The month of May has already been crazy in my house - Parker's birthday was on Monday and we've got a party coming up on Saturday, we've had soccer practice and games every week, friends in town, babies born, ect, ect, and there is still more craziness to come! My sister and my cousin are both graduating high school at the end of the month, and that means tons of family in town AND a trip up to Montana. Throw a family photo session in there and I'm spinning. Gifts to buy, parties to plan, outfits to choose.... Tiffany is on overload.
Right now the one that is giving me the most trouble is the family photo prospect. As I've mentioned before, I'm not good a making decisions. ANY decisions. But it does seem like the more trivial the choice is, the more it throws me for a loop. I have no idea what to wear for these family pictures! It's probably not helping that I just had to pick out clothes for family photos in October. I need more down time before I have to coordinate four outfits again! But the biggest problem is how much I love those photos!
I want something way different, because it's Spring and also I just want variety, but everything I'm liking is similar to the look in the fall photos! Grrr... It's too much to think about! My brain says, "This dress would be cute! No wait you wore a dress in the last photo. What about this cute red shirt? No, no red. Oh navy would be nice on Quinn! Hmmm, we had navy in the fall photo"....
It also doesn't help that I just like the look of fall clothes. Sweaters, button ups, and boots are just so cute for pictures! I need help! What do people wear in spring photos!? I've been scouring Google, Pinterest, and our closests, but I have yet to find the perfect color scheme and clothing style. It's important to me that the colors in the photo look good with our family room decor, as well as looking cute on us, which I think is what keeps drawing me to navy and red. But I've done that!
I've seen lots of cute stuff with yellow, but I just don't know if yellow would go in our room. We have brown leather and wood furniture, grey walls, with a red accent wall and turquoise accent pieces in the room. We've already had a photo with turquoise clothes, so that color option is out (which is a shame because I'm seeing SO much cute aqua stuff lately!). I am kind of drawn to this vibrant emerald green that is the Pantone color of the year.
but then I'm not finding the clothing pieces I like in this. I really want some jeans or leggings, or even a skirt for Quinn in this color.
Green, white, navy and grey? Why am I so drawn to navy and grey for our neutrals? Maybe because that's Darren's entire closet. I'm not entirely sure if the green will go though, but we just added a bunch of house plants, and I'm feeling that I like green in our space. I don't know.
Bleck, bleck, bleck. Maybe I'll just go entirely neutral with white and grey and forget the "pop" of color all together! Because not only is picking out the colors hard enough, it's trying to figure out what to put on each person to not look overloaded or entirely matchy matchy! Really, seriously, it's too much to think about.
To add another level of complications, my Grandpa is our photographer, and since he's old school, he wants everyone in the "big" family picture to wear a white shirt and jeans. We can wear whatever we want for our single family pictures, but I don't really want to have to do a big wardrobe change on my whole family, so I'm trying to keep in mind an easy switch.
ANYWAYS, here are some of the pieces I'm liking. Someone come make everything work together for me please!
in white with a green tank underneath or green pants
I think that jacket would be so cute on Quinn with green pants! That's the only thing I'm really really wanting to include at this point. Everything else is still up in the air. Well... even the jacket is not set either, because I was starting to think that Quinn would look adorable in a denim jacket, so yeah.... And of course all of these things don't really go together, they're mostly things I like alone. You get that I need help, right? Like mental help. But if you can't offer that I'd appreciate your input on my family photo outfits, that might increase my mental stability a little at least. Does anyone else think this much about what to wear in a picture? Or am I really that crazy?
Friday is most looked forward to in the Gomez household. Daddy is home for the weekend which means playtime, date nights, relaxing and more playtime! What did these mommies look like last friday? Let's take a look!
In honor of mothers day, I thought I would take a minute to honor all of us mommies out there. Even the mommies who don't have children yet, but who want children. Now, I know mothers day is all about celebrating our own mothers, but I want to celebrate YOU! That's right! YOU! Mothers all around the world selflessly, happily, and honorably take care of their children everyday. And this usually takes place with little or no thanks/recognition.
So I'm here to thank you for being a good mother. Thank you for changing that really stinky diaper. Thank you for making your kids lunch and then putting the dishes in the dishwasher. (Go you!) Thank you for doing laundry so your kids would have something to wear tomorrow. Thank you for taking out the trash when your husband forgot for the millionth time. Thank you for rocking your baby to sleep instead of vacuuming or putting on makeup. Thank you for not punching the pre-teen on the Merry Go Round at the zoo who was threatening to slap your 1 yr old. (True STORY! It's a good thing I'm so nice.)Weather you take care of your own kids, or you don't have kids yet. THANK YOU for doing a great job.
I found these quotes and thought that they were very appropriate for mothers day. So here is some thanks and encouragement from someone else besides me :)
As a mom I'm never sure that I'm doing the right thing/s with Grace. It's so important to let go of the small things and just enjoy being a mom. So what if I gave Grace a cookie before 10am today? lol! I deserve the coolest mom award! Don't guilt yourself. Forgive yourself!
Totally self-explanitory. No one is perfect. Just try to be good. In ALL aspects of your life.
Celebrate YOU!!! There is no other woman like you in the entire world! And your kids love YOU!!!!
I saved the best for last. After all, we are mothers. And we all had NO idea how much we would love our children until they were placed in our arms for the first time. We silently promised our small babies that we would take care of them and protect them until our last breath. We are modern day Braveheart's for our children! (As we should be.)
I hope all of you Undone Ladies take a second this Mothers Day weekend and tell yourself how awesome you really are! Us women work hard every single day! Give yourself some credit. Go buy yourself a cupcake. Because YOU deserve it!
Remember awhile ago when I complained about my dog? Well, it turns out she's not the only animal in the house that drives me crazy (just the most crazy), and it's not just her hair that's guncking up my carpet and making my clothes furry. We've got two kitties who work their hardest to cause me grief as well, and one of them is an uber fluffy monster who just might shed worse than the dog (good thing he's a much smaller creature!)
Everyone, meet Yoda
I am definitely a cat person (so don't hate on me animal lovers, because I'm not a total pet grinch), but I pretty much NEVER pet this cat because his hair is just too much to handle! Oh and he also thinks that he can't be pet without his tail being directly in your face, so that might be another reason why I avoid petting him....
Oh, and I don't really pet this cat because I sort of don't love him so much because he has straight up DESTROYED some brand new furniture pieces in our house... But ANYWAY, that's it's own post, this post is about the shedding craziness.
So a little about Yoda cat - we found him when he was a sweet little fluff ball kitten walking around our yard one night. We took him all through our neighborhood trying to find his home, and called around to see if any kitties were missing. Since no one claimed him and he had really matted fur and broken nails, we concluded that he was a stray and we had to keep him. Had to. Even though when we got our first kitty I passed on the super de duper adorable fluffy baby kittens and got the slightly older, non-fluffy kitten because I knew what those fluffy babies would grow up to be, and I DID NOT want to deal with a sheddy cat. Then a sheddy cat was dropped right on to our doorstep, and couldn't be turned away once he spent a couple of days with us. But rest assured, the fluffy sheddy-ness has been just as annoying as always knew it would be.
We've had Yoda for almost 4 years, and every year I curse when shedding season arrives and I'm finding little fluff balls EVERYWHERE, and I swear up and down that I'm getting the cat shaved. His hair comes out in CLUMPS, and it's way frustrating to find little brown fur spots all over my freshly vacuumed carpet. Not to mention, he loves to be outside and often drags some of the outdoors in with his fur. Fluff balls AND leaves everywhere. It's nice. NOT.
Well this is the year people, and this is the day, I finally took Yoda to get his hair cut! And I kinda got a little bit overly excited about it. We decided to get him a "lion cut", which I find absolutely HILARIOUS! It's so ugly and so funny at the same time that I can't even contain myself. As Parker and I were laughing our heads off last night looking at pictures of cats with lion cuts, Darren says that he's making this my mother's day gift, as if it will make me less happy and giddy about the kitty grooming, but what he doesn't know is that this is a FABULOUS gift! Oh the laughing will never end. And the shedding will end. Double whammy!
So at 10:00 today we dropped this fluffy mess of at the groomer
and at 1:30 we picked up our freshly de-fluffed Yoda cat!
My aunt and mom said that I'm mean, but this is definitely going to benefit him, right? Think how nice and cool he will be in the summer, and how comfortable the lack of leaves, bugs, and burrs will be! This is totally benefitting him. Totally. It's just an added bonus that I love his cuteness 20 times more now! I seriously grin ear to ear every time I see him walk by. What could be a better Mother's Day gift for a kitty mama? Nothing beats endless smiles!
Anyone else out there have long haired cats? This is my first experience with grooming, and the pet groomer said Yoda did awesome! So I think I might make this an annual thing. Hopefully I can get a better photo of him and update you all on the awesomeness! Here's one more from the groomer's just for fun...
Put the camera away, I'm not decent!!!
Oh, it really is never ending fun!
P.S. Don't forget to enter the giveaway from Inner Souls going on right now! 2 Essential oils and an aroma stone, you don't want to miss it!
We've got a special treat for all of you ladies today, a guest post and an awesome giveaway from the beautiful Katelyn at Inner Soles!
Katelyn is an amazing mommy and a certified foot zonologist. If any of you guys are finding yourselves in need of a good foot zoning you definitely need to check out Katelyn's services. She's super talented, professional, and flexible - which is amazing you when you have kids that you can't always find a sitter for!
So that's a little bit about Katelyn, but now it's time to get to know her even better, and check out what she's giving away today!
Hello! My name is Katelyn.
I blog over at Inner Soles. I want to tell you a few things about myself. I haven't always been a huge believer in natural medicine. In fact I was as much about western medicine as any one. It wasn't until western medicine failed me time after time that I searched for another source of healing.
In December of 2011 my nine month old baby was diagnosed with severe asthma and chronic pneumonia. After months of antibiotics, chest x-rays, breathing treatments, steroids, and sleepless nights his pediatrician informed me that my last option was having him admitted to Primary Children's Medical Center for "observation".
breaks my heart just looking at this picture
He gave me NO hope that a solution would be found or that they'd be able to help my poor baby. I asked for 1 week to see if I could come up with anything else. In that week I turned to a friend. Through holistic healing she helped me change my son's diet and introduced me to Essential Oils that I could use instead of his nebulizer steroid treatments. To say I was skeptical would be an understatement. I cried countless nights with a baby who could hardly breathe and was beyond desperate for a solution. After a week I went back to my doctor. They did a chest x-ray and it was clean! My baby was sleeping through the night, not weezing every time he moved and best of all he was happy again. The doctor was amazed and asked me what I did. When I told him I used Essential oils and eliminated diary and soy from his diet he looked at me with wide eyes. He couldn't believe that I hadn't used a single "drug" to get the pneumonia that had wreaked havoc on my babies lungs for months to clear up. He was utterly shocked and became a believer. I started out a skeptic and turned into a believer. Over time I've learned everything and anything I can about Essential Oils. I want to share that with you and offer you the opportunity to see how they work in your life.
Essential Oils aren't a new thing. In fact they go back at least 2,000 years, if not longer. There are records in the bible of the use of plants and their oils in the treatment of illness and for religious purposes. The Egyptians, Greeks and the Romans all used them. For thousands of years Essential Oils have been a trusted form of medicine. During WWI a chemist named Gattefossé experimented on soldiers wounds. He discovered Essential Oils that greatly accelerated the healing process. Through his work we learned that it is possible for Essential Oils to penetrate the skin and reach the blood and the lymph in our body.
If you've ever used Essential Oils you'll know that they aren't a typical "oil". If you spill a pure therapeutic grade Essential Oil it won't leave an oily stain or residue. The reason for this is simple actually. In the book Practicle Aromatherapy by Shirley Price she gives the best explanation I have ever read.
"It is the 'heart' of the plant and is present in only very, very small quantities. It is the energy from the original life force of the plant which we introduce into the body through Essential Oils. It has been said that Essential Oils are actually the 'hormones' of the plant. This is easy to believe, because the hormones that our bodies produce during our whole lifetime... are so limited it would only fill a thimble. It would take ten large buckets full of orange blossoms to extract a thimble full of Neroli Essential Oil."
What that means is that and Essential Oils are not actually oils, they are the hormone of the plant that we can use to heal our bodies. However some Essential Oils should NEVER be used. Each for various reasons but each equally important. Those Oils include Bitter almond, Boldo leaf, yellow camphor, horseradish, Jaborandi Leaf, Mugwort, mustard, Pennyroyal, Thuja, Tansy (in any form including Blue Tansy and Idaho Tansy), Rue, Sassafras, Savin, Southernwood, Wormseed, Wormwood.
My advice to friends and clients is to ALWAYS consult a certified aromatherapist or Essential Oil specialist. You should also always do your homework. Essential Oils can effect each individual differently. If you have any health conditions there may be certain Essential Oils you should avoid and others that will help a great deal. Education is important.
As part of a guest blogger The Undone Ladies are letting me do a give away as well. Essential Oils have become a daily part of my life and have helped me and my family countless times. The two essential Oils in today's give away are Lavender and Peppermint (5ml bottles).
Lavender Essential Oil (latin name Lavendula Officinalis)
Lavender is a go to oil. If you don't know what oil to use, grab your Lavender. Lavender has the ability to speed up cell growth so it is great for burns, cuts, scrapes, bites, bruises, and sunburns. It is also good for muscle aches and pains, and sprains. We often use Lavender for headaches, migraines, the flu, and ear aches. It is a good fever reducer so I have used it on my little one when he was teething. It can be helpful for those who suffer from anxiety and depression as well. In the correct dose (a little goes a long way with all Essential Oils) Lavender can help with insomnia and all sleeping problems. It can also stabilize blood pressure and is good for respiratory problems such as asthma, croup, pneumonia, and the common cold. In the right amount Lavender can be very calming but if you use to much it can be stimulating.
Peppermint Essential Oil (Latin name Mentha Piperita)
Peppermint is an oil that should be used with caution on pregnant women and small children. This is a hot oil so I recommend always using a carrier oil (coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, etc.) when it is applied to the skin. Peppermint is antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral and very invigorating. In my opinion this is the best oil when it comes to digestive disturbances (such as colic, nausea, vomiting, travel sickness, and morning sickness). It is also good at reducing inflammation, pain, and muscular pain. It is good for head aches as well (1 drop rubbed on your hair line and ear lobes can help ease a head ache). I have also used it for sinus problems, mouth or gum infections circulation problems and general fatigue. In fact the first thing I do every morning is grab my peppermint oil. I put one drop of almond oil and one drop of peppermint oil in my hand rub it together and then rub it on my chest. It gives me the little jump start I need to keep up with my boys first thing in the morning when my butt is dragging. Peppermint Essential Oil is also helpful with asthma attacks. You can put 1 drop under your tongue and breathe through your mouth to help open your airways. In a study done by Dr. Dembar of the University of Cincinnati it was discovered that inhaling peppermint oil increased the mental accuracy of the students tested by up to 28%.
These are just two of my favorite Essential Oils. There are hundreds to choose from and each have various benefits. Again I want to say that education is important when it comes to essential Oils. Do your research, talk to an aromatherapist, and as always use common sense.
The Essential Oils that I use and sell come from a companies called Primavera and Shirley Price. Both companies are based out of Europe (Germany and England) and are held to a high purity scale as compared to state side companies. Always make sure you are using a pure therapeutic grade essential oil. If you have any questions, would like to book a foot zone, or order Essential Oils feel free to contact me at email@example.com or find me on Facebook.
Another awesome part of the give away today is an aroma stone. There are many different ways to use Essential Oils and one of them is to diffuse them into the air. Aroma stones are a great way to gently diffuse essential oils or fragrances.
Membil is slightly eccentric and wanted the aroma stones to reflect that personality.
Aroma stones are easy to use! Just simply soak your stone in water (only once ever!) to expand the pours. Then add 1-2 drops of essential oils and inhale! Repeat as often as you feel. You can mix the Essential Oils and use them at one time or you can wait until the smell fades and use a different Essential Oil. We use our Aroma Stones with essential oils all the time, especially during the dreary winter months. We feel that Aroma Stones help clean the air and keep sicknesses away when using essential oils.
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The Aroma Stone in the Give away is Greta the Hippo