What's in my Purse |  Dasani Drops | Kimberly Kalil Creative

It’s been almost four months since I’ve changed my diet, eliminating gluten, dairy and processed sugar. I’m still going strong (woo hoo for me). It’s getting much easier with each passing day, though I still struggle with sugar.

I’m not sure if I mentioned this already, but another thing I’ve eliminated are the Diet Dr. Peppers and Coke Zeros I was drinking a couple of times a day. My doctor said she didn’t want me drinking things that were full of artificial sweeteners. I’m limited to stevia when it comes to using some sort of sweetener for things like tea or iced tea. I found a soda, Zevia that uses stevia as its sweetener. I usually let myself have one Zevia a day, otherwise I drink water. A lot of water. Like 100 or so ounces a day.

But water can get boring. So that’s where Dasani Drops Infusions come in. I’ve started carrying a couple different flavors of the Dasani drops in my purse and when I refill my water bottle or am at a restaurant, I can add a few drops to “spice” up my water. The little bottles are the perfect size to fit in my purse, or even my pocket, so I can enjoy flavor-enhanced water wherever I’m at.

My current favorite flavor is the  strawberry basil. Mike likes the lime flavor, so I have a bottle of that in my purse too. Having these drops on hand makes it so much easier to say no to soda or any sort of sugar-sweet drink. I don’t feel like I’m missing out and I’m still drinking lots, and lots of water.

You can get some Dasani drops of your one at your local Target. If you use Target’s Cartwheel app there are some coupons available (within the app) for the Dasani Drops Infusions.


What's in my Purse |  Dasani Drops | Kimberly Kalil Creative

Curious about what else is in my purse? At the moment, my purse is remarkable clean. It’s usually a dumping ground for my kids (their stray toys, crayons and snacks). I normally have a book or two in my bag, but right now I’m listening to two audiobooks, so I don’t have any physical books to tote about.

1. Wallet Wristlet: I just bought this wristlet at Target and I live it because it’s super small, but big enough to fit my phone if I want to leave my big purse at home and just carry it.

2. Trader Joe’s Head to Toe Moisturizing Balm: My skin is crazy dry, so I’m never without some sort of lotion. I like this one because it’s super rich, but not greasy. Plus, it’s only $3.99, so it’s a steal of a deal.

3. Stevia drops: Before I discovered Dasani Drops, I started carrying around Stevia drops. I still use them for my tea or Mike’s coffee.

4. iPhone 6: I’m rarely without my phone. I love my phone, though now that Mike as the 6 Plus, I kind of have phone envy. Don’t you love my case? Mike bought it for more for Valentine’s day. I love that you can see the gold of my phone peeking through the sides of the case.

5. L’Occitane Hand Cream: I wasn’t kidding when I said I have really, really dry skin. I go through lotion faster than you can say funky chicken. I got a bunch of these tubes of L’Occitane hand cream in my Christmas stocking and I put them in all the various bags I carry, so I’m never without something creamy and soothing for my chapped hands.

6. Dasani Drops: Strawberry Basil for me and Lime for Mike. Just plain yummy,

7. Hand sanitizer: I’m totally weird about germs. I get grossed out pretty quickly when it comes to germs, so I have to have hand sanitizer with me at all times. I’m not picky about the brand, though I often stock up on Bath and Body Works hand sanitizers when they are on sale.

 8. A happy face from Shelby: The other day when I picked Shelby up from school, she gave me this happy face with googley eyes. I tucked it into my purse since I know it will make me smile every time I look at it.

9. Pencil Case: I got tired of trying to hunt down a pencil or pen in my purse. So I put all my writing tools in this cute pencil case.

10. Louis Vuitton Bag: When I got my first travel bonus for work (more than 8 years ago) I went to the Louis Vuitton store and bought this bag. I’d never spent that much money on a purse (and haven’t since), but I really, really, really wanted it. It’s held up over the years and though I use other purses from time to time, I almost always come back to this bag.


Thank you Markerly and Dasani  for sponsoring this post. I was given free Dasani product, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I have a new parenting article up over at Care.com with some great ideas and tips for how working moms can survive business trips.

5 Ways to Make Work Travel a Breeze |  Care.com | Kimberly Kalil Creative

When you’re out of town for work, it can leave you and your kids anxious and unhappy. Here are five ways to ease the pains of business trips for you and the family.

Whether you’re gone for a night or a week, it’s never easy to be away from your children. But your job calls, and sometimes work travel is necessary. Whether it’s a weekly occurrence or an annual trip, there are plenty of ways to ease anxiety in your children and yourself.

Susan Newman, a social psychologist and author of “Little Things Long Remembered,” says there are a number of ways to help ease anxiety for you and your kids when you have to travel for work. She suggests that you create little, sweet moments of connection with your child while you’re apart. The continued sense of connection, even from afar, will ease your kids’ sadness about missing you, as well as “help reduce your anxiety about the kids’ happiness and minimize any guilt you may feel about being away.”


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I recently had to write an artist’s statement. I Googled what exactly an artist’s statement should look like and I was a little perplexed by most of what I saw out there. They all seemed so goofy or obtuse.

What I came up with was this:

If you were sitting across from me right now, you’d see my knee bouncing and my
fingers tapping. I can’t stop moving. Ideas, fears and hopes are constantly racing
through my head. It’s like rush hour traffic in my head all the time. But when a canvas is placed in front of me, all the noise melts away. I can focus, and my soul stills.

So, I paint because I have to. I paint to calm the chaos in my head. I paint to seek joy
and make my heart sing. I paint to unearth the stories that shape me. I paint to
release the stories that choke me. I paint to create new stories of hope and
happiness. I paint as a form of self-­‐therapy. I paint because I have to.

I don’t paint because I think it will make me famous. I don’t paint for praise. I paint because I have to.

I just finished up a painting called “Unbridled.”

Unbridled |Art By Kimberly KalilAt the time I was creating the piece I didn’t know I was going to call it “Unbridled.” I was trying to unburden myself of the chaos that was churning in my head. When it came out it looked like rocks rolling across a green hill. As I was wiping away some paint at the top of the painting, it revealed a word from the news print below: Unbridled.

Sometimes, I feel like the noise in my head can’t be controlled or restrained. It’s unbridled. But when I put words to the feeling and paint on the canvas, I take control and smooth out the turbulence.

I love the stories and ideas I begin to understand only through creating. 


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I have a new parenting article up over at Care.com with some great ideas and recipes for freezer cooking.

9 Easy Meals For Kids |  Care.com | Kimberly Kalil Creative

Easy meals for kids can be hard to come by at the end of a hectic day. It’s no fun to get home late from T-ball practice with no idea what to feed your family. You might not have the right ingredients on hand for a perfect meal or time for a grocery trip, but feeding your family healthy, yummy meals doesn’t have to be a struggle. Making meals in bulk and freezing them for later is an ideal solution for many busy moms.

For uber-mom Rachel Tiemeyer, freezer meals are a lifesaver. “Where do I start? I can go on and on about how much freezer cooking helps me,” says Tiemeyer, whose Thriving Home blog features numerous freezer recipes and other household hacks. “It saves money. It saves time. And it ensures you have healthy meals on hand even when you’re strapped for time.”  ….


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