I’ve never been super in to the beach. I’m a planner so I have to make sure that we are covered for everything. I need plenty of snacks (my kids totally take after me in that department), plenty of towels, sunscreen, a big hat, a chair, cute towels…The list keeps going which makes the idea of a beach day super overwhelming. Plus I hate coming home and feeling sweaty and dirty. But once I am there, staring out in to the ocean, I really love it. I’m really trying to embrace the beach days this summer and instead of planning on hanging out for hours, we’re going for smaller stretches and everything seems much more manageable. I still have plenty of beach essentials, though. I still probably over pack for the beach but that’s just who I am. I’m so grateful my kids are big enough to finally help carry things!
What does it say about me that a movie called ‘Bad Moms’ is totally “on brand” for Cupcakes and Cutlery…When I first heard about the Bad Moms movie I got super excited. I even went out of my way to ask if I could help promote this movie. Long story short, this movie is about moms learning to make time for themselves and not always put their family’s first and generally doing less on purpose. AMEN! When I first became a mom (10 years ago), you were considered selfish if you tried to have interests other than attending to your child. I am glad to say that we have progressed a little bit past this now and many women do have hobby’s or even jobs that they love and aren’t vilified too harshly for. But we are a long way from finding balance and this movie wants to help change that. While this movie is SO MUCH EFFING FUN, I still think it is important for all parents to see. I was invited to screen the movie and attend the press junket but all of these thoughts are my own. I’m proud to say I’m a “bad mom” and I hope you will be too.
I think sometimes scarves get a bad rap. The word alone makes me think of old school flight attendants and their perfect little neck scarves serving peanuts and Coke. But they can be real cool and I’m going to show you how to use a scarf two ways. I promise, no one will ask you for an extra blanket.
This post was sponsored by Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.Do you guys find it really hard to schedule date nights in the summer? They are definitely not spontaneous and my husband and I usually have to put them on the calendar weeks in advance. Then we have to figure out which grandma is available, pack up the kids for an overnighter and drive them a few towns over. These aren’t the easy, going out to dinner dates of the past. With this much effort to schedule them, they have become an event. And since they are so few and far between, I like to make them as special as possible. For me that means getting my makeup done by someone who really knows what they are doing and getting dressed up for a special night out. It might be a splurge, but adding a little extra “me time” in to my date night prep is multi-tasking at its finest.
I love to find simple ways to make something feel extra special. And while champagne feels pretty darn special on its own, even that can use some dressing up once in a while. I keep dried rose petals on hand so I can easily make my favorite goat cheese appetizer recipe so I like to figure out how else to fit them in to my cocktails or cooking. This rose rimmer for your glass is super simple but adds a fun bit of color and taste to your glass of bubbly.
OMG. I just found my new favorite restaurant. Angelina’s Pizzeria recently opened in Irvine (in the new Whole Foods center over by the Irvine Spectrum) and I am welcoming it with open arms. I was invited to come try their new brunch menu and from the moment I walked in, I knew that this would be a game changer for Irvine and the surrounding area. Everything about it was fresh and cool which isn’t usually what you’d expect from a restaurant found in Irvine. While we have lots of decent dining options, this one is a stand out and I think everyone needs to run down and check it out.