Now she’s gone and done it…

“Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow.” ~Margaret Fuller

She went and turned seven!

This sweet little toothless-wonder is growing up TOO fast!! There are days when

I think back to my baby girl, the first ‘Little sunshine, who makes me happy when skies are grey…’

I miss that little face!

Every year I ask myself the same queston..”where does the time go?”

and every year I get the same answer.

……….

Ella’s birthday’s through the years.

Time goes, you say?  Ah no!
Alas, Time stays, we go.
~Henry Austin Dobson

Interesting. Now is it time moving through us, or us moving through time? Whatever the answer, moving forward through these years, there hasn’t been another like our “Boogie Bear.” She brought so much love into this world, seven years ago today. As hard as it is to see how much she has changed and grown up already in just a short span of time, I am so proud of her growth! She is the sparkle to everyday….questioning, reasoning and thinking her way to the ends and outs of life already. I feel so lucky as her mama to guide her through life while I can. I just know this little girl has big dreams counting on each of these candles today!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLA ARIA!!!

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A shout out to the Shout House!!

“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” 
― Dr. Seuss

I know it’s been forever, I talked and ranted enough about turning 30… I still am in my sleep I think. But regardless of that, the official celebration was one of the best nights of my life!!! I gave a brief preview of the theme presented to me a few weeks earlier here. I figured I would get a little post up about the festivities and the awesome job that my sister did putting it all together. I will admit, I had an inclination that the party was at a piano bar, but I had no idea which one or where. I’ve only been to one other in my life and it doesn’t even compare to this dueling piano bar known as The Shout House!!! in San Diego.

WOW what a great time we had!! The thing is that these big milestone birthday’s don’t come around often, making it just the perfect opportunity to do something grand when it does…celebrate this life, throw a party, take an amazing trip, climb a mountain… or take a limo to this fantastic piano bar and be thrown up on the piano and serenaded with humiliating/raunchy lyrics as a room full of mostly unfamiliar faces stares at you , and laughs, enjoying it all…. and  you of course will enjoy being in the spotlight because it’s your birthday and you are not too proud to face this crowd with a smile on your face and fully take in every moment…raunchy or not. ONE NIGHT to celebrate you. Just do it, and love it!! I will add that a night away from kids, in the ‘adult’ atmosphere was fully enjoyed… 😉

Here are some photos of the festivities:

My family had the pre-party at the hotel we stayed at… I was very excited to celebrate with my parents, my sister’s and their hubby and boyfriend, as well as my cousin and two of my best friends since high-school. Being that it was the people who I cherish the most in my life, aside from my kids, I’d call it the perfect crowd…

I have to say that my sister thought of it all for this party. Everything from the cute cupcakes, to the matching goody bags and nail designs for us to wear and of  course this sash she surprised me with… I don’t even think I had one of these things at my bachelorette party back in the day, so I was quite enamored with this one! 🙂

Okay, now dare I talk about a limo ride?! Well there just aren’t enough good things to say about those really. They just speak for themselves. When I set foot in a limo…all mommy/homeschool/seriousness of my world kind of gets left at the door. It’s just the entire thing… popping a bottle of champagne, toasting, music, and pure safe fun all in the dark confines of a car. It’s rare but so worth the experience!!

Here are my Dad and Mom. I just love that they don’t turn down a chance to celebrate like this with their daughter’s. They are still so young at heart and still know how to enjoy themselves of course!  My dad actually had his own moment that night as well. Being a long time drummer, who still has it, he will take any opportunity to ‘sit-in’ if the chance arrises. He is so funny about it too, any place near music you can catch him scoping out for a drum set as if he’s sending the vibes out that he wants to play. Anyway he got to sit in that night! He was awesome up there… they did “Johnny be good.” I won’t forget that moment, like the memories I have locked away of watching Dad play as a little girl.

This place is seriously a blast!! The crowds of people streaming in never seemed to let up. It’s in a very popular area of San Diego for all that nightlife stuff so I’m not surprised. If you are ever in the area, you should stop in for a visit!! They have other locations in Arizona and Minnesota too!!

Just beware of the celebration trap!!! That is, the trap of the pianist’s knowing, or someone in your party revealing that you are celebrating something when you go there. Otherwise be ready to get brought on stage as a piano prop while they riddle away at you and get the crowd SHOUTING things with the song that I won’t repeat on my blog haha… It’s all in fun, embarrassing but I didn’t know anyone besides my party so I really just played along with it while I could! (Notice Spongebob in the back…LOVE that haha)

So the night, and 30th celebration was everything I could have hoped for. I am so grateful to my family as always for being there to do these things and for planning such a special night for me. It was really like nothing I have ever done or experienced and I am so glad to have experienced it with them. I loved every minute and highly recommend The Shout House to anyone looking to fully celebrate something special, in the most unique way!

Thirty things about 30

I was recently shared this fun article and felt it would make some good reading for a post…

Turning 30: 30 Things Every Woman Should Have And Should Know

In 1997, Glamour magazine published a story titled “30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She’s 30.” The list, written by Pamela Redmond Satran, was so popular that women started emailing it around, misattributing it to various female luminaries including Maya Angelou and Hillary Clinton. Noting what a phenomenon it had become, the editors of Glamour created a book around it, featuring essays from (mostly) famous women on each of the items on the list. The book, released today, includes meditations from Katie Couric on work and love, Portia de Rossi on accepting your body, and one from the list’s original author, who is also aHuffington Post blogger, on how to live alone.

Because the list still makes us so, so happy, we asked Glamour‘s permission to reprint it here:

By 30, you should have …

1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.

2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.

3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.

4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.

5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.

6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.

7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age — and some moneyset aside to help fund it.

8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account — all of which nobody has access to but you.

9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.

10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.

11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.

12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.

13. The belief that you deserve it.

14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.

15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.
By 30, you should know …

1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.

2. How you feel about having kids.

3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.

4. When to try harder and when to walk away.

5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.

6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.

7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.

8. Where to go — be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat — when your soul needs soothing.

9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.

10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.

11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.

12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.

13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.

14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.

15. Why they say life begins at 30
What’s on your personal list of things to have and know — and possibly do — before turning 30?

List excerpted from Glamour‘s “Thirty Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know By The Time She’s 30.”

Read and excerpt from the book here.

So it’s safe to say I can check most of those off my list and obviously I’m a little beyond knowing how I feel about having kids by now…ahem…. 3 amazing ones at that! It was just fun to read this knowing that I am at that point in my life. It’s all an “opinion” of course, but entertaining!! Now it makes me wonder what a list of 30 things for MEN would sound like…hmmm.

In case you haven’t read about my apprehensiveness to turning thirty this year, it was a hard pill to swallow. But it’s actually been more bearable than I thought. With completing a goal I set out to do, and plenty of inspiring words from friends and loved ones, I’d say I’m actually enjoying it….No really. It’s actually OK!!

One of my cousins put it so beautifully. She stated, “Your 30’s ARE your winning years because you have experience that makes you strong, time that gives you perspective, and knowledge that makes you interesting… all those things together make you more lovely and amazing than ever.”Thank you again for that Jess 🙂

So this is what winning feels like… YEESSSS!!

And the journey carries on…. xo

The 30th birthday preview!

So the BIG 30 came and went for me this past weekend already. Wow, I can’t even believe it! Even Ella said to me, “Mom, I still think you’re 29!” So I told her it’s perfectly fine with me haha.

I have many thoughts on this subject, but most of all, I am SUPER excited for what is still ahead. My sister Jackie is throwing me a special party for 30. I had mentioned in a post about the sweetest thing anyone has done for me…well a party does actually top that. I haven’t had the honor of a party outside of a shower thrown for me since highschool probably… I never imagined anyone throwing a birthday party in my honor anyway and now that it is actually happening, I am ecstatic!!

It’s still a little under wraps. All I know is we are taking a limo to somewhere fun in San Diego.

 A sneak peek of the theme for the party was given to me this past weekend…

Loving the pink zebra!!

Jackie put together this SWEET basket filled with some amazing goodies, that highlight the celebration.

She even had some custom-made bottles in there…

The new 30!!!

I am a fan of whipped vodka for sure…

Aged 30 years and still fabulous!

Ah…. VINO…. can’t wait to use my special “M” glass that she gave with it!

I must say I felt a little spoiled by Jackie and the rest of my family as well, but you only turn 30 once right?! They were all too generous, and I appreciate it so much!

I am really looking forward to the official festivity that is soon approaching! So far 30 feels good! 🙂

If the shoe fits…

“If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it?” ~Steven Wright

hmm...does anyone know for sure?

Well I thought I’d start this Monday off with a bit of humor and add some extra “randomness” to this post because it’s about to get very random around here lol…

On CATS: Love them. No I would never strap toast to my cats, but this certainly makes me ponder the idea.

On SHOES: Well lets just say there isn’t a question about strapping on a good pair of shoes, it just makes things better.

A good running shoe makes a good run GREAT….A fun pair of rain boots makes a rainy day BRIGHTER…And a cute pair of heels makes an outfit or a mood MUCH better!!

So yeah, shoes can make or break a lot of troubles right?! I normally give into the need for a good pair of running shoes or “comfort/practical” shoes over recent years as opposed to the latest “trend.” It just isn’t a priority or really a necessity to have the super cute heels anymore while I’m toting around 3 kids on a daily basis of course. As much as I drool over cute styles I just don’t give in often.

Let’s PAUSE now for a topic change….

My other bit of random that does relate to this post (I promise) is what I call my “other” work. About 5 or 6 days out of the month through about 8 months of the year I actually do something that doesn’t involve mommying/cleaning/homeschooling/folding/cooking/organizing/sewing/running or any of the other duties I have throughout my days and weeks. I don’t even like to refer to it as a job because it is so sporadic of work that it hardly feels like a job. Plus I actually enjoy doing it so it tends to feel like another hobby of mine!

Anyway I’ve been a make-up artist for a company called Bobbi Brown for 8 years now.

COLOR!!!!

I’m a freelance artist so I get called in with fellow artists to do events in the stores that carry our brand. I’m very passionate about our line. (Bobbi Brown is a woman, not the singer if you’re wondering lol) Plus I get to meet and work with so many amazing women, addressing skin care and beauty needs. The face as a canvas is a lot of fun to work with I have to say! This work I do is flexible to my full-time mommying job, but it’s nice that a few times a month I get to actually dress myself up and put on the shoes of “artist” for the day.

Here was a fun event we did during our PRETTY POWERFUL campaign 🙂

By now you are wondering where I am going with this RANDOM talk and how it ties in…

Well over the course of my work with Bobbi I have developed some awesome friendships along the way.  I feel privileged to actually consider the women I work with friends. We all care about each other and have a blast when we get to work together. So while we worked this weekend, a couple of us were eyeballing the shoe department during some down time. While I’d seen an amazing assortment of trendy shoes, I did fall in love with a certain pair. Of course I was in no way about to buy them.

Knowing that I would never invest in these shoes myself, my sweet co-workers surprised me and all pitched in to get me the pair of shoes for my birthday coming up. It was prob the sweetest thing that has happened to me in a long time. They presented it during the shift and were all sneaky about finding out my size. It was the best surprise EVER!!

I have to share these 🙂

A pair of Jessica Simpson’s never fall short of cute 😉

I felt so special that day and I very much appreciated that they would do something like that for me. I can now be sporting a new pair of shoes when I ring in the big 3-0 in T-minus 6 days here!

Happy Day 🙂

I am very thankful to have a great support of friends in several areas of my life including this one. A BIG Thank you to these ladies!! (This is a couple of us)

Some of the Bobbi girls...

Do you see what I mean with this randomness here?

Buttered-toast+CATS+shoes+job+BIRTHDAY= A sweet surprise and a good MONDAY post haha