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: Ashley

Hey there party people! Welcome back to another Monday of recapping what fabulous things we’ve been up to. 😉 What are those things you ask? Let’s see, shall we?

I was off Monday, instead of my usual Wednesday, since it was Columbus Day and my office was closed.  That was nice because I got a three day weekend and an extra day to recover from the routine interrupter that was Hurricane Nate. The kids stayed with my parents Sunday night – so after I picked them up, we just spent the day doing a little grocery shopping, cleaning, and preparing for the upcoming week.

I also felt like it was the longest short week ever…seems like short weeks tend to turn out that way sometimes. Cooper had his very first field trip on Tuesday. He got to go to a pumpkin patch, but the thing he was most excited about was getting to ride a school bus! Simple pleasures really are the best. 😉  Speaking of Coop and school, he is still doing really really well. He started speech class the first week in October – so I got to have a meeting with his teachers which was even more encouraging. It just really makes a world of difference when your child’s educators actually care about the success of their student(s). Everyday I hurt for Coop and the experience he had to go through, but I am grateful for the path we took because it led us to his current school. I’m not a big believer in coincidence and ‘meant to bes’ – I think we forge our own paths from the circumstances and situations we put ourselves in…but I can’t help but say that this is the school he was meant for. These are the teachers and staff that he needed in order to be successful. He is so incredibly happy there…and we are so incredibly overjoyed that he’s happy there. 🙂 🙂  IF you have no idea what I’m talking about…check out most of my other WIR posts for the scoop on our rocky road to PreK. 😉

Wednesday was Wine Wednesday Live on our Facebook Page! We had a blast!! If you guys aren’t joining us…you totally should. 🙂 🙂 I got some new Lipsense in the mail this week which is always always a highlight!

It dawned on me Thursday morning, that Sophie’s long awaited 2 year birthday party was happening on Sunday, and I need to get my shiz together to start planning for it. That actually just meant that I started making more concrete plans in my head and didn’t actually buy or execute anything until Saturday – like a true procrastinator. 😉 So yeah. I spent a lot of Saturday running around – gathering things for the party. I had a minor hiccup when searching for croissants at my nearest WalMart. They had none. I mean. Are you surprised? Cause I was. I don’t normally buy croissants, BUT I know I always seem them there…except you know, when I needed them most. Why did I need croissants so badly? A Pinterest endeavor…duh. Whatevs..Winn Dixie came through for me on Sunday morning – so it all worked out.

Sunday was party day! We just had a low key, immediate family gathering at my sister’s house. Sophie really enjoyed herself which was all that mattered. It was also super fun for Coop – he loves when we all get together.

Anddd there you have it…my week in a nutshell. What were you guys up to? Any fun fall activities??

Week in Review: Rhonda

Last week, we skipped out on our Week in Review posts because we were trying to wrap our minds around the tragedy in Las Vegas.  I don’t know that I’ll ever really be able to wrap my head around it, but I can’t allow my  life to completely halt following tragedies.

My kids are STILL out of town at their dad’s, so I have been trying to be productive while doing some things for myself as well.  Let’s just hit the highlights of the last two weeks, in no particular order.

There was bath beer, drinks with the girls, and sunbathing.

There was patio chilling and grilling, and yummy comfort food whipped up in the kitchen.

There was more sunbathing and a date night.

There was brunch at our spot.

It was a lovely couple of weeks and the freedom I have had is coming to an end – this weekend!  What would you do if you only had a few remaining kid-free days?

Week In Review: Ashley

Oh my gosh you guys…happy Monday! We didn’t do our WIR post last week – So, I feel like I have TONS to share. I feel like SO much has happened in the span of two weeks. However, I also feel like I am overwhelmed by how much I have to share that this may end up being short and sweet. ha!

Sharing pictures in no particular order…

Alright alright…where to begin? Let’s see, so why didn’t we do our WIR post last week? Well, the shooting tragedy that happened Sunday night  in Las Vegas was on our minds. We had to address that, and it just felt like carrying on with life as usual on the blog that day was not right.

What did I do that weekend? I got to spend Saturday night and all day Sunday with my family in a cabin that my parents rented. We did lots of outdoor activities including spending some time floating around on a pontoon boat. It was a blast…well except the no cell phone signal part – I survived though. 🙂 😉

Then, we (those of us on the gulf coast) started preparing for the possibility of being hit by a hurricane. Yup. You heard right .. ANOTHER hurricane.

Really that whole week was a whirlwind…and went by SO quickly. Cooper was on Fall Break from school on Thursday and Friday. Cruising the coast was also happening along the coast…so traffic was insane. What’s cruising the coast? It’s an annual week-long car show that happens down here. Thousands of people hop in their fancy vintage cars and head to the MS Coast. There are different events hosted, but mostly people literally park and/or cruise along – showing off their hard work. 🙂 This year’s Crusin’ was rudely and abruptly interrupted by a very fast-moving Hurricane Nate. We were originally expecting to be hit early Sunday morning. However, on Saturday morning Nate decided he was ready to make landfall and started moving with unprecedented speed toward us. I’d gone Thursday night to buy essentials and prepare, but Saturday morning I woke up in a panic when I realized I’d forgotten the ICE! I did a whole story time about it on our Snapchat (RAtheMOMachine)…and I posted a little clip on our IG (rageagainstthemomachine)… so go check that out when you get a chance. 😉

After we got our ice…we spent all Saturday morning enjoying the sunshine before Nate made landfall. Once we got home around one, I turned on the weather channel and we hunkered down for the day. Cooper was all wrapped up in the Hurricane Nate Watch.

I am incredibly thankful that this storm was only a Category 1, and that we didn’t suffer much damage – the real only inconvenience was that we seemed to be some of the very last people to get power back late Sunday night. 🙁

Anddd that’s what has been going on…what were you guys up to???

Week In Review: Rhonda

What a whirlwind this week was!  I am still so exhausted from it all and even woke up this morning with a stomach bug.

So, Monday, I got some work done and then went out for drinks with my mom group.

Tuesday, I got ready to go out of town – cleaning, laundry, packing, and a couple of errands.

I headed to Mississippi on Wednesday morning.  Now, it is not a short trip by any stretch of the imagination, but it was absolutely nice to have that time alone to think and process life.  I made it to Ashley’s house in time to hang out and then do Wine Wednesday Live after the kids went to bed.

Thursday was finally Hair Day.  I am so excited to have blonde and fun colors back.  I feel so much more like myself when my hair is on point.

My stylist and I had so much fun.  I was her only client for the day, so we took our time, sipped some wine, visited an old school liquor store, and chatted about life.  It was much-needed girl time.

Ashley, Grace, and I went out to the IP, as we always tend to do.  We saw a fun band called Got Groove and I made pals with the lead singer.  Ashley went home to get some sleep before work, but Grace and I were just getting started!  We went over to Coast Nightclub at the Beau Rivage to do some more booty shaking.  After that, we hit up Waffle House.  Such a great time!

Friday, I had lunch with Jonathan while I waited for Ashley to get off.  When she got out of work, we hit the road back to Texas.  Read her week in review for how that road trip went.

On Saturday, we had some of Stuart’s signature brunch food and chilled out and sipped wine with music on.  That night, we went live for a GRWM and headed out to the Stockyards.  A great night with music and drinks!  Ashley left Sunday and I sunbathed in the backyard, recovering from a crazy week!

Did y’all do anything fun this past week?

Week In Review: Ashley

Hay y’all Haaayyy! Happy Monday. 🙂 I had a pretty jam packed week/weekend, and I can’t wait to share it with you guys. 🙂

Our week started with me facing five days of doing all things parent related on my own since Shaun was going out of town for work. He and I usually share kid drop off/pick up responsibilities, but since he would be gone it was all on me. I know. That may not seem like a big deal, but it is pretty exhausting doing it all by yourself. However, by the end of the week I felt like the three of us handled it just fine. I even remembered to pack Cooper’s show and tell item for Friday! **high fives all around**

Speaking of Cooper and school – he has been doing really well. His dad had been dropping him off everyday so we were really worried that with me now bringing him we’d have to start all over in the department of his separation anxiety. BUT at Monday drop off he did not get upset or cry AT ALL. He whimpered a little bit at the classroom door, but was calm and collected when I kissed him bye. I wanted to cry from relief when I got in the car. The rest of the week was pretty smooth as well. He did cry each day, but each day the crying has become more and more controlled. I’m so proud of him. AND he’s been loving his new lunches I’ve packed. I’m surprised everyday that I open his lunch box and he’s eaten almost everything inside. He requests to take a picture with his school sign at least every other day which is incredibly cute.

Rhonda came to town on Wednesday and stayed with us until we left for Fort Worth on Friday evening. Cooper was enamored with her. On Sunday night he was still asking about her and when would she be coming back?? lol I know Soso enjoyed her company too…she’s just not as vocal about it as Coopy is…I think she gets that from me. 😉

Since I was off on Wednesday – I got to pick up Coop from school. Sophie loves seeing “Bubba’s tool”.  As we walked to the car, they held hands. How freaking adorable is that???

Rhonda and I did our Wine Wednesday Live (on our Facebook Page) that night. It was so fun to actually get to be together in the same place when we filmed!

Thursday night I got to go out with my sister and Rhonda for ladies night at The Chill inside the IP Casino. It was so. much. fun. There was a fantastic band there to listen to and we did lots of dancing. I had to take a picture of the floor where I parked, because I am so bad at remembering where I park. Does anyone else do that?? lol We had a fantastic time that resulted in a late-ish night……Then I had to get up for work the next morning. Oy!

Friday evening after work Rhonda and I piled in the car to make our way to Forth Worth for a fun weekend. The 9ish hour drive wasn’t so bad. Actually about three hours in we were feeling like rockstars. Then. Well then we started getting hungry, and we couldn’t find a an exit to stop that met our criteria. We wanted to exit somewhere that had a gas station and food place within seeing distance of the exit. We ended up having to wait until we got to Alexandria, LA – which met none of our pre established criteria. Sooo after a long trip to Chick Fil A that began with somehow ending up in a random mall parking lot and ended with a near death experience via an almost collision with oncoming traffic – we had food in our bellies, gas in the car, and were back on the road for the last leg of the trip. From this point on there was lots of made up milestones that kept us motivated and encouraged until we finally made it to the DFW.  We rolled in just before three am, and after a little house tour, guzzling some water for our severely dehydrated bodies (we’d avoided drinking for the last 3-4 hours so that we wouldn’t have to make a potty stop), and chit chat with Stuart – we crashed in our respective beds.

Saturday day was just a lazy chill day. After a super delicious brunch served by Stuart, we made quick trip to Target and Ross for some things I’d forgotten to pack. The rest of the day was just lots of time hanging on the couch while talking and relaxing. Sometimes it’s just so nice to be still and present and not have anything pressing to do. Rhonda and I did a little live Get Ready with Us broadcast on our Facebook page. That night we went to the Stockyards and hung out at a our go to bar. There was some really entertaining live music. We snagged the perfect spot right in front of the dance floor and band. We were continually impressed by the dancing skills that were demonstrated on the dance floor. Seems like knowing how to two step is a Texan (or maybe just Fort Worth?) requirement. 😉

Saturday night led to Sunday morning and we found ourselves once again up until after three. After sleeping in Sunday, we had another fantastic brunch then got ready to head to the airport. I was pretty dang sad to leave…but I couldn’t wait to get my hands on those babies waiting for me back in Mississippi.

 

 

 

Week In Review: Rhonda

I am happy to be here for another Monday. Sometimes I just wake up incredibly grateful for my life and this is one of those.  Maybe it’s just because I’m home alone for the first time in months? Anyway, let’s look at what I’ve been doing.

Tuesday, I hosted a playdate for a local mom group I am in.  With it being a daytime weekday event, I knew that we wouldn’t have a lot of attendance.  A lot of the mothers have children in public school or work during the day.  Anyway, I decided to just roll with it and I am glad I did.  We made new friends and had a lovely time!

Wednesday, I did a really tough weight lifting workout, then some intensive reading and vocabulary work with the kids.  In the evening, Ashley and I had our weekly Wine Wednesday broadcast, where I reviewed one of Target’s new exclusive $5 wines.  Be sure to go back and check that out on our Facebook page.  You’ll also want to be sure to tune in this Wednesday, because I am going to Mississippi and we will be doing the broadcast side by side!

Thursday, I got in my latest order from Baths & Bliss.  Y’all, this company and its products are amazing.  I got Minerva bath bombs and they are intoxicating.  You get such a great size bomb for the price and my entire bathroom smells amazing just from the bombs sitting on the side of the tub.  After my bath, my skin was so silky and soft and smelled amazing for way beyond 12 hours.

We dropped the kids off with their dad on Saturday morning and I spent the rest of the weekend sunbathing, day drinking, grilling, and watching TV.  It was absolutely glorious and a much-needed time of relaxation.

What did you do this week?  Same old routine or something different?

 

 

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey hey hey! Here we are again for another peak into our lives this past week. So great to see you here, and don’t forget to chat with us in the comments – we LOVE hearing from you guys!

Alright let’s see…what did we have going on this week? Well, last week was Cooper’s first full week at his new school. I am incredibly happy to report that drop offs are getting better and better. He’s really trying his hardest to not breakdown during that initial separation at drop off. And even when it is rough the rest of the day is really fantastic. He always always is in a good mood about school in the afternoons, and doesn’t really dread going back until right before he has to enter the building. Worry. Fear of the unknown. Then all of that turns into stress and anxiety. Poor bubs. 🙁 We’re working through it though!  I’m just so happy that HE’S happy!

Want to hear a mom fail though?  I didn’t send anything with him for show and tell last Friday. I expected that they’d send a note saying what letter to represent for show and tell, but I never saw that note so I thought maybe show and tell was not happening? Wellll, apparently the information for show and tell is in the weekly newsletter that comes home on Mondays.  Soo yeah. I felt awful about that. 🙁 I won’t forget this week though! 🙂

Wednesday we did our usual Wine Wednesday LIVE video on our Facebook page… if you haven’t liked our FB page.. you should go do that pronto so that you are notified of when we go live! This Wednesday we will actually be TOGETHER for Wine Wednesday LIVE. Trust me. You do not want to miss that…so come join us, grab your preferred beverage of choice and chat with us!

Also, I had some really awesome packages in the mail box this week…a new Lipsense color and my August Ipsy bag!

This weekend was really great. I spent time at my parents, per the usual, but on Saturday night I got to go out with my sister and a friend of ours. We started out in downtown OS and eventually made our way to Biloxi for some casino night life. 😉  We drank, talked, listened to live music, danced, and even saw a proposal….right in the middle of the dance floor at the club! LOL

Sunday, we enjoyed the pool and more family time. Cooper got to take a trip to the Bass Pro Shop in Mobile, Al with my mom and brother. They said he was amazed when he stepped foot into the building. For my little outdoors loving dude – The Bass Pro Shop is pretty much equivalent to a Disney trip!

That night I was feeling pretty proud of myself because I did a little meal prep for Cooper’s daily lunch box. I bought these new containers from Target over the weekend and went ahead and packed four days worth of lunches. So now all I have to do is pull the container from the fridge and stick it in his lunch box each night – instead of spending time every night packing his lunch. Why these particular containers you ask? Well, I was already using little separate plastic lunch box food storage containers, but I felt like they didn’t really fit well in his lunch box and also that was a lot of lids and bowls for him to have to deal with. These new ones just have one lid that he’ll have to take off and put back on, and the ‘bowl’ part is divided into three sections. The larger section is great for a sandwich or wrap situation, but he doesn’t eat sandwiches or wraps. I just used some cupcake wrappers to create little sections within the larger one to put pepperonis, turkey, cheese, and a sweet treat (Oreos or mini muffins). I couldn’t find the exact ones I bought from Target on their website, but these from Amazon are extremely similar.

 

And there you have it! What were you guys up to?

Week In Review: Rhonda

Another week has gone by and THANK YOU for stopping in again to see what I’ve been up to.  Honestly, I feel like I’m autopilot a lot lately.  It’s been awhile since I had a parenting break.  Fortunately, I have a long one starting Saturday.  Trust me, we ALL need it.

Monday through Thursday were pretty typical.  School, business, and domestic shit – including, but not limited to, breaking a vintage pyrex mixing bowl.

Friday I lifted weights for the first time since moving into the new house.  It was actually under 90 degrees for once, so working out in the garage was a perfect solution.  I smashed the workout, then ran some errands with the kids before coming home to do more domestic shit.  I love starting a weekend with a clean house!

Starting the weekend with a clean house allowed me to be able to sunbathe all weekend again.  Claudia and I totally enjoyed the lower temps.

She got her first haircut.  She had nonstop asked for me to cut it, so I gave in and I have to admit, it looks a lot better.

There is literally nothing I love more than lounging in the sun with a cocktail and some great music.  Sealing in my color before it gets too cool and I am loving the way I feel in my skin.

Did you have nice weather this week?  What did you do?

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey you guys! So glad to have you back for another Monday of looking back on what we’ve been up to. 🙂

Monday was Labor Day so I had the day off from work. The kids and I just hung out at home. I had a ton of household chores to catch up on…and they were exhausted from being on the go Saturday & Sunday.

Tuesday Cooper and I toured his new school! He was super excited. I had to drag him out of there and he kept saying that he couldn’t wait to go back which was such a relief. Drop offs have been rocky each morning though. He ends up having a fabulous day, and the school staff have been supportive during the tough time right at drop off SO hopefully he can get past that initial separation anxiety/control issues.  Anyway, we love the new school and I just hope it continues to work out.

Wednesday through Friday were much of the same. School, work, evening life at home…etc etc. I feel like I spent most of the week obsessively watching Hurricane Irma as she made her way to the Florida. Huge hurricanes like that are no joke, and I can’t stop thinking about all the people who are suffering major loss because of it. As a resident of the MS Gulf Coast I know how lasting that loss can be. You can still drive around here and see the lasting effects of hurricane Katrina which was 12 years ago. 🙁

This weekend was really great. The weather was beautiful and enjoyable to be out and about in. Friday night I got to hang out with some of my most favorite peeps for some Mexican with margaritas and then several games of pool. I did lose one of my Nickel and Suede earrings that night which STILL makes me sad. 🙁 🙁 🙁

Saturday and Sunday we spent most of our days with Grammy and Ppop and my siblings…just hanging out and enjoying each other’s company. 🙂 Oh. That gold face mask in the collage above. Don’t buy it if you have even the least bit of sensitive skin. It broke my face out AND it was annoying AF while wearing it.

Speaking of face masks, Sunday night I used this amazing face mask. I’m pretty sure it’s one my sister bought me for Mother’s Day that I’d thought I misplaced BUT I found it Sunday morning during a cleaning frenzy. 🙂 🙂 Anyway. It’s fantastic…it has this great cooling effect when you put it on your face. It was easy to position and stayed put for the entire 20 minutes.

There you have it folks…my week in less than 500 words… 😉 What were YOU guys up to? Are you enjoying this fallish weather??