Thursday, September 27, 2018



: They say parenting doesn't get easier, you just get better at it. Well, with almost four years under my belt, I certainly don't feel any savvier. For the past few weeks, Max and I have been butting heads nonstop. The constant battle for control is downright exhausting and makes me question whether I was ever really cut out for this mom gig in the first place. In fact, a few nights ago after reprimanding our toddler and then releasing him from timeout, he came to me and asked "Mom, do you even like me?" Gulp. Flyboy witnessed the exchange and swears Max knew what he was doing when he dropped that emotional bomb, but it honestly made me feel like a crappy mother. There's a lot of pressure to be present and fun, but at the same time, it's my duty to be consistent and to raise a son that's both brave and kind. Junk behavior is to be ignored and not reinforced, but very little about my current techniques/approach seems to be working. The hunt to expand my parental toolkit continues.

THANKFUL FOR: Flyboy's plane had some maintenance issues yesterday and as a result his work trip was delayed by a day, which meant we got to watch the Big Brother season finale together on Wednesday night. I'm so glad I didn't have to choose between watching it on my own in secrecy or waiting until he returned. While we're on the topic, were you rooting for anyone in particular? I was excited to see either Kaycee or Tyler win. They both played a pretty admirable game.

THINKING ABOUT: With Max's FOUR-rocious birthday festivities just around the corner, I've decided to dabble with fondant but I have absolutely ZERO experience. For those of you who have worked with the sugary substance before, what do I need to know? Is it doable? I mostly just want to cut out a few letters and maybe some polka dots. Is this too much to ask for a novice?? Also, is there a certain brand you recommend? I grabbed two colors at Michaels earlier this week, but I have no clue whether or not it's even enough and if I should experiment with it beforehand. HELP!!

LISTENING TO: On Tuesday I called to confirm that we'd receive our Texas absentee ballots in the mail over the next few weeks. While I was put on hold two different times, I was tickled to death that the music playing was in fact George Strait. As if voting in the midterm elections couldn't get any sweeter, this afternoon ode to the King sealed the deal. God bless Texas! 

: Eek! This Is Us returned on Tuesday. I'm so pumped, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I have SOOOOOOO many questions. Flyboy fell behind on the series when he was in Oklahoma earlier this year,so I desperately need him to watch last season's finale and this season's premiere because he's freakishly good at predicting story lines and making sense of all the twists. I need answers.

EATING: Have you heard of Swerve? It's a sugar replacement and it may have saved Keto for me. Every time I talk about it or use it in a recipe (namely this no-bake gem), I immediately get sidetracked and think about Shahs of Sunset and Swervin' Shervin, but then I remember to thank the Keto gods for creating such a magical unicorn that allows me to satisfy my sweet tooth.   

LOVING: I know I mentioned painting both bathroom vanities a few weeks ago, but I wanted to give it some time before recommending the product I used so I could give you my honest feedback. Well, I'm here to tell you that the Magnolia Home Chalk Paint at Target is pretty fantastic and with just one quart it managed to give new life to our dated laminate cabinets. I went with the Chalkboard shade and then used this as a protective coat. As one of the world's most rammy painters, I can assure you this combo is a foolproof way to give furniture and cabinetry a modern or personalized update.

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

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