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Fiance does my Makeup Challenge | LYLAS Video

Seeing how my Fiancé swears he’s good at everything, I expected him to do pretty well on this makeup challenge. I was terribly mistaken. Watch him pretend to know what he’s doing, while also making me look like a clown!

 

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Simply Straight Hairbrush Straightener First Impression VIDEO!

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about my first time trying the Simply Straight Hairbrush Straightener. Well, when gathering the research to write that post, we also filmed it! Watch my first impression below, and look out for a guest appearance from Miss Sassy Pants, Elliana!

Oh, the bloopers at the end are pretty funny too.

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The Dark Sides Of Owning Your Own Business

People assume all too often that owning a business is better than working for a business. That if you own the business, you must be living a pretty lavish and carefree life. And while, for someone like Bill Gates, I’m sure that is true! But what about the much smaller, just starting out businesses? The ones where the owners have not only invested everything they have into this concept, but they are also working themselves to the bone to ensure its success. Well, I’m here to tell you people – it is not all money bags and tropical vacations when owning your own business.

Hours

First, let’s talk the amount of hours you work. An employee of a business works an average of 40 hours a week, typically something like 8 to 5 give or take. And once that clock strikes 5, they are clocked out both mentally and physically until the next work day; which is always known ahead of time due to their set schedule. Yeah, well, not so much for the owner(s). Add about 20 to 30 hours onto that work week and you’re at a more realistic number of hours physically worked at the business. And even when they “clock out”, checking out mentally never really happens. Because they are constantly dealing with the back end of the business even when they go home at night: How were today’s numbers? Did they meet our goals? Are we staying within our projected budget? Did I remember to sign and mail out that form? The list goes on and on. And that set schedule the employee has, the owner has it too. Except theirs is Monday through Sunday, 24 hours a day – no sick days and no guaranteed weekends off.

Pay

Second on the list – pay. A HUGE misconception is that all business owners are just rolling in the cash. Again, while this may be true for some, it is not the case for all. It usually takes a business a couple of years to become really profitable. You have overhead expenses, payroll expenses, loan payments, etc. that all come first. Sometimes, even before your own paycheck. Claudio and I have never let an employee of ours go unpaid. Ourselves however? Numerous times. We are not guaranteed a paycheck every week, like an employee. Nor do we expect one. If the business had an unusually slow week, it just isn’t logical to take a personal paycheck. The success of the business as a whole always comes first.

Family Time

Lastly, I want to discuss just how much family time a business owner misses out on. I have watched my fiancé sacrifice so much during our business adventures, but the biggest one is definitely family time. He has missed out on family birthdays, holiday gatherings, and just the good-ole weekend hang-outs countless of times. Because as I stated before, there is no guaranteed time off. We firmly believe that in order to keep good people working for you, you have to be good to them in return. That means allowing them to have holidays like Christmas Eve off to spend with their loved ones. But in order to do that, who works the business? The owner, that’s who. My fiancé has come home so exhausted that he barely makes it to the bed before passing out; and then he wakes up before anyone else in the house to go do it all over again. And while it can be both frustrating and saddening to miss out on so much time with our family, I am constantly reminding myself that the hard work we are putting in now will reap great benefits in our family’s future.

I don’t want to make owning a business sound completely negative however; it has its great perks too! Like being able to say you are your own boss. Or that you started something completely on your own, and it’s becoming successful! Or, my personal favorite, you are going to look back on all the blood, sweat, and tears one day and feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment for what you have achieved!

Any other business owners out there? I’d love to hear your stories too!

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What’s In My Hospital Bag | Plus Video!

Just like other first time moms, I had no idea what I was doing when it came to most things baby related. This included packing my hospital bag for my labor and delivery stay. When I tell you I packed enough for a small vacation, your girl ain’t lying! I had to dig through all the extra crap I packed in my family sized suitcase, I mean, bag, just to get to what I really needed; the basic essentials! So using my first mistakes as lessons learned, I now feel like I have exactly what I need in my hospital bag for my 2nd attempt at being a new mommy.

Hospital Bag – For Baby

While in the hospital, baby really isn’t going to need much, besides all the newborn snuggles in the world of course! If your hospital is anything like mine, they provide you with almost everything you need: diapers, wipes, formula, pacifier, blankets, etc.. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t still bring them a few things. I packed two cute swaddle blankets that have a matching hat to wrap baby boy in for his grand announcement photo. (Not that this is necessary, but c’mon, I’m a blogger and have been planning out this picture for weeks now!) I also threw in 3 different footed pj’s in new born size with THE CUTEST prints on them. Although, I know baby will be swaddled the majority of our hospital stay. And I’ll just pick from one of those for his going home outfit!

Hospital Bag – For Mommy

As far as items for momma bear, I tried to pack just the essentials. Well, for the most part anyway. I did throw in some nail polish and basic makeup items, which some may not consider to be an essential right after giving birth, but I am hoping to not look so much like a mommy monster this time around!

Cosmetics

  • Toothbrush & Paste.
  • Shampoo & Conditioner & Body Wash.
  • Body Lotion & Face Lotion.
  • Chapstick! (Extremely important girlfriend!).
  • Hairbrush & Hair Ties/Head Bands & Hair Spray.
  • Deodorant.
  • Prenatal Vitamins (You’re going to want to keep taking these even after you give birth!).
  • Makeup & Nail Polish – I’m a dreamer, okay? 😉

Clothes

  • Going home outfit – take your biggest and most comfortable maxi dress. Trust me on this one.
  • 2 outfits – loose fitting and comfortable. I have roll over yoga shorts that I will keep unrolled up&over my belly, and loose fitting high-waisted capri pants. Both paired with a baggy t-shirt provided by my Fiancé’s side of the closet.
  • Adjustable sports bras. (You’re going to be swollen).
  • Large, unattractive underwear. (If you don’t want to wear the mommy diapers the hospital will provide).
  • Socks.

Snacks

  • Pop-Tarts
  • Special K Bars
  • Fruit Gummies
  • Pretty much anything you typically like to snack on. You know, for when you’re waiting on baby daddy to bring you your gourmet take out!

For your viewing pleasure, I have also filmed all of this exciting information for you and posted it on our YouTube Channel. Yay! You can watch that below <3

Because we have Ellie, our 2 1/2 year old, daddy will be staying at home with her during the nights of my hospital stay. Therefore, he gets nothing in my hospital bag! Ha. I am so excited to bring this baby boy into our lives, and can’t wait to share him with you all! Stay tuned.

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The Key To Being & Staying Organized

Organization can be so essential to a busy life. It can save you time, money, AND stress. I can’t tell you how many times I have found 4 of the same cleaning products under my kitchen sink. Mostly because it was a disaster under there, and then partially because I didn’t remember purchasing it – four different times! I’d like to blame that on pregnancy brain, but it used to happen even before I started creating little monsters – I mean children. Now however, I like to think I’m a pretty organized person. Probably a little too organized if you ask my fiancé. According to him, the entertainment center is a collection spot for any and everything that comes through the door. Silly, silly man! So how do I manage to stay so organized amidst a crazy busy life, well you know I’m going to tell you!

Organized at Work

The key to being organized is dedicating time to staying organized. You will have to dedicate time out of every single day to maintain organization. On the days that I go to the office, I take the first 15 – 20 minutes to sit down at my desk, open my planner, and organize myself. I make sure all my appointments and deadlines are written down, bills have been sent out, emails are all opened, and that I am on top of everything for at least the next couple of days. I cannot stress enough how much a planner helps me to stay organized. It is truly the control center of my life! I also take this time to look through any papers or letters that have accumulated on my desk. You know, the ill get to it tomorrow papers. After I feel like I have a good grasp on things, I take the time to write a to-do list for that day. This helps me stay on track and hold myself accountable for what I need/want to get done that day.

Organized at Home

When I am at home, I take the last 15 – 20 minutes of every night to pick up and put away the day’s clutter. Everything has a place where it belongs at my house. Bins and baskets are my holy grail! *Pro Tip – I buy almost all of my bins and baskets from the dollar store!* Taking this small amount of time at night to just put things where they belong keeps it from piling up and turning into a hour (or more) project in the next couple of days. I always start in the living room; throwing all toddler toys in their appropriate bins, placing throw pillows back on couch, folding blankets, and carrying all dishes to the kitchen. I’m not going to lie and say those dishes always get washed that night, but at least they are where they belong – in the sink!

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So many people assume that you’re either an organized person or you’re not – like they either have it or they don’t. And that’s so not true. Being organized takes dedication and time. Decide you want to stop stressing over the clutter and mayhem in your life, and start setting aside time to keep it organized! It’s that simple. I don’t know about you, but waking up to a disastrous house is not my idea of a good morning. The less clutter I have, the better I think and feel! And since Spring time is amongst us, what better time for that overdue Spring cleaning day?! Grab you an extra large coffee, throw on your favorite tunes, and get organized!

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