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11.08.2017

Silky As A Snake

I found the cutest top at Target the other day. It's the Long Sleeve Silky Doll Blouse from the Who What Wear collection.
The sexy green and black snakeskin pattern is a fun juxtaposition against the modest neckline and long sleeves. It's so flattering, and hello, only $25! I've gotten so many compliments on it already!

P.S. The photo above makes the color appear teal, but in person, it's definitely a forest green.

P.P.S. I promise to start posting some personal fashion posts soon. I just never have time to take the photos!! #bloggerfail

11.06.2017

Musical Monday - Something Rotten

Over the weekend, I saw the musical, Something Rotten, with a friend of mine.
I had no idea anything about this musical going in, other than it was a comedy. I meant to download the music to familiarize myself with it, but just ran out of time. So, I went in blind, which is always a little daunting.

No need for worry though, Something Rotten was fantastic! It was hilarious and entertaining all around - great music, dancing, and story.

It takes place during the time when Shakespeare was at the top of his game - churning out hit after hit. Competing playwrights, the Bottom Brothers, dream of writing a play as good as the Bard. After consulting a sleuthsayer who tells them that someday the biggest theater draws will be something called a musical, the brothers decide to put on the world's very first; even if it makes absolutely no sense at all.

If it sounds, silly, it is - but you'll smile and laugh throughout, so just enjoy the ride. If you're a fan of Shakespeare, you'll like it. If you're a fan of musicals, you'll really like it. And, if you're a fan of both, you'll definitely be loving, Something Rotten. If it comes to your city, I highly recommend checking it out.

P.P.S. Something Rotten made me want to read some Shakespeare again. It's been ages!


10.02.2017

Officially A Soccer Mom

That's right, with the three digit temperatures behind us (fingers crossed), all the fall sports have started up here in Phoenix; and Madeleine and Seamus are bona fide soccer players now!
The kids got to pick their team name, so everybody put your hands together for the SUPER ROCK STARS! Not just Rock Stars, mind you, but SUPER Rock Stars. They're playing through i9 Sports (which is a national program btw), that is purely a rec league; so no keeping score or anything like that yet. 
That being said, Madeleine totally scored her first goal!! She's such a natural at all things athletic.
Seamus? Well, Seamus was a bit more...let's say - hesitant. He got kicked in the leg before practice even started, then pretty much refused to go in the game at all. 
He did eventually give it a go, and I'm betting next week will be better (here's hoping). I forget how young 4 is still, you know? Wish us luck, I guess.

What fun extracurricular activities do you have your little ones in? This is Seamus' first, but Madeleine also does karate, Brownies, and piano lessons. 

8.09.2017

Let's Go To The Movies - Wind River

Yesterday, I got to see a sneak peak of the new movie, Wind River.

While on duty with the Fish and Wildlife Services, tracker, Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), discovers the dead body of a young Native American woman on the isolated Wind River Indian Reservation. FBI Agent, Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) gets assigned the case. Naively unaware of the dangers of the Wyoming wilderness, as well as the hardships of living on a reservation; Cory agrees to assist Jane with the investigation.

From story to setting, acting to aesthetic, Wind River delivers on all fronts. Jeremy Renner is phenomenal as the stoic and emotionally wounded Cory; while Elizabeth Olsen holds her own as the audiences' eyes into a world unfamiliar to most. It's all set against the stunning backdrop captured by breathtaking cinematography showcasing a barren world of white. Additionally, it's a film with a message; bringing to light the unfortunate plight of Native American women in this country - a truly forgotten demographic. Wind River is film-making at its best.

7.17.2017

My New Jams - Malibu

You guys, I'm totally digging Miley Cyrus' new song, Malibu.
It's slow and soft and much more mellow then I've ever heard her before. I just love that deep, twangy voice of hers.

What are you listening to lately?

7.12.2017

A Belated 4th of July

Since we spent the actual 4th of July driving the 6 hour drive from California back home to Arizona, we decided to have a belated celebration over the weekend for the kids. Just some snaps and sparklers and a little bit of fun.
It got me thinking though, it's been ages since I've put any sort of effort into the 4th of July. It's just so dang hot here!! The last thing I want to do is be outside, but I'm making it a goal for next year to try and do something to make it a bit more festive and fitting.

P.S. 2016 4th of July

7.10.2017

Wedding Weekend - Day 4

Technically, all we did on this day was drive home to Arizona, but we did make one quick little silly stop on the way home for my dinosaur loving boy.

We drive through Cabazon (near Palm Springs) every time we go to California. I'm not sure if there is anything else to see in Cabazon, but if you ever make the drive, you have to at least stop and check out the dinosaurs.
It's a great fun roadside attraction to stop at when you need to stretch your legs, fill up the tank, or grab a bite to eat.
There's also a total tourist trap "museum" there too, but we didn't feel like forking over the cash and just walked around the grounds instead.
Seamus was in heaven.
These long drives back and forth to California remind me of all the road trip summer vacations I used to take as a kid. Hopefully the kids will remember them as fondly as I did.
A quick family pic before we headed back to the car to finish the drive home.
So, that's all folks; another California adventure in the books. I swear, we've been there quite a few times now, but I still feel like we've hardly even scratched the surface of what there is to see and do in this awesome state.

2017 California - Wedding Weekend - Day 1
2017 California - Wedding Weekend - Day 2
2017 California - Wedding Weekend - Day 3