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Travel Etiquette
July 29, 2017 at 1:35 pm 0
Having a job that has me traveling quite a bit and being a lover of travel i have seen it all, especially in the airport. Recently I have been jotting things down and making little notes with the intention of either writing a short e-book on travel etiquette or just to share on my blog. People always amaze me. There are the wild extremes when traveling: over the top, dressed for bed, slow, running a marathon, patient, agitated. You literally see all forms of people. Some of it is comical and some of it is completely appalling. So here it goes... just a couple of airport thoughts: 1. Bathroom stall doors should always swing outward - simple enough. Some airport doors are great and have figured out this logic. So let me explain. When you travel you typically are carrying some sort of bag with you on the plane. In today's travel market almost everyone is bringing as much as they can in a carry on due to the price of baggage! Now imagine traveling alone so you have to bring your bags with you to the bathroom. Now think about having to go into a stall where the door goes inward, you now have to get your bags in, your body in AND then shut the damn door. The only way possible is move your bags by the toilet swing your body around the toilet and close the door. As a germophobe this just kills me every time. I do everything possible not to have anything touch anything, the wall, the toilet, just anything. Simple solution - the door should swing outward. Just saying Ya'll! 2. 8 inch heels not necessary - have you ever seen the woman who are dressed as if they are attending the Met Gala or the flip side working the street?? Really you all ... 8 inch heels are not necessary in the airport. I find walking through the airport a nightmare at times between people weaving around other people, running by you or even the fact that you might have to walk a good two miles to get from point A to B with a suitcase. So not that you can't look nice but a reasonable shoe would probably be best. These are just 2 of the many comments i have... be on the look out for more exerts of my travel etiquette guide! XOXO - happy travels ya'll
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Resurrection
July 29, 2017 at 12:34 pm 0
I am still alive. Enough said. I haven't written in forever. Guilty. Life, work is just so busy. I really want to get back to you. So be on the look out.
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LuLaRoe – Epic Fails
March 2, 2017 at 8:10 pm 0
I will start by saying that I love LuLaRoe! I have tons of leggings and I love the Carly! (For those of you who have no clue what LuLaRoe is - just think buttery soft leggings and then google it!) I am also very conscious of what I wear, how it looks and all that. So if you look at my collection of LLR leggings you will notice they all have a base of black so that i can match it easily with a black shirt. I do have a couple that fall out of this norm but then they match with grey (LOL!). If you ever watch a live feed you will hear the consultants talk about how wearing LLR is suppose to make you feel good about yourself and just be comfortable. And that it does. BUT I have to say I have seen some total epic fails. Now you will often see consultants sell an outfit, "perfectly paired" and they really make you believe that those purple flower leggings will look great with the green striped Irma but honestly we have mirrors for a reason. Pattern pairing may look good on that cute little LLR picture that your consultant posted on Facebook but let me tell you in person it just doesn't. On my last couple of business trips I have spent some idle time sitting in the airport and after a long couple days in the office i just simply sit and people watch. Without fail I see many LLR disasters. I can't help but to stare and try to figure out why the hell anyone would pair these items together. I love the concept of LLR. I love the empowerment they give to woman of all sizes but just because you are embracing this hip new trend does not mean that you don't have to at least match and look half way normal!! Ladies come out of the LuLaRoe euphoric cloud and just look in the mirror. If your initial reaction is oh my, change it up. You can still enjoy the fun and crazy patterns but by all means make an effort to match! Just my two cents on embracing the LLR Craze!!
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Middle school girls – wow
March 2, 2017 at 8:10 pm 0
Proud mom of 2 teenage girls here......eeeeeek. Middle school girls can be rough. I mean rough. I have the pleasure of having that child who has been surrounded by the drama of middle school girls (and even high school girls too) between school and dance class. Some days i just can't even listen to the drama and other days I am shocked and appalled and 100 other emotions. The one thing I can say though is that my girl has learned a lot of life lessons in the last year, has had to mature a little faster and has grown a thicker skin. Last year in school it was rough. There were many days she was mentally exhausted from the drama, she cried herself to sleep and just wanting to break away. She made a decision the last day of school that she was going to take the summer off. She was not going to hang out with anyone and just break free. She had a lot of dance committments and vacations and it was the perfect time to just detox from it all. We started the new year off with a clean slate and a breath of fresh air. She went in positive and just was going to stick to her guns about laying low. She has done great and just stayed out of the drama. She kind of just floats around and has made great friendships with some of the boys too because they are so drama free. BUT and there is always a BUT there is one person she kept telling me about that just is out to make her life miserable. I thought she was being over dramatic and i really kind of chalked it up to hormones BUT let me tell you I have witnessed the craziness two times in the last week. This girl refuses to let another girl talk to my daughter even though they are friends. My answer always was that if that girl wants to talk to her she would. I mean they are 12/13 years old, i didn't think that they could control each other that much. But wow is all i can say. The way she physically blocks my daughter and her friend from talking is like nothing I have ever seen in my life. It is really sad. I think what's worse is that my daughter has just decided that even though she loves hanging out and talking to her friend that she just can't make the effort anymore because it is just too much to deal with. When she told me that a few days ago I really tried to push her that she can't let people get in the way. After witnessing today I understand. I don't want to wish these years away but wow the things our kids go through is crazy. Not that my generation didn't but for our girls it is 100 times worse because of all the technology they have (which is a whole different rant!!). The one thing I pray about each day is that I hope that my girls learn from all these things and come out on top. I pray they are good to others and don't ever treat people the way they have been treated. It's a rough world out there and it starts so early.
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The countdown is on…….
December 2, 2016 at 7:47 am 0
Tis the season!!! I can't believe it is December! Another year almost done. And right around the corner are the holidays. In my house we are almost all decorated and the list are up on the wall, countdowns are going, and text messages of pictures of must haves are coming from the kids. As the kids get older it definitely gets harder. They either want very expensive items or money. It is nice that I still have a 7 year old with a list a mile long and everything is pretty cheap. She would be ecstatic to receive anything on her list and her heart is just filled with the magic of Christmas. The older girls love Christmas but aren't as into anymore. Guess I spoil them too much all year! What are the top of list items on your kids Christmas list? For my kids: Go Pro American Girl Hoverboard Of course Addison also wants the impossible Hatchimal, which will never happen. Lucky for her she has a January birthday so she has better luck of getting it then!
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Enjoying my alternative work arrangements…..
August 23, 2016 at 9:47 pm 0
Not often do I reap the benefits of working from home like people think I should. As discussed in earlier blogs many people misconceive work from home as stay home and do anything... Very different. Quite often I feel like I don't get to really enjoy the true benefits of an alternative work arrangement. Yes, I do get to wear my pajamas and I do use my lunch hour to pick up my kids from school but I often just sit at my desk all day (and night) and don't switch up my location besides a day in the office here and there. Most days I am so busy and the desire to have my laptop plugged into my big screens are almost a must. There are only a few weeks each quarter that I can truly try to take advantage of the flexibility and change up the scenery. To be honest, on most of those weeks I would rather still be at my desk. Today is a rare day that I said "Yes, let's go" to the kids. My older daughter has a passion for photography. She loves to take pictures and is always trying to capture that great shot. Lucky for her, my 2nd daughter will pose in a split second. So today they came flying down the stairs and I could see a plan in mind. They wanted to go to the park where they take tennis lessons and have a photo shoot. It is a gorgeous day out, not too hot, not humid and an hour at the park sounds nice. So after lots of primping and getting ready we headed out. I found a nice bench by their destination, opened the laptop and refreshingly worked and got some fresh air. It is amazing how your attitude and thoughts on work change when you can enjoy all of gods creations around you! Here are some pictures that Emma took today.... IMG_3309 IMG_3316 IMG_3368 IMG_3456
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Summer Ending…NOOOOOOO
August 18, 2016 at 10:12 am 0
I think I am the rare mom that actually doesn't want summer to end!! I know in past years I haven't always felt the same way but this year it is just ending way too soon. I love having the girls home, no schedules and just the time to relax. My work day is not interrupted with running to get the girls from school or running them to activities. I actually get to stop staring at the clock so much and just work. The kids get to relax and just enjoy the lazy days of summer. I don't feel nearly as stressed as I do when they are in school. This summer actually went by so fast. Between vacations, dance commitments and work travel it just blew right by. Now August is here and we are trying to squeeze in some fun, back to school shopping and enjoy the last moments of summer. I feel like I need one more month!! Summer don't end yet!!
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Where did summer go?
August 10, 2016 at 12:02 am 0
I can't believe that we only have 3 weeks left of summer. It is amazing how quickly the time goes and how little we accomplished! I feel like it was just the middle of June and planning all the things that we were going to do this summer. July flew by and now it is August and I feel like the smoking bomb is sitting in my hand! I am probably the rare one who doesn't want summer to end. While working from home with your kids there is not always ideal, my kids are really good and after 6 summers of this they know the routine. It is definitely easier as they get older. Summer is a reprieve, well somewhat. We don't have the intense routine of activities. I am not driving back and forth to school. I actually get a full, uninterrupted day of work. I get to sleep in a little bit later, even if it is only an hour, I will take it! The pressure of the routine and crazy schedule is not there. While sometimes getting back to routine is great sometimes the freedom of no routine feels so much better.
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The nature of three’s….
April 28, 2016 at 12:03 pm 0
Did you ever notice that your child plays great one on one with another child and they might even play great with a larger group of kids but when you break it down to three.. i yi yi!! I often saw as my girls were little the dynamic of three was always hard. Sometimes it works out great and other times it is mass chaos. I would observe this and think oh this shall pass, they are little they don't understand it. Well let me be the first to tell you it doesn't. As my girls are in middle school, I am often reminded that the laws of three is very hard. Again sometimes it is phenomenal and great and others not so much. Is it insecurity? Are you imagining that you are being excluded? Are you excluding someone and not realizing it? These are all questions I am continually asking the girls. A lot of times I think it is in their head. Then other times after listening to what is happening you realize it is another person in the three that feels threatened, insecure and their only defense is to be mean, push you out or torment you. It is hard enough as adults to navigate friendships, marriages, and just life BUT coming up with a good way to help your kids navigate through all these tough situations is enough to make you hit the wine bottle at night. One of my daughters is just so easy going, she very rarely comes home with friend drama but she lays low and has a small group of friends. My other daughter, lord help me, that girl has so much drama it could fuel a car. I listen to her complain and wipe her tears on a weekly basis. The hard part is after you hear the same song and dance you literally get to the point where you want to say to her, that is it you can never talk to these girls again. But she does go to catholic school and shouldn't we forgive? The problem is she is like a punching bag. Some days you just lightly tap it and other days you beat the shit out of it. And for her the law of three has expanded to four and five girls. And while she has no problem with a couple of the girls the other ones are night and day. Some days all you hear is " oh she is my bae" and how great they are. Then in less than 24 hours your kid comes home crying because that "BAE" basically tormented and spread rumors about your daughter all day. The tears, the crying and the I am miserable starts again. It is a vicious cycle, week after week. You try to explain that said "BAE" is not a true friend. A true friend doesn't treat you like this. A true friend doesn't tear your heart out and kick it around only to realize oh hey I need them for the next day to be my friend. These are not friendships. They are friends of convenience. I too had to learn this lesson with adult friends in the last couple of years. It sucks and is hard. Being a kid can be hard. They have so many things going on, between hormones, getting older and being more responsible and then the social media on top of everything else - well it is just hard. My door is always open for my kids and we have a great rapport. They tell me pretty much everything which is great. But I will say at some point you just want to say...."you will have friends that are utter bitches and you can either accept that and hold them at a distance or you have to move on."
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The Struggle is Real……..
March 5, 2016 at 11:06 pm 0
BoomChickAPop I have to say I am addicted! I just love this overpriced, low calorie cheddar popcorn. It is my go to all the time. Anyone with me here???
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