November 18, 2016
Early this summer, Jeff, my husband, and I met this couple: John and Jackie*. They are an older couple and we have learned to look up to them in a lot of ways.
We were making dinner plans one day and we had an interaction that went something like this:
John*: Are you going to see “Southside with You”? Jackie and I are going to see it on Friday night. We’d love for you to join us.
Me: I doubt it.
John: Really? Why not?
Me: It’s hard to get discount tickets for new releases. (Yes, I’m that frugal.)
November 16, 2016
I love my Costco. I go to Costco religiously. On payday, I head over and fill up my cart with goodies, which for the most part, is standard, with minimal changes.
On that list is ground beef. We purchase the three pack of Kirkland Organic Ground Beef almost every trip.
The problem, however, is figuring out to do with it. A juicy hamburger is always a hit. Spaghetti is another. Honestly, that’s where my go-to recipes end.
hundreds of several options, none of these to my husband’s liking. Until this one.
November 8, 2016
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Most women dream of having little girls. I didn’t.
One of the reasons that I wasn’t excited was the thought of doing three heads of hair on the regular basis. I barely like doing my own, add to it the fussiness of little girls and the critique of other mothers, I was not up for the challenge.
But alas, here I was with two daughters and tons of hair! In my quest to have more beautiful hair myself, I also have to make sure that my girls look good too! School has upped my hair game. Now, I do their hair more than once a week.
November 7, 2016
My little girls are readers – both of them.
Every night, I have each of them choose a book to read (unless someone chooses a ridiculously long book, then negotiations are in order).
Finding a Personalized Gift
As many books as we read, we rarely come across books with my daughter’s name. It’s unique, as it is a derivative of a very common name. On this site, I call her Bee because she is the Queen Bee of this household.
When I received the opportunity to take a look at a super special book where my little girl could “find her name”, I was enthusiastic to stay the least.
October 30, 2016
On our way up the coast, my husband and I started talking about our career choices. He’s an aerospace engineer. I’m a lawyer. I love a lot of things about the law, but it doesn’t spark my creative side.
He asked me why I didn’t choose another career field since I clearly have passions in other areas. The truth of the matter is that I didn’t know about them.
I started using a computer at the age of nine. By the age of 12, I learned how to be a graphic designer with color separation (the old fashioned way). I have had a series of freelance design gigs since.
October 24, 2016
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Each day after school, Bee starts sharing her day as soon as she gets into the car. Some days, she doesn’t stop talking until we get home. Recently, her focus has been on a mission to lose her first tooth. A classmate has already lost their first tooth and Bee just can’t wait until the Tooth Fairy comes to visit for the first time.
Of course, the Tooth Fairy doesn’t always stop by our house (don’t judge).
October 17, 2016
Weekends can be tons of fun, but on some weekends, where the primary goal is to clean up after the recent hurricane, ideas and energy can fall flat pretty quickly.
When I received Outdoor Science Lab for Kids by Liz Lee Heinecke, I was excited and hesitant. See, I have spent tons of time checking books like this out of the library, only to find out that I need to buy a bunch of things from the store to get them to work properly.
Outdoor Science Lab for Kids is nothing like that.
Many of these experiments can be done with a simple search around the home. Even when you do have to go to the store, you will likely use it all, no random items sitting around the house after you’re done.
October 11, 2016
Hurricane Matthew came and went with very little damage to me or anyone I know.
Many people asked, “Is it serious?”
As I mentioned in my last post, it is… and it isn’t.
See fortunately and unfortunately, we live in a society with a lot of modern conveniences, plenty of sturdy buildings and access to television and a twenty-four news cycle that does not shut up.
In places like Haiti, the same storm killed 800 and counting. With parts of Haiti’s south completely destroyed.
October 5, 2016
**This is not a disaster preparedness post. For those coming for that, I have linked guides for actual hurricane preparedness.**
If you aren’t on the East Coast, you probably haven’t heard much about Hurricane Matthews bearing down on the eastern seaboard, the largest in a decade. For this area, I believe it’s the largest since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Since my family and my mother live on the east coast, my sister called us out of worry. Neither of us are evacuating, we are both buckling down and preparing for the storm. She told me that I seemed calm, was it a big deal.
October 2, 2016
Paint and wine parties are all the rage and deservedly so. For two hours, you sit with some friends, showcase some art skills you didn’t know you had and, of course, drink some wine.
So, when one of these places opened up in my backyard I had to check it out. I had heard the buzz about Flora’s Cocktails and Canvases from some friends and was really looking forward to it since the next nearest place is a couple of towns over. Why drive extra if you don’t have to?
About Flora’s Cocktails and Canvases
From the website:
September 20, 2016
Sometimes learning a new routine sucks, but sometimes it’s great.
At our new school, the teachers help my daughters in and out of their car seats. I love that I don’t have to get in and out of the car and that someone else has to buckle them.
One particular day, when a teacher was helping Butterfly out of the car, she mentioned that she was happy to see that “her precious girl” was strapped in properly.
I also see the issue clearly when others take my daughters for a ride. I always begin with a 10-minute tutorial on how to properly secure the car seat, then buckle in my daughters. Everyone rolls their eyes, but I take my daughters’ safety seriously, especially in thousand pound vehicles.
September 12, 2016
I know that until my girls were born, I was extremely active in my son’s school life. After having Bee, my first daughter, I slacked off. I did what I could from home, but it wasn’t much.
When I dropped off the children on the first day, I really expected to drop and go. Instead, it went like this: drop, drop, drop and stay, then take one back home.
I knew I would stay with my two-year-old for a bit and make sure that she was adjusted to the class before leaving. Butterfly did great. She rarely looked at me, except to give me a loving smile and then back to playing.