Monday, December 16, 2013

Dear Everybody...

Dear Jethro, I'm sorry we made chicken last night and did not share it with you. But really, thank you for tipping over the garbage can over night so I could wake up to garbage and chicken bones strewn about the kitchen and dining room. Jerk. Later update: I found a chicken bone in the bathroom. Why are you eating chicken in the bathroom? Gross. 
A poor quality image of the face of guilt and shame.

Dear co-workers, Thank you for providing me with a multitude of delicious treats from the cookie exchange! I will try to share them with Justin. And not eat them all in one sitting.

Dear ABC Family, Thank you for making such wonderfully awful Christmas movies so I could spend my Saturday lazing about.
The Mistle-tones: A Musical (Music from the Original Television Movie)
 Dear Week-Before-Christmas, I know you're going to be crazy but please go quickly. Just not so quickly that I can't get everything done that needs to get done. Thanks.

Dear Laundry, I am so sick of you. You are always in the way, and never done. I know I should take more care of you. I'll try to do better. But seriously I hate you. With a fiery burning passion. 
Time For Dat

Dear Weekend, Thank you for being so good to me. You were the perfect mixture of relaxing and busy and productive. I spent you baking cookies, making yummy food, getting some cleaning done, exchanging cookies, celebrating a relative's birthday, and enjoying some holiday movies.

What did you do this weekend? I hope it was great.
Xo Steph

Friday, December 13, 2013

Late to the Linkup

Here I am, coming late to the party. But partying nonetheless.
The Vintage Modern Wife & Brunch with Amber: Happies and Crappies Link Up
-I forgot to write and schedule this post ahead of time, thus the late arrival.

-We could not go outside 4 out of 5 days this week because of the wind chill. A room full of two year olds who have been cooped up all day is not fun. 

-I've been having crazy messed up dreams this week. Like...dreams that wake me up in the middle of the night and haunt my thoughts all day long. 

-I've procrastinated baking for the cookie exchange as long as I possibly could, now I have to stay up tonight and make them. :-\

-Vodka tonic. Delicious, satisfying, and makes me feel a little bit I sip it out of a plastic flower cup in my sweat pants on the couch.

-We got to go outside today, finally. I never thought I would be so excited to go stand in the snow.

-All of my students were gone by 4 today. Which means I was gone by 4:15! 

-Last night I went to bed at 8:30. Now, I didn't fall asleep until closer to 9:30, but the fact that I was able to be in my jammies and in laying in bed with my book was glorious. Yeah...I'm super exciting. 

-Cookie exchange! Even though I'm a little miffed that I put off baking so long, I'm really excited to go hang out with friends tomorrow! And eat cookies. I'm making these peanut butter blossoms. YUM! 

What is your favorite holiday cookie?? 
Xo Steph

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Violet VoxBox

This week I got my Violet VoxBox from Influenster. If you're not familiar with influenster, check them out here. This has been my favorite box so far. Here's what I got:
My ipad camera doesn't exactly do this color justice...there are a lot of beautiful blues and greens in it!
This is Sally Hansen Triple Shine in Fanta-sea. It's a very fine glitter with hints of silver, green, and aqua/blue. When I first used this, I was kind of disappointed. It was very sheer and took 2-3 coats to reach an opacity that was just so-so. It also took forever to dry and smudged really easily. In just a day or so it was all smudged and peeled off. Today I put it on over top of Essie Mind Your Mittens. I was happy with just one coat, and since I didn't have to pile it on, it dried quicker and hasn't smudged. Using a base coat underneath really makes the colors pop. The application was pretty smooth and comes with a flat, rounded tip brush. I would consider trying some of the non-glitter polishes in this line. 

This Goody QuikStyle brush looks pretty bizarre. Those little blue fuzzy things in between the bristles are microfiber bristles to help soak up the extra water after you wash your hair. It's kind of weird, but it does work. I have been using his right after I get out of the shower and it cuts down the time it takes for my hair to air dry. The brush is really light which makes it easy to use, and is also very gentle on the hair and scalp. I haven't been able to get the microfiber bristles to stand back up as well as they originally did but they seem to dry back out pretty well. Even though I probably wouldn't have gravitated toward this product had I just seen it in the store, I really like it!

Well hello, cheesy selfie and giant forehead. This is another product from Goody...the Athletique Adjustable Yoga Wicking headband. I tend not to wear a lot of headbands, especially when working out because they always slip and slide right off of my head. I have only worn this around the house but I haven't had one problem with it falling off! There is a Velcro strip on the back that allows the band to adjust and fit perfectly! The material is nice and snug so it doesn't get all stretched out, and it's very comfortable. I absolutely recommend this headband!

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you think!
Xo Steph

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Things You Hear at Daycare.

When you work in childcare, there is no telling what you might hear on a daily basis. Sometimes you want to cry, sometimes you want to laugh, and sometimes you just blog about it. Here are some of my favorites:

One afternoon a student was in the bathroom. I heard some loud, thundering flatulence. While I'm trying to hold in my laughter, the child says "Dephanie! I got a thousand poops!" ...and a thousand poops it was..

This discussion happened at lunch time. They were talking about babies. "One time I turned into a baby like myself. Then my mom put me in her belly, and that's when I was born".

The girls really like to play house. And be in charge. This happened on the playground one day. "My name is going to be 'Mommy' and your name is going to be 'Sweetie'. Now let's go".

We were making bead bracelets one afternoon. I picked up some string and said I wanted to make one too. With a very advanced sarcastic tone, a child replied "Oh yeah. That'd be cute". 

Coloring is always a big hit. When I asked what this child to tell me about the picture, he said "It's a snake. He's crawling in the grass. Sometimes I pee in the grass".

Child is sitting on the potty for a few minutes when he says "I thought I had to poop, but I guess I only have farts".

I feel like there might be more of these posts in the future.
Xo Steph

Friday, December 6, 2013

Happies, Crappies, and Procrastination

Hi, folks. Instead of taking care of the mountain of housework I have to do, I just finished scarfing down a bowl of delicious pasta, am enjoying just one episode of The Office, and writing this post (it's Thursday night so I'm a little ahead of the game). Let's get to it.

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-My freaking car. Thankfully the shop called today and it's done, but I'm not looking forward to the bill. 

-Did I mention the mountain of housework I have to do? There are three baskets of laundry surrounding me right now that need to be folded and put away and the dishes are taking over my kitchen. 

-It's freaking cold outside. I love the holidays but I don't love cold weather. Especially when I have to get my kiddos bundled up and take them outside in it. 

-Some friends from out of town...or rather a friend from out of town and his fiancee, whom I have not met yet...are coming to stay with us this weekend and I can't wait!!

-We're having Friendsgiving on Saturday night. Good friends, good food, good times!!

-I got myself a Christmas present online on Black Friday and it arrived yesterday. A beautiful pair of black boots, and two Essie nail polishes. Thanks, Macy's gift card! 

I hope your weekend has lots of happy and no crappy! 
Xo Steph

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Some Stuff

Hey. Hi. Hello. Let's catch up.

Since I'm not interested in actually writing recap posts, and it's a week after Thanksgiving, I'll just give you the short version: Baked pies. Played organ. Ate too much. Detroit beat GB. Black Friday shopped. Napped. Decorated. Saw Catching Fire. Brother-in-law's birthday.
Funny Thanksgiving Ecard: Make sure the clothes you buy on Black Friday take into account how fat you got on Thanksgiving.

 Today my car broke down. I did not handle it with grace and poise, instead I worked myself into frustration and tears and let it ruin my afternoon. Thanks, car.

My hands look like I lost a fist fight with a brick wall. It happens every winter and I haven't found anything that really helps. But my nails look great...albeit short...thanks to Essie Mind Your Mittens. Bad picture.

I ordered a pair of boots online on Black Friday. They arrived today and they are gorgeous. I haven't tried them on yet though because of my post-car angst.

We're almost finished with The Office. I didn't realize how much I had missed. I'm trying to put off watching the last few because of the sad empty feeling that comes when a show ends. :-\
Last Saturday night we went down to my in-law's house to celebrate my youngest brother-in-law's birthday. Somewhere in the midst of pizza, old fashioneds, and chocolate cake, the home videos came out. It was adorable, hilarious, and one of the best nights of my life. Baby Justin was pretty cute!!

I'm sick of "Gift Guide" posts and articles. I understand some people are hard to buy for. But I would assume if you're buying a gift for someone, you should know a few things about them. So I don't really think a complete stranger can successfully help you pick out a gift. And finally, I've seen a "gift guide" for every freaking kind of person. Man. Woman. Fashionista. Mom. Just stop.

We're hosting Friendsgiving this weekend! Tonight is going to be a whirlwind of cleaning and prepping, and one more day of work to get through tomorrow before out of town friends get here!
What are you up to this weekend??
Xo Steph

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Here Comes the Sun!

The lovely Brittany has nominated me for a Sunshine award!!
These are the rules: 
-Put the logo in a post or on your blog.
-Answer the questions written by the person who nominated you.
-Nominate others (include their links in your post).
-Provide questions for your nominees to answer.

Questions from Brittany
1. What song do you never get tired of listening to? I don't do well at picking  just one in these types of situations. So my two are "Beautiful Day" by U2 and "Breathe In, Breathe Out" by Mat Kearney.

2. What is your favorite holiday tradition? We don't do this any more since there aren't any young kids in my family anymore, but my grandma always used to order a cake for Christmas Eve and have them write "Happy birthday, Jesus" on it. I'd like to start that tradition up again when we have kids.  

3. Biggest pet peeve?  When people crack their knuckles, neck, jaw, etc. This makes me so upset. Can't even explain why. Just makes me cringe.

4. Facebook or Twitter? As much crap as it gets these days, I have to say Facebook. I like Twitter but I use Facebook more. Mainly for keeping in touch with long distance friends and family.

5. What is your favorite blog? I can't pick a favorite blog.  

6. Describe your ideal vacation? Ireland. It is my dream to go there one day.  

7. Who is your celebrity crush? Bono. Don't judge me.

8. What is your favorite thing about fall? Scarves.  

9. Who do you go to when you need advice? I guess it depends on what kind of advice. Usually Justin first, or my mom.

10. Give us a random fact about yourself. I have extremely flat feet. 

My Questions
1. If you could go back and live in any time period, which would you choose? 
2. What is your biggest fear? 
3. When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up...and is that the job you have now?
4. Name one item on your bucket list. 
5. Bath or shower?
6. Choose any 3 people, dead or alive, that you would like to have dinner with.
7. Are you allergic to anything? 
8. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
9. Favorite tv show? 
10. What is one talent you wish you had? 

I nominate