This amazing summer weather is absolutely killing my housekeeping.  Except for sleeping, we have been spending hardly any time inside.  All the work has been spent mowing, gardening, potting, and enjoying the sun.  Which means, the house is messy.  It is driving me crazy.  According to the weather, it should be chilly this weekend, so I am hoping to get caught up.  You know, between going away dinners, wedding showers, etc.

HJ had his graduation last week.  I will share about it next week, but I just can’t get over the fact I have a kindergartener.

This coming week, I have 3 wine parties in a row.  I am excited, but I know it is going to make the week just fly by!

I don’t understand how dogs shed so much.  I brushed Ty out, and it just kept coming and coming.  You would think you would notice thinning or a bald spot.

Speaking of hair, I got blonde highlights for summer this week.  But, I don’t love them as much as I thought.  I don’t know if I am not used to it, or if I should have had more then one shade put in?

Tomorrow night, I am going out to dinner with a friend who is moving away soon.  We both moved to Cedar Falls at the same time, and I am really sad to see her and her family leave.

Whenever I go for a run/walk/bike-ride, we go by this cute stone house.  I think it is just beautiful, and always tell myself that if I ever can buy that house I will.  On our bike-ride today, guess what house has a for sale sign?  I am super bummed, because I so wish I could live in such a cute place.  And on top of that, I looked it up online, and the inside is just as cute.  Someday.


In my last post, I mentioned that a certain side gig was taking up a bit of my time.

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I am now a rep for the Traveling Vineyard.  I get to go to people’s houses, bring them 5 different bottles of wines to try and make a little extra cash.

For a while now, I have been trying to find a second job.  Being a single mom doesn’t make this easy, as I need something with a uber-flexible schedule.  A lot of the home parties just didn’t feel right to me.  I even attended a wine party once, but didn’t like that the host had to pay for the wines.

That is why I chose The Traveling Vineyard.  I bring the 5 wines at no cost to the host.  I also give the hosts easy pairings to go with the wines we will be trying, and then we enjoy wine with friends.

I like that the Traveling Vineyard isn’t all “sales-y” on the company, because they know the wines are good and sell themselves.

I have officially had a few parties.  Both were a blast.  And both helped me improve the presentation.  Luckily, there isn’t too much talking, and I can just let everyone relax.

I have a handful of parties scheduled for June, and I am hoping that I get at least another booking at each party.  I also hope that the hosts have fun, and want to host another one down the road!

I have really enjoyed taking the online courses, and learning things about sommology to share with the guests.

Also, you would be amazed at how much the noise level can change between wine 1 and wine 4.

If you are interested in learning more about The Traveling Vineyard, or want to schedule a tasting, let me know!



You know those days where you have been running around like crazy, only to discover that when you sit down, you are exhausted?

That, is my excuse for the lack of posts last week.  Between work outs, t-ball, a new little side gig, oh and life, I haven’t had much “me” time.  But it’s ok, I have enjoyed being busy, and I love nice weather!

Here’s a rundown of our wild and fun weekend…

Friday after work, HJ and I went to a neighbors.  We ordered pizza, the moms drank some wine and we had good girl talks.  We got home late, and into bed even later.

Which led to a not-so-happy 5-year-old when I dragged him out of bed to go to my 8am TRX class.  After class, we went to Aldi’s and I had full intention of mowing when we got home.  However, the grass was completely wet from rain the night before.  This led to me digging up the garden, getting excited over my returning strawberries, getting covered in dirt and screaming over a worm and a spider.

That afternoon, we went and got seeds and small plants for our veggie garden, and HJ’s gifts for his teachers (how is it the last week of school?!).  We then met some friends to head to a park.  It was the perfect park weather day, even though it was supposed to be rainy.


Then, we went to my company picnic.  HJ was actually ok with a mascot picture (maybe this fear is gone?).  We saw a magic show, played on bounce house after bounce house and HJ got his face painted to look like a snow leopard.  Or a white tiger.  Something along those lines.


When we got home, I thought mowing seemed like a great idea.  I still hate mowing.  And I almost killed a baby rabbit that caused me to scream and run away….which caused my child to scream.  So we were both running around the yard screaming.  The bunny was so scared, it didn’t move until I poked it with a stick.  Which caused me to scream again.

Sunday, we woke up to a messy house.  Seriously messy.  While I was mowing, the living room turned into a library.  Books covered EVERY surface.  Laundry was piled up.  Even the fish was in need of a clean bowl.

And then I worked.  And grocery shopped.  And potted plants.  And made cookies for HJ’s graduation this week.   And went to my grandparents for dinner.  And frosted cookies.  And ate like 4 cookies.

And now, I am so very ready for bed.

Before becoming a mom to a little boy, there were a few things I had little to no knowledge about.  One of those things?  Star Wars.



Somehow, my baby boy fell in love with Star Wars early on.  It wasn’t a phase that he grew out of, he continues to love all things Star Wars.  When he heard there was a new movie coming out (he has seen a few with my dad, I still have not seen them), he insisted on watching the sneak peek over and over.

This past Halloween, he was Darth Vader.  He has requested to have his hair cut like Luke Skywalker, and has insisted I learn the Star Wars ABC book (“A” is for Anakin, in case you were wondering).


That is why when we learned about General Mills having Vintage Star Wars posters in specially marked cereal boxes, I knew one boy who would beg for them.

Star Wars and cereal fans alike can collect all six classic posters in each participating brand of General Mills cereals, including Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, Cookie Crisp and Reese’s Puffs. The specially marked boxes of Big G cereals hit store shelves this month, for a limited time only.

HJ already has his posters hanging in his room, and we want to help another Star Wars fan do the same.  General Mills is offering a giveaway!  One lucky reader will win 2 boxes of General Mills Cereal with the Vintage Star Wars posters.

You can also check out the #cerealwars Tumblr page to see more about the Star Wars posters

All you need to do is leave a comment on this post, the winner will be randomly chosen on May 15th.  Good Luck!

In this house, we celebrate half birthdays.  On the 4th, it will be HJ’s half birthday…which we celebrated today.


We started the celebration by getting HJ’s old fish tanked cleaned up and making a trip to PetSmart.  HJ picked out a cute, blue, betta fish and instantly named it Sharkey (not to be confused with his last fish, Binky the Shark).

We spent the rest of the afternoon playing outside.  HJ ran through the sprinkler, got out a slip-n-slide, and rode his scooter for hours.  When it was time to run a few errands, HJ was more then happy to relax in the car while I stopped by the bank and filled up the car with gas.

Then, while driving home, we noticed a girl laying on her lawn with a pig.  Naturally, we had to stop.  HJ and I pet the little piggy, named Theo.  He was noisy when you picked him up, so HJ was happy to stay at a distance.

We went to my grandparent’s house for our usual Sunday dinner, and I brought half a birthday cake with 5 and a half candles to help celebrate.

HJ surprised us after dinner with a piano recital and magic show.  He started the show off by saying, “Let’s go around the room and say our names and tell something about yourself.”  I have no idea where he gets stuff like that, but it makes me laugh so hard.

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We then came home, and HJ told me he loves his fish and that it was such a good day.  And it really was.


Tomorrow, I am taking a personal day.  After a crazy hectic week, I am looking forward to having a low-key day.  And by low-key, I mean I am going to get up, take HJ to school, go for a run, mow the yard, go to HJ’s school for lunch, get things ready for a party next week, take the dog on a walk, take library books back,  run to the store, possibly paint a thing I recently found and go to HJ’s school carnival.  But at least I am not trying to do all of that AND working 8 hours, right?

And that thing I found that I want to paint?  This large metal container.


It was in my grandparent’s basement and apparently contained biscuits at some point.  I think it would be cute painted and made into a planter for the front porch.  What color should I go with?  Or is this some priceless antique I am thinking of ruining?

My sister’s family recently got a new puppy.  I got to meet him this past weekend, and I completely wanted to stash the little snuggle bug in my purse.

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HJ decided this week that t-ball is boring.  I would be lying if I said I disagree.  I mean, it’s so slow-paced.  And on top of that, he sits in the dug out most the time.  Then, when they take the field, there is no one who can really catch.  Or throw.  So, I see where he is coming from.  I am sure it is more fun as the kids understand more.  I hope.

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There is nothing single about being a single mom…

However, the thing with being a single mom is that it is hard to fit in.

I have my friends with kids….who are also married.  When we get together, it is always kid friendly stuff.  And I am always the only non-married one.

I have my single friends…who are kid-less.  They text me that they are going out on a Friday or hitting up happy hour after work.  And I am like, “Cool, can Harrison come?”.

Heck, I even have single mom friends.  But I am the only one I know who is a single mom I know that has sole-custody.  My single mom friends have a day or two a week, or every other weekend where they can go out and even *gasp* date!

The point I am getting at is that it is hard to fill like I fit in anywhere.  I feel like the odd ball out in all social situations.  I feel like it has been hard to find a group I belong to, and it can be pretty lonely.

If it weren’t for work, I could end up not having an adult conversation for days.  I have tried getting involved in different activities, but still feel like an outsider.  It’s hard to fit in when you have such a different lifestyle.

Last week, the weather was perfect.  Sunny, and in the seventies.  Of course a cold front comes through, and that is when HJ starts tee-ball.  (I also just verified on Wikipedia that it can be spelled t-ball, teeball or tee-ball.)


It is the first year he has been old enough to do it (in our neighboring city, he is still too young for Cedar Falls).  He loves playing tee-ball in our yard and I was excited for him to try it out with a bunch of kids.

Cue the 50 degree and super windy weather…

HJ is officially a Cardinal.  To which he responded, “Ugh, the Cardinals are the worst team ever!  I want to be a Cub.  The cubs are the best.  And cubs are cute.”.

And his proud mama said, “You are absolutely correct, but for kids teams the Cardinals are ok.”

Watching 5 year olds play tee-ball is hilarious.  Like when the coach says 18 times that not everyone needs to run for the ball when it gets hit, and somehow they all end up in a giant pile wrestling for the ball.  Every time.  Or when he says “Run to first!” and your son insists on putting the bat back where he found it, runs part way to first before stopping to chat to a friend from school, and eventually makes it to first.

They actually have games in a few weeks, which I have a feeling will be even more hilarious.  Twice the kids trying to focus and play a game that they aren’t totally sure what the rules are.  It’s like herding cats.

I really liked when the coach yelled, “GROUND BALL!” or “FOUL BALL!” and half the kids are kicking the dirt, while the other half are spinning in circles.  Maybe one or two looked up to give him a blank stare.

Now, I only hope that next week brings warmer weather!


1. HJ is adorable.  But you all know that.  I love when he says silly things without realizing it.  For example, he calls exclamation points “eskimo points”.  I haven’t corrected him yet, because I love him being little at times.

2. Today I randomly told a co-worker about a doll from my childhood, Lady Lovely Locks.  I swear my sister and I are the only ones who know about this doll.  I distinctly remember a road trip with her in tow.  A family friend had a boy about my age who just adored Lady Lovely Locks and her beautiful hair.  He is now a hair stylist, so I like to think I helped him find his calling.

3.Spring weather is amazing.  After being holed up in the house all winter, these beautiful warm days are really helping brighten my mood.  I love seeing HJ run around with the neighbor kids, and see how much fun he is having.  We even planted a blueberry bush, with hopes it won’t be eaten in a few weeks like our last one.

4.Have you guys seen the video where the couple doesn’t tell anyone they are pregnant with twins, and then they surpise everyone?  It is so cute.  Not gonna lie, it made me tear up.

5.I don’t know what it is lately, but I have really been missing Des Moines.  I feel like I would be much farther in my career if I had stayed there, and it is hard to struggle with it here.


I know, I’ve been slacking in the posting department lately.  I apologize.  Here’s the thing…well, there’s a few things actually.  My life isn’t that interesting.  I don’t know how many times I can post “I woke up, went to work, worked out, played with HJ, went to bed”.  And, it’s been nice on the weekends.

In the winter, I would write a few posts on the weekends because we were sitting inside being lazy.  Unlike now.

This past Saturday, we woke up and went to the gym, then grocery shopping.  We came home to neighbor kids playing outside, and HJ joined in while I spent the next 2 hours cleaning up the yard (and planting a blueberry bush we picked up at Aldi’s).  Then I made lunch for 4 kids (2 vegetarians), and sprayed stuff outside to keep spiders away.  I finally thought I should shower for the day and get the house all cleaned up and managed to get 3 loads of laundry done.  Then I met a friend out for her birthday dinner.  It was at this point I realized I had not sat down all day.  My feet hurt from standing all flipping day and I decided to wear heels.  Needless to say, I was more than ready for bed at 10pm when I picked HJ up from the neighbors.