Tomorrow Lucky & Stone will be two years old. TWO!
So I spent much of today being very aware that this is the last day that they would be considered one year olds. And as I had to take in as much of it as I could, naturally, I smothered the crap out of them. Luckily they are very affectionate and for the most part didn’t mind and even reciprocated.
My two sweeties have kept me extremely busy these past two years. And if “the terrible two’s” are all they’re cracked up to be… then I’m terribly terrified. Because it’s challenging. And very, very exhausting. But… here come the clichés… It’s all worth it. They are so worth it. I have never felt a love so intense, from the moment I knew of them… and it has grown every. single. day. And now that they express their love for me so sweetly, I swear my heart could burst. By now I have had many “discoveries” about motherhood that I had already read about, or been told about many times before. It’s amazing that despite the infinitely distinct situations we find ourselves in, it’s as if we are all meant to have many of the same moments in life. There are simply things that we must all experience as parents.
Being the mother of Lucky & Stone, and all of the things that come with it has been the most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced in my life. And to think that it’s only the beginning of my turn to experience some of those common mommy moments. Because my “newborns” are already turning two… but they are only turning two.
So every morning I am thankful for another day with them. And every night I give thanks for having spent (and survived) that day with them. And I savor their pudgy hands, tiny bodies, and little voices, and all the funny little things that they do and say. And I want to remember forever. And when it’s bed time, after their bath, brushing and books routine, I always carry them to bed, one at a time, letting them know just how much they are loved. Tonight, as I did so, with many kisses I said goodbye to one year old Lucky and Stone. In the morning I will say hello to two two year olds. Despite the part of me that feels sad to see my babies un-baby, I am so thankful and excited to continue to see them growing and developing into amazing little people. I’m going to go give my one year olds one last kiss tonight, and then look forward to smothering some two year olds tomorrow!
I’d really like for my Lucky and Stone to grow up appreciating everything they have. So I like to keep presents simple. They each got one and a half presents from mommy. A magnetic drawing toy for each, and a wooden box of block shapes to share. And they played happily with them all day! They did also get presents from family and friends, but I love that they were spaced out throughout several days. This way I feel that they were able to appreciate each and every thing that they received. I am so thankful for this Christmas. My babies are healthy and happy and we have everything that we need and so much more. And this year more than any, I feel an intense appreciation for what Christmas truly means…. the celebration of the birth of Christ. Perhaps it’s because there is so much love in my little ones that I am overwhelmed with a feeling of gratitude for the gift of life itself. Of mine, of theirs, of yours.Thank You for this, and everything, and happy birthday.
As there exists no Christmas tree that is safe for or from my persistent and determined little 1 1/2 year old climbers, I decided that this year we would have our tree on a wall. I’ve done masking tape trees before, so this year I decided to do a simple, crocheted one. This is, believe it or not, 8 whole feet of garland. No, I wouldn’t have time to whip another one up these days… I crocheted it while watching movies during my pregnancy. But since I already had it, it took me less than 20 minutes to figure out what I wanted to do with it and set it up on the wall using thumbtacks. I added a twig and some laser cut out “ornaments” and had a perfect little tree.
This can also easily be done with ribbon or tape as well. The best part of this is… installation and cleanup is a cinch. And as my only time to do, well anything, is while the twins are sleeping, this was a perfect little nap time project. Another plus if you have limited space as we do… no need to store a bunch of bulky decorations.
When Lucky and Stone woke up from their naps and saw it on the wall their little faces lit up, which in turn, had the effect of lighting up my entire being. Happy Holiday Season!
Holiday party invites for one of my all-time favorite clients
I’ve always had a hard time figuring out how to store my vintage clutches. In the past, I’ve resorted to baskets (which make them hard to see) or just stacking them, which has always ended up in a mess after a few clutch clutchings. When I recently re-did my tiny closet, I was inspired to come up with not just one, but two super simple, cost-efficient ideas to organize clutches that work really well.
1] Line your clutches up on a shelf and use brass duck head bookends to hold them up. Okay they don’t have to be brass… or ducks. Or heads. Actually, there are so many amazing bookends out there that I would love to see how other people put this idea to use.
2] If your clutches have flaps, use the flaps to hold them up on hangers. If there is a button on the inside of a flap, snap it to secure in place. (This clearly only works for enflapped clutches.)
That’s it! Both of these clutch organization ideas are super easy, allow for you to see and grab your bag of choice easily, and might even add a little cute to your closet. It just couldn’t be easier. De nada, monada!
As parents of wobblers and toddlers, at some point, we’ll have to deal with slippery floors. Lucky and Stone were recently moved to a different classroom in school. One in which they must have their shoes off, and always wear socks. But the floor is hard and slippery, and unless theirs are non-slippy socks, it could be a problem. So I started digging through their many tiny socks, and realized that most of them are not gripped. My option was to either buy more grippy socks, or turn their existing socks into grippy ones. Luckily, the latter is really simple and way more inexpensive.
All you need is puff paint (and love). Small tubes of Tulip Puffy Paint are only about a dollar each. I advise you try the paint on a sheet of paper first, so that you get the feel for how it flows. Otherwise you might end up with blobs, which hey, those’ll work too. Do make the paint thick enough that it will grip. My first couple of pairs were a bit thin and didn’t quite feel grippy enough. You can insert cardboard, or a roll of toilet paper in the sock if you think the paint might bleed through, but I just flattened mine and there was no seepage. I’ve read that the paint will eventually crack after being washed, so it’s better to paint several smaller designs than to create one big one. Simple dots work really well, are quick & easy, and always look cute. Once you’re socks rock, set them to dry for at least 4 hours before putting them on your little ones for that dance off they’ve been itching for.
While you’re at it…. why not make a pair or two non-slippy socks for yourself and show those babies some real fancy footwork!
There’s a lot of Ice Bucket Challenge talk and tons of videos out there! In fact, I’ve never seen so many people come together for a cause quite this way before. And I think it’s brilliant. Yes, there’s a lot of criticism, but really, who does it for the actual cause, or who does it just for fun or vanity doesn’t matter. Because the fact is that so many more people now know about ALS, and as of today, the ALS Association has raised “$88.5 million in donations compared to $2.6 million during the same time period last year” thanks to this campaign! That’s an incredible amount of love and support, and I am thankful that there are so many good hearts out there doing what they can to help one another.
Besides the raising of funds for, and awareness of Lou Gehrig’s Disease, I look at it as raising awareness of raising awareness. What? It feels good to help others… and people like to give. But with our busy bee societies, we honestly forget. I think that this campaign could hopefully be somewhat of a doorway into making us more aware of those that need, and react more often. And I hope other campaigns similar to this (but eco-friendlier) start arising. Perhaps a collective gathering of rainwater to make up for the water we’ve dumped on our heads, “or” donations to a charity that brings clean drinking water to countries that need it?
Thankfully it is, but even if charity weren’t involved, really, just for the social and cultural aspect of it, how truly amazing to see so many people come out of their shells and have fun “together.” Uniting people in positivity and love and support are very ok in my book. Thank you, all… I truly wish the best to people and their families that are fighting the disease, and I pray that the funding as well as positive energy of so many will help in finding comfort, therapy, and ultimately a cure.
Learn more about Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or donate at ALSA.org or ALS.net.
If you’re thinking of supporting other charities, Givewell.org lists top-rated charities and details so that you know your money is really going to a good cause.
Like playful puppies and cuddly like kittens. My little litter is bigger. Not in number, but in size. When I first took them home from the hospital, Lucky was 3.5 lbs and Stone was 5.5 lbs. They were so tiny, I actually wanted to live in the hospital where doctors and nurses were just a button press away. But they made us leave… and thank God, my babies thrived. Today, August 25th, they have become 1 1/2 year old people.
I can’t help but to marvel at them every day. They come home from school with art. They eat their meals with a fork. They help me put their toys away… Granted they also rip the art, fling their food-on-a-fork, and throw around far more toys than they put away… but why count anything but the positive here. Because up. Up in size and up in knowledge. And infinitely upping in mommy love points!
Tip: As they still chew on everything, I was a wee weary of getting my babes crayons, but I went in search of toddler ones anyway. Instead, however, I found these Crayola Twistables which I love, as try as they might, they can’t eat them! My concern with using them is the use of plastic and our environment. Pssst…. hey Crayola, at least make them refillable. All things considered anyway, I’d probably use more resources in having to buy more crayons when they break (or get eaten) and these should last a while. (btw, not a sponsored post)
Note: You can see I started painting the walls, but around here, projects get done in baby steps these days, as time allows. Consider it sort of a before (it’s finished) picture :)
Perhaps the weather is not quite ready for these precious garbs yet, and I really am savoring the summer, but as fall is my most favorite season, and August is quickly approaching, I can’t help but to anticipate it and the nostalgic euphoria that it causes to permeate my soul every. single. year. Here are some cutie pie (mmm, of the sweet potato kind?) outfits for some pre-autumnal inspiration.
1. Pullover button sweater | $70 | Eggy
2. Mustard cardigan | $7.95 | H&M
3. Faye sundress | $36 (on sale!) | Eggy
4. Marle trousers with belt | $29.90 | Zara
5. French vintage boys leather shoes | $48.02 | PrettyTidyVintage on Etsy
6. French vintage navy leather Mary Janes | $54.88 | PrettyTidyVintage on Etsy
I have had the pleasure of designing the brand identity for green body massage studio, an amazing and gorgeous massage studio and retail shoppe in south tampa.