Wednesday, October 31, 2012

So What Wednesday

It's one of those weeks where I can't believe it's only Wednesday. Every day I've opened up the calendar and glanced over to Friday.

I'm here to tell you friends: It's only Wednesday.

I've decide to just say, so what?

So what, that I signed up for cookies at Jackson's school party today and copped out with store bought sugary goodness and very little shame.

So what, that I feel completely unprepared for Halloween now that it's actually here. Oh, and despite the fact I've had a costume since last month.

So what, if I turn off our porch light after we take Jackson trick-or-treating tonight. I will not be sorry that I choose not to deal with dogs jumping at the doorbell all night. Uh, no thank you.

So what, if I didn't really buy any candy to give out and have all intentions on snagging Jackson's candy. Since I plan to bake him some cookies this weekend, I'm just going to call us even.

So what, that we haven't carved a single pumpkin. Perhaps it's the failed trip to the pumpkin patch that's left a sour taste in my mouth...

So what, if I'm going to shamelessly brag on my October Small Sponsors :)
Now go show them some Wednesday love!

*linking up with Shannon for So What Wednesday

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It's Basically the Eve of November


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A Journalists' Kind Of Crack And One Too Many Shots

It was hard to pull myself out of bed Sunday morning. Whiskey is just not the same at 25. For real.  
That being said, the one thing I was set on us doing that day was getting to the Newseum.

Placed on Pennsylvania Avenue, it's 250,000 square-feet of American news and journalism history. Breathtaking to say the least. I was initially unsure of the $20 fee because most museums in DC are free, but it proved to be well worth every cent.


This museum could quench the thirst of a thousand writers.
They have an exhibit on the Berlin wall, featuring a section of the Berlin Wall.
I shouldn't even have to say more.

We spent a good four hours in the museum before a voice on the loudspeaker gave us a thirty-minute warning. I was awe-struck by the 9/11 exhibit keeping us from making the first two floors.

Source: newseum.org via Erin on Pinterest


My journalist heart was so happy in this day. But alas, museums close and cupcakes awaited. My sweet tooth just needed a cupcake in that moment and I knew we had to get to Georgetown Cupcakes before they closed. The trek from downtown to Georgetown Cupcakes' location is ridcuous. We'll just say, I may have been cursing them for a good hour.


But once we finally got ahold of these treats...oh my! They were amazing! My favorite was the Chocolate Lava. You've got to make this stop if you're visiting the DC area.

We hit the town that night spending far too much on Jack and Coke's at the W taking in a sensational view. Aside from the almost $150 we spent on four drinks, it was a great time.

{insert photo that we took at the bar with a view, but in hindsight we were far too drunk to be photographed}

Thankfully we managed to pick up some wacko drunk lady with her boss's business card. Her boss bought us all a round of shots that night. Wasn't that nice of him?! Then at some point there was another round of shots. And at a time that was far, far past when I should have gone home I grabbed Brandon and told him to get me home STAT.

Not only was this our first weekend without Jackson in a while, when you get all of Jimmy's friends together things tend to get a little wild. You know, in honor of Jimmy.

Although I endured the hangover that lasted 24 hours as my penance for too many drinks, I'll never forget the night we laughed relentlessly after a near-death experience with a foreign cabbie. Trying to keep up with Jimmy was never easy...but more on that tomorrow.

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Monumental Day

A blanket of clouds rolled in as we rounded the bend with a quintessential Washington, DC Fall view. I've been craving a real Fall day for weeks, but around here we're still seeing upper 80's on a daily basis. This view was a breath of fresh air.


This is just what we needed.

With my cousin as our personal tour guide, we booked it through the city taking in the sites, hearing the history and stopping every so often just to soak in the weather and surroundings.


Despite the 12 miles we covered of DC that day, it hardly felt like a long haul as we caught up on life and truly learned more about American history than I had in years.


Mother nature couldn't have been kinder to us.
Every single day boasted  seasonal temperatures, foliage and bliss.


Between seeing monuments and memorials, we popped into a few museums, heard details about January's Inaugural Ball and attempted to find a food truck. It should go without saying, I'm thankful my cousin is an exceptional tour guide of DC, but damn if we weren't exhausted by the time museums closed.

We dragged our tired bones to the metro and headed out to her house in Alexandria.


That night held a nap for this old lady, some seasonal beers, a few too many whiskey drinks and never-ending laughter. When morning rolled around, it became clear I'm no longer the young party-girl I once was. And that my friends? Is an understatement!

I slowly pulled myself out of bed that day to the smell of bacon and pancakes knowing that the day we had ahead would be much wilder than the one prior. If I only knew what I knew now, I'd have stayed in bed a bit longer!
***

Day Two of DC tomorrow :) Happy Monday loves! Oh and did you catch Friday's post? It was full of sweet mommy reflections and a little something for you too! You might want to read it!

Friday, October 26, 2012

If I Wasn't A Mom

I would've missed this...


I would've missed...
the hand holding, 
the dog chasing, 
the incessant laughter,
the mess.


I would've missed nights watching a monitor in awe of the tiny man on the other side, while at the same time whispering prayers the dog won't run down the hall and wake our little miracle. 

I would've missed the long days, short weeks and fishy kisses.


Most of all, I wouldve missed the chance for us to grow. 
For our hearts to know this love. For our story to have him in it. 

If I wasn't a mom life wouldn't be quite right. This little message was cemented in my spirit over the last week. Four days away from Jackson will apparently do that to this mama. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dora: The All-Too-Real Explorer


You know you're a mom when you find this video is freaking hilarious. 
I'm not alone, right?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Quasi Vacation

Four days. Three nights. Me and the Husband in DC.
No Toddlers allowed.


We came. We saw. We conquered.


Covering a little over 11 miles of the city on Saturday morning alone, this weekend will go down as a win in the books.


As exhausted as I am, I feel a bit refreshed. At least, mentally refreshed.

Many, many stories to come. Trust me you don't want to miss the the posts and photos I have in store!

*linked up with Naptime Momtag

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Parenting Test

This little parenting test has had me smiling all week. 

Mamas: I hope you laugh out loud.  
Mamas-to-be: it's funny because it's true.


Test 1: Preparation

Women: To Prepare For Pregnancy
1.Put on a dressing gown and stick a beanbag down the front.
2.Leave it there.
3.After 9 months remove 5% of the beans.

Men: To Prepare for Children 
1.Go to a local chemist, tip the contents of your wallet onto the counter and tell the pharmacist to help himself
2.Go to the supermarket. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3.Go home. Pick up the newspaper and read it for the last time.

Test 2:Knowledge
Find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels and how they have allowed their children to run wild. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's sleeping habits, toilet training, table manners and overall behaviour.

Enjoy it. It will be the last time in your life that you will have all the answers.

Test 3: Nights
To discover how the nights will feel:
1. Walk around the living room from 5pm to 10pm carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 4 - 6kg, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly.
2. At 10pm, put the bag down, set the alarm for midnight and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 11pm and walk the bag around the living room until 1am.
4. Set the alarm for 3am.
5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2am and make a cup of tea.
6. Go to bed at 2.45am.
7. Get up again at 3am when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs in the dark until 4am.
9. Put the alarm on for 5am. Get up when it goes off.
10.Make breakfast.

Keep this up for 5 years. LOOK CHEERFUL.

Test 4: Dressing Small Children
1.Buy a live octopus and a string bag.
2.Attempt to put the octopus into the string bag so that no arms hangout.
Time Allowed: 5 minutes.

Test 5:Cars
1.Forget the BMW. Buy a practical 5-door wagon.
2.Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.
3.Get a coin. Insert it into the CD player.
4.Take a box of chocolate biscuits; mash them into the back seat.
5.Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Test 6: Going For a Walk
a.Wait.
b.Go out the front door.
c.Come back in again.
d.Go out.
e.Come back in again.
f.Go out again.
g.Walk down the front path.
h.Walk back up it.
i.Walk down it again.
j.Walk very slowly down the road for five minutes.
k.Stop, inspect minutely and ask at least 6 questions about every piece of used chewing gum, dirty tissue and dead insect along the way.
l.Retrace your steps.
m.Scream that you have had as much as you can stand until the neighbours come out and stare at you.
n.. Give up and go back into the house.

You are now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.

Test 7: Conversations with children
Repeat everything you say at least 5 times.

Test 8: Grocery Shopping
1.Go to the local supermarket. Take with you the nearest thing you can find to a pre-school child - a fully grown goat is excellent. If you intend to have more than one child, take more than one goat.
2.Buy your weekly groceries without letting the goat(s) out of your sight.
3.Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys.

Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Test 9:Feeding a 1 year-old
1.Hollow out a melon
2.Make a small hole in the side
3.Suspend the melon from the ceiling and swing it side to side
4.Now get a bowl of soggy cornflakes and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon while pretending to be an aeroplane.
5.Continue until half the cornflakes are gone.
6.Tip the rest into your lap, making sure that a lot of it falls on the floor.

Test 10:TV
1.Learn the names of every character from the Wiggles, Barney, Teletubbies and Disney.
2.Watch nothing else on television for at least 5 years.

Test 11:  Mess
Can you stand the mess children make? To find out:

1.Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains
2.Hide a fish behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3.Stick your fingers in the flowerbeds and then rub them on clean walls. Cover the stains with crayon. How does that look?
4.Empty every drawer/cupboard/storage box in your house onto the floor and proceed with step 5.
5.Drag randomly items from one room to another room & leave them there.

Test 12: Long Trips with Toddlers
1.Make a recording of someone shouting 'Mummy' repeatedly. Important Notes: No more than a 4 second delay between each Mummy. Include occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet.
2.Play this tape in your car, everywhere you go for the next 4 years.

You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Test 13:Conversations
1.Start talking to an adult of your choice.
2.Have someone else continually tug on your shirt hem or shirt sleeve while playing the Mummy tape listed above.

You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

Test 14:Getting ready for work
1. Pick a day on which you have an important meeting.
2.Put on your finest work attire.
3.Take a cup of cream and put 1 cup of lemon juice in it
4.Stir
5.Dump half of it on your nice silk shirt
6.Saturate a towel with the other half of the mixture
7.Attempt to clean your shirt with the same saturated towel
8.Do not change (you have no time).
9.Go directly to work

You are now ready to have children. ENJOY!!

*****

This hilariously, entertaining, honest test of parenthood comes to you via Mamami by Chet

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Me.

I stress over trivial matters.

I'm an odd balance of OCD and ADD that I still can't emotionally balance.

I cry more than I should, and I don't care because it makes me feel better.

I feel awkward in many social situations.

I love motherhood.

However, I am impatient and quite stubborn.

I lived the first 22 years of life with my heart on my sleeve.

I've learned life is raw.

I believe prayer and laughter can heal.

I fall short but remain to dream big.

I'm a work in progress.

Monday, October 15, 2012

You'll Leave Full

It's true. You will leave this meal full. 
Go ahead and account extra space on your plate for this yummy eatery. 


Ingredients:

1 can refrigerated biscuits

1 lb ground beef
1 cup BBQ sauce of your choosing (I like using this recipe)
1 (or 2) cups of cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (or as directed on your biscuit package).
2. Spray muffin tin and set aside.
3. Brown beef in skillet. Add BBQ sauce and simmer for five (5) minutes.
4. Split biscuits in two and press into the muffin tin. Then fill with a spoonful of the beef mixture.
     {If you're really feeling cheesy, stir a little cheddar into the beef mixture in Step 4}
5. Sprinkle each cup with cheddar cheese.
6. Bake 13-15 minutes or until biscuits are cooked through. Cool one minute then remove from pan.

Recipe source: Pillsbury

linking up with AP for Pinterest Project

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Woop, Woop, Mommy-Brain Mixer Time

Welcome to week 12 of the Mommy-Brain Mixer, ladies!

Last week we had a wonderful 104 link-ups!

The Mommy Brain Mixer is one of my favorite hops of all time. Each week you'll find great lessons, beautiful stories and an incredible community. 

This week I'm linking up my letter to my pre-mommy self.

I hope you'll join us for this week's mixer! 


At the Mommy-Brain Mixer, we will be linking up our writings about anything and everything motherhood!

We want to see funny posts, serious posts, sweet & sappy stories, mommy-brain episodes, memories from when your older children were younger, thoughts & lessons learned, and anything related to motherhood or little people. You know that post you wrote yesterday about your teething baby? Or that hilarious post you wrote about your 2nd grader's school play? Those are perfect, so link 'em up! 

The Mommy-Brain Mixer is the perfect place to find some great new blogs to follow, make some wonderful new blog friends, and enjoy some entertaining new reads!

To make things even more fun, my friend Mar, over at Raising Bean, is hosting a sister link-up for you to join, too!

Head on over there after your finished here and link up your recipes, DIY, arts & crafts, and sensory activities!  

Let's get to it, friends!
 
RULES:
1.Follow Two In Diapers
{the first link below}
If you are new to the Mixer, please leave me a comment so I know to follow you back! I try to get around to all the posts but, as the Mixer is growing, there are some weeks that I'm not able!

2. Follow your co-hosts
This week's lovely co-hosts {the first 4 on the linky} are:

Erin from The View From 510
Maria from Life on M Avenue
Grace from Grace Loves Iggy

3. Link up your mommy post!

4. Make sure to visit some of the blogs in the link-up and maybe even follow them!
{and comments are always loved} 

5. Tweet about the Mommy-Brain Mixer to help spread the word! 

 

6. Grab this adorable button and place it somewhere on your blog!

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7. Don't forget to check back throughout the week, as we gain many new links throughout the week!

If you are interested in co-hosting a Mommy-Brain Mixer, send me an email at twoindiapers@gmail.com!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Letter To My Pre-Mommy Self...

Coffee is now part of your daily routine.
I know. I know! It's true, though.
In fact, you and coffee typically meet twice a day.

Prepare yourself, that's not the only change ahead.
You think pregnancy was a wild ride?
Well, hang on. Things are just getting started.

In the coming months your laundry piles up. The floors will typically be sticky and/or wet. Your patience will be tested, clothes mucky and laughter genuine. Peaceful meals will be sparse. Hours of the day become precious. And your heart will grow in a miraculous manner.

You'll question 98 percent of the decisions you make. That is, until the moment each day when his hand holds yours. That's where you'll find peace.

Cherish those moments. You deserve them. 


Disclaimer: these heart-bursting moments are often planted smack in the middle of a Tonka Truck to the head and a Lego to the foot.


Big picture? You become a different person. Embrace it.
Fill these days with contentment and faith. In this life, you'll see so many blessings.

Sincerely, 

18-Month Mommy

Return the Favor Hop: Twitter Edition

Welcome back this week for another round of the Twitter hop!



Leave your email address to be notified every week before 



If you would like to be a co-host in the future, please send an email to chelsea@yourstrulyblog.com and let me know what type of hop {Twitter, Facebook, GFC, Bloglovin'} you'd most like to co-host!





Follow your host &  co-hosts
Share the hop with others, whether it be via Twitter, Facebook, your blog, etc!
Come link up with @chelseaoliviaxo for the Twitter hop to find new friends! http://www.yourstrulyblog.com/2012/10/welcome-back-this-week-for-another.html
Feel free to copy the code for the button from above and put it up on your blog.
Take a couple minutes to visit some other people who have linked up and let them know you stopped by from the Return The Favor hop - and hopefully they will return the favor!



Chelsea from Yours Truly
Stephanie from Qualls' Quirks
Liz from The Pepper and Her Pups
Miranda from All Things Lovely
Erin from The View From 510
Lena from Lena B, Actually
Tina from Like Ordinary Life
Kalleen from A Day In The Life of Me, KT




Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Help me choose an iPhone case!


Alright ladies, help me get this thing ordered! My Libra self just can't decide :) 

Leave your favorite number in the comments!

The Quarter-Life Crisis is Upon Us

If we're really being honest, it hit me back in May. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something happened one day and it just clicked. I'm going to be 25 this year. Well, this year has quickly dwindled to, uh, two days ago.

I've awaited this month, this milestone. Typically, I love my birthday. Nothing big ever really happens, and I don't insist on going crazy. But that day? Just always feels special. This year is a different story, though. I've had an unsettling feeling about this birthday. 25. Twenty-Five. TWENTYFIVE. For the first time I feel "old."

Lately, I've been stepping back, looking at the big picture and reflecting on my last handful of years. Where I was. Where I went. And where we're going. Because let's face it, there's no more I around here. 

Despite pondering this birthday for essentially the entire summer, I still can't wrap my head around the fact I'm now 25. Re-runs of life have been playing in my mind for months.

Leaving for college to start a new chapter.

The heat of the Alabama sun as I sit on the bleachers yelling Rammer-Jammer surrounded by the sweet smell of whiskey and Denny Dogs at my first ever Alabama Football game.

The rhythm of Brandon's band playing the first time we met.

Joy of choosing the first place we'd live together.

Life as a college student making her way through journalism school.

The rows of books I inhabited as a recent graduate still living her life in the library preparing for the LSATs.

Newlywed-life: sorting out the realities of days together.

A young woman terrified of what the future holds as her faith in God waivers.

My heart healing as Brandon and I grew together and wrote our latest chapter, parenthood

Vividness of these days make it hard to fathom all this bundled into my years.  So quickly, these moments passed me by becoming my narrative. And now? Through the mess of our toddler-owned house, an overflow of love can be found. Some days you have to squint to see past the bursting teething-toddler frustrations, but it's there. Knowing this, I welcome a new season of life a wiser soul.

Friday, October 5, 2012

To Brighten Your Day...


Some wonderful ladies have come together to offer up great gifts for NINE lovely readers. 


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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A New View

Monday didn't quite play out the way I'd planned. Before noon, daycare called saying Jackson was sick. In case you missed my twitter rants, we Jackson spent the weekend cutting canines.

The past four days have been filled with little sleep, lots of cries and wavering patience.

But I refuse to let this mess of sickies bring the week down. You see, Saturday is my birthday. And? It's a milestone. Typically, we're celebrating Jackson's milestones, but this month it's my turn.

As a part of my new-year/new-chapter outlook, I've been on the search for a pair of glasses. I'll spare you my tale on failing a recent eye exam in attempts to get a new driver's license for now. Needless to say, this was overdue.

Just one problem, there aren't enough hours in the day. Much less enough time to go out, try on and purchase a new pair of eye glasses. That's where GlassesUSA.com came in.

Their Virtual Mirror is basically a God-send for busy lives. Forget finding time to get to the store. GlassesUSA has provided everything you need right on their site to buy glasses!



For real. It works.


Prescription glasses, sunglasses, just because glasses. I think I spent a good week trying on glasses with the virtual mirror! After comparing a few hundred I finally landed on a pair. 

It seems they've arrived just in time for me to, you know, legally drive. 


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I was given a voucher to GlassesUSA.com in exchange for my review. All opinions are mine.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Falliday Mantel Makeover

Perhaps it's the Pumpkin Roll Scentsy filling our house, but something really has me in the seasonal spirit. While I typically don't decorate per season, I've been bitten by the Falliday bug this year.


A few too many pins later, I've spruced up our usual mantel suspects for their own festive look.



Owls: Ross // Happily Ever After sign: Bed, Bath and Beyond // Vase: Walmart



Vase: wedding gift // Plant: Walmart // Pumpkin: BiLo


The vases were a Pinterest inspired addition and I think they're really quite beautiful. I adore the natural, textured element they bring to our room. I simply bought a bag of yellow popcorn, red kidney beans and green split peas. The grand total spent was around five bucks. Everything else used we already had {minus the pumpkin, of course}.

Mantel Decorations + Fall Bucket List = Falliday Awesomeness

Have you livened up your house for Fall yet? To get you even more inspired, I'll be sharing my top picks for Fall Mantels tomorrow. It's officially October y'all, there's no denying the season is here! 

Oh and did you see the Thousand Flowers giveaway? Hint, hint: there's a Diamond Candle up for grabs!

A Thousand Flowers

When you delve into the bloggy world, your site will evolve with your life. And along the way, you'll even hit a few milestones. This week, I'm so excited to celebrate with Cassie from Two In Diapers in reaching 1,000 GFC Followers. 

Let a thousand flowers bloom.

Have you heard this quote before? It means 'to encourage many ideas from many sources'.

The meaning of this quote reminded Cassie of what made it possible to get to 1,000 followers at Two In Diapers...You.

When she started blogging, she had no idea what blogging was much more than some time tapping away on her keyboard. It's a beautiful community of people. I'm sure that a blogger cannot do it alone. She contributes making it to this point to the followers, sponsors, and friends she's met through blogging and so...

  Cassie and her fabulous sponsors have teamed up to give you the first ever group-sponsored giveaway at Two In Diapers!

You are entering the win the following irresistible gifts:

A Vanilla Cream Diamond Candle
A $25 Old Navy Giftcard
A $25 Starbucks Giftcard
An OPI Nail Polish in "Berlin There Done That"

Before we begin, she'd like to give a special thanks to the wonderful ladies who contributed!

Julie from The Naptime Review
Bevin from The Lewis Life
Jennifer from Pushing the Lemons
Joanna from Moda Mama

Ok, friends! Good luck to you! This giveaway is open to everyone! 

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Congratulations again, Cassie! Everyone please be sure you've taken the time to visit Two in Diapers and shown Cassie some love!