I haven’t written a post since August. That’s almost three months. What’s up slacker! (That’s me yelling at myself). So here is the short version of the story of why I haven’t posted a blog post (or a video) in what feels like a decade….I’m tired. That’s it. No big life changing event that has kept me from my computer. Nope, I’m just so damn tired all the time that typing seems like a workout. And if you know me at all, I don’t workout.
I know what you’re thinking, yeah we are all tired. I’m not saying I’m the most tired anyone has ever been, I’m mom tired. Although I did find my keys in the fridge and the butter in the cutlery drawer.
My brain doesn’t work, I feel cross eyed, and I haven’t showered in 4 days. Normal mommy stuff.
I have a 4 year old who isn’t in pre school or anything, I’m home in the day so there is no need. I also have a 9 month old who still doesn’t sleep through the night. I teach dance classes three evenings a week and run a business, the dance studio. So, I’m tired.
Having all of that said, I really want/need to get back at blogging and making videos because I need something for me. So this is me hiting the restart button. Here we go.
Since I’ve been on vacation, and with many more thrift shops at my disposal, I decided to take on a challenge. Recreate celebrity fall looks with thrift shop finds.
I went on Pinterest and found some looks I liked, not necessarily celebs that I like, or even heard of. But looks that I would actually wear. Then I set off looking for items to recreate the look.
Total cost of this outfit is $33.00. I found Banana Republic jacket at Previously Loved for $20. That’s what started the whole thing. These jeggings are Calvin Kline and were $6.99!
This outfit is totally me. I live in a black turtleneck in the winter. This outfit was $18.00 including the sunglasses!
I couldn’t find light jeans that fit that I could rip holes in, so I went with the $7.99 ones from the previous look. The jacket is Michael Kors and I found it at Salvation Army for $9.99!!! This outfit was $28.00.
The pants aren’t exactly what I wanted for this look but I went with it anyway. This outfit was $31.00 including the cuff bracelet and the shoes.
I really should have put on my spanks for these pictures. Oh well, I worry about the mummy tummy after vacation.
I loved doing this! I might do it again for winter or vacation looks! Let me know if you love the thrift hunt and if you have any good finds lately.
And I’m off! Seriously. We are on the road heading east across our great island of Newfoundland.As you may or may not have heard, we have had a hell of a busy year. Now, it’s time for a break. We are headed to my parents house on beautiful Three Island Pond in Paradise. Also known to us as “the house on the lake”.
Road trips with kids are….different. Meaning, you end up packing twice as much stuff as you really need “just in case”. For long car trip, which all of ours are, we need snacks, water, bottles, formula, DVD player, iPad, wipes-lots of wipes, pillows, blanket, etc…lets just say lots of stuff.
Then, your schedule isn’t your own. Stop so Bubs can pee, stop so I can pee,stop to feed the baby, stop for lunch,stop to change the baby. Our trip used to take 7 hours from Corner Brook to St.John’s. Now it takes about 9. That’s long for anyone, but on a four year old it’s sheer torture.
I gave Mr Bubbers a gravol before we left as he is susceptible to car sickness, he was stoned for the first 2-3 hours.
Making all our stops things were going along pretty good. Baby was sleeping a lot and Bubs was watching a movie.
With the usual “I can’t take this anymore” craziness in the last hour, we made it, 9 hours after we left home. And it was all worth it.
The end is nigh. Meaning the end of the summer theatre season. My husband runs a theatre festival during the month of July. Let me explain…This past 10 months have probably been the busiest of our married lives. I’ll start back in September 2015, my husband started auditions for “Jesus Christ Superstar”, the fall production for Off Broadway Players, he was the director and I was the choreographer. We are a great team, with musicals and otherwise. At this point I was 4 months pregnant and have a 3 year old and teaching dance classes and running my dance studio.
S, my husband, was in rehearsals a lot. The show was the end of November, we had about 10 weeks to put it all together. Not bad considering we’ve done shows in half that time. I was running my rehearsals too, but he was gone to rehearsal any night I wasn’t teaching so we saw very little of each other.
We were also both in the show as well, so there were quite a lot of babysitters and asking grandparents to come stay for a while. Neither of us have family living close by. Let me just say that dancing in a show at 6 months pregnant and sick all the time takes some major acting chops to not look as miserable as I felt. Unfortunately, there isn’t an Acadamy Award for that.
Once we closed that show,it was on to the next. The next show was actually mine, he held down the fort for a little while. But he was already in meetings for his next project, I’ll get to that.
My dance studio, Dance Studio West, did Oz.
An all dance version of The Wizard of Oz done to modern music. Thankfully I wasn’t in this one as well, because I was 36weeks pregnant.
Then, one week later….
Baby V was born.
So, you’d think that would be it. Take some time to recover and get used to our new addition to our family. Not so much.
S was asked a long time ago to direct the opening ceremonies of the Canada Special Olymics Winter Games that were being held in Corner Brook. And guess who was choreographing it? So the next 4 weeks was a blur of trying to get help to run rehearsals until I could move, a very busy husband and figuring out life with a newborn and a three year old. We pulled it off! And it went great!
Then we took three weeks and took off to Florida! A break we really needed, but it was right back at it as soon as we got back.
My year end show was next. The big annual recital for the whole studio. Crazy times.
That’s not all! Then my husband was directing Grease with the school where he teaches, and you guessed it, I was choreographing.
By the first of June, the studio was closed and I was finished work for the summer. Ahhhh….summer. Time for a break. Not so much. S and two friends of ours run a theatre festival for the month of July called Stage West Theatre Festival. So I choreographed the musical Ruthless, and S directed it as well as two other shows. I was a theatre widow for most of June and July.
Tonight the festival closes. We will be heading out of town for a month of holidays. It’s been the busiest, craziest, stressfu-est, year.
We just decided to go out of town to visit family tomorrow for an overnight, so I thought I’d do a quick little post about what I’m packing.
The thing is with packing for small kids is whether you are going away for a night or a week, you’re going to have stuff. Multiple outfits for the kids because they are messy, multiple outfits for you because they are messy. And more often than not, they get messy on you. Not to mention the toys they want to bring, the distractions, the snacks, the diapers etc.
This is what clothes I packed.
For Baby V….
1. Onesie and pants to wear in the car.
2. Back up onesie and pants.
4. White cardigan
5. Packing cube (I love these)
6. Footless sleepers (if it warmish)
7. Footed sleepers (if it’s coolish)
8. Bathing suit and cover up (who knows, it’s summer)
10. Pink hoodie.
1. Swim trunks
2. Two pairs of pants
3. Packing cube
4. Two t shirts
7. Rain jacket
8. Two pairs of shorts
9. Two pairs underwear
1. Red and white striped t shirt and denim capris.
2. Underwear (going to wear the same bra)
4. Packing cube
5. Navy and white striped t shirt and coral shorts.
That’s it for clothes. S packed for himself so I don’t have pics of his stuff. I know we won’t need it all but with the weather here in Newfoundland we could need shorts and a parka in the same weekend. Hope this helps if you needed some ideas.
One of my first post was about my “My Everything Bag“, some call it a just in case bag or a walking pharmacy. It’s a little pouch of things you might need. I have many versions of this, but this post is about my diaper bag edition.
My baby girl is now 5 months old and my little boy is now 4. I usually have a few “just in case” things in my diaper bag for my little guy too.
I’m a size 14-16 at the moment. After having a baby at the end of January, my life hasn’t stopped. And not just busy with baby, I also have a 4 year old, I teach dance classes (off for summer now! Thank god!), I own a dance studio and I’ve been working on choreography for three shows. Ya think that would cause a few pounds to drop off wouldn’t you? Not so much. The eating a double cheeseburger at 10:30 at night after rehearsal doesn’t help either.
I’m usually a size 12 anyway, so I’m generally a curvy girl. So I thought I’d share some easy summer outfit ideas for us busy girls with curves.
Casual BBQ or running errands.
Shorts-Target (from when we had a Target sniff sniff)
Sandals- Born brand from Winners
Bag-Vintage Coach from Model Citizens in St.John’s
Farmers Market or yard saleing😉
Top- Target (Florida)
Shorts- Target (Florida)
Sandals – Target from when we had it.
Dress-Tommy Hilfiger from Winners
Here’s a few of behind the camera cuteness. As you can tell I ended up with a bit of a theme with the blues and whites but I guess that’s what I’m into theses days. It doesn’t show the spit up stains, lol. Winners has opened here and it has taken the place of Target as my happy place. Although the minute I get to Tampa it the first place I go. Also, you may have noticed I have a thing for bags. My theory is “A handbag will always fit. You’re never too fat for a purse.” I’d rather spend my money on something that will always fit, no matter what. 😉
Nothing like being able to run around all morning in your underwear and no one looks twice.