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The Big 1-2!

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How Gabby greets each day =)

Today my oldest is officially 12. How?? Seriously people,. yesterday she was learning how to ride a bike and teaching herself to read!

Gabby is a super silly, extremely responsible, interesting and unique kid. She knows what she likes and sticks to it, not caring if it isn’t the popular thing. She finds kids who are in need of a friend and befriends them, caring only that people aren’t lonely because they are different. She cares about animals, especially dogs, and hasn’t swayed from the idea of becoming a dog trainer and an artist. German Shepherds are her favorite dog breed, she melts when she sees them! Legos, Five Nights at Freddys, Jurassic Park & World… these are her favorite things. IMG_5400

 

I am so proud of how mature Gabby is. Klint and I have a lot of overlapping job obligations and so Gabby has picked up the slack a lot and watches her sisters almost every day for a little bit. (She gets a generous allowance as compensation for this, her time is worth something and it is important that she recognizes this) She also has become a really great cook and makes a lot of meals for the family. I love seeing her get excited about learning a new recipe!

I can’t wait to see what this year brings for my oldest girl, more opportunities to learn and grow for sure!

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Like the Air

Music is a very constant, very big presence in my life. It is like the air I breathe, always there, even if I am not conscious of it at times. I have a constant stream of something going on in the background of my mind, until I bring something else to the front. Currently I am choreographing a musical, Bye Bye Birdie, and because of this there is a lot of the soundtrack playing. (I have to watch how much I listen to this before I go to bed or else I can be assured that my dreams will be tinged with “I love You Conrad” and “Got A Lot of Livin’ to Do”!)

My musical tastes run far and deep. In one playlist I can go from something simple and girly from the era of Dawson’s Creek to a boot stomping country song, a hot latin dance mix, and round it off with a metal version of “Let It Go”! The only music I really don’t care for is really violent rap like ICP. Anything else is fair game. Luckily for me Spotify, my music app of choice, allows me to make as many playlists as I want and I am constantly building new collections based on themes, dance classes I am teaching, and projects. So I thought I would share a few songs that I am listening to more than others, some because I really want to choreograph to them and others because they are so much fun to song in the car to. =)

What is your favorite genre of music? Your favorite song (currently)? A playlist on Spotify you enjoy?

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Let’s Talk About Addiction…

…my LulaRoe addiction…. (You didn’t think this was actually going to be a serious post did you?!) But seriously guys, I have an addiction to LulaRoe…

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It all started innocently enough. I am a dance teacher and pretty much live in leggings. I typically stick to black leggings and then pair them with some kind of fun top. However I saw a really cool shirt on Pinterest, a baseball tee with a pattern on the sleeves and a solid middle. I had seen a similar shirt on Penny from The Big Bang Theory and I really liked how it looked on her. So I saw a friend was having a party and bought a shirt called the Randy.

I joined the consultant’s group on Facebook and kept on seeing crazy leggings in wild patterns, patterns that I would NEVER want on my not too small behind. People were going CRAZY for these!!!

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And then there was this word being thrown around….

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Unicorn???? What the hell?? (Stage 8 of the addiction) So I did some research… and came across these babies….

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I saw and pic and fell in LOOOOOOVE!!! I adore all things stars, I have a constellation tattoo, and I love going to the science and natural history museums. So yeah, had to have them… but they are unicorns which means to get them I had to go to good ol’ eBay and pay… well a LOT more than the usual $25/legging price. (Stage 11; Klint just about flipped out on me so I had to explain the whole “unicorn” and buttery soft legging thing) But once I put them on I was hooked!

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This led to a downward spiral of leggings, including raccoon faces, fruit, flowers, stars & stripes, tropical birds… and my faves: pineapples!!!! (I’m pretty sure these make my days brighter!)

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Well, of course I had to go to a real party and see these magical leggings along with their friends Amelia, Irma, Maxi, and more, with every intention of buying just ONE pair of leggings MAYBE… let’s just say I was glad that I had gotten paid that day!

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Yep, that’s my face when the pretty packages start arriving…. total innocence. Lol, anyhow it was obvious I am a fan of all things LulaRoe so I did what any normal woman does in this position- brainstorming ways to afford more LulaRoe! Here, sadly, the addiction has to stop because there is no way I can be a LulaRoe consultant… why you ask? This is why:

I own a zoo and people don’t want pet hair all over these pretty clothes. (On a side note, the leggings are pretty resistant to pet hair sticking to them, a big bonus for me!)

So I will just have to pay for my habit the traditional way and be satisfied scrolling though the many, many, MANY Facebook groups that I belong to. And that is the story of my addiction, which I have tried to curb but….

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Favorite Friday

I thought that on Fridays I could feature some things that I am loving on, especially because my tastes change with the seasons usually! So without further adieu here are my Friday Favorites!

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{favorite drink}

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{favorite cake- Pineapple Upside Down Cake}

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{favorite face moisturizer}

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{favorite bedroom}

 

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{favorite jewelry}

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{favorite haircut}

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{favorite lipgloss}

So there you go!!! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Rainbow Bagels!!!

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OMG you guys!!!!!! I made my very own bagels!!!! And not only are they oh so yummy but they are colorful and pretty!! I was really scared to try this because of how time intensive it is, but it really wasn’t and the taste is so amazing.

I first saw rainbow bagels on Instagram from a bakery in NYC, drooled over them, but resigned myself to the fact that they were only to be seen. Then I saw this tutorial on Rosanna Pansino’s YouTube channel, Nerdy Nummies.  And while I love Ro’s tutorials, this particular one looked like it was an all day event… time is not something I usually have in spades. So to Pinterest I went!

There are TONS of great tutorials for how to make Rainbow Bagels so I chose the one that had good pictures and didn’t require any weirdo ingredients. I settled on this one from MomDot and will definitely be using it again and again!

I followed the directions exactly (a first for me!) as far as ingredients, although I only did 4 colors instead of 6, and they turned out soon beautifully and were so much tastier than the grocery store versions. I’m going to make some more and try some other color combos and maybe add edible glitter… no matter what they are definitely magical!

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Happy Birthday Gabby

Today my oldest baby is 10 yrs old! How the heck do I have a 10 yr old?!!! Gabriella Rae is now in the double digits and growing faster than I can keep up. She is funny, artistic, kind, friendly, caring, sometimes snarky, and very sarcastic. (And stunningly pretty!!) I love watching her play soccer, laugh, read to her menagerie, draw, shoot arrows, and just “be”. I’ve cherished all the time we get to spend together thanks to homeschooling and look forward to many more years of it.

For her special day I filled her ceiling with balloons, wrote on the car, filled balloons with money ($20!!), and bought her favorite donuts- Jack Frost Donuts. Aside from her BIG present- Spike Sparkle, her bearded dragon- we gave her some Legos, clothes, and an awesome pair of chameleon goggles. She was super excited for all of her gifts.

Happy birthday my not-so-baby!!!! We love you lots!!!

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