The Day I Forgot Jack’s Coat

13 Apr

A couple weeks ago, before the weather turned warm, Jack and I were doing our typical frantic rush off to school/work routine and I forgot his coat. I should say that WE forgot his coat, because neither of us grabbed it on the way out the door. But he’s 5, so I’ll take the blame for it this time.

It’s a 20 minute ride to school and when I go to unload Jack, I realize that there is no coat. It’s bright red, so it’s kind of hard to miss. However, I look all over the inside of the SUV as if the coat somehow balled itself up and shoved itself under a seat.

It’s cold. I mean, it’s not snowing or anything. But it is definitely cold enough that a kid needs his coat.

And here is where you can see what kind of mom I am.
I dropped him off at school without his coat.

Sure, I could have rearranged my entire morning so that I could drive back home for 20 minutes, drive 20 more minutes BACK to school to drop off the coat and then continue on my way to work.

I could do that.
Plenty of moms would have done that.
I mean, it’s my baby boy. I love him and want him to be warm and happy, right?

Just look at that adorable face!

I didn’t though. Because I think it is important for Jack to know that mommy has stuff to do. Mommy can’t drop everything because we forgot his coat. MOMMY is important too and her entire life doesn’t revolve around Jack and his needs.

So, Jack went to school without a coat. And I knew that they’d either give him a spare coat to wear or he’d just stay inside during outside play time.

And that’s okay too. Because maybe the next time we are running out of the house, Jack will be the one who grabs his coat.

Because as much as I love that cute little face, mommy has shit to do.

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Movie Talk: Favorite Movie Musicals

11 Apr

I’ve been on a bit of a musical kick lately. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Rent came through the Hippodrome… so of course I’ve been randomly breaking into song about going oooouuuuut tonight and scaring Ollie with my version of Angel’s pickle jug drum solo. I also have the soundtrack to West Side Story loaded on my phone, so that I can sing along aggressively when I’m stuck in traffic.

And I get stuck in a lot of traffic.

I figured now is the perfect time for me to share some of my favorite musical movies!

Yes, I know the movie isn’t as good as the Broadway show… but the movie has a bunch of the original Broadway stars in their roles, like Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal and Idina Menzel. I’d basically watch those three sing the colors off of paint chips and be happy about it.

West Side Story
The music to West Side Story is basically magical and the stars are as beautiful as they possibly can be. I used to rent this video from Blockbuster time and time again when I needed my “America” fix and now I can just plug my iPhone into my truck and sing along at the top of my lungs.

Okay, I admit that this one is a bit corny, but it’s totally a classic. I know that everyone loved Olivia Newton-John but I was totally obsessed with bad girl Stockard Channing. I can also rock the heck out of “There are Worse things I could do” in the shower. Just saying.

Moulin Rouge
Oh my gosh, Nicole Kidman is perfection. And Ewan McGregor is perfection. And the song and dance numbers are AMAZING. And the costumes basically turn my face into the ‘heart eyes’ emoticon. And now I need to go watch this movie again.

The Last Five Years
This one is pretty new to me and the moment I started watching I couldn’t look away. This tells the story of novelist Jamie (Jeremy Jordan) and his actress wife (Anna Kendrick) though song. However, her story starts with the end of their relationships and goes backwards, while his goes from the beginning of the relationship to the end. It meets in the middle with Jamie’s marriage proposal. It sounds weird, but Anna Kendrick is absolutely fantastic in it and she broke my heart within the first 4 minutes of the movie.


Okay, now your turn! Do you have a favorite movie musical?


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Spreading Some Love: Style Bloggers

10 Apr

Jenn recently commented on one of my style posts and asked if I had any favorite fashion bloggers.To be honest, while I obviously enjoy lots of different blogs…I don’t really follow many fashion or style blogs. I get frustrated that a lot of style bloggers are either teensy-tiny or plus-sized, which is why I decided to just start posting my own style stuff for us in-between ladies!

However, I do have three ladies that I check out on a routine basis and I think you might like them too…

Adina over at Blue Collar Red Lipstick is a professional working mom and a thrifting queen. I’ve been following her blog and her Instagram for 6+ months now and I love the way she combines thrifted items for professional looks. You can find her blog here: Blue Collar Red Lipstick and find her on Instagram here: bcrladinaj

Audrey from Putting Me Together is another working mom and she does accessible style on a budget. She routinely remixes pieces from her wardrobe and includes everything from Old Navy to Nordstrom. You can find her blog here: Putting Me Together and find her on Instagram here: Putting Me Together

What Lou Wore 365 is a blog I found after I realized I’d been clicking like on almost all of Lou’s Boden ensembles on Instagram. She’s a working mom who likes to run and wears a lot of Boden…what’s not to love? You can find her blog here: What Lou Wore 365 and you can find her on Instagram here: princessdave

Now it’s your turn… do you have a style or fashion blogger that you love?

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Dollar Shave Club: An Update after 3 Years of Use

6 Apr

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have read waaaaay back almost three years ago when I decided to randomly review Dollar Shave Club. You can find my original post here: Dollar Shave Club: Not just for the Boys.

I had heard about their service and decided to try them on a whim (no matter what that person who commented had to say… go ahead, check it out… I’ll wait…)

I tried out two of their different razors and decided that I liked one called “the 4x” razor. The 4x has 4 stainless steel blades, a 90 degree pivot head, and comes with 4 cartridges per month. If you are on the monthly plan, it costs $6 a month and ships free.



Now that I’ve been using the 4x razor exclusively for almost exactly three years, I thought I’d do a little update for you all.

First off, I still love it.

I don’t ever cut myself or get razor burn and it makes my skin super smooth. I felt like receiving 4 razors a month was super excessive (and I even have a backlog of a few packs on standby), so I reduced my subscription to the ‘every other month’ choice and periodically will pause it for an additional month. So that $6 a month probably actually lasts me two months. After a couple years, I felt like the handle was getting a little grimy and worn so I ordered a new one for a cost of $5.

Back when I did my original review, I also tried their Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter. It is $8 for a 6oz bottle and it probably lasts me at least 6 – 8 months. I have actually tried similar products from Target and I like the Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter better than anything else. It helps the razor blade slip over my skin without tugging and like I said, I have NO razor bump issues. I really like that when it’s time for a blade shipment to go out, I get an email from Dollar Shave Club asking if I want to add anything to my order and it ships for free.

So, almost three years into using the Dollar Shave Club service and I’m still a total fan. It’s super convenient and I really like the quality of the products they offer. They even give you a special referral link where you can earn $5 for every friend who signs up, so you can actually shave for free. (If you’d like to use mine, it’s here).

Have you tried Dollar Shave Club? Did you enjoy an update on a product I reviewed a few years ago, or are you with the commenter on my previous review post who thinks this post is super boring?


Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post and I pay for Dollar Shave Club razors and Shave Butter with my own money. If you choose to use my special referral link to click through and try Dollar Shave Club for yourself, I will receive a referral credit. My husband says ‘thank you’ for keeping my legs smooth.

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