Thursday, May 29, 2014

LMLIM Week 4 | Yummy to my Tummy

I have been wanting to make this for a few weeks now.   

She Did That!
Instead of BBQ'n on Memorial Day I decided to make this for dinner.  It was oh so GREAT.  I did however give it a little of my famous improvision and made it hot instead of cold and then I wrapped in a yummy tortilla.  I will have to say these recipe tips are getting me great compliments from the little folk in my house. Whoot Whoot.  All Momagers love when we slave in the kitchen and make people happy.

I found this Food tip in Good Housekeeping magazine, 2/14

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LMLIM Week 4 | Perfect Match

Not only did I see this in Essence magazine but I'd passed by Sephora a few times and noticed they had a new foundation color matching technique called Color IQ.  I never imagined the experience would have been so well, technical.  Momagers you have got to try this.  My make up artist Mario was so helpful and really took his time to get my perfect match.  He even explained the process step by step and all of the products he used on me.  Yes that's pretty standard but I'm sorry he was just awesome.  Okay so here is the process.

They take the wand pictured below and scan three places:  your neck, chin and check. Once that is
done they place the wand information into an iPad that is docked at the make up counter. Three suggestions are given to the make up artist after it has reviewed over 1500 formulas offered at Sephora.  Mario brought over three foundations and placed each on my jaw to confirm a match.  After the match was confirmed he moisturized my face and added primer then the foundation and this is the before and after.

I really did like the match, I actually think it's perfect for all over coverage.  Now one thing I wasn't so crazy about was that it was a bit dry looking after some time so I'm going to go back for a suggestion for help with that.  If you are not ready to purchase they will give you samples to try.  Another amazing part is that this process is absolutely free.  Enjoy and go find your perfect match!

I found this beauty tip in Essence Magazine, 5/14

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

LMLIM Week 4 | Too old to cornroll?

I'm in the final week of this "project" and today's tip is DIY.  Magazines are really the best place to find great hair tips and this one I sooooo liked.  I don't think I've worn a braid or cornroll in my hair since maybe my 20s.  But it really was a cute look on the model in the Essence magazine so I gave it a try.  Especially since my hair has grown out I am always looking for an updo to help keep cool in Bako.

So here's how it turned out.

I did alter it a little because well I didn't have enough hair on the side for a braid.  Maybe I'll try that when its a bit cooler here and add a little extra on the side. :)  I also did an inverted braid because it was easier since I started at the middle of the part.  Definitely will be including this in my hair style recipes.

I found this DIY tip in Essence Magazine, 5/14

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Momager is In | Kadar Waller

In this second installment The Curvy Momager talks with middle school basketball player Kadar Waller.  Kadar started playing basketball at a very young age and has an actual basketball career and he's only in the 7th grade.  Currently playing for two travel teams he is the starting PG and models his game after...wait you'll have to watch the video to find that out. Click play below and don't forget to share!

I'm sure you enjoyed getting to see more about this basketball phenom and hope it provided some inspiration to you.  His Momager Arleana has certainly been an inspiration to me.  If you are interested in contacting him please email

The Curvy Momager is always looking for more athletes (any sport) from middle school - college and professional to interview for this series.  Next up we are talking to a lacrosse player and his Momager! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

LMLIM Week 3 | An inspired look

When I saw this picture in Good Housekeeping magazine I really liked the pilot jumpsuit and scarf together.  Then I started thinking, IIIIII don't think that jumpsuit would look as cute on my tummy.  It might look more like I worked at a gas station if you know what I mean.  So I did my favorite thing, I improvised.  Pulling out this cute black maxi dress from my closet and one of my most colorful
infinite scarves I turned that Maxi into my inspired look. Oh and I added a long chain necklace for a finishing touch. 

I'm really loving this series.  I have been learning so many new tips and getting rid of plenty of paper clutter.  I hope some of you are trying it out, it's not to late I still have one more week left. 

Fashion tip found in Good Housekeeping Magazine, 5/14                         

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

LMLIM Week 3 | That swanky side part

Yes I'm still working on finding that low maintenance hairstyle.  So why not try this tip I found in Essence for the deep side part?  Looks good on the model right?  Whelp either my head is way too big or my hair just won't simply cooperate because I didn't like it.  I'm not one to wear my hear totally flat anyway...bobble head syndrome....I also had to brush and brush my hair for this style and that causes it to get really oily.  Trust me that is not a good look.  So I fluffed it up a little but kept the side part and I kinda like the end result even if it doesn't look as polished as the tip.  Sometimes you just have to improvise.  :)  Do you side part?  Give it a try and send me some pics of how it turned out.

Beauty tip found in Essence Magazine, June 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

LMLIM Week 3 | Are we tired of being happy?

I was in a jazzy mood!
Oh that song right.  I'll have to admit though that I still really like it.  As a matter of fact my son and I were in a restaurant today acting silly and started singing and dancing to Pharrell's hit song, there wasn't even any music on.  Sometimes we just click like that.  But back to what this has to do with the article I'm discussing today.  I found this tip in All You Magazine about a online radio streaming site, StereoMood, that you can listen to songs based on your mood.  How cool is that?  The songs are not original songs but remakes and many of them I actually liked more.  The one downside was it took a long time to download the actual app and sign in.  I actually fell asleep and no it wasn't my SPRINT network this time.  Give this app a try and let me know what mood you are in when you try it.  It is accessible through the Play Store for Droid phones and The iTunes store for Apple equipment.

Lifestyle tip from All You Magazine, March 2014   

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

LMLIM Week 3 | I'm Suga Free

Loving this new sugar free dessert I found in All You Magazine.  It's part of an article on decreasing the amount of sugar in your diet.  So many great tips found in there but this banana one is the bomb.diggitycom!  It's not only ultra easy to make but reminds me of ice cream.  Ice cream that I love and can never eat!  I'll be honest I was slightly leary because I wasn't sure of what the consistency was going to be like but trust and believe you are going to love this delightful dessert.  I'll give you a bit of a secret tho....I actually had it for breakfast. 

There is a small amount of prep time involved, freezing a banana, but so worth it.  I also discovered through the process that I need a new blender!  Oh well, bon appetite!

Food tip from All You Magazine, May 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

LMLIM Week 2 | Quick Dry

I've left no heat April behind but I'm still trying to not over heat my hair.  In the December 2012 issue of All You Magazine there was a beauty tip that would help me do just that, an absorbent microfiber bristle brush.  It works Momagers, it really works!  Drying time was cut in less than half.  The key is to brush through the hair several times before even pulling out the blow dryer.  One thing it really didn't do however was make it straight but that's what the flatiron is for right?  For the low price of $10.50 this brush is gonna help save me from blow dry time and hopefully breakage.  Give it a try Momager, this item is Curvy Momager approved!

Beauty tip from All You Magazine, December 2012

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Momager Is In | Andreas Schreiber

Time for our new series The Momager Is In focusing on interviewing athletes about their experiences and how their Moms shaped their decisions as it relates to sports.  This new segment will interview young, college and professional athletes and delve into their Momager relationships.  First up is Andreas Schreiber.  I met Andreas via the wonderful world of social media on Instagram.  I think you'll find his story inspiring as well as his future! 

How old were you when you started playing basketball?
I'm not sure but I think I was 10 or 11.

Did you participate in other sports?
I did karate for two years, since my father, my aunt and my uncle are all black belts, and I think that is what helped me gain control of my limbs at such a young age, even though I was so tall.
When did you realize you loved basketball and wanted to pursue it?
I became serious about basketball at the age of 15. I switched to a Swedish basketball school called Fryshuset (The Freeze House) after we had won several youth national championships. After a year there, I decided that I wanted to pursue college, and so I moved to Los Angeles at the age of 16 to attend a prestigious academic highschool in Westwood called Brentwood School. We decided that this was the best way to get my SATs done in time for college.

As a young player did your mom attend many of your games?  Was she involved in making decisions
about teams you'd play on etc.?
Actually, mom (Birgit Schreiber) was behind the scenes a lot while dad was always involved and that was really nice for me. If I became tired of basketball, she was the one I turned to. She made sure I was always happy, fed, and most importantly healthy, and she was my escape away from basketball. She wanted me to truly be satisfied with life, basketball or no basketball. A true mother.

How did your mom feel about you moving from Sweden all the way to America at a young age, all alone?
Mom knew that I was dreaming about America, because I was actually born there. I moved to Sweden when I was only two though. However, I was determined and she was supportive. But of course she was worried, as all mothers would be, since I was her first child, and I was moving to a different country without her to be there to support and protect me. This was before instant communication technology was available! 
What ways did your mom support you while growing up as an athlete?  How does she continued to support you?
Mom or "mamma" always kept every situation positive. I could have had a horrible game, but she would always find a way to either spin the situation or find a way to make me forget about it. That is one of the things I've obtained from her. In basketball, there are a lot of negative things that can happen: injuries, being fired, being cut, having a bad game, losing, hating your teammates or coach etc. Mom has taught me to see every situation in a positive light. Things have always happened for a reason in my life. I am where I am because of each tiny event that has happened, both positive and negative. She made me realize that.
Mom would also make sure I was fed when I came home from practice. The truth is that I was very independent at a young age. But she was there whenever I needed something. 
How is your career going?  What team are you playing for?  
I am a starter for the Worcester Wolves in England, and we are currently having the best season in the history of the club. I have however obtained a sickness related injury, but I am currently recovering at home in Sweden and will be back in England in two weeks. However, I am very proud of what we as a team have accomplished this year. 

If you were not a basketball player what would be your other career choice?  Did your mom think you would be something else besides a basketball player?
Mom always wanted me to be a marine biologist because that is what she was, and she currently works as a toxicologist for the Swedish Chemical Agency. And it was what I wanted to be when I was younger. I studied environmental science in college and did very well in it. I wrote my thesis on Colony Collapse Disorder in Honeybees, something my mother was also working with for her work. I am still very interested in environmental technology as well is biotechnology. She is very proud of that "environmental" part of me. 
I am currently bootstrapping an entrepreneurial career on top of my basketball career. The reason for this is that I have a lot of free time when I am not actually working out. I am starting two companies this summer: "The ProLete Formula" and "Evoke Socks". They are both built on a foundation of what I call "inspired design" i.e. every sale is a step to help inspire the world to do better.
The Prolete Formula is a workout and nutrition program that I have designed and researched for several years in an attempt to separate myself from others, and it has worked for me so far as I am currently living the professional basketball dream. I want to share this information with others, as well as advice them on the steps I have taken to be where I am at this point in my life, all related to basketball of course. I am currently hoping to connect with a "child hunger prevention in America"-program, and work on having some of the proceedings from the ProLete Formula go towards helping 15.9 million children in America to have food-security in their home. So crazy and unacceptable! That is twice the population of Sweden.
Evoke Socks is a cashmere business sock company that I have built on a foundation of evoking designs that represent inspiration and charity. We are currently getting involved with cancer charities around the world, and rainforest restoration programs, as well as other charities that we find fit. We believe that every sock will help aid our goal to create a positive inspiration for business men to come. 
My mother has always believed in charities (mostly environmental ones). I do too. I truly believe that there is a way for everyone to live well and free. 

What's next for you?
Next up is spending some time in Memphis, TN during the off season workouts and to hang out with friends. Hopefully, I will also link up with the Swedish National Team later this summer. Obviously, I will be chasing a new basketball contract as well. It is always exciting to see where I may end up. You never know.

Lastly, if you could get your mom the ultimate mother's day present what would it be?
I would give her an all inclusive trip to Hawaii. It would be heaven for her. She has never been (I have been twice), but she always talks about it. Mom is an artist as well, and paints gorgeous scenery paintings. I think she would love to get the opportunity to paint in Hawaii, as well as go on some whale watching expeditions.
See Momagers your inspiration is creating not only a generation of talented, athletic young people but those that want to do even greater things in the world.  A huge thank you to Andreas for sharing a piece of his life with us and an even bigger thank you to Mama Schreiber for raising a well rounded young man with so much to compassion for others.  Go Wolves!  Also to follow how Andreas is doing with is business ventures and career go to Instagram and click that FOLLOW button, IG Tag andreas_schreiber also on Twitter at @dreschreiber.
Next up a sit down conversation with young basketball phenom Kadar Waller.


Friday, May 9, 2014

LMLIM Week 2 | Fashion Icon tip

No mine isn't DVF
Taking a tip today from not only Good Housekeeping magazine but Fashion Icon Diane von Furstenberg on this always classic look.  The wrap dress is a great dress for every women and it makes curvy girls look even curvier.  BOOM!  I've had this dress for years and I'll have to say it's a staple on my MUST WEAR once a month line up.  Pairing it with some of my favorite J. Lo heels and pretty in pink purse (courtesy of one of my besties) I'd say I nailed it!  Oh peep the shades too - these are my year round FAVs!  #CaliLife

Remember ladies you don't always have to go out and buy what you see in the pages of the magazines.  You probably have it in your closet so go there FIRST!  #SingleMamaDollas

Now off to work, have a wonderful Friday and if you are in the Cali area be sure to check out the Diane von Furstenberg exhibit, "Journey of A Dress" in the LA area.  I haven't been but have heard it rocks.  Might just have to take a day off, drive down and check it out.

Fashion tip from Good Housekeeping magazine, opps I didn't save the date.


LMLIM Week 2 | DIY Vase

It's DIY day and I went with a project that Talia could help me with.  I loved this vase when I saw it in the pages of All You Magazine and thought,
I had to buy the vase. 
  seems simple enough....yeah well er.  LOL  No actually it is pretty simple to do but I of course was in a tad bit of a rush so I think I'm going to retry it this weekend.  All in all the steps are easy and if the kids are looking for a cute gift to give Grandma or some other special mother this is a great one.  Just add some fresh flowers and viola.  It's pretty cost effective too.  One thing I did do was save on the Mod Podge at Walmart.  It rang up over $5.00 but when I showed the cashier the price from the article I had she changed it to $2.00 #SingleMamaDollas Lovs it!  The price for the tissue paper was a bit more than they listed but hey I live in Cali.  So my cost was around $6.50.

This is a great project to do with your daughter and let your creativity flow.  The possibilities of color combination, placement and adding bling are endless.  One tip from me is:  Watch your brush strokes.  It might be better to use a sponge brush as suggested but I couldn't find one.  The Mod Podge goes on pretty thick and needs to be spread quickly. 

DIY Tip All You Magazine 5/14 (Hey I'm featured in that one)

I love this Chevron's so NOW!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

LMLIM Week 2 | Airline tickets

Note, these are 1 way flights!!!
I found this tip very interesting because I'm in the market to purchasing some tickets to go home to The "D".  I've heard some tips and tricks before about the best way to find discounts for airline tickets but saw this tip and saved and decided that it was time to see if it works. least at Southwest Airlines it didn't.  As you can see from the photo I checked the price at 9 AM EST and then again at 1 PM EST and prices were still the same.  I even cleared my cookies to make sure my browser didn't detect my previous search.  I'm one smart cookie!!!  But the price was still the same and a bit on the "I should be flying first class price" side!  GEESH.  Well if you know any good tips on how to save on airfare without hitching I'm all ears.

Lifestyle tip from All You Magazine 4/13

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

LMLIM Week 2 | Look Ma No Grill

Yes I have no grill, just not enough space, but I wanted some ribs.  Found a slow cooker baby back ribs recipe in the Good Housekeeping magazine so I tried it.  We didn't like it that much.  Prep time is pretty easy and cooking was a breeze, those score high on my list.  Next time I think I'm just going to use regular ole BBQ sauce when I attempt these.  The meat was ultra tender so I'd say give it a try and let me know what your Fam Bam thinks about it. 

Food tip from Good Housekeeping, 1/14 


Saturday, May 3, 2014

LMLIM Week 1 | Black and White Fashion

I am falling in love with these cute print pants that have come out this season.  But my pocketbook is on lock because of travel ball but it doesn't cost to go and try on.  I peeped this fashion tip from the All You Magazine March 2014 edition and took it in hand to head to Lane Bryant for my "Runway" try-on experience.

Black and white is super hot this Spring too.  Now you know I couldn't just go try all this goodness
on and not come home with anything!  These pants just happen to be in the 40% off area so I really saved on the original price of $60. Take that Queen Latifah, I heard she rocked them on the show a few weeks ago.

This concludes the first week of the Living My Life in Magazines segment but I'll be back on Monday with even more tips.  Have an amazing weekend.

Fashion tip from All You Magazine 3/14

Thursday, May 1, 2014

LMLIM Week 1 | DIY Mask

A homemade mask for hydration is a must in my book.  This one also has an exfoliate in it as well.

After I mixed everything together I followed the instructions and left on for 10 minutes.  Rinsing off with warm water I touched my face and it felt dry.  It wasn't impressed BUT I then took my shower and the facial steam was just what I needed.  I didn't even put on moisturizer.  One thing it didn't say is how often you could use this treatment.  I could use it daily but don't think that would be a good thing.  Even though the mask is advertised as a winter skin saver the sun can be just as damaging so this will be a year round treatment for me.

The greatest thing about this mask was that it costs me less than $2.00.  The only ingredient I didn't have was avocado and you only use a minimum amount of honey and yogurt.  Give it a try Momager.

DIY tip from Good Housekeeping Magazine 1/14