Monthly Archives: July, 2012

First birthday invitations have been ordered!

Another thing off the list – even got a 40% off promo code! I love Shutterfly.

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This is what 1200 calories looks like

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According to My Fitness Pal, an app I have been using to track my calorie intake and expenditure, a person of my age/size needs to achieve a balance of 1200 calories per day to lose 2 pounds per week. So for the past two weeks, I have been shooting for this number. If I don’t exercise that day, I need to stay at 1200. If I exercise, I can add the number of calories I burned into my allowance that day.

No problem, thought I, when I was in college I used to live on just Diet Coke, cigarettes, and the occasional granola bar. Piece of cake. 

Well someone is not in college anymore (and doesn’t smoke anymore). Apparently non-smoking grown-ups with jobs and children need to eat food, and even a 1200 calorie allowance has been tough.

Sample menu for one day:


  • Hard Boiled Egg – 70 calories
  • Banana – 110 calories


  • Homemade spaghetti with 3 turkey meatballs – 259 calories
  • Strawberries (1 cup) – 49 calories


  • Sabra hummus single cup – 150 calories
  • Carrot sticks – 14 calories
  • Costco Trail Mix (3 tbsp) – 150 calories


  • Extra lean pork tenderloin (8 oz) – 260 calories
  • Texas toast (1 slice) – 150 calories

Total: 1,212
And I’m STILL 12 calories over budget!

It’s been very eye opening to write everything down, especially since I thought I was eating healthy before. So far I have done an ok job with staying on track, except for the weekend my husband and I went on a little getaway to St. Simon’s Island and splurged on Zaxby’s, movie theatre popcorn and wine.

No results yet, though. Clothes are still fitting the same, thighs still annoyingly rubbing together during the long hike from work to the train. I did, however, wake up so sore from kickboxing this weekend I could barely walk. So I must be doing something right?


My shister is the shizzle

Why My Sister Rocks, A Mom Apart

My little sister Caroline was kind enough to create an entire post on her blog to give my blog a shout-out. She said I was trying to hide this blog from her but I really wasn’t. She is always doing nice things like that. Her blog is way cooler, because she and her husband (A) actually go on road trips and do lots of interesting things and (B) she is actually a good photographer.

It was their FOURTH anniversary yesterday, and you’ll never find a better couple in matching Chacos.

I miss my sister all the time now that she lives in Austin, especially since she is the best aunt ever and Lucie adores her. Besides being an amazing aunt, here are some other reasons why Caroline rocks:

  • She is naturally beautiful. I have never ever seen a bad picture of this girl – yet she’s not one of those people who obsesses over makeup or clothes. There is just something about her that is radiant, and you can’t say that about just anyone.
  • She is adventurous. She and her husband took off and moved to Portland a few years ago just cause they felt like it. And it’s pretty cool.
  • She is definitely NOT a “J.” My Myers-Briggs type is ESTJ, which basically means I am an ass. The part I hate most about it is the J, which means “Judging.” Now I don’t know what her type is, but I guarantee there is no J involved. She has nothing but love for everyone, which is why she has more friends than pretty much anyone.
  • One time when she was probably like 2 and could barely even walk, my dumb ass almost set the yard on fire but she put it out. True story!
  • She is thoughtful. All the time.

I love you, LiLi!

Baby + Mommy summer playlists

Baby and Mommy Playlists, A Mom Apart

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If I have ever truly been close to you, I have probably made you a mix CD (or even a mix tape) at some point in our relationship. I am a huge believer in playlists for every occasion, from breakups to weddings. It’s the best form of therapy, especially when combined with running.

So it’s no surprise that my baby has a few of her own. She absolutely loves music, and we’ve been listening to a whole lot of “Kids” Pandora stations so I can familiarize myself with the cool kids’ artists out there. Some of them are so good, I’ll download the albums and find myself listening to it even when she’s not around. I thought it’d be fun to share with you what we’re both jamming out to this summer.


  • Laurie Berkner Band – “I’m Gonna Catch You” (morning) and “Goodnight” (bedtime). I just love this group for their whimsical, upbeat style.
  • Raffi – Baby Beluga (anytime), Bathtime (bathtime), De Colores (anytime) and “Like Me and You” (bedtime). I remember listening to Baby Beluga as as little girl and loving it. All of Raffi’s songs are so soothing, and I can definitely appreciate how multicultural they are.
  • Alison Krauss – “Baby Mine” (bedtime). It makes me tear up it’s so sweet, but that’s why we love it. Her voice is also just so pure and lovely.
  • Jewel – “Sov Gott (Sleep Well)” and “Sweet Dreams for You” (bedtime). Love her “Lullaby” album.


Any great songs I should add to my playlist? Or Lucie’s?

@HonestToddler, meet Honest 10-month-old!

Baby Lucie being mischievous, A Mom Apart

I just discovered what might be the greatest Twitter handle of all time, for new parents at least. @HonestToddler is a person with a very wry sense of humor, who is obviously a parent of a toddler, tweeting a toddler’s thoughts. Some of the greatest tweets are listed in this Huffington Post article, but I basically pee myself every time I see one of his/her updates on Twitter.

As the parent of almost-toddler Lucie, I thought it would be funny to come up with a few of my own. No way will I ever be that witty, but hey, maybe someone will get a chuckle out of it.

Oh, you mean you didn’t request a 5:30 a.m. courtesy wake up call? Suck it!

Mom’s favorite show is The United States of Tara, but she complains about my rapidly-changing personalities. Don’t get it.

Why do they call it a jogging stroller if it’s never used for jogging? smh

While you’re on the subject of my birthday, I’d like 100 electrical sockets to play with.

I HAAAATE MY LIIIIIIIFEE – wait, a game of peek-a-boo? Yipeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

I throw something on the ground, they pick it up like little monkeys. #winning

Planning a first birthday party

I honestly can’t fathom a world where I had the money, time, or creativity to plan a first birthday party for Lucie that looks like this:

Fancy First Birthday Party
This is almost ridiculously gorgeous, and I’d love to be able to put on such a production (mainly to post the pictures on Facebook, let’s be real). But here I am with just over a month left until Lucie turns one. We just spent all of our money fixing our dog, who is deathly allergic to everything. I recently started a new full-time job, we’re still working on our house, and I can barely find time to get my butt to the gym.

Who has the time and money for this stuff? Really, I want to know.

Anyhow, Pinterest has been my best friend as I try to plan an affordable yet memorable first birthday celebration for Lucie. We decided on a teddy bear theme, since we nicknamed her “Lucie Bear” when she was still in the womb. She’s now known as “The Bear,” “LB,” “Baby Bear, or, occasionally, “you messy little troll.” A bear theme seemed more appropriate.

Our budget is very small. It’s hard to justify spending loads of money on something she won’t even remember. The main goal is for everyone to enjoy themselves – especially the birthday girl. She’s a total water baby, so it made sense to have the party at a friend’s outdoor pool.

These cupcakes looked simple enough to make myself, and they’re also super cute. I’ll probably make these instead of splurging on big birthday cake:

Teddy Bear at the Beach Cupcakes


Instead of ordering party centerpieces that will most likely be thrown away, I was thinking it would be cute to order a few books like this on Amazon and use them as centerpieces. Maybe surround them with little bowls of “bear” snacks, or pictures of Lucie throughout her first year.

Birthday for Bear Book, Teddy Bear Birthday Party

I also love the idea of clothespinning photos to a string for additional decorations. This is especially neat for a one-year-old’s party, so friends and relatives who don’t get to see her much can see how much she has grown and changed.

Hanging Clothespin Pictures, First Birthday Ideas


Party favors are a little tricky since there won’t be many kids, and the kids that are there will be different ages. I was thinking maybe some mini Uno cards (fun for families), bubbles (which Lucie loves) and candy of some sort.

It’s shaping up nicely – in my head, at least. This should be interesting come showtime!



A beautiful life


We celebrated my grandma “Memo’s” 80th birthday last weekend at Lake Martin. This is a woman who epitomizes class. She is generous, kind, strong, beautiful, and always put together. She’s always been there for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren for everything. I can’t remember a time growing up when she wasn’t present for a birthday party, graduation, or any other milestone. We adore her.

It was wonderful to see my aunt and cousins. Lucie even got to meet her 4-month-old second cousin Briggs for the first time and spend some quality time with her older cousin, June. My sister made the trip from Austin, and although it was a short visit we always LOVE spending time with Auntie LiLi.


Memo and 2-year-old June cut the birthday cake


Lucie hamming it up, as usual.


Wild Lucie, Sweet Briggs

Lucie really, really loves her aunt. I have never seen her laugh as hard as she did in the video in the last post. I wish we had these kinds of weekends more often.

Lucie giggling with Auntie LiLi