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Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine's Day Counting Printable

Mac is really into counting these days. We count the cars as they drive by on the way to preschool. We count how many bites of chicken he has to eat before he can be excused. We count rocks, books, letters, pieces of mail, tiles on the floor, items of clothing, birds in the sky, leaves in the trees, etc. I had no idea there were so many many things to count all day long. I love that he's so into counting (he can count on his own up into the thirties), but I also want to make sure he's able to connect the number in his head to the visual number and the word spelling out the number, so I made this really simple book for him to practice with. 
Each page has a number (1 through 10), the word spelling out the number and the corresponding number of hearts on each page. I hole-punched the sides and tied it up with baker's twine to make it into a book. I gave him a box of candy conversation hearts (but you could also use jelly beans, pennies, M&Ms, dried beans, pieces of paper or whatever else you have on-hand). I have him look at the number and tell me what number it is, then look at the word spelling out the number. We identify all the letters and count how many letters there are. Then he counts the hearts and puts a conversation heart on each printed heart as he counts them out. There are so many ways to use this for counting. 
If you want to print out your own counting book for your preschooler/toddler, here's the link to the free printable!


Enjoy!

Friday, February 5, 2016

$500 Stitch Fix Giveaway

Hello friends! And welcome to today's installment of:

"WHO WANTS TO BE A STITCH FIX 500-DOLLAR-AIRE?!" 

I'm Sara and I'll be your host as I guide you through this almost-too-good-to-be-true alternate universe where highly fashionable people do all your personal shopping for you and send beautiful garments and accessories right to your doorstep! It's like being a celebrity without all the fame and fortune (womp womp). 
What is Stitch Fix?
If, for some reason (maybe you've been in a coma for a few years or in law school and have yet to emerge from the fog) you've never heard of Stitch Fix, here's the lowdown. Basically, Stitch Fix is a personal shopping/styling service where you fill out a personalized style profile by answering questions about your likes/dislikes, style, color preference, sizing, price points, etc. You are matched with a stylist who bases her/his choices on your profile; however, you can also write a note about what you're interested in, as well as link to your Pinterest style board or blog to give your stylist additional guidance, if you so choose. You receive a box with 5 items (clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes, etc.), which includes a style card for each piece that shows you different ways to wear your items. You get to try the clothes on in the comfort of your own home and decide what you want to keep or send back. You have 3 days to send back anything you don't want in a prepaid pre-labeled envelope (included in your box), so it's super easy. For each box you receive, there's a $20 styling fee, which is deducted from the price of anything you choose to keep. If you send back all the items, you lose the $20. But if you keep all 5 items you get a 25% discount on your entire purchase. 
My Fixes
If you want to read more about my Stitch Fix boxes and all the items I've kept (and sent back), you can find my Stitch Fix posts here:

Stitch Fix 3 - Sundance Edition

Create Your Style Profile
If you're interested in Stitch Fix at all, I encourage you to go to the website and fill out your Style Profile - it just takes a minute and it's totally FREE. It'll give you and your stylist a better overview on the types of clothes and accessories you like. Are you classic, preppy, bohemian, trendy, modern, romantic? Can you guess what my style is?

Win $500!!!
Today, I'm honored to be a part of an amazing Valentine's Day Stitch Fix Giveaway where one lucky reader (maybe YOU!) is going to win a $500 Stitch Fix gift certificate.  I'm teaming up some really awesome Stitch Fix bloggers (go check them out - their Stitch Fix posts are fantastic and you'll get so much inspiration from them). If you haven't yet pulled the trigger on Stitch Fix, now is the perfect time to sign up and cross your fingers that you win! (even if you don't I'm pretty sure you'll still love the service) And if you're already a Stitch Fix lover, this gift card is going to float your boat (and addiction) for months  and months to come! 
As promised, here are the details! Use the Rafflecopter below to sign up! 

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Co-Hosts:
Feel free to check out all the other amazing co-hosts and Stitch Fix fans/bloggers below (trust me, they're awesome!): 
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Stitch Fix - Sundance Edition

It's Stitch Fix time again! I'm so excited to share this Fix with you today. SF reveals are quickly becoming some of my favorite posts these days. I just love seeing what other people get, how things fit them and what they choose to keep or send back. It's almost like going shopping with a friend, right? 

For anyone not familiar with the concept, Stitch Fix is a personal styling service where you fill out a style profile by answering questions about your likes/dislikes, style, sizing, price limits, etc. Your personal stylist chooses 5 items for you based on your profile and any specific requests you leave in the comments. You receive your 5 items, along with style cards that show you ways to wear each piece and you try on the clothes in the comfort of your home and decide what to keep or send back. You have 3 days to send back anything you don't want in a prepaid envelope. For each box you receive, there's a $20 styling fee, which will be deducted from the price of your receipt, should you keep anything. If you keep all 5 items, you get a 25% discount on your purchase. 
Since I knew I was heading to Park City at the end of the month for a bachelorette party during Sundance Film Festival, I requested some pieces that would work on that trip. I wanted faux fur and leather, warm mountainy clothing and something that would be trendy/glamourous for a bachelorette party. I had another new stylist this month (my last three boxes have all been with different stylists and I don't know why) and "Leslie" picked some cute pieces that had a lot of potential and a few pieces that left me a bit underwhelmed and confused. Above is the note I received with my fix.

Ok...on with the fashion show! 
Skies are Blue - Miya Faux Fur Hooded Coat
First up was this adorable camel coat with a faux fur trimmed hood. I love this coat, but definitely think it's more like a jacket (not very warm). The color is great, I like the asymmetric zipper and love the fur on the hood. I do wish it was a bit warmer, but I like that it wasn't super bulky or hard to pack. I think it fit well, so long as the clothes I wore under the coat were thin layers...I tried wearing a thick sweater with it and felt like I was going to rip the seams out of the back of the coat. (Picture me walking around with my arms raised and singing "fat girl in a little coat" like Chris Farley.)

VERDICT: Kept


Pixley - Margo Embellished Shoulder Blouse
This one baffled me as to why my stylist thought it was appropriate for the mountains or glamorous enough that it would work for a bachelorette party. I hated this. I felt like I was wearing a marching band top from the 70's (or maybe a member of Sargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band). The shirt itself was not flattering on me and I really hated the gold/silver weaving on the top. The sleeves did have cute tabs so you could roll them, however, since it's January, I wanted to keep them down, which meant they were way too long. I do appreciate v-neck tops, but this one definitely didn't do me any favors since it had a really high neckline and a weird collar. I usually love black and metallics, but this was just not working for me. 

VERDICT: Returned

Skies are Blue - Hernandez Pointelle Detail Pullover Sweater
I thought this sweater had a lot of potential when I read about it in my note, but when I pulled it out of the box I immediately knew it wasn't going to work for me. First off, the cut-outs just don't work on someone with breasts. Even with a tan camisole underneath, the cutouts drew unwanted attention to all the wrong places. The cutouts on the back were fine, but the front was awkward. The sweater was a dark hunter/army green and just didn't really work for me. I love green, but it was too neutral and made me wish it was a brighter pop of color. I think I'm going to modify my profile to stop receiving items in this color - it just doesn't work for me. And finally, the shape/cut wasn't very flattering. It didn't hang all that well and looked a bit frumpy. Also, not warm.

VERDICT: Returned

Just Black - Faye Skinny Jean
I have to admit that these jeans fit great and were so incredibly comfortable. However, I already have a pair of grey jeans and honestly, I never wear them. I've had them for about a year and I've only worn them a handful of times. They're just not what I reach for when I get dressed, so I knew I probably wouldn't get much use out of these either, even though they fit really well. Had they been black or a distressed denim I probably would have kept them. 

VERDICT: Returned


Echo - Alma Stitch Detail Triangle Scarf
I usually don't choose to receive any accessories from Stitch Fix (clothing only), but I recently changed my style profile to receive scarves (just this once) and am so glad I did. This was by far my favorite item included in my fix this month. This scarf is so awesome! I love the colors (can wear with black, grey or tan), I love the tassels/poms on the end, I love the triangle shape. It's thick and warm and so soft. I have nothing like this in my closet and was so excited to wear this in Park City. I got tons of compliments on the scarf and now want to wear it all the time (is it weird to wear a scarf to bed?).

VERDICT: Kept

What do you think? 
Did I make the right decisions? 
Anything you would have kept? 


PSST!! Please be sure to come back here tomorrow (Friday, February 5th) - I'm joining some amazing bloggers and giving away a $500 Stitch Fix gift card!  You are not going to want to miss this! All the details will be right here tomorrow! I can't wait! I wish I could win this for myself.


*This post contains an affiliate link to Stitch Fix. Should you choose to sign up for the service using my link, I'll receive a referral fee from Stitch Fix (at no cost to you). If you want to give Stitch Fix a try, feel free to use the link, but no pressure! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine's Day Sweets, Style and Crafts

Is anyone else in total shock that January just evaporated into thin air and here we are in February? I mean, wasn't Christmas just last week? I guess time must be flying because I'm having so much fun, right? Is that why I'm so damn tired? I guess having fun's not too horrible a problem to have, although it does tend to send me into full-blown panic mode when holidays, trips, events and birthdays sneak up on me before I'm fully ready. That's why I'd like to take a minute today and share some amazing Valentine's Day goodness with you. February automatically makes me think of Valentine's Day and there's still almost two weeks to go until the big day, so plenty of time to make the most of it and get your fill of everything heart-shaped and sweet. 

If you're anything like me, the first place to go for holiday inspiration is Pinterest. Some of my very favorite blogger friends and I got together for a Pinterest Party(!!) and created the ultimate Valentine's Day pinboard with ideas for everything related to this lovely holiday: kid crafts, printables, valentine cards, desserts, crafts, decor, cocktails, gifts, party ideas, games, recipes, activities, outfits and date night ideas! The board has over 2,500 pins, so whatever it is that you're looking for, we've got you covered! Feel free to check it out for inspiration. I've also put together a couple little round-up collages of my favorite pins in the following categories (I mean, who doesn't love a collage?): (1) Sweet Treats & Desserts; (2) DIY Crafts & Decor; and (3) Style and Outfit Inspiration. I hope this gets you in the holiday spirit and feeling the love!!

First up, Valentine's Day sweet treats, desserts and goodies! I am blown away by all the amazing sweet food and goodness associated with Valentine's Day! And here I was thinking that Easter had all the good candy and desserts. Here are a few of my favorites that we found...
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Next up is Valentine's Day inspired fashion and outfits. I'm a sucker for anything heart-shaped, pink or romantic. Most of these inspirational pins are for casual wear because (let's face it), who in the world can find a baby-sitter on Valentine's Day or wants to brave the crowds of love-struck couples in restaurants? Valentine's Day is on a Sunday this year, so here are some cute outfits you could rock all weekend long! Plus heart shoes...because I just couldn't not include heart shoes. 
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Last but not least, here's a round-up of some of my favorite Valentine's Day crafts and decor. Most of these are adult crafts (not necessarily kid stuff), but I'm sure the kids wouldn't mind helping out. Plus, a lot of these can be used year after year, or even the whole year long because they're so cute. I'm particularly obsessed with the flower chandelier (could be done just as easily with silk flowers) and the hanging hearts backdrop. I want to make both and put them in Mim's nursery. 
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Anyone else super excited for Valentine's Day?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

San Diego to Sundance

Hello! I feel like I've been away from this little space for a month with all the traveling I've been doing these days. Back-to-back trips from the snow, to the beach, back home, to the mountains and home again make for one exhausted mama. I've been gone 7 out of the last 8 days and even with 35 cups of coffee today, it's catching up to me. I'm wiped out. While both trips were amazing, I certainly missed my kids (and my bed) more than I ever imagined. Getting away and spending quality time with friends was good for my soul, but this mama is ready for a long relaxing weekend eating chicken nuggets and playing hide 'n seek with my babies. But first, let's recap the trips, shall we?
First up, San Diego, California for three nights. While technically this was a work trip (lawyer conference during the day), I managed to get a good amount of time in with friends and soak up some sunshine in my off-hours. Desiree, Erin and Liz were kind enough to road-trip down from L.A. and hang out with me on Sunday, before the conference began. Meeting these girls was AMAZING and the four of us had so much fun catching up over a harbor-view lunch and sunset cocktails. I so wish I could have hung out with them for days and days. Who knew that you could have SO much to talk about with people you've never met! This makes me really excited for a potential meet-up in September! I also got to have a lovely dinner with Katie, who I met "in real life" four years ago when I was in Coronado for the same conference while pregnant with Mac. So much has changed for both of us since then (three babies!), but we picked up right where we left off. It was so amazing seeing her light up when she talked about her son and how much she loves being a mom. I just love that girl. The rest of the week was a whirlwind of meetings, calls, seminars, emails and note-taking. I did manage to take a run along the beach all three days I was there, which was amazing. I loved exploring the island, watching the kids play on the beach and the surfers in the waves. If I had an ocean view, I'd run every single day! I got home late Wednesday night, spent all day Thursday with the kids and caught my next flight bright and early Friday morning.

Second trip of the week was Park City, Utah for Sundance Film Festival. My gorgeous bestie Ally (the cute redhead in the blue coat) is getting married in May and this was her bachelorette weekend with the girls. We spent the good part of Friday in/around Salt Lake City, which was absolutely beautiful. I've never been to Utah, so this was really fun and exciting for me. We made our way to Park City and checked into our awesome little ski-in/ski-out condo right next to the mountain resort. Park City itself was adorable - I have a soft-spot in my heart for mountain towns and this one ranks right up there with Jackson Hole, Breckenridge and Vail on a cuteness level. Of course we were there for the films (and celebrities), but I'd love to come back sometime with Ryan and ski. It snowed a ton while we were there and the mountain looked incredible. We spent most of Saturday strategizing movie waitlists and eating an obscene amount of Thai food. We made it to a showing of a film called "Sophie and the Rising Sun," which was about a Japanese-American man in South Carolina right before/after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. We spent the evening chatting nonstop over plates full of cheese. Sunday we all headed back to Salt Lake to catch our flights home. I had a later flight than the others, so I had a chance to meet up with Laura for a drink. She was just as gorgeous, funny and sweet in person as she is online. I'm so incredibly lucky that blogging has given me friends all over the country! Who would have ever thought? 

And now I'm home and simultaneously want to play with my kids non-stop and take a 3-day nap. 
I'm exhausted, but my heart is so full. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

My Favorite Podcasts

One of the best (only) things about having a commute to work everyday is getting a chance to discover and listen to some really amazing podcasts. Over the last couple years, I've almost completely eliminated music in my car and on my runs and have become obsessed with podcasts.  Whereas most people binge watch shows on Netflix, I binge listen to podcasts, starting from the beginning (sometimes years and years ago) and continuing through the present day. Some have been a complete waste of time and were deleted after only an episode or two and some have become such an obsession that I could talk about them for hours and hours over bottles of wine (yes, I think Adnan did it and I'd love to discuss why with you anytime!). Like my interests, my taste in podcasts range wildly, from true stories to paranormal fiction and from podcasts that discuss parenting strategies to those that discuss my favorite TV shows. I've put together a list of 35+ podcasts below, in a variety of categories that I promise you will enjoy! I'm sure there are plenty more that I'm forgetting or haven't yet discovered, so if you have a favorite, please leave it below! 




Parenting
Mom & Dad Are Fighting - Two producers at Slate (mom of 3 boys and dad of 2 girls) with two very different personalities and parenting styles discuss parenting hot topics, articles, issues and dilemmas. I think it's an honest account about how hard parenting can be and how difficult it is to balance work and family, with lots of great advice, recommendations and suggestions. 

The Longest Shortest Time - Started by host Hilary Frank right after her daughter was born when she was feeling incredibly isolated, lonely and overwhelmed by parenting a newborn. The early episodes deal mainly with the first year of parenting, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. Later episodes touch on everything from your sex life to how to talk to your children about death.

Fiction/Scary Stories
Limetown - This is a mock investigative journalistic podcast about the disappearance of the entire population of a mysterious scientific-research town ten years ago. This podcast seems to be a bit of a throwback to the old radio dramas of the past, with an updated plot and effects. It will suck you in and you'll almost forget that you're listening to fiction - it feels so real.

Lore - A podcast all about the interesting and true history behind real-life scary stories. Definitely creepy, interesting and will give you chills. 

The Black Tapes - Another mock investigative podcast about getting to the truth behind hauntings, ghost stories and unsolved mysteries. This one literally gave me nightmares, but it's so good I can't stop listening to it. If you loved to be creeped out, this one is for you.

Chilling Tales - A new podcast (there are only 3 episodes so far) that combines story-telling with all the cool audio effects as a movie. Each episode has a full cast, sound effects, musical score and thrilling suspenseful stories.  

The Message - Another new podcast along the same mock investigative lines, where a journalist is trying to get to the bottom of a mysterious audio message that kills everyone that hears it. Not as well done or exciting as Limetown or the Black Tapes, but along the same style and level of supernatural mixed with reality.

The Leviathan Chronicles - A sci-fi audio drama - basically a book on tape with sound effects and a cast of characters. The story starts off really interesting and good and takes a weird alien-bent turn a few episodes in. Great if you love fantasy and science fiction. 

True Stories
This American Life - This is the podcast that started it all for me and is my (along with most people's) absolute favorite podcast. Each weekly episode contains a series of stories that all relate to an over-arching theme of the show. I look forward to this show every week - the stories are all so fascinating, funny, articulate and interesting. 

Radiolab - Each episode is a deep dive into a particular topic that goes farther than you'd expect the story to go. Incredible investigative journalism, riving stories and interesting topics on things you'd never expect to be all that fascinating sometimes. 

StartUp - Alex Bloomberg, formerly of Planet Money and This American Life, decides to quit his job and start this own podcast company. Season 1 of StartUp is all about how he made it happen - from finding a business partner, to pitching to investors, to naming the company and deciding what type of content they'd produce. A very interesting and honest look at how a start-up company is formed and all the decisions that go into it. Season 2 is dedicated to another start-up, a match-making dating company run by 2 women in NYC, trying to make a unique business model work.

The Memory Palace - Each episode of this podcast is a short and surprising historical story from the past. Episodes are usually less than 10 minutes long and are funny, heartbreaking, shocking, terrifying and fascinating. 

Death, Sex & Money - Podcast host Anna Sale interviews all kinds of people, from big-name celebrities (Brooke Shield, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda) to everyday people about the hard topics surrounding death, sex and money (and everything in between). 

Mortified - A host of story-tellers, authors and comedians get up on stage and tell the most embarrassing stories of stuff they did and things that happened to them when they were younger. This podcast will definitely make you cringe, laugh and feel so much better about your own awkward past. 

The Moth - Real life stories, told by real life people, on a stage in front of a real life audience of strangers. Stories cover a variety of topics, issues and genres and can be funny, heart-wrenching, shocking, sad, romantic or all of the above. 

More Serial
Serial, Season 1 - If you have not heard about this podcast, then you've been living under a rock for the last two years. Season 1 of Serial is an investigate look into the disappearance/murder of a Baltimore teenage and the subsequent arrest, trial and conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Sayed. It will make you infuriated with the legal justice system, local law enforcement and Jay. 

Undisclosed - If Serial left a giant hole in your heart that needs filling with all things Adnan, then this is the podcast for you. Over 50 episodes that gets so far down into the mud and nitty gritty that you're mind will be blown and you'll be so overwhelmed you don't know what to do with yourself. It's 100% pro-Adnan, though, so consider yourself warned. 

Serial Serial - This is a much less biased group of Onion, Inc. staff writers that got together after each episode of Serial to discuss what happened. I listened to it in real time, as the episodes were being released and it gave me a much different view of the case and Adnan than Serial did. There's also a lot of discussion regarding Sarah Koenig's bias and journalistic style.

Crime Writers on Serial - True crime authors (and husband and wife), team up with other authors and journalists to discuss all things Serial, as well as other true crimes, books, articles, TV show, documentaries and a crime of the week. Very intelligent, well-researched and thoughtful podcast. 

Serial, Season 2 - The second season of Serial just started a few months ago and it tells the story of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured and held by the Taliban for nearly five years. Season 2 is very different than Season 1 and is receiving a lot of criticism already for a variety of topics, including the fact that the show's host doesn't conduct any of the interviews with Bergdahl. Definitely fascinating, but much slower and makes you feel less involved than Season 1. 

True Crime
Criminal - A fascinating look into how real life crime has affected people and the stories behind what really happened. Each episode has a narrative, lead by host Phoebe Judge, which explores all kinds of different crimes, the people that committed them and those wronged. 

Missing Maura Murry - If you love Serial, How to Make a Murderer and Unsolved Mysteries, you'll love this podcast. Two filmmakers are currently working on a documentary about the disappearance of 21 year old Maura Murry from 2004. The podcast was created to help shed some light on the topic and possibly gather additional sources and material for the documentary that weren't comfortable being on camera. It's a bit all over the place and raises way more questions than it answers, but it makes me excited for the documentary to come out.

What the Crime? - This podcast focuses on the weird, bizarre and baffling aspects of crime. There are only four episode so far, but each is stranger than the next and highlights just how crazy the world of crime can be. 

My Favorite Murder - Brand new podcast (only 2 episodes so far) where 2 hosts talk in-depth about their "favorite" murders, trials and crimes. Very dark humor and not for the faint of heart.  

Nerdy
Stuff You Should Know - The nerd in me love love loves this podcast. Hosts Josh and Chuck give great overviews and breakdowns on a variety of topics like HIV, Lizzie Borden, passports, maggots, hula hoops, alcoholism, cult deprograming, bats, volcanoes, base jumping, water slides, clowns, earwax, Stonehenge and everything in between. The geek in you will love it!

Stuff Mom Never Told You - Similar to the podcast above, but for the ladies and deals with "girl" issues, such as acne, lube, witchcraft, nipples, periods, bisexuality, baby weight and a million other things.

Invisibilia - A podcast that combines storytelling with scientific research and touches on all the invisible forces that control us, like thoughts, religion, emotions, ideas, beliefs and assumptions. Interesting stories and great topics. Plus, there's a dance party at the end of every episode. 

Surprisingly Awesome - New show from Gimlet Media (company from the StartUp podcast mentioned above) where hosts take a boring sounding topic and turn it into something that's surprisingly interesting and awesome. There are only 6 episodes so far, on topics such as mold, broccoli, concrete and free throws. 

Reply All - Another Gimlet Media show, this one about anything related to the internet. Incredibly well-done and always fascinating. I love this podcast and cannot get enough of the hosts. I wish there was a new episode every day.

99% Invisible - Host Roman Mars explores architecture and design in a completely fascinating and captivating way. He takes a usually very visual topic and talks about it with such passion and intensity that you can fully appreciate the subject matter without ever seeing a photo of it. 

Blogging
The Lively Show - Host (entrepreneur and blogger) Jess Lively interviews other big-name bloggers and self-starters about everything blogging from marketing to social media to branding (and a ton of non-blogging related topics such as relationships, motherhood, design, compassion, religion, etc.). Great for anyone with a blog, that's self-employed or in a creative industry. Guests include bloggers/authors/entrepreneurs such as Elizabeth Gilbert, Amber Housely, John and Sherry Petersik. 

Social Media Marketing Podcast - A podcast from the Social Media Examiner, all about social media outlets and how businesses, bloggers and individuals can make the most of them. I've learned so much about how to grow an Instagram following, the elusive Facebook algorithm, how to make the most of Pinterest and the most effective blogging tools and plugins. Great for anyone with a blog or online business.

Smart Passive Income - While I don't do any affiliate marketing or have any passive income streams on my blog, I think this podcast is really informative for anyone in the blogging community that wants to learn how to market themselves, create content, build trust with your audience, cultivate a social media following and get things done online. I find it really interesting and inspirational. 

The Fizzle Show - This one is pretty new to me, so I haven't had a chance to listen to many episodes, but so far I really like what I've heard. All about productivity, motivation, growing an audience, marketing, self-employment advice, work-life balance and all the modern online business stuff. 

Other
Call Your Girlfriend - Two long-distance best friends host a podcast that is basically just like listening to a phone call between two girls catching up. Smart, hilarious, silly, snarky and includes lots of wine and bitching about guys and periods. 

Gilmore Guys - If you like the show Gilmore Girls, you'll love the Gilmore Guys podcast. Hosted by two guys that are way more into the show than any two guys should ever possibly be. I love the show.  I love the guys. I love this podcast. Hilarious. See also: Return to Stars Hollow for even more Gilmore Girls discussion and analysis. 

Mystery Show - Funny and quirky (yet slightly annoying in an adorable kind of way) host Starlee Kine solves all those impossibly unsolvable mysteries that you cannot solve just by going online, such as how tall is Jake Gyllenhaal really, does Britney Spears read horrible novels and what ever happened to that video store in Tribeca?

Guys We F*@#*d - I almost didn't include this one because it's pretty offensive and crude at times, but it's a total guilty pleasure for me. Dubbed the "anti-slut-shaming" podcast, two NYC comediennes interview their ex-boyfriends and guys they effed about every raunchy thing you can imagine. Not for the faint of heart. 

What's your favorite podcast? 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Baby Mim - 18 Months

Dear Mimmy,

And just like that, you’re 18 months old. A year and a half has passed in the blink of an eye and you’ve quickly moved from the world’s sweetest baby to the world’s most adorable little toddler. I can’t get over how quickly time is passing and feel like you grow inches by the day! The past few months have flown by and I can’t even keep up with all the amazing things you’ve learned and all the hilarious things you’ve done. Believe me, I’m trying, but you’re incredible! 
The most drastic change over the last few months has to be your speech. Your vocabulary is extraordinary! I cannot get over how many words you know and all the things you can say. I thought your brother was an advanced talker, but you’ve proven that you’re just as quick and bright as he is (maybe moreso). Your dad and I are in so much trouble with the two of you! Just since Christmas you’ve probably added 100 new words to the 100 words you already had. I started a list in early December, but that’s now so outdated it’s irrelevant and I can’t keep up with all the words you can say now. 
Everything you say is adorable, but there are a few that are my favorites. I never realized how much I must ask you if you’re ok, because you’ve started answering all my questions with “Kay!” (okay). “Kay” has replaced yes anytime you’re asked a question. “Do you want milk?” “Kay!” I never want this to change. In true girly-girl form you love talking about shoes, and you say “shoes” and “boots” in the absolute most adorable way. You play a ton of hide-n-seek with Mac, so you basically know how to count (at least to five) and then everything is “nine” after that. You call your brother “Nonner” and then always add, “W-are you?” (short for “where are you”). You sing the ABC song and the Wheels on the Bus, but both in complete gibberish that sounds surprisingly similar to the real words, but makes no sense. You look up at me and say “hold me” and I melt. You say “mommy” and “daddy” and “Sagey” with no difficulty at all. You call our nanny “Bobby,” which is totally adorable. 
You are still my amazing little eater. You love food and haven’t really found anything you didn’t like. You’ve got a sweet-tooth like your brother and start asking for a “gookie” as soon as Mac asks to be excused. You love cake almost as much as I do and I’m so proud you inherited that gene. Your favorite foods (other than cookies) are steak, mashed potatoes, rotisserie chicken, peanut butter crackers, grapes, noodles, yogurt, puff-corn (thanks to your Papa) and anything you can dip in ketchup. 
We haven’t had your 18-month doctor’s appointment yet, but I feel like you’re tall for your age (like your brother). You’re incredibly coordinated and very athletic. You’re tough as nails – I guess you have to be with an older brother that’s as crazy and physical and Mac. You can most certainly take a licking and keep on ticking. You're always "kay" and rarely shed a tear over a serious wipeout. You’ve started to lose those delicious baby rolls that I loved so much as you get taller and leaner. You’re looking more like a tiny little lady everyday. Sometimes I look at you, in your boots and bows and necklaces and can see the teenager you’re going to be in just a few short years. All you need is a cell phone in one hand and a Starbucks in the other and you could pass for 18. 
Your eyes are big and round and look so much like my grandmother’s that it hurts my heart just looking at you sometimes (in a good way). Just like her, you love owls and every time you point out an owl I think it’s her, sending me a message from heaven through you. I love that. But your most striking physical feature has to be your hair. You still don’t have much on top but the back of your head is covered in beautiful blonde ringlets. Everyone that meets you comments on your little curls! I can’t get over them either. I’m sure you’ll probably hate them, but they are the sweetest little things and so darn adorable I’ll never be able to cut your hair. I finally got you a hairbrush and started using conditioner on them, which has helped a lot with the tangles. You wake up in the mornings with such wild crazy bedhead that I wonder what kind of crazy dreams you were having to cause such chaos! 
You are still a total sweetheart and love to be snuggled and held. You love your mommy (and your daddy, but maybe me a bit more right now…which I totally need). You love attention, but you are also really great about playing independently while we deal with your brother. You got an iPad from Santa (less than a month ago) and have completely mastered how to use it, how to switch between games/apps and how to play Frozen. You love LOVE love Frozen and seem to fall into a deep deep trance when it comes on. It’s been a complete lifesaver in the car, but we have to really make sure we limit your screen time while we’re home, otherwise you’d never take your eyes off of the “noman” (snowman). While your brother still won't watch more than a few minutes of any given show at any given time, you get sucked in to Frozen. Ob-sessed. 
You also love to play games with us. Hide and seek is a huge hit and you and Mac can play that for hours and hours. Every time you find him you clap and jump up and down in pure delight. You love play "Baw" and sit on the floor and throw/roll the ball back and forth to each other. You are still taking gymnastics and really enjoy it! You have mastered a front roll and can do one all by yourself (something Mac couldn’t do until he was much older). You love hanging on the rings and swinging. You are a master at bouncing on the trampoline! You raise your arms and say “ta da” after everything you do. You also are a complete fish in the pool. You adore swim lessons and are the happiest of the day in the bath at night. You are a serious bathtub-splasher and get in trouble every single night for splashing. It doesn’t phase you in the least when we get angry with you for splashing (or biting or pulling hair) -- you look right at me, smile and keep on.  
You’re also now impossible to keep up with most of the time. You run very fast and can climb to the top of the stairs quicker than I can turn around. You are a total wild woman during diaper changes and dressing, just like your brother. You have what I like to call a “crazy leg” that wraps around my hand and kicks me out of the way, making it impossible to change you or get your pajamas snapped. Distraction works great and you prefer your distraction in song form (preferably, “If You’re Happy and You Know It”). You love to dance and will break out your awesome and hilarious booty shaking anytime you hear music. Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off" is by far your favorite song to get down to. Anytime you see my phone, you look at me, start bouncing and say, "shake shake...more shake shake." I can never say no. Mac has even figured out how to ask Siri to play "Shake it Off" for you if I'm busy. 
You love animals and gravitate to them anytime we’re around them. You’re really gentle with cats and dogs (which you call “meows” and “bubbies”) and most of them really like you back. You make the most amazing animal noises (sheep, bison and owl are my favorites) and can be found mooing or neighing all over the house. You love getting your picture taken and now make the biggest, cheesiest, goofiest toothy smile anytime I aim the camera at you. You love books and insist on sitting in our laps and reading at least 50 books a day. Just like your brother, you’ve started memorizing books and can now recite a number of them all on your own. It’s absolutely crazy! 
You are an amazing sleeper (knock on wood) and put yourself to sleep from wide awake every single night. You sleep about 11 hours a night and still take a 2-hour afternoon nap. BEST BABY EVER. You also now sleep with at least 25 stuffed animals and insist on snuggling with as many as you can every night. You still love your Jellycat bunnies the most. You also love your crib fish tank that plays music, which you listen to for an hour every night to help you fall asleep. It’s also playing in the morning when I come get you out of your crib. You make a point to turn it off before I pick you up, presumably to save battery life. You’re really thoughtful like that. 
So, basically you’re the most amazing thing ever. I am so incredibly lucky to have you in my life. Thank you for being you. Thank you for being mine.

Love,
Your mama

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bubble Bath

Once I'm in my bubble bath
I like to stir up more
Half the suds go in my eyes
And half go on the floor
The fun is in the bubbles because
They giggle on my skin
And when I stick them on my face
They dangle from my chin
They grow and swell and multiply
And spread around the tub
They help me get all clean
As I rub a dub dub
And when I splash them hard enough
They pop and disappear
And then my bathtime's over because
I've made the water clear