Monday, September 7, 2015

hello Monday, goodbye Summer

I wish I could say that I did something super fun to celebrate the unofficial last day of summer, but I did not, and to tell you the truth, I'm pretty cool with it. I spent the morning drinking tea, watching Will and Grace reruns, and laying around in my PJs, before I dusted myself off and went out {alone!} to BJs and Target to pick up the necessities. Ladies, there is nothing like roaming the isles of target without a kid in tow, am I right?

My husband is making dinner as I type this blog and say hello Monday and good bye summer. I'm a glass of wine in and browsing the Internet, writing, thinking and reflecting on what I have going on in my calendar this week — including a certain little girl's first day of Pre-K on Wednesday! She is so excited to go back to school and has a new teacher this year in a new building.

Hello heat. It's still super hot and humid here. Tomorrow is going to be more of the same.

Hello mosquitoes. They are awful this year! I'm making a bug spray repellent from essential oils. Trying this one.

Hello {trying} to transition my wardrobe into fall. This time of year I like to wear lots of navy, brown, camel and prints. I also like to wear lots of skirts and dresses with ballet flats. I'm loving these flats right now. I think I'm going to get them!

Hello online shopping. I never liked you so much, but now as I get older and my time gets fewer, I really love you. What are your favorite online shops?

Hello packing lunch and ironing clothes the night before. This doesn't always happen but since I'm traveling via train to work tomorrow and I'll have to leave my house much earlier than usual, it's very necessary.

I'm excited for fall and looking forward to cider and pumpkins and the crisp cooler weather.
Have a great week!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Podcasts are cool!

Recently I sat down and chatted via Skype with Sarah who writes the blog Sarah R. Bagley. She is a super sweet mom of three, a recovering perfectionist, and on Tuesdays she features weekly podcasts interviewing other women about life balance, allowing them to share their {former} perfectionist stories.

Naturally, I was intrigued and wanted to know more about Sarah and her story.  I reached out to her and shared my story about becoming a working mom four years ago and the anxiety that I felt coming into my new role. Head on over to Sarah's blog and have a listen to my podcast.

You can read more about my first week as a working mom here or check out the archives from September 2011. Read more about a typical work day for my family.

I hope you are having a great week!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Back to Blog Land

I've taken some time away from writing and blogging these past few months. In all honesty I haven't felt as creative as I'd like. I've also been super busy at work! I think my intentions are good — as evident  by the 12 drafts of blog posts that are waiting to be edited and completed  — but my time is very precious these days. And I also enjoy going to be early after spending time with my little family.

A lot has happened in the past four months including some very necessary [big] home projects; a little girl turning four years old, and in addition to completing her first full year of preschool and learning to ride a bike, she is sassier than ever; and new job responsibilities at work.

So here's what's up with me lately...

LOVING Molokai Coconut. Such a yummy drink for summer filled with antioxidants, which I'm guessing are really good for you!

EXCITED ABOUT our vacation tomorrow! We're headed down to the Jersey Shore again this summer and we're excited to put our phones away and be at the beach and enjoy some sun and seafood. V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!

TRYING TO decide what to keep from my latest Stitch Fix delivery? Have you tried Stitch Fix? It's so fun! If you're interested in trying it out, you can get started for $20. If you use my referral link I can get a credit, so there's that good news! 

ENJOYING late summer nights at home. We'll hang out in the yard as a family watching Molly ride her bike up and down the driveway, while watering the plants and admiring our new home. We didn't actually move, we just painted our old 1933 craftsman and we waited so long to have the funds to do so, so it's really exciting for us. 

Molly is ENJOYING summer camp. She goes Monday to Thursday from 9 am - noon and gets to interact with lots of other kids her age, play on the playground, sing and do other fun activities.

USING oils — again! I've been having really bad breakouts. Cystic acne is what I've got going on. It's not fun or pretty. It's painful actually. So, I'm trying the oil cleanse method again. I'm also trying to cut out dairy from my diet in hopes that will help, but really, I miss cheese. I love you, cheese! 
I've also recently joined Young Living. I'm so excited to get my welcome kit and start diffusing oils and learning more about how to eliminate meds and toxic chemicals in the home and replace them with oils. More about that soon. 

WEARING old mixed with new. I love pairing an old pair of shoes with a new top. Or, a super old summer skirt or dress that gets brought out every year and I can't part with just yet with a new piece of jewelry or a cute belt. 

WATCHING swim lessons. Molly loves them! She goes to a weekly group lesson on Thursday evenings at the YMCA and she is doing so well! She moved up a bubble during last week's lesson and she floated on her back all by herself! 

READING this book by Maria Bello. Remember her from Coyote Ugly? (She's starred in lots of other movies too, I've just never seen them.)

NEEDING a pedicure. Wait, is that really a need? Yes, yes it is!

WANTING new glasses. Next month I am due for my annual eye exam. I have to go every year to check my eyes and get a script for my contacts. I saw some great frames at Costco, though my sis really wants me to check out Warby Parker. These are cool, but I don't think I could pull them off!

THINKING I might want to cut bangs. Check out some of the styles I've pinned to my Hair and Beauty Pinterest Board.

LISTENING TO the entire Taylor Swift 1989 CD over and over again. Me and Molly enjoy Taylor in the car. We like singing and dancing on our drives around the town.

 Molly girl - Corey Beach, July 2015

What have you been up to? Have a great week loyal readers and friends! 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

I am woman, hear me roar!

Happy International Women's Day!

I consider myself a feminist. I support women. I support women's rights. I support women who work and women who stay home. I support men who support women. Have you read about men leaning in? Working on incorporating some new tips and ideas in our little {home} life to achieve more of a partnership.

So, how am I celebrating being a woman today...?

Writing a new post for Liberating Working Moms about ideas that will encourage my husband to lean in and other ways men can support their wives who work. I've always been really intrigued the the Lean In movement and have loved reading all opinions of leaning in, leaning back and standing up straight. I'm excited to dive into my feelings about this subject and share them with the working mom community and others that read my blog posts

Attending the 2015 Women's Retreat through my church. I have really wanted to do something like this but have been reluctant to actually take the next step and sign up because of — well,  fear. I'm afraid of how I will feel leaving my daughter. I know I'm not actually leaving her, but I've never been away from her. She's slept at my mom's a few times over the last four years. But this time I'll be in another state. I'd be lying if I didn't say I am excited for this retreat. I'm looking forward to praying, learning and discovering more about myself while in the presence of other amazing ladies.

Reading a new book.I know that this book speaks to so many women who have experienced infidelity and includes important lessons in life, love, forgiveness and the power to move forward in spite of everything.

Feeling very inspired by 9 Inspiring Women Celebrities You Can Learn From and 18 Genius Instagrams for International Women's Day. 

Wearing a great new shade of lipstick — Hearthrob from Cynthia Rowley. Loving it! I received it in my monthly Birchbox from my sister as a Birthday gift. I hit the big 3-5 this weekend and it was a great Birthday! I'm excited to celebrate more over the weekend with family and the St. Patrick's Day parade.

And now, I'm off to make sure my mom has scheduled her mammogram and my sister is up to date with her pap. Giving love to the most important women in my life.

But first, let me check in with my boss. She's on her way to another meeting. She's got her bag, her heels and her Blackberry! She's all set! This little lady is going to grow up to be an amazing woman one day and I can't wait to be a part of it and always encourage, inspire, support and love her.

How are you celebrating being a woman today?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hello Monday

It's Monday and we are getting back into our routine after being away in a little cabin with no Internet, TV or phone in Pennsylvania for a few days. It was really fun, actually! I enjoy getting away, but I enjoy coming home more. There's something special about the place I call home. The smells. The lighting. The comfort of being in my home, in my own bed.

So, hello Monday, you stinker! You've snuck up on me once again.

Hello new job description! I got a promotion at work and now report directly to the president n a role celebrating the centennial of the college I work for. It's going to be a challenge, but an amazing opportunity for me to work with so many entities of the college and the community. I'm nervous... and excited too.

In other career news, check out my most recent post at Liberating Working Moms about how working mothers can achieve clarity and results in six simple steps.

Hello new member of the clan. One of my best friends is giving birth today. I'm so excited to meet her son.

Hello Chick-fil-A. I had heard all about this place and while we were away had the opportunity to experience it for lunch. Yum!

Hello daddy's Birthday. Not my daddy — Molly's daddy. Molly picked out yellow cupcakes and chocolate frosting today at the store and she wants to get her daddy a balloon too. I think he'll love it!
And speaking of Birthdays, mine is right around the corner. Me and the hubs are eight days apart, Pisces. I love Birthdays, especially my Birthday!

Hope you all have a great week! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fashion Post: My first Stitch Fix review

Preface: I'm not a fashion blogger at all, I just love shopping for new clothes, getting dressed up and picking out fun accessories to complete my outfits.

Stitch Fix is a styling service that sends you five pieces per that have been individually picked out especially for you, based on the style profile you fill out on their site. You pay a $20 stylist fee to get started. If you keep even just one item, the $20 gets credited toward that item. Keep all five items and you get a 25% discount of the entire order.

I think Stitch Fix is a super cool idea and it must be so fun to work for this company!

Check out a note from the CEO Katrina Lake as the company celebrates their fourth anniversary.

Have you ever tried Stitch Fix? I thought about it for a while, and while I always thought it was too pricey for my taste, I decided to give it a try this month. You can too. Click here to check it out.

I was so excited to find my box waiting at my door for me when I came home from work. I had been checking my Stitch Fix account all day — since I knew it was coming — and discovered that at 12:32 p.m. it had arrived via Fed Ex. Imagine...I had to wait until work was over at 5 p.m. to get to my box!

 I didn't even take off my coat or hat when I arrived home. I just busted right into my box!

Nancy Metal Bead and Crystal Statement Bib 
 Super cool necklace. 

 I was so excited to see what was inside! They send a style card that shows you different ways you can wear what they've sent you. 

Lisa was my stylist and I think she did a great job!
Two tops. One dress. One pair of jeans. One statement necklace. 

THML Kahlo Knit Top.
I LOVE this top! It is so soft and fits great and I love the color combination!

Reanne Cap Sleeve Polka Dot Dress from Collective Concepts.
This dress is lovely!

Dolen Lace Blouse from Skies are Blue.
Love the color of this top. Fits great, but a little shorter than I normally wear. 

It was really super fun to try everything on and think about what I already owned and how I could style the items. I did not keep everything in my first fix for one reason or another. 

I did love the thrill of seeing what was inside the box and what was picked out just for me.
I can't wait to get my next "fix". 
What about you? Thinking of giving Stitch Fix a try. 
Go for it! 

Monday, January 26, 2015

hello Monday; it's all good

We had a really great weekend with my sister and her fiance. They came for the weekend and stayed in our guest room, played silly games with Molly and had all kinds of fun together. We even sang karaoke! Despite thoughts that today is the saddest day of the year — as the last Monday in January and winter in full effect — I'm reflecting on lots of good things happening in our life and sharing them here today. I'm taking the advice of Working Mother by Banish[ing] Monday Blues. I especially love the idea to take 10-15 minutes per day for your career management activities, like updating your LinkedIn or going to a networking event. So important.

Hello Monday!

Hello calm before the storm.
We are getting ready for a massive snow storm here on Long Island. Holy moly, like 24-36" could be expected. We're ready with lots of firewood stacked, fresh milk in the house and wine chilling as we speak! I'm grateful that my husband is at the point in his career that he no longer risks his life traveling into the city to work on days when massive snow accumulations are coming and trains will likely shut down. My job has already called a snow day tomorrow. Yippee!

Hello snow boots, snow outfits, mittens and hats. Daddy is so excited to build a snowman with his girl tomorrow!

Hello lots of extra snacks in the house.

Hello sweet little girl growing so fast before our very eyes. When I look at her I am so very blessed and lucky that I get to call her mine. This girl challenges us and is helping make us better parents and to communicate better. I continue to pray for patience every day and be present in the moment and enjoy the little things in life that will disappear all too soon.

Hello financial peace. I've just signed up for Financial Peace University and I'm so excited/nervous to start this week. I'd wanted to take the nine-week class last year, but put obstacles in my way and didn't register for it. I think the time is right now. My husband and I are both excited for what we can learn and ready to be on a responsible path to becoming debt free. More about what we are learning and how we are moving forward to come.

Hello table for three. We've been having dinners at home together as a little family at Molly's table. She loves it and so do we! She sets the table with napkins and plates for all of us.


She is such a big helper! She even helps clean bathrooms! Hello clean bathroom.

Stay safe and warm friends!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Living (and loving) with ADD

I've never posted about this before. I've never actually talked much about it before, even to people who know me well. My blog, my rules. I live with attention deficit disorder (ADD) every day.  Some days are a struggle. Some days are easier than others. Some days I can almost sense the emotional activities before they even begin. Some days are loud, others are quiet and solemn — almost to the point that I think something is wrong. Other days are high energy and all over the place and I can't keep up.

I live with ADD every day.

I do not have ADD.

 My husband also lives with ADD every day — his ADD.

What prompted me to finally start writing about this topic and about my marriage was a recent article that came across my Facebook feed, 20 Things to Remember if You Love a Person With ADD.

I particularly related with the statement, "True love is unconditional, but ADD presents situations that test your limits of love."
Our love has been tested in the last three years more than I care to admit. I'm not sure how much I will share on my blog, but I do know that writing is helpful and therapeutic for me. I do know that I want my husband to be comfortable with what I write and share in this space. 
Sarah Markley is a blogger that I was introduced to years ago via another blog and she lives with a spouse with ADD also. Her post What to do: Living with an ADD Spouse is bookmarked. When I struggle with love and marriage is messy and frustrating and sad, I always find my way back to her blog. 

So, here I am. Trying to make sense of it all get through our days with a little grace and a lot of love. We struggle. We love. We battle. We endure. 

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - 1 Corinthians 13:7