How Does This Keep Happening?!?

If you guys only knew how many blog posts were running through my head right now!?!  I swear I have tons and tons and tons...

I just need to sit down for an entire Saturday 2x a month... 10 posts each day. Done!

If that could only happen...
Better start maximizing my Fridays better...

Thanks for stickin with me! 


Letters to Ella { 1 }

Dear Ella,

Wow.  You are growing so fast I can't even believe it.  You are two!  And you are so smart and funny and all the other things moms will say about their little ones.  But you really are.  You really are very smart... picking up everything we say and do, having full conversations with me and your dad (and starting your own!).  You are aware of everything going on around you and you just love every bit of it.

You are so funny.  So funny.  I laugh at you everyday.  In a good way.  Yesterday Louie had gotten into some trash and it was all over the floor and you walked in and said "Damn Dogs!"  I had to bite my tongue not to laugh.  You swear Princess Jasmine is an ice skater.  You say silly things all the time.  You laugh when others laugh loud so they will hear you and laugh more.  You love to be the little clown.  I hope you keep all of this humor.  I hope nothing dashes it down.  Humor can help you through a lot of things and times.  I hope nothing breaks you of your comic-ness.

You know you are cute.  So stinking cute.  You look adorable in whatever you have on, or even if you are defying us in getting dressed, your little tushie looks pretty cute running around all over!  Your smile is sweet and perfect.  Your smile makes others smile.  My mini model.  You love wearing dresses and dancing.  Compliments come all the time on just how cute you are.  But don't let that get to you... I hope you don't get a big head.  Beauty is not everything.  There is so much that goes into beauty that is more than what we see on the surface.  Not all Beautiful People are Beautiful People.  I hope that you become a Beautiful person.  Even more than you already are. 

You are strong and defiant in more ways than one!  You love to climb and jump and slide.  You have very little fear.  Some is good. Last night you were jumping off your bed.  And when you are ok, you let us know by saying "I'm ok Mom/Dad."  We just hear thuds and wait for your ok that you are ok.  You are in gymnastics now and that wears me out. I wish it would wear you out, but you might be one of the strongest in the class.  And I'm not lying -- your father and I already talked about how we would tell you if you sucked at something ;) Don't let your defiance and stubbornness get in the way.  You will grow out of certain aspects of it, but I hope to instill in you the knowing of when to obey and listen rather than question.  Continue to question!  Don't always just take things as they are.  Questioning is something good.  It's how we grow and learn.  But don't do it out of spite or anger. 

You are smart and kind.  I hope that your father and I can continue to give you what you need.  We will not always give you what you want.  I hope you don't fully remember these first couple years because you got a lot of what you wanted.  Everyone should want a little bit.  I think it makes you work harder for things in the end.  Handing it all to you would be in an injustice to you.  You are smart and you will learn that there is always a means to an end.  If you want something bad enough, you will find a way to get it.  If you need it, we will provide.  Remember that not everyone has everything.  Certain things in our lives are a privilege and just know that there might be a friend of yours who doesn't have that.  Be conscious of that.  Money doesn't grow on trees and not everyone is as fortunate as the rest. 

I will do my best to make your life wonderful.  But know that along the way I will attempt to teach you about life.  About hard work.  About love.  About family.  About fun.  About others.  About gratitude.  About respect.  And about many many other things.  Life will not always be easy.  And I hope it's not.  But I hope it's easier than mine.  I hope to give that to you.  I hope to be able to keep your life worry-less and fun but not so much that you become carefree and unaware.  You probably think you have it tough now, but believe me, there will be many more tears in about 14 years.

We love you.


What I'm Reading April 2014

The goal this year was to read more books.  And finish them.  I think that was the key phrase - "AND FINISH THEM." 

I'm not sure where I'm finding the time these days to read a chapter or two a night, but it's happening.  Oh wait, that's right... my house looks like a tornado has blown through it over and over and over again.  I'm skipping cleaning to read.  Probably not a great decision, but not the worst I've ever made.

But how often do you find books that you really can't wait to read again... or at least continue through?!  If you are like me, that never happens.  I read a couple of chapters and then I am usually distracted by something else that is much better or holds my attention better.  Not to mention a few movie trailers lately that have caught my eye....

Which leads me here.  I saw a couple months back, the movie trailer for the upcoming summer movie "The Fault In Our Stars" which stars Shailene Woodley on Facebook.  I think I now have an obsession with her.  Ever since The Descendants, I've just loved her.  So when I asked my friend for a book recommendation just after seeing this trailer and she said her favorite book was The Fault In Our Stars, and it was set in Indianapolis, I became partial and had to read it.


I then asked my sister if she had read it and she hadn't but was looking for a new book so she thought she'd try it.  Then she gave me her nook account so I could read it and VOILA!  I finished a book!  ha ha.  It was really good.  Very sad, very real, very scary, but very good.  I loved all the little things that made me know it was based in our city and I loved how things played out. Sometimes you just need a good cry and this will surely do that.  So, read it if you will.  It's a great short read.  You will appreciate it's real feelings and raw emotion I swear.  And, if you are like me, you'll finish it!  Because it's only about 200 pages long!  

But then I was looking at the other books on my sisters nook account and saw that she had the Divergent series.  I was intrigued.  Again, knowing that Shailene Woodley was playing the lead in the soon to be released movies, I figured I should give it a try.  And let me tell you... I had read about 6 chapters and was having a really hard time putting it down.  The nicest thing to me was that the chapters are usually about 10 pages long and to me and my head I see 10 pages and I think "only 10 pages," not "OMG 10 pages!"  I know it's a mind game, but seriously it's been making reading this book so much easier.  Not to mention it's action packed! 

And I may or may not have already seen the movie which is making putting the book down even harder because (1) I know how it ends and (2) I want to start on book 2!  

So with that I feel like this will be a successful reading month for me.   My house may be a disaster zone, but what's new with that?  Isn't it always like that when you have a husband and a toddler?  I'm starting to think so.  I clean and it gets messed up almost instantaneously.  I read and I have a messy house, but at least I have something to show for it in the end... a closed book.  

What's on your reading list?  I see Divergent 2 & 3 in my future.... I don't even know the names!   And hopefully I'll finish those books from last year at some point -- I Want To Pee Alone & Moms Who Drink & Swear.  


Do-Tique ... A Blow Out Bar

I'm a part of a Mom's group here called The City Moms.  I rarely get to go to events, but I've been trying to go to more this year!  So when I saw this super cute boutique was hosting us for an evening, I was sure I couldn't miss out!  The Boutique?!


That's right!  Do-Tique!  It's a Blow & Go Boutique! 


Located on Main Street in Carmel, you walk in to this adorable and welcoming sitting area.  Gianna, the owner was so gracious and sweet!  We all had a glass of wine while we waited for our turns... and explored the space a little.

There's also an adorable little candy bar... Love.


The boutique is done in this amazing Sapphire blue color which is refreshing because I feel like a lot of boutiques these days, especially if they are catering to women, like to work pink in there.  This blue & white scheme that they have going on is perfect.  Then there's a little linen and crystal working with it to keep the look classic and fresh.


Here's a shot with some City Mom's totally enjoying their blowouts!

Oh, and did I mention that this place SMELLS AMAZING!  And the products they use not only SMELL AMAZING, but they look GORGEOUS too!  I mean how gorgeous is this little set up!?!?  I would love to have these sitting on my bathroom counter, even just for the look!


I am unable to do anything with hair, I swear!  That's probably why I was so looking forward to this event!  I didn't care that it was at 8pm and I was going to go home and sleep on my new "do."  But even though my new hair only lasted me about a day, I would totally go back here to get my hair done for nights out or events!  The staff was just so awesome, the setting relaxing and comfortable, and the atmosphere just sparkling!  I loved it!  I will definitely be going back!

Oh, and before I forget to share...
Here's my before:

And my after:

Thanks Gigi!  I loved my braid and beachy waves -- My new "Do!" 
Can't wait to go back!


*This post was a personal opinion/experience.  No compensation was given for my thoughts.*


House Tour : Half Bath

With my Matilda Jane party being a couple weeks ago I of course took on the challenge of a quick bathroom redecorating project starting the week before.  Don't you always completely trash a room before you are having people over?  It's like the thrill of a deadline or something?  Idk...

Anyways, so of course I decided to do stripes too... because that is obviously super easy and quick! Duh!

And here's how it turned out.  I'm very pleased. 

The mirror I found at a flea market last summer and have been holding on to.  Initially I was thinking I would paint it white, but lots of gold accents are making their way into our home and I kind of like it like as is now.

I thought the room needed a little something over the toilet but I wasn't sure what so I just started scrounging around the house hoping to find some goodies.  This entire vignette cost me $0.

The elephant we had and he used to sit in our living room. 
The shelf was a shelf that I had used at my antique booth that I no longer do at the moment. 
The milk glass was in my garage and the shells are from our Florida & Aruba trips.
The little artwork is done by my little Ells. 
Books we had.
And the gold frame was sitting upstairs in a closet. 

The octopus I found a Home Goods a few weeks ago and just fell in love.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but I love it at as little hand towel holder in here.  It just adds a little interest.

Look for more details on the striping this week!  


Disney On Ice

Mike's mom bought tickets to Disney on Ice last weekend in Fort Wayne. 
Ella loves to ice skate and I thought it would be something she'd enjoy so I suggested it as a fun thing for Ella to her "Nonna" and boy oh boy did she have a good time.

We went as a princess...Of Course!
Snow White is the only dress up dress that we have that is semi-close to fitting so it was the winner.

Ella walked in holding Nonna's hand... how cute!

Then this is us riding up in the escalator... 
which we love to ride over and over again, but had to refrain from here!  

And checking out all the goodies... 
Can we get all of it?!?

She ended up with the Tinkerbell Light Saber Wand.

Waiting for the show... 
Both Nonna & Ells were excited!

And there they are... our hosts for the evening... 
Minnie & Mickey

She was in awe...

We saw the dwarfs... 

Dancing Silverware... 


All things under the sea...

And Dragons...

And believe me, this was not her reaction to the dragon...
That thing was PG-13 scary...

Cinderella & Prince Charming

And everyone in the Finale...
That set off the fire alarm... 

For Real... 

But we had time to wave goodbye and take one quick selfie before we were kicked out!

And we can't wait to go again next year!  
Aside from the skating itself which was just so-so, it was a really great show! 

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