Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Has Sprung!


My daughter has a knack for wearing patterns, colors and styles that most anyone, even the fashioned challenged, would think are, well, fashioned challenged. Yet somehow, she pulls it off. I think it has to do with personality. I know for me, I tend to wear black with accented colors. I prefer leggings to jeans, boots to sneakers and eagerly await the colder weather to choose from my collection of scarves. My boys on the other hand, have generally worn just about whatever I put out for them.

I had a chance to browse the latest Spring looks at the Children's Place this week, and I expected it to be a little challenging. But the trip did not disappoint! Lately I have had a hard time finding things my kids will wear. They are getting pickier.

One thing I like about Children's Place is that the material is soft. My daughter fell in love with her clothes right away, not something that always happens. Her sensory issues have calmed down some, but she won’t wear anything snug (read: in her size). So all of her clothes, underwear and even shoes, are a full size too big for her. That makes her happy. And boy howdy that makes me happy. It’s a lot less screaming when her shoes and socks decide to pick a fight with her. (Note the beautiful (and loose) horse shirt and shoes that though you can't see it, end long after her toes do.) I have given away, sold or donated more clothes than I can say, simply because they 'didn't feel right'. Not a worry with The Children's Place!

My son's wardrobe however, would not be complete without a tie. He wore it to school as you see it here, happy to have impressed the ladies. And by ladies I mean, his teachers. This cute tee I found states his attitude toward everything.  

Superheroes are a must for my other little guy. He loves to wear clothes that show off his super powers. In this case, muscles.

The Children's Place has plenty of choices, all comfortable, and some really beautiful dressier clothes too. Check out their new location in Tarzana!

I even ran into some friends while shopping here. 
The cute clothes, the cuter friends, Smells like spring flowers.  #placespring 

** I received store credit at The Children’s Place to facilitate this feature. **

Sunday, December 1, 2013


December 1st is a big morning in our house.

Every year the kids have daily visits with our 'Elf on the Shelf'. They named him 'Elfie' a few years ago, and have now, after three years, realized that he arrives just after Thanksgiving to observe them throughout December. He reports back to Santa. Are you going to behave? Do you want Santa to bring you a gift? It's very effective. 

This morning when they came downstairs, they sadly remarked that they guessed Elfie decided not to come. I wish I had been fast enough to get downstairs ahead of them. When they finally found where he was hiding, they shrieked with giddiness and could not contain themselves. I would have recorded it but I was limping down the stairs as fast as my slug of a hip would let me. 

The little imp was found casually lounging on our Simpsons wall clock. 

I got there just in time for this. 


The last few years Elfie has been tame. But I have seen other Elves getting into mischief. Makes me wonder what he'll get up to this year. He better clean it up if he makes a mess. 

A great alternative a friend posted today are these Kindness Elves. What a great opportunity to guide kids in a positive direction for the meaning of the holidays, and beyond. 

Do you have a holiday house elf? What do they get into or do? What did you name it?

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Just Another Saturday Morning

And then I spilled the coffee and ruined the tranquility of laying in bed with triplets and 3 iPads. No apple products were harmed, however, a package of wipes was dessimated in cleaning up the ant infestation I found in the bathroom while looking for a towel to clean up the coffee. Now I can't stop itching.

This of course, led to an OCD inspired cleaning of the whole bathroom, including under the counters and getting rid of old lotions, shampoos, medicines, etc. That need to happen anyway, right?

And yes, I have a Star Wars pillow case.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Jars of Joy

I remember hearing about Jessie. It was all over Facebook and the news. Her passing was January 5th, just days before my son's fourth birthday.

The following year just before he turned five, we were back in the hospital for my son’s 13th brain
surgery. A hospital is the worst place to get rest, and in between doctor’s checks and wondering when we would be moved form ICU to Pediatrics, he received a JoyJar®. I kept looking at it and wondering why it seemed familiar to me. It seemed like a great idea: a cute jar filled with toys and items that might comfort a child in the hospital. 

It was January 5th.

Then I remembered, and I wept. I wept for my child who had had his skull and body sliced open yet again. I wept in gratitude for his survival and the amazing neurosurgery team that continues to save him. I wept for Jessie Joy Rees and her family’s loss. And I wept in gratitude for the vision Jessie had and her fortuitous middle name.

* * * *

NEGU.  Never Ever Give Up. This is what Jessie's legacy created. 

Recently I had the opportunity to participate with Moms L.A. to help fill and package JoyJars®. It was a chance I could not pass up. Max Page, a heart patient and child actor currently on CBS' The Young & The Restless, is best known as 'Little Darth Vader' on a Volkswagon commercial.

Max has a goal. No, a mission. Despite and because of his own condition, Max plans to fill 100, 000 JoyJars® and get them to hospitalized and homebound children.  His goal for this holiday season is 10,000, some of which we were able to fill that day.

That beautiful day offered me no traffic on the way to CBS, and I arrived right on time. Max, his mother Jennifer and some of the show’s cast and crew gathered around a table in the CBS executive boardroom to fill jars. The word heartwarming almost seems cliché to use, but it certainly fits watching Max’s colleagues assist. I was also joined by Moms L.A. co-founder, Sarah Auerswald.

I was humbled to meet Jessie's mother Stacy, and a couple of other moms who had had babies in the NICU. That is an experience I wish on no one. Having a child go through life threatening illness and/or surgeries is brutal. It was my true pleasure to help fill these jars and meet these ladies. 

Max's mom Jennifer speaks about her experiences with Max's heart condition.

You too can help Max reach his goal!

Jessie's hard fought battle against two brain tumors lasted 10 months, during which she created JoyJars® and NEGU. The mission of the Jessie Rees Foundation is to ensure every child fighting cancer has the resources and support to Never Ever Give Up!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

NICU Nurses

This is what it took to hold out children, daily, for over 3 months after they were born. NICU nurses are an elevated form of humans. They saved our family.

Moments after posting this video on Facebook, a friend commented to let me know her mother was a NICU nurse for 25 years. Currently verbally unresponsive, she squeezed her daughter's hand upon hearing what I wrote. This made me so happy and brought me to tears. 

These nurses are exalted in my opinion.  

Friday, August 30, 2013

Refuse Receipt

  1. 1.
    the action of receiving something or the fact of its being received.
    "I would be grateful if you would acknowledge receipt of this letter"
    synonyms:receiving, getting, obtaining, gaining; 
    "the receipt of a letter"

  2. 2.
    a recipe.
  1. 1.
    mark (a bill) as paid.
    "the receipted hotel bill"

I findi it ironic that the shortest definition of this word refers to this 41" monstrosity

I only bought two items, and the actual receipt is only five inches long. 
So much for CVS being a 'green' company.