Busy Mom With No “Makeup Time”

 I’m a busy mom with no “makeup time”

I can get the baby (and husband) looking picture perfect in ten minutes, flat. Myself, is a different story. Like most women, I need time. I need to be able to shampoo, condition, blowdry, and style my hair. Outfits need coordinating.  My shoes must be pondered. But realistically speaking? #Aintnobodygottimefodat… Especially a Busy Mom.

The most wonderful time of the year…

Every Mom wants to look her best during the holidays, if no other time of the year. There’s family to entertain, pictures to take, and commitments to meet. The last thing any of us want, is to be remembered as looking tired, haggard, or stressed.

There’s a few things I do, and use, when pressed for time before a big social event http://wp.me/p7XODP-g1 @jasminea5100

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Prep Early

If I need my toenails painted, I do it the night before. Clothes are laid out and pressed, once I’m sure I won’t change my mind. Which, is actually also done for the baby. And I make sure he’s ready before I’m ready. That way, if I need to scale back to keep from running behind, at least the baby is done. Even if whatever event isn’t until six hours, if I can go ahead and take 10 minutes to straighten my hair, I’ll do it. Busy Mom’s need to utilize their time wisely, so wherever you can save it and prep early, the better.

Ask for help

If my husband can keep our son from spilling juice on his Christmas sweater, while I’m trying to finish my makeup, it’s a win-win. I’m not freaking out over looking bad, and the baby’s white sweater won’t have stains on it. If anyone is around that can help hold the fort down, while you get dressed, take advantage of it. You’ll do a better job on your appearance if you don’t have to chase the kids around for a few minutes.

Stick to necessities…

While we all love curling (or straightening!) our hair, sometimes we need to delegate our time wisely. Most busy moms are known for their up-dos anyway! When I simply can’t justify spending time on it, a neat bun will do. You can also add in cute clips for a festive touch! And with necessities in mind, stick to the basics when running behind; Foundation, mascara, lipcolor. A little goes a long way! A good eyeliner never hurts either, and is my most used tool!

Quick Tips for Getting a Glam Party Look!Busy Mom with no "Makeup Time

Today, I’ve been swapping makeup tips with Nicole, at Cold Coffee and Chaos so if you want to see my main tools/products I use when I need to hurry, check it out (as well as some other awesome tips!) – while we may be Busy moms, we can still look our best when we really need to.

 

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Practical Gift Guide For A SAHM

Shopping for a SAHM?

This post contains affiliate links, for which I get a very small percentage. The price stays the same for you, and all views are 100% mine. Christmas is almost here. Looking for the perfect gift for a Stay At Home Mom, isn’t always an easy task. We usually don’t want anything, and hate thinking of ourselves. But here is a gift guide that can help you find something more practical for that particular Mother you have in mind…that she’ll actually use!

Coffee Mug

Practical Gift Guide for a SAHM
I’m A Mom, What’s Your SuperPower?” 12oz Coffee Mug

Why? Because Mother’s need COFFEE! We require energy to get everything done around the house…or really, just function at all. Mom’s always need more mugs, because they get broken/displaced/used and un-washed. This mug is ceramic, microwave and dishwasher safe, and best of all? Holds 12oz of “Mama Juice”, i.e coffee or tea. Plus, it’s funky colors (available in several) and kitschy tone, is bound to put a smile on her face!

The “Home” Spa Treatment

Practical gift guide for a sahm
Pure! Spa in a Basket

Because let’s face it – most Stay At Home Moms don’t go to the spa. They either don’t have time, or don’t pamper themselves that way. This is a gift that she will actually use on her own terms. This kit is awesome! This six (6) piece set includes everything you need to enjoy your own, home-spa; Bath Salts, Sponge, Lotion, Bubble Bath, Shower Gel and Body Scrub! All 100% natural, and did I mention it’s Kiwi!!! Who doesn’t love Kiwi? Well, it’s available in Pear, also. Here’s a tip: Include a handmade coupon for “One Hour Alone” and offer to take the kids off her hands for a while. She’ll love it!

The Ultimate Crock Pot

Practical gift guide for a SAHM
Instant Pot

A popular item in nearly every gift guide. Why? It’s not just a regular crock pot – it’s the best crock pot known to man! Err…wo-man. Yes, stay at home mom’s are usually…at home. But how convenient is it to just throw everything in the pot and let it slow-cook on its own? The Instant Pot is fully programmable, and is actually a 7-in-1 cooker! Pressure, Rice, Slow, Warmer, Steamer…it does almost everything? Wait…it makes yogurt? Ok-everything! Mom will love how easy it is to use, AND keep clean. This will help her with time-management, and stress! If you’ve never seen someone flip over a crock pot, just wait!

Help keep her beauty tools clean!

Practical gift guide for a sahm
Silicone Holders for Makeup Sponges

Because time management is everything for all Moms, this is a game changer. Why? Not putting your makeup sponges on the bathroom sink (or, god forbid, it falls on the floor only to be found and used a week later), and instead in this nifty holder, will; decrease the need for cleaning so often AND prevent nasty stuff getting into Mommy’s pores (taking up more time needed for exfoliation). Plus, it helps organization. Totally practical, and will be used (trust me!). They even have breathe holes, which are perfect for drying wet sponges.

Keeping the coffee warm…


Yeti Coolers Rambler Tumbler

Probably the most popular item in this gift guide – The Yeti Tumbler. It’s basically perfect for anyone, but especially a SAHM. Her beverage can be kept hot (or cold!) all throughout the hectic day – going with her as she runs errands, and keeps busy around the house. And she’s going to want that coffee to stay hot! You can even get a new replacement lid to make it totally spill proof! And, let’s face it, all us Moms need that. Kids spill stuff. Heck, parents spill stuff.

Everything in this gift guide can be used, and appreciated, by anyone – but especially the stay at home mom. It’s not jewelry that will sit in a box to (hopefully) be worn once. It’s not another thing to dust, or keep someone from using as a toy. They’re all products catering to either a need, or a secret desire she won’t admit.

And, if you happen to be a Stay At Home Mom reading this, be sure to share it on your social networks, so your husband can see! He won’t mind the hints…just blame me 😉

Practical Gift Guide for a Stay At Home Mom
Practical Gift Guide for a Stay At Home Mom

Dead Sea Mud Mask Review

Looking for a great mud mask?

I recently had a great opportunity to try a mud mask for the first time! Maple Holistics has the “Dead Sea Facial Mud Mask”, and let me try it for the last week. The results? Amazing!

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Hey, I Want To Know…

This is a new roundup series with a twist: I’m going to ask some fellow Bloggers a few fun questions, just to see what they think! I love reading blogs as much as I do writing them, and what better way to get to know someone? Follow us at the end of each month to see their answers, and be sure to check out some of these great blogs while you’re at it!


Dicia – It’s My Mommy Life Now

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
I hate to admit this, but my favorite thing to wear in cool, fall weather is my red hoodie and my yoga pants. I homeschool my 9 year old and I’m always chasing after my two year old. I’m usually in something comfy. Oh and I can’t forget my socks and my sneakers. If I go out, I may end up in jeans and a t-shirt, but I still have my sneakers on.

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now?
Since I have two boys whose taste is completely different. I’ll list them by boy.
Kaeden (9) – Minecraft on PS3, fourwheeling, and Pokemon Go.
Karsen (2) – The movie Home on netflix, trucks and cars, trains, mommy, and food.

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
Cheering him up depends on why he is feeling down. Usually I will try to crack some perverted joke, get him to talk about it, hug him, tell him I love him and how much he means to me, and if nothing else works, then I make him food, lay in bed with him, and rub his back.

Sarah – Get Mom Balanced

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
I love a good pair of skinny jeans and a cute sweatshirt: Maybe something with a zipper or a cute detail at the neckline. I’m pretty simple and love basics that I can throw on. Shoes are always my challenge- I’m a flip flop girl and my feet got bigger with my last pregnancy so I’m on the hunt for new fall shoes!! 

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now? 
My 4yo son LOVES Lego. He loves to get sets and build them, and then play with what he’s built. He can sit and look at the instruction books over and over and also wants to look at sets on the computer and videos of people building!! He wants to go to Target just to look at the sets. Obsession is an understatement for him!! My 1yo guy loves throwing balls. He’s simple like that- give him a ball, toss it back and forth and that kiddo is happy!

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?Thankfully, my hubby is pretty easy going and doesn’t get down often, but the way to help him unwind or get out of a funk would be to have some delicious food. So that means I won’t be cooking it! We’d be going out to dinner because I am also simple in my cooking and he is more of a foodie. So, a great meal with beer or wine and my hubby is happy! 

Melissa – Baby Castan On Board

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
Fall is by far my favorite season. The air is crisp, the holidays are right around the corner and it’s time to break out the sweaters, scarves, and boots! Not to mention all the flannel and denim that is in style for the season 🙂 

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now?
I have a nine-month-old so he is really obsessed with standing, walking and crawling. He loves putting something in front of himself and then when he reaches it pushes it a little further. He is so proud of himself. It’s the cutest thing!

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
The way to a man’s heart is food right? I like to take my husband out to eat, or sometimes I cook for him.

Tajuana – Healthy & Fit

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?  
Cardigans!!! Every color 🙂

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now? ***
Eek, I don’t have human children, yet I have fur babies. My cats are obsessed with hiding in boxes and eating paper.   ***(Fur babies count! -Jasmine)
3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
I like to leave my partner alone when they are not in the best mood because I would make it worse hehe, So I just let them have their space and when they’re ready they come back to life.

Michele – The Domestic Realist

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
A hooded sweatshirt. I love putting my hands in the pockets and digging them in deep to warm my hands when it gets cool. Putting one on makes it officially feel like Fall! I especially enjoy wearing one around a firepit (with a cold beverage in hand!). 

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now?
My 3yo is obsessed with picnics right now. She likes to have us sit on the floor and she pulls the food out of her hair. I’m not why it comes out of her hair but I just go with it! There are always sandwiches, apples, napkins, and cookies! My kind of picnic! 

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
Wait until he is ready to talk about it. Men are different from woman, and my husband doesn’t always admit something is wrong until he is ready to. So after 5 years of marriage, I’ve learned to just wait until he let’s me know he is feeling down. Then I cheer him up by making extra effort to focus on him. Whether that is turning off devices and talking or getting a sitter for a night out, I make the effort I can. 

Brittany – Follow The Dyers

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
So, we live currently live in Bangkok, Thailand, and the weather her is always warm. I love it so much, but sometimes I miss out on the Fall weather. Not too much though, because I LOVE the warm weather. One of the biggest things I miss in the Fall though is all things leaves. When I was a kid, I used to love to play in the leaves and make crafts with them. I miss seeing the colors of the leaves on the trees change, too. There are so many things you can do with the leaves once they are off the trees too! 

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now?
In Bangkok, they don’t really have many birthday party supplies, it’s just not something they do here, so we pretty much plan our birthday parties at least 6 months in advance because we buy the majority of our birthday party supplies when we visit the States. With that being said, my son had a Dinosaur birthday party this year and is still obsessed with everything dinosaur! My daughter is having a Hello Kitty birthday party next month and is obsessed with everything Hello Kitty! I’m sure the obsession will change in a few months when we start to determine what kind of parties they will have next year!

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
Usually, I just let him talk. Is that boring? Maybe I should look for other suggestions…what do you do when your husband is feeling down?

Julie Hoag – Julie Hoag Writer

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1: What’s your favorite thing to wear in cool, Fall weather?
I like jeans and my sweatshirt with my kids’ team logo on it. I also love the winter lined Crocs.  On warmer days I love to pull out the capris.

2: What’s your child(ren) obsessed with right now? 
My oldest son is obsessed with football. He plays it, watches it, and even participates in fantasy football with his friends. My middle son plays football too but he doesn’t watch the professionals play. He just enjoys playing the game. My middle son is very creative. He really loves to make things and watches videos online for ideas. He takes the ideas and makes his own twist on it. For example, he saw a launcher online made from a Gatorade bottle (top cut off), the ring from the Gatorade, and a cut balloon. He took the launcher to the deck and launched cheese balls. It was a genius idea because they were so light and airy they just soared all the way across the yard. My youngest son loves soccer right now. He is playing on a team and he is the most aggressive player. He really gets into it and very rarely does a ball get past him when he is goalie. He plays soccer in the front yard with friends. He’s obsessed with playing anything outside. My kids love Halloween and they are already making plans to make it the best Halloween they can this year. I love to write humor posts about life with three boys. I also write about being a mother, parenting, youth sports, anything kid related and pet related.

3: When your partner is feeling down, how do you cheer them up?
I surprise him with his favorite meat to grill on his Green Egg grill which is his obsession right now. He is so into being a grilling chef that he installed a spice rack for grilling spices in our basement. The Green Egg grill is a ceramic dark green egg shaped grill that can be used all year because it retains heat so well. He uses the all year long even in the cold winter. We are quite the pair because he loves meat and I’m a vegetarian, so I have developed some recipes I am posting on my website to accommodate myself as a vegetarian as well as the meat eaters who make up the rest of my family. Today my husband is grilling pork ribs on his Green Egg grill and my boys can’t wait to eat! I also buy him a specialty beer that he has never tried before to surprise him sometimes. 

Check out the great blogs above and come back each month to learn more about these bloggers!

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Great Blogs I’m Reading…

Looking for a new blog to read?

In the world of blogging, there are literally blogs for everything imaginable out there! I’ve been finding some really great ones lately, so here’s a list of a few I’ve stumbled across, that I’ve been reading for fun!

The Smart Lad
In one of my other lives (Not necessarily a past life, but another part of this life, a long time ago) I enjoyed indoor Bouldering. That’s when I wasn’t organizing and going on Wild Boar hunting trips (yes, wild stuff, but that’s for another blog post). I was excited to come across this blog, as there’s a lot of useful info about Rock Climbing and Hunting. My husband enjoys boar hunting as well, so he’s been reading too. So whenever your significant other is wondering what blog’s you’re into lately, send him here!

Mommy Tries
This blogger actually just stopped writing, and I became so upset-because this is a really funny blog! Full of posts from parenting, travel, reviews, children…and all so hilarious! The archive is still u and not going anywhere, and no matter my mood, the posts always put me in a better one. So if you need a good laugh, check it out!

Now That I Can Do, Mama!
I love fashion, even though it’s one passion I don’t actually blog about (yet), so I do stalk this blogger’s site for outfit inspiration. Succumbing to the pitfalls of “Mommy Frump”, I need a little help to ensure that I don’t just stay in yoga pants all the time. Not That there’s anything wrong with that. I love her style, and highly recommend this for her Fall wardrobe selections alone.


SAHD BLOG
Sometimes, it’s nice to see things from another perspective. Enter this blog, from a Stay At Home Dad. As a SAHM, I really enjoy his posts and take on things. Not many posts and hasn’t been updated in a while, but who knows, maybe we can initiate a comeback!

BeautyBets
I could spend all day and night on this Beauty blog. Hair, skin, nails, makeup, tutorials, reviews…it’s all here. I find it all informative and inspiring! The reviews are honest, so you don’t feel like you’re being sold anything. And the tutorials are very easy to follow, even for someone like me with limited hair experience. There’s enough content here, you can’t possibly get bored. In fact, I’ll bet you try everything!


So be sure to check these out – and if you are a blogger, comment below with your link!