Kathi Lipp is Coming to MY HOUSE

Get this: Kathi Lipp, yes, the real Kathi Lipp, author of “The Husband Project” and like a trillion other amazing books is on a plane right now, headed for good ‘ole Austin Texas to stay at my house. I’m a little bit starstruck.  She’s pretty much the most famous person I’ve ever met.  And she’s an amazing author.  And the best marketer ever.  And she has cool hair and clothes and jewelry.  And, to top it all off, she’s really really nice.  And I get to spend two whole days with her. The bad news is that my to-do list is still really long and instead of checking things off, I’m sitting on the couch blogging.  I had meant to spend the day cleaning and organizing (she’s writing a book called “The Get Organized Project“… sheesh… talk about pressure!) and cooking (another book of hers is “The What’s For Dinner Solution“.  Sheesh again), but honestly, I’m not up to it.  I’m feeling a bit too pregnant.  So, instead, I left the dirty dishes in the sink and am not going to stress.  Kathi won’t notice.  Or if she does, she won’t say anything.  Remember, I told you she’s nice?...

Maternity Lingerie: Yay or Nay?

Okay, so this is probably the most random thing I’ve ever posted about… but, since I mention it in my book and at least four women have asked me about it, I figured why not. Here’s the deal: Back when I worked for Nick, one of the publicists I worked with sent me a big ‘ole box full of maternity lingerie (from Cake Lingerie, if you must know). Yes, they make it. And, yes, I have several pieces to prove it. Anyway, the stuff is gorgeous.  Silky and sweet and pretty and… well, everything lingerie should be.  And, before I was pregnant, I loved it.  I thought my husband would, too. But here’s the thing:  Now that I AM pregnant, I’m finding it more hilarious than sexy.  I mean, really, what’s more hilarious than a big ‘ole belly sticking out from a pink flowery baby doll?  I’m having a hard time getting past that… So, anyway, tell me what you think?  Is maternity lingerie a DO or a DON’T.  Tell me in the comments… P.S.  That is NOT me in the photo… I...

I Went to Bed with Gum in my Mouth, and Now There’s Gum in My Hair…

Okay, not really. But, it has been a terrible, no-good, horrible, very bad day, so it wouldn’t surprise me. My son is sick(ish) which means he’s feeling bad enough to be cranky and whiny but not bad enough to sit and snuggle with me. So, instead, he’s vacillating between running around and playing and crying because he doesn’t feel well enough to run around and play. Poor baby. My daughter feels fine, but she misses her playmate. I couldn’t find a pair of maternity jeans that fit me this morning. Really. I need to have this baby soon or I’m going to run out of clothes. Even my hubby’s sweats feel tight. My husband has to work late. It’s 95 degrees out, so when I sent the kids out to play, they got all red-faced and had to come in ten minutes later. Now they’re stuck inside. This does not bode well for summer. I got my first negative review on my book. Okay, so it wasn’t terrible, but the blogger didn’t agree with the principles in my book (namely that I gave birth in a hospital) and felt like I was touting my opinions too heavily. I really tried hard when writing my book to throw my personal preferences aside and look at all aspects of pregnancy and give equal information on all options so this review really stung. Probably not something to cry over– nobody is going to write the perfect book for everyone– but I did. (*note* Since like 10 people have asked… I am NOT upset about any of the reviews on Amazon… those are...

Meals for New Parents…And a Favorite Recipe.

I’m cheating today. I have nothing to write… but I’m giving you a cool link anyway… I spoke at a MOPS group the other day about genuine friendship and part of our discussion was about taking initiative to take the first step and reach out to friends. One way to do that? Bring them food! I make it a point to sign up for as many of my friend’s Care Calendar’s as possible… even if it means picking up Papa Murphy’s and taking it to their house. BUT, today, I found this cool slideshow on Yahoo Shine about the best meals for new parents… and it made me so excited!  A whole bunch of new ideas… so I don’t end up bringing the same old, same old to my friends.  Of course, I’m sure y’all have a lot to add.  One of these days, I’m going to compile all of these recipes into a fun doc of my own. In the meantime, my personal favorite go-to Care Calendar recipe: Eggplant, Polenta and Spinach Bake (*note:  I know this sounds too healthy but I swear it’s delish… even my hubby who HATES veggies downs this stuff…) 1 lb. ground turkey or chicken sausage 1 large eggplant 1 large zucchini 1 bag pre-washed spinach 1 cup fresh spinach 1 jar spaghetti sauce 2 cups cornmeal or polenta 1/2 cup Parmesan 2 cups low-fat mozzerella 1. Brown sausage. Cube eggplant and zucchini and add to pan with sausage. Cook 10 mins until tender. Wilt in spinach and basil. Add Spaghetti sauce. Stir well and set aside. 2. In large saucepan, heat 4...

The Big Announcement

My daughter hates sleeping alone. Hence, the reason that she ventures down the dark staircase every night and tries to wriggle her way between Cameron and me. Or, she finds her way into her brother’s bed and we find her snuggled up to him in the morning. My husband– in an attempt to get her to stay in her bed–told her last week that she can’t sleep with anyone else until she’s married. So, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when she announced at dinner last night: “Daddy, I asked Matthew (a little boy in her class) to marry me so that he can start sleeping with me.” My husband almost choked on his food. I pray that Matthew’s parents– his dad happens to be the pastor at a big church in town– didn’t hear a similar...
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