Monday, July 21, 2014

I am grateful!!

Ive spent a lot of time today thinking about what I don't have...

1. A career 
2. Balance
3. A life (no, really...)
4. Independence
5. An income
6. Napping children (perhaps if I had this I wouldn't keep thinking about #1-4 and I could just shut up already and watch Ellen!).

I'm not feeling sorry for myself.  These are just objective things that I tend to dwell on when I'm having an "eh" mom day.

The truth is, I have it all.  I honestly have everything I could have ever hoped for.  A great husband that makes me laugh everyday.  Two healthy and adorable (while sometimes unmanageable) boys.  A beautiful home.  Financial security.  And the list goes on.

I feel greedy when I want more.  I feel like I should be content but as I become more and more aware of the whole "YOLO" concept, I become more and more passionate (er, obsessed) with trying to amplify this amazing life I have.

Shouldn't we all think like this?  Shouldn't we all be setting new goals?

My husband is so supportive but sometimes when I'm in an "achievement frenzy", he makes me pause and reminds me of how good we have it.

And I stop. I agree. I am grateful.  I'll make myself some tea. I'll sit down and relax.... 

 And after a half hour goes by, I'll casually duck out to my office to send a few emails and materials because hey, I have the cake, but this girl wants to eat it too!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer is officially in full swing!  I'm actively weaning my son and SO ready for a good old fashion summer skin facial!  Here's my plan!

1. Topical Resurfacing Treatment- despite our best winter moisturization efforts and the layering of the sunscreen by the pool, the top layer of my skin could probably use some polishing up!  My "go to" is PCA's TCA Peels.  This is a professional treatment so you need to go to a certified aesthetician, but it is so worth it.  The smell is strong and the tingly sensation toes the line between itchy and "ok, yeah, that burns" (but in the "hurts so good" kind of way).  NB: make sure you follow your aestheticians post-treatment product recommendations like the apr├Ęs peel and Gentle Exfoliant to get the most bang for your buck.

2.  Another option I like is microdermabrasion.  This is a manual resurfacing treatment that should also be done by a professional.  It uses tiny sand particles to slough away dead skin.  The treatment essentially combines sand blasting and a vacuum that sucks away the sand and your dull winter skin!

3.  Hydrate!  I am still obsessing over Obagi's Hydrate.

4. Protect! Use sunscreen (obviously!).

A version of this post originally appeared on April 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Golf Day!

My husband took the day off.  I arranged for the babysitter.  And now we are minutes from tee time!

I'm not a big golfer but my husband would choose to golf everyday of his life if he could!  Since I know how much he enjoys this sport, I figure if I want to spend anytime with him on the weekends, I better learn how to play!  And what a better way to spend a morning- outside in the sun and fresh air, getting plenty of exercise!

So I'm loading (and layering) on the SPF and hitting the links!