Wednesday, May 23, 2012

(MommyJD) Hump Day Randomisms

So what can we say? These weeks have flown by busy as ever. But you can always count on me to give you some random thoughts from my mommy-brain:
  • I was at the dentist this morning and I remembered that the last time I was at the dentist I was 5 months pregnant and complaining about my discomfort. But today I realized that going to the dentist can be one of the most awful experiences, pregnant or not. A necessary evil indeed.
  • This past Sunday was my birthday and I turned 31. I am officially deep into my 30's! Lol. And to commemorate this special year, I plan to run two 3.1 mile (5k) races this summer. The first will be the Warrior Dash in June, and then a regular 5k on the 4th of July. Yes the Warrior Dash looks insane but my husband asked me to do it with him and my New Year's Resolution was to not say "no" to much. Fun times ahead! 
  • We're getting ready for summer over here and what's first on my to-do list? Black out shades for my kids' rooms! I cannot have my son waking up at 6am everyday this summer (like he has been all week). I love sunny days but I love to sleep in more :)
Happy Hump Day! 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

(MommyJD) My New Favorite Wine

Lately I've been doing a lot of shopping at Trader Joe's. I have a mommy pusha who tells me all the good stuff to buy. In addition to their awesome fish nuggets, cookie butter, pizza crust, and blueberry juice, I picked up this sweet red wine during my last shopping trip. Normally I'm not a fan of red wine at all. It's usually too dry for me. But the Carl Reh Dornfelder Sweet Red Wine is absolutely delicious. This is my new nightly drink of choice and it helps that my husband doesn't care for it (not enough tannin in it for him)- so more for me!

Next time you're out looking for a new wine to try, pick up some of this sweet red.

(This post was not endorsed by Trader Joe's or Carl Reh- just me thinking about getting my drink on in the middle of the day on this humid Hump Day).

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

(MommyJD) Hump Day Happy Hour

Anybody else need a drink?? I know I'm not the only one. It's been a long month already. My friend Mommy, M.D. told me last night that her two girls had pushed her to drinking. I was envious that she had red sangria on hand. I don't have anything but my husband's Bud Lite and that is not my kind of drink.

I'm also jealous that Mommy, M.D. was able to do something that I often struggle with- backing up a threat. She told her older daughter (age 4) that if she did an unwanted behavior one more time that she would pack up her entire room and take away all her toys. Testing her mother as all little kids like to do, the little girl did it again. Mommy, M.D. stormed in the room and packed it up in 7 minutes flat! I was so impressed when she told me that, my jaw literally dropped. Damn Mommy, M.D.! That is some gangsta mommy ish.

So even though it's only Wednesday and it's barely noon, I am imagining how lovely it would be to take a sip of some "mommy juice." Of course I'm not going to actually do that (not while the kids are awake anyway) but a mother can dream can't she? Forget Calgon, Moscato take me away....

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

(MommyJD) Hump Day Happiness

There are so many random things going on in the world that I could comment on- tragic teen deaths, racist tweets about Hunger Games, and the Obama-care hearings, just to name a few. Instead I'd rather focus on how I am trying to wake up happy every day, rejoice in the day that the Lord has made, and be a better wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, niece, and friend. These are my daily goals.

Have you heard of The Happiness Project? It's a blog I follow (but don't read often enough) based off the book of the same name by an attorney turned writer who one day decided that she wanted to be happy. As simple as that sounds, we all know that it is not easy to just "be happy." It takes work, meditation, patience, and most importantly, it takes decisiveness. Decide to be happy then take the steps to be happy.

One of my favorite posts is when author Gretchen Rubin interviewed author of Motherless Daughters, Hope Edelmen. Here is my favorite part of the Q&A:

Is there anything that you see people around you doing or saying that adds a lot to their happiness, or detracts a lot from their happiness?
If I could remove one phrase from the English language, it would be “It is what it is.” What’s that supposed to mean? Too often, it seems like a fast and easy way to label a complicated situation “a thing I cannot change," thereby giving the speaker permission to abandon efforts to improve it. No.
Now that's what I needed to hear.

~Be Happy.

Mailbox Love: petiteBox Review

Because you know I love getting things in the mail, I was happy to receive a complimentary petiteBox in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

What is a petiteBox?

petiteBox is an exciting, new high-end mom and baby e-commerce subscription service. Every month, petiteBox delivers a mix of 4-7 exciting products packed in a beautiful box for expecting and new moms to test at home. They deliver only the highest quality products right to your door for only $25 + free shipping and you can cancel anytime.

So here's what came in my box:

Fun goodies for me and KJ! The box included luxurious items like a body oil, energy spray, and organic lavender baby shampoo. They also threw in very practical items such as lanolin cream, pacifiers, a blankie, and a sample of stretch mark cream. There were also 3 information cards with tips for surviving pregnancy and what to include in a diaper bag. This would be an absolute perfect gift for a baby shower and/or new mom. Instead of buying clothes, get them a unique gift that both mom and baby can enjoy!

For more information on petiteBox or to subscribe here. You can also find them on facebook.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Single Girl Sunday: June's Story - How I Accidentally Dated a Married Man.

I slept with a married man and carried on a relationship with him for almost six months.

I’m sure that you’ve already pegged me as a whore, a home wrecker, or some other derogatory term.  But before you are quick to judge me, understand that I truly did not know that the man that I cared for, even loved, was married.  It seems impossible, I know.  How could I carry on a relationship with someone for so long without knowing that he was married?  Did I mention that he also had two kids?  Well, unfortunately, it’s easier to find yourself in this situation than you think.

He was smart, handsome, and nice.  I met him while at work as I was eating my lunch alone in the cafeteria.  Just like in the movies, I was immersed in a book when I look up and saw him standing over me with his tray asking me if he could sit down.  Considering that I was by myself (in more ways than one) I told him to pull up a seat and from there we began to talk as if we were lifelong friends.

Soon after that, I saw him again and we decided to make our accidental meetings more purposeful.  He told me that he traveled for business but that he was new to town and our company.  I offered to help him pick out furniture for his place.  We would jokingly pick out things from the IKEA catalogue to trick out his “pimp pad”.  It took no time for our friendship to turn into something more.

It started out with an early Saturday movie and evolved into late-night dinners on Sundays.  When our relationship became physical, he would assure me that he had to leave my house so early in the mornings because he had to catch a flight…or to prepare for conference call…or to take his grandmother to the doctor. Though I wanted to see him more, I decided not to push him for more attention because I didn’t want to scare him away.  So I settled for believing the things that he told me although deep down I knew he wasn’t being completely honest with me.

The red flags started to pop up when I realized he wouldn’t pick up the phones during the evenings when he wasn’t with me.  Then he wouldn’t respond to my text messages during the day.  Eventually, our only interactions were when I saw him in the cafeteria at work or when he decided that he wanted to see me.
Everything hit the fan one day when I decided to follow him after he left my house at four o’clock in the morning.   As soon as I heard his truck pull out of my driveway, I ran to my car to follow him.  At first I thought I would get caught, which scared me more than actually finding him with someone else.  Because I knew that if he caught me before I discovered where he was really going then I ran the risk of him hating me and ending our relationship – possibly over nothing.

I trailed him for an hour outside of the city limits into a suburban subdevelopment that I had actually been to a few months before for a Christmas party.

As soon as he pulled up and got out of the car, my heart sank when I saw a kids’ swing set in the backyard.  And though the evidence was obvious I felt as if I needed conformation for myself.  So I decided to wait until his wife left the house for work.  I felt like I had to see his wife’s face for it to be true.

After three hours in the car, the door to his home opened and out walked my lover…and his tall, Amazon forest-looking, beautiful Latino wife.

I sat there watching them load their family into the car.  I cried.  I yelled.  I cursed.  I even considered ramming my car into theirs as they drove away.  I considered jumping out the car and telling his wife who I was and how I knew her husband.  In the end, I ended up just driving away, but not before shitting on their front porch first.

I never told the man that I was dating that I drove to his house, but the next time he came to my table in the cafeteria I told him that I knew he was married.  I figured that the pile of shit waiting for him when he got home would do all the talking for me.  For a fleeting moment, I was envious of the woman who had the man that I wanted to be mine, but I realized that she had bigger problems then I could ever imagine.

From that experience, I learned to always trust my instincts, and that advice stands true regardless of it you are single or married.  If something doesn’t seem right, you owe it to yourself to see what’s going on.  Ask the tough questions that you are afraid to know.  God willing, you will find out that the problem is something that can be repaired.  But if by chance, the issue seems insurmountable, face it head on because you will be mad at yourself in the long-term if you do not.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

(MommyJD) Hump Day Randomisms

It's Hump Day! These weeks are going by fast and the warm weather helps!
  • Does anyone else get sad when you have to put away baby clothes that your child has worn once, maybe twice? It's even worse when the clothes are super cute. 
  • BUT, I have been known to squeeze KJ's chubby arms and thighs into an outfit that she has clearly outgrown just to get some wear out of it. 
  • This is a public service announcement for any man who may come across this blog post: dirty dishes go in the dishwasher, not the sink. Thaaaaaanks.
  • I went to Target the other day and saw a man walk in with not one but two kids in his cart. I later saw him walking behind a Target team member with only the younger child- the employee was on her walkie talkie looking for the other child. Dad looked like he could use a drink. 
  • During this same trip to Target I was childless (the only way to shop!) so I took my time and walked slowly up and down each aisle. I discovered that Target has a new aisle completely dedicated to natural black hair products! And I'm talking about the good stuff that you normally have to order online! I am such a product junkie, I spent the majority of my type plotting on which products to get. 
  • 2 Karats and a Kid and I are two months away from Treat Yo' Self 2012 and I can't wait! This year I think we will even make a video like this one:

So that's what's on my mind today- what's on yours? 
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