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Friday, March 29, 2013

Open Letter to Victoria's Secret

Recently, The Hubby posted something to my Facebook wall.  It was a letter from a father of daughters to Victoria's Secret.  Take a minute and go read it.  I mean, come right back, but go read it.  I'll wait.

This is my open letter to Victoria's Secret.

Dear Victoria's Secret,

As a mother of a daughter who is in the age group that you are attempting to attract, I have a few things to say myself.  My daughter will NOT be wearing these items.  There will be no "call me" on my daughter's ass.  This is absolutely unacceptable.

Marketing to full grown women who may or may not see themselves as worthy based on their underwear is one thing.  I mean, I'll admit, I feel sexy when I have pretty underwear on and you do make some pretty stuff.  The issue is exactly that, though.  I feel "sexy" when I have pretty underwear on.  My preteen does not need to feel "sexy."  Kids at that age don't even really, fully, understand what that means.

No, I don't want my child to have suggestive or flirty words on her most feminine area.  Why would she?  She is not even allowed to have a boyfriend yet, let alone show people her underwear.  Why would I encourage that behavior? Why would you?

And don't even get me started on the thongs.  Thongs for middle schoolers.  Do you not have even one mother on your marketing or design team?

Victoria's Secret, I would like you to know that I will not be shopping in your store until this line is discontinued.  I will not be buying your pretty smelling perfumes.  I will not be buying your sexy bras and panties.  I will not set foot in your stores until this line is off the market.

I would ask that all of my friends do the same.

A Mom

Monday, March 25, 2013


My favorite poem growing up was "Sick" by Shel Silverstein. I loved reading all about little Peggy-Ann McKay and all the ailments made up.  See, I was not a huge fan of school. I loved staying home in my nice warm bed as opposed to going out into the world to learn. Call me crazy, but I did.

Now, though, sick it's not what it used to be. Missing work pretty much sucks. See, cause as a grown-up, we have these this called bills. Someone told me that they need to be paid if I want things like hot water and lights. Ugh...

So, as an adult, faking sick is less than ideal. Actually being sick sucks!

That's what I am today. Sick. 100%, no bullshit, sick. Full on, walking up nauseous at 2:30am and puking an hour later, sick.

I got up and tried get ready for work, but it's not working.

I got up and wrote this, but I have had to edit more spelling errors than I think this post is worth.

I'm going back to bed.

I hope your day is better than mine.

Friday, March 22, 2013


I want to take a moment, as the weather starts to get warmer, and address something that will inevitably come up in my family.  Actually, this is something that came up just last night, but I know it will come up again. 


I do not like camping.  I do not like it in a tent, I do not like it that's what I meant...or something like that except at the end I still don't like it.  I've gone camping many times and I have never been a fan.,

There is dirt.

There are bugs.

You sleep on the ground.

There are wild animals who want to eat you.

And really, it's just not my cup of tea.

I've taken my kids camping.  We all went back in California.  Now, I didn't like the bugs there...You think I am actually going to go out into the wilderness HERE?  In Texas?  Where everything is bigger, especially the bugs?  Ha!  Trippin'.

Do you think you can convince me that camping is the way to go?

Friday, March 15, 2013

Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art

As some of you know, I am addicted to nail polish.  My name is Kristen, and I have a problem...I seriously have almost 200 bottles of nail polish and do my nails about 3-4 times a week, if not more.  I just want to get that completely out of the way.  Let the judging begin.

I am writing this post as a tutorial-type deal about how I fade 3 colors on my nails.  I wasn't able to find a tutorial online that worked for me. 

A friend asked me about this and I really don't know how to explain it in a super short way so I figured I would use pictures and put it on here.  Enjoy!

First I choose 3 colors that I think will fade well.  Any colors will do, but since St. Patrick's Day is this weekend I chose green to white.

Next I paint on the darkest color.  This is after a clear bottom coat of course.

I paint the white a little above the area where I want the next lighter color to begin.  It actually works better if the white is a little sloppy.  It adds more depth to the final product.

 Paint the next color over the white, careful to put some a little under where the white ends.  This begins the "fade" look.

 Next more white.  This needs to be a less messy because it will serve as part of my final product, but I don't want the bottom to be a line because the fade will look more "natural" if it's uneven.

 I use make-up sponges and actually paint the polish directly onto them instead of soaking it up from another surface. 


 I do the medium color first over where it connects with the lighter and darker colors.  The I do the lighter color to blend that a bit more.

 I continue sponging back and forth until I get my desired fade/transition.

 This is what it looked like before clean up.

And this is after clean up and the addition of my awesome holographic top coat.

Let me know if you try it.  I'd love to know if this works for you as well, or if I'm just weird...

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Life Of A Parent

I always look forward to the times when my kids have mini-social lives.  It's nice for them to have time out of the house and I can't say I hate it when I don't have to answer to "mom" every five seconds.

This weekend both my girls were invited to a birthday party here in town.  This other family has a girl and a boy in CC's class and a girl right around Miss A's age.  It's pretty perfect.  AND they live less than a full block away!  Oh, AND I like the parents!!!  It's very rare to find all this in one family.

Anyway, while we were at the party the mom invited both my girls to stay the night.  They had a girls' night planned and were going to the mall.  The girls had a blast!

The point is, though, that I always look forward to the times when I just get to be Kristen.  Me.  I don't have to be "mom" or set a semi-decent  The silly part is that I never know what to do with myself when they are gone.  I mean, take last Saturday for example.  The Hubby and I were just people, married people, but not parents for the evening.  What did we do?  Went and got some pizza and ice cream and then hung out at home and watched 2 fairly disappointing movies.

When did I get old and boring?  Haha!

What do you do when your kids are away?  I could definitely use the ideas for the next time!

Friday, March 8, 2013


This week I made a giant change.  I needed to. 

See, sometimes I start to think that my life is too normal.  I feel like my life is to predictable. 

When that happens, I get really antsy.  I get anxious and want to do something kinda crazy. 

Since I have become someone who follows most rules there aren't many options for "crazy-ish" behavior.  I'm responsible so going on a huge spending spree isn't really in the cards...I have limited options.

I want to point out that normality and safety are good things.  Predictability means that I'm doing it right.  I have kids and a husband and bills and they all get taken care of.  This is good.  I am just weird so I get bored with safety and feel anxious about normality.  It's a me thing.  Not sure if you'll get it...

So, what do I do to take out my anxiety about my life being normal and safe?

<----------I go from this

To this ----------------------->

I cut my hair and I LOVE IT!!!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Reality Check

Last week was a very stressful week.  My mom was in the hospital for most of it.

She is okay and home now, but I was pretty worried.  I'm not going to go into the specifics because that's her business and not mine to put out there.  I will say that it was very scary, there was a minor kind-of-surgery involved.  I say kind-of-surgery because the doctors don't really call it that, but I do.

This is the first time I have ever had to think about the mortality of a parent.  I mean, yes, I lost my father when I was ten, but I never knew him.  By the time I got to know him, he was long gone.  I'm still getting to know him.  He wasn't a parent.  Not really.

This is my mom.  I have never even considered the idea that she might not be around.  I mean, yes, I know that no one is around forever, but that has never connected as far as my mom goes.

I am so glad that she is okay.  I am so happy that what happened wasn't more serious.  I mean, it was pretty freaking serious, but she was out of the hospital in 3 days.  It could have been a LOT worse.  I don't know what I would have done if this had worked out differently.

I guess what I need to take from this is that I should cherish her, and the other people in my life, more than I do.  Everyday is special.  Everyday is one of a kind.  Everyday is one that will never come again.

Cherish those close to you and bring in those who are too far away.  Don't wait for something like this, or worse, to happen to make you realize what you have.