A Kinda Christmas Fashion Tale

Mommy Diaries: Me!

Before we start the third last Mommy Diary, I just wanted to let you know that registration opens for the Spring Challenge today! My mom and I are doing this, along with some familiar Style Me Blogger faces

Imagine waking up every morning knowing EXACTLY what you're going to wear that day, walking into a closet full of mix and match on-trend pieces that you love. No more wandering around the mall not knowing what to buy.

All the work is done for you!

If this sounds like a dream come true, then I can help that dream become a reality.

You love looking cute and put together, right?   But sometimes you're not sure what to buy or how to pair it up.  Maybe you're stuck in a "mom rut" of yoga pants or out of style, poor fitting clothes but aren't sure where to start to rebuild your wardrobe.
I'm so excited to share this with you!

My friend and personal stylist Alison Lumbatis, the creator of Get Your Pretty On has just opened registration for her latest GYPO Style Challenge.  The GYPO Style Challenge is a wildly popular virtual styling program where you get a shopping list of the latest seasonal trends along with 21 days of outfit combinations created from the list.   You can learn more here

Alison is passionate about helping other women get out of a style rut and feel pretty again.  She offers affordable, accessible style programs to help women regain confidence and feel great about how they look.

The GYPO Style Challenge also includes a vibrant and extremely active Facebook community where women swap shopping and style tips and encourage and support each other.  Most participants agree this is the best part of the challenge.

If this sounds like fun to you, you can check it out here



I suppose if I have all these wonderful women in my life that are willing to share their story, then maybe I should partake as well......here we go.

I'm pretty proud of the lack of video games/devices that my kids use.
I love that a hug can calm my kids down when they're agitated and having a break down.  
I'm super impressed with their Math/Reading/Writing skills
I'm so happy with all the documenting that I do of our life on this blog, I know I'll be even more grateful in the later years.
I'm pretty good at maintaining a relatively clean home
One of the biggest victories in the past 8 years of mommyhood is having surrounded myself with positive role models and friends and recognizing their importance in my formation as a mom.
Sharing the influence of relationships with them and not just the importance of friends, but family as well.
The cozy home I've created. And I say that I created it because Dan would have a completely unfurnished home with just sleeping bags if he had his way.

                               
Of course, it seems that most of my fails happen when I let one of my "victories" slip.  Like the time I left the Ipad out and  Willis figured out how to take pictures on it and just happened to be naked. And dancing.
Or the time Willis was being really good, searching pictures to draw or googling the Harlem Globetrotters to watch games.  He was being so responsible that I left it out at night so that he could use it on this one particular Saturday morning when he got up.  When Dan got up, Willis guiltily hid what he was looking at, claiming that it was an accident and he didn't know where it came from.  
He was looking at snakes' vaginas. 
Yup, you read that right.  
Dan embarrassingly told him to put it away and that was it.  When Dan told me what had happened and I had a chance to talk to Willis about it, I had a feeling something was off with his story. My spidey-teacher senses were tingling.  So, like the trained professional that I am (sadly I have a lot of experience checking teenagers' browser histories) I went back to see what actually had been googled, which wasn't snakes' vaginas, but veginas on the outside.
And that is why my kids aren't allowed access to devices just quite yet.
Not that I don't trust them, and Willis certainly learned a lesson, but things are just to readily available for them and I'm not there yet.  It's not like those french dictionaries that we used to flip open so stealthily in grade 3 to see....anatomy.
Oy.


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