Bye, Turkey!

Nov 28, 2014 by

It’s time to get my Christmas ON. I waited until today, not out of respect for the bird, but because we hosted and I felt like I had to keep the fall theme going until at least dessert was through.

I am not of the feeling that we must wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas. Think about it. Of all the holidays, this is the best one to decorate for. This is the one we spend the most time and effort on — stringing lights outside, chopping down trees/digging them out of the attic and setting them up, adding more lights, bulbs, decorations, putting up stockings, et cetera, et CETERA…

It’s 11/28. Christmas is less than a month away. I’m sorry, but if I’m putting all that effort in, I want to enjoy it for more than three weeks. We started fall decorating in SEPTEMBER. It’s been months. Time to wrap it up, pumpkins. Buh BYE, leaves and corn stalks. BRING ON THE SNOWFLAKES AND TINSEL!

No photos of my husband and I alone…

Nov 28, 2014 by

The other day I was having a conversation with a friend whom I had met through work about our significant others. We had “gotten” to know about each others partners through sharing of stories and right at that moment she asked me to see a picture of my husband. I have always been lucky with my husband and how he is a true partner but he also has gorgeous RED hair. So of course my friend wanted to see just how RED it is.

I went scrolling through my iphone pictures and you want to know what I realized? I have very few pictures of my husband and if I do it is only with the kids and none of us together?!

Before Kids iphone photo actually had pictures of my partner and I

Before Kids iphone photo actually had pictures of my partner and I

This Week The Universe Called…

Nov 28, 2014 by

“You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need”

The Rolling Stones

 I have always loved music. As long as I can remember, I’ve listened and sung along to top 40 radio, classic rock, MTV (when they played music), and, as I matured further explored other musical genres.  So it’s no real surprise that song lyrics often pop into my head in response to a situation or when my mind is randomly wandering. This week, the famous Rolling Stones lyric, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you get what you need,” was on continuous loop in my brain.   Maybe it has something to do with Thanksgiving and expressing gratitude for having a loving family, a healthy kid, and the empathy of friends.  But sometimes I think the Universe (or whatever name you have for it) is trying to send a message…a little nudge to get you to grow.

Holiday Shopping with Ease

Nov 26, 2014 by

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As promised last week today I’m going to let you in on my Christmas shopping secrets.  Hopefully this will help you a little bit as we get ready for the holiday craziness that is December.  I can’t take credit for all these ideas, but I am happy to share them with you.  All you need is a few afternoons in front of your computer and the shopping will mostly be done.

Step 1: Go to amazon.com.  By now you should have a general idea of what you are going to get everyone on your list.  I had my older daughter start her own Amazon wish list back in September so I’d have some ideas.  As you peruse Amazon start adding things to your shopping cart.  It’s ok if you don’t end up buying them, just put them there-trust me.  I actually start putting things for Christmas in my cart in October and add to it as I get more ideas.  The beauty of having the things in your cart is that you will get an alert when something is at risk of selling out, or when the price changes.  This is a life-saver.

How I Learned to “Be Present”

Nov 26, 2014 by

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Appreciate the little things. Time flies.  Know what’s really important. Keep things in perspective. Be present. I read blog post after blog post on these topics and every time I smile and nod in agreement. “Yes! Such an important message!” Then I turn my head away from my kids and go back to scrolling on my phone. “Aww! That puppy is so cute!” “Kim Kardashian did what?!” And so it goes. The other day I caught myself in a situation where my three year old and I were sitting next to each other on the couch both looking down at our phones. Three year old watching monster truck videos on YouTube, me browsing Facebook. And it hit me: this is not how I want to spend my time with my kids. It’s time to stop nodding in agreement to all those blog posts, and actually be present.

Girls’ Day Out

Nov 26, 2014 by

I hate to admit this, but it has been almost a year since I have had valuable alone time with my daughter. I was so gigantic at the end of my pregnancy with my second child, that I was practically bed ridden and too tired to have any quality time with my daughter. And once the baby arrived, my focus has been mostly on taking care of his needs. I feel bad about this, because I feel like she has been getting the short end of the stick since time spent exclusively with my very independent four and a half year old has been virtually non-existent, until the other day.  I even wrote a Letter of Apology to her  for this. But,  as it turned out, my daughter was off from school this week due to parent-teacher conferences and the Thanksgiving holiday, and my son was scheduled to go to daycare on Monday. I decided to use this time wisely and have our very first girls’ day.

Online Obligations

Nov 26, 2014 by

Alright. I’m just going to put this out there at the risk of embarrassing myself. I’m not sure if you can relate, but I polled a few of my girlfriends and found that they could identify with me, at varying levels.

I often feel obligated to check my phone. Does that sound weird? Let me explain. Between myself and the three women that I spoke with, I find that sometimes the websites, blogs, and social media that I find entertaining can also make me feel duty-bound. By this, I mean that I feel that many times I need to check in on my Facebook mom groups and show some love and support, stay on top of my friends’ Instagram photos, update my running app, make my move on one of my word games when I think that maybe a friend is waiting for me, and stay abreast of a couple of my favorite blogs.

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