Currently Digging

1) Josh Abbott Band - Um, hi. I'm obsessed with this band now. Like I played their entire latest album probably 10 times in a row until I knew every word. I'm not the type of person who listen to entire albums unless Taylor Swift released one, so it's kind of a big deal for me to fall in love with every song. Maybe I'm late to the party because apparently they have an album as old as 2008, but maybe I'm not and you've never heard of them either? Seriously go give them a listen.

2) H&M Skinny Jeans - So the only real shopping I did during our recent trip to Canada was a trip to a local mall where I browsed H&M (I know, how very American girl of me) and found the most amazing article of clothing I own. They are legit skinny jeans with the comfiest elastic waistband known to man - also the jeans themselves are made of this super stretchy denim that feels like you're lounging in something comfy but no one knows because they just look like skinny jeans. Gap has something very similar but these are actually more comfortable and the waistband is a little more sturdy (they were also like $40 cheaper). I have yet to find them here in the states or else I'd own a pair in every wash shade.

3) For the Love - Anyone who knows me well knows I'm not really a reader. I do try and I want to be a reader, but man, I just always find other things to do. Well for the first time in adulthood I actually finished a book in just a couple weeks because I just couldn't put it down. Jen Hatmaker writes like I think so it was a very quick connection from the first page. Also she makes you think deep things without being super boring. Guys - I even reread some chapters because they were so full of truths I needed to hear again. So good. Go buy a copy.

What are you digging lately? I'd love to know, please share with us in the comments!

Solo Parenting

Having been a military wife since day #1 of being married I've grown used to the weeks of training here and there that comes up. I never enjoy them, but they also stopped phasing me a couple years ago. Then our kid came along and toddlerhood hit and even when my hubby isn't away I'm consistently mentally as well as physically exhausted by the end of each day. Because raising a human is oh so fun, but hard work, yo. Well you can now consider me fully phased because we're about to wrap up three weeks of solo parenting before we get hit with another sixish and let me tell you, it's a test of the spirit ya'll. I mean holla if you love your kid but you also need to be away from them for a little bit each day.
*Shout out to all my ladies who are the real deal, single mom, working and being a mom day in and day out. Ya'll are the real MVP's and don't let anyone else tell you otherwise.*

These last couple of weeks I've had several "mom.of.the.year" moments which in reality means 'not so mom of the year' because I bombed at parenting - twice in about two hours my child ended up in her own bodily fluids that were a direct result of my brain basically checking out after firing on all parenting cylinders for so long. It was a hilarious sort of humbling because I like to think I've got a handle on this mom thing by now, but clearly the ingested spoiled milk says otherwise. Whoops.

All that being said, I like to give credit where it's due and solo parenting isn't all cons. It helped remind me what a killer dad my husband is and that I probably need to give him more credit than I already do, because he makes so many things a hundred times easier on me. I mean honestly I think I highly recommend this as a necessary exercise for all parents when they start to think they are doing all the work. Wait, what? I think I may just have to write a book since I'm such an expert.

I'm going to continue to ponder that one over my glass of wine.
Although by the time I publish this it'll be morning and I'll have a very large mug of coffee in hand. Promise.

How do you survive bouts of solo parenting ya'll?
Mine are friends, large mugs of coffee and equally large glasses of wine and pixar movie nights.

Something New #5

Every Friday in 2016 I share something new I tried that week, here's this week's! 

This week a friend (and fellow blogger) helped get my creative juices flowing again, by suggesting we get together and take photos for our blogs. Neither of us really had a clue as to what kind of photos we wanted to take, but as soon as we started talking about it, we grabbed a ton of things out of my house and headed outside. It was a lot of fun having someone to play off of and be able to help each other get those shots that we can't quite explain to someone else who isn't really into photography. It also reminded me how much I love photography (also how rusty I've gotten) and that I truly miss picking up my real camera (iphones you are way too convenient). I definitely think this is something we'll have to repeat in the future and something I need to get back to doing on my own whether for blog purposes or not.

What is something new you tried this week?
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