Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vacation from Vacation......Beach Hangover

Not really since I didn't barely had a few drops of alcohol, but leaving home for almost 2 weeks with a very wild 3 year old is not for the weary. I know I know I know....."Just you wait". I have heard it a lot and am scared shitless quite concerned how I will handle two kids but all I know is:
1. I will be back on my OCD/Anxiety meds
2. I will not be huge and out of breath and lopsided
3. I will be boozing

so I am fully expecting two kids to be much harder to handle than one but with all that being said I'm still exhausted from the trip.

Does that happen to you after vacations? I saw on Instagram somebody used the phrase "relocation" instead of vacation. So true. I do get the luxury of not working which was very very nice for two weeks but I will say it is not the same as it was pre-kids. 

I'll be back tomorrow with plenty of f-bombs and sarcasm as we tackle the beautiful world of girl's baby clothes.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

If You Can't Say Anything Nice....

Do you ever see a picture on Instagram or a blog or something on Pinterest and wish you could REALLY say what you were thinking?

Yeah I'm going to start doing that. I will try not to hurt feelings but in the mood I'm in today that might be hard.*

These people must not have kids. Just sayin.

 How I feel if I have to leave the house. Avert your eyes if you see me at Harris Teeter.

 Somebody pinned this from Bethenny Frankel's daughter's new room. Fuck Bethenny Frankel. I watched her show my first maternity leave and now I just want to waterboard her with milkshakes. OHHH a pink girl's room. Let's put it in a catalog STAT! My friend Sarah Fisher should be published WAY ahead of some of these Bozos. Hint: If your ceilings are that tall get a taller headboard you TV trash!

 This is fine. But what is with the creepy wolf/dog in the background. Wait for it...you'll see it.

 Really? That shit is going to tip over in a hot second. Buy a fucking table. Some DIY projects make me want to send them a check to go to freaking Ikea.

 Parents Magazine I have already yelled at you on twitter. Stop it. Stop making us fear for our lives regarding EVERYTHING. The BOX will kill your child!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Need. Wow. Girl clothes. Yikes.

 I blame Parents magazine (again) but I see this and see head trauma. Or accidental hanging. And no way in hell would I make up those beds.

 Just stop. What the shit is this?

 Really? For a little girl's room? Um NO. WWMPS? (What would Mary Poppins Say?) That little girl's gonna be a panty dropper.

 This. Yes.

 Apparently I need to make this. Pinterest is the devil to overly emotional pregnant women. I honestly don't know what is wrong with me this time but I'm a mess. Not even a hot mess. And I want cake. 

I'm sorry.....this is adorable? She looks like she just got washed up from a shipwreck. Pirate Hooker clothes for your little girl!

Which immediately makes me think...

 Make sure you get your Watermark on that awesome photo. 

*Ah, I feel better. No weekend review because:
1. The lady giving me a pedicure said I had lots of swelling in my ankles. Thanks for pointing that out!
2. People are already asking if I'm near my due date.
3. I'm in psycho packing mode.
4. I HATE my options to pack for the Beach this year. I'm eating the same or actually even healthier than I did for my son and I'm puffy everywhere. I haven't had a SINGLE ZEBRA CAKE!
Screw you summer pregnancy. Screw you.


Friday, June 27, 2014

Walk to End Alzheimer's Kick Off-Krewe BB

Last night we had the Kick-off party for the Walk to End Alzheimer's here in Charlotte. It was a great opportunity for Team Captains to come meet and chat with people in the industry and learn about good fundraising tips as well as see where we are as a city in terms of fundraising. I also love the people that work for the Alzheimer's Association. They, along with several members of the Industry, (My ladies at the Ivy and Regency) have become close companions as we navigate this disease with my Mother. I just met the new CEO last night and she is GREAT. I could spend hours with her talking about ideas about getting people in my generation involved. You see, I am not the majority. People still have the stigma that this is an old person's disease so while many friends are experiencing this with grandparents, not many are experiencing this with parents.

That being said I have been contacted by at least five people in the past few weeks that are seeing the symptoms in their parents and are coming to me for advice. I'm not sure how to describe how I feel when I get one of these emails. I am brokenhearted for anyone that is getting ready to experience or already experiencing Alzheimer's with their parents. But I also feel empowered. This little blog is mostly silly and my journal since I don't think my husband listens to 79% of what I blab on about. If my stories are helping anyone, and in return, sending them to me for advice; I feel like I need to do more. There is almost a period of time, maybe called the gray area, where you know something is wrong but don't know what to do about it. My father and I sat in that gray period for almost two years. There has to be an easier way for caregivers to move from this phase to a diagnosis of some sorts with the least amount of embarrassment to the patient as possible. Because that was what held us back. How do you tell someone that they are having memory issues?

The new Alzheimer's facts and figures data this year primarily focuses on women. Almost two thirds of Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's are WOMEN. Women are also the typically caregivers. Do you see the issue here? 
At last night's kick off. Also happened to be my halfway through pregnancy mark. Thought it would be fun to also note what I was up to at that moment.

While this is nothing to smile about I love thinking of ways for us to spread the word about the disease. I would love to get a shot of my Mom and I behind this poster at the walk. Maybe a photobooth of some sorts. 

Have you seen Seth Rogen's wife, Laura Miller's, campaign in magazines? 
What if we could all make a page like that for ourselves with a simple upload? Laura is an inspiration in her battle against Alzheimer's in the name of her mother and if you want to follow a pioneer in fundraising you should follow her and Seth's Hilarity for Charity group

I would also love to sit down with Lauren and pick her brain. We both use humor to help us through this disease and I think we (after a few bottles of wine) would be BFF's.

It has been three years since my Mom was diagnosed. And while the disease continues to progress I feel that through the Alzheimer's Association, Memory Care, Support Groups, and Seniors Helping Seniors we have been tossed a few life rafts of sorts. I will do a full post on what we have changed and how we are helping mom soon for my group of friends that need that advice.

Whew. Sorry for the long post! I know you get requests for fundraising all the time so I will try to only send out my bulk emails twice as I begin my Walk to End ALZ donation begging.


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sun Protection for Moms and Kids

My son and stepson last summer. Exactly the same skin tone difference as my husband and I.

My son and I have fair skin, blue eyes and light hair. Pretty much an excellent candidate for a sunburn or skin cancer. My father has the same skin and I have him to thank for being a speckled trout in the summer. If you see us at the beach you will see three poor souls on the deck lubing up with Sunscreen while "Team Brown" are already on the beach. (Brown was my mother and sister-in-law's maiden names)
My niece and pale little guy last summer

 My combo is Vanicream for my face, No Ad 50 on my chest and arms, and No Ad 30 on my legs. And I make sure I reapply every few hours if I'm in the water or covered in sand. My son gets the Neutrogena stick on his face. There is probably a safer hippie-approved version available like Badger, Blue Lizard or Honest but we have been using this the past two summers and have had no burns and he likes to put it on himself.

The rest of the family is brown brown brown. My mother has always been dark and my brother has her and his father to thank for his bronze skin. He married a bronze goddess (i'm not kidding) so their kids are super dark too. 

And have you met my husband? He's Brazilian (and Swiss, but looks like the Swiss Army only won the height with him) and his son (my stepson) is just as dark as he is.

So for the 3 pinkies we have to be super careful about our sun exposure. My Dad has already had many things removed from his face/ears/neck and had to do a peel back in 2007 that burned all the pre-cancerous spots off. 

I have always been a good sunscreen user but when my favorite party planning friend told me she had basal cell carcinoma I realized I need to get real about my seriousness. I typically also wear a baseball hat and a cover up of some sort. 

For me Lands End has the best Rash Guards. 
They aren't crazy expensive (You can usually find a coupon code) and have great patterns. Here is a 5 months pregnant me in the Blue and White stripe in an XS Petite. 
They are a tad boxy which I prefer so you don't feel like you are in a wet suit.

For my son I LOVE SwimZip
They asked if any bloggers wanted to collaborate and I said YES! I plan on taking tons more pictures but how cute is this top? This is the Prepster top and swimsuit and it is all SPF 50 for $29.99. 
YES, you get the top and suit for $29.99! You can never have enough protection when it comes to the sun with your kids. 

Plus, the zipper is PURE GENIUS. Try wrangling your sunscreened child out of a non zipper top. No fun! I hope to order one or two more of these sets before our beach trip. The 3T is a tad big on my little guy so I bet he can at least wear the suits if not the shirts too next year.

And don't even get me started on the Girl's outfits. The Daddy's Little Girl

I also love how their products don't have huge tacky letters saying Lifeguard or a hideous plastic neon shark and Sting-rays plastered everywhere. This shark is pretty cute though.

Any tips out there? Are the Badger/Blue Lizard/Honest products better? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Freckled Trout K
My dad, son and niece last year. Bronze goddess I tell you!