, apart from getting a bit dry, my hair was still popping. lol. I was pretty pleased to see how long this style could last and I knew it could go a few more days if I wanted it to. I had scored big time finding that video and a few more. Happy but tired and knowing that my hair was dry I was ready for a change and probably a wash.

However, I did get some tips for moisturizing for the next time that I do this style. Such as is this other video by Naptural85 called “How To Maintain Wash and Go for 5 Days or More “Natural Hair.” Using some of the tips from this method and the previous method combined, I think my hair will last a whole lot longer and look even better. I will also in-cooperate a way to re-moisturize my scalp as it tends to get dry faster than my hair. I still have to do some experimenting there since I wouldn’t want to disturb my curls and make the style frizzy.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my results and I hope you got some helpful tips too!

Have a great day and enjoy your springtime!

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Love

*Janelle*

Dear Endometriosis

Hey Lifestylers!

I have delayed my wedding recap post so as to post about my story about Endometriosis as this is Endometriosis Awareness Month.

Dear Endometriosis,

I was fine, I was good, I was great. I was managing all the other pain I had just great. I mean I already have NF1, that in itself is pain already. I was managing the pain from the accident, I was handling that even better.

At 16 after many painful periods, after having to stay home from school for most of the time my period came, I went to the doctor – he said it wasn’t you after doing some scans but it was dysmenorrhea one of your family members whom I assume you know quite well. Here the birth control pills began just for a bit so I would never have to miss out on any of my CSEC Exams. Lets’s move forward 7 years to age 23, after the pain was constant – everyday, all day, all night. Period or no period. Here I was thinking maybe this is from my NF1 or maybe I pulled a muscle. Two nasty bladder infections and countless doctor visits later guess what??!! That is when I found out that you had showed up and taken residence, and boy did you show up and show out, you couldn’t just take up residence in one ovary but two!! How dare you?!

 Your place is in my uterus, that is where you are to stay, that is where you signed the contract to stay. You violated the terms of said contract by venturing outside the area which you have no security clearance for. Yet there you are, it seems you planned your attack down to the very last tiny detail.  I heard you have many colleagues affecting millions of women in the world. Guess what though?! We are fighting you and fighting hard, we will not stop fighting, we will not stop trying a way to get rid of you completely and trust me we will. So enjoy your time now with the painful periods, the painful sex, fatigue, infertility, painful urination and bowel movements, nausea and vomiting just to name a few that you plague my other female endo fighters and I with.

You thought that we would stay silent and not speak up about it, you thought that we would continue to hear people say “oh I get cramps too, it’s just a bad period”. Well think again, we have had about enough of hearing that and this year we are speaking even louder so all the world can who you truly are.

Oh and about last month when you had me down to the point with an IV in my hand, had me not able to eat for a week because everything I ate/drank came right back up because you decided to up your game and produce another one on my left ovary making it two egg-sized things over there. You may have had me confined to a bed for that one week but think again you can’t hold me down forever.

Without love,

Myah.

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My Favorite Snacks ATM!

Hi Guys!!

I hope you’re doing well. I’ve been doing pretty okay, just been trying new things and getting stuff together. For a while I’ve been in search of some healthy or relatively healthy snacks. You see I have a pretty quick metabolism and I get hungry quite often between meals, even though I eat three  main meals a day. So in between I try the eat snacks that are good for me. Sometimes I do a fruit bowl, an oatmeal/fruit/chia pudding, homemade cookies or popcorn. I soon realized that I didn’t really have any savory snacks for when I wasn’t feeling for something sweet. Also with my busy schedule makes it a little difficult to make my own healthy snacks along with making my 3 main meals each day since I hardly eat out.  So I am going share my favorite on the go snacks that I found in the supermarkets so far this year.

Herr’s Potato Popped Chips

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These are Gluten Free and only contain – Potato Flour, Potato Starch, Sunflower and/or canola oil, Rice Flour and Sea salt.

I like these because they are made from simple and natural ingredients and are quite yummy (a little addictive too lol).

 

Herr’s Original Kettle Chips and Herr’s Boardwalk Salt& Vinegar

These are tasty and do not contain mono sodium glutamate which is a huge plus for me as I am allergic.

The “Original” is Gluten Free and contains the following ingredients: potatoes, vegetable oil (one or more of the following: corn, cottonseed, sunflower) and salt.

The “Salt & Vinegar” flavor however is not Gluten Free  and they’ve added lactose, sodium diacetate, malted barley flour, citric acid, and natural flavor.

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I actually only tried these this week but I think these are going to be one of my favourites. When I open the bag there was air like so many bags but I was pleasantly surprise to see that the bag was packed around 1/2 – 3/4 of the bag. It did say 5 oz lol.  From first glance I think I can stretch these over the course or 3 days maybe 4. They taste similar to white cheddar popcorn even though they don’t contain cheese. Yet sorta like a natural chip.

Ingredients:Yellow corn, sunflower oil, organic whey powder, maltodextrin, salt, organic butter powder (organic butter, organic skim milk powder), natural flavour.

 

Bermudez Jumbies Animal Crackers

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Sooo…I saw these in Massy about a week ago and had recently picked up a pack of the original the week in front. These used to be a childhood favorite but apparently I still like them. So when I saw them on special I grabbed them, I didn’t even realise that there is now a chocolate flavor until I popped some in my mouth. I wasn’t in the mood for chocolate at the time but they are pretty good you can still taste a bit of the original recipe along with the chocolate. I find it annoying when there is a new chocolate flavor to an original recipe and it tastes completely different, fake or like a trying to be chocolate cookie, but that might just be me. LOL

Ingredients: wheat flour, sugar, palm and soybean oil, glucose syrup, slat, whey (milk), leavening agents (sodium bicarbonate, ammonium bicarbonate, sodium acid pyrophosphate), artificial flavours, sodium metabisulphite.  (Produced in a facility that uses peanuts and tree nuts)

*I’m not sure how healthy these are but they are a quick and sweet snack.

Oh btw I guess these guys decided they want to become an “item” lol

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Nature Valley Oat ‘n Honey

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These are quick, sweet and relatively healthy snack and I also really like the dark chocolate to these. I even tried a pack with milk  and it was yummy cereal.

Ingredients: Whole Grain Oats, Sugar, Canola Oil, Rice Flour, Honey, Salt, Brown Sugar Syrup, Baking Soda, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor.

(Contains: Soy     May Contain: Almond, Peanut, Peacan)

 

Mornflake Orchard Oat Granola

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I love these!! There are different types and I occasionally switch them up. Sometimes I make puddings, cold cereals,  hot cereal, fruit/granola cups or just eat it on the go. It’s filling, nutritious and energizing. I also love getting the one with the almonds and then adding fresh fruit to it (apples bananas sometimes strawberries).

Ingredients: Mornflake Wholegrain OATFLAKES (63%), Sugar, Mixed Fruits & Seeds (12.5%) (Sultanas (6%), Dried Apple (3%) (contains Preservative SULPHUR DIOXIDE), Desiccated Coconut, Sunflower Seeds), Palm Oil†, Honey (2%), Apple Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavouring.

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Thanks for checking my current favorite snacks guys! I hope you got some ideas, tips or new snack options for yourself. If you do try any, come up with any variations or find any more healthy on the go snacks feel free to share them below or tag us on instagram. We are total foodies and almost always busy!

Take care and have an amazing week! God bless you!

*Janelle*

Fresh Produce to your door!

Happy February!

The year has kicked off with a bang for me, lots of projects this year. Which means I need to make good use of my time and be most efficient wherever I can. So you can understand why I was so chuffed when my friend recommended a local service which delivers fresh fruit and vegetables to your door!

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I just had to share this with you. The company is called Veggiebag, they deliver every 2 weeks. They send you a list of available packages, you choose your option send them your contact info and directions. Then on the set delivery day your goodies arrive.

The veggies are packed in a branded brown paper bag and then the small items are packaged together. The service is great! Everything was fresh and I didn’t have to pick through the randoms at the grocery store. Also it was brilliant value for money!

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If you are interested here is their info:

To be on there mailing list: veggiebagorders@hotmail.com

Phone number: 246-837-0200

I’ll be back soon with another  post soon.

Cheers, Jo

 

 

Disclaimer – This post is not sponsored and is purely me sharing a service I love with you guys.

Easy Sweet Potato Snack!

Happy New Year Guys!

I hope you all had a great holiday season and are having a great start to your new year. The holidays were super busy for me and my work flow is finally getting back to normal. So here I am with a super easy and yummy snack recipe.

Side note- I’ve seen various recipes similar to this but using different veggies and spices.

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For this recipe I basically just sprinkled each of the ingredients in a bowl to my preferred taste. I generally use what I have at home but you can also add  what ever spices and seasoning you prefer when doing this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Sweet Potato
  • 1/2 tsp Coconut Oil or your prefered oil
  • Dash of Salt

 

     Sprinkle of:

  • Turmeric
  • Black Pepper
  • Parsley Flakes
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Curry Powder
  • Paprika

 

Equipment and Tools Needed:

  • Oven/Toaster Oven
  • Parchment Paper
  • Baking Pan/Cookie Tray
  • Food safe storage container

 

Method

Step 1- Preheat oven at 350 degrees, so that it would be hot by the time you are finished the recipe.

Step 2- Wash, peel, slice and dice your potato into pieces and place them into a bowl. Make sure to drain or dry your pieces this will give your potatoes a crispier finish.

Step 3- Sprinkle each of your ingredients into container that carriers a lid. By doing this you can decide if you would like to increase your amounts before hand.

Step 4- Pour your potato pieces into the container and cover with the matching lid.

Step 5- Next shake them around the  container giving them a good toss to make sure each of your pieces are coated well.

Step 6-Cover baking pan, cookie pan/tray or oven rack with parchment. If you don’t have parchment paper use a baking ban or a cookie pan/tray as is, but you will need to check and turn your pieces more often to limit them sticking.

Step 7- Pop them into the oven for about 45 mins. I used a toaster oven set at the “bake” setting. It also has its own timer so it stops when the time’s up. However you can set your own alarm.

Step 8- Take them out and they are ready to serve.

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If you try this recipe please leave a comment below letting us know what you think. Also take a pic and post on your instagram with the hashtags #lifestyleislandistas #easysnack.

Have lovely day! God bless you!

*Janelle*

 

 

Holiday Table Decor

Hi guys,

The holiday season is here and tis the season for parties. When I have my family or friends over for a meal I love to add a special touch to our table. Today I am going to share how I am styling the place settings for one of the dinners at my home this Christmas.

So I start by using a mini runner I had custom made to match other linens in my home from “Wabbimails”  you can use a place mat. I love the pattern and color that it adds to the table.I then add a silver charger plate. Using a metallic adds a festive feel to the table.

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On top of this I add a Champagne Napkin which I folded and draped over the charger. Again it has a shimmer and a texture which adds some interest to the look.

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Now for the dinning ware. I love to use white plates, they match with any theme and when we plate up the delicious food it doesn’t compete with a pattern on the plate. I then add a glass salad plate.

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Glassware

I got these gorgeous mugs just in time for the holidays. My family loves hot drinks so I think these would be perfect for cider, eggnog or hot chocolate. I also got these classic wine glasses at Crate and Barrel a few years ago.

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Treats

Its always a fun to have little gifts for your guests. I got some Christmas Crackers from Massy Supermarkets. Also I added these adorable mini Baileys Irish Cream bottles from Cave Shepherd. And chocolate is  a must this time of year so I added my fav- Ferrero Rocher Chocolates.

Place Cards – I snagged these pinecone frames at a closing sale but you can find similar ones here: http://www.beau-coup.com/wedding/copper-frame-with-leaf.htm

I used these as place settings.

Here is the finished look.

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I hope my set up inspires you to deck out your table. And perhaps gave you some ideas to try.

Happy Holidays

Jo

 

 

Mommy Survival Tips

Hiya!

It’s Jo and boy has it been a busy couple of weeks and we all know it’s gonna get busier as the holidays get closer.

My days are usually jam-packed and I wear many hats. Here are some of the ways I keep my sanity .

Exercise:

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Admittedly, I don’t always do this but when I do, it makes a huge difference. It is an amazing stress relief and the health benefits are amazing too! Ideally, I would prefer to go to the gym and get a good hour in but a brisk walk with our dog or a short Pilates session works too.

 

A Quick “on-the-go” Makeup Routine:

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Now I will be honest. I am low maintenance when it comes to makeup. However, I find it makes me look much more presentable for early morning meetings.

I have four “go-to” products that I love:

  1. MAC studio fix face powder (not pictured)
  2. Maybelline Mega Plus Mascara
  3. Maybelline Fit me Matte Poreless Foundation
  4. EOS lip balm

These give me a good light coverage and make me look fresh-faced and ready to go.

 

Lists and Tea

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Anyone who knows me, knows I love a good cup of tea. It’s like a hug for your tummy. It settles me when I’m stressed and to me there is something very therapeutic about making the tea. So to get my day started I always have a big cup of my current favorite tea.

I also review my to-do list and schedule for the day. That way I know exactly what I’m doing and how I need to allocate my time. I’ll share more on how I do this soon.

 

I hope these tips give you some ideas. What do you do to make your day easier?

Have a great week!