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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mommy's must have these 10 things in their cars....

Today is the third day this week I have been unable to convince myself to wake up earlier enough to shower and put a full face of make up on. Then it dawned on me I have everything I need in my car (aka the bus, aka Kat the cool mom SUV) to make it look like I functionally got out of bed, got dressed, put make up on, brought the kids to school and carried on with my day responsibly. Here I am this morning after applying the following must have's while in my car....

1. Wipes Make-up remover
I have actually just used my babies wipes but they do sell such a thing as make-up remover wipes. I have these wonderful cucumber smelling ones that leave my face feeling refreshed and moisturizing. And you would never know I haven't showered in three days! (P.S. I'd like to know a mother of three that showers everyday...)

2. Eye Shadow
Have a neutral colored eye shadow combo, like white, nude, tan and grey with an applicator. Something that will match everything.

3. Black Eye Liner
I buy two of my favorite eye liner, one for the car and one for the house. I like liquid which isn't always easy to apply at a red light but gives a much more precise line. Don't be cheap but two!

4. Mascara
This is a no brainier. I have like 5 of my favorite mascara... just in case. One in the car, the bathroom, my purse, my hubbies truck and in the night stand. (you never know when you'll need it!)

5. Lip tint
Don't get me wrong I love me some dark blood red lipstick but when you have done you face in a barely there make up look that's not exactly the lip color you want to slap on, so having a tinted lip balm of some sort helps to round out the look. As far as make-up goes though, that's it, just the basic's. With three kids I've given up on much more than that and I'm trying to let my skin have a breather and age gracefully. (Ugh those word coming off my figure tips make me want to gag, but I'm already sick of covering up the inevitable... wrinkles, laugh lines and age spots).



6. Hairbrush
Even though I short hair it still needs to be brushed once in a while, so I make sure I have a small brush in my car, which lead me to my next point.

7. Bobby pins and/or Rubber bands
I have both. With short hair I can only use bobby pins. But since I'm Italian and my hair gets greases in like an hour I have to pin it back for it to look the slightest bit professional, otherwise you'll see me in a baseball cap. My girls on the other hand have long hair that always looks like they just emerged from an ally somewhere. So on those days where we are literately racing to beat the school bell (which is most days) I brush their hair and throw it in a pony when we get to school or where ever we're going.

8. Hairspray
I go to Target, buy one of the travel size hair sprays and throw it in my center console. When I need it, it's there.

9. Deodorant
Again I go to Target buy the travel size. I can not tell you how many times I have ran out of the house first thing in the morning and forgot to put this on. Having it in the car solves my forgetful mom brain, that is once I am completely awake and realize how God awful I smell.

10. Lastly... body spray. As we already know I stink and need something that smells good to cover up my I ran out of the house after making 5 lunches, getting 3 kids dress and dressing myself semi presentable (do yogo pants count?), non-showered, half awake stench.

I hope you enjoyed the reality of making it to school and beyond on time, brought to you by this mother of three, always in a hurry and never on time mom! May you always keep your car mommy friendly and stocked with easy to look presentable in a bind goods. ;)

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Monday, November 3, 2014

My attempt at cake pops... more like balls!

The other day, my sons school had a science fair and I signed up to make goodies for the bake sale. Why??? I'm not entirely sure because baking is not my strong points, but I wanted to contribute. Of course I was the farthest thing from being a good prepared mom. I procrastinated until suddenly the fair was but hours away. Panic set in because I really had nothing planned. I run around the kitchen like a chicken with my head cut off trying to figure out what I had and what I could make with it!

I found a package of white cake mix, chocolate cake mix and exactly 6 eggs; I think to myself "I can do something with this!" I frantically rip apart every cabinet in my kitchen looking for cupcake wrappers to no avail. As for frosting I figured I'd look up how to make it on Pinterest but was running short on time and patience. So thinking fast I thought cake pops!

I Pinterested (is that a word?) cake pops and got the basics of how they are made. Well again I had no frosting, which just so happens to be a key part to the formation. So I frantically searched my cabinets until I found pudding, sprinkles and powdered sugar...  I can make something work with this... right?

So here goes nothing!!! I figured if they turned out horrible I'd just grab something at the store but really how could I go wrong with cake and pudding?!?! Get the print easy recipe here, otherwise here's the long version of the directions:

First you bake the cake according to the package. While that's baking prepare the pudding according to it's package. Refrigerate the pudding. When the cake is done, pull it out and take it out of the pan to cool. Once it's cooled enough (I recommend letting it cool completely so it doesn't burn your hands, not that it happened to me or anything!) you crumble it all up, like below.


After you have cake crumbles add the pudding and mush it with you hands. It should have the consistency of mashed potato. As I found out with my chocolate batch if you add too much pudding you get mushy blobs instead of nice round firm balls. 


Before you start mushing though be sure to have your powdered sugar ready. I added the sprinkles to it so it was a one roll job. Back to the mushy cake... start rolling pieces into about 1 inch balls with your hands, then roll them in the powder sugar mixture and place them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. After they are all rolled, place the sheet in the refrigerator so the balls firm up a bit and there you have it. I got about 36 balls with this recipe and the kids love them.


In fact my son said even though the chocolate ones ended up being mushy blobs he liked them best! My daughters and I loved the white cake ones aka the green balls!

I wrapped 3 balls together in plastic wrap, threw a card with my branding on them and off to the science fair we went without a minute to spare. Seriously though, for whipping these up on a whim and in only 2 1/2 hours I think they came out pretty darn good. Even if the chocolate ones did look like poo covered in rainbow sprinkles! Obviously I'm not one of those mom's that has time to teach you how to make perfect fondant cover cake pops but if you need an easy, tasty alternative, here you are!




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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DIY Hanging Herb Garden

I've wanted a herb garden for a while, but just I was going to start one we moved and the we moved again. So now that we are settled again I was determined to get it started.

After many pins on pinterest I decided just what I wanted.  See for the house prior we had a wall length sliding glass door, so I had bought a nice long cappuccino colored curtain rod and simple matching sconces to hang it. So of course I wanted to find a way to use the set in our new place, but the only windows we have that are the length of the wall are over my kitchen sink and I did really want curtains there.

However these windows get great morning sun, really they are well lit all day so I thought, how fun it would be if I hung my herbs here! I found plant terrariums on Amazon and bought waxed thread in the same cappuccino color.

I bought a few pre planted herbs in good health, but small enough to get into the terrariums. But I also started a few from seed (and they are already sprouting! ) I water them by just spraying them with a squirt bottle every other day. It's really neat to see the roots growing.

This project was super easy and just brings so much life to my kitchen (literally! ) I must admit i did have my hubby hang the bar, just because he's sooooooo much better at it than me. ;)

I hope you enjoyed this project!

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