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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?

next prompt will be posted Oct. 27th


To participate, just write a post on your personal blog/site and linkup below!!

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.

How I Met My BFF

I am one of those people who believes that some people come in and out of your life for very specific reasons. While some things are left to chance, there are some things that are just meant to be. I feel that way about my husband and I feel that way about some of my very good friends.

The story of how my husband and I came to be is something that can be made into a romantic comedy and is completely worth a tell... but that's for later. What I want to share today is how I met my bff. I think it's a story that is worth sharing.

Next month marks 6 years that I have known "Skaty". I met her in the most unconventional way and our friendship has remained just that - unconventional. Beautifully unconventional and incredibly real.

There was a time in my life where I was heavily addicted to an online game called Second Life. It's important to understand that I was in a place in my life where I was unhappy, bored, frustrated and disconnected. I am sure some of it had to do with my relationships at the time and the sadness of losing my mother two years prior. Whatever the case, I was lost and I was reaching for something, someone, anything to fill the void in my life.

On Valentine's Day in 2008, I created my first "avi". I played SL off and on and even made some friends. It certainly gave me something to do and the voids became smaller and smaller, though everything was very artificial. However, there was a creative element in game that I was extremely fascinated with and before long, I was consumed by this virtual world. I would spend ridiculous stretches in game. Hours and days and months and years.... I was truly "living" online when I wasn't working.

Now, I won't say that all my time in game was completely wasted because I did have the opportunity to meet many people from different cultures all around the globe. It was an interesting period in my life - but that is also another story from another time.

In November of 2010 I met Skaty through a mutual acquaintance online. We met in game and our friendship in game seemed to bloom at record speed. An important thing to understand is that when you meet people online - all you have is conversation. You can learn about that other person pretty quickly. Because of this, relationships move at a seemingly unnatural speed - for the good and for the bad. I've experienced both. My friendship with Skaty moved quickly and for the good (obviously!).

Our avitars: "Skaty" & "Kel"

Rather than typing convos all the time, we Skyped often while our avitars explored the worlds in game. We spent many late nights talking and laughing to the point of tears. Our friendship outlived that of the mutual acquaintance that we once shared. People came in and out of our very exclusive circle. Some lasted and others did not. We talked nearly every single day and appointed each other "BFF" status in world and in real life (IRL), even though we had yet to meet IRL.

A year and some months into our very close friendship I went through a very personal and very real event. I needed to talk to someone. I needed my BFF. One of the first things I did was go to Skype to tell Skaty what was happening in my life. I cried to her, I shared my fears, I showed my weaknesses - I left myself completely vulnerable to this person that I learned to love as a sister without ever meeting in person.

It was through this that Skaty and I decided it was time to meet. She knew I needed someone and so Skaty was going to drive across states to come visit me at my house and give me the company that I so needed because this is what a true friend does.

I can still recall hearing her car pull up into my driveway and "meeting" her for the first time. I remember crying as I hugged her for the first time. This was my soul sister! There was nothing virtual about our friendship. I felt it in my bones.

Our friendship has supported plenty of highs and lows in each other's personal lives. We definitely do not agree on everything and we couldn't be any more opposite than we are. But... that is what makes our friendship so perfect. We balance each other. She gets me and I get her. Skaty goes along with my crazy ideas and I try to convince her to run after her dreams. do it...write your Harry Potter!

After we met in person, I started going online less and less. I think I felt that I had outgrown that virtual space or maybe I realized that I found what I was looking for from that world. Whatever the case, I didn't need to be there anymore and haven't looked back.

Life moves quickly still. Though we don't get to Skype every day, we are still very connected. I'll text her if I need a laugh or to vent or just because... We visit each other and she is very much a part of my family now. She was the matron of honor in my wedding and is "auntie" to my daughter. All the big things in life include her in some way - as they should. And I still cry when I get to see her or have to hug her "goodbye".

I am not a gaming type and never really was. I truly do believe that there are some things that just happen because they are supposed to. There is no other way that I would have had the chance opportunity to connect with my bff, my soul sister otherwise.

...and that is how I met my BFF. xo
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