Guys, the holidays are officially almost upon us. And for whatever reason (just a guess – mom guilt?) at Christmas time, I get super Type-A obsessive about making sure my holiday cards are finished early and mailed out before the serious crazy sets in. Life is insane during the holidays, and I really prefer to do tiny little things all year long in anticipation of December being the worst month of my life, in the history of ever.
ALL OF THE THINGS happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, and for some reason having my holiday cards done ahead of the choir, orchestra, and drama performances, not to mention the swim meets and candy-cane-read-a-thons and all of the homework the world has ever known, well, it makes me feel like a better human. It just does. That way I can sit back and
smugly relax and enjoy the holiday panic about everything else that needs to be done immediately, if not sooner.
This year I really do have reason to feel all extra celebratory, because it’s not even Halloween yet and my holiday cards are D-O-N-E.
Let’s talk about that for a second.
Thankfully, even though … >> find out more…
Energy bites with chocolate + pumpkin? Welcome to Tuesday. I know! Stop it. They’re healthy too!
I need confess something: I really like candy. I try to eat healthy 90% of the time, and the other 10% is my sweet tooth getting the better of me. This time of year puts me into full split personality mode. I love healthy, hearty soups and stews and leafy greens. But the flip-side? Gimme the candy. I know I’m not the only one raiding my kids’ Halloween buckets for the Snickers. And Reese’s. And Butterfingers. And anything with chocolate, nuts, nougat, or caramel.
But hey, I made some delicious Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Energy Bites which are now stowed away in my freezer for when that morning (afternoon and evening) sugar craving hits and I have to have something sweet. Preferably that includes chocolate, which these bites do. With these, I’m not going to feel guilty for having three or four at one time. No. They’re loaded with healthy, satisfying things like sunflower butter, pumpkin puree, oats, dates and pumpkin pie spice for a quick hit of energy.
Did I mention chocolate chunks? Yeah, that’s my … >> find out more…
I haven’t done a Friday news round-up for a long, long time. Mostly because I’m distract-able and life is distracting. Something along those lines, but I refuse to commit to a solid reason because I don’t really have one.
In other news, it’s Friday news round-up time! It’s probably been longer than I care to admit so I’ll remind you about what this entails: me including links of news-y stuff you might have missed on the internet and want to read because the internet is made of magic.
- Let’s get started with shirtless / never-nude / almost nude photos of David Beckham swinging on London rooftops. Don’t ask why. All I know is I love the Fug girls more than life itself and photos of David Beckham almost as much.
- I write a weekly Babble Voices column, about anything and everything. This week I wrote about how Being weird is cool, especially when you’re a girl and hear all sorts of mixed messages in your life about how to be / look / act / dress.
- Tomorrow I leave to go spend time with some of my favorite women at a photography retreat in
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You want home made wood polish? I’ve got your home made wood polish.
I’m your best friend like that.
A little while ago I needed to have the kids clean the wood floors and dust the wood furniture, (I’m a mean mom) only to discover we were totally out of wood cleaner / wood polish. I’m no Becky Home-Ec-y, sometimes we run out of cleaning products and it takes me months to notice.
Shut up, I’m busy.
Anyway, two things happened at once that day: I didn’t have time to go buy some new wood polish at the store (see above re: busy) and I realized before Lemon Pledge people were dusting and polishing their wood all by themselves with ingredients from home. So I decided I’d try making some home made wood polish, and I’ll tell you what: I liked it much better than the store bought stuff. I think
I’ll be the kids will be making natural home made wood polish from here on out.
It’s easy. Let me show you how it’s done.
Ingredients for Natural Home Made Wood Polish
(not to be confused with natural home made POLISH people, although I’m good at making … >> find out more…
It’s playlist time. Well, for me it’s always playlist time, but right now it’s time to listen to a little Fall something, something. And since I’m currently listening to a great playlist I made on Spotify, I thought I’d share what I’m loving right now. P.S. if you aren’t already on Spotify, go sign up right now. My dear friend Jane Maynard made me do it (I’ve been listening to Pandora for years) and I can’t tell you how much I love it. The basic version is free! (for the fellow cheapies like myself), and I can make playlists and listen to entire albums on demand. I can’t get enough Spotify in my life. Thanks Janey!
Maybe you’ll love this playlist, maybe you won’t. Hopefully you hear something new and interesting, and at the very least if you listen to different stuff, the neurons in your brain will fire like crazy and connect to all sorts of new neurons, and boom, you’re already smarter for having read this.
There literally are only about 2 genres of music I hate: Western (very twang-y) and death metal. I love everything else. Every type of music has a mood, and I have … >> find out more…
My family is the worst. Seriously, I love my kids but sometimes they’re just horrible.
Almost a year ago I scheduled family photos for August with the world-renowned husband and wife photography team Wendy and Tyler Whitacre from Blue Lily. I prepped my kids a year in advance by promising to lock them out in the cold if they messed up the photo shoot. Every couple of months over the year I’d
threaten remind them about the deal and how they were going to behave during said family photos.
‘We’ll be good‘ they said,
‘We’ll behave‘ they said.
If there’s anything I know by now, it’s that kids are liars. Little liars from liar-town. They know how to lie professionally. They could work for top level secret service organizations in the lie department.
Is that what it takes to survive being in a family?
Does this little man look like he’s behaving?
No. No he is not.
What about this guy?
He wasn’t (as) bad this time around, but there must be some old Russian / Polish folklore about the camera stealing your soul if you smile for a family picture. Otherwise there’s … >> find out more…
France. It’s okay I guess. If you happen to like gorgeous countryside, cold sparkling water, French men (that’s a whole post in and of itself, short story: they’re hot), cheese, delicious bread and shopping of any variety. Oh, and the south of France is the WORST. So boring and perfectly sunny with warm wave-less ocean and blue skies forever.
Basically France and Spain were a wonderland. Plural. It’s a thing.
A few months ago I went on a whirlwind 2 week trip to France and Spain with one of my very best friends, (BEST IDEA EVER) and when I came back I was so exhausted from the amazing happiness of it all, I basically took the entire summer off to dream about it by the pool.
I did manage to post about what to do on the French Riviera should you ever find yourself in Antibes, Cannes or Nice and are out of ideas (you shouldn’t be).
The short version is that France and Spain are beautiful and fun and lovely in every possible way. The long version will be laid out in a whole bunch of future posts, starting with this one. So let’s get … >> find out more…
It’s my birthday! Well, it was yesterday. I was so busy playing with friends and family I didn’t get around to writing a post, but I guarantee I’d share a piece of my red velvet birthday cake (cream cheese frosting on top) with each and every one of you given the chance. It’s sort of too late though, because early this morning dressed in my bathrobe I crammed the last bits of cake into my mouth, both elbows leaning on the counter with a fork in hand. Cream cheese frosting is no joke. I love you too much to leave you empty handed though, and today’s post is a birthday give away from me to you. Comment #37 Rachel R. is the birthday giveaway winner! Send us an email Steph so we can send a package your way! I turned 36 yesterday, so in keeping with the theme of getting one year closer to 40 (eep!) I put together a package of all my favorite things to send to one of you. 36 of them anyway. I’m pretty disappointed I can’t ship my steam shower, an ice cold Pellegrino, and a slushy Diet Dr Pepper your way. You’ll … >> find out more…