06 March 2017

Girl Talk

Like friends who meet for a quick 15 minute coffee break in the midst of cramming as many errands as possible into nap time...

pretty coffee

My son is going to send me to an early grave! It's either that or the looney bin, shit, maybe both! He does some of the most bizarre, ridiculous, destructive, and dangerous stuff, all in the name of a laugh. *eye roll*  Today it was taking a swan dive off the tallest point of the playground because it was really freaking funny to watch his mom tell him to "get down right now" from juuuusssst out of reach. He got down alright...

(Only a bloody lip. Day in the life.)

toddler picking his nose

Germany is an introverts' freaking paradise! No small talk - like, at all. There's no shooting the shit with passers by on hiking trails or talking about your weekend with a random parent in the library. It's awesome. There is a level of honesty about German's that I really appreciate -- that and they are damn good drivers!

You know what Germany is not a paradise for, anything after 9pm. Burden! It's those late night hours that are primo for kid free grocery trips.

Germany may not have a Nordstrom, but they do have Brueninger and I'm a fan. HUGE fan.

I chopped all my hair. Ugh! After cancer I promised myself I'd never willingly have short hair again, but it was just so unhealthy and weird that I felt like I just needed to start from scratch. I do not like how short hair looks on me and I really don't like those extra short pieces of hair that fall out of my ponytails now, but I guess I'll deal. ;) I recently added a fancy schmancy Kerastase product to my hair routine and I'll have to get back to you on that. Too soon to tell.

short blonde hair and red lipstick

Living in Europe has me wanting ally the backpacks. Either that or Kyle's backpack fetish collection is finally rubbing off on me. The man legit has like 12 backpacks on the wall in the garage. Each bag has a specific purpose and he uses them all! I'm wanting a day trip size backpack. Something large enough to hold "day trip stuff" (an extra outfit for each kid, diapers, wipes, snacks, water bottles, my wallet, etc.) but that is also cute (aka doesn't look like something that would ever mingle with my husband's backpacks.) Any suggestions? I'm currently using this backpack as my everyday purse and love it, but it's entirely too small for day tripping ha! These are some I'm liking...

Gotta run! 

13 February 2017


Ok. I'll just come right out and admit it; I drank the cool aid. The fruity, and oh so sweet, KonMari cool aid. (In case you haven't heard of or read the "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo -- that's the cool-aid I'm referring to. I lapped that shit up like a dog in the desert.)

I mean, I didn't do the whole sit on my floor and talk to my clothes or thank my kids' unused toys for their noisemaking service, but I did really pick up (most) of what Marie was putting down. "Keep only the things that spark joy."

Well, the dishwasher, bath towels or bottles of tylenol I kept don't spark joy, but you get the idea. 

Have. Less. SCHTUFF.

My buy-in to the KonMari method predominantly stems from the idea that if you surround yourself only with things you love (and legit need), your life will improve. 

Fewer clothes = less time spent doing laundry. 

Fewer toys = less time spent picking up after the kids go to sleep. 

Fewer throw pillows = fewer pillows on the floor for my kids to wipe their nasty hands/mouths/butts on

In the midst of our exhilarating lives in Arizona, I managed to carve out some time to "discard." I took purging liberties in the kitchen, with the kids clothes/toys, and in my bathroom/vainity. But the area that received the most significant attention was my own closet. 

My closet was busting at the seams and I would conservatively estimate that 3/4 of it was pure crap. Ill-fitting, cheap, never gonna wear again crap!

You see, I've come to the realization that "fashion" just isn't something I love or that "sparks joy" if you will. ;)  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy getting dressed and feeling put together in a simple, classic, functional, mom kind of way, but fashion? It's not my shit. Coming up with unique ways of styling the latest and greatest trends simply does not get me all hot and bothered. 

And I'm good with that. Great with that in fact. Maybe "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" gave me the permission I didn't know I needed to trim the fat! Let go of the things in my closet that I didn't feel comfortable or confident wearing. Toss the pieces that weren't functional and just begged my children to wipe allllllll the colorful sauces on. Ditch the shoes that I wore that one time to that place for the thing. Gone. All of it--GONE!

Nearly a year later, I am here to tell you that I haven't missed any of the things I tossed. 

I paired my wardrobe down to two types of pants (black leggings and denim), tops in only six different, solid colors (white, gray, black, blue, dark green, or blush/maroon) and a pair or two of neutral colored shoes from each category and that's it!

Apart from a few closet staples, that is literally all I have in my closet. Pinky promise!

signature style inspiration

The KonMari Method served to help me not only realize my own "signature style" but to embrace it.

The gist here is, I have established my personal uniform and I'm thrilled about it!

Very little thought or effort goes into deciding what I'm going to wear on any given day. I know that 100% of the things I wear will be comfortable, functional and make feel good. Having a uniform, for me, it just works!

personal signature style

 1. || 2. || 3. || 4. || 5. || 6. || 7. || 8.

Plus, can you image, spending money on only two types of pants or only considering tops of a certain color/style??! It's been totally and completely liberating!

Basically, if you've been on the fence about tossing all of your shit and simplifying your wardrobe...do it! Just do it. 

You're welcome. ;)

You can shop my "uniform" using the widget below, but consider yourself warned, runway ready it is not. ;)

Also, just because I've gone more minimalist with my clothing does not mean I've done the same with my lipstick collection. Gotta keep things interesting, right?

04 February 2017

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dachau concentration camp museum

Even the best of history teachers can't evoke the feelings one has being within the concrete walls of Dachau Concentration Camp.

"arbeit macht frei"

Dachau was the first. 

second world war crematorium

world war two concentration camp

The model and blueprint for all of it's heinous successors. 

nazi concentration camp crematorium

nazi concentration camp guard tower

dachau concentration camp barracks x

Hell on earth for more than 188,000 prisoners.

dachau concentration camp barracks

dachau concentration camp barracks

dachau concentration camp barracks

dachau concentration camp

On Dachau, more human lives than we will ever know were destroyed.

dachau barracks x

dachau gas chambers

dachau barracks x

dachau crematorium

"grave of thousands"


"never again" WWII quote

Visiting a nazi concentration camp--not necessarily the first thing that pops into the heads' of most  when planning a European vacation, but perhaps it should be...

*If you are planning a trip, don't hesitate to shoot me an email and I'd be happy to walk you through the logistics/good-to-know aspects of visiting this particular concentration camp!

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