5 Things

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Well my brain is basically fried after 2 hours of doing terrible things to logarithms today (don't ask.) But, I've missed blogging regularly and even a frazzled brain can handle a simple list, right? Maybe? 

5 Things

1. I just (like 5 minutes ago) finished reading The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams. Can I just tell you that book completely sucked me in, took up pretty much all my free moments and was definitely a contributing factor to my lack of blogging the last couple weeks!  If you hadn't guessed, it gets two thumbs up from me, you guys. If you enjoy a good mix of drama, scandal and mystery as much as I do then you should probably check it out. Like, immediately. Next on my reading list is Me Before You, a book I bought about a million years ago and then put off reading because *spoiler alert* it apparently has a sad ending. I freaking hate sad endings! But now it's been made into a movie and the movie looks kind of adorable, so clearly I'm going to have to get over it and get cracking.

2. Speaking of drama, have you been watching Southern Charm?? It's been nicely filling the void left in my heart (and my DVR) by the ending of The Bachelor and the wait for The Bachelorette season premier.  Honestly, the show would probably be kind of a snooze-fest of nice, relatively boring, upper-class southern people hosting oddly themed parties if it weren't for the resident ginger Kathryn -who is gorgeous and either smartly calculating or completely cray cray- but either way the source of most of the drama and scandal that are really the whole point of watching reality TV in the first place. So, thank you, Kathryn. Without you I'd be left to patch the holes in my heart with  reruns of Forensic Files and Snapped.

3. For some reason I never wear tennis shoes unless I'm working out or going for a hike. But I've been seeing a ton of cute outfits featuring tennis shoes on Pinterest lately, so I think maybe it's time to work them into my real-life wardrobe. I started by wearing my silver and white Nikes and a basic white tee (not exactly a huge fashion risk, but whatevs) to take Madi to Discovery Kingdom last Friday. I have to say, I'm kind of loving the fact that comfort is having a trendy moment.

4. I've been following Jen at peopleIwanttopunchinthethroat.com for quite awhile because she is absolutely hilarious. This week I pretty much died at her post poking fun at Me-ternity leave. Preach it, sister!

5. I should be finding out sometime this month if my application was chosen in the nursing school lottery for the fall semester. I'm currently crossing all the fingers and all the toes while I play the waiting game, so wish me luck!

Linking up with Momfessionals and Sincerely, Paula. Happy Friday!!

(Oh, hey there!) How We Wore It: Summer Skirt

Oh em gee, you guys. Can I just tell you how many times I've sat down and started on a blog post the last couple weeks? Key word here clearly being started since I haven't finished a single one! Yikes. But since I signed up to participate in Deidre Emme's How We Wore It (a challenge to re-create a look using items you already own) today, blogging finally gets to beat out laundry, toilet scrubbing and a thousand and one other boring to-do's on my never ending list of death (Hooray!)

Do you know what I'm afraid of? Aside from the obvious spiders of course, and those stupid sneezes that kind of sneak up on you when you're not prepared (holy mom-bladder!) I'm afraid of...skirts. Yep, you read that right. Something about being 5 feet tall with a short torso and a little hippy (not the cute flower-power kind, sadly) means that I generally shy away from anything remotely skirt-like as they have an odd tendency to quickly migrate past my hips to settle just south of my bra. Which is super sexy, by the way. Waist? Who needs a waist? **By 'generally' I mean that my over-stuffed closet contains approximately 2 skirts: one teeny-tiny slightly hooker-ish black mini that I probably shouldn't be wearing anyway, and a floor-length super comfy knit number in a casual beigy-brown.** 

So, just how exactly is my skirt phobia  relevant to anything, you ask? Well, as it happens, this month's How We Wore It features a super cute, super summer-y lace and chambray look from Elevate Everyday, where the skirt is kind of front and center. Here, take a look:


Once I saw the inspiration photo I had a minor dilemma on my hands since obviously nothing in my vast selection of skirts (haha) was going to help me create a cute summer look. Thank goodness for dresses that can totally pretend to be skirts, that's all I can say. And of course, if you have a blog then odds are pretty high that you own at least one chambray button up so, check! Here's my take on this month's photo:

kind of obsessed with the lace-up shoe thing #noshame

I had hoped to take a few pictures outside but our lovely May day decided to make like January and turn windy, gray and cold. Whatever, May.

I know, I know. These pics scream "OMG SoFashun!" right? Ha.

What's your go-to look for summer? Are you a fan of skirts (or poser dresses)?

I had so much fun participating in How We Wore It for the first time ever! Check out the lovely ladies in the links below to see all the different ways this month's look was styled:

Deidre at Deidre Emme
Emily at Emmy Jake
Brooke at Silver Lining
Suerra at Sierra's View
Justine at Little Dove
Kiana at Glitter & Donuts
Tayler at The Morrell Tale
Patricia at haifisch
Kelsi at Love strong
Emma at Ever Emma
Shelbie at R+S Brereton
Nellwyn at The Cardinal Press
Ruth at My Little Nest

Sign up on Deidre Emme's blog for the chance to try your hand at next month's How We Wore It and be one of the 15 randomly selected stylists!

Spring is the new summer.

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I used to be 100 percent convinced that summer -with its endless sunshine and temperatures edging up into the triple digits- was my absolute favorite season, but recently I've decided that summer can suck it. (Yep, you heard me, summer!) These days I have a new favorite: I freaking love spring. This might have something to do with the fact that the house we bought at the end of 2014 and which is awesome in so many ways, is very un-awesome in the fact that it doesn't have central air. And it turns out that 105 degrees outside is a whole lot less appealing and fun when its a smothering 85+ inside. I know...first-world problems, right? But air conditioning nonsense aside,  I do love this time of year: watching the hills turn green, each day lingering just a tiny bit longer than the last and I love taking advantage of the sunny but still mild weather to plant new flowers and watch them turn brown and die when I completely forget that whole 'watering' thing um...grow.  Madi and I have been spending a ton of time outside gardening recently, and in addition to the flowers this year I went big and branched out into veggie territory with tomatoes, peppers and squash. So we'll see how it goes...fingers crossed that I can keep my black-thumb in remission for at least a couple months.

Marked for death? I sure hope not! 

Yard work is always more fun with a little helper following behind to pick your freshly planted "seaweed." lol

Aww, a baby pepper plant. Isn't it cute?

To be honest, there's another big reason I love spring: it's when I start planning our warmer-weather adventures, and I swear planning everything out is half the fun. Because lists! And organizing! ...no? Anyway, this year Travis and I are thinking of crossing off one of our bucket list items (and using up some about-to-expire airline credits) by spending a few days in New York. I hate to admit it, but neither of us has been to the east coast. Ever. We'd also like to do an extended-family cabin trip somewhere within easy driving distance (Yosemite is currently at the top of that list!) Just...this year I'd really like to avoid the random summer hailstorms, car trouble and broken bones that have accompanied the last couple of "family trips." So much drama, I tell you! 

Are you making any plans for the summer? What's your favorite season?

Old School internet and a vacation for the mind

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I'm going way waaaay back for today's post you guys! Back to the dark ages of 1995, the year I discovered the internet. It was a thing back then -believe it or not- but just barely. I had come across one of those AOL CDs randomly at the post office (remember when you actually had to go to the post office for stuff?) and thought huh, that looks interesting. I took that bad boy home and promptly pulled up a chair in front of the family computer while my parents looked on with serious side-eye (WorldWideWhat?) And after an interminable wait while the program installed and squealed it's way through establishing a dial-up connection I was dun dun dunnnn....on The Internet! And I could go, well...not a whole lot of places actually. There were a few chat rooms where conversations were extremely challenging due to the fact that you'd have to constantly refresh your screen to see the latest comments. But there was no social media. No Google (how did we survive?) There were no blogs, no online shopping and most websites didn't even have pictures because uploading pictures required a whole extra piece of equipment. So I honestly have no idea what I could possibly possibly have spent so much time online doing back then, but thanks to my fascination with the interwebz, the awesome feeling of being connected to pretty much the whole world and the fact that AOL charged like a seedy motel by the hour I managed to run up a $600 internet bill that first month. (Turns out my parents were right to give me the side-eye, apparently.) How far we've come, right?

I also remember my first cell phone. Well okay, it wasn't exactly my cell phone it technically belonged to the ambulance company I worked for at the time and I only carried it on duty. It was a gigantic brick of a Nokia 5100 and the most notable feature -beside the fact that it actually made phone calls- was that it included this awesome little game called Snake, in which you moved some lines around to eat some dots. Seriously badass high tech-ery, right there! That was in 1999. It was years before I bought a phone of my own, I just didn't see the point. Ha.

Fast forward to the present day and my, how things have changed. My iPhone could now be considered a 5th appendage and 24/7 connectedness has become the norm. As awesome as that is in some respects, the constant flood of information and opinions can also be a little much sometimes. I'm pretty content and happy with who I am and where I'm at, but occasionally the sum total of HuffPo articles telling me how I'm "doing it wrong" combined with the "perfect" bodies, outfits, kids, vacations, whathaveyou plastered all over social media make me question myself and wonder if I really am making the right choices and headed in the right direction. Of course I know it's not real...no blog or social media account is ever going to give you the whole picture of someone's life, and no one's life is perfect (I was going to say except maybe Kylie Jenner's but then I couldn't with a straight face.) And many of the articles I'm referring to are obvious clickbait written specifically to stir up controversy so why would I let them bother me? Sometimes it just feels good to take a break from all of it anyway, you know? So that's what I did. Obviously it wasn't going to last forever, but the last couple of weeks I made a legitimate attempt to limit my internet time and disconnect from social media...a little vacation for the mind, if you will. Basically I lived it up like it was 1994 just, you know, with less fluffy hair. 

Stripes and high waisted shorts. Sooo 1994. Oh, wait....lol

Old AF: 10 signs middle age is just around the corner

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I'm not the biggest fan of birthdays. Yep, I said it and I know it's kind of a strange thing to say and a strange thing to think and I only bring it up because well, it is my birthday and so of course I'm thinking about it. (Plus, I'm the birthday girl so I do what I want! Ha. Kidding.) I should probably clarify though, I really enjoy celebrating other people's birthdays! It's just my own I get weird about. Every year -for whatever reason- this is when when my mind turns to annoyingly serious topics like assessing where I'm at in life and contemplating aging and my own mortality and my (basically non-existent) relationship with my mom. Super uplifting stuff, right? But whatever, I'm pretty much out of the funk now (it didn't hurt that I picked up a shift last night and my partner showed up with a chocolate mousse cake and then bought me ice-cream. Sugar wins the day every time as far as I'm concerned!) 

So now I'm ready to put all those obnoxiously serious and slightly depressing thoughts back into their little box until next year, and celebrate with a rare date-night with the husband. (And also by poking fun at myself and this whole getting-older nonsense because that's kind of my jam.)  

Old AF: 10 Signs Middle Age is just around the corner

(And I'm right there with you!)

1. You can measure the ownership of at least one item in your closet in terms of decades, rather than months or years. 

2. At least one body part hurts any time the weather changes.

3. Most make that all of your current skincare products contain the words "wrinkle" or "anti-aging" somewhere on the bottle.

my current fave cleanser

4. You congratulate yourself for staying up past 10pm, and feel like a boss if you make it to midnight.

5. You no longer mind getting carded for alcohol. When it happens. Which is almost never.

6. You've lived long enough to see the return of trends that were pretty terrible on their first go-round and haven't gotten any better with time (I'm looking at you snap-crotch bodysuits and high waisted jeans.)

7. Speaking of trends, you now have to choose carefully. A 20 year old may be able to rock the granny sandal look, but when you try them on the vibe is more, "Hey, check out my new orthopedics!"


8. You rock out to one of your favorite songs from high school or college and then realize the radio is actually on an oldies station. (And yes, this happened to me the other day with Nirvana. Yikes!)

9. You know precisely how many units of Botox (38) you need to keep you looking like a fresh-faced 20-something. (Downside: feeling like Cinderella at the ball at midnight when the effects finally wear off and all your little lines come back to say hello!)

Who needs a filter when you've got a little Botulinum Toxin?!

And last, but certainly not least:

10. You catch yourself looking around at your coworkers and making a mental tally of how many are young enough to "be my kids." (Hint: the answer is around 25% for me. Lol)

How do you feel about your birthday? Have any of the "signs" of middle age hit you yet? :-)

Like a rockstar.

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You guys, today is the first day of Spring Break! Woot! And I'm going to party like it's 1999. (Prince got it right...that was a good year for parties. And yes, I realize that makes me sound old AF.) Except no, I'm only kidding because you know, 2 year-old and grown-up responsibilities and trying to save money do not make for any sort of epic Easter vacay. But that's okay, because I have what feels like a bajillion days to revel in the fact that I don't have to see math, do math, or think about math whatsoever. And that is pretty freaking awesome. 

So how am I spending this first day of break? Well, after a long hiatus we renewed our Costco membership recently so I made a little trip over there in a massive downpour this morning. I don't know if I was too early, or if things have just changed over the years or what, but instead of all those delightful sample tables full of sausages and pita chips and what have you that used to be freaking everywhere (anyone remember the Coscto date on Kaitlyn's season of The Bachelor?) I encountered a lone employee who asked me if I would like to "feel" her pillowcase. "Because it's made of bamboo." Erm, no...think I'll pass. I did score a 45-pack of toilet paper for $16 though, and mama loves a bargain so that got me doing a little happy dance (not to be confused with the pee-pee dance, although it's remarkably similar.) Who the hell needs 45 rolls of toilet paper, you ask? Yeah, I haven't really figured that part out yet. I'm guessing it'll last awhile. 

Oh, and let's not forget the epic robot I built from Mega Blocks this afternoon at Madi's request, and which she promptly smashed to pieces so I could build her a castle instead:

Mega Blocks master, right here. Ha

Sometimes I have to laugh at myself that this is where I'm at right now: that Costco and legos are the highlights of my day. It seems so trivial, but at the same time I'm trying to soak it up. I know time is flying by and before I know it I'll be wrapped up in full-time work or full-time school again and I'll miss these days of being at home with baby girl doing the simple things. 

Speaking of baby girl, we did get in a nice little hike this past weekend before the rain started. It's the first hike we've done since she outgrew her carrier and she basically ran a solid mile before asking to be carried. She doesn't know it yet, but I plan to lure her into her first 5k in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, it was refreshing just to be surrounded by all the greenery and the gorgeous spring flowers dotting the hills.

What are you doing for spring break this year? Is it even on your radar? Tell me you're going somewhere tropical and exotic so I can live vicariously! :-)

Be The Match and other Friday favorites

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So I completely forgot about today being St. Patrick's Day. Who does that? What kind of blogger am I?! I'm seriously the worst when it comes to remembering/celebrating non-Christmas or birthday occasions...no themed outfits, no hand-crafted decorations, no specially Pinterested desserts. I'm basically the black sheep of blogland, and clearly I need to get my act together. With the next holiday in T minus a week and a half, I'm kinda running out of time here! No pressure.  

I do have some favorites to tell you about from this last week so that's something, right?

1. Today was easily my favorite part of the week. The last 5 or 6 days have been kind of non-stop between work, school and family stuff so it felt really good to have a whole day of quality time with my crazy girl. We took advantage of the gorgeous spring weather and spent the afternoon playing at the "big park," capping off our outing with rainbow sprinkled frozen yogurt. 

2. These nail polishes from Julep! Dianna is literally my perfect shade of blue, and Margot is an gorgeous gold metallic with just the right amount of sparkle. These colors take me right to my happy place. Now, if I could only stop stressing out about math and quit biting my nails (I know, gross) I could actually wear them instead of just admiring them in their pretty packages. 

3. Starburst Jellybeans. I need Easter to be over. Like, yesterday. I'm doing my best not to spend our lifesavings in the candy aisle of Target, but the struggle is real. All the best sugary treats go on sale this time of year, and that list includes Starburst Jellybeans. I don't even like jelly beans, but these are next level. *Nom nom*

4. Criminal. My latest in a string of podcast obsessions. Loooooove. I'm also about to check out a podcast called What Should I Read Next, because my inner book nerd is a little giddy looking at the list of books they discuss. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that to be a good one. 

5. Be The MatchAwhile back a friend of mine posted a link on Facebook to Be The Match, the National Marrow Donor Program. I had never heard about it before, but I happened to be on duty working a very slow shift at the time so I clicked over to the website. I learned that the organization has facilitated over 74,000 bone marrow transplants through a huge registry of volunteers, and that donating marrow isn't at all the huge ordeal you might think! It only took a few minutes to fill out the application and within a couple days I had received a kit of painless cheek swabs with a postage paid return envelope. If you haven't signed up, I'd totally encourage you to do it! You might get an amazing opportunity to save a life someday. :-)

And last but not least, I figured I should leave you with a laugh. Happy Friday!!


**As usual, linking up with Momfessionals & Sincerely, Paula!**
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