Thursday, August 25, 2016

On This Day: 8-25

I did my nails for the first time in I don't even know how long. It's the little things, right?

Self care is something that so easily gets lost in the shuffle when you have to take care of all the other things. It sure did for me this summer. So now I'm easing back into myself. I started this morning with a little manicure.

Squint when you look at it because it's not perfect. And neither am I. And that's okay. But it's important to keep trying. Not run from challenges. Stand up, deep breath, best face forward and march into the unknown that each day brings.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

B is for Bubbles

When I was a kid, things were pretty easy. It was the 70s. Things weren’t as unhygienic as they appeared on Stranger Things (seriously; everything looks like it needs a good washing on that show), and while I avoided taking a bath when my mom told me I needed to be clean (fine; maybe some things were unhygienic), I loved to take bubble baths with Mr. Bubble because that made bath time fun.

Rest assured, I learned to appreciate hygiene as I entered double-digits.

Fast forward to adulthood; after a good year or so of dorm life (thanks to the USAF), I got married, moved into an apartment and had a bathtub of my very own. After all of that dorm life, I was ready for Calgon to take me away. But as I stood in the grocery store and looked over the bubble bath offerings, nothing looked or smelled or felt just right. Until I picked up that pink bottle and took a sniff for old times’ sake… and that’s the bottle that landed in my cart.

So when the people at Mr. Bubble reached out and asked me to review some products from their new Luxe line, just the suggestion made my nose tingle in anticipation of that iconic smell. The products were provided to me, but the opinions shared herein are all mine.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

On This Day: 8-23

It's back to school! Back to school! [yawn] back to school. Yep.

Around here, that means waking up before the crack of dawn and shuttling them out the door to the bus before the sun comes up and that's about when I finish my first cup of coffee and try to wrap my head around the fact that I'm awake so early.

Too early for pictures of sunrises, I've devolved into taking pictures of my coffee cups.

I call this one "Wonder Woman Needs a Refill."

Back to school is great—the kids are thrilled (though they might tell you otherwise) to get the spend the day away, learning and doing and being independent and seeing their friends. I get to have time to clean the house and write and edit without interruptions every five minutes.

To the parents of toddlers, I hate to break it to you, but that pretty much never goes away. I still can't pee in peace.

Well, when they're at school, I can. But then the dog walks down the hall, heaves a sigh and sits so her paws stick under the crack in the door.

We pal around during the day, some days looking around the quiet house and counting down to when the kids come home and fill the house with their specific energy.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Overachievers

That's his band name, my kid. The band isn't so much a band as it is an exercise he has to do for the class he didn't want to take.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

My Strange Addiction

It's the first day of school today, so naturally I went to the office supply store yesterday. No, the kids' school supplies have been bought and stashed and at the ready for them. I went to the office store to buy myself some pens.

Because when life gives me stress (and a sales flyer that shows PaperMate Flair pens for half off), I get my ass to the office store to buy them. And some giant Post-It Notes. And a posterboard that has a dry erase finish. And markers to use on it.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Thank you, Olympics

I was skeptical. It was the Zika and all the other stories about what was wrong in Brazil. Even the opening ceremonies—those commercial-heavy hours of disjointed coverage we were given—did not leave me with good feelings about what was to come.

And then it happened. The best of humanity showed up and stole the show. People from all walks of life came together. Competitors cheered for one another and hugged one another. Records were broken. Americans showed up and showed the world what is amazing about our country... and (spoiler alert) it ain't politics.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

8-10: On This Day

First of all—let me tell you, last night's dinner was a hit. Roast in a crock pot with vegetables that the kids actually ate without complaint. That's partly because I used a crock-pot liner and it was easy clean up for them and partly because of the potatoes.

Except for a few fried exceptions (tots, hash browns and fries), my kids hate potatoes.

Maybe it was the influence of The Martian and Mark Watney, but they were happy to eat them last night. I'm not concerned with why. I'm just calling this one a win for Mom.

Last night I walked around the house and snapped a few pictures of the nature that isn't trying to kill me. The summer is hot and happily progressing to fall.

These flowers are the plant version of me when it comes to the heat. Seemingly overnight they went from lush and thriving to over it. Kind of like me. I started the summer strong, I did my best to enjoy the heat, but now I'm pretty much over it.

These roses weren't my first choice for the flowerbeds, but they've proven to be hardcore. They've flowered in the heat, cold, damn and dry. I'm not a fussy plant person and I didn't have much hope in them, but these guys are tougher than they seem. Respect.

The oaks are getting ready for the fall. This makes me giddy. The tress know it's coming. Acorns are cropping up all over the place, plus those ball things that the ash tress are currently sprouting. Those don't excite me as much, I'm just thinking about how many of them my dog (she of the sensitive stomach) will eat. But with these acorns popping, maybe the squirrels will give the feeders a break.

Ahh, the clouds. Didn't realize this one was fuzzy but they were so pretty and the air was lighter than it's been in days. The sky here is big, the clouds are always changing.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

8-9: On This Day

Up early, breakfast, lunch and dinner all made before 8am. I'm dreading the start of the school year in two short weeks if only because it means an 0530 wake up. As it is now, I'm dragging myself to consciousness at 0630. I was not meant for such things.

But, silver lining, this will be perfect by the time I get home from work. And I've got my lunch packed to bring with me. I hope I didn't pack raw eggs or anything, I was still really tired and only halfway into my first cup of coffee.

And if you want to read more, I posted over at the Oklahoma Women Bloggers yesterday.

Monday, August 08, 2016

At Home Budget Makeover

Earlier this summer, I was invited to the grand opening of a new At Home store in my area for a sneak preview of the store in exchange for a post about it. I love to write about the things I love, so this wasn't even something I had to think twice about. All opinions and ideas herein are my own because my opinions and ideas are not for sale.

In June, I did a mini porch makeover with a few items from At Home because the porch is pretty much my favorite place in my house. I spent under $20 on things including pillows and a rug that have made my porch even more pretty. But the porch has got some competition now that I've finished my bedroom makeover.