Life Lately

Happy Monday, party people!  It’s time for a check in, where we fill you in on the last couple of weeks in our lives and you tell us what’s new with you!

Rhonda –

It has been an amazing couple of weeks over at my house.  Holy moly, what a busy month.  And to think, Stuart and I thought April was going to be boring and quiet.  HA!  We don’t know how to do boring; that’s for damn sure.

We hosted a 30th birthday party for our friend Jenn.  It was a nice laid-back cookout with friends and I think she really enjoyed herself, which is all we wanted.

We dined out a couple of times.  We don’t do that often, but make sure to do take them out as much as we can.  It’s important to me that my kids don’t grow up the way I did, afraid to even order from a server.  We make them order themselves and teach them to be patient waiting for their food to arrive.  They definitely still need practice.  Lawd.

We also are working on decorating and upgrading some furnishings in the house.  We hit up IKEA and loaded as much stuff into the Flex as possible.  What you’re looking at is a bookshelf, a dresser, a dining table, six chairs, and a sideboard!  Holy moly.  I’ll be so glad when we are done putting it all together.  We have been so busy doing other stuff, that we haven’t been able to dedicate enough time to assembly.  We will get there though!

As usual, we have spent a lot of time outdoors and Harper, Quentin, and I all got new bikes!  I was completely surprised by mine and I am also surprised by how much I enjoy riding it!

We wrapped up this past weekend by taking the kids to their first professional baseball game.  The Rangers defeated the Mariners and we had a great family time!

Ashley –

Gosh. I feel the same as Rhonda…seems like so much has happened over the past couple of weeks.

Obviously the usual of work and school took place. We’ve been having hit and miss Spring weather (like most everywhere…) so whenever we can we are outside enjoying the sunny days.

The weekend before last we had my Papa’s funeral which was super sad but it was also really nice to get to see family that I don’t get to see often. My cousin has a son who is only a month younger than Sophie, so it’s always really cute to see the two of them interact in person. We do a lot of snapchatting to each other about the two of them. 🙂 Sophie is SO tall though. She’s a good five inches taller than Krystal’s son and weighs 12 pounds more!

That Saturday after the funeral, I hopped in my car and headed to Destin, Fl to see friends of mine who are in the band, Light Up the Moon, play at Aj’s in Destin. It was so much fun. They aren’t local – they’re based in PA – so it was really nice to get to see them again!

Cooper got this bubble gun for his birthday from his Aunt Marie and her crew, and it has just been a huge hit around here. I went out and got a similar one for Sophie to use in order to curb and fights over whose turn it is to use it, BUT we are just loving playing with them. We’ve taken them to the park a couple of times and all the other children really enjoy it too. So, if you’re looking for an easy and relatively cheap form of entertainment, go to Walmart and get a bubble gun…or two! We’ve always played with bubble…but having this little battery powered bubble blower has made the whole experience even more enjoyable AND less messy. Those are two major wins in my book.

And then this past weekend the weather was beautiful. Things were back to routine after three weekends of dealing with deaths and funerals. The kids got to go stay with Grammy and Ppop on Friday night. And Saturday night I got to hang out with some of my fave adults, my sister – her husband – and our friend Michael. We did dinner and drinks followed by a night at the Chill Bar at the IP Casino. 🙂 A wee bit too much wine was consumed, but it was lots of fun. 🙂

Anddd that’s about it! What have you guys been up to?

(Tell Me Something) Good Friday

It’s Fri-Yay!  Good Friday, in particular.  Maybe for you, that means a sacred day, a day off work, or business as usual.  For us, it’s a lead-up to Easter (which, for the most part, is a celebration of spring around here and not a religious holiday).  We thought it would be fun today to bring you a list of good things about this time of year!*

*If you’re wondering what could possibly be bad about Spring, I present to you my friends Seasonal Allergies and Bugs, for starters*

1. Wardrobe updates.  This is the time of year when it’s necessary and more comfortable to sport shorter hemlines and sleeves, airy fabrics, and (mostly if you’re Rhonda) brighter patterns.  Who doesn’t love an excuse to go shopping?

2. Extended outdoors time.  With more daylight, we are transitioning into a time where kids can just run out alllll the pent-up energy on into the evening.  Parents everywhere, rejoice!  Entertainment now becomes less digital and, more importantly, less your responsibility.

3. Skin that is no longer translucent.  Now that people can be outside more frequently and for longer periods, the skin can gain a little color.  We aren’t talking Tanorexia here, but just a natural flush to the skin.  Amen.

4. Alll the blooming flowers. I just love seeing pretty flowers pop up randomly. Azaleas are one of my favorite to see come to life. These little pretties just consume and cover their bushes. How can you NOT smile when flowers start to bloom?

5. Sun dresses.  Goodbye pants and winter tights. HELLO easy breasy sun dresses. Who doesn’t love the ease of throwing on one piece of clothing that makes you look put together and is incredibly cool and comfortable? We love them for ourselves and for our little girls.

6. Sandal Life.  Searching around for matching pairs of socks is one of the biggest annoyances and bummers when you’re trying to get ready in the morning. Waking up on any given morning in the spring and knowing that the weather is going to be perfect for sandals is such a relief.

7. Beach Trips.  Any trip to the beach is something that we definitely look forward to during Spring. Spontaneous weekday trips to the beach for Ashley. Planned beach trips to Orange Beach, AL for Rhonda. We love it all. Beach Please.

8. Light and Fresh Foods.  While there’s never a bad time to eat a loaded-up salad or some grilled veggies, some of the healthiest and yummy foods are in heavy rotation for most people this time of year.  Grilling a juicy steak or burger and pairing with some fresh fruits and vegetables?  Don’t mind if we do!

9. Yes way, Rosè. Pink wine.  We’re here for it and we don’t even care if it’s Basic and cliché.  Sometimes, so are we.

What would make YOUR list?

What We Wore Wednesday

Welcome back!  It’s Hump Day, or as we prefer to think of it, Wine Wednesday!  Every Wednesday, we give you a look at what we, real and unedited moms, wear.  We think it’s so important to see actual functional style from a couple of hot mess moms.

Rhonda-

I am opening a boutique very soon, so I have new merchandise from that.  It’s been very exciting to know that I can outfit my closet with things I have hand selected from wholesalers.  And soon, you’ll be able to grab them too!  One is in this post!

Tank: Piper Lou. Jeans: D Jeans from Marshalls. Shoes: Converse. Jacket: Target, no longer available. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Dress: Mixtape Boutique, coming soon! Boots: Coconuts by Matisse. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Turtleneck: Amazon. Jeans: Old Navy, no longer available. Boots: KMart, old AF. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Ashley-

Listen peeps…I currently cannot find my computer so I’m doing this on my phone which is annoying AF to do. Like. Let’s not even talk about adding links too. So when I find my computer I’ll come back and add links. 😘

Shirt: Online Boutique (Gypsy Clothing) Earrings : N&S Leopard

Shirt: Old Navy Lucedale T Earrings : N&S Leopard

Buffalo Check Shirt : Walmart last year Striped Tank : Target Earrings : N&S Black

Life Lately

Hey y’all hey! It’s an every other Monday over here which means we are spilling the beans on what life has looked like lately for each of us.

Ashley –

Hmmm, I feel like a whole lot and yet a whole lot of nothing has happened over the past two weeks. First of all,  I can’t believe that I’m staring at the face of March.  March is the start of a maddening birthday season for my family. Seems like everybody and their momma were conceived around July or August. lol

But anyway…what are some things that we were up to? Let’s see, there were at least two trips to Chuckie Cheese for Soso and Coop. There was a couple days where we got to go down to the beach and dip our toes…and feet…and eventually entire baby bodies in the sand. I don’t know why I ever think that the kids will just walk on the sidewalk and not drench themselves in sand. 🙂 It was nice though. I’m ready for some moreeeee Spring/Summer weather.

Rhonda, Stuart, and the kids came down for several days so I got to hang with them for a bit. Sophie and Claudia got to meet for the first time since Sophie was a teeny baby, and Stuart, Rhonda and I got to go out to our fave bar at the IP Hotel and Casino for a Friday night of vodka induced shenanigans. I got to go back to the IP yesterday (Saturday) for a little morning spa/massage day which was incredibly nice! If you’re local, you need to check out the Senses Spa at the IP in Biloxi.

Beyond that things have been pretty chill and business as usual. I’ve been abstaining from wine for the month of February to push through some health and weight loss goals. I’ve definitely noticed some results physically and mentally, so that’s super nice. I am looking forward to Wine Wednesday on March  7…cause I’m going to allow myself to have some then. 😉

Things with Coop at school are still great. He’s been having some ‘ears listening’ issues…but it’s not everyday and he’s working hard and progressing in so many other ways at school. And Sophie? Well she’s a little hot mess express all bundled up in incredible cuteness and personality spunk. She’s recently discovered Sophia the First on Netflix…so she’s on a bit of a princess kick which is super cute.

But yeah. That’s about it for us…what about you Rhonda?

Rhonda –

The past couple of weeks have been SO good to me!  Granted, it’s been stressful…but still lovely.

We finally got to go see my new nephew in Mississippi. He is the stinking cutest and I kind of can’t handle it!

While we were there, we saw Ashley and Sophie, as she told you.  Sophie and Claudia weren’t fast friends, but it is what it is at this age.  Claudia and Skylar, though?  Besties.  Skylar is the daughter of Shelby, my sister-in-law’s sister-in-law.

While in Mississippi, I got to stop by my stylist Savannah’s salon for a shampoo and blowout.  Then Stuart and I went shopping before going out with Ashley and Grace.

This past week was spent recovering from the long trip.  It poured rain for 5 days straight.  Just before we had to build an ark, it got nice for the weekend and we spent most of it either running errands or in the driveway.  We grilled, of course.

What have you been up to lately?  Anything fun to share?

Life Lately

Heeey you guys! We thought we’d spend a few minutes this morning sharing with y’all about what has been going on in our lives lately. So, grab your coffee…or adult beverage…and hang with us for a while.

Ashley –

Let’s see let’s see… it has still been incredibly cold here on a regular basis. It literally feels like the LONGEST WINTER EVER. I’ve become that annoying person who complains about the cold too much. I can’t help it though.

Coop has still been rocking at school drop off…and just school in general. His dad and I decided to keep him at St. Al’s for at least one more year through Kindergarten. We think he is going to need the stability and sameness that will come with staying at the same school. Plus, he just loves it there. And so do we. Speaking of this week is Catholic Schools Week. Which just basically means they have some fun things planned for the kids and teachers. I guess it’s kind of like a spirit week.

What about Sophie? Well she is a little hot mess. She’s constantly into everything..like it seems as if sometimes she walks around trying to cause havoc just because she can. LOL I love it though. Also, her hair is at the point that it’s so long that I have to do something with it everyday. This is a stage that I both dreaded and looked forward. Having a little girl with long hair that you can style and play with is so fun, but the reality is that she hates it. It’s a struggle. A simple top knot with a bow is our easy peasy go to. It looks put together and her hair is out of her eyes: win win.

And me? Oh you know – same same. There’s been lots of shopping, meme sharing, working, and most currently trying to plan a trip in late February to go see my Boo Thing (aka Rhonda) in Fort Worth! I also experienced the traumatic event of trying to get a splinter out of the finger of my hysterical four year old little boy. I think we both have PTSD from that incident. Before Christmas I had a little accident in the Starbucks parking lot, and I was finally able to get my car to the shop to get that damage fixed the week before last. Then this past weekend my brother put four new tires on my car. And now I feel like I’m driving around in a brand new car which is super nice.

 

I think that’s most of the high points…what about you Rhonda?

Rhonda –

January seems to be just dragging on forever, if I’m being honest here.  Goodness, I can’t believe it’s not over.  Like, it’s shocking.

We celebrated Nick turning 12 this month, which was a hard pill for this Mama to swallow.  I feel like it was just yesterday that I became a mother, but I’ve been doing it A DOZEN YEARS?!  Jesus.  We had a great turnout for his Star Wars themed party.

 

We also VERY unexpectedly and suddenly bought a car.  It was so needed.  Six people don’t exactly fit into a Toyota Camry.  We got a Ford Flex and it’s fully loaded with things I didn’t know existed – things I didn’t realize I needed.  I am a little obsessed.  I may even do a whole blog post on the things I love about it.  I want to name the car.  Stuart is confused as to why that’s necessary.  Look, we already know I’m extra.

 

We got together for a much needed mimosa playdate with my mom group.  I had been missing those gals, as we all hunkered down to avoid the flu all winter.  Bless it.  Speaking of which, nobody in my house got sick through these freezing days, but now that it warmed up to 70 a couple days recently, I have a cold.  Cute.

We have been doing a lot of sitting in the driveway on nice afternoons, riding bikes and scooters and people watching.  We just got new neighbors a few houses down and I have been watching them carefully, trying to figure out if they are people we can befriend.  I have a longtime fantasy of having neighbor best friends.  This family seems to have a mom, dad, and two kids, but that’s all I can say for sure, as many people were in and out during the move-in process.   We will see!

What have you been up to lately?

 

When Things Change

I grew up in the small town of Lucedale, Mississippi.  Like so many small-town Southern families, we were close-knit and rarely did people in our family move away.  I went to college at the University of Southern Mississippi, an hour from home – far enough for privacy and personal growth, but close enough to go home anytime I wanted or needed to.  Hattiesburg became my true home as I got older.  I loved it and still do.

I moved around several times during my adulthood – Hughesville, MD; Clermont, FL; back to Lucedale; Gulfport, MS; Arlington, TX; and now, Fort Worth.  The best of times were when I lived in Gulfport – far enough away from my nosy small town (in a dry county), but close enough to attend family functions and to see my parents on all holidays and birthdays.

Being in the DFW area has its advantages:

  • Homeschool freedom
  • Great weather
  • Diversity in the cities
  • Plenty of things to do
  • Great restaurants, shopping, and nightlife
  • A friend group I always wanted
  • Stuart has a great job here.
  • Enough distance from my family to raise my children my way without meddling

There are definitely disadvantages:

  • The dry air sucks for my skin.
  • I have severe allergies here.
  • I don’t have family holidays.
  • Not near the beach
  • My old friends, part of my soul, are too far away.
  • I miss MY shopping centers and MY bar.
  • Have you ever driven in the DFW?!
  • My hairstylist is in Mississippi
  • My family is too far away to be a real support system.
  • My nephew is coming soon, in MS, and I want my kids to grow up near him.

That last one, though.  Several things happened over the weekend while I was back home visiting -a great hair appointment, girl time with one of my oldest friends, troublemaking with my Bestie, meeting new friends- that made me realize how much I need to be home.  Above all else, I need to see my nephew born, I need long day visits with my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew.  I need to see my parents and extended family far more than I have the last few years.

It’s a hard pill to swallow to realize you have made a life-altering decision that you’re no longer happy with.  I moved to Texas to continue my relationship with Stuart because he can’t do his job in Mississippi.  The decision to put my relationship with him above a lot of other things in my life is now nagging the hell out of me.

This doesn’t mean I’m packing up and shipping out – it just means that I am less certain of what the future holds.

Week In Review: Rhonda

I know, I know…I literally say this every single week.  But seriously – where did the week go?!

Monday, I did some much-needed meal planning and grocery shopping.  I also took Quentin to Target to spend his birthday money.  It is always one of my least favorite things to do, because I end up continually talking the kids out of buying shit with a million tiny pieces or stuff I know they won’t play with.  I was thankful that he actually made some good solid decisions and it was fun!

Wednesday, true to my extra self, I designed and ordered Thanksgiving Dinner invitations to send to my parents and ex-husband.  I love how they turned out (the black rectangle is actually blacking out my address, not part of the design).

The rest of the week was full of working my business, recovering from an epic Wine Wednesday (seriously, you have to show up for these live broadcasts if you aren’t already), wedding planning, and juggling mom life.

Then the glorious weekend rolled around and it was time for football, day drinking, and lots of relaxing.

We rounded out Sunday with hair cuts for all the boys (and a fake out snip for Claudia who can’t be left out of anything), which was needed in the worst way.

How was your week?  Do you watch football on the weekends?

Week In Review: Rhonda

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

What’s In My…Fridge?

Hey there!  So, is it just me or is it super fascinating to get a peek inside others’ lives?  I love to see what people have in their homes, so I thought today I would share what’s in my fridge!  Just keep in mind, I eat super healthy.  A lot of this shit is NOT mine.

1 – Tessemae’s Avocado Ranch, Kerrygold butter, and Sofia champagne can

2 – Sriracha ketchup, Heinz reduced sugar ketchup, tomato paste

3 – Welch’s grape jelly, peanut butter, dijon mustard, French’s yellow mustard, parmesan cheese

4 – Vlassic dill pickle stackers, minced garlic, sweet pickle relish, jalapeno peppers

5 – Orange juice, gluten-free soy sauce, heavy whipping cream, BBQ sauce and worcestershire sauce (behind the HWC)

6 – Sugar-free french vanilla coffee creamer, sweet tea, ranch dressing

7 – Sour cream, leftover white wine for cooking, Gevalia cold brew concentrate, Duke’s mayonnaise, Stella Artois

8 – Eggs, orange juice, two bottles of champagne (behind), milk, assorted sparkling waters

9 – Leftovers (carnitas, pizza, pork chops, hot dogs), berry juice

10 – Spinach, limes, cherries, cucumbers, tomatoes, onion

11 – Ground beef, hot dogs, bacon, pepperoni, sliced colby jack, shredded cheese, Velveeta slices, queso fresca

12 – Ice trays, Kerrygold butter, waffles

13 – Tito’s vodka, Pinnacle whipped vodka, beer glasses, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine-soaked cherries, Sugarland Shine apple moonshine, Tim Smith’s Climax moonshine, riced cauliflower, cut cauliflower, Talenti Blueberry crumble, pork chops

Do you have any of the same stuff?

Week In Review: Rhonda

Another week behind us, and what a week it has been!  I can’t even.  Let’s get to it.

Tuesday was just like any other weekday – worked, mommed, texted.  When mail time came though, my lovely Colourpop order was here!  You can see swatches of these beauties on Instagram.

I’m not going to tell you about Wednesday, because you got all the details in my Day In the Life post.

Thursday, I spend a good chunk of the day working in my journal to get ready for June.  I caught up on my DVR and did normal parenting stuff.

On Friday, my world came to a halt.  About 1 pm, I was in the kitchen with Nick as he made himself lunch.  I suddenly saw something move on his head.  I took a closer look and it was a fucking bug.  I wasn’t sure what kind of bug.  I picked it out and kept looking.  LICE.  MOTHERFUCKING LICE.  This was the first time in my entire parenting career to deal with it and let me tell you, I hope you never have to.  Every single person (myself included) in the house with hair had lice.  I immediately texted Stuart an SOS and he brought home what we needed to start the Cetaphil method.  I chose this because I like to minimize my kids’ exposure to toxins and my BFF Nicole had sworn this worked better in her experience.  I went through it with all four kids, then myself.  It took 5.5 hours to handle everyone.  I was exhausted and my back was aching.  Claudia fell asleep as I dried her hair.

Saturday, we got up and started washing and checking everyone’s hair. Turns out, I must have combed out too much excess Cetaphil, because all the kids still had live bugs.  I decided to redo the boys, but not Claudia because hers takes over an hour and she only had one bug and few nits.  I flat ironed her hair to fry anything I missed and we headed out to take the kids to Dustin.  Back in town, we went to Total Wine and stocked up.  At home, I found a dead bug in my hair and decided to have Stuart comb me thoroughly.  Everything in my hair was dead, thankfully.  With that behind us, we sat down to a dinner of chips and assorted dips and watched Dateline.  With the kids gone, we were able to actually be all over the house and not confined to our bedroom.

Sunday was the first full day without the kids and we absolutely took advantage of it.  We spent the day on the couch.  I never bothered with underwear.  I ate my brunch at the coffee table while journaling and we watched a lot of TV.  In the evening, Stuart went to work for a bit while I straightened up and did some doodling . Then he came home and grilled.  Such a great Sunday.

Another week behind us and now a week of deep cleaning, errands, and some Me Time.  Ashley is coming here this weekend and I can’t wait to share the shenanigans with you all.  Make sure you are following our IG account (@rageagainstthemomachine) and snapchat (RAthemomachine)!