April Showers or When it Rains it Pours

April Showers

Thank Goodness it’s finally May. It’s my favorite month because it’s my birth month and the weather is officially beautiful all over the planet.  And it’s really about time for all those April showers to bring me some May Flowers.

Let me tell you how much rain I got in April.

Rambo was laid off.  He left for work in the morning, had meetings scheduled all throughout the day, was told he was laid off and a security officer escorted him out of the building.  Just like that. He was back home by 10 am. I didn’t believe him when he called to tell me.  We both sat in the kitchen in shock because he just started this job 5 months ago.

Then there were the thunderstorms. I love Texas, but if it’s not tornado’s, its thunderstorms. Thunderstorms with golf ball sized hail.  A portion of our backyard fence blew down. We need to replace the entire thing because it was barely standing before the storms. The insurance adjuster came out and checked out the roof too. Turns out we need to replace the entire roof as well. Insurance would cover some of it, but after applying our deductible it was not nearly enough. View Post

The case of the Dirty Dairy Van

Case of the Dirty Minivan

My minivan is not dirty. Yes, it does have a  serious coating of white dirt on the black body paint but it only stands out when I’m in the carpool lane for preschool pick up because everyone else’s car is freaking sparkling.

My problem, however, isn’t the outside of the car, it’s the inside.

The inside is a disaster. Isn’t that why people buy minivans though? For kids to throw their cheerio’s around in? For sticky juice to be spilled all over the place and drop random fries into crevices never to be found again?

I have several changes of clothes in the car. For each member of the family. It’s Texas. You never know when the temperature will drop forty degrees from the time you leave the house to when you get back home. There is a bag of clothes in the back that needs to be dropped in a donation drop box that’s been knocked over and is now intermingling with the kid’s bag of swim gear. View Post

Nordstrom Winter Sale under $50

Nordstrom Sale under $50

I saw a cardigan I own in a TV commercial.  Before I could point and say “Hey I have that cardigan!” I noticed something odd.  The lady wearing it was playing the role of a tired, cranky mom. She looked frumpy and that particular cardigan was chosen by the costume designer to help her play the part.

Seriously, do I look like that?

Do I look dingy and drab and so…(what’s the word for ‘given up on life’?)…shabby when I wear it?  I slowly walked over to my closet to give it a close inspection. 80% of the clothes in there no longer fit me, but I’m not throwing them out because I’ll fit into it ONE DAY! The other 20% were all sweatpants (of course) leggings, cardigans (ahem) and big loose tops. With dread, I admitted it was time to go shopping. Online shopping that is, because I don’t do malls. Or parking. Or fitting rooms. Or the disappointment when the tag says it’s a gazillion dollars.  Since I’ve become a mom I really don’t like to spend money on myself. Is it a mom-guilt thing? Who knows. View Post

Rambo gives me a workout

Rambo gives me a workout

When Rambo looks me up and down and says,

“I’ll give you a workout”

He is the only husband that means he will actually hand over a customized CrossFit exercise plan for me to do at the gym tomorrow.
Then he will describe every move and the correct form to use, followed by a detailed explanation of what he did at the gym that day and then I will fall asleep from boredom.

Nothing to get excited about. Just my husband offering me a workout. Literally.

Also, he likes to wake up while it’s dark and cold to go for a run.


And then when he returns from his run all hyped up on endorphins he talks to me. The only problem is that I’m still asleep but, like an extrovert with no one else to talk to it doesn’t bother him that my eyes are closed and I’m not participating in the conversation at all. View Post

Beauty Favorites I Can’t Live Without

Beauty Favorites I Can't Live Without

I was fourteen when I discovered concealer. I’ve always had dark circles under my eyes and drama queen skin. Concealer was the magic that hid them like they never even existed. Even now if I’m feeling crappy, I will put on some makeup to feel good about myself and conquer the day.  Below I’ve listed the beauty products that I use consistently. If it runs out, I go out and immediately buy another. You can shop them by clicking on the product itself (affiliate link of course). I’ve selected my top five and explain why I can’t live without them.


Top Five

1. NARS lipstick – Fire Down Below

It’s been said that Francois Nars took two years to develop this color which is supposed to be the closest shade to human blood. Which is what makes it a universally appealing shade of red on every skin tone. I love a dramatic red lipstick but had issues finding one that’s not too bright but not too vampy. This shade is perfect. It also feels great on your lips. View Post