Wednesday, September 21, 2016

So What Wednesday!?




I can't even believe it myself!  


Ready, set, go!



So What if (with a very straight face) I inquired on the idea of an adult gymnastics class to the gymnastics coach of the little one.    I basically said it's not fair that us crazy moms that used to love gymnastics have zero options for fun filled flipping and shenanigans.      He empathized and I swear I saw something in his eyes that said "Dang, I wish this was my idea..."   I kid (kinda), but seriously...  Stay tuned.  I'm not giving up and this may be a new "thing."     


So What if I'm straight up addicted to Draft Kings?    You guys, I feel like I may need to become a professional at betting on football.    I mean... 8th place out of 1,200 teams?  159th place out of 29,000!?      Sorry, but this can't be luck.   Yes, I realize these are the words of every  gambler.   But seriously.   What if this is where my natural talent lies and I've missed my calling?   (okay, I can't even type that part with a straight face.  Yet, the gymnastic thing.. poker face and all business.)  

So What if the Brad / Angelina split is already boring me?      I hate to quote a very raunchy instagrammer but he kinda said it best....  In summary, and in the G rated version...    " If a ridiculously good looking couple with symmetrical faces, perfect body parts,  and enough money to move to outer space can't be happy,  we're all SOL." 


So What if I haven't really watched a real TV show in months but am suddenly obsessed with the new show called This is Us?    If you missed the pilot last night... it airs again on Saturday.   Do yourself a large and at least set the DVR, or firestick, or sling,  or whatever it is everyone is doing these days.      Then come back so we can talk about it.  


So What if I panic on the regular about how tall and grown up my almost 10 year old is?   And how little/ yet big the 6 year old is?    Ladies with kids, I know you get me.  
    Ladies without kids, one day if/ when  you have kiddos, I promise you'll feel the panic too.    It's universal.    Time flies and no one believes it until they're in the depths of trying to raise kind, well rounded humans.    Then the panic of the time flying sets in.     
You know the sweet little elderly lady in the grocery store who smiles at you and your  monkeys (who are likely probably wearing you out at that exact moment and you're wondering why you can't just go buy what you need in peace without explaining why we aren't buying gummy bears in bulk 10 minutes before dinner)? 
Yes,  that lady.   Then she says "aww.. enjoy them.. they grow up so fast.  Mine sure did."  
And even then, you barely believe the lady because you're tired and they're acting like toddlers, which is basically the equivalent of owning your own real life monkey.  Oh and the days are long but the years are short but you don't know any of this yet.      
Then when you least expect it, something happens and the days get shorter and the kids get taller and start wiping their own butts and wanting to shop at Justice and then... the panic sets in.   The panic of "Wow, this actually IS all  going too fast and am I soaking it all in enough?  What will they remember?   Is this enough?  Oh no!  Panic!"    

...See how that all happens??


So What if I'm now on a steroid for this God-forsaken poison ivy and it's barely making a dent?   Clearly, this was high octane Ivy I got tangled up in.   I know you're all on the edge of your seats with my poison ivy saga but seriously, there's gotta be another way.


ps-   Next 24 DC starts October 3rd.   More on that to come!


Love ya, miss ya, mean it!






Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday Sentiments/ Weekend Wrap Up


Sunday Sentiments!

It's happening!   

Just like the good old days.

Weekend Workouts:

Friday-  4 mile run/  20 minutes of driveway Crossfit.  
ps-  Anyone familiar with Man Maker's?    
Sweet Francis.
Google them.    Then do 30 of them with an alternating lunge on both legs in between each rep.    
You'll be able to bounce a quarter off your butt within the hour.    Or not walk.   One or the other.   But if neither happens, you've done it wrong.  
Saturday- Community WOD at Crossfit.
Sunday-  3 lazy, fun filled miles with #Runnerdog.   Remember him!?


He's still running, that #Runnderdog.
Then he comes home and does this....


ps-  Does anyone else's crazy dog physically open up their own crate door with their nose, proceed to get in unprompted, and then take a long nap equivalent to that of a grizzly bear?    #AskingForAFriend..  



We also had our fair share of the normal weekend shenanigans which included gymnastics, soccer, church, grocery shopping, emailing, shenanigan-ing, haircuts, and what seems to be 400 other tasks and activities packed into 48 hours.   Ya feel?  




We're also trying to turn this summer into fall when it was 85 degrees on more than one occasion this weekend.      Ya know, the normal September activities in the OH-IO.  

**This means I've gone mum crazy, yet again, and may already accidentally be purchasing pumpkins. 

**This also means that the 6 year old is all fired up for Halloween and pulls her reindeer games everywhere we go.

Exhibit A

   


Exhibit B




**This also means that we buried ourselves in yard work and it looks like we took off all of our clothes and rolled in poison ivy.  Or poison oak.  Or poison sumac.    Just for fun, ya know.      You guys, I'm basically qualified to wear a button like this..

But seriously.         Why do I have poison ivy all over my torso?   Why is it getting worse instead of better?    I've done all "the things" that the google told me to do, including essential oils.       Anyone?  Please help me make this go away.   

**This also means the crockpot has been fired up like a firework display with a 6 figure budget.  

I'm loving some of Country Living's healthy crockpot recipes lately.    

Honestly, is there a thing we CAN'T make in the crockpot these days?     It's amazing.

I feel like the crockpot would win "appliance of the year" hands down year after year if this were only a thing.    Life gets more busy and the crockpot becomes more amazing in it's skill set.


**This also means my beloved Coffeccino is back.   And as addicting as ever.   





Want the Spark effect but in a warm "coffee-like" drink?    Here you go, yo.


Hope you all had an awesome weekend filled with a productivity, fun, family time, shenanigans, a little downtime and self care.    Isn't that what weekends should be in a nutshell?

































Thursday, September 15, 2016

Things We Need! Early Fall Edition.






Hey friends!    
Who is ready for another Things We Need post?
It's been a minute but these are always my favorites to write.
Always have been. 
Always will be.



So let's get started, mkkkay?




aka... the Wal-Mart "Yeti"




You guys, as a Yeti owner and lover, I wanted to hate these real bad...

I did.

We've got a handful of Yeti's up in here, and they're amazing.      Truly.   
Dead of summer.  July heat.
Ice water stays just that.... all day.   
Ice water.

It works the same for hot drinks.    
Stays hot...
 for days..

It's basically the 8th wonder of the world.

However, when the kiddos also fell in love with the Yeti, I knew we had to act fast.

I had heard about the "Wal-Mart Yeti" here and there and thought we should give it a whirl.   

Dare I say, I can't even tell a difference?
Clearly, identical technology.   

However,  the Wally World 30 oz Yeti will set you back $9.99.   The real deal 30 oz. Yeti will set you back $39.99.

IKR?!







Don't be frightened by the stock pic.    This is so versatile it's not even funny.


Who else love the Urban Decay Naked Palette?

Want to save yourself $40??   You need this.



Side by side comparison.

Yes, the brush and packaging is a lot more flimsy on the MakeUp Revolution option.

However, the quality of the shadows are shockingly amazing.       

Ulta is currently having a buy one, get one 50% off sale. 
There are several varieties of these palettes.   In summary,  here is a chance to score them for around $8 each, which makes me almost feel "dirty" for buying the Urban Decay year in and out.

If you're an Urban Decay palette girl, give these a whirl.







I REALLY hate to beat a dead horse.    However, I love me some EC.


I think this is my 5th year and running.

This is the time of year when I begin obsessing about next years life planner.   

...Ooooh...look at the new designs!!!

...Which one will I pick!?

I basically spend an entire year with it so I have to love it.

It's all so exciting!    

Come to think of it, I basically put more thought into designing my  EC planner than I did buying my last car.   #sorrynotsorry








Sure to be a very crucial piece to my fall/ winter uniform.


I don't know what in the french toast is going on over there at Athleta but I'm loving them more and more.

Over the years, I have bought Athleta pieces here and there and always loved the quality.  However, in all honesty... I still kind of thought their stuff was a snore.    

The past year or two, they've REALLY stepped it up.   
They're all sporty, urban, calm, cool, and collected nowadays.

I mean?



This is technically a good and bad thing.    Bad because those Athleta peeps stalk me on gmail and try and rope me into their sales and new "look books" and all of that eye candy goodness.       Good because quite honestly, I'm kinda sick of Lulu.    Lulu, I still do love you deep down but we needed some time apart.    


Stay tuned for another edition soon!

Ps-    Big news in Advo land.



If you're still paying full price for products, I'm gonna need you to stop right there.

$19.95 gets you 20-30% off all products, a free box of variety Spark, and welcome kit with other goodies.  Big no brainer, kids!

Ready to become preferred???   Here ya go!


Have a great Thursday.   Count your blessings.
-AR