Monday, September 15, 2014

When I Think Of Leaving

We have seriously been thinking of moving off Long Island, I mean seriously thinking about it. It is too damn expensive. Almost everyone lives paycheck to paycheck except the wealthy. Just to give you an idea I live in the 12th most expensive county in the nation and live on the border line of the 2nd most expensive county of the nation where the median home price is $463,000 and average property taxes is $9,500. Forget about renting. The average 2 bedroom apartment in a complex is just about $2000/month. Now you see why it's so difficult for us to keep our heads above water.

It's a shame because I wouldn't want to leave my family and friends and I live in one of the most awesome places in the United States but is the monetary stress worth it??! Nowadays, I struggle with this question daily. It would be so hard to up and go but if we could live more comfortably without needing to worry about money everyday we would be so much happier. What does one do?

We were pretty much set on leaving but then I have a weekend spent at the places photographed in this post and I think, could I live anywhere else? Could I live without the beach being within walking distance? I don't know, I don't know if I could do it. Feeling a bit lost.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Humpday Confessions: Nursery School Style

Yesterday was Olivia's first day of Nursery School and I am not going to lie, I am feeling upset about how it went down. She is 2-1/2 and started the 2-1/2 year old program at a local nursery school. She was so excited to "go to school." She even wore a dress and let me put a bow in her hair which she never does. Plus, she let me take photos of her looking all cute. Things were looking good.

Her dad and I dropped her off and she actually went right in the classroom and we quickly sneaked away. We ran into one of our friends whose son goes to the same school and she said Liv was playing nice at a table when she walked by her classroom. The hubs and I felt good about things. We returned 45 minutes later (classes are shorter in length until the kiddies get used to it) and the teachers were looking for us. This couldn't be good.

Apparently she was hysterical. We went upstairs and she was crying but I definitely wouldn't say hysterical. They obviously don't know her well, if she was hysterical you would have been able to hear her across the school and she would have been flailing on the floor. The teacher brought her to us and she calmed down. I tried to ask the teacher if she was like this the whole time and she was a bit short with me. Basically it was on and off but they were upset because she wouldn't let anyone console her. I got news for you ladies, she doesn't even let me console her. When she is upset she wants to be left alone.

So the plan of action for Thursday is that they are going to have me sit in a corner of the room and if she seems to be doing well I will sneak out. So we'll see how that goes. When I asked Liv why she was cried while in class she said she wanted to play with mommy and daddy which broke my heart just a little.

But I do have a confession I was really upset that she didn't do too well today. I took it personally and I thought the teachers were giving me attitude when I picked up and didn't really want to discuss it with me. And I was so nice about it. All I asked was "how bad was it?" and "was it the entire time?" Fair questions, right? I wasn't interrogating them like "what happened?" I also felt upset because she was the only in the class who was crying. I know I am being silly but I took today pretty hard, worse than her I am sure.

How were your kids when they first went to nursery school?? Am I the only one whose child had a slight issue? I know I am overreacting especially since it was the first time she was ever left somewhere without someone she knew but I cannot help it. Someone make me feel better! xoxo

Vodka and Soda

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Miss Me?! And An Epic Photo Fail

Hey everybody!! I know I disappeared for a week but sh*t has been insane in my neck of the woods. A girl can only do so much. I really missed you all and cannot wait to get caught up on all your blogs today.

So what's going on with me? Well, today is Liv's first day of nursery school and fingers crossed it goes smoothly. She has been super psyched about it for weeks so I am hoping she has that same excitement when it comes time to actually go in the classroom without me. I'll keep you all posted.

We actually took Liv into NYC for the first time on Sunday and she had a blast. First, we walked all the way to the Central Park Zoo. It's not the biggest zoo but still a good time and I am still fascinated by the fact that there are huge buildings surrounding this wildlife habitat.

Such a cool view!
After walking around the zoo for a while we head back to the Time Square area and had some Virgil's BBQ. Who doesn't love BBQ?! Then it was off to Toys R Us Time Square!! We actually rode the ferris wheel inside and it was a blast.

In the elevator down to the ferris wheel entrance in Toys R Us
Me and a minion!!
So after we were done roaming around Toys R Us, we went to check out the photo they took of us when we first walked in. Epic fail on my part! My boobs were practically popping out of my shirt. My shirt had a loose scoop neck and stupid me, squatted down and leaned in to Liv in her stroller, hence my shirt hanging down almost totally revealing my boobs. To make matters worse they pull up your photos on a screen that everyone can see and leave it up until they help the next person. Well, there was no next person and my bosoms were up for all to see for God knows how long. UGH!!!!!

After that we walked around Time Square for a little bit and then it was time to catch a train home. We figured Liv would be passed out after her crazy day but no, she was apparently chocolate wasted of something. She pulled her hood up and kept screaming "Ganstaaaaaa!" at everyone. Don't ask!

All in all it was a great day but my feet still hurt from all that walking. Anyways, thanks for stopping by. Talk to you guys again tomorrow!! xoxo

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

So Long Summer

Even though this past weekend was quite possibly the hottest weekend of the summer and today is supposed to be 90 degrees, the summer is technically over. Kiddies are back to school, the beach huts are now closed and life goes on. I am feeling bittersweet about the end of summer 2014. We are coming into my absolute favorite season, the fall, but I am not going to lie I was a bit disappointed in this summer.

Why was this summer a let down for me? There were a few reasons. First off, my hubby was away for work for an entire month this summer. Two different two week trips. One in July the other in August. This was difficult for me because I work from home and I depend on the time he is home to watch my daughter so I can get work done. Without that time to get stuff done, the time he was gone was extremely stressful. Plus our girl is such a daddy's girl that she didn't take too well to him being gone. Add that with the fact she is 2-1/2 you can just imagine that she wasn't exactly an angel while he was away.

Secondly, I was the heaviest I have ever been this summer. Didn't bother to get a bathing suit because I knew I wouldn't be caught dead in one. So going to the beach and the splash park isn't exactly fun or pleasant in regular jeans. Didn't want to wear anything that was sleeveless and show my chubby arms so I was just hot and bothered all summer. I know this is my own fault but I am determined to be healthier next summer so I can go swimming with my daughter. I already started back to the gym today. Got to start somewhere.

Lastly, funds were just limited this summer. Living paycheck to paycheck sucks and didn't really leave us with any extra money to do many cool things. And forget about being able to go away. We are hoping to be able to save enough to drive cross country next summer. Fingers crossed! That will sure be a trip of a lifetime!

Well, I don't want to dwell on the shortcomings of the summer but rather focus on the positive. We did have some great times and did get to do some fun things. Was it my quintessential summer? No. That being said I do have some great memories from the past few months and will remember them. Instead of being sad that this summer is over, I will rejoice on the fact that fall is just about upon us. Here's to having a terrific fall and working towards having a kick a$$ summer of 2015!! xoxo

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Danie Styles

I am super excited for my girl Danielle from Miss Glam Dan who is getting ready to launch her own online clothing boutique Danie Styles.

But she needs our help in helping her decide what will be the first three designs available for presale. Check 'em out:

I know I definitely have quite a few faves.Now it's time for you to have a say and vote below! xoxo

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Just Breathe

This has been one super stressful week. Between being swamped with work, the hubby being out of town, getting in a car accident, and my daughter not exactly being on her best behavior I am at about my wits end. I am desperately in need of some sort of stress relief. Luckily, my first purchase from Yoga Outlet arrived about a week ago. And I am so ready to give yoga a try!

I cannot believe that I have never tried yoga but the time has now come. I need a healthy way to relieve stress and cannot think of a better way. I received a Gaiam beginner's yoga kit that includes a DVD, yoga mat, yoga strap and yoga brick.  I also ordered a fabulous long sleeved workout shirt perfect to wear while using my new kit.

If you are looking to give yoga a try or need some new yoga gear I highly recommend visiting Yoga Outlet for great deals on everything yoga. And as if there prices weren't good enough they are offering you 15% OFF your first purchase with code: bridgepose.

So I will keep you all posted with how my yoga experience goes and if it is able to be the therapeutic activity I need.  What about you? Do you do yoga and is it good stress relief?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Humpday Confessional

Vodka and Soda

"Do the humpty hump, come on and do the humpty hump..." Happy Humpday b*tches!! Confessional time and away we go!!

- I must wear sweats, yoga pants and over sized tees way to much because any time I am just wearing jeans and a nice well fitting t-shirt everyone is like "Where are you going?" "You going out?" This is pretty sad and a result of working from home. Nobody sees me so I don't bother getting dressed in the morning. A bad habit I apparently need to break.

- Today I had tons of orders that needed to ship and my daughter wasn't exactly being cooperative in letting me get done what I needed to so I lost my temper more than once. Now that I got everything done, I feel a little bad. But she was being bad but I probably got angrier quicker than I should have. 

-Sometimes, okay like all the time, I have the urge to drop kick my cat across the room. He is such a whiny 'lil b*tch. Always crying to be fed, to be let outside, etc. This wouldn't be a huge deal but I feed him, he takes one bite and walks away. Then the dogs eat his food then he wants more like 10 minutes later but only takes one bite and the dogs eat it again and the cycle goes on all day. Hence his crying all day and the urge to punt him across the room. 

The annoying 'lil devil...