“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

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Christmas is here and I cannot believe it!!! Does anyone feel the same way?  This past year has flown by so fast and so much has happened.  This year, is the first Christmas in Corah and I’s new space.  I was so excited to start decorating! Of course being me, I have added on more things to this arrangement everyday and truthfully it is getting a little out of control.  But hey, Christmas comes once a year, so why not go a little crazy?  Let’s shift to the poinsettias, they are gorgeous this year! I am terrible with flowers and let everything die, but I am trying really hard to keep things things alive.  If anyone has any advice out there please send it this way.  I’m hopeless when it comes to having a green thumb.  Not going to lie, I have been caught up with the mom life, work and just life in general I have been VERY late on the holiday traditions.  ( I still have to go shopping shhhh.)  So I promised Corah that this weekend I am making it count.  Going to see lights and the awesome ice sculptures down in Moody Gardens and seeing Santa so the girl can get a Frozen Christmas (for the second year in a row.  She cannot “let it go”).  Last year was a bit hard because I didn’t have Corah for Christmas since she was spending it with her dad.  So I’m so thrilled for this year and she’s older and just watching her get so excited about the things I got excited about as a kid is so much fun.  I will make sure to post a picture but this year for a Christmas tree I got her a small, pink, very girly decorated tree of her own.  She’s so proud of it too.  All decked out in Hello Kitty and cute animals.  These are times when people start stressing out but we have to remember, this is the time to be thankful and to feel the joy of spending time with friends and family and making memories that will be cherished forever.  The good and the not so good ones too.  🙂

NYFW IS HERE!!!!!!

It’s that time of year when the Pumpkin Spice comes out and Fashion hits the runway in the great New York City.  That’s right! New York Fashion Week! Bringing us the trends for the fall and winter months.  I’m just going to dive in because I’m super excited about this year’s trends.  I’m a bohemian 1970’s child that was born too late in this world, so initially I’m FREAKING OUT about the trend for this year.  The Prints. The Textures. The Colors. The Accessories.  I think designers nailed it this year.

Gigi, ALWAYS looking amazing!!
Gigi, ALWAYS looking amazing!!

The 1970’s NY has resurrected and looking more glam than ever! I can almost here Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” playing.  Also watching for what Cher will be wearing next.   Who’s in love with this Anna Sui dress right now?

Bedtime Fun!!!

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Bedtime is my favorite time.  This is when we decompress and melt the day away.  Reading Goodnight Moon and listening to Corah laugh when I say “a bowl full of mush.” We snuggle in her bed (hoping I don’t break her bed eeeeh).  It is these moments, they might be small, are the ones as a mom I will cherish.  I cannot believe she is almost 3!! Stop growing!! But she is turning into a beautiful girl.

No Excuses!

Today is my first day back on my healthy lifestyle plan.  This past month I have been lazy.  Playing the Mom card, it’s too hot to hit the trail, I am tired and the list of excuses are endless.  I am getting back into action again.  I still have my goal that I’m eager to accomplish.
Food For Thought:  Going on my lean protein meal plan.  Eating 3 meals and 2 snacks a day.  Oatmeal, Organic Chicken, Spinach, Beans and anything else that is considered as a veggie will be part of my 3 main meals.  Kale Popcorn, Smoothies, Protein Shakes, Rice Cakes or Fruit will be designated snacks.
Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate!!!! Why do I keep forgetting to drink water? Our bodies are made up of mostly water, so why do we suck at replenishing?
I am defined as a “Mom on the Go.” It is so hard to work out but I have to MAKE IT HAPPEN!! When Kiddo is watching Beauty and the Beast I will be crunching it.  Put the kiddo in the stroller and hitting the trails at the park – Even if it’s 95 degrees out. Doing squats and taking the stairs at work.  Trying to attempt the plank (which i super suck at it but it’s a challenge).
These are my goals and I am going to try to stick with them! NO EXCUSES!!!

Potty Training with M&Ms

So I have been potty training my kiddo for a little bit now and it’s just not sticking.  Yesterday, I said that’s it we are going to hit the ground running on this potty training thing.  When Corah and I got home yesterday I stripped her down and she had to stay naked and could only go potty in her big girl potty bowl.  It actually worked!  She said “Momma Potty” and sat down and did her thing.  We were both shouting for joy and she was awarded some M&Ms. She then returned watching Beauty & the Beast for the 400th time and I went into my room to gather laundry.  Then I felt it.  The Mother’s intuition that something bad was currently happening.  I stepped out to check on Corah and she was no longer in the living room.  I then peaked around the corner into the kitchen and I spot a naked toddler sitting in a mound of M&Ms on my floor.  I have never seen a kid cram so many M&Ms into her mouth so fast.  You know that famous slogan, “Candy that melts in your mouth not in your hand.” Well Corah proved that wrong.  Kid was multicolored all over her face, hands and stomach.  On a positive note, she didn’t go potty on my floor. She was probably celebrating her accomplishment. Go Corah!!!  Note to self: Hide the M&Ms high and out of sight or end up with a  rainbow kid.

“Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff”

I know these books are old but I never appreciated them until now.  I just bought the original and the one dedicated to moms (which I STRONGLY recommend).  I have been in more of a peaceful state of mind and accepting the fact that everything is not going to get done. Stop and really take in the sweet moments that life hands us.  I had a test a couple weeks ago when I opened my mom book and found that my daughter colored all over the first pages with blue crayon.  “Breath and embrace the art.”  Something funny happened yesterday, since spotting the book, Corah is now OBSESSED with the book.  So last night my two year old and I read, “How to melt the stress away,” together. These funny, precious moments I will cherish forever.