a glimmer into the life of a mum who loves fashion, decor and prosecco

It's the little things

So I know we have some major stuff going on at the new house, like flooring and bathrooms and a new island BUT I bought this little beauty on Etsy and it is more exciting! I just got it yesterday and it is perfect! It's a 1970's bubble chandelier and is in perfect condition.  It is going in our new laundry room!

Now I just need help on what color to paint the laundry room and this chandelier. . . here are some inspiration photos!

 My Favorite!!!!

Would you?

This weekend was a whirlwind mix of family, errands, fun, remodeling updates and margaritas and while I love 3-day weekends more than margaritas (very close though) I love the short workweek that follows even more!  It is already Wednesday woooo hooooo!  My laptop has been acting funky so today's post is short and sweet.

Would you or would you not wear this swimsuit if you were pregnant? . . .

Personally I wouldn't but I have to say she rocks it . . . it is just not my style nor would I feel pretty in it while preggo! But good for her!

Ten Reasons I'm beside myself . . .

Living in a 2nd floor, 1000sq ft condo has been perfect for us, until NOW! Before the babes, it was the perfect space & location for the Mr. and I. We could walk to restaurants and the ride bikes to the beach.  We had an extra bedroom with an office space, and the balcony had great little chairs to sit out and have a glass of wine on. We were fine even after Emerson was born, but it got a little tougher having to lug strollers and car seats and diaper-bags up stairs from the car.  And we had to get rid of all the furniture on the patio as Emerson liked to climb and peer over the edge (heart failure!!!) and then it housed her sandpit, bike, easel and other miscellaneous toys.  When Harper came along we were still fine until she became mobile and now needs to sleep in a crib (she is in a small pack 'n' play) . . . . so it is the perfect time to be moving on and here is why I am deliriously happy to get into the new house . . .

1. Both the girls having their own bedrooms & space

2. Not having to climb a flight of stairs to get to our front door (with groceries, 2 babes, strollers, car-seats, and a dog)

3. Not having to store our strollers in the trunk of our cars or closet! We can have them set-up in the garage . .which leads me to #4

 not our garage but it's the same size!

4. Having a garage (3-car!!) to park both our cars in! No longer have to deal with parking meters, street sweeping tickets, and hanging permits.

5. Having a yard to . . . run around in, have picnics in, plant a vegetable garden in, and play whenever we want without having to pack up a  bag, bike/scooter, both girlie's jump in the car and drive to a park.

6. Having the space to entertain!!!! This one is huge for me! Since we have been in our condo we have not been able to have BBQ's with friends over, dinner party, birthday dinners, Oscar parties . . . nothing!!! and Mr Hotpants is such a GREAT chef and absolutely loves cooking so this is HUGE!!!

7. Being close to family and friends

8. Not having to worry about paying for private schools, as the public schools are great

9. Having the ability to host Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas at our house and getting a HUGE Christmas tree! 

10. An extra bedroom for guests to stay and the 3 car garage so Mr. Hotpants can keep his beer stuff somewhere other than our kitchen, dining room, toy box, and storage!

Have a  fantastic Memorial Day Weekend

We are almost there

the weekend that is . . . . 

We have a few things going on this weekend  . . . we are going down to check on this progress . . . we are supposed to have our carrara marble bathroom counter-tops in by Friday!

Extending the master bathroom shower out to make it bigger and raising the shower head so Mr. Hotpants doesn't have to duck down!

Floating the new kitchen island and breakfast bar.  The stove and new island range hood will be installed once this is done!

Ahhh the infamous "gas line" that needed to be put in! Had to jack-hammer into the foundation and duct it up and out the roof (new requirements)

And for fun here are some other pics of the house & back yard

Oh and we have a family photo shoot with the amazing and my favorite Jylare 
on Sunday.  I want to pick a great place as our backdrop!  I was thinking since we are moving of doing it around our old neighborhood in our local spots! 

And I leave you with my new favorite thing . . . . (thanks to Amber for posting about it) It is a way to print up your instagram photos!  I already ordered 2 of the mini-books!

The Tiny Book!
The Mini-Book

In-n-Out Grilled Cheese

This is all i can think about as I started the Master Cleanse on Monday!  It is brutal . . . you drink a mixture of lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and grade B maple syrup through out the day, a cup of Smooth Move tea morning and night and as much green & peppermint tea you want during the day but no food! 

Monday was good until 5-8pm! I was feeding the girls and it was so hard not to eat what i was giving them.  Then I had a tough time sleeping; probably because my body was busy eating itself.  Yesterday was not too bad but I had a dull achy headache all day and my body felt like a ton of bricks!  I am doing this with another mama and cheering each other on via text messages.  We are shooting to try and do it for 5 days but we will see.  In the meantime, as my fingers have no energy to type, you can feast your eyes on these beauties (via Barneys) . . . 

Shocked, embarrassed then incredibly sad

I am going to share something with you because I vowed to myself I would be honest on this blog in hopes of bringing people together to feel more like a village, than to compete and judge.  First and foremost I wanted to share my journey so that other mum's (and dad's) may not feel so alone or guilty for admitting that it is a hard gig and that we don't have all the answers, and that we are all terrified of screwing our kids up for life. 

So without further adieu . . .

Emerson had her ballet pre-dress rehearsal this past weekend.  We were all excited; it was to be a fun family affair, especially since class is during the week and Mr. Hotpants and I don't get to go often.  We had a great morning at the park, got all dressed in our leotard, tights and ballet slippers with our hair in a little bun . . . and off we went!  Daddy had Ms. Harper, Emerson and I walked in to the studio and immediately Emerson started showing me what she does in her "Peter Pan" dance that she will be doing in the show.  A few of her little classmates are there in all their tutu-glory and everything is sickeningly sweet.  My heart was full seeing Emerson show me her dance moves and where she stands in class and then . . . .

all the dancers (ages ranging from 3-18yrs) had to go to the large studio to run through the show beginning to end a few times.  And this is when it happened, the shock!  Emerson wouldn't go to the studio, she wouldn't stand with her little ballerina friends, she would not go near her teacher and was instantly painfully shy.  I was surprised that she did a 180 from 5 minutes ago and now wanted to go home and didn't want to dance or stand or even be acknowledged.  She was hiding behind me. 

I completely understand stage fright (I was a gymnast and a dancer) and being shy because I was that exact little girl.  I didn't like being the center of attention, I was always blushing and always wanted to fade into the back.  It was not until I was in high school and college that I found my confidence.  I kept telling myself that she would warm up and do the dance the 2nd time through when her BFF was there.  I kept reminding myself that she was only 3yrs old and that this was so much to put on a little person, and quite ridiculously so! The rehearsals were 12-2pm, the dress rehearsal is 12-5pm and you drop them off (never going to happen) and their are two show times on the actual day; 12pm and 4pm.  And tickets are $15-20 a piece!

Don't get me wrong I was a dancer and I know that for girls who are older and really into dance, and may have 3-6 different dances for the show, they need to be there all day and enjoy the performances but for little 3yr olds?! it's a little overwhelming!

And so here comes the "embarrassed" . . . The second run-thru was more painful than the first, she went reluctantly with the teacher and stood there for the whole song rubbing her eyes and looking on the brink of tears the whole time.  Right after she asked to leave, so we said goodbye and got in the car and another shock . . . I burst out crying and I had no idea why.  I was flooded with confusing emotions that I could not figure out or control.  I took Emerson home and dropped her off and went to the store. 

I needed to compose myself, to figure out WTF just happened, to let myself cry.  And when I finally calmed down and thought it all through I got to the bottom of it.  I was terrified at my emotions - frustration, anger, disappointed, and sad.  Now those are pretty darn awful emotions to feel just because your 3yr old would not do her Peter Pan dance right?  Right!!!

Well it just so happens that I felt all those things because I was scared that she would be just like me.  A scaredy cat! A little girl who was painfully shy and whose cheeks turned the most reddish-purple shade when asked a question or put in the spotlight.  It brought about the frustration, anger, disappointment, and sadness that being that way always made me feel growing up.  I hated it, I hated it with a passion but I could not figure out how to control it.  

I was then just sad (and a little scared) that I was projecting my issues and my fears onto my sweet little Emerson.  It has me panicked, it has me freaked out and it had me in a trance-like stupor all day yesterday.  I was floored by the feelings I had, my reaction and the expectations I put on her.

I am telling you this because I am embarrassed and sad and a little nervous how to resolve all this and move forward without putting any of these things onto her.  I want her to be who she was born to be, who she wants to be, and I will love her unconditionally.

My therapist recommended a few books to me that I think might be good to read right about now . . . thanks for listening . . . I needed to say all this out loud.

Happy Friday Y'all . . .

It's really happening!

Life has gotten really busy around here really fast! But it is a good, working-towards-the-future busy that we are enjoying!  

With kids, careers, projects, dreams, and goals it seems like life is always buzzing around us!  Not only do Mr. Hotpants and I both work (Hotpants - ridiculously longer hours than me) but we run two busy clinics, both have dreams and projects we want to take on in the future; Mr Hotpants includes beer, a Masters degree and a pub . . . and my goals involve a book, a lifestyle project and a fashion endeavor!  Oh and let's not forget the ever-pending question of "do we or do we not" have a 3rd little smooshy-tooshy? Oh yes and lets add a new house and a renovation to this!

Phew . . . okay enough of this talk (I am overwhelming myself as I list this all out) . . . it's Friday and lets see some progress on the house . . .

 Taking down a wall between the formal dining area and the kitchen nook to make room for a table that will sit 8-12 peeps! Bring on Thanksgiving!

I am thinking about having this guy build us a custom barn table that will sit what we need! 

The Master bathroom shower - putting seamless, clear glass doors on, installing new shower pan, floor tiles, fixtures and definitely re-painting a lighter color! 

We are doing this 2" carrara marble tile on both bathroom floors and new carrara tile counter tops with square Kohler sinks and fixtures (I will do a post on all the details soon)


 The kitchen island is being modified because it was electric and YUCK! Mr. Hotpants is the chef in our house and if the chef wants gas then that's what he gets!  We are also extending it to make breakfast bar.

Carefree shopping

We went for a walk along Robertson Blvd today at lunch and stopped in at Kitson . . .A few things caught my eye . . .

 Local Celebrity dress
Tuck away gym bag!

 Gorgeous beach bag
Pantone color mugs

The name speaks for itself!

Love these jeans!

Life as we know it . . .

Toddler Property Laws

Law 1: If I like it, it's mine

Law 2: If it's in my hand, it's mine

Law 3: If I had it a little while ago and now you have it, it's mine

Law 4: If you brought it from home, it's still mine

Law 5: If I can take it from you, it's mine

Law 6: If it looks just like mine, it is mine

Law 7: If there are pieces to it, all the pieces are mine

Law 8: If there is enough for everyone, it's all still mine

Holy Cow!

So you know those moments that you feel may never come in life? Those ones that you see in your head as a beautiful mirage but you don't really think it will tangibly happen?  Well I am having one . . . I feel like my life is on the brink of an amazing discovery; as if everything leading up to this moment has been almost pretend!  

I am going to give you a little clue . . . we got a new bunch of these on Saturday

and we are most definitely going to order some of these . . . 

we may or may not be installing one of these gorgeous barn doors . . . 

and I am FINALLY going to get my front door . . . 

You guessed it!  We bought a new home and as we speak the floors are being torn up for our gorgeous hardwood floors to be laid!  I am so excited to share photos with you as we go through the remodel process! Here she is . . .

Love is in the air

As it is mothers day this weekend it feels all warm and fuzzy around me!  Not only do I get to celebrate the most supportive, loving, phenomenal woman around (MY MUM!) but I get to celebrate in being a mum myself and seeing my beautiful sister and sister-in-law being amazing mummies too!

I want to leave you with all things girly . . . . enjoy everyone!  Give your mum a hug, give her a break, give her an afternoon to enjoy how she chooses, tell her how much she means to you! And for goodness sake BUY . . . HER . . . A . . . CARD and some flowers!

Would you believe me if I told you that these dresses and tunics below are from . . . TARGET!!! Ordering them now!

Just pretty . . . 

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