The last time I put a blog entry up was on October 5th, yikes.
I have been spending my extra time with M, art journaling, and making art in my studio.
The video above is from M and me is about a month old.
I get really excited every time he gets to the number five when I watch it.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, here to a relaxing rest of the Holiday season! :)
Yesterday my brother got married in a beautiful ceremony right outside of Philadelphia.
M was incredibly confused most of the day but happily danced around and posed for many photos. This was after he cried, seeing my mom during the ceremony and being mad she was to busy watching my brother get married then playing with him.
Today we took the day off from school.
All morning M has been singing to me and "shushing" me like his Wheels on the bus lyrics.
He snuggled up next to me and watched he beloved Spongebob.
"SpongeBob! Bob! Fish! Mommy!"
...Now he's busy scattering his toys all over the living room and playing with my phone. I am so grateful to watch M grow everyday. I am incredibly grateful for my husband, M's daddy, who loves us so much. It is really bizarre to think of my life before them, as they are completely my life now. I cannot believe I'll have a two year old in four months.
Today was insane, like most of my days lately.
I have been highly stressed and it's naturally taking a toll on my #momlife and #wifelife.
It seems as if there are not enough hours in a day (the usual) and I am sicken by the news (yet still sadly addicted to checking it).
I was crying listening to news radio on the way home from work today.
Stuck in traffic on the highway, when M made it all better... M just started singing. I was pleasantly surprised.
My 19 month old (he will be 20 months this weekend) started singing quite a medley of songs.
First, he started singing The Wheels on the Bus with the proper hand motions...
I could decipher "bus goes round and round," "shush shush shush" and "babies go wah wah wah."
When M finished, he immediately jumped into Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, making blinking motions with his little fingers.
He even started singing a song in Chinese. Yes, Chinese! I don't speak Chinese but M's teacher has been teaching him a song with the lyrics "you and me, me and you..." or something along those lines.
Then naturally, M continued on back into The Wheels and then got distracted by looking at his shoes and he started yelling "Feet! Feet! Feet," along with several giggles.
During his performance, I am actually surprised I didn't get into a car accident as I was watching him in my rearview mirror. This kid of mine never ceases to amaze me.
So where do the thought of Meatballs even factor into this post?
Well, in traffic on the way to school...I told M I would make him meatballs for dinner. He chanted, "Meatballs! Meatballs! Meatballs!" for about twenty minutes straight. ...So I guess I should go make those meatballs now.
It's true, all my 19 month old son ever wants is Guacamole.
I can never shovel it into his mouth fast enough.
Pictured above, is him today helping himself to my nachos, who I am I kidding... eating his nachos.
Funny enough, his nickname "The Guacamole Baby" is still sticking.
In my last day of freedom, or forced time off due to my surgery, we went to a local mall where I spotted a little Mexican eatery. A sign advertising nachos is really all I needed to convince me this where I was having a Son/Mommy lunch date. M was chomping down on some nachos when all of a sudden I hear a voice saying, "Hey, it's the guacamole baby! How are you little guy? No guacamole cart here."...you see, M frequents all the local spots for guacamole. Who could forget this little curly haired ginger giggling and demanding "More! More!" every time he lays his eyes on that green goodness.
Other things M wants right now in his life at Nineteen months?
1. To play with my iphone, he can't get enough of "I don't understand what you're saying Jennifer."
2. M wants everything and anything to be a "Hat," especially laundry baskets.
3. Throwing every metal dish/pan/container around the kitchen floor would make him squeal with excitement.
4. Balloons, Balloons, Balloons...give M all the balloons so he doesn't have to tell them "Bye, Bye," at the grocery store.
5. A never ending supply of laundry to throw everywhere, especially if it's clean and folded. It would make M's day.
6. M would like to attempt to eat his weight in "Babies!" ...or as you know them, strawberries.
7. His own playground of trash cans, M loves to play in and around trash.
8. Unlimited planes in the sky. This kid loves to watch planes in the air.
9. To scream "Youuuu," non-stop.
10. Anything with Elmo on it, because Elmo is a toddler's life...or Spongebob.
...having a Toddler really is a blast. I promise. Speaking of "motherhood," my long time friend recently started a blog called Mothergood.
Please check it out, especially if you're new to being a Mother. It'll give you all the right feels.
I haven't posted in over a month. I've been awfully busy.
The school year has started
...and I had facial surgery almost a week ago on my nose (septum) and one of my sinus cavities. M is 19 months and keeping me on my toes as usual.
The picture above is from last night when he cutely demanded "Up" and sat on my lap as I was drawing with ink. There was Bob's Burgers on Netflix on and this kid will do anything for Bob's Burgers.
Meanwhile, It feels really nice to make art again.
Having my studio set up with plenty of old expensive papers I never used and collaging old works together is great.
I am experimenting with all my materials. It's incredible.
I plan on eventually listing my mixed media works on etsy.
Hopefully, I'll be able to set aside more time to blog this month.
I feel like hairstylists can get a bad reputation easily.
Because sometimes when you go in to get a color/cut/trim, you and your hairstylist are not speaking the same language.
Yesterday morning, I went to get a haircut. I just wanted to trim an inch off the bottom and have my hair thinned because I have the thickest hair ever and it becomes an unbearable volume on top of my head.
Within ten minutes, the inch I had asked to be cut off the bottom became four inches and I now had a whole chunk of layers added to my hair. I re-thought of the conversation I had with the stylist:
Stylist: "So what are we doing today?"
Me: "An inch off the bottom and could you please use thinning shears to thin it out?"
Stylist: "Sure, let's get your hair shampooed."
She had me tilt my head down most of the time she was cutting.
She cut my hair in record time anyone has ever cut that much off my head. I went from long straight hair to a choppy bob.
I don't hate it, it's just not what I wanted/asked for.
I always am that friend that reminds you "It's just hair and that'll grow back," after you tell me you hate your new haircut.
It's going to take some time to get used to when I wanted to keep my hair long.
I'll keep telling myself, it's just hair, afterall. Happy Sunday!
As you may of noticed, I haven't posted here in almost a month.
I generally have been posting less.
I have lots of great ideas of things to write about (well, things I think are great)
...yet for some reason I don't sit down at my laptop and actually write. So what has been happening in my life off the internet?
We bought a house in early June.
An older house, in a town I told my husband that I had no interest in living in and then I saw this house and fell in love with it. The whole process was incredibly frustrating and there are some major things currently wrong with our house. However, there are some silver linings: the porch swing is perfect, M has his own room with space to run, there is a studio space and we have real furniture. One day we'll finally have our home all put together properly and we'll have people over...we promise. We celebrated another year married.
My husband is honestly one of the most patient people I know. I should thank him everyday for putting up with me and telling me "everything is going to be okay." We naturally celebrated with guacamole from our favorite Mexican Restaurant and being the lovely wife I am, I bought him gummie bears...which ended up melting in my car. Jason naturally told me, "I bought you a house for our Anniversary." Thanks hubs. ;) M turns 18 months this week.
Toddler life is absolutely intense. He's been biting and he doesn't like to sleep like a normal little human. He climbs everything, dances everywhere and likes running in the bathroom if the door is open and turning on the hot water faucet. His giggle is incredibly contagious and makes me smile. M has quite the vocabulary, he likes to "woof" at people to greet them and his new favorite phrase this week so far has been, "Thank you! Bye bye! Bye bye!" along with a wave. I have been drawing again for myself.
I have been inspired by journaling and sketchbook groups I have found online and I'm just drawing finally. It took a long time for me to get to this point again. It is starting to be a way for me to release stress again. I keep a sketchbook, a pencil and a small travel watercolor palette I made in my bag where ever I go lately. Sometimes I even draw in my car. I am working on being able to breathe better.
I have had horrible allergies for the past 14-15 years. I have 10-15 sinus infections a year. I'm in the process of finally working with a great doctor on how to fix this issue because my sinus pain has really become unbearable. I'm hopeful for the first time in a long time about not saying "my face hurts," every morning when I wake up. What have you been up to lately?
I'm off to check up on some of my favorite blogs, Have a great rest of the weekend!
I absolutely love experimenting with new art supplies.
I received the 18 Liquid Chalk Marker Set from Stardom Crafts.
The set comes with every color you could possibly want to draw/doodle with.
They are recommended for use on: glass, plastic, Metal, Glossy Boards, LED boards and non-porous surfaces.
They're non-toxic, water based and easily clean up with water.
As you can see above, I tested them on a window on the front of my house.
To use each marker, you shake them first and press them down for about a minute to get the color to flow to the tip. I love how vibrant and painterly the colors are.
I'll admit I got impatient waiting for the colors to start flowing the first time I use each marker.
However, these chalk markers are quality and the colors lasted through two large thunderstorms under my covered porch. They wiped off fairly clean, there was very little residue left on my window.
I've gotten a lot of color out of these markers so far, they're durable. They seem like they will last a long time.
I plan on using these to continuously decorate my classroom door for special events and announcements.
They sure beat out those waxy-type window markers any day. **Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Stardom Crafts. I was not compensated for this post, all opinions are honest and my own.
Have you seen this paint set from the Ander Blake Company?
The 12 Color Gallery Acrylic Paint set is an awesome value!
The tubes are small but last as a little goes a long way.
The paint colors are highly pigmented and can be thinned with water or acrylic medium. The colors also mix extremely well.
I have used these paints so far by painting on paper and making monotypes (prints) with a gel plate. The paint consistency is very smooth and buttery in texture. I highly recommend these paints to anyone in the market looking for a small, affordable and quality set of acrylic paints.
You can get your very own set here: 12 Color Gallery Acrylic Paint Set
**Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Ander Blake Company. I was not compensated for this post, all opinions are honest and my own.
When I was a teenager, I somehow missed the phase of having acne.
However, now that I'm in my late 20s, hello blemishes.
I have no patience when it comes to acne and honestly, I had no idea how to treat it either.
I read up on activated charcoal sponges and I found My Konjac Sponge. This powerful little gray sponge is phenomenal.
It lathers and cleans my face quickly.
I adore the fact that it's completely 100% natural.
It's PH balanced and Biodegradable.
I don't feel any residue on my skin, which I love.
It helps my acne not re-appear.
Another great sustainable product!
I definitely suggest you get your own My Konjac Sponge.
**Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from My Konjac Sponge. I was not compensated for this post, all opinions are honest and my own.
I bake all the time.
It's not always the highest quality foods. Sometimes it's something frozen.
When I'm baking though, I really despise the waste from parchment paper and aluminum foil.
I recently decided to look into the trend of using a silicone baking mat.
I discovered the Smarter Baking Mat.
The Smarter Baking Mat is phenomenal.
So far I have used it over ten times in my few weeks of having it. I have "baked" fish, sweet potato fries, chicken, zucchini chips, pizza and granola bars on it successfully. So many PROS with this mat:
I love the fact that I am not wasting aluminum foil and I am saving money with this gem of a product.
It's super easily to clean and really is a non-stick surface.
The mat can easily be stored.
My husband even uses it!
I cannot honestly say enough good things about the Smarter Baking Mat.
It would make an awesome gift for a friend or even your own kitchen!
**Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Smarter Baking. I was not compensated for this post, all opinions are honest and my own.
I love a good pair of off the wall socks. No really, I do. My friends have even added to my weird sock collection over the years.
I have socks with shamrock patterns, dinosaurs with lightning bolts, batman socks with capes, just to name a few of my more interesting pairs.
So when I got the chance to review a really sweet sock company called Socks Max, I jumped at the chance (probably with socks on).
I received this pair of socks: Birth of Venus.
The socks incredibly cozy and I absolutely love the colors.
They reach my mid-calf and are considered crew socks.
They seem very durable thus far.
The print is incredibly awesome.
I want to start collecting more of their socks...SneakerHeads exist but do SockHeads? I highly recommend them.
**Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Socks Max. I was not compensated for this post, all opinions are honest and my own.
The one thing I seem to never be on top of around the house is... laundry.
It piles up easily and I constantly cannot find all of M's socks. Well, I have found a solution.
The IX Better Home Wash Guard Laundry Bags are the perfect addition to my laundry routine.
I just pop my delicates and small laundry items in the bags, throw it in the washing machine and wash my laundry as usual.
They're great because they're light, don't do any damage to my washer or clothes, and I even can keep my socks together!
The only con I have with this product, is that in it's second use in my washing machine...the bag had a small hole on the back. However, the hole didn't seem to effect it working properly.
If you are looking for laundry bags for your delicates, check out IX Better Home Wash Guard Laundry Bags.
**Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from IX Better Homes. I was not compensated for this post, all opinions are honest and my own.
M's favorite activities involve making new discoveries...
Recently he's become infatuated with green crayons and his watercolor markers.
I don't mind his obsession with paper (or wanting to shred it, usually).
However, what happens if he creates something great?! How would I be able to keep it safe?!
Then, I found a pretty great sketchbook for him to doodle his little wild heart out. The Masterclass Premium Hardcover Sketchbook is helping me preserve his messes/works of art.
The size is 9x12 inches.
It is spiral bound, with a sturdy cover.
It comes with 100 sheets of bright, white acid-free, 60lb paper.
Even though it's mainly for dry media, it holds up to my toddler's drool and his watercolors.
It's durable and I can see how this sketchbook could last a long time.
If you need a sketchbook, you definitely should check out the Masterclass Premium Hardcover Sketchbook .
**Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Masterclass Art Supplies. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.
I have been trying to work on better health for myself since January.
When I workout, I love listening to some good heart pumping/upbeat music. One of the main issues I had working out was keeping my iPhone on and it often falling onto the ground/floor.
I recently tried this armband and I was extremely impressed.
It's incredibly comfortable.
Easy to Clean.
All the buttons and ports to the iPhone are easily accessible.
It doesn't slide off easily.
The armband is not as bulky as it looks.
There is a spot to hide a key, perfect for your house or gym locker.
I see myself using this armband for a long time to come.
**Disclosure: I received this product complimentary. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.