Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Toddler Boy: Hipster Style.

Toddler Boy Hipster Style

1.  Fair Isle Sweater, Gap | 2.  Waffle Sweater, Gap | 3.  Jack Spade <3 GapKids Jeans | 4.  Straight Cords in Worker Brown, Gap | 5. Plaid Flannel Shirt, Gap | 6.  Sherpa Animal Hat, Gap | 7. Warmest Snorkel Jacket, Gap

Now, you may be wondering, "Why all the Gap?"  Well, besides the fact that it is my absolute favorite toddler boy store, they are also having a sale!  Use the promo code "CHEER" at the checkout for 40% off!!

What I listened to while writing:

J pulling papers out of the filing cabinet....thanks, dude.

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Blogging About Glogging: A Perfect Winter Cocktail

GloggMulled Wine!

When it's freezing outside and you just want to be warm, there is nothing better than Glogg simmering on the stove top (obviously, the warmth comes when you drink it.  It's potent!).  For those who haven't heard of this mystery heaven drink, it is a spiced red wine cocktail, served warm.

It snowed for the first time yesterday, and nothing sounded better to me than Glogg.  The H busted out in the cold and picked up all of the ingredients for the deliciousness.

What you'll need:

  • 1 Bottle of Red Wine

  • .5 Liter Brandy

  • 10 Cardamom Pods

  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (we just put some ground cinnamon in)

  • 1/2 Orange Peel (we didn't have any oranges, so just put a dash of orange juice in)

  • 1/2 lbs of Sugar

  • You can also add dates, cloves, raisins, almonds, or figs

Making of Glogg

What you need to do:

Easy!  Put it all in a pot and let it simmer for 45 minutes.  Boom.  Glogg.

Now, just imagine sitting next to a fire, in cozy PJ's, sipping on Glogg - pretty perfect winter night, if you ask me.

What I listened to while writing:

The Bears game...

And J squealing as he tried to pet the puppertons.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

No Happy Endings?

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"There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part. So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start." - Shel Silverstein

Why is it that there are no happy endings?  Even when we want something to be over, there is a sense of nostalgia that overtakes us.

While I was in college, I kept saying, "Ugh!  I can't wait until I'm done and making actual money."   Fast forward 8 years, three jobs, two houses, two careers, one marriage, and one baby later and I laugh as I turn to the H and say, "Remember when we were in college, sharing your futon, and using that yoke covered wicker table?  Those were the days!"

I have everything I want now:  the marriage, the baby, the house, the career - so why do I look back and think, "Those were the days?"  I think it boils down to simplicity.  As busy as we were, we had no real responsibility.  Now, we are grown ups.  I never thought I'd ever feel like an actual adult, but now I do.

There are many endings in life:  the ending of a job, the ending of a relationship, the ending of an era (that's for you, Jenn).  It doesn't have to be the saddest part though.  It's all about perspective.  While things end, and it's sad, it is also the beginning of something new.  So, think of the ending as a "very happy start" and enjoy the "happy middle."  Get out of the mentality of looking forward to the next thing or looking back on the past when you have the current thing right in front of you.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Work Week Style Inspiration Board: November, Week 3

Work Week Style Inspiration Board, November Week 3

1.  Cowl Neck Sweater, Express | 2.  Wool Fedora Hat, Express | 3.  Midi Ring (kind of obsessed right now.  It's a shame my fingers look like pugs.) | 4.  Help Me I'm Poor Mug, eBay because who doesn't need a giggle at work? | 5. See 4826, SEE - I love fun glasses, and I'm craving some!

What I listened to while writing:

J laughing in the other room, playing with dada.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Appreciating the Moment

Baby HugsI was reading a post from the blog, "The Waiting," about a fact she saw on one of those dumb lists we can never resist.  The fact was, "At one time, your parents set you down and never picked you back up."  Something about that just kicked me in the feels - which was pretty much my exact comment on her post.  It just gave me yet another reminder to appreciate the small moments with my son.  He's fourteen months, and growing more independent everyday.  I have a faint memory of when he actually wanted me to snuggle and hold him.  Now, he struggles and twists out of my loving death grip.

Yesterday, J was sick and I finally got those snuggles I wanted so desperately.  He laid down with me, cuddled, slept, and hugged me.  He even gave me his little baby slobber kisses.  It's rare these days.  He is sick a lot, so normally I work from home when he's sick, but yesterday, something made me want to call in (maybe because I wasn't feeling great either), but I took a personal day instead of working from home.  I took the time to cuddle with him, play with him, pay attention to him.  When he's sick, all he wants is love, but I just want to get my work done.  I took the time to give him my full attention yesterday, and it made me happy.

My point to all of this is - yes, we have our work, we have our partner, we have our social life, we have our need for me time - but don't forget to appreciate those moments with your child.  They won't always want to hang out with you.  They won't always want to be affectionate with you.  Take that love, they're willing to give now.  Absorb it.  And then, when they're pushing you away later, don't let them.  Love them more.  Provide more affection.  Listen to what they have to say.  Appreciate them -  for every moment of their life is fleeting and every moment must be cherished.

Hold your baby now.  F*** the back problems.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

An Open Letter to the Mom to Be: Everything is going to be alright

pregnancytestSo, you just saw that plus sign and you have a mixed bag of emotions.  You go from happy and excited one minute to a full on panic attack the next.  I get it.  The H and I tried to get pregnant for 6 months before we were able to finally see that "Pregnant" sign on our test.  There were many tears following the "Not Pregnant" sign.  However, when I did finally get pregnant, the reality set-in.  How the hell do I do this?  I'm too selfish.  I'm too poor.  I'm not good enough to make someone else good.  In my mind, I always thought by the time I became a mom I need to get my shit together.  I need to learn to be more selfless.  I didn't.  I still catch myself being selfish.  I have thoughts that I never want to voice, but I will for you.  Do I have to drive all the way out there to visit?  Do I have to wake up an hour earlier to go to an early meeting because it's more convenient for {insert name here}?  I can be selfish.  I really wanted to kick that before a brought another person in the world, so I could teach him or her to be selfless.  But here's the thing....

You don't have to be perfect.  That baby will love you and change you in ways you never thought imaginable.  You'll learn to be selfless because you have no choice.  Yes, in your head you might think, "Ugh, no.  I do not want to be awake at 2am on a workday because you're coughing." (That was me two days ago).  But, you do it.  Isn't that selfless?  You don't want to be awake at 2am, but you do it because someone needs you to be awake.

Another thing, upon conception, you are needed.  You will never again feel that you don't matter because you do.  Your baby needs you and relies on you, and that will make you a better person because you need to be.  When you're pregnant, you are needed to take care of yourself and your baby.  You need to nourish him or her.  You need to exercise to strengthen your baby's heart (some studies have even determined that exercising during pregnancy can increase your child's IQ).  When you're baby is born, he/she will need you for the obvious things - food, care, love - but he/she will need you to teach him or her to be a good person, have good values, and to be responsible and respectful.  You're needed to be a good role model, and you will learn to be.

Last thing, you will never be more loved.  You are the world to your baby to be.  You will never be more loved and you will never love more than you will now.

Everything will work out the way it needs to.

You will adapt.

You will figure out your shortcomings and fix them.

Everything will be alright.

What I listened to while writing:

Glycerine by Bush

Big Eyed Fish by Dave Matthews Band

Animal by Neon Trees

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I'm all about the knits, 'bout the knits - no treble.

HalloweenMy weekend was so busy, and I didn't have time to plan my posts!  This week will be a little wonky, all.  Sorry!  Let me start off by telling you about my non-stop weekend - then we'll get into the awesome knits I bought!

Friday:  On Friday, poor J had to get shots on Halloween.  Don't worry, I took his costume off beforehand, so he wasn't scarred.  It was freezing that day, so we only got 4 trick or treaters (you'll probably see a post about what to do with all that extra Halloween candy, considering the amount of left overs I have!).  We made the most out of the crappy Halloween though.  J trick or treated with his school at the hospital that his daycare is connected to.  Later, my brother and his significant other and her daughter came over to hand out candy.  The H made a delicious cocktail to celebrate too!

1 shot of apple pie moonshine

1 shot of Fireball Whiskey

Cream Soda


Saturday:  The H and I helped our in-laws move while J hung out with his cousin, great grandma, and great aunt.  We're so blessed to have family that love him so much!

Sunday:  We did a rush winterizing during J's nap.  Seriously, we moved all of our summer stuff (sigh) together and put a tarp over it, cleaned out the garage and shed, and put away Halloween decor all during J's nap - go us!

Now for the knits!

I'm loving sweaters with everything this season.  When you live in Illinois, you have to have a WRP (warmth retention program).  However, at the same time, I want to follow my WRP while being stylish.  I layer like crazy.  I'll wear fleece lined leggings under my pants, sweaters over dresses, anything to make warm look good.  These sweaters from Old Navy will definitely be a staple this winter.

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I styled the navy blue crew neck sweater over a dress today.  If you go back to my first post ever, you'll notice I'm wearing this same dress at my son's birthday party.  Don't mind the terrible picture!!

Layering for fall











What I listened to while writing:

Get Away by OAR

Good by Better Than Ezra

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments


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