Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sister Love: Anjelah Johnson

Last weekend, my sister flew back from college to see comedienne Anjelah Johnson with me. Normally I'm not into watching comedians; I usually fall asleep if B and his friends are watching some Eddie Murphy DVD (ugh, claw my eyes out, please.) But, I wanted to do something with my sister and I think Anjelah Johnson's youtube clips are really funny.
Girlfriend did not disappoint! She's this gorgeous, tiny little thing that at times makes you think she really is this tough thug from South Central and at other times an old Filipino woman. Her best joke was about her castmates in the movie Our Family Wedding, and the woman who killed Selena.
Since Selena is one of my favorite movies, I was almost crying as she said this. Anjelah's timing is impeccable, her delivery is perfect her beatboxing will surprise you, and it's so refreshing to see that a woman doesn't have to be crass to be funny. If you get the chance to see her in your city, go see her. And that's a big recommendation coming from a comedy-show-hater.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mama Says: I Don't Tell My Kids "No."

Before you read the title and crucify me for kids needing boundaries, let me explain. I'm not raising little heathens who run amok and do anything and everything their heart desires. We have boundaries, we have expectations, but I don't tell my kids "No." Occasionally it slips out, but for the most part, I don't tell them "No."

I think too often kids hear, "No, don't do that James," or "No, Sarah." That they hear "No," all day long and become oblivious to it. And just telling them "No," doesn't direct them to what they should be doing.

I may be shooting myself in the foot here, but I've decided not to tell my kids what not to do and what they should be doing instead. I find myself repeating, "Peanut, we sit down in the tub," 785678946329 times as I help him sit back down, but at least I feel like I'm telling him what he should be doing. He shouldn't be standing up in the bathtub and he should be sitting instead. We're trying to teach them not to touch the oven so instead we say, "Ouch, ouch, ouch!" The oven is hot!" as we pull them away.

I repeat, "Hands off!" more times that I can count each day, but I'm really hoping not to have kids who just ignore me because all I say is "No." They still test the boundaries, they are kids after all. Lovebug is really good at the hands off command whereas Peanut just laughs as we pull him away from the oven or dog food. But I'm really hoping that in the long run we can avoid some of the terrible two meltdowns because although they may not be able to communicate back to us very well, they understand what we'd like them to do.

We'll see how well this actually works, but with two boys to raise, I've thought long and hard about my parenting and it's all about raising socially acceptable children all the while avoiding two screaming, tantrum-throwing heathens in the long run. I know they will throw tantrums, I'm sure many times it will be at the same time, but by not telling them, "No," I'm hoping to avoid just a little of the craziness.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Flashback Friday: Short Hair

I've been considering chopping my hair off. Last time I did it, in 2006, my hair was about as long as it is now and I was tired of looking like everyone else. I was in the club industry, going out (but not drinking or doing drugs mind you) and every girl either had long hair or was growing it out long.

Remember when my best friend broke up with me? That's him.
Last night we went out because my former boss, the guy in the mohawk in the 1st & 3rd pictures is moving to Oregon. Last night was the final goodby bash.

I found the pictures of me with short hair when I was looking for pics to send to TJ's wife for a slideshow she was putting together. I kind of think I might look better with short hair. I hated when it was a bob, but I'd like to think that I know how to style my hair a bit better now.
TPD - 2012 We're missing a few peeps

What do you think? should I chop off my hair? I'm thinking around collar bone length, so it can still go in a ponytail and stuff. I'm sure that as soon as I cut it, I'd be pissed that I did, but after 2+ years of long hair, I kind of want to try something different.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pinteresting Outfits

I'm feeling a little.....uninspired. I'm going through one of those times where I don't feel like I have anything to say, so, let's participate in Oh How Pinteresting. Sounds good to me!

I've been complaining about my clothes a lot lately. Annoying. If my clothes are the worst thing I have to complain about, I've got it made. I know this.

Target has been a disappointment lately so here's a few things/outfits I couldn't mind owning:
via on pinterest
I love everything about this. I'd probably wear it with heels, but it makes a good work or weekend outfit.

via on pinterest
I wish I could pull off the "cool without trying too hard" look, but I can't.

via on pinterest
I need a pair of neutral heels bad. The ones I have (some old Steve Maddens) kill my feet. Does anyone else have that problem with Steve Maddens? They have almost no cushion.

via on pinterest
Ballerina TOMS! I have yet to own a pair of TOMS (I always thought they were ugly, but they're growing on me) but I think these are a good first pair.

via on pinterest
Love this top but I don't think it's available anymore.

via on pinterest

I wish I was this pulled together every day. This outfit reminds me, I need a cute blazer that's not going to break the bank, any suggestions?


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Hunger Games

Why did it takes so long for me to get into these books?! I'll admit that I've mostly been using my Kindle Fire for the apps. The Fire is a good alternative to the iPad, btw. I'm so happy B got me the Fire for Christmas.

Anyway, I decided that instead of playing games when the Bambinos go to bed, I'd rather read so I bought The Hunger Games on Saturday. I finished it by the Bambinos' first nap in the morning, around 9:30am. 
 I should point out, I was not reading instead of spending time with my boys. I'm very conscientious about being present when they're awake. I mostly read Saturday night when they'd gone to bed, it's that good. Staying up late bit me in the foot later because an hour after I finally went to bed, Peanut woke up crying, and would only sleep in hour and a half stretches, with me holding him and rocking him, in our bed.
Needless to say, I was exhausted Sunday so I debated about buying the 2nd book, but I did. It didn't draw me in quite as quickly (the first book had me at "It was Prim Everdeen.") but not even 48 hours later I'm something like 60% finished. I know the most exciting parts are coming up so even though I should be adding Etsy listings tonight, I'll probably be reading instead.

I know I'll buy the 2nd book, but I'm going to force myself to do some other things first. I'm loving these books, even more than - dare I say it? - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Weather Outside Is Frightful

We took the Bambinos on their first sledding trip yesterday. But first, let me back-up. The Seattle area completely shuts down whenever we get a few inches of snow. We don't get snow often so we're pretty much unprepared when it happens. Plus, a lot of Western Washington is built on hills so it makes driving pretty treacherous. After going to work at 4am with B for two days, I was ready to go home and have some fun yesterday afternoon.
The plan was not to have me ride with them, but they were so bundled up that Peanut almost rolled off and face planted so B ended up pulling the three of us around the block.
Lovebug was cooing and making little sounds the whole time, I think they liked it!

Today, the snow has finally stopped but now we have freezing rain making the roads just as slippery, people are losing power, trees are falling over roadways, some parts of Western Washington have been declared in a state of emergency! The temperature is supposed to get above freezing around noon or so making the roads much easier to navigate. It'll be nice to go back to normal tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Yesterday I Stayed Home

I have a secret.

I'm envious of stay at home moms. I know it's hard, their days are probably much harder than mine because for 6-7 hours a day, someone else is at home watching my kids. I get to get out of the house and have adult interaction.  I get to focus one something other than home for a few hours a day. I get a break.

But still, I want to stay home.

Yesterday I stayed home and got a glimpse of what being a SAHM would be like. Peanut was whiney. He's in the throes of teething and didn't want me to put him down for any reason. He wanted to play, but I better be not more than an arm's length away. He whined between sucks on his bottle and that never happens. My children are food lovers.

The whining wears on your nerves eventually, especially when you have another baby that also needs attention.
Not from yesterday, the Bambinos were not dressed this cute yesterday either.

Halfway through my day I had a realization: I'd showered and blow dried my hair but didn't straighten it or put on makeup. I was wearing yoga pants and a huge oversized t-shirt. And then I thought, would I even bother if I stayed at home everyday? 

You see, I always put on makeup before I leave the house. I grew up in a household where it was unacceptable to leave the house in sweats. I don't even own sweats; the closest I have is the yoga pants and even if I leave the house wearing them, I have makeup on.

I swore I would never be one of those people that quits getting dressed or "getting ready" every day. So far, with two babies my track record is pretty good. But then I took a good, hard look at myself.

I was being naive. There are just some days where I would not be able to get ready. Would B still love me or be attracted to me? As someone that does not feel good about herself unless she looks good, I always told myself I would always try and look my best -no matter what- but yet I finally understood what it meant to be a mother. I understand why women say they quit taking care of themselves and focus solely on their family.

I finally realized that sometimes, something's gotta give and if that's the sacrifice I'd be making in staying home with my babies, that would okay with me, it would have to be. Most of the time.

Disclaimer: I do not judge others for not getting ready every day, I just never thought I would ever give up getting ready every day. It's the way I was raised. I was not judging those that do not get ready every day so please don't get your panties in a bundle.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Change of Plans

 I had a post planned for today but that didn't work out (I'm home due to snow, I'm such a wus and won't drive in it! And the boys are keeping me a bit busier than usual.) So....how about two giveaways?

Heather is having a giveaway for her blogoversary and she's giving away a Lilo Print! Go show her some love and tell her Happy Blogoversary!...and enter to win of course!

I'm now sponsoring Stuttering Shell too. She's also giving away a Lilo Print so stop by her blog for another chance to win!

And I'd love it if you'd "like" Lilo Prints on facebook, it'd really make my day. 
Whether you're working or have today off, I hope you're enjoying Martin Luther King Jr Day!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Birthday Wreath Tutorial

Tired of the birthday talk yet? I promised a few people I'd show a tutorial of the wreath I made for the party Saturday so here goes.

It's super easy.

Buy a metal wreath form. Our craft store only carried ones with stuff already on them so I bought a discounted Christmas one and tore all the stuff off at home.

Make sure you have a lot of balloons. A lot a lot. I used at least three bags of 72 then I bought a few bags of individual colors I was running out of. Truth be told, I have a lot of balloons left over because I didn't want to use certain colors that were included in the bags.
I started with the outer (the biggest) ring
This is the back of the wreath, but it's the easiest way to see how I tied them
 Start tying the balloons around the wreath. It took me a bit to find my groove so I like one side of the wreath better than the other but it works. I tied them on around the middle point of the balloon so you could see the end of some of the balloons too.

The outer ring finished.
 Once I finished the outer ring of the wreath, I moved on to the inner ring. B and my sister thought it was full enough and I didn't need to but my OCD self did it anyway. I couldn't tell too much of a difference, but I do think it looks a bit fuller when both rings are filled.

Voila! This was a super easy and super cute addition to the party. I did it throughout the week while watching TV. Unlike everything else I did for the party, this was easy to pick up and put down whenever I had time.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Bambinos 1st Birthday Party!

We had the Bambinos birthday party on Saturday! It was a looooong, stressful week for Mama but they thoroughly enjoyed it. I slept only 2 hours Friday night/Saturday morning. I conceded that I would have to give up on a few ideas for decorations. Staying up until 4am was enough!
My living room was a disaster Saturday morning, luckily my sister stayed over so she could help and I put B to work too.
The finished sweet table. The wreath, thumbprint picture, cake pops, cookies, chocolate covered pretzels and soda labels were made by me with a lot of help from my sister.
One of my favorite parts of the party was the picture I made, the party had an UP theme, but we couldn't have helium balloons in the venue we rented. To help combat that little issue, and to have a keepsake from the party I made this picture.
I told asked guests to ink their thumbprint and put it on the picture. The idea was to have a big bunch of balloons pulling Lovebug up, but people took it upon themselves to draw balloon strings in Lovebug's other hand and in both of Peanut's hands. If I were to do this again, I would cover the part of the picture I don't want inked with Saran Wrap. I'll have to post a pic of the final product later this week.

Custom T-shirts since people still can't seem to tell them apart!

One of my aunts and uncles came all the way from Eastern Washington. Two of my cousins even came too! These two little guys are so lucky to have so many people that love them so much.
They still don't really get the concept of opening presents. Peanut just wanted to try and use them to pull up. He always wants to pull up these days.
My sister got them a Radio Flyer Wagon! They like it, but I think I was more excited to get it put together. Our double stroller is cool, but the wagon will be handy on walks, or at the zoo or fair and stuff. I was itching to get it put together yesterday morning.
Peanut wanted the helicopter sitting in the table behind him so bad. He lost all interest in trying to open presents.
Having never had cake before, they dug into the cake fairly quickly. They poked at it for a minute or two, but Lovebug finally dug in with one finger and then it was game over when he realized how good it tasted. I had to give Peanut a swipe of frosting from my own finger but then he caught on quickly.

That's Peanut's I see a bottle and want it face. He's in the middle of signing "milk."
Trying to clean them off with baby wipes. I didn't think cleanup through very well, I would have brought a towel and a change of clothes. We took off their custom shirts for cake but the ended up with cake all over their onesies and jeans so they went home in their red cardigan and diapers. Oops.
They are the best babies. They were about 2 hours overdue for their nap and although you could tell they were tired during cake, they didn't fuss at all. People always comment about how good they are; especially when they're tired. 
Overall, it was a fun party and I'm so glad we went all out, but we will not be doing that again next year. We'll be sticking with family and only very close friends. I'm still trying to catch up on sleep! I intended to start decoration in November but hadn't mad very many decisions yet. Next time, I will start decorations earlier than the week of. And, I need to keep reminding myself, they won't remember this party and they don't even care. But, because I care and love them so much, I wanted to go big for this, to celebrate their first year of life.

The celebration continues tomorrow on their real birthday!


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