Tuesday, June 11, 2013

10 current daily faves

Right now, my life is all about practicality, ease, simplicity and a bit of fun thrown in. We all need fun! As a momma to twin, active and needy (all babies are needy) baby boys, I need to keep my days simple and orderly to keep the chaos level low. Not all of these things are daily needs, but they're current faves anyway and in one way or another are used daily! In no particular order:

My new workout plan... part of it! I hula hoop for 20 minutes in the morning, and try to do 20 minutes later in the day. 20 minutes is doable for me. And the best part about hula hooping with babies, it entertains them (for the most part) so getting 20 minutes in is usually doable! I put the tv on to distract me because I hate to exercise and I need distraction.
 Ahhh, my gate. We have become the best of friends! Yes, myself and the gate. My little men are both crawling at fast speeds and they manage to go in every which way - not always the same direction. I was at a complete loss of what to do about baby proofing our home and the hubs suggested I keep them confined, with their toy box, in the kitchen. At first I wasn't loving the idea, but my goodness, after about 2 minutes of it, I couldn't love him more for suggesting it! They love the kitchen, we are always around so they see me during the day while I am getting things done and they can't get into anything! This is a gate that we originally used as a playpen, but now that they can crawl, they did not appreciate being confined to such a small area. The gate opens from a closed shape to a very long gate. As long as you keep it in a slight accordion design, it won't tip over. So we have it all along the opening in our kitchen. I don't have it quite set up in this picture because someone walked through the back end, but you catch my drift. You only see half of the length here. There are six panels. It's large! It is up from son up to son down. ;)
 I've never had great skin. I've tried random products that claim to cure bad skin, but finally gave up and bought all the cheap stuff. My skin got a bit better and just had the occasional random breakout somewhere. I heard a lot about the Clarisonic, but I thought it was a real gimmick. Then my cousin came to stay for spring break and she had one and I talked to her about it. She sold me on it and I am so  glad she did! The greatest part is, you only need a minute. It doesn't take much longer than what you'd do just rubbing some cleanser on your face. She also told me about Philosophy's Purity and I really love it. It's light, works well and has a neutral, yet clean smell. And my Olay night cream, well I just love the way it feels and smells! I get it all on Amazon, but you can find all these things in local shops as well. (Counting my skin care as one fave)
I don't own this, but I tried a free sample and as soon as I can save up a little bit, I am going to purchase this for face wash too. It is light, and just wonderful!
 My new jammies. They are from Target by Gilligan & O'Malley. I have a few nice pairs, but mostly winter ones. We are going away this summer with my entire family on my mom's side (aunts, uncles, cousins, soon-to-be cousins, and even our dogs) and I wanted to have a nice pair of pj's to take along. Plus, I just feel better in cute pjs. They have to be functional with these boys, and look appropriate for the mornings I am outside, in the front yard, with insanely messy hair and a sleepy face, in the neighborhood. Our neighbors already probably think I am crazy so at least if I am seen in halfway decent and cute looking pjs I won't get too many looks. ;) My plan to make them even cuter is to stitch on new buttons. I think I am going to go for cute little gold ones. I thought it would just add a little something extra. And I want to embroider a small "m" on the corner pocket with a metallic gold thread.
 There's a trend trap out there... Painting all your fingers the same color except your ring fingernail. I am not always big on falling into the traps, but I wanted something fun and different, and since I am loving gold (gold on my purse, my planner is gold, gold jewelry....) I thought my go-to summer pink (Mod Square by Essie) would be cute with a glittery gold (Kissed at Midnight, by Nicole by OPI - Selena Gomez Colletcion) on my ring fingernail. I think I like it. :)
 I use a large purse (you can see it in the background) so all my random little things get lost real easily. I was using a small little bag for some of them, but I never found the right bag that could hold it all. Then I found this "bikini bag" that I thought was so cute (of course, because of the gold) and was just the right size! The lady probably thought I was so excited over it because I had a really cute bikini, but if you know me, you know I'm anti-bikinis. And even if I wasn't, now I am for sure because of baby belly. What twins born at 7.4 lbs and 6.4 lbs will do to your tummy! ;) It is from a local shop, by a company named Bliss. I couldn't find it online though. If you have a Swoozies, check there.
 And here's my purse! I had been eyeing this for quite a while. And then my cousin showed up with it and I saw it in person, in use, and fell even harder in love! Back around my birthday when I had a little extra spending money I was tempted to buy this. It's a bit above my normal budget, but with birthday money, I was contemplating splurging. But, I didn't need to splurge too much because there was an error on their website bringing down the price big time! I ran to our local Michael Kors as soon as I could and picked this beloved bag up! I was so tempted to get the tan one as well. Those are my two faves. If it ever happens again that I catch an error, I will buy the tan one for the fall and winter. :) This bag is perfect because I can fit all my things, including my brain (aka my overweight planner), sometimes my large camera and even baby necessities. I usually always go out with the large diaper bag, but if I am just running somewhere quick, I throw what I need of theirs in my purse. It's perfect!
 I wear these daily. I love the little reminder of my boys. Now, I don't really need a reminder because they are always with me, but I just love the thin simplicity of these sweet gold initial bracelets. These are also from Swoozies but I am not sure the brand.
And along with my chocolate milk that I turn to like some people turn to drinking other things, I keep these babies handy. Thank goodness Costco sells in bulk!
And no day would be complete with out my real faves! These two little men are my joy and the reason for lack of sleep. I adore them and they make me laugh all day long. They have the best little personalities!
 What are you current daily faves? 

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