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?!

 

 

Week In Review: Ashley

Let’s see shall we?

Monday & Tuesday – We did the whole school/grandparent drop off, work, coffee, kid pick up, make dinner the kids won’t eat, play, chores, wine for mommy, bath/bedtime routine. Cooper cried every single day at drop off this week. Like. Screaming and crying. That was fun and definitely not emotionally exhausting for both of us. We survived though. Sophie seems ready to stay at school in a moment’s notice. On Wednesday I have to pry her away.. You know. While Cooper is screaming for me to stay with him.  🙁

Wednesday – Oh glorious day off in the middle of the week. I love it. Sophie and I took Cooper to school and then hit up Target. We got all of Cooper’s fall school supplies. I love school supplies shopping. Except for the hot minute that I thought I’d have to spend $30 for 300 paper plates. Thankfully, I found a 300 ct Target brand pack that was only $10.  We also went to Chick Fil A so that the kids could play and get some energy out. That afternoon they both had a doctor’s appointment. They’ve both had colds for about a month now that I can’t get rid of. However, according to Dr. Harper – they are suffering from intense allergies. So we got some medicine and I did some deep cleaning of their room to help cut down on the allergen inducing things. That night Rhonda and I went live on our Facebook Page for Wine Wednesday. Make sure you guys head over and like our page so that you won’t miss the next video! We’re hosting a giveaway for this week.

Thursday & Friday – So much sameness for Thursday. Sweet time with my babies and a job to go to. 🙂 I got a lot of great mail this week. Some new Nickel & Suede earrings arrived Thursday along with new glasses and contacts that I ordered. Inexplicably my current pair of glasses went missing Friday morning.  So the arrival of my new glasses was perfect. I may or may not be obsessed with them. I’ve taken way too many selfies in them. Oh well. Friday night I got to hang out with my Sister and her husband. We had a great dinner. It’s really nice to get to talk to the adults in my life without two little children underfoot begging you to stop talking and pay attention to them. 😉

Saturday – We hung out with Grammy and Ppop. Uncle Shane came over also. It was pretty much just a chill and relaxing day of hanging out…watching Shane wash his boat and my dad mow the whole neighborhood’s yards (ok that’s an exaggeration…just the neighbor across the street- but still…don’t you wish he was your neighbor?? I know I do!) eating delicious food cooked on the grill…and then the fun time of tearing away a very disappointed four year old who had to come home with Mommy instead of staying the night with his Ppop. That same four year old spent most of the rest of the night telling me how he wanted to go live with his Ppop, because he has a big yard and a pool and a pond and a lawn mower. You know. Unlike us. LOL

Sunday – We went to the park…came home for naps…and then just lounged the rest of the day. I ended the night with the latest Game of Thrones episode which was super great and of course ended way too soon.

What have y’all been up to?

5 Things We Learned on our Journey to Pre-K

Happy Monday! Ashley here to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming. We’re postponing our Week In Review Posts until tomorrow since today is a pretty momentous day in my household. Today is Cooper’s first official day of Pre-K. If you follow our snapchat (RAtheMOMachine) or have watched our Wine Wednesday Live Videos on our Facebook page (Rage Against The Momachine), then you have a little preview of what the journey to Pre-K has looked like for Coop – but I thought he deserved a little post of me droning on about how the time as flown … and of course a little insight into the things we had to learn along the way.

As I said today is Cooper’s first day of PreK. He’s been going to daycare/school since mid June. Half days. Today starts the real deal though. He’ll be there until I get off work at five to come pick him up. He’ll be there for naps. He’ll be there everyday learning all the necessary intellectual and practical skills that he will need to enter kindergarten. And he’s definitely not happy about it. Me? I’m pretty emotional myself.

I know moms say this all. the. time. BUT I swear when I look at him and see the little boy that he’s becoming…I cannot believe how quickly it’s all gone by. He’s the little boy I always wanted. He frustrates and tests me on a daily basis. He also makes my heart melt with those piercing eyes and the unexpected ways he can be incredibly sweet and considerate. A day does not go by that he doesn’t say to me, “Hey Mommy…know what? I love you.” So no matter how hard I try to be tough – when I’ve had to leave him (for countless mornings now) screaming for me to come back as I walk out the door of his daycare – my heart breaks. Our journey has not really been pretty. We were not prepared…I did not prepare my son like I should have. Poor guy. We can just add this to the many notches of first child problems. So what did we learn? What did we have to learn?

Prior to starting daycare/school this past June – Cooper was always watched by family. He’s spoiled. But hell. So was I and I went to daycare. The bottom line is that I was not prepared for the amount of independence he’d have to have at daycare. He sure as hell wasn’t prepared. So, I thought I’d share for all you parents out there who may have older children entering school who were previously cared for by relatives on a one on one basis the things that we had to learn. Cooper was potty trained…I thought that was enough…not so. Not so at all.

  1. We had to give up the sippy cup. Ok. Truth be told we haven’t completely gotten rid of it… BUT we did go hard core for several weeks until he mastered the regular cup. They use regular cups at school. Who knew? I should have…I just honestly didn’t think about it. To say he was devastated that he couldn’t use his sippy cup is an understatement. We survived though, and he’s pretty dang proud that he can drink out of a regular cup. 😉
  2. He had to learn how to completely undress and dress himself. People, we were NOWHERE near this skill. He could pull up his own underwear and pants…but I still did everything else for him. Why? I don’t know. I just didn’t think about it. I got him and Sophie dressed every single day. This was a major struggle and source of stress for Coop. He absolutely dreaded Wednesday water days at school which is so incredibly sad because that little boy loves being outside and he loves the water. But he had to undress himself and dress himself after the water festivities were finished. He didn’t know how to. No one told me when I registered him that he’d have to do this. I sent my baby in there with no clue. Most days he wouldn’t even get in the water because he said he wanted to stay perfect so he would be ready for pick up. Perfect as in his clothes wouldn’t be wet and wouldn’t need to be changed. Are you tearing up over there? Because I am. I can just picture him standing there watching everyone else playing..knowing that he wants to join in but won’t for fear of having to change his clothes. When water day officially ended….BOTH of us were so happy. The thing is he still dreads playing outside at school. I think it’s because he doesn’t quite trust that they won’t make him change clothes for some reason.
  3. This one is all me. I didn’t get pick up and drop off times in writing. This was such a source of annoyance and frustration for me. They let me drop him off at 7:30 for an entire month before the director called me to tell me that I was dropping him off too early. I was hot. I didn’t like the way she spoke to me and insinuated that I was knowingly bringing him early. I wasn’t. I was told that 7:30 was half day drop off. It wasn’t. 7:45 was. Maybe 15 minutes doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I have to be at work at eight. And when I registered him, one of the appeals was the 7:30 drop off time. I was also told the incorrect time for pick up. A later time. So. Lesson learned? Just get everything in writing.
  4. Nothing could prepare me for that first day of leaving him in the care of total strangers for the first time ever. He was totally fine that first week. He was excited and basically didn’t give me a second glance as he walked away to join the other kids. Me? Well that first day I got back to my car and couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t breathe and it took every bit of self control to not turn around to retrieve him. I thought to myself..”Are you literally crazy? You don’t know those people. Not really.” I’d said I would wait to call and check in on him until 10. I made it to nine. He was fine. I lived. But I can still vividly feel that feeling when I think of that day.
  5. Absolutely NOTHING could prepare me for the horrific feeling of having to leave my screaming child in the care of people who are not family as I walked out the door. The first time it happened I stayed with him for 20 minutes. I couldn’t calm him down, and I had to get to work. So one of the teachers distracted him while I slipped out of the room. Then I broke down. While still in the daycare. In front of another teacher and parent. They called me about ten minutes after I left to let me know he was fine. It’s heart wrenching…but we make it through. I say make – because that hasn’t ended. He screamed every single morning last week.

Watching your babies grow up is a beautiful thing. It makes me so happy and is one of my most favorite parts of being  a parent. Being there first hand to watch their little minds grow. To witness the development of their personalities, character, and traits. I treasure this front row seat. I am so lucky to have my babies. I am so privileged to have a role in their lives. To be their mom. But god. Putting my four year old in daycare has been one of the hardest things we’ve done. I’d have asked a shit ton more questions. I’d have waited a couple weeks and prepared Cooper for some of the things he needed to know how to do. I’d have tried to prepare myself. But we can’t go back. All I can do is share my experience…and well. Hope that the crying at drop off stops soon.

 

Easy Everyday “Natural” Makeup Look

Heeeeey you guys! So great to see you around here. 🙂 Today I wanted to share with you my go-to makeup look for the everyday. It’s my version of a “natural” look that is quick and easy. And just to preface this with a disclaimer…I said quick and easy – NOT minimal product or tools involved. That’s a challenge for another day. 😉 Ok! To the makeup look…

For my shadow I just used the two bronzer shades from this Physcian’s Formula Palette. I put the redish/orange one in my crease and the cool brown all over my lid. Easy Peasy peeps:

Alright, so next – when I am doing minimal makeup color correcting out all that redness on my skin is super important:

Now that I cancelled out all the redness on my face, I need to color correct those under eyes. I wipe off the fall out from my shadow application and apply my Pixie Pink CC:

All the color correcting is finished – now it’s time to put on some Tarte Shape Tape. I also added a little bit of the NYX Lavender HD Studio Concealer to further brighten my under eye. Apply – then blend it all out with your damp beauty sponge:

Ok – on to the finishing touches. I apply brown liner to my water line and tight line along my upper lashes. I smudge that bottom liner out with a small brush. After liner, I apply mascara to my top and bottom lashes:

The cheeks! My favorite part. I went back to that same Physcician’s Formula Bronzer Pallette and applied the cool tone brown to the hallow of my cheeks. I put some Colourpop SS highlight along the top of my cheek bones. Last, I put blush on my cheeks. Blend Blend Blend people. That is the key:

And now, last but certainly not least….brows and lip:

And there you have it guys! Quick and easy …right? 😉  If you are curious about the products and/or tools I used I’m including a pictures of them here:

You can use whatever you have on hand though. The point of this was to show you that you don’t really need these specific products or tools to create this easy look. Whenever I watch a makeup tutorial I think about the things I already have and pull from different palettes to put together what I just watched…or read. 😉

If you have any questions…drop me a comment and I will get back to you!

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Week In Review: Ashley

Monday – Hmmm what did we do Monday. Just the usual. I woke up at six and started my day by getting ready. Then at about a quarter til seven the chaos of getting a four year old to dress himself and rangle a 1.5 year old began. We all survived to leave the house and head to work, school, and grandparents for the day. After all that? Well we had chores, dinner, and playing until bath/bed time. 🙂

Tuesday – I ended up being off this day instead of Wednesday. Cooper and Sophie had dentist appointments at 9 and 9:30 that morning. The dentist again? Yup. This time Cooper had a cleaning and Sophie was there for her 2 yr old check in. She turns two in September so we went ahead and got that taken care of since Cooper was there for a cleaning anyway. They both did great. I don’t know if you guys remember me telling you about Cooper falling and hitting his two front teeth a couple weeks ago? That was why were just at the dentist a couple weeks ago. Well they are both loose, but the one on the right has started to darken in color and die. So, it looks like we will have a toothless wonder soon. Otherwise, the dentist said his teeth look fantastic. 🙂

Wednesday to Friday – See Monday above for details..lol Same ole same ole. Although, Friday Cooper missed school because he was running a fever.

Saturday – We spent the day at Grammy and Ppop’s . The kids have been sick so they were a little under the weather. Plus it rained most the day…which you guys know is just my absolute favorite. Not. Cooper stayed at my parent’s house that night, while Soso came home with me. We stopped by Kohl’s on the way home to do a little shopping. Their towels were on sale plus I had coupon so I was able to get us some much needed new towels for the house. That night I cut up the old ones to use as rags. Super exciting Saturday night… 😉

Sunday – Thankfully, there was no rain! We had lunch at my sister’s house that day. Cooper had another low fever so we went home that afternoon for some rest and naps. Both kids have had a cold for about a month now that they just can’t seem to shake. I thought it was just their immune systems adjusting to Cooper being exposed to new germs from school. However, I’m now thinking there may be more going on. Anyway, we shall see when we go to the doctor. 🙂 I ended the night with Game of Thrones and an early bed time.

 

Hope you guys had a fantastic week and weekend! What were y’all up to?

Basic Girl (and Boy) Life Hacks

Happy Friday! I hope you guys are having a great day, and are excited for the weekend to come. Today I figured we’d keep it light and breezy. I wanted to share with you guys some of my most coveted life hacks. So, grab your Starbucks and  prepare yourself for some revolutionary ways to improve your everyday Basic Girl or Boy life. 🙂

  1. Cut your bacon with scissors.

Let me tell you. Discovering this precious life hack was a game changer for me. Have you ever tried to cut bacon with a knife? I mean, unless you are a kitchen knife fanatic and have the best knives that you keep sharpened on the regular, you’re going to struggle like a mother to cut that bacon. So, put down the knife and pick up your kitchen scissors and watch in awe as they slice through your bacon like butta. Do it..then comment here and thank me later.

2. Spray dry shampoo on the roots of your hair BEFORE you go to bed.

Why? Why would you do this? Well, it’s like a preventative measure. That dry shampoo will soak up the oil while it is forming throughout the night. Then BOOM – you wake up the next morning with fresh hair. Unless, this is night four or five without washing….then well…you’re going to need dry shampoo in the pm and am my friend.

3. Are you struggling with getting the cork out of your wine bottle for Wine Wednesday…or Thursday…or Friday?

I used to have a horrible time when trying to open wine bottles. I’d break the cork in half like 99% of the time. The struggle was so real. Now, that I’ve become a seasoned wine drinker I have the perfect cork removing strategy to share with you guys…… buy wine bottles with screw on caps.

4. Don’t care to take the time to develop mad cooking skills, because you’re one of those progressive millennials who spends all their time on the internets doing nothing but ranting and doing things like starting a blog or viral social media account that enables you to simultaneously making a living while reaching millions across the world to help spread your message/ideals to fight for a change??

You are…cool. But really..becoming an amazing cook? Let’s just say that is not on my to do list. Want to know the secret to better tasting food?  Let me just quote the ever so wise and sexy Nick Jones, “Throw some bacon on it.” Seriously. Bacon makes the world go round and it makes ANYTHING taste good/better. I hear you calorie counters out there gasping and putting your hand to your chest. Chill. Also, stop counting freaking calories. Eat a high fat/ zero grain and sugar diet…and put all the freaking bacon on whatever you want. You’ll be skinny, healthy, AND happy. I pinky promise swear.

5. Personalize your read receipts on your Iphone.

If you do not have an Iphone…well. #blessit Honestly, I suggest you go get one as soon as you can. Especially if you plan on texting me. Anyway, to my Iphone users out there. Do you love a read receipt? I know I do. I like that little typing bubble too. However, sometimes you have to be a shady bitch OR you need to save a friendship – and there may be a few people with whom you text that you don’t really want to be as open as sharing read receipts. For their protection, obviously. Guess what? You don’t have cut off everyone on your contact list from those precious read receipts just for those few individuals who are not worthy…or just can’t handle it. Open someone’s text message thread (like you are going to text them something)  click that little “i” with the circle on it. On the next screen you’ll see the option to turn on or off read receipts for that specific person. You’re welcome.

6. Get that essential regular  Starbucks visit in without depleting your bank account.

Every basic Girl and Boy knows that getting in regular SB visits is key. However, as we also all know SB can get Hella expensive. So, I’ve got two tips for you.  First, sign up for and download their app. You’ll earn stars at every visit that will eventually add up to free drinks. Second, go sign up for Harris Poll Online. They send you surveys to your email inbox that you can take to earn points for taking them. You then redeem those points for different gift cards… Starbucks gift cards to be exact. I promise within a week of using this service you’ll be able to redeem your points and get some free coffee. The gift cards are electronic so you can download them straight to your SB app and use them immediately.

I hope you guys learned something new today – or just had a good time laughing along with me…at me?  🙂 What are your essential life hacks??