Show and Tell Tuesday Memory Lane

Good morning! Today I am linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday. Today topic is totally my jam: Memory Lane.

Last week I visited my parents for a couple of days and in an attempt to entertain my two year old daughter, they pulled these desks down from the loft of their garage ( where they had spent the past 30 years!).

At the end of fourth grade, the small school which I had attended was consolidated with another local school, so they gave away our school desks. My parents took one from my 4th grade classroom and one from my brother’s third grade classroom. Seeing them brought back so many memories! Lots of Strawberry Shortcake dolls lived under those lids!

I also had an epic sticker collection–lots of smelly stickers, lots of puffy stickers and this gem of Jermaine Jackson! 

And for my grand finale: the outfit I wore under my graduation gown in 1991! This picture was taken about 10 years ago after I found it in a closet at my parents’ house. I had been cleaning hence the bad hair! But trust me, my hair didn’t look good in 91 either, haha!

Let’s parse out what is happening in this outfit. Shoulder pads fit for a linebacker? check! Gold nonfunctional purely decorative buttons? Check! Lace fit for a doily? Check! A sash? Not pictured, but yes, check! Oh and let me clarify, that is not a skirt but in fact SHORTS! Oh and I distinctly remember in 91 pairing this with my white pumps! 

This was hilarious! I love when a blog topic makes me laugh. 

Tuesday Talk: Will I Ever Sleep Again!?!

Today I am linking up with Erika and Ashley For their Tuesday Talk series. It meets up every third Tuesday of the month as a forum to discuss any topic that moves you. 

Today as I spent the hours between 2 AM and 4 AM in my two and a half year old’s bedroom I thought I would discuss toddler sleep issues! Be prepared, I have no advice! 

I will be honest, for a LONG time I would cave and if she had a troubled night, would let her sleep with us. But it became a habit. And sleeping with us became the norm not the exception. Clearly that needed to change so for the last month, the rule has been she has to spend the whole night in her own room.  Some nights have been better than others. Typically if she wakes up it only takes a couple minutes for me to pacify her and get her back to sleep. But last night I would soothe her back into sleep, only to have her promptly wake back up. It was horrible and culminated in me, in a state of exhaustion falling asleep on the floor next to her toddler bed.

Of course she woke up this morning fresh as a daisy and ready to play! My first pot of coffee was still brewing and she was asking to go outside and play basketball! 

If any of you have gone through toddler sleep issues and are now on the other side, please share what worked for you. I could use the advice! Or if you’re going through anything similar, comment as well: would be nice to know I’m not the only one camped out in a child’s bedroom! 


Friday Favorites: Easter Week

Today as usual I am linking up with AndreaErika and Narci for Friday Favorites.

Bunny Pictures:

I love that big brother is such a good sport and poses for these pictures with his sister!

Bunny Cake!

My mother in law bakes a bunny cake every year for the kids to decorate. I don’t think we need to worry about them skimping on jelly beans! 

Dying Eggs:

Honestly I was dreading dying eggs with my two year old daughter. The mess! But on a rainy afternoon when we were at loose ends, I got brave. And am so glad that I did–we had fun! It wasn’t nearly as messy as I had remembered it to be. The eggs are far from perfect but Julia was so proud to have ‘done them herself’. Plus she thinks mommy is a magician as I showed her how mixing blue and yellow make green and red and blue make purple! 

I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend!


Workin’ It Wednesday: Spring Cleaning

Today I am writing about a topic I have no business writing about considering the current state of my home! Linking up with Shay and Erika for Workin’ It Wednesday. The topic? Spring cleaning!

With a very active two and a half year old and a husband who is frequently out of town for business travel, sometimes just keeping a baseline of cleanliness can be a challenge! 

Having big chunks of time to devote to cleaning seems like such a luxury akin to the glam squad Erika Girardi travels with on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It rarely happens with my daughter home with me all day. But I am all about micro bursts of cleaning and organizing. A lot can be accomplished in just a few minutes! And whenever possible I have my daughter ‘help’ me. 

My biggest problem is getting sidetracked. I need to be better at focusing on the task at hand! Staying focused helps a lot!

But my biggest tip is to give yourself grace. My daughter is not going to look back upon her childhood and warmly reflect that her home was spotless and decorated within an inch of its life but she will ( I hope) remember all the afternoons I spent on my hands and knees on the floor playing with her or the afternoons we spent playing at the park. Of course I want her to be in a clean home but it does not need to be perfect. So I will happily plead guilty that I have opted to have a tea party with her when my baseboards have needed attention. 

So do what you can when you can manage it but don’t lose sight of what is most important–that is my advice! 


Show and Tell Tuesday: Prom

Today I’m linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday. Today’s topic is prom—unfortunately I could only find one picture to share as the proms I attended were well before the digital age. In fact the last prom I  went to was, gulp, 26 years ago!

Unfortunately less than 6 months before my prom I watched the movie Rosemary’s Baby which inspired me to get my hair cut into a pixie cut although in no way shape or form do I possess the bone structure necessary for shorn hair. I am not Mia Farrow! 

And of course it was super fun to grow out once I realized my mistake ( immediately). Except not.  So come prom, there was not much to do with it, so my stylist teased it upright and shellacked it into an immovable nest.

My dress was navy blue sequins, the back was a corset and it was about knee length with an insanely full skirt. Yes, I was wearing a short full skirt, super flattering. Except not. Especially on someone 5’2″ such as myself. 

Senior year I also attended and could not find the pictures. My dress was a basic black dress that was actually pretty classic and not so obviously late 80s early 90s. My mom actually chose it, i think she may have ordered it from a catalog. Important to the story as I didn’t actually try the dress on. It arrived, in sullen teenage fashion I probably mumbled that it was fine and then forgot about it until the day of the dance. Um, it was WAY too big. A great discovery to make an hour before the dance. Except not.  Luckily my grandparents were visiting us that weekend and my grandma was a pretty adept seamstress so she altered it on the fly while murmuring to herself that I just didn’t have enough bust for this dress. Super embarrassing!!!!! Another embarrassing moment from the night was when my date arrived to pick me up. My dad was our English teacher and my date was in my dad’s class that year. Well, while we were trying to get situated in the yard for pictures, my dog was going crazy jumping up on us and barking, my dad began shouting “Get down Todd”! Um, the dog’s name was Chester, Todd was my date’s name! 

I LOVE looking at throwback pictures so I cannot wait to snoop through everyone’s posts! And feel free to share any embarrassing prom moments you may have had with me. Anything worse than my Grandma’s bust comment or my dad’s slip of the tongue!?!

Dealing with Fussy Time

My normally happy two year frequently morphs into someone decidedly NOT happy in the late afternoon after her nap. Ideally I take her to the park or even play with her in the back yard but that is not always possible as fussy time of so conveniently coincides with dinner preparation time. #allthesarcasm And of course our weather is not always conducive for outdoor play. 

It helps to have some tricks up your sleeve. One is that I will often stockpile unopened toys that we have received as gifts and will save them for opportune moments. But when I put a new toy into circulation I try to stealthily take one out of circulation. The benefit is twofold as it helps us from getting totally overrun by toys ( totally lying we ARE overrun by toys) and two I can wait a few months and reintroduce the hidden toy and it will be like new all over again and of course help us when we’re having an out of sorts afternoon. 

Another thing I like to do is scour Pinterest for easy toddler crafts and keep them in my aresenal. The mess is completely worth it!

My daughter loves to help so I try to incorporate her in my household tasks and when she is feeling ‘important’ and ‘cooking’ she is less likely to meltdown. 

Lastly I place children’s books in my library hold list, that way they are waiting to be picked up in the reserve section with any nontoddler reserved material I may have requested. That way even if my daughter is with me when I pick up the books it is easier to conceal the ones for her than it would be if we chose them directly from the children’s section of the library. Being stealthy pays off as I can surprise her with a new book and stop a tantrum in its tracks as I did yesterday with a new to her Peppa Pig book.

Now I am totally a work in progress on this and far from an expert in toddler mood wrangling. So am soliciting for advice: do any of you have any tricks of the trade? 

Have a wonderful week!


Friday Favorites

Good morning! I am linking up with AndreaNarci and Erika for Friday Favorites. 

Life Changer:

Okay, finally getting on the coconut oil bandwagon might be the smartest thing I’ve accomplished in 2017. I drink a small spoonful in my morning coffee–I enjoy the flavor and as an added bonus my lips end up feeling moisturized! Speaking of moisturizer, I slather it on my skin and it makes my skin feel incredibly soft but not at all greasy. I don’t even need to use it every day as on day two after application my skin still feels so soft. 

Home Improvements:

We have been so busy with simultaneous remodeling projects–the upheaval is not fun but watching things progress has been really inspiring. Love seeing our much loved house get a face lift! 

Cancer Awareness:

My dear friend was recently diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer at the age of 44. Her prognosis is a good one but she is facing months of treatment followed by surgery. Her battle would almost certainly be less arduous if she had had a colonoscopy sooner but at this point colonoscopies are not typically recommended until age 50. My friend didn’t get hers until her symptoms demanded it. So please, if you are having any persistent gastrointestinal issues, please get the colonoscopy–colon cancer is not exclusively an ‘old person’s disease’.

And if you would like to promote awareness, you may buy this shirt my friend designed here the proceeds all go toward cancer research. 

I hope everyone has a fun weekend!