Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hello Spring! {Wreath DIY}

I thought the groundhog, Juxtaposition John, oh right, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted an early Spring? I'm thinking maybe we shouldn't count on an underground rodent and his shadow for our weather predictions.

Oh well. Soon enough it will be the hot, sticky, humid North Carolina summer.

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather."
-John Ruskin

I remember back when spring at least meant a one week break from school. Now the shift from winter to spring is barely any cause for any celebration. Nontheless, I attempted to make Spring feel welcome with a festive new wreath for the front door. (Thanks to my crafty Stroller Strides mamas for the inspiration!)

Complete with a scarlet "A"

How To Make a Welcome Spring Wreath

Grapevine wreath (round or heart shaped)
Wooden Letter (initial of your last name)
Hot glue gun and glue
2 White Hydrangea Flower Stems
  1. Cut the stems off of the flowers. 
  2. Paint the letter with 2 coats of paint, letting it dry thoroughly between coats. 
  3. Arrange the flowers, leaves, letter and butterflies on the wreath.
  4. When you are satisfied with the arrangement, glue those bad boys to the wreath with hot glue. 
  5. Let dry, and hang. 
  6. Wait for the spring weather to roll in....any day now...

At least the arrival of Spring means Easter is around the corner! Grace wasn't a big fan of Santa, but I just know she's going to LOVE Easter and collecting eggs from the Easter Bunny! This is right up her ally. She already spends ALL DAY taking things in and out of baskets and buckets. She's going to be a natural. I know she's going to want to show off because her Grandma and Grandad are here visiting! We'll probably steer clear of the bunny, though...

Grace testing out her spring wardrobe! 

Hugs, happy Easter and springtime cheer!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lily Bomb Review

When it comes to work out gear, I’m addicted! Honestly, how many pairs of running capris and Dri FIT shirts can I have? Housewives and stay-at-home moms get a bad rap for staying in their pj’s or yoga pants all day, but I GET IT! My workout gear is super comfy, easy to move in, and can survive a run, grocery shopping and feeding meals to a toddler. However, sometimes, I do like to spruce it up and add a little pizazz to my gear. Good thing there is Lily BombAthletic Wear

The nice team over at Lily Bomb offered to let me try out one of their running skirts. I have a couple of running skirts with built-in shorts, but Lily Bomb’s sparkle skirts are made to wear over your favorite shorts, capris or pants. This makes them perfect for races or team events! You can still wear your road-tested gear, but throw on a sparkle skirt for some extra flair.  

AT FIRST GLANCE: I received my Lily Bomb A Line Sparkle Running Skirt via regular snail mail. The skirt is made of sequins and a stretchy nylon mesh fabric, so it’s very light-weight. The cut of the skirt is flattering, but I do wish that the bottom edge had a hem to make it look a little more finished. (I also worry that eventually it might start to fray…)

Sparkly sequin material of the skirt in Kelly Green
TEST DRIVE: I decided to wear my skirt for the first time on a 5-mile trail run with my daughter and husband. My hubby thought the skirt was a little flashy and unnecessary, but later admitted, “…it might make it easier for traffic to see you when you’re running.”

Pre-run photo courtesy of my obliging husband

I wore the skirt over my Nike capris. The ¾ inch black elastic waist band is thin enough that I couldn’t even feel it over my normal pants. It stayed put while I ran, and I basically forgot I was even wearing the skirt.

I did feel a bit self-conscious stepping out for the first time in my sequin skirt, but I think it put a smile on my face and made me feel a little like Tinker Bell! Grace especially loved the sparkly fabric.

To wash the skirt, I just rinsed it by hand in the sink and hung it up to dry. I usually hate anything I can’t just wash with the rest of my clothes, but it was easy, and I wasn’t really worried about the skirt being dirty-seeing as I wore it over my capris.

GET IT OR FORGET IT: I would absolutely recommend a Lily Bomb skirt if you are planning on doing races or fun runs. I am planning my outfit around my new skirt for the Diva HalfMarathon at Myrtle Beach next month! The skirts are perfect for teams or relays, too, because everyone can match, but still wear whatever gear is comfortable for them to race in.  You can’t beat the price, either. Starting at $15 a piece, Lily Bomb Skirts are very reasonable priced.

If you are looking for a running skirt for everyday runs/workouts I would caution that this skirt is seriously sparkly. Be ready for some attention if you’re sporting it around town! You may want to stay tuned for “The Training Collection” Non-Sparkly Running Skirt, which is supposed to be coming soon. I think that is definitely the skirt I would like to rock for my next workout! 

PRICE: Youth- $8-$10 Misses- $15-$27
COLORS: Black, Purple, Silver, Turquoise, Lavender, Royal Blue, Red, Gold, Lime, Kelly Green and Fuchsia  

In other running-related news, I think I've narrowed down which marathon I'm going to sign up for... It will be my very first one! Open registration for the Marine Corps Marathon in October is this Wednesday (tomorrow!). I"ll be gunning for one of the 30,000 spots! (Fingers crossed!)
Photo Credit
 If not, my back-up is the Asheville Citizen-Times City Marathon in September. 
*I received a complimentary skirt from Lily Bomb in exchange for my review. Opinions expressed are that of the site owner. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Dear Grace,

Case study: Grace, 16 months
Dear Grace,

Thank you so much for sharing with me. You are so sweet to offer me your Cheerios, Goldfish or whatever else you are eating. I think it's great that you've learned how to share, but I have just a few questions for you.

Why do you always have to put the food intended for me into your mouth first? Or lick it? Sadly, it doesn't really gross me out that much, but I'm curious about your ways. (It probably does explain why we both always get the same yucky sicknesses...)

Also, when you put a piece of food in my mouth you have to let go of it if you want me to eat it. You know that, right? You're just teasing me like you do the dog, aren't you?

Finally, why won't you share with other kids? I know I'm your one-and-only-special-mama, but it would really warm my heart to see you being kind and generous to others. Instead, you act a mess and shove your entire snack/meal into your mouth for safe keeping. Silly girl! I know you're still little, so there's time to work on the give and take expected in society. I don't mean to be hard on you.

Anyways, thanks again for all of the extra delicious morsels you send my way. You're too kind. I'm looking forward to further observation of your toddler ways and hope to get a better understanding of where you're coming from. Let's get together for a fro-yo date soon. We can share a bowl of our favorite peach yogurt with blueberries, graham cracker dust and cooties. ;)

Love ya,