Lassie On the Loose

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My beautifully amazing friend Raymanda tagged me in a little ditty called “Get to Know Me”. And since I am still struggling through a self inflicted writing hiatus, I decided to have a go at her little challenge. Nothing too terrible can come from it right?

1. Are you named after someone?

Nope. I am an original! Though I made sure my boys were named after family members.

2. When was the last time you cried?

Yesterday. Sigh…..

3. Do you have kiddos?

Boys by treeI live in the world of boys and wouldn’t have it any other way. Well, except for the smell. Sweaty lacrosse players are from from fruity fresh!

4. If you were another person, would you be a friend to yourself?

Absolutely! I am a fierce loving and loyal friend who suffers from wanderlust and has a earth hugging gypsy side that drives Hubby insane.

5. Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Red wine, afternoon naps and sitting in the sunshine.

6. Do you like your handwriting?

Yes. It’s a combination of cursive and printing.

7. What’s your favorite cereal?

Mmmmm, Peanutbutter Captain Crunch.

8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Their smile and then their eyes.

9. What is your eye color?

IMG_3558Moo cow brown.

10. Scary movie or happy endings?

This smooshy romantic loves a happy ending. The more Kleenex required the better!

11. Favorite TV show?

I have a few. I love Criminal Minds and also love to watch NCIS, Hawaii 5-0 and Big Bang Theory.

12. Summer of Winter?

Mmmmmm, I love me some sunshine. Give me the heat and sun all day long!

13. Hugs or Kisses?

Nothing beats a good bear hug.

14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

Siberia. Craziest trip ever backpacking through the Sayan Mountains that ended with us getting airlifted out through a Russian mob connection. Cra-zy.

15. Do you have any special talents?

I can touch my nose with my tongue.

16. Where were you born?

IMG_2175Ohio – Go Buckeyes!

17. What are your hobbies?

Running, yoga, photography, writing, sideline cheerleader for my boys.

18. Do you have any pets?

IMG_2564We have a miniature poodle Sophie, which the youngest has renamed Stuffy and an African frog.

19. Favorite movie?

Oh there are many! Top Gun, 16 Candles, Meet the Parents, Old School and The Breakfast Club to name a few.

20. What color is your car?

Black and she answers to Black Betty.

21. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Carefree and happy.

A New View At Life

IMG_3497Almost a year ago I had an epiphany of sorts. I will blame it on the whole ‘turning 40‘ thing. I took a big step back and really analyzed where I was in my life, what I wanted and where I wanted to go. This ordeal sent my mind spinning in crazy directions, leaving me truly wondering what did I want? It was at that moment I decided to walk away.

Now, any of you that know me realize I do not do change well. I stayed at the crappiest job ever for 12 years because the thought of change scared me more than the toxic people I worked with. After much prayer and a gift from God, I was able to leave that job for a new one I truly loved. Fast forward two years and change would have its way with me again as we up and moved from Chicago to the grand ole state of Texas. New town, new state, knowing no one. I couldn’t even get to the grocery store without my navigation in my car. But I trudged on and am now getting quite familiar with this new land and have been able to do so without relying solely on Google Maps. Yeah me!

I tackled turning 40 with my bestie by taking a girls surfing trip to Barbados. It was amazing; the food, the surf, the stories – oh the stories! I think this picture sums it up quite well.

IMG_2633Now Kat, weren’t you talking about walking away? Yes, yes I was. I decided in my pre-midlife crisis moment to walk away from writing. This included my blog, Blissfully Domestic, my journal and every other writing platform I was working on or posting to. Seems easy I know, but when something has been a part of your life for eight years it is hard to walk away. Through writing and blogging I have made fierce life long friendships, I have met amazing people, been inspired over and over again, have finally been among people that ‘get’ me – how could I walk away from everything I loved and cherished. These guys.

IMG_1862And Hubby, I can’t forget Hubby. I had caught myself one too many times saying, “Just give me a minute to finish this up” and “Can you please quiet down? Mommy need to get her work/writing/post done“. I was actually convicted by Monkey who said, “I know Mom, you always say that.” Whoa. THAT is not what I wanted to hear. I didn’t want them to remember me as some crazy haired person hiding behind a laptop. I wanted them to remember me; that I spent time with them, was fully present in their lives, that I cared about them more than the internet, that I loved them with all my heart and soul.

So after a heart to heart with Hubby and his assurance that the world would go on if I didn’t blog, I took a break. To say it was easy would be a big fat lie. I was like an addict – “If I just quick put up this haiku I just wrote people wouldn’t forget about me, maybe if I do just one more 100 Words….” The list went on and on. I made a conscious effort to leave my laptop out of plain sight. I actually hid it in my closet. Pathetic, I know. But I missed it. I still miss it. But by walking away for a bit it made me realize how much time I was truly spending on it. Time that I could never get back with my family.

So now our family rule is no laptops after dinner. Internet time has been replaced with mandatory family snuggle time on the couch. And even though it is cramped and squishy and full of boy madness, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. But I am trying to find a way write more. Because life has to be about balance right?

 

Cars, Cooking and Chicks

-2What happens when you get cool chicks together to chat about cooking and cars? You get the Buick Summer Twitter Party!! Come join myself and other internet cuties this Wednesday July 17th at 8PM Central. We will be chatting about cooking with our ever adorable host Johanna from Momma Cuisine. You can even stalk her, I mean catch her hanging out, at one of the French Market locations around the Chicagoland area for her Summer Cooking Tour!

We will also be talking about the gorgeous new 2013 Buick Encore which is Buick’s brand new luxury crossover. It’s sleek, stylish and sassy. What is not to love about that? How about test driving one!  On July 20th you can drive one of these beauties at the New Lenox French Market.  HGTV Star, Robert North from Designed To Sell, will also be there as a special guest.

But it gets even better! By joining our chat you could win one of the fabulous prizes! Feast your eyes on these:

  • GRAND PRIZE – $100 Visa gift card
  • Buick cheese board/knife set
  • 2 copies of “The Woodford Reserve Culinary Cocktail Tour: A Journey with Bourbon” (Buick branded book) – to 2 chat participants
  • 1 copy of “Simply Ming One-Pot Meals” (Buick branded book by Ming Tsai and Arthur Boehm) – to 1 chat participant
  • 1 copy of “How to Roast a Lamb” (Buick branded book by Michael Psilakis) – to 1 chat participant

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get chatting!  I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas Wednesday July 17th at 8PM CST. See you then!

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Strong Mom Party of One, Please

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I am often outnumbered, in fact, I am always outnumbered. I am the sole female living in a house full of boys. Not that this is anything new to me. I grew up with a brother, had all boy cousins and lived in a neighborhood full of boys. Ironically, girls are a foreign entity to me.

But being a Mom to boys is not always easy. My vision of motherhood is often challenged and is nothing like what I envisioned as a young girl. Being a Mom to boys has its own crazy unwritten rule book. Rule Number One: There are no rules. There isn’t much of a learning curve either. You leave the hospital with this bundle of boyhood and hit the ground running. Will you stumble? Yes. Fall flat on your face? Oh yeah. Love them unconditionally even though they drive you to the brink of insanity? Absolutely!

Here is what I have learned so far:

  • The seat is never down. Never. Dreams of it ever being down again have long been flushed away.
  • Body functions are funny. If it comes out of the body – it’s humorous. Most days it is downright hilarious. It’s even funnier when it is inappropriately timed or in a public forum.
  • Duct tape becomes your best friend and a necessity. It can fix toys, accessorize swords and guarantees that your child’s diaper stays on through the night.
  • Your vision of you house smelling sweet and welcoming is replaced by outdoor musk and stinky socks.
  • This vision takes a cruel turn for the worse when your child enters tweendom and discovers Axe. *save me*
  • Your purse becomes a safe haven for random Legos, action figures, gum wrappers, special rocks they had to keep, athletic cups and anything else they deem worthy of keeping but not important enough to carry themselves. This by the way applies to everything they own.
  • You cute sassy purse turns into a huge canvas Mom bag.
  • You will have an in-depth knowledge of Star Wars, bugs, football statistics and all the noises you can make with various body parts.
  • You will learn that boys have invisible dirt magnets under their nails and no matter how often you wash and scrub them, they will be black again in minutes.
  • Your husband, sensing the testosterone filled house, will embrace his inner 12 year old and teach and/or encourage many of the above mentioned behaviors.
  • You will have bad days. Days when you will yell, say not nice things, things you regret. You will be tired, angry and frustrated. They will still love you.
  • Your boys will see you at your worst and still think you are beautiful and when you put on a dress they will say, “WOW Momma, you look pretty!”
  • It will be the best and most rewarding job you will ever have!
  •  Take the StrongMoms Empowerment Pledge

    ** I am participating in a blog campaign with One2One Network. I have not received any payment. All opinions, pieces of wisdom and parental transgressions are my own. **

Thrill Seeker

Ask, and it shall be given you; Seek and you shall find…

A new year is always full of new beginnings, endless possibilities and the sense that we can ultimately, once again, start anew. It is a refreshing, yet daunting feeling, especially if you were less than satisfied with the previous year.

As a way to focus myself, since I am not one for New Year’s resolutions, I choose a word for the year. It is not a new thing and I have done it for the past two years. In fact, it has become a sort of cult. Ok, maybe not that extreme but that makes you want to join in doesn’t it?

So as I pondered my word from last year, thinking about how I used it to change me, I wondered where I should go with this new word. I have spent a lot of time pondering, gnawing it over, listening, but most of all – waiting. Waiting for when I got ‘that‘ feeling that THIS is what I need to work on, this is where I need to focus. And then it hit me, like it has every time before… BAM!

SEEK

It’s definitions scream to me:

  • to go in search or quest of: to seek the truth.
  • to try to find or discover by searching or questioning.
  • to try to obtain.
  • to try or attempt.
  • to go to: to seek a place to rest.
  • to ask for; request.
  • to explore.

What will I find if I truly seek what is out there for me. While the thought is frightening (what if I don’t like what I find), it also invigorates me. So with that, my journey has begun. I have no idea where this word journey will take me this year but here’s hoping for a wild ride!

Embracing your curl

Kat_solo I was born with curly hair. Wild, curly and unruly hair. While many looked at it with envy, I secretly longed for what I didn’t have – tame, lovable, easy to manage hair. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do love my curls – when they behave. But if you have curly hair you know that ‘curly’ and ‘behave’ NEVER go hand in hand and are never mentioned in unison. Ever. Sigh.

During my youth this was a problem because, well, back then there just wasn’t product for those of us graced with curls. Hairspray…. yes. Styling product to tame down the crazy rat’s nest on my head – no.

But now there are products galore for us curly headed divas. Products that work and products that we need for survival. Okay, maybe a bit dramatic but if you have to try and tame an unruly head of curls on a daily basis you would feel my pain.

Fekkai offers a line of products that will help you define, control and celebrate your curls. Sweet! This curly headed lassie says “Bring it!!”

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Of course, it is the holiday season which means everyone is in the giving spirit. Well Fekkai is no dofferent.  Fekkai is offering you 10% off your total order and a complimentary exclusive holiday headband with $50 purchase (while supplies last) Promo Code: HEADBAND. All you need to do is head over to Fekkai, pick out the product best suited for your hair and enter the Promo Code. Then you will be ready to hit the holidays with fabulous hair, a cute headband and a good dose of holiday cheer. Now that my friends is a win, win.

** This post is sponsored by BlogHer & P&G**

So Much To Be Thankful For

This lassie has much to be thankful for and I am grateful for the abundance of blessings God has provided me. Most of all, this car full of chaos!

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hold On to Your Rabbit’s Foot – We’re Cerlebrating 13!

Once upon a time there was a girl, let’s call her lassie

She was dreaming of a lad who could be a bit sassy

She always drifted towards those spunky wild ones

For they of course, knew how to have the most fun!

And then one day HE came into her sight

This skater punk surfer suited her just right

He told her “The seat to the left is for you”

And from that night their true love grew

They went to their homeland once they were married

And over the threshold he graciously carried

Soon they doubled their numbers and doubled the love

Each little lad was truly, a blessing from above

They have seized the ups, they have tackled the downs

They have mastered the giggles and conquered the frowns

They fill their house with love and joy

For that is the life when you live life with boys!

And while some say the luck of thirteen is not good

I’ll grab my rabbit’s foot and knock on wood.

Happy thirteenth anniversary to my best friend and partner in crime. I am forever grateful for your love and friendship and ability to tolerate all the craziness that embodies me. I love you WAMHAS!!

Barren

This lassie’s brain is barren, blank, depleted, fallow and unproductive. I have sat down to write over and over, only to produce a whole lot of nothing. Some days I may get some random gibberish. Others I stare at the blank page, trying not to be intimidated by it’s blankness. But more importantly, I am tired. I need a break. I need to re-find my love of writing so it is not a chore. I’m not worried as this is cyclical for me. I often find myself living in ebbs and tides. Often, I struggle writing when there is just too much swirling around in my head. Right now there is a lot swirling. But soon the movement will calm and the words will come. Till then, enjoy the heat of the desert.

Encircling Change

Today I flipped the last page of an overly long chapter of my life. I am happy, elated and ready to move on. Of course, to celebrate I laced up my shoes and ran my heart out! Thanks Hubby <3

Run baby run
Don’t ever look back.
They’ll tear you apart
If you give them the chance.