R.I.P to my iPhone..

My poor phone has officially bitten the dust. It has gone to the big iPhone in the sky. Day one with out my phone has been so far a truly long day. I do catch myself looking for it every so often to check my emails or to see if my sons daycare texted me cute pictures of the kids having fun. I know my commute home will be difficult, since I usually use my phone as a  distraction to my long boring commute. This experience has also shown me I depend too much on my phone. It had everything, pictures, email, contacts, my calendar and most important my Facebook app ( im kidding). I wanted to place a call and for the life of me I could not recal lthe phone number. It’s so horrible that I could not even recall my own home  number. Who does that? I know who does, me,the person that had placed her life in an electronic device. How can I teach my son to memorize numbers if I don’t even do it?

I realized my obsession began when I got my first Palm Pilot. At that time it was so cool to have this huge flat screen device that also acted like a phone and not just a personal organizer. I also remember being able tor ecord conversations and audio. Then from there I went to a Samsung BlackJack. This was more of a phone then a PDA. But you could still use it for picture taking, texting and email. Then 32 months ago I was given a wonderful gift formy birthday. My darling sister gave me an iPhone as she thought it would be the perfect phone to keep my pictures of my soon to be born son.

But as I’m contemplating my new phone, I realize I need to have backups. I purchased a new phone book. YES they still make phone books. I’m also going to use my pocket calendar as aback up for any events or appointment I might place in my new phone. I also vowed to download all pictures ASAP and make either CDs or order prints. I lost over 4000 pictures with my phone conking out. Back up are going to be my new best friend. I intend to sit down once a week for 15 minute to download new pictures, and sync my phone to my comp to back it up.

So what am I doing to get a new phone? I don’t intend to just run out and get whatever is cheapest. I want to take my time because I hope that the phone I do buy will last me as long as the iPhone had.

As I find ways to compensate for me not having a phone I’ve had to take it back to what my lovely coworkers called it    “The Old Skool.” I’m using a walkman, an old Motorola Razor my sister still had, I’ve placed my purse calendar in my purse and I purchased an address book.

So until my new phone finds me.. im kicking it Old skool style.. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

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A S.M.H type of morning.

As I was standing in my living room packing up my monkeys backpack and making sure I have everything in my purse I stopped, looked around and realized I live in chaos. My place is not huge but I think I have a good sized apartment. There is absolutely no reason to have messes in every corner. There is no reason my living room looks like a war zone where clothes, blankets, and toys meet there dome. The kitchen area is a disaster. When did I make that mess? I know my monkey eats but geeez does he have to have a bowl for each item?

When did I allow my life to be so unorganized, so messy so chaotic? I feel very strongly that the messes in my home reflect the mess in my body. I also feel that those unorganized areas in my living space don’t allow my energy to move forward in a positive way. I stood there shaking my head (SMH), and making a mental check list on where to start to organize the chaos I call my life. Mentally I said, clothes first, then kitchen area, living room space, bedroom, bathroom and linen closets. I have a closet in my entry way I could utilize as well. I had all these great ideas running in my mind, feeling excited and eager to start. Then, I hear it. Skidding breaks in my mind (screeeeeechhhhhh) how can I possibly do all this and still come home, spend time with my son, exercise and most importantly sleep. There is something to say about having a support system in your home. Having your mate, your partner, your lover, your husband there to help with just these occasion’s. Unfortunately, mine decided it was too much at this time in his life, hello your 41 but that’s a whole other issue.  

So being faced with it just being me, which I don’t mind most of the time, unless it’s for situations like this. Time time time where are you .Who can we petition for more hours in a day. Maybe the sun can delay its bed time to give me more time. Yeah right. Do I wait until the mess grows legs and moves on its own or do I find 15 minutes a day to do something about it? Just like everything else I know I cannot do this in one day. But I do know this is a project that I have to embrace and follow thru with. Not only for myself but for my son.

 I would love suggestions on how you keep your home organized while still spending quality time with your family.

Check back for photos and results from my first successful change.

Via suggestion Valentine Swap!!

Special thanks to Gabriela, http://www.livinglavidanormal.com/ for suggesting I sign up for this special V-day Swap. I’m all signed up and can’t wait to make my valentines just that much sweeter. Especially since I don’t have a special someone in my life = (. Can’t wait to begin shopping for my blogger valentine buddy. This is a great way for me to find new blogs to read and gather inspiration from. Cant wait to see everyones post on what everyone received

❤ Check back on 2/14 to see what I received. I will be someone’s valentine. ❤

Inspiration found even on a Frumpy day.

I have to say, I’ve had a good run of frump days but this past weekend I missed looking at myself and feeling pretty.  I realized I could wear jeans and still feel comfortable. Throw on some Khaki pants with some stretch in them and they almost (I did say almost but not quiet) resemble a good pair of yoga pants. I know I have a long way to go before I have a collection of clothing that scream style. Comfortable enough for everyday wear at the office, and equally comfy running after a 2 year old at the park. But I think waking up today I realizing that “wow, I miss fixing myself up.” This realization has brought me that much closer to my goal.  

It’s not just about the clothes either.  In the past I would wash my hair, comb it out maybe add some leave in conditioner and then just wrap it up in a high bun on top of my hair letting any fly a ways do  just that, fly all over my face. I would once a day run my hands over my hair to attempt to smooth it out with the oil it had accumulated thru out the day. Today since I find myself working from home I did just that. As I took a look in the mirror I felt uneasy, I looked dis-shelved. I realized I’d be leaving the house to drop of my son with my bed head look. If anything I should have put some gel or a dab of mouse in to the rat’s nest I call hair in order to create an easy updo or pony tail. All techniques I promised myself I will learn with the help of the many how to videos uploaded to www.youtube.com . Nothing comes overnight, I know this. I slowly but surely sunk myself into this stage of my life I call Frumphood. It’s just a matter of me telling myself everyday “hey Mommy 4, get up and get it done.”

Another obstacle I have is my budget. I thought “I can’t afford to dress nice. All those super cute items have to have a high price tag.” I understand quality comes at a price but if you put your mind to it and tons of patience you will find dupes to make the perfect look. Plus you don’t wear your labels on the outside of your clothes why should that stop you from looking your absolute best. For example take a great fitting pair of jeans with clean sneakers and a great curve enhancing T-shirt.  Add some bling with some nice earnings and/or necklace that sits just in the curve of the neck and you have the perfect outfit.  For the office you can throw on some flats (see picture below) and on your way home to get the kids you can change those flats for some sneakers and you are good to go.

Super comfy flats

Purchased thru Avon on clearance.

Now I’m a mom on a budget so nothing is ever purchased at full price. Target has been my favorite place lately for super cute clearance shirts and sweaters. Already on clearance it’s marked down to a decent price, but pair it with a target coupon and you can save big bucks$$$. Target coupons can be found on www.target.comclicking on their coupons page. Just print and save. Discount stores such as Ross, Marshall’s and Nordstrom Rack have also in my experience been great places to find beautiful clothes at great prices. Just like I said earlier, patience is the key.  The times I’ve run in there frantic is the worst. I don’t take the time to actually look thru the racks for my size and style.  It’s there, just waiting to be plucked and worn!

Super comfy Shoes

Notice the tag- Another clearance find at Target

I don’t thnk I will ever be the type of woman that shuns yoga pants or dare I say it, wears a velour track suits with heels, but I will be the type of woman that no matter what I put on that day, I will wear it cleanly and with style. No more sweats pants with holes, or mis- matched socks.  (Hanging head in shame)  Somehow I allowed motherhood to ruin my sense of style, of common clothes sense and of pride in self. NO MAS! (No more!)

Would love to hear where you find your great inexpensive buys..

Frumpy Me… time for a change!

When I was younger I used to be a lot more stylish and loved wearing my heels everyday to work. But for some time now and especially after giving birth to my son I have fallen into MISS FRUMP GIRL mode. I started to  dress in clothes that would stretch, no zippers or buttons. The elastic waistband became my best friend. I literally had amassed a collection of leggings, yoga pants and long sleeve cropped top and V-neck T-shirts. I became ashamed of my post baby body and the lack of any type of energy to do anything about it.
 
Then a nice friend of mine told me one day.. “Have you seen Chelsey lately? She had this one episode where she had a big board and would make people take of clothes she saw as truly ugly and hang them there” She was talking about my red sweat pants that FELT SO GOOD on but I guess to her eyes was not to appealing. She literally wanted to cut them off my body and hang them up to show just how ugly they were. Well need less to say I never wore those to work again, but it also got me thinking I can do better even if I am a plus size gal. I can do better! So here you have me in skinny jeans a sweater and my new Trim Booties. It’s going to be a slow start but I am going to succeed. Now don’t think I broke the bank either. Avon had a great sale even thought they are marked at 49.99 I purchased two pairs of shoes and received one for 50% off.
 
I’ve also been experimenting with make up and hair. Today my hair is down in soft curls which took about 25 min to style and I’m also wearing very light make up that consist of the following products:
•               Urban Decay Urban defense tinted moisturizer in Bodyguard
•               Urban Decay Baked bronzer
•               Too Faced Natural eyes Pallet using the shades of Heaven, Velvet Revolver and Push up
•               Mark Make it big mascara
•               Cover girl NatureLuxe gloss balm in Clay Agile 260
 
This look didn’t take me more then 5 minutes tops.
 
I promise myself to put FRUMP GIRL in the closet two out of the five days of the work week. Slowly but surely making this an everyday type of look.
 

New Trim Booties from Avon

I do have to say, I love my new Trim Booties from Avon . They have cushion walk so even though they are 4” high they still are very comfortable . There designed with a cushion walk insole that resembles having a pillow under my feet. I always would see ladies with these type of bootis and envisioned my feet hurting in them, but my new Trim Booties have changed my mind.
Want your own pair of stylish booties go to www.youravon.com/leticiamolina.
All orders can be placed and sent directly to your home.
 
Let me know what you think.
Thanks for reading.

Sunday get up and do one thing day. (quick post)

So today as my son slept I finally put the organizational baskets which I purchased last month to good use and organized one of my drawers in the bathroom sink area.

 So as I was emptying out the drawer I found old medicines, safety pins thrown all over the drawers, old razors, and old I MEAN old makeup products. Everything was thrown out and I only kept things I would defiantly use.

a hot mess!

Here is the picture of what it looked like when I started to clean it out. Notice the safety pins.

 I decided to line the drawer.. BUT I did not have any lining paper so I improvised. The back of wrapping paper cut to measure and installed with double sided tape. It did the job well enough and if it gets messy I will pick up some lining paper on my next visit to the dollar store.

 The finished project.

I used the long baskets for lose razors and tweezers, and nail clippers. The front basket is holding my most used pallets The smaller basket is holding razor refills and the next bar of soap that will be used in the shower.  I placed the glass jars I had on top of the counter in the drawer to keep then cotton balls and Q-tips. And in the back of the drawer just placed some tubes of products that I don’t use everyday but do use.

I would have continued to do the entire bathroom sink area but my lil monkey woke up.

Hope you like how I organized it.