Today was the day. The first day of school! The day some of us (myself) have been secretly praying for…lol! And some dreading. I decided next year we need to have a Woo-Hoo + Boo-Hoo party after drop off. Where we can celebrate or be bummed our kiddos are back in school.
You know, just at a bar preferably. Before everyone gets on with their day.
Bay’s last day first day at Lee Middle School. I was reminded of it, bright and early this morning. Holy shit!
Yes – I let her keep the baby blue acrylic nails. Even though I cringe every time I look at her hands. On one condition – she learns how to spell “remember” Ha!
We always take photos the night before. #momhack. Such a time saver in the morning on the first day! It’s almost like a trial run. What to wear. Does it need ironing. What hairdo. Makeup. All the things. It truly makes the morning of such a breeze.
I, myself, spent about 90% of my day scrolling though all the 1st day photos. I cannot believe how big everyone’s kids are. How grown and mature they all look. Including my girlfriends kids. We’ve had this tradition since pre-school. My girlfriend Sara and I met one year at Raley’s. Mainly because it’s always empty. Each year the group and photo have grown larger + larger. Makes my heart so happy! Thanks for organizing this year Alex! Love to see everyone dressed in their best ready to take on a new school year.
I can hardly believe school starts in TWENTY TWO days! Where did summer go?
As much as I LOVE summer. I have to admit, I’m ready for our regular routine. You know – the one where nobody wants to get out of bed. Then we’re both up fighting over the bathroom. Bumping into each other to brush out teeth. And typically running late. Ha! Don’t you miss that too?
Bailey has opted out of taking zero period this year, so we’ve got some logistics to still work out. The 7:15 am out the door was actually kinda nice last year.
But, what we do have figured out is ALL THE THINGS back to school gear-wise. From backpacks to teen approved lunchboxes. Vans, ONLY vans. Cute tops + accessories that you “NEED”
With the help of my very own 12 year old, we’ve rounded up her top picks for back to school.
You don’t go to Target because you need something. You go to Target and let Target tell you what you need. Am I right? I went in for toilet paper + mascara and left with new leopard 🐆 PJ’s and a mug ☕️😂 didn’t even get the mascara.
All the things I have on my list and all the things I don’t need 🤷🏼♀️
Reentry is no joke. After a week off from work + school for Spring Break, we are back at it today. Not going to lie, I’m strugglin hard. I’m on my 2nd cup of coffee. And I’ve got an iced coffee in my near future. I walked into my office at 7:45 am this morning and instantly felt at home. There is something to be said about routine. Really, really missed mine. Although we had a fucking blast last week.
Intentions for the Week:
Get Timothy + Archie Spring Show ready
Eat healthy AF using my WW app
Drink a shit-ton of water (I don’t think I’ve had any since April 19th)
Start making my bed again (also haven’t made it since April 19th)
Clear out email inboxes (one had over 900 emails…FML)
I LOVE Easter time. Well, I love all Holidays. We have so many fun Easter traditions, which makes this Holiday so fun. I always fill Bay’s basket with all the things summer time. New swimsuit. Beach towel. Goggles. Cute floatie. I pretty much follow what my parents did when I was a kid. Always a swimsuit and saltwater sandals. Oh and lots of candy. You can’t forget the candy! It’s like a Christmas stocking, but with summer stuff. All the fun little goodies.
I used to be able to post all my goodies here, but now I have a tween that likes to read my blog and look at all my photos. And since I want her to be somewhat surprised, I’m going to save her exact basket for Easter morning. I’m sharing all kinds of ideas. Some are in her basket this year. Some I’ve used in previous years. I even got extra and did a boy basket too!
I try to think of things she’s going to need as summer approaches and Spring break rolls around.
Hey Monday! Anyone else think the Monday after Super Bowl should be a holiday? Because, hot damn, I’m tired. And I was in bed by 8pm. Technically I didn’t really even watch the Super Bowl. Really, I was just there for the food + booze + commercials. I bought a shit-ton of pool squares and didn’t win a dime. Typical. Our weekend was everything I’d hoped it would be. Chill AF. But, I still accomplished all the things too.
This week on the blog: Greek Salad over hummus. Abercrombie try-on. Bay Bakes. And we’ll see what else I can come up with!
Highlights from the weekend……
We started the weekend off with face mask night. Minus Kissey (she was sick) so we’ll have to do it again soon. My Mom had never done a face mask before so we treated her. I tried to get her to let me shave her lips too, but it was a no go. Maybe next time.
Three things are making this cold rainy Wednesday better ✨
1. My new favorite jeans 👖 and would you believe me if I told you they are only $25? I’m gonna tell you all about em.
2. Wearing bright cheery yellow tops 💛and pretending it’s not freezing cold. Bay and I both are sharing our #ootd’s today!
3. Bay’s ring light that made these early morning photos possible. I kinda want my own 💁🏼♀️
(I lied 🤥, I really have 4)
4. That Bogle chardonnay 🍷 I stuck in the fridge, because today is one of them days. It’s a minimum day. Pig pens to clean 💩. Parent conferences. And Bays receiving an award at school tonight ❤️ So I’ll be drinking my dinner. Cheers 🥂
Before we get started with #ootd’s – let’s chat about the Ring Light, since I got so many questions about it. Bay got this for Christmas. And it’s legit! Our house is a serious dungeon. We have 2 windows, throughout the entire house. And 2 sliders. They are the length of our bottom floor, but still. Our shack it dark! AKA zero natural lighting. Which makes taking photos really tricky. This thing is a dream come true…lol.
Crafting the perfect stocking doesn’t have to be crazy expensive. There is a science behind putting together a good one though. The perfect amount of sweets! #chocolate Unique small trinkets. Something to wear. And an item off the kiddo’s wish list.