Thursday, August 10, 2017



THINKING ABOUT: Do you have a favorite Bravo Housewife?! Flyboy asked me this question recently and I had a difficult time answering; however, I couldn't help but notice that Dorinda has quickly found her way at the top of my list. Leave your luggage behind?! Not a problem, send an Uber to pick it up (what would that cost?!). Too hungover for brunch?! Order the Bolognese and CLIP! CLIP! CLIP! In fact, my thoughts on motherhood can best be described by this NYC gem. "I cooked, I decorated, I made it NICE!"

FEELING: In case you wondered about last Friday's police station fiasco, let me explain. The day was a disaster from the start. Max decided it was his mission to poke the bear from the moment he woke up that morning. Some days are like this. Knowing full well that we had plans to visit Flyboy at work and that Max would get to try out the simulator that evening, I knew I had the option to cancel the outing if needed. Thankfully, the child backed down and we made it to 4 PM. Hallelujah! He continued to test me throughout the day, but he ultimately fell in line and we made it to dad's office. The next 45 minutes were blissful and I *almost* forgot about the day's rough patches. But as soon as we left the Ops Group building and made our way home, our toddler decided to crank his mischief and tantrum level up a notch. Dinner was an absolute bust as Max continued to scream and whine, so I had no choice but to grab his book bag and my purse and pretend as though we were headed to the Swell Rio Police Department. As some of you are aware, the fear and respect Max has for the boys in blue is huge, so the idea of having to stay the night there scared the living daylights out of him. Flyboy didn't actually think we were going to go through with it, but after we didn't return 30 minutes later, I got a text wondering where we were at. Ha Ha! Driving to the police station on a Friday night was inconvenient, but following through with this kid is imperative. I've found I'm constantly looking for new tricks to use down the road. It's become essential to our survival because Max WILL continue to push boundaries. Le sigh. And so my journey with a strong-willed child continues...

THANKFUL FOR: Beesly continues to be our family's fluffiest heroine. For instance, our resident toddler took a tip from Daniel Tiger recently and decided he was afraid of monsters. Bless it. Thankfully Queen Bee came to the rescue (Again!) when I assured Max that Beesly makes it a point to sleep outside his door just so she can scare the mean monsters away. Yaaaaassss! This reassuring rationale made sense to our little guy, but now he insists on touching base with her before his nap and bedtime to remind her.

LISTENING TO: Last Sunday we met Flyboy at Starbucks for breakfast. Lately he's been riding his bike early in the morning before it gets too hot, and we like to join him towards the end of his trek for some caffeinated beverages and treats. Anywho, while driving into town with Max, my phone connected to Bluetooth and the last Pandora station I listened to while working out began playing in the wagon. Little did I know that Ludacris' "How Low" would be such a hit with my son because he's requested this song on repeat. Some of you may have seen him bust a move on Instagram last Tuesday night?! Although slightly aggressive and lacking in coordination, we've decided his moves have a good range of motion, much like Charlie Day's frayed jorts on It's Always Sunny.

WATCHING: Fellow Big Brother fans, what are your thoughts on this season?! I was initially skeptical about the whole temptations twist, but it's definitely kept things interesting. Are you rooting for anyone in particular?? I still can't believe Cody and Jessica have managed to hang on for so long. Truthfully, they irritate the hell outta me! I'm curious to see what the house dynamics would be like once they're eliminated and not the easy targets. While I still adore "your boy" Paul, I do think he needs to pump the brakes in terms of his need for control. He could take a tip or two from Max and Luda, and lay low for a hot second. His peers will respect him for it.

EATING: While I wouldn't say we're eating exclusively Whole30 (we leave a meal or two open for "earned" days), I do aim for recipes that meet the requirements during the work week. We've found that we feel better overall when we stick to the guidelines, but that doesn't mean I'm not constantly looking for ways to shake things up. Boredom can set in, but 40 Aprons has been a blog I turn to on the regular for meal ideas. Quite frankly they've all been outstanding! This week I tried this Healthy Greek Meal (a tasty hit!) and I've got my eye on these Enchiladas with Poblano Pork Stuffing and Creamy-Avocado Sauce as well.

LOVING: I've been on the hunt for a product that would serve as a heat-protectant but also reduce frizz. Does such a thing really exist?! I get tired of using a bunch of products and I typically lose track of the order in which I'm supposed to apply all the sprays, oils, balms, creams, etc. It gets overwhelming and I was about to write this unicorn of a product off as nonexistent until I tried Bumble and Bumble's Straight Blow Dry. Whoa! With the help of this styling balm, I was pretty stinking proud of the at-home blowout I gave myself. Perhaps I'm just getting greedy here, but I can't help but wonder what the shampoo and conditioner have to offer??

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!! 

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