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Friday, September 19th, 2014

It’s Friday, and you know what that means. Tomorrow is Saturday!

And I feel the need to share some things I’m digging this week.

1.Big Little Lies

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My sassy friend Kara turned me on to this book. I have stacks and stacks of unfinished books to read, so the last thing I needed was another one. Luckily, this one has sucked me in, and I am (gasp) nearly done with it. There are tons of characters to sort through, but once you get past that it is a good read. A little mystery and a lot of catty mama drama… I can’t wait to finish it.

2. Jackson Metro

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These Metro Jackson “Metro” note cards & and prints by Laurel from The Lovely Bee are just the cutest. Such a creative idea… definitely not your mama’s boring monogrammed notecards. Local gals, Laurel is offering a 10% discount for Wowie readers (Hi mom!). (Oops. I, uh, really didn’t mean that about your notecards.) Check them out over at her Etsy shop. Use the code WOWIE10 at checkout.

3. Anthro Shower Curtain

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I ordered this shower curtain for the boys’ bathroom, and I:

(a) am obsessed with it
(b) can’t even
(c) am literally dying
(d) none of the above

If you chose (d), you are correct. If you selected another answer punch yourself in the face for thinking that I would say any of those things.

But, I do sort of love it. Even the bag it came in is cute.

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I know all you girl mamas are like, “Ew. Bugs.” But guess what? I will take bugs over robots or fire engines or mutant turtles any day.

Why don’t you just go buy some really cute pink stuff, and leave me and my bugs alone. Ugh.

4. Jamberry

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My sister was wearing this polish, and I loved it. It’s called ‘dusk’ and is the perfect putty grey for fall. Jamberry also carries nail wraps that you apply using a hairdryer. All these are sized for little girls, and would be great for a “spa” birthday party. (Girl moms, I’m sorry for what I said earlier and am trying to make it up to you. And you can make it up to me by inviting me to the party.)

5. MG Kimono

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I went shopping with Kailey and Lily a couple of weeks ago, and they talked me into buying this kimono. I named it Eileen (get it?), and have gotten at least 50 compliments on it. Or five. Either way, it is super comfy, and I promise I was wearing bottoms in that photo.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. August

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

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Graham landed a month in the Mississippi Children’s Museum calendar. He likes to refer to himself as “Mr. August.” Actually, he likes for everyone to refer to him as “Mr. August.” I think he and August are a perfect fit because he has really given us some words of wisdom (and a lot of material) this month.

Graham has grown quite fond of his hand-me-down robe. Sometimes he just shows up out of nowhere wearing it.

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The other night, after he was done with his bath, he put it on. He took a brush and began to comb his hair straight back. He told me that he was Elvis, and that I should call him “the King.”

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He also told me he “really likes clothes” and asked if he could pick out some new things. When I asked him what he had in mind, he said a blue jacket and some headphones would be cool. And he is popping his collar 80% of the time.

One night when we were tucking him in, Graham said “I wish there were two of me.” We asked him why, and he said “So I could hug both of you at the same time.” SK and I were both about to nominate him for kid of the month when he threw in “and if someone was handing out candy, I’d get two pieces.”

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G lost more points when he asked me if he could have our house when I move to the nursing home. He also asked for a camera. When I asked why, he said “So I can take a picture of you and when you get older and older and then die, I can show it to my kids.” Waaah whaaaa.

We were having breakfast about a week after school started, and Wells and I were discussing the new school year. I asked Graham if he liked school, and he replied “Yes, but how much longer until summer break?” He wasn’t happy with my reply.

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You really can’t blame him because kindergarten is hard. When I quiz him on a sight word he doesn’t know, his default answer is always “sushi.”

I guess we spend too much time at the Japanese place because he also requested a steamed gyoza at Starbucks last week. (He really wanted a steamed milk.)

Graham heard someone mention textbooks and later asked me if those are books that teach you how to text.

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When I picked them up after the first day of school, Wells told us that a first grade gal told him she likes G. Graham replied “well, I hope you told her I already have a girlfriend.” Wells said no, and Graham informed him “that will ALWAYS be the answer.”

Graham has also turned into a little prankster. One day I walked in to him dumping out all the toys in the playroom. I asked him what he was looking for, and he said “my whompy couch” (whoopee cushion). And then there’s the roach. Not sure how we ended up with a plastic roach, but G’s full time job is to scare people with it. In the last few weeks, Kailey, Lily and I have woken up to it on our pillows. When my mom came for a visit, he slid it under the bathroom door while she was getting dressed. He also put the roach in my makeup drawer, next to my car keys and in the pantry by the coffee.

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Just between you and me, Mr. Roach’s days are numbered.

And my very favorite Mr. August quote-

“Thanks for taking care of me mama. I’m glad you’re not one of those mamas who leaves their kids on the sidewalk.”

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Me too, G. Me too.

And I will be sure to remind you of it when you try to throw me in the home.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Long time, no list. Here’s a quick rundown of a few of my summer favorites.

1. TKEES

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I got a pair of TKEES (pronounced tikis, in case you are wondering) back in the spring. They are so comfortable and go with pretty much everything (mine are SPF 15). I have worn them nonstop this summer, and my feelings for them are unnatural (considering they are shoes). They also come with a little cotton carry bag. Very convenient to keep in your purse or car… especially if you find yourself out of milk while wearing 3 inch heels.

2. Health Warrior Chia Bars

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Picked up a box of coconut chia bars at Homegoods on a whim. And by “on a whim,” I mean I was getting hangry. And by “hangry,” I mean I was experiencing hunger induced anger. Anyway, they have 110 calories, 1000 mg of omega-3 and taste delicious. They are much more expensive online, so I went back to Homegoods and cleaned them out. Worth a shot if you are into chia and coconut. You probably aren’t.

3. Target PJs

Have y’all seen the cute pj short sets at Target? They look so much like the super expensive ones from Eberjey.

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(Thanks a lot Target for not letting me steal pics from your website. Notice the strategic hair swing to hide my makeupless face. Or maybe I was in the middle of my morning jig.)

They are so soft, and you can’t beat the $80 price difference. I have the navy with pink piping but looks like those are not available online.

4. Sophia Rosé

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My love for Sophia is nothing new, but this summer I have grown quite fond of the rosé. It is great with summer salads and light pastas. As with all rosés, I want to wear a t-shirt that says “This Is Not White Zin” while drinking it.

Have a great weekend!

When life gives you lemons…

Friday, August 15th, 2014

When I was on maternity leave with Wells, I stumbled upon my love for cooking shows. I would hold him while he snoozed and watch the Food Network ladies make everything look so easy. (Except for Giada being a polly pocket even though she appears to eat nothing but carbs. Also, the fact that her lower body can support her top half. Both seem scientifically impossible.) One day, Paula Deen whipped up some Lemon Blossoms and my postpartum hormones just couldn’t resist. Y’all. They are so delicious. I only make them a couple of times a year because, unlike Giada, I can’t eat all the things. And if these little lovelies are around, well, they aren’t for long.

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You will need:

18 1/2 -ounce package yellow cake mix
3 1/2 -ounce package instant lemon pudding mix
4 large eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 lemon, zested
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons water

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and mix the first four ingredients. These are great to make with kids. Or get kids to make for you. However you want to spin it.

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Let me just go ahead and say that I did not purposfully coordinate their outfits with the stand mixer. And I also accept the fact that you don’t believe me.

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Spray a mini muffin tin with plenty of Bakers Joy, and then fill each about half way.

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This is the only part Wells and Graham didn’t do. They took a Spongebob break after citing some lame child labor law.

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Bake the cupcakes for 12 minutes. While you are waiting, whip up the glaze. I lured them back with the lemon juicing, which they loved.

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And I’m really glad, because that is my least favorite part.

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When the blossoms are done baking, dip them into the glaze (while they are still warm).

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Let them dry on wire racks for at least an hour.

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It is a really, really long hour.

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Suck it, lemonade.

Recipe can be found here.