Week In Review: Rhonda

God, that week felt so long.  It seemed to just drag on and was exhausted the entire week.  I think I know why though, and more about that later.  So let’s recap.

Seriously, Monday through Friday were an absolute blur.  Sleepiness, exhaustion, Target runs, with Wine Wednesday up in the middle.  Also at some point during the week, I made a HUGE business decision and spent a lot of time planning for that.

I also decided during the week that the reason I have been so tired and moody and run-down is due to backsliding on my healthy lifestyle.  Since moving, things have been wild and busy and definitely unhealthy.  I decided that Monday would be a reboot.  Meal prep and workouts on their way!

Saturday we got up and got busy shopping for things for the house and putting up lights in the backyard.  We had “a few friends” over (let’s just call it what it was – a hell of a party) and Stuart set the backyard on fire.  So that was lovely.

Sunday, Stuart, Claudia, and I hopped in the car and spent the afternoon in some different areas of the DFW.  We went to the Japanese book store Kinokuniya to get my copper Leuchtturm1917 journal that I’ve wanted for a few months.  Then we went to get some Bing Su (a tasty shaved ice treat) while we were in this Asian strip mall.  After that, we headed to IKEA where Claudia promptly made herself at home.  She wanted to sit in every chair and lie down in every bed.  Stuart and I argued over chairs, because of course.  Back at home, Stuart hung more lights in the backyard and grilled and Quentin and I prepped my lunches for the week.

Now I’m ready to tackle a new week. We are starting school and I am rebooting a healthy lifestyle. Do you ever feel like you just need to start over on everything?

RHOD: Gigantic Wine Glasses

I have been in love with the Real Housewives for many years and have given each city’s version a try.  My top 5 are:

5. New Jersey

4. Beverly Hills

3. New York

2. OC

1. Dallas!!!  I was into it before I even moved to the DFW, but now that I live here, I have a brand new appreciation for these ladies and can’t wait to see what the season brings. So here we are, at the start of the second season.

Let’s see what fuckery is unfolding this episode.

Stephanie starts us out with talking about her dog Biscuit.  She says he really likes running around with her panties in his mouth, like Travis.  Um, ok Stephanie…that’s one image I didn’t need to have.

Kameron is a new cast member this season.  She is super wealthy (like everyone on this show but this is on another level) and hangs out with Cary.  We learn from Kameron that she plays the role of the dumb blonde in her life because she doesn’t want people to know how smart she is. Kameron’s mom is an amazing cook and Kameron is trying to learn. She came from California to Texas to go to college at SMU.  She married her nerd spirit animal basically and they live in Highland Park (super exclusive area, for those of you not in  DFW) in a 7500 sq ft house.  Also, she has an idiotic pink dog food idea and that’s all you need to know about that.

Cary is planning her husband Mark’s birthday party and has decided she will invite LeeAnne, who has been known to cause a lot of drama and exhibit major anger issues.  Later in the episode, we see Cary and LeeAnne go to the park and talk about their issues from last season.  They also discuss Brandi and Stephanie.

LeeAnne is in anger management therapy and has really been trying to work on herself, so Brandi has has also been giving her a chance.  They have been getting much closer because…..

FREAKING BRANDI AND STEPHANIE are not on speaking terms.  (This is where I started crying.) Stephanie says she doesn’t know why brandi is giving her the cold shoulder.  I don’t know either.  I don’t know if I missed something or the show is dragging this storyline out and intentionally leaving out details.  They did both reveal that they have struggled balancing their marriages and friendship and that both have gotten closer to their husbands when they aren’t basically married to each other.

We are introduced to another new cast member, D’andra, when she meets with leann for dinner.  D’andra grew up privileged, met her husband who  had kids from a previous marriage.  He is former military and a photojournalist and their home is decorated in a very eclectic style, which I totally relate to.  It’s refreshing to see their house isn’t the same untouchable style as a lot of Housewives’ homes.

Back at Stephanie’s home, Travis brings home presents for the kids.   We hear how while their marriage has gotten better since Stephanie and Brandi stopped hanging out, but Bryan, Brandi’s husband, wants them to all hang out together again.

Brandi tells us that she feels like Stephanie pulled away from their friendship to make herself more available for the Dallas social scene.

At Mark’s birthday party, there such a cold and uncomfortable greeting between Brandi and Stephanie.  It’s sad and cringeworthy.  Also, they are drinking out of gigantic wine glasses and damn, I should have gotten a picture of that shit.

Then freaking LeeAnne keeps interrupting when Stephanie wants to set up a time to talk to Brandi.  LeeAnne acts like she is her damn manager.  Stephanie and Brandi are both crying messes and I just really want them to be back together.  I kind of can’t take it.

 

Fix it, Jesus.  Fix it all.  It’s going to be a good season though!  Tell me, did you watch it?  What did you think?  Will you be tuning in and discussing with me next week?

Week in Review: Rhonda

Thanks for showing up yet again to see what I have been up to.  We have lived through the first week in our new house and I am so pleased to watch the house coming together!  Tuesday the fridge came, which changed everything for the better.   You really get an appreciation for appliances when you have to live without them for several days.

By Thursday, we had settled into an adaptation of our usual routine…waiting out front for Stuart to come home from work, then helping him make his dinner.

I spent Friday running errands and hammering shit into the walls.  It is starting to look less like a model home and more like we live here.

We spent Saturday cleaning and unpacking the remaining boxes in preparation to have friends over.  Some of Stuart’s coworkers came over in the evening and we had some drinks and grilled.

We wrapped up a wonderful weekend by grilling again and then I soaked with a new bath bomb.  Can’t beat that for a Sunday evening!

Here’s to another week!  I hope yours was amazing.

 

 

Lilly Belle Market

Almost two years ago TO THE DAY, Rhonda ordered her first order of Lilly Belle Market bows on Etsy.  They were purchased partly for Claudia, with some of them being given to Ashley at Sophie’s baby shower.  We have been in love since and the obsession is real.  We are so happy to announce that we will be representing Lilly Belle Market this fall, along with some other amazing ladies and their gals.

Glitter, felt, sequins, leather, and more – LBM seriously has what your little one needs for her wardrobe!

Be sure to follow the Instagram page for Lilly Belle Market and like them on Facebook.  You’re going to love the bows and headbands and the cute clothing items!

 

 

A Drinking Problem

This week I gave in and decided to hop on the bandwagon that is sarahah.  For those of you who somehow haven’t seen this on social media, it’s a website and app that allow you to receive anonymous comments from your friends or coworkers.  They are supposed to be “constructive.”  I started one, completely expecting to receive some hate mail.  I am not always the most loved person.

Anyway, it was lovely and full of kindness and even a secret admirer… until it got to the point that three people (and as I type this, I see another one has surfaced) had mentioned my drinking.

Now hold up one damn minute.  Drinking problem?  I take this really really fucking seriously.  As the daughter of an alcoholic, I have seen some shit and I KNOW what alcoholism is.  I have spent my entire adult life with the awareness that children of alcoholics run the risk of exhibiting the behaviors themselves.  I?  Do not have a drinking problem.

Let me break this shit down for you.

Alcoholism is often hidden behind closed doors.  It is not a bunch of wine and tequila selfies on social media.

Alcoholism is waking up thinking about when you can have a drink.  It is not having a cocktail every evening.

Alcoholism is frequently having relationship problems when drinking.  It is not having a good time with your family and friends, drinks in hand.

I could go on and on.  Quite frankly, I don’t have to fucking explain myself to anybody I don’t live with.  The reason I am so angry about this is that there are people with a TRUE ALCOHOL PROBLEM and this really makes it sound like every person who enjoys alcohol has a damn “problem.”

Listen, I love alcohol.  I really do.  Particularly, I love craft beer, a good bottle of wine, Tito’s vodka, and good agave tequila.  If I was an alcoholic and showed up to a party where there was only Bud Light to drink, I would drink it.  But no – fuck that shit.  If that’s all there is, pass me the water.  This is because I like the TASTE of good libations.  I mean, of course the way it makes me feel is for sure a bonus.

Here’s what you need to know if you are truly concerned and not just jealous and bitter that I do what the fuck I want:

I drink 6-7 nights a week on average.  Sometimes it’s one drink, sometimes it’s a bottle of wine (which if you aren’t a wine drinker may sound like a lot, but ask wine lovers.  I promise they finish the bottle most of the time).  I went several days without a single drink last week.  And nope, didn’t sit around thinking about it or anything.

I day drink mimosas on the weekends and when I’m on vacation at the beach.

99% of the time, I am drinking at home with my guy, not driving around like an idiot.

I spring out of bed early every morning, pour a cup of coffee, and join a productive society.  Sometimes (like once or twice a month) I have a single watermelon shandy while I work during the kids’ nap time.  It’s usually dinner time or later when I want a little low carb margarita or glass of rose.  Sometimes I have a single refreshing watermelon shandy while I work during the kids’ nap time.

I drink so slowly that Stuart often teases me about it.  It can take me 6 hours to finish a bottle of wine.

When you see pictures on social media of my drinks, you are seeing a small slice of my life.   You know what, I put my life out there and live wide open.  I overshare.  Drinks are pretty and to be honest, they get a lot of likes and comments, particularly on Instagram.  I am building a successful blog brand, so these things matter to me.

But I can promise you this – you are SURROUNDED daily by people who quietly drink at home, some of them far more than me.  It may be your pastor’s wife, your dentist, your kid’s teacher, your stylist, your elderly neighbor.  They just aren’t blasting it on social media.  I know this, because I hail from a small southern town in a dry county and everyone from my church and high school were lined up at the county line every pay day.  They would hide their faces, never making eye contact.

Above all, know these things:

  • I am in the healthiest relationship of my life and we pretty much pay the power bill at Total Wine.
  • My children are really fucking happy, well fed, and loved.  They are, however, really embarrassed by my kitchen dance moves after just a single glass of wine.
  • I run a successful business and my team and I love to trade drinking gifs since we all love our wine.
  • I am in amazing health.

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I opened myself up for criticism by participating in the sarahah hype and I LOVE honesty.  I just wanted to point out that much like OCD, anxiety, and depression, terms associated with alcoholism are overused and thrown about casually.

Know what the fuck alcoholism is before you accuse someone of having an issue.  And if you are truly concerned about me, talk to me about it openly.  I will be happy to invite you to my home so you can see what my life is actually like.

 

 

 

 

What We Wore Wednesday

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Welcome back to this riveting weekly installment.  Before we get to the outfits, let me remind you that we have a weekly LIVE show over on Facebook – Wine Wednesday.  Do not miss it; a giveaway is happening this week!

Rhonda –

Top: Harper Avery Boutique. Shorts: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Tee: Target. Shorts: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Ashley –

Shirt: Amazon Pants: Jordache High Rise Skinnies Shoes: Everlast from Kmart Earrings: N&S Signature Silver

Jacket: Burke’s Outlet [similar] Shirt: Target Merona Pants: Target Denizen Skinnies Choker: Target  (charmEarrings: N&S White Cut Outs – not on the website right now

Glasses: Friday L from Coastal Kimono: Amazon Tank Top: Target Mossimo  Leggings: Walmart Daniskan Fitted Skinnies Earrings: N&S Teal – not on the website right now

And there you have it guys! Hope you enjoyed checking out our ensembles this week. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

 

Week In Review: Rhonda

What a damn week.  Holy crap.  If you follow us on social media (and I mean, if you don’t, that’s ridiculous), you already know that I moved.  Well it was a hell of a move and we are still settling in and unpacking.

Because of the move, things have really blurred together and can barely remember anything that happened before moving day last week.  Tuesday, while I was getting ready to take the kids to the pool, we found out that we got the house.  It was extremely shocking, because we had so many issues with finding and being approved for something we loved.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday was a lot of working and preparing to move.  So much packing and it’s funny how it goes – you start out packing very organized with labels on everything….and quickly devolve into throwing shit into garbage bags.

Friday, we got the keys to the house in the evening and took the kids inside for the first time.  I was so happy to look around again, because there were lots of details I had completely forgotten.

Once we left, we went home to grill at the apartment one last time.

And then, it was Moving Day.  Holy hell.  TWENTY HOURS.  Stuart, me, and 4 crazy ass kids.

It was finally done and the unpacking and settling in commenced.

And that was my crazy-ass week.  Who else freaking HATES moving?!

 

 

What We Wore Wednesday

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Hey hey you guys! Welcome back to another weekly installment of What We Wore Wednesday. On Wednesdays we bare it all, and show you what we’ve been pulling out of the closet over the past week. Let’s get to it shall we?

Ashley –

Soooo I wore some new things this past week. I also not enough pictures…but you know. Some weeks are like that. 🙂

Cardigan: Leopad..was a gift [similar] Shirt: Navy Peplum from Addition Elle Pants: Jordache High Rise Skinnies Shoes: Blush Gladiator Sandals from Old Navy Earrings: N&S Rose Gold  

Shirt: Kohl’s Pants: Camo Skinnies from Target Shoes: Local Boutique Earrings: N&S Black

Shirt: JCPenny’s  To be honest…I took this picture late late in the evening that day…I didn’t have my earrings on anymore much less pants. I had to show this shirt though. It’s my new fave.

Rhonda –

Y’all know I had a hellacious week, so it’s not surprising that I didn’t come up with many outfits.  However, my outfit pic game is about to improve as we move into a house with great natural light!  Can’t wait for that.

Tank: Target. Shorts: Target. Sandals: Old Navy [similar]. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Dress: Target. Shoes: Old Navy [sandals]. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Tee: Target. Shorts: Old Navy. Swim top: Target.

Dress: Amazon. Shoes: Jessica Simpson. Earrings: Nickel & Suede. Sunnies: Sojos.

 

All the craziness of life

So, you may (or more likely, may have not) noticed the lack of posts by me lately.  When my apartment flooded last week and the water fried my beloved MacBook Elizabeth, I was lost in my blogging pattern.  Not only did I not have my trusty machine, but I also did not have time to compose something on my iPhone app.  I had to deal with all the ridiculousness that comes with a flooded apartment, including but not limited to, speeding up our search for a rental house.  We are just so completely done with our townhouse.  It’s too small and so freaking old that we literally have maintenance here every week.

We have looked at countless houses and applied for several.  We finally got a break today when we were approved for our ABSOLUTE FAVORITE HOUSE!  We felt immediately at home the moment we walked in the door and I just had a feeling it was ours.  I am so glad I was right.

It is the perfect home for our big little family.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page, where I will be doing a LIVE tour on move in day! You can also look forward to some decorating and organizing posts!

And please keep being patient as I work out my blogging equipment issues.  Currently writing this one from my OLD macbook pro, Estelle.  It took me 3 hours to boot her up and I am now trying to not let her go to sleep for fear she will never wake up.

 

 

Week In Review: Rhonda

Fuck, y’all….like fuuuuuuuck.  It has been a hell of a week.  You’ll see.

Monday was another day of my usual – working my ass of during the day and working while sipping adult beverages at night.  It was National Tequila Day, so I celebrated accordingly.

Tuesday, I finally met in person a friend of mine from a healthy eating group.  His granddaughter was in town and curious about LipSense and I met up with her and demoed some products.  He cooked us an amazing meal of unstuffed cabbage rolls and though I had a migraine, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there before I went home to lie down.

Wednesday, though.  For fuck’s sake.  I always liked Wednesdays.  Then this.  I woke with a start at about 7:10, which is earlier than I typically get up when the kids are home.  I was foggy and not sure of what was going on around me, but I could hear SOMETHING that just didn’t sound right.  It suddenly occurred to me that it was the sound of water…and I was alone in the apartment.  I looked around and saw water in the bathroom and at first, couldn’t tell WHERE or HOW.  I leapt up and ran and then screamed…and shrieked…cursed…and flipped the FUCK OUT.  Because everywhere, there was water.  Turns out a pipe had burst behind the cabinet.  I tried to cut off the sink water, but of course the break was on the other side of the wall.   I ran around throwing towels about with one hand and texting and calling Stuart with the other.  He came home as quickly as he could after calling the apartment complex emergency maintenance line.  Within an hour there was 2 inches of downstairs because water had begun to pour through the ceiling.  Half our bedroom carpet was sopping wet.  I had run downstairs when I realized I heard water there and screamed like something out of a movie when I saw that Elizabeth, my beautiful golden best friend (MacBook), was on the kitchen table, directly underneath the water pouring through the ceiling.  Stuart and I spend all day picking shit up off the floor, moving furniture out of the house for the workers to come handle shit, and moving furniture back.  We took the Macbook to Best Buy, who recommended we put it in rice.  Um, ok, cool.  Then we gave up on life and went on a spontaneous date to Buffalo Wild Wings.  What a fucking mess.

Thursday I took care of some errands and treated myself to some coffee, then came home to work some more and cook dinner.

I decided that after the week I had, some pool time was certainly warranted.  I spent a lot of time over there, soaking up the rays and the hot ass weather.

Saturday, we went to look at some houses with our agent and we absolutely fell in DEEP love with one in particular.  It was such a nice time planning for the future with my guy.  We invited Stuart’s coworker over for grilling and we had such a great time sipping on drinks (SOME of us got drunk) and enjoying some good eats.

Sunday, we went to get the kids after two weeks of them away.  It made for a long day, as we made some stops on the way home.  It was lovely to have them back though!  It’s never dull around here.