Happy Coffee Day

As much as I love an excuse to celebrate, I don't normally pay attention to all those "official" National Day of (insert random thing here).  I just let them fly on by me without much notice or planning, but when Jihane at OnyxJ suggested we collaborate on a post for National Coffee Day, how could I, as coffee obsessed as I am, refuse?

We met up at my favorite local coffee shop, The Doshi House, to talk all things coffee and to sample some of their more unique coffee offerings.  Check out the video we filmed highlighting some of the coffees we tried and make sure to pop on over to read Jihane's full post here.  Happy National Coffee Day!!!


Fall Capsule Wardrobe - Leopard Print

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I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe.  Having a small closet's worth of wardrobe basics to mix and match in almost endless possibilities is easy and convenient while presenting a fun challenge of creating unique looks with what's on hand.  Capsule wardrobes are simple, efficient, and can save a ton of time (and closet space).  But, there's just one problem with capsule wardrobes (for me, anyway) - as beautiful as all the capsule wardrobes that keep popping up in my Pinterest feed are, they all seem a little too boring for my personal taste.  Do capsule wardrobes have to be boring?  No, not at all!  So I set out to create a capsule wardrobe for fall that's a little more funky and edgy than what's out there now.

Weekend Snapshots 39

Welcome to Weekend Snapshots 39 Link-Up with yours truly and Ariana at 3twentysix.  This edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by Dennis and Jack being all sweet and lovey after an afternoon at the park on Sunday.  This weekend was pretty busy even though most of our plans on Sunday got rained out - but that's okay because I really did overbook us - I WANT TO DO IT ALL.  #fomo

Saturday:  Dennis and Jack headed up to the renaissance festival grounds to start the cleanup process before opening weekend in a few weeks.  I enjoyed having the morning and afternoon to myself - I used the time to clean out my storage area for my business which was long overdue (I really should've gotten before and after pics) and then I saw a client.  I also picked up my participant shirt and bib for the 5K race on Sunday.  My MIL came over to spend the night and watch Jack so Dennis could attend closing night of my performance and our cast party.

Momaboard Mombassador for Houston

Ya'll, I'm super excited to announce that I've been chosen to be the MomAboard Mombassador for Houston!  MomAboard is an online family trip planner that provides personalized travel itineraries for families with over 50 destinations available around the world. Each itinerary is custom made by the Mombassador from your destination city - that way you know you're getting the best insider tips on how to navigate the city, the best kid friendly things to do, the best places to eat, where to stay, and so much more.

How MomAboard Works

Planning a family vacation can be stressful and time consuming.  Finding the time to sit down and research family friendly activities, restaurants, transportation, and lodging for a place you've never been can take hours of time that aren't easy to come by when you've got a kiddo (or kiddos).  And just because you spent hours of precious time to figure out what you want to do on your trip doesn't mean that restaurant you picked is actually kid friendly or that you planned the best way to navigate the city.  That's where MomAboard comes in.  MomAboard takes the stress out of planning a family vacation by providing a custom itinerary complete with lodging options, transportation hacks, kid friendly restaurants, and the best things to see and do with your kids (and more).  You'll insider get tips about your destination directly from a Mom who lives in the city taking the stress out of planning your vacation.

All you have to do is fill out a simple form that covers the basics of your family vacation needs - who's going on the trip, what kinds of activities you're interested in doing, and how jam packed (or not) you want your schedule - and let the Mombassador do all the nitty-gritty work for you.  With just a few minutes of your time you get a vacation plan custom tailored to your family's needs!  MomAboard offers personalized itineraries up to 14 days as well as custom restaurant or activity lists. Make sure to use the code JESSICA when planning your trip (to any destination) to receive a discount and let them know I sent you!  Check out a sample itinerary here.

More Than Just Vacation Planning

But wait, there's more!  MomAboard does more than just vacation planning.  MomAboard also offers comprehensive relocation services.  Moving to a new city is daunting whether or not you have a family.  Researching where to live, which schools are best, how to commute to work, where to shop for groceries,and all the details of daily life in a new city using just the internet is sketchy at best, not to mention how much time it takes.  Whether you're moving to a new city for work or personal reasons, a local MomAboard Mombassador can compile a tailor-made profile of the city including family friendly neighborhoods, schools, available doctors, babysitters, extracurricular activities, and all the other intimate details that make a new city feel like home.

Again, all you have to do is fill out a simple form and then your local Mombassador does the rest, saving you time and maintaining your sanity.  As an added bonus, you can choose to meet personally with your local Mombassador once you move so you don't feel quite so alone in a new city.  Check out a sample city profile here and also use the code JESSICA for a discount.

Plan your vacation or move with MomAboard.  Save time, eliminate stress, and rest easy knowing you're getting the personal touch and insider info from a local Mombassador.  Click here to get started and fully enjoy your next family trip.

Sunday Confessions 39

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I confess:  We just got back from the Dollar Store and we bought over $50 of stuff we don't really need - but it was really fun digging through everything.  Jack really enjoyed getting to pick things out for himself and I managed to get him some workbooks with Pre-K materials so we can start doing some school-ish stuff at home after his birthday.  At least we managed to leave there with some things that actually have substance.

I confess:  I auditioned for and got cast in another play - this one is an adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit and geared towards a young audience.  I've done children's theatre before, but it's always been with a cast of all adults - this time around, there are going to be a few adults and a few children in the cast - as glad as I am to be in another play, I'm kinda not thrilled about being in a production with kids.  I mean, I'm not really good with kids, and I'm concerned about the possibility of having hovering stage moms there, and I'm sure acting with kids is going to be.....challenging.  At least I'll be able to bring Jack to rehearsals if necessary and it's a show he can see me in - also the director seems like she'll be great to work with and I'm going to be working with another actress that was involved in the last theatre project that just finished up, so it won't be all bad.....

I confess:  Part of me has always wanted to live in an idyllic small town - kinda like the one in Doc Hollywood, or Pawnee, IN, but then I realize that 1) these places don't actually exist, and 2) I would be completely miserable in a place that small where everybody knows everybody (unless everybody was like the cast of Parks and Rec).

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Weekend Snapshots 38

Welcome to week 38 of Weekend Snapshots Link-Up (seriously, where has the time gone this year?!?).  This edition is brought to you by Jack's love of his Build-A-Bear, Chase, from Paw Patrol, and his "new hugging face."  Seriously, kid?  Hugging face?  Okay.....  Make sure to join me and Ariana at 3twentysix at the end of this post to link up your Weekend Snapshots post and be sure to share the love!!!

Saturday:  Jack and I stayed home all day Saturday because Dennis was at work.  We mostly loafed around the house in our pajamas and did some chores - he spend most of the day in undies and the new pair of Toy Story cowboy boots he got on Thursday (needless to say, I'm not sharing an underwear only shot of my toddler because the internet is a skeezy place).  That evening I had a performance, so Den and Jack were on their own for the night.  On my way home, I saw the SUV in front of me flip several times and roll down the freeway embankment - it was horrific.  I pulled over to the wreck to call 911 and was amazed to see all 5 people getting out of the car.  I stayed with them until the paramedics arrived - I can't believe noone was seriously hurt - I mean, look at the damage that car took.

Sunday:  I slept in pretty late Sunday (and so did Jack).  I didn't get him to bed until almost midnight because I got home so late.  Once I got him to sleep, I was way to adrenalined up from performing and then seeing that wreck, so I stayed up half the night watching Netflix.  Jack and I had another lazy day at home doing a few chores and watching TV.  I needed to go to Costco and the grocery store for some stuff - let me tell you, Costco on a Sunday afternoon is no place for the faint of heart.  Maybe that's why Jack's "new hugging face" is so crazy.  I hate running out of staples on a Sunday - I usually grocery shop in the middle of the week in the middle of the day to avoid all the nonsense of weekend food shopping, but, alas, that was not in the cards for me this week.  After Costco, we went to our grocery store and the lot was so full I had to circle for about 15 minutes.  As soon as I got a space I look behind me to see Jack asleep.  Srsly, kid?  Nothing on my regular grocery list was urgently needed, so I decided to just go home at that point.  The rest of the evening was low key - thankfully - although I did have trouble getting Jack to sleep at a decent time - between his late nap and being up so late the night before, but you can't win them all.

I hope your weekend was as laid back as mine was.  Let me know what you were up to by linking up with us!!  And, no, I'm not topless in this picture - I'm wearing a sleeveless dress, lol.  Have a great week, ya'll!


Sunday Confessions 38

The United States of Becky

I confess:  Wednesday we had our final dress rehearsal for the series of plays I'm in.  It's the first time I've been on stage in over 4 years.  We've been rehearsing at a private home instead of in a theatre, and Wednesday is the first time we actually performed on stage - in a theatre.  The only people there were a handful of other actors, directors, playwrights, and the tech crew, but for some reason I was so incredibly nervous for our little 10 minute play.  I didn't forget any of my lines, but I felt like my voice was shaky and I definitely was trembling.  It wasn't quite stage fright - but my heart was definitely trying to beat right out my chest.  I haven't felt that particular feeling since I was 13 and had my first lead role.  Thankfully I only had a case of the nerves on Wednesday and not on any of the show days.

I confess:  I'm in this weird in-between where I'm not 100% stay at home mom/wife, so I'm having a hard time figuring out my identity - like, I "work" 3 days a week when I manage to have clients and I'm juggling blogging/random side gigs to make money online, so I feel like I have a job/jobs so I shouldn't be as responsible for home things, but I earn waaaaaaaaay less than my husband and put in waaaaaaaaaay less work hours, so I know I should probably be more domestic.  I think if I didn't have any responsibility to earn money I'd think of wifery as more of my job than I do now.  So I'm clearly having a mental disconnect between how I see myself and how things actually are.  Dennis called me a housewife a few weeks ago and my first thought was that I wasn't a housewife, I wish I was a housewife.  But upon further thought, yeah, I'm a housewife - but I'm not only a housewife which is where things seem to be confused in my mind.  #streamofconsciousness

I confess:  Have you seen this article on Scary Mommy?  Well, it's about a woman's FB post about having PCOS and the excess facial hair that can come with it (along with a host of other symptoms/side effects) and when I saw it, I burst into tears because I know exactly how dehumanizing, shameful, and depressing it is to have to shave your face as a woman.  I don't have the money for laser hair removal or to get waxed.  Plucking is out because I practically have a goatee - so I'm one of those lucky women who has to shave her face.  I've thought about confessing that here since the beginnings of Sunday Confessions, but it's too much of a shame filled topic for me to talk about.  As if it isn't bad enough to be infertile, I also get to shave my face!  Fun.

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Weekend Snapshots 37

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Weekend Snapshots, brought to you this week by the most awesome pair of cowboy boots I've ever seen.  It was definitely love at first site and  I have no idea what I'm going to wear them with, but wear them I will!  Just take a moment to appreciate them with me......

Saturday:  I recently found out that the Texas Junk Company, a local landmark, is going to be closing soon.  They have odd hours and every time I've tried to go there, they've been closed, but thanks to social media, I found out they were going to be open on Saturday - needless to say, we had to go look around.  Texas Junk Company is famous for their plethora of used cowboy boots and when you move to Houston, it's kinda a right of passage to buy a pair of boots from there - I'm only about 15 years overdue.  I found this glorious pair of boots about 5 minutes after walking in - they were up high on a shelf and it was destiny that brought us together.  Den wasn't so sure, but they're my feet, so poop on him for not basking in their glory.  They fit like they were made for me and they're my new preciouses.  Jack's not too sure about them, either, but he's only 3.  Jack had fun opening drawers on all the antique cabinets and stumbled upon one full of mostly toothbrushes.  He was amazed, lol.  After digging around in the Junk Shop, we headed for my niece's daughter's third birthday party.  It was Cinderella themed and adorable.

Sunday Confessions 37

I confess:  I didn't get the email notification that my domain name expired SIX DAYS AGO!!!  Needless to say I panicked like crazy when I tried to view my blog today - so now it's a waiting game for GoDaddy to get my renewal through so everything will be back to normal.  Yeah, I'm a responsible adult.

I confess:  If the zombie apocalypse actually happens and Dennis, Jack, and I survive the initial outbreak, but then Jack gets bitten, I'm 100% going to be the crazy lady with the zombie toddler in a straitjacket and muzzle on a leash instead of the more noble alternative.  Dennis agrees with me, so at least we're on the same page.

I confess: I'm out of confessions today.  Two will have to do.

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Weekend Snapshots 36

Happy Labor Day, everyone!!!  I hope you're enjoying your last official weekend of Summer (although we technically have another couple of weeks till Fall).  I'm working today instead of taking advantage of this socially acceptable long weekend (but I really only work 3 days a week, so I ain't complaining).  But I am looking forward to seeing what shenanigans everyone is up to this weekend!  This edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by my drive home from Shreveport yesterday.  My GPS took me way off the beaten path to save me over an hour of drive time!  I got to see some beautiful countryside and save a ton of time on the trip home!  Win-win!

Sunday Confessions 36

I confess:  I'm really picky about what silverware I use.  I only like to use the smaller salad/dessert forks and smaller teaspoons instead of table spoons.  And I prefer a spoon with a pointier shape vs. a rounder shape.  And what's the deal with newer sets where the spoons are really flat and shallow?!?  Ugh, that's just awful.  I also don't like my fork tines to be super long and pointy even if I'm using a smaller salad fork - I'm picky about the proportion of the tines.  Not that I won't eat a meal with whatever silverware is given to me at a restaurant or at someone's home, but I don't have to like it.

I confess:  Despite being a complete mess, I am super anal retentive with how my clothes are organized and all the hangers in my closet have to be the same color or my head will explode.  And of course, I picked out my hangers back in like 1996 when burgundy hangers could be bought, but ask me if I can find them now.  I'll let you guess what that answer is. (side note:  it's actually kinda good that I can't buy new hangers - it forces me to get rid of old clothes to make room for new clothes - otherwise I'd just keep buying new hangers and over stuff my already overstuffed closet)  All my clothes are hung facing the same way and are organized from left to right along the color spectrum - black clothes starting on the left, then ROY G. BIV, then the white clothes all the way to the right.

I confess:  I need to have all my lines for the play I'm in memorized by Tuesday - I haven't even picked up the script to start and I've had the script for longer than I want to admit.  I'm a procrastinator and will be able to memorize this relatively short play (only 8 pages) in no time at all, but I'm still kicking myself for not starting on this sooner.

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