I’m a Wrapper

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There are two things that I love to do that drive most people crazy, painting walls and wrapping presents. Since it’s obvious we are talking about wrapping presents, hence the photos up above, let me tell you what saves my Christmas wrapping sanity.

Step One: Bottle of Wine

Step Two: Assigned Wrapping Paper

Step Three: Bows and Ribbon

Step Four: Tape

Let’s begin…

Step One: Simple people… Open some wine, put on some holiday music and relax. Pretty presents help initiate even more anticipation for what is inside…plus with everyone instagramming these days…you know you want to be known as #professionalwrapper

Step Two: This is my number one tip for wrapping presents… Assign Wrapping Paper. Pick your theme, buy your paper and then assign it as you see fit. I buy one general kind for misc. wrapping and then one for each member of my family. That way, when wrapping if step one gets in the way you at least know who’s present is who if you miss the tag.

Step Three: Do it. It is worth it. Don’t be stingy

Step Four: Tape… Look do not and I repeat, do not go stingy on the type of tape you buy. Get easy to pull, sticky, and easy to cut tape. This is not the time of year to buy that shitty tape that you can’t cut because it’s cheap. Oh and double-sided… Use more cautiously as you progress through your wrapping (if step one is involved for you).

Diaries of a Working Mom – New Hair

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Okay moms… raise your hand if your hair has gotten long and straggly. I hope there are some hands up out there because let’s just say this mom was going through crunchy hair hell.

It is not like I can’t have my hair done; it’s that I would prefer to play with Logan on the weekends over sitting in a salon chair for 3 hours. But at last the time came to get this crunchy mess under control.

My hair icons are Miranda Kerr and Elizabeth Olsen. Miranda always has the best color and Elizabeth’s hair is always so silky looking. So I asked for a six inch chop and some darker locks. I’ve always loved red but if not administered correctly; I’ll end up with orange hair (yikes!).

So while I am in a pot meet kettle scenario, schedule time in the chair every 2-3 months…your hair will thank you. Is anyone else in the same boat? I can’t be the only putting aside once “necessities” to hang out with someone who has sticky fingers and is very demanding, right?

VioletSage Hair Style - Dark Locks with Red

Broken

Life has a funny way of reminding you that you are not in charge. It will do what it wants, whenever it feels like it. Let’s take my 30-day blog challenge for example. I worked for weeks to come up with great content and photos. I was ready to accept my self-made challenge to blog every day for 30 days. Then life knocked and gave me some devastating news; my grandmother had passed away. I flew up to Idaho on Halloween to be with family members and remember my grandma. I missed Logan’s first trick or treating experience, but I gained something even better. The broken family ties I had with two of my older brother’s have started to come back together after 13 years of not talking to them.

I came back home and was an emotional wreck. When you lose your last grandparent, life starts to remind you who is next. While I am not afraid of death, I do not like it. Losing loved ones and knowing everyone is going to be broken at some point is a terrible feeling. After I had come home, I had to hop immediately on a plane to Phoenix for work. I was missing Logan and Wes so much at this point.

Then I open my blogger a couple of days ago to find out that I’ve broken into BuzzFeed and my media will not upload. So while I would love to give you some fabulous photo that could sum up these last ten days, I can’t. What I can do though is tell you how glad I am to have you reading my blog and being my friend. Every comment, every email, every tweet…it matters to me and I can’t be more thankful that even though I’m in a broken phase, things will mend and get better and you will still be there.

Thank you for being a part of my journey. Lot’s of filling in the blanks to come!

Dancing in the Streets

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Give us some music and we’ll show you the moves but please, no nursery rhymes. 

I picked up Logan from Daycare a couple of days ago, and they were listening to some nursery rhyme cd and all of the little kids were jamming out and dancing, except, yes, you guessed it…Logan. So I observed, and he just stood against the wall like a teenager at his first dance. Logan didn’t participate, even when the teacher tried to get him to dance. Now, fast forward to this morning. The night teacher was there early, and I mentioned it to her and she laughed. She told me he doesn’t like to participate in dance time. So I asked if she ever played anything besides nursery rhymes and they don’t. So I laughed and pulled out my phone and turned on Soulja Boy. Logan started busting it out… The teacher was almost in tears with his moves. She said… “Wow, he really doesn’t do baby“.

So that got me thinking – What weird, quirky thing did you do as a kid or has your kid/niece/nephew/friend etc…. done?

Blue on Blue – No – It’s Layer time

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Okay this post has two titles because I’m a bit hopped up on caffeine and I couldn’t narrow it down to just one (some of the other contenders today: The two shades of Blue, and Blueeeepers)<– see caffeine, never again. This morning marks October 13th and the first time the weather dipped into the 60’s here in Las Vegas. Well, it hit 69 at 7:30am and now it’s probably 80 degrees outside, but hey it felt right to bust out the chambray and royal blue layering pieces today.

It has only been a couple of years since I have embraced the layering trend. I don’t like to feel bulky and I like to know what I’m wearing would look okay if I had to take some pieces off. Enter the button up belted cardigan look. It’s my go to for Monday meetings. Yes, I dedicated a whole post just to the layering of a button up and a cardigan, I’d say that is Monday folks.

I hope you had a great weekend!

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Hospital Gowns – Hated At Every Age

Ear Tube Surgery

Logan went under Anesthesia for the first time, and it is just as petrifying as you think it is. The first time Logan has an ear infection he was just barely over two months old, the next at four months and then two back to back just before he was nine months old. The back to back antibiotics he took is what send him to the ER with his life threatening C-Diff diagnosis. Then just like that he suffered through four more until finally we were given a referral to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist. After waiting three weeks to be seen the doctor looked in his ears and automatically knew, he needed ear tubes. Since we did not know what ear tubes were or why he needed them, the specialist had us look in Logan’s ears and then to the corresponding photo showing the buildup of fluid and gunky stuff.

The morning of his surgery was the most stressful, we couldn’t let him eat or drink anything because of the Anesthesia, which was one of the trickiest things we’ve ever had to do because our boy…he likes to eat. Wes and I woke up super early and got everything ready, so all we had to do was wake Logan up, change him, put him in the car and go. Everything was going smoothly; Logan was smiling and looking around at the Surgery Center…we thought we were home free with dealing with a hungry baby. Then, during our pre-op with the Anesthesiologist he asked when Logan had last has water or food… That was all it took. My little man’s eyes got big, and he screamed WAA WAAA (short for water), then he realized he was really really hungry. Luckily we were able to turn on basketball highlights to distract him. We had waited another ten minutes before they took Logan back into surgery. During this time, he decided he hated his hospital gown and took it off. He sat, happily, naked while waiting him the doctor.

Seeing someone take your baby away.

Worst feeling ever.

The procedure luckily only took twenty-five minutes, and I was able to go back and see him. Poor guy was a floppy drunk; he was screaming at the lady when I got in. Immediately I took him, and he calmed down. It took about fifteen minutes to get him ready to go. Hopefully, the tubes help, the doctor told us that the fluid in his right ear was still there from his first ear infection. When we got Logan home, he was wobbly, he was trying to “re-learn” to walk and he also had a clear “C” sound when he said car. Right now the inside of his ears are still a bit swollen but he is already showing signs of improvement.

Surgery for the littles is hard, It doesn’t matter if it’s tubes, tonsils, or a transplant… It all is stressful and full of prayers.

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