* Stitch Fix! Have you heard of Stitch Fix yet? For people, like me, who are utterly helpless at fashion, this is super fun. You fill out an online profile about your body, your style, clothes that you like, how much you prefer to spend on clothing, etc. and a personal stylist sends you a box of clothes in the mail. You pick out what you like and send the rest back. I tend to get stuck in a style rut (been stuck in the cardigan rut for years) and they send me some fun things that I might not normally pick out. Sometimes they send stuff I LOVE. Sometimes they send stuff that does not look like something I would normally wear (hello, tight red dress that my husband LOVED on our anniversary date) but it's kind of like having a friend go shopping with you! I highly recommend it! Check out Stitch Fix here!
* This Mug.
This is the view from my office this morning. It's one of my favorite rooms in my house because it is QUIET. And this "World's okayest mom" mug just makes me ridiculously happy. I ordered it last week when one of our kids was doing all kinds of crazy in an effort to deal with it not being all about them on other people's birthdays. In the 24 hours I've had this mug, I've drunk no less than 3 billion cups of coffee out of it. There were several of these available online. I paid a little more for this one because it was the only one that could be put in the dishwasher. Note to sellers of these mugs that you can not put in the dishwasher- WHAT PART OF "OKAYEST" LEADS YOU TO BELIEVE THAT ANY "OKAY" MOM WOULD ACTUALLY HAND WASH IT? Puh- lease.
* Books- I have two favorite books lately-
A Praying Life (which is changing my world, y'all) and this little gem, Devotions of Comfort and Hope for Adoptive and Foster Moms, written by my friend, Carol Lozier.
This book is such an encouragement! I find that a lot of devotional books are a little too "if you were a good enough Christian than you would be happy all the time." This one is NOT like that. It's practical. It deals with the REAL day to day stuff that our kids who have come from orphanages, unstable homes, trauma are going through and gets in touch with the emotions mothers go through in parenting them. It's real stories, real behaviors and real hope without all of that "if you just love them enough" crap. (Do you see why Carol didn't ask me to write one of the reviews they put on the cover of the book?)
It's like getting a mini psych lesson, followed by scripture and prayer. One of the things that I love the most about this book is that while it deals with a lot of issues that our children go through, it also deals with issues that Moms and caregivers walk through- isolation, feelings of inadequacy, triangulation of the parents. I feel like so many of these issues are usually glossed over and as moms we are made to feel bad about these things. (If I were a better mother, my child would love me/not act this way/do better at school/not act our sexually/ insert whatever else insecurity we all have as moms) Carol and Lisa turn these notions upside down. They get to the root of the problem by explaining the whys but then also give practical, non-preachy advice for moving forward. Carol sent me a copy of this book at just the right time. I know that it is intended to be read one day at a time but I devoured the whole book and now flip through to specific topics when I need the encouragement. I just can't say enough good things about this book.
I'm also giving you the chance to win a copy of this book and the only thing you have to do to win it is be a fan of Millions of Miles on Facebook.
* This corner in my living room.
These happy yellow chairs were one of the first things I bought when we started designing our new house. I always thought that space by the stairs was awkward so I wanted to do some "run-off" seating over in that corner for when we entertain. But I also didn't want it to look too formal- after all- 4 kids live in this house. So I framed a picture of the kids in an old beat up window to kind of warm up the area and make it more inviting. Our wedding invitation is in the small frame on the distressed side table. It just makes me happy every time I pass this corner. I don't know if it's the picture of the kids or the fun yellow chairs, but I just love this corner.
Paint: Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore
Favorite kid conversation:
Miles gets these notes sent home from school from time to time that say that he needs to complete his work at home because he was talking. This never surprises me because Miles is a total talker and everyone just loves to talk to him.
Yesterday, he got of the bus, head hung low, looking utterly defeated. and handed me a stack of papers with a note on the top. It was written in red ink.
Miles said, "Am I in trouble AGAIN?! I got a note."
I glanced at the note and said, "No, baby! It just says that I need to sign these papers. You are not in trouble!
He shook his head and said, "I thought I was in trouble. I gotta learn to read."
Whatever lights a fire under ya' kid!
TV SHOW- Parenthood:
I am so late to the Netflix party, but we just signed on to get a trial of Netflix a couple of months ago. I started watching Parenthood and stayed up for days and nights on end until I had watched 4 seasons of the show. I'm obsessed. I find myself wanting to be Monica Potter's character almost as much as I wanted to be Winnie Cooper. I go back and forth between wanting to be married to Adam and Crosby. In other words- I'm totally sucked in. If you have kids or siblings or just love watching human interactions, this is the one show you have to watch. (And everyone reading this says, "Yes, we knew this years ago!)
*And, as always, these turkeys are my favorite favorites.