Friday Night in Wake Forest

I spend most of my social media time sharing photos & antics about Lucy & Zach. This ol’ blog started almost 10 years ago as a way to share the treats in my life: books, food, travel, movies, TTS, & the kiddos. About me sometimes gets lost in the shuffle.

So what have I been up to? Traveling, working, trying to wrap my mind around Kindergartners! & in the middle of that, last Friday night, even thought I didn’t know anyone else going, I decided to go some where I wanted to go!

I left the kids at home with Jason, called my aunt & talked her out of pjs & back into work clothes for an evening out. I merged three current passions of mine (reading, politics & religion) all together when I went to hear John Pavlovitz speak & met him & had him sign his new book, A Bigger Table at his book release party in Wake Forest.

SuzsTreats JohnPavlovitz A Bigger Table

I discovered him on twitter last fall & love reading his inspirational & thought provoking blog posts on Stuff that Needs to be Said & tweets. So cool that he lives & preaches pretty much in my same city. I started his book Sunday night & can’t wait to really have time to delve into the meat of it.

Suzstreats John Pavlovitz

After the book signing, my aunt & I went literally around the corner to White Street Brewery for another one of my favorite activities: craft beer drinking! (I owe y’all a post on husband &I’s recent Asheville weekend, I promise it’ll come.)

SuzsTreats White StI’d had White Street beers around Raleigh before but not been to their Wake Forest brewery & it was nice! It’s in the middle of a cute down town & they have a big space that was pretty full on Friday night. Their Double IPA Domillo was great, but I was driving so I tasted a few sips of my aunt’s while I drank their Belgian style Blonde ale Emmalyn.

Cheers to am impromptu fun Friday night!

Any weekend plans for this weekend?


Five Minute Face

{side note, when I went to post this last Thursday afternoon, I realized my blog was broken. Turns out my theme had been unsupported for like 2 years. Who knew?! So new theme in process but trying to make sure posting now works!}
Back last year, I was able to get into the monthly Sephora box subscription. It had been years (like 4) since I’d regularly been applying make up, so I thought a $10 box of samples (with a how-to guide enclosed) might motivate me as well as introduce me to new products.
So here I am. About a year in & I’ve really enjoyed it. I smell better (thanks, sample perfumes)! And I now have a stocked purse make up bag, purse lip bag, an at-home make up bag & a travel make bag!
I’ve continued using my favorite for 10 years, Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer but I’ve added in primers, serums, eye creams, eye shadows, lots of mascaras, liners & even stepped my toes into the world of highlighters. Sometimes even for everyday.
Now listen, I’ll never be a YouTube beauty blogger, nor a big time beauty blogger. I’m firmly entrenched in my working Mommy on the go & always running late status. This means 95% of my make up applications are done in the car (at red lights!) or at my work cube. A product that’s quick, easy, mess-free & gets the job done wins my approval & meets my basic needs.
Last Thursday morning (aka 10am), once I’d had enough Diet Coke to really wake up, I did this 5 minute face. And I thought I’d share which products I love & used.
That’s from the top, NARS Velvet lip glide in Bound which I layered over pink Sephora lip stick.
Urban Decay Perversion mascara (which will occasionally smear a lil on oily days but OMGoodness my otherwise invisible lashes love it). See the difference?! Right with eye make up + mascara, left no mascara!
Glam Glow Glowstarter primer in nude (which I did a thicker layer of since I’d left my tinted moisturizer at home today).
Origins GinZing eye cream (my secret to minimizing puffy eyes from staying up til 1am watching 13 Reasons Why).
Laura Mercier Caviar eye colour in Rose Gold (I wear this all the time, takes .2 seconds to apply. This + mascara is my no-make up day make up).
Make Up Forever artist shadow in 1-544 (a great brownish, goldfish, pink color applied on bottom on lids).
& topped off with Honest Beauty lumizing powder in Midnight Reflection (free thank you with their Household box a couple months ago) as a highlighter on nose, around eyes.
(Top photos from Thursday morning, bottom at 4p)
That’s it.
What’s your busy day make up routine?

ReLearning to Eat

From Nov 7th 2011 until very recently, I’ve been eating for three {or 14 weeks for four}. At first, that meant pouring through mom of multiples books for sample eating charts, foods recommendations & recipes to try to reach the goal of 3000 {then 2700} calories a day. I was told to add all the protein & fat I could because I was growing multiple babies {who’d most likely be preemies} & needed all they could get before they arrived. I switched to higher fat milk & subbed extra real butter on everything. Gone were any low calorie yogurt, cheese, cream cheese, breads, crackers, etc.

Then Z & L were born & my hard work eating all.the.things paid off as they were huge in comparison to their other NICU residents.

And boom. I was told by NICU LCs & MoM breastfeeding books to up my calories & fat again after L & Z were born to keep up my milk supply. So I was once again eating everything I could plus sticking with my ice cream before bed routine. In about 9 months after they were born, I’d lost the 50 lbs I’d gained pregnant plus 20-25 more. I was wearing clothes I hadn’t dreamed I’d ever fit into again while eating whatever I wanted {pretty cool, right?! Breastfeeding FTW}.

Then even when L & Z started eating solids as their main nutritional source & we started cutting nursing sessions, I kept up my big breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner & dessert routine. It’s what I knew & what my stomach was telling me I was hungry for. I was busy & tired & usually somewhat overwhelmed by life & just doing what I could.

Cue 19 months post-partum. Today. I’m still nursing L before bed & Z during 1-2 dream feeds a night. Yes my 19, almost 20, month old son doesn’t STTN {& nor do I} but that’s a whole other post. I’m still trying to drink a lot of water {although thankfully not the 100 oz I was doing while pregnant & EBFing} & maintain calories of hopefully healthy food to pass through in my milk. But honestly, my eating is kinda of a joke some days. My constant {especially strong post-nursing} sweet tooth & the holidays didn’t help.

I’ve gained back 15-20 of those pounds I’d lost. My post-multiples lower belly is a mess of chub & stretch marks & my boobs will never be where they once were. I do have kick ass arm muscles for someone my size thanks to carrying 50+ lbs of toddlers multiple times a day though. Multi-mom bonus!

I’m okay with my body shifting. Hello, I grew babIES! And at some point, I’ll find time from somewhere to work out & see about tightening up those stomach muscles. But my priority now is relearning how to eat. This might sound crazy, to some, but it’s been 26 months since I was eating for just me & I’ve kinda forgotten normal portions!

It doesn’t help that I’m on my own with getting all three of us up & out the door in the mornings. My prior life breakfast routine of leisurely eating cereal isn’t an option as I’d have L & Z going after my spoon or food while I run around the house. This past weekend, we hit up Trader Joe’s for some quick & healthy week night meals {L & Z like to eat by 6p which makes recipes with a lot of effort or cooking time a non-option} as well as their organic milk & yogurt & breakfast items for me. So I’m going to admit that instead of my usual two bagels with cream cheese when I get to work at 830, yesterday am, I ate a whole wheat bagel with cream cheese at home. While I peed. & L & Z dumped out their sock drawer. Because that’s the 5 2 mins I had to eat.

I bring my lunch to work most days & have started to pack less. And I’m cutting out my mid-afternoon snack since we usually eat dinner early.

Dinner is tough because, like I said above, it has to be made quick & I still want high calorie foods to bulk up L & especially Z. I’m not a short order cook & I want us all eating the same thing.

And I’m not ready to give up my beloved dessert forever but have cut it out some nights this week. I’m motivated. But not that motivated. 😛

So, long long long story short, I’d love to hear how, post-baby{s}, you got back to normal or the new normal.

What I’m Loving {first world mom edition}

It’s been a while since I’ve done a shopping post. Well it’s rare I’m shopping much at all except online these days!

But I love seeing what other bloggers are digging & thought I’d join in. This is completely unsponsored.

My new Lilly Pulitzer Chi Omega bracelet. lilly-chi-o-bracelet.JPGI was unable to pass it up during their summer sale. And I’m so glad I didn’t! I’ve found reasons to wear red/yellow/mint green since it arrived Thursday.

I’ve been going to the same salon for a couple times now, & they recommended {& had on sale} KMS Free Shape shampoo & conditioner. It was more expensive than my usual Target brand, but it feels like a delicious smelling luxury & makes my curls & color shine.

I’ve been loving a few moms of multiples resale Facebook pages recently. I’ve bought most of Lucy’s 18-24 mo & Zach’s 12-18 mo clothes from other MoMs. Including a new lot of Trumpette 12-24 mo socks. I’m obsessed & love that they’re gender neutral!

I haven’t hit purchase as I currently refuse to spent $25 for an outfit for Lucy when she has a closet full of 18 mo clothes I’ve super sale or consignment shopped for her. But oh my goodness I love the current owl line at Gymboree! Look at these ruffle leggings.wpid-IMG_20130823_113627.jpg


Lemonade. Random? Yes. But I think since I couldn’t handle lemonade while pregnant due to heart burn, I’m making up for it this summer. I like it pink, homemade, store bought &/or mixed with sweet tea. My current favorite is from Panera.

I am loving my current read: Stephen King’s 11/22/63. I’m also loving that my cubemate, dad & husband have all read it. So in addition to September’s book club chat, I’ve been one-sided {no spoilers!} chatting as I read along. I’m getting close to the end & can’t wait to see how it wraps up!

Whole Foods: it’s nicknamed Whole Paycheck for a reason, but if you’re in a rush & need a quick meal that you know is going to taste great, you can’t beat it. This week I went to Whole Foods for a to go dinner for a new mom friend & also left with breakfast muffins & a bean & cheese burrito lunch for myself. Loved every bite.

What’s your current obsession? Be it food, drink, clothes? I am missing something I will ‘need’ for fall?!

Power of the Post

I post about the hardness of marriage & parenting. And boom. In the last weeks, things have been great with Zach & Lucy, and much better with the husband. We’ve enjoyed lots of playing as a family, & thanks to Cici & Pops babysitting, J & I had a day lunch & movie date last Sat!

Then I post an update on breast feeding where I note Zach might be weaning. And boom, he’s gone back to nursing great overnight & in the morning {much easier for us}. He cut a new bottom right tooth Sun am. Maybe pre-teething was part of the strike?!

In the same post, I noted I was a little stressed about making the transition to sippy cups for daycare with them. So we tried it this week at daycare’s strong suggestion, & boom, they do great! They’re up to two sippy cups of 1/2 breast milk & 1/2 formula & 1 bottle. The bottle just in case they need to use it if they refuse the sippy & because I wasn’t prepared & we don’t yet have enough sippys yet.

I shouldn’t doubt the awesomeness of the kiddos. & just how great {even better than their momma} they roll with changes. Nor the awesomeness of the husband & our marriage.

And/or really, maybe it’s all due to posting? To putting it out there? Maybe there’s real power in the post{s}?!

Anybody have something going on I need to post about so it can be fixed for you?! 🙂