ORTIZ’S TAKE MANHATTAN, NY

Spring Break in the Big City! We have wanted to explore New York for years and, we finally did it!

We were looking forward to walking the city streets, enjoying some amazing food, seeing a few historical marks and enjoying spending that quality of life together in adventure.

We live maybe 90 minutes from Chicago and we love going into the Big City but honestly New York was on another level of ‘CITY’!

It’s like Chicago and Philadelphia were having a baby and then found out it was twins!This is how I would describe the population of NYC! There was so much anticipation going into the big city and it truly exceeded every expectation.

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We arranged a luxe car service prior to arriving at the JFK Airport and it just made it all so easy breezy. However taking a yellow taxi I’m sure serves just the same.

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We stayed at the Kimpton Muse, NY and loved it! It was clean, modern, trendy, excellent service, the Personable, Professional, Pleasant Staff provided great service and communication even prior to our arrival. A few of my favorite highlights were the location. I mean it was a half a block away from Time Square, a block & a half away from 5th Avenue &, 10 blocks from Central Park. I personally appreciate leopard everything and they have Leopard Robes & Animal Print Pint Size Robes for the Kids – adorable! They delivered The New York Times Newspaper each morning & provided a complimentary Keurig Machine for a our Morning Blends before heading out each day! 

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There was a beautiful church across the street from our accommodations – just beautiful.

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We enjoyed dinner at Bubba Gump in Times Square and it was nice – nothing to write home about perhaps because we have one in Chicago so it’s nothing ‘new so to speak but sitting up there and overlooking times square was pretty sweet. After dinner on our way home we ran into this crew and had to take a picture! 😉

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There was still quite a bit of snow on the ice that they were trying to clear so we passed on skating but enjoyed the location. Being there beholds so much serenity and beauty. IMG_2916IMG_E2929

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IMG_3133Walking up to and into Central Park was every bit of amazing. How many movies have we watched over the years here and now here we are! I don’t have a pic of the kids on the rock but that may have been their favorite part. Playing a top of the big rocks! 4-15-2018 4-11-23 PMIMG_3135

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Here is Ms. Mackenzie with little Ms. Mackenna, the American Girl of 2012. Mackenna is a determined girl who uses her strengths to turn challenges into triumphs. We shopped around for Mackenzie and Mackenna while here. Love the spacing & layout of this store more than ours in Chicago but seem to love the cozy of the Chicago American Girl store.

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5th Ave was my Jam, Amazing & Beautiful. I could spend all day here. When we go back I need an entire day devoted to just taking all of it in & shopping 5th Avenue! Literally!

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The architecture on 5th Avenue was stunning. Inside of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral was just really moving and peaceful. Beautiful – perhaps a little glimpse of Heaven. This photo I captured of it from outside may just be one of my faves from the entire trip.

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We loved Shake Shack. We had Mackenzie scout our tables and each time we scored a booth – thank you Jesus! The food was delicious and oh so American. I’d highly recommend! The kids insisted we head back for lunch the next day also. So we did. 🙂IMG_E2754.JPG

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Will’s cake was a bit of everything and it was every bit of delicious!

I could have enjoyed one bite of every single item and would have been A-OK with it! Everything was delicious. I decided on a Peanut Butter Cupcake and a Coconut Cupcake. I saved the Peanut Butter Cupcake to enjoy the next day and it was so good!

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Will Jr. opted for the Blondie Brownie and a Lemon Bar to go for later! I mean totally my son. Mackenzie opted for the Turtle Cheesecake and it was scrumptious. She is totally her Dad’s daughter when it comes to sweets. Loved their picks & we all thought it was delish.

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Our All-Time Favorite Christmas Movie is Home Alone so a stop within the Renowned Plaza Hotel was a Must! We arrived and this gem was parked out front so naturally Will wanted the kids to take a picture in front of it. 

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Okay the kids realized that this lady was missing her clothes and declared her name to be ‘sister butt-cheeks’ it was hilarious! Oh my word do we have a bizarre sense of humor.

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After dinner the kids went down to peak at the Subway and well that was interesting.

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So you know that song by Kelly Clarkson that says something like, ‘Because of you, I never stray to far from the sidwalk’ well my husband does the complete opposite for me, He pushes me out of my comfort zone and pushing me to do things that are outside of my comfort zone and live more than I would without him in my life, that’s for sure!

He got me on the Subway ya’ll. I was spazzing out. I can’t even tell you in words what happened when we were getting our Metro Card passes printed out. It was utterly bizarre and insane. I was like spazzing out and totally told my husband this was ludacris and almost backed out. But we did it, we made it safely and it was an experience to say the least. I think I realized I may be a little claustrophobic as thinking of myself under the roads in which we typically drive and walk on made me a little well uncomfortable.

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I told the kids nothing could be in their pockets because well their are pocket pickers and not to look anyone in the eye and if someone gets confrontational with anyone we can just move to the next cart at the next stop to avoid the drama while ‘underground’ and Mackenzie walks over to me during the ride and says – mommy it’s really hard not to make eye contact with people! I said I know honey, we always like to say hello or good morning to people but the NY way was just to mind your own business in these situations-modes of transportation. The gentlemen behind Will was selling these toppers that lit up and played a tune and I – yes me – after sharing all my safety tips almost broke one of them and opened up my purse to purchase but decided against it with the soft yet stern whispers of my husband to leave it alone! 😐 😉 🙂 haha! I can really be a nervous wreck sometimes and totally spaztastic! 4-15-2018 2-49-53 PM

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It was cloudy and overcast that day with scattered showers so this is the best shot I got but it was really fun even doing it! The Staten Island Fairy is Free to the People and was a great way to see the Statue of Liberty when you didn’t realize you should book tickets months to a year in advance to actually experience Staten Island. Served just as well I suppose on this beautifully 😉 weathered day! 4-15-2018 3-58-54 PMIMG_2981

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We hailed a Taxi to Sarabeth’s just to do it and it was FUN and jerky ride – this NY traffic is like on another level for me! They all drive a little ‘pushy’ so to speak.

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May have been my favorite. All Family Style so no need to over do it. The portions are huge. They are Italian Family Style meals. So Party’s of Four or more are suggested. For sure for this little gem is a place I will return to. Reservations made via Open Table. dine at carminesAfter Dinner we headed back to the room, while Dad was in the shower we played charades and oh my gosh are these two character’s. I love life with them!!!

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Well Mackenzie Grace wanted to go to the Today Show, make signs and see Hoda & Al, so we got up at about 430a so that we could be there by 6am and we started out walking the wrong way. Ran into the nicest gentleman from New Jersey whom I asked for directions and he said we could walk with him as he works that way. So back we went in the right direction. I meant to grab the umbrella’s but totally thought it’s not that far so we’d be fine and decided to leave them behind (unfortunately) 😦 and we were s-o-a-k-e-d from head to toe! We pushed through and didn’t let it wreck the experience. I mean it was so insane all I could do is laugh – literally!  It was snowing and raining all at the same time. Soggy Mops can we say! haha. The Security Team gave us a little inside tip on how the crew only comes out at 8am & 830am but that day due to weather they were only going to come out at 830am so he gave us a lead on heading over to the Starbucks across the street said they had a couch and coffee! So off we went to dry off & warm up a bit.

Another Lead from the Jersey guy who I just kept talking to because I LOVED his accent! He shared how it’s worth stopping at those red TKTS boxes in Times Square to score Shows at 50% off. Said folks start lining up at 9am but really going at 10am is just as good. But you can score tickets to shows at 50% off for that day. Great little inside savings tip to know & thought I’d share with you all.  

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After the Show – or at least shortly after the crew headed back inside we headed back to the hotel to shower and refresh for the rest of the day! Here are the cute robes the hotel offered! Don’t you love the pint sized robes for the kids – we did!

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We loved the LIFE found in TIMES SQUARE, it was so lit and amazing and full of life. One thing our waitress said actually two things that stuck out to me.

  1. Random, she asked where we were from and we said Wisconsin and she responded to me saying I kept looking at you like you look like New York but you don’t sound like New York‘. I thought that was funny! I don’t know if I’ve ever been told I had an accent before.
  2. We asked her if she lived here and she said that she grew up in New York so it’s all she has ever known. She likes it but really struggles with seasonal depression with all the stimuli from the lights and action all the time and little to no nature. Wishes they had more of that. I invited her to Wisconsin and told her there was plenty there for her! 😉

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Hope you all enjoyed our pictorial blog of our trip to Manhattan, NY! We loved it there!

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WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY! 03/28/18

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Once every month I link up with a Group of Sweet Mom Bloggers and share these random fun facts in regards to what’s been up with us lately!

It’s so fun to answer these random Q’s! I hope you enjoy. 😉

 

WHAT WERE EATING

MONDAY  | STEAK BURRITO ASIDE GUACAMOLE & CHIPS

TUESDAY | CHEESE FILLED RAVIOLI & COCONUT SHRIMP

WEDNESDAY | TACO’S ON A WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY | NACHO’S

FRIDAY | ED’S TASTE OF SOUL CATFISH & COD FISH FRY DINNER

SATURDAY | WILL IS WORKING MONTH-END, QUARTER-END & MY DAD IS GOING TO HAVE THE KIDS & I OVER FOR A HOMEMADE FISH FRY

SUNDAY | DINING OUT

 

LOOKS LIKE WE ARE ENJOYING LOTS OF LATIN & FISH THIS WEEK!

 

WHAT WEVE BEEN UP TO

BASKETBALL. BASKETBALL. BASKETBALL.

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So it’s clear that our family loves Basketball. We really do. I mean we are Fans of Football but Lovers of Basketball. I always liked basketball – since I can remember really. I’ll never forget the summer days when I would walk, run 6.50 miles down to the lake for a morning workout with my friend Bethany and then walk from the lake post-workout to the Bray Center for Pick Up Games and 1 on 1 Shooting Practices. That is the summer I realized that Me & Spaulding had a real relationship going on! 🙂 I mean we were going STEADY! Haha! 😉 I was always the Girlie Girl that loved dressing up and everything Glam yet loved sports just as well! I’d say it makes for a well rounded lady! 😉

Well My daughter is exactly the same! She realizes it at a younger age that she loves dresses & all things girls yet also loves sports – mostly basketball! And My Son, Well I’m pretty convinced that he was practicing Soccer Flip Throw Kicks while yet in the womb, so not kidding! He was born with a love for sports also. He has his life all planned to go onto college, earning his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from there he will be drafted into the NBA – save his money and open his own hospital with his sister – possibly in Puerto Rico! 🙂 I mean he has plans! But he is most determined to be an NBA player and Doctor! My husband is also an athlete since forever and mad lover of sports! Particularly Basketball, Football & Baseball. We all have a pretty competitive nature so I suppose it’s no surprise that I am a Sports Momma!!!

I’m our Team Mom for my Son’s Basketball Squad. It’s been fun to be apart of the Organizations Mom Squad and this made it feel so official! 😉

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WHAT IM WORKING ON

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I finalized a few Master Bedroom Updates these last couple of weeks.

  • Gray Shag Area Rug ( here ) – husbands choice
  • Z Gallerie Jameson King Bed ( here ) – like the wingback sides
  • Pier 1 Hayworth Collection Nightstands & Dresser ( here ) – love!

Mattress Update: We are loving it! The adjustable base is soooo worth it!

 

WHAT IM WEARING

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Off the Shoulder Date Night Top a little bit of perfection!

Michael Kors Divia Demi Black Wedge Sandal who doesn’t love a good black wedge.

Marc Fisher Brown Wedge Sandal chunky love!

Baublebar Ayana Hoop Earrings perfect for summer/spring ponytails.

Black Articles of Society Jeans black jeans have been my thing

Leopard Jacket for the love of leopard

 

WHAT IM REMINISCING ABOUT

How I was Vlogging this Christmas Season! It was fun vlogging so much! For the love of Vlogmas. We came across some fun memories when going through the film. I originally intended to publish a Vlogmas Series on my YouTube but didn’t get it rollin’ in time so just enjoyed the home made family videos! One of the videos was so funny but Will wouldn’t approve me posting! He was mimicking Will Jr. in his Crib as a baby and how he was so cautious but would take the risks and then hover over his crib railing yelling ‘help me’. It was so funny! #GoodTimes I think I’ll try to be more ready this coming Vlogmas Season.

 

WHAT IM READING WATCHING

READING

My grandpa bought me a leather bound version of this Bible years & years ago! It’s my Favorite Bible of all time. This is the only book that is on my Nightstand & the only book I have had the time to read lately.

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WATCHING

I have been in the room when all of these shows have been on but I have not legit stopped to actually attentively watch any TV lately. Have been so busy busy lately!

 

WHAT IM LOVING

 

Cherishing those little everyday moments with the kids. Gazing at the handsomeness & strength of my husband. Just soaking in each day with those around me! #LIFEISGOOD

 

WHAT IM LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH

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WHAT IM LISTENING TO

 

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Ms. Christiana Danielle grabbed my attention with her version of Hotline Bling a few weeks ago. It was an instant download & this jam has been on repeat ever since!! 

 

 

WHAT IM EXCITED ABOUT

After tomorrow, SPRING BREAK officially kicks off for me & the family. I’m so excited!

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WHAT IM DREADING

The Humidity & The Hair that usually comes with all the Rain Fall of Spring.

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Last Year I found this Humidity Shield Hairspray by Living Proof and it’s a Life Saver!

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WHAT IM DOING THIS WEEKEND

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FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON.
FOR WHO SO EVER WOULD BELIEVE IN HIM, SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE everlasting LIFE.

I pray this song rings in your hearts forever

 

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

Well, My department is relocating so I’ll have new digs soon!

Other than that, not to much is New-New at the moment.

Well have a wonderful Resurrection Sunday & Spring Break Blessings to You All!

xoxosteph

FRIDAY FAVES |MAR 23

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HAPPY FRIDAY FRIENDS!

I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE HAD A FANTASTIC WEEK.

 

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Will Jr. had his 1st AAU BASKETBALL Tourney this past weekend & I was such a Proud Mama! He really loves the game. Has such a heart for it. He is outside every single day in the driveway whether in the morning, afternoon or, evening getting his shots up & handling that basketball!

 

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MAC Pink Lipstick in Breathing Fire & Pink Pigeon Currently On Sale for $14.88 at 15% off.

Secret Brightening Powder | by Laura Mercier is another item I’ve been interested in. I’ve tried and used the Original in the past and have considered the Brightening one, On Sale currently for $23.80 so the perfect time to give it a shot.

Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner | Also a Long Time – Tried & True Favorite of mine. Also currently 15% off so on sale for $18.70 I use the color black.

Black Opium Eau de Parfum | by YVES SAINT LAURENT is AH-MAZE-ING! AMAZING, currently on 15% off so if you are looking for a new delicious scent. Try this one. It’s so Rich & Juicy and . . . Delish!

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot | I use this to prime my eyes honestly on days when I’m in a rush. I just open tap & apply. I typically use Benefit Primer however this is out on my Vanity for Days when I need to speed things up! I do get an end of the day crease as I have oily lids but it’s not horrible – just not as prime time as my benefit primer- that I use on my eyes! 😉 I have this paint pot in Soft Ochre Currently On Sale for $18.70

Dipbrow Pomade Waterproof Brow Color | Anastasia holds it down in the Brow Department. Their products are amazing and also So Worthy! On Sale right now for $15.30 I use Ebony and Granite.

Chill Beauty Blender Sponge Applicator | This is what I use to apply my under eye concealer and it’s made the application, pretty flawless. On Sale for $17.00 – Worthy!

NARS Blush | In Orgasm & Amour on Sale for $25.50 Orgasm has been a long time favorite of mine. It’s legit perfection!

by Skin Research Laboratories Lash Enhancing Serum | I have this in my cart and have been eyeing it for over a year now. It’s on sale for $80.75 and I’m so tempted to try it! SHOULD I PULL THE TRIGGER? Let me know if any of you have tried a Lash Enhancing Serum?

MAC ‘Pro Longwear’ Eyeliner | In Black Ice $17.85 I am purchasing to give it a try. I have rather sensitive eyes so when I put any liner in my inner lash line it typically waters all day so I just avoid but I purchased this to see if it would be a good fit for me!

 

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This picture I captured of my Babies that are ‘not’ so Baby anymore 😉  before we took off for a full day of Basketball has definitely been a fave of mine as I’ve gone to it many times this week just to melt my heart!

Gracie Bella was so excited to cheer for her brother so we got her some Pompom’s!

She choreographed a Cheer Routine to do with the other Sisters there, it was cutest!

They are kind of like having twins in so many ways. I love how they love, support, laugh together and, encourage each other. Such a blessing to this momma’s heart! I always encourage them to be more that just brother & sister. Nothing can change genealogy that’s evident – a sure thing. Being friends on the other hand – the best of them, that’s a choice and they have an opportunity to be the best of friends. Encouraging the best in each other, keeping each other accountable to do what’s right, Inspiring each other to step outside of their comfort zones while living life wisely to the fullest, Loving each other through even the toughest of seasons, never giving up on each other but standing in grace, love & faithfulness through it all. Love never fails, Grace gives & a Faithful Friend is strength to the bones.

 

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Electric Blue Strappy Block Heel Sandal | The Royal is gorgeous and the Black is practical and would allow for a lot of use $69.95

Chinese Laundry Platform Sandals |Leopard is adorbs & Red is Bold as well as On Sale for only $44.48

Women’s Bp. Lula Block Heel Slingback Sandal | In Yellow will go perfect with a Top I bought from LUSH $59.95

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I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

 

xoxosteph

FRIDAY FAVES | MAR 9

happy FRIDAY friends & . . .

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Hope you all have a beautiful weekend planned. We don’t have many plans and I honestly could not be HAPPIER about that! First Favorite for the week is what I’ve added to my cart this week!

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Off The Shoulder Sweater (( here ))

Black Ball Drop Earrings (( here ))

Pink & Orange Ball Drop Earrings (( here ))

SPANX Faux Leather Moto Leggings (( here ))

Treasure & Bond Sannibel Platform Wedge Sandal (( here ))

Keds Triple Shimmer Platform Sneaker (( here ))

Articles Of Society Mya Ankle Skinny Jeans (( here ))

Quay Australia X Desi Perkins High Key 60Mm Aviator Sunglasses (( here ))

Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick – Orchid (( here ))

La Dodgers Mvp Baseball Cap  (( here ))

 

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Last Friday We went out for a Fish Fry & Caught another St. Cat’s Boys Basketball Game. Mackenzie is all about the Camera Action when it’s Game Time. I captured this one of her Beautiful Self. Love her & I don’t know if it was because we were in a high-school or not but my heart was gripped a bit that this kids is really growing up on me!

 

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So random especially since we ended up getting snow this week. I picked this up at TJMaxx last week Saturday.  Was not exactly looking for a Spring Wreath but when I laid eyes on this gem, I was SOLD & for only $20! It’s beautiful and will wear well in the Sun.

 

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OUR BEDTIME ROUTINE

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Earlier this week I read Mix & Match Mama’s Blog Post about their Bedtime Routine and I enjoyed reading her post so I thought I’d share our Bedtime Routine.

1. Our kids Official Bedtime is technically 830pm. They recently had their annual well visit with their pediatrician and they were blown away when she said they should still be getting about 10 hours of sleep per night! I say technically because we have some days that run later than this but 830pm is the goal.

2. I have an alarm set in my phone for 745pm Sunday – Thursday. It’s a reminder for us to Get Prepared for Wind Down and Set-Up for the Next Day. When the alarm goes off it varies on what I have for each of them to do & or what I have to do for them.

Typically it’s one of the following:

      • Shower & Get your Jam-Jams on! (showers usually happen after dinner dishes)
      • Lotion Up & Get your Jam-Jams on!
      • Brush your Teeth
      • Grab My Choice Essential Oil (i.e. Sleepyize, RC & Raven for Spring/Fall, Thieves or Eucalyptus G for Winter Months, or the fave Lavender) We love Young Living Essential Oils in this house & I apply to the kids just about every night!
      • Grab the Nail Clippers & A few Q-Tips along with a Kleenex
      • Make Sure your Room is Picked Up
      • Pick your outfits out for tomorrow (have to be ran by Momma Bear for approval)
      • I also have them set out practice clothes for whatever sports they may be in. It teaches them to be prepared & helps the night go smoother!

3. I have another alarm set in my phone for 800pm as a reminder for us to Wind Down. We typically Wind Down in the front family room however often times the kids will snuggle up with a book in their beds (often together in one or the other’s bedroom). When this alarm goes off they know it’s time to wind down and start getting ready for bed but often stall. . .

The “stall tactics” typically are one of the following

      • Can I have a bedtime snack (Typically Mackenzie)
      • Can I just get 10 more points on First In Math (Typically Will)
      • My Son knows his dad is a sucker for sports, So he will bring up any basketball or football highlight and they just go on and on until I have to say Really Will and they laugh it off. He would be such a night owl if we allowed it!
      • Can we snuggle for a few more minutes in your bed Mommy (Typically Mackenzie)
      • Are the Lakers or the Warriors playing tonight (Typically Will) – He is well aware of those West Coast Games keeping Dad Up Late. (The Hubbs is a Laker’s Fan and Junior is a Warriors Fan)

4. At 830pm it’s Time for Bed. We always pray together. Typically, Generally & Most Often My Husband will Lead us in Prayer as the Head of the House. However I am a lover of Prayer and so I’ll take the lead every so often! (I get the privilege to pray over and with our kids before school on our way so this way they are getting prayer with both Mommy & Daddy)

5. On their way to bed they always ask for extra hugs & kisses. They like for Daddy to tuck them in every night! Sometimes they leave their lights on until he makes it to their rooms.  🙂 They also know before we turn in I sneak into their rooms to make sure they are all covered up and smother them with a few more kisses and well wishes of Sweet Sleep.

(If you have any tips for us, leave them in the comment section below!)

Fun Fact: Our children both have a very special animal they sleep with every night and it’s not our Goldendoodle Sofia! Will Sleeps with Mr. Monkey every Night & Mackenzie Sleeps with Ms. Kitty. They have both owned these special littles since birth and I think it’s precious that they still sleep with them!

Side Note: I typically buy my kids Pajama’s at Gymboree ((here)) as they fit well, are made well, wash well and, last for a very long time without piling and looking old & crusty! 😉 Gap has good pajama’s also but I only typically purchase when on sale!

Current Gymboree Favorite’s

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 This guy stayed after practice on Saturday and Put Up a Few More Shots.

This one was My Fave!

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This Beauty Cutie Did a little bit of her Dance for me & then posed all super cutesy!

Have a great weekend my friend!

 

xoxosteph

FRIDAY FAVES | MAR 2

Happy Friday Friends & . . .

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I hope you all had an amazing week. It’s been a productive yet slightly exhausting week. Being down with the flu last week has made for extremely busy yet very productive work week this week!

 

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First up, the Lord has really been whispering ‘give your best self’ to my heart and mind this week and it’s been such a good word for my soul!

It’s showed me areas that I have to realign within that I didn’t even realize I do at times.

Instead of giving the power to what separate’s us, focus rather on what unites us.

So My Favorite Quote for the Week is “Give Your Best Self”. God let us be a source of hope for the hopeless. God let us be a source of courage for the fearless. Let us give our best selves from the inside out!

 

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JADE ROLLER

Jade Roller Is the most amazing cooling depuffing and soothing Beauty Tool – ever! And it just feels good!

I found this >> Jade Roller from Nordstrom for $68 however I found this >> Jade Roller from Amazon for only $18.99. A much more desireable price point and quite honestly – that’s the only route I would go as they are legit the same thing.

 

MICRONEEDLING REGENERATION ROLLER

Microneedling Regeneration Tool is new to me, I recommend referencing YouTube on how to use it. I prefer to use it at night on clean skin, sanitizing before and after application.

What it does?

It triggers skins natural healing process by inducing micro-regeneration deep within the skin creating new collagen and restoring it’s volume.
Great to be used after you’ve washed your face and prior to moisturizer as it allows your skin to absorb topical products 200 times more. #queuequalityskincare

I found this >> GloPRO® Microneedling Regeneration Tool at Nordstrom for $199.00 I also found this >> Micro Derma Roller on Amazon for $14.99. The one at Nordstrom has the bells and whistles where as the one sold on Amazon is simply what it is and does what it does.

 

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Color Block Hoodie in Light Heather Gray & Red is a New Fave of Juniors! If he could – If I would allow it he would wear hoodies and joggers everyday, all day! This kid is a HOODIE LOVER for sure!

Gold Glitter Tank Dress I picked this up earlier this week, for Mackenzie’s Talent Show Dress.

Camo Joggers I buy quite a bit of Will’s clothing from Gap – always have. Mostly due to the fact of the quality of the clothing. He’s a Boy & yeah,  the fit seems to be perfect for his stature also, since his forever so it’s a good brand for my boy!

Girl’s Dolce Vita Jaclyn Glitter Bootie She seen these on line and Said ‘Mommy these are So My Style’. Mackenzie browses the internet for her own fashion finds. I taught her how to select her size and add to the cart. When she has something she just loves she comes to show me and if we agree, it’s a done deal! This has been a great way for her to understand the value of things as well.

 

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Madewell Ruffle Cuff Ribbed Top is adorbs, I got it in Afterglow Red and is perfect tucked in with Jeans. A Basic transitional top with a flare 😉

Free People ‘Long Beach’ Tank in purple, is so soft in feel as well as in color. On Sale right now for 10% off! I love tanks like this with Jean Capri’s for the spring, summer weekend’s. #qualitycasualbasics

Gorjana Tulum Tassel Earrings in royal blue, will give a good punch of color to any outfit. I love a good statement earring.

Matisse Cha Cha Espadrille Wedge Sandal in orange is another good pop of color that may be fun to work into your wardrobe!

Basic Gray Side Slit Tee I picked up to wear with leggings on Spring weekends when running errands and what not. So basic and So comfy. I also have the Black and White Stripe one as well. Currently on Sale.

Perfect Roll Tunic by Lush, mentioned yet again if you have been reading my blog for a while you know I crush on LUSH and this top is my favorite of all time. Just classic. This time in Bright Pink.

 

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Okay, Ya’ll I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of GoodRX.com I haven’t until last week when I was sharing with a girlfriend how expensive Tamiflu was and she told me about this website where I can get and RX for less! We also had a generic version of Tamiflu for the second prescription that originally saved us a few bucks but not near as much as the coupons available on this website!

When I looked on GoodRx.com I found a coupon for the Tamiflu as well as for the generic brand. I called Walgreens and they were able to re-run through my insurance and apply the coupons which saved us a total of $168.66. I mean, I’ll take that & thank GoodRx.com. So this little reference can be used for more than just Tamiflu as you can look up any prescription by name. Yes even the generic ones! So that Money Saver was a favorite of mine this past week – for sure!

 

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I have been pumping My Vitamin’s this week and so I thought I’d share My Vitamin Routine with you all. I typically have the same Vitamin Routine all year long but notice that I bump up my Vitamin D intake in the Cold Weather Months.

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Vitamin B12 Dietary Supplement Quick Dissolve Tablets These little gems I take once a day, typically in the morning and they seems to help with energy!

Alive Women’s Energy Multi-Vitamin is an ultimate fave of mine as it’s not chemically produced, Very Plant & Veggie based. My husband tried to have me take the Women’s Multi-Vitamins from GNC for years and they would just make my stomach hurt so bad, and I’d get overwhelming nausea. So Alive is my Vibe.

Vitamin D3 Bone Health Dietary Supplement Soft gels – Up & Up This is my Vitamin D-3 at 1,000 IU’s and in colder months I take 2-3 per day.

 

xoxosteph

What’s Up Wednesday! 02/28/18

Hello Friends & Happy Wednesday!

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Every last Wednesday of the month I link up with this awesome community of mom bloggers and share these random topics! So here’s this month’s What’s Up Wednesday.

 

WHAT WERE EATING

MONDAY

SPAGHETTI WITH MEAT SAUCE, TEXAS TOAST & SIDE SALAD

TUESDAY

CHICKEN TACO’S WITH GUACAMOLE à LA CARTE

WEDNESDAY

TORTILLA CRUSTED TILAPIA WITH BABY REDS & DILL BUTTER GREEN BEANS  

THURSDAY

THE HUSBANDS STIRFRY AND RICE

FRIDAY

DINE OUT WITH THE FAM FOR A FISH FRY

SATURDAY

I’M NOT QUITE SURE, PERHAPS MEATLOAF OR HOT CHICKEN SALAD

SUNDAY

BBQ BABY BACK RIBS SERVED WITH BAKED MAC N’ CHEESE & A SIDE SALAD

 

 

WHAT IM EXCITED ABOUT

I have a few fun things planned for my blog and Instagram coming up this year and I’m really excited with the plans I have so far. Seeing them come to life will be even more amazing. So really excited about what fun is just ahead!!!

 

 

WHAT IM DREADING

NOTHING at the Moment, Thankfully!

 

 

WHAT IM LISTENING TO

A lot of Billie Holiday! Jazz calms my soul, truly.

I notice myself saying “Okay Google, Play some Billie Holiday” and off to Relaxation I go!

 

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WHAT IM LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH

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WHAT IM LOVING

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In December I started researching flat iron stylers. I considered the T3 (( here )) but decided against it and ended up purchasing the Conair Infiniti & although it was so darn adorable, sadly it burned my hair twice so needless to say it just was not a ‘hair healthy pick’ for me, so I returned it.

For the last 10 years at least I’ve exclusively used CHI flat irons and I still like them but was looking for a change I suppose. I know it’s important to choose quality styling products and tools as I do use heat styling at least six days a week if not the full 7 days. Speaking of Heat Styling I also love this heat protection spray by Tiki (( here ))

Recently I purchased this GHD 1-inch Gold Styler and I love it. It does a great job of not frying the hair yet gives a great curl-wave and holds well. I can see why stylist love this one as it allows for such a smooth curling/wave process with the no tangle swivel cord! It actually shines my hair also. Speaking of that I noticed that the Conair Styler was really drying and frying. You can find the GHD 1-inch Styler (( here ))

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Kind of Random Love that’s not my own but, I have also been loving is our Mackenzie in this sweet little robe. When she has it on – she just looks so cuddly and oh so comfy!  I purchased it one size up so she get’s plenty of use out of it and I’m glad I did because it’s perfect! Currently on SALE for 40% –>> (( here ))

 

 

WHAT IM READING WATCHING

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Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson. Seems as though I have been reading this book for months. But I am sure I will be knocking this one out very soon here. (Side Note: I purchase most if not all of my books from Amazon. Occasionally Barnes and Noble but typically Amazon has great Book Prices)

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Last week I mentioned how I was under the weather and during that time I found a new show called TIMELESS. I got thru the entire 1st season and I’m low-key looking forward to the kick-off of Season 2 on March 11th!

My favorite show currently is the BRAVE although they just do not give me enough of it! I could totally go for more airtime of the BRAVE!

 

WHAT IM REMINISCING ABOUT

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My ILY Couture Sweatshirts (( here ))

Valentine’s Day with My Love, Love HIM! The entire day was awesome and The Salt Room was such a fun little experience to share together. I love when he plans the day. He is such a romantically, fun-loving man! So grateful for our love!!!

 

WHAT IM WEARING

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I did a Target Haul and here are a few of the items that I got and I love!

This Asymmetrical Ruffle Skirt in Black and White is just adorable. Can dress it UP or DOWN (( here ))

These SugarFix Baubles (from BaubleBar) are adorable and just the perfect pop of color for Spring! (( here ))

This Stiletto Sock Bootie in Red may be a staple as Red can almost be considered a neutral when worn with confidence! (( here ))

Weekend Soul Pajama Shorts are sold in two colors and I have both! Not only are they so comfortable but they are also flattering. TTS (( here ))

These Wedges are an affordable dupe for this springs most desired wedge. Affordable dupe (( here )) the Treasure & Bond ones have rave reviews and you can find those one’s (( here ))

This Embroidered Floral Cardigan is darn adorbs! The Sheer and Embroidered Floral is just beautiful. Can be worn Trendy Casual or Dressed Up Also. (( here ))

 

 

WHAT IM WORKING ON

  • Planning out our trips for 2018
  • Preparing our Summer Plans
  • I’ve mentioned last week how I am finally finalizing our Master Bedroom Refresh and this weekend I picked up a pair of (( these )) 100% Egyptian Cotton Sheets in twilight and two of (( these )) memory foam pillows. Should be arriving this week. I originally purchased a different set of sheets however returned them. As I was reading reviews about the adjustable frame, lots of people mentioned how important it was to have the right – sheets. They referenced how it’s good to have ones with deeper pockets so they don’t slide off of your mattress when you are adjusting your bed. So these were a must and these fit well with our color scheme.

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WHAT IVE BEEN UP TO

Enjoying lots of my High School Basketball Games with my Fam Bam!

The regular season is over & so now it’s playoff time!

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WHAT IM DOING THIS WEEKEND

This weekend actually is not so planned and so I anticipate it to be low-key, uber chill. Perhaps lots of snuggle time and just being in the present with my favorite most amazing people and getting some things done around la casa. #springclean

 

 

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

Not a whole lot, just running lots of errands, having lots of meetings and trying to get things back in order after being down an entire week! #WorkingWifeLife

 

xoxosteph

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