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Do This One Thing & Survive The Dreaded Holiday Road Trip With Kids

Traveling with kids & toddlers in car road trip

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Traveling with kids & toddlers in car road trip


Last week I shared 7 Christmas books you can share with your little ones — but this week we are getting down and dirty. Let’s keep it real, traveling with children can be is a special type H*LL. Long gone are the days of getting comfy in the passenger’s seat (because my hubby always drives. thx hun!) with a book or listening to an audio book, or having an uninterrupted  a conversation with Hubby. Now it’s:

Let’s drive as far as we can before they freak out!!!

Let’s stop before they fall asleep so we won’t wake them!

I think she pooped.

He’s hungry –AGAIN!

It all makes me so anxious!

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Adventures, Mommy Life

10 Christmas Gift Ideas For the Mom in Your Life {Especially the Stay-at-Home Mom}

This is a great list! Christmas gift ideas for stay at home moms

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Christmas is quickly approaching and there are things that we moms want and need! I thought if I shared my Christmas list with you, it may help — because there just might be another mom out there that thinks a lot like me. Let’s get to it!

Christmas Gifts to Make Mom’s Life Easier

Car Vacuum

No. I don’t enjoy riding around town with a Costco sized container of snacks spilled on my car floors! I’d love to have a clean car BUT — KIDS. There is no way I’m taking them with me to have the car cleaned. That’s just another type of H*LL. Yes, Hubby would totally clean my car and does when he has time — but really, when does he have extra time — Because KIDS! OH, lets not talk about my explanation to the valet guy. SMH. I just apologize and say, “it’s my kids fault”. Because it is!

This vacuum is a must have for anyone with small children! A great Christmas gift idea for mom

Robotic Vacuum

It would be so nice to have someone or someTHING cleaning for me at all times. Now that would be a life of luxury!

A perfect christmas gift for stay at home moms! One less chore


When momma needs coffee, she needs it STAT! There really is nothing like a cup of coffee that I can count on being the same each and every day. Also, I’d love to offer my guests a cup of coffee or tea that I’m not afraid will be too strong, too bitter, or too weak.

This is a great gift for mom! Chritmas gift ideas Rose gold Keurig


This thing will cook soup for me, HOT healthy food for my kids! Also, I’ve spent too much time with my old blender trying to make a green smoothie before a playdate. I’d rather not spend time starting and stopping and stirring and hitting my blender to get it to blend.

Christmas gift ideas for mom Vitamix blender

Contigo Travel Mug

Of course the coffee goes with me! This mug is literally spill and leak proof. Like, upside down in my diaper bag spill proof. It also keeps hot drinks hot for up to 5 hrs and cold drinks cold even longer! They come in tons of colors as well. I’m a rose gold type of woman.

Contigo Travel Coffee Mug Christmas gift ideas for mom

Christmas Gifts to Make Moms Life Stylish

LV Neverfull MM Damier Bag 

Because I’ve always wanted one but have always told myself no. This year I’m saying YES! This will be my ONE go to bag! Hear that Greggy?


LV Never Full damier Contigo Travel Coffee Mug Christmas gift ideas for mom


AKA. Cozy – public – slippers. Need I say more. I also think they are cute. Regardless of what “they” may say. But the whole sheep skin thing doesn’t sit well with me, so maybe a vegan version? Or the cardi Uggs?

Christmas gift ideas for Mom ugg boots

Rose Gold Hoop Earrings

This girl can never have enough hoops! Big to small bigger,  perfect for any and all occasions even car-pool line!

Gold Hoop Earrings Christmas gift ideas for mom


Christmas Gifts to Make Moms Life More Relaxing

Wood Wick Candles

They make me feel fancy and tranquil and like a homemaker.  I really love the atmosphere they create in our home. What’s really special about these wood wick candles is that they crackle as they burn!

Wood Wick Candles. The perfect Christmas gift for mom

Coffee Mug 

This mug is for home. I prefer a large mug that requires two hands to hold — like on TV. But this “Hustle Darling” mug has stolen the show! I’d really be a #girlboss if I had coffee from my Keurig in this mug!

This is a great Christmas gift for a motivated woman


Christmas Gifts to Let Her know You Are Listening


Please, get the mom in your life at least one gift that lets her know you’ve been listening to her all year long. I’m sure she’s dropped a few hints, on purpose or not.

For me that would be

  • Day Planner
  • Photography gear
  • Blog Planner
  • A live in nanny
  • Housekeeper
  • Chef

I hope this has helped! 

So, what are you getting the mom in your life?

Raivon Lee
Vain Mommy

Mommy Life

I Tried Three Foundation Applicators, Silicone, Brush & Foam. Here’s What Happened.

Makeup sponges and brushes review

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Becoming a mom has transformed me into a health junky of sorts. Over time I’ve made small, but consistent changes to the foods I put into my body, and now, I’m slowly making better choices about the products I use on my skin.

I was introduced to Beauty Counter’s line of products by a friend. It took me a year or two, but I’ve finally started using their foundation. I think I love it! I heard they will be coming out with more shades for us brown girls soon! In addition to wanting more natural less toxic makeup, I was ready to upgrade to what I call “grown up” products. The drugstore brands have served me well externally, but you can’t judge a book by its cover and now my internal health is my priority.

I’ve always used a foam wedge, to apply foundation and I love the results—  but I came across two other options and decided to try! Here’s what happened! Read More »

Beauty | Makeup, Mommy Life

Fall & Winter Stay at Home Mom Wardrobe Essentials {List + Links}

Stay at Home Mom Fall Wardrobe essentials Fall 2017


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Stay at Home Mom Fall Wardrobe essentials Fall 2017


It’s that time of year, one of my favorite seasons, FALL! Not too hot ,not too cold, but juuuuust right. One of the Goldilocks seasons! In my book Fall beats Spring because we are entering a season of rest.

Nothing’s better than curling up on the sofa with a book, a blanket and a mug of warm SPIKED apple cider! Unfortunately, I don’t have many opportunities to sit or read. But notice I didn’t exclude sipping that cider, I make time for that. 😉

As a stay-at-home-mom, rarely am I home. There are errands, parties, classes, sports and play-dates around the city each and every week. If we are home we usually walk the neighborhood or to a nearby park.

All that to say, I have to get dressed every single day, and I am tired of wearing what I call my “mommy uniform”. Black t-shirt and black leggings. Don’t get me wrong I love some leggings but something has to give. Also, I’d like to put half as much effort into my wardrobe as I do my children’s. It’s surprising but I am more than a mom!

So, I’ve put together a list to help build the perfect wardrobe to complement life as a stay-at-home-mom. Read More »

Mommy Life

I “Had it All” & Didn’t Even Know it! It Could Happen to Your Too.

What if you already have it all. Ask yourself these questions

Do you have it ALL? Are you living your dream life. You just might be. Questions to ask yourself

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.” 
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Whose life are you living?  What would you want for yourself, if you didn’t know what others want or have? Could you be living your dream life, already? Do you have it all?

These are questions I’ve been asking myself a lot lately.

I’m 32. I’ve “technically” been an adult for some time now. As an adult I’ve heard it said many times, that we as women can indeed “have it all”. Typically that means the husband, kids, and career. While it’s meant to empower, that statement has always torn me down.

I clearly remember  watching Good Morning America when they featured the book Lean In. What a confusing day for me.

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HomeSchooling, Mommy Life

4 Totally Chill Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Relaxed Dad Who Has It All!

Great Father's Day gift ideas from kids or from wife, for dad who are easy to please! Father's Day gift ideas for dad who have everything!

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My children are pretty lucky to have a really chill dad; it doesn’t take much to make Greg happy. He’s a simple guy, and this makes Father’s Day really easy to plan in our home. Whether the dad in your life already has everything, or is just a happy-go-lucky easy to please guy; these four gift ideas are sure to please! Read More »

Holidays, Mommy Life