May 26, 2020

For Texas

May 25, 2020

round here

this week-

i can't stop watching barefoot contessa. love her. she just seems so confident in the kitchen, and all while being as classy and chic as audrey hepburn.

dc cracked a joke the other day. it went a little something like this-
"daddy stinks so bad!"-me because i had accidentally packed the deodorant before he could get to it.
it's important to note i was sitting in the front passenger seat, and the kids were loaded in the back.
"i'm glad i'm the one sitting in the back!"-dc

it's every man for himself when there is a stench round these parts.

aida mae has really grown these last few months. she goes out of her way to do things that make her family members happy. when her brother's ipad is about to die, she would yank the charger from her own ipad and offer it up to him. in this day and age, that's true love peeps.

so blessed to call this brood my own.


mrs. measom

Apr 29, 2020

Honesty About The Fear Of Failure In Motherhood

Before having kids, I was fearless. I didn't really think about failing, I just went for it. If a door was slammed in my face, then I looked for the nearest window and tried to open that, going round and round. I was always trying to get closer to my dreams.

Then, I had kids. It was my biggest dream, but I started to notice that soon I was questioning all my other aspirations. Were they valid anymore? 

I felt like because I wasn't in a class soaking up more education, or in the office climbing that corporate ladder and building my 401K, my brain was starting to atrophy. My skills and talents were dulling.

When I had kids I knew that they needed me. I knew I wanted to be there for them. I knew I didn't want anyone else raising them. They are my actual dreams and aspirations born out of me and into this world. 

I have so much faith in them. I see the greatness in them, and I want to fuel them. I will have my time, but right now, there is no greater thing that I will do than be here for them. 

Of course, I can have my side hustle. There are things I do for myself in the down time, but they're my legacy. And soon, they will be grown and living their lives, and I will look back and know I made the right choice. I chose them.

Apr 17, 2020

At Home Gel Nail Tutorial

Hey, ya'll! Hope you are all staying safe. I wanted to take a minute before jumping into this post and say that if any of you are feeling anxious, scared, stressed, or hopeless, you are not alone. I know for me personally, so much seems uncertain, but I'm hopeful. There is so much goodness, kindness, and light in the world. This too shall pass.

With all the craziness I've learned that it's good for me to carry on with as much normalcy in my day as possible. The days I don't get ready I feel the most slothy. The days where I take the time to get dressed, do my makeup, and even spritz some perfume on, life feels normal.

For years, I've gotten questions about my nail colors and at home gel nails. Now, with the quarantine #stayhome, more of ya'll are asking that I share an at-home gel nail tutorial.

I'll walk you through how I do my gel nails and share my favorite liquid gel polish colors for spring and summer.


I have been doing my own gel nails since 2013. My dreamboat of a man bought me a UV gel light starter kit that has held up all this time! Fingers crossed she never breaks because she's a beast!

It was my first Mother's Day present. I was super pregnant. We were broke college kids, and getting my nails done was a luxury I wasn't willing to pay for. It's a lot of upkeep! So, we invested in a gel UV light kit, and honestly it has saved us so much money!

Let's do some math here. If I did a gel manicure every two weeks at $40 each (Google suggests the average manicure starts at $35 without tip), at a salon, for just one year that would be $1,040! $1,040 x 7 years (that's how long I've had my UV gel light for) would total to $7,280!

I think it's safe to safe I made back my initial investment of $200, and will never get a gel manicure at the salon again. Those numbers are staggering.

I do my own nails, at home, and the gel polish I use is professional grade. It's the same kind they use at the salon. This creates a hard shiny coat which is perfect for people who's nails are prone to breaking or chipping.

The Gel Nail Tutorial-

What you'll need-

Gel UV lightThis one comes with the a base and top coat, gel remover, surface cleaner, and a few colors! It's professional grade, meaning it's one that you'd see them using at a salon, and it is made by a brand I have been using for years.

  • Please note, if you decide to go with a different light that does not come with all these extras you'll need to buy-
    • Surface cleaner (rubbing alcohol works fine)
    • Strong acetone to remove the gel polish when you want to redo them
    • Gel top coat
    • Gel base coat

Liquid gel nail color(s) of your choice- My favorite gel colors are numbered below and they are all on Amazon.

  • 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Nail file or buffer

What you'll do-

Push back your cuticles.

File your nail into the desired shape.

Wipe down nail with rubbing alcohol or surface cleaner.

Buff the shine off your nail.

Apply top coat. A little goes a long way. If you put too much it will bubble, and if you don't get the entire nail, the rest of the manicure will not apply evenly or stick as it should.

Allow to cure in your UV gel light.

Apply liquid gel color.

Cure 90 seconds.

Apply second coat of gel color.

Cure 90 seconds.

Depending on your color you may not need a third coat of liquid gel color. This is all preference. If you do apply a third coat cure for 90 seconds.

Apply top coat.

Cure 90 seconds.

Wipe down with surface cleaner or rubbing alcohol.


Apr 9, 2020

Home Refresh

Apr 5, 2020

Quarantine Weekend One Month In

DC told me just before bed and mid Mommy cuddle, "Momma, you are so beautiful."

Aida came up to me just after a Sunday nap with her lips in a puffy pout, "Momma, where's my Coke?" She means my Coke, that she steals.

DC noticed a group of people congregating on a lawn and declared in a very loud voice, "That's how you get Corona!" I mean, he isn't wrong.

There were s'mores, hot dish, homemade cinnamon rolls, and cupcakes to be had this weekend. #Quarantine15 is gonna be real 'round here.

We had our first ever family Zoom today. Glad quarantine could create such a wonderful new way of family gathering, especially when all our family lives states away.

We have also developed a new method of cleaning up after dinner (when the kids have gone down).
We dance and sing like a newlywed couple while putting away leftovers. I wash dishes with soapy bubble filled water, laughing as he recounts our day while drying and putting dishes away.

It's like a secret workplace romance. As we wait until the boss is out of sight to flirt and sneak in kisses. In this case the "boss" is Aida, and we don't want HR (DC) to catch wind.

Another new tradition is that on Sundays we have a fancy dinner with our best china. The kids set the table, the whole nine. Aida loves it the most. Every Sunday she just stares at the set table and says, "This is so fancy, Momma. Look at how pretty it is, Momma!"

Vinnie loves quarantine life too. We are always home, and someone is always giving him love.

Quarantine, you've showed us what really matters.

Also, we are about two tantrums away from ordering this huge inflatable bounce house. It's happening. Just wait.

Mar 31, 2020

round here. quarantine style.

my husband can sing. i love to hear his voice. there are these wonderful moments when he catches me listening to him and he smiles at me. it gives me the freaking butterflies.

until... he realizes i've been wearing the same outfit for way longer than socially acceptable. then, i just pretend he can't see me.

my kids are magical. they are funny, and kind, and i am so grateful i get to call them mine.

they love to help around the house. i have found that they like to feel productive too. they thrive on productivity. they must be my kids!

aida said to me the other day after i put makeup on (again after a long break), "mommy, did you put makeup on? you look beautiful! i like your eye lashes!" i didn't realize the power of mascara until that moment.

dc told me, "people who have the corona virus shouldn't be going out." right you are, son.

if you are struggling with the kids being home from school, i highly suggest making both your kids and yourself a schedule to follow daily. it truly does help us around here. the kids love checking off each activity they complete. the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree folks.

i love this no bra, no makeup, sweatpants all day everyday, husband is always home life. it kinda feels like a dream. how did i get so lucky to get quarantined with such an amazing bunch?

trying to see the light in what could feel like the darkness.

we've got this ladies!

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