January Fashion

Hello, January! So many people despise you, but I welcome you this year. A new January means another fashion challenge. Every month I participate in daily fashion theme challenges – connect with me on Instagram and Facebook to join in whenever you can.

Here are the themes and my looks from this month so far (with a bonus NYE look thrown in there for fun).

  • A new you, a different hue: I never wear blue, so I chose a blue printed blouse with sparkly jewelry from World Market.
  • Blue my mind: little did I know that the next theme would be blue!
  • Are you my plaid?
  • Vest friend
  • Absolutely argyle: okay, I don’t own argyle, but do the diamond pattern on my tights count?
  • Leopard spots or polkadots
  • Natural neutrals

Daily Abs Workout

My friend and I were discussing how much we appreciate our post-baby bodies now but that we miss the pre-baby days of abs. As both of us are working moms, we talked about how difficult it is to find the time to exercise, or when you do have the time, there are a million other things that either need to get done or that you want to do, such as eating, cleaning, going to the bathroom, preparing more stuff for work, watching non-kids TV, or reading.

However, we’ve decided to make a commitment to buddy up and at least get back into our abs exercises; that’s a very manageable goal, don’t you think? I looked back at the old exercises I used to do and came up with this simple, quick daily ab workout you can do anywhere – on your lunch break at the office, when you wake up, before bed, or even when you’re watching TV. Whether you’re a mom who wants a manageable step to take towards firming up and getting back into shape or are already fit and looking to add some core strength variety to your routine, this daily ab workout will be a great addition to your life.

Mom’s Simply Delicious Chocolate Sundae Cake

Does it ever happen to you when out of nowhere, you just want cake? Silly question, of course that happens. Well, that happens to me too. Actually, what usually happens is that I want cake batter, but ending up with a scrumptious cake is a sweet byproduct of my batter craving.

My mom makes the most delicious cakes, and historically, I make the worst cakes. Even though I always follow the recipes step-by-step, somehow that moist, fluffy champagne cake turns into a dense, beer flavored brick by my very touch. Not the most impressive skill to have.

In an effort to avoid any baking mishaps, I skipped my mom’s homemade cake batter and opted for a box mix, making an equally delicious, fool-proof, easy peasy chocolate sundae cake. This is a great birthday cake – in fact, it’s my dad’s cake of choice every year, but I would also make it for other special occasions or heck, just because. It’s so simple but tastes very decadent and special.

A Mother’s Hope for the Future

When I got married, I received a lot of advice about living my life pre-babies. Relish your sleep; enjoy date nights; travel; appreciate adult time; value your alone time. Doesn’t it always happen that advice never really clicks until after the fact?

While I did appreciate my life and time before having my daughter, I didn’t really fully understand the beauty of going out to dinner, getting my nails done, showering, working out, or running to the store until my time and situation was limited.

 

How I Got Rid of Old T-Shirts with Instagram

I know you guys are just like me. You have an embarrassing amount of old t-shirts; some you sleep in, some you workout in, some are for running errands or cleaning your house. Some of them date back to 5th grade in the times of t-shirt sale catalogs and are nostalgically adorned with a lion’s head, the solar system, or E = MC 2 with a picture of Einstein. You’ve collected them from childhood sporting events, family reunions, and Planet Hollywoods. You’ve swapped them with friends and even now ironically wear your high school gym shirt, which is cool, hip, and expertly worn in 10 years later. Your t-shirts represent a sacred journey from your youth through adulthood, fondly memorializing childhood milestones, capturing what was cool in high school through graphic tees, and celebrating your Beer Olympics victories in college.

As I was recently cleaning my closets, I realized the horrors of my t-shirt hoarding tendencies. When I clean and organize, I take everything out to refold and put back. Well, with an inordinate amount of shirts comes the inevitable fold and shove or ball and push methods of organization, which means when it came time to properly fold and put away, only about half of them fit.

December Fashion part 2

I am in the middle of my two week Christmas break, and while I love working, it is divine! Because of it, I must admit, I have slacked on the December fashion challenge. However, here are my remaining looks of the season. Be sure to check out my December fashion part one and a few of my holiday looks (previews below!). Connect with me on Instagram and Facebook to partake in the fashion challenges with me and for more glimpses into my little world. It’s really fun to have direction and purpose to choosing your outfits, and I love seeing what others are wearing on social media, too.

Themes:

Bling: went for a subdued ‘bling’ look with an oversized gem-studded cardigan

Blanketed in scarves: cozied up with my favorite blanket scarf from Frou Frou & Frill

Hot in cocoa

Candy cane cutie: my candy cane stripes were black and white…maybe black licorice flavored : )

Burgundy and gray