Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Things Moms Of Seniors Should Know

My son recently graduated, so I wanted to share some knowledge with the upcoming senior parents. It can be a stressful and overwhelming time. Trust me, I know. Plus, add a pandemic on top of regular emotional feelings and you can get a bit of a train wreck. But. I have tips to make it slightly easier.





1. You don't need to buy everything in the Josten's Senior Year Packet that'll get. It'll be tempting but honestly, you can buy a lot of senior stuff cheaper in stores like Walmart or Target. Graduation stuff usually starts popping up on shelves in May.





2. Get professional senior photos or take your own. The school might have a company they use for yearbook photos, but seriously, take your own. It'll be more personal.





3. The year will go by fast. One second it'll be September, the next it's time for graduation. Savor all you can.



4. You can order a cheap cap and gown on Amazon. We did this so we could take senior photos earlier in the year. Sometimes you won't receive the cap and gown until right before graduation.



5. Oh and yes, you'll get choked up seeing them in their cap and gown for the first time. You might be teary the entire senior year, and that's okay.


6. You don't have to throw a graduation party. We didn't. We're headed to Walt Disney World instead.




7. Your child will probably have "senioritis" and think they don't have to finish their work. Remind them that they do in order to graduate.


8. Don't push college. If they want to go, fine. If not, remember it's not the end of the world. Everyone has to choose their own path.


9. Give them extra love. While it's an exciting time, it's also a nerve-racking one as well. Have patience. Reassure them. And remind them that you are always here. They might be grown, but you're their parent for life.





So yes, senior year can be a tumultuous time, but I promise, everything will be okay. Written from a mom who has gone though it and will be back in a few years.



Monday, August 3, 2020

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude and I'll delete the link.





HEY, IT'S OKAY....



.....to be going to Disney World next week. Yes, I feel safe and yes, I'll write about my experience.


.....to be shocked at how expensive virtual college books are. My son is going to community college this fall and it's all virtual. Most classes don't need actual books, but virtual ones and they're still like $80. I'm like !!!


.....to be glad we're flying Southwest to Orlando. Southwest doesn't pack their flights full and are leaving the middle seats open until the end of October. Plus you have to wear a mask the entire time.


.....to currently be reading Grown Ups by Marian Keyes. It's amusing. I've always loved her books.


.....to be bringing Steve (we named The Child) to Disney World. He's ready with my Chewbacca suitcase and our delicious Star Wars ice cream sandwiches.





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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Unboxing The BoxyCharm July Box

Natalie is always excited when her BoxyCharm box arrives. It's full of beauty items! In July, the theme was sunshine.





Here's what we got for July:


This Toasty Cushion Bronzer from The Creme Shop. MSRP $20. Apparently it creates a warm, sultry glow. Natalie hasn't tried it yet, but it sure is pretty packaging.





Quick Color Switch Dry Brush Cleaner from Lavish. Natalie has used this and says it works amazing. MSRP $17.






NAC Y2 Pollution Defense Booster. I admit, I was like "huh" when I saw this. But I guess it helps your skin against pollution. I've used it and liked it. My skin could use all the help it can get. MSRP: $135.




ARCH Brow Micro Sculpting Pencil from Hourglass. I think Natalie used this once so far but she doesn't use as brow pencils as much. I probably should. My brows are crazy. MSRP $28.




Our favorite: this Festival 2.0 Eyeshadow Palette from Pur Cosmetics. We love all the colors. MSRP: $36





You can order your own BoxyCharm box here. There are different options. We're on the regular monthly BoxyCharm box which is $25 a month and as you see, the items we got are worth so much more than that.


What is awesome is that you fill out a form before you get your first box on what you'd mostly like in it. For example, Natalie wanted mostly makeup, so I made sure to write that down. You also can pick what colors you prefer.


If you want your own box click here or use the code Amber-AREMLXCK at checkout! We'll get charms if you do this so we can shop at the store on the BoxyCharm site with them. You can cancel whenever you want.


So what was your favorite item this month?



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