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. ūüėČ

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?

Week In Review – Rhonda

Hey, hey! We decided to delay the week in review posts to enjoy our Memorial Day events.  Just kidding, we totally forgot it was Monday until after 5 pm. So anyway, on to my week.

I hit the ground running on Monday. ¬†I kicked its ass and sold a lot of toothpaste and lipsense. ¬†That’s always a good thing! ¬†Claudia made sure to be a big help for me all day, but especially when it was time to do dishes, her favorite task.

I had lots of errands to run on Tuesday, so after trying a new hairstyle (obsessed with this iron that gave me fast and easy messy waves), we hit the road.  Shipped some orders and went to the grocery store.  Then came home to make dinner, which ended up being fun and relaxing.

Wednesday, I took the kids to the playground.  It was absolutely perfect weather and they really needed to run off some energy.  We had a great time.

I took the kids to Target Thursday in an attempt to get some birthday stuff done.  It was a fail.  However, I did come home and make a successful and healthy dinner and Stuart brought home a bust form he bought for my resale shop, which was really exciting!

With one day left before Harper’s birthday party, I had last-minute shopping to do on Friday. ¬†After that, the kids helped me get some decorating done. ¬†And by “helped,” I mean got in my way.

Saturday was party day and we had a guest cancel last minute leaving us with an intimate family party, which are my favorite anyway.  It was perfect and Harper was happy, which is all that matters.  We grilled in the evening and had a great time just catching up with Dustin and drinking too much.

Sunday, before Dustin headed back home, we had him stay with the kids while we went to look at a house. ¬†It was an absolutely perfect home (sadly though, we didn’t have our funding worked out yet and someone else has already put in an offer) and it was exciting to start looking at houses. ¬†In the evening, I stepped on a piece of glass with BOTH feet, because I am freakishly talented. ¬†It was extremely painful and bloody. ¬†We ended the day with grilling again and just enjoying the less-humid weather.

Memorial Day was absolutely lovely. ¬†You know you’re having a good day when you totally forget it’s Monday. ¬†We did what most people do and grilled and drank. ¬†Which also happens to be what we do every weekend lately. ¬†I also cut the boys’ hair in the afternoon. ¬†It was just the perfect day at home.


Week In Review – Rhonda

Another week has passed and I have to say, it was a damn good one for me.  I felt great and got a lot done.

Monday was a little bit of a rocky start, as Mondays tend to be.  My kids were cranky and fought half the day.  I did get some work done though, thanks to the power of music to motivate me.  We ran to the post office, which my kids love to do for some reason.

Tuesday, we started a solar system unit, which the kids have really been enjoying. ¬†It’s one of those topics that every age can understand, which makes teaching them much easier. ¬†During their naptime, I had beer and Fritos and tried to relax but I had so much work to do that I really just wore myself out trying to speed-work.

In the evening, I made a stop for some wine and cranked up the music while I cleaned the kitchen.  I got all up in my emotions thanks to music, but it was all very therapeutic. Sometimes you just need a good cry.

Lil’ Mama and I hit up Target on Wednesday, after I successfully placed a highly coveted Lipsense inventory order. ¬†We had a lot of fun checking out their new carnival-inspired toddler girl clothes. ¬†They are to die for. ¬†In the evening, I looked at houses and wedding venues until my eyes were crossing. ¬†Both wedding planning and house hunting are exhausting.

Stuart had the car Thursday, so I did a lot of housework after school.  I also cleaned my makeup brushes and made a lovely margarita to go with the taco salad I cooked.  Stuart came home with a big surprise Рmy first ever bouquet of flowers.  I have had flowers in the past, just not from a significant other.  It was such a simple gesture, but it meant everything to me.  So did the tequila he brought me.

Friday, we went grocery shopping once Claudia finally woke up. ¬†Food shopping is one of those things I really enjoy, so it’s always a good day when I can do that. ¬†Throw in some beautiful weather and making a few sales and it really was just a lovely day.

Sweet, sweet weekend.  No matter how good my week is, I am always excited for the weekend.  There is nothing better than boozy brunches, time with Stuart, and having help with the kids.  Saturday, we did our usual brunch routine and I played with makeup while Stuart handled some work stuff.  When he got back, we spent time outside grilling and listening to music.

Sunday was a lot like Saturday – brunch, makeup, grilling and hanging outside. ¬†I started the day out by opening my Mother’s Day gifts though. ¬†A stack of birthstone bangles to add to my Alex and Ani collection – PERFECT. They also brought me more flowers! ¬†I got spoiled.

I mean, I don’t think my weekend could have been any better. ¬†It was amazing. ¬†Tell me about your Mother’s Day!

 

For My Mama – Love, Rhonda

Damn, mothering is hard. ¬†Like, really hard. ¬†I never really understood exactly what goes into parenting until I became a parent myself – I’m sure every parent can say that. ¬†On a daily basis, I experience every emotion possible – joy, sadness, anger, frustration, anxiety, fear, love, contentment, and so on. ¬†It is absolutely a rollercoaster ride.

It’s amazing to think back to my childhood and the way my mama was with us. ¬†I can’t remember her ever losing her temper. ¬†That isn’t to say she never lost it, but if she did, it didn’t stick with me. ¬†Good god, I hope my kids don’t think back as adults and remember that I am an asshole most of the time. ¬†Mama and Daddy lived traditional marriage roles and I honestly believe it was the best thing for us children. ¬†She was always there when we got off the school bus, with a snack and hugs. ¬†I always knew my mom would be there for me. ¬†I still know that today.

As teenagers, my brother and I were absolute dreams. ¬†I am not kidding – ask anyone with close knowledge of my family. ¬†I didn’t go through the typical I-hate-my-mother phase that most teen girls do. ¬†If anything, we were the closest in my teen years. ¬†I knew that no matter what I was going through – boy trouble, friend drama, making a C on a test (yes I was the person who might cry over that), color guard stress – mama would have a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on.

 

Mama was always The Cool Mom. ¬†“Shit” was always part of her vocabulary, she put me on birth control just because I had a boyfriend, she encouraged me to wear short-shorts and midriff tops (I refused both and wish I could go back and slap myself), and I never had a curfew. ¬†And you know what? ¬†I was so fucking well-behaved. ¬†Sometimes I think back and roll my eyes because I totally missed out on the rebellious teenager experience. ¬†Giving us so much space to make stupid mistakes really allowed us the freedom to discover ourselves and turns out, we were super good kids. ¬†I didn’t drink until I was in college, I only had sex with my super-long-term boyfriends, and didn’t get into legal trouble until I was a parent myself. ¬†I’ve still never done drugs. ¬†I know that my mama contributed to my good behavior. ¬†When parents smother their kids, kids rebel. ¬†It wasn’t an issue in my household, as evidenced by the fact that I could stay at my boyfriend’s house until 1:00 am. ¬†I was allowed to make these decisions. ¬†My mama trusted me. ¬†The feeling was mutual.

The way I was mothered has shaped the way I parent. ¬†My kids are fully allowed and encouraged to fuck up. ¬†It’s the only way we learn. ¬†And holy shit, the woman is the best grandparent. ¬†My grandmother was everything to my ENTIRE family and I couldn’t have imagined that my own mama would be just as amazing, but she really is. ¬† I come from a long line of strong southern women and I wouldn’t be the crazy person I am today without that.

My mama taught me so many things, but the most important thing she taught me was self-confidence.  When I started developing, I would walk with my arms crossed over my chest and she told me to walk confidently.  Last year, I wore a bikini for the first time as a mother and I almost cried as I texted a picture to her.  She has been rocking bikinis since always.  And she really ROCKS it because she is confident.  I am glad she has taught me to love myself.

I love you, Mama, and I hope I can be as fucking crazy and strong as you.

What Mom Really Wants: An Unfiltered Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is coming up in just a few days. ¬†You can find gift guides all over the web and for the most part, they all¬†include the same things – flowers, jewelry, spa gift cards. ¬†Those are all great things, but as a real-life mother of four, I’m going to let you in on a little secret – you’re missing some really important shit.

Wine. ¬†Or maybe the mother in your life prefers whiskey, tequila, or beer. ¬†Still good options. ¬†But seriously, give your mother or baby mama the booze of her choice. ¬†It is affordable and can be purchased last-minute (you know who you are). ¬†And you know what? ¬†It’s hard out there for a mama. ¬†She needs this.

Solitude. ¬†When she gets that drink, she is going to need peace to enjoy¬†it. ¬†Nothing worse than sipping on a frosty beer and being constantly interrupted with requests and complaints. ¬†It can be hard to finish a cup of coffee while warm or an adult beverage while cold. ¬†I have been known to drop a couple of cubes of ice in my chardonnay because between potty training, sibling squabbles, and someone always wanting a drink, it¬†can take an hour to finish¬†a single glass. ¬†Even if she isn’t having a drink, time to finish a thought, read a book, or talk to a friend can be so therapeutic. ¬†Some of my best Mother’s Days have been spent solo, shopping, seeing a movie, or napping. ¬†So take the kids out of the house for the day or send her off guilt-free.

Shopping. ¬†Yep, it’s cliche but it is so true. ¬†Most women love shopping. ¬†Maybe she isn’t that person, but I bet she would appreciate free rein to spend a little money on something. ¬†Moms often take care of everyone else first and there’s not time, energy, or money left for herself after everyone else is handled. ¬†Whether she chooses to buy some fresh shrimp, a new mop, or the latest eyeshadow palette, a Visa gift card or just a little grace to spend from the joint account without judgment goes a long way.

Some fucking sleep and help and shit. ¬†Some mothers are lucky enough to have a partner who shares household duties equally, but more mothers do not. ¬†If your partnership agrees on that balance, all is good, but that doesn’t mean that on this day meant to honor Mom, you can’t pick up some slack. ¬†Handle the meals and clean-up, and for fuck’s sake, change the diapers and wake up with the baby. ¬†Acts of service really show appreciation and respect in the way a bouquet of flowers can’t. ¬†At the end of the day, be sure to express you can personally see how much she does and that you truly appreciate her. ¬†After all, isn’t that what the day is all about (aside from upping the revenue for Hallmark)?

What would you add? ¬†What do you most appreciate on Mother’s Day?