Friday, February 14, 2020

LURVE LOAVE LUFF




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Here's what made me feel all twitterpated, smile contagiously, giggle uncontrollably, etc.


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Thursday, February 13, 2020

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


VIA IONUT RADULESCU

THINKING ABOUT: Praise be. I'm getting my hair cut next week and I can't tell you how stinking excited this makes me. I've literally been looking forward to this appointment for WEEKS! I'm going to just sit back and let her do her thing.   

FEELING: I keep looking at last year, specifically some of the struggles I experienced with Max and I'm so grateful to have that chapter behind us. I know I touched on it a bit on the blog but didn't get into specifics to protect him as he's getting older and he doesn't need everything shared on the Internet. Truthfully, things got pretty bad. I felt overwhelmed and defeated. I wasn't sure how to "fix" things. If you're going through something similar, take heart. It will require hard work and consistency. Like so many other stages of parenting, you will have to revise your "game plan" and approach the phase with a new set of perspectacles, but you will eventually come out on the other side and see your hard work has paid off. Max is a totally different kid now. He's matured so much these past few months, and I really enjoy spending time with him. Sometimes I forget how far we've come, but I'm truly proud of our progress.

THANKFUL FOR: My parents are coming this weekend, and I'm so stinking excited to have them visit! They haven't been here since November, so it was a thrill to get to wash the guest bedding in preparation for their arrival. With Flyboy out of town, it will be nice to have some company and discuss subjects other than airplanes and dinosaurs.    


WATCHING: Beesly is on the mend after having a stomach virus last week, but I'm still hesitant to feed her anything besides chicken and rice at this point. Our reigning queen Berner appreciates her home-cooked meals, but clearly misses the occasional cheese stick and Pirate's Booty cheese puffs from Max. Aggressive is never a word I would associate with our girl; however, she's become rather "assertive" lately whenever she hears Max noshing on his favorite snacks. As soon as he gets down from his high chair, she will rush over to his side and lick his face and fingers just as a mama bear would clean her cub. He thinks it's the sweetest, but I see nothing but a slobbery mess. 

READING: On Sunday night I finished Where the Crawdads Sing and HOLY COW now I understand all the hype! You guys, that ending!! Gasp! I did NOT see it coming. Did you?? For those of you on the fence about this one, I will admit I wasn't entirely sold on the book until the halfway point, but then I became so invested in Owens' bestseller, it was all I could think about. Seriously. There were a few times Flyboy would look over at me while I sat in silence considering what might be next for the Marsh Girl. He'd ask, "Is everything okay?" I felt a bit silly, but I had to tell him my mind was racing about the book and what would come next. It was incredible! I didn't want it to end.
     
EATING: In my attempt to eat snacks that are protein-packed, I recently gave Epic Bars (the chicken sriracha flavor) and Wonderful's Chili-Roasted Pistachios a shot. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed both products and now I feel the need to share my two-cents with anyone who will listen. Whenever Flyboy's away, I don't cook for myself as much as I should, and by the end of the day, I'll settle with a dinner of Cheez-Its and a Topo Chico. It's an unhealthy habit that's been going on for years and I'm trying to be more intentional about how I fuel my body in his absence. It's easy to become lazy, and I've found that having healthier options around helps me avoid repeating this old habit.     

LISTENING: Last Saturday on our way to Michael's Max asked, "You ever think we'll go back to Texas? I think I'd like to visit Del Rio again." Tickled to death by his random question, I responded, "Umm... Maybe? But I think I'd rather visit Austin instead. What would you do there (in Del Rio), you think?" To which Max replied, "Maybe just sit in the sun by a pool and read the newspaper." I couldn't help but giggle. The thought process of a five-year-old is rather entertaining. 

LOVING: My trusty hot-pink Tippi bit the dust a few years ago, and I've been itching to find a new replacement ever since. Picky about the specific shade of pink, I decided the hue had to be just right before I could take a chance. Enter the Margot Crewneck Sweater in NEON FLAMINGO! She's a beaut, I tell ya! The fit is TTS, and the weight of the sweater reminds me of the cashmere t-shirts J.Crew has sold in previous years making it a perfect layering piece.    


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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


"THE DETAILS ARE NOT THE DETAILS. THEY MAKE THE DESIGN." — CHARLES EAMES

Happy Wednesday, m' dears! It's been raining nonstop lately, so injecting some color into today's post feels especially nice. When Max isn't pretending to be a U-2 pilot (notice the "tube food" for accuracy) or begging to bake more chocolate chip cookies, he's probably inching to fish. This past Sunday morning, after Flyboy's early departure, we visited a local pond and Max used this as an opportunity to convince me I should get a fishing license as well. Ha Ha! He made a lot of really great points, but if I'm going to frequent a watering hole for FUN, it better be a cute tavern that serves gin. I think I'll save the bait and bobbers for the boys! Not to mention, after assembling valentines this week and getting Max to sign all 18 cards (we're only halfway done), I'm starting to think I worked pretty hard for a fizzy drink.     

Alright, enough about me. What's going on with you? I'm dying to know.
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Friday, February 7, 2020

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS

BY MADDY NYE

THINKING ABOUT: Last week I posted a picture on Instagram of two brave men who died in a plane crash in Afghanistan on January 27th. While their story isn't mine to tell, I felt it was important to share their faces and names in an effort to honor both pilots and ask for prayers for their families. From time to time, you see stuff like this on the news; however, this one hit close to home—as one of the guys was a friend and coworker of Flyboy's from when we were stationed together at Laughlin AFB. Because the dignified transfer (a procedure honoring the return of a service member's remains) is conducted at Dover AFB, Flyboy had the honor of attending the solemn movement alongside some of his friends last Thursday evening. While I stayed home and put Max to bed, my heart ached for these families as they reunited with their loved ones. I felt grateful that my husband came home safely from his deployment last year, but I also felt guilty the same wasn't the case for these two spouses and countless others. For every joyful homecoming, the kind that's complete with homemade signs and happy tears, let us not forget about the fallen. Situations like this certainly put everything into perspective and remind us to hold one another a little tighter. 

FEELING: We visited Wilmington over the weekend for a quick jaunt to Trader Joe's, which just really meant I had an excuse to hop on over to Terrain. Ha! While we were at the beloved store, I got to see my favorite associate (she's got the cutest bob hairstyle, dons adorable black specs, and she's SUPER helpful to boot!) who gave our clearance purchase her seal of approval, which is the ultimate considering she's got great taste. Now, don't get too disappointed when I tell you what we came home with, okay? No, it wasn't some fabulous brass pot or mossy terrarium, but a Christmas tree stand that was seventy percent off. If that's not a sign we're getting boring, I don't know what is! But in our defense, the sweet associate said this German contraption will make life so much easier in the event I have to set up the tree again on my own. It was like the hot mess express over here last December, so I'm feeling pretty optimistic about our bargain. I'll be sure to share a full review with you in ten months.

THANKFUL FOR: Beesly has had a stomach bug this past week, complete with diarrhea and vomiting. Ugh! We didn't have plans to take her to the vet, but after a few days of feeding her a bland diet, it just wasn't getting any better and we got worried. We typically take her to the base veterinary clinic (namely for her annual), but they didn't have any availability, so we saw someone in town on Monday evening instead. As silly as it sounds, the visit was a blessing for us. After we had to put Tripp down three years ago (the same day Beesly threw out her other ACL), unplanned visits to the vet make us uneasy and fear for the worst, especially considering Queen Bee's age. This experience was wonderful and reassured us that we have a great option close by in the event we have an emergency in the future. Based on the doctor's feedback and test results, our best girl is in great shape for being 11 years old. Yesssss! 

WATCHING: Have you heard of MasterClass? Have you "attended" any of the online courses? This weekend I plan on checking out lectures by Anna Wintour and David Sedaris. If you've got a favorite that you think I should check out, please share. I'm excited to see what it's all about and grateful to my sister for sharing her login info. Haha!  

READING: Here's are a handful of random articles I've got open on my iPhone browser that I think you'll enjoy... 


     
EATING: For Super Bowl Sunday, I whipped up this Cowboy Queso Dip and it was CRAZY good! I felt SO confident in how it turned out, I even had Flyboy deliver some to our neighbors across the street and they were equally impressed with the tasty factor. If you have any events or potlucks on the horizon, this recipe is a winner (just like the Chiefs!).

LISTENING
: I brought home a bunch of plants from Produce Junction yesterday to jazz things up indoors and add a little Spring to our house. While transplanting Hyacinth bulbs to a planter on our dining table, Max asked: "Why do you get to make messes with dirt inside the house?" Not entertained by his "curiosity," I whipped out the old "BECAUSE I'M THE MOM!" card and it felt so good to shut him down. I now understand why phrases like this are pure gold for parents. 

LOVING: Because Beesly has had a few unfortunate accidents (thanks to said stomach bug), we decided it was time to finally replace the jute rug under our dining table. The one we got from West Elm a few years ago was great, but I ended up finding something similar on Amazon for a lower price and I'm pleased with the quality (not to mention Prime shipping). The glowing reviews make me think this update was a good move and will certainly freshen up the space.   


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Friday, January 31, 2020

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS


BY CHRISTOPHER DAVID RYAN

FEELING: I visited the dermatologist last Friday regarding my hair loss and he said it's more than likely telogen effluvium (caused by stress, fluctuating hormones, change in medications, etc.), which I kind of figured because all three of those factors occurred in 2019. Oy! Thanks to things like Nutrafol and an increase in protein, my hair is slowing growing back, but because it's hair, it takes TIME and I'm not very patient. Argh! Over the past few weeks, I started experiencing an itchy and tingling scalp, which made me paranoid I was going to lose MORE hair. I was reminded I need to stay off the Internet at all costs because it's not helping me stress less, which is exactly what the doctor prescribed. I need to shift my focus to tiny victories like peach fuzz and baby hairs. Have you ever experienced something similar? What helped you? How did you stay positive and stop worrying? 

THINKING ABOUT: Max has "shark teeth" right now. I actually had to Google it because I wasn't sure if this was natural or not. Ha Ha! Anywho, his bottom two teeth are just days away from falling out. In the process of becoming loose, his permanent teeth have started coming in—so essentially, our kid has four bottom front teeth at this point. Yeah, it definitely throws people off a bit when they realize what's going on in there. We're all very eager for the baby teeth to come out. We just keep wiggling them wondering if today is the day it's going to happen! Obviously, Max has had a handful of questions about the tooth fairy and I'm doing my best to creatively answer them. Does anyone know what a tooth goes for these days? Do we write her a note? Does she leave one in return? Help a mother out!

THANKFUL FOR: Flyboy has been flying night locals, which means he gets to spend the bulk of the day with us. Woo hoo! On Tuesday, we visited an adorable town in Maryland. We had breakfast at the cutest bakery, which included blueberry muffins, buttery croissants, and honey lattes. As we made our way home, I felt so grateful. Last year at this time, I was in survival mode and dreamt about mornings with outings like this. Now, here we are. Thank you, God! 


WATCHING: Troop Zero might be one of the sweetest feel-good films I've watched in a really long time. Last Sunday afternoon, I spread out on the chaise lounge with a bag of Skinny Dipped Nuts, informed the boys that I was going to watch this movie, and they could join if they'd like. Surprisingly enough, they took me up on this offer and I think they enjoyed it just as much as I did. Hooray for a family movie that wasn't Star Wars or Jurassic Park!     

READING: Is it still considered reading if I'm listening to two books on Audible?! In the spirit of multitasking, I'm going to just say YES. Yes, it is considered reading. Ha! This past week I downloaded Where the Crawdads Sing and Get Out of Your Head. Everyone raves about the bestseller by Delia Owens (my mom LOOOOVED it), and in the event I want to switch things up, I figured a little self-help from Jennie Allen can't hurt either. You've got to start somewhere, right??       
EATING: Thanks to the February issue of Real Simple, I set out to try two new recipes this week. It was nice to mix things up and Flyboy got to enjoy the leftovers for lunch all week. Woo hoo! If you have the latest issue, be sure to crack it open and try the Smoky Turkey Chili and Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Sliders. Note: I looked for links to share both recipes but they weren't available online. Hey, I guess that's one way to ensure people buy the magazine!   

LISTENING
: Last week Max helped me prep a sheet-pan dinner while listening to the Nancy Meyers' Kitchen playlist on Spotify. Honestly, it was dreamy and has me thinking I need to get him a set of kiddie knives so we can make this a regular thing. With sounds of Leon Bridges, Aretha Franklin, and Al Green in the background, he cut up bell peppers while I tackled the onions and parsnips. We had the best damn time, and I was reminded five-year-olds are pretty fun!

LOVING: This is going to sound a bit dramatic, but I didn't know I needed a leopard print sweatshirt in my life until this terry pullover arrived in the mail. The material is thin and yummy, which means it layers well over a fun button-down or tee. Not to mention, it's one of those versatile pieces that can be worn year-round. Snazzy neutral pieces FTW!   


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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

LIFE'S LITTLE DETAILS


"THE DETAILS ARE NOT THE DETAILS. THEY MAKE THE DESIGN." — CHARLES EAMES

Greetings from Dover, Delaware! I'm so glad you stopped by today. Here are a few of the latest joy-inducing details:
  • Occasionally Max likes to dabble in interior decor. His latest contribution is Sue devouring a red speedster.
  • Our resident paleontologist wanted to write a book about dinosaur training. Since he's still working on his letters and can't write in full sentences, I was happy to transcribe while he illustrated. Rule #1 really cracks me up. Part of me thinks it deals more with our dynamic and who's in charge in lieu of dinos.
  • I've been looking for new ways to handle stress, so I got a fresh set of snazzy paints in hopes a little color therapy can bring some zen to my life. Maybe this will be the start of a new hobby?
  • Max has had a cold that's lasted over a month. Oof! Just when I think he's on the mend, his fever spikes again. What gives? Thankfully, he doesn't let it get to him one bit. When we took him to Urgent Care last week, he made us so proud while interacting with the doctor. He gladly gave her a rundown of his symptoms and was beyond giddy when he realized he's just an inch away from being four-feet tall.
  • Flyboy got his 2020 Delaware fishing license as soon as he returned from Oklahoma, so the boys were eager to hit up the local pond last Sunday. When Beesly and I went to meet them, they hadn't caught a thing, but we got to see them cast a few lines and spotted nine bald eagles as well. Not too shabby!
  • Picking Max up from preschool makes me laugh. All the parents hang out in their parked vehicles until the last few minutes of class. Sweet serenity! It's like we all look around, sip our coffees in silence, just waiting to see which one of us will make the first move and head into the building for pick-up.

Alright, enough about me. What's going on with you? I'm dying to know.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS

VIA GREER CHICAGO

FEELING: This will be Max's first year to pass out Valentine's Day cards to his classmates and I'm pretty excited. Where will we get them? Should we make something cute? Eek! You guys, this could be our big chance to get something adorable from Meri Meri or Mr. Boddington's Studio. Now to keep him away from the boxed sets at Target so we don't have to hand out something with Ninjago or Paw Patrol! Clearly, I'm making this more about me than my kid, but paper goods ARE my thing. Any postal-lovin' parents who feel me on this one? Sigh. Reel it in there, Fine! Reel. It. In.      

THINKING ABOUT: Max has been fighting a nasty cold for about a month now. Just when things improve, it seems to come back with a vengeance. Last week his fever spiked again and his coughing got worse, so I picked up a bottle of Delsym Children's Cough Relief to pair with his Tylenol. When I got back from the store and he saw the bottle of cough medicine, I expected we'd struggle because of the taste, but instead, he said, "I've seen this stuff on TV!!! It lasts for TWELVE whole hours!!!" I couldn't help but laugh because it's clear their marketing works; however, after taking the meds for a day, Max came downstairs coughing and informed me that he'd like to write a letter to the company because their cough syrup didn't last the full twelve hours. "Mom, their commercial isn't true. I'm still coughing!" 

THANKFUL FOR: Flyboy has been home a full week and it feels like all is right with the world! In fact, when I read what Caitlin Murray from the @bigtimeadulting Instagram account (so hilarious, BTW) had to say about being with your person and that feeling of getting back to home base, I had to screenshot it and send it to FB because it summarized the feeling quite perfectly:


"Some weeks are busy. You're later at work, or I have weeknight plans, and we end up as two ships passing in the night, and that's tough because distance from you takes me farther away from my center. Center is home. Center is our family and the life we have created. The life that only moves forward when we push the weight of it all together. When our schedules once again collide and we are back in the groove, I feel like I can take on so much more. I feel stronger because of you and, for that, I am so deeply grateful for this love. Thank you for your love. Thank you for your appreciation. Thank you for also needing me. I could do it all, I really could if I HAD to, but I'd hate it. Thanks for always taking me back to center." 

WATCHING: We're in the market for a new TV. The one in our bedroom hasn't crapped out on us yet, but Flyboy bought it in college and its days are numbered. The sound quality is pretty awful and there are moments when I go to turn it on and I'm not sure it's going to work, but what do you expect for a boob tube pushing 15 years old? While this isn't the type of purchase I'd usually get excited about (it's kind of a guy thing, honestly), the idea of having all those smart TV options is pretty sweet. Once we find a good deal, you can bet I'll be binge-watching The Morning Show. I've heard great things! Then again, how can you go wrong with Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carrell??     

READING: In an effort to relax and de-stress in the evenings, I've decided I'd like to make it a point to read more this year. I waste far too much time scrolling on my phone before bed and that time could be better-served nose-deep in a book. Now, where do I start? There are oodles of options out there and I've bookmarked numerous recommendations, but I just need to commit already. Dearest bookworms, where should I begin? If you could choose one book...     

DRINKING: A few weeks ago, I was getting groceries at Safeway and was forced to go to a checkout lane with a cashier that's not my go-to gal. For an introvert like myself, this meant I was going to have to open up a conversation with someone new and put my awkward self out there AGAIN (you guys, my regular lady really gets me!!!). Sure I could just be quiet the entire time, but I see the joy extroverts like my mom and Flyboy bring to other people and I feel the need to at least try to be friendly. Well, you could say this situation backfired when I asked her how her day was and she replied, "Meh." I read that response as a sign she didn't want small talk, so I proceeded to put all my energy into loading the groceries bags into the cart when she randomly commented: "Chobani's making milk now?" [Note: Safeway didn't have my usual oat milk by Oatly so I opted to try Chobani's version.] I went on to respond, "Yeah, I figured it's worth a try!" Her response? "Their yogurt's not even that good!" Oy! I contemplated whether or not I should just say "You're right! Go ahead and put it back. What am I thinking?" Instead, I paid for the groceries and left the store having MAJOR regrets about my oat milk. The verdict? Cashier girl was right. The oat milk was awful.   

LISTENING
: In the car yesterday morning after preschool drop-off, Get Me Bodied came on Pandora and my first thought after hearing "Nine, four, eight, one, B-Day" was "Wow, Beyonce will be forty next year! I wonder who she's going to invite to her party?" Yes, there I sat at a red light in Dover, Delaware, pondering life's BIG questions, but can you really blame me? I mean, if she sends ginormous boxes to her friends for the unveiling of Ivy Park's latest collection, what will her invitations be like? Some might say this is a waste of brain cells, but I think Mindy Kaling would probably wonder the same thing. It's just too bad we have to wait a full twenty months to get to the bottom of this one. Here's hoping I get stuck in traffic sometime soon so I can start figuring out Bey's guest list. Hehe!

LOVING: I bought this Wall Task Calendar from Appointed last February when Flyboy was deployed and hung it in our kitchen. It helped me pass the time and keep organized while he was away. Since I'm coming up on my last sheet, I asked FB if he thought it would be worth repurchasing and his positive response was so quick, I was taken aback. Ha Ha! Let's be honest, I was going to buy it again no matter what, but I was tickled to death that he's a big fan as well. There's something about Suann Song's simple designs that are just as useful as they are beautiful!    


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