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so i know i've been MIA a little during 2011, but there has been so much happen since my last post that i needed a little time off. here's a little run down...
1. i needed a chance to get back into stay at home mom mode...
after trying (and failing) at going back to work, i needed to take a second and regroup my priorities and responsibilities around the house and trust that i've made the right decision to stay home with my kiddos. we spent a fantastic (yet super hot) summer just being a family and it was awesome!
|eating popcorn while watching the shuttle atlantis launch|
2. we celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary...
my husband and i have been together for almost 15 years and since july was our 10 year wedding anniversary, we took a weekend and celebrated "just the two of us". it was a much needed getaway! ;)
3. my son/baby started kindergarten... *tear*
my second (and last) child, my son, started kindergarten this year and it has been so much fun watching him grow up but it's also a little bittersweet since his milestone list is being marked off a little faster that i was prepared for.
|first day of school! ;)|
4. i went to switzerland...
it was so last minute, so much that i paid for the expedited passport renewal so i would have it back in time to go, but my husband's job sent him to switzerland for training for 3 weeks and i got to go too! i met him there for the last 10 days of his trip and had a blast! it was my first trip to europe and it was so amazing.
|on our way through switzerland!|
5. i turned 30...
i don't know how much explanation this needs, but this is something i'm still not sure how i feel about. there are those that take birthdays like any other day and never feel any different, and there are those that see that zero at the end of their age and instantly feel old. i don't feel really old, but i do feel a little different every time i have to say that i'm thirty and no longer in my twenties. it's a little weird...
6. my husband ended up in ICU for his heart...
this is still a little touchy for me since it only happened a few weeks ago, but long story short, my husband went to the hospital after we realized his heart was beating "off rhythm" and he was feeling some pressure in his chest. after a long night in the ER and eventually ending up in ICU, the doctors decided he needed to see a cardiologist for an "a-fib".
which brings me to my last item...
8. we have made some major lifestyle changes...
after our trip to switzerland, where all the food is fresh; and the hubs needing to change his diet and lifestyle because of his heart, we are eating and living quite differently than before. while i haven't completely cut out all fast food (ballet and soccer nights make that really hard) i have been buying lots more organic foods (especially meats and produce) and looking at the nutritional facts much more closely.
i know that this is alot to take in since i have kinda left you guys hanging, but i have full intentions on getting back to work with this blog. i have missed it and you guys so much!
(oh and don't worry, i'll give more details on the above list that is my life... i just need a second to catch up...lol)
so today is friday. and all i can think is "thank goodness!" this week has been a crazy yet awesome week to say the least. here's the rundown of how it played out...
after my daughter was sick ALL last week with strep throat, my son was sick on monday. calling in to work resulted in a "mutual separation" of sorts, so now (long story short) i am a stay at home mom again. (blessing in disguise, believe me...) but thankfully, T just had a small cold, which was easily fixed. what was even worse, though, was my hubs left on monday to go out of town on business until FRIDAY... ugh... no "feel better" hug for me...
after wallowing in my own self pity the entire day before, i woke up to having one of my designs being featured on another blog. (score #1) then i met up with one of my new favorite design clients for coffee and to deliver her new business cards. we discussed so much future work for and with her, that i completely forgot how inept i had felt the previous day. (score #2) then after a long and very successful day of retail therapy(definitely score #3) i received a phone call informing me that i had won a two night stay at the Artmore Hotel in atlanta for the weekend of Valentine's day by submitting an essay a few weeks earlier that i had COMPLETELY forgotten about! (holy crap! score #4!)
this day was a little more quiet than tuesday, but equally just as special. i met my mom and my nanny to resume (now that i'm not working anymore) our weekly lunch dates at nanny's favorite local restaurant, "Mansfields of Zebulon." they are actually an event and catering business, but serve lunch only on wednesdays, so we love to take advantage. of course the food was amazing and the company was even better. later that day, my mom took my kids to church with her and i dropped by my awesome friend Heather's house to take (a much overdue) baby shower gift (since the baby is due like NOW) and to have dinner with her and some of her other girl friends. never underestimate the power of a girl's night out, even if it is only for an hour or so... i definitely felt better by the time i left.
thursday was a bit awkward. I woke up really early and couldn't go back to sleep, so by the time the kiddos were on the bus headed to school, i was exhausted. (side note: i don't sleep well at ALL when the hubs isn't here. *tear*) but, i had a hair appointment before lunch, so no back to bed for me... i dressed and headed out for the day and just like most other women, with the major change in my life this week, i needed a major change in my hair style. so i decided it was time for bangs. so "BAM" now i have bangs. and love them, ALOT. ;) i was in an awesome mood after the salon, so it was the perfect time to swing by my "old job" and pick up my things. with as small as this town is (and me being a habitual "people pleaser") i did not go in with a frown. i walked in, quickly gathered my things, said good bye to everyone that i would actually miss, and left. i was so proud of myself for being such a "big girl". ;) i wasn't ready to head home yet, so i went by my friend/neighbor's house to spend some time with her since we had kinda drifted apart while i was working. definitely a good visit.
which brings us to...
i have done absolutely NOTHING today...lol. i got the kids off to school and went straight back to bed. i'm actually writing this post while STILL in my pajamas. and guess what... i don't PLAN to do anything today. my husband will be on his way home soon, and i don't even care about the madness that is my house. i am just so excited that he will be here soon. so i can finally get my "feel better" hug and so i can actually sleep tonight...lol. (although, i'm thinking i might go get a cupcake...)
so as random as my week has been, this weekend is going to be just as much. between my daughter's classmate's birthday party, hubby's band practice and an annual event (read: stuffy/snobby) that my husband and i have to attend, life goes on for me and my newly changed "lifestyle".
funny how things all work themselves out for the best. i would've missed so much this week had i still been "working"...
Valentine's day is almost here...
You've received your hotel confirmation, your dinner reservations are secure and you have found the perfect pair of shoes to compliment your favorite little black dress. But are you truly ready for this Valentine's weekend getaway?
If you are like me, you want to pack EVERYTHING, just in case. But then you worry about making your husband carry all those bags up to the millionth floor of your favorite hotel... just for one night.
So what to pack... Candles? No... you don't want to knock them off anything "during the night" and burn down the hotel. Those 3 extra pair of stilettos in case you change your mind at the last minute? No... make up your mind, woman, this is not a fashion show. The leather bustier with the
impossible intricately laced up back and the even harder thigh highs with garter belt? Hell, no... that mess takes longer to put on than it does to take off.
Packaged in a set of three, you can choose from their hot hipster style or their sizzling thong style. I prefer the comfort and coverage of the hipsters, but they are both equally sexy. You can also choose from a classic colors set that includes nude, black and ivory or add some "spice" with the aqua, pink and turquoise set.
Hope you have as much fun in your Affinita's Intimates as I will this Valentine's Day. ;)
I was given a set of the Packaged Panties from Affinita's Intimates in exchange for my honest opinion of this product.
Being a mom who loves pretty things, sometimes it's hard to always "follow directions". Especially when it comes to laundry. *cringe* At the moment, I can't think of anything I hate more than doing laundry... The last thing I want to do is take my time, read every single "care for instructions" and separate accordingly. And don't even get me started on "hand washing"... So you can imagine how beat up my intimates can get...
But no more. Enter the Berry Ball & Berry Bag...
This care solution set for lingerie & delicates lets you wash your bras, undies, tights, socks, swimwear (even baby?s delicates!) in the washing machine ? without them being destroyed. Buh-bye tangled and crushed bras, stretched and twisted tights, snagged bathing suits, and lost socks! By protecting your delicates in the washing machine, The Berry Ball & Bag extends the life of your lingerie wardrobe so you don?t have to frequently fork out $$ for a new one! And did we mention the power duo not only saves your wardrobe, but saves you valuable time from painstaking hand-washing ? which no one has the time for anyway? The nifty gadget is also great as a packing tool to prevent bras from being crushed during travels, as well as a convenient storage tool to keep bra cups in-tact. Available in sizes Small and Large to accommodate cup sizes 32A ? 38D, in colors Pink, Purple or Blue. - www.berryperry.com
Umm... genious, right? Yeah, well... It gets better.
This fashion must-have is priced at only $13.99!
I know it's crazy... $13.99 is WAY less than going out every few weeks to purchase that replacement bra from Victoria's Secret. So this is the one time you should ignore your husband's plea to "please stop 'saving' me money!" (or maybe mine is the only one who says that...lol)
You can purchase the Berry Ball & Berry Bag at the following online retailers:
- Comfort House - Catalog & Online Store, USA
- Skymall - Catalog & Online Store, USA
- n-fini - Online Store, USA