Weekly Chatter: Dress Up

Yes, I’m back dating this post because damn it! it will go live on Sunday (even though it’s now Tuesday)!

Welcome to Weekly Chatter! A brain dump of all the things that don’t necessarily fit in a regular old blog post.

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Are your kids out of school yet for summer break? We’ve still got several weeks to go and I am counting down the days. Not only because I love the freedom of summer but because this school year has definitely had its ups and downs. I’m not ready to talk here on the blog exactly what that means but I am asking for your suggestions on all things parenting school-aged children. I’m looking for book recommendations on motivating your kids, mother-daughter relationships, how to create successful homework routines, working cooperatively with others, self-esteem issues and peer pressure. Please leave me a comment below!

Speaking of summer. I just hired a sitter to come watch my kid a few hours a week. Believe me, it feels totally pretentious to hire a sitter so that I can go to the gym. So much so that I felt it was necessary to explain to the potential babysitters about my history of cancer and why it was important for me to make the exercise a priority. I am totally aware these are first world problems.

Wednesday was like Christmas around these parts! I received my first Stitch Fix box! Do you know what Stitch Fix is? So, it’s a monthly subscription service where you input all your style likes and dislikes, sizes, preferences, etc. and a stylist from Stitch Fix sends you a box of fashion options! The cost for the styling is $20 – which means, it costs you that for Stitch Fix to pull and mail you five hand picked items (including jewelry). If you hate everything, you mail it back and they keep the $20. If you decide to keep any of it, that $20 is applied towards the total purchase.

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I loved most everything when I opened the box. Inside were two blouses, one knit top, a pair of “straight leg” pants and a pair of hoop earrings. All of it was mostly my style and things I would likely buy myself. Unfortunately, I hated most of it on – for various reasons – but mostly because the blouses and knit top were cut very slim. The straight leg pants were actually skinny and I looked like a penguin in them. Finally, I prefer a more delicate earring. So, it all went back. My next one comes in June sometime…keep your fingers crossed it’s something I will keep! Have you had an Stitch Fix success?

Over the holiday weekend, we drove out to Simi Valley to visit the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum. It was actually pretty fun. But, it’s what we saw the night before while staying at a hotel in Westlake Village is what I want to tell you about. Holy wedding, folks.

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This is the view from our room. There were easily 500 seats set up for this wedding that was to start at 8:45 pm. My husband thought I was nuts because I was obsessing over how the petals were in disarray on the aisle. We watched the florist meticulously put the petals in that squiggle formation and within hours – guests, hotel guests, photographers, lighting crews - traipsed up and down the aisle messing up the petals. This former bride would have been pissed if that was my wedding. Also, the aisle was flanked with these beautiful tall candles that were never lit before the ceremony. Ahh…I was freaking out from four floors above.

It was close to 9pm when the music starting blaring as each bridesmaid and groomsmen danced solo to their own individual songs down the aisle. Not to mention, parents, grandparents, ring bearers, flower girls and two ballerinas all got their own song to walk into before the bride finally made it down the aisle. I’m not joking about the ballerinas. They wore Swan Lake like costumes and did pirouettes to Etta James’ At Last. The actual ceremony was all of ten minutes. I was dying to know what the reception looked like if that was the ceremony! No, we didn’t crash.

Shout outs! This is a new thing I ripped off from my favorite podcast Totally Married. I want to give a big thanks to Lisa Marie I. for telling me how much she loved these Weekly Chatter posts and that she turned a friend onto them. Thank you!! xo

Things I love this week:

1. Loving the single Magic from Coldplay’s new album Ghost Stories.

2. My friend Megan’s super adorable Summer Survival Series on her blog Mama Bub! Up first, a homemade playdough recipe.

3. I’m still obsessed with True Tori and last week’s episode was nuts! I was tweeting during last Tuesday’s episode when Tori was having a complete emotional breakdown. I mean, I know it’s a reality show and who knows how much is true but I was feeling just as confused as Dean was when Tori was telling him to DO SOMETHING! I tweeted and this random producer guy responded.

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Are you watching True Tori? Let’s discuss. Do you think these sort of “grand gestures” exist in the real world?

4. Nine lemons in a bowl thanks to Shannon on Real Housewives of Orange County. I’m trying to drum up some good feng shui energy!

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5. The Punk Singer. If you have Netflix, definitely download this really great documentary about Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill. You’ll love this film if you were a teenager in the early nineties and into the grunge/punk scene at all.

Thanks for hanging and don’t forget those book suggestions!

Comments

  1. Two book recommendations: Parenting Your Strong Willed Child by Robert MacKenzie Ed.D & Say What You See by Sandra Blackard. Homework routine is harder, depends on the child. Some kids need to decompress after school before doing HW, others need to do it right away and be done. If you have an active kid, laying on the stomach on the floor to do it might help. Sometimes music can help focus too. I got a visual timer ( I use the “time timer” app) and set it for a little longer than I think the work should take. If he gets it done before the timer, he gets more free time before dinner or a little treat like a few M&Ms or jelly beans. If HW is often a fight, the best thing is to send it back to school with a note and have the teacher deal with it. The teacher will keep them in at lunch or recess or havre them miss something fun to do it, plus then they can tell if it is a matter of not understanding or just being stubborn for Mom/Dad. Last resort is to hire a tutor, even a HS kid, to come over just for HW or see if school has a HW club after school. I don’t know about your school but our feeling at my school is parents have plenty of battles to pick, let school help with the homework one. For my son, even the mention of sending it back gets it done fast! I know we have some books for kids on peer pressure and self esteem, I will look at the office and give you a few ideas. One I can think of off the top of my head is ” I like me” but I forget the author. I know that was long, hope it helps.

  2. Also, love the idea of Stitch Fix, that sounds like fun.

  3. You know I’m watching Tori, but it makes me so uncomfortable!

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