Friday, May 6, 2016

Mother's Day Wishes


A long, long time ago & very far away, there lived a young, kind, beautiful California girl. She grew up, went to college, got married, and before long had a daughter of her own.  A mother was born.

The years went by and she added a boy and another girl to her growing family. There was joy and heartbreak, good times and hard work.  The regular stuff that makes a life.  A move across country, far away from home, and then back again.  New friends, new jobs, new houses.  Her children grew, got married, and had little ones of their own.  Retirement arrived with a chance to relax and enjoy, to take a step back and rediscover the California girl.

Through it all, and above all else, she was a mother.  She loved her children with all her heart, and no job could be as important.  No matter how old they grew, they would always be her babies, and she worried and fretted over them constantly.  She was still the caretaker.


And then suddenly everything changed.  One wrong step, and she was on the ground with a broken arm and ribs, unable to move.  Six months and two surgeries later, her arm was mostly healed.  But the universe had more in store for her.  Her husband died unexpectedly, her house had to be sold, and the new life she was building in retirement came crashing down.  

Now our roles were reversed, and she needed me to take care of her.

At first I grumbled and complained.  There was so much going on in my life.  I didn't have time.  It was too inconvenient. 

But luckily, I learned how to be a mother from one of the best.  And before long, the nurturing side took over.  I wanted to be there for her.  I wanted her to gather strength from me.

So much has changed.  All of our lives have been turned upside down, but no one has suffered more than my mother.  She's lost her husband of fifty years, she's currently homeless, and she's not sure what to do next.  But no matter what, she has me.

Because above all else, I'm her daughter.  I love her with all my heart, and helping her through this time is a very important job.  No matter how old she grows, she will always be my mom, and I will worry and fret over her.  

On this Mother's Day, I have so many wishes for my mom.  I want her to feel fulfilled, to be healthy and strong, to find something she enjoys doing, and to have fun.

But mostly, I want her to know that the day she gave birth to me, a long, long time ago, and very far away, she became my mother, my caretaker, and my friend.  And now it's my privilege to return the favor.


Today I'm linking up again with the lovely writers at Finish The Sentence Friday. This week's prompt was "A long, long time ago, and very far away".  Head over to read some great posts from this talented group of writers.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Leggings & Shop My Closet Week 18


It's Wednesday and time for another round of Style Perspectives with my friends from The Blended Blog.  I loved all the spring plaid looks from last week. Thanks to everyone who linked up with us and joined in the fun!



Up this week are leggings and a scarf, courtesy of the lovely Katie.  Since I'm tall, and dresses can be too short on me, I'll often wear them with a pair of leggings this time of year. Which was my original plan for this style perspective.

And then I had to go to Macy's to pick up some shorts for my husband, and I accidentally saw this cold shoulder top.  It was calling my name.  I'd been looking for one that could be worn with a regular bra, and the stripes sealed the deal.  Yep, I broke my shopping ban for you, Katie!



Actually, that's a lie.  The floral flats are also new, and I bought them first. Another item I'd been searching for to brighten up my spring wardrobe.



The shirt is longer in the back, so it covers all the important areas.  I can't wait to actually wear it when the weather gets warmer.  Be sure to head to The Blended Blog to see Katie's leggings look, and find out who had the top clicked links from last week. 

Linking up today with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless Style


It was a busy work from home week, so I was loving the graphic tees, apparently. And because I like to keep it real here on the blog, I'm throwing in a picture of the day I never changed out of my workout clothes.  Oops.



Be sure to check out everyone's leggings style today, and come back next week for a blazer, tshirt, jeans & sneakers.  I hope you'll link up below, or join along on Insta/Facebook/Twitter using #theblendedblogstyle.  We'd love to see your looks!




ONCE UPON A TIME & HAPPILY EVER AFTER : Library-Lovin’-Lady
DAILY STYLE FINDS: The Personal Stylist
FOXY’S DOMESTIC SIDE: The Crafty Engineer
SIMPLY SHAUNACEY: Reformed Frumpy Mommy
TWO TEENS AND THEIR MAMA: Stylish Midlife Mama
RSQUARED: The Not So Nerdy Accountant
SHOES TO SHIRAZ: The Shoe Hoarding French Teacher
PUPPIES AND PRETTIES: Cube Dwelling Fashionista
MISHAPS AND MAYHEM OF SOLITARY LIFE: Single Girl, Simple Style
A LOVELY LITTLE WARDROBE: A Casual Petite
MAKING THE MOST OF EVERYDAY Classic Yet Current Over Forty
NICKANDNIK: Mama with Curves
LIVING ON CLOUD NINE: Blissful Fashionista
WHITNEY À LA MODE: A book-loving French Teacher

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Motivational Monday XLIX


It was a tough weekend.  We lost my uncle, one of the kindest, most intelligent souls to ever walk this earth.  He was a friend and a mentor, and treated me more like a daughter than a niece.  Uncle Rick embraced life, was always ready for the next adventure, and welcomed everybody to come along.  He taught me so much about the importance of family and how to wisely spend the time that we have - and how to count in Spanish, row a canoe, and swim across the lake. Up until the very end, he was full of hope and love.   It's hard to imagine a world without him in it.

I'm linking up with Shaunacey today for Monday Moments of Gratitude.  In the midst of  loss, I'm so grateful to have known this man for 49 years.  Fly free, sweet uncle. There is no end to the adventures you will have.



Friday, April 29, 2016

April In Numbers


Hard to believe it's the end of April already.  Someone in charge needs to slow down time a bit.  The good news is that I'm linking up with Deena again to share what's been going on in my world, in numbers.

It's been 54 days since I started my Invisalign treatment, and it's going pretty well.  Last week I had 8 attachments put on my front teeth, which makes eating more of a challenge. I laughed when the technician asked me if I'm loving Invisalign.  Um, no?  Does anyone actually love them?

19 workouts, AGAIN.  That's 3 months in a row now.  Note to self:  try to get 1 more workout in to break this plateau.

We took a 2 day road trip to visit the college my son will be attending in the fall, which happens to be the alma mater of my husband and me. Choosing a dorm was difficult because they're all so flippin' beautiful!  Boy, things have changed in 30 years.  I'm excited for him because I know he's made the right choice.


Speaking of which, 1 cap/gown/graduation announcement made its way into the house, despite my ban of these items.  Nobody listens to me.  Only 1.5 months to go.

My awesome husband turned 49 this month, but we didn't celebrate with cake and ice cream. He's lost 50 pounds through a combination of healthy eating and exercise, and at this point he doesn't even want sweets.  I'm pretty sure I will never get to that point, because life would be sad without chocolate.  However, I whipped him up a nice fruit salad instead and he was happy!

I only read 1 book this month.  Total fail.  I need to choose better reading spots, because I keep falling asleep.  But the book was so good, which makes up for the lack of quantity.  If you haven't read "The Rosie Project", please do so immediately.


There were 3 days in a row of 80 degree weather, which I don't think has happened in Seattle in April.  It was glorious.  We were then punished for our good fortune with solid downpours.  It was good while it lasted.

And the best part of the month.  3 days in Vegas with 6 blogger friends.  I learned tons of helpful blogging information, consumed a zillion delicious calories, and cemented friendships that will last a lifetime.  Honestly, the trip was too short.  But we will meet again, and hopefully the other 9 ladies of The Blended Blog will be there too.


Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spring Plaid & Shop My Closet Week 17

Style Perspectives - how would you wear it?  twoteensandtheirmama.com

It's Wednesday and time for another round of Style Perspectives with the ladies of The Blended Blog.  I think last week's graphic tee prompt was my favorite so far - I want them all!  Thanks to everyone who linked up with us and joined in the fun.

Style Perspectives - how would you wear it?  twoteensandtheirmama.com

This week we're styling a plaid look, courtesy of Alison.  I got to meet Alison in Vegas a few weeks ago, and she's so much fun.  She taught us how to recreate her signature outfit "pose". Which I tried to do once I got home...and failed. Maybe I'll have better luck next week.  Be sure to head to The Blended Blog to see her plaid look, and find out who had the top clicked links from last week.

I was stumped when trying to decide what to wear for this prompt.  Since I'm "shopping my closet", I had already worn my plaid shirts.  And yes, there are many.  The plaid scarves were all too heavy and winter-y. And then I remembered gingham, which is a type of checkered plaid, although its symmetry and single color sets it apart.  See, I was paying attention in my fabrics class in college!  Or I googled it.  Anyway. 

Spring gingham plaid - twoteensandtheirmama.com

I chose this blue gingham top and paired it with one of my favorite 7 for all mankind jeans. I love the fit and comfort of their jeans. Find the style you prefer, and then keep an eye out on Hautelook, where they regularly carry them for at least half off.  Because nobody should ever pay retail for jeans.  Ever.

Linking up today with A Lovely Little WardrobeThe Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do Declaire

Shop My Closet - twoteensandtheirmama.com

Are you getting tired of shopping my closet?  Because I am.  But I must press on.  It's week 17 with no end in sight.

Shop My Closet - twoteensandtheirmama.com

Be sure to check out everyone's plaid style today, and come back next week for leggings and a scarf.  I hope you'll link up below, or join along on Insta/Facebook/Twitter using #theblendedblogstyle.  We'd love to see your looks!



ONCE UPON A TIME & HAPPILY EVER AFTER : Library-Lovin’-Lady
DAILY STYLE FINDS: The Personal Stylist
FOXY’S DOMESTIC SIDE: The Crafty Engineer
SIMPLY SHAUNACEY: Reformed Frumpy Mommy
TWO TEENS AND THEIR MAMA: Stylish Midlife Mama
RSQUARED: The Not So Nerdy Accountant
SHOES TO SHIRAZ: The Shoe Hoarding French Teacher
PUPPIES AND PRETTIES: Cube Dwelling Fashionista
MISHAPS AND MAYHEM OF SOLITARY LIFE: Single Girl, Simple Style
A LOVELY LITTLE WARDROBE: A Casual Petite
MAKING THE MOST OF EVERYDAY Classic Yet Current Over Forty
NICKANDNIK: Mama with Curves
LIVING ON CLOUD NINE: Blissful Fashionista
WHITNEY À LA MODE: A book-loving French Teacher

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Motivational Monday XLVIII

Motivational Monday - I believe I'm here for a reason and my purpose is greater than my challenges.  twoteensandtheirmama.com

And I also believe that our purpose changes as we travel through life.

My purpose for over twenty years has been to grow my two sons into good young men. Mission almost accomplished.

So now what?  I've been giving it so much thought lately, you'd think I would have an answer.

I was inspired at the BAM Conference to believe that maybe I really can be a writer. Hopefully that's part of my new purpose.  But what else?  There must be more.

Our challenges are great, but our purpose is greater.  It's out there, and I will find it.


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Time for Monday Moments of Gratitude with Shaunacey.  This was one of those really strange weeks - amidst great sadness, there was also much to be grateful for.  Such as:

  • An entire weekend with my favorite guys.  Saturday morning track meet, followed by shopping and dinner in Ballard, where we had the most delicious Mexican food at Senor Moose.  Sunday we saw "The Jungle Book", and it may have moved into my list of top ten movies of all time.  Visually stunning and perfectly acted, it's a must see on the big screen.
  •  Cupcakes.  Is it okay to be grateful for cupcakes?  Because I am.
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Head over to The Blended Blog today, where Christy is sharing spring fitness. And don't forget to join us on Wednesday for Style Perspectives.  Up this week is a plaid look with Alison!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday Feature: Suzanne


Today I'm over at The Blended Blog, sharing one of my very favorite bloggers, Suzanne Carillo!  I hope you'll stop by to learn more about this lovely, funny, creative lady.

Have a wonderful weekend!
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