The Things | Lately

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 5.37.07 PM These things have been recent interests of mine as I stroll through webville on that fine Sunday afternoon or late night when I should be winding down with yoga moves and deep breathing for a better nights sleep.  Yes, they are things…and life is more important than stuff I want/love. But none-the-less, here they are! Now, I’ll go do something meaningful. : )minoux_portal_necklace_silver

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Black bowl. Necklace. Boots. Dress. Painted Room. (this actually came from my dear boss and i don’t have the source.) would love to paint my powder bath like this. that and every other white wall in my house, because white walls and kids totally vibe.

with love and authenticity.




Conversations | Cheers!

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Hensley and Fields share the big bedroom now. Tegegne really wanted his own, so I swapped them yesterday. Tonight was the first in the new rooms. The big room went something like this:

Hensley: “Mommy, I love you so much. I love you to heaven and back….I love Hank too….did you know Hank wore a baseball hat when we went trick or treating? Kolton was a dragon, I was a bumble bee. (Fields: I was batman!)

Fields: We tootk Hank tamping with Dad, Mom. And we dot smores. (H: And when Coco was around Hank she went “aaa-choo!”) I had a blue sleeping bad, Tegegne had a green one, and Hensley had a pintk one. (H: I had a red one, Fields.)

F: Mommy, can you sindg me all the songs? (I sing 3 requested songs, say a short blessing, rub his back and get up.) Mom, dats not all the songs. I wanted “Please don’t takt my sunshine too.”

H: Mom, can you lay with me again? I love you so much. I love my room so much. Can it stay like this for a very long time?

This was less than half of the chatter and after 2 books with them in their big room, and one book with Tegegne. There must be a special place in heaven for the single parent. What “special places” look like, I’m not sure. Just guessing it’s one of those categories. God is good, very good. This dark chocolate bar with caramel and sea salt after their all snoozing isn’t so bad either.

Tonight I worked to establish time out with Fields for at least 45 minutes. (Thank you 1-2-3 Magic)  I remember 5 years ago, doing the same with Tegegne (but pregnant with Hensley). Rather tiring, I say. Once established, it is productive. He has to go to time out and stay there. Tonight and last Friday he didn’t want to stay, so he got up. Each time he gets up I put him back on the stair and say “This is time out.” Over and over. At times Tegegne and Hensley try to help him sit or talk me out of it, saying,  “I think he did it, Mom.” “Can he get dessert now?” “I really need someone to play with!”

Earlier this evening Hensley and I made banana bread while the boys watched Netflix. It didn’t turn out as it should have, but her pouring skills were advanced. She did the dishes after dinner…and snuck the rest of the corn bread.

Here’s to parenthood. Raising children to be adults. Figuring it out as we go. These are the wonder years. Cheers!


Photos by Rachel. (For a better explanation of 1-2-3 Magic‘s method for time out, check out their 1980’s DVD or book from the library! And thank you Dr. Kevin.)

== Fall Fashion | *Special Prices


thank you baldwin for being inspiring, following your dreams, making rad clothes and keeping kansas city #cool…oh, and also your sample sale. yes, thank you for your sample sale. you are welcome to have those as often as you like; as long as they are at least twice a year. : )

also have to give a shout out to zara for those days when new clothes are necessary and baldwin isn’t in budget…thank you zara for the “new” special prices tab. how nice of you to offer all of these adorable items at under $20 USD. like for real?!? (Go to their website to see which items are on sale. such great deals on some fall basics!)zara tshirt 15zara tube dress 19

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Emerald | City or Bootie



Okay. Free People, seriously. Your shoe tab always does this to me. I was just getting on here to browse, but now you have me desperately crushing on these emerald booties for fall. And these black so-rad-for-winter-sneaker-looking lace ups! Oh my goodness. And I reached in my budget envelope labeled fall shoes and it was empty, bahh haha. Then I woke up and realized I don’t do the cash envelope system. But maybe I should start one. If I do, my first 4 envelopes will state Fall Shoes, Winter Shoes, Summer Shoes, Spring Shoes. This is actually a lovely idea…each envelope thick with $500. Until then, I’ll just blog about them. Oh yeah, then there were these…sexy little booties, sneakerLOVE, and these snakeskin six hundred dollar beauties. #blackalwayswins


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9.13.12 HBD Big Guy

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You know you’ve got me hooked. Little stinker. I love to you to the moon and back. Thanks for being my laid back little fella. Your sister and brother will be in a real good argument and you just look at me like, “Hey, I’m cool. And I’m not getting in on that!” You’re three today. I am beyond excited to celebrate YOU! Your  so funny, and straight up boy. But you do have an eye for fashion and design. You complement my outfits ALL of the time. And Hensley’s. Its one of the most adorable things you do. “Mommy, I really like your dress!” It’s a good trait, Fields. People like complements.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, may His face shine on you. May He be gracious to you.

Love, love, love. (3 loves for turning 3)