Falling in love with New Orleans

I was just having a conversation with a coworker about the enchantment that is New Orleans.  She reminded me that before we moved there we watched this video of Ingrid Lucia over and over again.  The song and video say it all.

Who doesn’t want to visit after watching that?

The most versatile skirt

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A few years ago my friend Goh turned me on to the cotton stretch pencil skirt.  What’s great about it is that it is slimming and sexy and looks good on everyone. It usually comes in a variety of colors and patterns so you can add some variety and interest to your wardrobe.

What I love most is that I can dress it up with heels and a blouse or dress it down with chucks and a tee and still feel stylish.  I choose skirts that are primarily cotton which makes them cool and comfy and a great alternative to shorts in the summer.

The stretch factor is key because it means I can still sit on the floor, climb over baby gates and chase after my little buggers without worrying about ripping the skirt, it just bounces right back.

I have this one from Old Navy, classic colors here, trendy colors offered here and why not a polka dot pattern or gingham pattern?

What are your go-to pieces this summer?

Kids and Brushing

My grandma’s boyfriend always said, “Take care of your teeth, they are a direct connection to your physical health.”  He was so wise and I have never forgotten these words.

I want to convey this to my kids and make sure they floss and brush every single day because I know they will thank me for it later (Ack!) but it’s tough to convince a four year old the importance of his oral care.  Which is why I was so excited to come across this adorable book at the pediatric dentist:

bugsIsn’t it cute?!  And the story is good, he was into it while we read it in the waiting room.

How do you convince your little one to brush and floss?

A natural tranquilizer

November 30 download 035I recently came across a relaxation technique that I have been using nonstop called 4-7-8.  Here’s how it works, you breath in for four counts, hold for seven and breath out for eight counts.  It works wonders!  So I did a search on it and this is what I found out… Continue reading

Tips from Grandma Mickey

gram party 2My grandma Mickey (shown here in the middle with the glasses between her two best friends) tells the best stories, loves to laugh and actually asked the dentist to put a gap in her dentures between her two front teeth because she wanted to recognize herself in the mirror.  “I wanted to look like me!” she said.

She is almost 90 and still living alone with wonderful friends who live all around her and stop in with donuts, take her to the store and leave food on her doorstep so she doesn’t have to cook.

She is still living it up and I hope to be just like her when I grow up.

I asked her to give me some good tips that I could use as I grew older and I thought I would share a few of them on my blog so everyone can benefit!  She has no idea what a blog is but she’s about to find out!

One thing she says older people struggle with is getting their socks on.  When her boyfriend John had knee surgery, they gave him this great tool which he promptly gave to her (sweet sweet man) and she has used every single day since…

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Self care – What the hell is it?

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We’ve moved into the new/old house and so far it’s been great.  We are closer to work and daycare, the backyard is huge, my bathroom while smaller has a bigger shower and the house is mostly carpeted which makes it easier for the kids to rip through the house and chase or be chased.  Who doesn’t love that?

Now that we are here, we should have more time to exercise which was a big pro when we were thinking about whether to move. Now we actually have to put this pro into place and do it!  Last night I got on the elliptical for 10 minutes which I considered a major victory.

Exercising is something I think is important to my self care so I started contemplating self care and what it actually is.  This is a tough one and has perplexed me for quite a while.  I think what I am realizing is that it’s going to be different for each person and we each really need to sit down and do some hard thinking about what our own self care looks like.  Here are some of the questions I considered:

  • What do I care about?
  • What do I find fun?
  • What brings me peace?
  • What can I do to lighten up my schedule, slow things down?
  • What can I do that will make me feel proud?
  • What activities or scenarios make me happy to do or imagine?
  • What gets in my way and how can I plan around the obstacles?

The wheel at the beginning is also a good place to start.  So I sat down and made my list today, I really gave it some thought and I think I have a promising list.  One thing on the list was post to this blog so I’m starting with this ONE THING to get me going.

What will you include on your list?

Tentative move in date

I heard back from the property manager and we’ve got a tentative move out/move in date of May 1.  We were hoping to have at least a week to get in there and do some cleaning and painting before we moved back in but it all depends on how flexible OUR property management company is about our move out date.

I have to say, it will be nice to go from working with TWO property management companies to none.  I always thought renting was the best, and I still appreciate how flexible renting is, but I am looking forward to getting back to a place I own and I hope that after we sell this place that we get to move into another home we own, hopefully someplace we love and stay for a while.

When I think of the houses I would love to live in, I dream of a bungalow or a cottage or a craftsman home.  Something not too big with a beautiful front porch, foliage all around and little architectural nooks and crannies inside where I could hide with a good book for hours.

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This is the home my husband grew up in.  It didn’t have the dormers back then or the same landscaping in front but it was beautiful and in the most amazing neighborhood, the John Hughes neighborhood:

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We’ve got a lot of work to do but I think we can get there.