Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Favorites

Thought that today, last Friday in February, would be a fun day to pass along some fun, interesting, exciting blogs I stalk on a regular basis! Aren't we all always looking for more ways to waste time? :) Well...even if you aren't these are noteworthy (or click worthy) for sure!

In no particular order...

My BFF has Addy and Lilly: A Whole New World where she blogs about her two, TWO year olds...but CLICK HERE to read about something near and dear to her heart. Worth it, promise.

Want to read lots of interesting funny stuff from an expectant father (who happens to be the hubby of one of my dearest friends)...look no further because Sullidad Chicago has it all.

Reasonably Swanky doesn't even know I stalk her blog but I just think she is the cutest with all her shopping and decorating and such. She also lives in the south, a place in the US of A I just think is quite special.

Confessions of an Ex-girlfriend is as great as its title...and not just because she talks about her ex, she has lots of interesting things to say!!

Jules vs. Nuts is a current fav because she is just herself (I say that like I really know her) and translates that life into witty writing that is interesting to read. THIS POST is what got me hooked.

Would love to know your current favs too! TGIF everyone! We have date night this weekend...seeing a cheesy movie in an actual theater (translates to, we never do this) and going to a meal of food where neither of us is cooking it...or cleaning up the dishes! Cannot wait!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Schooled

Lately a lot has been happening in this here household. JD is going from toddler to boy right before our eyes. I am pretty sure at this point he is half my size, which is rather scary considering he is only the ripe age of 2.5 (not even). But I am not just talking about a growth spurt here, I am speaking mostly of Mr. Independent over there sitting by the TV watching his current favorite show, "Movers mommy, Movers" (translates to Imagination Movers).

I mean don't get me wrong, I love it...you know all the talking. I love that his eyes have been widely (understatement) opened to the world of words. Some we have taught him, some school has taught him, some he has just (ahem) heard us say, some I am pretty sure he made up, and some he got from those TV shows I let him watch in the morning.

Lately he has been doing and saying things that P-Daddy and I have found rather shocking because we don't remember ever teaching him such. So I thought it would be fun to do a run through of things we have taught him, and things JD has picked up along the way thus far in his life.

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We DID teach him to say "please" and "thanks" which he does on a regular basis (currently better at the "thanks" than the "please").

We DID NOT teach him to say "mine" and run in the opposite direction as you or you or you when he has something that is not his.

We DID give him Handy Manny tools, and then he has acquired a tool bench and a Bob the Builder tool set...but we DID NOT teach him to use the tools properly or know the names of every tool (and not the Handy Manny names the real ones...specifically "wrench" still gets me. That is kind of a hard word to say and its a freaking wrench?)

We DID NOT teach him to organize his blankets and bear in the exact same way before nap and bedtime but he sure does do that (am thinking though, through osmosis he got this "anal man" straight from his dear old dad).

We DID teach him to dance.

We DID NOT teach him to crump.





We DID teach him to tell people how old he is when asked.

We DID NOT teach him to say that every letter in the alphabet is "E." Somehow even the letters above his bed that spell his name (which does not contain an "E") are all still "E." Work in progress.

We DID NOT tell him that mommy went to not ONE but TWO NSYNC concerts in her "youth" and had a love for boy bands however his current favorite song is Owl City's "Fireflies."




We DID teach him to shake people's hand and say "Nice to meet ya" (which is more like "mee ya").

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We DID NOT teach him that cords are okay to play with, plug in, unplug...however somehow he knows how to do all of this AND has since he was about...oh...ONE! At this point we don't fight this obsession, we just supervise. And yes we still have the child safety "protectors" on our plugs, and yes he figured those things out at age one as well. We have tried all different brands and he knew how to get all of them off. *Sigh*

We DID teach him not to stick his finger into plugs (and he never has)...that has to count for something right?

We DID NOT teach him that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (yet) but he sure does eat his best in the morning (typical day=three Nutra Grain bars, 3 bowls of cereal or 3 regular sized Eggo blueberry waffles).

We DID teach him that bathing daily is important as we implemented this into his routine when he was the ripe age of a few months old.

We DID NOT teach him that ADDING a shower to that routine was important yet somehow every morning after breakfast he insists that showering is the next step to his day...so currently he is showering and bathing daily. Not going to meet a cleaner two year old.

We DID give him an old cell phone to play with when he was just a wee little one.

We DID NOT know that this would mean he would snatch our real cell phones and call the same people over and over again without mommy or daddy realizing (sorry Amy), call 911 (once...turns out if you lock your phone there is still a way for babies to press one little button and viala, "911 whats your emergency"...CRAP!), and send random cryptic text messages to people.


We DID teach him what a frog is (as for some reasons frogs are in a lot of children's books), the sound they make and how they move around.

We DID NOT teach him to move around the house just like a frog on a regular basis and scream "RIBBIT."

We DID teach him to give lots of hugs and kisses.

We DID NOT know this would become a form of toddler manipulation each night at bedtime. "More kiss mommy, more hug mommy...MORE KISSSS MOMMY"...I know, could be worse and was funny/cute for the first few nights...now it is just painful to listen to him scream that over and over once I or P-Daddy have given him 10,000 hugs and kisses and oh...ONE LAST HUG to grow on.

We DID say "I love you" enough to him that he now says it back (and I melt like an M&M in a sweaty palm every time).

Speaking of being "schooled"...he teaches me something about myself each and every day too...and what I have found about this motherhood gig is that I still have a LOT to learn.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

And The Winners Are...

....The ONLY TWO THAT PARTICIPATED!! GO THEM! On a side note I am pretty sure that I will no longer be selected by anyone for give-aways! :)

Aimee and Allison CONGRATS! The good people at Weber Shandwick will be sending you a goodie bag from Dove Go Fresh Deoderant and Body Mist!

Thanks to both of you for participating and for your inspiring stories!

Happy Hump Day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Give-Away...Girl World Tour

YAY for Give-aways!


So...the good people at Weber Shandwick contacted me recently to give YOU or YOU or YOU free tickets to this amazing, inspiring, event called the Girl World Tour! It is lead by Roselin Wiseman, best selling author of Queen Bees and Wannabees, the book that inspired the movie Mean Girls.

Here are the event details:




WHEN: Tuesday February 23, 2010


TIME: 6:30-8:30pm


WHERE: Saint Richards Episcopal School
33 West 33rd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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So how do YOU get these one of kind tickets?

STEP 1: Post a (non anonymous) comment telling me who the most inspiring woman in your life has been and why!

THAT'S IT!!

I will choose 2 Winners one week from today! The two winners will receive either a gift bag of freebies from Dove Go Fresh Deodorant and Body Mist OR two tickets to the Girl World Tour event! I will do a blog post naming the winners and will also send you an email if you are said winner!

NOTE: The featured event is geared towards a mother-daughter pair, specifically mother's of tween's. I know a lot of my blog stalkers have young children (or none at all) so you don't necessarily fit into this category but the fun part about this give-away is you can STILL win something even if you don't qualify for the event!! The wonderful people with Weber-Shandwick and Dove Go Fresh Deodorant and Body Mists have offered to send you a lovely gift bag with freebies (if you do not qualify for the Girl World Tour Event).

Monday, February 8, 2010

Not that this helped...

...but they sure were/are DAMN good! Thanks to Exgf and her recipe she shared with the blog world last week I made the below for our Superbowl party. I had a feeling it was potentially a bad omen because without even knowing Exgf (translates to, I just stalk her blog) I am thinking due to her location in the world she is more of a Saints fan , therefore I was making a Saint's fan recipe on the big Colts day....oops!



INTRODUCING THE AMAZING OREO CAKE BALLS (or as I called them...the Colt's Balls...I know I am so funny).





It worked out well though because there is nothing better than drowning your sorrows in sweetness right??

If you want the delicious recipe, click HERE (recipe is towards the bottom...but read the whole thing people, it will be worth your time. :)

On a side note...who else is ready for some March Madness?? I know this girl is! Seriously, one of my favorite times of each year!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Doppleganger Week

Two blogs in two days...what? I know, right?! Anyway Its Doppleganger week on Facebook so I participated. I don't normally get all into that stuff that Facebook does but thought this was fun!


I have frequently been told that I look like two pretty famous people...



DJ Tanner (aka Candice Cameron), FULL HOUSE


Scarlett Johansson


I used Scarlett as my Facebook profile pic because I may as well right? She is gorgeous and I will take that compliment from anyone willing to dish it out. I really don't think I resemble either of these women....who cares though...its fun to play pretend.

Myheritage.com is a website you can use that will use a picture of yourself that you upload and output celebrities that look like you. Scarlett nor Candice Cameron showed up on my list (see below) but I will tell you who did...DAVID HASSELHOFF!! Yep, all 70% of his bad self. Nothing like being told you look 70% like a man. Oh and I am pretty sure my number one match is some sort of porn star! Sweet!

MyHeritage: Family tree - Genealogy - Cele

brity - Collage - Morph

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Blogging about nothing

I have realized this task, you know, the one that has me sit down to write about "nothing" is harder than it once was. But today I am going to do just that.



I have the winter blues or am allergic to winter. Walking in a Winter Wonderland is only fun if and when it is done at Christmas. Thought about going tanning to let the "sun" shine on my face but I haven't done this in years because I don't want my skin to be leather by the time I am 35. It may be anyway considering all the time I USED to spend in those things and the fact that I didn't start wearing sunscreen until...umm...last year?! So I can't undo what is already done but I don't want to do more...but I was thinking it would help. We just got word from Mr. Weatherman that we should expect 8 INCHES of snow this weekend. Stupid groundhog.



I have been working out consistently for over a year...part of which I even had a personal trainer. Due to this fact alone, I think I should be skinnier. Just sayin...not freaking out...just sayin...oh and that my lovely prego stretch marks...yeah wishing those would have magically dissapeared too. Just sayin.


I have been pretty diligently looking for a job as of late. I was even offered a job in early December. I didn't take it, wasn't right for me and the fam. Trying to figure out what is right for all of us that accomplishes what I really want to do is not an easy task. I never would have thought I could have or would have enjoyed this stay at home gig as much as I have. But this momma needs an outlet. Its what I am good at...working. Everything is organized in our home, and JD is so so so ready for an outlet himself that doesn't include his momma.



P-Daddy and I are going on a cruise to the Greek Isles this spring. He won this big trip through work. We will fly into Venice, Italy and then go from there. I have never been abroad and kind of hate flying but the closer this trip comes the more excited I get.



GranBeck's is moving here very soon. I couldn't be more excited! WE couldn't be more excited! You never know how nice it would be to have your parents close until you have a child. I haven't lived in the same city as my mother since I was in high school. Long time...can't wait!



Volunteering for my former sorority keeps me young. Or makes me feel young again. Something like that...but I enjoy it none-the-less. Going back to our former campus floods memories, good ones in my head. College students don't know how good they have it. I sure didn't.



JD is talking up a storm and I love it! He is able to communicate what he wants or needs and I couldn't be happier. A lot of women get frustrated with the repatativeness of their toddler's words. I revel in it (most of the time) because I realize he is just so excited to be able to say whatever he is saying. Kind of like I get excited to say whatever I am sayin and Lord knows I have been sayin lots of words a lot of the time for a long time. Just sayin.


I recently bought these amazing shoes from WHBM and have still never worn them. They are those fabulous shoes that I fear may sit in my closet for a few years before I am ever brave enough to wear them. *GASP*...I think I bought shoes that are more fashionable than me! HA! They are gorgeous though and when I do bust them out everyone will be talking don't you worry. Now...to find that perfect outfit to go with them...


Speaking of clothes...I recently dove into the deep end of the pool and purchased skinny jeans. I said I would NEVER do this but I have enough tall boots that I really wanted to wear over jeans that I caved. I rock them. They are basically denim spandex. They are so comfortable I want to sleep in them. I still feel like they are "tight rolled" at the bottom (if you were in middle/high school in the nineties you know what I am talking about) but I am not going to lie, I wish I had 20 pairs. It is scaring me though that COLORED jeans are coming back in? I hated fashion in the 80's and colored jeans feels very 80's. But so does spandex jeans I guess...damnit if that means I will be rocking electric blue dyed denim next season!



Side note: I still stand by only wearing my skinny jeans with boots that hide the fact that they are skinny. Can't rock high heels with them. I am pretty sure (no-POSITIVE) I would look ridiculous.



I have been leaving church sort of angry lately. Mostly because the sermon's are just ludacris (if you ask me of course). A few Sunday's ago we went, they read the verses of that week, I really liked said verses (and was excited to hear how Mr. Priest was going to relate to them to the real world), and then the priest stood up and discussed the fact that people should treat church like they would a wedding and dress up because it is distracting to him if people show up in Colts jersey's.
REALLY?
We are really going to focus an entire sermon on what people wear?
Do you not realize Mr. Priest that your church is PACKED this and every Sunday?
That these people come to listen to the word of God and to have you make sense of it all?
So that day, everyone left feeling shamed if they were wearing or had ever chosen to wear a jersey to church and heard nothing about how much God LOVED THEM? PS-don't think I am angry about this because P-Daddy and I were one of those people...we aren't the jersey type personally...but we were wearing jeans and apparently that is also not good enough either. Don't get me started. Maybe I wouldn't have been as angry if we hadn't already sat through an entire sermon on how birth control of any form is abortion. UGH! We need a new church.


Interesting that church talk was the longest paragraph...I guess we really do need to find a new place of worship.

I am making Rachel Ray's Shepherds Pie tonight for dinner...30 minutes my ass. But I don't care, I love to cook and if it takes me two hours I will be fine with it. Just sayin...no way its 30 minutes. Maybe if its pretty and delicious I will take a picture and share the recipe. I should do that more often...because people like looking at pretty food.

Thats all I got. Happy Hump Day!