MOMMY 101: Month 1



I know, I know…it’s my fourth go around so I should be used to the total drain of energy, the nausea from dusk till dawn, the complete and utter bouts of total insta-starvation that hit oh about 1:00 a.m…well, I should be but I’m not.  Maybe being pregnant on top of chasing 3 small children is what’s making me so crazy.

Although it’s only been a few short weeks, this pregnancy so far has been quite different than my last 3.  I’ve been super moody {poor hubs}.  I’ve been super hungry all.the.time! {poor hubs}.  I’ve had no energy to do a single thing. {poor hubs}.  Jonathan really does deserve a trophy or something.  He never complains, or rolls his eyes {at least in my presence} and he’s always by my side.

Being pregnant always reminds me of how thankful I am to not only have a husband, but a good husband.  A husband who will make dinner, fold laundry, and change diapers at the drop of a hat.  Yes, yes…I’m spoiled.

This is what six week old fetus looks like.  Already, so much has begin developing.


[image via Baby Center]

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{as of 12/2}

Who else is pregnant and how are you feeling?



In My Head {Pinterest}

If you’re familiar with Pinterest, whether you know it or not, you’re an addict.  Pinterest is a thief of your time and a proponent of procrastination….AND I KNOW IT!  However, if you’re not familiar with Pinterest, take heed and run, run as far as you can.  Dramatic, of course. Since you’re still reading that means you’re an addict like me so I might as well share with you some of my favorite pins.



Let go of it.

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similar: pants | top | watch | lip

You know that saying, “You can’t fit a round peg into a square hole”?  This is one of my favorite quotes because often I find myself trying to do things a certain way and end up frustrated and sometimes even to the point of throwing my hands up in defeat. Later I realize the process isn’t easy because  I’m forcing something that isn’t supposed to be.  It’s not until I stop, look and listen that I can then see past the process in front of me.  Lessons like these are not only relevant to tasks and daily routines, they are also relevant to our interactions and relationships with friends and family.  Sometimes there are people, friends, family in our lives that aren’t meant to stay.  Sometimes the changes we don’t want are the changes we need to grow.  As we grow older, many of us {hopefully} realize what we need and what we need to leave behind.  Although it’s not easy, in some relationships, walking away is a step forward.  That doesn’t mean giving so-and-so a piece of your mind and storming off, because for some of us a pieces is all we have.  LOL  It means, putting one foot in front of the other and simply walking away.

Have a great weekend!


Be An Expert!





dress: D.I.Y. 2 CAbi tops one worn as a skirt | belt: CAbi | purse: {gifted} Coach | shoes: zigisoho

Maybe I just notice this more because I’m no longer in the workforce but I’ve run into a lot of people going through various transitions in their careers.  The conversations we have usually go in the direction of the individuals wanting to go back to school to improve themselves but not necessarily having a clear vision for what they want to go to school for.  I’m 100% on team Learn More, but not knowing what you’re going back to school for will likely prove to be a waste of time and money.  In these cases, these potential students have significant work experience, families to support and bills to pay so they can’t afford to go back to school just to figure out life.  They need to have a purpose.  Going back to school to concentrate on sharpening a skill is usually what most people end up finding themselves doing, but often after thousands of dollars taking courses that don’t add value to their end goal.

Having an expertise or narrowing your focus is critical.  Take the sport of track for instance.  When you compare first place to second place, first place seems far more impressive than second place.  However, when you compare second place to third place, does second place really seem any more impressive?  To most people, including myself, not so much.

When we look at society we see that people who are experts about something are elevated high onto a pedestal.  Sure, hard work matters, but not if it’s scattered in diverse directions.  This is even applicable to bloggers just starting their blogging journey or thinking about refocusing their blog.  Some of the most successful bloggers are those who focus on a specialty.  Some are DIY queens, others are especially gifted at make up artistry, others are experts on caring for a particular hair type.  The skill isn’t necessarily what matters, but the expertise you can offer is.  So if you find yourself thinking about going back to school or building a more impressive blog or business, narrow your focus on learning fewer skills and mastering them all.  It’s about focusing more on less.

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Quickie Post

Oh the pen….that was in my hair. Sorta my make-shift hair thing. It was that kind of day.

FASHIONISTA du jour: Tiffany Chanelle

Kristin, our first FASHIONISTA, was overwhelmed by all of the wonderful things you had to say in response to her feature.  You all showed her love on Facebook, Twitter, through email…but who am I kidding, I knew you would.  So, from the bottom of my heart,  I thank you.

Now, let’s meet Tiffany.  Truth be told I haven’t know Tiffany long, but you know how you spark up a conversation with someone and before you know it, you realize that you’re just SO in sync?  Well, that’s Tiffany and the interesting thing is we’re both in different stages of our lives.  I feel like when we finally meet, it’ll almost be like two long lost friends re-uniting rather than r than two people meeting for the first time.  I guess that goes to show, when we take the time to care about someone you end up getting more out of it than you would have ever expected.   I asked Tiffany to share some things about herself and this is what she said…

What She’s Wearing:  Jacket – Member’s Only | Tee – Express | Jeans: Armani Exchange | Shoes: Steve Madden | Purse: Coach

How would you describe your personal style? I would describe my style as quirky and classic. I love retro Adidas and Members Only jackets, but I could live in a sheath dress for the rest of my life if I had to. And if it sparkles, I want it.

What’s something about you that people wouldn’t expect?
I am the clumsiest person on the face of the Earth. I just knocked over about 6 styrofoam coolers @ Walgreens. I drop stuff everyday in class, my kids are used to it now.

If you knew then what you know now….(what would that word of advice be?) Girl, run!!! LOL, no seriously it would be to follow my gut instinct and not stay in situations I know are wrong for me.

What She’s Wearing:  Top worn as dress – Arden B | Leggings – F21 | Clutch – stolen from mom | Shoes {not pictured} – Puma sequin flats

What drives your passion to do what you do?  I became an English teacher because I love to read and love, love, love to write. I have instilled this in some of my students. I adore my students who still keep in contact with me. I know that I have done a great job when I get invited to college graduations.

If money were no option, what would you be doing this very moment?  Walking around in Paris, channeling Carrie Bradshaw and wearing the fiercest outfit!!

I’m sure she won’t mind me telling you that she’s single, has no children (although she is a self-proclaimed fairy godmother to 5 year old twins) lives in Chicago…and she’s only 31.  Tiffany is an English teacher by trade but in the classroom she transforms into mom, counselor, social worker, nurse, coach…you name it.  Tiffany is adorable and I’m so glad to have had the chance to introduce you to her.   

Release the Hounds!

flower: random | sunnies: Rayban Wayfarers | jacket: GAP | cami: random | skirt: F21 | shoes: Soda | clutch: unknown (T) | earrings: DIY

Have you guys heard of the online clothing boutique, Clothes Hound?  Well, while I was being nosey on Twitter the other day I started up a conversation with a new follower @shopcltheshound.  I visited the site, and was very impressed with the designer items for sell, but even more delirious over the amazing prices.  I know pictures speak volumes so head on over there and you’ll see what I mean.  While you’re there, use the following code to get 20% off of your purchase.

Use this code to get 20% off of your next purchase: FASHIONDJ

{consider this your Mother’s Day gift.  Happy Mother’s Day!} lol

Oh and shipping is only $5 regardless of what you order.