Old School Blogging: What We’re Up To!

Mardis Gras Pooch


When we get snowed in slash iced in we do crazy things like dress up the dogs in Mardi Gras beads and boas…good times!


It’s been a while since I really wrote an old school blog post (remember those?) about what my family is up to so I thought I’d share a few updates.

First of all, our baby girl Miss A is going to be starting middle school in August. Yes, let’s just let that sink in for a bit. MIDDLE SCHOOL. We’ll have two middle schoolers at home this fall. Now 5th grade for us in Metro Nashville public schools officially means the start of middle school and don’t get me started on how I think that is way too damn early. We toured a magnet school last month and really loved it but we’re on the wait list so both girls may or may not be at the same school in the fall. I sense a lot of car pooling finessing in my future if Miss A does get into the magnet school.

Miss A has been enrolled in A Novel Idea’s Pen & Paper Club this school year and she absolutely loves it. Her group meets weekly and it’s been perfect for her amazing writing talent. If your child loves creative writing, I highly recommend it. I will never forget her fall teacher, J’Laine Vest, an amazing creative soul who lost her life too early. My last conversation with her was one of positivity and encouragement about Miss A’s writing ability and I will treasure this poem written by Miss A (which J’Laine handed to me that afternoon) forever.

Speaking of car pooling, Miss C just made middle school track and is back on the soccer fields this spring after breaking her ankle last fall. I’m a big advocate of kids playing sports. I was never athletic as a kid and more of the always chosen last in P.E. sidelines kid but if your kid has a particular talent or love for a sport, I say go for it! Just be prepared to log a lot of hours driving to and from games and practices.

Spring break is this month and Miss C is flying solo for the first time ever and will be visiting my sister in Tampa. I’m excited for her! We may take a quick weekend trip to Chattanooga at some time during the break, as well, although all this crazy winter weather in Nashville is chipping away at snow days and more ice and snow is in the forecast for this evening. Mama needs to make a faux wine run (yes in other news I gave up wine for Lent…and not I’m not Catholic or crazy!) I gave up drinking about 5 years ago for Lent and it was a great way to detox before spring, not to mention shed a few pounds of winter weight.

So, that’s about it for our little corner of the world. I have been decluttering the house like crazy and some of that was inspired after seeing how much work it took to settle my stepmom’s estate and get my dad moved into an apartment last fall. We humans love our STUFF. I’m also working on some cool projects at work and occasionally writing for The A Group blog, doing a little freelance work on the side, and enjoying serving on the boards of Femfessionals Nashville and Every Girl Counts, which is set to open Hope Academy very soon!

What’s going on in your world? Do your kids take track? I’m curious to learn more about it as we are track newbies.

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Gatsby Girl Glam On A Gorgeous Day

Disclosure: Biscotti sent us a dress as a sample to consider for possible review. All thoughts and opinions on my blog are mine and I was under no obligation to publish a positive post.

We have had some incredibly spring-like days in Nashville this week. The girls and I had the opportunity to spend a recent sunny late afternoon with a wonderful local photographer who needed models for her business and it ended up being a gem of an afternoon for portraits! I was thrilled because it’s been several years (bad mama) since I have had any professional photos taken of the girls and no school pictures do not count.

I can’t wait to see the final shots. Misty with New Day Photography just purchased a couple of acres just outside Franklin last fall and her “office” is in a beautiful old country home built in the 1940s. Lots of character and charm on the grounds as you can see below.

kate mack dress

Biscotti sent us a gorgeous flapper-girl Gatsby dress and it was the perfect choice for the vintage props.

Around these parts, winter does bring with it some fun opportunities for playing dress up such as father/daughter Girl Scout dances and Valentine’s day “dates” with dad. Even though Miss A tends to be more on the tomboy side, she loved this dress! It classic and fun. (And Biscotti offers free domestic ground shipping...hollah!)

Kate Mack Gatsby Style Dress

Do your girls like to dress up? Do you regularly schedule portrait sessions for your older kids? I was good about it when the girls were babies and toddlers but now not so much.

 

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The Ultimate Tween Girl Gift Guide: 20 Gifts Under $20

Tween Holiday Gift Guide


Happy week before Christmas scrambling! I either need a shot of espresso or a shot of tequila, depending on the hour.


If you have girls ages 9 to 12, I’ve hand picked 20 gifts all priced at $20 or less. Several are available on Amazon, which is my go-to online shopping destination during this crazy season because of the fast and free shipping (we have an Amazon Prime account), and I’ve linked up accordingly. I still have a bit of shopping to do, but almost have my girls’ shopping complete! Just need to pick up stocking stuffers.


Are you finished with your holiday shopping yet? What do your tween/teen daughters want for Christmas? My 9-year-old has her sights set on a Tomodachi Life game for her Nintendo DS as well as the Disney Infinity game for our Wii U. My 12 1/2 year old is all about clothes and loves all things Bethany Mota at Aeropostale.


Without further ado, here are my picks for this year’s tween girl gift guide:


Tween Girls Gift Guide for Christmas 2014




 

 

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Shades of Gray (Hair)

cow trampoline lol

Recent conversation with Miss A, my 9-year-old:

“Mom I LOVE Sally’s trampoline. It’s awesome! It’s really old so it’s been jumped on a bunch so the straps are kind of loose and it’s on a hill so it slants and you bite your tongue when you bounce really hard but it’s ok because it’s SO fun.”

There goes any brilliant notion of buying a trampoline any time soon.

The girls would LOVE a trampoline. Do you have a backyard trampoline for your family? Any advice on purchasing one? I know that an enclosed trampoline is a safety must although after the crutch chronicles with Miss C this fall, I’m not sure this mama can handle any variety of trampoline.

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