Tomorrow is my 36th birthday. I know, right?! How did I get to 36 without even realizing it?? We're spending this afternoon by the pool, tolerating the late February sunshine and unfortunate warmth. Scarlett is jumping all around in the water and splashing water everywhere and generally enjoying herself thoroughly. 

I honestly never saw myself here - a stay at home mom of a five year old who loves spending most of her time either underwater or jumping in the air. But I really like spending my days surrounded by kids toys and laundry to be washed/dried/folded/put away. Doing dishes and making dinners. Vacuuming and sneaking in some guilty pleasure Netflix or reading time if I get the chance. 

And I love it. 

But I'm also wondering what's next. Scarlett starts kindergarten this fall (insert shocked emoji here) and I feel like my whole day to day routine is going to be thrown up in the air. There's only so many chores to be done while she's at school. And I kind of want to interact more with adults again - and not just in the usual way where we're constantly being interrupted by kids. 

Maybe I'll take some classes, learn something new...? I'd love to take an art class and learn to draw something beyond a stick figure. Or a pottery class - I'm always down for more coffee mugs! 

What are you looking forward to tomorrow? Anything special? 

love & cupcakes, 


scarlett style

The weather has been weirdly warm around here this past week. Like, swimming-appropriate-warm. It's a bummer but it gave Scarlett a chance to check out the pool at our apartment and rock some bathing suits - she's always down for a pool day! 

Scarlett wanted some "Raven Queen" inspired makeup earlier this week so we covered her eyes in purples and pinks. She also rocked a super cute black and white Vans studded belt yesterday - but it was hidden for most of the morning under her bow-print tank top. Oh well. She liked wearing it so I'm sure we'll see it again soon. 

love & cupcakes, 



Happy Friday! Another week in the bag. This weekend os the Superbowl and it's happening right down the road from our apartment so we're totally going to hibernate and stay off the roads this weekend as much as possible. Are you going to watch the game? 

Reading - I'm still working on I Regret Nothing by Jen Lancaster and I love it more and more with every page I read. I also checked out In The Unlikely Event by July Blume from the library [my  book club book is still on hold so I can't get started on that one yet]. 

Watching - I just started Making a Murderer on Netflix [I'm only one episode in so far] and I just added a bunch of random movies to my queue. Now if I could only find some uninterrupted time to watch! 

Anticipating - We have a mini road trip this weekend to visit family a few hours north of here so I'm looking forward to some good car time with Nick and Scarlett. 

Listening To - I've been catching up on my Planet Money podcasts lately. They're good to listen to while I'm washing dishes and folding laundry. 

Eating - All of the Valentine chocolate at the store is really starting to get to me. I need it!! 

Working On - I really want to start organizing my bookshelves but I know it's not the kind of project that I can start and only do halfway. It's an all or nothing situation so I need to bock off some serious time to get to work. 

Wishing - The weather has been really spring-like around here lately and I'm wishing that winter would come back for a while! I need more rain and cold... 

What are you up to lately? Anything new and amazing happening in your world?

love & cupcakes, 


scarlett style

Scarlett has been bringing her usual style this week... I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! 

My favorite look this week was Scarlett's "stink face" day. She put her hood on and didn't want to take it off all morning, but she still looked awesome. 

Stay tuned for next week!

love & cupcakes, 


six flags

Scarlett and I spent the day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on Sunday and we had a blast! 

Scarlett got to see tigers, elephants, lions, walruses, dolphins, sharks, fish, cougars and tons of others! She made friends with the penguins at the penguin tank and they would follow her hand as she moved it around outside of the glass. She loved the dolphin show and thought they were completely awesome. We went on rides [including Cobra, her new favorite rollercoaster, a whopping seven times in a row!] and even found ourselves caught in a quick hailstorm! Scarlett caught some ice in her hand while the hail was falling. 

We had such a wonderful time. We got membership passes so we can come back over and over again all year! I can't wait for our next trip!

love & cupcakes,