The week of January 27- February 1 is a odd dinner week here! I will only be making dinner 5 out of the 7 nights. I am already thinking ahead and have some fun dips/dishes planned for next weekend…for the Puppy Bowl…we are much bigger puppy fans than football fans.
Sunday: Easy Vegan Falafel (thank you to Jasmine for sharing this recipe) served with couscous, cucumbers, tomato, roasted red onion, and hummus.
Monday: Dinner with Gert and Papa
Tuesday: Crockpot Ranch Chicken Tacos
Wednesday: Chili / Mac & Cheese Night at School
Thursday: Skillet Gnocchi Pizza Bake served with salad
Friday: Hamburgers with potato wedges and salad
Saturday: Omelets and fruit and maybe 2 ingredient bagels!
I am so ready to be done with diapers. For one, they are expensive! I also am just ready for H to go to the bathroom on the toilet.
I remember potty training L like it was yesterday. Our goal was to have him potty trained before H was born, and that definitely didn’t happen. He was showing signs that he was almost ready, like hiding when he went to the bathroom, telling us AFTER he went, and just being really interested in the bathroom. We let L pick out fun new undies and we let him wear them throughout the day while we had a timer set for every 30 minutes. We all were getting very frustrated and decided to stop for a few weeks and try again. After about three week we tried again with L and there were no issues or accidents, HE was ready…we can’t be ready for them.
So, here we are, H is two and he is definitely showing signs that he is interested. He tells me when he has to go to the bathroom (he won’t sit on the toilet unless he wants to…and this kid has multiple options from potties to toilet seat covers). I ask him often if he is ready to sit on the toilet and his response usually is: NO THANKS! ( At least he’s polite about it.) He also loves to flush the toilet and take all of the toilet paper off of the roll.
I think we need to try the same techniques we used when training L but I know we will need modifications because they are totally different children. Firstly, I need to take him shopping for his own undies. H likes to wear L’s over his diaper from time to time, but I want this to be special for him too. I am ready for H to be out of diapers but I’m not sure that he is quite ready… maybe in a few more week we will really be able to start!
So here is where I need you! Send me your tips and ideas! I want to add to my bag of tricks! So please let me know how you potty trained your little one(s) or how you plan on training when you/they are ready. Feel free to send wine too!
This photo is of me on January 19, 2019 without any makeup on. This is my before photo. I know I have scars (from pimples and chicken pox when I was little), I have rosy cheeks, zits, and I’m starting to see lines.
I do my best to take care of my skin and have been for some time now, but I’ve done most of it on my own. I use a lot of Kiehl’s products, and I love them so much! I also saw a dermatologist after having H because my skin decided it was time for me to have acne at 30. Thankfully it isn’t as bad as it was.
I know most of the things I’ve mentioned are things that you might not notice on my face, but I notice them, we are our own worst critics right?!
I do wear sunscreen every day on my face. I also moisturize every morning and night. I wear a foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush, and maybe a little highlighter daily. Wearing the makeup makes me feel a little better about myself when leaving the house.
I was so excited when I learned about Luminous You (Medical Spa) and the services that they offer. I set up a consultation to sit down with Valery, the owner. I felt so comfortable, like I was having coffee with an old friend, while we discussed what Valery does and what I thought my problem areas were. We talked about what my goals are, and one of my goals for 2019 came up: To be more confident.
One way that I can be more confident is being able to go out of the house without my “face” on. This is a great skincare goal. I’ve been invited to join the “No Foundation Club”, who wants to join with me for 2019?!
Before I left Luminous You, Valery asked me to come up with some questions about skincare or questions that were specific to my skin. I’ve never met a provider that took this much time to speak with me and really make me feel cared for. I sent Valery a handful of questions and she responded with answers that I think will be very helpful for my skin! Here are my questions: She also sent links and additional information that I found to be very educational: To find out your skin type: https://www.skinbarnyc.com/2016/04/18/considering-laser-hair-removal-get-know-fitzpatrick-skin-type/
I have to say, I really appreciate that Valery want to help me learn about the processes and tools I will experience rather than just doing whatever without me knowing.
Another thing that I really appreciated about our first meeting was that Valery wants me to focus on solutions for my skincare problems rather than specific treatments. I really didn’t know there were so many options to help me, and as a 32 year old, Valery has a whole package meant just for the 30 something crowd! Everyone’s skin is different, so there isn’t a one size fits all. I also plan on educating myself through my skincare improvement process and use products that are appropriate for my skincare needs.
It means a lot to me that Valery wants to help me look and feel like the best version of myself. I am nervous because I’ve never done anything like this, but I’m also very excited for my future with Luminous You. My first treatment will be in two weeks!
I hope that you follow along and if you have any questions or if you have been thinking about going to a MedSpa, reach out to Valery (even if you don’t live in the Twin Cities, Valery has so much information to share so you can be knowledgable about your skin and skincare). Valery offers FREE consultations.
Just remember, you can change your hair and clothes, and makeup…but you only get ONE SKIN. Take care of your skin, drink water, use products that won’t damage your skin. USE SUNSCREEN! (Valery shared with me that your sunscreen should be sunscreen with at least 5% Zinc Oxide.)
I’m leaving a link that Valery shared with me for a shop that sells “sun protection you wear”: Coolibar and they have so many clothing options as well as swimwear for everyone!
Well H turned 2 at the end of the new year and he automatically became a full fledged 2 year old. He absolutely hated having “Happy Birthday” sung to him and he does not like having his picture taken anymore.
He is still so sweet and loving but he is giving me a run for my money. The best way to describe him would be that he is a Sour Patch Kid.
He is constantly learning and growing and while doing that he is figuring out brand new ways to do things!
H is in a big kid bed now since he’s been climbing out of his crib since he was a year old. L moved to a big kid bed around 2.5 years old. L never got out of his bed and always called to us if he needed us. H however would get out of bed and bang on his door! That lasted a few weeks until last week when he figured out how to open his bedroom door and really all of the other doors too!
One night he ran into our room and yelled, “BOO”…that was fun! I can’t hide out in the bathroom any longer either (we need to get a new lock for that door).
We remind him all the time to be safe!
Matt and I were talking the other day about how H will be the kid we are called to the school for because he did something like bring a frog to school because he found it on the way there and he needed a friend. Totally harmless but not really what he should be doing.
I have been blessed with two very loving children and I couldn’t be happier. H is really lucky to have L as his brother because I think even if they get into something together, they will also figure it out together.
I sat down with my mom and asked her a few questions! We laughed and cried and enjoyed some great conversation. It was really nice to share this time together and I am so appreciative of her. Love you Mom.
What’s the hardest part (to date) about being a mother? Making sure that everyone’s needs are met and keeping everyone happy at the same time.
Why do you think it’s your job to keep everyone happy? I don’t know.
When you were a new mom, is there anything you weren’t prepared for? I wasn’t prepared for what needed to be done and how to do it. After the birth, there were so many things that needed to be done, such as appointments and managing relationships.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Rebel, Creative, Hardworking
Describe me in 3 words: Rebel, Adventurous, Super-Friendly
How do you think we are alike? How are we different? We both like to be with people (who want to be with us). We love life and our children. We are different because I am obsessively organized and you are not.
How are you different from your mom? Alike? We are different because our generations are different, for example, women were expected to stay home when they had children. I stayed home for a while but eventually went back to work in the school where my kids went to school. We are alike because I share the creativity that my mother has and the creativity that her mother had.
Is there something as a parent you swore you never would do, but you did anyway? I don’t think there is anything.
Biggest achievement? I have accompanied several shows at University in NYC and that’s the closest I’ll ever get to Broadway.
Biggest regret? That I did’t go to music school my freshman year, I went to school for math for two years. I finally switched because that’s what I needed to do for me.
Is there anything you wanted to tell me, but never have? I am an open book, Kate.
What’s the best thing I can do for you right now?Just love me for who I am and take care of me when I am old, even when I am difficult.
When did you realize you weren’t a child anymore? When I had you.
What’s your biggest insecurity? Caring about what people think about me.
What do you love most about yourself? I love everything about myself. I love the things that I can do, my talents, my family. I love my looks, I am 60 and I think I look ok.
What did you think I would grow up to be? Honestly, a singer, either opera or on Broadway…but I am happy with what you are doing but I wish you would sing again.
What’s your first memory of me? The doctor was holding you upside down measuring you and my dad came in to the room taking pictures and was kicked out of the hospital.
Did you ever lose me? If so, where? Nope. Never did.
Which one of the parents at my school annoyed you the most? Haha not mentioning names on record.
Any of my friends really annoy you? No.
What advice would you give your younger self? Don’t care what people think about you and do what’s in your heart.
What’s your favorite family tradition? Camping.
What’s one thing you want to ask me? That’s a good question, I never thought about that. Actually, why are you not singing, Bitch.