Have Time to Read? Part 5

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It has been months since I posted.  I took a new job last year and it has taken me this long to get the balance back into my life. My reward:  a two-week vacation(one week away with my husband and one week at home with my daughter) and unplugging from the work devices (absolutely necessary).

So what did I get to do during these two weeks?  (Re)Discover my love of reading. Click the books below to check out some entertaining summer reading!


Stay Cool this Summer

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Thank you Marilyn.  I now have the answer on how to stay cool this summer.

See, we were at our daughter’s softball game and it was a typical hot Texas day.  And I have to admit I was thrilled it was her last game of the season. Regardless of how hot(or cold) it is, I am out with the other parents cheering on our girls!  On this day it was in the 90’s, I was in light colored clothing and yes, I admit it, sweating like a….well, you know.  And then Marilyn walked by with a towel around her neck and looked comfortable.  I was confused…less clothes in the heat, not more.  And then she shared the secret that some of the other moms already knew.  Cooling Towels.  Wet them, wring them out and snap them to stay cool.  There goes another million dollar idea that doesn’t belong to me.

Walmart, Target, Lowe’s, Amazon Prime…get them almost anywhere.  Endura, Frogg Toggs, numerous brands.  I now have two- one in blue and one in coral, both are the Mission Enduracool in the techknit material.  They are soft and easy to travel with!

What are you waiting for?  Go buy them. Then you can say I am ready for summer!



The 2016 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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I am a mom of one. Cards make me happy. So does a meal at a great restaurant. A piece of art by my daughter is amazing. Here are a few ideas that stray from the nail salon, jewelry store and of course, the easy to buy gift card!

For the “I keep everything because I am super sentimental” Mom:
Write her a love letter to keep forever!  Visit TheLandLockedDogTwo shop on Etsy for this wonderful keepsake.

For the “I know my strengths and Interior Design is not one of them” Mom:
Havenly.  Have you heard of it?  It’s an online interior design firm with rates starting at $79.  You take a survey, choose a designer, upload photos and work with your designer.  I am that mom…sounds pretty good to me!


For the “I am obsessed with fitness and wish I had more time to exercise” Mom:
I am not a fan of the gym but I have many friends who are up at 5am and already at the gym.   And then my girlfriend told me about PiYo, a 60-day program(via DVD) that includes 12 workouts that take anywhere from 25-45 minutes and you do them 6 days a week.  Now you can get the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga all in the comfort of your own house!  (And make sure she knows you are not hinting about anything specific!!)


For the “I love cooking and need new ideas to add to the rotation” Mom:
Whether you send mom off to a cooking class solo, with a girlfriend or with the kids, Sur La Table has numerous options for you.  Mommy & Me for Mother’s Day, Girls’ Night Out, Quick and healthy Meals for the whole family or a class on cooking basics…the list goes on and this is one that moms will love!


For the “I am so tired of spending my weekends running errands” Mom:
This is an easy one.  For whatever reason it took me a year to sign up for Amazon Prime.  And now it is my go-to for gifts, household items, books(I have a kindle) and any other random item that I need.  And for those items that are Prime items, I can have them within the next 24-28 hours and some even the same day.  Buy this for the Mom in your life.  No more juggling home and work calendars to figure out when she can hit Target, Home Depot and Toys R’ Us  – this gift will give her her weekends back!



For the “I just want to rock out to the music from high school” Mom:
At some point I asked my husband to add me to his Sirius XM account.  I would go on business trips and take advantage of satellite radio.  Now I can do kid drop-off and jam out to Salt-N-Pepa a or The Chili Peppers any time I want!



And yes, still make sure to get her some cards, make her or take her to a nice meal and tell her how much she is loved and appreciated!!



Warmer Weather Best Buy:  Kohl’s- The Big One Beach Towel

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We ate by the pool last night.  And I am hoping that warmer weather is here to stay.

Every summer we get ready to go to a pool party or to have people over at our house and I rummage through a big mix of random beach towels, all different colors and sizes.  I finally saw an ad for beach towels on sale at Kohl’s.  They retail for $26.99 but are often on sale, sometimes at $8.99, sometimes as an early morning $5 special buy.

What a deal!  They come in a variety of colors and designs, are reversible, oversized which means big enough for all the men in your family and are soft, not like many of the other beach towels you get for under $10.

My best advice- find a coupon online or stay up to date on their sales, visit Kohl’s and stock up for your next pool party!