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Today.

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Outside My Window: The snow has been falling all night and all day – resulting in our first actual snow day of the year. Last week we had a “the roads are, like, icy” day which isn’t really as fun.

I’m Hearing: My daughter watching The Jetsons Movie (streaming on Netflix) while the dog barks at all the people out snow blowing their driveways. My ten year old boy child is next door frolicking in the white fluffy with his BFF.

28818314I’m Reading: Roseblood by A.G. Howard which came in my last Owl Crate. The timing for this one is kind of incredible because it’s kind of a modern day spin on The Phantom of the Opera, which the hubster and I are going to see next weekend. I decided the timing was too good to put off reading it and luckily it’s supremely compelling so far. YA / Fantasy readers should dig right into this one nicely.

I’m Watching: The Mary Tyler Moore Show for the first time in my life, speaking of timely. I can’t believe it took me this long to watch it consider I was already a Dick Van Dyke Show fan. And I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around her passing. If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s incredibly funny and just good tv. Also you can totally watch all the episodes on Hulu. Streaming television for the win! I’m also finally catching up on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and I have so many feels about this season.

I’m Thinking About: After school programs and summer camps and future vacations when the weather starts playing nice again. BB just finished up her ballet semester and we’re planning to put her in gymnastics in the spring. Despite being totally full plate life, I’m also looking into robotics clubs for MM, probably just a summer camp for now because life.

This summer I’m hoping to jam every last outing I can into our annual summer trip and super excited to visit new nephews and catch up with all the peeps that have the nerve to live so far away from me. I’m also debating whether to book a campground yet for our annual summer camping trip – something about snow days makes the wander lust me in kick into overdrive.

I’m Cooking: taco salad tonight thanks to my amazing hubby who is stopping at the grocery store. Tomorrow I’ll be trying one of the meals from the Hello Fresh meal delivery service that I started trying. First up will be a tortellini with kale and parmesan dish, then this weekend we’re trying Shawarma Meatballs with Bulgur and Sumac Veggies. I don’t know what that means yet but I’m excited to find out.

I’m Looking Forward To: Our last Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby this weekend. It’s the end of an era and that’s really hard to believe. Next month he’ll be crossing over the Boy Scouts. I’m also looking forward to the previously mentioned date night coming up.

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What’s in my purse?

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Carrie Willard wrote a post last week about the things in her purse and I kept meaning to snap a picture and join in the fun and then life got busy and I forgot, until today! Better late than never, right?

Here are the things I found in my purse minus a not terribly exciting receipt or two.

  1. MONEY STUFF Obviously, my wallet and checkbook. I love my checkbook case which I found on etsy a million moons ago – it’s the blue rectangle with a mustache on it.
  2. DRUG STORE The bag next to them with the glasses on the cover is actually where I store my Lactaid and allergy pills. Other medicinal objects found included Advil, tums, kids’ Dramamine for my drama queen, cherry chap stick (oh la la) and hand lotion. All the necessities for motherhood these days.
  3. SUNNIES Obviously I never go anywhere without my sunnies. The case I keep them in isn’t in the photograph, but they are prescription sunglasses, so they live in a hard case in my purse.
  4. SELF DEFENSE There is a small flashlight attached to the strap of my purse that my husband bought me to ward off predators because he doesn’t trust me with pepper spray. His theory is that the insanely bright flashlight will startle an attacker and draw attention to myself. I showed a friend how bright it was when I was telling them about it and they shrieked, so…
  5. PENS I found three pens (all Pilot G2s, my fave) and a highlighter so I am prepared for note taking situations in multiple colors.
  6. BOOK LIGHT In addition to my sunglasses, I also keep my book light in the hard plastic case so that I can read in the dark if necessary. I suppose the flashlight would also do the trick but the book light can be clipped to my book and won’t wake the dead.
  7. BOOK (OBVY) My aunt gave me a book of poems by Emily Dickinson in the photo above and I stuck it in my purse so I can read it during school pick up, etc. It’s really cool – all the poem were found on envelopes and scraps of paper, hence the title.
  8. MULTI TOOL I literally do not remember putting that Leatherman in my purse but it was a good idea – my husband always has one with him and I have moments of jealousy about all the things he can open, cut and fix while on the go. Apparently I can do those things, too, and I just didn’t remember.
  9. RIBBON I bought that spool of red ribbon for my women’s group so that I can tie a red ribbon on my bag to help new members find me at public events. It was a little bit of a failed experiment for me as the ribbon kept coming loose and eventually I took it off and always forget to put a new one on for events. I’m trying buttons now instead.
  10. What’s missing? I was surprised that there were no journals in my purse at all when I took this picture. I’ve since remedied this problem.

What’s in your purse?

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What Would The First Lady Say? 10 Quotes for Moving Forward.

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Is anyone else just exhausted with the world right now? I’m not going to get political because ugh my heart is just not hearing it right now and I think that you can already find those kinds of words on literally every corner of the internet right now.

But if you are running low on motivation and momentum and just need to hear something to pick you back up again so you can log onto Facebook without hurting somebody, keep scrolling. I’ve often found that many of the first ladies of our country’s history are the real rock stars in the White House.

I’ve found myself turning to them a lot these past few months – they are a wellspring of motivation and as I dug into the internet this morning I found loads of amazing quotes from First Ladies over the years. Here are some of my favorites:

Michelle Obama

To get yourself off the floor and moving forward.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

For when you are feeling down on yourself or feeling the need to defend your opinions.

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Martha Washington

For when you can’t seem to find that happy anywhere!

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Abigail Adams

When you find yourself in discussion with people you don’t agree with.

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Laura Bush

Because we are more united than the Media wants us to believe.

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Rosalynn Carter

For when you want to know what you can do to make a difference.

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What do your clothes say about you?

I was folding my daughter’s laundry last night and chuckling to myself over the absolute cuteness and chaos of the various patterns of leggings she has amassed lately.

Being a terribly fashionable seven year old diva, she has a lot of opinions about her wardrobe these days and other than financing her endeavors, I don’t have an awful lot of involvement over her outfit selections these days. She’s a spunky risk taker with a love for vibrant colors and sparkly patterns.

16114083_10101111748668966_3215905868438196703_nIn some ways I feel like this description doesn’t just describe her fashion sense, it describes her whole personality. Everything about my daughter is sparkly and colorful. She’s a vibrant person from her headband to her tippy toes. She laughs hard, dances always and can’t even brush her teeth without singing. She makes her own rules and lives by her own ideals – for better or worse some days!

I snapped a picture of her leggings and posted it on Instagram and Facebook, and then kept folding but I also kept thing…. If her wardrobe could be considered an extension of her personality – is the same true for the rest of the family? Does my husband have a plaid / khaki personality? Is my ten year old essentially a pile of t-shirts and running pants on the bedroom floor? What does my wardrobe say about me?

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Curiosity piqued, I went upstairs and took a picture of the blouses in my closet. If legging are the defining statement of my daughter’s wardrobe, my tops are definitely mine. And while the colors are more muted (I’m going through a black and gray season and I’m not sure if it’s because of the weather or more permanent – time will tell), I’m also really proud of this little wardrobe of mine. I’ve been working hard to curate a closet of clothes I love, even going so far as to find hangers that I love so they can have the luxe treatment while they wait for their day in rotation.

It’s true, I love a black t-shirt and the colors that sneak into my wardrobe are somewhat rare these days but I also see a closet full of shirts that are buttery soft and well fitting. They are carefully selected team players that don’t shout for attention but spend their day taking care of the not unimportant task of making me feel comfortable and well cared for while I take care of the people around me.

What do you think your wardrobe says about you?

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2017 Family Interviews.

interview-bb-2017I totally blanked and forgot to do these interviews with my kids two weeks ago for New Years – but we’re trapped inside seemingly forever because of majorly icy road conditions and I thought I’d do them now. Better late than never right?

I asked the kids specifically to use their best hand writing so they wouldn’t be too difficult to read. You might think this is excellent handwriting for a 7 year old but for my 7 year old this is indicative that she doesn’t listen to me.

Answers of note:

  • The coolest thing she learned last year was to print her letters neatly… not that she did here.
  • She doesn’t really say anything in a typical way. “Valentines gives” means “giving Valentines to all of my friends.
  • Her list of best friends is apparently only a small sampling – she verbally listed off at least six more names so if you are a mom of one of BB’s friends and you are reading this, don’t worry, she totally named your kid, too – she just ran out of room.
  • Disney princesses basically run my daughter’s life so it’s not surprising that her two current faves, Moana and Elena of Avalor were her top picks for changing her name.
  • Clearly I’m the superior parent because she loves everything about me but only “how special her father’s kisses are.” He’s good for nothing else.
  • Her favorite game is the game she last remembers playing – a board game called Shopping $pree that I won for her at a White Elephant party. So major thanks to Cheryl who brought it.

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Here’s big brother’s interview. I promise he doesn’t look nearly this evil in real life. I don’t know why he wanted to scar the internet with this terrifying self portrait.

Things of note:

  • This is actually really good handwriting for him. I thanked him profusely for putting in the effort to make it readable.
  • Where his sister will go into massive detail on every answer, MM only has time for the most basic responses. Typical boy.
  • He must really like the name James, it’s the same answer he gave last year.
  • I don’t think it’s fair that my husband gets to be the video games parent and I’m only good for my cooking.
  • I think Blue Dog Lego Running Pants would be a fun, irreverent band name.
  • Can you tell our family is really into Moana? Seriously, the whole family was hooked. Like ‘Bought the Soundtrack‘ hooked. If you haven’t seen it yet, make that a priority.
  • I find it interesting that his favorite restaurant doesn’t serve tacos or pizza.
  • Final note: I was surprised by how different their career ideas were this year compared to last. If I end up with a teacher and engineer for kids, I think I can count myself lucky but who knows maybe next year it will be ice cream taster and career vagabond.

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Here’s a link to last year’s interviews along with a free printable in case you want to use the same template to interview your kids!