What We Wore

Hey hey! It is Wednesday again…you know that day of the week when we show you all our fancy smancy clothing choices. 😉 Really though, thanks for continuing (or taking a chance – if this is your first time ) to check us out. We try to be honest. We don’t want to edit our lives or our clothing choices. This is what we are wearing. Sometimes it’s something super cute and mind blowing. Sometimes, we go to our go to favorite looks. (aka black leggings and chambray tops… if you are Ashley) Sometimes, we are just trying to remix and reuse things we’ve worn a million times before. Either way we hope you enjoy seeing what we’re in – and maybe gain a little inspiration for your own clothing choices.

Jacket: CATO (no longer available) Shirt: Forever21 [similar] Pants: Target Denizen Earrings: N&S Matte Gold

Shirt: Old Navy (old..no longer available) [similar] Pants: Dark Wash Jeans – Jordache  [I know they look black…but shockingly they aren’t 😉 ] Sandals: CATO from last year Earrings: N&S Gypsy Teal

Cardigan: Forever21  [similar] Shirt: Target Jeans: Jordache Earrings: N&S  Champagne Shimmer

Cardigan: Target Merona  Tank: Target [similar] Jeans: Liverpool from a Stitchfix Earrings: N&S Black Leather Earrings

 

Selena Gomez concert tee.  Jeans: Old Navy – I wear only their Rockstar in the mid-rise, but this same pair is not available right now.. Shoes: Converse.

Tee: Old Navy, no longer available.  Shorts: Old Navy, exact style no longer available. Shoes: Betseyville for Target, no longer available.

Hoodie: Super old, I think from Ross.  Leggings: Lularoe.

These pictures are horrific but this outfit gave me life.  Cardigan: The brand tag says Simply Couture, but  I got mine when it was on Zulily.  It has been there a couple of times, so it could come back.  Cami: Old Navy. Leggings: Lularoe. Shoes: Target, not currently available, but there are a couple similar.

Yes, I wore my pajamas all day.  Nightgown: Betsey Johnson. Robe: Avidlove from Amazon. Knee high socks: Amazon. (And can someone please clean that mirror?!?)

Top: Daniel Rainn, got mine from Nordstrom Rack last year, so I am sure you can’t get it anywhere unless you find it secondhand.  I will tell you, I feel so good in this top and get so many compliments. Shorts: Old Navy, this style no longer available.

Dress: Old Navy, no longer available. Necklace: Premier Designs. Shoes: Converse.

Doing these outfit posts weekly has taught me something very important – it’s time for a closet edit… and some shopping!

Guest Blogger: Rain in Style

Hi, everyone! Rhonda and Ashley asked me to write a guest post for them and I am so excited! I’d love to chat a little about being a style addicted stay at home mom. What does that even mean?! Being a style addicted stay at home mom? Well, it means a lot of things to me, so grab some coffee (or wine… because let’s be honest, I’m a wine loving mom too) and let’s chat.

First, a little about me. My name is Lorraine, from Rain in Style (find my blog at www.raininstyle.com). I’m 36 and have two young kids ages 6 and 4.5 (that ½ is important… I’m reminded almost daily that’s she’s half way to 5). I left my job in the advertising photography world when my son was born and have been a stay at home mom ever since. And that’s about the same time my style sense and love for style took a back seat to all the demands of being a new mom. In fact, I didn’t really pay very much attention to myself at all until a little over a year ago. That’s when I had reached my breaking point of going weeks without shaving, wearing jeans all year long, and not caring about how I presented myself, so long as my kids were well dressed and bathed. Them before me….that’s the mama code, am I right?

But, what if I told you that sometimes it’s ok to say, me first. For example, I will tell my kids, “no, I can’t help you put together a 1 million piece lego set until I’ve had at least three cups of coffee, or two glasses of wine”. And I’m cool with that. I’m also perfectly fine with saying, “mama needs time to get dressed, put makeup on and breathe a little bit before I go down to make you breakfast”. Why? Because I’ve come to realize that if I don’t do these things for myself, I’m no good to anyone else. Wearing the mom uniform of yoga pants and t-shirts just didn’t make me feel like I was at my very best. That affects my mood, and, if the mama ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy.

So how? How do I muster the energy to take care of me? Especially since I’m not going out anywhere fancy, I mean, let’s be honest, the school drop off line and grocery store runs aren’t that glamourous. And yet, I won’t leave the house unless I feel put together. How? You give your self permission to, and let go of that mama guilt. Easier said then done, I know. For me, I want to show my kids (especially my daughter), that just because I’m a mom, doesn’t mean I have to sacrifice everything else; and for my son, I want to show him that just because I wear heels and makeup doesn’t mean that I’m only skin deep. I might have given up my career to stay at home and raise my kids, but I don’t need to give up my personal joys and self love to be a mom. Start with easy outfits. If you like makeup, then start simple. Have crazy mornings? Shower at night, that’s what I do. Plan your outfits ahead of time. Look for ways to streamline your mornings without taking away time from yourself. Let “me time “ be like a cup of coffee…. You need it, your family needs you to have it, the world around you thanks you for drinking it, and after you drink it you feel like you can conquer the world!

Yes, I’m serious. People will often ask me if I work, and when I say that I stay at home (although I do have part time jobs) they are surprised that I always look so nice. Since when does being a stay at home mom with young kids mean that you have to wear yoga pants and t-shirts all of the time?!? I don’t understand. And, honestly, I don’t think that it’s fair to think if a women is dressed nicely then she must have somewhere important to be. My important place to be, is right here waiting in line with my kids…standing tall and confident in my heels, skinny jeans and rockin’ my pink hair. So, be confident, be bold, be a strong mama…just don’t be last.

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey Guys! I’m so glad to see you back here today! Yup. It’s Monday, and I’m back spilling the beans on exactly what we were up to the past week and weekend. So, without further adieu ….

 

Wednesday, we went to the trampoline park. I’m sure you’re shocked. No park by the beach visit?? Don’t be. This place is also a staple in our what we do on Mom’s day off repertoire. We just hadn’t done it since I started blogging about our on-goings.  So yeah, we went to the Mullet Hop. We love this place. Weekday mornings/early afternoons are the best time to go to places like this. All the big kids are in school, and my little babies have free reign of the place. Cooper got a lot of attention and time from one of the workers. He really went above and beyond – taking time to play with Coop. They built a huge foam block … tower? .. and then promptly knocked it down. Because. duh. 😉 Anyway, we love it there. The kids always have a blast, and nap HARD when we get home. And let’s be honest. That’s a major motivating factor for going…on my part. 😉

Wednesday night I dyed my hair. And besides that exciting event…the rest of the time between Wednesday and Friday night was the usual work day to day stuff. Friday night I got to have dinner with a couple of my favorites: my sister and our good friend Michael. Did I get any pictures from the night? No. I mean I did Snapchat about it..but I forgot to save it. Soo all I’m left with to show you are these ^^^  two selfies from before the night commenced.

Saturday we hung out at my parents. Lots of enjoying the pretty pretty day. Watching my kids exhaust my siblings. Ingesting trenta cups of coffee. Oh, and getting a kite stuck in a tree. Not my fault. I should have never been handed the kite. Also, I told my dad (after it happened) “See, this is why people fly kites at the beach. No trees.” 😉

Saturday night was pretty chill. I enjoyed most of a bottle of wine. I have a serious problem with leaving the cork intact when I open a bottle of wine. I managed to break my streak of breaking the cork on Saturday night. So yeah, I indulged in some wine and YouTube makeup video watching. I’m currently obsessed with watching Jeffree Star.

Sunday, we were back outside again. That morning we lounged around the house. Sophie took a nice long THREE HOUR nap. Then we loaded up and went back to Grammy and Ppops to visit for a little bit and convince brother that he now HAD to come home. He thinks his grandparents’ house is his weekend home. Seriously.

All in all, it was a great weekend. Amazing weather. Fantastic company. BUT…it went by waaay to quickly.

^^ That was my Sunday night mood.

And then…..Monday. Haha

Ok guys, that’s it for now! Thanks for sticking around…what were you all up to this weekend. If you’re local, did you check out any of the parades?? Because, if you aren’t – and you didn’t now – it’s Mardi Gras season y’all. 😉

Anyway, hope you have a fabulous week!

Week in Review: Rhonda

Welcome back to the blog.  Thank you for showing up time and time again to see what we are up to.  I am happy to tell you that I wrote a guest blog post at Rain in Style. Head over and check that out here.

This past week was seriously such a blur.  I feel like I didn’t do a damn thing, but I also know for a fact that I was absolutely non-stop.  Monday kicked off the week the same way it does every week – with lots of planning and organizing.  I did get my cardio on with The Fitness Marshall and spend time with Claudia (though she actually gave me no choice).

In school Tuesday, we made and mailed birthday cards to my dad and ran some errands.  It was a super sunny day and I would have loved to spend it at the playground, but the to-do list seemed to grow at a rate that made me feel as if I wasn’t actually crossing anything off.  That is always a little discouraging for me.

On Wednesday, I did a lot of decluttering and organizing.  Stuart has stuff in places that just doesn’t make sense to me.  He lived a bachelor lifestyle before we moved in.  Since we will be in this apartment until fall, I have to make some space and make it feel like home.  I took his gigantic box of Sweet ‘N Low (GROSS), put packets into a jar by the coffee maker, and tucked the rest out of sight.  I don’t know why, but that was such a huge relief for me.

We did a school activity revolving around the letter C and they all enjoyed it so much.  We usually do their lessons on an individual basis, but this was my first try at integrating their studies and we will definitely be doing it again.

Wednesday was definitely a good day all-around, but I think the highlight for me was getting my TEXAS driver’s license in the mail!  Super happy to be so official.

Thursday was hot as balls and after school, we had errands to do.  After that, the kids napped while I had a beer and worked on St. Patrick’s decorations while catching up on the DVR.

I am a huge lover of my Fridays, but it started less than stellar, with Claudia not feeling great.  She has this awful habit of holding her poop, therefore constipating her…and then she gets cranky.  So she did all the whining Friday.  I got to set up some journal pages for March though and make myself a lovely martini, so the day wasn’t a total loss.

Ah, Saturday.  My lover.  One of my favorite parts of Saturdays is when Stuart watches TV while I leisurely do my makeup.  Even if we aren’t going anywhere, Saturday is the day I always play with makeup, either trying something different or just layering a lot on.

We took the kids to see Stuart’s lab, where Claudia was most excited to see their resident cat.  It was just really a lovely day and we capped it off by going to Best Buy and ordering a new MacBook!!!  Then I watched This Is Us and ugly cried my damn face off.

Sunday was like most – relaxed, lazy, and quiet.  The only thing that differentiated it from others is that it was Oscar night, so I broke my rule of phone and journal staying out of the bed at night (a recently imposed rule that has changed my relationship for the better).

I hope your week was lovely.  What were the highlights for you?

You Talk About Your Kids A Lot

As I briefly mentioned in my post When One Becomes Two  , I was never a ‘kid person’ until I became a parent. And really and truly, even now, I don’t really care for anyone else’s kids BUT my own. Don’t get me wrong. I’m definitely more interested in other people’s children now. I’m curious about their development. I want to know about the clothes they’re wearing. I take joy in hearing funny stories about other kids. Why? Because having kids of my own has made me naturally curious about other kids. 😉 However, I won’t be volunteering to babysit them. I’m not going to ask to hold some random baby, just because I think it’s oh so cute. … I could go on and on…. buuut

 

This is the point when I pull back and think – now, Ashley, what WAS your point? Lol

 

Ok, ok, my POINT is that I’m not a kid person. I never was. I still am not. And before I was a parent, I couldn’t stand how some parents would mention their child in every single conversation they held. I couldn’t stand how the fact that they were a parent dictated Every. Single. move that they made. I never wanted to be that mom. That mom that could not hold a conversation without mentioning her offspring.

 

Why?

 

Well, I am a mom. Maybe you are a mom. Or your sister is a mom. Or your friend is a mom. But being a mom does not wholly define me. I cannot just say. “I am a mom.” And nothing else – when someone asks me to describe myself. If you are a mom. Or you know a mom. You know that is completely true for them as well. So, I refuse to become that parent who cannot or does not hold a conversation wherein their child isn’t mentioned. I’m not going to regale my non mom friends, who are not involved in my children’s lives or ongoings, about the sleepless night I just had with Sophie and Cooper because they were throwing up all over me and themselves. Who wants to hear that story when we could talk about the latest drama going on with The Real Housewives of Atlanta??

 

I mean. Really. There are a million other things going on in my life – or that I’m interested in – or that I know a lot about – that I want to talk about. I love my kids. My kids are my number one. I would lay down my life for my children, but I’m more than just their mom. And I make a conscious effort to remind myself, and those around me, of that very important fact.

 

Do I love talking about my kids? Heck yes. At one point in my career I worked for a women’s clothing store. I was the store manager and I had an assistant manager and another employee who each had little boys that were around the same age as Cooper. Whenever I worked with one of them, we could spend an entire shift (in between customers…. Of course 😉 ) going on and on about our children. We could talk for hours about our birth experiences. We would talk about and compare our children’s development. We would share funny stories. We would commiserate over lost sleep. It was heaven. I could talk about my baby with no fear of judgement. I could spill my mom guts all the while knowing that these two ladies were genuinely interested in hearing what I had to say. And I felt the same way about them. It was like getting to participate in your most guilty pleasure – with zero repercussions or side effects. It was like eating an entire pumpkin pie, and not feeling like crap after because of all the sugar I just consumed. It was like spending a whole day binge watching an entire season of The Good Wife without missing out on anything important that you just NEEDED to do. It was like going to ULTA and spending your entire paycheck but still having enough money in the bank left for bills. It was fantastic.

 

However, no matter how great that time was – I knew that it just wasn’t practical that my entire life consist of conversations like the awesome ones I had with these two great ladies. Just like all those guilty pleasures I listed. You can’t do that stuff all day every day.

 

Rhonda and I talk to each other – pretty much every day. We have this super cool blog together…all about doing Motherhood our own way. However, if you looked through our text messages, you’d be hard pressed to find tons of conversations about our kids – or about being a mom. We talk about EVERYTHING. We know sooooo much about each other, including the personalities and habits of our kids. BUT we see each other as Rhonda and Ashley first. Not solely as mom to .. our million kids. 😉

 

Why am I talking about this? Because I think it’s important that we, as parents, don’t lose ourselves. That we don’t forget the person that we were and that we are, apart from our children. Otherwise, you will not be the best parent that you can be. And, learning to intentionally have conversations or thoughts that do not involve your children is one small way that you can hang onto yourself. That you can differentiate the person that you are from the parent that you are. Because you are important.  You are more than a parent, and the people around you –  sometimes they want to know about and hear about just you.

 

So – don’t  immediately take offense if someone ever comments that “you talk about your kids a lot”. Maybe they aren’t trying to be catty. Maybe they are just trying to let you know that they want to hear more about just you.

 

And if they are trying to be catty? Well fuck them. Because your kids are super cool and so are you! 😉

The Engagement

As I promised in the post about my arrest, I wanted to share the story of my engagement from my previous blog.

For years I said that if I couldn’t make my first marriage work, I would never remarry.  I fully meant that.  I felt that marriage wasn’t for me, for many reasons.  The moment I realized I had fallen in love with Stuart, I knew that it was forever.  I didn’t immediately put a future husband label on that, but our love just felt bigger than me, like something I had little control over.  It is really hard to explain.  I just knew from the beginning that this was the real deal and it would never end, that I would always fight to protect it.  I can’t put a finger on the moment that I realized I wanted to marry Stuart.  I just remember looking at him during brunch and thinking, I want to make this official at some point, in front of all of our loved ones.  I never want to live without this man.  

On my birthday in December, the kids were out of town and we were gearing up to go out for dinner.  I was feeling great in my outfit with a couple of glasses of wine down.  We were running early for our reservations (for the first time in our relationship), so we sat down for a drink and some music on the couch.  Weeks earlier, I had signed for a package for Stuart and asked him what it was.  He said he couldn’t tell me, because it was for me, but also said it wasn’t necessarily tied to Christmas.  With Christmas and my birthday coming up, I didn’t think much of it but figured it was jewelry due to the size of the box.  Christmas passed and he didn’t give me anything that could have fit in that box.

Sitting on the couch before dinner, he asked me if I would like the gift I signed for.  Well, yeah!  He pulled a box out of his pocket.  A RING BOX.  And then it was open and I was just staring at it, then him.  Stunned doesn’t even begin to describe it.  There was a never a question, because we both knew.  He put the ring on my finger and I may have flipped out a little.  I just kept kissing him and stuttering things like, “Is this..?”  “Are you…?” “Oh my God.” “I can’t…”  It was one of the best moments of my life and I am so glad he decided to go with the moment and keep it private.  It was perfectly us.

I am elated to begin 2017 engaged to this man, the best part of my heart and soul.  After a 13-year friendship, we are headed down a new road.  I can’t wait to set a date and plan the wedding that perfectly encapsulates us, the way the “proposal” did.

Fast forward several weeks…. I now have a date set for a perfectly “us” wedding and it has been exactly one year since our conversation that changed everything (you can read more about that in the arrest post).

I want to share with y’all the highs and lows of our relationship (without divulging so much that our relationship loses too much privacy) and the process of planning this wedding (without so much that I begin boring y’all).  Thanks for joining me on this ride!

What We Wore

Here we are again! It’s time to take a look at a few of the outfits we put together over the past week. 🙂

 

Cardigan: Target T-Shirt: Target Pants: Target Mossimo Jeggings Shoes: CATO Sandals (from two? years ago) Necklace: Kohls (Couldn’t find it on their site – this was a gift to me) Earrings: N&S Champagne Shimmer

Tops: Both from Target – I can’t find the exact ones anymore but here are some good alternatives to achieve a similar look Flannel / Red Tank Leggings: Target … I mean duh 😉 Shoes: Oldies but goodies from CATO (no longer available)

Top: Basic Girl Long Sleeve T-Shirt from a 5K that my sister participated in Jeans: Target Denizen Skinny Jeans Shoes: Sandals from CATO (no longer available) Earrings: N&S Brown Cut out

Jacket: Another Oldie but Goodie from CATO (can you tell I worked there??) T-Shirt: Long sleeve T from Old Navy last year Under Shirt: Tank from Forever21  Pants: Basic Black Jeggings (Surprise!) Earrings: N&S Champagne Shimmer

Sweatshirt:  Target, no longer available.  Leggings: Old Navy.  Exact style not available, but similar here.

Boyfriend tee: Old Navy, not currently available. Leggings: Lularoe.

Kimono: Amazon.  Tank:  Old Navy, not currently available, but just a simple blue tank.  Shorts:  Old Navy.  Sandals: Old Navy, not currently available. Earrings: Nickel & Suede Matte Gold.

Dress: Cynthia Rowley, last spring

Tee: Old “Laissez le bon temps roule” by Crown & Ivy.  Maxi skirt: Cynthia Rowley, old.

Ashley and I discussed this week how we noticed that we wear a lot of leggings. Sorry, not sorry.  Do you have a staple piece that is part of your “uniform?”

February Ipsy Bags

Hey Guys! Thanks for coming back by today. 🙂 Today we are sharing with y’all both of our February ipsy Bags. 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.

If you want to sign up for ipsy click here (this is a referral link which will earn us credits with ipsy).

Alright, enough with that…let’s get to the products:

 

Ashley-

Luxie 514 Blush Brush I love getting brushes in my Ipsy bag. This brush did not disappoint. The bristles are super soft. I haven’t noticed any shedding, and I love how it applies my blush. 

Japonesque Brush Cleanser I used this on one particular brush that I needed to clean, because I had already recently cleaned the rest of my brushes. I thought it did a great job at removing the product.. AND it smells sooo amazing.

Facial Masks I used the #iwokeuplikethis mask tonight. This is my second time to get a set of sheet facial masks, and I really enjoyed this one. My skin felt very refreshed after using it!

ABSOLUTE Nano Liner Y’all. I had such low expectations for this product, but I was completely blown away when I tried it out. I have gotten TONS of felt tip liquid liners in my Ipsy bags, and I’m just usually left with a feeling of indifference toward them. This little baby though – the tip is super crisp and not crazy flimsy. I was able to easily draw a sharp wing! (and I suck at winged liner….. lol )

MARSK Mineral Eye Shadow (You’re Toast) To be honest…I didn’t really care for this eye shadow. I’m just not a big fan of the ‘mineral eye shadow’ pigments.

Rhonda –

Ashley and I only had one product in common.  I love when my friends get completely different items, so I can see different swatches and reviews.

Luxie 514 Blush Brush: Like Ashley, I received this brush and was super pleased with it.  This is the third time I have received a Luxie brand brush in my bag and I love them all.  They hold up very well and are extremely soft.  Their brushes are cruelty-free and super pretty, both major bonuses for me!

True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask: This mask left my skin feeling tight without being drying and was truly refreshing.  The smell was different, but not necessarily in a bad way.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Lifeguard:  I am always excited to try new lip products, since I wear lip color every single day, sometimes changing colors through the day.  I love the NYX brand and hadn’t tried any of the butter lipsticks.  I have had such dry lips since moving to Texas and this really went on smoothly and felt hydrating.  It is NOT long-lasting.  I drank a beer right after applying and only the edges remained when I finished.  I typically don’t expect a smooth and hydrating lippie to last long though, so I would definitely repurchase this.  The color is AMAZING.

IBY Beauty Highlighter in Bubbly:  I am a highlighter fiend lately, so I did a happy dance when I found out I was getting this highlighter.  The color looked pretty, but I wasn’t necessarily expecting major performance.  I was pleasantly surprised at the pigmentation and the glow factor.

Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer:  This bronzer reminds me a LOT of Benefit’s iconic Hoola bronzer.  It is a matte bronzer that works well for all undertones.  It blends really well and I like using it for a natural contour.

*First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: This was a bonus item for me, that I used my points to purchase.  I have had incredibly dry skin since moving to Texas and this did not disappoint.  It really soaks into the skin and leaves the skin feeling silky and never greasy.

 

Do you subscribe to ipsy?  What was your favorite item this month?  Do you subscribe to other boxes?

 

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey Guys! I hope you all had a great past week and weekend. 🙂 Thanks for coming back by to see what we were up to over here.

Tuesday was Valentine’s Day, so we delivered our cards that we made – and the kids had a few goodies waiting for them when they woke up. That night they had spaghetti for dinner, because isn’t that the most appropriate Vday dinner? Right? 😉

Sophie loved it…Cooper ate maybe a half a bite of a meatball. That kid just is not interested in eating. It’s really a constant struggle that we have. It is not even that he’s a picky eater. He just is generally not worried about eating. Anyone else have a finicky eater?? Or HAD one? We just keep hoping that one day he’ll wake up with a whole new attitude toward food – you know…one that involves him eating at least two full meals a day! Really though – I don’t stress it. I make sure he gets his daily vitamin. And the kid isn’t starving. I’m not going to be that mom that forces my child to finish everything on his plate.

Wednesday, we went real crazy and went to the park in the morning AND in the afternoon! Haha Cooper also got his hair cut. He looks like a little man now. 🙁 Time. Please stop! For just a little while anyway….

^^This is a picture my mom sent me Saturday morning. The kids stayed the night with them Friday night. Cooper and Sophie had pulled out their toy box and proceeded to dump all the contents from it. Let me just say that in that moment…I was sooo grateful that wasn’t my living room. 😉

Saturday and Sunday were both gorgeous days! We spent a lot of time outside, playing and visiting.

We have a little routine that we follow most weekends, and to some it may seem mundane – but we revel in it. I get so much time with my kiddos, my parents, and my brother and sister.

Sunday morning I did some cleaning and organizing around the house. I cleaned out a bunch of clothes from my closet that I no longer wear. Then, Sophie and I headed over the Aunt Grace’s house and did the same for her closet! Getting rid of clutter, especially clothing, is so cathartic to me. Later in the afternoon, we were back and Grammy and Ppops to pick up Cooper.

Then, before we knew it  –  it was bath and bedtime. And as Coop says “time go to sleep, wake up, and do it all over again in the morning!”. 🙂

What were you guys up to this weekend?

 

Week in Review: Rhonda

I don’t know why, but it was the longest week ever to me.  I stayed busy and had a great time, but Monday through Thursday absolutely DRAGGED.

On Monday, I drove down to pick up the kids from their dad.  On the drive, Brett Young’s Live from NYC show came on The Highway.  It was exactly what I needed for that drive.  I sang, laughed, and cried the entire way.  His stories behind his songs are what really made the emotions connect.  When we got back into town, Claudia and I went on a last-minute hunt for Valentines, which I absolutely do not recommend.  Claudia was so excited to be reunited with her ‘Tuart, which is always nice to witness.

Tuesday was of course Valentine’s Day.  My homeschool social group held a Valentine’s party.  We find that the one thing previously public-educated children miss the most is school parties and events, so we recreate that the best we can. Our holiday party was good, but this Valentine’s party was epic.  I owe it all to the hostess, Trayci.  She did an amazing job hosting in her beautiful 100-year-old home.

When Stuart got home (at a decent hour for once!), we exchanged our simple valentines.  He gave me a beautiful card and I gave him a framed image of the day I started falling in love with him, paired with the morning after we got engaged, both taken at the same table at our brunch spot.  I topped it with part of a song by Ryan Follese that is so “us.”

But I’ve got one thing right
Here in my arms
And for once in someone’s eyes
I can do no harm
Ain’t no laws up this high
I don’t need these lucky stars
I got you
And I won’t think twice
I got one thing right

We ended the day with a delicious meal I made and some TV in bed.

Wednesday was a day to stay home in a comfy sweatshirt and get some housework and meal prep done with lots of coffee….then cocktails.

Late Wednesday night, the kids were horsing around and Quentin busted his chin.  So Thursday morning, having not had enough sleep, he crawled into bed with me while I was having coffee.  Once we got out of the bed, I got so much shit done.  I don’t know what motivated me, but I was just nonstop all day, washing sheets, cleaning our bedroom, and cleaning out kitchen cabinets.

 

I had planned to finish organizing the kitchen on Friday, but the weather was amazing and our kitchen light was out, so we hit up the playground and the grocery store instead.  Back at home, the kids watched some movies and then we of course greeted Stuart on the patio when he got home.

 

If you aren’t new to this blog or my social media accounts, you know my weekends involve lots of mimosas.  This Saturday was no different.  We started the morning with drinks and brunch at home then Claudia and I “helped” Stuart clean his bike. Late afternoon, we went to downtown Dallas for the kids to hit up the splash pad and get a change of scenery.  It paid off, because they had a great time and slept really well that night.

I had every intention to spend Sunday cleaning out my closet and doing some purging, but being lazy just felt right.  I did pull a few items I don’t wear out of the closet and purge some old photos, but I spent most of the day sipping on assorted beverages, snuggling my people, and participating in spontaneous dance parties with Claudia.  It was absolutely perfect.

I hope your week was equal parts productive and relaxing, because isn’t that the best kind?