Girls’ Night Out: Amanda {Mama Momtourage}

I’m so excited to introduce you to Folsomette’s fun new blog series called, “Girls’ Night Out!”

Join me as we get to know other fabulous Folsomettes through imaginary “Girls’ Night Out” dates.

The first Folsomette I’d like you to meet is Amanda.

Amanda is a doll. I know you’ll just love her. Plus, I’ve decided to adopt Amanda’s personal mantra. What is it you ask? Scroll down to find out!

If we were to go out on the town with Mama Momtourage Blogger, Amanda, she’d ask us to meet her at Back Wine Bar in Folsom. She’d greet us with a glass of Melange in her hand and would assure us that the cheese plate had been ordered.

We’d compliment her on the abundance of jewels on her wrist and would ask her how the heck she walks in those dangerously high heels! She’d laugh knowing that she loves a good arm party and realizes that she’s seriously teetering on the tallest, most fierce shoes ever.

Then, we’d sit down at our table and would ask her all the questions that us girls are dying to know!

Who is Amanda?

Hey everyone! I’m wife and a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) to two adorable little angels, Lyla (4 ¾) and Brady (2). I was an event planner in a former life, it’s still in my blood! I cant help it, I never turn down the opportunity to plan an event.

These days I’m funneling my creative juices into my blog Mama Momtourage here and of course into some super fun activities for the kiddos. My personal mantra as a SAHM is, “I’m a memory maker, damnit!” I am constantly striving to make each day the best day ever like it’s my job, because it is and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

What’s your beauty secret?

Latisse! Love love love Latisse. Life changer! I’ve been using it for almost two years and I can’t imagine my life without it. Seriously, that stuff is liquid gold.

You asked for one, but I’m giving you another because I’m a giver…well actually an over sharer. So the other thing I’m wild about is any form of a retinoid. I don’t use it in the summer because it makes skin so sensitive to the sun. But, it’s fall and I’m back baby!

There are several prescription and cosmetic products available containing tretinoin/retinoic acid. For me, it’s less about acne (although some days it’s all about acne, am I right???) and more about cell turnover. By promoting new skin cell production and sloughing off old skin cells your skin will look healthier than ever. It also reduces photoaging of your skin (the impact of the many years out in the sun). Contact a dermatologist to inquire about a similar regimen. After all, they are the experts.

What’s your favorite product in your make-up bag?

My Clinique Chubby Sticks. I am obsessed with these lip color balms! I have “Two Ton Tomato” the most perfect red and “Pudgy Peony” a super fun pink. They feel so good on and the color really lasts. It seriously feels the way it does when I have Aquaphor (BTW – one good thing to come out of butt rashes is the discovery of Aquaphor as a lip balm.) on my lips. The small size of these babies fits perfectly into your evening clutch or your diaper bag. They sell them at Ulta in Folsom, so it’s really convenient that you don’t even have to leave town to pick one up.

I just read in a magazine that purple hued lips are hot for fall. So I’m going to run to Ulta to pick up a new chubby stick to add to my collection in “Voluptuous Violet”. It’s worth a try…

Where’s your favorite place to shop in Folsom?

Palladio. They have something for everyone! I love Rod Works, Gymboree, and Button Up. Plus, H&M is always a great place to pick up a cheap thrill or see some designer collaborations. I never leave there empty handed.

What item in your closet do you wear the most? AND, what’s your favorite item in your closet?

I wear my jean capris from Express the most. Best. Purchase. Ever. They are a part of my “mom uniform”. I plan to wear them with jeans this fall. They just fit so great.

This tuxedo jacket is my fave. It just looks like a good time, right??? It’s from Forever 21 (Can you believe it??) last spring.

What 3 things would we find in your purse right now?

1) The biggest snack bag in America. Seriously, there is something for all palates in there!

2) Chocolate Muscle Milk Light and/or a Chocolate Power Bar. I’m running the Folsom Breakout half marathon in October so I’m training now and I feel like I’m always about to run or just finishing a run. Food is fuel! And, wine is therapy…but I rarely carry wine in my purse. (This girl sure knows the way to my heart!)

3) A small notebook. I know, I know the trees! Ahhh! But I just love actual paper. Yes, I have an iPhone and yes there is the note app. I jot down notes all the time when I’m out and about.

What do you do in Folsom for fun?

I’m at a park like 2-3 times a week with the kids. I rotate through them, but my favorite park is Kemp Park behind Home Depot in Folsom. It’s super shady and there’s a water feature for the hotter months. Plus, it has a bigger kid section and little kid section right next to each other. Other than that I’m always on the trails in The Parkway.

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?

In the spirit of over sharing, here’s a list from some close friends:

  • I’ve done more than 500 weddings as an event planner
  • I’ve competed in the Ms California Pageant as Ms Sacramento County (OMG, we need to see a photo!)
  • I tent camp at least once a year
  • I can catch crawdads with my bare hands
  • I take boxing lessons

What happened today (big or small) that made you smile?

My hubby let me sleep in a bit. Super awesome! And of course playing hide and seek with my kids at the park. My 4 year old is getting to be a super duper hider.

What advice would you give your 13 year-old self?

Ignore the mean girls! They’re just trying to figure themselves out too and taking it out on you in the process. It’s not you, it’s them. Oh, and you’ll hear that phrase a few more times in your life.

And DO NOT get that perm, you know the one where you perm your bangs too. Yikes! It’s a bad look girl!

What’s your motto, favorite quote or song lyric?

I’m a memory maker dammit! And this is going to be the bet day ever! Are what I find myself saying the most. But I wish it was something like, “The things you take for granted someone else is praying for.” I saw this on Pinterest. You can follow me on Pinterest here. I am a very thankful and grateful person. So is my hubby. He says, “What you think about and thank about you bring about”. That’s basically our family’s motto.

What motivates or inspires you?

My kids and my hubby. The way they look at me is so motivating. It’s amazing to see such unbridaled love and admiration in their eyes. I feel so much responsibility to be the best person I can be so these little humans can try to be the best they can be too.

Isn’t Amanda amazing? The best part is, Amanda’s going to be Folsomette’s new contributor! She’ll be joining us once a week as Mama Momtourage cluing us into all of the fun happenings around town!

Tune in for your weekly dose of Amanda and Mama Momtourage.

For more on Amanda, check out Mama Momtourage here and “like” her on Facebook here.

About Folsomette is a lifestyle blog devoted to all things girl for stylish women living, working or playing in the local area.

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