Friday, May 22, 2015

The Friday Five

TGIF, m'loves!
Here's what's good this week...

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Looking forward to seeing them at Summer Fest,
but will they be the same without crazy ass Jade?
Time will tell.

ThinkBaby sunscreen
A touch on the pricey side, but your kids are worth it!
Top EWG rating (read: no biologically harmful chemicals).
SPF 50.
Water resistant.
Delectable (yet subtle) orange scent. 
Perfect size for the diaper bag and/or for sending to day care!

Trader Joe's Creamy Toscano Cheese soaked in Syrah
This cheese is amazing - and a steal at the price of $7.99 a pound.
We're talking like $3.99 for a wedge!
A cross between a firm aged cheddar and a nutty, salty Parm.

Impromptu lunch dates with your M.I.L. (that involve wine).
Sorry if this is not "a thing" in your life.
Future daughters-in-law, don't worry - I'm taking notes!

Loving on all things "spring" around the crib,
from blossoming crab apples and the scent of fresh lilacs
to adorable, early fawns.
Be still my heart!


"These smell 'licious!"

And a few more links, just because...

7 tips for ordering the perfect glass of wine.

The Pretty Procrastinator planning book.  Want!

Loving these animal prints for a play room or child's bedroom.

Spring hair color trend .  I can kinda dig.

Olivia Palermo's "Rules of Style" (When this fashionista speaks, you listen.)

Memorial Day menu, anyone?

Have a great {long!} weekend, y'all!

~images via & / pics by bitsofbreezy~

Thursday, May 21, 2015

To lob or not to lob?

That is the question.
I've been debating whether or not to chop my long locks for weeks.
Summer is on the horizon,
or at least it is by calendar (screw you, mother nature!).

Moreover, I'm feeling like Anne Hathaway crawling on the streets in Les Mis,
only someone would be doing me a favor by shaving my head.
I seriously look homeless most days.

Hence, the idea of the long bob, or "lob".,,,

Short enough to be a change from my current 'do,
long enough to still pull back as needed.

Style with texture spray and air dry on busy and/or humid summer days.
More "lob" styling tips {HERE}.

P.S.  Does a "lob" insinuate the need for a heinous duck face?
Ew.  I pray not.

Decisions, decisions!

~images via,,,, &

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blah...and The Bachelorette!

No "Mama Mondays" post this week,
as this mama has a big ol' fat case of the "blahs".
For starters, I did something to my upper back (either from over-doing the upper body barre workouts, picking up/carrying toddlers all day, and/or falling asleep on the couch in precarious positions every night).
It's making me feel like a gimpy, lazy, boring mom.
And for whatever reason, none of my children are listening to me this week.
Physically and emotionally (and for it only being Tuesday!),
I. Am. Drained.

On the bright side, my snarky mood has inspired me to instead share my Bachelorette first impressions with you while my children nap.

First off, if those idiots pick Kelly Kapowski Britt (ugh), I'm done.
(Not really, but you know what I mean.)

Contestants, in a nut shell:

The drunk, Ryan
(who apparently is Juan Pablo's Nikki's ex-boyfriend - say no more).
We should've played a drinking game each time he yelled "I'm horned up!" 
Maybe then we could've been as "white boy wasted" as he...which, along with telling a rape joke and slapping Kaitlyn's ass, ultimately got him booted off.
But his convo with "Chris Hanson" was quite possibly the best scene of the night (right behind him falling out of the pool yet sparing his beer)...even closed captioning couldn't decipher his drunken slurs. Dying!)

A crooning fart.
A blond Jimmy Fallon? Who seriously appears to always be inhaling a fart.
"Britt's amazinggggg....pffffffffftttttt."

A dentist in a cupcake.

A marmot.
(Or muscrat...heated debate between the huzz and I.  You be the judge.)

A "healer"...who:
a. resembles Jim Carey
b. are we gonna just pretend that he didn't have a black eye?!?
c. felt "energy" from Britt, compelling him to vote for her

Enter: this season's Kelsey wacko.

An "amateur sex coach"
...who pulled up in a hot tub car and happens to look like the spawn of Ian Ziering and a box of Ogalvie home perm.  P.S.  Doesn't being a sex coach imply that you're good at sex?  He really doesn't look like he's very good at sex.
Just, sayin'.

A poor man's Ryan Gosling.
(mixed with a touch of Macklemore.)

A Thor look-a-like.

A bunch of Mr. Potato Heads with English teeth.
Case in point, numero uno:

Confirmed: he was slugging red wine all night...and apparently swishing.
Talk to the cupcake dentist, buddy!

And a decent amount of seemingly genuine, sweet guys 
who, overall, appear to be there for the "right reasons."

Oh, and Chris Harrison on a triceratops...

Can't wait to see who they pick and get on with this season's mindless drama and ridiculousness!

Are you watching??
It's okay.  This might make you feel better if you're honest and admit that you do.


~images via People,, ABC, People, ABC, ABC,,, ABC & Eonline via twitter~

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Friday Five

Last day on service, then off for 2 weeks!
Party on, peeps.  Party on.
And nothing says "party" like...

Bruno Mars singing "Uptown Funk" on Ellen.
I know, I know.  This song is old news.
But considering my toddlers absolutely adore it, we listen to it... A LOT.
And I cannot deny that I'd really like to be a member of this very audience.
Bruno is one funky, little dude, no?

Maybeline "Baby Lips" lipgloss
This drug store discovery is certainly not new to this blog,
but my love and admiration has recently been rekindled
with all the fun, new colors.
Nothing can ever beat subtle color + moisturizing balm.
In fact, they're right up there with this for just a fraction of the price!

Date night
Lake Park Bistro.  On a Wednesday.  Just because.
Hells to the yes.
Bonus: Free dessert for being "favorite table of the night"!
As if you're surprised.
We are people who relish special treatment...and don't get out much!

Outdoor dining spaces
Is it time yet? Is it time yet?
We Midwesterners have been really patient.

10-minute Barre Workouts
Supplement to cardio and/or better-than-nothing-on-busy-days.
If you're not hurting afterwards, then you're not doing it right.

And a few more fun links...

Guess what's back on Monday night?  Yessssssss.  So bad, yet so good.

How to style your console table.

Where to grab a rooftop beer in the MKE.

Continuing Ed for the post-college decades.  Consider me enrolled!

Salted chocolate chunk cookies.  You had me at "salted chocolate."

A graphic warning to skip the tanning bed.  Eeeks.

This color for my next mani, please.

A West Village apartment that'll make you wish you were this Boho chic.


Happy Friday, y'all!

~images via, / pics by bitsofbreezy~

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sage advice

Truer words may never have been spoken.

Someone needs to shout this into my ears, over and over and over.
Because right now, I feel like we're literally only one more child's toy or stack of papers away from starring in an episode of Hoarders.

Thus, I've designated my next block off as "spring cleaning" and "full-on purge mode" before it's officially rummage sale / Goodwill donating season.
Wish me luck!
~images via

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Neutra numbers

Our mid-century ranch needs these.
Richard Neutra would insist.

$27 each via DWR / ~$5 each for Home Depot knock-offs

Either way, they will be mine!

~images via,, houzz, apartment therapy~ 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Anthro faves

Anyone else think the latest anthropologie catalog was the bee's knees?
And make you long for summer even more?

Drool worthy pics as follows:

Floral frocks for all those summer weddings

Adorable (and figure-flattering) peplum tanks

Swing tanks + shorts
Pair with a fun necklace and you're good to go!
{HERE} and {HERE}

Tunics!  Apropos for pretty much any outing.
{HERE} and {HERE}

Sexy one-piece swimsuits
(Yes, "sexy" and "one-piece" are becoming an actual thing.)

Asymmetrical maxi skirts,
a.k.a. summer's yoga pant.

I could keep going, but who has the time...or funds.

~images via anthropologie~

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mama Mondays : Mother's Day recap

The weather may have been dismal and dreary,
but another lovely Mother's Day it was!
Started the morning being showered in sweet, sentimental gifts...

Hand-crafted tote by Alex
(who also inquired when "little boys' day" is...ha!
That would be every other day of the year, honey.)

Hand-painted flower pot by Vinny (he's a minimalist)

And lots of sweet surprises from the huzz, including my coveted initial necklace!

Then, it was time for Chuggington Live.
I know, I know....where's the fancy brunch and "mom-osas", you ask?
C'mon, Disney.  Get your shit together.
BUT...the kids absolutely LOVED it!  
Watching them smile, clap, and dance to the music was priceless,
and far better than any crowded, over-priced brunch.

We followed that up with an indoor picnic of Kopp's deliciousness
and snuggles on the couch.

These two little boys, who make being a "mom", so very wonderful,
are growing in the blink of an eye.
They truly are.
One quote that has really rung true for me as of late is this:

Some days, their energy and sense of adventure run me ragged.
There are days so jam-packed with activities that I cannot wait for bed time to roll around.
But time just keeps ticking by...tick tock, tick tock...

Today, I will drop off my oldest at preschool (preschool?! still in shock!)
Next week, I'll be packing up all the 12 month clothes for storage.

Sometimes, as mothers, as parents,
we really do just need to just drop everything
and immerse ourselves in the wonder and amazement
of watching our children grow and learn and play
as they become tiny people right before our eyes.
Because they will be big people before we know it.

So lucky to have the best mom and so many great "motherly figures" in my life
to support and inspire me each and every day.
And so proud to call these two little ragazzi my own!

Hope your Mother's Day Weekend was just as lovely!

~ photos by bits of breezy / quote image via

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Friday Five

Er, The Saturday Five.
Because I fell asleep on the couch last night at about 9pm.
Lame, I know.
I'm back at work this week (read: extra super excited that it's the weekend!)
So even though it's a little tardy, here's what's good this week...

Elle King
My oldest son likes to proclaim, "she's a really good singer!"
True dat.
Kind of Amy Winehouse meets Adele, all raspy and raw.

Perfect weekend wear.
As in, pretty much this exact outfit...all weekend long.
(Maybe minus the grandpa sweater.)

Initial necklaces.
Hoping to add a "V" to my collection this Mother's Day. (hint, hint)

Belvita Breakfast Biscuits.
Whole grains + protein (read: actually keeps me full).
I can eat them while driving.
They're quick & easy I don't have time to make anything else!
Currently grooving on the new "cranberry orange" flavor.

A shout out to the world's "okayest" moms
Because I need to hear all of this,
especially during my heinously tiring "working mom" weeks.

And a few more fun and fabulous links to peruse...

Drooling over these ice cream innovations.

I think I need this shirt worn by mama Drew Barrymore.

Have you seen these? A cancer survivor designs the cards she wishes she would've received.

Jennifer Aniston's 5-minute hot body workout.

Segue to....

Cheese: the secret to longer life and faster metabolism!?! #bestnewsever

The saddest cookbooks of all time. LOL!

Choosing the right light bulbs for your living spaces.

Finally, a few funny motherly sentiments, just in time for Mother's Day.

Have a fabulous weekend, m'loves!

~images via, etsy, paperblog / pics via bitsofbreezy~