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Wordless Wednesday 10/26

crafts, party planning, puppies who don't feel so great and an amazing little girl...

I found a new hobby... maybe I am on to something?

ouchies... spider bites are the worst

taking good care of her puppy

this is love

Friday Wrap-up & Friday Favorites

It's incredible how everything seems to zip by lately. I can barely keep track of the days and have come to the conclusion that mom life moves at abnormal speeds.

My little one turning 1 year old in less than 3 weeks. I am not ready for this! But... I have to be. So, I've been spending the past week going over invites, RSVPs, calling caterers, making decorations, buying party favors for children and trying to find the perfect outfit for my princess. I think I am almost there... almost.

The last week has been a mixed bag of "eureka!" moments and "oh, snap!" realizations. I've got some pretty cool ideas up my sleeves and if these come into fruition, I will be sharing them over the next couple of weeks! Let's just say... I get bored easily and I am always looking for a side project...

more projects than you can shake a stick at!

Moving on...

Nap time has been a blast. No, really. It has been worlds different than two weeks ago. I could have sworn I was losing my noodle a couple weeks ago. Stressed, tired, and mini me refused to nap. We decided that maybe she would just fare better with 1 nap per day and so we tried. This actually worked very well for 3 or 4 days. Then we started struggling to stay awake when morning naps usually occurred. So... back to 2 naps a day and she goes down just fine. I am chalking this episode off to growth spurts and wonder weeks.

Then there is the teething. Oh. My. Goodness. It's horrible and my heart breaks every time she wakes up in the middle of the night crying and rubbing her ears. The uppers are coming in and all I can say is that I hope they hurry the hell up. These guys are far worse than the first two bottom teeth. Are they all like this going forward? We have been using Dr. Talbots All Natural Teething Gel and it seems to be doing a great job at keeping her comfortable. Between that and gently brushing her teeth, which she loves, we are doing all we can to ease this teething process. Of course, I am definitely open to advice or suggestions!!

I thought I'd end the week with a couple of Friday Favorites!! I did this a couple weeks back and really enjoyed putting together my list. So, in no particular order, this week I am really loving...

If I don't write it down, it just ain't happening... I have tried hundreds of planners and organizers. I have wasted so much money on stuff I won't even use because it just didn't have all I wanted or just had so many options that it overwhelmed me. The ONLY planners that I have ever successfully used from start to end has been the Molang Planners and Molang Diaries. Seriously. Now, these little books are a bit on the cutesie side but I like that! I also love that they are not dated and you can use them as you like. The one pictured below is the exact planner I am using this year and it is laid out a bit different than previous years but I love it. The pages are substantial and can handle my heavier ink pens. There is room for me to add notes for future blogs, projects and the many lists I like to make. More importantly, for me, is that this is a clean layout. There isn't too much "stuff" which allows me to use this book any way I like to.
Molang Planner

I usually go for body washes that have a sweet, feminine scent but I recently found this Kiss My Face Anti-Stress Body Wash and I really like it a lot! The scent is very clean and light. It does have a bit of a woodsy and natural hint to it but the scent doesn't overwhelm you at all. I love that this wash is free from parabens and sls and it contains aloe and other natural oils. This wash is very calming for my extremely sensitive skin! Oh, and the Mr likes it a lot, too!

Kiss My Face Body Wash

Of course, I have to include Dr. Talbots All Natural Teething Gel. This little tube goes a long way and only a pea-sized dot is necessary. We use it just at nap time and bed time - seldom in-between. The flavor seems to be ok, though it did take some getting used to. Now she opens her mouth right up as soon as she sees the tube! She knows that relief is on the way!!
Dr. Talbots All Natural Teething Gel & Teether

Last, but certainly not least, is the Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Hydrating Hand Cream. This stuff is every bit amazing. My hands are forever cracking, splitting, bleeding and dry. I wash my hands constantly and I wash all my dishes by hand, so my hands are always in water. The summer months are just a little bit more kind to my hands but not much - they are forever cracking. This stuff... this stuff is amazing. I don't have any adjective better, sorry!! It just is. I use the hand cream a few times throughout the day and my hands not only feel so much relief and look better but they smell great. The blood orange is my favorite scent!!
Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Hydrating Hand Cream

Happy Friday and Happy weekend!!!

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Discover Me Challenge: 4 - Words To Live By

I know, I know... DMC prompts are supposed to be posted on Thursdays, not late in the day on a Friday. I am a day behind on pretty much everything right now!! You know, this reminds me of a famous saying... How does it go? A day late and a dollar short? What can I say? Life happens.

Speaking of sayings and the sort - this DMC is all about words. Of course, we aren't looking for just any words, rather we want to know what words do you live by? What is your code, your mantra, your living quote, the words that are strung together so perfectly that they drive you through life?

Some of us may have a couple of these fantastic phrases or may have just one that is the pure definition of life. Whatever it may be, what are those words and why do they speak to you? Who said them first? When did they become so important?

Join the fun and discover more about yourself!! Be sure to add your links in the comments section so we can read your awesome responses, too!

DMC 3 - If I could travel through time...

If I could travel through time... Boy, this one was actually pretty tough!! I thought that I had an easy response at first but the more I thought on it, I second guessed myself. Should I travel to the future to help prepare my daughter for the world to come? Should I go back and spend more time with my mother when she was happy and healthy? I ended up taking a rather selfish and much different approach to the challenge... I am o'kay with that. I think...!!!

Let me first begin by saying that I have always had a strong connection to the years between the 1920's and the 1940's. I am incredibly fascinated by this time. Everything from the radio shows, theatre, music and to the fashion - the entertainment and stylings have always pulled at me in. Even the family unit seems to be so much stronger and important. I have often said that I was born in the wrong era because I would much rather listen to Glenn Miller or Billie Holiday than what's out there now. ...um what IS out there now?? Those who know me will also say that I am a bit old fashioned in some of my thinking. Just a bit...

Of course, it also goes without saying that these were also very difficult times, which is why I would not want to stay. A quick visit to soak up the much romanticized pieces of these times and I'll gladly slip back to now. With issues around around the political climate (because, we have none of that today!), the Great Depression, prohibition, women's rights (still kinda a thing...), wars (ummm... yeah, that too)... Ok. So, some things have improved and other things are newer versions of the same problems. But still... I like my wine and I'm not cut out to be a bootlegger, so here we are.

Now, onto the things that draw me to this time...

Radio shows, entertainment, vaudeville comedy, silent movies and George!!!! I would LOVE to visit the late 20's and experience George Burns and Gracie Allen starting off in vaudeville theatres. I have adored George Burns for as long as I can remember (thanks to 18 Again!) and I have listed to the radio shows with him and Gracie. They had an unmistakeable love and chemistry.

The music of the 1920's -1940's just makes me smile and think and feel. Now, I am not usually a fan of jazz and especially modern jazz but the jazz of this time is pure perfection. The Big Band, Swing, those crooning voices, that bluesy style... music has been and will always be an experience and an emotion. The music of the 30's, especially the 30's, is where my listening heart belongs.

The clothes. Can we just take a moment to appreciate the cloche hat from the 1920's!? I happen to have one and I lurve it!! I would wear it every day, except it just doesn't work with my yoga pants and sweatshirts that mom-life has designated as my new uniform. But really... the clothing of the 1920's all the way through the 40's is so much more "me". Clothing, at that time, was going through a big transformation to more comfortable and "modern" styles. Yet, there was something very feminine, modest (in comparison to today's standards), and fun about the clothing. After 1925, you see the shift dresses becoming a thing. Can I wear those, please? Just allow me to summon the gorgeous Doris Hill and steal her style!

I suppose I could always just wear these things today. It's not like styles of various kinds are not accepted all over. Fashion is a strange celebration of so many things, so why not!? The mood. The mood is what is essential and the mood of those times was different. The mood was part of the makeup.

Ahh, this all sounds just too good! Maybe, this weekend I will put on The Great Gatsby, sip a French 75 and get cozy with my fella... Let's see if I can capture the mood for just a moment.

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