Monday, March 30

Sick + Lazy + Throwback Netflix

This post is part of a year-long partnership with the Netflix #StreamTeam.

Yesterday was one of those days where Carter was great all day and then suddenly at around 2 he just hit a wall and could no longer function. Tired, moody, telling me his stomach hurt. He just crashed. Then he started with the fever. I was so thrown off because these things always happen in the middle of the night, don't they?!

He actually fell asleep in the car yesterday, and I can't remember the last time that happened so I knew he definitely wasn't himself.

We put him to bed early last night and this morning I had one of those glorious, slow mornings with him. You know where you don't go anywhere or accomplish anything right away? I lounged with him in the recliner so he could get a little more rest (he always wakes up early when Tom goes to work, sick or not). We did absolutely nothing until 11am and it was so good for him (and me too!)

Now Tom and I are feeling this little bug too (the first sign I know I'm not feeling well is when I have to force myself to drink one cup of coffee rather than savoring cup after cup.)

So anyway, we've been sick of all our usual movies (no pun intended) so we searched through Netflix and happened upon The Emperor's New Groove. I remember seeing that in the theatre years ago. We also watched The Brave Little Toaster, which brought me back to my play room circa 1992.

Another throwback show on Netflix that we are just starting to get into (but it's not really a throwback since it's a new series) is Inspector Gadget. I LIVED for this show as a kid. The theme song is in my head right now
Go, Gadget, Go!
Inspector Gadget...

I also frequently ask Tom to use his "go-go gadget arms" to reach me anything in the back seat when we're in the car. His arms go for days and he can reach anything, anywhere in the entire car and it's hilarious. Sometimes I ask for things just to see if he can reach it because it's so amusing.

Anyway, around 11, Carter got a burst of energy and for the first time ever asked me to do his hair. I have begged him in the past only to get shot down over and over. Today he wanted it "Like Hobby Pig from Hobby Kids" and then he pulled up the YouTube video and showed me exactly what he meant. Oh those YouTube channels. They're a double edged sword, I tell you.

So I gave him a little swoop and had a silly photo shoot. It was a good day.

 also there was some cute cow lick action happening in the back today

Wednesday, March 18

Downton Abbey Giveaway!

I don’t even need to ask who loves Downton (we'd all raise our hands, am I right?). I’m not caught up on season 5 yet so don’t be leaking any spoilers around me. Every time I take that Which Downton Abbey Character Are You quiz I get Violet. YES. That’s exactly who I’d want to be, shrill voice and all.
If you’re a huge fan like I am then you’re not going to mind getting your hands on a Downton Abbey prize pack. It includes a signed photo of Brendan Coyle (a.k.a. Mista Bates!)
The prize pack includes:
• One (1) photo of Brendan Coyle (Mr. Bates), autographed by Mr. Coyle himself!
• One (1) The World of Downton Abbey hardcover book by Jessica Fellowes, an acclaimed behind-the-scenes look at the beloved show
• One (1) signed NOBLE movie poster

US winners only!
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This giveaway is made possible by the new film, NOBLE, about Christina Noble, an Irishwoman who's saved over 700,000 orphans in Vietnam. Deirdre O'Kane and Brendan Coyle (Mr. Bates on Downtown Abbey) star in the award-winning film.

For a chance to win another contest, enter the She is Noble contest, inspired by Christina's story. Go to the website and nominate a heroic woman you know who's quietly changing the world around her. You could win a free 5-day/4-night trip to Ireland! When you enter, use my referral code: positivelyamy

I will receive the same the same prize pack for posting this giveaway. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 10


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MetLife as part of the #DreamForMyChild conversation.

So have you guys seen this video on YouTube yet? It makes you feel all kinds of sad and happy at the same time, doesn't it? (Just like A Fault in Our Stars.  Watch that movie the very second you are done reading this blog post, even if you thought the previews made it look predictable. Totally worth your time. One of the best movie's I've seen in a while).

And the little girl in the below video is just the sweetest, which never hurts.

When you watch this, doesn't it make you think about how your kids see you? Don't they surprise you all the time with how perceptive they are? Today was not an easy day. I had a "to-do" list that was longer than Pinocchio's nose and had to be three places at once. After preschool, when Carter noticed I was busy and not devoting 100% of my attention on him, he started saying things like "this is a stinky day." He loves to pull that phrase out. It cuts me deep! He knows exactly what to say to bring on the guilt.

But then he realized I really was having a "stinky day" and he became SO SWEET. He said "Mommy, I know how to make this hard day better. Come here. Get closer." So I walked over to him and he said "you need a kiss and a hug." Then he proudly announced, "See? I made the hard day better!!" And that he did. In that moment I felt like 1,000 pounds was lifted from my shoulders. No matter how frustrating my day had been, it all ended with a little help from a 3 year old. (It also helped when my mom sent me a text to let me know she had my laptop that I had lost in my absent-mindedness.)

So back to what I was saying about the video. This father has dreams for his child. To go to a good school, to have an actual childhood without worrying about things like food, money, and necessities.

You know how everyone is always hypothesizing about what job their children will do when they're older based on their personality (myself included)? It can be fun to think about. But at the end of the day I honestly have to say I don't have much of an opinion on what Carter decides to do in the future. What I want is for him is to have the opportunity to work hard at something he's passionate about. And I want it to give him contentment. Contentment in a peaceful, real happiness way. I kind of hope he becomes a minimalist mountain man with a tiny house and a lake for a backyard. That screams contentment to me. Not trying to rush after the newest car, a bigger house,  nicer things, on an endless hamster wheel.

Every time I read this quote I just have to laugh at the ridiculousness that life is sometimes.

Now, doesn't it all seem so pointless? (The answer to that is yes, yes it does).

The one thing in this quote that I totally have under control now is the clothes thing. And that was reinforced today when I had to have a meeting outside of the house, in the real world. This morning, as I was looking through drawers and shelves and hangers, I realized what working from home has given me. A lot of yoga pants, zip-up sweatshirts and v-neck t-shirts. [insert cry-laughing emoji here]

But for real. Sometimes you just have to stop and enjoy what you have and make life an experience and not a series of goals to get you to the next best thing.

So if I had to choose just one dream for Carter, I think it would be that he read this quote a few times (once he can read) and really take time to think about what's going to make him truly happy.

Thursday, March 5

Carter, New Dress, Red Lipstick

So Carter is still at it with his difficult questions. New today was "why do we have bones in our hands?" For that question I was able to whip up an answer, but for some questions he throws out--totally unprepared. 

He's also throwing me off with new words he's using. This stage of 3, almost 4 is so crazy. He's changing right before my very eyes and I don't even know what to do about it. It's like he's 3 going on 30.

The other day we were playing a Paw Patrol board game. You have to have a little cardboard cutout of each of six different pup packs to win. You get the packs by landing on them with the spinner. So my sister spins and gets the same pup pack twice. 

Carter: "It's okay, Auntie. Sometimes you get a duplicate." Duplicate?! What? 
Me: "Carter, that was a really good word to use." 
Carter: "How do I know these things?"

This dress was sent to me from eShakti. I chose it because I LOVE the top! I also thought it was fun that it was short sleeved. And yes, I'm standing outside with short sleeves and snow on the ground. I've had a hard time taking photos of this dress because even though we're inching toward spring, there are still limited hours of good daylight! So anyway, bare arms in about 20 degrees happened. And it wasn't that fun.

P.S. The belt is separate and I borrowed it from my sister. That's what sisters are for, aren't they?

If you're in need of anything from a sun dress to a bridesmaid dress, grab 10% off  with code NTYRVERGEB. Code is good until 4/3/15.

Since I had to get all dressed up today, I thought a good makeup sesh was in order. It's always fun to take the time to put more than a little bronzer and mascara on (my daily routine). 

In case you're interested:

Brows: Anastasia dip brow in blonde
Lashes are Ardell Demi 120
Lips: Combo of MAC Cherry Red lip pencil and Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in 69

Tuesday, February 24

Healthy Kids' Snack

This post is part of a year-long partnership with the Netflix #StreamTeam. 

Call it a snack, call it a dessert--either way it's delicious. So I'm not complaining or anything, but it's been frigid here lately. This morning I walked outside to start the car in just a zip-up sweatshirt and my first thought was hey it's not too cold today! Then I read the thermostat in the car--2 degrees. Two! And I thought it felt nice out? That's a sad, sad story.

So anyway--we've been working on ways to have fun inside since the last time we played outside we almost got frostbite. Funny story! I really did get frostbite once. Most disgusting thing in the world. I'll save that story for a post without pictures of food. What can I say, I'm a good person.

To keep mundane-ness of days inside at bay we made a fun snack to eat while we snuggled up to our Netflix for the day. All you'll need to do the same is a banana, some peanut butter and candy coated sunflower seeds. You could use regular ones too, if you're not as fun as we are. (Just let yourself eat the chemical dye this one time. You can't win 'em all and it's totally worth it).

The first time Carter tried these sunflower seeds he deemed them "the worst candy ever," but today I caught him sneaking handfuls when he thought I wasn't looking so I'd say that was "the worst lie  story ever."

So let's catch up on our monthly Netflix, shall we?

Carter's watching: Care Bears
Amy's watching: Friends (duh), Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 
Tom's watching: Parks and Recreation

Friends needs to explanation other than the fact that I like to quiz myself to see if I remember what's going to happen in the next episode. I know I stored all that extremely important information in the back of my brain somewhere with the lyrics to "Smelly Cat" and 
"I made a man with eyes of coal 
And his smile was so bewitchin' 
How was I supposed to know
That my mom..." 

Funny story. So I've said a million times how I've had the same best friends since preschool. That song used to be our favorite to sing in the car so our moms made us change the lyrics from "my mom was dead in the kitchen" to "my mom was cooking in the kitchen." The two statements were basically equivalent.  

Therefore the no-cook "recipe" in this post is completely appropriate. It's delicious and fail-proof. 

Tuesday, January 27

Gem Poe, The Duchess

This post is part of a year-long partnership with the Netflix #StreamTeam. 

So our sweet puppy Gemma doesn't make it on the blog quite as often as she should. She's pretty shy, she likes to prance in the backyard (especially over snow in her houndstooth and faux fur sweater/jacket) and she's not that into crunchy treats. She has many moods and for those many moods we have many names:

Gemma Posey
Gemma Pose
Gemma Poe
Gem Pose
Gem Poe

We go through about all of these combinations in a single day. She knows them all well. I think she prefers Posey. She gets really googly-eyed when you call her that.

She likes to tease other dogs

And she likes to sit on laps.

Sorry for my not-so-great quality iPhone pictures. I've been the worst about charging my camera. Blast those fast-dying batteries!

Who are my pet people out there? Here's my monthly rundown of what's new and what we're watching on Netflix.

New: Puss in Boots If you're a cat person, this might just be your thing.

What I'm watching: The Duchess
What Tom's watching: who knows
What Carter's watching: all the Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. I really like this show. The little songs in every episode have been so helpful. Carter's favorites are: you've gotta try new food 'cause it might taste gooOOOOoood. And When you're feeling frustrated. Take-a-step-back -- and ask for help. Like what I did there? If you're familiar with the show then you get it.

Things Carter Asks

1. Why don't I have bunk beds?
A million reasons. Mainly, you are three and you are a boy. #injuries #ERvisits #nothanks

2. How did Santa know to use the same wrapping paper [as you and daddy]?
This was a near parenting fail. Tom's face says it all.

3. Is Little Bunny Foo Foo bad? Is the Fairy Godmother a good person or a bad person?

4. [holds up a round ball toy with a stick at our neighbor's house] Hey, is this a Glitzy Globe?
What the heck is a Glitzy Globe? Someone watches too many YouTube videos...

5. Why do you love me?
This is equally hard to answer because how do I explain that to you? I gave you a lengthy list and then you got bored and started doing play doh.

These days you keep me on my toes, Carter. One minute we're talking about Daniel Tiger and the next you're asking me about the afterlife. Then you're telling me I never want to grow up, I want to stay little forever! It's never a dull moment with you.

Right now your favorite thing is to make YouTube videos. You aspire to be like Sammy and Evan and those Hobby Kids. I think we missed that train, kiddo. But it's OK. I'm not really ready to post more of you than this:

Hey, it's a start. And you're going to get a kick out of watching yourself for all these 4 seconds.
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