Lent Without A Church

Christianity
Ash Wednesday

Lent begins today, and I struggled so much with how to approach these 40 days that I pretended it wasn’t happening until ashy foreheads appeared. Back in November, my family started attending a church again, but it’s going through changes, which already make me feel like the church is not a good fit even with my newfound attitude on not finding the perfect one. I wonder if we should just go back to our old church here in Richmond because […]

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Leggings As Pants: Flicking Off The World With My Comfort

Fashion and Flare
Leggings as pants

I remember the first time I saw it. I grimaced and turned away attempting to manage my light-headedness and confusion. I was going into shock! Shock that anyone would wear leggings as pants. I see your Ugh, I mean Ugg, boots, your black leggings and YOUR BUTT! WHY AM I SEEING YOUR BUTT? WTH IS GOING ON!?! I recovered by scoffing. Dismissing mixed with vague attempts to understand. I said: They’re  teenyboppers. I wore Hypercolor shirts and hiking boots with […]

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Art Appreciation Is A Little Different In Preschool

Awkward
Les_Demoiselles_d'Avignon

At school, my daughter is doing a series on art, which is great until I decide to parent way above my pay grade. Me: We need to stop by the library today. Her: Can we get books on the artist I’m learning about? Me, lighting up at the idea: Of course! Who is it? Her: I don’t know. Things are mixed up but it was person but her hands were weird. Me: Picasso? Van Gogh? (I’m a little obsessed with […]

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We Went To Disney And All I Did Was Design This Stupid T-shirt (And Share Some Photos)

Is It Just Me?
Kristoff and Elsa at Cinderella's castle

Disney World was pure magic. No fighting. No long lines. No stress. Just kids (and adults) encouraged to embrace their imagination. We came home with over thousand photos and were background in a thousand more so I was immediately inspired to create this T-shirt for our next Disney trip: Speaking of inspired, my post on our homemade Kristoff and Elsa costumes has had so many requests to see the costumes out and about that I’m starting off my back-from-Disney post […]

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It Is Not A Redo When I Never Began Doing Plus A $100 Giveaway

Sponsored or Giveaway
Living room

GIVEAWAY ENDED. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUGGESTIONS AND CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER, WILD ORCHID. We moved to a new neighborhood about 6 months ago. We love our house and neighbors, but after I got the kids’ rooms 90% done, I stopped working on anything decor-related. We keep it relatively clean and every room is functional, but our living room still looks like this: In our old house, I had 6 weeks of planning and painting before we moved in and […]

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People Still Wear Bras In The Zombie Apocalypse?

Is It Just Me?
walking dead red laces and tight jeans

Scott and I are faithfully watching season 4 of The Walking Dead jump the shark, which means, while people are being eaten or are beating the brains out of zombies to not get eaten, our conversations are of more important matters: Me: Jeans would not fit that tight anymore. Scott: And I’m surprised how many people are still wearing bras. Me: Exactly. Bras this far into the zombie apocalypse? Ridiculous. Scott: You’d be all “DAY 2 OF ZOMBIES? SCREW BRAS.” […]

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Pinterest Tries To Murder My Hair

Awkward
Me with a perm

I decide I will have curly hair for Valentine’s Day because Pinterest and envy is my enemy. I have always had pin-straight hair except for the two years my mom let me perm it in middle school. These days, after I shower, I roll my hair up in a bun and sometimes get light waves cascading down around my face because I’m too lazy to take it out before it dries. It’s actually why I have wave-ish hair in my […]

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Five Easy Ways To Ruin Valentine’s Day

Holidays
St-Valentine-Kneeling-In-Supplication

I’m tired of having amazing Valentine’s Days so I’m implementing these tried-and-true methods instead: 1) Plan nothing because if I had a dollar for every time I was lonely, I could become rich on Valentine’s Day. 2) If I have to do something, keep what I really want for Valentine’s Day a secret until after my partner has planned the day, then half-smile, shrug and sigh, “It’s fine.” Saint Valentine isn’t going to be the only martyr around here. 3) Even though […]

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My Daughter Wants To Be A Scientist. For Now.

Cultural Norms (that are abnormal)
My daughter's lab

Me: Be careful! Her: I’m a scientist. I don’t need to be careful. When her teachers mentioned my daughter loved science in school (new to her this year), I almost bought her a lab coat. Instead, whenever she asks to play scientist, I’m all in. I want my daughter to believe she’s good at math and science because girls don’t suddenly become 10 and forget how to add numbers; however, statistically, 4th grade is where girls stop performing as well […]

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Handmade Frozen Costumes Because Kristoff Rocked

Fashion and Flare
Kristoff Costume Done

Even though I loved Frozen, I have a complaint: Disney only made Elsa and Anna dress up costumes. Um, my son liked Frozen, too, especially Kristoff. While planning for our Cinderella’s castle lunch at Disney World, I wasn’t going to make him into a random prince or pirate just because I couldn’t buy Kristoff’s furry tunic in the stores.   Here’s what we were going for with our costumes: And once we began Kristoff, I figured that I might as […]

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