Friday, January 18, 2013

My Mom Essentials

These are my absolutely, must have, cannot get through the day without "Mom Essentials."

{1} Canon EOS 50D Camera :: A gift from Biz the Christmas before Squish was born, I have literally used this EVERY day since he came into this world. It is lightweight, easy to use and takes the most amazing photographs. My lens of choice is a 50mm. 
{2} House of Harlow 1960 Chelsea Sunglasses :: Perfect for those mornings (weeks) when I haven't yet managed to put on #4 or #5 below
{3} Otterbox iPhone Cover :: There are so many great educational Apps out there that I have no problem with my kiddos using my phone...except for when it slips out of their little sticky fingers and smashes into the floor. I looked at a LifeCase and Otterbox, and although the LifeCase is waterproof whereas the Otterbox is not, the LC is only available in black and grey. Um, no. 
{4} Aveda Inner Light Concealer :: I love Aveda hair products, but had never used their makeup until the Spring 2012 look book shoot summer before last. Their concealer is amazing, and in my opinion, beats out YSL Touche Eclat any day. 
{5} L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara :: Best mascara out there. I have used it since 8th grade. Carbon black. Do not get Waterproof - it flakes off. 
{6} Purse / Diaper Bag / Toy Box / Office :: I carry everything around in my purse. I am still waiting for some extra arms to grow, but while I still just have two, my bag has to have room for everything in it - keys, wallet, phone, paper, pens, check book, diapers, wipes, pacifiers, teething rings, books, trains, dolls, necklaces, nail polish (for when she just HAS to have her nails PAINTED PINK RIGHT NOW), day planner, measuring tape and who knows what else. I always have one that comes with a shoulder strap so I can carry it messenger bag style, with each arm free for Snooze and Munch. 
{7} Holy Kombucha :: We have been drinking Kombucha for years, but we recently discovered Holy Kombucha made right here in the DFW area. It. Is. Amazing. Green apple ginger is my favorite flavor, but truly they are all fantastic. My aunt and uncle gave us our own Kombucha "starter kit" for Christmas, and I look forward to making our own here very soon! We drink at least 4 or 5 bottles a day here between all of us. 
{8} Erin Condren Life Planner :: This is actually the entire reason I wanted to do this post. I tried using my iPhone calendar for a while and although it is a wonderful tool, I am just a write it down kinda gal. I like the satisfaction of scratching through something on my to do list, seeing how much I got done that week, looking back on months passed to see what was happening when. I stumbled upon Erin Condren last year and was instantly smitten. This girl has thought of EVERYTHING, and it is so much more than a day planner, hence the name. I also use the blank pages in the back as my prayer journal, so that I always have it with me. Seriously, just check it out for yourself. Completely customizable to suit whatever you need, and cute to boot. Go look. Now. 
{9} Mom's One Line A Day 5-Year Memory Journal :: Perhaps my most treasured material possession. I bought this for myself in late 2011, and made my first little entry in January 2012. I am now my second year into it, and reading what I was doing with the kids 365 days ago is really special. I would have forgotten so many things had I not jotted them down. Example:

January 18, 2012 - Squish was hitting me while I was reading Llama Llama before bed, so I left to let him calm down. When I came back he put his arm on my back and started patting it, and sang the Barney song, "I love you, you love me, we're a happy family..." He knows the way to my heart!

Such a blessing to have 5 years of fun, memories and love in one book.

What are your absolutely must have cannot get through the day without Mom Essentials? Please share! 

Everyone have a GREAT weekend!!!


  1. Sheridan:

    You should write a post on Kombucha! I've been drinking it since I had my baby 1.5 years ago, but my husband still isn't sold. Def looking forward to hearing about your adventures in home brewing!


  2. YAY, I LOVE your motherhood tips!

    Love the idea of a 5-year memory journal. I've been trying to keep a pregnancy journal but it's so hard when these last three months all I've felt like doing is puking, crying or sleeping. This is a good incentive to keep it going once our precious bundle arrives!

    1. Oh my goodness. Puking, crying or sleeping. HAAAHAHAHA. Hysterical.

  3. Will you do a post on chic purses that hold enough junk to be a diaper bag. I'm tired of wiping up water/Kombucha/raw milk/choc almond butter from my Lindy (size 34) and Evelyne and Bolide (size 37) because I do want to pass those on to my girls. I'm about to resort to a Speedy (size 35)... what am I overlooking?? Thank you for all the good info you put into this blog (as well as the correct grammar and punctuation).

  4. ohmygoodness - that Squish story is so hilarious!! and "painted pink right now." i'm going to check out the otter box - i've been toying around with the idea of getting one. thanks for sharing, pretty mama!

  5. Those are my very favorite shades. They can hide a multitude of sins. Thanks for the concealer tip. In desperate need of a new one.

    Cannot wait for the spring line to appear online.

    Such a fan.

    Holly Phillips @ The English Room

    1. You will love it!!! I have tried tons and am head over heels for it! xxx

  6. I bought a non-mom journal similar to that five years ago this June. It's a fantastic idea for anyone, although I have become a mom since I started it. I have read through some of my older journals from time to time (but some of them--ahem, high school--I don't dare to open again!), but not very often, and I like getting a quick look back in time every day!

  7. New-ish to your blog. Funny 'small world' thing - CC and I are good friends, we discovered the EC Life Planners just this past Dec. I thought, no, but...just last week, did it. I cannot wait. Like you, tried my iPhone but love to doodle too much. Thrilled to learn your Aveda tip! Happy 2013!

  8. Oh Sheridan, I feel so silly commenting on something mascara, especially when this week your posts were so NOT silly. Ha! But it's the little things, right?

    So I must mention, I was in the market for a new mascara the last time you mentioned L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara, and I bought some in Carbon Black and it was fantastic and my eyelashes were happy and perky and it was perfect. And then, despite your recommendation NOT to, I bought the waterproof version sometime later, and boy, oh boy, is it the worst! I had raccoon rings of black around my eyes after an hour of wearing it. Yeesh. I was like gaaah, I hope Sheridan knows about this L'Oreal fail. And you do, of course.

    Anyways, cheers to the little things, and thanks for the happy lashes!

    1. Mascara is ALWAYS a serious matter Lindsay! You are preaching to Noah about the flood here!! ;) I can't figure out why on earth the waterproof is so awful - you'd think they would reformulate by now or something, but probably because Voluminous is so old they are focusing on the newer mascaras. Sad day, but I am totally happy with my non-waterproof right now and am sticking to it! xxx

  9. I'd love to know what apps you'd recommend for ~ 3 yr old. And yes, a post on Kombucha would be great. Thanks!!



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