A Monday Pick Me Up : Things I Like About Me

When my dear friend Ciao Mom emailed around asking people if they would like to be involved in a blog link about the things they like about themselves, I jumped on the chance. It's not that I am an egoist, in fact like many women I am far from it. I tend to pick on myself a tad too much. Why didn't I go to the gym? Why did I waste an hour on Twitter? Why am I so obssesed with blogging and social media and not just happy with being a mom? I don't know when this habit started but I do know it's something I don't want to pass onto my daughters. I do try to tell them all the positive things about themselves, but I also know that they learn from example. If I start being more positive about myself than I feel like I will project that attitude towards them. It's for them, but also a gift to myself. Life is rosier with a positive attitude and it's easier to have one when I feel good about myself. So here are the things I like about me. I hope you will comment with your own things you … [Read more...]

How Twitter Changed My Life

Thank you to BING Social Search for sponsoring my post about social media. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do. As I pack for the Type A Conference tonight, I have been reflecting on how much my life has changed in two years. In June of 2009, my husband and I had come to the mutual decision that it was time to explore other options than our home in the Twin Cities. I was devastated. I had finally found the group of mom friends I had wanted since I had the girls and quit my job to stay home with them. These women were not only supportive as parenting peers but were also the kind of close friends I didn't know that it was possible to make in adult hood. I couldn't imagine my life without them. Two months later, I couldn't imagine my life in Columbia, Missouri even though I was already living there. A big city girl my entire life, this college based community was entirely foreign. I had trouble finding other … [Read more...]

Yoga Made Me Cry

Summer vacation had been the motivation I needed to get back to the gym. It's not swimsuit season that's driving me though. It's the health of my children after being home with me every day, all day, for three months. If we don't get some kind of break from each other there's going to be tears (from me) and blood (from them, ultimate cage fighting has nothing on those two).   But the gym offers me two hours of childcare a day.  And since they are wifi and couch free and the hot tub is full of old men who will talk you to death while staring at your chest, I pretty much have no choice but to work out. My plan for today was to hit the 8am Zumba class but my children's unheard of late waking time of 7:30 put the kibosh on that. So instead I decided to go to Hatha Yoga class.   Sure I hadn't been to the gym in three months but I used to kick ass at yoga. Well as much as someone can kick ass at something that involves rising of your heart rate. Before I got pregnant I … [Read more...]

My 75 Dollar Summer Wardrobe

Ever since I wrote my post about getting rid of the mom uniform for the Secret Style Suite contest from Mom's Fashion File, I've been feeling a little more schlubby than usual. There's something about realizing that I wear the same thing every day that made me a wee bit ashamed. Seriously, I used to be something of a fashion plate. Have I really descended so far into rutville that I need to call in fashionistas to rescue me. Looking at my closet this morning, my answer was yes. But the mom uniform doesn't work as well in the summer. And there was the ad from Target staring up at me while my kids screamed at me. So I shoved them my husband's way and set off for some clothes trying on and some mindless aisle browsing for good measure. I limited myself to the Merona stuff on sale. Because if I don't limit myself at Target I end up browsing the clearance aisle and buying clothes for lives I don't lead. Like this hot pink strapless dress which will hopefully make an appearance at … [Read more...]

Getting Rid of the Mom Uniform

Since they were a few months old I have fondly called the girls "style vampires". because while they get cuter every day, I keep getting frumpier every day. They rock skinny jeans and stylish printed tunics paired with adorable sandals while I wear the same thing everyday. Something I call the mom uniform. Not so bad, except that I have worn a variation on this outfit everyday for the past four years. Yep, I am in a rut. I miss the me who wasn't afraid to take risks. Who wore dresses and had perfect hair. Who loved clothes. My fashion effort has gone into my kids but let's face it, they're be just as happy in Halloween costumes as in the outfits I pick out (actually,they'd be happier). And soon they are going to let me stop letting dressing them. Then where will my energy go? When I saw the chance to win a makeover from the talented ladies of Mom's Fashion File during BlogHer, I had to jump on it. 12 lucky winners will be treated to a style session to address some of their … [Read more...]