I know I say it every month, but I’m on a crusade to keep learning and growing in the empty nest—and I’m taking you with me! This world moves fast, and keeping up is no small challenge! If I can help it, you’re not gonna get “stuck” on my watch. I learned a lot this month, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Along the way, I also fell hard for a couple of products I’ve been dying to share with you. Let’s do this!
What I’m Learning
Did you know that there are three emojis you should never use? (Well, at least not with your kids.)
I found out about this when I texted my son to tell him that it was raining in Dallas, and I used the three droplets of water emoji. (It’s right with all the other emojis about rain.) Well, lemme tell ya’ somewhere along the line, that emoji has been defiled! (Yes, I know I sound like The Church Lady.) It’s now the emoji that signifies sex. (I hear you gasping.) My kids were so appalled at my mistake; they filled me in on the other two emojis I had no business using: the eggplant and the peach. Ahem! Take a closer look at both of them. Defilement!
Cool Terms of the Month (Try these with your kids for a super-fun time.)
1. Swole – This term is technically short for “swollen.” It’s used to describe someone who has a well-defined physique from weight lifting. The next time your husband is all sweaty after his workout, just snap a quick pic and send it to your kids with the caption, “Dad looking swole.” If you’re single, stand in front of the mirror and flex (Popeye-style), then take a selfie and send it with the caption, “Mom=swole.” Your kids are going to die. It’s going to be fantastic, and you might even go viral (at least with their friends).
2. Lit – For years now, this term has meant slightly intoxicated (what we used to call buzzed). The meaning has shifted somewhat, and now it means that something is fun or exciting. On my Facebook page recently, I shared a clip from a TV interview I did. Everybody was so sweet, telling me congratulations, etc. Then my friend Wendy commented: “Suzy, that was lit!” Every comment after that was about how cool Wendy was for using the term “lit.” Basically what I’m trying to say is that this term is lit. The next time you give the dog a bath and he’s running around crazy afterward, take a video for the kids and text it to them with the caption, “Winston lit.” The situation you create by doing this will be lit. Trust me.
What I’m Loving
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2. My gorgeous friend Susan turned me on to this Laura Mercier Matte Caviar Eye Color. She loves it because it glides on without pulling the delicate eyelid skin, and it stays put all day. I tried it, and she’s right! As I get older, I find myself appreciating a more natural-looking lid (along with luscious lashes, of course). This is the perfect product to help with that. It’s joining my everyday makeup arsenal for sure. (Available in six shades.)
3. I shared this travel makeup kit in a recent post about my carry-on travel essentials. It has everything you need for a full face of makeup, so you’re bound to pack lighter. (Cue epic husband happy dance.)
4. This leg makeup is a big help this time of year—when it’s too warm for tights, but your legs are too white for words.
5. I love this cute tassel purse charm/USB charger/keychain! It’s saved my dying phone on more than one occasion, and at the (sale) price of less than $20, it would make the perfect gift! It also comes in lavender.
8. I ran across this adorable tassel throw, and I’m desperately trying to find the perfect place for it in my house. Darling!
I’d love to know what you’re learning and loving this month. In fact, I need your help! It may be hard to believe, but I am already working hard on my Holiday Gift Guide! Since many of us are members of the sandwich generation, I have gift categories for everyone from your elderly parents to your grandkids (and everyone in between, of course). Got some good ideas for unique gifts? I would love to hear from you! Please leave me a comment or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much.
Have a great weekend!
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