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five questions not to ask the parent who has one child

Hi, my name is Tabitha, and my husband and I have one child. Our child is four, and no, another one is not on the way. For at least another couple of years.

Throughout the past four years, numerous individuals have asked my husband and I if we are going to give our son a little brother or sister. And quite frankly I'm a little tired of it. I mean, do my husband and I really have to justify our interest in one child? Or include everyone in our baby making plans?

But I'm getting ahead of myself...

The most annoying thing about having one child, and the world knowing about it? The incessant questions.  So I am here today to answer those questions.


one || Are you planning on having anymore children?
I seriously can't tell you that answer, but why should I have to decide? Because most of the world has at least two children? Because those two children are under the age of five? Sure, having children close in age, may be amazing for those children, but to me, it just seems stressful. How are you actually able to devote an amount of time to a three year old, while devoting almost 100% of your time to a newborn? Stressful.

two || Don't you get baby fever?
The anwser... yes, I do. And it's bad. But then I realize that the costs of having another child right now, severely outweigh the benefits. Sure I would love to be able to smell that tiny baby smell 24/7, but I certainly do not yearn to smell like baby puke constantly. Plus I have a few nieces and nephews to keep my "fever" away. 

three || How is your son going to learn to play with other children and share, if you don't have another one?
The answer: playdates and school. I don't have to have another child to teach my son how to be nice and share with other children. He can get enough interaction from playdates with children his own age, playing at the park, and when he goes to school.

four || Who will keep him company when you and your hubby pass?
This question came from the episode of Grey's, when Callie tells Arizona that she doesn't want little Sophia to bury them alone. Plain and simple... I REALLY DONT WANT TO THINK OF THAT RIGHT NOW.  

five || Aren't you worried that he will become spoiled? 
The answer: all children have the tendency to be spoiled. It's another perk of being a parent; spoiling your child. Sure we buy him toys and tons of things to ride in the yard, but the key is teaching him to be grateful for what he does have.

Even though I am annoyed with the questions, I am actually grateful. Any time I tend to think that I am happy with just my little man, someone goes and asks one of the questions, and my life is automatically put into perspective. The perspective of my life as a single child parent, and the possible want of adding to my parenthood status. 

Are you a single child parent, and have been asked any of the questions? How did you respond?
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an open letter to Bruce Jenner

My letter is in response to the Bruce Jenner/Diane Sawyer interview, which aired Friday, April 24th. If you want to view it, you can search for the interview.


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Dear Mr. Jenner,

Even though you have no idea who I am, I applaud you, Bruce. 

I applaud your bravery to go on to live TV, sit down with the world's most renowned journalist, and explain your decision to change your gender. But in all honesty, you didn't have to. You really didn't have to explain yourself. Maybe it's because you and your family have been in fame's spotlight, and the tabloids can be so harsh, but you truly did not have to explain your decision to ANYONE. You are who you are. And people should just accept that.

But I get it. I get why you felt that need.

Being transgender seems like a hard thing to do. I understand that a person just doesn't make the decision to be transgender, they are born that way. Most people live their entire life not feeling like themselves, and they have a fear that if they try to be a certain way, other than the norm, they will be forever shunned by society. I mean, look at homosexuality. In any type of religion, children are taught to accept thy neighbor and treat people like you would want to be treated, but we as a society, we seem to deviate from those teachings quite a bit. An example is the fact that in most religions, they seem to believe that we can pray the gay away. To put it bluntly, I think that it a cop-out; and they really are just assholes that don't want to deal with non-conformality. The conforming norm is that you are who you are when you enter this world, you grow up, marry an individual of the opposite sex, have children, work your ass off, and then die. That is how the world has always worked. But when you deviate from that norm, people are shocked. And shock leads to a deficit in learning. And that deficit leads to fear. Fear leads to ignorance. Ignorance leads to becoming an asshole.

I understand that sexual orientation has nothing to do with being transgender, but the example was the simplest thing I felt that people would understand.

I digress...

About ten years ago, my father decided to drop a bomb on my family- he wanted to be a woman. My family was not understanding, and they still aren't to this day. But it's not their fault. My father kept his whole transgenderness a secret, and projected his pain onto my mother. He became controlling and verbally abusive, and when he wasn't, he was a hermit- barricading himself into a room in our basement, where he would smoke his weed. My childhood was full of torment, mostly because I never knew two parents who actually showed each other that they loved the other. Or had a father that was actually there for me.

A few months after my mother had filed for divorce, my father's secret finally came out. I was 18. My mother found out that my father had spent most of their money on hormones, and she was hurt. She was hurt that he had kept everything a secret for so long- they had been together for over 20 years by that point. Once the divorce was finalized, my father told my brother and me that he was moving away, and he would come see us one more time before he left.

At the visit, he was dressed as a woman.

Needless to say, we didn't take it that well. He never really eased us into the idea of him wanting to become a woman. He only told us that he wanted to be one and then bam, he was dressing as one. Basically he had been a man, and we had called him Dad for the better part of our lives, and then at the visit, he was telling us, I am now a woman, call me Michelle. For two children, one 18 and one 15, we were in shock. We didn't understand. He never explained. He showed us what he wanted to be, in a sense demanded that we recognize him as a woman, basically told us that our dad was gone, and then left. I can't speak for my brother, but I can tell you that I was traumatized. You just don't do that to your children.

A few months after my father left, I began to get letters. In the letters, my father blamed the divorce on my mother, and then tried to explain his decision to become a woman, but failed miserably. He said that he had always felt different, and even tried to tell his mom. He explained that his mom had walked in on him wearing a dress, and beat him because of it. He never said what age he was, but hinted that he was under 10 and I know that he was born in 1958. My father said that after that, he kept his secret. Some years later, he met my mother, and she became pregnant with me. He said that he had tried to break up with her before she became pregnant, because he wanted to attempt to be a woman, because that's how he felt. When he learned that she was pregnant, he decided to take on the responsibility of fatherhood and leave his feelings behind. At that point in the explanation, I would have understood, and would have been ok, but he went on to say that that since my mother was pregnant, he couldn't be who he wanted to be, and blamed it on the baby. I don't think he did that on purpose, because what father could be that cruel.

I never responded to the letters. Again, I was hurt and I had no idea what to say.

In 2009, I married my husband. For our honeymoon, we decided on Las Vegas. A few weeks before the wedding, I decided to try and reconnect with my father. I had heard from my brother (with whom my father was still in contact with), that he was living on the west coast, and figured we could meet up for dinner or something. Through Facebook, I found out that he was living in Nevada, as a woman and was in a relationship with a man. We decided on dinner at a nearby casino, so we could possibly pick up where we had left off five years prior.

Since turning 21, I have always tried to have an open mind when it comes to people. I am the type of person that accepts all walks of life, and I don't discriminate. I don't care if you are white, black, Asian, Indian, straight, gay, lesbian, transgender, or whatever. As long as your sexual orientation isn't orientated towards children or animals, and as long as you are nice, then I will be nice to you. That night in Las Vegas, that wasn't the case.

After about five years of not seeing my father, I was honestly floored after the dinner. His face looked the same, but his demeanor wasn't even close. He seemed scared and nervous. He introduced himself to my husband as "Michelle". I could tell that he wanted to explain, but he chose not to. Instead, he decided to describe his new life. And how happy he was.

I tried to be nice during dinner. I tried to be accepting. I gave him a hug in good faith, but not once did he apologize for tearing my family apart. For not considering our feelings. For not easing us into the idea of him turning into a woman. Not once did he ask how I felt. And I didn't divulge either.

For the next year, he followed me on Facebook, would comment on things, and send me messages. He tried to come off as though he cared. Though he cared about me, my mother, and my brother. And I tried to be nice. I would politely respond to his messages, but I had the distinct feeling that he knew his relationship with me, was over.

I became pregnant with my son about six months after the meeting in Las Vegas. I was beaming, and of course I decided to post my ultrasound pictures on Facebook. A week later, I received a message. My father said that he had took my ultrasound pictures, and posted them on his blog. I read the blog post... he said that he was going to be a grandma. First, I was crushed. Then I was angry. Then I was irate.

He had expected me to accept his change with open arms, and I didn't. I was blindsided. I had known my father as my father for over twenty years, and then in a blink of an eye, I was supposed to call him "Michelle" and refer to him as a woman. You can't do that to a person. You can't just turn their lives upside down without some type of warning. Sure, you can change your hair, or your clothes, or what ever superficial aspect of your life that suits you, but completely changing your gender and asking people to accept you without that warning, well, I'm sorry, that doesn't work.

I was mad. I was hurt. And I unleashed my hurtful anger onto the person who I felt that deserved it at the time. My father My famother (at that point, he had directed us (my brother and I) to not call him Dad or refer to him as our father, but to call him Michelle). I told him that he would never meet my son, and that he needed to delete my pictures right away, because I was done with him.

In retrospect, I know I was being selfish, hateful, hurtful, and mean. But how was I supposed to act? Like I said, I was blindsided.

Granted my experience as a child of a transgender parent was not all that pretty, but I never had a good relationship with my father. But, Mr. Jenner, it seems like you and your children have a good relationship. And that is one of the key things to look at. I can't tell you that one of your children aren't going to feel like I did, but I can tell you that with the amount of warning they have had, it will be easier for them to accept it. And like you said in your interview- You are still their Dad. The only aspect about yourself that you are changing, is your gender. You aren't springing the change on them, and acting like your past identity is dead. You are just sprucing up yourself a bit.

I wish you all the luck in the world, Mr. Jenner. And I finally do understand why you did your interview- to inspire and to show love. And to save a life. If your interview inspired one person to be who they truly feel they are, and saved a life, then I think you did your job.

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DIY: birchbox upcycle

If you have been here for awhile, you would know that I have been a Birchboxer for a little over a year now. Today I'm not going to go into the subscription, you can view my past boxes here; instead today, I am going to show you what I have done with all my boxes....


You see, each month my Birchbox subscription usually comes in a nice, sturdy box, and most of the time they have some rather pretty designs. I like to keep my boxes, mostly for the storage aspect. I really like the designs, but I sometimes my OCD kicks in and the pattern mixing really gets to me. After reading a similar tutorial on Boxwood Avenue, I decided to do something about it...



The boxes I used, happen to hold my miscellaneous jewlery items... and the method I chose was painting. *You could probably also spray paint the boxes, but considering the boxes were going to be housed in a drawer, I decided to go with the less smelly option.

How to make your boxes pretty...

Supplies:
-Old Birchboxes
-Paint
-Paint brush or sponge painter
-Newspaper (or something else your box can dry on)

Steps:

Step one // Gather your empty boxes. 

Step two // Gather some paint in your favorite colors. 
I have an abundance of acrylic paint, due to my wine glass painting, so I used a few from my collection. If you don't have paint on hand, I would recommend the Martha Stewart all surface paint from Michael's,  but if you're tight on money, the $.98 ones from Walmart will get the job done.


Step three // Paint a coat of the color onto one half of your box. 
For lighter shades, you may need to use two coats to cover the Birchbox lettering on the top, but be sure to let the paint dry, before adding another coat.  For darker shades- like black- one should do it. 

Step four // Paint the other half of your box. 
Simple, right? :)


Step five // Allow time for each side to dry, and then figure out if you want to either add another coat, or just be finished :) 

Step six // Enjoy your pretty boxes!




Additional info:
-You can use a paint brush, but I would recommend using a sponge painter. The coverage is more even.
-You may see that the box starts to bubble with the second coat of paint, but don't worry- it will dry just fine.
-You can also add embellishments on the box corners, like this tutorial on Boxwood Avenue did.
-If you don't have a Birchbox Sub, then you could probably use the little gift boxes at Target (the ones by the wrapping and gift bags) and get the same effect.


If you do use my tutorial, tweet me on Twitter, or tag me on Insta, because I would love to see!
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March & April beauty favorites

Since it's already April, I have decided to combine my March and April beauty favorites into one post and I'm happy to tell you that the past two months have sorta been experimental. I have tried new foundations, high priced lippies, and finally found a face wash that I am comfortable enough using daily.




one \\ Bare Minerals foundation
About a month ago, I decided to dive into the world of mineral makeup. I had previously tried some samples of the Bare Minerals powder foundation and loved it, so I picked up the Get Started Kit. The kit includes a primer, brush, two different foundations- matte and regular, mineral veil, and all over face warmth- sorta like a bronzer. I really loved the regular foundation. It provides amazing coverage, doesn't cake up, and lasts practically all day. Plus if you keep buffing, there really isn't a way to use too much or too little. FYI- I picked up the "light" kit.

two \\ Benefit Puff Off
I had been skeptical of this miracle de-puffer for some time. But I decided to cash in some points at Sephora to grab a couple of samples. After one use, I was happy that I did. Not only did it help with the puffiness, it smoothed my under eye area, didn't irritate my sensitive skin, and also helped with the bags. I will be buying a full size tube.

three \\ Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose
I had been forever wanting to try this stuff, but I was always turned off by the high price tag- like $23 for a tube. So with my first check from the new job, I decided to take the plunge and I was super happy about it. At first, the lippy smells like lemon, but it doesn't have a taste once you apply it. It glides like butter, moisturizes extremely well, and gives off a nice pink sheen. And had SPF in it. Definitely worth the price.

four \\ Healthy Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Soy Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner
I am a fan of Sexy Hair products- I used the Spray & Play hair spray for a good three years straight. Ulta was having a sale, so I decided to pick up some of the sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. I really like how it makes my hair feel and that it doesn't weigh it down.

five \\ Philosophy Purity Made Simple face wash
I don't think I actually have the words to describe how I feel about this face wash. It. Is. Amazing! I love how it takes off ALL of my makeup and doesn't leave a residue or burns my eyes. And it feels like it doesn't strip all of the moisture out of my skin. 

Have you ever tried my new favorite products?

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currently....

I feel like I haven't been in touch or even all there with you guys lately... I know this is mostly due to the the lack of personal time I have had lately to write out posts and respond to comments, but I feel as if I am not even connecting anymore. So today I decided to give you guys a "currently" post. I am hoping that this post will jump start my day, and inspire me to crank out those three (mandatory in my book) posts for the week; along with letting you guys in on what has been going on.  

Enjoy :)


Currently....

R e a d i n g | Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events- The Reptile Room (2nd book in the series)
I never was a big reader in school, especially if the book was one of those required reading books, but since I tutor and have to cover two hours of quite reading a day, I decided to start the series :) 

W r i t i n g | a Birchbox upcycle DIY post, a monthly favorites post, and possibly a makeup post for this week.

L i s t e n i n g | to the many dvr'ed shows from the past week. 
During the week, I usually only have enough time to watch a show or two, and even then, I have a four year old begging me to change the channel. 

T h i n k i n g | about my Lil Ruger Booger. 
My brother and sister-in-law brought over Ruger's brother Easter weekend, and he reminded me how much I miss the lil guy. A piece of my heart really broke off and vanished the day he past. 

W i s h i n g | that this weekend was also a three day weekend... 
I celebrated my one month at the job yesterday, and let me tell you... it was hetic! My boss is at training this week and I am teaching classes, which is crazy! 

H o p i n g | for my legs to feel better. 
I have been wearing flats lately and walking on hard as hell concrete floors has been affecting my legs and knees. 

S m e l l i n g | the scent of blooming flowers in the air. 
I really love spring!

W e a r i n g | a necklace. 
Simple, I know. But when you aren't allowed to wear necklaces five days out of the week, then you kinda get giddy when you are able to wear one. 

W o n d e r i n g | if my leg is going to actually bruise or not. 
On Saturday,  I slipped in some water Lil Man had split and landed on my hip. My entire upper back leg (buttocks included) hurts like a mother, but I don't see any bruising.

L o v i n g | my family time. 
I gave up Sundays a couple of weeks ago, and this weekend was the first one that I have had both Saturday and Sunday to spend with the people that I love.

W a n t i n g | to subscribe to the new Sevenly CauseBox.
I love donating to a great cause and the new cause box does just that.

N e e d i n g | a massage... or a vacation... maybe even just a glass of wine and a hot bath.

F e e l i n g | happy. 
I'm finally at a point in my life where I can truly say that I am happy. I have a good job, a somewhat clean house, the weather is beautiful, and I have a man that loves me as much as I love him.

M i s s i n g | nap time 
I love working a Monday thru Friday job, but sometimes I miss those hours of the day when Lil Man and I would lay on the couch and just nap.

What have you been up to?

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charcoal beauty products: why I switched


Up until a few months ago, I was skeptical on the existence of charcoal in beauty products. It didn't sound right to me... I mean how could something like physical carbon actually be good for your skin. Isn't carbon a bad thing? I don't know. But bottom line, I had no interest in it.

Fortunately, all of that changed when I received a sample of the Shamanuti Activated Charcoal Cleanser in my Birchbox "Free for all" box

I have rather sensitive skin on my face, so I have to be careful with what I use; so I usually stick to cleansers made specifically for sensitive or combination skin. When I first tried the sample of the Shamanuti, I was surprised. It didn't have a rather foamy lather, which tends to dry out my face, and the clean feeling I felt afterwards was phenomenal. 

After using the Shamanuti, I could understand why almost every brand of facial cleanser and now body wash that had charcoal in it, was flying off the shelves. But the question remained: why was it so awesome? I knew I had to find out why, and put my Grad school research skills to use.

What makes charcoal products so amazing?

Without getting all scientific, activated charcoal has a long resume of health and beauty benefits. Basically when it's made, run of the mill charcoal is heated with a gas that causes it to expand, creating a porous surface that traps toxins. Basically it's a miracle ingredient. And when added to a face or body cleanser or mask, activated charcoal acts like a magnet and draws out dirt, oil, and other impurities (aka bacteria) within your pores without leaving a residue or making your skin feel tight and hydrated. 

Which charcoal products have you tried?

To date, I have tried a few different charcoal products:

Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask \\ $5.09 for a 4 pack
Biore Charcoal Pore Minimizer \\ $9.99
Perfectly Posh Gender Bender Chunk Big Bath Bar \\ $9
Lush Dark Angels Cleanser \\ $12.95 and up

If I am wanting to try a charcoal product, which one should I try?

If you are just wanting to try a charcoal product, and don't have a lot of money to spend, then I would recommend starting out with a single use mask- to see how you like it. But if you are wanting to try a cleanser, Ulta & Sephora have a really nice return policy (links are to their selection of charcoal products). And if Sephora has the product in store, they can give you a free sample.

What is your reaction to charcoal products?

And I. am. addicted! You know the clean & refreshed feeling you get when you go to bed with your makeup on, wake up the next day with an oily face, and wash you face? I get that feeling whenever I use a charcoal cleanser or mask.

Have you ever tried any charcoal beauty products?
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march birchbox

I know that it's already April, but I wanted to tell you all about my March Birchbox. 

If you have never heard of Birchbox, it's a monthly subscriptions service that sends you a box with 4-5 deluxe samples and 1 full size product every month according to the beauty profile that you fill out. You basically receive beauty products (which includes hair and makeup) and one lifestyle item for $10 a month. You can cancel at any time, and it's a pretty nice "try before you buy" service, as no box is ever the same. They also offer free shipping deals all the time, and for every item you review from your box, on the Birchbox site, you receive 10 points. Oh, and every 100 points equal $10. If you would like to sign up, you can do that here

I have been a subscriber for about 13 months, and I have never been disappointed. In the last year, Birchbox has actually opened up a new thing and now allows you to either pick a specialty curated box- where you know exactly what you are going to get- or you can choose one of your samples, and the rest will be a surprise. So if you don't like surprises- like me- then the specialty box is the way to go.
And that's what I chose to be my March box.


  

~Likes~

First of all, I loved the body butter, and that was actually my reasoning behind getting the box. I have an obsession with almond scents.... and I love Whish. The butter is super hydrative, smells amazing, and lasts. They also have other scents- and they are also heavenly! 


I also really liked the Supergoop eye cream. I still have an issue with dark circles, and felt that the eye cream actually helped hydrate the area under my skin and helped with the circles. It also didn't irritate my sensitive skin.

The third item that I loved was the Laura Geller blush. The color is buildable and beautiful.

~Dislikes~

I did not like the hair tonic, mostly due to it's smell. I was not a fan of the actual smell, but did like my results after spraying on wet hair, and blow drying. I also did not exactly like the derma e creame. I felt that it was too heavy for my sensitive skin.

I won't say that March's box has been my best box, but I will say that getting a box full of beauty related products every month is kinda awesome, in my opinion. If you want to sign up to get your own box every month, you can either use my link or go through the actual Birchbox website

Do you get a sub box every month? How do you like it?
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radha beauty argan and coconut oil review


Disclaimer: compensation for this review was in the form of the argan and coconut oils via Brandbacker & Radha Beauty, but opinions are all mine.

When Radha Beauty, a company that I am familiar with, gave me a chance to try out their new Argan Oil, AND new fractioned coconut oil, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. 

Radha Beauty was started in 2014, and features a 100% pure & natural oil and skincare line. They combine high performance with natural and healthy ingredients and partner with earth-loving, women-empowering organizations, and use Eco-friendly packaging, Their products are Cruelty Free and Not Tested on Animals. They are also free of the harsh chemicals used in most beauty products. 



-----The Products & How to use-----


I am a fan of Argan Oil and the benefits that it can provide. Being a huge multi-tasker, it's many benefits include hydrating dry skin, repairing split ends and softening hair; along with improving scalp health, softening brittle nails and cuticles, and can mask stretch marks. The best thing about Argan Oil is the fact that it's usually a 100% natural, and doesn't have a scent.

The oil is 100% organic, chemical-free oil and has so much Vitamin E and essential fatty acids that you can immediately feel the amazing healing properties—for skin, hair, feet and nails.

I used the oil to moisturize my face before bed and on my hands and feet. My face actually started to break out a small bit, but I have noticed the reaction with other Argan Oil lines before. My hands and feet however, were super soft and felt amazing. 

I really liked the fact that you get alot for your money- 4 fl oz is like $20- and that the oil is organic. It doesn't have a smell, and it's greasy at all. 



The oil is liquid, odorless, colorless, non Greasy & non staining. It's a natural moisturizer, has a great shelf life, and has many different uses. 

I have used coconut oil before, but never in a liquid form. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this oil, was an actual oil, and I didn't have to "warm it up" to use. If you were to look up the uses, you would see that you can use it as a moisturizer, to tame frizzy hair, as a hair mask, in a bath, as part of a home made lip balm or body scrub, and so much more. The uses are practically endless. 

I used the coconut oil as a hair mask. It's better to use at night, on 3 day hair, but basically you just "pour" it on and massage into your hair, put on a shower cap, leave on for about 30 minutes, and then wash it out- I had to wash twice to get it all out. The next day your hair is moisturized and full, and beautiful. 

I really liked that the oil was a liquid and that my dry and brittle hair soaked it up. It wasn't overally greasy and didn't make my thin hair limp. It also didn't leave a residue. 


-----Thoughts-----

I really liked both products and would definitely recommend them to anyone. The company also has great customer service, and they make quality products.

If you want to check out my other review of Radha Beauty's products, click here.
If you want to check out/buy the Argan Oil, click here.
If you want to check out/buy the Coconut Oil, click here.


Have you ever used any oils? 

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five things I'm excited to do this weekend

If you have been reading for awhile, you would know that I now have a M-F day job, and that I have been slacking a bit on the whole blogging front. I wish I could tell you that it's going to change rather soon, but I can't determine that as of yet. 

But I can tell you that I super done with the whole weekly recaps every Friday. Why? Because my weeks are generally the same- I work and then come home to an excited little face. 

So instead of recapping what happened this week, I am going to tell you what I am excited to do this weekend! 



one || have a day off & go see Fast 7
I am basically a teacher's aide and since I work in government, I am able to have holidays off- so I knew that I was going to have Good Friday off about two weeks ago. And it's a good thing, because Thursday was my 19th straight day... and I am exhausted. I am just happy to be able to "sleep in" and not have to get ready immediately after waking up. I also made plans with my my parents and we are taking  Lil Man to his very FIRST movie at the theater, have some laundry that is calling my name... and a bottle of wine that needs to be drank :) 

two || eat some steak
Instead of the traditional Easter dinner, my parents are throwing around the idea of having steaks, on the grill.  I am really looking forward to the possibility! But I also kinda have a taste for ham...

three || hide eggs in my parents yard and then watch Lil Man go find them
I love being a parent... and all the parental things that encircle the holidays. Easter is fun for me, because I get to hide eggs from the Easter Bunny in my parents yard, and then let the lil man loose on them. He gets so excited about opening the eggs and it just melts my heart. 

four || spend quality time with my family
I feel as if I haven't spent more than five minutes with my son and most of all, husband, in the past week. Easter is going to be the first day that both of them are going to see me for a whole 24 hours, and they will most definitely have my undivided attention. 

five || catch up on some blog reading
On my lunch breaks, I have been trying to catch up with my blog reading. Some posts I loved have been Erin's Stitch Fix Review,  Samantha and Becca's Blogger Men Tell All link up, Sarah's Practical Relaxation techniques, How March Crushed Rachael, but she was able to push back, Amanda's Must have nail colors for Spring, and Anne's tutorial to Canva. But I am looking forward to reading so many more this weekend!


What are you most excited about doing this weekend?

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