scenes from a {deer valley} weekend

August 31, 2015

park city you never disappoint.

from your deer-dolloped hillside to the afternoon pockets of surprise thunder and lightning; i limp home, weak-knee’d, by your humble magnificence.

here’s a little recap of our weekend away:

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but first, coffee.

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tummy time in the park.

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sutton’s first dunk in the deep end.

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bath tub cronies.

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park city’s newest daddy stroller strides’ franchise.

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 trees, etc.

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the next generation of girlfriends.

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our hotel’s version of a “nightcap.”

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my daily make-out session with her legs.

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fun in the funicular.

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bottle service.

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it’s friday i’m in love…

August 28, 2015

 

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friday friendly skies to you m’loves.

i’m off on a jet-plane to belatedly ring in my girlfriend, jill grogg’s, 30th birthday.

the weekend promises laughter, love and diaper changes–we’ll have three infants in tow……six, counting our spouses.

here are a few other things i’m loving on this week:

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yumbutter.

kind of says it all right there.

yumbutter is a new almond butter i’ve been having “relations with” all week.

it’s made with freshly ground chia, hemp seed + goji.

it’s yum indeed and bonkers healthy for you.

even better, yumbutter is deliciously charitable.

with every yumbutter you buy, a malnourished child gets fed.

and on a more personal topic, i appreciate the squeeze-pouch dispenser–also known as the “no-katie-you-can’t-eat-it-all-in-one-sitting-with-a-spoon” jar.

although as i was uploading this photo i realized i could totally mainline it, reddi-whip can style.

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this cinnamon toast crunch ice cream needs to happen.

to me.

to you.

to one of us.

…and soon.

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it’s no secret i’m obsessed with, maybe still stuck in, the nineties.

case in point: the 90′s karma ride my partner-in-crime, leigh beach and i taught last month.

i didn’t have to buy one thing for my “costume;” including my beloved brenda walsh choker-an heirloom i hope to someday pass down to sweet sutton, once she’s come to appreciate all things darren star.

all the music i sourced was already on my every day playlist–listen below.

so anything 90′s related i’m a sucker for; especially this compilation of awesome red carpet nineties couples!!—{leigh, i think they need to add us..}

tell me kittens, what’s your favorite nineties tune?

hair

finally my hair.

i have new hair…and i LOVE it!

 laurie bernard one of the fabulous owners of holiday salon gave me the chop last week and i’m a new person!

screw losing the baby weight…..this feels so much better.

wishing you an insane in the brain weekend to you m’loves!

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bouncing the bounce bursts…..

August 26, 2015

 

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wednesday happy to you m’loves.

since discovering my beloved bounce bursts test on animals i’ve been scouring the grocery aisles and google pages for a four-legged, friendly alternative.

to my unhandy dismay, the best i could come up with was a do-it-yourself concoction involving epsom salt + essential oils.

typically when i see the initials DIY, i break out in a rash and involuntarily vomit.

i DON’T-do-it-myself. i pay to have it done or i go without-i’m just not artful that way.

but even this “project” seemed kindergarten enough even for my ikea-averse brain.

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 the hardest part was picking the scent.

nothing is going to smell as strong as those bounce/downey burst/crystals; they are artificially/chemically fragranced {i.e. toxic} therefore much more potent and longer lasting–and also more dangerous to your health.

that being said i had to be willing to forego the robust, {fraudulent} fresh-smelling house and clothes i had grown to love.

i chose a grapefruit + cinnamon combination.

i am washing hunkiest’s clothes too so it couldn’t be too floral and these were pretty inexpensive….around $3 each…some essential oils can get pricey.

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 in a mixing bowl i added:

6 cups of the epsom salt.

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 3o drops of grapefruit oil.

30 drops of cinnamon oil.

{adding more oil if you want a stronger scent.}

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after blending, i popped my crystals into an extra-large mason jar, and stuck it up next to the laundry soap.

i added 1 tablespoon of “salt,” straight in with the clothes for washing, and so far, so good.

our clothes aren’t stinky, and the salt makes them baby-kitten soft.

as stated earlier, the scent is nowhere near as strong as the bounce bursts-even our neighbors could smell the “malibu sunrise” aroma of those suckers, but our consciences and our laundry are both clean.

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because i had solved this homemaking and moral scruple, last night i rewarded my handy do-it-myself-self a solo trip to target.

of course, as i’m zippity doo dah’ing my way down the aisle i run, smack into the new display for these mrs. meyer’s laundry scent boostersleaping bunny certified fragrance bursts for your laundry.

{my deep, eye-rolling, shoulder-tossing exhalation}

so there you have it.

make your own like i did…or buy the mrs. meyer’s kind…like i will be in the future.

wednesday april fresh to you m’loves.

 

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it’s friday i’m in love

August 21, 2015

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friday-i whip-my-hair-back-and-forth-to you m’loves!

summer is winding down, and i feel like i’m just getting my toes sandy.

last night i asked hunkiest if we should plan a summer vacation.

you’d think i’d had offered him to smoke crack.

apparently we’re not taking a summer vacaction….and i guess i can kiss that date night with the crack pipe goodbye.

in the meantime, here are a few things tickling my friday fancy:

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i’m loving laura mcbride’s novel: “we are called to rise,” another great recommendation from my friend, mrs. burns.

this one is brutal.

my cheek has a permanent palm print from the incessant, emotional whacks this novel delivers; starting at page one.

i’ll admit i’m a teeny bit afraid of the direction this story is going toward, it may not be for everyone, including myself, but so far, it’s THAT good- i can’t put it down.

my therapist….ok AND my pharmacist, are both on speed dial just in case.

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 so who wants to make this pretzel ice cream cake for me?

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will somebody please go get this sweet baby girl?

and once i have my farm, i have found our next dog{s}.

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i lived in this blue maxi, shopbop dress during my pregnancy.

i’m still wearing it this summer.

it and a few other summer dresses i love just went on sale.

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 i’m digging this article on small ways to pay it forward….

remember to keep it anonymous folks!

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and finally, a friday jam.

it’s an oldie, but i brought this one back in my classes this week.

peeps seemed to dig it.

how are you planning to ROCK your weekend m’loves?

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girl crush: alexis schulze

August 20, 2015

thursday happy to you m’loves!

it’s girl-crush time.

you know all of those nektar juices you’re addicted to?

well today we have the {beautiful} face behind the nektar craze.

alexis schulze, co-creator with her husband steve, of nektar juice, a company just named one of the top 5000 fastest growing in america, graciously took the time to stop by GNI, to let us crush on her.

sweet as pie, and as pretty as its peach filling, alexis is never without a smile or a friendly “hello.

even before i had met her {i of course knew who she was–she’s LIKE totally famous}–she was always so nice to me and welcoming.

let’s get to know this lovely lady:

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alexis, tell us a bit about yourself and how you manage this full life of yours {married to steve, {2} boys, + your juice empire.} 

i think of myself as that girl in the circus balancing on a ball. she might look like she has it all together, but inside she’s freaking out! i juggle a business {i was always a teacher,} a typical busy, family life, and try to maintain my obsession with working out. my passion besides all of this is probably food. i love food…..

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 name 5 bottom-of -the-jar products?

 for my face- arcona has a great line that i have been using on my sensitive, 41-year-old skin for probably 9 years now. my staples are magic white ice, a moisturizer, the solution- a nighttime repairing serum, and the vitamin A complex-a retinol formula for firming and clarity. my newest find is a natural deodorant that {so far} seems to be top notch- nourish organics {berry and fig smell yummy} and their argan butter- which is a mix of argan oil and shea butter, so it’s like butter cream on my dry sensitive skin! and not quite as hippie dippie is my oribe foundation mist. that stuff can fix my post-workout pony tail line that has ruined me for decades…always an obvious tell that i didn’t wash my hair…… UNTIL NOW!! {insert evil laugh here.}

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who is your style icon and why?

i have to say jessica alba- she’s sexy and classy, and she’s just gorgeous!

molly sims is another one.

i think i am drawn to how real they are; they seem like peeps i would hang out with.

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what is your summer fashion, must-have item?

i am queen of the ROMPER! less thinking about what goes with what; throw it on with a great shoe and some fun jewelry! voila! even i can look put together that way!

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smell

what is your favorite smell?

cookies baking in the oven and my boys fresh from the shower!

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how do you define luxury?

an incredible bottle of wine, sitting outside somewhere beautiful.

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what’s the last book you read and loved?

the nightingale was one that stuck with me.

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what are your vices?

wine, cheese, more wine! not so original in that one!

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finish the sentence….i can never leave the house without:

clothes? haha! ok, seriously….. probably a pedicure.

what advice would you give your 25-year-old self?

stop being so critical and don’t compare yourself to anyone else, just own what you have.

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what does your ideal 2 weeks off look like?

a perfect mix of exploration and relaxation. traveling somewhere i have not been, and adding a little adventure, some sightseeing and a lot of food and wine!

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give me your 5 deserted island items….people and things? 

is it bad to NOT bring my kids? i mean, kinda selfish, but i would want them..although i know they would whine the whole time killing my relaxing vibe. so maybe not! being politically correct i should say my husband, but he’s not very handy, and i think charlie hunnam seems to me like he could build us a house and whatever else i needed. a coco jack- that way i could drink a lot of coconut water and stay hydrated. a phone to call my kids and husband {just to check in because i wouldn’t actually want to leave charlie all alone,} a kindle to read {assuming i had a lot of books already downloaded,} and a good pair of shoes for hiking.

what is your idea of perfect happiness?

i think i just described it above….:)

ok really. finding balance, real and honest friendships, and the ability to spend quality time with those i love. oh and if cellulite didn’t exist!

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 family members excluded what is your most prized possession?

family excluded…..well, i am not really into things…i think as unglamorous as it sounds my night guard..keeps me from having migraines…and that is pretty prized.

 in what historical era would you most like to have lived?

i am fascinated by the WWII era, but i’m not sure i’d want to live then.

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 what are your favorite things about living in southern california?

the weather! growing up in arizona it’s really nice to not melt when you walk outside.

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 what are your least favorite things about southern california?

being far from family and how perfect everyone looks is…kinda hard on us perfectionist, aging women!

thank you alexis for letting us crush on you today, and giving us a glimpse into your life—you are sweet as nektar! 

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happy shiny FACES….

August 17, 2015

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i should just end this post, right here, with: “you’re welcome.”

{mic drop}

{shuffle, ball-change…..exit stage left}

but the 50% irish catholic in me is compelled to confess all that i know.

so here it goes:

i give you vasanti facial cleanser–truly a game changer in my ongoing endeavor for complexion renovation; an evolving enterprise of mine since the age of eleven when i was made to believe beautiful skin could be a breeze with sea breeze.—i’m still re-moisturizing from those days.

this is not just for girls, so men listen up–because even the boys could use a little pore-refining.

the vasanti facial cleanser washes, illuminates, and exfoliates the skin like no other product i’ve used {save for an S.O.S. pad. but that resulted in stitches.}

one tube should last at least 6 months; which is a bargain at $34.00.

and not only will your face be fancy, your conscience will be clear knowing vasanti products are all vegan, cruelty-free + paraben-free.

let me know what you think.

monday-happy-shiny to you LOVEBUGS!!!

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friday i’m in LOVE!!!

August 14, 2015

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friday happy to you m’loves!

no, you’re not still tripping on last night’s portobello mushroom, i’m back for the second time this week.

i feel like i’m finally emerging from my self-ensconced, post-natal lair.

leaving the house for life outside of work and when the coffee runs out, is starting to happen more often.

i’m also resuming my crucial, uninterrupted time with my first girl, my heart, my love–my priscilla.

priscilla LOVES sutton…

case in point:

~a snippet of the hours of footage we have where priscilla watches over a newborn sutton.

she hasn’t left her wee charge since.

jones takes more of a hands-off, night’s watch approach; he guards the house, and minds the perimeter of the property–loving our girl from afar.

i adore these beasts more and more every day…..

here are few other things i’m loving on this fine friday:

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this week marked my first forray back towards pre-baby fitness.

i’m not looking for a certain number on the scale, or a previous sized pant; what i care most about is how i feel.

i want/need/will pay good money, and/or will perform circus animal tricks for more energy.

i miss moxie in my joints and muscles.

i long for a feeling of spontaneity in my legs, arms and back; rather than the deadweight of a napping, grizzly bear i’m currently carrying in my shoulders, neck, and hip flexors.

the dailey method is my remedy.

it’s no secret the dailey method {TDM} is my favorite barre class.–and yes i’ve even taught for this ice cream sundae of a studio–they are hands down the best barre studio around. no one pays more attention to form, safety, and alignment--you will NOT injure yourself in these classes {if you follow proper instruction and ask for modifications when necessary.}

shannon roberts, just one of the best girls EVER and luckily, my friend, taught the class, and effectively handed my “seat” to me.

i left the studio “lifted, toned, and stretched.”

there are currently 56 dailey method studios globally- i encourage you to try one out.

and if you don’t have a studio nearby…you can always purchase or stream their workouts

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now on to my favorite subject: food.

i’ve been living off these two soups from trader joes: the organic creamy asparagus soup + the organic roasted tomatillo gazpacho; both are vegan, filling, and delicious.

i’m not sure how the asparagus soup is dairy free; it’s as creamy-tasting as cupcake frosting, but without costume change into waistband-free, sweat pants.

and although the gazpacho says to eat “chilled,” i heat it up nonetheless.

if i wanted it cold, i’d serve it over tortilla chips with melted cheese and call it “salsa.”

—chilled soup!??!?!—so stupid!!!!!


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and this could be my most favorite find of the year!

method PURE NAKED moisturizing body wash is the only grocery store/target/drugstore {mainstream consumer brand} body wash i’ve ever found that does not test on animals.

yes, you can buy specialty body washes at the grocery store, etc..but they’re always pricier, and typically available in scents that smell like yoga mats or tuna casserole.

this wash comes in surfside, magnolia {my favorite}, olive leaf {hunkiest’s favorite}, + a white tea scent.

it kills me that people lose their minds over cecil the lion {which deserves the outrage,} but in the next breath/post they’ll laud a company or product that tests on animals–which if you ask me, an entire life locked in a cage, poked, prodded, and poisoned {aka tortured} is still worse than a life spent roaming free in a national park until being mercilessly hunted down one night.

i’m not saying i’m perfect {i’m currently looking to replace my bounce bursts–found out they test on animals}–but, if animal cruelty is something you’re not down with, i believe a quick smartphone google of “cruelty free” the next time you go shopping can collectively make an impact.

now can someone please get me a gondola ride down from my soapbox?

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i leave with you some jams for your weekend audio pleasure:

i have to give credit to my friend, my mate in soul and jukebox, john p., for reminding how much i love the paper town’s soundtrack.

there isn’t one bad song on the album {do people still call them albums?}

if i had sam bruno’s “search party” on cassette, the ribbon would already be unraveled from so much play + rewind; i’m apologizing in advance to my classes for the search party overdose.

santigold’s “radio,” kindess’ version of “swinging party,” + alice boman’s heartbreaking “be mine” are my other favorites.

and you…always you m’loves–you of course are my favorites too!!

weekend happy to you….let’s go out having a swinging party shall we?

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high to low: the moisturizer edition

August 11, 2015

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hello kittens!

long time no talk, but i’ve been neck deep trying keep this little person o’mine alive and thriving.

every day is a milestone.

each bottle i get her to finish feels like an olympic, gold medal victory.

i throw disneyland-sized parades {complete with their own fireworks} for each diaper change we make it through without crying…both of us not crying…i have to hold myself together too.

motherhood is hard.

but let’s move on to things that really matter:

beauty.

this post is the love child, birthed from a text conversation i had, yesterday, with my friend, alexei, who asked me for a moisturizer recommendation. “plain, everyday moisturizer, no spf.”

i have lots of them. recommendations…at different price points and for various job descriptions.

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my hands down, favorite moisturizer, if money was no object, and baby didn’t need formula, is tata harper’s repairative moisturizer. it’s perfect day or night, and leaves your face feeling and looking dewy. no matter what time of year or climate you’re living in, your skin is rendered silk to the touch. the scent is very farmfreshy-let’s put our hair in braids-wear some gingham-and go milk a buck-toothed cow, with a daisy behind her ear. prepare to throw down $100 for this milk-maid skin.

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kate somerville daily moisturizer is another higher end price point at $65. it’s a solid, no-nonsense, non-aggravating moisturizer. it promises to deliver anti-aging benefits as well as hydration, but i just really liked the smooth, even finish it gave my skin. this is your ultimate dependable, no-drama, always delivers, got-your-back moisturizer—if you’re more time magazine than usweekly, then this is your product.

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weleda wild rose smoothing cream is a favorite of mine–i’ve re-purchased this, sweet-smelling, fuchsia tube many times. i like that it’s easy to tote around in your purse or gym bag. readily available at your local health food stores such as a mothers market, whole foods or sprouts, the rose smoothing cream feels a bit more heavy-duty than some of the others. its rose hip seed oil and peach kernel oil keep skin elastic, but never greasy. i’ve seen this available anywhere from $15-$20. this cream appeals to my inner 1950′s housewife-the one who still wears a housedress and isotoner slippers for my morning coffee-what? it’s a look; the rose scent smells old fashioned and lovely, it slows me down a bit—which, by itself, is a major beauty booster.

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i’m a big fan of andalou naturals: an all natural skincare line using fruit stem cell science in the fight against aging; i used their super goji peptide perfecting cream during my pregnancy.

my skin/jowls kept taut even with copious amounts of vomiting. and although it’s a cream, it still didn’t feel heavy on my skin

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another day cream i love is acure organics day cream…at around $15 this product is vegan, gluten-free, synthetic fragrance free, silicone free, phthalate free, with fair trade certified ingredients–and yet it still manages to effectively hydrate and improve the appearance of {my} sleep-deprived skin. it has a matte finish with a multi-vitamin worthy cocktail of anti-aging ingredients. i like that i can wear this to the gym and not worry about it burning my eyes if i sweat. sometimes all of the fancy, albeit worthy, ingredients can irritate my eyes and skin when i teach/take a spin class–this cream passes the sweat test.

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and for all of you green juice junkies out there, alba botanica oil-free radiance cream is truly your moisturizer!

this product literally has an anti-oxidant, phytonutrient blend of kale, spinach, + swiss chard in its formulation; which also gives the cream a super fresh {i think delicious} “green” scent. the least expensive of all the moisturizers; i bought this at my local drugstore for $8; probably less than most the green juices these days. it’s oil-free and super light on the skin.

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ok. i’m sorry but i have to go there. i want to punch myself in the face for being such a cliché, but i cannot lie:

i really DO use coconut oil on my face.

{ducking under my desk so you don’t throw your beer at me.}

the coconut oil fad is real because it works!

i slather my face up in this bullion!

{and then scramble my eggs with the residual stuff that drips off my chin.}

but seriously i dip into this jar of coconut oil {that i bought in what? 2013??} all day long.

sure my face looks greasy for about two minutes. but then i’m a hydrated fool!–and i smell like maui.

 alaffia is my go-to brand…i use their face wash and their body lotion too.–it lasts forever.

i promise i draw the line at coconut oil—you’ll never see me sipping that god awful coconut water {gag me}—if i wanted to drink rancid IV water i have a hospital a block away from me.

so i showed you mine, you show me yours now…what are your favorite go-to moisturizers?

tuesday happy to you  m’loves!!

~as always, all the above brands are cruelty free: no animal testing and no animal products.

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sweet child o’mine

June 26, 2015

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 i’m officially 12 weeks into this whole motherhood gig.

the baby police have yet to take my little person away from me; although hunkiest and i did catch her the other night putting in a request for a transfer.

our sutton is slowly finding her groove.

her parents?

the jury is still out.

her preferred method of communication is still crying.

she LOVES to cry.

not that i expected sundown, elizabethan poetry recitals, but a taylor swift song, at least to break up the afternoon wailing and the midnight waterloos, would be nice once in a while.

the pediatrician assured me her fondness for gibber and grandstand for pop music will come soon enough.

we had her first shots on monday.

sutton barely winced.

her father and i, on the other hand, cried so hard we both vomited, needed a tight swaddle each for soothing, and were simultaneously breastfed by the nurse.

if it’s true the apple doesn’t fall far from the spin bike than baby girl’s first words will most likely be a profanity-laced casserole of expletives.

we’re taking bets on the following:

motherfucker, goddamnit, cock-sucker, or fuckyoufisherprice.

money is already stowed away for sutton’s future therapy bills, and i’ve cleared my schedule for the parent/teacher conferences coming my way.

while most moms are researching pre-schools and sleep-trainers {the best}, i’m getting her on the “list” for rehabs and military academies.

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i pretty much feel like i’m doing everything wrong….all. of. the. time.

from diapering to bedtime stories, {she’s more US WEEKLY than Vanity Fair,} i fall asleep counting the number of fails of the day rather than sheep.

even my “mommy” nightmares are wrong:

a girlfriend asked me if i was having the “standard,” pre-requisite-to-being-a-good-mother-nightmare:

where you’re dreaming that you’re “rolling over on your baby in bed and smothering her?”

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um, that would be a “no.”

yes, i am having this re-occurring nightmare

and it IS absolutely terrifying.

we’re talking cold sweats, screams, and a fear of falling asleep at night.

but instead of harming my sweet baby, i dream that i still haven’t been asked to my jr. prom, and all of my friends already have dates.

so we know where MY priorities lie.

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luckily for my own, my husband’s, and my daughter’s sanity, i went back to work last week.

it’s definitely a lighter schedule than i’m used to, but it’s enough so that i’m getting my brain wrapped around things besides sleep schedules and formula ounces.

although i worked out until the day i delivered it was at a much lighter intensity; my workouts feel hard, but SO SO good!

i gained 40lbs with my pregnancy; 17 of which still hasn’t come off.

i used to wear boyfriend jeans. now i wear these-are-why-your-boyfriend-broke-up-with-you jeans.

funny though, for all the crazy body image issues i’ve dealt with in my life, this is the least i’ve cared about how i look, how much i weigh, or how much i’ve worked out for the week.

i’m just so grateful to FEEL good again {after a wretched pregnancy,} and to have a healthy, beautiful baby girl.

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so let’s talk about that girl.

my girl.

my girl with the birthday cake breath.

 yes she likes to cry.

but i, of course, think it’s the prettiest cry in the land, like a choir of forest fairies lullabying the violets and dandelions to sleep for the night.

when she’s overly exhausted, you can hear heartbreak in her cry. it brings me to tears; like when nina simone laments over lost love, or when i discover i’m out of coffee.

no, she doesn’t always sleep through the night.

in fact, she’s sometimes partial to the every 45 minute dance party–especially between the hours of 11pm and 4am.

my under-eye dark circles have become my new, signature “look.”

one day i will miss these middle of the night wake-up calls: that gummy smile, those eyes so bright and sparkly they light up her pitch-black nursery, buckling my knees with a love i’m convinced can solve all of the world’s problems.

forget drones and peace talks……i dare ANYONE to have hate in their heart after a baby looks you square in the eye, and cups your cheek for comfort.

or try being angry when the dead-weight, sack of flour, of a newborn naps in the crook of your neck.

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other than this new mammal under our roof, things are pretty much the same.

our beasts still run the show, and we just pay their mortgage; in no way have are they in second place.

i’m still not ready to talk about the “game of thrones” finale so let’s just leave it that.

i wouldn’t take any book recommendations from me for a while—i’m only trying to read books where i don’t have to think, cry, or care about anyone in them—so pretty much kathie lee gifford and i have started our own book club.

my fantasies these days aren’t of white sand beaches or first class to morocco—lately i’d give my left foot for an ativan sandwich and 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

i have NO idea what this season’s summer sandal or IT-bag is…my accesories of late consist of spit-up and my night-guard; anything and EVERYTHING to ensure that i will never get pregnant again.

we are DONE.

one and DONE.

so who sutton looks like?

 she is the carbon copy of me as a baby except without any eyebrows…we’re hoping misha nesselrod will soon come to her rescue.

although, if you ask my mother, she says {and i quote} “sutton looks like axl rose after he gained all of that weight.

?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!

so there you have it.

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according to my mother folks, that’s my baby ⬆︎.

and yes, grandma {aka “gigi”} is no longer babysitting for us.

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so as i wrap up this post, over the internet and television, breaking news is coming in that the united states supreme court has made the landmark ruling to provide same-sex couples with the right to marry in all 50 states.

i hope my computer doesn’t short out from the tears flooding down my face into my keyboard.

this is not hormonal emotion, this is human elation.

long overdue, but a welcome decision—it’s still hard to wrap my brain around the fact that people who love each other need the government’s permission…but that’s another post…

i am euphoric for my friends, my family, my daughter, and my fellow americans, gay and straight.

we have taken a supreme court step towards a more tolerant and loving society.

this is a great day.

friday-equality-for-all-to you m’loves!

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it’s friday i’m in love…..

April 24, 2015

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friday dark circles and breast pump blisters to you m’loves.

we are three weeks into parenthood, and cherishing whatever sleep we can get.

jones and priscilla, already on nanny-duty, insist on supervising every feed and diaper change. they, too, are grabbing naps at any opportunity.

besides the new little person and my loyal beasts {yes that includes my husband} here are some other things i’m LOVING this week:

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during our hospital stay, the one piece of advice we received over and over again was the importance of having ridiculously, clean hands. until my girl gets her shots {which she most certainly will—-please don’t go there with me,} her immune system is vulnerable to germs and other uglies lurking on door handles, faucets, and cell phones.

have you ever looked at how germy cell phones get?!?! blech. it’ll stop you in your tracks next time you grab your android to facebook post.

besides mandatory hand washing for all, the doctors and nurses encouraged us to have anti-bacterial gel throughout our house.

i’m actually still dealing with a rash i caught from the gel they used at the hospital—super harsh to my skin, with ingredients more irritating than anne hathaway. so i was happy to find this more natural version from bath + body works.

eucalyptus and spearmint scented, this gel kills germs, smells heavenly, and doesn’t irritate mine or baby’s skin.

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thank you to all who have offered me links for various “lactation cookies” to help with the breastfeeding; but the last thing this post-partum bitch needs is another cookie to eat–my pre-pregnancy weight is a long, 22lbs away and these maternity jeans aren’t getting any looser.

i’m sticking with {and luckily i LOVE} trader joe’s organic oatmeal.

super quick to make and it is perfectly delicious just on its own—no need to add sweetener or milk.

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are you guys watching lip sync battle!??!

my stretches of tv time are lately confined to 30 minute increments {usually with me attached to a breast pump.}

and i’m kind of over anything too heavy, involving kidnapping, murder, or the abuse of a child and or animal. even keeping up with the kardashians seems to border on child abuse for this hormonal mommy—-seriously? when did that sweet, little kylie turn into rupaul?

lip sync battle is the perfect, 22 minute, giggle-inducing, brain-cell diminishing, small-screen nibble.

anne hathaway’s version of “wrecking ball” officially shuts down all her haters……

:-|

 and as if ll cool j. hosting isn’t reason enough to watch.

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so i’m on my third go-round of pamela druckerman’s bringing up bebe.

an american living in paris, druckerman investigates the intricacies of french parenting and how it leads to independent, self-sufficient, non-bratty, happy children.

hunkiest and i are trying to perfect “the pause”—-a tool in teaching your baby how to self-soothe without hysterics or leaving your baby feeling insecure or untrusting….no this is NOT letting your baby “cry it out” uncontrollably so back that opinon truck up right now.

the only crying-it-out taking place in this household is mine…..boo-hoo’ing over the fact that i still give a rat’s ass about grey’s anatomy {major spoiler in link….}

i’m actually trying to employ “the pause” in other areas of my life needing a little less reactivity: my neighbor’s 6:30am saturday tree-trimming, my portion control come mid-afternoon, and now ABC primetime television.

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i’ve pretty much stayed house-bound these last couple of weeks; any forray out into public becomes a drinking game opportunity where hunkiest and i take a shots every time someone tells me how tired i look…since i kind of want to avoid fetal alcohol disorder and we’ve run out of uber drivers,  i’m limiting my outings.

when i do have to venture past my front door i make sure i’m shellacked in urban decay’s illuminating beauty balm. this vegan sunscreen/moisturizer/dark eye circle disguise helps me look a little less zombie, a little more planet earth.

so that’s all i got.

care to share what’s in your friday pocket o’favorites?

see you on the other side of sunday m’loves.

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