Sunday, February 7, 2016


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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2016.

Lia: Waiting patiently for a bag of Valentine treats from our favorite bakery!

Nico: He's picked up a virus and with it is coming high fevers making him feel crummy and do weird things like lay down and not eat. Here's hoping he feels better soon!

Friday, February 5, 2016


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So I heard the groundhog has predicted an early Spring. Lia came home from school this week all excited to tell me! Only, she didn't know what a groundhog was so she described it as "like a rat or squirrel and it goes under the ground". Needless to say, it was cute. Kindergarten Lia is pretty fun most days. I love hearing her take on the world. I'm not too sure about an early Spring but the weather did bless us with a couple warm days so, of course, we BBQed and played outside!

We had a lot of fun in Ikea. A little stressful and we probably spent way too much money but fun nonetheless. We're setting up a guest room and working on freshening up the living room. So far, we've got a new sofa cover that gives the room a cleaner look and a fun new arm chair that's waiting on it's legs. Because we always forget something while we're in the store.

Nicolas has his first tooth! And, he's still eating up a storm and mastering the art of mess-making.

I'm brainstorming some fun ideas for Valentine's Day while tackling a pile of homework. I'm taking an American Government course which is turning out to be a lot more interesting than I thought it would.

And tonight, I'm looking forward to making a homemade pizza with my loves and sitting down with a movie. Things got frustrating really quickly last night while L and I were working on her reading and I just feel terrible. So, here's to a quiet family night to usher in the weekend!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


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It's the month of LOVE! My girl, for one, is very excited for Valentine's Day. When I was younger, I remember having the same giddy excitement of what surprises lay ahead on that special day. The mantle is covered in hearts and garland and I've picked up a few love-themed books for the kiddos.

I'm looking forward to...

Valentine's Day!
The return of Shonda Thursday. Hello, quiet nights on the sofa with my guy.
A visit from Manny's little sister!
Freshening up the living room with a new chair.
Reading this book.
Leap Day! I can't say no to an extra day of life.
Helping my girl craft up her Valentine cards for school.
And, hopefully, a few more warmer days!

Monday, February 1, 2016


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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2016.

Lia: She's into Legos lately and I love watching her confidence grow as she learns to follow instructions and put things together piece by piece. Then when she's done, she "explores" for a while and listening to her play out loud in her own imaginative world reminds me so much of myself when I was young.

Nico: His version of exploring means digging into cabinets for extra bowls and utensils and figuring out new hiding places for his paci.

Saturday, January 30, 2016


It's a quiet Friday around here. I'm packing us up to take a quick weekend trip to Charlotte! I kind of wish we could extend it and really explore the city but as it is, we're in need of a mattress so we're off to Ikea. I'm not going to lie, the idea of shopping all day in a busy store with our two littles scares me a little. Positive vibes & prayers, please! But, I'm itching to eye some new fun stuff for the house and frozen yogurt, of course.

Nico is teething. I mean, they are RIGHT there and still, nothing. Poor guy is also fighting off a case of the crummies. I feel for my guy this week!

Lia is grounded this week. I hate that. I hate that I had to ground my six-year old. But I also hate the turn her attitude is taking lately. I tell myself that these should be the easy years and then I tell myself certain situations occur and things happen and sometimes, just sometimes kids struggle too.

On a brighter note, I just finished this book. I was completely hooked and I found myself reading the last chapters in a hurry, itching to find out what happened!

I plan on gabbing about it (and a lot of other things too) at book club tonight with some friends while my sweet guy picks up our boy a new carseat tonight. It's the end of an era. Or, the first year of babyhood! We're switching Nico to a rear-facing convertible seat in hopes that he'll protest his carseat a little less often.

The rest of this week was good. My sweet girl brought me flowers. There was a lunch date with my sweet guy. A solo trip to HomeGoods (!!) and I stocked up on some books at the library.

Here's to the last weekend of January!

Thursday, January 28, 2016


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I'm single-parenting it up tonight while our guy is at school. And, I've got a pile of reading to do for school which I'm going to promptly overlook so I can finish this book.

So for your reading pleasure....

Some good things around the web!

I think I'm going to make these for book club tomorrow night. Everyone likes mac and cheese, right?

I never finished her first book and now Marie Kondo has another (illustrated!) book. Fingers crossed my library stocks it!

Pinning a little inspiration for Nico's walls.

Barbie has a new look! What do you think?

One of my favorite books as a kid has been turned into a graphic novel!

On decorating with kids in the house. Lia was an easy, chill babe and worrying over furniture wasn't really something I spent too much time on. With Nico though? I'm constantly looking at everything with fresh eyes just wondering how long it takes him to realize he can knock it over/pull it down/climb on top of it. It usually doesn't take long and I feel like I am constantly "baby-proofing" things.

How to be a more mindful parent. A good, quick read I needed.

And, another good one on parenting

Here's to Thursday night, xo.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


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reading Paper Towns.

adding a few valentine touches around the house.

enjoying slobbery (and snotty) kisses from my littlest little.

laughing at the funny moments of being a mom to a six year old.

planning a guest room update.

getting into the groove of school and the schedule that goes along with it again.

excited for a weekend trip to Ikea!

working on an "organize all the photos" project.

trying to teach Nico how to walk!