confessions

03 February 2015


denim - ASOS
bag - c/o Lily Jade
sweater - Zara via thredUP

my prop's dress - c/o Little Hip Squeaks

Oh, you thought I'd given up on my daydream of conquering mediocre to below average style/fashion blogging? Never.

Please accept my apologies of the most sincere variety.

A few weeks ago there was a little ripple of, "no screen time is the best screen time!" heard round the momnet (and it seems to happen every few months and there goes another little nibble into my mom guilt) and I admire you folks who adhere to that rule. Truly. Meanwhile, I have to confess (hello, post title!) that Julia recently voluntarily recited the entire PBS lineup (from sunup to sundown along with her likes and dislikes of said programs) to me. The entire thing. (She's never parked in front of the poison all day, I promise. Let's just pretend she has an amazing memory ... yes, that's it).

I was ALL IN with Gilmore Girls for many, many weeks and it felt like I practically lived in Stars Hollow but after three seasons of NOTHING moving forward with Luke ... I'm on strike. Will season four be thee season? Should I forge ahead? Will Dean reappear with a shoulder length bob? I need to finish Parenthood so I don't confuse Lorelai and Sarah's characters .... my TV brain can only handle so much.

After hearing and reading countless rave reviews of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society I started reading it. Twice. And I couldn't get into it either time. What's wrong with me? Don't answer that. Third time might be the charm ... I can't be the only one left out in the rain drinking the dont-really-like-it-erade (haterades cozy cousin).

A few weeks ago I did the unthinkable: I showered and attempted a trip to Costco. Both of which are feats that usually take up entire mornings in and of themselves but I never learn. Everything was going swimmingly ... too well! We pulled into the Costco parking lot long before the non-verbals would start melting for their afternoon naps and I loaded the appropriate riders into the cart and grabbed my purs- no. NO no no no no. I'd left my purse with Costco card/debit card/any form of payment card back at home. Blah, blah. After a 40 minute round trip purse rescue ... all was well.

And then I got home and took off my boots to reveal ...


two orphans on one foot and no orphans on the other {f-f-freshly pedicured} foot. I won't even hide behind pregnancy brain ... just plain stoopid and, was the Costco trip that exciting that I didn't notice? Apparently.

I've come to realize that if you put any song, terrible or not, to a little Tiesto ... I will love it. I swore if I heard John Legend's, "All Of Me" one more time I might have to resort to silent Odyssey rides (noooOooOoooO) but then it was given the Tiesto treatment and ... a whole new love was born for the ballad. Will I ever outgrow my appalling music taste? Hope not.

A couple of weeks ago while I was dropping the kids off at preschool one of the teachers said that I must be excited that Sebastian was moving to the "potty trained" room permanently now that he was fully trained. Say que? He might be fully trained for the professionals but when it comes to the good life a la home ... he is um, 4% trained? Maybe? So, its good to know I bring out the very best in my little cherubs.

Anything you'd like to confess? Your secret is safe with me and anyone that bothers to read the comment box ... so your secret is safe with me. I promise. Let's celebrate our successes together.

63 comments:

  1. I'm using mother helper time to read and comment on this post at this very moment! And I made myself ramen for lunch and ate it straight out of the pot. The list could go on and on and on.

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    1. well that's just smart parenting right there!!

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  2. I am confused. It appears that you have two left feet and managed to wear two different pairs of pants.

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  3. KEEP GOING!! (Gilmore Girls, that is!)

    One of my daughters stuck her finger in her butt and cried and yelled "There is a big hole in my butt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" and was so hysterical that I could hardly understand her. Now, the older two are happily parked on the couch in front of Diego... Octonauts was growing old

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    1. hahah oh gosh. I love it. thank you!!!

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    2. Octonauts has the worst brain worm ever!! Creature Report is the song going through my head constantly.

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    1. No really. I didn't even read the rest of the post yet. We own Season 4 on DVD TWICE because disc 6 started skipping and it's the best disc of the entire show,

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  5. Season four is the very best, don't give up!

    If you are looking for reading material (because I do not advise trying Guernsey again - it's not all it's cracked up to be) Lauren Graham's novel, Someday, Someday Maybe is really good - I was very pleasantly surprised by it.

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  6. My (soon to be) sister-in-law offered to buy me a very expensive pair of shoes and I didn't even attempt a half hearted, "no. really, you shouldn't." It was more like, "let me pick a color before she changes her mind". Tieks.com, in case you're wondering. A step up from my Old Navy $1 flip flops from six years ago. I think she might have been afraid that I would show up to the wedding in the aforementioned flip flops.

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  7. hah! I just finished a Gilmore Girls marathon. I got waaaay too emotionally involved and realized it was time to date again.

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  8. For what it's worth, season four of Gilmore Girls is my favorite. It's the season I go to when I need a little pick me up.

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  9. i have piles of clean laundry all over the house and i should be cleaning my bathrooms right now, but instead i'm watching girlfriends guide to divorce and reading blogs while my two year old sleeps.

    also my two big kids get out of school in 10 minutes and i'm not dressed at all.

    stay with gilmore girls, totally worth it.

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  10. It seems like this has already been said, but Season 4 is the best!! The finale of that season is just killer. SO MUCH DRAMA. So yeah, keep watching. If you regret your decision I will buy you something medium-expensive because you won't.

    I feel like if you haven't gotten into GLPPS yet you probably won't. I found it delightful, but letters and British people are my favorite, plus WWII anything is my jam. The beginning *is* a little bit less exciting than the rest of it though, so maybe start halfway through.

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  11. Now that I'm on break from nosugar30 I ate four mini magnums. In a row.

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    1. This comment made me laugh so hard, my 2 year old came in and said, "Wha hoppened?" I too have tried to kick the dessert habit, and feel the cravings so strongly every night, it's all I can think about!

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  12. Season 4 of Gilmore Girls is horrible. I highly recommend skimming the Wikipedia recaps for that season and watching the last two episodes then charging into Season 5. Trust me. Once you make it to the end of Season 5 we can talk and I'll provide the rest of my GG Watching Guide. :)

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  13. While watching Bachelor last night, my almost 4 yr old (thought he was alseep?) told me he wanted the girls to come to his birthday party. And the Big Guy (Farmer Chris) could come to my party. This was after a nutritious dinner of frosted mini-wheats and some cheese.

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  14. One big BAH to the no screen time. My child is by no means parked in front of it - we can go weeks without it. But I refuse to feel guilty on a massive teething day for 20 minutes of veggie tales to set a mood straight. And a sick day movie? Nothing better. I agree- admirable to abstain, but not a desire I hold too dear.
    Season 4 is excellent. March on.
    Confession: there has been clean and dry laundry in my dryer for three days now.

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  15. I try really hard to ignore the TV nazis so I can save myself the guilt, and my sanity. Netflix is getting me through this winter, not ashamed to admit it! Once we move to California and I don't have to deal with snow and cold anymore, I will think about cutting back on TV time...maybe ;) It does look like you have 2 left feet, pretty funny that you didn't notice you had no sock on one foot!

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  16. Well, I've more or less given up completely on Forrest eating anything resembling a vegetable anytime in his life. It just hardly seems worth the effort, so I give him a double dose of gummy vitamins and figure that covers it.

    Letting him park it in front of the TV is like the ONLY thing keeping me sane most days, so that's exactly what we do. Park it.

    Also, might I suggest Guernsey on audio? The narrators are fantastic.

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    1. Also. I came back to say that I was recently chatting (gossiping) with a friend, and I was saying something about how I always feel so inferior to these moms who just seem like they have everything so under control--no TV, healthy meals for the kids, homeschooling, etc. And I mentioned a specific mom we both know who seemed like one of those on-top-of-it moms to me, and I guess my friend knows her a LOT better than I do and they spend quite a bit of time together, and she filled me in on how it really goes down in that house. AKA mom is always out of her mind and crazy stressed. So that makes me feel slightly better about being such a failure *winky emoji*

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  17. Power on thru GG! You won't regret it!

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  18. I did not much care for the potato peel society either! But you linked to My Sisters the Saints a couple posts back so I read it and LOVED it--so thanks!

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  19. Gilmore Girls is great! I mean, both Lorelei's are pretty bad at running their lives, but it's still fun to watch. :) Keep going. If you hang in there long enough, you get to hear Richard say "$40,000 sex house" at some point, which makes it all worth it, IMO.

    Don't let the mommygrumptvpolice get to you. You seem like an awesome mom, and really, a little PBS never hurt anyone (I'm really curious to know Julia's opinion of Antiques Roadshow though.) :)

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  20. Don't give up on Gilmore Girls! One of my favorite shows ever...

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  21. If you gave up on season 3 of Gilmore Girls, that means you haven't met Logan Huntzburger yet. And your TV world isn't complete until you are charmed by Logan Huntzburger.

    Momfession moment. I've been giving Henry a few Fruit Loops in the morning. Might as well give him an entire canister of pure cane sugar. But he saw me prepping a bag of dried Fruit Loops for myself, so I felt a little hypocritical telling him that the cereal from the bright red box with the cartoon bird on it was "for Mommy".

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  22. I downloaded an app that reads books to my kids so I don't have to do...anything at all...in these last few weeks. Ignore the chore, baby.

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  23. I'm a fairly new lurker around here, but I just had to jump in on this post. I HATED the Potato Peel Pie Society! It took me forever to get into, but like the good little English major that I am, I finished it. Don't try too hard. It's not worth it.

    I hope you go back to Gilmore Girls eventually! Season 4 is really great. Rory going to college gives it a nice change of pace. Though seasons 2 and 3 are my favorite because I'm #teamJess4eva. Your comment about Dean's hair made me spit brownie crumbs across the table. (I'm classy like that.)

    Your baby bump is adorable, btw! I wish I'd looked that cute while I was pregnant. Let's hope I'm as good-looking as you when I'm popping out #5!

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    1. Team Jess here too :) If memory serves Dean's hair doesn't get any longer... However, if you watch Supernatural, the actor's hair length does get out of control

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  24. Love the baby bump! Keep going with Gilmore girls! Your dedication will pay off! Besides I love hearing about the TV shows you watch,... you give me much TV watching to do when I should be studying! :)

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  25. I couldn't even finish the post without commenting because I kept thinking, "You have to stick with Gilmore Girls!!" Seriously, don't give up.

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  26. Even though everyone else has already said it... YES! Keep forging ahead with Gilmore Girls. And speaking of season 4, I just started season 4 of Parenthood last night. Shouldn't have watched at the gym, I cry every.single.episode. But I love it. Although I always refer to Sarah's character as Lorelai Gilmore.

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  27. My confession: I've never watched Gilmore Girls and I don't know if I ever will.

    Do you read kit lit? The Benedict Society books are fun - if you do.

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  28. I'm with whoever it was up there that said season 4 kinda sucks. EXCEPT the last two episodes, which are exactly what you're dreaming of! I almost gave up during 4. But then it gets good again but then it gets bad again and then it gets so dramatic I could hardly take it and not in a good way. But all in all, I still love me some Gilmore Girls.

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  29. As I read the first paragraph I thought "but Grace, you are totally my favorite fashion blogger" (or at least the most fashionable blogger I read!). And then I realized that I am wearing sock monkey foot pajamas at the moment and maybe don't have that much credibility when commenting on fashion. But still. I love your fashion posts.

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  30. I confess that I only have 2 kids and I don't handle it nearly as gracefully as you appear to handle your brood. Also I confess that I'm jealous my hair won't stay decent (I'm aiming low - just 1 notch above homeless) if I don't shower at least every other day. For time management purposes I think once every 3 or 4 days sounds way better. I'm pretty positive my husband isn't on board with my quest to shower less.

    Also I'm a book addict and Guernsey was a real let down. This blog post is actually the first time I've ever heard of another person attempting to read it. I just saw it and thought it sounded intriguing but - spoiler alert - it's totally not. I don't know what kinds of books you are into but I just picked up an Emily Brightwell collection that's going great so far.

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  31. Hi Grace, which Lily Jade bag are you rocking in the photos? I love it!

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    1. I linked to it but it's the Madeline in Brandy :) def my favorite!!

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  32. yes, yes, yes to all of this! Especially the screen time... although I can also relate to the potty training going well at school and not so much at home ;)

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  33. I am so glad to see pregnancy brain effects other people, the amount of times I've left the stove top on in the last 6 months its a freaking miracle the house hasn't burnt down.

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  34. This is the best post. The comments feel like ya'll are my tribe or something. My confessions should be reserved for Post Secret of the anonymous nature. I'm just too embarrassed.

    But, I'll give it a go. Screen time, we do it. A lot in the winter. More than I'd like to admit.

    I gave my kid a sucker for breakfast. Every day this week....

    I'm wearing pregnancy jeans...and I'm NOT pregnant.

    I only dry my hair (style it, brush it, whatever) on Sunday's for church. Every other day it is in a wet braid or piled on top of my head. We'll not even talk about makeup.

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  35. I gave up on Gilmore girls around season 3 too- I was finding myself agreeing more and more with Emily and had to walk away!

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  36. I'm on my phone so pardon the brevity. I think Guernsey ... Is a good read partly because you have to fight it a little. Keep going! The author died and it had to be finished by someone else, so that adds to it's confusion. But so worth it. The letters are so fun and very Austen- esque.

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  37. The 18 month old is teething and decided to sleep until 10am... so I stayed in bed until 10am... and when I woke up (at 10am) the 3 year old was next to me in my bed surrounded by her dolls, watching the last of her 2 hour Netflix binge and on her second package of goldfish.
    BUT I SLEPT UNTIL 10AM

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  38. Pregnancy brain moment. My son woke up early Tuesday morning, while I was putting makeup on before work. I got to work and realized I had only eye-lined and mascara'd ONE eye.... Not both. Not my finest moment.

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  39. My kids watched two (TWO!) movies yesterday courtesy of preggo mama's cold. Because telling them to stop screaming FTLOG before my head explodes doesn't hold the charm that Mary Poppins does. I am both ridiculously pleased that the 20 month old is now interested in watching something for 10-15 minutes and sure that they flickering lights are leaching away brain cells by the second.
    I also keep a hair brush in the car because that seems to be the one thing that I forget to do before I leave the house on way too regular a basis.

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  40. YOu have to wait for season 5 for L and L to get together. Seriously, I nearly didn't make it. And now that it's done, I've kind of lost interest. But you can DO IT! GO!

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  41. I tried the Potato book and also was a no-go. Oh well. And I'm not pregnant and TWICE this month I have looked down at my feet in church and realized that I was wearing one black and one brown boot. Both events occurred at 5:30 Mass on Sunday, which meant I had those mismatched boots on my tootsies ALLLLL day long and never noticed.

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  42. oh my gosh, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is one of my top 10 books OF ALL TIME and I read more than I breathe, so it's saying a lot. I can get why it's not some peoples cup of tea though (sobbing).
    ahhh Luke and Lorelai. My fave TV couple ever.

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  43. I feel if you don't like a book, don't bother. There are so many good books that you would like you shouldn't waste time with ones you don't like. However, if it's still something you want to try--I've heard really good things about the audio books. Different narrators for the different characters. I haven't heard it myself, but I've heard more than one recommendation of it.

    And, yeah, my kids watch way too much tv. My four year old has recently figured out how to navigate Netflix for herself as well as get past my code on the iPod Touch to watch shows on the PBS Kids app.

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  44. I drink far too much diet coke in a regular day. But that plus chocolate peanut butter cups is a complete meal right?! right.....

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  45. Today I moved the fridge to get something that had fallen between it and the cabinets. As I was using a spatula to try and obtain the object a huge clump of dust bunnies came out...and, I just pushed them right back in :)

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  46. My 14 month old and I have had ice cream dates 5 times in the last 5 days. And my sanity is parking his rear in front of the TV while I get 20 precious minutes to detox and feel like myself again. Also, I listened to potato peek society on audiobook and quite enjoyed it. (But it did take a little bit until I u derstood enough of what was happening to want to keep listening....)
    And you look amazing pregnant. I feel like a whale 99% of the time starting around 14 weeks so maaaajor props to you.

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  47. Man, I struggle to get MYSELF to Costco. Moms are heroes. Also, you are the cutest dressed bump out there.

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  48. It's cold out and I'm feeling pretty loafy these days. Rather than take the garbage outside when my 5 month old is napping (read: never, because she's like that...) which requires boots and mitts, I have been piling it at the back door of our uninsulated sun porch. There is a mountain range of frozen dirty diapers and compost bags forming back there. Best part? My husband has no idea. He regularly tells me how impressed he is by my productivity during the day.

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  49. What sucks most about TV time is that shows for 5+ the networks are allowed to advertise in/around/whatever. And so this morning while I am trying to pee, my 4yo child is regaling me about how I can "just download an app" and then he can watch whatever-it-was "anytime" and "isn't that great, mom? Just go download it right now." I'm like "do you even know what an app is?" and he doesn't care and goes to play Legos and continue ignoring me. Point: even trying to be responsible about viewing is a stupid waste of time regardless. If we had no TV, I'd never shower.

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  50. OMG... stick with GG sister. Season 4 is da bomb diggity. (Note my word choice and take it as evidence of my street credibility and NOT how out of touch I am...) And don't feel guilty about the other television either ... load those puppies up lest you lose your motherlovin' mind.

    Daniel Tiger is keeping us company while we are laid up with RSV. Er'day. All day.

    As for confessions:
    http://olivejuiceokay.blogspot.com/2015/01/snot-level-epic.html
    http://olivejuiceokay.blogspot.com/2014/12/true-confessions.html
    http://olivejuiceokay.blogspot.com/2014/08/true-confessions.html
    http://olivejuiceokay.blogspot.com/2014/07/true-confessions.html

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  51. As always I love your posts and this one was most delightful.

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  52. forge ahead!! you HAVE TO! It will happen it's okay! don't stop watching ever

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