Sep 22, 2014


i'm feeling anxious on this first official day of fall for some reason.

so i'm starting again. opening my eyes and ears. listening to my heart and intuitions. studying to show myself approved. praying for patience, courage, confidence, focus, clarity. setting some new goals - a more patient parent. a more giving spouse. a better friend. a more steadfast disciple. more embracing of my imperfections. more grateful.

what about you? accepting all encouraging words. 

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Sep 20, 2014


So I was so excited that I got to link up with a dear friend of mine (a mom from munchkins former preschool) at a birthday party last weekend. We've been sending notes, and emails, and texts, but it had been nearly a year since we'd seen each other, I think? Where does the time go?? At any rate, after giving each other the run down of the haps over the last year (girl scouts, new schools, hot dates, play dates...) she put me on to a couple of jams that she and her little were shaking their booties to.

These has been on replay all week, the radio edited version of course:-)

And this line dance we've been jamming to a gazillion times. Elmo slide AGAIN mommy!!

some other thoughts musings for the weekend:

The other night we got dressed up and went to a little fundraising event. In hindsight, wishing I had this super cute clutch instead of dragging around my bulky (albeit fancy) bag. And all of these cute accessories on super duper sale at Anthropologie.

Filling up my Pinterest "Hair Crush" board with these anything but basic bun styles. They don't call me Bunnie for nothing.

Did I mention that in an effort not to pull out every strand of my hair this year, I've decided to join in on the fun (at least the snacks and adult beverages) and learn the game of Football. I've even joined a Fantasy Football league with some girlfriends. I hope The Bunnie Ranch kicks butt this weekend - WOOT.

Setting a date with a bloggy pal of mine to get together for a crafternoon and put the finishing touches some pumpkins and other fall goodness.

How come noone told me about InstaCart?! These folks will go grocery shopping and deliver it to your door (in as little time as an hour), thats bananas!! You mean, I can get my Organic Horizon whole milk, Huggies Slip Ons, and squeezey Peter Rabbit apple sauce pouches all while little people people are napping? Sign up and receive free delivery on your first order over $10, Say what?!

Oh re reading this New York Times article about "Scandal" and "Greys Anatomy" creator/writer Shonda Rhimes. I think it was supposed to be a praise report - A little baffling if its not a joke?!! I am personally offended on many levels!!?


Sep 19, 2014


Time to close my eyes, say a prayer and press the button.

The Giggle Girls Book Club is a monthly subscription of carefully curated children's books, stationery and crafts, for the modern young girl.  Breeding an awesome literary clique of smart, modern, young girls who love to read. 

Stay tuned for our shop open OCTOBER 1ST 2014!

If you are a kids book author/ publisher / toy / stationery designer, let's chat about featuring your line in an upcoming Giggle Girls Book Club parcel by email me at gigglegirlsbookclub (at) gmail (dot) com.


In the mean time please follow (below) for first dibs on details:


Sep 17, 2014


I try really hard to prepare a menu for the week ahead, so I'm not rushing around like a crazy person or trying to figure out at the last minute whats for dinner. THE WORST. Here's a dish that's easy to throw together with dried herbs and chicken (which I generally keep in the freezer). Put together with some easy sides like roasted potatoes and a salad (fruit salad for the kids) makes an easy peasy weeknight dinner.


Juice and zest of 4 lemons, plus 2 whole lemons
2 tablespoons rosemary
2 tablespoons sage
3 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil
8 chicken thighs/legs trimmed of excess fat
Kosher salt

  1. 1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag. Remove 2 tablespoons marinade mixture; place in a small bowl, and stir in olives. Set aside.
  2. 2. Add chicken to remaining marinade, tossing well to coat. Seal bag, and marinate in refrigerator 1 hour.
  3. 3. Preheat oven to 450°.
  4. 4. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Place chicken on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 25 minutes or until done. Place chicken on a serving platter. Spoon reserved olive mixture evenly over chicken.

What's your go to weeknight dinner (besides Urban "Pizza" Pie:-)

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Sep 16, 2014


The first winner of my first ever Etsy Shop item - WOOT! (I don't know why I like saying {woot} so much?)  I'm still in the planning stages and am experimenting with some pieces I've been wanting to try.  I LOVE, LOVE Liberty Prints of London and am excited to add more to my shop.

I've reserved a space over on Etsy, please stay tuned for the grand opening!!

Congrats Mandy, thanks so much for the compliment and I can't wait to see how you rock it!


Sep 15, 2014


One of my most prized friends started a blog which is now my new favorite. She is a single mama who has raised three phenomenal young men - I'm sure it helped that she is pretty phenomenal herself. She was having a little chat about birthdays (on her birthday) which prompted me to journal some things I wanted to remember and share about the birthdays I remember growing up and the traditons I've started with my own little family.

It still mortifies amazes me that I get to take care of and grow and usher this little flock of mine. I am so very proud to be a wife and mother to this brood…

But before that I was (and am) my mamas child. And for as long as I can remember there was the Bell Family Happy Birthday song. Especially once we moved off and went to college and such. Before I could open my eyes and get out of bed tos start the day, scrambling to open my eyes and answer the phone - and then hearing everyone's voice on the line (mom, dad, sissy in med school, high school brother) raspy sleepy voices, singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!  And then a rendition of "For he's a jolly good fellow, which I never understood, but sing along and crack up laughing every time…

As tired as I was - I felt super special from the moment I opened my eyes that day.

We didn't have a big party for the munchkin for the first time (she turned six) this year. I figured I'd just do a little something at school with treats and balloons and favors for her classmates. I got a sitter for little h and came to her class and read one of her favorite books to her class...she wore a favorite dress and we had a special "fancy" dinner at her favorite restaurant.

We had an amazing day - celebrating all that she had accomplished and learned and how much she had grown this past year. I made sure to give her extra snuggles and tell her how very proud of the young lady she is becoming...

I wanted to take the time to jot down some of our birthday traditions so I wouldn't forget and hopefully to inspire you to create (or add to) some of your own. 

Morning surprise.
Ever since the munchkins first birthday I've snuck into her bedroom before dawn and filled it with balloons. She almost caught me last year so this time I strung a wall of steamers right outside her door - worked like a charm.

Favorite Breakfast (In Bed).
Chocolate chip waffles for this last birthday. Or warm bubbly oatmeal for h. If you are lucky enough to have your birthday fall on the weekend you get to have your breakfast served in bed.

Balloons/Streamers in the car.
If her birthday falls on a weekday, instead of filling her room with balloons I turned the car into "party bus"!

Sweet Treats.
This year we actually put candles in a chocolate glazed donut - her current favorite. For Lover I made a double chocolate cake (I'm still working off the pounds from helping him demolish that one)... 

Every year we still wake up to a birthday song (from grandma, granddaddy, auntie Michelle and Uncle Alvin, mommy and daddy - little h or big sissy).

What I realized over these years is it doesn't take a million bucks to make someone feel like a million bucks on their special day. You'll be surprised how far a pack of balloons, a roll of streamers and a batch of cupcakes will get you.

P.S. This year I filled the hubby's car with balloons while he was asleep. The look on his face when he got in for his drive to work was priceless..

P.S.S. Did I mention that my two year old wouldn't touch a piece of cake (or any other sweet treat) with a ten foot pole. Doesn't like anything sweet, except for my homemade oatmeal, which consequently tastes just like birthday cake??:-) but that's another story for another day…

What special traditions did you grow up having or do you have now? I'm nosy like that:-)

Sep 12, 2014



I think all of my favorite actors and comedians got together and made movies and decided to release them all at the same time. Frantically searching for a sitter so that I can dive into at least one of these movies - HILARIOUS, EMOTIONAL, TERRIFYING - over the weekend. I've corralled the trailers for your viewing pleasure. Also, if you're going to see either, ping me just in case I need to leave hubby at home for a GIRLS NIGHT OUT.


Speaking of Girls Night, I'm almost finished with this hilarious book. The author has described southern women to a tee - which I found equally hilarious and offensive?!  Hoping to finish it up over the weekend and dive into a few other things:

I'm trying to find something fun to do over the long weekend in October. I'd love to share this huge amazing house with some friends in mountains of Asheville, I've never been before - but a fall trip to the mountains would be a good way to unwind from the hustle of back to school… Hints to the hubby..

Stumbled on this Cozi app - the tag line drew me in - family.  life.  simplify - I'll take some of that.

Going  overboard over on Pinterest - looking for inspiration for fall porch decor ideas starting with this inspired Pinterest board. I'm thinking galvanized planters, purple mums, white stenciled pumpkins...

SHOUT OUT! So jealous happy for my bloggy pal Mimi who has just signed on to blog for Good Housekeeping - WOW!! I want to be just like this chic when I grow up. For Real tho.

SO In love with the style and design of this Chicago apartment. Currently deleting all my pin boards and starting over with these photos:-) Oh and I'll be stalking her super cute blog over the weekend.

Locking myself in my little guest room/office for a bit making more of these lovely bracelets - I think. Enter to win one for yourself - SHARING THE LOVE.

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