3.30.2015

{DIY: Natural Eyelash Growth Serum}

Hey friends!!  I hope y'all had a great weekend!!  I have lots of fun posts in the works, but I wanted to pop in to tell you a little about this natural eyelash serum that I just started using.  I always try to give my lashes a refresh from time to time, but I have to be very careful about products that I'm using now since I'm still nursing my sweet Reeves.

In an effort to find something safe to use for me and my baby, I discovered this natural serum that seems to be working quite well. I just smooth it on my lashes every night before bed, and it feels great. No irritation or burning on my sensitive eyes, and a safe and effective way to strengthen, lengthen, and refresh my lashes!

Here's all you need to make your own serum:

Vitamin E Oil
Castor Oil
Coconut Oil

I got my little pink travel bottle at Walgreens, but feel free to use whatever works best for you. Now, all you do is fill your container with a solid layer of each oil. First, pour Vitamin E oil into your container until it fills the circumference of your bottle. Top with Castor Oil, followed by Coconut Oil. Once you've poured all your oils, close your lid, give it a good shake, and you're ready to apply it to your lashes. Can't wait to hear how you like it! :)

xoxo,
Katherine 

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3.14.2015

{Couscous Greek Salad}

I made this for the second time last night, and it's just so good I had to share it with you. I recently found this recipe over on designer bags and dirty diapers, and it's one of those great little dishes that you can prep and throw together at the last minute, and there is so much room for substitutions.  I have really fallen in love with Natalie's recipes and Instagram feed, and you'll have to check her out!

I'm Greek, so as you can imagine, I love ALL things Greek...Especially the food!! My parents make the most amazing Greek food, and I'm always trying to learn from them. I have yet to master my mom's amazingly delicious Greek salad, but this is a pretty close second.
I added some diced rotisserie chicken to ours last night to make it more of a meal, and it was so yummy and filling.  Wanna know the best part? I have a big bowl of leftovers in the fridge that I'm about to serve up for lunch. This salad is a gift that keeps on giving!! :) Enjoy!!

I just eyeball my ingredients as I toss them into the bowl, so here's a rough list of what you need.

Ingredients:

Cherry Tomatoes
Red Onion
Whole Wheat Couscous 
English Cucumbers
Kalamata Olives
Red Bell Pepper
Thinly Sliced Spinach
Crumbled Feta

Dressing:

1/2 cup Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
1 Minced Garlic Clove
Salt and Pepper

Directions:

Dice up your veggies and toss them into a large bowl.  Cook couscous according to directions, and add cooled couscous to veggies. Mix in spinach, and drizzle with dressing. Top with crumbled feta and serve.

xoxo,
Katherine


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3.10.2015

{Weekend Organization Tips}

One of the biggest things I've learned since becoming a mother is that every single day is unpredictable. Seriously-EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.  No matter how perfect my plan is for each day, it's almost a guarantee that the kiddos will put a little kink in things.  For instance, I wrote this post weeks ago, and then my daughter got the stomach virus and my son got RSV…Boy am I glad that's all behind us!!

I don't know about you, but I tend to let myself get so stressed when things aren't going according to plan...I'm slowly learning to go with the flow, and I'm trying to enjoy and embrace the chaos that I'm sure I'll soon miss as my kids grow.  It has definitely been a learning experience for me, and one that sparked the idea of weekend planning.

Now, although my perfect little plans for each day are usually compromised by mid-morning, one thing that I have decided to do is organize our lives as much as I can over the weekend so I can be prepared for anything that the week throws at me.  I have tried it these past few weekends, and it made for a much easier start to the week.  I know as mothers we do a lot of these things every day and we're constantly cleaning and tidying up, but there is just something so nice and refreshing about starting each week with a clean (literally) slate! 

Here are some things to do over the weekend to help you feel prepped and ready for your upcoming week:

1) Do all the laundry.

I don't know why, but I LOVE seeing all of our laundry baskets EMPTY!  I mean, I love it so much!!  It doesn't last long, but it feels so great starting the week with zero dirty clothes.

2) Wash all the sheets.

I wash all of our sheets and the bedding from the kids' rooms.  Everyone starts their week with fresh and clean sheets and blankets. :)

3) Empty all trash cans.

I used to always forget about the trash cans upstairs, but now everything is empty and ready for Monday's trash day.

4) Stock up on groceries.

My husband usually stays home with the babies on Saturday or Sunday so I can take a kid-free vacation - I mean grocery store trip - to stock up on our food and necessities for the week.

5) Clean all dishes.

Wash dishes, load, run, and unload dishwasher to get ready for Monday.

6) Wipe down kitchen/bathroom countertops.

I recently put containers of Clorox wipes and extra rags under the sink in the kitchen and in all of our bathrooms, and that makes it so easy to clean and disinfect all of the countertops, faucets, sinks, etc.

7) Get coffee ready for Monday morning.

I never realized how big of a difference this makes.  My parents do this every night, and I got the idea from them.  Now, no matter how wild my kids are at the crack of dawn, at least I'll have a cup of coffee in hand to help get me through it. ;)

8) Plan outfits for the week.

This is really beneficial for my daughter on the days that she goes to school.  I have her outfits ready in a drawer downstairs, so that makes it much easier to get her dressed and out the door on time.

9) Prep for workouts.

I have recently started working out with my husband in the mornings, and I've found that I'm much more pleasant at that hour if I have my clothes, shoes, weights, water bottle, etc. prepped and ready to go.

10) Check calendar and finalize to-do list.

I constantly have a to-do list running through my head, but now I write everything down on Sunday before I go to bed.  I keep my calendar on my desk with my to-do list right beside it for easy access.

Doing each of these things every weekend has really helped prepare my household for the week.  I hope these tips help you, too!!

xoxo,
Katherine

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