24 March 2011

today is my day

There is this amazing network of lady bloggers out there that I am pretty excited about. If you're a girl with a blog you should probably check out SITS (The Secret to Success is Support). There are over 8,000 bloggers in the network. and today they are featuring MY blog! I am honored and pretty darn thrilled about it. Thanks for stopping by, girls... Hope you'll stick around awhile!



If this is your first time here, welcome! If you come here on a regular basis, thanks and I love you. I have really come to love blogging - as an outlet for the craziness that is our day-to-day, for reflecting on and expressing gratitude for the many blessings in our lives, and for just having fun. You'll find a lot of stories about my boys, past adventures, funny and not-so-funny outings, my love of coffee and hopefully, more than anything, my thankfulness for what we've been given.


a little picture of daily livin' around here


I thought that since, for some, this is quick "get to know you", I'd take inspiration from the literary giants over at US Weekly. Don't judge me, I do hair, it's pretty much my job to read it. Each week they pick a celeb to share 25 little known facts about themselves, so I'll just take the liberty of making that me for the day. 


1. I want to devote myself to learning how to bake really good bread, but I fear what it will do to my backside.
2. I love all things Bravo.
3. If I could buy all my clothes from one store, it would be Anthropologie. I get pretty much all my clothes from Target. 
4. Know it alls irk me.
5. I am a total know it all.
6. I eat chocolate every single day and don't really see a need not to.
7. I have been within arm's reach of Steven Spielberg, Punky Brewster, Michael Jackson, Rue McClanahan, Alec Baldwin and PW. But not all at the same time. (That would be an interesting party, though.)
8.  I care way too much about Brad and Emily.
9. I never spend more than $8.99 on a bottle of wine (usually less) and I think I drink some pretty good wine.
10. I became Catholic 6 years ago and I really, really love it. 
11. I often dream it's finals week and I realize that I never dropped Calculus and now I have to ace the final to pass the class. It's been over ten years since college - will it ever end?
12. Pretty sure I could live off of sushi.
13. I've lost 13 pounds this year!
14. We aren't done with babies. Just not sure when the next one will be.
15. I try to look for the positive in every situation, but I don't always succeed. 
16. One of my all time favorite books is The Secret Garden.
17. I just signed up for Hulu Plus and I think that might be the epitome of time suckage.
18. If it weren't for family and cost of living, I think we'd live in NYC or San Diego. 
19. By 6pm on any given day, I look like a pretty strong candidate for What Not to Wear.
20. I have found the perfect chocolate cake recipe and use it way too often.
21. I don't think I could live without my cast iron skillet. 
22. I want to write a book someday.
23. I'm not sure I could beat my 4 year old at tic tac toe even if I tried.
24. I am an aspiring photographer, painter, gardener and interior decorator. You wouldn't know this by anything I've actually produced.  (see #17)
25. I love, love, love my family. (Okay, so that's pretty well known, but had to slip it in.)


Thanks again for stopping by! Check out my "about me" for some of my favorite posts and to catch up on more of who we are. Hope you enjoy!


Peace to all of you!

86 comments:

  1. I think i could be your best friend if we lived close! Love your list, thanks for the laugh out louds and the "amen to that, sister"!

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  2. I love to make bread. I try and stick to once a week though. Congrats on your sits day!

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  3. Happy SITS day!! I loved reading your featured posts. You have such a great attitude, and you do have a great looking family!! ;-)

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  4. Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it brings you lots of new followers and tons of comment love.

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  5. Girl, three-Buck Chuck is the way to go in wino land! :)

    I'm with you on #14, but I should probably find a husband first ;)

    Happy SITS Day!

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  6. Happy SITS day! Glad to have been led to your blog.

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  7. Wow, by the looks of your list, we'd get along GREAT! I'll bring the wine (cabernet OK?), you fix the chocolate cake and we can sit and watch BRAVO.

    Happy SITS day, hope it's fantastic!

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  8. Happy SITS Day! Enjoy it
    Seriously what was life without Bravo?

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  9. Congratulations on losing 13lbs - that's an amazing amount :)

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  10. Happy SITS day. I love the 25 facts about you. No. 11 sounds awful. I hope that ends for you soon.

    Yah to the Secret Garden.

    And good luck to more babies.

    LisaDay

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  11. Happy SITS day. Love this little introduction to you. I have those school final dreams too!

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  12. So nice to meet you!
    I also eat chocolate every.single. day, AND, I do not apologize for it.
    :)
    And What Not To Wear by 6pm? Girl, I think that I am WNTW material by 6am. In fact, I dream of Stacy and Clinton surprising me.

    $5000 of clothes all for me??? ummmmm, yes?!?!?!

    Looking forward to getting to know you . . .
    :)

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  13. Chocolate every day! WOOT! Can I come visit? We would get along JUST fine :)

    Congrats on your special SITS day! Enjoy, meet lots of great readers, and have a fantastic weekend!

    Your family is absolutely beautiful!

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  14. #4 and #5 are totally me! Great idea for your SITS post! Enjoy your day. :)

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  15. Congrats on your SITS day! I'd buy all my clothes at Anthro, too, but yeah, my clothes are also from Target. I'm learning to do some mods on my Target clothes!

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  16. happy SITS day to you! i totally agree with what you said about blogging helping you to see the positive in life - so true.

    i also started blogging to chronicle the life of our family. after the 2nd boy entered our life, i realized i had even more to say so i started another blog just for me.

    your family is just adorable!

    ~h

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  17. Ok...I seriously feel like I am reading something about myself or one of my besties. LOVE IT GIRL!
    Mae

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  18. I know what you mean by #1...I want to learn to make really good cupcakes and other baked goods but having that stuff around just tempts me to eat it!

    Hope you have a great SITS day!

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  19. Happy SITS Day!
    Love your sense of humour!
    Ok, off to explore your great blog!

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  20. I think most of my closet would be frowned upon in What Not To Wear...

    Happy SITS Day to you!!

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  21. What cute kiddos! They really are cuties! I read a couple of your posts, and I really admire you. I raised three boys, (althoug mine were about 9 months apart), so I have some idea of what you are experiencing. Kudos to you!

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  22. Happy SITS DAY! You have a great blog...I'm now a follower! Your family is TOO CUTE!

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  23. If I could buy all my clothes from one store it would probably be Target with the current state of my finances. But, if I were some swanky rich person, I'd definitely shop at J. Crew - like, a lot. I love looking at their website, though I never actually buy anything from there, lol. Happy SITS feature day to you!

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  24. Your little guys are so cute. Happy SITS day!

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  25. Great to find you via SITS. I love meeting new bloggers. I love even more seeing ones who value their families. Just from this post alone I can tell you are a great Mom. Keep up the great work and I look forward to reading more on your blog in the future. Have a great weekend!

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  26. Happy SITS day! Thanks for sharing a snapshot of your life with us. What a neat blog you have!

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  27. My kiddos are close in age too (went from 0 to 3 in 8 months). Don't ya just love the "Boy, you've got your hands full" comment?! And I can SO relate to your story of going to Target all by yourself after having had some adventures! I live overseas and have dealt with all kinds of stuff, but I can't brave Target by myself?! It's like I wrote that post....minus the wallet in the car! =P Happy SITS day!

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  28. Congrats on your SITS day! Love your list and I can relate with many. Especially number 13!! Within the last 6 months I have lost 33 pounds!! Woohoo! And I also care way to much about brad and emily. Shhh don't tell anyone but I cried like a baby at the proposal. My husband will never let me live that down. NEVER!

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  29. I love the way you did a numbered list. Being a compulsive list maker (and striker out) I really enjoyed reading it.

    Happy SITS day.

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  30. Great list! I love The Secret Garden too, but my favorite is, and always has been, Little Women.

    You have some beautiful boys there!

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  31. I love your list. I found my self nodding and smiling a lot of your items! Don't you wish we could just eat fresh bread and watch Bravo all day long? I guess then there's that whole backside issue! Great blog!

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  32. lol at your list, very funny! My personal faves are the wine from Walmart (me too!) and being a know it all (me too!) COngrats on your weight loss!

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  33. I also have lost weight this year and want to write a book! Congrats on your SITS day - enjoy it - it's fun!!

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  34. Looks like you have your hands full, Mama.

    Happy happy SITS Day!

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  35. Hi Carina, Happy SITS day! I'd give anything to be within arm's reach of Alec Baldwin...(but I need to lose 13 pounds first). Off to read more of your posts!

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  36. Happy SITS Day!!! I loved your list. Your boys are darling. I have 4 boys and love it so much. It think it is going to be so much fun watching them all grow up together:-)

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  37. WOW! Congrats blog friend!!! Loved your list. Totally with you on the Target thing. :)

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  38. I LOVE ALL THINGS BRAVO TOO!!!!
    I want to write a book someday!
    I'm so with you on #17!
    And #20!
    #24 had me laughing out loud!
    #25-me too :)

    HAPPY SITS DAY! I hope you have a great day!!! Your boys are amazing!

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  39. Congrats on your SITS day, beautiful momma! You have such a gorgeous family and awe-inspiring story. I hope you enjoy all the bloggy love today and am happy to explore your neck of the woods some more.

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend.

    (Also, we totally have the same dreams--errr, nightmare! #11 rings so true for me, too. I guess that anxiety never leaves, eh?)

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  40. Happy SITS Day!! New follower! I love your list...like a LOT! Check out my blog

    spitupchronicles.blogspot.com

    :)

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  41. OK, I really like you. It might be because you remind me A LOT of myself. Your list is adorable and so much of it, I was thinking, me too! so i think we need to be friends.
    also, we are in the process of adopting! so i love hearing success stories and commiserating with those who understand!
    so i am of course following you now. :)
    check out my blog if you want. i am writing about the process as well.
    http:brockandkelli.blogspot.com

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  42. CONGRATS on your day...how thrilling.

    Your family is just adorable. I love, love, love adoption. It has made a most wonderful difference in our family. We have a bunch of adopted kids and we would not be the same without them.

    I hope your scrapbooking all your wonderful photos (and if not come visit me and I'll show you how)...at digitalscrapbooklessons.com and I'll hopefully be able to teach and encourage you along...

    OK, off to visit more of your site. Love your list of 25.

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  43. I've lived in both NYC and San Diego
    Please give up the chocolate cake recipe
    I love Bravo - all things housewife and Andy Cohen related mainly

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  44. Congrats on your SITS day!!! Your amazing!!!!

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  45. Yay for chocolate! And $8 wine!

    Congrats on your SITS Day--this is a fab post! :)

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  46. You have some beautiful little boys! Happy SITS Day!

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  47. Happy SITS Day! I started following you via SITS a few weeks ago -- so glad to see you featured! What a beautiful family you have. From your 25 things, you and I have a lot in common :)

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  48. Happy SITS Day!!

    Your boys are adorable!

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  49. Happy SITS day! I'm glad I'm not alone in my obsession with Brad & Emily :P Your boys are gorgeous! I have 2 boys under 2, so I hear ya!

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  50. Hello, Miss Kindred Spirit!

    Okay, first things first, your blog title is fabulous (seriously one of my favorites ever! Adorable!). I'm a huge sushi fan ever since my best friend converted, I'm a Bravo addict (Real Housewives much?) and I just finished my first novel this past fall. Someday when my children aren't hanging all over my shoulders I'll devote more energy to trying to publish it, but in the meantime I much prefer those little monkeys hanging all over me like a banana tree. :o)

    Happy SITS day and have a wonderful weekend!

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  51. You go girl! It really seems like you have it all -- such a beautiful family, a great attitude, and a super cool blog! Happy SITS day and I hope you do move to San Diego at some point because it really is fun and awesome weather! :) Cheers, Mara

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  52. Happy SITS Day. Happy to have found your blog. You have a beautiful family - congratulations.

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  53. Happy SITS Day. Happy to have found your blog. You have a beautiful family - congratulations.

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  54. Congrats on your SITS day! #19...SO ME too!!!!

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  55. Happy SITS day! Love your blog and your feature....your boys are precious and I love the list!

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  56. PW? not getting that one? where do you live (state) or where have you been to have seen all those people? happy SITS day!

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  57. Happy SITS day and after reading your post about the Target lady's comments, may I just say...those boys are perfect. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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  58. Enjoy your SITs day, sista!! And have a fabulous weekend!!

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  59. Happy SITS Day from a fellow Bravo lover.

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  60. Happy SITS Day! I have been having so much fun checking out your blog. What a cute family you have. :)

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  61. I am TOTALLY with you on the 8.99 bottle of wine! Or cheaper!!!! I also love that you eat chocolate every single day. Why not???? :) Congrats on the weight loss! Thanks for sharing your family, enjoy all the comment LOOVEEEE today!

    -Jess

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  62. Great blog! You have really nice energy, a lovely spirit. Aren't boys the best?! I have a 10 y/o sol whom I adore and I wish I had two more! Visiting from SITS. Happy blogging.

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  63. I love your list and I know my 5 year old will beat me at tic tac toe---every single time.

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  64. Happy SITS day, Carina! Love your list. I don't have Hulu plus, but I waste enough time watching regular ol' Hulu. :)

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  65. Your boys are gorgeous! And cast iron skillets are completely indestructible! LOL! Congrats on your SITS day. :)

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  66. Happy SITS Day! The boys are so adorable, and I'm glad you've taken the time to blog on your experences of being a mother.

    I love US Weekly too. :) And I DON'T do hair. (hangs head in shame)

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  67. Happy day to you! SITS brought me along via Rach's page... LOVE, love, LoVe your list of 25 things about yourself. I made a list of goals for myself and one of the items on it was to make a list of 100 random facts about myself and share it on my blog... girl, it took FOREVER! I so should have started with 25 :)

    This is my first time visiting, but will most definitely be back for more. Enjoy your day and HaPpY fRiDaY!!!

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  68. Hope you're enjoying your moment in the SITS sun! And #19? Oh my, yes. Glad I'm not alone.

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  69. Happy SITS day! Way to go with #13, I love The Secret Garden too, and am with you there on #22. So nice to get to know you!

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  70. Loving you ENTIRE blog. I love the list in the Sits Day post !! I may have to think about 1 or 2 of those for myself. Thanks for the laughs.

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  71. i jut found your blog from Amanda over at August Magnolia. Your boys are adorable and about 17 of your 25 things are very true for me too!

    xo

    liza

    www.yayalulu.blogspot.com

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  72. You amaze me every day and I love you!

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  73. Happy SITS day! One day I aspire to adopt. I think it's an amazing journey to take and one that changes not only your life but the life of someone else too!

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  74. Happy SITS day to you! I am your newest follower.

    I have to say I loved your #8...one reason might be because my son and daughter names are Brad and Emily...but I know who you are *really* talking about...lol! :)

    Have a fun day!

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  75. Congrats on your special day! I love bread! I could eat it all day. I could never do the no carb thing. Sigh...

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  76. Congrats on your SITS day and for each day that you happily smile your way through with your 3 handsome boys. Love your post about "he's not yours, is he". We have an ethnically mixed marriage and my kids look like my husband, not me. When my daughter was little and I was changing her in the swimming pool locker room, someone asked me "when did you get her?". I told her her birthday and she repeated, but when did you get her? I realized that she assumed that I had adopted her. People make lots of assumptions that they shouldn't. Fortunately, most of the time it is without bad intention so I try to shrug it off. Sometimes, even the positive comments are not so helpful -- my son always gets: you are so smart and boy does he ever think he is and my daughter always gets: you are so pretty but you know what, she's damn smart too.

    Enjoy your day! And I want a piece of that chocolate cake please!

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  77. Happy SITS day!

    I think it's wonderful that you adopted.

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  78. I get a lot of my clothes from Target too. It's a pretty fabulous place. Ha!

    Happy Belated SITS Day!

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  79. Great list! Happy SITS Day to you! I buy all my clothes at Target as well. I have lots of aspirations as well, but allow my time to get wasted all too often!

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  80. Am I too late?!?!?! Happy SITS day to you!!!

    I'm sorry I visited too late hahaha.. =p

    I love your blog!

    www.theblogforbrides.com

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