This Is Rhonda: 20 Facts

If you have been with this blog since the beginning, then you know some things about me.  You maybe even know more than you want.  However, if you’re new here, there’s a lot to know.  Today I am here to tell you twenty things you may not know about me.

  1. I grew up very shy and introverted.  This often comes as a surprise to those who have not known me my entire life.  I was so damn unsure of myself.  I had very little self-confidence and finally broke out of that through participating in color guard, cheerleading, and dance.
  2. Once upon a time, had six-pack abs and wasted time covering them up.  Yep, I was self-conscious and refused to show off my athletic body. I actually thought I was fat.  What an idiot.
  3. I am currently in my seventh engagement.  Those are stories for another day.  But hey, at least I’ve only been married once!
  4. I drink a lot.  No, like a LOT.  It’s all good.  Seriously, it is ALL good…except Jager.  Fuck that shit.
  5. I used to practically live at a fraternity house.  Nope, wasn’t sleeping with the guys or anything…they were just my best friends and I spent every Thursday night with them, often stayed the night, and that was the first place I ran to when I heard about the terrorist attacks on 9-11.
  6. Sometimes, I write erotica.
  7. I am meme-obsessed.  My phone has so many and sometimes I go into the comments section of a local news Facebook post because I know people are going to post sarcastic memes and I want to collect them! 
  8. I read while I dry my hair.  With all the responsibilities and hobbies I juggle, I don’t get to read as much as I would like.  I work it in where I can and always while drying my hair.  But see, I only dry my hair every 4-5 days, so I try to read a couple pages on the other days.
  9. I am incredibly irresponsible financially.
  10. There is a page in my bullet journal dedicated to the person I want to be, physically.  It includes things like cosmetic surgery and more tattoos.  I have a clear picture in my mind of how I want to look.  Because I’m shallow.  Like really shallow.
  11. I live for taking chances.  Life is far too short to sit around and wonder about the things you want to do.  Do them.
  12. I have different relationship views from the majority of people.  I don’t believe in “once a cheater, always a cheater,” don’t believe your soul mate is always a romantic partner, and know you can be in love with more than one person at a time.
  13. I am the odd person who really enjoys working retail. Sure, there are lots of horrible things about it -rude customers, theft, poop on bathroom walls.  The good things far outweigh the bad though.  I live for the hiring process, coaching employees, merchandising, and meeting sales goals. 
  14. I am obsessed with names. So much so that sometimes I get really sad that I won’t get to name any more children. Instead, I keep a page in my journal for names. It makes a good reference when writing stories or when a pregnant friend needs baby name suggestions.
  15. I have never been afraid of aging and actually looked forward to getting some grey hairs and crow’s feet. And you know what? I think I got prettier after 30.
  16. I have struggled with anxiety and depression for at least half my life.
  17. The three most important physical qualities in a man: smile, good hair, good shoes. However, looking at these qualities, I can’t explain most of my dating history.
  18. I do not do cold weather. Fuck that.
  19. I became a sports fan out of a desire to impress guys, but stayed one because it’s exciting, exhilarating, and fun. 
  20. Kissing is my thing. I could do it for hours. I mean, with good kissing of course. I could just about orgasm from a really amazing smooch.

What We Wore

Hey y’all!  We are back again to show you what we’ve been wearing. I think by now you know what kinds of pieces you’re going to see.  But I’m telling you – one day, we will surprise you!

Rhonda –

Tee: Target. Shorts: Old Navy. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede Lip Gloss.

Dress: Old Navy, no longer available. Jacket: Target. Mermaid pin: Target, current but can’t find online. Shoes: Jessica Simpson. Earrings: Nickel & Suede Select White Cut-out. Bracelets: Alex & Ani.

Romper: Marshall’s. Brand is Rolla Coster.  Shoes: Converse. Earrings: Nickel & Suede Select White Cut-out.

Tee: Old Navy (this color no longer available). Jeans: Old Navy (this style no longer available). Shoes: Converse. Earrings: Nickel & Suede Select White Cut-Out.

Dress: Amazon. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede Lip Gloss. Bracelet: Premier Designs.

Ashley –

Cardigan: Forever21 no longer available T-Shirt: Target  Pants: LiverPool skinnies from StitchFix Earrings: N&S Select Black

Cardigan: Target Shirt: Amazon Tank: Forever21 no longer available Pants: Jordache Skinnies Earrings: N&S Select Black Shoes: Target clearance (SIX BUCKS!)

Shirt: CATO the exact one isn’t available but they have some other great options Pants: Jordache Skinnies Earrings: N&S Signature Gold

Button Up: Burke’s Shirt: Target (Yup, Rhonda and I wore the same shirt…AND it was the same day…unintentionally! ) Pants: Black Jeggings Earrings: N&S Sweet Pea Shoes: Blush Gladiators from Old Navy

Week In Review: Rhonda

Thanks for stopping by again!  I swear, I feel like I was JUST writing last week’s review.  Time really does go by so quickly, as evidenced by the fact that yesterday marked ELEVEN MONTHS away from my wedding.  Didn’t I get engaged yesterday?  I should probably plan something for the wedding.  Anyway, on to the week…

Monday and Tuesday were full of work and just Momming and I didn’t take many pictures or do anything noteworthy.  I can’t really tell you where the time went.

I wasted a lot of Wednesday playing in makeup, but eventually got down to business and got some blogging and and work done.  Then we went to dinner with Stuart’s coworkers at Rio Mambo, which was nice.  The food was amazing.

I did a lot of housework Thursday, including taking all my Mother’s Day flowers and rearranging them into more vases so that I could have them in different areas of the house.  I also had some product come in for my amazing lipstick business, Purple Pucker.

I decided Friday to put on some sexy makeup and lingerie and do a little bedroom shoot.  I intended to just get a couple of okay shots for some upcoming blog posts I have planned, but was pleasantly surprised that it was a lot of fun and I ended up with a lot of really good images.  In the evening, Claudia and I did our evening routine of waiting outside for Stuart to drive up.  It was a pretty typical Friday evening.

Saturday, after our morning brunch routine, we went to the store and upgraded from a tiny hibachi grill to a regular charcoal grill.  While Stuart and Claudia grilled steaks and veggies, I read and sipped wine.  I finally finished Evelyn, After. That’s a damn good book, y’all.

As always, Sunday was a day for mimosas, nails, doing Claudia’s makeup, and just lots of relaxing.  Stuart cleaned the motorcycle and grilled again.  After the kids were in bed, we jumped into ours and watched the Billboard Music Awards.  I am such an awards show junkie!

Are you into awards shows?  What did you do over the week?

Week In Review: Ashley

What up people? Ready for another exhilarating week in review?? 😉 LOL Really though – it is good to look back at what we did over the past week. And you’re here, so you must enjoy it too. 😉 Alright alright…let’s get to it shall we?

Monday and Tuesday were the usual yada yada…also I didn’t take any pictures from those days..so I can’t remember what we did. However, on Wednesday we went to the trampoline park with Aunt Grace. I took way more videos than I did still pictures this time. It’s always fun going there when we have the place to ourselves…and it’s always especially fun when we have Gracie there to hang out with! We made a trip to Target and Chick-Fil-A after all the jumping. Then I put the kids down for naps and tackled some household chores. Fun stuff like laundry and dishes. 🙂

When the kids woke up we all put on our swimsuits and went over to Aunt Grace’s pool. Sophie was pretty dang excited. It took Cooper FOREVER to even get in the pool. He’s a pretty cautious dude. Some of that is his Dad’s fault (pretty much the biggest worrier I know) and also I may or may have not coddled him a little. Sophie’s got second kid probz for real – I literally just grabbed her and pulled her in. She loved it though.

I had a little shopping drama Thursday. Because of FOMO I all of a sudden decided I needed those pretty rose gold sandals from Target. I placed an online order for pick up and about two hours later they emailed me saying that the shoes were no longer available. The shoes were no longer available ANYWHERE. Well. Anywhere near me. Thankfully, I have a friend who was in CA and the shoes were available there. So. Problem solved. Tragedy averted. Thanks Jen!

That night there was wine and blogging.

Friday night we went to Cooper and Sophie’s cousin’s, Nathan,  HS Graduation. Nathan was only 10 or 11 when I first started dating the kid’s dad. I absolutely cannot believe how quickly time has passed and that little kid is now headed to college. It was a really nice night – the weather threatened to rain; however, the rain held off!

Saturday morning I put on my new Nickel and Suede Earrings (Coop said – “Why those earrings have a hole cut in them??” I then died. hahaha) But yeah. We all got dressed and headed to Nathan’s graduation party. It was really cute. The party was for a group of Nathan and his friends who have all known each other since elementary school. Each family had their own table that the parents decorated. Nathan’s was a soccer theme. I and various rotating family members spent a lot of time outside with the kids. They weren’t really in to the whole let’s just sit at this table and chill plan. We had a good time though.

Since it was a nice day – and the children needed to burn off some energy, we went out for a little nature trail hiking. We actually saw two baby alligators this time. We’ve been going to the Gulf Islands Nat’L Seashore Park for a while now and this was the FIRST time we got to see an alligator. The kids loved it. That day there were no naps …so by 7 pm my little wildlings were in the bath and headed toward bed. All the praise hands for bedtime on full days.

Sunday was a super chill day. It rained on and off pretty much all day. We spent the entire morning and early afternoon at home. When the children woke from their naps we went to Target for a little grocery shopping…you know – among other things. Other things being that purse you just scrolled past.

This picture is actually from Saturday night but ya know. Are you guys going to really hold me accountable for keeping my pictures in timeline order?? Probably not. Anyhow – that’s our week. What did you guys do? Anyone else attending graduations? It’s definitely that time of year!

May Ipsy Reveal

Thanks for coming back to see what we got in our bags this month.  We described Ipsy to you last month:

What is ipsy? It is a monthly subscription service. You pay ten dollars a month and get a cute bag and five makeup/beauty related products. They are usually deluxe sample sized – sometimes you get a full sized product. When you sign up you do a little ‘get to know you’ type of survey that the ipsy peeps use to determine what types of products to send you. Also, as you receive the products each month you get to review each one individually. If ipsy sends you something you absolutely hate…all you have to do is let them know in the review and they won’t send it again. For instance, say you get some nail polish in your first bag, and you don’t really care for nail polish. Let them know in the review that you’d like to not receive it again. And voila! They won’t send it in your bag anymore!

We both look forward, with great anticipation, each month to receiving our ipsy bags. Ipsy is a great way to try out all kinds of different beauty brands and products without investing in the full size version – not knowing if you will like it or not. You don’t get to hand pick what comes in your bag, but we are pretty sure that there won’t be many times that you regret trying what they send you. 😉

Ipsy rewards you points for referrals, purchasing through their website, and reviewing.  The points can be redeemed in the rewards shop toward products.

You can sign up to receive Ipsy by clicking here (we may receive credit if you sign up). Ok ! On to this month’s goodies:

 

Ashley –

Soooo the eye shadow below didn’t make the group shot. She was running late because she had too much wine the night before. Lateness is not tolerated around these parts – so we took the group shot without her. 😉 JK I’m actually a space cadet and forgot I’d gotten an extra item in my bag this time.

Jelly Pong Pong Super Intense Super Charged Eye Shadow – I got this extra item in my bag because I redeemed my points to get it. I’ve tested out these shadows and have no complaints. I’m not super wowed by them or anything – but they have a good pigment quality and are lasted all day on my eyes. They’re definitely very me shades. I mean. I’m just glad they weren’t loose pigments.

Hey Honey Besemame Mucho –  I always love a new moisturizer or lip moisturizing product. Because : Dry AF skin over here. I liked this product. I stuck it in my purse and it has become my go to thirsty lip quincher. It works well. Keeps my lips hydrated and very kissable, which is apparently a claim. I agree with that.

Briogeo Rosarco (heat proctectant) – TBH I haven’t had the chance to try this yet. I’ll update you guys on snapchap though. 🙂 🙂

Luxie Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush – I’m never disappointed by the Luxie brushes I receive in my Ipsy bags. This one was no exception. The bristles are super soft. And per Rhonda’s suggestion, I used this brush to highlight with (instead of for foundation – because I think it’s too small for that) and it worked like a charm!

Pixie by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Noir –  I was happy to get this in my bag, because I had recently contemplated trying a Pixie eyeliner. I was prepared to not be impressed by it BUT I was so wrong. It’s genuinely very silky. One swipe and it’s intense on your water line. It also help up really well throughout the day. Dare I say  – even better than my holy grail IT Cosmetics liner. We shall see though. Sometimes first impressions are wrong. 😉

Urban Decay Afterglow in Sin – Love the name of this highlighter. Do I love the highlighter? Noooot really. I wasn’t super impressed. It’s not really intense at all on the face..and when you swipe it with your finger to swatch..it feels very chalky.

Rhonda –

 

Let me start by saying, the ice cream design on this bag is so cute and I love the splash-proof factor, making it great for dropping into my water park tote.  However, mine seems to have a faulty zipper and while I don’t expect much for the price, that was disappointing and first for me with ipsy.  Anyway, on to the products.

Royal & Langnickel Precision Angled Brush – I am always beyond tickled to get a brush in my bag, since I am a bit of a collector.  I used this brush to contour my nose and it did not disappoint.  The (100% vegan!) bristles are super soft and it blended so well.  The construction is of the best quality and so I clicked over to their website through ipsy to see how much these cost.  I was so shocked to see they are totally affordable!  I will definitely be buying some of their brushes.  And just a hot tip for you – when you sign up with ipsy, you get access to coupon codes for the brands they feature!

Mellow Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lipstick in Nude– Dang, this one shocked me.  The shade “nude” always turns me off because with someone with darker lips I don’t wear typical nudes well.  This nude though was a little darker and had a rosy tone to it that is just beautiful!  It swatched super creamy and I look forward to trying it on my lips.  It feels like it is moisturizing and not at all drying.

Urban Decay Afterglow in Sin – This wasn’t my first time trying this product.  As a former Ulta employee, I have used just about every product in the store.  It has never been my favorite.  It’s fine for a more subtle highlight, but I like to be LIT UP.  The texture is a little chalky too, which I’m not a fan of.  I do sometimes like it set bolder, creamier highlight with it.

City Color Bold Brow Eyebrow Powder in Medium – I was not excited to receive this, because I am happy with my brow routine and have never liked the idea of powders.  Well, I was wrong to not be excited.  I love my brow mousse that I use daily, but it does take a little time to get my brow perfectly defined and sometimes I wish I had something to quickly do a natural brow, for when I’m not doing much makeup.  Oh, well here it is.  Thanks, ipsy.  I used the two shades together and my brow was filled in, literally, a minute.  The look was natural and the included brush means I may just pop this into my purse and leave it there for when I am out without makeup and have a moment to do my brow.

VASANTI Cosmetics Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face RejuvenatorExfoliating Cleanser – I was happy to receive this, but to be honest, it was only because I had just run out of the cleanser for my old skincare routine and had not purchased anything new.  I had been digging around in my sample and travel size basket, using what I could find.  I just needed a cleanser.  But BOOM!  I used this one and loved it.  The super fine exfoliating particles didn’t scratch my face and I could seriously tell a difference after just two uses.  My face definitely is less dull with this product and it didn’t dry my skin. I just might purchase when I run out!

Do you subscribe to ipsy or any other beauty subs?  Tell us what you do!

 

Mommy Confessions Volume I

Hey guys – Ashley here, I wanted to take a minute to introduce and kick of a series that we wanted to start on the blog. Ready to hear all about it? Welllll let’s go! 😉

So, my dad always tells this story about me. I can’t remember for sure ..but I think I was around three or four in the story. It was back in the golden days of only childness. Tell me you other first children don’t think about those first few years of being an only child with a little bit of nostalgia and rose tinted glasses?? No? Oh. Ok. Well anyway. You guys know I love my siblings. If you read this blog you know. If you don’t read it? Well I love them. Like. Immeasurably. But ANYWAY – today I’m here to talk about me. 🙂 🙂

Baaack to that story I mentioned. I was around 3 or 4 years old and my parents took me to the mall. Apparently I was misbehaving, while my mom was just trying to shop in peace. Imagine that? Kids never ever ever disrupt that magical shopping moment for their moms. {{side eye emoji}}. So yeah. I was being bad. My mom tells me that I’m not getting ANY treats. Dad can see she’s frustrated, so he volunteers to watch me while she shops in peace. Alone. Cue the heavens opening up and the chorus of angels singing. Well, mom heads off to solo shopping bliss. What does dad do? The most logical thing. He takes me straight to the ice cream shoppe at the food court. BUT he is sure to say to me (over and over…) “Don’t tell your mom we had ice cream!”.  Many hours later (hours? I don’t really know…if it were me..it would have been hours) my mom comes strolling toward us. What do I do? I start running toward her, sans any physical evidence of the ice cream – thanks to dad, yelling “Mommy, mommy….daddy got me ICE CREAM!!!”. Man. If I could just go back in time and see the look I know she shot my dad. Sigh. I can’t though. I’m sure it. was. good.

Why did I tell you that story? Didn’t the title say that we are talking about Mommy Confessions? Yeah, we are. We’re going to talk about all kinds of parent confessions in general. And just like my 3 (or 4?) year old self…I’m going to get some things off my chest. No sense in keeping all this bottled up. No one was hurt in the process. We’re going to dive into the nitty gritty of parenthood. Those things we do that we might be a little ashamed to admit, but we’re gonna put it all out there anyway. Why? So you can relate. So you can laugh. So you can know that you aren’t alone. And maybe you are a dad like mine in that story up there – who did something your spouse told you not to and yet you lived. You survived. You’ve made it to the other side and still have life in you to tell your tale. You told it and now those other dads feel a little better. That’s what we’re doing here.

Welcome to this fun little series.

Ok – since this post is already long…what with that introduction and all. And also. We were already doing some confessing for my dad. Let me just treat you to another Daddy Confession via the golden child, the first born, the one he calls Ashley on his behalf. (LOL) Once, when my mom was away (where? … I do not remember..  ) I was a teenage girl on her period. I was experiencing some major cramping. It hurt so bad that I actually told my dad what I was in pain. I say actually because I didn’t talk about my period back then. To anyone. Because – that’s what I thought I was supposed to do. Another story for another day though. So yeah. I told my dad I was hurting.

He’s like “Oh I have these muscle relaxers. Why don’t you just take a half of one.”

Me: “Will this make me sleepy??”

Him: “Nah.”

Me: “Ok.” {{takes and ingests the muscle relaxer}}.

……

Me: 18 hours later {{wakes up in another day .. very confused}}

 

I mean. I no longer felt my cramps. I didn’t feel anything. I was in a coma. It’s cool though. I lived. Thanks dad. 🙂

Well there you have it folks. Our very first session of Mommy Confessions. Let us know what you think? This is something that both Rhonda and I will be writing – SO make sure you keep an eye out for our future Mommy confessions.

 Have you ever done something to..or with…or around your kid that you are a little hesitant to admit? Come on. Tellllll us. It will feel good.

 

What We Wore

Welcome back to another week’s worth of straight-off-the-runway fashion.  😉  We are so glad that you are either back for more or stopping by for the first time!  There are fewer stripes this week, but some of the standards remain – graphic tees, leather earrings, converse, and denim.  We are both working on getting out of style ruts and realize we need to do some shopping for sure!

Rhonda –

Tank: Old Navy, not available. Jeans: Old Navy. Shoes: Target. Earrings: BaubleBar (referral link), this pair not currently available. Bag: Betsey Johnson.

Tee: Gas Station Disco merchandise (yep, Ashley wore this last week!). Leggings: Lularoe. Fancy Ass Flip Flops: Old Navy. Earrings: Nickel and Suede (it’s ok, I didn’t leave the house.  just keeping it real here.)

Romper: Old Navy (exact one not available, but similar here). Chambray: Thrifted Arizona. Shoes: Converse. Earrings: Nickel and Suede.

Tank: Old Navy, not available. Shorts: Old Navy.

Cami: Old Navy. Kimono: Amazon. Shorts: Target. Earrings: Nickel and Suede. Bracelets: Alex and Ani.

Tee: Ross, old.  Shorts: WalMart. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel and Suede.

Ashley –

Top: Kohl’s Pants: Kut from Kloth Boot Cut Jeans from StitchFix Earrings: N&S Signature Silver

Jacket: It’s that CATO oldie but goodie again [similar] Dress: TJMaxx Earrings: N&S Minty Fresh

Jacket: Target – no longer available Tank: Target Bralette: Target Pants: Jordache Skinny Jeans Shoes : Burlington Coat Factory [similar] Earrings: N&S Select Black

Top: Chambray errrry day Target [similarLeggings: Target Earrings: N&S Select Black

Cardigan: Walmart [similar] Shirt: Walmart [similar] Pants: Jordache Skinnes (I legit have three pairs of these….not wearing the same ones everyday 😉 ) Also here we have your weekly dose of stripes: You’re welcome my friends.

Cardigan: Walmart – ooold Top: Walmart Pants: Jordache Skinnies Shoes: KMart oldies Earrings: Are you shocked it’s not N&S??? These were a recent Mother’s Day gift from my sister 🙂 🙂

 

Andddd that it is all. 🙂 Hope you guys enjoyed it…and maybe grabbed a little outfit inspiration. What were you guys wearing this week? What are some of your wardrobe staples??

 

Nipstick

We decided to jump on a bandwagon, as we sometimes tend to do.  FOMO, I guess.  But also, we were just really curious about this one.  A little over a week ago, The Doctors daytime TV show explained that a woman’s perfect nude lipstick is the shade of her nipples.  Wait, what?  Yep, that’s right.  So after reading a few articles about it and seeing bloggers and magazine columnists try it, we thought we may as well give it a go.

Rhonda –

I really found this process interesting, but thought it would be much easier. I figured I would be able to easily pick a couple of options out of my drawers, then decide.  Nope.  At naptime, I pulled up my shirt and stared at my nipples.  I got distracted, because I started thinking about all the things I hate about them.  I snapped back to attention and focused on the color.  I realized it was going to be more difficult than I thought, so I snapped a picture and sat down at my vanity to do some swatches.

I won’t tell you just yet which swatch I did first, but I will tell you that it was the correct one!  What are the odds that I really did get it right the first time?  I figured I would look at some more shades to make sure that was the exact match.

I narrowed it down to a couple of shades, then…. well, gotta admit I went ahead and swatched them right onto my areola to be sure.  The match was so good!  So here it is, mostly ladies and probably some very confused (or excited?) gentlemen.

Urban Decay in Ex-Girlfriend

And you know what?  For me, it holds true.  This really is a perfect nude for me – not too brown, not too pink, not too plummy.  Coincidentally, it’s pretty much the exact color of my lip too, but gives them a little depth.

And well, now you know what color my nipples are.  You’re welcome.

Ashley –

Ok so. I had a similar approach. I pulled up my shirt on Sunday afternoon and just stared at it for a while. I have a bunch of nudes (lipsticks that is … 😉 ) BUT when I went to Ulta later that afternoon,  I couldn’t resist picking up a couple new ones. Ok, so let’s look at the range of shades I was working with…

I ended up mixing three different shades. I didn’t do swatches. I tested some combinations out on my lips then took pictures and compared them to a close up side by side nipple shot. Yup. We’ve got nip pics on our phones now. Anyhow – after a few tries and some serious deliberation I settled on the perfect combination of three different shades.

I started with the brown on the left (Ulta Satin 224), layered the mauve on the right (Ulta Satin 216), and topped it all off with the light purply/pink shade in the middle (Maybelline Ravishing Rose/670).  And so now. Now I know what you’re wondering….BUT what does that color look like? Oh..you wanna know what color my nipples are? Ok. Let’s see my perfect nude:

And what’s funny, is just as Rhonda said – this color is not far from my natural lip shade. Just enhances it. I’m actually kinda in love with this combo.

So there you have it folks. Our perfect nude lippie colors. Have any of you guys tried this? If not you so should. Also thanks to our friend Jen…she mentioned this nip matching trend and helped push us down this strange journey ..that we’ve now lead you all on. Anyhow – let us know if you try it. What’s your perfect nude lippie color??

Week In Review: Ashley

Well Well look who has finally made it to the party.. I know slacker. {{raises hand}} It’s almost nine pm and I’m just now getting up my WIR. I had an early doctor’s appointment this morning that jacked up my whole morning routine of writing my WIR. Ah well. I’m here now. Better late than never…right?? 😉

OK. So what did we do….what did we do… just the usual. Duh. 😉

This is what Wednesday morning looked like. Just LOOK at those cuties having a moment of sibling bonding and love time. No fighting. Just cuddling. I can’t tell you how big that made me smile. 🙂 🙂

After that brief moment of sweet baby love…there was plenty of whining from a four year old who shall go unnamed. He was ready to G – O. And well. Mommy wasn’t. So after much anticipation we loaded up and headed toward WalMart. It was for sure one of those days that before we even pulled out of the driveway, I told Coop we need a reset. He was a on a different level that day and it wasn’t even 11 am. He needed to chill. Mommy needed to chill. There were tears and yelling already. So we both agreed to calm down. He agreed to check his attitude. And well I agreed to just let it go. So breathed in and out for a few minutes…then I pointed the car toward WalMart.

We grabbed some things I needed for my front porch project. Have you checked that post out yet?? You totally should. Then we hit up another nature trail – per Coop’s insistent request ALLLLL morning. I said I let that go right? Ok. For real. Letting it go….. 😉

These two love to be outside. Cooper loves to ‘explore’. I can’t say I don’t enjoy it either. 🙂

After the trail they both took naps and I worked on the front porch…Sophie woke up before her brother so she got to join me out front while I finished up.

After Cooper woke up we took my car to the car wash for a much needed bath – and then of course we had to go to Target. It’s not a day off without a Target trip. 😉

Thursday night. Well that night there was wine. It was a drama filled night for me. I’ll leave it there. Just know I drank wine and stayed up way to late.

Friday night I washed my hair and then played with some new bright eye shadows I got. Just for fun. Just for experimentation. Because…why not? 🙂 Rocking Friday night peeps. Do be jealous. 😉

Saturday we chilled at Grammy and Ppop’s. Coop stayed the night…so just a super duper tired Sophie came home with me. There was lots of chilling in the room while she watched TV and I browsed social media. After she went to bed I did some YouTube binge watching. 🙂 🙂

Sunday was Mother’s Day. I dressed Sophie like my twin. And treated myself to some makeup. We also had the entire family over that day for Mother’s Day Lunch. It was really great. Such a good day. Even Cooper told me at bed time “Mommy, I love mother’s day. Maybe we can have another one sometime???”. He’s the absolute sweetest. My parents helped him get some flowers and when he walked in that morning and handed them to me telling me “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!” I literally had to fight back tears over those fake flowers and that sweet little boy’s proclamation! Man. It’s moments like that …. that make the tough mom moments totally worth it. 🙂

So that was our week. Was it worth the wait? What did you guys do? Any special Mother’s day traditions?

 

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 – my 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!