|ILLUSTRATION VIA MARC JOHNS
THINKING ABOUT: It never fails. Moments after I bust out the vacuum or steam mop in the afternoon, Tripp will head to the kitchen to hydrate leaving a puddle of drool and water all over my newly cleaned floors. I realize my dear pup needs his H2O, but WHY does he insist on doing it at this exact moment when he hasn't left his spot in the living room for almost six straight hours??
THANKFUL FOR: Last Saturday I had a hair appointment and Flyboy arranged a play date at the park with some of his coworkers and their kids. Internet, my boys were gone for FIVE straight hours. What the what?! Their hunt for a bike carrier led to a pit stop at Starbucks, an adventure at the park, and then a late lunch at Chick-fil-A. Gasp! This meant I had enough time to leisurely get ready, have my roots covered by m' girl Janie, AND I got the opportunity to clean the house. Alone. Is this heaven??
EATING: When I visited my parents, my mom and I popped into Whole Foods one evening to pick up a few pints of ice cream for dessert. Two weeks have passed and I still can't stop thinking about both flavors. Sigh. Please, promise me, if you have access to Jeni's you've GOT to try Brambleberry Crisp and STAT! I was seriously about ready to deem this delicious mix as my favorite flavor EVER, but then we tried Talenti's Peanut Butter Pretzel Gelato the next evening and I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Even now, I still can't decide which is my preferred pint, which I find ridiculous because I ALWAYS choose chocolate and peanut butter. Hmm... I realize this tasty predicament isn't much of a problem at all, but I think Flyboy is ready to put the issue to rest because I seriously can't stop talking about the ice cream. Have any of you tried either? Back me up on this one.
WATCHING: One afternoon before we left for DC, there was a tornado warning on base. Conveniently it occurred DURING nap time. Because of course... After the base got the all clear, it wasn't long before I realized the remainder of our peaceful afternoon would be a total bust. I opted to throw in the towel and see if Max would join me in bed for a little snuggle sesh and quiet time. In a desperate attempt to woo him with snacks and cartoons, I began choosing random animated movies on Netflix to see if he'd bite. Up until this point, Max never showed interest in anything but Sesame Street and Seinfeld reruns, so you can imagine my relief when he became entranced with the Minions. That was, of course, until I realized these gibberish-speaking creatures' sole purpose is to serve the most terrible of villains. Oops! Leave it to my wily tot to gravitate toward the most mischievous movie. Lucky for me his obsession with the yellow henchmen is still going strong. Grrrrrrrrrreat! In fact, when Max watched the movie with my dad a few weeks ago, my sweet father couldn't help but notice that whenever Scarlet (the female supervillain) would come on the screen, Max liked to point and say "Mama." Well, if that is any indication how our mother-son relationship is going...
LISTENING TO: Last Friday morning was particularly rough after Max had another toddleriffic performance at the store. You'd think I'd be used to it by now, right?! Anyway, I wanted NOTHING to do with my child, so I turned up the volume on our ride home and let my playlist work its magic. I tried my best to ignore Max as we made our way back to the base, but I lost that battle when Get Me Bodied started blaring in The Rig and this kid's dance moves sucked me right in. You guys, he kind of killed it. Hashtag PROUD MOMMY. Hehe! Maybe this was his way of communicating that he'd done the "uh-oh" at Wally World?? Yep, that was DEFINITELY it.
READING: I read Carry On Warrior several years ago and I've been a Glennon convert ever since. If you read m' blog often, I've shared countless posts and quotes from G's blog, Momastery—I can't recommend it highly enough! And if you're my poor mom or sister, I've probably forced you to read excerpts of her work because I believe in the honest, humorous, and raw nature of her writing. For this very reason, you can only imagine how ecstatic I was when my mom sent me a copy of Melton's latest memoir, Love Warrior, which chronicles Glennon's journey of self-discovery and resilience after struggling in some of her darkest times. Because last Saturday and Sunday were a bit hectic with appointments and errands, I didn't get a chance to dive into my copy yet, but it's my primary goal this weekend. If Love Warrior is anything like Glennon's first book, I know I'm going to need to be able to devote an entire day or two to the book because her writing is impossible to put down once you begin reading it.
LOVING: For years I've sung Doublewear's praises. But despite my ongoing love for Estee Lauder's fan-favorite matte formula, I kept on searching—just in case I found something better! I'll be honest, my skin is far from perfect. Acne scars and discoloration often make me feel self-conscious. I don't want to look like I'm wearing a mask, but I also can't stand my skin's uneven texture and dark spots. Doublewear seemed to do the trick, but many times felt too heavy for everyday wear. I want to love lightweight formulas like tinted moisturizers and BB creams, but more often than not they leave me unimpressed and end up in my basket of product flops. I thought I'd found a great option in Beautycounter's Tint Skin, especially for the summer months, until my mom let me try her It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. You guys, I think I've finally discovered my HG foundation and I'm elated! For the first time in a decade (not even kidding!) it feels as though I'm not just settling, which is really nice. Hooray! From my experience, setting the CC Cream with this powder is key for the longevity of the product's daily wear. This will be the first time since I began wearing Doublewear that I plan on repurchasing the product. I think that's a good sign!