My Love, Hate Relationship with…Gift wrapping (yeah, it was worthy of a post)

On this Christmas Eve 2015, I want to give you the top reasons I dislike gift wrapping. I mean I dislike it tremendously much -that’s the extent of my dislike!  I’ll just jump right into this thing…

#1. The paper never cooperates.

I think my gift wrapping paper secretly plots against me every year.  It crumples; it tears (in the wrong places); it just won’t fold right!

#2. Though not as exciting, a bag is easier. (Pretty self-explanatory)

#3. It never fails that I have to either hide in my closet to wrap gifts or wake up super early -before the little one can see anything.  Hey, we have an elf and Santa Claus running around this place, so she thinks.  Hence, I keep the magic going.

#4. Time, time, time. Gift wrapping is time consuming.

And #5…All that paper gets thrown away!  I know we could gently unwrap the gifts, but really?  The kids wouldn’t have any fun, which brings me to potato-stamp-insituthe “love” part of this gift wrapping thing.

I LOVE seeing the excitement and thrill the kids have when seeing their unknown goodies under the tree.

On this Christmas Eve, as you wrap that gift, it’s okay for you to hate doing this daunting task.  However, have more doses of your kids excitement than doses of the dislike of gift wrapping.

Sincerely,

Your Restyled Mom…who is all wrapped up…MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

Tuesday Exchange (spotlight on…)

 

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Don’t mind the mess…RestyledMom is getting crafty. #ornamentwreath

On Tuesdays, I like to do what I call a #TuesdayExchange, where I share something I’ve read of other bloggers.  Today’s #TuesdayExchange is a bit late since Christmas is 3 days away and all décor should probably be up by now.  This is where I tell you my secret. I am like the scrooge of Christmas decorating. I get real ‘humbuggish’ when it comes to decorating –even as a child, I wasn’t too crazy about taking all that stuff out, putting it up, then taking it all down weeks later. So, at this point, better late than never; plus, I do it for my kiddo.  No need in passing this scrooge of décor on to her.WP_20151125_001 (2)

I decided to try out the Christmas wreath made of ornaments. While I liked lovepeaceandtinyfeet.com’s utilization of a wire hanger, I own no wire hangers.  This may be the direct result of watching that movie “Mommy Dearest” where the mom says, “no wire hangers”.  I doubt it, but sometimes, I like to self-diagnose –no matter how far-fetched the diagnoses may be.  Nevertheless, in place of the wire hanger, I used a Styrofoam wreath from Hobby Lobby.  I promise every time I go in this store, I feel like I need to purchase something.  Hence, I have this built into my latest budget.  I’m not real crafty, but I am trying to get there.  That may end up being a later post –showcasing some of my “I saw it on Pinterest but when I did it, it ended up looking like this…” type of post.Sight_2015_12_17_182819_135

WP_20151219_008I digress. Long story short, I did the wreath and added some letters (cut out from a brown box), painted and glittered by my kiddo.  We now have “JOY” over the mantle, and I’m beginning to re-think this decorating thing –as long as it doesn’t require me to paint and glitter crap treasures 😉  Check out lovepeaceandtinyfeet.com for her Christmas wreath, as well as her latest post regarding “Sprinkles are for Winners”.  Interesting read, in which I agree, but that’s another #TuesdayExchange.

Sincerely,

Your Restyled Mom…who is spreading #Joy

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The #Joy of being a #restyledmom

The Day I Realized I’m An Awesome Mom – the crunchy mommy

Race for the Cure and time with my daughter

The kid and I (#RestyledMom) @ Race for the Cure

Being a mom is hard and something that we don’t always feel like we’re doing so well. Here’s an “a-Ha” moment where I realized that I AM good enough!

Source: The Day I Realized I’m An Awesome Mom – the crunchy mommy

Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil

I love using this oil also as part of my facial cleansing routine. It makes both my skin and my hair extra soft (hair doesn’t feel weighed down)

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Sweet almond oil is a very light, thin oil extracted from pressed almonds. Rich in vitamins A, B1, B6 and E, it’s packed with antioxidants, potassium, magnesium and omega-6 fatty acids, which helps to strengthen the hair, moisturize the scalp and promote hair growth. It’s also a good source of iron, which is necessary for strong, healthy hair.

Sweet almond oil is a moisture rich oil that penetrates well into the hair shaft and follicles. This amazing oil eases itching, soreness, dryness, and rashes. It’s good to note that it can do all of this even thought it doesn’t penetrate as deeply as other oils. Like most hair treatments, sweet almond oil, doesn’t create new growth. It does, however moisturize the hair making it less prone to breakage.

Nourishing the hair and smoothing cuticles, sweet almond oil is rich in beneficial protein. Frequent application of proteins to the hair can…

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Got Goals?

It’s about 49 days shy of being 2016.  What are your Top 3 Goals for the New Year?

There’s an Instagram post I usually see, around mid-January, which reads something like “if you’re just now planning your goals for the New Year, then you’re already late!”  I’m paraphrasing, but this statement is so discouraging!  However, this post is to ERADICATE the aforementioned ever applying to you; and in turn, ENCOURAGE you to #ShineIn2016!

I usually get started on my New Year’s goals in the New Year, of course.  Though this time, my approach to the new year will be different.  Last year, I completed my 2015 goals worksheet on January 1, 2015.  While I will complete my goals worksheet again for 2016, I have started early –comparing my 2015 accomplishments (some not so accomplished) to what I am working towards in the coming year.  Failure is not an option and there is no room for doubt. (Tweet This) 

Just as it takes time to break a habit, it also takes time to form one.  As of today, November 13, 2015, I have decided to go into 2016 already Rockin’ It!  With that said #RestyledMom, let’s not get so far into 2016 waiting for our budgets, our diets, our attitudes, our _____________ (fill in the blank) to fall in line before deciding to kick your goals into high gear.  You’ll glance away for what feels like a second, and before you know it, it will be 2017.  The only thing you’ll be kicking is yourself –wondering where did the time go?!

Jump start your goals now!  I want you to Step Out on Faith and Tweet @RestyledMom, to let me know how you are going to #ShineIn2016.  Don’t just bring in 2016.  Come in already Shining!

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Sincerely,

Your Restyled Mom…who wants you to #ShineIn2016

Fashionable Exchange

How often have you looked in your closet with disgust?  You want to liven up your current wardrobe but don’t want to break the bank shopping for the latest fashions.  How many of you have that one friend who seems to be on top of it when it comes to this fashion styling situation?

I have some friends who I think shop every other day (though this may not be the case) and always look the “bomb.com”.  Take fashion blogger and stylist Renae Antoinette, of The Ultimate Style Diary, she is a wonderful resource for up to date, stylish advice.  Renee has been styling since our days back at LSU.  Her hair is always on point and her clothes –always fashionable. This fashion icon in the making can wear the same utility vest multiple ways, and it looks new each time!  Hey, I give props to my style friends, and to Renae, I give her the ‘Propers’…yeah, I made that up.  Okay.  I got a little sidetracked.  Talking about fashion does that to me sometimes.

Often, I have felt like I have absolutely nothing to wear.  Even if I go to the mall, which I dread, it seems I cannot find that ‘something’ that is just right.  Times like these call for a Fashion Exchange Party.

I like to invite my girlfriends to my home for a fashion trade party, where they bring garments that are no longer in their rotation.  We all have a few pieces, tucked away, that have not seen a happy hour in eons.  I prepare light refreshments, maybe a little wine, and some great music (just to fill the air).  While the girls mingle, items are arranged via a rolling rack (conveniently purchased at Ikea).  I love setting things up as if it’s a pop up store front.

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Friends are invited to bring 3-5 gently worn or new items they are willing to trade for another friend’s gently worn or new item.  Are you wondering about the size differences?  Well, don’t!  Really.  Do not worry much about size differences because a good local tailor can fix that.  I scored a great strapless dress that was a little too big in the boobs area.  I took that baby to the tailor and for $13; I was rocking a zipper replacement and a great fitting dress.

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