Archives for March 2009

impending break up

I hate breaking up. Someone always gets hurt.
I thought when I got married, I would never have to feel the pain of being left again. (My husband is much too smart to ever leave me, you see.)
But, I was wrong.
My heart is about to break, because I’m getting ready to go through yet another break up. And. I. Just. Can’t. Say. Goodbye.
When I said here, that my longest relationship to date is my marriage to Jimmy….I lied. But, it was an accidental lie. You see, I’ve been in denial. I. Just. Can’t. Say. Goodbye.
It’s time you knew. There is someone else.
Her name…
{yes, I said her.}
Her name is Aviva. And she is my hair therapist. And she is leaving me.
It was between me and love in San Fran….and apparently, love won out.
Aviva and I have been together for close to ten years. We been through boyfriends, job changes, career changes, marriages, babies, anxiety….you name it and we have been through it together.
We’ve also been through lots of hair changes. Red, black, red and blonde, black and red, blonde one shade, blonde another shade. Short hair, medium hair, layered hair, bangs, no bangs, long hair, pregnant hair, after pregnancy hair, and more recently….gray hair.
Wherever Aviva goes, there I have gone too. From this salon to that salon, I have followed. And when she was inbetween salons, my dear girl came to my house, put foil in my hair in the backyard and then stood barefoot in my tub to wash out the color.
She has been dedicated. She has put up with my demands. She knows me, my hair, my heart, my issues….woah, the issues, and yet she still let me come back every 6-8 weeks to sit in her chair.
And now she’s leaving.
My hair is scared. Who will understand the way it likes the blonde to begin at the root? Who will know that striped highlights aren’t it’s thing? Who will know the difference between a bob and a short cut? Who will know the difference between being blonde and the other kind of being blonde?
More importantly, who will listen to my stuff and get it? Who will be right there with me when I need to laugh, or cry, or go deep. Who will talk endlessly about writing, books and anxiety, and just….get it and all the while they are making me beautiful at the same time? Who has that talent other than Aviva?
So, you see why I’ve been hesitant to talk about this. About her. But, with it being only 6-8 weeks away, I think it’s time to pay her the tribute she deserves.
Thanks Aviva. For getting me through Beauty School Apprenticing, for taking me from blonde to black to blonde again, for helping me overcome wedding day jitters, for rushing me in so I could have cute hair for the birth of my babies…for helping me breathe through an almost panic attack in your chair, for getting deep and personal about God and Jesus, for laughing with me…for encouraging me…
You are so much more than my hair therapist, you’re a special friend and I and my hair will miss you. {And should I get rich, I will so be flying you in every 6-8 weeks! So, be ready.}

© 2009 “Le Musings of Moi”
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you came to the right place….

If you’re new, welcome. And because I think you need to get to know me, let me for a moment, boss you around.
First, go to the top of my blog and click on “About Moi.”
Now for some links to my personal favorite posts…this is a toughie. I love them all. I do, I’m just that humble.
But, here are some to get you started.
Speaking of being humble…I am Humbled
But wait, I can be funny too: You Tube, the Le Musings Way and Can I Use That?
If you’re a mom, you’ll appreciate these: Mommy Dearest and The Look.
If you’re married, here’s some: 10 Ways to Make it to 5 years of Marriage and The First Time I….
And if you’re into fashion or home decorating, these are for you: Fashion Friday and Etsy.
Okay then….that’s just the beginning of me. You have a lot to catch up on before tomorrow. Get busy.

© 2009 “Le Musings of Moi”

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book giveaway

Mothers Day is around the corner and so I have some great books to giveaway, just for you moms.
Today I have two.
“Chicken Soup for the Soul: Like Mother, Like Daughter”
From borrowed outfits to goofy mannerisms, there is a time when most women must sheepishly admit, “I’m turning into my mother.” But while our uncanny connections can draw us closer, sometimes these similarities can drive us up the wall. To help your readers navigate to complexities of their mother-daughter relationships, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Like Mother, Like Daughter,” (Chicken Soup for the Soul, September 30, 2008, 978-1935096-07-8, $14.95) provides a collection of stories written by moms and daughters on maternal wisdom, raising teenage girls, becoming friends with Mom, grandmothers, granddaughters, and more.
“Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms & Sons”
As numerous mothers know, raising boys can be an adventure. From baby blue blankets to first wedding dances, sons provide their mothers immeasurable amounts of joy – not to mention bruised knees to clean, rambunctious friends, and good-natured teasing. Written for mothers and “mama’s boys” everywhere, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms and Sons” (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC., 978-1-935096-16-0, September 2008, $14.95) offer glimpses into the touching – and often funny – interactions between mothers and their boys, as grateful sons, single moms, and loving grandmothers all chime in to add their voices to this new collection.
Now I have two copies of each to giveaway.
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on which book you want to win. Easy, right?
I’ll pick a winner and announce it Wednesday with the next book giveaway!

© 2009 “Le Musings of Moi”

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some changes

I am a very busy girl as you probably all already suspected. I mean, what with showering, 2 kids, writing daily, and the occasional social outing, sometimes I wonder how I am even able to schedule in time to breathe!
Due to this fast paced life I live, I am making some changes because, you know, I find breathing to be an important part of life.
So, for the month of April I’m trying something new. Blogversations will be only happen two times. April 11 and April 25.
April 11 Topic: Reading Rainbow. Remember that show? There was this part where kids would show their favorite book and then tell about it, and it was my favorite part because being the nerd I was, I was always excited to find new books. Ya, so whatever…not much has changed. And I want to know about your favorite book. And don’t hate me, but I’m banning talk on Twilight. 😉 I know you all love it, but let’s just go crazy and I challenge you to talk about a different one!
April 25th Topic: Free Week. Post whatever you want. Show off, be cute, and have fun.
Okay then. Whew. Already I’m breathing a little better.
Now, don’t forget, tomorrow starts the week of book giveaways. I was going to do a book a day, but I think I will instead do a different book Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
See, I make one change and now I want to change everything. In fact, looking around my house, I am feeling another email to Thom from Dress My Nest coming on.
I better get working on that.
© 2009 “Le Musings of Moi”
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it’s blogversation time!

Okay, so I didn’t have much to give you guys this week. With all my social events this week, I’m just fresh out of witty and pretty.
So, today I give you Taylor and his best friend, Izabel:
Okay then, so now, enough about that.  Now it’s your turn.  Show me what ya got Mr. Linky style!
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fashion friday

It’s rare I get to go places where mascara is noticed and heels are necessary. So, when it happens, I get all excited and start thinking ahead as to what I’m going to wear. For example, I’m going on my annual girls Vegas trip in three weeks and already I’m starting to plan out what I’ll be packing. (Oh dear God, please bring me a life. Amen.)
Anyway, since it does happen at least once a week for HurryDate, I’ve decided to document it. This way I can prove to my kids (and all of you) that, yes, Mommy does get out of her drawstring pants and white wife beaters once in awhile.
So last week, I didn’t brave the pink tights after all. I felt poochy in my tummy with the black dress and that doesn’t do much for a girls confidence. So, I went for this instead:

I went for comfort. Lace tunic, black leggings, boots, and my vintage leather jacket. 
Then this week, I had TWO HurryDates!
My first group of HurryDaters had the pleasure of seeing me in this:

Okay, so this skirt is like 4 sizes too big. I bought it when I was pregnant. But, it’s this cute little bubble skirt at just the right length, so I had to bring it back. Luckily my shirt has this elastic bottom so it helped to keep it up all night. I’m thinking a cute belt will work in the future as well. And then the last picture is of my old boots, which are really new boots. Only I just went shopping and found a pair I adored even more. So, now I have two pairs, but my “old” ones probably won’t see much of me anymore. Sad. 
My next event though, I was feeling super tired and lazy, so this was the best I could muster up:

Just a button up tunic, white tank top, leggings and my most amazing lovely motorcycle boots. Did I mention how I love them?  I’ll try to get a better picture of them for next week.  

Anyway, that’s about it.  I did have a major shopping spree the other night and got some color!  My wardrobe was really needing it, so now I almost feel ready for spring.  Maybe I’ll try them on and show ya next week.  
Okay then, see ya tomorrow for Blogversations!
© 2009 “Le Musings of Moi”
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anxiety epidemic

Seriously…I really do feel like there is one.
Even though, I never lived it, I miss the Good Ol’ Days.
I feel like we are so overworked. So overstimulated.
We have so much access to information that we get overwhelmed.
We are required by others, but most often by ourselves, to wear as many hats as we can. To be all things to all people.  
The pressure we feel, the celebrities we’re up against, the impossible state of “perfection” most are striving to achieve.  
We don’t really know how to relax. How to unwind. How to connect.
Don’t get me wrong, I love technology. I adore my Mac. But, there are days I wish I could go back to the time of Little House on the Prairie.
Did they even have anxiety back then?  
The thing is, I don’t want to give up my Mac. Or my Blog. Or my access to information on the web.
So, how do we stop this Anxiety Epidemic? How do we keep things simple like the Good Ol’ Days, but still keep to the ways of Today?
I get caught up in thinking.  Too much thinking.  And instead I need to stop and pray.
My prayer, every day, is for all of us who struggle with this, that we will never see the ugly face of anxiety again.  That we can all find a way to take a deep breath.  Slow down.  Relax.  And somehow find a way to escape this awful epidemic.  
Thinking is good, but the first step should always be prayer.
© 2009 “Le Musings of Moi”
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blogversations topic & other random thoughts

Blogversations…
So, given that this is the last weekend of the month, Blogversations is a freebie. You get to choose what to “vlog” about. Be creative, be cute, have fun. 
Also, from now on, I’m going to be giving the topic for Blogversations for the next week on Saturdays, instead of Wednesdays. Hope that’s cool.
Now, onto other stuff.
Books…
I have some books to read. I am just finishing one that is really making me thing about things. It’s good though, and I’m feeling challenged to say the least. But more about that later…I’m working on a post to explain just how much I ADORE this book.
Along with finishing that one, I also have a pile. A serious pile calling my name.
So, I am going to try to stay focused. I’m going to follow Super Nanny by creating a schedule for my days so that I can stay focused and get some important things done. Like Reading. Ha. Did you think I was going to say taking care of the kids? 
The no cooking thing…
Also, week 1 is down and I have to report, Chores and Responsibilities went extremely well between the man and I. There was no nagging. Our house looks clean and picked up, and we are happy happy happy.  And when I say we, I really mean me.  And when I say happy, I mean I’m still not having to cook.  Yes, all is right with the world.  Ahhhh…..
Show & Tell update…
I have something else many of you need to know. A couple weeks ago during the Show & Tell Blogversations, I shared how to make a Swank Holder. What I failed to mention was that you need to buy tulle like fabric. It’s the fabric with the tiny little holes. Not tulle exactly, but similar. That way, the earrings can poke through.
Saving your kids from therapy…

Click on the fishies above or here if you guys want to save your kids from needing therapy later in their life.  Being a mom is one of the most important, if not the most important thing we will ever do.  Fishful thinking is a way to help us discover tips that will allow us to build more positive and optimistic little people to send out into the world.  The website has all kinds of articles, quizzes, and other tips that will rock your world.  
I can’t afford therapy for two kids, and this is free, so I’m all about it.
Okay, now I think that about covers it.
So excuse me, I have some deep thinking and reading to get to.
© 2009 “Le Musings of Moi”
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why mirrors are necessary

Dear Parents & Staff of P. Christian Preschool:


Just to be clear, I am not trying to channel Holly Madison in any way, shape or form. In fact, I don’t even know who Holly Madison is. As we would never allow such shows to grace our television screen. That is, if this Holly Madison person was to have a show. If she does, or doesn’t, I wouldn’t know.


Anyway, please read this blog, and know that from now on I will always check the mirror when leaving my house.


Please still allow Taylor to attend, and try not to judge him based on what you witnessed today. And, then, if you wouldn’t mind, let’s just never mention this again. Thanks.

So, here’s what went down…while Taylor was at preschool and Chloe was napping, I decided it was a good time to do my P90X workout. As I was getting ready I realized that I had run out of gym socks, so I grabbed another pair and got to work. Once I finished, Chloe was awake and I had to rush to feed her then run out the door to be on time.
When I got to the school, it seemed people were extra smiley with me, and I thought, “How nice!” So, I proceeded to take the time to socialize since I was feeling so loved.
Then I got back in my car, and looked down.
This is what I saw:

Lovely, quite lovely.

© 2009 “Le Musings of Moi”

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sum mo of my peeps, yo

So, I think it’s high time to tribute a few more of my favorite blogs and bloggers! (Of course I have more…so hang tight, eventually I will feature them all!)
On the Trail of Plastic Snappy Things: I love when a blog is not only funny and so totally real, but it’s also well written. This blog has it all!
Diane’s Added Ramblings: Again with the funny, true and well written. In fact, she’s so wise that often times we blog about the same things! It may be hard to believe that there’s someone else out there with not only my wit but my wisdom as well…but I think Diane may come close.
Sassy Secrets of a True Blue Housewife: This Mama is sassy and I love it. I like a chick who’s not afraid to call it what it is. But somehow she can make you laugh at the same time. She’s crafty too…for those of you who like that sort of thing. Me? I’ll just pay her to do it.
Lacey in Love: Fashionable, sweet, talented & crafty, this girl is one of my faves. She inspires me, makes me laugh, and makes me miss the days before kids.
flibbertigibbet: Two Words. Hi Larious.
Falling out of the Wardrobe: This very well could be my son’s future mother in law. Her daughter Lucy and Taylor have a on and off love affair at preschool. And I’m totally okay with that arranged marriage because Lucy’s mom, Bethany, cooks and bakes. And she promised she would do all the family holiday meal stuff. Now, that’s my kind of arrangement. Anyway, her blog is funny and her photography is amazing.
Le Musings of Moi….oh wait, that’s mine. But, I do love it. What can I say?
© 2009 “Le Musings of Moi”
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