UPDATE - I let her wear a dress this morning. I'll work on the other issues a little bit at a time.
We are in Dallas, ya'll!! The Mamas are here on behalf of the American Heart Association's newest project. We are having such a blast. We have been in the studio since 10 am this morning in hair and make-up, changing wardrobe, changing looks, and all that good stuff that comes along with being fabulous (read - a mom blogger).
I thought I would sneak in a quick post just to fill ya'll in. When we arrived the weather was terrible so we were all slightly delayed. When we finally met up, we rushed to grab a taxi and asked him to take us to Irving, Blvd. When we arrive, we are in some shady looking shopping center that looked like no where we wanted to be. We finally realized that he took us to Irving Blvd. in Irving, Texas, instead of Irving Blvd. in Dallas, Texas. What were the chances?
Oops, we're back on set.
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I've been hearing a lot about tinted moisturizers over the past few years and just didn't know where to start with them. I figured it would be better for my skin and my routine to simply get a dual action product. I have used various Mac foundations for years and love them because the color/tone is perfect for my complexion. So, I went into Sephora (hardly ever go there) and asked for some help because Mac doesn't make tinted moisturizers or at least that's the way it appeared when I was shopping for the product. The Sephora folks were very helpful. They had a color specialist that was able to suggest a brand and color that best matched my skin - wonderful!
He recommended Laura Mercier SPF 20 tinted moisturizer and I love it. I love it so much that I'm asking myself why I didn't make the change earlier. This moisturizer gives my skin a such a glow - it's kind of dewey, not cakey, really light and it's giving a whole lotta SPF protection as well. It was a little expensive (around $40) but you only use a couple dots per day.
Oh there are plenty more areas that could use some help, but I think this list is enough for now. If you have tips on making this task less painful, do share. Because I'm inclined to just throw it all out!
I was trying to figure out what I was going to cook last night for dinner and do you know where I checked first for ideas - Fergie's "What's for Dinner". Fergie....You always think of creative dishes and I know you do your homework so it was a great resource. Thanks!
Everything Oprah touches still turns to gold though. She is only following 9 people and has over 120k followers on her first day!
You know that forward that you got one time or another about girlfriends, some are here for a season, some are here forever, either way, when they are there, you love them? I know I'm doing a terrible job at describing it but you know the one, right? Anyhow, I've been thinking a lot about the friends I had in college, in law school, and even now as a "working professional" and I seem to have a very short list. In fact, I don't have many friends.
I don't know at what point this all happened. But I went from having so many girlfriends to having a handful of girls that I could truly call my girls. When did this happen? Did it happen when I was the first in my circle to get married or to have a baby?
I don't really know, but I am mature enough to say that I am totally okay with it. Some of my "friendships" are so superficial that I finally told myself to just let it go. Why pretend? Why keep it going? It's not like anything happened. We just grew apart, plain and simple.
We went from speaking occasionally, to speaking on holidays and birthdays, to maybe including that person in your mass "Merry Christmas" text sent to random people you know.
But here's what bothers me about superficial friends. They want you to be happy for them but you have a child or something and they don't even call you. You send them pictures of your kids, no response. You share some good news, no response. Finally, you no longer send them the news, right? Clearly they are not interested. They get a new job and I'm expected to send a plant for their office or something. And because I'm nice, I end up doing it. Then you don't even get a thank you for it? Tah!! I'm such a chump.
Why do girls do that? It seems like guys can go years without talking, then next thing you know they bump into each other on vacation somewhere and they are best of chums again.
Just my thoughts.
Here's an underdiscussed baby bunching issue: WHEN YOU HAVE MULTIPLE KIDS, TRIPS TO THE BATHROOM RUN YOUR LIFE. Seriously.
I've always been aware of it, but I'm definitely noticing it more now that we're on vacation. No matter where we are or where we're going, we have to stop at take kids to the restroom (or change a diaper) a zillion times a day. It's gotten to the point where we automatically ask "Anybody need to use the potty?" anytime we approach an establishment that looks like it will have remotely sanitary facilities. And to be honest, it's driving me crazy!
First somebody has to pee. So we take them. We try to convince the other that they should "try" too so as to avoid a second trip for the second one soon after. Inevitably, the second child insists that they don't have to go and refuses to make the trip. Fast forward 20 minutes and sure enough, that one has to go. OR we drag the second one to the bathroom at the same time as the first and force them to go. It doesn't matter. Thirty minutes (ok maybe an hour) will go by and one or both has to go again. Throw in the baby's diaper changes and it's a wonder I get anything else done. Factor in the public restroom scenario (grimy, toilet paper shortage, each kid insisting on using their own cycle of the hand dryer) and you can see my frustration.
I just can't wait for the day when I'm not intricately involved in the bladder and bowel happenings of anyone but me!
And for the last picture. Those are some of our kids who snuck off to our new neighbor's house and decided to sit on their back patio and eat their food. Shoot me now, the neighbors just moved in a few weeks ago and they probably were in their home trying to see if they could get out of this deal somehow. We hardly throw parties so hopefully we haven't given them the wrong impression.
The exciting news just keeps rolling in! We are so (so!) thrilled to announce that Karen Walrond of the absolutely fabulous blog, Chookooloonks, is going to be the keynote speaker at BLOGALICIOUS 2009! Anybody who's anybody in the blogosphere knows just how major Chookooloonks is and we are tickled pink to have her share her experiences to the dynamic group of women that will be attending our event.
Karen is not only a talented engineer, accomplished attorney, and gifted photographer, writer and social media maven -- she's also a devoted wife and doting mother. In a word, she rocks. And in fact she rocks so much that she is going to be ON THE OPRAH WINIFREY SHOW TOMORROW, APRIL 6th!
KAREN IS GOING TO BE ON OPRAH TOMORROW, Y'ALL! The show is called "The Secret Lives of Moms" and she will be sharing her "secret life" with us. So please tune in to show her your support and join us in welcoming Karen to BLOGALICIOUS 2009!
Stay tuned for a flurry of new announcements coming your way this week. This event is going to be more awesome than we ever imagined!