Take 10 To Paint Your Nails

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Over the past year, I’ve tried to be more intentional about painting my nails from time to time. It takes intentionality because it’s so easy for me to talk myself out of it on account of the fact that the polish remains perfect for only about a half hour tops before I ding it up or chip it. Mommy duties certainly don’t make it easy to keep a good manicure.

However, when I put a fresh coat of polish on, something about it makes me feel dainty and sophisticated. It’s like a magic potion that transforms me from a frumpy housewife to a royal highness. Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but I think you get the picture. It’s amazing how spending a quick 10 minutes to pamper my nails can put a little spring in my step, which is exactly what I need some days.

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Today is one of those days. Baylen has been working on a molar and the past few nights have left me feeling quite exhausted. Thank goodness for Essie coming to my rescue for a perfect pick-me-up during Baylen’s nap time this morning.

I picked up this color on a recent Target run, along with this cute clutch! I’ve been looking for one for a while that zips up so I can throw it in the diaper bag when I’m out and about, and found this one on clearance for $7! Cute, huh?

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As far as nail polish goes, I personally think it’s totally worth it to spend a few extra dollars on Essie or OPI as opposed to the cheaper options because it actually stays on my fingers and doesn’t chip off as quickly.

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Treat yourself to a fun new nail color and take a few minutes to give yourself a manicure sometime soon. You may just feel like royalty! 😉

Question of the Day:

If you’ve painted your nails lately, do you have a recommendation for a fun color to try?

Happy Friday!

Amber

 

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DIY: Pegboard Jewelry Organizer

Our little family moved into a different house about a month ago, which means we’ve been busy unpacking and finding places to keep our things. We’ve moved several times since we were married five years ago, and each time my jewelry has been neglected, ending up in a dresser drawer with no organization whatsoever.

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When I saw pegboards on Pinterest being used as jewelry organizers, I immediately knew I wanted some variation for my own closet. Jake and I set out for Home Depot a couple weeks ago and picked up a 2′ by 4′ white wooden pegboard, some trimboard, stain, picture hangers, and peghooks. This project came together for around $25, which is much less than buying a standard jewelry box!

After staining the piece of trimboard, my handy husband made some angled cuts so he could nail it on to create a perfectly sized frame for the border. He also added a wood frame to the back of the board so that it could sit flush against the wall and I’d be able to easily add peg hooks without having to pull it away from the wall.

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Jake of course had his little helper intently watching his every move. That little guy sure loves his daddy.

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I’m really happy with how the finished product turned out! Being able to see all my jewelry displayed as I get dressed has encouraged me to wear it more often which always makes me feel a little more put together. I’m also glad we went with a big pegboard because I can rearrange the pegs as I like and have lots of room to grow into it.

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If you don’t have access to the tools or manpower to cut and make your own frame, or prefer a different size, you could find a frame you like and ask the workers at the home improvement store to cut the pegboard to fit the size of your frame. Then simply frame it like a picture and hang it up!

Even though most of my jewelry is fairly inexpensive and comes from Target or Forever 21, it’s nice to know I’m taking good care of it and don’t have to worry about everything getting tangled in my dresser anymore. Check one organization project off the list!

Question for the Day:

How do you organize your jewelry? 

Have a great Thursday! Take a few minutes to organize something in your life today!

Amber

 

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Kick It Out Workout

The post holiday blues have begun to set in a bit this morning. After two glorious weeks of enjoying Jake’s laid back holiday work schedule, sending him out the door for work today was no fun at all.

Since I’m in a bit of a funk, I need to get my blood flowing and release some endorphins to flip around my attitude a bit. This Kick It Out Workout is sure to do just that. If you need a little pick me up today, take 10 minutes and join me in doing these simple power packed moves that will give you the motivation to confidently kick off the new year! You’ll also get a great burn in your butt and thighs!

Below are a couple videos to walk you through how to do the moves in the workout.

 

Kick It Out Workout

-100 side kicks (50 each leg)

-50 back kicks (25 each leg)

-50 front kicks (25 each leg)

-50 kneeling reverse butt kicks (25 each leg)

-50 kneeling straight legged back kicks (25 each leg)

And with that, you’ve done 300 kicks! Great work! I’d call that a great start to the New Year!

Question for the Day:

Are you experiencing post holiday blues? If so, how do you plan to get out of the funk? 

Make it a great Wednesday as you love on your families! And don’t forget to find a few minutes of “me time!”

Amber

 

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Overnight French Toast & Sperry Giveaway Winner

Happy New Year! Thank you to everybody who entered the Sperry Slippers Giveaway! It makes me excited to host more giveaways in the future. Rafflecopter randomly selected the winner, and the Sperrys will go to…Dominique C. Congratulations, Dominique! I’ll get in contact with you today to get your color preference and size!

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I have a fantastic recipe for Overnight French Toast to share with you today! If you’re a bit exhausted from all your holiday food preparations, then this recipe will be a nice little break for you. It was passed on to me from my mother-in-law and is something our family has been enjoying quite often lately. I love this recipe for a few reasons. Not only does it taste great, but it’s incredibly easy to prepare and is made with ingredients that most of us already have on hand.  It’s perfect to serve for breakfast when you want something a little more than cereal, or have house guests but don’t want to be slaving over the griddle all morning.

Overnight French Toast

Ingredients:

-8 slices of bread

-3 eggs, beaten

-3/4 cup milk

-1 tablespoon vanilla

-2 tablespoons sugar

-1 tablespoon cinnamon

-desired toppings

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a  9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray. Put bread into pan by stacks of two, so you have four stacks, as seen below. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon. Evenly pour the mixture over the bread. Cover the pan and quickly tip upside down, then right side up again. Store covered in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least 2 hours. Bake at 400 for 20 – 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Makes 4 servings. Serve with desired toppings.

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Variations: This recipe is super easy to change up and add your own twist. We love it with cinnamon raisin bread or if you have extra eggnog to use up from the holidays we’ve used that in the place of the milk and it turns out delicious. I’ve also diced up a couple apples into tiny pieces and put them between the bread slices for a yummy apple cinnamon flavor!

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Pretty simple, right? Take it easy on yourself and perhaps even serve this on a “breakfast for dinner” kind of night.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday and find a few minutes for “me time” today!

Amber

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Sperry Slippers Giveaway: Last Day to Enter

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Today is the last day to enter the Sperry Slippers Giveaway! Thank you to all of you who have helped make this kick-off giveaway successful. I’m excited to randomly select the winner tomorrow and get started with official posts!

Before I share the fifth and final way to enter, we have a few days left to cover as far as what you can expect weekly on Mommy’s Me Time.

Monday: Surrendering

The most crucial part of my day is when I surrender it to the Lord. By surrendering my own desires and wants on a daily basis, and giving the Lord control, I am able to love my family selflessly. When I welcome Him into the most mundane moments of mommyhood, its amazing to see glimpses of His goodness when I least expect it. This life is not about me or my family, it’s about our Heavenly Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We simply get to be part of HIS STORY. Mondays will be focused on surrendering our week to HIM!

Tuesdays: Family Friendly Recipes

Sometimes all it takes to get a little extra mommy motivation is finding a yummy new recipe to prepare for your family! Growing up in the midwest has given me a love for hearty and nutritious meals that leave everybody satisfied. I also have a bit of a sweet tooth and most certainly like to keep it balanced with delicious desserts from time to time.

Wednesday: Workouts 

We all know that having kids takes a toll on our bodies. We’ll likely never have the same bods as we did in high school or college, which in my opinion is a beautiful mark of being a momma. However, breaking a sweat does so much more than help us to lose baby weight. More importantly it releases endorphins that can keep us feeling calm and sexy! When we feel good, we exude confidence. We can use that confidence to love on our families!

As a recap, here’s what the rest of the week will look like:

Thursday: Home Improvement (DIY, Organizational Ideas, or Decorating)

Friday: Affordable Fashion

Weekends: Capturing Moments with my Family

In order for you to stay up-to-date with the posts on Mommy’s Me Time, I’d love it if you subscribed! In fact, that’s the fifth and final way to enter the giveaway. For your last official entry, subscribe by email (located on the right side of the page) or add Mommy’s Me Time to your Google Reader or whatever reader you use.

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As always, officially enter through Rafflecopter below. The deadline to enter is midnight tonight. If you haven’t taken advantage of all five ways to enter, do so today! This contest is open to those with a US mailing address only.

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Spend some time today looking back at 2012 in thankfulness for the many joys and trials you were able to experience. How awesome that we were given another year to live and breathe and move!

Amber

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Sperry Slippers Giveaway: “Capture The Moment” Entry

Good Morning! We are enjoying a pretty low key Saturday morning around here, which is also how I’m planning to keep the weekends on Mommy’s Me Time. Weekends will be a time when I enjoy the moments with my little family, and posts will be dedicated to sharing the moments I capture.

As we all know, life goes fast and kids grow up way too quickly. It’s so important to capture some of the precious moments along the way so we can always remember the details! On tough mommy days, I also like to use pictures to keep my perspective, to remind myself of the joyful blessings of little ones despite the ways they may test my patience!

In the spirit of capturing moments with our loved ones, today’s entry to win the pair of Sperry Slippers requires doing just that! Here’s what I need you to do to be qualified for another entry:

1. Take a picture today of you enjoying a fun or special moment with your family or friends.

2. Post it to either Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and use the hashtag #mommysmetime. Your post will show up in the Hashtag Feed on Mommy’s Me Time!

3. Per usual, officially enter using Rafflecopter below. As a reminder, your entries are only valid if you use Rafflecopter. This contest is open to US residents only.

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Capture some great moments today!

Amber

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Sperry Slippers Giveaway: Instagram Entry

Happy Friday, Everybody! I hope your weekend ahead will include lots of relaxation!

Before I get to the third way to enter the Sperrys Giveaway, let’s talk Fridays! My goal for Fridays on Mommy’s Me Time is to dedicate it to style and fashion of some sort. Just because we’re mommies doesn’t mean we need to give up fashion and let ourselves go. In fact, I’d say its even more important when we’re mommies to feel good about ourselves! When we feel good about how we look, we’re going to be in a better mood for our family. It’s amazing how taking a shower each day, getting dressed in real clothes instead of sweatpants, and putting a little effort into our hair and make-up can make a huge difference in how we go about our days!

The third way to enter the Sperry Slippers Giveaway is fun and easy!

1. Follow me on Instagram (@amberkuiper)

2. Find the picture below in my album, take a screenshot, re-post, and tag me in the post.

3. After you’ve done this, officially enter using Rafflecopter (below).

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Have a great Friday, and try to take a few minutes to spruce yourself up a bit for the weekend. You are beautiful, and deserve to feel like it!

Amber

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Sperry Slippers Giveaway: Pinterest Entry

Thanks to those of you who entered the giveaway yesterday!

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Before I share about a second way to enter today, I wanted to tell you what you can typically expect on Thursdays here at Mommy’s Me Time. Thursdays will be dedicated to something pertaining to our homes, meaning I’ll share either a DIY project, organization idea, or a fun home decor concept.

A little more about these categories…

Do It Yourself

While it’s definitely more convenient to run to the store and buy something when I need it, when possible its so much more rewarding to make it myself. With Pinterest at our fingertips, dabbling in DIY projects is totally approachable. Not to mention, I have a pretty handy husband who helps make it fun!

Organize

For me, organization means efficiency. When I’m efficient I have more time to do the things I love. When my house is clean and organized, I feel freedom to sit back and relax, because I’m not thinking about the mountains of laundry or dust bunnies I need to get rid of. This does not mean my house has to be perfect. It means I have to set realistic goals, do a little bit each day, and be content when I get most of the things on my list done.

Decorate

The atmosphere we create in our homes has the amazing ability to make our families and friends feel welcomed and loved. While mommy duties often take priority over finding new home decor, it’s fun and energizing when I get the chance to spice up the house a little.

Since we’re talking about our homes, it’s only fitting that the official way to enter the Sperry Slippers Giveaway today is by following me on Pinterest, where I get much of my inspiration for such things. Again, please enter using Rafflecopter below. Your entries are only valid when entered using Rafflecopter. This giveaway is open to USA residents only.

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Make it a great day, and remember to take a few minutes for yourself!

Amber

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Kick-off & Sperry Slippers Giveaway

Welcome to the first post on Mommy’s Me Time – a place for mommies to go when we need a break or a little extra motivation! I’m writing this blog for all mommies, wives, and other women who spend much of our time caring for others and need a little recharge time for ourselves. I’ve learned that I have more to give to my family when I’m taking time to fill myself up.

Before I get going on regular blog posts on January 1st, I want to share a little bit about what you can expect on here. This is a place where we can encourage one another to take a few minutes out of each day and reserve it as “me time”. In my mind, there are two kinds of me time. The first type is simply doing something fun for yourself, such as reading a magazine, getting a pedicure, or whatever is fun to you…if given the chance, you don’t need much convincing. The second type of “me time” is something that may require a little discipline, but you feel better after doing it. Examples of this might be working out or deep cleaning a room. I feel so much better after breaking a sweat and I love the Martha Stewart high I get when something is super clean.

With that said, the posts on here will include some of each. You’ll find a variety of things that make mommies feel refreshed such as tips on how to take time for yourself, family friendly recipes, workouts on a time crunch, ideas for organizing and decorating our homes, do-it-yourself projects, and affordable fashion. 

By taking time for ourselves, we’ll be the best we can be for our families!

SPERRY SLIPPERS GIVEAWAY

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To kick off Mommy’s Me Time, I’m giving away a pair of Sperry Slippers! As we head into the coldest months of Winter, what better way to end the days with a little “me time” than to put your feet up while wearing this cozy pair of slippers?!

An added bonus is that they have a rubber sole so if you need to pop out and run a quick errand, your feet can stay warm and toasty – perfect for mommy on the go.

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One lucky reader will win a pair of Sperry Violet Moccasin Slippers in her size and color of choice! Whether you’re a mommy to kids young or grown, or hope to be a mommy someday, all are welcome to enter!

There will be a new way to enter each day leading up to the official Mommy’s Me Time kick-off on January 1st, when the winner will be announced. To be eligible for today’s entry, all you need to do is like Mommy’s Me Time on Facebook using Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open to USA residents only.

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Thanks for stopping by, and remember to take a little time for yourself today. You deserve it!

Amber

 

 

 

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