Oh Hey Friday {10.24.14}

So, I have all kinds of thoughts and ideas swirling in my head, but I can’t seem to get any of them into cohesive ideas. Shall I try?

ONE

I had a great birthday and I’m so thankful for my husband, who for the first time genuinely surprised me with his gift – these Kendra Scott earrings. I NEVER would have splurged and bought them for myself, and I was shocked he remembered me liking them! Point for husband. He also remembered to help Abbie pick out a card for me (I’m a pretty big fan of cards), so another point there. Thanks, babe!

TWO

Being a Hokie football fan is hard. Really hard. After a good start to the season, we have just completely gone downhill. Last night, it was like we didn’t even show up to our own stadium. It was ugly and I couldn’t watch. The highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Oh football, why do you have to break my heart?

THREE

I am determined to get some things hung on the wall this weekend…. even if it’s only in Abbie’s room. It’s driving me crazy that we have all these things to go up and not one of them has yet.

FOUR

I got these flowers delivered from the Bouqs on my birthday (full review coming next week) and they’re cheering me up. Beautiful flowers at work tend to make you feel better about being there. Also, I’m hoping the cats don’t try to eat them when I take them home tonight. They’ve been known to do that.

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FIVE

I’ve been really really struggling with time lately. As in, not having anywhere near enough of it. We leave the house around 7 am and don’t get home until 6:30, then it’s a little bit of family time before Abbie goes to bed, getting everything ready for the next day, and bed for us. It’s exhausting, and I’ve got to find a way to get more out of my day. The good news for you is that I’ve decided to open up my sidebar spots to all of you for free until I get myself figured out. I don’t know how long I’ll be doing this for, but I would love to see your faces on my sidebar and help out my fellow bloggers. Just use code FREE and the sidebar spot will be just that! I will try to give social media shoutouts when I can, but can’t commit to that right now. So come fill up my sidebar!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

 

Abbie Jabber: Happy Birthday, Mommy!

Hi there. Abbie here. I know it’s been a while since I’ve talked to you guys, but I’ve been super busy. I got a new house, and a new room. It’s pretty cool, but it’s the same color as my last one, so that’s ok. I also got a new pink bear that I love and started wearing bows in my hair again. They’re kind of cool. Also, I really love my sparkle shoes.

Anyway, today is my Mommy’s birthday, and I wanted you to know. I kind of love her a lot, so you should wish her happy birthday too. Otherwise I’ll make grumpy faces at you.

Abbie

Happy Birthday Mommy!

Stitch Fix #4

Yep, already time for another Stitch Fix! I got one earlier this month, but opted to keep my boxes closer together so I could get another in time for my birthday. In fact, this box was supposed to arrive tomorrow (on my actual birthday!), but I was excited to see it on my doorstep two days early.

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This is my fourth fix, and I really feel like they start to “get” you the more fixes you get. This was my favorite fix yet, and I’m so torn on what to keep! I usually aim to keep 1-2 items, but I’m having a really hard time narrowing it down this time – Aileen was my stylist this time, and she did a fabulous job!

Item 1 – Margaret M Emer High Waisted Cropped Trouser

Other than my skinny jeans, I haven’t gotten any pants from Stitch Fix yet, but I was excited to see these. The color is great, they’re super comfortable, and they’re definitely appropriate for work. I wasn’t expecting to love them as much as I do – the longer I wore them, the more I liked them! I’m wearing them in all these pictures. The only thing I don’t like? They’re a bit pricey at $98, and I’m having a really hard time justifying spending that much, especially since when I lose weight, my pants size is one of the first things that changes.

Item 2 – 41Hawthorn Mattia Chain Print Mixed Material V-Neck Blouse

I adore the print of this blouse – it’s fun but still professional, and right up my alley. I loved that the sleeves were a different but coordinating material – it made it interesting. However, there was no give to the bodice of the top. Since I’m really well endowed, I run into this problem a lot. If the top had some stretch to it, it would definitely be a keeper, but right now I’m pretty sure it’s going back.

41Hawthorn Mattia Chain Print Mixed Material V-Neck Blouse

Item 3 – Zad Adrianna Circle Bib Necklace

Aileen took this straight off my inspiration Pinterest board, and I’m so glad she did! I originally saw it on Molly’s blog and loved it (you need to add her to your daily reads, by the way), so I was excited to see this in my box. It’s such a different, interesting piece and I don’t have anything like it. Pretty sure I’m keeping it.

Zad Adrianna Circle Bib Necklace

Item 4 – 41Hawthorn Rowson Colorblock Striped Sweater

When I took this sweater out of the box, I was pretty excited… it’s exactly the kind of thing I would pick out myself in a store. The colors are great, it fits well, and it’s comfortable. I think there’s no doubt I’m keeping this one.

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Item 5 – Renee C Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan

I had asked for a fun cardigan in my fix, and I love the cut of this one, but I was thinking something a bit more colorful. I already have a plain grey cardigan, so I don’t know if this is a great investment – I don’t need two! I do love the unique detail of it being longer in the front, plus it’s super comfy, but I’m leaning toward sending this back since I already have a grey cardigan.

Renee C Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan

Want in on Stitch Fix?  It’s super easy!

  • Log in to stitchfix.com and you create your style profile.  (Use my referral link pretty please!)
  • You pay a $20 styling fee (which goes toward your order), then the Stitch Fix stylists picks out  5 items for you to try on.
  • The box arrives at your doorstep.  You try them on and decide what to keep, then send back anything you don’t want.
  • Checkout online, giving feedback about what you did and didn’t like about your fix.
  • If you keep all 5 items, you receive 25% off your order.
  • You get to choose your price range, so your stylist has an idea of what you’re willing to spend.

Thoughts on my fix? I think Aileen really nailed my style with this fix and I’m pretty sure I’ll be requesting her again! Right now I’m pretty sure I’m definitely keeping the striped sweater, 90% sure I’m keeping the necklace, but undecided on everything else! Help me choose!

 

Oh Hey Friday {10.17.14}

So, I had every intention of getting this up bright and early by writing it last night… and it just didn’t happen. Such is life, huh? I am so so excited to see Friday (as always), so let’s get to it.

ONE

I want to say thank you to everyone who left a suggestion on yesterday’s post. Last night went much better since we allowed her to bring a book to bed with her. Yet another reason I love blogging – not sure we would have thought to that on our own. It was a much calmer bedtime last night than the last two, and I’m so thankful. I hated putting Abbie to bed with both of us in tears!

TWO

I got new, bigger monitors at work today, and it’s pretty much the highlight of my week. SO much easier to work with, and it’s going to spoil me. Also, I need new pictures for my desk.

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THREE

This week was really hard for me, food and fitness wise. For the first time since I got my Fitbit in January, I didn’t even think about my step goals. I instead concentrated on getting more sleep and trying to recharge myself, which was good, but my weight has suffered as a result. I’m hoping the motivation of my birthday coming up will help me get my butt in gear and get back to it. I’m seeing numbers on the scale I haven’t seen in months, and I’m anxious to get rid of them again. It’s been a pretty major slipup and I’m hoping it’s over.

FOUR

I found out American Girl is bringing back Samantha (aka my favorite doll ever and the one I wanted as a kid and never got), and I’m pretty excited about it. It almost makes me want to buy Abbie one, even though she’s still too young for it. Almost.

FIVE

My birthday is on Wednesday… 31 here I come!

 

Have a great weekend! Linking up with these ladies!

 

Sometimes Toddlers are Jerks

They just are. I don’t really know what has possessed Abbie lately, but she’s been a giant pain some days. Especially at bedtime. The worst part? She’s not old enough for me to explain that she’s hurting my feelings… but she still hurts them. Sometimes toddlers are just jerks.

Abbie has had basically the same bedtime routine since before I went back to work after maternity leave, just tweaked over time. When she was a baby, it was bath, nurse, bed. Then nursing was replaced with a bottle when she decided she was done nursing. Then we added in reading stories, and eventually she didn’t want the bottle. Nearly all of those changes were Abbie’s decisions – one day, she wouldn’t nurse. One day, she wouldn’t take the bottle. Overall, I’ve been okay with it, but now she’s trying something I’m just not okay with.

She doesn’t want me to read her stories anymore. She wants to do it herself.

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I’m having a really hard time with it, and it’s something I really can’t accept. For over a year now (since sleep training), Abbie has gone to bed with no issues, no crying, and a kiss goodnight. The last two nights? She’s been screaming when we put her in her crib… because she wants to keep looking at her books. I definitely don’t want her to think she can’t have her books – we are definitely a family of readers – but bedtime is bedtime, and I miss my sweet routine with my girl. It was always the best part of my day.

So, now I’m wondering what, if anything, to do. Is it a phase she’ll grow out of? Do I need to switch up her routine? Is it time to go to a toddler bed (even though she’s never tried to climb out of the crib) so she can climb in with her books and I can turn the light out? I don’t know the answer. All I know is I want to keep reading to my little girl. Stop growing so fast, bug. Mama can’t keep up.