Wednesday, April 30, 2014

So What Wednesday

It's Wednesday, finally, and I'm missing last week's vacation like crazy. So this week I'm saying "So What?" if:

  • Most of the time when I participate in "So What Wednesday", Shannon doesn't and then I have no where to link up... yet I keep doing it anyway.
  • I'm already counting down how many days of school are left until summer vacation (FYI, it's 34 including today), but I would be super annoyed if my students were counting down too
  • Fynn gave me this awesome hug the other day. While I was snapping a picture I asked "are you giving Mommy a big hug" "no" she replied.
    "Are you strangling Mommy?" "Yup!"- I had to laugh, though part of me is scared about the monster I am raising
  • I was all proud of Drew for knowing what day Mother's Day is on this year... until he admitted that he only knew because he saw the grocery store ad that said the date on it. Fail Drew, you just lost yourself some major kudos there.

Monday, April 28, 2014

The important things in life

Sometimes I feel like a failure at this whole motherhood thing. There are things I wish I did differently or had the time/energy to do better, I'm far from the world's best mom; kid watches more tv then she should

...and eats plenty of junk food

...sometimes I lose my patience with her, and snap or say things I shouldn't

...I work full time, which means she's in daycare and there are days when I only get 3 hours of awake time with her

...I don't read to her every single day

... or take her on exciting excursions every weekend

But! There is one part of being this kid's mom that I've got down:

This kid is loved

She has parents who are both there for her. Who love her, shower affection on her, and have her best interests in mind. We're not perfect (by far) but when it comes down to it, at less then 2 she knows without a doubt that we love her unconditionally.

She has two sets of doting grandparents who would give her the world (and all the candy in it). 

Three uncles and one aunt who think she is the most amazing kid in the world (they're right). 

She has friends and other family members who adore and love on her every opportunity they get.

In short, this kid has people. People who she can depend on, people who love her even when she hasn't taken an nap and is a world-class crankers. People who will do and be anything that she needs no matter what. That is my success in parenting, and really it's what matters most. I'm getting better about not feeling as much mom-guilt, not letting what others do/don't do for their child make me feel inferior, because when I really think about it, she's got everything she could ever need.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday Social

This week's Sunday Social questions were right up my alley, the things that bug me? I can do that!

1. What is your biggest driving pet peeve?
People who drive way under the speed limit. I'm not talking about when it's blizzard conditions out there, I'm talking about the people who just drive 10-15 mph under the speed limit just to drive me nuts. Keep in mind, most of the roads around here are narrow and/or winding which equals few opportunities to safely pass these obnoxious people. 

2. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?

When people say negative crap just to be mean. I get it, you may disagree with what I'm saying... sometimes even I disagree with what I'm saying, but if your comment is just nasty or to make you feel better, try closing your browser and cursing me under your breath. It will have the same effect, I just won't have to deal with it. *

*if you do have a legit disagreement, I'm open to discussion, I just don't see the need for the straight up hate/bullying that is so common in blogging these days.

3. What is your biggest shopping pet peeve?

People who block an entire area. Yeah, you need to debate for 10 minutes about which item you're going to get, I'm there, I do it all the time. However your cart/body/family/friends/army of followers don't need to block off the entire section. Worse is when these blockers see you there, waiting patiently to pop in to grab something, and don't move a muscle. Really? You couldn't back up 2 feet for 30 seconds? I swear I'll leave you alone after that!

4. What is your biggest general pet peeve?

The hinting request. Mostly this is little kids, but I've seen plenty of adults pull this trick. It's the "I wish I had...." or, "You're so lucky to have...". My students pull this all the time if there's candy on my desk. My usual response is "Yeah, that would be cool" or "Actually there's no luck involved". To be honest, if they had just asked for it, I'd probably pass it over. But that passive-agressiveness? Just bugs me. 

5. What is your most irrational fear?

Being murdered in my sleep. Yeah, because Southern Maine is a hotbed for violent crime, not to mention my sleepy neighborhood... yet for some reason, this is an all-consuming, legit fear for me. In bed at night I'll hear the house settling or a random noise and be convinced that someone is in the house and I'm done for. I've watched way too many scary movies and crime-scene tv shows.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014


Fynn and I love taking selfies together. Okay, I like taking selfies, and she loves being a ham. Any time I turn the camera on my phone she gets a big grin on her face and says "cheese". I especially love it when she makes funny faces when we do it. The smiles are cute, but the silly faces are hilarious. The third one in this collage is what we call "sassy face". She also does an awesome fish face, but I haven't gotten a selfie of that yet. One of her favorite thing to do these days is hand me my phone and ask for "the babies". By that she wants me to open up pictures and videos of her and she'll flip through them, laugh at herself, and replay some of the videos over and over. I have to wonder if she realizes that all these are her, or if she really thinks they're just pix/videos of random babies.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

So What Wednesday

How is already Wednesday??? On a normal week I'd be psyched that we're halfway through the week, but it's vacation week, and we're already halfway through the week!

This week I'm saying "So What?"

  • If Fynn went to daycare today. Mommy needs a nice long run, time to get stuff done, and a break from being Mommy. Hey, it IS my vacation too... actually the main reason I sent her today was to go get an oil change and go to Target... exciting stuff, I know. 
  • I debated for .2 seconds yesterday about going into work this week to clean up my classroom and begin packing for the big move, and then dismissed the idea and settled in to watch an episode of Sophia the First with Fynn. #priorities
  • The only time I've changed out of my pj's/yoga pants this week was when I threw all them in the wash and wore sweat pants instead for 2 hours.
  • I still haven't finished cleaning up from our Easter get together on Sunday, I'd say I've been busy, but we all know that's just code for lazy.
  • I'm going to end my "So Whats" by telling you to go enter my giveaway for a McD's prize pack.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dashboard lights and taco-meters

While driving the other morning, I noticed one of those little lights on my dashboard was lit up:

Now, if you know anything about cars, you're probably thinking "okay, so what?" Well, the thing is, I don't know anything about cars. To me, this symbol could have meant that I was low on oil or that the self-destruct program had just been initiated. I had no idea. So of course, I texted Drew.

Oops! I guess I had hit the button. It's located right under the gear shifter (Yes, I had to ask Drew what "that thingy that shifts your car" is called), so I guess I bumped it when I put it into drive. Luckily he got back to me within minutes, so I didn't have too much time to muse about the possibility of my imminent doom. At some point I should probably learn these things about cars... but since I'm the same person that once referred to a tachometer as a "taco-meter"... that's probably not going to happen any time soon. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Review and Giveaway: McDonald's Bacon Clubhouse

Disclosure: I received compensation in the form of products and a gift card in exchange for my honest opinion.

Drew, Fynn and I hit up our local McDonald's the other day to try out the new Bacon Clubhouse Sandwiches. We had these sweet coupons for buy one get one free sandwiches and a gift card, which meant full bellies and a full wallet (always a perk). Another perk was that when the cashier scanned the coupon, the receipt came out with a note at the top that apparently made me a VIP because man did we get our food fast. We decided to try all three sandwiches, the Bacon Clubhouse burger, Grilled Chicken Bacon Clubhouse and Crispy Chicken Bacon Clubhouse. We also ordered Fynn her first ever Happy Meal.

I grabbed the food and we headed home to eat lunch before the inevitable pre-nap time meltdown. Unfortunately, when we got home we discovered that they had left Fynn's Happy Meal out. We were bummed, but we had more then enough food. Drew went with the burger while I stuck with the chicken. We split the other chicken sandwich three ways so that Fynn could join in on the taste test. Pretty sure she was psyched.

These sandwiches were amazing. They were on a different bun then you usually get at fast food places and were loaded with tasty chicken/beef, bacon (oh, how I love bacon) veggies, onions and Big Mac sauce... now if you know me at all, you probably already figured that I got mine without the onions or Big Mac sauce... just not my thing. The people at McDonald's were super easy and accommodating about the changes I made which was a relief. Some fast food places act all put out when you ask them to leave stuff off. Fynn was so cute as she ate her sandwich. Her new thing right now is to say "mmmm, nummy" after every bite of food she eats. That girl can also scarf down some french fries like you wouldn't believe. 

To help promote and share my experience with the new Bacon Clubhouse Sandwiches, I'm hosting a McDonald's Prize Pack giveaway! In the giveaway you could win a $15 McDonald's Arch Card, Bacon Clubhouse coupons (like the awesome ones I got), and other McDonald's goodies. 

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter AKA what was I thinking?!?!

Drew and I had this brilliant idea a couple of weeks ago; why don't we host Easter at our house this year instead of schlepping between both our parents' houses? It would make nap time a bajillion times easier and still allow us to see both families. Win-win, right?


Not even close. This is a lose, lose, lose. Forget about the awkwardness that comes with having both families here. Let's talk about the fact that we're going to be making dinner for 14 people (how did it become 14?!?). Let's talk about the fact that it means actually cleaning the entire house, because of course people are going to be all over the place. Let's talk about the fact that hosting means we can't just up and leave when we're wiped out and ready to go. Oh yeah, then there's the clean up AFTER, I'm sure that will be fun.

Next time Drew and I claim to have a good idea, smack us. Hard. 

Fynn better love it, because making her day is the only way all of this will be worth it. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

April Ipsy

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Oh Ipsy, just the mood-booster I needed in the middle of a lo-ong week. It came on Tuesday, but I didn't even get the chance to look at it until Wednesday night... that's when you know it's been a rough week.

This month's Ipsy theme is Beauty Rocks... though the selection was little less rock than natural beauty. The bag is kinda cute...I'll end up using using it for make up, travel... or Fynn's "lipstick" (chapstick, the girl's obsessed). Here's what was in the bag: 

St Tropez Gradual Tan plus Anti-Aging Multi-action Face~$8 (smaller sample size of .5 oz)

Whoa is this a mouthful, what a name. I'm excited to try this out because I got to keep this face looking young. Fynn has aged me, well about 15 years according to my eye doctor. Add some tanning lotion to the mix and I'm sold. I just hope it's light enough of a tanner to work on my uber-ghost skin tone.

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil- Travel Size~ $10
I don't usually love eyeliner, but for some reason I put this on the other night right when I got it. It goes on super amazingly smooth and looks awesome. Usually I make a mess with eyeliners, but this one was easy. It was a little hard to get off completely, but that might be because I washed it off while it was still pretty fresh. 

Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss in Teddy Bear- $10

At first I worried that this color would be rediculously pale... like that white lipstick that was big in the '90's (no, just me), but I really liked how it looked when it was own. Natural and glossy. What I didn't like was how it felt. Super sticky. Yuck. I wiped it off right away because I can't stand sticky lip gloss. It just feels gross and then ends up getting my hair caught it in.

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Champagne- $12.99

I don't love it or hate it. I'm glad it's a color that I can wear. It's shimmery and cute, perfect for summer. Of course I dropped it when I was opening it up and dug a huge chunk out of the eye shadow... smooth Amanda. 

Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion ~$9.75 for 7.5 grams
This sounds cool, especially since it says it can diminish discolorations which is great because I have super red skin and I love anything that can minimize that. I hate not wearing foundation because my skin always looks so blotchy. 

As always, I love my Ipsy bag. This month's bag was worth about $50.74. A great deal since I pay $10 a month for it all. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Sorry about being all MIA around here lately... between report cards, conferences and a ginormous project/presentation my kids were doing- it's been crazy. By the time I get home at night lately I'm just wiped and have no creative juice left for anything, let alone blogging. But, it's over! Phew. In a way I love conferences, because I like meeting with parents and talking about their child's progress... but it's intense and involves a lot of extra hours.

As this is being published, I'm heading to work for the last day of school before April vacation (cue angels singing). A vacation that is beyond needed. 10 days of Fynn, catching up on my DVR and hopefully reading a few good books. Oh, and blogging... because I miss this place.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dear Mother Nature

Dear Mother Nature,

April Fools jokes are only funny on April Fools Day (and not even really funny then), the whole month of April isn't up for grabs. Therefore, seeing this on my back porch this morning, really wasn't appropriate.

70 degrees like Monday is much more acceptable. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Some day kid, my artistic skills won't impress you

It will be a sad, sad day when Fynn discovers that I'm not the artist she thinks I am.

I am an excellent stick-figure artist. I can rock stick figures like nobody's business. My students always laugh at my attempts to sketch things out or depict awesome stick figure people demonstrating how gravity works.

Fynn is particularly taken with my stick-figure fish. I drew one for her the other day when coloring with her, and they've been a hit ever since. That day she begged over and over for "more hish, more hish" even throwing in one of her rare verbal pleases (she signs please all the time, but very rarely says it aloud). in an attempt to get me to draw more. Over and over again she said "the hish, the hish" and walked around with they pictures like they were prized works of art worthy of museums.
True fact: every good stick-figure fish
comes complete with a smiley face

Since then, every time we sit down to color (which is a daily occurrence) she asks for more and more fish. And I oblige, because who doesn't want their kid to adore them and think they're mad skilled?

But someday, someday Fynn will realize what a fraud I am.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Curse You Winter!

While I had entered winter with every intention of continuing my running routine and kicking some icy winter road butt... I failed. I ran about every 2, sometimes 3 weeks over the winter. It was always too cold/snowy/dark at 4 pm to make it out for a run.

So today when I laced up my pretty pink running sneakers I was all woohoo! I'm going to kick butt! I can rock 3, maybe even 4 miles!

Yeah, not so much.
Pre-run... no way am I putting
the post-run pic on the internet.

I ran 2.5 miles. 2.5 painful exhausting miles. Not going to lie, I was bummed. I worked so hard last spring, summer, and fall, to get to a place where running was enjoyable and relaxing. Where I was running a 5k and loving it... and now it's gone. Now I'm starting over. I'm not giving up though, I'm going to start out slow, and build back up to where I was, and hopefully further... it just suck to lose all that hard work. 

It's also scary knowing that I'm running a mud run at the end of the month. I'm assuming running in mud is hard then running in ice/slush, so It's going to be hard. Clearly I need to train, and train hard to be ready for it, because I do not want to make a fool of myself in the mud. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

It's Thursday... which means it's time to drag out my random thoughts of the week

  • Question. What makes midnight pomegranates better smelling then say, 1 am pomegranates? Or a moonlit path smell better then one at noon? What does Bath and Body Works know that I don't? 
  • Somehow I let Drew sign me up for a mud run at the end of the month... why did I think running through the mud, on purpose, was a good idea??? On the bright side, I've already established that after this run I get some brand new running sneakers #worthit
  • Why do little kids (namely my little kid) prefer to sit at a table they can barely reach rather than sit in a high chair? Hello, your own personal throne, why not take advantage of it?
  • Why is it that when Drew stays home with Fynn, the kid takes a 3 hour nap... when I stay home, an hour and a half... what does he know that I don't. I'd like to think that she just likes me too much to be away for me for 3 hours.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

5 Weird Facts

  1. I love scalding hot showers. As in showers so hot my skin is red afterwards. I love to stand under the scorching water until it's almost painful... in fact I have to be really careful when I shower with Fynn because the water always feels freezing to me, even when it's getting too hot for her.
  2. When I'm sick, all I want to eat is Ramen. Drew even bout me "adult soup" when I was sick last week, but I stuck with my good old 11 cent sodium soup
  3. I can't stand milk that's anything but ice cold. If it's been sitting out for even 10 minutes I can't stand the thought of drinking it.
  4. I enjoy popping zits. This is a weird fascination that my sister and I share, but I just love getting the pus out. I find it sickly satisfying.
  5. I love scanning things at the store. Self check out? Yes please! I love the satisfying beep and just the feeling of scanning things

What's the weirdest fact about yourself?

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