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Why I’m A-Okay With The Big 3-0.

That’s right friends, in two days I turn the big 30. And you know what? I’m totally cool with it, in fact, dare I say? I’m excited about it.

My early twenties were insane. It included a botched first marriage, way too much liver damage *ahem* and just too much everything. It was a time of being selfish, and ignorant to real world problems. To me, what I associate your early 20′s with is finding yourself.

Don’t get me wrong, I have zero regrets because each selfish and stupid decision I made helped shape me into the woman that I am today. I also have nothing against 20′s, because I really feel as if everyone needs to have that time in their lives.

Around this time last year, I made the infamous “30 before 30″ list, however, I really sucked at it because I was pregnant for 7 of those months, and had a newborn for the other 4. It may be an excuse, but a couple months into it I stopped caring. I stopped looking at it as an “end of an era” and instead began embracing it and getting excited about the “beginning” of a new one.

A more sophisticated, and established one, perhaps?

So cheers to 30…. I can’t wait to kick it off!


Wordless Wednesday

So much going on- so little time to sit down and record it all. In the meantime, enjoy this little nugget. It’s the “best” photo I’ve gotten of the two of them together– so that shows you how impossible they are, in their own ways.


Poll: Who Does William Look Like?

For the past 2 years and 5 months, I’ve been hearing non-stop that Vivien looks just like Eli. And I concur, for the most part. However, I must say, William? Well… I’ll let the pictures do the talkin’.

Mommy 1984

Daddy 1980

Mommy 1984

Daddy (on the left) 1980

So, what do you think? Cast your vote :)


And just for fun, here is pretty much the exact same post I did with Vivien two years ago today!

Poll: Who Does Vivien Look Like?


Soccer aka: “Sockser”

Lately, I’ve been hit with some mom guilt regarding the lack of structured activities that Vivien was enrolled in. Ie: None. This time last year she was actively participating in both swimming lessons, and Kindermusic weekly. However, since I quit work back in September I’ve been saying that I wanted to find something for her, but have conveniently used William as an excuse, of sorts.

I got the opportunity to put Vivien into a sports program on Saturday mornings and I jumped at the chance. She has now attended two classes, and while the basics of soccer are definately over her head (such as don’t use your hands, only kicking) I can tell you that I know it’s good for her. Even though there have been tears both weeks now, and even though it starts at 9am (ouch!) I know it’s helping her.

You see, my girl is pretty shy in some situations. Having to adhere to some sort of order, as well as being in a new location is typically what makes her feel uncomfortable. She is a creature of habit, and thrives in familiar situations, but doesn’t react perfectly to new ones. In other words, she’s a toddler. Soccer ended up being kind of a battle on the first day, because it was new and she didn’t know what to expect. She handled it better the following week, only crying once at the end.

Photos in the pink shirt were from the first week, when she refused to put on her new team t-shirt until we got home- then she refused to take it off. Typical.

We went to Play It Again Sports a few days before and bought her her very own soccer ball. Or as she calls it, “sockser.” Of course, she chose pink. Because what other color would a 2 year old girl choose?

The class is obviously very parental involvement heavy, because only a crazy person would take on the task of corralling 8 kids between the ages of 1 and 2. She plays with the kids, and with us, as well as learning different soccer skills and drills.It’s also a great way to develop coordination, as it focuses on kicking (duh) and placement of the kicks.

Oh yeah, William goes too.

All in all, I’m excited to continue this with Vivien, and hope to also add in some Saturday morning swimming lessons once the weather warms up just a smidge. I was always athletic growing up, and involved in lots of extra-curricular sports and activities, so I hope this is something that she learns to love as much as I did (I’m still SUPER interested in putting her into gymnastics/cheer/tumbling, but need to find a place that is budget-friendly.)

Have you ever seen a cuter “sockser” player, ever? ;-)


You Can Get Anything Delivered, These Days.

Have I ever told you that I loathe grocery shopping? Well, it’s true. I’ve always hated it, actually, and now adding in dragging along a toddler who loves to swipe things with her sticky fingers, and a colic-prone baby? NO THANK YOU.

You can bet your organic farm that when I heard that grocery stores now offer delivery in select locations, I was all over that. I was even more excited to learn that Walmart was offering this service, because it really fits nicely into my family’s budget.

I’ve recently been dabbling into meal planning, yet again, and found an awesome website (5 Dollar Dinners) that makes a weekly recipe list, and also includes a printable customizable grocery list. I was able to make the grocery list (and not print it) and order directly through the Walmart To Go website in under a half an hour. Let me repeat that: a half an hour.
Know what else is under a half an hour generally? My son’s naps. True story.

I put the toddler to bed, nursed the infant to sleep, hopped online and planned my meals and grocery shopped in a fraction of the time it would normally take me to run to the grocery store. The Walmart To Go website was super-easy to navigate, and I scheduled delivery for the next morning. Shipping is normally $7.95 flat rate, with a $30 minimum order. My weekly grocery bill totalled $85. I can assure you that I haven’t walked out of Safeway for less than $100- ever. I’m the queen of impulse buying, like a fat kid in a candy store grocery store. Ordering my groceries through delivery has not only saved me a ton of time, and effort (and patience) it has saved me money!

The Walmart To Go delivery was amazing. I scheduled myself a 2 hour window, yet the driver called my cell phone to let me know he was on his way, and gave me a 15 minute window to plan. Once he arrived, he introduced himself, and carried my groceries indoors and placed them where I specified (my table.) He was very nice, and personable, and made an effort to get to know me.

All of my items were very fresh (and I checked all expiration dates to ensure that!) and even the organic produce I ordered looked top-notch. I was pleasantly surprised that even more “fragile” items such as tomatoes and strawberries looked beautiful and fresh.

Walmart To Go is expanding across the nation, and I have 7 more email invites available to let you try out the service in your own home, and get free delivery until March 30! Please leave a comment down below if you’re interested.

 

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As a participant in the Walmart to Go First program, I’ve received a personal invite and incentives for my time and efforts in creating this post.