Some of My Favorite Books

Some of My Favorite Books

I have a long list of books that I have truly enjoyed reading.

However, I can’t remember all of them, I have a terrible memory. 😦 So here are a few of the ones I remember, have on my kindle, or have the hard copy.

  • Behind Closed Doors; by B.A. Paris
  • I Am Not Myself These Days; by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
  • Gone With the Wind; by Margaret Mitchell
  • If You Find Me; by Emily Murdoch
  • The Last Anniversary; by Liane Moriarty
  • The Nightingale; by Kristin Hannah
  • Night; by Elie Wiesel
  • Big Little Lies; by Liane Moriarty
  • The Husband’s Secret; by Liane Moriarty
  • The Girl on the Train; by Paula Hawkins
  • The Fault in Our Stars; by John Green
  • Have A Little Faith; by Mitch Albom
  • Tuesdays with Morri; by Mitch Albom
  • My Husband’s Sin; by Mary T. Bradford
  • The Girl in the Ice; by Robert Bryndza
  • The Last Anniversary; by Liane Moriarty
  • The Girl You Left Behind; by Jojo Moyes
  • The Harry Potter Series; by J.K. Rowling
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day; by David Sedaris
  • Boy Meets Boy; by David Levithan
  • The Help; by Kathryn Stockett
  • With Love from the Inside; by Angela Pisel
  • Beautiful Boy; by David Sheff
  • The Girl You Lost; by Kathryn Croft
  • The Girl with No Past; by Kathryn Croft
  • A Million Little Pieces; by James Frey

What are some of your favorite books? I could always use new suggestions!

A Few Of My Favorite Things

A Few Of My Favorite Things
“Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver-white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things
When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad”
  • Bubble baths
  • Good books
  • Seeing my children happy
  • Listening to my husband laugh his ‘girly, high pitched laugh’ (which means he thinks something is absolutely hilarious.)
  • Playing board games
  • Finding a parking spot on campus
  • Funny podcasts
  • Getting a massage
  • Tattoos
  • Champagne
  • Drinking games
  • When my hair is clean and soft
  • Getting my hair played with
  • White teeth
  • My Uggs
  • Musicals
  • White Chocolate
  • Fun music to rock out to
  • Watching my husband succeed
  • Clean sheets and freshly shaved legs
  • Car rides and sing-alongs with my husband
  • Date night
  • Late night talks with family or friends
  • Snuggling
  • Getting good grades
  • Pecan Pie
  • Steak and brussels sprouts
  • Sleeping in
  • A good movie

One of those days…

Today was one of those days where I am completely happy with my life.

I feel so lucky to have my wonderful husband. A man who helps me raise our two children. A man who helps me raise out children to be confident and respectful boys. A man who supports me financially, mentally, and physically. A man who loves our children without playing favorites. A man who supports my goals and dreams. A man who is introverted but goes out of his way to entertain others for my sake. A man who is exactly who I want and need in my life.

I feel so lucky to have two wonderful boys. Two boys who are so full of life. Two boys who love their parents with their whole hearts. Two boys who are so happy in their childhood that it makes me smile just to watch them play.

I feel so lucky to have the family that we do. My in-laws are so supportive of us and our children. They really are the best in-laws anyone could ever ask for. I am truly thankful for my parents. They are my sounding board, my guidance, and my true north. Our family is truly blessed to have both sets of parents to guide us on this crazy path of parenthood and life.

I am just happy today. Which may not be a big deal for most people but for me it’s a big moment. It’s a moment that I can look back on and use as inspiration. A moment that I have longed for. A moment that hasn’t been common in my life, but will be cherished. A moment I can look back on when I’m feeling low, knowing there is always a bright side to life.  ❤

Birthday Week

Today officially starts my birthday week and I am so excited!

We are starting the week off with brunch at Katy’s Creek with a couple of Tyson’s friends here in Walnut Creek. They have the best mimosas! Then we are taking the kids to the gym and dropping them off at Kids World to continue our afternoon with said friends at the bar inside the gym. Which sounds pretty great to me. Any adult conversation that isn’t constantly interrupted by “Mom, mom, mom, muma, muma….” sounds great to me!


Tyson isn’t a believer of the birthday month or the birthday week, which is a real bummer! He does spoil me, though don’t you worry about that. 🙂

Since Tyson is not a huge fan of the birthday week I am just going to small things with the boys to celebrate my birthday. I still have to go to school and do loads of homework, but I will work some fun into the week as well. Maybe go get breakfast on one of my late mornings or lunch on one of the days I have class early. Or maybe I will take the boys to Tilden Little Farm again to pet the cows. 🙂 I am also going out for drinks in the city with some girlfriends on Thursday and leaving the boys with Daddy. I know that we will go out with Jess and the boys at least once this week since it will be so nice outside. Maybe a nice walk around the reservoir or a trip into the city.

On my actual birthday, we are going to a masquerade murder mystery dinner with some friends which is going to be so much fun! I’m renting a dress from Rent the Runway and ordered a fancy mask. 🙂 P.S. If you have never ordered from RTR before you should! it’s amazing! And if you send me your email I can give you $30 off, which is also a big plus.

I will definitely be posting pictures because we are going to look so good! Ahahaha

How do you guys celebrate your birthday? Do you do birthday months? Weeks?


I’m “That Mom”

This blog is everything!!!
Her other posts are great too and definitely worth checking out. But I am definitely “that mom” and so are so many other moms I know.
You go Mama!

World's Okayest Mom

I’m “That Mom”.
I’m sure you’re reading this, thinking I mean,
I’m the Mom who never misses a PTO meeting“,
I’m the Mom who bathes her kids every night, and reminds them to brush their teeth before bed
or “I’m the Mom who takes her kids to dance lessons on Tuesdays, soccer practice on Wednesdays and piano lessons on Sunday evenings“, but I’m not.
I thought I would be…
I tried to be…
But let’s be real, I’M SELFISH and I enjoy my time at home, with my phone in my hand, no pants on, and a baby on the boob while the older kids play in their rooms. And I think that’s totally fine!

Here’s what kind of “That Mom” I am:

-I’m the Mom who hasn’t brushed her hair in 3 days, and is always in a baseball hat.

-I’m the Mom…

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10 things I hear WAY too often

10 things I hear WAY too often

These are things I hear my 3 1/2 year old say multiple times a day, every day. Love it or hate it, this is mom life. ❤

  1. “MOM! Tate is bothering me!”
  2. “Mom, I’m hungry”
  3. “I’m done.” – This almost always comes roughly two minutes after “I’m hungry.”
  4. “Mom, can I play your phone? Yes or no?”
  5. “You’re so frustrating.”
  6. “I’m so disappointed.”
  7. “I’m just in a bad mood.”
  8. “I don’t know.” – This comes after we ask him why he did something wrong or what he was doing when we know he was getting into something he shouldn’t.
  9. “What are we going to do?”
  10. “Can I have a treat/toy?” These two are interchangeable and are said every time we step foot in a store.

I love the saying, “my nickname is Mom, but my full name is MOM! MOM! MOM! MOM! MOM!” because it is so true! Oh, mom life. 🙂

To my younger self;

As a teenager, I was insecure and so body conscious. I did anything to make friends and keep friends; I just wanted people to like me. As a teenager I was afraid. I was afraid of rejection, failure, and loneliness. Now that I’m in my mid 20’s (UGH! As of next Saturday I will officially be in my late 20’s 😦 ) I can look back on my teenage years with some wisdom; not a lot, but some.

“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” – Thomas Edison

To my younger self;

Girl, stand tall; be confident in yourself. You are worthy of friends and love. You do not have to just go along with what your ‘friends’ want or what boys want just to get attention and ‘love’.

You are smart.

You are funny.

You will make true friends who love you for who you are.

Stop being so afraid. You will be rejected, but it’s okay. It’s the not the end of the world, but I know it seems that way. I know you want to lay in bed for days and cry but don’t.

Get up.

Go out and enjoy your life. You will move past this hard time.

You will fail at times, but it makes your success much more enjoyable. These failings will give you the strength and determination to do better with the next adventure.

Never give up because of one failure. Everyone has missteps; everyone fails at some point in their life. You will learn from these mistakes and be a stronger woman for them.

You will be lonely. It’s inevitable; it’s a part of life. However, there will be a day when you enjoy your alone time. I know it seems like you could never imagine spending 4 hours alone, but trust me, you will really enjoy it. Practice going to the movies by yourself, go get dinner alone, go for a walk without your phone. Just spend some time discovering yourself.

At the end of the day, all of these fears are only holding you back from truly enjoying life. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. People will love the real you.

Take a chance.

Go and make friends outside of your ‘group’.

Ask him out to dinner, you never know he may just become your husband. 😉

And spend more time with your dad, he’s not scary at all. He just loves you and wants the best for you. Better yet, spend more time with all of your family. They love you and will really lift you up when you need it the most. Try and be patient with your more difficult family members, they do have the best intentions.

And through it, all remember, “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah