Happy SECOND birthday Alice Kate.  You are one cool kid that’s loved beyond measure.

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Sister Sister

Each time I was pregnant I had that uncertain certain feeling that we were having a boy. Pregnancy gives you very scientific rationalizing skills. Matt had the opposite and correct hunch that we were having a girl – each time. (What can I say?  He is destined to a life of being surrounded by fabulous women!)  My “feeling” was most likely fueled by the fact that we have always had a baby boy name ready to go. Owen. It’s Matt’s middle name and it’s a forever favorite. I was actually game for naming either of our girls Owen, but Matt wasn’t feeling it. Which is just as well, I adore the names we gave our girls: Alice and Elaine.

So here I am, a mother to sisters and I wouldn’t have it any other way. These girls!!! I feel so fortunate to have a front row seat to their childhood. Watching their sisterly relationship unfold and getting to witness so many of these special moment is a privilege.  I’m having so much fun watching these girls interact and grow.  This mom stuff is just so much cooler than I ever imagined.

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Plant Game On Point

Recently I repotted all my house plants with fresh and rich black soil. It’d been a while. I’m pretty sure all the foliage under my care collectively sighed in relief. I also added a few new indoor plants. Because plants like new friends.

And for the first time in two, maybe three, years I filled the clay pots by our front door with some shade loving plants. Because curb appeal. And because for the first time in the three years I am neither pregnant or all-consumed with a newborn baby. It’s a good place to be. My front door and air quality is much improved.

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Happy Mother’s Day

We had a wonderful weekend with our families.  We celebrated Alice’s 2nd birthday on Saturday with a sweet little party (more on that later).   I wished my own mom and my mother in law a Happy Mother’s Day.   My second Mother’s Day was marked by good food, pretty flowers, a thoughtful card, Matt, and of course, these two beauties.

I’m forever honored to be their Mama.  I love you baby girls!

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The Weekend Is Almost Upon Us

Hello Friday!!! Whew, let me tell you, it’s been one of those weeks for us. Alice is finally over an ear infection and therefore back to her happy self and Matt is coming out of the woods after having strep throat. So yeah, a sick toddler and a sick husband made for some busy times for this mama. I was pretty exhausted much of this week but since things are turning around for the better, it’s all good.

Good thing, because tomorrow we are having Alice’s SECOND birthday party. (I have an almost two year old!!! What?!) We are celebrating a week early and keeping it low key just as we did for her first birthday. I’ve made the executive decision that birthday parties will be low key and pretty much just family until my kiddos personally ask to invite friends.

So tonight, after both girls go to bed, Matt and I will be on birthday party prep duty. Everyone will be arriving at our house around 11am tomorrow to celebrate our sweet girl. What do you have planned this weekend? Anything good?

Here’s some noteworthy stuff I’ve been enjoying on the internets lately:

inspiration for waking up early

+ which in turn led me to Hello Mornings, a 6 week challenge to maximize your mornings. I started the May 4th session on May 4th, so all the small groups were unfortunately full.  So far, week 1, I’m enjoying the morning Bible Studies and will maybe do the next session starting June 29th and join an accountability group

+ Joy the Baker Podcasts  On a whim, I decided to listen to Joy and Tracy’s recent podcast titled The Captain’s Log and I found myself smiling, laughing, and getting nostalgic for my own best girlfriends that happen to live in my same zip code. I’m hooked and have been since diving into the archives and listening to random episodes here and there.

+ Which in turn led me to How have I never heard of this before?! Like you, maybe, I have(had) waaaayyyy too many mass subscription emails. With I was able to unsubscribe from a ton of those unwanted emails all at once. As for the few (okay more than a few) subscribtions, I felt like keeping I was able to “roll them up” into just one email that I receive once a day.  Within that one “roll up” you can skim the entire and delete the entire lot or peruse a can’t resist sale in more detail.  GENIUS. My inbox is so much happier. Check it out you guys. It’s free.

I haven’t been swimsuit shopping in years, but I’m thinking that this summer there will be swimming. This simple yet classy suit really appeals to my postpartum state of mind (and body). It’s a “mom swimsuit” without being too mom-ish.  You know, there’s no attached shorts or anything equally hideous.  Lets label it as a swimsuit for the modern day cool mom.

Wishing you a most excellent weekend you guys!!!

Thought for the week: “No one looks stupid when they’re having fun.” Amy Poehler

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Book Report. May

My goal to read at least 12 books in 2015 is coming right along.  I’m halfway there with six books checked off!  Here’s my most recent reads:

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper.  I wrote the perfect review of this book and then accidentally erased it with no hopes of retrieval. Believe me, I tried.  Anyhow, this was a good one that I have already recommended to several different people. It’s written by a man, which halfway through, I realized was a new perspective for me. Most of the books I read are written by women about women. It was a fresh take to read something not only where the main character is male, but the author is male as well. This book is full dark humor, which to be honest, is right up my alley. Lots of laughs and lots of somber moments as well. It was a good mix.

The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith. This is a home decor book written by a blogger. I’ve seen it floating around BlogLand many a time and finally checked it out from our local library. This wasn’t what I was expecting in that it wasn’t exactly do this specific thing to decorate your home. It was more do something to make your home feel like home and get over your fear of perfection. Great message and I definitely thought it was inspiring. I hesitate to mention my one hang up with this book because the overall message is positive and encouraging. But since this post is all about reviewing books… I’ll go ahead and try to share my one problem with this book. I’ll try to be brief – The author is a renter. She believes that homeowners and renters alike should enjoy the home they have. She gives examples of how a renter can use their resources to make their rental home feel more like their own. Examples are painting walls and changing out light fixtures. All great suggestions and things that can be changed back if and when one’s lease is over. However, she also makes changes to her rental homes that aren’t easily reversible. The two examples that stick out in my mind are when she paints the formica (?) countertops in a kitchen and then again when she paints over wood paneling on a wall. She explains that she thought these two changes were worth the risk of losing her deposit. I have no doubt that both of these changes improved the aesthetic of the rental house, but I don’t think her actions were appropriate. Overall I thought the message of this book was great, but that one thing/attitude was off putting (for me).

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. I’ve had this book on my To-Read List for quite some time and I’m glad I finally got my hands on a copy. Loved this one! It’s a mix of old Italy, present day Hollywood, (& several other locations but mostly Italy and Hollywood) and how the lives of multiple people with different backgrounds are all entwined. The story bounces back and forth between time, places, and characters. It’s about your average Joe, the almost famous, the passion for and then fall of fame, love, forgiveness, etc… I was happy with the way it was all wrapped up in the end. I love me a good conclusion.

I have the Fringe Hours uploaded to my Kindle as well a few other non-fiction books, but otherwise I’m looking for my next great read. Any suggestions? What have you read lately?


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The Weekend Is Almost Upon Us

Last weekend was packed full to the brim and this weekend is pretty much wide open.  Funny how that works out isn’t it?  Our little fan will most likely lay low and hang around the house.  I would like to get some major organizing done.  Particularly my office area that also happens to be located in our main common living space.  It’s been an eye sore since before Elaine was born (eeeek, right?)!   I should also mention that we are planning on having Alice’s 2nd birthday party at our house not this weekend but the next –  so seems like a good time to spruce things up a bit, yeah?


If you have any time, I’d love your input on a couple things before you go into your own weekend (which I’d love to hear what you have planned or unplanned):

1. Do you carry a water bottle? I recently tossed my favorite water bottle after several years because it was starting to smell.  Gross, I know.  I’m currently carrying a Klean Kanteen and it does the job fine…but I was just wondering if  you have a particular water bottle that you just love.

2. Eye Make Up.  You guys I’m constantly smearing my eye makeup and am frustrated by eye liner.  I want a non-water proof mascara that doesn’t make me look like a raccoon and an eyeliner that does the same.  I’m pretty picky.  I’d like the eyeliner to not be liquid (to bold for my everyday look) but also glide on smoothly.  Does this even exist?

3. I recently bought a Nutribullet to make smoothies in the morning.  I have been making smoothies off and on for a while now, and I grew tired of dragging out our huge blender each morning.  All my smoothie-making-friends tell me that the nutribullet is the way to go, so I got one.  I’ll let you know what I think after I use it for a while.  Anyhow, here’s my question, what do you guys think of protein powder?  Yay or nay?  To be honest it kind of scares me because it seems chemical-ish, but I’m picking up that all the cool smoothie makin’ kids are using it.

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