...pampering products that are good enough to eat.
I don't know about you but I am a sucker for a good, gooey, stick to your lips S'More. I also love chocolate so much I would literally bathe in hot chocolate (and I have seriously been thinking about it, but I think my husband might kill me if I fill the new jet tub with hot chocolate). Soooo ... I've discovered the next best thing to bathing in chocolate and covering my face with a gooey marshmallow face mask ...
...pampering products that are good enough to eat.
Do your lips look like this?
Dry, cracked, chapped lips are no joke. They're super painful. Sometimes they bleed ... and that's embarrassing when you're in public. Plus when you rub them together it's like rubbing together two pieces of really rough sandpaper, and sister, ti's the season when it's going to get a whole lot worse. Winter weather irritates and attacks your lips. You have to protect them!
If you have severely chapped lips then you need a high quality lip scrub, and how about one that smells and tastes like chocolate?! MMMMM .... taking care of your lips never tasted so good.
I have been drooling over this holiday exclusive Oh Fudge! Decadent Chocolate Lip Scrub. Of course, it had me at chocolate, but my lips are feeling so soft, supple and moisturized to boot. Real sugar suspended in real cocoa powder sweetly buffs away all the dry, chapped skin leaving them super soft (no more sandpaper). Then marshmallow root comes in for hydration. Chocolate and marshmallows ... it's like a warm cup of hot cocoa for your lips! You're going to love it. You need it. Your kids need it. Anyone with lips and a stocking this Christmas needs it.
Need more hydration or just want to skip the scrub? You can totally pair this scrumptious peppermint lip mask with the chocolatey goodness above, or use it all by itself.
After all, the chocolate and peppermint combo has never let us down before (thank you Ande). Night Nurse lip mask has a refreshing minty tingle which feels incredibly healing on chapped lips , shea butter protects and coconut and jojoba oils moisturize. It has a luxurious bouncy texture that stays on all night and will leave your lips soft and moisturized by morning.
Are you tired of walking around looking like you haven't drank a drop of water in months and you quite possibly spent the Summer in the Sahara? I get it. You need to get geared up for Winter and keep those smoochers moisturized and protected, and do it with some delectable dessert worthy products.
Grab yours here .
Admittedly I've never read the best selling book by Rachel Hollis, but nonetheless, these three words ring so true in my world today.
I use to apologize for everything. Even when something clearly wasn't my fault in my mind I had to be to blame in some way. Now, that could sound a bit narcissistic, but I think it stems from a lifetime of abandonment issues. When you're rejected over and over again in your life, even by your own family members, then you MUST be doing something to make that happen... right? That is how I came to feel. That was my truth. If something bad happened, if someone was feeling some sort of way, I felt that I must have done something to contribute to it. And I didn't want to feel rejected anymore so I tried to be what I thought people wanted me to be.
. I always felt like there must be something about myself I needed to change in order for people to accept me. Maybe I was talking too much ... better be quiet. Maybe I was too sarcastic ... better take it down a notch. Maybe I was too much of a burden ... better fade into the background. Because if I don't please people they won't accept me ... and I will be alone once again.
That was my truth .
Are you scrolling Facebook right now?
Wondering what the heck you can do to grow your business today?
Here are a few action items you can do while you are scrolling Facebook right now to keep your business rolling
3. Research and join Facebook groups where your ideal client hangs out.
4 .Check in with people you've connected with somehow in the past. It doesn't have to be about your product! Just check in. See how they're doing. Be genuinely interested in what they have to say.
5. Update your VIP group approval questions. Are you asking them their credentials? If they want samples? If they would be interested in a digital pink packet (Business opp packet? What their email is?
Take some time to complete one or more of these tasks and then comment below with the number of the task you accomplished . <3
These are the words my teenage daughter says to me that literally make my face turn red. You know what happens when she says these words? I can promise you it’s the exact opposite of calming down.
As you know the last two weeks have been really hard for me and my family. We unfortunately lost my five year old nephew to a terrible car accident.
I've put off posting a whole lot because I've felt like nothing is really appropriate for the moment, or the way I have been feeling.
Promoting my business has felt wrong, quite honestly. I mean, how could I ask people to trust me with their self care needs when I didn't even have the will or the want to care for myself?
It’s a question I get asked all the time. How do you run a business from home with your kids ? How do you do it?
And I’ve seen this question asked to others before, as well. To which the typical reply is “Schedule your day. Schedule your meals, your playtime, your nap time, your work time, etc.” Well .. I am here to tell you the exact opposite. Don’t schedule shit, because when you fail to follow that schedule you will feel lost and like you’ve failed.
I just had one of the most stressful experiences of my life .... at the grocery store of all places.
Picture this, I'm all ready to tackle going to the grocery store, and by ready I mean I grabbed some clothes off my floor, swiped on some mascara, put my hair in a mom bun and said "Let's go!" to the boys. It only took me 10 minutes to get them in the car and get them buckled in to their carseats. There was only one toddler fit over a teddy bear before I pulled out of the driveway, and I consider that a win. The day was breezy and sunny, the moods were great, it was going to be a good day. I was ready to do this.
On the way to the store I had to stop and get some Starbucks, because let's face it, the kids have natural energy and I need synthetic energy, so I grabbed them both a cake pop at the drive-thru when I grabbed my grande latte. This is also a way I like to spoil myself and the kids from time to time.
(What the hell was I thinking pumping them full of sugar before I took them into a store?! )
We get to the store and it's instant chaos. As SOON as we walk in the door they take off in different directions. So here I am yelling in the store, "Come here!" "Get Over Here!" " Don't Touch That!" like a mad woman. People are staring, and I am pretty sure I look like a psycho with my mom bun, my stained t-shirt, and my tired eyes. I'm embarrassed, and I can feel the stress rising in my body, like a thermometer does when the heat rises. Pretty soon it is going to hit the top of my head and I am going to f*(king EXPLODE.
Then the "Mom, can I have(s)" begin. I despise this part of our trips to the store. If I took a shot for every time I said "No" in the store today I would have been hammered within 10 minutes. Truth be told I wish I would have played that game, because maybe my version of the store trip would have been a tad more bearable.
So within about 15 minutes my oldest twin starts to get pissed that I am saying no to him, and starts throwing things in the store. This is fun. People are staring. I'm doing the mom threats under my breath hoping to get a handle it, and he isn't budging. So I just say, in a very loud voice, "Either you straighten up or I am going to cause a scene right here in front of everyone! " Then I picked him up and placed him the cart.
He climbed out of the cart.
All I want to do is get my groceries and get the hell out of that store, as you can imagine. So we are wrapping up, and my oldest is yelling about how he wants to go home and play Minecrap (Minecraft). And I am like ... dude ... that is all I WANT TOO! To get out of here, away from the staring eyes, and the judgmental people, and the stress this whole trip has caused, so I can go stress about different things at my house.
And with a sympathetic cashier helping me load my cart and get me out the door we made it out of the store. Hallelujah
So I told you that whole story because it made me think about a couple of things.
The first being that people need to stop being such judgmental assholes toward moms. Is that screaming toddler getting on your nerves in Walmart? Do you think the mother should leave with her child because he is causing a ruckus? Let me tell you something, she has just as much of a right to be there as you do, and she isn't going to leave just because her toddler is having a bad day and your ears are offended. Get over yourself. If you have the time and the audacity to judge a mother who is having a hard time with her child in public, maybe you should offer her some help? You have no idea what kind of day she has had. I guarantee you she is exhausted. I bet you she has tried everything and has no idea what to do to keep her child under control at this point. You know, even an understanding nod to her means the world. It means that you understand she is having a hard time and you're not judging her parenting skills. Every mother worries that she is being judged on how she handles her child when they are being unruly in public. Show her that there is no need to worry about that, all she needs to worry about is getting through this moment, getting done what she needs to get done so she can go hide in her bathroom and cry later.
So that's the first thing, don't be an asshole.
The second thing is ... how often do we put ourselves in stressful situations that are completely avoidable? Are we gluttons for punishment? Take my trip to the store for example: If I am being completely honest I didn't HAVE to go to the store today . I just wanted to get out of the house. I know how stressful trips to the store with both of my twins can be, but I risked it just the same, and for what? For it to turn out exactly how I expected it would. Which also makes me question, did I have anything to do with the experience being as stressful as it was? Like maybe that sugary cake pop I gave them right before going into the store....
Now that is something to ponder isn't it? From now on I vow to give pause before I give in to my spontaneous nature and really consider the situation I am putting myself in beforehand. If stressful situations can be avoided, then we SHOULD avoid them. It's a part of self care. It's a HUGE part of learning to stress less. What recent stressful situations have you been in that could have been avoided?
I ran across this letter the other day on Facebook and it hit so close to home that I had to share it. There was a time in my life when I kept a really clean home. I prided myself on everything being spic and span and everything always smelling great and being in its place. It was easy with one child. Then came my second daughter and it was a little bit harder and a tad more stressful, but I still did it. However, I found myself getting upset with her for just being a kid and doing things kids do ... make messes. Then the twins were born and every hope I ever had of keeping my house clean for the next 15 years, at least, went right out the window. I use to stress to hard about it. I use to get upset EVERY single time they would make the smallest mess ( and this is coming from a mom whose kids played in their own poop) ... STRESS LEVEL 100. I had to decide to let it go, and even though messiness still makes me cringe ( and I do still stress out about it at times), I've learned that messes will get made, get cleaned up, and get made again ... and it's okay. There are more important matters at hand. This open letter explains it so well.
Every year when Mother's Day rolls around there are a ton of advertisements and blog posts telling people who are not mothers what mothers want for Mother's Day. I have seen ads for coffee mugs, jewelry, t-shirts, flowers, candy and more floating around the inter webs claiming to be the "Perfect Gift for Mother's Day." Here's the thing, Mothers of young children really just want these few things on their special day, and they cost next to nothing :
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xoxo - Mandi