Brrrrrrrrr, It’s Cold!

Polar vortex. Bomb cyclone. Snow in Florida. Here in Chicago, we have had a “feels like” temperature of -15° since Christmas. I don’t know about you, but I’m staying inside…under a few blankies…until this nonsense goes away. For entertainment, we’ve gone bowling, played Eucher, Yahzee, and Tri-Onomos and watched a lot of TV.

What to watch on Netflix

Until The Frame arrived, Netflix, Hulu, Firesticks, Chromecasting, Amazon Prime Videos…it was all foreign tech to me. None of that fanciness worked on our old TV. Most of the time it was old reruns of Alf while scrolling through Instagram. But now, post Frame arrival, I’ve gotten up close and personal with binged watching full seasons and now understand why Netflix cheating can cause minor issues. Here’s what The Boy and I have been watching and what’s next on our list during the big chill.

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Bring It On 2018

Last night our neighbors stopped by for a cocktail. The Boy asked, “do you know what day it is?” No one knew, and that was a glorious feeling for all. Was it Tuesday? Thursday? Meh, did it matter? Nope. My wine glass was full, and the kids were laughing. BTDubs, it was Friday night. The week between Christmas and New Year’s for us has always been a time to relax and recharge, and that’s exactly what I and my little family have done.

As we gear up for the new year, I can’t help but be nervous and excited all at the same time. January 2017 had me blissfully employed at a downtown ad agency and bloggery was just a hobby. July 2017 through me for a loop with a layoff and sent me swimming through the waves of unemployment. I was all…

 

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Self Care & Coming Up For Air

Self care — it’s one of the last things on my mind. In fact, I’m struggling to even think of what my needs might be. The hustle of unemployment, being a mom and wife, the holidays, and all the noise from the media…well, let’s just say life has taken my quiet time to an all time low.

A list of ideas for self care.

This last week, I’ve especially felt like I was drowning. Every time I pick up my phone, there seems to be an email or phone call or request that cannot be ignored. At night it’s mommy, I need this. Mommy, watch me dance. Mommy, watch Moana for the 486th time with me. All I want to do is come up for air and breath.

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What The World Needs Now…

Monday morning I woke up to The Boy sending me a CNN report about yet another mass shooting. Key words there…yet another. I try not to get political here. There’s no talk about Trump or Hillary. No North Korea. No hurricane talk. The biggest problems we have at HOH is mixing patterns and too many chairs and not enough rooms. This post didn’t really have a plan or direction. It’s basically just verbal vomit of conversations I’ve had either with The Boy or in my head. Our world is broken right now, and if you get anything from this post, I hope it’s the message of be kind. No matter what your stance. Just be nice and spread a little love. Ok, here goes…

Be Kind and Spread Love

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What I’d Tell My Younger Self

Lately I’ve been reflecting back on my younger years. Teenage years as a rebel girl. College years as a snotty know it all sorority, cheerleader girl. My 20s when I thought I could see my clear path in life. Now I laugh, shake my head and think, if I only I could see into the future. Nothing is really what I thought it would be, yet it’s everything I hoped it to be. If I had the chance to go back and whisper sweet nothings in my younger years’ ear, this is what I’d say.

What I'd tell my younger self.

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