The ‘is it enough’ anxiety

Wow, I took a break there.  It was like I had NOTHING to say.  Nothing.  So I guess I didn’t.  But today, I’ve got something (and it’s not about my crappy looking morning outfit- which really I want to- and could, talk about all the time)!

I am having Christmas Present Anxiety!  You must have it too, right?   I think that whatever I have got people, it’s just not enough…and I need to get MORE and MORE and MORE.

Like for instance this year as I mentioned, for the big’s in our family we are trading edible presents.  So I have been making little yummy things for those I love.  Working away in my kitchen have a grand old time.

But tonight, as I am packaging up all this good stuff with care (and cute wrapping!), I am thinking, ‘they aren’t going to like this’!!  They are going to want more! They are going to laugh at me and the things I made!  They want slippers and ties and socks and calendars and and and and…

Crazy thoughts, making me crazy.  I guess the commercialism of it all has burrowed it’s nasty little head deep down inside me, making me feel only content with…


…when really, it is not about stuff, it is about love.  And eating yummy yummies.




Fave Friday Time!



Hello Friday. Hello kick off to the Holiday’s!! It seems that after today, every week coming up holds at least 2 Christmas parties!! Now that I am a moderate mama who likes to go to bed at 8:30, I have to be careful not to get carried away at these party’s…because having wine is fun. And then all of a sudden it seems like fun to have even more wine, and then things get really laughy and giggly…and then mama has a hangover!!


Any-hoo unrelated to that boozy rant is my Fave’s this week.

FAVE Friday



One is that Salton Cinema popcorn maker. I found only 1 unpopped kernel in my popcorn yesterday. That is a good pop to not-pop ratio!

Two is my new plaid shirt from H&M. It has cool old man elbow patches and hides baby smears well.

Three is my new Clinique Mascara. It really doesn’t budge, and then at the end of the day (or at 8:30), it washes right off with just warm water. Completely off. Almost like those tubes!

Four is my Tretorn Snow Boots (because there is snow on the ground- wtf!!), that I got in New York a couple of years ago. Easy to get on and off, warm, and comfortable.

Five is this Christmas Tree. I plain like the way it looks. It doesn’t make my clutter alarm go off. Next year, next year.

What about you? Did you have anything that made your week a little happier??

Great Gifts for a Six Month Old

I received an email from my friend Sarah yesterday (hi Sarah!), she asked me for some idea’s on gifts for a six month old.  This is sort of a hard age, isn’t it? They are just starting to come alive and explore the world around them, yet are still pretty little and care more about you then they do about toy’s.   Most are happy with a spoon and a crummy old tuperware.


But it’s fun to get gifts for them…so here’s what I remember of Hank at this age.  He liked colorful things, things that move easily, like a sturdy car for pushing.  He could flip through board books- I like the ones with only 1 or 2 words per page.  He liked things that made noise.  And he liked me!!


That said, here is a round up of what I would get a six month old…and make sure to check out this link- it’s a Baby’s first Christmas  round up I wrote for Victoria Mom- and bonus, everything can be personalized!! Yippee!!

gifts for a six month old

fun keysbead mazesqueeze blockshaba super soft tri balltails bookgreen push car,each peach pear plumbest slippers everdoggy rattlehi

Fat Shaming or just plain HOT and proud?

Well, today is the day I’m supposed to share with you all what I had for dinner last night- you know, for inspiration…however, I was PANICK HUNGRY when dinner came last night, so I just shoved it back and took no pictures or notes…it was Pork Tenderloin, blah blah blah…

Let’s talk about THIS!

hot mom

I was reading my popsugar when I came across this

This ridiculously gorgeous lady posted this picture 3 days after she gave birth.  THREE DAYS!!  Really, how can that even be possible?  HOW??

I understand that not everyone gains 50 lbs like me…but this cannot be real.  For sure you must have a little jello belly for at least a month, at minimum! Right??

Now she is getting trouble for ‘Fat Shaming’.  God.  Give it up people.  Fat Shaming.  Like maybe she’s gloating a bit, but I last I checked she wasn’t shaming anyone.  Maybe those that feel shamed should have a look at that.

And that’s all…I’m off to eat cookies…

Idea’s for a clutter free Christmas


christmas clutterTick-tock…Christmas is a coming!!  And I am deeply afraid of the scene in that picture!!  Deeply.

Now, let me say this up front. I’m not a person who poo-poo’s presents like I’m to good for them. I am not, and I LOVE getting presents- I really do. So as I write this, it’s not coming from a place of not liking getting stuff and being all high and mighty.

Of course, giving gifts is great too!!  Really great.  Almost better then getting them!

But, like everyone else these days, I am running out of room for all the ‘stuff’.  I have everything I want…and what I want for, I usually just go and get it for myself. After all, I am a shopper.

Do you feel the same?  Yes, right?  Don’t you just want to have a lovely and amazing and clutter free Christmas- yet still have the joy of opening and giving presents??

Here are some great idea’s that allow you and your people to still have all the fun of presents,  that won’t produce too much more clutter, and above all actually carry meaning:

  • Give the gift of an outing- tickets to something, dinner,  a manicure- that kind of thing
  • Or- a class, yoga, writing, knitting…
  • Booze.  What family member wouldn’t like some liquor cabinet love?
  • Give a gift that helps others, kiva is an amazing organization. Or give a goat.
  • Give something hand-made.  A wonky scarf, made with love.  A picture calendar.  Christmas Decorations…so many choices…
  • AN EMERGENCY KIT- I just got excited about this one, but what a great gift to get.  Right?
  • Magazine subscriptions…mildly cluttery- but what to get a juicy piece of mail every month.

This year, we Hetherington/McBride/DuBois/Porter’s decided that we would get gift’s for the little’s, but for the big’s (us), we would do an edible Christmas.  This mean’s we bake, can, pickle, whatever…something delicious for one another!  I am in love with this idea- I mean, what adult doesn’t like to eat.

What about you?  Do you have any clutter free present idea’s?

My New (almost) Mom Uniform

Jeans, leggings, jeans, leggings, jeans, leggings, jeans, leggings, gap shirt. Everyday. Same. Mom. Uniform. Same mom uniform. BORING!!!

I need to step it up a bit here people. Just a bit! A tiny bit. I’m wanting to try a more grown up put together look, all while maintaining comfort. Right? A mama has to be comfortable- and a mama has to be ok with whatever outfit she has getting food/snot/other baby goo (you know what I mean, you do) on it.

So, here is what I’m thinking- dresses! It’s just one item, put it on with some tights, and wear with favorite boots. Now I know this is not rocket science to some of you, but I am a serious jean’s girl, and have never sported this look. I love the textured and patterned tights.

dress tights

Check out Glamour’s list of Do’s and Don’ts for dress/tight wearing. I love these lists…

Now- how do I wear a winter coat with these pretty looks??