May 23, 2015

Art is in the heart series

Happy Saturday to all of my lovely readers, as you know Summer is just around the corner and school will be out soon! So, parents  will be looking for interesting & fun things to do with their kids.

My daughter happens to love making crafts, and DIY projects! The same things, I love to do! I decided to start an 'Art is in the heart series', with her. We've been planning other things to do this Summer as well, but this was an impromptu start to get boredom at bay! Kids, can be hard to entertain,  so it's best to find things that they are good at, and love doing!

If you can join in on the fun, that's even better. I really enjoy every creative moment, my daughter shares with me. I have even been taught the new school way of creating hearts and banners. There is a method to every thing these days.

Start a tradition of doing something new with your  children that they will treasure. Of course, going to camp is nice, but it's also expensive, and you may not get the quality time you need or want with your child.

You will need a bunch of supplies to get started with starting an art series with your child. But I have found too, that repurposing items, as well as using simple items you have on hand,  provide the greatest enjoyment of all.

Supplies List:

1. Permanent & Washable Markers
2. Daily Newspapers
3. Washable & Acylic Paints
4. Scissors
5. Scrapbook Paper
6. Glue
7. Buttons
8. Pipe Cleaners
9. Paper Bags (brown or colored)
10. Foam Boards (to create canvases)
11. Poster Boards
12. Cardstock
13. Washi Tape
14. Duct Tape
15. Glitter or Glitter Glue
16. Magazines
17. Pencils
18. Rulers
19. Paper Cutter
20. Stickers or other embellishments

If you are ever stomped for ideas, head to your local library or a local bookstore to get thousands of books on crafts with kids!

This list is long, but trust me some of these items you already have! Here's to having a wonderful Summer.

Enjoy our pictures my daughter created some self potraits of us that I simply adore! Create wondrrful memories 

of your own, this Summer!


'Always remember to live the, Ultimate Life'

May 20, 2015

Happy Wednesday Inspiration

Have  you ever been in a downward spiral when it comes to being in a good or bad mood? Sometimes,  all it takes is one thing to get you in a bad mood. You may start out great but, someone or something can change it!

In life we can't always predict what will happen from day to day, but we can most certainly prepare ourselves to be in a good mood, and have a good attitude about life. You can continue to learn more about yourself, based on the way you handle certain situations.

This quote by Voltaire,  is so important because it reminds us that we have the power to have a good or bad day!



'Always remember to live, The Ultimate Life '

May 14, 2015

Stroke Awareness Month featuring Clothes Mentor Chicagoland

Did you know that stroke is one of the  leading causes of death in America? Someone dies every 40 seconds from a Stroke! May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and Clothes Mentor Chicagoland is undertaking this important cause during the Month of May.

Another cause entitled 'Go Red For Women', is also an important initiative, started in 2006, which supports women in  their quest to bring awareness to heart disease and stroke. Stroke is, one of the leading causes of death among women. Statistically, 40% of men die from the disease, whereas 60% of women die of the disease. Find out more by visiting The National Stroke Association Website:  

Strokes and other heart related conditions,  can be prevented by eating right, and making sure that if you have high blood pressure,  that you are getting monitored regularly. Read here about the importance a healthy diet for your lifestyle: Healthy Diet Affects Heart Health and aids in preventing stroke

Clothes Mentor Chicagoland is also doing their part in promoting awareness, with their FUNraising Friday Event, every Friday during  the month of May, they will be spotted  wearing Red & Black, as well as  donating $5 to help in the prevention of this fatal disease.

Customers, are encouraged to support their area Chicagoland Clothes Mentor in their efforts by wearing Red & Black, shopping on Fridays, and sharing those posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram. If you're  on YouTube,  post their too! We need to bring as much awareness as possible to ending strokes. using the following hashtags: #CMCChicagoland #FUNraisingFriday  #strokes. You will not only  help promote awareness, but also receive 5% off your purchase.

Photo: Courtesy of Clothes Mentor Chicagoland

Photo: Courtesy of Clothes Mentor Chicagoland



'Always remember to live, The Ultimate Life'

May 12, 2015

Terrific Tuesday- It feels good to give back

I was so happy to get this post card from the post office. Usually I am not, because either it's another bill or junk mail. But this time, it was very important, it was the yearly Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, that the United Postal Workers, does ever year. Hunger is a real problem in the United States, and if you are ever asked to help you should.

This donation almost didn't happen because, I  had been doing so much running around this week in preparation for Teacher Appreciation Week & Mother's day,  that this nearly slipped my mind. I  couldn't let that happen of course, I  was so glad to be able to do something,  but it's really a wonderful feeling for me to help others.

I  have volunteered with Chicago Cares in College, was a Children's Activities Coordinator for a shelter. I really love helping people, it's who
I am, and will always be. I am glad my children get to see me doing this, so they too can do the same thing.

This was my first year donating, I hope to donate even more next year! So if you happen to see that post card next year, don't toss it, or forget about it! Try and help out, post a reminder in your phone, tape the card in a prominent location,  do whatever you can to help someone else out.

We are all here to change the world for the better, I got such a beautiful feeling after my donation
I  also got a surprise  thank you note for my support. Check out some of my pictures for this post, and don't forget to follow the Stamp Out Hunger Movement on all of your social media outlets.


'Always remember to live, The Ultimate Life'

May 11, 2015

How It Was Styled-Mother's Day Edition

Hello my lovelies, I hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day festivities! We are only celebrated once a year, but we all know that being an involved and caring Mother is a 24/7, 365 day a year job. You don't get sick pay, you can't call off, you're not even allowed to be sick for that matter.

Well, I  personally think that our day is special everyday, because that is the time, we get to spend in our children's lives, molding them into excellent human beings. Helping them to realize their full potential, and going through whatever we have to go through in order to succeed in our parenting role. 

We are the best people for our children to look up to, so we should  emulate the best character  traits for them, to learn from.

It is probably the most difficult yet important mission, God gives anyone who chooses to be a parent. I am really happy to see how little my children used to be, and see their growth now. Though,  they are still little, I still remember the day, they were born.

 A little person to call my own, holding them in my arms, hoping they still recognized Mommy's voice.

The sleepless nights, early A.M., midnight feedings, diaper duty, newborns are exhausting,  but it's also wonderful to see that first smile, that tight grasp they'll give to your hand, that feeling of knowing that, that's  your child,  your world.

Normally,  I  don't take a bunch of pictures on Mother's day,  I  love  this special day, and celebrate it with my husband and kids. Ummm... he opted for the REAL but still pretty flowers, and my daughter opted for a really beautiful D.I.Y card & flowers, for me on my day. 

Lately,  she & I  have been the D.I.Y Queens! Hey, I  have to have someone else who, loves making new & different things with, why not my daughter? My son had the help of his wonderful teachers and made something sweet for Mommy too!

 If you have toddlers you know it's never EASY getting them to cooperate. SEE me with him in this photo, we had to act fast,  to get these memories, he wants no part of this picture stuff!

For this How It Was Styled post, I  decided to dress up a distressed pair of boyfriend jeans,  with a lace peplum top, and a bomber jacket. I also paired my outfit with some black pumps. I went for a more casual vibe this year, first of all , the weather did not cooperate, this year. 

A dress would have been my first choice,  but I opted for this look instead ! Take a look at some of my Mother's day highlights, as well as my outfit details for this post.


'Always remember to live, The Ultimate Life'

Style Details
Midnight Blue Bomber Jacket
*Forever 21*
Black Lace Peplum Top
Distressed Black Denim Pants
*Forever 21*
Black Ankle Strap Pumps
*Audrey Brooke*