Friday, April 12, 2019


Let's get right to it, shall we?
Here's what made me feel all twitterpated, smile contagiously, giggle uncontrollably, etc.

Have a fabulous weekend, m' dears! Make it count.
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Thursday, April 11, 2019



FEELING: I think Spring is finally here to stay, and with the warmer temps I'm rediscovering all sorts of hidden gems that come with doing regular yard work—many of which, I managed to forget from last year. For instance, while picking weeds (AGAIN) in the garden boxes out back, Max pointed to my beloved pink blooms and shouted "Look mom, your 'panties' are popping!" It appears that Max's mispronunciation of the word Peonies is still alive and well. Haha! Oh, how did I EVER let that little gem slip my mind?? Suddenly being an oversharer got even more awkward.

THANKFUL FOR: You guys! Max and I BOTH have dental appointments on Saturday and I'd usually be freeeeeeeeaking out right about now, but it turns out we have routine cleanings only. Phew! When the receptionist called last week to confirm, I instantly felt sick to my stomach. Just as she was getting ready to say good-bye, I blurted out really quickly: "Um, we're just getting them cleaned right? There's no x-rays or anything??" She reassured me and hung up. Le sigh. After Max's dental drama back in November and my colorful history of cavities and damaged nerves, I can't take any bad news. I seriously need Flyboy to be around the next time we learn we need a filling (or five), which could certainly be the case in six months. But hey, at least he'll be home by then! Woot woot!

THINKING ABOUT: With the rise of Instagram, the focus has shifted to influencers mostly and less about blogging. This change has been slightly discouraging and has ultimately kept me from putting myself out there for fear of schlepping products or selling out to silly sponsorships. Regrets mixed with the comparison game can be downright exhausting on social media. Somewhere along the way, I managed to miss the mark and watched as others continued to gain "followers" all while mine continued to yo-yo. Earning money was never my primary motivation behind blogging (maybe that's my problem?), but I'd be lying if I didn't say that I would like it to result in a few new creative opportunities here and there. That being said, I recently made a pitch to a company that I'd like to work with. I haven't heard back from them, but I'm proud that I put myself out there. I was hesitant to do so, mostly because my stats aren't quite as shiny as some of the super bloggers and Insta-famous. Ultimately, if the quantity isn't what they're looking for, I know I can bring it with the quality of the content. It's important for me to stay in my lane, keep focused on what I'm doing, and challenge myself along the way. Fear of rejection shouldn't keep me from trying. 

LISTENING TO: My kid started referring to himself in the third person recently and it's driving me bonkers. I'm fairly certain he knows it annoys me at this point, so ol' M. C. Fine really dials it up some days in true four-nado fashion. Um, can you spell stubborn? I correct him ad nauseum, make him repeat the sentence correctly, offer explanations as to why this isn't necessary, etc.—but h
ere we are. If it's not one thing, it's another with kids.

WATCHINGWhile I get ready each morning, I usually have Nick Jr. on the TV in our bedroom for Max to watch while he plays with his Legos. A few weeks ago while doing our usual morning routine, he walked into my bathroom with his shoulders slumped and a pouty face. Naturally, I asked him what was wrong and he responded: "I'm just sad I don't have a furniture store named after me." Anyone who watches the kids' channel is probably pretty familiar with the fact that they air Ashley Home Furniture commercials FREQUENTLY. Haha! It took me a few seconds before I realized what Max was referring to, but then a light bulb went off and I couldn't help but giggle. Now I wonder how long it will be before he realizes the channel he's watching is named after his dad??? Gasp! This age is an absolute riot.

RECOMMENDING: If you want a consistent source of comedic relief, follow Heather McMahan on Instagram. Y'all, she cracks me up! Her storytelling results in me laughing out loud hysterically while staring at my phone. What can I say? She's living her truth, one Soulja Boy song and Aperol Spritz at a time and I'm here for it. You should too.

EATING : Earlier this month, we visited my parents and saw Dumbo at the Alamo Draft House. The movie remake was sweet and all, but I was mostly in it for the chili dog. If you have access to one of these fancy theaters, order this from the menu immediately, and thank me later. Seriously. We attended a 10 AM showing on a Saturday and I called this meal brunch. No shame in my game. I was NOT going to miss out on my chance to order the best chili dog ever.

: My parents are coming to Delaware next week for my mom's Spring Break. We're going to work in the yard (mulch delivery day!!!) AND paint the kitchen cupboards. OMG!! I'm so excited!! Paint is going to totally transform/update the space, and the yard definitely needs a little extra TLC. Checking stuff like this off the to-do list is very gratifying on so many levels, but it also makes me feel like we're getting closer to Flyboy's homecoming. Whenever that might be, I think he's going to be so impressed with the changes.

How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!! 

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Friday, March 29, 2019


Let's get right to it, shall we?
Here's what made me feel all twitterpated, smile contagiously, giggle uncontrollably, etc.

Have a fabulous weekend, m' dears! Make it count.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019



Happy Wednesday, m' dears! After five weeks, I think it's safe to say that "dishwashergate" is in the rear-view mirror. In fact, the repair technician is here as we speak. It's Max's nap-time and while he should be sleeping, I've given him the task of taking care of Beesly. Her mama bear instincts are through the roof while Flyboy's away, so this seemed like the easiest way to go about things this afternoon. Yes, you read that correctly. Max skipping his nap is easier for me to deal with than Beesly in protective mode. Lord help us! By the time this guy leaves, I'm going to need some gin.

Without further adieu, here are a few things that have sparked joy around here as of late...
  • A few people on Instagram asked if I buy flowers every week and the answer is yes. We have a local place where you can buy them for dirt cheap and I load up on a weekly basis. After my family lived overseas for ten years, my mom sort of adopted the habit and I've followed in her footsteps. You could say it's our Dutch heritage*, but something about having them around the house makes me really happy. After reading Ingrid Fetell Lee's book, Joyful, my affinity for fresh blooms made even MORE sense. Flowers are one of those universal things that make people happy. However, more often than not, we only buy them for holidays or anniversaries. The author argued the cost of a weekly bouquet of grocery store flowers is the same as a few therapy sessions. It's safe to say, I appreciate her rationale!
  • Re Dutch Heritage: My parents had one of those DNA/ancestry tests done last year and it said we were Dutch. Those of you who have been hanging around here for awhile know that my mom believed this to be true all along as she's obsessed with the Netherlands. For the sake of cheese and flowers, I'm beyond thrilled. However, I still think there's got to be Deutsch genes in there somewhere. Otherwise, how will I explain my peasant-stock build?? This pear shape bod needs answers.
  • Max could spend HOURS creating things out of Legos. We recently got a few of the "real" sets to add to his collection of Duplos, but I'm over the tiny "OG" bricks already. My at-home manicure can't take the wear and tear. Not to mention, the box comes with a little pamphlet filled with ideas of things to make and that means I have to make the crap. Upon this realization, I thought it might be a good idea to organize them by color so I could find the pieces, but that approach lasted less than twelve hours when Maxwell decided to dump ALLLLLL the Ziploc bags into a pile. Never again, kid...
  • We did some yard work on Saturday, but my mom told me I need to pump the breaks when it comes to buying plants as it's still VERY cold in the evening. Le sigh. Something about the nice weather gives me the itch to start planting all the things, but I will heed her warning. Haha! This time of the year in Texas was prime for buying/planting plants. I suppose I'll just work on transitioning my closet and Max's from Winter to Spring instead. That feels like an equally colorful and fulfilling to-do.
  • Fellow art fanatics and color lovers, I swear it's as if someone got inside my head/heart and illustrated everything I feel when I'm at an art museum. I seriously get SO emotional when I flip through the children's book, My Museum. If art is your jam, grab a copy in the name of #shelfcare. You'll feel giddy, I know it!!

Enough from me. What details have you found delightful lately?
P.S. I wrote today's post before I found out there's yet ANOTHER problem with fixing our dishwasher (it requires a plumber now), but I don't have the energy to edit or update the text at this point. I'll spare you the thrilling details for now and sip on that gin I was talking about. Ha! I'm sure you'll hear more about it tomorrow. Lucky you!!

P.P.S. I also REALLY miss my husband. These sorts of shenanigans are wearing me out, y'all!


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