Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Giide

Mother's Day is just a few days away,
but never fear procrastinators...there are still a lot of great ideas you can put together before Sunday! I'm not a mom, but I know a lot of moms and I'm pretty sure there is something on this list for every mom! 

Spa gift certificate - she can get a facial, massage, nails, etc. on her own time!

MAC Lip Stick - it is luxurious and wonderful and perfect for a mom who loves lipstick! I love Up the Amp for spring! 

Indie Lee Skin Care - love this stuff, I'm obsessed with her Squalane Facial Oil it is fast absorbing and both my mom (drier skin) and I (normal to oily) love it!

If all else fails, you can't go wrong with a Sephora or Ulta gift card!

Herb garden - buy a pretty pot and plant two to three of your mom's favorite herb to cook with, it is the gift that keeps on giving. 

Flowering plants:
If your mom already has the pits steal them and fill them with some beautiful flowering plants. I love to do tall grass in the back, a geranium or two and some wave petunias or sweet potato vine off the front.

Make her something: 
I'm not meaning a dry pasta necklace but maybe it is your own sugar scrub (easy...sugar, oil, essential oils in a cute mason jar, so very affordable). Or buy a wooden crate at a craft store, paint or stain it and put it on casters for portable storage great for a closet or pantry! Make
her muffins and pair them with some fruit in a basket (we all have them laying around) for easy breakfast so she can sleep in or relax. 

If all else fails, if your mom is on Pintetest go to her boards and find her something you know she will never buy for herself! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Work-from-Home Morning Beauty Routine

I work from home and thus people think that I must sleep until 9 and go to work in my PJ's. Well that is actually pretty far from the truth. When I started working from home I asked friends that worked from home how did they stay motivated and they all had the same general comment, have a routine. Sounded pretty simple and honestly it is.

I am lucky we have an extra smaller bedroom in the basement, where I am currently, that is my dedicated office so there isn't anything to distract me. Every day I wake up, work out, shower, get dressed and grab breakfast before heading into the 'office'. Even though I don't go into a physical office, and on most days don't see anyone except my husband I do have a simple beauty routine I follow. For me it is an important step so I feel like me and feel like I'm at work, guess it was 10+ years I worked in an office and needed to look presentable to the outside world.

Here is my daily, work-from-home, beauty routine.

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm - I love this product because it isn't heavy like foundation but provides a very sheer light coverage plus a little sun protection AND moisturizer.

Benefit Fake Up - This concealer is amazing and works for when I need a little under eye pick-me-up.

Femme Couture Shimmer Stick - is a fantastic eye crayon I received from a Crystal Cattle Beauty Swap from Alison at Outside the Ag Room. The color is Moon Glow and it has a hint of purple with a hint of brown, I can swipe it on my lower lid and looks like I tried.

Eyelash Curler - I have had this Mary Kay eyelash curler for YEARS! I'm not saying it is the best curler around but it is the one I have.

Mascara - I got back and forth between the ULTA Plush Dramatic Volume Mascara and the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. Both are great but I probably tend to wear the Ulta on any given day and the Too Faced when I go out of the house.

Anyone else out there work from home or have a great quick product they love on the weekends?