Totally Random December Post

Alright, so this is kind of a random post.  A couple of things popped into my head to write about, but each one alone isn’t enough for a post.   This is a melting pot of miscellaneous musings! 

LKM Confession:  Latchkey Fail!

This was something that happened that I thought was funny.  It’s an example of what can happen with a latchkey, so it seemed relevant.  This week son number two, Hunter, had a number of things going on that required him to be at school early (band rehearsal, help sessions, etc.).  It’s not fun trying to get his lazy booty moving in the morning.  I often fail and we end up being late, late, late.  As a result, Rich has had to get son number one, Bear, on the bus for me.  Bear’s bus comes right to the driveway, which is oh so convenient!  Well one morning this week, as I was stuck in traffic trying to get back home to relieve Rich, my phone rang.

Rich, “Are you almost here?”

“Not even close,” I replied.  

It was so cold that my car was iced over.  I was driving Rich’s truck because he’d already been out that morning, and had tossed me his keys as Hunter and I scrambled out of the house.  His house key was on the ring and I, of course, was wearing my key.  Out of habit, I had locked the door.  Yep – Rich and Bear were locked inside the house, with his bus seconds from arriving.  This has happened to me before (getting locked in), more times than I care to admit.  But never to Rich.  He didn’t like it.  I got home in the nick of time.  I think we need a hide-a-key for inside the house!

Middle School Fashion Drama


It’s been very cold in North Georgia this week.  The mornings have been in the low to mid-twenties!  Bone chilling cold, in my humble, warm-blooded opinion.  It’s been very tough to defrost my car in the morning (see above).   Yesterday, I entered the kitchen to find my 7th grader wearing jeans (thank God, because shorts were not out of the question with this child) and a short sleeve cotton t-shirt.  For the record, I had on my heavy winter coat (which was purchased during the years we lived in Baltimore), gloves, hat and a scarf.  I told him that if he wouldn’t wear his winter coat, he at least needed a sweater and his vest.  Oh dear Lord, you should have seen his face.  He reacted as if I told him he had to wear a dress!  I’m exhausted from our school battles and didn’t feel like engaging – so I suggested that perhaps a long sleeve shirt, like a Henley, would make us both happy.  He grudgingly complied and even carried a hoodie out to the car.

We were picking up two other 7th graders, the daughter and son (twins) of a friend of mine.  When they got in the car, after waving bye to their grandmother (who was getting them off that particular morning), I asked them why they weren’t wearing coats.  They both had hoodies, so at least it wasn’t just my child.  It was 24 degrees outside!  Well apparently, according to the mini fashion Diva in the car, coats are not cool.  Who knew?  Puffy vests (like the one I suggested for Hunter) will get a kid immediately labeled as a marshmallow.  What?  So walking pneumonia gets you a pass into the cool club?  I asked about sweaters, because Hunter has many very cool sweaters – purchased by me!  The consensus was that girls can get away with them, but not boys.  My friends, I would not be in middle school again for anything in the world!

The next morning, I picked up the same children.   Grandma wasn’t around and mom had already left for work.  The young lady wore a light jacket, the boy, with the temperature 28 degrees, had a short sleeve cotton t-shirt on!  Mother of this child – are you reading this?  This is my way of telling on him, without telling on him!

Christmas Preparation


How’s everyone doing with holiday cards, Santa, baking, shopping, wrapping, decorating, entertaining, and the shipping of packages?  Just curious, so I thought I’d throw this out there to see where I stand amongst my friends.  Here’s where I am with my holiday chores.

Santa – visited and lists were delivered!

Cards  – almost done!

Wrapping – about half way there, but no bows, yet. 

Decorating – done. 

Baking – haven’t started, but I did buy a bunch of ingredients. 

Shopping – not finished, but almost.  I’ve done about 90% on-line this year.  I can’t believe it.  So easy, too easy, with Amazon Prime.  Sorry North Point Mall, I couldn’t face you this year!

Shipping – I’ve mailed all my out of town packages – yippee! 

It’s still Crazy Town around here, but I’m not freaking out as I have in years past.  Everything always gets down, somehow, some way.   Of course, the closer I get to Christmas….

Awkward Family Moment

Last night at dinner, one of my children, who I will not name, announced that they thought members of the opposite gender were looking “hot” these days.  I am so not ready, or prepared, for this to be a topic at the dinner table!


Tomorrow I’m featuring my friend Jackie and her special Christmas cocktail!

Also – don’t forget that tomorrow is the day I pick a winner for a wardrobe consult/workshop with Kathy from Style Daily.  Be sure to comment on her blog, for a chance to win!

Finally – be sure to check back next week.  To show my gratitude for my reader’s support, I’m putting together a big Christmas giveaway!

Did you know that coats are uncool on the battlefields of middle school?  What would you have not been caught dead wearing when you were in school?  Are there any other fashion no-no’s I should be aware for my seventh grader?  Where are you with your holiday preparation?  What does your family talk about at the dinner table?

CLP: December Books

Looking for a good book to buy friends and family for a holiday gift?  Check out December’s new releases for ideas.

December New Releases

Yes, holiday season is upon us once again.  Books are the gift that keeps on giving, and there are plenty of good ones to pick from this month.  So make your list (and check it twice), before heading out to your local bookseller this December.

Morning Glory  by Sarah Jio – November 26th.   Ada leaves New York City after a tragedy, moving to a house boat on Seattle’s Lake Union.    It’s there that Ada discovers the trunk of a former resident, Penny Wentworth. Continue reading at Chick Lit Plus.





Guest Post and a Holiday Give-away: Kathy Bochonko from Style Daily

Holiday Style Tips


So we’re already a week into December and I’m sure life is pretty crazy for most of us.   FP sequin shift I feel like my social life in December contains as many events as the other eleven months combined.  I also find that many of the same people attend these annual parties.   I look forward to celebrating with everyone, but if your life is anything like mine, this can mean nights standing in the closet staring at my clothes.  The question I always ask is, “What am I going to wear this time?”

Big fancy holiday galas are few and far between for me.  When they do happen, I always enjoy buying a new dress.  I love this one from Free People and might need an excuse for a new dress!  I’m not going to focus on those fancy occasions, instead I’ll give you my tips on being prepared for your more casual holiday get-togethers.  I want to feel festive, but refuse to wear ornaments earrings or the dreaded “Christmas sweater.”  All you need is some fun items that you can combine in different ways with the staples in your wardrobe.  One sparkly or shiny item mixed with some basics and you’re all set.   These pieces are usually timeless – it’s how you wear them each year that’ll change.

Here’s my Holiday Hot list for this year:  Continue reading Guest Post and a Holiday Give-away: Kathy Bochonko from Style Daily

Let’s Talk About Holiday Cards – Shall We?


1)       Christmas cards or Holiday cards?  Does it matter? For a long time, I insisted that my cards express Merry Christmas, because that’s what I was celebrating.  As I got older and realized it wasn’t all about me, I started to embrace more all-inclusive cards and went with the “Happy Holidays” theme.  But I live in the south and the Christmas dis was mentioned a few times, so I went back Merry Christmas.  Then my world got bigger and I started receiving holiday cards from my Jewish friends, not Hanukah cards.  So why was I sending them Christmas cards?  I’m not certain if I ever offended anyone, but now I order two kinds of cards.  A set of Christmas cards and a set of holiday cards.  Overkill?


Our 2001 Card, with a picture inserted.
XmasCardPhoto2001 Continue reading Let’s Talk About Holiday Cards – Shall We?