Dash of Nash

Omgosh, I LOVE lipstick. The brighter the better in my book!  July 29th was #NationalLipStick day and I was too sick to celebrate. (because who wears make up when they’re sick. or on the weekends. or ever when you think you wont see anyone, anyway, I digress) Lipstick has come a long way from my beginning days.  When I first started wearing lipstick, i would get these headaches and also get very nauseous, turns out my body didn’t like the whale blubber that most lipsticks used back then.  Thank the lipstick gods that they’ve made such improvements.  Way back before our time, before even our grandparents time, the Egyptians wore red lipstick but it was only for royalty.  We’re all queens now!  Polish those lips and read this article on 5 Things You Didnt Know About Red Lip Stick

I am at work.  You are at work.  Its what we do.  We go to work.  How many times a day are you dozing off at your desk, or day dreaming or just feeling sluggish?  ME TOO!  Even if you have a desk job there are still lost of ways for you to stay active during  your work day.  Here are just a few. You could move your trash can far away from your desk so you have to actually get up every time you want to throw something away.  You could take a stroll to see a co.worker.  Instead of shooting off an email, go see your friend face to face.  You could even take a break time stroll together.  Another way to get a little more active during your work day is to park far away from your building.  Get those extra steps in.  Getting a fitness tracker could be helpful too, when you can visually see your progress its slightly easier to get those 10k steps in.  I’ve even heard people say they use the restroom on other floors of their buildings to get more exercise.  What ever works for you, do that.  I like to get up and take a stroll occasionally.  Its not only extra movement, but also its a chance to clear my head and just take in a different scenery.  Work is work, but its always more fun to be creative with how you spend your work day.

Who is ready for BTS? Or better known, Back To School!  Back to school time is such an exciting, scary, busy time for not just kids but us parents too.  Everything from getting organized for making mornings go smoother to packing lunches to getting our minds right.  I always go through such a mourning period when school starts.  My fiancee is a teacher and so he and all the kids all go back at the same time.  So in the summer when we’re all together and our days are filled with fun, once school starts back both my man and my kids are gone so its just me and the dog hanging out.  Still fun, but not the same.  But I then switch to my school year schedule.  So its more time cleaning and organizing our home.  Volunteering when i can and especially catching up with all my girlfriends who are in the same bus as I am.  Back to school time is hectic enough for us emotionally, dont be caught off guard, start planning now!  Here is a fun little list to help you get started and prepared, mentally and physically.

These are 2 of my best friends, Amber and Beatriz.  There is another important lady in my circle who isn’t pictured, Stephanie.  These are my peoples!  When I read this article I immediately thought of them.  This list is our lives over the many years!  We get together for dinners, lunches and basically anytime we can.  We’re all moms, professionals and many other things.  I love each of them differently because I need each of them differently.  I always go to Stephanie for kid advice.  She’s a single mom to FOUR sons and she makes it look so easy and hilarious all the way.  If I’m having a down day, I read Stephanie’s FB page because there is always some sort of crazy story of her household.  Honestly I don’t know how this girls life isn’t a sitcom yet.  I love Amber for her business sense, her smarts, I love her for her adultness and willing to always listen and offer solutions.  I can share my most intimate stuff with her.  When I realized how extreme my anxiety had gotten and almost debilitating, It was Amber who was there every step of the way to help me get the help I clearly needed.  And finally, there’s Bea.  This girl is my absolute go to girl.  Shes honest, hard hitting, caring and hilarious.  Friends will text you to say ‘you look great’, however, real friends (like Bea) will text to say ‘Shrek called, he wants his face back!’.   I never realized how having such diverse friends could be so beneficial, until I was an adult and couldn’t make it through my life without them.  These are my people, and I hope your’e able to cultivate your own little group of lady friends too.  We need ’em!

 

Did you see all this hubbub over the weekend about P!nk posting a picture of her 6 year old daughter sans a tshirt on her bicycle?  Its gotten some negative feedback because she posted her half nekkid daughter online, but also she’s getting tons of support too.  Here is the exact quote and pic from P!nk’s Instagram account.  I grew up in a time when you rode your bike til the street lights came on and you were afraid of everyones mom in the neighborhood because they all had the same line, “angela, I will call your mother!” and they would too because it was a different time.  And that’s the point here, its a different time.  We as moms are focused on lots of things at one time.  For many of us, social media is very much a part of our daily lives and also our work lives too.  I love the caption of this picture and for me, its further proof that we are mostly doing parenting right.  We all do it a little differently and my parenting might not look like yours…and thats ok too.  Relax mom, you got this! 

Its the most wonderful time of the year! Its Three Rivers Festival Time! I get excited about the funnel cakes, and the cheese curds and the lemon shake ups and the shopping at the emporium.  Whats your favorite thing to do? What do you love about the festival?  Is it the food, the entertainment, the shopping…or all of it!?  Whether youre headed downtown to get some food or do some shopping or just see those friends you only get together with once a year, this years festival is sure to be just as wonderful as we always remember.  See you at the Three Rivers Festival!

Its been years since I have had toddlers, but now many of my girlfriends do and oooohhhh is it fun! I remember those days that I thought would never end, and when they finally did, I would still be saying to them “I love you SO much!”.  I love it when celebrities are open out front about their parenting struggles.  Its nice to see another less glamorous side and we can all relate to that right?  I saw this blog this morning and it made me feel all the feels, so I thought I would share it with you.  Enjoy! 

Show of hands, who loves swimsuit shopping?  Anyone, anyone?  So while I don’t loooove swimsuit shopping, I do loooove having lots of swimsuit options.  I’m  a plus sized girl for sure, so my options aren’t as aplenty as the smaller gals out there.  But that does not stop me!  I’m a swimsuit-a-holic.  I have 2 pieces, one pieces, swim skirts, tankini’s.  You name it, I’ve got it.  Yesterday you may have seen the viral video of the ladies from #IMomSoHard talking about the ‘sexy’ swimsuits out this year.  The video is obviously hilarious because they make hilarious, accurate videos.  But this one, hmmm, I’m feeling a little bit of feels for it.  I get what they’re saying, the swimsuits in the videos with all of their straps and lack of material etc, I get it.  But at the same time, I sort of feel like they’re shaming the moms out there that want to wear something a little sexier.  I think its fine to wear whatever you’re comfortable with at the beach.  If you feel amazing in that strappy swimsuit, you should wear it.  If you feel better in a modest one piece, go for that.  Having options is important in swimwear too.  There is no possible way I could wear a fancy sexy strappy swimsuit at the lake on most days.  I’m there to fish and swim and jump off the raft and chase my dog around, that’s just not practical.  But a getaway with my fiancee, I would feel perfectly fine wearing something like that.  Bottom line ladies, YOU DO YOU!

Stores can’t keep them in stock. Parents are scrambling to find them. And some schools have banned them.  Im talking about Fidget Spinners.  Ive been aware of these types of things, little things to ‘fidget’ with for years, because of my adhd, I personally used multiple variations of ‘fidgets’.  My mom is an adhd life coach, so she brought them to my attention a few years ago.  Typically I would be a foot tapper or leg bouncer or even in extreme situations, a cuticle picker. (i know, so gross!) Anywho, I dont actually own of these Fidget Spinners that are taking over social media and many many homes and schools across the country.  Despite being marketed as a concentration aid, some teachers say fidget spinners have become a distraction.  Even though theyre supposed to be quiet, most do make some sort of a whirring noise, and if youre in a classroom, thats got to be mulitplied.  Here’s a link to a story on USA Today that i thought really hit the nail on the head.  Take a quick read and make your own decisions about whether theyre helpful or a distraction.  And good luck trying to get your hands on one!

 

We now know what tv shows are getting renewed and which ones are getting the ax. Is The Big Bang Theory safe?  What about Survivor?  Any of the NCIS shows?  Some of my favorite shows are getting cancelled!  But hey, at least American Idol is coming back right?  See the list here and if your favorite show is on it.

Its the week of Mothers Day.  I’m always really confused about how this works.  Especially as a mom and a daughter and a near step mom.  With so many non traditional relationships, how do you decide where to divvy up your time?  Obviously you want to spend mothers day with your own mother. But when your mom and sister live in the same city, and youre in a different city, then your mom has to decide where to spend her time and you dont want to do that to moms.  But what about your mother in law? or an aunt thats like a mom?  And then there are the kids.  Obviously you want your own kids to spend time with you, but what about your step kids?  Granted its mothers day, I get it, but stepmomming aint easy and feels just like momming.  So moms, its totally YOUR day!  You celebrate however and with whomever you want.  Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Teacher Appreciation and also Happy Nurses Appreciation week!  Wow, can you imagine a world without teachers or nurses?  Its not even a reality.  We rely on those 2 professions so much in our every day lives.  And most weeks, those nurses and teachers see your family more than they see their own families.  Its a thankless job, but we are thankful everyday they’re there to save, teach and protect us.  Shout out to you Nurses and Teachers, not just this week, but every single week!

U LIT!  Yes, you are!  Are you dreading swimsuit season?  I don’t really fall under that spell of being that concerned what I look like in a swimsuit, but I do get concerned about wearing shorts.  I love the water, I love to swim and no amount of cellulite is going to keep me from a swimsuit, not even from a 2 piece swim suit.  I don’t get stressed about that like a lot of my girlfriends do.  But the shorts and sundresses, that’s what gets to me.  But listen, U LIT! Yes ladies, I stole that from my kids.  U LIT! And I’m pretty sure its a good thing too.  Yesterday when I was pinteresting summer outfits, I started to see a lot about cellulite, and it it hit me:: you cant spell cellulite, without U LIT.  Live your best life.  Enjoy your summer!  I found this article particularly good about why 15 other ladies refuse to freak out over swimsuit season.

Last night was the season finale of The Bachelor.  #Spoiler Alert:: Nick chose Vanessa.  And he proposed (again) with the fanciest ring in Bachelor franchise history!  Wowza!  Tonight is the finale of This Is Us.  This show came out of nowhere to win over the hearts of nearly all of America.  Its so funny that a TV, once considered a luxury, is now part of our lexicon as a society.  Maybe its not cable tv, or network tv, but maybe youre watching netflix regularly.  Its all still a part of that tv world.  And its a connector to those around us.  At the office, with your partner and even with you kids.  We all have those shows that are ‘our shows’ and people we watch ‘our shows’ with.  TV has become a social experience without really being that social.  Whether you were #TeamRaven or #TeamVanessa from The Bachelor, we can all agree that the This Is Us finale is what we’re really all waiting for this season.

Today is my birthday!  Its my absolute favorite day.  And it should be yours too! (I mean your own birthday, not mine)  It’s a day for you.  Sure you’re still going to have to cook dinner, do laundry, be a mom, be a partner and even be an employee, but it’s still YOUR BIRTHDAY!  There are a ton of freebies on your birthday too.  You can make lunch dates, coffee dates and even snack dates til the cows come home, for little to no money.  Here’s a list of all the swag you can score on your special day.  Treat yo’self!

Dancing With The Stars Season 24 is upon us and the first leaks of some of the contestants is here too.  So far we know that Mr. T, Simone Biles and Nancy Kerrigan are all definitely competing for that mirror ball trophy.  As more stars are revealed, we’ll keep you updated here and also on air too!  Now some of the alleged dancing stars this year include this season Bachelor, Nick Viall and also departed member of Fifth Harmony, Camila Cablello.  Dancing With The Stars Season 24 cha cha’s into our living rooms Monday March 20 at 8pm on ABC.

First Beyonce, and now Amal Clooney reveals she’s pregnant with twins too!  Both ladies in the public eye and definitely going to continue to slay throughout their pregnancy.  I don’t know how they do it.  Each time i was pregnant i got even bigger than the previous time!  And I’m still heavier today than i was full term with my first son.  The struggle is real.  Anywho, enough about me.  When celebs get pregnant they still have to perform, its how they make money after all.  Check out these moms-to-be who absolutely slayed on stage during pregnancy.  Carrie Underwood and Amy Poehler are some of my favorites on this list.

Maybe you’re not coupled up for Valentines Day… or maybe you are but you’re still really into sweet deals?  Valentines Day is the perfect day to treat yo’self or someone you love to some delish treats at a super low price or even better, FREE.  Check out this list of places you can score bogo deals or other sweet treats today, Valentines Day.

 

Valentines Day is the perfect day, any random ol’ Tuesday, to spice up your make up routine.  Not only for your special love, but for your work day too.  Pick something easy and simple for the day, and then get a little flirtier for the evening.  Check out these super sweet Valentines looks.  I love this Vanessa Hudgens look for a dinner date.  Tag us in your pics tomorrow on facebook and let us see your big V-Day beauty.

The excitement of the classroom Valentines Day party is upon us!  Whether you’re addressing valentines to your kids classmates or making some sort of exciting snack for the class party, Valentines day is on your radar.  Its tomorrow <3.  If you still need some ideas about what to make but short on time or cash or just short on ‘give a hecks, its a monday’, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.  11 Easy Valentines Day Treats will give you some pics and tips on how to to V-Day right!

The Grammys are here!  Its my favorite time of the year.  I love the red carpets, the performances, the speeches and I even love the commercials that run during the telecast.  This year is the 59th show and it promises to be huge.  So some chatter surrounding this Sundays Grammy’s show is that Justin Bieber wont be attending and its because allegedly, he “just doesn’t think the Grammys are relevant or representative, especially when it comes to young singers.” The Biebs is up for multiple awards.  Beyonce who just told us this week that she’s pregnant, still plans to perform but in a  much slowed down version, shes also up for multiple awards.  And hot off her Superbowl performance, Lady Gaga will be there performing with Metallica!  Like Ive said before, no awards show is complete without a fabulous red carpet.  Here are some of the best Grammys looks from Grammys past.   And don’t forget, this Sunday, the 59th Grammys are on CBS at 8p.

Its National Pizza Day!  What an exciting thing on its own, but when you add in all the great deals and steals you can score on NPD, that’s just the extra pepperoni on an already great day.  Whether you love thin or pan, double meat or vegetarian, there is NO wrong answer when it comes to pizza.  *except pineapple! Pineapple does not belong on a pizza.  No matter what your friends tell you, just say no.  Do yourself a favor tonite and get a pizza for dinner instead of making dinner, use that extra time to hang out with your family.  Or if you’re extra enthusiastic (or cray cray), make a home made pizza with your family tonite.  Here is a list of some deals if you decide making pizza with your family seems like more stress and mess than baking and bonding.

I only own one football jersey and its #21 Bob Sanders from the Indianapolis Colts.  Its my Sunday game attire.  My dog also has a pink Colts jersey and that’s her Sunday game attire.  So this Sunday, during that big football game where the Patriots and Falcons are playing, My dog Snoopy Girl and I will be wearing our Colts jerseys.  But if you wanted to support your team that is actually in the Sunday football game, but you don’t own either team jersey, don’t sweat it, you CAN look cute and team spirity without breaking the bank on a jersey you might only wear this one time.  Basically just pick your favorite team, pick your favorite color that they wear, typically there are only 2 choices, and go through your closet only pulling looks that have that color.  You would be surprised at how quick your team spirit kicks in when your fashionably ready for football.  Here is a little guide to get you started from whowhatwear.com You can even play with some fun make up and nail colors too!

I went to a luncheon last week and commented on how delish the taco bar was.  The lady who catered it told me that she likes to do taco bars for big events where she doesnt really know the people, because there are choices for everyone.  Vegans, vegetarians and even carnivores!  So if you’re planning to feed a lot of people this Sunday during a big football game, a taco bar could be a great option.  Check out our pinterest page for some other fun party foods.  There are some healthy options and some less healthy options, mix it up, have some fun.  Give yourself a cheat day, or at least give the people in your home a fun and delicious way to spend the day. Snacking, rooting on their favorite team and of course, telling you how yummy everything is.

This Sunday there is a really big football game on tv.  Its a good time to blow your diet and eat a ton of dips and wear your favorite jersey (even if we all know you only wear it once a year!) Its a great time to be a fan.  But there’s another part:: The Commercials!  The commercials can cost upwards of $5 million dollars this year and there is no shortage of funny, cute and yes ladies….sexy.  Take a little gander at these, the 8 hottest men in super bowl commercials.  Enjoy here!

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