Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
I know that they call these the terrible twos. But right now, I am wishing that time stood still. Last week Lydia and I were at the park (like almost every day since the weather has gotten cooler), having a picnic (like almost every meal since the weather has gotten cooler) and Lydia felt a cool breeze. Probably the first time she has been chilly for months. Suddenly she gasped "Oh mommy! We need to make a snowman cause it is cold and have Christmas with Papa and Grandma and Santa will come but I not sit on his lap, only the Easter bunny.
I just wrapped her up in my arms and buried my head in her hair. Please stay this little and sweet. Just for a little longer. Mommy isn't ready for her baby to go quite yet.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
This is my closet now.
I am seriously embarrassed to admit I almost bought this wrapping storage unit from The Container Store a few months ago....for almost $200. In fact, Shane and I were walking towards the register to buy it when I realized I could FILL a closet with wrapping paper and ribbons for the same price as what I was buying to store it all in.
Anyway. That is what I did for much of my day. I'm pretty proud of myself.
What did you do today?
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I did get some great stuff this time. Check out this blabla backpack I scored. Brand new for $5. It is $42 online. Merry Christmas Lydia! You will be finding this under the Christmas tree this year along with some handmade hairclips and bracelets to match.
Consignment sales and the 75% off rack at target are my very favorite shopping friends.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
- Saying it Simply designed this fantastic plaque for me to display at my vendor show table. They have the cutest home decor ever! My house is full of their creations.
- My friend Mary Lea sent me the coolest birthday package - but I have to say that this "Twilight" Godiva chocolate bar was my favorite. (A $5 candy bar? This Twilight thing is out of control!) I am saving it until I have completed my monthly jewelry quota.
- Love this clipboard? I got it at Lemon Annie. She has great personalised frames (and a darling blog header if I do say so myself...)
- I was so excited when Lolly Jane Boutique agreed to a trade. I see Lolly Jane everywhere on the blogasphere. I love this Paisley Lane vinyl she designed for me. The site is fabulous...you must check it out.
Oh - and can I just say that it is great to have some place for my random pics and cards. Why didn't someone tell me that stainless steel fridges aren't magnetic!
Hey! I just noticed that this is my 200th post. Well aren't I super duper.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Being a mother rarely entails any of these things. Strange that even so, I totally love what I do everyday -(most days). I love it because I love my daughter so much and because I know that what I am doing is so important. I love watching her grow and getting to be part of it. Rocking after she has woken in the night - holding her close to me - that is some of the most concentrated joy I have ever felt. However if someone told me that I had to go back to work...and my career would be working as a nanny or at a Day Care facility....shoot me now.
This whole stay-at-home thing may not be quite "my style" but I don't think that makes me any less of a mother. (In fact, I think that I am doing a pretty bang up job of it.) I just have to be extra focused on the balancing act of life. I have to make sure that the non-mommy parts of me have a proper outlet so that I can enjoy fully the mommy time. This is crucial to me since the mommy time is 90% of my life. I want to revel in the precious gift of having a child, not resent the enormity of its impact. This trip was the largest helping of non-mommy time I have had since Lydia was born. It was total bliss - but I missed my family and I was ready to come home. (I could not stop hugging and kissing Lydia when I arrived home. Is it just me or did she get even more adorable while I was gone?!?)
Some of my favorite moments from the visit were part of the cutest birthday gift from my sister in law, Sara. She sent me this beautifully wrapped gift entailing some of the fun outings she would treat me to while I was visiting the big apple. Such a great idea! Check them out:
Picnic in the Park
Gourmet Hot Chocolate under the Brooklyn Bridge
And just to make sure this is the LONGEST post I have ever made...even more fun times....
(The I Love NY winner scored!)
Seeing Diane, my best friend from when I went to school in Jerusalem.
(I had not seen her in 10 years.)
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
St. John's Restaurant is a must if you are visiting Chattanooga, or if you are lucky enough to live here. Perfect for a birthday, anniversary or wedding party. Don't come on a night when the babysitter needs to be home early. We sat down a little after 8 pm and we strolled back to our car well after 10. This is a place that you don't want to rush.
I am surprising myself by listing a chain restaurant in my "best of", but the PF Chang's China Bistro in Chattanooga is spectacular. I have been a fan of this super modern take on Asian cuisine for a while now, but walking into the Chattanooga restaurant made me a believer in PF Chang's as a place of adult refuge. When I want to "get away" with the girls, I want a place that is an instant party. I want a place that isn't a waste of makeup.
PF Chang's is loud, fun and delicious. The Chattanooga restaurant is particularly fabulous with its open floor plan, impressive decor and friendly waitstaff. - For my birthday last week my girlfriends and I visited PF Chang's for some much needed "non-mommy" time. Our waiter, Bryan was hilarious and helpful and the food nearly broke the table with its abundance (lots of leftovers guaranteed).
Of course, let's not forget to mention the food! Everything dainty and delectable - the quiche is divine, the salads beautiful and the Provence tea is the BEST herbal tea I have ever tasted.
Jackie, the owner of this quaint tea room, has generously offered one lucky reader and guest a Magnolia Tea brunch . This brunch for two will include savories, scones, cream, jam and curd, sweets and your choice of tea. A $30 value. To enter simply comment on this blog letting me know who you would like to take with you if you win this giveaway. You MUST live in the Chattanooga area. I will choose the winner on Monday Sept 22. I will choose whichever comment I like the best! If you want to comment but don't live here, just mention that your comment is not for the giveaway.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Congrats! Email me ASAP your address, favorite color and your shirt size.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Check out this apron that Kristi made Lydia! (Matches the one she made for me, see collage above) Isn't it adorable?! I am so excited to hear that she is going to start her own business making fantastic gifts of all kinds. Can't wait!
Thanks for everyone who sent birthday wishes! Sure know how to make a girl feel special :)
A random fashion tip: Every year my parents send me a check for my birthday to buy a new outfit. However, this year 600 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets were calling my name, leaving me very short for my birthday outfit. (Thanks for the sheets mom and dad! LOVE THEM!!!!)
To resolve this little problem, I went to target and found this shirt. $10! Then I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up a bit of sparkly sequin black fabric. ($2) I don't sew. I wrapped the fabric around my chest and pinned it to my bra. Now I had a cute flash of sparkle showing at my bust line and at the open back. (You can actually see the pin in the above photo. Oops!) I made myself some super sparkly earrings, grabbed my favorite dark jeans and heels and I was ready for a night out with the girls. For like $15. Nice.