Showing posts from 2015

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day

I've talked a bit about my many miscarriages, but after seeing a lot of posts about today being Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day, I wanted to bring the topic up again.  

I remember being at a doctor appointment and mentioning the fact that we'd like to start trying to get pregnant.  The doctor rambled through some information about prenatal vitamins and then finished the conversation with a comment about 25% of pregnancies ending in miscarriage, and to not be surprised if that happened at some point.  He was really matter of fact, and it seemed really strange to me at the time.  I was one of the first of my friends to start having kids, so this wasn't a topic that I'd ever heard anyone discuss.  I brushed it off with a "that will never happen to me" kind of attitude and didn't think about it again.  Fast forward a few months to my first pregnancy, where I thought everything was going as planned.  I was 15 weeks along, in my second trimester, a…

Wrapping Up Summer

For many weeks leading up to the end of the school year, and thus the start of summer vacation, we count down the days with great anticipation.  The last day of school is an amazing and joyful day, and our thoughts are consumed with all of the relaxing and fun summer activities are upon us.  Birds are chirping, butterflies are flitting, and beautiful flowers are blooming.  It seems like it doesn't take long before reality sinks in, you start feeling like banging your head against the wall, and you realize you are secretly counting down the days until the kids go back to school.  Oh, is that just me?  I can't imagine that I'm in the minority here am I?
I've become quite the creature of habit in my adult years, and as much as it pains me, I need some structure that summer just doesn't provide.  I used to think I was a "fly by the seat of your pants" kind of girl, but I guess I'm just not.  As it turns out, my kids really aren't either.  My younger …

Traveling With My Kids

We didn't do a lot of traveling when I was a kid.  We would take road trips to to see my grandparents,  sometimes to go see my cousins (but usually they came to us), and we went on a few little family vacations, but we didn't go to a lot of new places.  A lot of our vacation time was spent camping on some land my family owns up in the mountains, which was incredible and now I get to take my kids there.  The only times I really ever flew anywhere was to go to gymnastics meets (more about my gymnastics here) that were out of state.  As an adult, I've made long lists of all the places I want to travel to and am slowly checking things off.  It has been really amazing to be able to take the kids on trips with us, and I love that by the time they are my age, they'll already have an incredible list of places they've visited.
Early on in our marriage we talked about how important it is for us to be able to "go do stuff." We love to go on little adventures like …

Fashion Friday - Kid Edition

We are on vacation this week and while packing, I realized my daughter had enough red, white, and blue outfits to last the whole holiday week.  It is ridiculous how excited I was over this, and as a result, Fashion Friday is all about kids 4th of July outfits.  
My kids tend to be pretty rough on clothes, so quality is important to me.  I also love unique stuff and don't like to spend a lot of money, which makes it tricky to find what I want.  Just like with my own clothes, when I find things that I really like for the kids, I tend to stick to that brand and style.  I was recently added to an online boutique page on Facebook and have been buying a ton of R's stuff from there.  They are local to me, which is great because I can just go pick the items I order up, but she ships all over so you don't have to be near us to buy.  She sells super cute boutique style clothes at really great prices.  I always prefer to buy stuff from mom based businesses, so Sparklers is a great c…

Raising Independent Kids

I've had people tell me that I'm lucky that my kids can entertain themselves.  This has always struck me as an odd statement, because I feel like it is something that should be a really normal thing.  My son has always been great at playing on his own and I really think he prefers it to playing with others.  My daughter does really love to play with friends, but she is can also play by herself for hours at a time.  They are both really creative kids, and I love seeing them play by themselves.
I mentioned in my post last week (found here) that I hate the need today's society has to constantly entertain our kids and provide them with structured activities.  I feel that in the long run, the only thing this does is hinder their ability to be creative and learn to entertain themselves.  I'll admit that with my first child, I was quick to sign up for library story hour, and a couple other mom and me classes, but I skipped every single one of those with my second child.  I s…

Kids and Sports

I was a gymnast from the time I could walk, until I was 16 years old.  The only other sport I really ever did was dance, and that was because it was something that went hand in hand with gymnastics.  It was serious business and I was in the gym for around 25 hours a week for as many years as I can remember.  I truly did love the sport, so don't let this post make you think otherwise, but my heavy involvement and lack of being able to ever do anything else, is definitely something that influences the way I look at sports for my kids.  
The way kids were involved with most sports was a lot different when I was a kid, than it is for my kids now.  I say this with the exclusion of my gymnastics career, because that is a lot like the expectations of kids and sports today.  I feel like when I was growing up, that recreation sports were just that.  Recreation.  Today everything is a million times more competitive, and everyone starts involving their kids at much younger ages.  I know the…

The Pencil Skirt

When pencil skirts started getting popular, I swore I could never pull one off.  The idea of putting a completely form fitting skirt on my body was terrifying.  In my mind, the only people who could wear them were stick thin and had no curves.  I was totally wrong right?  As I flip through magazines, and watch tv, the women who wear these type of skirts are full of curves and they look incredible.  I am my own worst critic, and it has taken me awhile to feel comfortable in such a form fitting skirt, but now I feel like I pull it off pretty well (seriously you guys, barre classes have done wonders for my butt! I couldn't have pulled this off last summer)  This brand/style is my favorite and I have three of them because I love them so much.  They are soft, stretchy, and come in such fun prints!  I love the yoga waistband because I can change how I wear it on my waist, depending on what shirt I want to wear with it.  I buy them from a friend of mine (along with the maxi skirt I post…

Car Seat Safety - Protecting Your Kids

I've had plenty of friends and family members give me a hard time about my obsession with car seat safety. I've had eyes rolled at me and I've been referred to by some as "The Car Seat Nazi".  I've never understood this, and why keeping kids as absolutely safe as possible in the car, is not at the top of everyone's list of things to do.  I've heard all sorts of comments like "We feel comfortable with our decision", or "We made the same choice with their brother/sister and they were fine", when it comes to car seat decisions, and it all just boggles my mind.  The thought process that because another person did something and ended up fine, is really what some people feel comfortable as a basis for their child's safety?  This makes absolutely no sense to me.
There are a lot of things in this world that we can't control when it comes to the safety of our kids. The kind of car seat you use, the way you fasten your kids in their…

Hats - Not Just for Bad Hair Days!

In college, I remember wearing baseball caps quite a bit to cut down on the time it took me to get ready for class.  At the time (what feels like a million years ago!), there weren't really any cute options at all.  Hats have become a major accessory though, and there are tons of ridiculously cute options to choose from.  I have a friend who runs an online boutique, and I've been watching her post pictures of her adorable, hand crafted hats for a long time.  I like to try things on, so I don't like to buy things online very often, but I felt like I really couldn't go wrong here.  My hat got here last week and I was thrilled with how cute it is!  Perfect fit, great quality, and I just love it!  The one I chose is light gray with gray and white flowers.  I wanted something neutral that I could wear with a lot of things, and this will be perfect.  She has so many other awesome choices, and does a lot of hats to match sports teams, and that type of thing too.  Shi's J…

So, I Bought A Jumpsuit!

A couple of months ago a friend of mine and I started chatting about jumpsuits.  There was a cute one we kept looking at on an athletic clothing website, but neither of us bit the bullet and ordered it.  The topic has come up quite a few more times, links to different options shared, and it almost like we've been daring each other to be the first to give it a go.  After a recent conversation with said friend, another friend messaged me talking to me about a black jumpsuit that she owned.  For the record, she loves it, but we had to laugh about her husband's opinion.  I made the decision this week that I would at least try some on.  I looked online a bit and then headed out to shop.  A few of them were so bad that I literally couldn't get them off fast enough.  Then I found one that I actually liked.  Of course, they had the size below and above what I needed, but not my size in the store so I had to order it.

My verdict on this particular one is that I like it, and I don&#…

Stay At Home Mom Thoughts...

My kids are 11 and 6 (both "and a half", you know because that half year is super important to them), and I've been a stay at home mom for 99% of that time.  I went back to work 12 weeks after my oldest was born and quit my job six months later.  I've spent a lot of time over the past 11 years thinking about what I do, how to not screw it up, and most importantly how to maintain my sanity until both kids are adults and not living in my home anymore.
I'm not the person that when asked "What do you want to be when you grow up?" as a child, responded with "I want to be a mom."  I actually wanted to be a fashion designer for as long as I can remember.  I also remember saying many times, that I didn't want to have kids.  I have no idea when that switch flipped, but I grew up and knew I wanted to have kids. 
I feel like I need to share a little backstory here, so we'll start with that.  My son (we'll call him J) came to be relatively e…

I Don't Wear Shorts. So What?

I haven't owned a pair of shorts since high school, which was a really long time ago folks.  I just hate them, and have never found a pair that I thought fit the way I think they should.  They are either way too short, or too tight, or whatever.  There are so many reasons why I hate shorts and I refuse to wear them.  I wear jeans a lot, but I spend many of my summer days in skirts and dresses.  I more often than not, choose dresses, but every now and then I find a skirt that I really like.  I'm 5'8" and finding skirts and dresses that aren't super short can be a little tricky.  I have to try things on, there is no way I'd order online because I have to be able to see how the length will be on me.

I found this skirt at Old Navy a few months ago before we went on our Disney Cruise (packing list and other posts on that here), and I loved it.  It was the perfect thing for a cruise casual dinner.  It has little pleats, is lightweight, and it makes me feel like I s…

Casual Dresses are Perfect for Summer!

I wear a ton of dresses in the summer.  I hate shorts, so skirts and dresses are always my go to items in the summer.  I have a graduation to go to today and a comfortable dress was definitely what I wanted to wear.  I stick with stretchy knit dresses because they wear well, are super comfortable, and you can always dress them up a bit or make them more casual.

I love this scoop neck, high waist dress from Old Navy.  I bought it in the fall, but they have similar styles out for summer.  Add to it a belt, basic black gladiator sandals, great earrings, and a colorful bag for a pop of color and I'm ready to go!

Dress - Old Navy (similar) Shoes - Target Bag - Francesca's Earrings - Target Belt - Target - (similar)

Step Out of Your Style Comfort Zone

I tend to stick to tried and true favorites when it comes to clothes.  I find things that I know work well for my body, and I don't often stray from that.  This is why I own the same style of jeans in four different washes, the same tanks and t-shirts in every color they come in, the same maxi skirts in a variety of prints, and the same shoes in multiple colors.  I tend to shy away from totally new things, but this week I'm stepping out of my comfort zone a bit.  
For the past few months, I've been eyeing the new "jogger" style pants that have popped up in every store I go to.  I've seen them on people in person and in ads, but convinced myself that they'd never work on me.  I'm relatively tall, but definitely not stick thin.  I have muscle in my legs and butt (thank you barre classes!) and so the idea of wearing something that wasn't completely form fitting scared me because extra fabric makes you look bigger.  Having once weighed 100lbs more th…

Casual, Comfortable Style

I spend a lot of time running kids from school to practices, to games, to activities, etc.  As much as I'd love to wear fun fancy heels and be super put together all the time, it just wouldn't be comfortable.  I like to dress up, but it just doesn't work with my life all that often.  That being said, I hate sweat pants, yoga pants, and the like.  I have days where I'm in workout gear all day, but it pains me greatly to go out and about in workout clothes.  Today I got my workout in early in the morning, and get to spend the rest of my day in regular (but comfortable) clothes.  Yay!
As I've mentioned before, shoes are my greatest weakness.  Converse Chuck Taylor's are my absolute go to sneaker.  Currently, I have them in eight different colors, and I'd happily add more to my collection.  The bright pink pair I'm wearing today are one of my favorites!  I'm headed to my son's soccer game this afternoon, so I threw on my trusty Chuck's, jeans, …