Thursday, March 31, 2011

Workin Moma: Floral Pop

Can you believe I am actually posting an outfit picture? I think it's been a few weeks but since we were on Spring Break last week, I didn't really wear anything 'picture' worthy. This week has been so rainy, the kids (and teachers) at school have been going stir crazy not being able to get outside and run around. That's why I chose to wear this pretty spring-y floral shirt, I felt like I needed something bright and cheerful.

Also, I hate the awkwardness of not knowing what to do with my umbrella when I get in the car. I try so hard not to get wet but then I end up slinging the umbrella across my lap into the passenger side floorboard and I end up soaked and the car does too. Am I just missing some magical solution here? Plus, don't get me started about trying to get a toddler in their carseat when it's pouring....grrr!

Cardigan: Target
Navy Skirt: Land's End Canvas
Floral Shirt: Land's End Canvas
Navy Flats: Target

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Moma Loves: The Learning Tower

When I saw that 'The Learning Tower' was on sale for $160 (regular $199) at right now, I thought I would do a quick review of this product that Syd got for Christmas.

The Learning Tower is a great tool for Toddlers to foster their independence in a safe environment. This tower has an adjustable height platform so you can move it down as they grow and you can also purchase the art easel that attaches onto the back side. It's a dry erase board on one side and a chalkboard on the other. (you can see this on Syd's tower below) I got Syd some dry erase crayons (awesome!) and she draws on it constantly. Plus when they outgrow the tower, you can still attach the art easel to the wall.

Sydney always wants to help me do everything lately so this is great to use when I'm cooking dinner. She loves standing on it to help Daddy cook eggs in the morning and she also loves for me to put it at the sink so she can 'wash' dishes and play in the bubbles. Overall, I think it was a great purchase and I see a lot of use in it in the future.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Momma's Got a Brand New Bag & How not to treat your Electronics

I FINALLY got the Jo Totes Camera Bag that I have been drooling over for about 2 years now! I haven't actually had the chance to carry it anywhere yet but I have been playing with how to arrange the Velcro inserts to fit all of my camera goodies in it. So far I've fit my Nikon D90, 50mm f/1.8 lens, 85mm f/1.8 lens, 18-105mm lens and my speedlight flash with plenty of room left for more. The design seems very functional plus the color is adorable!

Also, on a side note I deep sixed my HD Flip Video Recorder yesterday into a crock pot soaking in the sink FULL of water. (That plus all of my camera lens hoods but they dry off easy.) I was hysterically crying because it had about a years worth of videos of Sydney that I have yet to upload to my computer. We let it dry out all day and it turned on and my videos were still there! Hopefully we can get them on the computer but last night it wasn't recognizing it as a USB device. I have faith that we will figure something out but I'm just glad they are still there at all.
Lesson learned: DO NOT keep your electronics so close to the sink!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

30 for 30 Challenge: 16-20

Sorry I haven't posted much lately, we have all been passing around the sickness here at home. This is also my last 30 for 30 post, so I guess it's more like 30 for 20. The weather is now in the 80's each day and I picked out sweaters, pants and long sleeves for a lot of my challenge items so for the sake of comfort and not sweating to death, I give up. I give you my final 5:

Dress, Cardigan & Flats: Target
Belt: Old Navy

Skirt & Cardigan: Land's End Canvas
T-shirt, Tights & Flats: Target
Belt: Ross

Cardigan & Tights: Target
Skirt: Express
Shoes: Kenneth Cole

Pants: Land's End Canvas
Cardigan & Tank: Target
Flats: Sam Edelman

Dress: Land's End Canvas
Cardigan: Old Navy
Belt: Target
Oxfords: Kohl's

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

This week in Mommyland....

Having a 2 year old has its challenging moments, especially when you have a little miss sassy pants on your hands. Like when she blatantly tells me no or when she kicks me in the stomach as I'm changing her diaper and laughs in delight. But for every 'challenge' there is a 'triumph'. Like when she actually picks up something when you ask her to or when she looks at you with her head half down and says, 'sorry mommy'.

But my favorite moments are the ones filled with love, smiles, giggles and silly faces. Sydney has this new habit of putting her hands on each side of my face and saying, 'oh mommy' and then wraps her little arms around my neck and hugs me so tight. It is literally the best part of my day. I love how she has started giving me eskimo kisses, even when she has a snotty nose and proceeds to rub snot onto my face. It still makes me smile.

And when these moments happen I try to stop and tell myself that this is IT. Motherhood amazes me every single day.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

30 for 30 Challenge: Fifteen

I have always loved gingham, I think it has something to do with being from Kentucky. It feels very southern to me. And southern equals comfort. Speaking of southern, those of you from the south, do people act like you're an idiot because you have a southern accent. I mean I only have one when I say certain words but I notice that people sometimes talk down to me. It's so irritating, I wanna say, 'I'm just as smart as you and nicer to boot'! Us ladies in the south can be super sweet when we want to but don't piss us off cause we can be sassy too. (All the while batting our eyelashes.)

Gingham Shirt & Jeans: Old Navy
T-shirt: Target
Gray Belt: Ross
Flats: Sam Edelman

Friday, March 4, 2011

30 for 30 Challenge: Fourteen

I am so behind on posting my 30 for 30 has been crazy busy around here lately. I never thought that you could use this mustard yellow as a neutral but it seems to go with everything. I am also mixing brown and black in this outfit which I haven't really done before but I like how it turned out. Yes, this is me living on the wild side...pretty sad.

Do you have a clothing item that seems to go with everything in your closet? Do share!

Dress, Cardigan & Necklace: Target
Boots: Nicole

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Syd's Birthday Party

Sydney's birthday isn't until tomorrow but we celebrated it this past Saturday with a few friends at a local park. This was exciting because she actually had little friends (mostly her classmates) come this year. She had a great time and they were all so adorable together. The party was very relaxed and easy....the park provided most of the entertainment and I brought a bubble machine (HUGE hit) and of course cupcakes. I can't believe my baby is 2!

The Birthday Girl!


Loving the Bubble machine!

Syd & Daddy.