Station Wagons, SJP and Trombone Shorty


Does this car not just shout SUMMERTIME?!

This was the exact family car of a good friend when I was a kid.  We’d drive it to the Cape, fill it up with inner tubes and bags full of towels and beach snacks and then squish in back for the ride to the beach.

We made lots of silly faces out the back window and then we’d duck down in a fit of giggles.  I’m sure we drove her mom nuts.  We loved it.

I had just been thinking about this car when it popped up in a great episode of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee by Jerry Seinfeld featuring Sarah Jessica Parker.  She got it in red and listening to her talk about it made me long to be in the car with them.


Then I loved her just a little bit more when she said Trombone Shorty is her favorite solo artist during this interview.  He’s one of mine as well.  Nothing better than seeing him live, extra points if you see him in New Orleans.

One of the most amazing parts of the show was when he and his band all traded instruments and continued playing.  He’s a true entertainer.


Here’s a great video of him when he was just a kid, an amazing natural talent.  I love to see the reaction of the guys he’s playing with, they know his talent, and appreciate it with a wink and a smile, nothing more. 😉

What do you remember about summertime as a kid?

Wednesday Weigh In – How to process emotion?


One of the biggest hurdles that must be overcome on the way to normal eating is letting myself feel whatever emotion comes up.  It sounds so simple, and it is, but it’s not easy.

What happens is I have the desire to eat when I’m not hungry.  That’s my first clue that some underlying emotion is trying to tell me something.  I try to tune in but either (a) I don’t know what emotion I am feeling or (b) I DO know what emotion I am feeling but I have trouble processing it, letting it flow over me until it diminishes.

SO, what I’ve discovered this week is something called EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique.

What I like about it is that I have a lot of mixed emotions.  For example, I want to exercise more but my actions don’t match my desire, which means I have mixed feelings about it!  This confuses me (to add to the mix).  So I imagine EFT would be really helpful to let both sides of the argument come out and eventually one of them is going to win.

It’s a pretty simple technique although requires some quiet time alone.  I can see how it will safely allow me to explore my emotions.

Many times I feel a lot of fear around expressing and feeling the emotion.  This seems like it will safely help me explore without a lot of risk.  In the meantime, I’ll come to understand my emotions more and release them!  I can see how over time the feelings will diminish, which is the whole point.

I’ve done a lot of therapy which has done amazing things for me, and I will probably do more, but I am intrigued by EFT.  There seems to be a lot of scientific evidence on the success of this technique.  I’m actually kind of excited to give it a try.  Maybe it’s just the thing I’m looking for.

I am not quite ready to share the site I found with the entire blogosphere but if you email me directly I will be happy to share.  Otherwise I think you can google it and find plenty of information.

How’s my week going?

This has been an up and down week for me.  Some wins include:

  • Consciously thinking about how much I am eating, trying to eat to satisfaction
  • Beefing up my exercise and movement, thank you fitbit!  Note on this, I am sad to say that when I don’t wear the fitbit I don’t force myself to move as much…which means it’s working?  Gotta think more on that later.
  • Reading a lot of really helpful material

Some areas to improve:

  • Didn’t make the healthiest choices
  • Still not getting my veggies in at every meal
  • Want to drink more water!
  • That’s all for this week’s Wed Weigh In!

PS I have been working on my bucket list and will post very soon!

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Restaurant-Worthy Meal!

I had had three Tilapia filets in my freezer for a few months and this weekend I decided we were making them!

I am not what most people (including my husband) consider a cook but I gave this recipe a shot and it was seriously restaurant-worthy.  I followed the instructions and then the suggestions made by “TAYLOR” in the Most Helpful Positive Review section.

This is the internet working at it’s best.  It came out so well that my husband and I cleaned our plates.  I like fish pretty well but he is not a fan.  And my one-year-old daughter ate it!

One of my goals is to get 14 meals we truly love and this one’s going on the list!

Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture but I’m sure it wouldn’t have done it justice.  The picture above is from the recipe page (why is it so hard to take a good picture of food?).

I’m just proud of the fact that I cooked it in the first place.  Yum!

Hope you have a hilarious weekend!



Doesn’t this comedy festival look amazing?  Some of my favorite comics will be there like Amy Schumer, Louis CK, Aziz Ansari and Jim Gaffigan.  Guys, why aren’t you coming to Phoenix?

We have a swim date planned with an old friend and her family and plan to get the house in order.  What are you up to this weekend?

PS Yesterday I climbed 32 flights of stairs and had 16 active minutes…woohoo!

Needed a pick-me-up

I’ve been feeling a little poopy today so I starting watching funny videos to make me feel better.  I love this one of Amy Schumer, Jimmy Fallon, James McAvoy and the Roots playing drunk double dutch.

This one is really funny, too, and I can’t help but smile when I watch this.

Wise words about living healthy

A quote from Karen Koenig in her blog post: What Does BMI Really Tell Us?

“What we can do to move toward health and longevity you already know how to do: eat mostly nutritious foods, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, reduce stress and improve at handling it, stop smoking, don’t overdo it with alcohol, have strong connections with others, and go out there and find pleasure and meaning in life. When you’re doing all of the above, you don’t need to know your weight or BMI because you’re living the most healthy lifestyle you possibly can.”

I want to read this every single day.

Wednesday Weigh In

The Numbers

This week has been a success!  It helps that the scale shows a 7lb loss from last Wed. although I can’t help but feel it’s deceptive.  That being said, I’m going to choose to trust that I’m doing the right things and keep on doing them!

  • Food intake has been under control, filled with mostly protein and healthy-ish carbs.
  • Hunger has been top of mind, I’ve been using it to tell me when to eat, revolutionary, I know!
  • Fitbit has been motivating me to take the stairs, get up and walk, brave the heat and go outside.  Below is a snapshot of my week.


Areas of improvement

  • Eat more veggies!  I am setting a goal of eating at least one veggie, even if it’s a single baby carrot, at every meal.
  • Exercise!  I want to find some way to build it in to my day.  I’d love to see my active minutes go up.  I have a pathetic 22 minutes for the week, 6 minutes as a daily average.

The Emotional Side

So this is the real challenge.  I am an emotional eater and have been trying to practice normal eating for some time now.  I’d like to take this weekly post to check in on how I am doing with this side of the weight loss challenge.

As a family we’ve been going through a lot of change (new jobs, new house, new city, new schools) and it’s been overwhelming.  My emotions have been on a roller coaster. Some days I feel like “hey, this is going great, we made the right choice!” and some days I think “I wish we were back in New Orleans where life was simpler and we had our routine”.

Some days I just want to cry!

So I’ve been trying to stay with my emotions, let them float over me without judgement.  I let myself cry, I take a walk, and sometimes I fall back on old habits and eat Cheetos!

It’s hard to quantify how I am doing on this particular challenge.  But I’m going to try:

  • One post on my normal eating forum
  • Let myself cry once when I was too overwhelmed
  • Read a blog and part of an ebook on normal eating
  • Worked on my blog every day!
  • Tried once to meditate and quiet my mind when it was going in circles
  • Exercised one night when I felt I needed it


Gift Guide: Three Year Old Boy

Before I had kids I would have had NO idea what to give to a three year old boy on his birthday.

Below is a gift idea list for a boy who is sweet and kind (most of the time), loves to jump in muddy puddles and also enjoys a little down time in front of the TV.Buzz


Buzz Lightyear Action Figure – This guy is a favorite of ALL kids I know!


Woody Talking Figure – Can’t have Buzz without Woody!


Sperry Top-Sider – These shoes are absolutely adorable and make the bear look like a tiny hipster.  They really pull an outfit together! 


Kazam Balance Bike – This bike is amazing!  It has no pedals so kids learn balance first, then we can introduce a pedaled two-wheeler.  So many parents I know swear by it!  


Hooded Shark Towel – I don’t know any kid who wouldn’t love this!  Looks great on, too. 


kidSTYLE Mixed Fruit Mini Suitcases – Great holding sports and transportation devices for favorite toys, plus they look good sitting around the house, too! 


Fisher-Price Doodle Pro Classic Doodler with 2 Stampers – Kids can draw without the mess and even babies can use this.  Great for the car!


Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3 OR Just get the Box Set – Toy Story Trilogy – My son loves them all (although 2 is his favorite).  I suggest getting the digital copy so you can have it for the car or airplane if necessary.  It’s super convenient.


Superhero Third Birthday Kids T-Shirt – This is something they can wear all year and really makes a statement!  Kids love the superhero splash!



For maximum impact, go with the Giant Stuffed Wild Republic Crocodile – Both kids love to throw themselves face first into something soft and cuddly and then dissolve into a fit of giggles!  Also makes for great pictures 🙂

Chicago Cubs Birthday Baseball at Chase Field!

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Today is my son’s birthday!  Over the weekend we treated him to the Cubs vs. Diamondbacks baseball game at Chase Field in Phoenix.

My husband grew up in Chicago so we are indoctrinating them early as Cub fans.  I found these adorable outfits right near the Cubs spring training facilities.

My dad is a former MLB player so he has a special gold card he can use to get into any game, anywhere, anytime!  It’s a really wonderful treat and we got great seats behind home plate.

I think they both enjoyed being at the game and we all shared popcorn, hot dogs, soft pretzels with cheese and french fries.  We left after the top of the 5th when the Cubs were in the lead and we were happy and tired.

Thanks, Dad and Happy 3rd Birthday, Chuck!

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Here the Bear is telling us how old he is, isn’t he doing great with his finger signals?!  He’s growing up so very fast.

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Baby girl had a wardrobe change early on because it was so dang hot!  She was a trooper and charmed everyone around our seats.

Hope your weekend is filled with love and laughter



I love this picture of Elaine Stritch.

What are you up to this weekend?  We’re taking the kids to one of their very first baseball games and throwing them a birthday party.  It will be so much fun to share these new experiences with them.  I think that’s one of the best parts of parenthood, you get to experience it all as new again.