Month: April 2017

Mommy Confessions Monday

A few nights ago I told my kids it was time for bed an hour (maybe even a little over an hour) early so that I could finish watching 13 Reasons Why. When they asked why it was still so light out I lied about it being some kind of rare occurrence when the sun decides to stay out longer than usual. They bought it. I was able to finish the series…which was brutal.

Hey. Some times we just have to get shit done. 

 

 

Kids, This Is Why Mom’s Gone Bananas

So there’s this thing, it happens every so often (about 3 or 4 times a year), lasts a few weeks & wreaks absolute havoc on some. It’s called Mercury Retrograde & before y’all call me nuts, hear me out. In short, it’s when Mercury appears to move in a backwards or opposite direction of earth. It’s not actually going backwards, but it’s moving slower than earth causing the illusion that it’s moving backwards. Make sense? Yea, I don’t really get it either. HOWEVER, I do know that whatever the hell it is, it eats me alive every time. I didn’t know anything about this until about a year ago when I was complaining to a friend that I felt like I had a black cloud following me around lately & she casually replied with “oh, it’s just the retrograde, don’t worry.” The what? Huh? After she explained it & after googling it for awhile I am a total believer.

They say that the alignment of the planets, sun, moon, tides, whatever, can all have an impact on us. How? I don’t really know. It’s all science mumbo jumbo that I don’t understand. I need layman’s terms, people! Anyway, when Mercury is in retrograde it’s said to have a negative impact on all things;people, relationships, technology. You name it. It is said to cause major anxiety in some people, sleeplessness, memory loss, break ups, contracts gone wrong, deals falling through, etc. People who tend to suffer from depression might notice a bit more of feeling blue. It’s like Friday the 13th every day for 3 weeks.

I always know when it’s happening because I’ll have tons of anxiety & be an overtired, over emotional, hot mess. I become even more clumsy, foggy brained, even tongue tied. And let me tell you, trying to argue with a 6 year old when you can’t form a sentence does not work in your favor. Just a total hot mess. I’ve heard of doctors not scheduling surgeries during a retrograde & lawyers not signing contracts. We’re all just a little more superstitious. Or crazy. Maybe both.

April’s retrograde started April 10th & for the last week & half I’ve been bat shit crazy. I’m not sleeping well, my dreams are like an LSD trip, I spent 5 minutes looking for my sunglasses only to realize they were on my head & I put my car keys in the pantry. Why? Because of this stupid retrograde. Or I’ve just lost my marbles. Even my laptop completely went haywire & I had to buy a new one. Oh, I also ordered something online TWICE because I had completely forgotten I had already ordered it THE DAY BEFORE!! And one of my girlfriends told me she started thinking about an ex recently…yea, we are TOTALLY blaming that one on the retrograde.

The other day my husband asked what was up with me because I’ve been “different” the last few days. I should just wear a sign. Better yet dude, you should just take over for the next 3 weeks. A quick internet search will point out all the things you shouldn’t do during Mercury’s retrograde while at the same time telling you it’s also a good time to “reflect on” & “reorganize” things in your life. Really? I found my keys in my PANTRY…with my kids fruit snacks & Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, the only reflecting I’m doing on my life is whether it’s actually time to commit myself or not. And that I need to reorganize the pantry.

Supposedly the people who aren’t bothered by a Mercury retrograde are the ones that were born during a Mercury retrograde. Eff those people. Or maybe you just aren’t in tune with your body. Whatever it is, I bet if you read about this retrograde & pay attention to yourself during one, you’ll find some wonky things going on too. Then you can be part of my Madres Locas club.

It all ends May 2nd, so to all of you feeling it’s effects just hang in there. If you can. Drink an extra glass of wine, pop an extra Ativan (just kidding, never take more than the prescribed amount), take an extra nap. And remember, when you start to feel yourself going crazy, it’s not you. It’s not your kids (it probably is a little), it’s not your husband (it most definitely is a little). You didn’t just come down with instant Alzheimer’s. It’s the bitch of all planets, the evil revolving planet…The Mercury Retrograde & all of it’s messy glory.

(I just want you all to know that while I was typing this I was also making my kids dinner to which I ended up dropping all over my damn oven. So yea, there’s that.)

April’s FabFitFun Box!

April’s FabFitFun box has arrived in time for Spring & I LOVE IT!

Here’s a breakdown…

  • Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails gummies. I’m not a fan of Biotin supplements so this is the only thing in the box I won’t use. Biotin can be used to help grow & strengthen your hair & nails & make your skin look smoother. Thankfully my hair & nails grow crazy fast & I use a different product for my skin that I SWEAR by (I’ll be posting about it soon!). Studies show that Biotin used in supplement form can actually CAUSE acne…that’s exactly what happened to me before, so just an FYI. (Retails for $12)
  • Milly “Slay All Day” zip pouch. A super cute water-resistant bag that can be used as a make up bag, toiletry bag when traveling or even a quick & easy clutch to carry around. (Retails for $45)
  • Gypsy Roundie 05. I love this one! You can use it as a blanket, towel, decor.
  • Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator. I love trying new skin care products so I was excited to try this one. It scrubs away dead, dry skin cells & leaves you with bright, smooth skin. I’ve used it twice & it really does make your skin look & feel awesome. Also minimizes pores!  (Retails for $79)
  • Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask. I still haven’t tried this one yet but who doesn’t love a good face mask?! (Retails for $28)
  • Briogeo Rosarco Milk-Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray. This stuff is great! It made my very thick hair feel soft & healthy…like I’m not ridiculously overdue for a haircut. (Retails for $20)
  • Emerald Duv “Joshua Tree” Cage Bracelet. Super cute bangle. Trendy. (Retails for $80)
  • Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish. I received the white & light pink which are both cute…and have both already been stolen by my 6 year old. (Retails for $19)
  • RealHer Lip Kit. I haven’t tried them yet but the packaging & meaning behind the company is super cute. A father started the company with his daughter in mind so each product has words of encouragement on them. (Retails for $48)Sign up here with my link! http://xo.fff.me/fp0-R

 

It’s Wine Day…It’s Wine Day!!

It’s my favorite day of the month…wine delivery day! Winc is a monthly subscription service that delivers wine RIGHT. TO. YOUR. DOOR! You get 4 bottles from all over the world for only $52 a month! Yes, I realize I can just drive down to the closest liquor store & buy 4 bottles, BUT #1. It’s a lot of fun to try different wines from all over the world, even little hidden islands that you’ve never heard of. And #2, why get in the car & drive to the store when I can order from my computer & have it delivered to my door?!

You get to pick what types you get; white or red, or both. You take a survey so they can get a feel for your taste & they put together the 4 bottles for you OR you can go on & put together your own 4 bottles. I currently have mine set up to 3 bottles of white/rose & 1 bottle of red for the old man (I’m not a red fan).

My Winc box for April has 2 bottles of Rosé, a sauvignon blanc & a red blend from Argentina. We’ve loved almost every wine we’ve tried so far! I highly recommend giving them a shot! Use my link & you’ll get a FREE bottle!! https://hi.winc.com/jdiatalevi

 

April’s Winc Box.

 

 

My Favorite Spring/Summer Trend Right Now

I love me some fashion trends, especially Spring & Summer. Cute dresses, fun colors & of course fabulous shoes…unless you’re one of those people who live somewhere where it’s warm all year ’round & you can get away with wearing fabulous peep toes & sandals every day. You don’t get that luxury when you live in Boston. Anyway, with Spring starting & Summer quickly following, all the latest trends are starting to pop up. My favorite trend right now is the Bomber jacket! I love that they’ve brought these back! They’re light & comfy, but also super cute & they’re so versatile. You can wear a bomber jacket casually with some jeans or dress it up over a cute dress. They have so many styles now too from solid colors to pretty embroidery work (which in itself is a huge trend right now), like the JustFab one posted below (I happen to own it & love it!) 

I put together some of my favorite ones below. You can find them anywhere, so pick a few up!

More of my favorite 2017 trends coming up…

Top Left: JustFab. Top Right: Valentino. Bottom: Urban Outfitters.

 

 

 

Lumistick, The Mother of All Glow Sticks

With 2 kids glow sticks are pretty much a staple in my house. Kids love them & are easily entertained by them, plus they won’t break the wallet. The only problem is they never seem to last more than a few hours. Naturally once they’re out, my kids just toss them aside & I’m constantly finding sad looking dead glow sticks everywhere…and that’s if they didn’t break open before dying out, turning each of my kids into human glow sticks. So if you’re sick of crappy glow sticks & whining kids because of said crappy glow sticks, then you’ll want to continue reading because I have found the BEST glow sticks out there! They’re called Lumistick & they’re amazing! These things freaking last! For example, my 4 year old wanted to sleep with one & somewhere around 3am she wondered into my bed, glow stick still in hand. It was bright green so I asked her to put it under the covers while we slept. By the morning we had completely forgotten it was still somewhere in my bed. Around 11 pm that night (almost 24 hours later) while climbing into bed my feet hit something underneath the blankets…it was the forgotten glow stick & it was STILL glowing bright green!! I swear, not even a little dull in color. My husband & I were cracking up. 
We also brought them along on our recent trip to Disney. What better way to test out some new glow sticks, right? The packaging alone makes them totally worth it. They come in a protective cardboard tube, like you would see a poster rolled up in. 

We were able to throw it in a suitcase & not have to worry about TSA wondering why the hell we had 100 (yes, 100 come in the tube) glow sticks in our carry on. Between my 2 kids & my niece & nephew who were also on the trip, these were a huge hit! I never noticed how dark the Disney parks get at night (seriously, it’s like dangerously dark). The Lumisticks not only helped light the way, but it also helped us keep tabs on our kids at all times. One of my favorite things about Lumisticks are the bunny ear headbands. You take 2 glow sticks & round them into 2 ears on top of a plastic headpiece. For us it was perfect because they looked like Mickey ears! We were stopped by a few people asking us where in the park we got them! My daughter added a middle piece to make it look like Minnie’s bow. 

The kids found so many fun things to do with these. They made headpieces, bracelets, necklaces, even a jump rope!

In case you’re still thinking “glow sticks are all the same,” I promise you, not all glow sticks are created equally. And to prove that, we did a little experiment using the Lumistick which we got off of Amazon & the Supreme Glow glowsticks that we picked up at Target for $4 (for a 3 pack). Notice the packaging says “glows up to 10+ hours.” Riiiight.  One lasted 2 hours, another lasted just over 3 hours & the third one lit up in only half the stick.  Also they were no where near as bright as the Lumistick. I couldn’t even take a picture to show the difference because the Supreme Glow didn’t look activated at all on camera. Needless to say, Lumistick won hands down! 
There is a reason why Lumistick is ranked #3 in the light-up toy category on Amazon. You can get 100 8 inch glow sticks in 5 different colors for just over $5!! AND if you’re a Prime member (if you’re not, you’re living under a rock & we can’t be friends), you get them in 2 days!

These are perfect for camping, vacations, late night summer fun or simply getting your kids to play nicely together! You can get them in different quantities as well, even 1,000 which would make for perfect party favors, props, business outings, school dances, etc. As a mom on the PTO (please don’t tell anyone) I’m definitely mentioning these for the next school dance! So click on the link below  You won’t be sorry, I promise! I’m already putting in for my next order!

https://www.amazon.com/LumiStick-Brand-Glowsticks-Bracelets-Colors/dp/B000IZ9N78