December 18, 2014

Sweats Outfit for Getting Things Done That Isn’t Yoga Pants

silver glitter sweatshirt with Old Navy sweats and bando
I’d like to pretend that I run around looking glammed up all the time, photo ready in case the blogging paparazzi hunts me down, but that is not the case. There have been many, many days when I look down around noon and think, “What the hell did I end up wearing?” I know it’s ill-fitting/stained/unmatching (pick three), I just want the world to know that I know it’s weird (I’m thinking of starting a line of buttons – “I’m having a bad clothes day! How’s yours?” or “Dude, haven’t changed my undies in days either.”)

My sister, though, made a very helpful suggestion the other day: it takes the same amount of time to put on a fancy sweatshirt as an ugly one and cute sweatpants are actually more comfortable than ones I have to hold up with one hand all day because they’re so stretched out. Point taken. So, I’ve been trying. Trying to get a couple of outfits together that I can run around and do chores in, and not feel like I have to hide when I see my old neighbor at the coffee shop.

I feel like the holidays are the perfect time to try it all out.

disco ball sweatshirt with black leggings
Obviously there is a lot of running around to do, and I feel like it’s easier to spread cheer when you’re not worried if you just flashed the clerk your baby stomach when you picked up your packages because your shirt is so old/short.

easy mom outfit for getting things done that is still cute
Plus, I get to wear a vaguely disco ball sweatshirt that tells the world that I’m ready to party while still being able to complete Very Important Tasks like hanging up our enormous wreath.

sweatsuit outfit that is fun with bando headband
Seriously, that thing was so heavy at one point I was using my head to help hold it up so I could get it on the nail. But, you can see my sense of humor is still firmly intact because I look so put together and my pants aren’t falling around my ankles.

C’mon up, UPS guy! There’s no reason to hide your face with embarrassment at this house anymore!


Fancy snakeskin sweatshirt // Similar fancy sweatpants // Similar fake leather sneakers // Adorable twist scarf // wreath: c/o the lovely folks at Balsam Hill

Photography by the always amazing Erica Bean, who I’m sure was very happy I bought new pants…

And, if you’re looking for a super-easy way to help others this season (or need help yourself), The Bloggess has opened up her comments to folks that need extra help getting their kids presents this year. People can post their Amazon wish lists and you can purchase as much or as little as you feel comfortable. It’s personal and direct, and, even if you don’t have room to donate, check out the comments. It’s the holiday season in action! xx.

December 12, 2014

7 Apps Every Mom Needs to Download Immediately to Make Life Easier

I'm very busy phone cake with lady laughingThings have been a little quiet around here because we have all been really sick. Like pneumonia sick.  Let’s let that sink in for a moment. I had PNEUMONIA. When I first got sick, I could tell everyone was thinking I was being overly dramatic because I honestly could barely get out of bed. Can I tell you the feeling of vindication I felt when the doctor told me I had pneumonia? Take that, suckers! I am one sick lady and I’ve got the meds and diagnosis to prove it.

Now that I’m on the up-and-up, I am a veritable machine, getting things done for the holidays. I’m like one of those annoying people you love to hate because I am so productive, but still kind, somehow finding the time in my busy day to remember to bring you chicken soup when you’re sick even though I, myself, have PNEUMONIA. I anticipate it lasting about four more minutes.

While it’s here though, let’s get things done! I’ve put together a list of my Seven Favorite Apps of the Moment. That’s all I have to say about it because obviously I’m so busy I only have time to write 1200 words on the subject. Like I said, MACHINE.

Little List

My niece and nephew live on the other side of the world so I don’t always know what they have already and, of course, I want to be The Best Aunt in the Universe and send them The Coolest Gift Ever so I was so happy to hear about Little List.

Brought to you by the bomb-diggity’s at Babylist, it lets you compile lists of gift ideas and current clothing sizes for your kids so folks can avoid duplicate presents and send them things they will actually use (avoiding the dreaded clutter). Think of it like visiting Santa without the long lines and exorbitant photo fees.

They also have some of the best Gift Guides for little kids around so if you’re expecting a present from us anytime soon, AVERT YOUR EYES.


Full disclosure, I like shopping at Target. There are days when it’s been raining all week and we’ll head over and get an iced coffee and kill an hour, wandering the aisles. But those days when it’s Place #4 on my to do list and all I need is ONE PAIR OF PRINCESS SHOES for the birthday party that’s in an hour, and, ohmahgawd, are you kidding me I have to unbuckle these car seats AGAIN and jam everybody into a cart and listen to the shrieking as we abandon Elmo in the toy aisle? Yeah, those times, not so much.

On those days, I’m using Curbside, a concierge service that lets you order what you need through their app, then has people who run around Target to pick up your items and hand-deliver them to your car. Like I drove up to the Target doors and the lovely gal put my purchases in the trunk, because she didn’t want me to bothered with getting out of the car. It was like a mini-spa vacation – okay, without the massage or cucumbers or windpipe music, but pretty close. Bless you, Curbside.

Only available in SF Bay Area right now, Curbside generously gave me $50 to try it out and with the code FABULISTAS will give you $10 off your order of $20! So go buy yourself something nice. 


It used to be that every time I wanted to take a photo I had to delete 14 in order to have enough room, a highly effective method for making yourself insane. Then I downloaded Shoebox, which automatically uploads all my photos to their cloud for $5 a month from all my devices. Now I only have to delete 200 photos once a week so my sanity level is pretty much through the roof.

It also has this adorable feature where they email you every day what happened on that date, say seven years ago. It is so much fun to see how little the kids were, what we were doing on that exact date, and how skinny I used to be. Seriously. How was I so skinny?


You know how you always buy more at Ikea than you plan and then you get to your car and realize you have car seats and people to go in said car seats and no room for the dining room table you just bought on a whim? Lugg will take all of your stuff to your house and even drag (or lugg!) it into your house. They’ll pick up your craigslist find and bring it to your house or basically move anything you might need to hire a U-Haul/truck for. It’s like your new best friend with a truck who doesn’t complain you just called them last week.

Only available in the SF Bay Area right now; all moves are just $30


I have tried about every to do list manager out there. Seriously, OmniFocus, Things, AnyDo, EasilyDo – it’s almost like I feel like if I can find the perfect organizational tool, I’ll be organized? OMG, therapy session, puh-lease.

Anyway, I think I’ve landed on one that actually continues to work. The differences are nuanced (perhaps a longer post?), but Wunderlist is awesome because, first, it’s easy. I don’t have to take a class like some of the other ones (which is fine, but I’d rather take a Zumba class to work on my butt) – it’s super-simple and let’s me create lists quickly and then (this is the kicker) lists within those lists. So, my list for “Christmas presents” can be broken down by person and gift. Mama Heaven.

Plus, it syncs everywhere, has gorgeous design, and is FREE. Go get organized and then we’ll meet back her to discuss how it’s totally made us better people.


It’s almost the holidays so it’s safe to assume you’re going to owe people money. While Stacks can’t take the sting out of the money leaving your bank account, it is hilarious enough it hurts a bit less. Basically, you upload your friend’s photo and then you “make it rain money” on them. It’s totally ridiculous and totally awesome, which is pretty much the point of apps, correct?


You don’t need me to tell you that you need to protect your passwords (see any celebrity lately). But the problem most of us run into is how the hell are you supposed to remember all those crazy combinations that are supposed to keep you safe?

1Password is so good. It generates a random password for each site and then remembers it and automatically logs you in. I can honestly say I don’t know what I did before it (um, used the same two passwords and prayed a lot?).

As always, what did I miss? I love a good app so let me know and I will try it out!

November 28, 2014

OMG, I Am Very Busy, You Guys.

very busy lady on blue couch with phone

OMG, you guys. I AM SO BUSY.* There are sales to shop, lists to make, cookies to bake, and a whole lot of gossip to catch up on. No offense, but blogging just isn’t going to fit in my totally hectic sched.

So, have a wonderful weekend and I’ll meet you back here on Monday to discuss all of our shopping scores and if Carey is really going to go to prison on The Good Wife (NOOOOOOO!!!!!).

*Sometimes when my husband is telling me something I hold my phone up, just to remind him that I could be doing one of my many pressing duties, like unloading the dishwasher or wondering if Adnan Syed will go free, but instead I am choosing to spend my time listening to him. Just a gentle reminder that the woman he married is  practically a saint, which is best acknowledged with Disco Ball clocks and Ryan Gosling t-shirts. HINT, HINT. 


November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving From Our Family to Yours

family with Thanksgiving feast and hats in backyard

My mom always told me to count my blessings and, this year, I don’t know if I can count that high. I am grateful for so many things; all the usual suspects – my family and friends, living in a gorgeous city, our new couch (every day I am so grateful for that damn couch), the fact we have a roof over our head and iced coffee in our fridge – but this year there’s also a new one: all of you.

It’s long been my dream to create a space on the Internet where I could post all the stuff that’s rattling around in my head and where I could connect with other moms and women who are fighting the good fight with a to do list in one hand and sense of humor in the other. And it seems I’ve found it.

So, to all of you who give me your most precious gift, your time, thank you, thank you. You’ve made this lady a very happy gal, which means my kids have a happy mom and my husband a happy wife and my mom and dad a happy daughter and my sisters a very happy sister, and, ohmahgawd, fine, everyone I know is indebted to you forever and ever and that makes me very happy.

Have a wonderful day and will you please be sure to eat too much pie?

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m also incredibly thankful for Erica Bean who takes the most wonderful photos of all of us and never bats an eye at the highjinks I come up with.

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