Monday, February 23, 2015

Hello Monday

It's Monday and we are getting back into our routine after being away in a little cabin with no Internet, TV or phone in Pennsylvania for a few days. It was really fun, actually! I enjoy getting away, but I enjoy coming home more. There's something special about the place I call home. The smells. The lighting. The comfort of being in my home, in my own bed.


So, hello Monday, you stinker! You've snuck up on me once again.

Hello new job description! I got a promotion at work and now report directly to the president n a role celebrating the centennial of the college I work for. It's going to be a challenge, but an amazing opportunity for me to work with so many entities of the college and the community. I'm nervous... and excited too.

In other career news, check out my most recent post at Liberating Working Moms about how working mothers can achieve clarity and results in six simple steps.

Hello new member of the clan. One of my best friends is giving birth today. I'm so excited to meet her son.

Hello Chick-fil-A. I had heard all about this place and while we were away had the opportunity to experience it for lunch. Yum!

Hello daddy's Birthday. Not my daddy — Molly's daddy. Molly picked out yellow cupcakes and chocolate frosting today at the store and she wants to get her daddy a balloon too. I think he'll love it!
And speaking of Birthdays, mine is right around the corner. Me and the hubs are eight days apart, Pisces. I love Birthdays, especially my Birthday!

Hope you all have a great week! 










Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fashion Post: My first Stitch Fix review

Preface: I'm not a fashion blogger at all, I just love shopping for new clothes, getting dressed up and picking out fun accessories to complete my outfits.


Stitch Fix is a styling service that sends you five pieces per that have been individually picked out especially for you, based on the style profile you fill out on their site. You pay a $20 stylist fee to get started. If you keep even just one item, the $20 gets credited toward that item. Keep all five items and you get a 25% discount of the entire order.

I think Stitch Fix is a super cool idea and it must be so fun to work for this company!

Check out a note from the CEO Katrina Lake as the company celebrates their fourth anniversary.

Have you ever tried Stitch Fix? I thought about it for a while, and while I always thought it was too pricey for my taste, I decided to give it a try this month. You can too. Click here to check it out.


I was so excited to find my box waiting at my door for me when I came home from work. I had been checking my Stitch Fix account all day — since I knew it was coming — and discovered that at 12:32 p.m. it had arrived via Fed Ex. Imagine...I had to wait until work was over at 5 p.m. to get to my box!

 I didn't even take off my coat or hat when I arrived home. I just busted right into my box!


Nancy Metal Bead and Crystal Statement Bib 
 Super cool necklace. 



 I was so excited to see what was inside! They send a style card that shows you different ways you can wear what they've sent you. 

Lisa was my stylist and I think she did a great job!
Two tops. One dress. One pair of jeans. One statement necklace. 


THML Kahlo Knit Top.
I LOVE this top! It is so soft and fits great and I love the color combination!



Reanne Cap Sleeve Polka Dot Dress from Collective Concepts.
This dress is lovely!


Dolen Lace Blouse from Skies are Blue.
Love the color of this top. Fits great, but a little shorter than I normally wear. 



It was really super fun to try everything on and think about what I already owned and how I could style the items. I did not keep everything in my first fix for one reason or another. 

I did love the thrill of seeing what was inside the box and what was picked out just for me.
I can't wait to get my next "fix". 
What about you? Thinking of giving Stitch Fix a try. 
Go for it! 

Monday, January 26, 2015

hello Monday; it's all good

We had a really great weekend with my sister and her fiance. They came for the weekend and stayed in our guest room, played silly games with Molly and had all kinds of fun together. We even sang karaoke! Despite thoughts that today is the saddest day of the year — as the last Monday in January and winter in full effect — I'm reflecting on lots of good things happening in our life and sharing them here today. I'm taking the advice of Working Mother by Banish[ing] Monday Blues. I especially love the idea to take 10-15 minutes per day for your career management activities, like updating your LinkedIn or going to a networking event. So important.

Hello Monday!

Hello calm before the storm.
We are getting ready for a massive snow storm here on Long Island. Holy moly, like 24-36" could be expected. We're ready with lots of firewood stacked, fresh milk in the house and wine chilling as we speak! I'm grateful that my husband is at the point in his career that he no longer risks his life traveling into the city to work on days when massive snow accumulations are coming and trains will likely shut down. My job has already called a snow day tomorrow. Yippee!

Hello snow boots, snow outfits, mittens and hats. Daddy is so excited to build a snowman with his girl tomorrow!

Hello lots of extra snacks in the house.

Hello sweet little girl growing so fast before our very eyes. When I look at her I am so very blessed and lucky that I get to call her mine. This girl challenges us and is helping make us better parents and to communicate better. I continue to pray for patience every day and be present in the moment and enjoy the little things in life that will disappear all too soon.




Hello financial peace. I've just signed up for Financial Peace University and I'm so excited/nervous to start this week. I'd wanted to take the nine-week class last year, but put obstacles in my way and didn't register for it. I think the time is right now. My husband and I are both excited for what we can learn and ready to be on a responsible path to becoming debt free. More about what we are learning and how we are moving forward to come.

Hello table for three. We've been having dinners at home together as a little family at Molly's table. She loves it and so do we! She sets the table with napkins and plates for all of us.

 

She is such a big helper! She even helps clean bathrooms! Hello clean bathroom.
 


Stay safe and warm friends!




Friday, January 23, 2015

Living (and loving) with ADD

I've never posted about this before. I've never actually talked much about it before, even to people who know me well. My blog, my rules. I live with attention deficit disorder (ADD) every day.  Some days are a struggle. Some days are easier than others. Some days I can almost sense the emotional activities before they even begin. Some days are loud, others are quiet and solemn — almost to the point that I think something is wrong. Other days are high energy and all over the place and I can't keep up.

I live with ADD every day.

I do not have ADD.

 My husband also lives with ADD every day — his ADD.


What prompted me to finally start writing about this topic and about my marriage was a recent article that came across my Facebook feed, 20 Things to Remember if You Love a Person With ADD.

I particularly related with the statement, "True love is unconditional, but ADD presents situations that test your limits of love."
 
 
Our love has been tested in the last three years more than I care to admit. I'm not sure how much I will share on my blog, but I do know that writing is helpful and therapeutic for me. I do know that I want my husband to be comfortable with what I write and share in this space. 
 
Sarah Markley is a blogger that I was introduced to years ago via another blog and she lives with a spouse with ADD also. Her post What to do: Living with an ADD Spouse is bookmarked. When I struggle with love and marriage is messy and frustrating and sad, I always find my way back to her blog. 

So, here I am. Trying to make sense of it all get through our days with a little grace and a lot of love. We struggle. We love. We battle. We endure. 
 
 


Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - 1 Corinthians 13:7
 
 



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What I Wore

This weekend I celebrated a great friend's baby sprinkle. She is due with a sweet little boy next month and I couldn't be happier for her little family to expand. 

I had been on a hunt for a great pair of red pants, not just since Valentine's Day is coming, but because I got rid of my super cool red boot leg pants in a spring cleaning incident. So disappointed. Do you ever feel really energized to fill the donation bags that you sometimes get rid of something you wish you hadn't? All.the.time.

Old Navy had the entire store on sale this past weekend and I got my red pants (with a $10 off coupon too!) and I really love the fit and feel of them.



My daughter took this pic of me with my I-phone. She was so proud of herself! 


The pearl necklace is one of my favorite pieces. I bought it years ago from Forever 21. They have the best prices on their accessories! Similar here.  
The top is new from Very Jane. I love the online boutique. This top has a gold zipper in front and anther in back that I like and the white sheer is attached. It's one of my new favorite tops! I get their updates on Facebook and I'm addicted! At this moment I've got three pieces in my cart ready for checkout.
The pants are Old Navy exact here.
The booties are Payless similar here.

Happy Wednesday. I'm linking up with the Pleated Poppy.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mid Month Confessions

Today I'm linking up with Sam and Scout and Notes from the Nelsons to share my less than perfect moments from the last month.


{one}
So, we've been having some trouble getting Molly to sleep in her big girl bed. At first we stuck to our guns and while one of us lays with her in her bed, let her cry a bit and console her. Then, we caved. We let her sleep in our bed. I wanted her next to me. I wanted to snuggle her and wake up next to her. I know it sounds crazy after all the work we've been putting into bedtime, but hey, this is confessions!

{two}
I watch reality TV, like, sometimes too much. Some of the shows I watch are the Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Khloe and Kourtney (Kardashian) Take the Hamptons, True Tori, The Bachelor, Donnie Loves Jenny and I love the Real Housewives of New Jersey. I also love watching HGTV and sometimes feel so connected to the hosts of the shows, like I could have a real conversation with them. I actually feel connected to so many celebrities that I follow them on Instagram and "like" pictures of their homes, clothing, children and lavish lives.

{three}
I don't wash my hair every day. I do shower every day and shave my legs every day, even in the wintertime.

{four}
I leave dirty dishes in the sink a couple nights a week. I leave wet laundry in the washing machine more than I'd actually like to admit. Sometimes it's because I forget. Other times it's because I'm too lazy to walk down the stairs to the basement and switch them from the washer to the dryer.

{five}
I can't remember the last time I washed my car. It might have been three years ago!

{six}
I have vacuumed my car though. We live out of my car in the summer with all our frequent beach trips, so sand is usually everywhere! You know what else is usually everywhere? Plastic toys. Princesses. Pieces of snacks. Sippie cups. Hats. Shoes. Wipes. You get the picture! Please tell me you can relate?

{seven}
Tonight I'm going out to dinner with my friend and her kids. I'm so excited to spend time together, bit I'm super excited that I don't have to make dinner. I hate making dinner! I hate thinking about what to make for dinner.


Wanna join in the confession making fun? Don't forget to head over to see the others linking up and confessing their deep, dark secrets!

Monday, January 5, 2015

hello {back to} work

It's Monday and I am back at work after having almost two weeks off. It was a break filled with lots of friends and family, frequent naps, long, lazy mornings in our pajamas, and a few fun activities. I felt like most days I was in the kitchen constantly cleaning up from preparing some sort of meal, picking up after another one of my daughter's kitchen paint parties, or cleaning up bits of Playdoh off the floor.



All in all I had a lovely rested break and I am looking forward to being back in the routine. It's Monday and I'm linking up with Lisa Leonard for some hellos.

Hello chilly weather this week.
It was warmer (in the 60s) yesterday but we are going to have a bitter cold week this week and could get a couple inches of snow.

Hello hat, scarf and gloves.
Molly and Lillian (our newest addition to the "girls club") both got beautiful homemade, knitted hats from Aunt Michelle for Christmas. It is going to look great with her purple puffy coat this winter.


Hello crisp new black pants for back to work and a new top courtesy of my little addiction to Very Jane. Have you checked them out? Loving the boutique-inspired clothes and the great deals they have!

Hello new makeup courtesy of a Sephora gift card for Christmas.

Hello pretty new pink 2015 calendar that  I am filling with meetings and important dates.

Hello soup for dinner.

Hello new Bachelor. Are you going to watch tonight? I haven't watched a season in so long but I feel compelled to watch the small town farm boy they are referring to as Prince Farming.

Have a great week!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Big girl. Big changes.

Over the Christmas/New Year break my little girl entered into some real big girl territory. It's quite sad, actually, but for us it was time. And after all, I can't make time stand still and keep my little girl little forever, unfortunately!



Exhibit one, a new booster seat for the car, since Molly no longer fit into her old car seat. We had put it on our baby registry before Molly was even born at the recommendation of a friend. It was a Britax and it served us well for over three years, albeit heavy and not so easy to install into other cars. By the time she was nine months old she was using it and now, as my girl approaches four years old (not until May) it was certainly time for the upgrade. We had loosened the straps to the bitter end and it was getting too tight on her. She would not even fit into the seat with her winter coat on, which apparently you are not supposed to do anyway.

We had looked around a bit at reviews on the Internet and had received some advice from my good friend who just purchased a booster seat for her daughter, and my sister in law who has been through the booster seat upgrade three times with all of my nephews.

We purchased the Evenflo Maestro booster seat from Babies R Us. It was a great price and had some good reviews. The seat offered harness straps (many of the boosters did not) which I certainly wanted for extra safety. (At about 35 pounds I am not ready to move her entirely to seat belt straps yet.) We can eventually remove them and use a seat belt with the seat when the time is right. We liked the cup holders for car rides with sippie cups and snacks. Wait...don't all car rides include sippie cups and snacks?! The seat was super easy to install (I even did it myself!) and the straps adjust really easy as well.



Exhibit two, a big girl (twin) bed. Up until earlier this week Molly was still sleeping in her crib. She had never tried to climb out and willingly went in for bed time and naps, so we saw no need to move her into a bed before it was necessary. She was however getting taller and it seemed to me that it might be time for the switch when I heard her hit her head a few times during naps.

We had purchased the bed frame — a vintage metal day bed complete with chippy white paint and gold balls on each corner — from Craigslist. I have found some great pieces on Craigslist over the years. This piece was purchased from a woman whose daughter used the bed from the time she was about Molly's age until recently when she became a teenager and had wanted to upgrade to a queen. The bed was in great shape and I loved the vintage look of it. We got a new mattress and new sheets. We let Molly pick them out at Target and she chose Frozen sheets, of course! 



We thought all of this — plus the sound machine and lavender spray on the sheets — would make the transition to the bed easy, but let's just say that after a week...bedtime is still a work in progress. Any tips for making bedtime easier?