Stilettos and Diapers: October 2013


The Cooper Maniacs

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I've grown to love running and races so much and lately, Cooper's been joining in on the fun. When I saw there was an obstacle race coming to Charlotte, I was all in. I knew it would be something fun for us to do together, so we became the Cooper Maniacs. 
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The whole course was 1 mile with 6 different challenge stops. We did all sorts of crazy stuff. Fishing, directing each other blindfolded, filling buckets with water using only a sponge, letter memorizing and reciting to each other and more. It was an awesome time and I just love how much we're having in every picture. 

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We didn't do half bad either. Out of 120 teams, we were #15 and qualified for the national championships! Cooper Maniacs for the win! 
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Halloween Class Gifts (They're easy and fast so make them!)

I'm feeling a little sad with the holidays here and me not having any of my DIY goodies. I have no glue gun, no sewing machine and no box filled with endless crap that can become the best crafts ever. I was determined, though, to make something for all Cooper's classmates. I've dreamed of being this crafty, school mom and I'm not going to let a lack of goods stop me now! 

I found this idea on Pinterest (because where else?!), then saw the sweet Jennifer made them for her daughter. She even has some tags you can print, so head to her blog!

They were so stinking easy. Like hurry and go get the stuff today because it's totally doable to pass them out tomorrow. 
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You'll need:

Glowsticks (I used 3 per child and got 12 packs for $1 at Michaels.)
Small zip top bags (1 per child. Also got these at Michaels.)
Labels (I made these in PicMonkey, printed them on label paper and stuck them to the bags.)


Tape the 3 sticks together. Cut 2 small, vertical slits at the top of the bag. In the bag, put the small pieces that turn the glowsticks into bracelets and candy, if desired. Slip a piece of ribbon, approximately 6", in the slits and tie the glow sticks on. Put in your child's backpack and off they go! 

This literally took me 15 minutes to make 20 of them. If you're a slacker like me, rejoice! You've still got time! 


Who Inspires Me

How often do you find yourself browsing your social media strems only to see complaining, confrontation and negativity? Of course we all have bad days and things that get us down, but I'd like to think that there is way more positive to be found in life. There are certain people that I love seeing updates from. People that always see the glass half full and bring a big dose of optimism to the world. 

One of my favorites? Kenzie

Kenzie is a senior in High School who has faced challenges in life that no teenage girl should have to. Well, more than anyone should have to, for that matter. Despite those challenges, Kenzie has chosen to rise above the negative and look for the positive in every single situation. 

The girl has more fight in her than anyone I've ever know. She is constantly encouraging everyone around her, including people on the internet that she's never actually met. Here are a few of my favorite things that have come across my news feed lately. 

"If we all took a minute to rethink our thoughts, words, and actions towards OURSELVES today, I think we'd truly start to embrace and be confident in our own, unrepeatable beauty...Being YOU is beautiful!

"Happiness doesn't come from having the best circumstances...It comes from gratefulness."

"I want the power in my words to be a positive one."

"The pain you feel today is the STRENGTH you feel tomorrow. Every challenge we encounter is an opportunity for growth."

"I'm learning everyday, remembering what I think of the phrase "you can't" and keeping in mind that good things come to those who wait."

I can honestly say that everytime I see a post from her come across my screen, I stop and take the time to read it. I want to be as positive as she is. I want to surround myself with happiness and joy. I want to find the good in every single day I live. To go to bed at night with more positive thoughts than negative ones. And? I want to help others do that, too. Just like Kenzie. 

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I'll take a timeout, please.

This whole school mom thing has really been a shock for me. I'm not used to being out of my pajamas before 10am, packing lunches for the pickiest eater ever, or spending 1-2 hours a day on the school drop-off/pick-up. 

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Date Night Stripes {A Fashion Post}

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We got to have a date night last weekend, which was nothing less than pure magic. So great and needed to just sit and listen to each other. Oh, and being able to eat an entire meal without getting up was completely worth any amount of money that was spent. 

I was still in my cleaning clothes when the sitter got to our house. Shocker, I know. I threw on my clothes and decided a red lip would at least make it look like I tried to get fancied. These wedges make me feel like hollywood anyway. I can't get enough of the black and gold! 


Weekend Rewind

We had a particularly great weekend. It started without any plans, which typically end up being my favorite kind of weekends. 
1. Finally decided on our hardwood for the house. We originally picked the one on the left, but after the builder had some issues with it, we changed to the sample on the right. I think I may like it better, too. 

2. We got to listen to an entire church service since Callan sleep on Daddy the whole time. I think he decided he'd rather sleep than go in the nursery, which was his fate otherwise. 

3. We got to go on a date night! This is a pretty rare event. It was our 3rd time ever paying a babysitter. We tend to be pretty terrified to leave our kids with anyone but family, but we did it and had a great time. We ate dinner on the patio of an amazing restaurant that doesn't have a freezer (everything is fresh!), followed by a stop at a wine bar. All together we went 5 miles away. 
The boys carved our first pumpkin this season! The hubs always lets Cooper pick out a pattern and he carves is. It seems like a ton of work, so I just take pictures. Wreck it Ralph turned out great, although, he's already sinking in a bit. How do you keep those things from going bad? 
Our house is kind of house-like! We have framed walls, a roof, stairs and an island! It was so much fun being in there. The hubs wrote scripture in the foyer and Cooper wrote everyones names in their rooms. I'm getting so excited about it being finished! 
I did a huge clean out/inventory/organizing for my boutique, Molly Suzanne, last week.  In preparation of lots of new arrivals for the holidays, we had a major clearance sale this weekend. The sale has been extended through tonight, so if you haven't taken a look, go now! 

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On the 3rd day.

Every time the hubs leaves for a business trip, the kids are overcome with something making them especially crazy. A nice thing about moving to Charlotte, is that his travel is down a lot. Nonetheless, I found myself single momming it this week.

This was my first time since school started that I was all on my own and I was pretty proud of myself for my accomplishments. We were on time for school every morning, my forgetting dessert in Coops lunch was saved by my stash of skittles in the glove box and I even made a little Pinterest dinner. 

Don't worry, those Mummy Dogs, wrapped in all that buttery, flaky processed deliciousness, were made with healthy, nitrate-free turkey dogs. Balances each other out, right?

Day 3 was going just as well as the other days...until I make mention that dad is coming home late tonight. It's like they needed to get the rest of their insanity out before dad gets home. I'm the strict one. I have no idea how dad commands so much respect. 

We walk in the door from school and I tell the boys that I just cleaned everything so lets not make a mess. I give an extra special little warning to Cooper, as he headed into his bathroom. The room I have to work the hardest to maintain any resemblance of cleanliness. 

2 minutes later I hear the dreaded "Mom, I've got some bad news". When I walk into the bathroom, Cooper points to a big puddle as he explains that he "didn't know his penis was pointed sideways". Uh-huh. Great. Pee on every surface but the toilet. Whatever. Clean again, moving on.

We eat our Pinterest-y dinner and I take off Callan's shirt to spray some Shout on the ketchup schmeered all over it. I come out from the laundry room to a dance party. Very normal at our house, but Cooper was quickly disrobing to one up his topless brother. Again, whatever. Dance with your nips out. 

Except he didn't stop till he was completely nude, streaking through the open windowed apartment. 

I'm really glad we're only here temporarily. Our neighbors must think we're crazy folk. Well, not as crazy as our upstairs neighbors. Ya know, the ones with 10 kids who just got a brand new puppy. They're so quiet. 

I ask Cooper to at least put his underwear back on, to which he quickly obeyed. Yeah, look at that first time obedience. You got this mom thing perfected. Endless laughter makes me look to see one particular body part was sticking out of his drawers. Who knew boys wanted to flaunt it at 5?

I'm tempted to grab a glass of wine, but I'm so proud of my self discipline in being healthier and cutting it out during the week. What a foolish idea. Note to self, when you're single momming it, drink wine every night

I finish cleaning the kitchen and tell the boys to head to the bath. I'm literally 2 steps behind them, and yet Cooper has managed to drop the only clothing he was still wearing and is peeing IN THE TUB. Obviously, I grab the phone and text the hubs, instructing him to better teach where peeing is acceptable. "Look mom, I did it right under the faucet. We'll wash it right out!"

Yes, yes we will. No, I will. For the second time today, I'll wash this bath tub.

I finish bathing them both and sink down to the floor to watch them play. A couple big splashes from Cooper, followed by a thud and shriek that typically only comes before death. Cooper needs immediate medical attention as he writhes and moans from hitting his knee on the drain. The blood...oh, the blood. Enough to barely see on a tissue, may as well be a severed limb to him. But forget a bandaid. Apparently, those make boo-boos hurt more. 

It's finally time to tuck my sweet little loves in bed and it's not a second too soon. Those grey hair producing, heart stopping, banshees of mine are so angelic when they sleep. Those peaceful little glances are the things that make me do insane things, like tell the hubs I want another baby. I'll change my mind later when someone is skydiving off a bed or surfing on the island. 

Mothering boys isn't for the faint of heart.


Closet Filling: Fall Gimmes

There is so much I love about the trends this fall. Black and white. Royal blue. Really fun prints. Here's a list of things I'd love to shove in my closet right now. I'm sure a few of them will actually make their way in...and a couple are of the Birthday request variety. hint, hint, hubs.

Make sure you scroll over with the little arrow on the right. 
I really need more places to wear dresses, because I'm IN LOVE with the ones up there! See anything that's a must have for your fall closet? 


End of Summer Instafashion

Realized 2 things in prepping this #WhatMollyWore post, which happens to be running very behind! 

1. I didn't take nearly enough pics at the beach. I was tan, man! 

2. I love black and white. Like, obsessed. Hope y'all don't become too bored with fashion post this fall! 

I have learned that traveling in anything more than workout clothes is straight up crazy. Just be a slob kabob. You'll feel good. 
Shorts | Tee - Nike Half 2013 | Shoes

The beach and all the tan-ness. Wearing a dress that may as well be pi's because it's so comfy.

Church get-up.  

Fun at the museum with the boys. 

Back at our house in Virginia. Not ready to leave, wearing puffy cry eyes. 
Top | Shorts - Sisters!

Begging summer not to go. Wearing cutoffs in September. 
Shorts | Tank (old) | Sandals

Missing my boy while he was at school. Wearing his favorite shoes of mine "because they're a boy color". 

Usually Monday has me all out of sorts and not quite myself. Today, I woke up at 5:30, got everyone breakfast, took Cooper to school, ran 3 miles, worked legs, was super productive on the internets, got Callan down for a nap and am just about to eat lunch. Take that Monday! 


All About Purpose

Darlene Schacht 

It's late, the kids are in bed. The husband is relaxing, as should be done at 9pm on a weeknight. You? You're in the kitchen, still cleaning the dishes. Prepping breakfast for the next day. Packing lunches. Making sure you have everything you need for the next night's dinner. 

There are 2 baskets of laundry, sitting unfolded. Your husband has no socks and your son is missing a shirt for school spirit day tomorrow. You would love a hot bath and a glass of wine, but instead you sit, painstakingly folding each piece. You wonder how so few people can dirty up so many clothes. 

You go to bed tired. Thinking about the to-do list for the next day. It's eerily similar to today. Cooking, cleaning, diaper changes, school pick-up. You don't get a break before 9 or after 5. You have no weekends or holidays off, and yet you choose to have this job. They say it's the best job in the world, although sometimes, you wonder how that can be said so often. 

It's hard work, this thing called motherhood. It's not often appreciated and as much as I'd like it to be, it isn't glamorous. But that hard work matters. You matter. You're needed more than you get credit for and probably more than you'll ever know. Your purpose lies in the commitment to be what God made you to be: 

A Mother.

I needed to read that quote today. To remember that my purpose isn't found in the praising words of people. That I don't need my ego stroked to know who I am and what I'm here for. 

I'm doing the very thing I'm called in life to do. 

I'm raising boys to love God, to do good and to be kind. I am, on a daily basis, shaping lives that can change the world. That is what I call purpose. 


Frittata Muffins {Recipe}

School has completely changed how our mornings have always worked around here. I'm used to getting up and making breakfast for the family, but I'm not used to getting people up and out the door before 7am and getting them fed. This has caused me to get super creative in the breakfast department. I've got a few go to breakfast now, that are healthy and I can make in a hurry. The Frittata Muffins have quickly become a favorite for everyone. 

The night before, you prep your bowl of ingredients. I make a batch large enough for 2 breakfasts and leave it in the fridge. 
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The next morning, I wake up and immediately turn the oven on and fill the muffin tins about 3/4 of the way. My boys like theirs "plain", so I just make them a few with only eggs and milk. 
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While the muffins are baking, I can shower, make lunches, wake kids up and whatever else I need to get done. I can give these to the whole family and know everyone has had a healthy breakfast. 
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6 eggs
1 cup egg whites
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup milk

Whisk all together and add in your flavor. For the recipe pictured, I used:

1 small onion, minced
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1 cup torn spinach
1/2 cup shredded cheese - 1/4 cup mixed in and 1/4 cup sprinkled on top

You could literally put anything you want in there. Bacon, sausage, zucchini, whatever veggies you had leftover from the night before, you name it. You could also use feta or a spicy pepperjack cheese. Get creative! 

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes and enjoy! 
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Yields approximately 12 muffins.


All Black and Blue {A Fashion Post}

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Top | Pants (similar) | Booties c/o | Bag c/o | Watch | Bracelets | Nails

This week, I'm back to my current fave colors. I just can't get away from the black and blue! When these booties came in the mail from JustFab last week, my heart stopped for a second. I mean, this is nothing new, since I fall more in love with each pair of shoes I get from them, but the black and gold? Totally swoon worthy. How am I so obsessed with gold anyway? When I was a teenager, I basically hurled at the idea of wearing gold. Am I right, y'all? It was all silver, all the time. 

But speaking of gold, I grabbed that watch at Target this week. For free. I've toyed with the idea of a Michael Kors boyfriend watch, but every time I go to ask for it for a birthday or holiday, I think of something else I want more. Well, Target had a buy one get one free coupon in their text coupons and after seeing several people post that they got the higher ticket item free, I went to take a look. Grabbed a clearance bracelet for $5 and got the watch free! I felt very extreme coupon-esque, minus the shelves full of toilet paper and mac-n-cheese. 

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Pop In, Stand Out.

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You may have noticed that lots of my summer wardrobe consisted of brights and whites. It's been one of my absolute favorite looks as of late and I'm thinking of all sorts of ways to incorporate my fave neon pieces with darker pieces that can transition me to winter. Problem with bright clothing is the concern about fading. The looks I love won't look nearly as nice if my brights slowly turn into pastels. 
Enter Tide Pods. 
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Tide Pods are a unique 3-in-1 detergent that cleans, brightens and fights stains, all in one convenient pac.

I am very careful with the care of my clothes. I hang a lot out to dry and wash on cold, delicate cycles. The hubs is the same way. The absolute only thing he puts in the dryer are boxers, socks and undershirts. It's a real pain to do our laundry, actually. Thankfully, I can save a little time using the Tide Pods. I don't need to pour a capful of detergent, add any additional cleaners to get rid of stains, or fear powdery detergent still left on my clothes. I can pop one in and let the clothes stand out. 

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I am a lover of fashion, as you all know. I'm also a lover of fashion that doesn't break the bank. Know what that means? I'm not spending more that what I paid for an item running it back and forth to the dry cleaners. Machine washable fashion is where it's at. Thanks to Tide Pods, my brights and whites (not to mention all my other clothes!) are going to keep their color and get me more bang for my buck.

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