Freckles in April: May 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Recent Reads*

*I'm sorry,now that I've started with the alliterative titles I can't stop.

Once upon a time I was a seriously avid reader. Stinky was the type of kid who liked to sit quietly and play with his toys while I also sat quietly in the same room but didn't bug him. It was an ideal situation for consuming mass quantities of books. Then Baby 2 was born and he likes to reaffirm over and over and over again that he is not his brother and that means I've read like 4 books this year. Baby 2 has destroyed easily twice that many while I was going potty.

But if there is one person who can make me carve out some real reading time it's Liz Lemon.


One of the fun things about being a mom to small children is that they like to laugh when anyone else is laughing, even if they have no idea what is going on. So every time I busted out laughing at Tina Fey's new memoir, Bossypants, my kids would start giggling too. It made for a very jolly afternoon.

Best 'Holy What It's Like She's In My Head' moment:
While people around me start to relax, I keep my eyes on the sea, waiting to be rocketed into it on a wave of fire. I'll be ready for it to happen and that way it won't happen. It's a burden, being able to control situations with my hyper-vigilance, but it's my lot in life. (pg 96-97)

I actually wrote a post on my old blog about how sometimes I have to stay up all night because it is only my hyper-vigilance that is keeping us from getting murdered in our beds. True story.

Best 'Oooh, I Maybe Need a Poster With That' moment:
When faced with sexism or ageism or lookism or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: "Is this person in between me and what I want to do?" If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. (pg 144)

So applicable to so very many things.

Generally quite funny and tightly written with a few swear words and vulgarities to make you wonder if your mom knows what you're reading these days.

I'll Mature When I'm Dead: Dave Barry's Amazing Tales of AdulthoodMy in-laws are big-time readers and are very generous with the books they've finished, which means my father-in-law handed me Dave Barry's I'll Mature When I'm Dead at the same time as Bossypants and admitted he found the former more entertaining.

Dave Barry did earn more laughs per page. He pretty consistently hits it out of the park for me and this one was no exception. He does funny mixed with irreverence mixed with a little bit of sweetness so very well. His writing is short essay style, which is great if you're, say, a young mom with kids who are constantly interrupting and needing things from you (so inconsiderate). You can put the book down and pick it back up and not lose the thread of the story because there isn't one. It's like a really well written blog, come to think of it.

A part that I loved (mostly because I've seen it happen):
...[Y]our baby is around three months old. He or she will be lying on his or her back, making random baby movements and sounds, as though communicating with invisible space aliens. Suddenly, you and your baby will make eye contact, and something will pass between you. Then you will lean over, and-- as millions of fathers have before you-- you wil place your mouth on your baby's belly and blow in such a manner as to make a sound like a musk ox breaking wind. this will have a profound effect on your baby. This will strike your baby as the funniest thing that he or she has experienced in his or her entire life. Your baby will laugh, and it will be the purest and best laugh you ever heard. You will laugh, too, and you will have no choice but to re-flatulate the baby's belly, and your baby will think it's even funnier the second time. So you'll do it again, and again, and again, and it will get funnier every time. You and your baby will be laughing and drooling like a pair of morons. Which you are, but in a good way.
Pretty sure the term "re-flatulate" is going to make its way into our household vocabulary.

What are you reading these days? Anything worth ignoring my children for??

FTC Disclosure: clicking on affiliate links from my blog and making an Amazon purchase may result in me making a few cents. 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Awkward Faces Ahead

Wearing Spotted Moth top (gift), JCPenney skirt, Steve Madden shoes, Target watch, gifted earrings

Remember when I Wed Wanted this top? My wonderful mother-in-law called me a couple hours after that post went up and told me it was my birthday present. They're so good to me. I love love love it.

I try not to repeat outfits too often but I can tell you right now this one will likely get once a week type play. Comfortable, lightweight and easy.

And now I think I need to spend a couple hours online shopping for short sleeved silk blouses. Pretty much my new favorite thing.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Some Beauty Science

image credit

Brittany of Pintucks and Ruffles sent me an e-mail the other day and I had to share her brilliance.
I did a little research, and you can add just a dab of coconut scented conditioner to your sea salt spray (great recipe, by the way!  I just started using it and love it!).  Unlike the hair gel, the quality of the conditioner hardly matters at all.  It just adds the scent and helps to counteract a little bit of the stickiness that you're getting with a cheaper hair gel.

I've been DYING to replicate the awesome coconut scent of my original sea salt spray in my DIY version but wasn't sure how. Now I know.

BUT THEN! She emailed me again. As it turns out, she used to be a chemistry teacher and she has knowledge I lack to explain just WHY my fav sea salt spray is so stinking awesome.

So, salt has the ability to hold water (which is why some people swell or get puffy if they eat too many salty foods and why your salt will start to stick together if you live somewhere humid).  So basically, the salt grabs water molecules and these water molecules become embedded between the molecules of your hair, producing extra volume, (again, just like eating salty foods).  BUT, since the water molecules are attached to the salt, it doesn't cause the frizziness that humidity sometimes does.  AND with the salt in your hair, it will grab the moisture in the air and prevent it from adhering to your hair molecules, further preventing frizziness.  Brilliant.  (The technical term for this is hygroscopy.  Just in case your word of the day calendar is expired.)

There you go people. Hygroscopy is why the sea salt spray makes your hair look fabulous. And now you know.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Woe is Me

Right this very moment I SHOULD be site seeing in New York with Janssen and  Erica. My bags were all packed and ready to go on Tuesday night (and yes, I was going to NY for 4 days with just a backpack thanks to WEEKS of careful outfit planning).

The duplo block was not coming with me, despite its attempts to weasel its way into my bag.

Instead, I'm staring at this:

Baby 2 has pneumonia. Again. Or maybe still? The doc speculated that he never really got over it the first time (which makes sense. He hasn't really been well ever since he was in the hospital) so we're on round two of antibiotics and fever maintenance with the bonus fun of breathing treatments (I especially love doing those at 3 am).

And of course this all had to happen right as I was supposed to be getting on a plane to go on a vacation I'd only been looking forward to for months.

To ease my pain, Aaron consented to a long overdue family road trip up to Utah the first week of August. So, Utah people! Shall we have a playdate or something?

eShakti Review

Ever since I first heard of eShakti I was in love with the idea behind the business. You can order clothing normally by size or, for a small fee, get it customized. You can add sleeves, lower a hemline, raise a neckline, get something custom made for your measurements. Great idea, right? Especially if you're trying to stay a bit more covered.

But then I ordered a few things from them and wasn't really impressed. Ages ago I mentioned in a post that my experience with eShakti had been hit and miss. And, if we're being honest, it had been more miss than hit and I decided I was over it.

Then, a few months ago, I got an e-mail from an eShakti rep saying they found my blog through a Google search and wanted a shot at changing my mind. I said sure, why not.

To make a long, boring story short, a nonworking link, a couple unanswered e-mails and two months went by and I wrote them off all over again.

And then, much to my surprise, I heard from them again and they finally shipped me my dress. Except, even though I gave them my current address, they shipped it to my old address, which must have been on file from my previous orders. Fortunately, the package eventually made it to my friend's house down the street (thanks, Becky!) and I was able to go pick it up.

So, you could maybe imagine why my hopes were not particularly high for this dress.

But then-

Ignore the crazy face.

I love it. The color is perfect and saturated (and totally MY color). The dress is fully lined and substantial. The fabric feels lovely (at family dinner my mom and grandma and I were all oohing over it).

Plus, POCKETS. My chapstick never has to leave my side.

Aaron commented that it looks like a really nice dress. Rather than order by size, I gave them my measurements and the fit is just about perfect, which is rare for me because my shape is weird (I have no waist). The neckline was initially a smidge too low (which I would have had them alter but I didn't know until it arrived. It's so hard to tell from pictures of just the item and not on a model) but I easily fixed it in 2 minutes by moving the shoulder buttons.

I am a little sad that this particular dress didn't have the option of adding sleeves. I assume it's because of the button detail on the shoulders. A lot of their other dresses do have the option though.

Wearing dress c/o eShakti, Target cardi and watch, Steve Madden heels via Last Chance, gifted earrings

FTC Disclosure: I received no compensation for this review but eShakti did provide the dress

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Whole Foods Recipe: Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie

Smoothies seem like they SHOULD be easy. Throw a bunch of fruit in a blender. Maybe add some yogurt or something.

And YET! They are not so simple. Most of the times I have tried to wing it the results have been inedible. Maybe that's just me?

Anyway, I love when people post their smoothie recipes. So when this recipe popped up on Perry's Plate (a fantastic recipe blog filled with all kinds of yummy, healthy recipes) I was like, BINGO.

And OH do I love this smoothie recipe. It tastes like summer in a glass. On my birthday, Stinky asked for some watermelon with his lunch but I only had enough left for one more smoothie. So I said no.

(Stop judging me, it was my birthday!!)

I love this recipe as-is but it's pretty filling so I occasionally use it as an my whole breakfast. When I do that, I feel like I need to add a few extras to round it out. I pour out half and give it to Aaron (he hates that I'm always adulterating our food in order to make it healthier) and add a half cup of greek yogurt and a good handful of spinach. It's still delicious and I get in a veggie and some protein.

Also, the original recipe calls for 1 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger. Me and ginger have a weird relationship in that I think it tastes like soap (I think something in my brain got wired weird with that one) so I don't add it. But I'm sure a lot of other people would love it.

Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie
From Perry's Plate

3 cups watermelon
2 cups strawberries (I use frozen)
Squeeze of fresh lime 

Blend (it's easier if you put the watermelon on the bottom). Enjoy!

Looking for another refreshing drink for summer? Try my recipe for (real!) Hawaiian punch!

Find all of our favorite family recipes on Pinterest.


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Unluckiest Day Ever

Wearing Old Navy shirt (free from church swap), JCPenney skirt, Target flats, bangles from Last Chance

A couple weeks ago the camera on my new phone stopped working. I tried updating the software, restarting, etc. and it still just wouldn't work. A few of the apps also stopped working so I finally decided to just take it back to the AT&T store where I bought it.

I threw the kids in the car and we went to the mall. I was texting with Erica before I left and I got another text as I was about to walk in the doors. As I pulled out my phone it slipped and I dropped it face down on the concrete sidewalk.

Completely shattered the screen.

The people at AT&T would have been able to replace my phone because of the camera issue, but the shattered screen voided the warranty.

And that is how it came to be that I had a woe is me moment and maaaaybe shed a tear or two at the mall when I called Aaron to tell him about it.

On the plus side, hello ruffled shirt!

And the down side, not my best hair day (if we're being honest, I should have washed it. Oh well).

On the plus side, the wonderfully talented and super sweet Caitlin sent me a print and it was such a nice surprise on an otherwise cruddy day. Bless her.

On the plus side again, new shoooooes.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Wednesday Want

I think that my blog is secretly a really long, drawn out love letter to my Tom's wedges. I wear them constantly and talk about them pretty frequently too. My life changed for the better when I saw those blue and white striped beauties gracing the pages of Real Simple magazine.

Tom's just released a bunch of new styles and...well...take a gander, lovies.

And yes, I just took a screen shot of their new arrivals section because posting each of those individually would have been a pain. There are also several pairs above these that I love too but they didn't fit.

But can we talk about the detail on the stitchouts? And THE WEDGES. I want every single pair (except for the Ivory because my pale yellow Toms are a beast to keep clean. I can't imagine the upkeep on that Ivory pair) (and also I'm not sold on their cordones, even though they look ridiculously comfortable).

But seriously. Do you not die?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Wearing Old Navy shades, Gap shirt, JC Penney jacket, Gap jeans, Toms shoes, Target watch, gifted earrings
Today was gloriously overcast, windy and cool in a way I can't even hope to see for another 6 months or so. When I put the babies down for naps I decided to go location scouting.

Sometimes I forget that I live somewhere AWESOME. Plus, these spots were super secluded, which led to me being a little more...well...

Yeah. I'm giving you model face.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Fashion Blogger (for a day): RA

Fashion Blogger for a day

Sometimes asking people to guest post is a little scary. Since I try to pick non fashion bloggers I sometimes only have a general sense of someone's style from their blog and then I have to cross my fingers that they come through for me.

Fortunately, asking RA of Definitely RA was totally stress free. I haven't met her in person, but she hosts Mission: Put Together and I've been able to see a lot of her outfits. She rocks at perking up a basic outfit with an awesome accessory or pair of shoes. She commented once that her philosophy is "throw on a red necklace." Brilliant, right?


I don’t really consider myself fashion-forward, but I have always managed to be neat and presentable. Within the last few years, I finally figured out the key for me: fun accessories.

Accessories are great! I love them because they are

  • An injection of color or shine --- and by extension, interest --- to an outfit,
  • A lot cheaper than clothing, and
  • A low-commitment way to try a trend.

Best of all, no one can tell the difference between a pricey item and a knock-off. Here are some ideas on how to dress up a basic outfit with a combination of a few bright accessories.

I’m using this outfit as a base (super big thanks to my very patient husband, who manned the camera):

T-shirt and jeans: Gap; earrings: Kate Szabone; ruffle flats: Me Too via Marshall’s

I think it’s safe to assume that we all have this outfit, more or less, at home. To me, it meets minimum expectations. Everything is clean and fits. It’s all neutral, so nothing clashes. Sure, I’ll run errands like this. There’s nothing wrong here, but there’s not much going on.

Here’s what I’m using to jazz it up:

Clockwise from top left:

Let’s see how my outfit changes with the addition of each accessory.

Ah, much better! One addition makes a huge difference. It’s a lot of of impact for not a lot of effort. Now, what if I mix and match?

From left to right, we have:

  • Flats + earrings
  • Flats + necklace
  • Flats + earrings + scarf
  • Flats + scarf + necklace (masquerading as a bracelet)

Much more intriguing now, right? The eye has a few places to land because there are more points of interest. Instead of a flat landscape of black and denim, pattern and color perk up the outfit. Accessorizing takes only a teeny bit more time, but it doesn’t make the look any less comfortable or affordable, and it really boosts the overall impression. 

(Side note: I hardly ever wear bracelets because they clang against my keyboard at work, but in the process of brainstorming this post, I figured out that looping a necklace around my wrist makes … a bracelet! So fun for the weekend! Did everyone else know this? Why didn’t anyone tell me?!)

When I began outlining this post, I started with a lot more accessories, like patterned flats, a multi-strand necklace, a bright bag, a skinny belt, a solid scarf, and a long necklace. Then I did the math and realized that I’d have to take roughly 30 bazillion pictures. After the subsequent endless photo shoot, my husband would never want to speak to me again, and then Kayla would rue the day she asked me to guest-post as she uploaded those 30 bazillion pictures. Plus, I didn’t want to give the impression that you need to spend tons of money and have lots of stuff, because you really don’t. 

So! I pared things down. The accessories I chose are ones I especially like and wear the most often. Keep in mind that they are just representative of larger categories: big earrings, chunky jewelry, patterned scarf, and bright flats. If you don’t like red, choose another color. If you prefer gold over silver, go for it. If you are not a scarf person, try a long necklace. If you are crafty, I bet you can make a necklace or bracelet fairly easily or even use a fabric remnant to make a scarf. It’s less about following a formula and spending a lot of money and more about finding items you really like that make you feel confident and add interest to your everyday looks. 

Happy accessorizing!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Sunday Share

It's amazing that the Civil Rights movement wasn't actually all that long ago. My dad isn't that old and it was in his lifetime (although, he was like...1). My mom sent me a CNN article this week about James Zwerg and the Freedom Riders in 1961.

From the article:
[Zwerg] was drawn to the Freedom Rides after he was assigned a black roommate while attending Beloit College in Wisconsin. He grew to admire his roommate and was shocked to see how the young man was treated by whites when they went out in public together. So he volunteered to be an exchange student at Fisk University in Nashville, an all-black college, for one semester. He wanted to know how it felt to be a minority.

This guy and so many like him were seriously brave. He thought he would lose his life but he pressed on in a cause he believed in. Go check it out.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Lemon Glaze

My friend Kristi contacted me a few weeks ago about building a blog for her. She liked my redesign and wanted me to help her put together a new recipe blog. I love the way it turned out...she chose a great palette for a recipe blog and I'm excited to see all her new recipes.

Check it out!

P.S. As it turns out, I kind of love designing blogs. Interested in revamping your blog? Email me for rates!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Oh Hey, I'm Alive

H&M shirt, N&Co dress, Steve Madden sandals via Marshall's, headband by me, earrings were a gift

Aaron loves pink and he loves long skirts. Thus, as you might imagine, he was head over heels for this outfit. Mostly I was just proud of myself for getting dressed. We pretty much kept Kleenex and Nyquil in business this week, my friends. I'm so glad this week is over.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A Few of My Favorite Things

On my old blog someone asked me what products I couldn't live without. When I really thought about it, the only product that I might shrivel up and die if I was deprived was Chapstick. I swap brand loyalty occasionally (I had a brief affair with Burt's Bees) but I usually return to regular old Chapstick brand (in the black wrapper, please).

There may be only one thing that I can't live without but there are still a whole lot of products I really like. Which I will now share with you because me and the whole fam have been really sick this week and I've barely stepped out of my yoga pants so I have nothing else to talk about today.

1. Makeup primer that isn't really makeup primer

I know you've played "would you rather.." and had to decide between always being hot or always being cold. I much prefer being hot BUT I prefer the way my makeup looks when I'm cold. Heat makes my face melt. It's a sad state of affairs.

I was reminded of this recently when temps went up here in our lovely desert home. I was seriously considering plunking down real cash to try real makeup primer when I remembered this awesome post on New to Us. I made a quick trip to CVS and $9 later I am converted. My makeup sticks around all day and I require zero powder touch ups. Magic!

2. A Face Brush

When I was pregnant with Baby 2 my skin freaked. the eff. out. I was actually kind of embarrassed to go in public, it was that bad. I had bookmarked Clarisonic like a year before but couldn't justify the price tag. Then Holly posted about it and I made a decision. I marched into Aaron's office and said, "I need my Christmas present early. This is what you're getting me. Thank you, I love it." And then I marched back out and ordered one from (they occasionally have 20% off sales, which is why I bought it right then).

I wish I could tell you that it magically solved all my skin problems, but I do still have off days. BUT! My skin is way better. WAY better. I am a believer.

3. Hair Oomphers

CATWALK by Tigi: ROOT BOOST SPRAY FOR TEXTURE 8.5 OZMy hair is sad when left to its own devices. I discovered Tigi Root Boost before my sea salt spray and it was my one hair product for a long time (I like to keep things simple). Then my sea salt spray entered my life and when the two come together ("with our powers combined...") it's hair magic.Well, as magic as my hair can be. I mean, I'm no Whoorl, but I get by (seriously, check out her hair in that pic).

While I do love me some chemical laden beauty products, we ARE trying to go a little more natural where we can. Aaron's brother turned us on to Dr. Bronner's castile soap and we love it. We have the peppermint and the smell is divine. I also just ordered some organic coconut oil so we can try making our own deodorant. Yes, we are going there. I've also heard it makes a great moisturizer (the oil, not the deodorant), so I'm excited to try that as well.

What are your favorite products? Do you have any natural/organic suggestions to help me break my dependency on my chemical versions?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Wednesday Want

My sister and I went to the mall last week while she was here visiting and I saw this skirt on a mannequin and grabbed the nearest sales associate I could find because WHERE IS THAT SKIRT??

It was absolutely darling on. It's chambray, even though the picture makes it look like..not chambray, and as I mentally ran through my closet I realized it would go with almost everything I own. Sadly, I was out of cash and had to leave it behind. I'm just kind of waiting for my allowance to refresh next month and then I'm going to go back and hopefully grab it (maybe even on sale?).

BUT! It is available online for $25 (it was $36 in the store!). Plus, if you go through ebates, you get an extra 12% back (if you're new to ebates, check out Janssen's post here).

ALSO! Bonus Wed Want:

I follow Spotted Moth on Twitter and on Monday they tweeted about how their FRECKLE (!!) Messenger Bag is back in stock. And you know I have a moral obligation to share all things Freckles.

Aaron has a laptop bag that looks a lot like this that I keep plotting to steal but maybe I'll just get this one for myself instead!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


My post earlier today was NOT calling anyone out for taking pictures or whatever from my blog.

I keep getting these apologetic e-mails, but if you just grabbed one of my pictures and posted it on your blog with a link then you're FINE. I should thank you, actually, since it's kind of like you're doing PR for my blog.

I'm talking about people who copy and paste entire tutorials or huge blocks of text. To my knowledge, no one has done that from my blog. If they did, I would contact them. If you haven't heard from me then you have used my pictures in an approved manner.

Carry on.

PS I'm getting a NIECE!!

On Being a Gracious Blogger

via pinterest

Blogging is such an interesting form of writing. It has the readership potential of a newspaper or magazine without the filtering benefit of an editor. There is no one setting any kind of specific expectations or standards for how things should be done which leads to a very eclectic mix.

It takes a long time to learn the ins and outs of blogging. After 5 years in the blogworld I feel like I've got a decent handle on the digital niceties and social mores. Allow me to share what I've learned.

A. If you host a guest blogger, write them an introduction and then let them have the spotlight.

Writing an intro for your own guest post is painful. Reading self introductions on guest posts is painful. If you are hosting a guest blogger who is providing you with quality content for your blog with no effort from you then the least you can do is write them a three sentence introduction.

Also, if at all possible, let your guest post be the only thing you put up that day. Anything you have to say can probably wait until their guest post has sat at the top of your blog for 24 hours.

B. Lay off the copy and paste.

Did you know that bloggers own a copyright on all their original content? It's true. All the pictures, words, tutorials, etc. on a person's blog legally belong to them. Therefore, copying and pasting stuff from someone else's blog without permission is technically stealing but I still see it all. the. time. If someone posts something you enjoy and would like to share on your own blog, follow these steps-

1. Ask permission to share their content. This is a good place for flattery.

2. Post only a picture, short snippet or quote from the original. Just give your readers a little teaser to get them interested.

3. Add a link directing your readers to the original if they'd like to see the rest.

C. Be kind.

Use your blogs for good. Be kind to others in your commenting and your posting. Strive to be among those who are inspirational and beautiful. You are entitled to your opinions. You are entitled to write about them. But please be respectful in your writing. Be respectful when you disagree. Take the high road when someone else doesn't.

And people may disagree with me on this one but I hate the practice of eviscerating mean commenters. I think it makes the person look petty. When someone just lets it slide or replies in a thoughtful, respectful manner I think, "Wow, that right there is a class act."

D. Link to people you mention.

If you're talking about someone who has a blog or website, link to them. Forgetting every once in a while is an honest mistake (I know I've done it), but failing to do so on a regular basis is lazy and a little rude. People like to be recognized and your readers like to put faces to names.

E. Leave thoughtful comments.

I've gotten a fair number of comments from people who were obviously here for 10 seconds with the sole purpose of self promotion. They left comments to the effect of, "Nice blog! Come follow mine!" or there was this one time I wrote about being sick and how I had a cruddy morning and someone commented, "Sounds like a lovely day! Come check out my giveaway!" These comments make me feel stabby.

You have every right to promote your blog but that is the wrong way to go about it. READ people's posts. Leave thoughtful comments. Insert a simple link to your blog (<a href="your link">your text</a>)and leave it at that. If you have good content then the followers will come on their own.

What am I missing? Any other tips for being a gracious blogger?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fashion Blogger (for a day): Makana

Fashion Blogger for a day

Makana is a new bloggy friend. Over the past few weeks we've been bonding through email over shared Hawaii connections (we both hiked Maunawili Falls on our honeymoons!) and fashion love. I think she's darling and has a great sense of humor (her pics for today made me laugh out loud).


Well howdy ya'all
yessum, I am the Momma-Kana from Texas is for Lovers. California born, Hawaiian-bred mommy-of-1. 
I am so tickled to be here. I first met Kayla in Nursery. She stole my animal crackers. It's been a sore spot for many years but I am ready to forgive and strut what my momma gave me as fashion blogger for today. 
(ok, so maybe we haven't even really met in person but I am not admitting anything)

For me, how I look plays a part in how I feel. I know, it is shallow. But if you feel that way too go ahead and raise your hands. Hmm... quite a few of you. I KNEW IT! 
But it is also fun right? Being able to know that you look great? As a mommy and as a mormon, my to-do list is very long and for me it starts somewhere around 6am and ends around... oh, NEVER! 

And I would not trade it for anything. Well, maybe a Bazillion dollars so don't tempt me kay?

I like to mix and match and I like to spend money but I can't. Hence the re-mixing and attempts at sewing. But one thing I do know how to do is work it. Yes, WORK IT! You need to feel confident in who and what you are. And by smiling and having good posture, you can wear about anything and look great. Well, that is my theory at least. So, here are some fun pictures. Enhoy

Key items:
Red Lipstick
Wide leg jeans
A purse or two you LOVE
Some fun head accessories

and a must as a mom in Texas (read constant humidity of 60% or more)
light weight, MODEST and washable clothes

I love plato's closet, making old jeans into shorts and wearing tall shoes. So, what are YOUR must have's?
I am really honestly curious. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Sunday Share

I hate discussing politics and "issues." It gets too heated and confrontational most of the time and I do. not. like. confrontation. So I thought long and hard before posting this but ultimately decided to share because this article made me bawl. These guys originally planned on only adopting one kid and ended up with twelve. It may be an unconventional home but it sounds like a really loving one.

2 gay dads, 12 happy kids.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Wearing Target cardi, necklace and watch, Old Navy tank and shoes, skirt by me,

I really wanted to wear heels with this outfit but we were going to the park and sometimes I just have to go with sensible footwear. Even if it makes me feel stubby.

And also, sorry for the crazy posting over the past couple days. Blogger went down for a good long while and lost posts and then posted things and changed the dates on one of my posts and it was weird. But the bug seems to be worked out. I think. I'm still missing comments.

ALSO. I have joined the current century and finally got one of those tweet account things. And yes I am (sort of vaguely) aware of how it works. Maybe. Probably.
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