Friday, July 29, 2016


Sometimes your system just starts slowing down. You may not notice it at first, but then one day it occurs to you that that circle, which is supposed to be a cursor, suspiciously spins a lot longer than it used to. You realize you can't remember the last time you completely shut down and restarted. And you have over 40 tabs open in your browser. And way too many programs/apps going at the same time. And there's stuff working in the background you didn’t even know existed. You're constantly looking for an outlet to plug in and recharge the battery, which doesn't seem to last nearly as long as it used to.

That's when it's time to reset. I'm not talking about a quick CTRL+ALT+DELETE. I'm also not talking about your laptop, tablet or phone.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Comfort of Routine

It usually starts about 5:45 a.m. Hubs and I stare at the baby monitor and silently will Reid to go back to sleep. He almost always does, but sometimes he waits until one of his parents has shrugged on their robe and has a hand on the door knob. We pause a moment to make sure he really fell back asleep and then gratefully collapse back into bed.

Fifteen minutes later, my 6:00 alarm jars me awake again, and I start the “hit snooze at least three times” ritual. Sometimes, I accidentally dismiss the alarm all together, but that’s okay because Hubs’ alarm starts at 6:30. Not sure why we torture ourselves like this, but it’s our routine.

Monday, November 23, 2015

10 Reasons I’m a Bad Mom (but not really)

(but not really)

I’ve never been called a bad mom to my face, but it’s been not-so-subtly insinuated. I hear the things moms are publically shamed for doing, and I often think, “Yeah, so? I do that, too.” That’s why I decided to write a short series of posts about it.

I’ll kick it off with this: For all you moms getting stink face from other moms, here’s a fist-bump-blow-it-up for you, sistas, and a list of ten reasons I’m a bad mom, too (but not really).

Monday, July 13, 2015

Stitch Fix, Are You Drunk?

I love it when that little square Stitch Fix box arrives on my porch. I just received my third shipment, and it’s already become a bit of an addiction. So far, I’ve kept two of the five items in each fix. I like how they send me items I would never have picked out for myself, yet are perfect when I try them on.

Like in my first fix, I received this sheer little kimono. I wouldn’t have given this a second glance if I had seen it on a hanger in a store. But I tried it on with the suggested outfits on the card, and I LOVE it. It was perfect for our quick, kid-free get-away to Vegas over Memorial Day weekend.

I just received my third fix on Saturday, which contained this blue and white dress. I wrinkled my nose at it in the picture, but when I tried it on? Loved it! It’s a bit more low-cut than I usually go, but Hubs loved it (obviously) and it fit perfectly. Plus, the waist is a little above the natural waistline, which is no simple feat for my short stature. If an outfit can make me feel taller, I’m sold!

Then there was a great pair of jeans. I definitely did not need another pair of jeans, but they fit so well I just had to keep them. They are now my go-to fave for casual days.

But then sometimes they send me items that I think are really cute, but oh-so-not worth the price. For example, I got this cute black top in my last fix. I liked it a lot, but it was $58.00. It didn’t seem to be that high quality, and I’m sure I can find something very similar at H&M for much cheaper.

Same thing with this gray jersey dress. Super cute, much cuter on than I thought it would be, but too expensive for what it is. I really need to find this outfit....

And then… sometimes… Stitch Fix is just drunk. They sent me a maxi skirt in my last fix. A MAXI SKIRT! As much as I love the maxi look, it just does not work on my five-feet-one-inch body. (Can I just tell you how ecstatic I am that cuffed jeans are back in style?) Here’s what the maxi skirt looked like on me.

Yeah. You could probably make a second maxi skirt with all that fabric pooling on the floor. A friend of mine, and fellow shorty, said she wears maxi skirts like a dress. So I tried that, too.

And… nope! It looked like a mu-mu. Totally shapeless. I tried belting it at the waist, but the dress bunched up around belt and looked like the fabric was pleated. Ew.

My favorite part? This is the note from my stylist:

“In this box you will find a variety of petite and petite-friendly pieces…. Maxi skirts are staple this season, so I included one by Market & Spruce; the hem hits two inches above the floor to flatter your petite frame.”

Ummmm…. Stitch Fix, are you drunk?

I have to admit - I did love the skirt. The fabric was positively luxurious. I wish I was taller just so I could wear it.

My stylist completely redeemed herself with this Dolman sleeve top. I usually drown in these types of shirts with their obnoxious “bat wing” sleeves, but this one is adorable. It’s not too billowy, and the color is gorgeous.

Stitch Fix is not a perfect science, but it’s pretty amazing. Even with the maxi skirt fail, I’m already jonesin’ for my next fix.

Occasionally, I will post about my Stitch Fix experience here on the blog. Feel free to tell me about your fixes in the comments! If you want to give Stitch Fix a try, here’s my referral link. I will get a $25 credit toward my new addiction when your first fix is shipped. And then you get a referral link of your own to share!

This post is not sponsored by Stitch Fix. I’m just a happy customer who has no time to shop for herself because malls + toddlers = spending too much time in the play area and not enough time in the fitting room.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Unimaginable: Losing a Child to Cancer

I have had exactly two pregnancies, and I have exactly two children who are four and one-and-a-half years old. I’ve never experienced a miscarriage or the loss of a child. I am one of the fortunate ones.

My cousin, Jason, and his tiara-deserving wife, Amanda, have five children. All boys. Yes, FIVE adorable, jubilant, loving boys. Can you imagine? I only have two boys, and the levels of noise, dirt, fart jokes, bug-fascination, and truck-obsession can be too much for me sometimes. I can’t imagine 60% more boys in my house. I’m sure it’s fun, hilarious, rewarding… and exhausting. They are an amazing family.

A couple weeks ago, the unimaginable happened. Jason and Amanda lost their youngest son, Baby Drew, to cancer.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Capturing Moments: For the Hubs

As the often self-appointed family historians, moms usually find themselves behind the camera, capturing moments in time. Some of these moments seem insignificant – just the kids at the beach again or just the kids playing in the yard again. But it’s in these everyday moments where the stories of our lives unfold. We’re more than birthdays, events and milestones. We are blowing bubbles and splashing in the lake and riding on shoulders. We are jumping off couches and soaring on swing sets and bouncing in ocean waves. We are laughter and hugs and kisses.

I capture these moments because I know our boys won’t be little forever. I know these adorable stages of toddler-waddling and preschooler-pontificating are merely blips in our history. I want to remember every single thing – and maybe ease my guilt for occasionally wishing away these baby phases in favor of more self-sufficiency and fewer tantrums.

As I looked back over the hundreds of photos and videos I’ve taken so far in 2015, I noticed that many of them were of my husband with our kids. He’s such an amazing dad, and our boys love him to death. Reid, who is now 20-months-old, hears Hubs’ keys in the door and runs into the kitchen yelling, “Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!” Always three “daddies.”

Hubs’ birthday was Saturday, and Father’s Day was Sunday. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to put a little video together of all the moments I’ve captured with him and the boys, and a few of the two of us as well. In celebration of what a loving husband and doting father he is, checkout this little video on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Marvel Universe LIVE! … and Thor

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This may come as a shock to you, but I actually like the Marvel movies. Yes, really! I especially like all the X-Men movies. I know, just when you thought I couldn’t get any cooler.  So when I was given the opportunity to write this sponsored post and take Q to see Marvel Universe LIVE! for his birthday, I jumped at the chance! (The fact that Q is about to turn four is a topic for another post. Yes, there will be tears.)

Marvel Universe LIVE! is a live show coming to the SAP Center in San Jose later this month. It involves an original storyline with 25 Marvel icons, including Spider-Man and the Avengers. (Another two Marvel movies that I really liked.)

The show is appropriate for all ages, with pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and all kinds of crazy stuff that will make Quinn’s eyes grow as big as saucers. Apparently, there’s enough feeder cable powering the performance to run across the Golden Gate Bridge… and back! And the show’s projections require more computer power than a space shuttle.

Can you channel your inner Joey Lawrence I get a “Whoa”?

Bay Area Moms, need more convincing to take your little super hero fan to see the show? I have one word for you: Thor.

The original story at this event goes a little something like this: The Mighty Thor shatters the Cosmic Cube, the ultimate source of power, into pieces to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. Then, with the pieces scattered all over the world, Thor’s evil brother, Loki, devises a plan to clone the Cosmic Cube’s powers. This threat brings all your kiddos’ favorite Marvel super heroes to one place for the first time in the history of ever.

Yeah, I know. I had you at Thor.

Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming to the SAP Center in San Jose March 20-22, 2015. Buy your tickets to the showhere. And because we’re such good friends, use code MOM2 to save 25% on tickets to any performance. (Savings do not apply to VIP or Gold Circle seats. No double discounts. Discount is valid through 3/22/2015.)

Join me! Bring the family and don your favorite super costumes! And most importantly – don’t touch Thor.

This is a sponsored post, written by your truly, on behalf of Marvel Universe LIVE! All opinions expressed here are my own.