Fashion Friday – Fashion, Friends and Fun. All good “F” words

A couple weeks ago, my friend Aleisha texted me one night and said, “Want to meet at Closest Revival tomorrow?” I really didn’t need anything specific but I didn’t want to miss the chance to see her so I happily agreed.

We met and scooped up some excellent little finds. I spotted this ruffled leopard print skirt for $16.00. The label read INC and the tag was still attached that read $59.00. That was certainly a good deal. When I tried it on I loved it. We both walked out of there with a couple good scores. I actually bought 2 pairs of jeans, 1skirt and 1 top all totaling $80.00. The jeans alone were worth well over $100.

I have worn this skirt at least 5 times already. So comfortable and so easy. I recently bought these geometric shaped earrings for $15.00 as well on Zulilly. Put the two new things together with an old black tank top and the whole outfit really only cost me $30.00.

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Saturday Style – Swanky Neighborhood, Not so Swanky Price

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When my family moved to Texas two years ago, my husband and I wanted to move into a “nice” neighborhood. We feverishly drove through every neighborhood in the DFW area and decided upon one that was voted one of the Best Neighborhoods in the country. It takes a while to acclimate and have a neighborhood feel like a home. And, I can admit that it is getting there, but it still doesn’t feel completely like home. But, I can safely say one thing………my neighborhood sure is nice. It’s been two years and I am meeting more and more people. When Christine comes to visit she describes my neighborhood as “Duloc”, that idlic community featured in the Shrek movies. It’s about as pretty as it gets.

Recently, I stumbled upon something that makes my neighborhood pretty fabulous. I was  on  Facebook and I saw on the top of my page a private group which just so happened to have a couple of my neighbors pictures listed. I thought it was real estate homes for sale so I asked to be added. What it ended up being was a private group where my neighbors sell stuff. I was in heaven. My neighbors sell some pretty nice things at some pretty rock bottom prices. Rugs, furniture, accessories, electronics and even CLOTHES. I told my mother about the furniture and her response was, “GET OUT!”. I think it’s even making my mother contemplate joining Facebook. No, not really, but she is constantly asking me what the deal of the day is.

This cute little mint dress was a find on this new private group.  It’s a Cabi score and my neighbor and new friend was selling it for $30.00.  She wrote in her description it was never worn. It looked cute to me. I didn’t have anything in my closet this color, so I drove myself up to her doorstep and picked up the new score and left her thirty dollars in cash in her mailbox.  How cool was that? I drove away thinking, God I love this neighborhood. So much I had to blog about it.

My necklace was also a gift from another neighbor for helping her when she was on vacation. She knows I love Stella and Dot jewelry. She found a vendor online called Fun Daisy that makes Stella and Dot knock offs, and purchased one for me as a Thank you for my help. The necklace is beautiful and a steal at $13.99!  The site has a ton of beautiful things and will be a site I surely visit again.

So, I’m calling this outfit my “Swanky Neighborhood Outfit at Not So Swanky Price”.  All together my outfit costs $43.00. Another winner under 50 bucks! I absolutely love it! And, the neighborhood as well.

I Never Really Cared For Stereotypes

 

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Eve is One! I can’t believe it. Another thing that I can’t believe is what a rascal she is turning out to be. Honestly, I guess I fell for the whole, “You are having a girl, she’s going to be so much calmer than the boys” thing. Nope! Not one iota of that statement is true. Why do we make such generalizations? It always floors me how many people make such stupid comments. She is just as active as the boys were, if not a little more. We are constantly getting her out of jams. A few weeks ago, I swiped her mouth to pull something out and much to my surprise it was a live beetle. Oh wow, that’s something new. The boys never ate live bugs. She climbs in the dryer when I’m doing laundry and likes to put herself into tight spaces. She actually laughs when she passes gas. The boys never did that until much much later. She screams, “Ball”, “Goal” and “Ut Oh”, all very boy-like things to say. Last night I saw her eating some corn at the table, with her leg propped up on the table as she ate. Nothing lady-like about that.

Anyway, I never liked stereotypes and I never liked generalizations so I’m okay with it. As girly as I am, I have a very tomboy side to me as well. I guess that is what will make her cool.

When she was just teeny tiny, Nicholas looked at me and said, “Mom, I hope she is a tomboy and not a girly girl”. I said, “We shall see Nick”. I guess Nicholas is getting his wish.

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Monday Mom Style – It’s not Right, but it’s Okay

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A couple of weeks ago, I ordered a black and white maxi skirt from Jane.com.  Last weekend, I received a black and grey maxi skirt.   I was a bit disappointed but as a busy Mom, I just thought it will have to do. The good news was the material was great and the fit was great too.  Two out of three isn’t bad these days.   I was originally thinking that the yellow necklace, also purchased from Jane, would look nice with the black and white contrast.  The yellow necklace still works  with the black and grey and it was a steal for$7.99.

I have been eyeing these type of skirts for awhile.  Such an effortless outfit for a Mom in the summertime. If you have a maxi skirt, tank and necklace you have an instant outfit for summertime fun.

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Summer Vacation- Friend or Foe?

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I feel totally bipolar when it comes to thoughts about summer vacation.  By the time June rolls around, I’m so done with the daily grind of school.  What’s the saying? Homework, books, teachers’ dirty looks?  I will start this rant by saying that I really do love summer. Coming from the Northeast, we LIVE for summer. It was usually short,  and if you blinked it was gone.  Now…………I have kids.  Not only do I have kids, but I have two wild and crazy boys who can make any long summer day feel like an even longer day.   I have all of these grand ideas at the beginning of summer.  I pick a couple of good camps for the boys.  We head to the library looking for cool summer reading and I even buy them a couple of cool summer outfits.   Here’s what I wish would happen. And, here’s what really happens:

Sleep in and have a quiet morning.  The kids get up earlier for some odd reason and immediately ask to watch TV or play video games upon waking. I fight with little people while I try to make the coffee.

Spend Hours in the pool enjoying the water – They whine and complain that the water is too cold or too hot.  They tell me if they had “cooler” pool toys they would go in.  I actually contemplate taking them to get some peace and quiet.

Have a nice calm lunch – By 10:00am, Vince has usually snuck in the pantry and raided it for anything that even resembles a cookie and has pretty much exhausted his sugar allotment for the day.

Boys sit down and get lost in a book – Reading ends up being  a negotiation to get more TV or electronics and they rush through it and ask me repeatedly when they can be done.  Vince actually screamed “I hate reading”, the other day.  Great response from the boy who won a spelling bee.

Boys would have play dates and occupy themselves for hours – Play dates become more reason to nag me about video games. ‘But Mom, we have to fix our Clan”, or “we have to play Minecraft TOGETHER”.

We could just relax at the beach – The boys argue, ask for lemonade, tell me I didn’t pack any goods snacks, throw sand, walk on the blanket (even though we tell them not to) and ask what we are doing later.

Enjoy Camp – A couple of years ago, Vince would refuse to go to camp.  They would have to hold him and I would run out of the building.  It was terrible.  Now the boys tell me how much they don’t like camp, how they miss me during the day, what kid bothers them or if I could please pick them up earlier.

Maybe other Moms are experiencing some peaceful summer days.  Here’s hoping for some pleasant memories sprinkled in with the arguing, whining and negotiating about video games.  Believe it or not it does happen.

 

 

 

 

Fifteen Dollar Flower Power

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Rushing through Target last week, I saw these flowered pants on the clearance rack.  I was curious because I have been seeing floral prints everywhere.  I tried them on.  They didn’t need any hemming or adjustment and the price tag read $14.99. That worked.

I wore them yesterday and both Vaughn and my Mom said they liked them.  That was surprising.  Vaughn isn’t always that keen on my bargain finds from Target.   My mom even said she would wear them herself.

The shirt was purchased at Closet Revival in Plano for $7.99 and my big yellow earrings came from Target as well, $2.99.  The entire outfit was $25.97!

 

Mother’s Intution or Just Plain Hours in the Field

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There is a saying I like that goes something like, “One hour in the field is worth ten in the classroom”.  It’s pretty safe to say that motherhood clocks many hours in the field.

I have had a challenging two weeks.  In two weeks, this family has had four cases of strep throat.  Yep, FOUR.  I only have three kids, so that means one kid got the dreaded illness twice.  That kid would be, you guessed it, the baby!  I have been administering antibiotics four times a day for basically two weeks.  Between antibiotics, pain medicine, and the numerous nighttime wake-ups, there’s been little room for anything else.

With Eve’s first go around with strep, I had a hunch she was sick.  She wouldn’t take a nap and then she spiked a high fever.  I picked her up and plopped her on my lap.  I did this should I bring her to the doctor or should I not bring her to the doctor sort of dance in my head.  With your third kid you try not to run in with every fever.  You optimistically hope they will just get better all by themselves.  Well, I got a whiff of her breath and a strange thing happened. I thought I smelled strep throat.  I wasn’t sure, but the smell was familiar.  I think I even mentioned to my mother that she smelled like it.  Must have been all of those other lovely cases of strep throat my boys brought home once or twice.  Luckily, I brought her in and sure enough she tested positive.  I was asking myself that night, was that my own intuition or just plain experience.  I thought about other funny things that mothers can predict long before they even happen:

Accurately predicting diaper blowouts – The morning of Eve’s baptism, she had trouble going to the bathroom.  Without being completely vulgar you could see she was a bit constipated. Christine looked right at me and said, “Yep, she’s going to have a poop explosion at the church”.  I didn’t disagree but hoped she wasn’t right.  As we were waiting to be seated at the restaurant, immediately following her baptism, I got a hold of smell so bad that I surely thought they hadn’t cleaned the restaurant appropriately.  Come to find out, Christine was almost spot on with her prediction.  We had a diaper explosion of epic proportions to deal with in the restaurant right before our meal.  Thank god it actually came minutes after the baptism.  Excuse the pun.

Sixth Sense that Something is going to go down at the playground – I’m a master at this.  I never intended to be a helicopter Mom but Nicholas was so bad I had no choice but to be the best “hovercraft” I could be.  That boy could clear a playground in five minutes.  I remember having this mother’s intuition thing the moment we would walk into a playground. I would see little girls playing with their dolls or boys playing with swords. If it were even a little crowded, I knew in five minutes I would be wrangling him out of there. Nine out of ten times I was right.

Deciphering Good yelling vs. Bad yelling – I can accurately tell you if all that yelling you are hearing from another room is happy yelling or mad yelling. I’m not even sure how I know.  I just know that all that screaming either means nothing or that someone is going to get a knuckle sandwich.

When Quiet is Bad –  It’s this weird uneasiness that a Mom gets when there is more than 3 minutes of uninterrupted quiet. You suddenly feel out of sorts.  Where’s the talking?  Where’s the banging? Where’s the child? This happened to Christine only once when Celia was almost 3.  Things were peaceful for a couple of minutes so she checked on her in her room. Celia had gotten ahold of a scissor and had chopped off  her bangs and stuffed them all in her Easy Bake Oven. These 4 minutes of quiet, left Celia with a head of hair that took a  year to remedy.  I had a little quiet once too.   Nicholas single handedly almost ate a whole box of  crayons while left coloring.    It only really happens once and we all realize how dangerous quiet can really be.

When Still is a Problem –  I always know when my kids are really sick.  It’s the only time they don’t move.  This past weekend when Eve was sick she laid in my arms so still. I had this feeling come over me that she may be nauseous.  It’s only when my children are nauseous that they lie really still.   Sure enough, Eve threw up five minutes later.  Come to find out she really is a Kinosian.

Motherhood teaches us so many things that we really would not know otherwise.   For me it’s not Mother’s intuition but the countless hours in the “field”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trend Report – The Cut-out Bathing Suit is the New Tankini

It’s bathing suit season. As exciting as this can be, bathing suit shopping is sometimes an extremely challenging task.  You have to find the right lighting in the stores.  You cross your fingers that the store you pick has the “skinny” mirrors.  You try not to go out for a big meal before your embark on this mission, yet you can’t be starving either.  It can be quite a process. More importantly,  I now have to find something fashionable enough, yet practical enough, to wear while at the beach with kids.  Lately, I have been seeing these beautiful cut out bathing suits while out and about.  I thought, gee this might be something good for the women in my age group.  It’s not a bikini, yet way more fashionable than a tankini.  I think I’m on to something.   So, that’s what I’m going with this season.  I’m going with something classy yet fashionable as I tote my kiddos around and enjoy the last of my thirties.  Here are some on my wish list

 

Some of my favorites  for moms would be the following.  They are all classy enough, sturdy enough, yet fashionable enough. I guarantee you will look better in these than a traditional old J.crew or Lands End tankini.

 

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I recently picked up this cute bathing suit from Zulily.com for $49.99.  It’s not technically a cut out but in the same family.  I really like it.

 

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Splurge Vs Steal

Recently, I noticed this beautiful flower statement necklace being sold at J.Crew stores.  I thought it was beautiful and would look so nice with so many colors, even black or white.  I thought the necklace would be an easy compliment to any color shirt or dress that I already had.  I didn’t, however,  like the over $100.00 price tag.   Since most of my shopping still occurs from Jane.com, how convenient that they had a “designer inspired” one being offered on their website for $17.99.  I scooped it up two weeks ago and I love it.  I plan on wearing it a lot this summer.

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Funny Words That Describe How Mommies Feel at the End of the Day

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So, the girlfriends and I got to talking, and you know we NEVER sugar coat things.  Especially, not with each other.  That’s what makes our friendships so wonderful, we never pretend things are all peaches and cream on our end.  We have been moms for sometime now, with the first baby (Ava) arriving 10 years ago.  I’ll never forget that first gathering where we all packed up to drive out to see Christina and welcome baby Ava.  Of course we wanted to see the beautiful baby, but even more we had to know if we would ever be able to survive childbirth. Christina was the first to forge that battle.  Christina did a good job reenacting everything and leaving us thinking, “Oh no, that doesn’t sound so good”.   But, like a new mom I was talking to last week said, “You never really know how things are going to be until you go through them yourself”. The same is true when talking about the day to day goings on of being a Mom.

We have all had some pretty crazy days.  And, with most of my friends, our husbands travel……..and heavily.  I swear a whole blog could be dedicated just to that subject alone.   I will tell you that we have all received and sent some pretty funny texts at the end of the day.  I sometimes really look forward to seeing some of them or even sending out a colorful one or two myself.  It’s the little things like that that can get you through the exhaustion.   Or, maybe just laugh through it.

I will never forget the time that Christine and Victor were planning on taking the kids to Disney. Their kids were small.  It was a much anticipated vacation with Victor treating his family to first class seats on the flight by using all of the frequent flyer miles that he had saved up.  In typical fashion, Victor missed the flight.  This time, dragging his whole family into the unfortunate situation.   The first text I got from Christine was, “I’m so mad, we are going to miss the flight”.   Later, she texted me to tell me they had a grueling day ahead full of extra connections and long waits at airports.  All with two small children. The last text I received from her, very late that night was, “We made it……….I’m shredded”.  Shredded.  I honestly knew exactly what she was talking about.  What a funny word, but what an accurate word to describe what it feels like  at the end of the night dealing with the talking, fighting, whining, and constant entertaining that goes along with young kids.

Some of the funny, but true words said by all of us:

Vaughn – Bamboozled.  Love that one!  He has also been known to say “This is nothing but a goat rodeo”

Claire – Defeated, Deflated, Living on a Hampster Wheel, Claire also likes to say “I was beyond myself”

Christine – Barely Human, Crazed, Decimated,

Me – Strung Out, Toast, Wrecked

Trina – Unraveled, Brain-dead

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They all make me chuckle a bit, yet they are so relatable.  What would your words be? When Vince was about 3 1/2 and he would get mad at something we did, he would answer us back using all the bad words he could possibly think of and say , “Shut up, you Stupid Slam Damn it!”   If all else fails and you can’t think of anything clever just think of that one at the end of the day.  Then, go pour yourself some wine.

 

 

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