A Valentine Wish List

I love a good wish list, because damn I love things.  I am admittedly a little materialistic and gifts are my love language.  With that, it’s fitting that I am continually making lists of things I need and want.

Valentine’s Day being next week seems like as good a reason as any to tell you what I’m coveting these days.

Soma Drapesoft Jersey Tulip Sleeveless Nightgown – I sleep in the nude, but I love a good nightgown to wear around the house in the mornings or at night.  To be honest, I would head out for errands in this after tossing a denim jacket over it.

HONEY Graphic Tee – I love a good graphic tee and when I saw this one, I knew I wanted it.  It’s simple and perfect.

Nickel & Suede Earrings, in Merlot and Black (I wear Large) – I mean, I have a LONG list of these earrings I want for adding to my collection, but Black is definitely next.  I find myself needing them with most outfits.  I want Merlot too and it’s the earring of the month, meaning it’s on SALE!

Alex and Ani Queeen’s Crown Bangle – I started collecting Alex and Ani when Stuart and I started dating.  I haven’t gotten a new one in awhile, and this February exclusive is CALLING ME.

Hope’s Simple Side of Things Dress – I have been obsessed with this dress since Hope’s posted it on Snapchat a couple of weeks ago.  Such a perfect dress for Spring.

I could go on and on, but you have to stop somewhere, right?!  My Amazon list is also full of amazing items that I would LOVE to have.  Ah well, I will get there eventually!

Faithful friends who are dear to us…

Merry Christmas, friends!  We are so thankful that you have all been in this little corner of the internet for close to a year now.  Christmas is such a special time for most families and filled with magic, joy, laughter, and love.  And food.  And booze.  Obviously.

May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be…. lit?

 

Week In Review: Ashley & Rhonda

What’s up you guys? It’s Week In Review time again! Are you freaking out? Have you been refreshing your browser over and over and over to see if we posted yet??? Phew. Good thing for you is that here we are. 😉 Hehe JK We know you get this bad boy emailed to straight to your inbox so you don’t have to do silly stuff like refresh your browser repeatedly! 🙂 🙂 Ok, to the reviewssssss!

Ashley –

First – I cannot believe how this month has flown by, but I am so so so excited for Christmas to get here! I’m like 96% finished with shopping and am looking forward to all the Christmas Weekend festivities that are coming next weekend! Now, what did we do…. well it has been so cold around here! It has really felt like a traditional Winter Holiday season for us which was has been different and nice. We even got a little snow a couple weekends ago!

Besides some pretty cool weather – we got a visit from the nasty Flu Virus in our household. It pretty much knocked all of us on our butts. I still don’t feel completely 100%, but I’m doing much much better. It just has made it hard for me to think beyond the day to day and getting by doing the necessities for myself and the kids. Sadly, the blog suffered because of that BUT like I said I’m feeling better and want to finish out the rest of the year around here strong!

Friday was Cooper’s School Christmas Play…it was so cute! He was a Shepherd. I am always incredibly impressed with the teachers and staff and how they are able to get all those 3-5 year olds to cooperate and participate in a play. They all did an amazing job- the kids and staff! 🙂

This weekend we spent time at Grammy and Ppops per the usual, but on Friday night while the kids stayed the night at Grammy and Ppops their dad and I got to go to the movies which was nice. I literally had not been to the movie theater since this past summer. We watched the newest Star Wars Movie. I LOVED it. I could have literally sat there and watched it all over again.  On Saturday Cooper went with my Dad and Brother to Mobile for some guy shopping stuff, and Sophie, Grammy, and I went to Slidell for Christmas Shopping. Then on Sunday we just pretty much chilled all day. It rained alllll day long so the kids spent the whole day inside terrorizing my brother and sister until they were forced to play bad guys and good guys with Cooper or be led aimlessly around the house by Sophie. Good good times. 🙂 🙂 LOL We also had Cooper’s class teddy home with us for the weekend. Sophie ended up becoming best friends with him. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to order an identical one from Amazon for her…she didn’t like the idea that teddy was going back to school in the morning.

Really though – besides being freaking sick…this week wasn’t too bad. 🙂 Well. I take that back. Rhonda did get some bad news at the end of the week that also made me sad…but I’ll leave that revelation for her. SO besides those two things….it was a good week and I really always always enjoy getting to spend so much time with my family.

Rhonda –

This past week has been such a rollercoaster ride for me, that I kind of can’t believe that was only a few days.

I ran errands and worked all week, which is nothing new.  I have been severely sleep deprived thanks to my lovely daughter no longer sleeping well at night.  Most of the week was such a blur!

I bought the cutest pillowcases and they’re worth mentioning, as they are totally “us.”

I spent Friday morning and afternoon running around like a crazy person, preparing for that night’s party I was attending.  It was the party for my mom group and I was supposed to bring a couple of sangrias, a donation to a local animal shelter, and a Dirty Santa gift.  I had to wait for my payday though, which was Friday!  So as soon as I could get out of bed, I drove all over creation to get what I needed.

The party was totally worth it!  I had so much fun with my friends, as we always do!

We woke up to rain on Saturday, which is highly unusual for us.  I totally miss having rain a lot, but it is what it is.  We went out and ran errands in it, buying some groceries and things like that.

Sunday, I went out and started (yep, started) Christmas shopping.  I am always at my best at the last minute, so naturally I ended up with some great deals and made a lot of progress.  After dinner, we decorated a gingerbread village, one of our favorite traditions.

It was mostly an amazing week.  The downside was finding out that I would not be going to Mississippi for my birthday as planned.  It was absolutely devastating, because I was getting my hair done finally AND getting to spend time with Ashley.  Making the best of it though and moving on (after all the tears).

Are you having so much fun this holiday season?  What’s your favorite tradition?

Holiday Wish List 2017: Rhonda

It’s that time of year, when Christmas and my birthday are here and I daydream about what I might get if people still bought me gifts.  I could probably list 500 things, so I imposed a 5-item limit.

Hope’s Gift Card – I have loved literally EVERYTHING this shop stocks.  I need a gift card in the worst way, since I spend every day on Snapchat stalking the new arrivals.  Gimme all the trendy and sexy attire, thanks.

Apple AirPods – Since the day I got my iPhone 7, which has a port that powers both headphones and charger, I have wanted the AirPods.  Yes, I know that I can buy cheaper and probably better Bluetooth earbuds.  First of all, I am a brand snob.  But also, they charge right in the case and can last 24 hours on a full charge.  And I just like them, okay?

Velvet Robe – I love my short satin robe, but when it’s cold as the motherfuckin’ Dickens, I need a little more.  This robe looks like something that could cause me to never leave bed, but I am willing to take that chance.

Heating Pad – I get some serious aches and pains, y’all.  Mostly for a week out of the month.  Stupid unforgiving biology and all.  My heating pad finally died a couple years ago, after a LOT of use over 13 years.  Funny story about that heating pad, actually.  Stuart bought it for me when we first met and were just friends.  He dropped it off at my apartment after I hurt my ribs.

 

Turntable and Speakers – Once upon a time I had a turntable and was into vinyl, then I walked away from a lot of my possessions when I left an abusive relationship.  I miss the sound of vinyl and am ready to start over.

Do you have or want any of these things?  What’s on your wish list this year?

Week In Review: Ashley & Rhonda

Hey y’all Hey! Welcome back to another Week In Review!! As we discussed last week – for the month of December we will be doing joint WIR posts – to ease up our hectic holiday schedules. So! Let’s see what the both of us were up to:

Ashley –

Alright, alright… let’s seeee. Man. This past week totally flew by, and I wholeheartedly expected it to be a slow week since we were coming off the Thanksgiving holidays. I was wrong. Oh well. It happens every so often. 😉

Things were back to business as usual. We had work and school and evening home stuff – then back to work and school again the next morning. Cooper is doing FANTASTIC at preschool. He breezes through dropoff like its NBD. On Wednesday, I even got a kiss and hug goodbye! Usually, I forgo that whole process cause I’m holding my breath waiting for him to break down. Cooper is pretty much a PreK 4 rockstar these days. His behavior is usually pretty much on point too. We DO need to work more on his sight words. But I mean. One thing at a time right? I was talking to another class mom on Wednesday and she suggested involving him in some after school activities  – so I think beginning in January we are going to look into that. It will give him a chance to have some more socialization with his peers. He did tell me one day that “He wanted to hurry up and get to school early so that he could have more time in the morning with his buddies.” Like. Who is this child?? Really though, I am OVERJOYED at his progress!

I got so much great mail this weekend…presents for the kids… and a lot of stuff for me. I kind of feel like I already went through Christmas for myself!

Saturday morning I had to wake up super early to go help set up the cafeteria for our school’s Breakfast With Santa event. My mom brought the kids up later when it started at eight am. Everything went really well – and Sophie and Cooper really enjoyed it. Sophie didn’t quite enjoy Santa – but as I’ve said…she doesn’t really need people – especially new and strange people.

Sunday – we spent a lazy morning getting ready for hours at home before we headed to my parent’s house for the afternoon where we lounged, ate, and watched an amazing Saint’s football game! That night I went to Walmart for Cooper’s weekly lunch box supplies and we ended the night with a lovely tantrum thrown by a certain four year old because he had to stop playing video games and take a bath… He’s got it rough. lol

Rhonda –

While Ashley happily snapped pictures all week, I was burning the candle at both ends.  While working my own business, I took on a role in a friend’s business and really kicked ass at that all week.  There are hardly any noteworthy things to share here, though.  Definitely go support Baths and Bliss, though. [Edit: reading this back, it sounded like I meant that Ashley was living a life of leisure while I did hard things.  That is SO not what I meant.  I just meant that I hate that I couldn’t take pictures or even remember anything cute my kids did this week.]

Saturday, we made a Sam’s Club trip, mostly just to get toilet paper.  It would be silly to pass up this huge ass box of bacon.  TEN POUNDS FOR THIRTY DOLLARS.  No brainer.

After that, we went to a small birthday gathering for one of my friends.  A lot of my friend group has small babies and I held one.  I know, no big deal to you . ME?  I’m not that person.  But she was cute and she made eye contact and I just had to.  Guess what?  I kinda liked it.

We played Cards Against Humanity and damn, that shit is fun.  If you’ve never played, it’s an absolute must.

Sunday we relaxed all day.  It was so nice to hang out on the patio with Christmas music and champagne and 73 degrees.  After dinner, we went on a moonlit Christmas lights walk in our neighborhood.  I can’t think of a better way to end a great week!

What was your week like?  Are you in full-on Christmas hustle mode yet?

 

Week In Review: Rhonda

Hey hey, and welcome back to a glimpse into my week.  Life has been a doozy lately with Claudia going through a phase of wanting all my attention, all the time.  I have tried to just embrace this phase of life and be thankful that I have the opportunity to watch her grow and learn and become a little lady.  Shit, it’s a challenge though.

She has been wild, dabbing and ridding her tricycle and playing Little Mama.

We did a lot of fun school lessons this week, learning about Arizona.  The kids love this state project we are working on.  Previously, they couldn’t really see past Texas or Mississippi.

Harper is absolutely obsessed with cooking and baking, so I have started to let go of a little control and let him in my beloved kitchen, mostly with free reign.  He decided to do cupcakes this week and they were delicious!  The cleanup wasn’t so fun though.

Quentin and Claudia helped me make my first roasted chicken (come back tomorrow for more about that experience) on Friday.  Then Saturday, we went to tour a possible wedding venue (now marked off the list).  In the evening, our friends came over to have drinks and dinner with us.  We had so much fun.  Lots of laughter.

On Sunday, the weather was sunny and perfect and Claudia wanted to play outside.  So we played in the driveway and ended up rolling out mats to lie down and soak up the sun.  After nap time, we went to a holiday parade.  We were so freaking late and parked a couple of miles away.  We were too late to get a good spot for viewing.  Quentin and Claudia took turns on Stuart’s shoulders.  I held Claudia on mine a little, but it was hurting with her dancing on my shoulders.  She’s a mess.  We enjoyed getting into the spirit of the season for sure!

Now onto Thanksgiving!  I can’t wait to have a good and hearty meal on Thursday and enjoy a long weekend together as a family.  AND PUT UP MY TREEEEEES!

How was your week?  Are you in total holiday mode yet?

Week In Review: Rhonda

I know, I know…I literally say this every single week.  But seriously – where did the week go?!

Monday, I did some much-needed meal planning and grocery shopping.  I also took Quentin to Target to spend his birthday money.  It is always one of my least favorite things to do, because I end up continually talking the kids out of buying shit with a million tiny pieces or stuff I know they won’t play with.  I was thankful that he actually made some good solid decisions and it was fun!

Wednesday, true to my extra self, I designed and ordered Thanksgiving Dinner invitations to send to my parents and ex-husband.  I love how they turned out (the black rectangle is actually blacking out my address, not part of the design).

The rest of the week was full of working my business, recovering from an epic Wine Wednesday (seriously, you have to show up for these live broadcasts if you aren’t already), wedding planning, and juggling mom life.

Then the glorious weekend rolled around and it was time for football, day drinking, and lots of relaxing.

We rounded out Sunday with hair cuts for all the boys (and a fake out snip for Claudia who can’t be left out of anything), which was needed in the worst way.

How was your week?  Do you watch football on the weekends?

Week In Review: Rhonda

Another crazy-ass week in my life.  I guess this is just the norm now.

Tuesday was Halloween and we donned our costumes again and traipsed around the neighborhood.  My daughter has been continually cracked out on candy for over a week now.

Wednesday was Stuart’s birthday and even though we were saving the celebration for Saturday’s party, we did make him cards during our school time.

After a couple of days of party planning, schooling, and working my ass off on my business, it was party day!  I helped pull off an amazing surprise by keeping my mouth shut and not telling Stuart that his sister was driving from Mississippi for the party.

Quentin and Stuart shared a party and they wouldn’t have had it any other way.  It was a YouTube theme, per Quentin’s request.  We kept it simple and it was perfect.

Sunday, we recuperated from another crazy party and just spent a lot of time as a family.

What’s been going on in your life?

 

Week In Review: Rhonda

It’s a lovely day to recap a lovely week!  I had such a fun-filled, busy week and party-licious weekend.  Let’s get to it!

On Monday, we did Art class for school, learning about how to use the color wheel to mix paints into a blood red shade, perfect for making handprints on the windows and mirrors.

We had such a crazy jam-packed week.  Workouts, school, Halloween party planning and decorating.

Friday, I packaged up orders, ran more errands, then came home to enjoy some time with my latest Baths and Bliss order.  I can’t get enough of these high quality, handcrafted products!

Then.  Then it was the weekend and holy moly was it wild!  We had our first annual Halloween party that evening, after making a booze run.

We throw a lot of parties, but this one was by far my favorite.  We had a wonderful turnout and the food got destroyed, which tickled me beyond anything you can imagine.  There is nothing worse than pouring your time and money into a party and nobody showing up or nobody really eating.  I will be posting party details another day!

I absolutely drank so much that night and felt every bit of it for most of Sunday.  I got better just in time to head to the wedding of one of Stuart’s coworkers.  The wedding was absolutely lovely and the bride stunning.  We had a good meal, plenty of drinks, and so much fun dancing with our friends.

I can’t imagine a better weekend!

Did you get into any Halloween festivities this weekend?

 

Week In Review: Rhonda

Well another week has gone by and my kid-free time is OVER.  The kids are back and they came in like a wrecking ball.  Sheesh.

During this week, I started decorating our house for Halloween, meet my mom group for drinks at one of their houses, and shipped out a shitload of orders.

Friday was a freaking exciting day.  My company was holding its Leaders Conference and I eagerly watched groups to see what was announced.  Two new limited edition colors came out, along with reformulated concealers and a new blush.  Pretty much the entire company collectively freaked the fuck out.  All this was happening while I wandered around the Halloween store, staring at my phone watching updates.  That was also the day that I received my first three-figure commission check, so it was a good one.

Saturday, Stuart and I had brunch at home then ran a few errands while we waited on his friend Ben to arrive from Germany.  Then I ran out to do some quick shopping while they caught up.  When I got back, we grilled some steaks and had a lovely dinner together before going out.  We went to the Stockyards to see Justin Moore and Dylan Scott.  What a freaking AMAZING show they both put on.  Justin is especially a super talented entertainer.

Sunday we made brunch for Ben and sat outside in the lovely weather for awhile with him. Then went and got the darling children before coming home to grill.

I think the best part of my week was Saturday night. What was yours?