May 14, 2011

Baby v. Laptop

Turns out your laptop can only handle being pulled off the couch so many times.
This why I fully recommend purchasing the "covers everything" 3 year warranty from best buy. This is the second time my poor little laptop has been repaired after suffering the wrath of destructive kiddos.
So even though its being fixed as we speak I must still endure these next couple weeks laptop-less.  Looks like I'll get some reading and sewing done...not a terrible thing.
With the upcoming homecoming and dress hunt, this could not have come at a worst time. I have so many things to blog! Oh well. C'est la vie.
Until then, I have fully equipped my phone with the blogger and Google reader apps so I don't completely fall out of the loop.

Wish me luck...

May 7, 2011

Sweet Green Thumb

Another beautiful day today. Started out at the local farmer's market downtown. I was on the market for a basil plant.

Confession: I suck at keeping plants alive. My house is where plants come to die. The best I have ever done was keep a basil plant alive for a couple months last summer. I WANT to garden so badly but for some reason, I suck at it. So today I found a great stand at the market with vegetables & herb plants of every variety, but more importantly an informative gardener who walked me through the whole process. She even insisted I come back next week for more help or questions. Today, I walked away with an heirloom tomato plant & Genovese basil plant.
After an afternoon picnic in the park, complete with some fresh sugar snap peas, yum, I was anxious to get my plants settled into their (hopefully) permanent home.

I had some help.

This is my heirloom tomato.
I was unaware tomatoes had so many varieties, but apparently this is a "yellow bomb".

Here she in in her new home.

And my basil in his new home.
Does anyone else love basil as much as I do? I must have it in my house at all times. Next week I think I'll pick up a fresh tomato & some mozzarella. YUM!

This is spring to me. It feels so good to be outside, getting my hands dirty & ending up with something beautiful. Wish me luck.

How about you guys? Are there any gardeners or green thumbs out there? Any advice?

Happy Spring!

May 6, 2011

(My first) Friday Fancies!

Been wanting to participate in this for so long, so I'm finally doing it.

I love this beautiful city I call home. Great downtown fun. This outfit would be perfect for a day of walking around downtown doing a little shopping.

Today I tried on the perfect little black dress by Max Studio over at TJ Maxx. I LOVED the dress but unfortunately it wasn't what I was shopping for so I had to save my $30 and put it back on the rack. But, it made me think of all of the possibilities available with such a dress. With this ensemble I chose to pair it up with some simple sandals and throw in a green gem necklace for a splash of color. I just love a black dress/shirt with a colorful necklace.

Linking up with Friday Fancies over at Long Distance Loving

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

May 5, 2011

Adventures of Potato & Tangerine

Yesterday, my favorite Potato & I were able to get out on the town on our own (sans kids) for a few hours while my mom watched the kids. More about that here. Let me tell you, we don't mess around! How much can you get done in 3 hours & 40 minutes?
Pick up present for babysittin' Memaw-check!

First stop...
I have been toying with the idea of getting bangs for weeks now. This should give you an idea of what kind of person I am. I plan my outfits a week ahead. I fold my underwear. And I deliberate about getting my bangs like it's buying a home. I can be fun, I promise.
Thankfully, I have my good friend around to berate me into making decisions when I'm being fickle. Thanks Beck!

End result...I really should have done it long ago because it turned out perfect.

After I endured the life-changing process of getting bangs (sarcasm) we headed over to the nearest tattoo shop to try to get Becky in for some impulsive ink.

I'm sure she'll blog about her own tattoo (won't you Beck) but I will share one photo.

Someone was a little nervous. :)

Overall, it was a FANTASTIC day. I really love the time I get with my friend. She inspires me, makes me laugh & just seems to "get me".
Oh did I mention she's moving in 3 months?
I don't want to talk about it.

May 3, 2011

The Big Bangs

Is it just me or are straight bangs popping up all over?

How many of you are rocking the straight bangs? When did you make the transition & was it hard to get used to? I am SO tempted to take the plunge & just do it!

So here’s me now…

It’s ok, you can say it. I have a generously sized forehead. I get all the jokes. 5-head. Drive-in movie screen. har. har. har.

But in theory, the bangs would hide that.

Check out this amazing photoshop magic I have pulled off.

HAHAHA! Ok so maybe this isn't a good picture to judge from.

I really like the look on other girls. Add some Buddy Holly glasses…perfection!


May 2, 2011

Why I Read Cinderella to my Son


This weekend a common British subject became a princess. I am not ashamed to admit that I was up at 4am, coffee in hand, glued to the TV to watch history in the making. This real life fairy tale made me think it was about time to publish this post, 2 weeks in the making…

At this moment, “Dino boy” is glued to the TV watching Tangled and he loves it. And what’s wrong with that? He also owns The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Ok, so I bought those for myself, but still. Quite often he requests Cinderella as a bedtime story. While I’m reading him these “princess stories” I think about the message I want him to get from them. They may have been created primarily for girls, but surely boys have something to learn too. 

There seem to be two primary themes for the males in these stories. Whether he is the hero who rides in to save the princess (i.e. Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White) or he is transformed from bad to good by the heroine's good nature (i.e. Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, Shrek) by the end of the story, the Prince & Princess are living in romantic harmony. So, why doesn’t my son have stories like this geared toward his gender? Sure he has Superman to look up to, but why are stories of romance only appropriate for little girls? 

Now I don’t have any girls, but I do have friends with daughters & I see how much more stressful raising a girl in today’s society can be. We don’t want them to be “princesses” anymore but independent, bright, successful young women without waiting hopelessly for a Prince Charming to come along. And trust me, I’m all for our society moving in that direction, but it makes me wonder…what are we (as moms of boys) supposed to teach our sons? Do the good old fashioned rules of chivalry still apply? 

Regardless, I tell my boys the same thing you tell your daughters: Go to college, be anything you want to be, follow your dreams, yada yada yada. But sometimes I feel I have a great responsibility in teaching my sons how to treat girls. Are they still expected to open doors and bring home the bacon or are these traditions considered ancient and offensive? Okay, I realize I may be jumping the gun here. He is only 5 & the only girls he knows are just as willing to get knee deep in dirt as he is. But it’s never too early to lay the foundation, right?  All of this gender-role controversy really racks my brain and causes me to break out in a cold sweat. It feels like I’m fighting a battle bigger than myself. Being a woman dabbling in feminist theory while raising boys can be a daunting task. But what better gift can I give to society than to properly raise my boys to be good men. 

 Let’s face it. No matter what we tell little girls, deep down we all want to be princesses. Hell…I’m 28 & I still want to be a princess. Lucky for me, I married a man who occasionally indulges in treating me like one, but who also pushes me to be the best “me” I can be. So, now I have the heavy responsibility of raising two more just like him.  Yes, these are the complicated conversations I have with myself while reading Cinderella to my son at bedtime. And it usually boils down to one thought.  

If millions of little girls are dreaming of being princesses, who is teaching the boys to be Prince’s?