How to Put Your Face On In 7 Minutes (Daytime)

What I lack in skill and style, my sister Carmen (professional makeup artist) more than makes up for! I have a whole day’s worth of practical tips for all us busy, self-care-starved moms. Today we covered an easy, every day makeup routine.

So Carmen says…

Makeup is just like painting and coloring, right? We start with the outlines. Then we fill in with color. I like to think of daytime makeup as the outlining part. Our goal is to define the features. So we just want to even out the skin tones, outline, and then just add a little color.

Start with a tinted moisturizer. This a great way to save time. You get 3-in-1. It moisturizes, evens skin tone, and if it has SPF, it also protects your skin. And don’t forget that SPF isn’t just for the sun but for computers too, mom blogger! [Read more…]

How To: Fresh Neutral Face in 5 Minutes

With the arrival of each season, comes new and exciting make-up to play with. And while there are plenty of remarkable purple hues for fall, the right neutrals are essential to get you from day to day.

If you’re like me, you don’t have a ton of time for make-up application each morning. Flattering hues and easy-to-use products (with stay-put-ability) are a must.

I’ve made some fantastic additions to my cosmetics bag for fall. These items have become indispensable … I couldn’t live without them.

The players:

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How To Transition Your Wardrobe Into Fall

With Labor Day behind us, we can officially look forward to fall.

This year, the holiday weekend was perfect in every way. In addition to the excellent company we kept, the weather was out of this world — low temp mornings, clear blue skies, no humidity. Anyone with a pulse was, undoubtedly, catapulted into a frenzy for fall by the cooler weather.

As of today, those summer dresses should be stowed away until next spring. It’s time to make room for fall! Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate for a few more weeks, you can certainly dress fall in color.

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How To Let Go of Your Favorite Pair of Jeans

Well, I did it. I can’t believe it either … but it’s true. And I am proud of myself for having the ability to let go. If I can do it, you can to.

I’m talking about my favorite pair of jeans, Goldsign Desire. I bought them in 2004. They were my first pair of, what was considered back then, expensive jeans. I loved them. Too much, evidently. For the last three years, the holes worn in them were unrepairable. So, I wore tunics and shirt dresses over them.

Why didn’t I just buy a new pair? My Goldsign Desires became extinct … discontinued. How sad is that!

For the last six months, I knew it was time to part. I couldn’t bare to throw them away. Until now. The more I thought about it, the more excited I was to take on the challenge and begin the journey to find a new pair of ‘it’ jeans (a very tall task, I might add). It might take me a few years to find a replacement (I liken jeans shopping to bathing suit shopping — painful), but I am determined. And with fall just around the corner, there should be a decent selection to get me started.

This sort of thing can happen to anyone. My recommendation, when it’s love at first site and you’re unsure of when you must part, buy 2 pairs!

Au revoir le jeans. You will be missed.

by Expert Mommy, Catherine Horgan

How To Pack For Your Family Summer Vacation

Do you ever feel overwhelmed and stressed out when it comes to packing for your family vacation? It doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Why not try something a little outside of the normal routine? Time to take hold of a new concept in packing … sans stress!

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How To Be a Hip Mom

No more excuses moms … here are 5 quick easy tips on how to be a hip mom. The best part — these 5 things take less than 10 minutes! You’ll look and feel great …and you’ll thank me.

Expert Mommy, Catherine Horgan