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What's Good - March 21, 2018

March 21, 2018

What's Good - March 21, 2018

What's Good ?

A bubbling of love and friendship. A bit of this, some advice about that. 

It's more life, less Lulu. 

My unique set of geeky computer skills, my CEOing of a successful 13 year old Fashion Accessory company keeps me on point of fashion trends and the fact that all of that comes in a Plus Size package makes me a rare, chubby media unicorn. 

I hope you enjoy. Stick with me as I work this all out but I promise to keep it real ! 

My crew and I will be embarking on a series of road trip adventures .. I am super lucky, my husband, Jeremy lives and works in NYC so we have an apartment there. My company Shop LuLu is now there too and while we call Wilmington, Delaware our " school home " we pretty much get out of town fast and furiously the minute school is out. Somehow I have always lived a life less ordinary. I don't subscribe to what I am " supposed to do " and I am a believer that every single person that we meet leaves an imprint on me and I hope I leave a positive imprint on them too.  Molly is 12, she is a future rock star and Cookie is 11.  They are magic. Now that they are old enough to pack their own suitcases our travel journey is about to begin ! 

Full Legal FTC Disclosure - Any link that you click that takes you to a site where you may want to buy something may be a link which may mean I get paid. There is no shame in my hustle game . Someone has to pay for guinea pig food and keeping the chihuahuas alive. 

March 21, 2018

Rock your Socks for World Down Syndrome Awareness Day ! 

The brainchild of my friend Kristin Pidgeon in honor of her daughter Aliza to raise Down Syndrome Awareness. Now supported by the Down Syndrome Associate of Delaware, Rock your Socks has grown to be a HUGE and well known experience. Schools and Companies sell mismatched socks and wearing them shows your support . It's genius and it includes everyone, at every age. I come from a world of inclusion. Both of my daughters were born prematurely. Luckily we live in an area  that has an amazing Pre-School designed for children that are developmentally delayed. We are very thankful for Bush PreSchool and a lot of my first friends in Delaware were made there. I have to say, I was shocked to hear kids in Cookie's 5th grade class using the word Retard this year. They went on to tell her that Retard was ok because it was like stupid. I have never been more proud of my girl, she stood strong and would not stop fighting with the kids until the school finally after 3 weeks stepped in to address the issue. It really showed me that the fight isn't over yet and it also leads me to tell you that ShopLuLu is an integrated workplace. We are a job training site for a program in our district that creates real life on the job training for young adults with exceptional abilities between the ages of 18 - 21. You can read more about our Journey with these amazing young people here. 

Snow Day Rituals

I am not known for my cooking skills. Let me rephrase that... I AM known for my cooking skills like burning rice , heating up a bagel you get the idea.  So I am in no position to tell you how to cook but I am in a position to tell you that you can buy the following 5 Ingredients at any Walgreens, Rite Aid or CVS and make a Crockpot of edible and homemade Mac n Cheese.  

Easy Crockpot Mac n Cheese

  1. 6 Cups Milk ( you can use pretty much anything, Soy, Cow, Unsweetened Almond )
  2. 1/2 Cup Flour
  3. 2 Cups any Grated Cheese you can find, I usually go for the sharpest Cheddar
  4. A pinch of Salt
  5. 4 Cups Uncooked Elbow Macaroni  

I have a huge crockpot - this one.  Spray it really well with non stick cooking spray. 

Put your flour and salt in a Saucepan - the whisk in your milk til there are no lumps

Heat at medium high until it boils and thickens, then add your cheese. 

Let that melt together. 

You can put your noodles in here but I throw them in the crockpot and then pour the melted cheese mixture over it and then mix it all up. 

Cook on low for 2 1/2 hours or High for an hour. It depends on your crockpot but we like ours less creamy more lumpy so the longer it's in the more it gets " baked "

Look at that, I gave you a recipe ! 

It's a good base you can pretty much throw anything in there, you have around but it gets the job done and I buy more groceries at my local pharmacies than I can to admit to so this works for me. 

Sweet Almond Oil by Viva Naturals

I take some time for Self Care. I shower. Not the , " I am late for carline, running out the door with wet hair shower I normally take ". I use the hot water, all of it, with no apology. On snow days I treat  my hair and skin to an extra generous amount of Sweet Almond Oil. I used it on everything. hair, skin, even on my lips. It is all natural and I only use Viva Naturals that you can find on Prime. I am 46, I have not ONE wrinkle or line.

 I swear by Sweet Almond Oil. 

WaterProof Uno

We play UNO for hours

I travel with UNO. I find that it's the one game that all 4 members of my family actually will sit and play for hours. It's fun and everyone seems to have played at some point in their life. 

I always have a game pack in my purse.  

This particular set above is GENIUS - it's waterproof. It's called UNO H20 and the cards are clear plastic. 

I need to upgrade my own deck. 

I hear summer is coming ???

I also found this great Uno carrying case on Prime. I may need to ditch my old Ziplock

Shred Inflatable Sled

We Sled. Even I sled ! I have so much fun. I just do the little hill in our yard while Jeremy is at work but it gets the job done. I just want my girls to look back on these snow days and remember how much fun we had and that I had fun with them. 

I hate the cold. I really do but I love the snow and the fun we have. I laugh at myself. I am always the first one to fall and that's ok. I hate when things clutter our garage and I am a big fan of inflatables. For Christmas Santa brought Cookie this Shredz Steerable Sled. This sled is a ton of fun and it's a pretty thick material and not too expensive in case it meets an angry pinecone. 

Today's Deal... An Online Find for What's on My Mind..... 

Since we spent most of our fun money on our Trip to tulum, we are headed to NYC for SPRING BREAK. I am hoping the weather is kinder to us than it is today. I need a few pieces to wear that work well for keeping me looking cute but also versatile enough for a warm spring day. 

The Simple Striped Shirt Dress from on Sale ! 

On Clearance at Target - This Plus Size Striped Shirt Dress. Under $20, it's perfect to for those days that won't end. Comfy day shoe and simple jewelry in the day, flip it to something a big more bold for the evening with a cute sandal. 

It's Also Available in Sizes for your Less Curvy Mamas ! Click the Photos for Buying Details. 

Outlet Clearance Sale

I am having a massive clearance sale on - I am closing my Delaware office and there are a ton of Scarves and Jewelry on Sale starting at $1.00

And finally....  this Girl 

This is just my opinion ... but she has great insight on what really is wrong in schools. 

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