This time last year I was in the hospital having pre-term contractions from dehydration due to a horrific virus.  I spent New Years Eve being hooked up to IV bags.  So I am more than happy to spend this year holding my sweet babies.  My kids have been sick on and off for a few weeks so it looks like we will be celebrating at home.

Since I’m not pregnant this year and not hooked up to an IV I am getting a little dressed up.  I told my daughter a little bit about New Years Eve and she wanted to wear her new tutu so who am I to shut her enthusiasm down.

I saw these sequin pants and at first thought they were going to be scratchy and uncomfortable.  Not the case at all.  They are like yoga pants….with sparkles!  They are “Jasmin” pants per my daughter and so cozy.

 

As it’s New Years talk of resolutions comes up.  I have never been great at making resolutions.  I recently saw a sign that said ‘new year; same goals’ which I kind of loved because that is so me.  I always kind of have the same goal ideas with little execution.  2017 was kind of like ‘survival mode’ as my husband and I called it.  We had a new baby and were adjusting to now having two children instead of just one.  So this year I am documenting my intentions to try and bring some actual action in 2018.

 1.  Family and Faith First 

As always my family is my number 1 priority.  My children are my world and I never want to compromise that.  Sometimes the demands of life cause me to lose sight of these priorities, but in 2018 I want to be more present with my family.

2.   Minimize, minimize, minimize 

I am a gal that loves new clothes, but I also can attest to holding on to too many things.  So this year it’s time to say goodbye to shoes that are never going to fit my post pregnancy feet, work clothes because I haven’t been in an office in 5 years, and clothes that just do not fit my post partum body.  I really love the idea of walking into a closet with clothes that I actually wear without rummaging through clothes that haven’t fit or been worn in 5…maybe 10 years!  2018 is the year to sell or donate probably half of my closet.   This applies to toys and household items.  We just have too much stuff.

3.  Organization

After what I know will be a million bags to goodwill, comes time for finally organizing our house.  I can’t tell you the millions of times I have said I can’t find something.  It’s gotten a little absurd.  It’s time to minimize stress in our house and bring back some order.  I have been pinning inspiration all year to try.  I’m finally feeling motivated by these images of organized spaces to implement my own system.

4.  Health & Fitness

I follow the Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy. It’s just a diet that works for me and I plan to talk more about it in the future.  However, I do not workout.  My only activity is holding my 26 pound son (which is a big challenge) and speed cleaning my house.  This year I really want to make fitness a priority to boost my slumping energy levels.

5.  Screen Time and Social Media

When I started blogging, I gave up watching television.  There was no time to sit down and watch a show and write blog posts or keep up with social media.  However, I also find that social media is creeping up in my time with family and friends.  Whereas I love my instagram and catching up with other blogs, this year I really need to reduce my screen time to start implementing my own goals.

6.  Keep a Calendar

Part of being organized is having a calendar and consistently keeping up with it!  This includes a schedule for all family obligations and my blogging goals.  This year I would really like to keep an active blogging schedule.

Now that my goals are written maybe I will keep up with them this year.  Fingers crossed.  How about you?  Do you make resolutions?  Let me know if you want to keep updated on any of goals.

Kick your heels up for 2018!

 

 



If you know me, you know I LOVE coats.  Maybe it’s because I live in the Midwest and it’s freezing for like four endless months starting about now.  The only way to feel a little better while freezing is to jazz up my coat collection.  So when I saw this coat with the bell sleeves and jeweled buttons I fell hard.  And, it’s on sale for $65!

 

We got our first sprinkle of snow this week.  My daughter immediately wanted to play in the barely half an inch that covered our yard.  At her age she doesn’t realize that we will only see mountains of snow for months.  She begged after school to immediately put boots on and run outside in the snow.  We lasted about 10 minutes before we went in for hot chocolate 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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This season I am all about the tartan plaid print, and just plaid in general.  I am seeing it everywhere and I couldn’t be happier.  From wine gift bags to earmuffs, plaid is everywhere this season.  I really have to stop myself from adding more to my collection and will probably be giving a lot of plaid gifts 😉

 

  1. The perfect plaid dress : I love this dress and have already worn it twice.  It’s so comfy.
  2. Blanket Scarf: You can never go long with scarves and layering in the cold weather.  I love giving scarves with a cute top for gifts.  Use code trices_take to take 20% off Ilymix scarves.
  3. Ruffled Shirt: I can’t get enough of these plaid shirts!
  4. Wine Bottle Cover:  The perfect festive cover to bring a bottle of wine or champagne for a hostess gift this Holiday season.
  5. Sparkle Plaid Heels: These are probably what started my obsession with plaid this year during the Black Friday specials.
  6. Plaid Purse:  I really want this bag for the Holiday but I am trying to be good so maybe somebody else will be receiving this under the tree 🙂
  7. Plaid Belt: I love this belt to add a little bit of flair with a black top or dress.
  8. Earmuffs: Yes, I am even taking my plaid to my ears.
  9. Puffer Vest: Another vest to add to the obsession.

Happy plaid shopping!  Hopefully you are not as behind on Christmas shopping as I am….

Last weekend my husband and I went out of town for a wedding of some good friends.  It was a nice break for us as we rarely leave the kids overnight anywhere these days.  We had the opportunity to sightsee in a new city.  I kind of felt like I was missing a limb without my two kids, but it was nice to have a little alone time.

It was just as cold in Philadelphia as it was in Chicago so I knew I had no choice but to bring boots.  These boots folded in my suitcase which made it so convenient.  Also, these boots were super comfy and kept me warm.  I was surprised by that.

 



 We were able to do a little sightseeing around Philadelphia.  The hubby said it felt like when we were dating all over again.  I had no agenda, no itinerary and he was shocked.  Usually I have every hour of our life planned now that we have kids.

Our friends had a lovely wedding and it was so nice to celebrate them.  I wore this dress that has a velvet top so it was warm despite being sleeveless.

The weekend went so smoothly that we knew something had to give.  Our flights were on time, the hotel was fine, and even our luggage made it back.  However, as soon as we picked up my daughter from my Aun’ts house she had gotten sick.  Then, she proceeded to get sick on me.  That night was rough as D was sick and baby N forgot how to sleep.  Back to reality 😉

 

 

 

*Disclosure:  I received these products in exchange for my review.  As always all opinions are my own and I would not endorse a product I don’t believe in.

Lately my self-care has not been my number one priority.  Taking care of my 5 year old and 9 month old that has acid reflux/teething has left very little time to focus on myself.  So when Saranghae approached me to try their products I was more than happy to have an excuse to take a few minutes at night just for me.

Often times friends will ask me what my skin care routine consists of.  It is rather embarrassing to admit that I actually have no routine.  I get lost at beauty counters and have no idea where to begin in my search for anti-aging products.  This is why I was so intrigued by Saranghae’s 5 step anti-aging skin care products.  The method is so easy to follow.  All of the products in the system are available in a bundle so there is no guess work on how to use the products.  There are even videos on the website for guidance on the method.  This makes it so convenient to stick with the routine each night.

 

I have extremely sensitive combination skin with some roseca that sometimes reacts to harsh skin care products.  Therefore, I often omit aging products for fear of a breakout, or bad reaction such as additional redness.  When I first read about Saranghae’s skin care routine I felt very comfortable using it because they promise to use the highest quality and natural ingredients in their products.

After watching their videos, I started the 5 step process:

Step 1. Saranghae Nourishing & Moisturizing Oil + Foam Cleanser with Truffle Extract & Gold

Step 2. Saranghae Deep Radiance Essence + Serum

Step 3. Saranghae Firm and Lift Cellular Regeneration Cream

Step 4. Saranghae Focus Renewal Eye Cream

Step 5. Saranghae Elemental Essence Mask

The products left my face smoother and softer. The products were so gentle.  I absolutely love the results I received from the under eye cream.  The dark rings I had developed from sleepless nights with my son have gone down and are less visible.  Even my rosacea has calmed down a bit.  The sheet mask is so soothing and refreshing after a full day of makeup that it truly feels like a spa day.  You can see my results below.

Before:

After: Using Saranghae Anti-Aging System for 20 Days

 

My skin feels so amazing after the Saranghae 5 step routine that this has now become my skin care routine.  I highly recommend this skin care line to anyone that is looking for a new routine that delivers results.

 

 

About Saranghae:
Saranghae is an award winning Korean 5 Step Anti-Aging skin care routine that heals, regenerates and protects your skin. Saranghae’s focus on natural ingredients and highly effective products has helped them become the fastest growing Korean skin care brand in the United States.
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