Moxie Matters

Monday night of last week, I had the pleasure of spending a couple hours with my tribe seeing Jen Hatmaker & Nichole Nordeman (along with like a thousand others) at my church for their Moxie Matters tour.

Suz's Treats Moxie Matters

They shared their stories. Nichole slayed us with her beautiful music. Jen brought it home with her beautiful words & speaking God’s truth to us about pain, community & our tribe. We laughed, we cried & I know I left in a awesome state of mind knowing the beauty & power & Moxie of women together.

Suz's Treats tribe

I’m about 1/2 way through Jen’s Moxie Matters book after laughing through For the Love at lunchtime earlier this year. Follow her on social media. Pick up her latest books. Let her words bring laughter & God’s love in our crazy world. & I came home last week & added Nichole’s CDs & book to my amazon Christmas wish list. I know there are days when I need to hear her songs while driving or at work.

The Moxie Matters tour just announced spring dates FYI. If they’re coming near you, go!

A Bad Moms Christmas

We might still be six weeks away from Christmas, but the Christmas spirit (& frenzy) is starting to take hold of me. Gift buying, decorating idea, travel plans & outfit choices have been occupying my thoughts for a couple of weeks now. It doesn’t take much to have it all be very overwhelming.

Which is why I was thrilled to have a night out with a few of my favorite fellow “bad moms” to go see the new film, A Bad Moms Christmas recently.

A Bad Moms Christmas Suz's Treats

Have you seen it yet?! I laughed til I cried.

We meet the same three moms we fell in love & saw ourselves in the original Bad Moms (played delightfully by Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, & Kathryn Hahn) but this time as they’re in the middle of the holiday hustle. Adding to their holiday craziness is their three mothers. & we as the audience got to experience the mother/daughter dynamic of the ladies with their moms (played by Cheryl Hines, with Christine Baranski, and Susan Sarandon).

My friends & I looked the mall scene. & we loved Justin Hartley I’m sure you know from This Is Us, but you see a whole new side of this guy in Bad Moms Christmas. So much fun!

A Bad Moms Christmas is a great reminder that sometimes less is more. Kids are what matters most at the holidays. & that keeping your sanity as a mom is important too!

If you loved Bad Moms, feeling like you might be a slightly crazy, “bad mom” & in need of a laugh, grab some friends (or even your mom!) & go see A Bad Moms Christmas! I’m so glad I started off my holiday season doing just that!

I was invited by STXfilms to see a pre-screening of the film but their generosity didnt sway my views.

Five Minute Face

{side note, when I went to post this last Thursday afternoon, I realized my blog was broken. Turns out my theme had been unsupported for like 2 years. Who knew?! So new theme in process but trying to make sure posting now works!}
Back last year, I was able to get into the monthly Sephora box subscription. It had been years (like 4) since I’d regularly been applying make up, so I thought a $10 box of samples (with a how-to guide enclosed) might motivate me as well as introduce me to new products.
So here I am. About a year in & I’ve really enjoyed it. I smell better (thanks, sample perfumes)! And I now have a stocked purse make up bag, purse lip bag, an at-home make up bag & a travel make bag!
I’ve continued using my favorite for 10 years, Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer but I’ve added in primers, serums, eye creams, eye shadows, lots of mascaras, liners & even stepped my toes into the world of highlighters. Sometimes even for everyday.
Now listen, I’ll never be a YouTube beauty blogger, nor a big time beauty blogger. I’m firmly entrenched in my working Mommy on the go & always running late status. This means 95% of my make up applications are done in the car (at red lights!) or at my work cube. A product that’s quick, easy, mess-free & gets the job done wins my approval & meets my basic needs.
Last Thursday morning (aka 10am), once I’d had enough Diet Coke to really wake up, I did this 5 minute face. And I thought I’d share which products I love & used.
That’s from the top, NARS Velvet lip glide in Bound which I layered over pink Sephora lip stick.
Urban Decay Perversion mascara (which will occasionally smear a lil on oily days but OMGoodness my otherwise invisible lashes love it). See the difference?! Right with eye make up + mascara, left no mascara!
Glam Glow Glowstarter primer in nude (which I did a thicker layer of since I’d left my tinted moisturizer at home today).
Origins GinZing eye cream (my secret to minimizing puffy eyes from staying up til 1am watching 13 Reasons Why).
Laura Mercier Caviar eye colour in Rose Gold (I wear this all the time, takes .2 seconds to apply. This + mascara is my no-make up day make up).
Make Up Forever artist shadow in 1-544 (a great brownish, goldfish, pink color applied on bottom on lids).
& topped off with Honest Beauty lumizing powder in Midnight Reflection (free thank you with their Household box a couple months ago) as a highlighter on nose, around eyes.
(Top photos from Thursday morning, bottom at 4p)
That’s it.
What’s your busy day make up routine?

Cinderella Girls Night!

I had the pleasure this week to take a few rare bits of ‘me time’. First a work trip away from home one night where I was able to reconnect with coworkers & had a hotel room all to myself!

Next up was a midweek ladies night! I need to do these way more often & I was overdue to reconnect with my friend Kristen. Dinner & a movie one on one time was lovely when usually we’re either online chatting or juggling our 5 kids between us! I think the waiter came by 3 times before I’d stopped talking long enough to open my menu!

We rushed our bills & made our way into our seats just in time though. And as I’d heard rumored, we were treated to seeing Frozen Fever as the 7 min short story! Lucy & Zach will love it & will think Anna’s birthday day & the new song are so funny & cute!

Cinderella stars Lily James as Ella starting as a beloved child growing up in an idyllic small farm life with dotting, dear parents.

I loved seeing such a beloved fairy tale in real life live action. The set & scenery were gorgeous!

The make up & costume designers for the step-mother & sisters (Cate Blanchette, Holliday Grainger & Sophie McShera) as well as Ella, did an amazing job. Those ladies did a great job playing disliked characters!

Helena Bonham as the fabulous Fairy Godmother was spectacular! She was gorgeous & perfect for the role.

Someone else gorgeous was the Prince (the handsome Richard Madden) & Ella! I want to try on that glass slipper! Her ball gown will inspire lots of girls in blue dresses this summer & fall!

Speaking of girls, moms take yours to this film! It opened everywhere Fri March 13th! Beware there are 3 deaths & it’s 105 minutes. I don’t think Lucy could sit through it yet, but there were a few older toddlers & many little girls completely enchanted with Cinderella. Make it a sweet mother-daughter movie afternoon.

Or go like I did with friends! You don’t want to miss seeing your childhood favorite on the big screen. Cinderella made me believe in magic, fairy tales & happily ever after. And as Ella’s mom said, to help me to remember to teach my children to always “have courage & be kind”!


A couple weeks ago now I had the pleasure of sneaking away on a Thursday evening to go see a movie. Just me. I cannot recall the last time I did something like that alone. These days our activities are usually toddler-focused & my me-time is minimal to none.

So it was a treat. A treat made even sweeter with the discovery that the old school theater served beer & had just popped fresh popcorn for us. Cheers!

I went into the theater knowing little about the film I was going to watch. And I came out a huge Belle fan ~ of the actors, their portrayal of these historical characters, of the set designers & the gorgeous dresses the ladies wore. I loved that Belle is based on true events.


And I also realized I actually was aware of the court case that acts as a main issue for the movie thanks to a mix of my love of history & my working in insurance.


If you have the chance to go see Belle, do! It opened in Raleigh at the end of May & it is still running nationwide. The film was excellent & I do expect to hear more & more buzz on it during film awards season!

Final Breastfeeding Update

I’m calling it. I think my months & months (& months) of breastfeeding two then regularly one are done.

Zach hasn’t consistently nursed in months (March’s end of cosleeping/his crib sleeping & STTN ended our nightly bfing). The last couple months he’s nursed the occasional morning if he’s pulled into our bed, when he’s been home sick or one post-nap nursing session. Last Monday am was what I believe will be my last tandem feed ~ they woke up too early, husband brought them to me in bed when he left for work. And when they both asked for “Mommy?!” I obliged knowing bittersweetly this might be another end of an era. Z cracked me up fumbling a bit as of he’d kinda forgotten how & L acted as if this was a strange treat she wasn’t quite sure about. I thought about fumbling for my phone for a photo but decided to just live in the moment instead.

That evening L nursed on each side for less than a minute before asking for cuddles & bed. Same thing Tuesday, 1 min per side, quick sippy then bed.

No nursing from L for the past week. And this Tuesday night (the eve of her second birthday) as she sauntered on her own down the hall to her crib, she said over her shoulder in response to my asking about her sippy, “no. Finished. Cup. Sink.” Well, ok then.

In one weeks time, she’s gone from a combo of nursing & a sippy cup of organic whole milk before I carry her to bed to being done with pre-bed “mommy time”, sippies & walking herself to her crib!

If you need me, I’m in the corner with my slightly sore, very deflated (yet still rock star because hello 23 mos!) boobs. Both in awed wonder & sadness at the loss of my baby who’s suddenly a growing up toddler.