Two Teens And Their Mama

Friday, January 19, 2018

Be Kind


And that's all I've got to say about this week.  Happy weekend!

P.S. I'm over at The Blended Blog today sharing some good stuff.  Come join us!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

TBB Style: Vest Obsessed

Welcome to Wednesday and another edition of TBB Style.    We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured!

Today it's about the vests.  After sweaters, vests are what I wear most during the long winter months.  I keep waiting for menopause and those hot flashes to kick in, but in the meantime, I'm cold.  All. The. Time.  Vests to the rescue!  My husband complains that he can't find me under all the layers, but they're not coming off until June, at the earliest.


My favorite vests are the thin ones that go well over a sweater and under a coat.  Add a scarf and, hmm...maybe my husband has a point.

I love all the fuzzy vests I'm seeing this winter, and I've got my eye on this one from Patagonia.


And after Deena wore the prettiest faux fur vest in Vegas, I think I might need one of those too.  I'll still be cold by the time my birthday rolls around, so...


Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge

And now it's time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle.  


Monday, January 15, 2018

New Year's Resolutions?

I gave up on making New Year's Resolutions years ago.  They were always the same, and I only followed through for a month or two.  As I got older, I came to realize that those "resolutions" needed to become a way of life.  Exercising, eating healthy, taking care of my mental health, nurturing important relationships, and just being the best me I can are important every day activities, especially if I want to live as long as Grandpa Ed.

Most days I do a decent job, but it's always helpful to have a reset point, and January seems like a good time. I shared this on Friday, but in case you missed it... this is how I intend to live each day in 2018.


Choosing happiness is a big one for me this year.  A few months ago I had a sort of epiphany about it, and my entire attitude has changed.  I've got a blog post percolating on the subject, coming later this month.

And then there's "begin".  Life is a series of endings and beginnings, right?  The last few years I've gone through my share of endings, and now I'm ready for something new.  There are things I've been dreaming about, and it's time to begin.

Which brings me to the blog.  I've learned a lot in the almost four years I've been inhabiting this space.  I started here because I love to write, and I wanted to get my words out of my head and into the world.  But I've gotten away from that.  I compared myself to others and didn't think I was doing it right.  I considered stopping completely a few months ago, but the more I thought about it, I realized that would be a big mistake.

So instead, I've got some new blog goals.

Blogging, for me, isn't about making money or doing sponsored posts.  It's about the people.  While I enjoy writing about products here and there, it's the connections with other bloggers and those in the writing community that makes me happy.  I'd love to do more collaborating this year.

And I'm going to get back to writing from my heart.  Even if nobody reads it, it's why I'm here and why I want to continue.  Not every post, not every week, but there's things I need to say.

So resolutions?  No.  Goals and intentions?  Yes.  Hope I don't scare you away!

Sunday night's sunset - just because it was so pretty!

Be sure to head over to The Blended Blog (my favorite collaboration of all) to read about others' resolutions and link up with us.



Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Ramblings


Howdy friends, and happy almost weekend!  For a while now I've been thinking about not blogging on Fridays anymore.  It's the day I get the least amount of traffic, and sometimes I struggle with what to write.  We shall see.  Then again, does traffic really matter?  Probably not.  And I always have something to say.  Like today, when I've got a bunch of ramblings...

With the holidays and all of it's doings, there wasn't much time to read.  But the two books I did finish were SO good, I need to share.
I discovered Beatriz Williams last year, and this is my favorite book of hers so far.  It's got love and intrigue and a little historical fiction thrown in.  Several nights I stayed up way too late because I couldn't put it down.  

And then there's Amy Krouse Rosenthal's book.  If her name sounds familiar, you might remember her piece in The New York Times called You May Want To Marry My Husband.  Last year as Amy was dying of cancer at the age of 51, she wrote this beautiful essay.  Go read it, and then get this book.  It was written many years before her diagnosis, and I've never read anything like it.  It's clever and creative and tons of fun.  The world lost a truly talented, unique author when she passed away last March.

I've set a few concrete goals for this year, which I'll get around to sharing eventually.  I also love the idea of intentions as goals.  Or just a way to live every single day, right?



Speaking of 2018, I took one of those Facebook quiz thingy's that pop up, and apparently my word for the year is "Alchemy".  Which I found interesting, because one of my favorite books of all time is The Alchemist.  It means "any seemingly magical process of transforming or combining elements into something new".  I definitely feel like it's time for me to become something new, so maybe it really is my word.

A few weeks ago, my cousin invited me to go wedding dress shopping with her.  This made me so happy because a) I love wedding dresses and have kicked around the idea for years of opening a shop and b) I worry that I'll never get this experience with my own kids, because I have boys, and what if their fiance's don't like me?  Anyway, can I just say that the dresses of today are SO stunning?  I mean, I love my dress from 27 years ago, but it can't compare with the gorgeousness my cousin tried on.  Since you can't see her face, I'm sure she won't mind if I share this picture... And yes, that's a chiffon cape on the back and I was swooning.



Watch: the second season of "Better Late Than Never" is on, and I highly recommend.  Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw & George Foreman travelling the world and having hilarious adventures.  My boys call it the old geezer show, but it's hysterical and heartwarming and will make you happy, I promise.
Do not watch:  Downsizing, the new Matt Damon movie.  It started out promising, and then went down the most bizarre path that made absolutely no sense.  

The Blended Blog has some great Monday prompts this month, and I hope you'll join us.  This coming Monday we're talking about resolutions, and I'll be sharing where I do and don't want to go with le blog this year.



And there's still time to sign up for our Share The Love gift exchange.  Go here to fill out the google form and find all the details.



Okay, my rambling is done.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Why I'm Not Wearing The Color Of The Year

Welcome to Wednesday and another edition of TBB Style.    We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured!

Today we're talking about Pantone's Color of the Year - Ultra Violet.  Which is a truly beautiful color, especially if you're a flower.

My Grandma gave me this African Violet 27 years ago...
However, I don't own a single wearable item in any shade of purple.  Here's the story.  As all colleges do, my alma mater (and Thomas' current school) has a huge cross state rival.  Big, big rivalry.  As in, wouldn't be caught dead in that other school's colors kind of rivalry.  Which happen to be purple and gold.

Although I do think it's very pretty, I'm never going to wear ultra violet.  If I did, though, I might buy this gorgeous cashmere sweater from Bloomingdale's.  But I can't, so I won't.


The rest of Pantone's spring colors are also lovely.


You're much more likely to find me in Chili Oil.  By the way, who comes up with these names?  I want that job.

Chili Oil (or Crimson) and Gray...Go Cougs!
Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge

And now it's time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

TBB Asks: New Year, New You


Happy Monday, friends!  I'm joining the Blended Blog ladies for this months' TBB Asks.  We've enjoyed getting to know more about all of you - thanks for linking up!  Now on to a New Year, New You...

1 / Typically I do resolutions, but for the last few years I've framed it more as "goals".  I feel like my resolutions are too generic, but I get more specific with goals.  For example, in the past I would have said "go on more dates with the hubs", but this year my goal is to try a new restaurant each month.  Now let's see if I'm any better at following through!

2 / I love snow as long as I don't have to drive in it.  Lots of hills + no snow equipment + inexperienced Seattle snow drivers is a bad combination.  I love the peacefulness of a fresh snowfall.  This year we had a rare white Christmas (maybe my fourth one ever?)  and it was a definite love.



3 / We have lots of family events scheduled this year, so I probably won't go anywhere new.  But I'm up for anything.

4 / Hair color.  Because my hair is long, I can go a long time without a cut.  But clearly this color isn't natural, so...



5 / Make more time to write.  I started blogging because I love writing, but I've let it get away from me.   I'm trying to build writing time into my schedule every day this year.

6 / Have you been to Seattle?  January is one long gray, rainy month.  I'm ready for some sun.

7 / It's one month closer to spring.

8 / Usually they come down on New Year's Day, but this year Thomas asked if they could stay up longer.  We just got everything put away over the weekend and it took two full days.



9 / Not this year!  I started a new fitness/eating program last August, and so far I've lost 15 pounds.  I gained a few back over the holidays, but now that I'm on track again I hope to lose ten more.  It's not a diet, but rather a different way of eating, and I love it.  I'll be sharing more later this month.

10 / The kitchen.  No matter what I do, the cupboards and pantry are always a disaster.  I need to come up with a new plan.

11 / All the soup.  Especially creamy ones.

12 / Reading. I could read for hours if everyone would leave me alone!

Time to link up!  And be sure to join us next Monday for New Year's Resolutions.



Wednesday, January 3, 2018

TBB Style: New For The New Year

Happy 2018!  Hope you had a wonderful holiday with friends and loved ones.  I enjoyed a nice long break, but I'm excited to start blogging again.  I've set some big goals for this year, including working on taking better quality outfit pictures.  Obviously, starting next week.


For now, I'm loving long cardigans.  This is a new style for me, because typically I can't find any that are long enough to be considered "long".  Old Navy to the rescue!  This navy/white stripe is still available in all sizes.  It's very soft and cozy, although it runs large, so size down.  The shirt is from Loft, and the jacquard print and ruffle sleeve are perfect under jackets or cardis.


This long cardigan, also from Old Navy, is a favorite.  The pockets are fun, and I've been surprised at how warm it is.  It's like being wrapped up in a big blanket.


And now it's time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle.  


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