Monthly Archives: August, 2012

Lucie Olivia Turns One

My baby came into the world one year ago, Friday. A year ago today, Ken and I would have just been just getting home from the hospital and adjusting to life with a newborn. The first few months seem like a blur of diaper changes, sleepless nights, and spit-up stains. I blinked, and then somehow she was already smiling, sitting up, and developing a personality.

“She’s such a…person,” Ken still often comments in amazement. She now has a full-fledged mind of her own, a strong will, sense of humor and intense curiosity about her. Every little thing she does is amazing. Sometimes we will be sitting in the living room watching a movie, and then I’ll realize that I haven’t been watching the movie but staring at Lucie for the past half hour and smiling as she cruises around on the furniture and entertains herself with random objects (usually not her actual toys).

What’s also amazing is the amount of love in her life. We have the most amazing family and friends. They have showered her with love and gifts since she was in the womb. Even people who we hadn’t seen in a long time or didn’t know that well were eager to help welcome her into the world with gifts and kind words.

I try to make a lot of compilation videos in iMovie so that I’m actually doing something with the footage and pictures of her that I collect, so here is one that I made for her first birthday. My sister and her husband Josh also surprised us the morning of her birthday with a sweet birthday video since they couldn’t be there to celebrate with us. It was so sweet they took the time to do that.

Birthday party post to follow soon – consider this the sentimental post 🙂

DIY pest control…with extra EVIL

DIY Pest Control, A Mom Apart

I can has baking soda?

What’s worse than the heat, humidity and smog during an Atlanta summer?

Disgusting, vile, festering cockroaches.

We’ve had a bit of a problem every summer since we moved in to our “fixer” home. For one, our neighborhood is older and very wooded. Second, the folks who lived there before us weren’t exactly the cleanest, to put it mildly. Lucie is also on this “throw all my food on the floor” kick, which can’t help the problem either.

Despite paying an arm and a leg for pest control services, the problem seemed to be getting worse. They recently started to appear in the most horrifying of places. On the ceiling in the bedroom in the middle of the night. In my bath towel. The kitchen cabinets. The worst of all had to be when one jumped out of the freaking toilet paper roll during a midnight bathroom break. I screamed and woke up my husband, who claims he nearly had a heart attack and wouldn’t speak to me the rest of the morning.

Tired of living in fear, I visited my local Lowe’s on a mission. An associate approached my as I stared at the endless assortment of pest poisons, traps and sprays. “Can I help you, “ma’am?”

“I want them dead. I want them all dead,” I respond.

“You don’t need any of these,” he says. “See, I was born and raised in Miami, and we never had a roach problem. Your solution is Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.”


“You see,” he continues, “Roaches can’t expell gas.”

He looks around to make sure no one is overhearing this, then lowers his voice. “That means they can’t fart.”


“So just leave a capful of the baking soda in places where you’re seeing the roaches, or points of entry. Cracks in the wall, under the kitchen sink, on top of the cabinets, behind the toilets. They will eat it and also take some back to their nest. Then they will basically explode.”

“Explode!” Now my face is lighting up. “Sounds niiiice and violent. Let’s do this thing!”

Total cost: about 97 cents. I started putting my plan to work that very night, filling small containers with the baking soda and placing them all around the house. What was especially cool about this approach was that I didn’t have to worry about my dog or kid getting into it or being exposed – it’s just baking soda! But I still had my doubts.

The next morning I found one crawling around on the faucet. But he looked pretty sick. I could see little disgusting tracks in the baking soda traps, which was disturbing in a way, but it told me they were at least interested.

After 2 days – NONE! I haven’t seen one in the house since.

Now that it has been a solid two weeks, I am totally calling my pest control service and cancelling. Who would have thought baking soda!?

I know it seems a little random for this type of blog, but I couldn’t resist sharing this miracle. Are you listening, Mrs. Here’s a Tip?


Got my Stitch Fix!

The ever-so-stylish gals at my company have what they call “Fashion Fridays.” Something magical happens on these days. They receive boxes from a startup company called Stitch Fix. These boxes are filled with clothes. Not just random clothes – clothes that are hand-picked to fit their personal styles.

Ermahgerd. I had to try it.

After about three weeks on the wait list, I finally received my “Welcome to Stitch Fix” e-mail. I completed a survey that asked my size, body type, clothing/designer preferences, and price range. Then paid $20. I thought I was being sooo sneaky, by the way, having clothes sent to me at work. Unfortunately that accountant husband of mine caught on to my little plan and the conversation went like this.

Stitch Fix text

MY box arrived yesterday, the same day we had a major client in town for a presentation. I mentioned to my boss during a break in the presentation that my Stitch Fix shipment was sitting on my desk and I couldn’t wait to open it. So in a strange turn of events, she talked my into opening the box in the conference room in front of my co-workers and the client.

Well, we all liked what we saw – well, at least the women in the room who were paying attention. Here’s a breakdown of what arrived in this box of wonders:

1. Blu Pepper Jewel Embroidered Bib Sheer Tank – $40

Blu Pepper White Bib Tank from Stitch Fix

I really loved this one – who couldn’t use a super versatile white top with pretty embroidered details?

2. Lovposh Ophelle Short Sleeve Shirtdress – $52

Lovposh Ophelle Short Sleeve Shirtdress from Stitch Fix

This one was my least favorite, but I didn’t hate it. It actually looked better on. The pattern is a vintage-y cotton pattern.

3. Amour Vert Chartes V-Neck Cotton Tunic Dress – $75

Amour Vert Striped Tunic Dress from Stitch Fix

This one looks like a giant frumpy shirt hanging up, but it looked great on. It’s not Kardashian-tight, but definitely not loose either. I thought the v-neck was flattering. I almost bought this one, but I couldn’t really justify the $75.

4. Collective Concepts Tenaya Sleeveless Pleated Dress – $65

Pleated Paisley Dress from Stitch Fix

I felt like they really nailed my style with this one – earthy, yet girly. Neutral colors. Modest and versatile. You could easily wear this dress during the spring / summer with some strappy sandals or flats, or during the fall with a blazer and boots. I actually wore it the next day at work. I got a lot of “Oh, that’s the dress you got yesterday!” It was pretty bizarre and hilarious.

5. Skinny by Jessica Elliot Enamel Wide Band Ring – $32

Turquoise enamel ring from Stitch Fix

Finally, there’s this super blurry turquoise enamel ring. It was cute. I’m not really a huge accessories person though.

Overall I think they did an excellent job “styling” me! I am limiting my shipments to once a month so I don’t go overboard, but I already can’t wait until the next one. I think it’s the thrill of opening the box.