Grab and Go Mini Purse

Big time Mom Hack coming your way!
The-purse-within-a-purse technique, or “mom essentials kit”. I started doing this when I was pregnant with my third because I didn’t want to carry a diaper bag and my purse all the time. I would take out my wallet, keys, chapstick, sunglasses, and maybe a pen or one other random item and stick it in the diaper bag. Great idea, right!

Problem became when I would switch back to my purse something would get left behind in the diaper bag. Hard to do a grocery run peacefully after the kids go to bed when you leave your wallet at home in the diaper bag! Introducing the Mini Purse! (I know, it’s typically called a clutch, but I like “Mini Purse”!)

Check this out! How convenient is that?

This little Brahmin clutch is just perfect! Yes, I really can fit all of that in there!

I searched all over Brahmin’s online store, but I COULD NOT find my exact clutch. But I did find a couple other options:

Disclaimer: None of the following pictures belong to me. All pictures below are from the corresponding links provided for each product.

This Mini is slightly larger than mine, and mine does not have any straps:

Or this Clutch, which is a little smaller than mine, but very close:

Since Brahmin is what I have, I thought I’d show you that first.
Although you can’t beat Brahmin for style and quality, it is a name brand, so it’s not always in the budget. Trust me, I get that.
So, I searched around online for some “budget friendly” options that will serve the same function, and get the similar style too.

Here’s what I found at good ol’ Targét!

These three fit the function and style best, and I love that Target price!
Left: Women’s Soft Pouch – Universal Thread™ for $9.99
Top Right: Classic Snakeskin Wristlet Pouch – A New Day Brown for $12.99
Bottom Right: Clutch – A New Day™ Cognac for $12.99

At the time I looked at this, all three were available online. You can also check online to see if the Target near you has them available. If it isn’t there, but at another close by, they can ship it to your store for free!

Enjoy friends! Shop, organize, style, and #momhustle for God’s glory!

Soli Deo Gloria!

My go-to outfit

It’s been a wonderful weather around here!
Cloudy mornings, daily high ranging from 75-80 degrees, so so nice, especially for June in Southern California. This is really my favorite weather, particularly because I get to wear my favorite things:
jeans, cardigan, and flip flops.

Comfy mom-style to the max, am I right?!

But my absolute favorite about this style: My purse and shoes.

I’ve had these Rainbows for at least 5yrs (probably longer) and I love them. They are the most comfortable sandal I’ve ever had, I’ve yet to find a sandal that comes even close to their simplicity and comfort.

My The Sak crossbody purse is an all day, everyday, can hold everything, but doesn’t weigh a ton kind of purse. What’s not to love?

I tried in vain to find the exact style of my purse, I believe it’s a discontinued style. They do have lots of size and style options on The Sak site that I found. I personally like their leather bags best.


My shoes are another story. I’m a pretty traditional gal, so the rainbow sandals I have are the classic Single Layer Premier Leather with Arch Support and a Narrow Strap. It even says on their site: “If any sandal says Rainbow, this is it!”

Mommy Make-up: quick and affordable!

10ish minutes is about all the time I have to do any kind of make-up. On a good day (i.e. when my husband is home) I have about 15-20 minutes. With little kids, I don’t really have a lot of time to dedicate to putting on make-up.
However, I do like to take a little time to “put my face on” as my Nana says. Putting my make-up on, however minimal it is, helps me feel like I’m put together, and ready for the day.

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Morning light in our teeny tiny bathroom is a little intense!

I am not a morning person, but my kids are morning people (my daughter regularly gets up at 6am)! So, my make-up routine doesn’t happen until about 8 or 8:30.

Here is what I am currently using on a daily basis:

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Sometimes I splurge on different brands, but I pretty much stick with “drug store” make-up. (Affiliate links below)

1. Maybelline Makeup Dream Fresh BB cream – I used the light/medium color
2. L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics True Match Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer Makeup – I love the blender tip. It’s so easy to apply anywhere on my face, even under my eyelids for those sleepy circles under my eyes! I used the fair N-1 color.
3. theBalm Balm Springs Blush Highlighter – This is my splurge item right now. I have the travel size right now, and will use it until it runs out! Usually, I will use L’Oreal True Match Blush but I don’t have a color I’m settled on for the L’Oreal blush.
4. I like to use an angle brush to apply my blush. I’m not 100% sure what brand this one I’m using is (pregnant brain!).
Here are a couple options for an angle brush I like and have used before:
i on Beauty Geo-Friendly Angle Blush Brush
e.l.f. Angled Blush Brush

See my little “helper” 😉 She loves anytime Mommy does anything in the bathroom.

Hope some of you feel inspired to maybe do a little bit to “freshen up” (another Nana phrase). It’s not hard, or expensive. Just takes a few minutes, and some patience with the little ones. I’m clearly not a make-up professional, but I know what my hubby likes. 😉
Little motivation there, heehee!

 

Soli Deo Gloria

Cold relief while pregnant

I think just knowing that you can’t use the usual over the counter medicine to help ease cold symptoms makes having a cold while pregnant 1000x worse!

I’m just getting over a cold, though I still have some left over congestion and sinus pressure. At 32 weeks pregnant, there were so many things I could not do to get relief! (I cried at one point just thinking about it…)

So! What did I do to get relief?

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1. Tea

Lots and lots of tea. I drank tea to sooth my sore throat, and sniffed the steam from a fresh, hot cup to help with my sinuses.

I drank:
Throat coat tea – I prefer this one by Traditional Medicinals, but there are other brands that have throat coat tea out there too!
This tea was my go-to as a singer in high school! Amazingly soothing for a sore throat.

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Peppermint tea – Again, lots of peppermint teas out there, I just LOVE Twinnings 🙂
There is something so reassuring in a cup of peppermint tea, for me. As a kid, it was the only tea I would try, so maybe it’s a nostalgia thing for me.

 

2. Soup

I had no appetite, but I’m a skinny gal, with low blood pressure, and a baby growing in my belly. Getting food in me is a must!

My sweet hubby stocked up on some Lipton noodle soup packets, and we had a package of egg noodles in the cabinet. Together they made a pretty filling meal. I also added ground ginger, and ground cumin to my soup, again to help with my sinuses, and crazy congestion.
(With cough syrup being off limits, anything helps, right?!)

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3. Steam

So simple, and yet, so much relief! I took a wash cloth, ran some super hot water, and held the wash cloth over my face so all the steam was going right into my nose and mouth. This trick opened up my airways tremendously!

 

 

I hope these tips help some struggling fellow mamas out there! Get some extra sleep if you can, and lots of water (as usual)!

 

Soli Deo Gloria!

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A Saturday outing

Today is a family day. Next week and weekend we have a busy schedule, so we wanted to just have a play date with just the four of us. Our mall has some nice family friendly areas and we took full advantage of them today for our outing 🙂

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Eve hung out in the double stroller since she can’t crawl or walk yet, clearly she was upset about that.

Warren had a lot of fun running around outside. He even chased the train!

 

And lunch! I got a tea too, have I mentioned that I like Teavana? Because I do! 🙂
I went over to the kebab place, and I ate it all up before I could snap a pic! Oh, well.

It was a lovely outing together ❤
Now, if only they would nap!

 

God is still good, even when children don’t nap.

 

Soli Deo Gloria!

Pink for Mommy

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First, a strawberry lemonade from one of my favorite local cafés.
I’m a non-coffee drinker, so this was a nice, refreshing alternative! I love coffee, but my body can’t handle it or the dairy I require to make it delicious.

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Second, pedicure!

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Also second, manicure! All provided by the lovely ladies at Candy Nails 😊

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Third, a new phone case! 💜

Happy Mommy 😍

I’m blessed!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Family favorites for playing together

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My babies having a little time just the two of them together. I try to provide some alone time for them to learn about playing together ❤

 

Playtime is the majority of our days around here, so I thought I’d share some of my babies’ favorite toys. For my son, I will have an update in about a month or two since his birthday is coming up. He’s going to be TWO! (I’m both excited and can’t really believe it!)

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Babies’ Favorites:

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Warren is really into coloring, and he loves markers, especially now that he can get the caps open by himself for the most part. These Ultra-Clean Washable Markers are worth the little extra they cost compared to some other types BECAUSE of the “Ultra-Clean Washable” part! Warren doesn’t always keep his artistic expression on the paper, and all I need is a baby wipe (readily available in our house). Poof! Wipes right off of our coffee table, upholstery, clothes, walls, pretty much anything! It is worth it!

Evie loves her Sophie Giraffe ❤  It was originally Warren’s, but she doesn’t mind hand-me-downs 🙂
Eve is really into whatever she can get in her mouth, but Sophie is definitely her favorite, just hearing it squeak makes her squeal with happiness!

 

Mama’s Favorites:

These are some “baby paraphernalia” that are my favorite (with some links where you can get your own!) 🙂

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The Ergo is a life saver! I really didn’t need it with my son, especially since he was much bigger than little sister. She is so happy in the Ergo now though! She can see me, see out, and there are plenty of straps for her to idly play with to entertain herself.

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First of all, how cute is this picture? This is my sweet baby girl with her Great-Grandpapa this summer during our family vacation in Carlsbad 🙂
And check out that seat! Usually called a Bumbo seat, since that’s the name the company gave it, but we call it “the purple chair”. Very original, I know. It’s a great place to plop a little one who isn’t quite ready to sit alone, or even older babies who need to stay put for a little bit for mama’s sake 😉

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This is the train of a thousand buttons and sounds. A perfect toy to keep little hands busy, or in our case, get through that last half an hour before nap time. Mama approved!

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This high chair is a great option for small spaces (you don’t have to add a whole high chair to your dining situation). What I liked best about it was I could attach it to any chair and so keep my child at the same level as myself. That is the biggest downside for me about high chairs, that they are often so much taller than dining room chairs! Annoying! This chair solved that problem for me. Also something great: It converts into a booster chair. My parents and in-laws had this chair, and it was super convenient for them. They could put it on the chair when we were coming over, or take it off and put it in a closet when not in use!

 

Hope you find some good inspiration, or even some gift ideas! (for yourself or others) 😉
Comment with any questions you have about these products or any thing else I’ve posted! ❤

 

 

 

Soli Deo Gloria!