Back to School

I am so happy to say that our first day back to school went SWIMMINGLY!

I attribute this success to several things:

  1. Early Rising. I made sure to wake up in plenty of time to leisurely do all the things. I am often guilty of hitting the snooze button until our morning is forced to become an episode of Fear Factor where I’m performing dangerous maneuvers to race the clock – BUT NOT TODAY!
  2. We were prepared! Her clothes were pressed and all laid out the night before &  I did all of our Back to School shopping during the Tax Free Weekend which is ~one~ of my favorite weekends of the year. HA! Does that make me a total cheapskate?? Not even worried about it. I LOVE a deal 🙂
  3. Positive Attitudes. I am also guilty of allowing myself to succumb to negative thinking and anxiety. However, Delia is a freakishly happy unicorn child and I still have no idea where she actually is from – if she was accidentally switched at birth I don’t even wanna know. I’m keeping her.
  4. With that being said, I actually had a hormonal breakdown in the office of the school the day prior and ended up making a few new friends. Maybe this didn’t actually help and they aren’t really my new friends but at the end of the whole ordeal I felt a little better and more in love with our school.
  5. Delia has great new teacher and there were many familiar faces in her class! She felt welcomed and comfortable right away – giving her teacher cookies probably didn’t hurt either… But I think we just got lucky!

 

I will say, due to no fault of our own, the afternoon pick up situation was utter chaos. I wasn’t able to get Delia into my car until almost 30 min. after the school bell rang & I arrived 30 min. early! In defense of the school, I think the rain and newness of the year played a major factor. It was fine – but then we really had to rush to dance right after. Thank goodness Delia wasn’t assigned any homework – I think that would have resulted in another hormonal breakdown!

 

I’ve been getting some questions about our clothes, lunch box, backpack, etc. and wanted to share that most of Delia’s things were purchased at Target during the aforementioned Tax Free Weekend sale. However, there are some things available on Amazon that I would like to share with you! Some things are student related and some are mom related. All are things we have and love. Like I mentioned in my last post, I am an Amazon Affiliate and will receive a small commission from qualifying purchases through my links. But rest assured I would never share with you anything just because. I find these things useful in my daily life and maybe you will as well! And that’s really the most fun part I think 🙂

 

Most of Delia’s school uniform items I buy are from The Children’s Place or Target. I find that The Children’s Place offers a better selection in Polo colors which is important for Delia because she very much dislikes having to wear a uniform. (Like I said before… unicorn child) And having a purple or teal or pink polo offers her a small sense of individuality amongst the sea of typical navy, black, and white polos. Target, however, is better for shorts and skirts. The material offered in their Jack & Cat line is soft and comfortable which is really important for little ones. However, I sometimes will go on Zulily for more cutesy items (I’m a big fan of peter pan collars) like jumpers and dresses. And I just discovered that one of my favorite brands from Zulily is also available on Amazon! It’s called French Toast – their clothes are both super cute and affordable. #winning

Here are some of our favorite pieces from French Toast:

French Toast Girls School Uniforms V-Neck Pleated Jumper 3T Navy       French Toast Toddler S/S Peter Pan Fitted Shirt - Blue, 2t

This adorable pleated jumper and button down are the perfect combo for a cute outfit. They both come in a variety of colors and they even have a long sleeve version of this shirt!

 

 

This dress is another great option – it’s a 1piece & has the cute collar that I love!

 

 

Okay – these next items aren’t exactly the same as what we have from Target but are very similar. As an Aquarius (yes, I believe in astrology, too – don’t @ me) I get very bored with routine and doing the same thing over and over. By the end of last year, packing Delia’s lunch box was the most intolerable chore – I felt so uninspired and found myself giving her the same things over and over and over. I can only make so many PB&J’s until I lose my damn mind. Then I stumbled across Jenny Mollen’s instagram account that she dedicates solely to the lunches she packs for her “dictator” son. It’s the cutest/ funniest thing ever and drove me to purchase a bento box for Delia. If you’re not following that or her main account you totally should. She’s one of my absolute faves.

 

 

Bento Box for Kids, Leakproof Lunch Box with 3 Compartments, Lunch container safe for kids (Purple) By MissBig

This box is most similar to what we have & there’s actually a 10% off coupon right now!

 

 

Lunch Box Set of 2 Leakproof Lunch Containers, Pink Blue, 3-4 Insulated Compartments, Lightweight Bento Lunch Boxes for Kids Adults Athletes, Fit for Meal Prep, Snacks, Portion Control | by Zimmi

This is a 2 pack & I absolutely love the colors! Delia’s favorite color is blue (in case you were curious) and she would just die. *~the little things~*

 

 

Okay – so I was that mom that bought every single item (and then some… for brownie points)  on the recommended classroom supply list. So yesterday, to ease the burden of carrying an enormous & heavy bag across the school campus, I was a genius and used one of these bad boys:

 

A collapsible dolly. If you don’t have one you need one. This thing comes in handy more than you know and since I’ve been pregnant and trying to do all the things I’m needing it now more than ever.

 

Okay the last thing I’m going to share with you is something I personally used and loved the last 2 years and I don’t have one for this year because I was being an unorganized bum and by the time I remembered I needed a new one the price was all jacked up on Amazon & I couldn’t find it anywhere else! UHHH!! Do yourself a favor and get this while it’s still only $6. It’s the cutest pocket planner ever. Now – I have a regular planner that  I use and love too but this one is the size of a checkbook and is perfect for your purse or to have at work. I love the at a glance month set up and I use it to put all of Delia’s important school dates in at the beginning of the year. So handy when making follow up doctor’s appointments or when you need to know about a date really quick and you’re a caveman like me and don’t update everything on your phone/google calendar!

 

Susan Branch’s designs are so cute and make me so happy!  Andddddd it’s a 2 year pocket planner ! It’s my lazy girl secret to staying on top of my ish. Thank me later.

 

Okay – that’s all I have for you today. I’m about to turn on some crude rap music and pull a power hour to try and clean my house before I have to pick Delia up from school!

But can we acknowledge real quick how I turned out 2 posts in 2 days???? WHO AM I!?

Leave some love in the comments or like this post so I know we’re becoming besties 🙂 Thanks!

Hope you guys have a great day!
xoxo Brittany ❤

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

 

The title says it all folks.

Here’s a little Amazon Gift Guide if you’re a Last Minute Lucy like ya girl Bshell & are needing some Mother’s Day ~I N S P O ~ This list is a compilation of things I already have & L O V E or that I have just had my eye on! ….I totally ordered myself #2 on this list and am BEYOND excited to try it out. Also, really hoping that my loving husband & daughter might read this (shoe size 7) even though, I must admit, they already have a great track record for picking out awesome gifts.

Anyways – Happy Monday & Hope you find this helpful!

 


Amazon Gift Guide

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  1. Cute Set of Tea Towels ~ This set of four is perfect for summer cuz like L E M O N S & only $12. Yes, please!
  2. V. Practical Steam Mop ~ I’ve been wanting one of these for MONTHS! Our entire down stairs is tile and the before & after pics of what this puppy can do for grout had me SOLD! Can’t wait for so-squeaky-clean-you-can-eat-off-em *GERM FREE* floors!
  3. The BEST Blender Ever ~ Santa brought me this for X-Mas and it’s seriously life changing! Best frozen margs EVER! But since I’m on hooch hiatus for the next few months I g u e s s it’s also pretty good for smoothies, salad dressings, soups, salsas, even nut butters & homemade almond milk!
  4. The Cutest Birks I’ve Ever Seen ~ I love my Birks! They are seriously the comfiest most versatile sandals ever. I have a pair in black which have kind of evolved into my “beach birks” over the years. I’m thinking a fresh shiny new pair is needed for target runs & Sunday brunch!
  5. Blue Light Blocking Glasses ~ Perfect for any mama who spends most of her day working on a computer or staring @ her smart phone! I thought this pair was super cute but they have tons of different styles!
  6. This Fancy Schmancy Coffee Machine (on MAJOR sale) ~ I have heard SO MANY PEOPLE rave about their Nespresso’s! Unfortunately – I’m trying to keep my caffeine intake on the low low these days but I’m v curious and intrigued by this beauty (especially in the matte black 😍) && This is the best deal I’ve seen so far!
  7. Fun Reusable Straws ~ These are always good to have on hand – especially for all those frozen margs & smoothies you’ll be making! I love the silicone variety because ~ c o l o r s ~ but also – I’m like all for this plastic straw ban and saving turtles and whatever but it is IMPOSSIBLE to enjoy a delicious Chick-fil-A milk shake with a soggy paper straw. So, really, you kinda need these.

  8. The Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker ~ This thing is like the lazy homemakers’ best friend. It’s cute, compact, smart, & super practical. Just maybe watch what you say around it – because like government interference and stuff 😉 
  9. Comfy New Pair of Sneaks ~ Of all the things on this list THESE are what I really want! They are the perfect everyday pair of white sneakers! I meannnn how cute and comfy do these look!?!?! Plus – I’m pregnant, and I heard wearing sneakers helps prevent your feet from swelling! I’d happily trade in my slides for these guys!
  10. A Facial Cleansing Spin Brush She Didn’t Know She NEEDED ~ I’ve been using this brush for years and it’s S H O C K I NG what happens when you use it with your favorite facial cleanser AFTER you remove your makeup! Honestly, so satisfyingly disgusting to see how much residue is removed from your face after you could have sworn it’s clean! This one has 3 different heads for whatever level of exfoliation you prefer & a smart travel case.

 


Before I wrap this up – does anyone want to talk about last nights episode of GoT !? I personally thought it was the best episode of the season so far! Don’t h8 me but I thought the Battle of Winterfell was literally the most frustrating thing to watch ever & was kinda raging about whatever the hell those dragons were even doing. Like ummm HELLO you have 1 JOB!! 🔥💀🔥 I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it but Jon’s speech in the first 5 min. had me U G L Y C R Y I N G  & likeeeee THE END – OMG. Such a sad but (kinda) necessary loss to boost momentum for The Last War! Let me know your thoughts in the comments! This is a safe space.

 

xoxo Brittany

Status Update

H O L Y S M O K E S

Welp. In a blink of an eye and a click of a mouse it has almost been 2 years since my last blog post. So much for reaching goals and documenting memories! Whoops. But let’s not beat ourselves up over broken promises. Let’s not dwell on the coulda shoulda woulda & what ifs of Ghosts of Blog Posts Past. And HEAVEN FORBID that we totally succumb to the merciless Mom Guilt Black Hole that’s inside of our hearts (located right next to where we keep our very secret & strangely weird love for all things murder mysteries and the wonderful exciting scary thoughts/ feels they provide us with) BECAUSE this is not the place for that. I will not allow myself to SHAME myself. And I won’t allow YOU (a special friend) to think that it’s okay for you to do it either. Everything is FINE. We’re GUCCI.

It’s. No. Big. Deal.

SO – Wanna know what you missed?

Please see below Major Events in chronological order of the past 2 years in brief detail:

  • AUG. 2017 – Delia started 1st Grade.
  • JAN. 2018 – John & I got ENGAGED!
  • FEB. 2018 – Delia & I moved in with John.
  • MAR. 2018 – I quit my job.
  • JULY 2018 – John turned 30!
  • AUG. 2018 – John and I got MARRIED!
  • AUG. 2018 – Delia started 2nd Grade.
  • MAR. 2019 – John & I are EXPECTING!

OMG! WAIT! WHAT? DID I JUST… !? IS THIS A.. !?!

DID THIS JUST BECOME A PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENT!?!

Nah – probably only like 5 people are actually going to read this – 3 of which probably already know… Hi Lauren! FaceTime me later?

Okay, okay. In all seriousness, I guess I DID just make a pretty big announcement. I should probably go into some more detail. Right? I mean, for like ~life documenting purposes~ and stuff 🙂

Please see Bump Updates in chronological order of the past 9 weeks in brief detail:

  • Week 4 – I took a pregnancy test on March 28th, a few days after my missed period & it was POSITIVE! (John was present & we were both ecstatic!)
  • Week 5 – My body craved crunchy vegetables/ salads, John and I told Delia the good news & everything was PURE BLISS!
  • Week 6 – Nausea and fatigue HIT. ME. HARD. I spent the majority of this week curled up in the fetal position.
  • Week 7 – John & I went to our first Prenatal Appt. – We got to see baby and hear heartbeat via Ultrasound! ~SO SWEET~ Strangely, shortly after this my entire body broke out in hives, my hands began to swell, and I made 2 visits to the ER! We good now.
  • Week 8 – Nausea returns & with a VENGEANCE. Who really needs food anyways!?
  • Week 9 – Feeling my absolute BEST mentally & physically since finding out I’m pregnant! So happy and excited to share the news with everyone 🙂

So now I’m just anxiously anticipating my next appointment where we’ll do blood tests & all that fun stuff. I’m a little nervous because I’m currently in search of a new doctor – I absolutely love the woman I was seeing but she doesn’t do OB. However, I’ve been given some great recommendations and am confident we’ll find the perfect fit soon!

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With all of this wonderful news I’m choosing to share, I can’t help but to feel the weight of the silence I’ve kept for so long. I KNOW. I KNOW. But this is not any of the aforementioned “mom guilt” This is just me hitting myself with some TRUTH. Some truth that I think I need to see in black & white in front of my face. It’s difficult to put into words because it’s something that’s not quite there yet somehow always present. Something that has closely followed me my entire life and sometimes has managed to grab hold of my coattail. Wait. What? Is this really turning into a mental health post? Nah. I’m happy. I have a good life. I have an amazing family & support system. BUT – Yes, I also have a little gray rain cloud. Sometimes it clears up and the sun comes out. Sometimes it thunders for weeks on end. But I refuse to continue to ignore the fact that it does exist. I also refuse to try and keep it hidden. Everything isn’t always FINE. But we’re still GUCCI. Maybe you relate?

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A N Y W A Y S

 With all of THAT being said! ~HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF~ I can’t help but to feel this warm fuzzy feeling tight in my chest & no – It’s definitely not heartburn. Not yet, at least. I think it might be… passion? I forgot how much I enjoy writing. I forgot how much I enjoy blogging, and sharing, and trying to be funny.* I don’t think I’ve ever actually had or experienced or known passion. The only other emotion I can compare it to is love. & I totally and completely and unapologetically know what love is (thanks to the incredible people in my life.) 

 

So, what else is there? More BABY STUFF??! I think the only thing I forgot to mention is the Due Date 🙂 Which is December 3rd! Can you believe that? A baby just in time for Christmas, my heart can’t even handle it. My face hurts from smiling.

 

BUT WHAT ABOUT DELIA!?!

Don’t you DARE think I would sum up this post without going into EXCRUCIATING detail about EVERYTHING that is going on inside of ~Delia’s World~ In 2 weeks she will have her end of the year dance recital** And shortly after that she looks forward to auditioning for her studio’s competitive team! Fingers crossed – she is so excited for this and talks about it D A I L Y. We are in the middle of softball season, and if I’m not mistaken the Mariners are 3-2-1 & we couldn’t be more proud! I’m glad to say she’s thoroughly enjoying being 8 years old and in 2nd grade, despite the fact that she has had to tackle her first ever book report (which, if I must say, I think she totally s l a y e d) and there has been a bit of a hiccup in the “friends department” which I think is totally normal/silly/lame girl stuff that she’s unfortunately going to have to continue to learn how to navigate. Girls. Are. The. Worst. She is completely over the moon about the idea of becoming a big sister. And honestly, in regards to this baby, out of all of us, I think I’m most happy for Delia. This poor girl has been asking Santa year after year for a baby brother or sister and now she’s FINALLY getting one. She is already the best big sister E V E R. Also, at this point in time Delia is very adamant that she would like to get her ears pierced. I’m hoping this passes. When she’s not building forts with the neighbor boys, catching butterflies, or trying to use made up spells to turn herself into a mermaid, her nose is in a book. Reading is still ever present in her life and I love that for her. She’s still sweet & sassy & and her mama’s girl. 💕

 

Okay, I think I’m finally done, and not because my palms are getting really sweaty. Okay, let’s be real, that’s totally why. Because honestly I could go on forever.

But yeah, that’s pretty much it! Oh, except for the fact that John is still the best and doing awesome but like everybody already knows that 🙂 Now that we’re all on the same page maybe I’ll start doing more fun blog posts on a regular basis!? We’ll see!

Thank you for reading. Truly.

xoxo Brittany

 

P.S. JVJ is still an E X T R E M E L Y G’BOY 2

 

 

*Please give me positive reinforcement because like lamely insecure.

**I CANNOT WAIT FOR DANCE TO BE OVER OMG I’M THE WORST MOM EVER BUT I’M SO FRIGGIN’ OVER IT!