Pillow Talk

One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was leave my bed this morning. I mean really, just look at it.

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First world problem, I know. Saturday night involved a bit to many drinks and turns out, the closer you get to 30 the harder it is to hang. I seriously spent all day Sunday sweating. Gross. Anyways, I’m tired, and have been working, and being a mom, and I’ve abandoned this blog. Sometime soon I’ll be getting on the gym bandwagon and that will give me something new to write about because right now everything is just sort of redundant.

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Freedom Has A Price

Friday morning. It’s the thing dreams are made of. This weekend I’m releasing the parenting reins for a bit. Don’t get me wrong. I love having the kids at home and I am SO thankful that I get them six nights a week, occasionally five. This morning as I am getting the kids and myself ready, I loaded up the pack and play, the stroller, the diaper bag, and all of the essentials because my Mom is picking them up from Katie’s house and they’re having a slumber party at my sisters. Then tomorrow their Dad is picking them up and keeping them until I get off work Monday. Naturally, I was bound to forget something. Dipes, wipes, bottle, sippy cup, panties, pajamas, stroller, pack and play. Check.

Carseats. I forgot to leave the carseats at Katie’s. Couldn’t have been something easily attained at CVS. Nooooo. It had to be the one thing that will require me driving across town to pick up the kids after work, and then driving BACK across town (even further this time) to drop them off for their slumber party, at what I can only presume will be bedtime.

It sounds bad, and it sounds like I’m complaining. But let’s be real people…THREE nights where I only have to put myself to bed. And THREE mornings where I only have to remember to put MY pants on. Any chance to be home alone and not have to hide in the pantry to sneak myself candy is a win. It’s a price I guess, but it’s certainly within my budget.

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Skinny Summer

I know, I know, I’ve been MIA for months. It’s not almost winter, but can we just pretend it is? Okay great…thank you. Also, can we talk about plaid? And this Michael Kors bag??? You’re welcome.

Advice [[Needed]]

Next weekend I’m making the big move. The move from crib, to bed for Lilly.  When I first sleep trained Lilly it was by the ever-controversial FERBER method, so I need to do some reading about the best ways to make this transition easiest on the both of us. I am WELL AWARE there will be several, SEVERAL sleepless nights ahead for me. I’m so excited for her to have a big girl room. I know she’ll love it too. What are some of the things that worked best for you? Any tips or suggestions?

Twenty-Five And Fabulous

Oh-Em-Gee I am finally 25 and I am loving it! This is going to be such a good year. I transferred back to my old department at work which means working in the office all of my friends work in. SO HAPPY!

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Also guys, have any of you discovered Elf cosmetics? I know Target sells them but other stores might as well. Anyways all of the basic make up including brushes are $1.00 and things like foundation is only $6.00 and I think the mascara was only $3.00. Anyways my point is the majority of the essentials are only $1.00. Not only is this an incredible deal for make up, but the best part is (and I’m no connoisseur), it is great make up. The foundation is perfect coverage, the mascara doesn’t clump, the blush is smooth, and the brush is soft and efficient. It’s a very wide line of cosmetics, so check it out if your budget is tight. Here is a full face of Elf – minus the lipstick. The lips are a Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the color “Cherish”. That was about $7.00. Elf doesn’t make stains, that I’m aware of.

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Letter To Lillian

Dear Lillian,

I can’t believe you are two. This past year you have literally transformed from a baby, into a full-blown kid. I’m writing your birthday letter a couple of days early, because as you know, we are early to everything. One thing you’ve been early to, is the terrible twos. My goodness you can be a beast when you set your mind to it. At times it makes me question whether or not I’m doing it right, but at the end of the day, every time you cuddle up against me, or cry for me, or hold your arms up for me to pick you up, I know I am. You are the funniest kid I know, and smart to boot! You are learning your letters, how to count, your colors, and you know so many words its amazing. You now refuse to sit in a high chair when we go out to eat, and you are a pro at silverware use. Your Aunt Paige thinks you’re a prodigy because you also hold your pencil the proper way (which, I might add, you have always done).  You are naturally cautious, and you think everything through before you act. I love that about you. You love coloring with chalk, and your current crush is Caillou. (Kill me now) You have also had lots of “firsts” this past year, such as: You rode an airplane, you walked, you got your first pets (Bahama and Kumar), you got your first scraped knee..(and killer black eye), you rode your first tricycle, you slept in bed with mommy, you went to the beach, and most importantly, you went to DASH Miami. You’re welcome.

I love you more than life itself, Lilly. I can’t wait for the next year ahead of us, and I am so excited to watch you grow, learn, and experience everything life has to offer for you. There are so many people who love you like crazy. I hope you know that. I’m sure you do. You are special, beautiful, funny, and you deserve the best, and I promise I’m going to give it to you. Some “firsts” you are going to experience in the next year include: Potty training, first trip to the dentist, and first professional haircut. YAY .

Look how far you’ve come:

Love, Mommy

PS – Sorry bout your bangs, kid.

A Super Simple DIY

There are all kinds of blogs out there for people to showcase their DIY fails, but this one is pretty fool-proof. If my sister can do it, so can you!

*Just kidding Paige, you’re incredibly talented. :)

All you need is a clean surface and some chalkboard paint!  This is great for toddlers because they can stay occupied while your cooking, cleaning the kitchen, etc. Lilly has recently started learning her letters and numbers. In just about a year she’ll be starting classes at the private school my sister works at, and I want her to learn everything before she gets there.