Bedtime. It is definitely not the sweetest spot of our every day. Lately Lo wants to stay up later and later, and I tend to be mush when it comes to bedtime. I am that Mom who cannot stand when her child stands at the dinner table, or when her two-year old refuses to eat decent food and instead insists on white bread with butter, but two hours of fighting bedtime and I am all like, “Oh, she is just a baby.”
Yes, you read the headline right. Parents, I figured it out. As I stared at my wide-eyed, what the heck just happened to me two-year old, who laid on the bathroom floor in disarray looking up at me, it hit me… living with a toddler is like living with a drunk person.
You see, I asked my daughter to join my in the bathroom as I was home alone with her and needed to iron my clothes. Our ironing board is attached to the back of the bathroom door, so technically I lock myself in when I need to iron. Of course, she could not do damage with me by her side unlike if I was locked in a room with her free to roam the house. It was two minutes. That is it! And, in two minutes she caused enough damage for an hour worth of repair work.
“Look at me Mommy!” And as I turned, my two year old, Lo, had moved her potty over to the wall, stood on top of its lid and was hanging from our towel rack. When she lifted her little feet backwards into the air the towel rack ripped in a hurry from the wall, pulling some of the dry wall, and she crashing to the ground.
Yep! Just like living with a drunk person.
#1 – They spill their drinks all over the floor
I have physically witnessed my daughter laugh as she squeezed the life out of a juice box and watched the sugary substance spill all over the floor. Leaky bottle in the bed? No worries! We like sleeping in wet bed sheets. If there is a drink in our home without a screw top lid, well then we are just that – screwed.
#2 – They are always getting hurt
Clumsy! My toddler will walk straight into a wall or door. This morning when we opened the front door to leave, she tumbled outside onto our porch. Flat out tumbled. It is like her feet are their very own tripping hazard. She had so many bruises on her face that my husband posted this to SnapChat last month.
#3 – They cry… a lot!
Their emotions are all over the place. Lo has cried recently because I would not allow her to open glitter eye shadow she found in my old makeup bag (heck, I cried that I wore that stuff), because her bottle of milk seemed too cold, because the toy bucket in the shower had cold water in it from the night before, and because I told her she could not eat butter out of the butter container with a spoon.
#4 – They ask why way too much
Everything is why? Everything! Our dinner conversation the other night went something like this.
Me: Eat your food.
Me: Because it is dinner time.
Me: Because you have to eat before you go to bed.
Me: Do you want to be hungry before bed?
Me: Because I said so.
Lo: Because Why?
#5 – You cannot have nice things
Hence my story above. We now have a hole in our bathroom wall and ripped drywall. All thanks to a “Look at me Mommy,” hang! Don’t even get me started on my carpets!
#6 – They do not care what scene they make in public
It does not matter that the restaurant is full and your client is seated with his wife across the room. They could care less if the lady at the end of the grocery store aisle goes to your church. Really care less as they knock over the display and you are left deciding if you should clean it up or run for cover. Heck, the mere fact that there are eyes upon them means nothing, their emotions show through regardless of who is around. There is no need to impress and zero care about causing a scene.
#7 – The flip their dinner plates
Don’t like that? Ah! Just throw it off the table. We love cleaning up beneath and around you.
#8 – My phone has drunk dials
I do not know why I have not yet learned from my mistakes. Lo has called a business contractor on my husband’s phone at 9 pm at night and Facetimed one of my old colleges. Awesome!
#9 – They want pizza, Oreos or chicken nuggets for breakfast all the time
My daughter wakes up asking for gummies! Partly my fault since we do give her a vitamin gummie so she then thinks she can have a bag. She will cry for pizza for breakfast and ice cream just before dinner. It is like she could eat all the time.
#10 – They can fall asleep anywhere
In the car, on the floor, across your lap, any where other than their crib or bed. My favorite was after a long day and a missed nap, she walked in the house, boots and snow coat still on, scuffled over to her toy couch and face dived into the cushion and just laid there.
Motherhood and all its craziness, I mean greatness! More motherhood reads here:
- When You Give A Two Year Old A Mini Shopping Cart
- The Best Parenting Advice I Can Give
- Sunday Morning and Poison Control
Valentine’s Day. A glorified “hallmark” holiday as some claim. Although, I love Valentine’s Day. Always have. Even if I was single, I never considered it a holiday destined to celebrate with your significant other but a day to say “I love you” to all those you really love. I remember growing up, my Mother would also treat us to Valentine’s from her and my Dad, and now that I have Lo, I already have her little Valentine’s Day spread ready for cupid’s delivery.
I know what you are going to say, “Well, why tell someone you love you love them because it is Valentine’s Day. Shouldn’t we say it every day?” Yes,that is true, but let’s be real. Life is tough, hard, stressful and fast paced. Some days it is pure survival in my house. We show each other small acts of kindness and love but sometimes we do that out of habit. It becomes second nature, it isn’t really thought out or anticipated. But, with Valentine’s Day, it is a moment to make us pause and do something maybe out of the norm. It may be forced since it feels like a forced day, but I like that it is a kick in the butt to do something I would not think to do. Like a special dinner, bottle of wine, strawberries or just a sweet card. Regardless of what you do, say or buy, I encourage you to celebrate with your loves on this fun, festive day.
It hit me this morning. It is day 22 of the new year, and we are three weeks into 2017. Time has once again fleeted me. It has a sneaky way of doing such. Being so present yet silently avoiding me.
I did not choose a typical, straightforward resolution this year. I did not set myself up for the stress of fear of failure or the guilt of changing tides when I suddenly remember, oh I was to eat better and indulged in two coffees, a slice of birthday cake, two beers and three slices of pizza today. Gulp!
No, I decided instead of pushing myself into something for sake of 2017 replacing 2016 on every check I write, that I would choose a path of self focus and inner self waking.
I am all about saving money. Why spend more when you don’t have to? Don’t answer that! There is no need to. In fact, there are so many great resources out there that are designed for you to do just that – save money.
I have been meaning to put this post together for a while now, but have put it off due to the work around building it. Since it is unlike my typical thoughts to paper (or shall I say thoughts to blog) posts, you know the ones where I ramble about life, motherhood, family, etc., I had to motivate myself to put the “work” in for this one.
Finally, after chugging along in the evenings, I was able to compile my list below. I am so happy to finally share these “hacks” and techniques for saving money when shopping with you because they are so easy and they really can pay off.
Links, Likes, Loves is brought to you by the letter F and no it is not what you think. I am talking about F for Friday!! Yeah. I have been a bit lacking in what was supposed to be a weekly Friday post. Maybe because not much has caught my attention that I felt worth sharing. But, this week was different. This week, I shared more on Twitter than ever before. I was back on my social game. Yes.
I am a working mom, so This One, it stung a bit. In a good way though. Nice work, Chicco.
I LOVE Bauble Bar. Love, love, love! Have no clue what I am talking about? Click the Link. It is amazing, fun jewelry that is very reasonably priced AND they are having a great sale PLUS an additional 20% off.
A bit lengthy, but So Good! I feel like I can hear the author talking as she wrote the piece.
It is totally feeling like Fall around here and nothing speaks to my soul like a good ole’ cup, no bowl, no bowls of soup. I made this 30-minute chicken chili recipe from Pinterest find this week and it was easy and delicious.
I have been commuting to work for 8-years and never once listened to a PODCAST. It took This One from Marvelous Moms Club featuring Emily from Freckled Fox and now I am hooked.
I just order This Shirt from J.Crew Factory and it may be my favorite go to.
And, finally, because I am slightly fashion obsessed. There was an article this week on Princess Catherine’s (by the way, that is her official name right? We cannot stop calling her Kate Middleton!) on-point fashion from her recent trip to Canada. I adore her style.
I snagged this picture on our newly power washed deck. I had no clue what natural beauty existed beneath. But, soon this too will be a distant memory as we are painting our deck and home. I have been Googling like crazy exterior paint and design. My Pinterest Board blew up too with some pins and I fell in love with This charming home.
I turned 30 last week, and my dear parents bought me my favorite boots! So, now I am contemplating a Matching Pair for Lo. I feel like there is a marginal window when we can wear matching attire.
No foundation? This is me. Well not me but my routine. I cut out the liquid foundation long ago, and recently even powder. Instead I too, opt for a concealer dab.
How lovely is This Top? Seriously! I can see it paired adorably with flowy Army green shorts, to end out summer. Then paired with dark denim skinny jeans and ankle boots. Check out, please!
This is one cool Mom and cool kid. Birthday Party In Target? Yes, please!
USA’s First Ever Gold Medal For Women’s Wrestling. Talk about dedication, compassion and determination.
Hysterical. I will leave it at that.
My little Lo bug is enjoying this sweet summertime season. She is definitely a child of nature. She loves being outside. Playing with bubbles, picking my flowers, drawing across the sidewalk with chalk, eating that same sidewalk chalk, swinging at the playground, jumping in the cool pool waters or taking a leisurely stroll through a local park grounds. This little girl was made to explore and roam Mother Nature.
I love that about her!
Last Spring, I started a new Blog Series (you can view Here) series focused on her and her incredibly since of toddler fashion. I mean, we have had to sit her down many times and talk about her online shopping problem. She just stares at us. Sometimes jumping up and just shacking her head “no.” We will have to work with her.
As the summer season is now part of our lives. The heat, the sun, the layers of sunscreen, and pool pruning, I decided to share some great Toddler Fashion, swimsuit season finds.
All of these are, Lo approved!
Lo be like, “Will you accept this rose?” And, I, be like, “Blogging Friends, will you accept this rose?”
I have been absent. Clearly.
MIA in the worse way. And, not just from Blogging but in nearly every aspect of my LIFE. Nathan has been a trooper. Winning “Father of the Year” for basically saying, “Screw you,” to his own schedule and life to basically be at my beck and call.
So while I have missed writing and the Blog, I have missed more my little girl, husband, family, home cooked meals, bedtime before midnight and a sense of a schedule.
Back to the rose. I have been a bit busy these days. THIS HAPPENED! And then we announced THIS. Ahhh. Yes, I agree, my job is pretty cool, exhausting, but very cool. I have spent the last year working out and containing the secret and the last few months, working like crazy to watch this unfold. So, I feel it is necessary to relish in the moment. Soak it all in. Just like a Bride on her Wedding day, my General Manager called me to say, “Take time to really enjoy all of this.” But I have an incredibly team, not behind me, but beside me. Then JoJo herself called me out in People Magazine Online this week, and I was like, “Gosh darn it, this has to be the coolest!” And, now I am milking my .002 seconds of fame. Surreal or what?
So, now that the secret is out. The gig is up. Life is moving on. Please accept the rose and apologies for a Blog that lacked content and life and my uncanny charm (just kidding).
I sorta feel like life is starting to feel mine again. My head is out of the clouds and my ego shrinking. 🙂
Time to focus on family, summer vacation planning, weeknight meal prep and gardening. I know super, “high life” living, right? But, for me it is the best life living and I am so glad to sigh a sense of relief and be back!!
Love you all!
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. This is entirely all in my head. Me sharing my favorites with you!
BRACELET – 34.00 | STATEMENT NECKLACE – 58.00 | NECKLACE – 32.00 | STUD EARRINGS – 34.00 | EARRINGS – 0.00 | RING – 28.00
I am a jewelry junkie. There I admitted it. I threw it out into the universe so that it won’t come back to me.
You stick me in a store and give me a $100 bill and tell me, “You cannot leave until you spend that money.” First, wouldn’t that be a dream? Second, I will be walking out with jewelry.