Northwestern Football

I got ‘Large’ tickets for him and a friend (and of course ME) to a Northwestern football game for his (early) birthday present.

Was a gorgeous day. And a great game!

Forty, Friends and Tattoos

To celebrate out 40th birthday’s four friends from high school all got compass tattoos.  All different designs, different sizes and in different locations. But all have our four initials instead of the normal N, S, E, W of a compass.  Mine after shading. Loved it then still totally in love with it. I’ve gotten one more small tattoo since but am ready for another large piece…soon!

March Scentbird: Versace Versense

This month I got my third Scentbird subscription shipment. It was Versace’s Versense. I’m not totally sure on this one. Might give it a couple days and get some other opinions on it.  But I’m loving trying these difference designer fragrances so much I upgraded my subscription to get more scents each month.

 

Here’s Scentbird’s description:

Versace’s Versense features tart citrus spiked with an earthy fig accord. Green mandarin and bergamot zest sharpen the senses for a floral heart of jasmine and lily, warmed by drily-spiced cardamom and cedar. The dry down adds aromatic olive wood to musk and sandalwood to round out this earthy, spiced floral.

Check out my January and February scents too!

If you’re not familiar with Scentbird here’s how it works:

PICK A SCENT from our extensive assortment of designer perfumes.
JOIN get a monthly supply of the luxury scent of your choice in the sleek Scentbird vial for $14.95 per month.
ENJOY Receive a monthly purse spray with a 30 day supply of the perfume of your choice.

Use my link here to join and we’ll both earn free perfume!

New Kids On The Block

I know it’s been a while so you may have forgotten but I absolutely LOVE New Kids on the Block and after getting to meet AND HUG Joey McIntyre last year I saw them in concert AGAIN! They might not exactly be kids anymore but man they put on a great show and take me back. Of course it doesn’t hurt to have a great group of girls to go with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February Scentbird: Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce

In February I got my second Scentbird subscription scent, Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce. I really like this one! It’s light but a little warmer than last month’s.

Here’s Scentbird’s description:

Tropically bright top notes of neroli leaves and papaya blossom blush with sweet sugar over airy, white amaryllis, lilies, and soft narcissus. A soft blanket of cashmeran and musk add a warm, calming glow to the base of this perfume after the soaring runway takeoff of white florals in the heart.

 

Check out what I thought of January’s scent here!

If you’re not familiar with Scentbird here’s how it works:

PICK A SCENT from our extensive assortment of designer perfumes.
JOIN get a monthly supply of the luxury scent of your choice in the sleek Scentbird vial for $14.95 per month.
ENJOY Receive a monthly purse spray with a 30 day supply of the perfume of your choice.

Use my link here to join and we’ll both earn free perfume!

First Graduation

Yes, it’s sort of old news but I’m catching up on all I’ve missed. Last June we celebrated the first graduation milestone with ‘Large’ graduating 8th grade.  And a graduation party a couple weeks later. Of course, we’re almost done with the first year of high school, but that’s a story for another time.

 

January Scentbird: Burberry’s Brit Sheer

I bought myself a Scentbird subscription as a Christmas gift.  The first scent I got was Burberry’s Brit Sheer. I’m super in love with this scent, it’s light and fruity.

Here’s Scentbird’s description:

Brit Sheer’s sunlit sparkle of yuzu, mandarin orange, and pineapple fades into a soft, floral heart of peonies, peach blossom, and sweet pea. White musk and amyris wood add a bright sheen to the florals, while the amyris wood’s creamy texture echoes the pineapple and lychee notes.

If you’re not familiar with Scentbird here’s how it works:

PICK A SCENT from our extensive assortment of designer perfumes.
JOIN get a monthly supply of the luxury scent of your choice in the sleek Scentbird vial for $14.95 per month.
ENJOY Receive a monthly purse spray with a 30 day supply of the perfume of your choice.

Use my link here to join and we’ll both earn free perfume!

Things Have Changed

Wow, it’s been almost a year since I’ve blogged. And man how things have changed…good and bad.

I mostly stopped blogging because the boys had gotten older and they weren’t so thrilled about having their stories or photos shared.  But I’m miss writing, so I’m not sure what you’ll find here now but I’m hoping to start sharing SOMETHING here more regularly.

To My Son’s Teachers

As the final days of middle school wind down I really wish I could share these words with my son’s teachers.
To my son’s teachers,
I’m sorry for the extra work my son being in your class has caused. I’ve seen the looks, heard the heavy sighs and ever seen the hand written post-it notes laced with resentment. I am sure you feel his medical “diagnosis” is used as a crutch. And I know his comments and attempts at being a class clown are often exhausting.
But there’s so much more I wish you could see. First, I wish you could see how seriously we take consequences in our house. Yes, I know you think he’s getting away with everything because he still gets to play sports. But trust me, your day would be harder if he didn’t have that outlet. But besides sports he has spent the better part of 2 years without any privileges that the rest of your students enjoy. Because of this I wish you could appreciate how far we’ve come in the last 2 years. I wish you could see that smart mouth, full sized man you see as an inconvenience is really a generous kid with a tender heart. A child in a man’s body who jumps at the chance to play at the McDs play-land with his friends. A kid who will, and has, literally given his friends the shirt off his back so they can be warm in the freezing rain. A gentle kid who takes great joy in rocking his baby cousins til they fall asleep in his arms. A supportive teammate who feels the loss not only to the team when a member is injured but empathizes with the the player and their loss of time playing the game they love. And who quickly thinks of a small way he can make an effort to make that player field better. I wish you saw the moment his heart broke for a friend diagnosed with cancer and how quickly he began thinking of ways we could raise money to help his family. Or when he climbs into the car after a hard fought basketball game and asks if I think my mom, his grandmother and best friend for the first six years of his life, would be proud of him.
Like I said, I know that tough guy attitude can be obnoxious, but I wish you were able to understand that the inappropriately timed jokes are a defense mechanism built to protect a fragile heart that has endured far too much heart break for his years.
Signed,
A mom trying her best
PS To those select special teachers who have taken the time to see it all, please know you are so very appreciated and have made the tough days, weeks and months just a little easier and for that I will always be grateful.

The One Where Joey McIntyre Hugs Me #ReturnOfTheMac #ChicagonistaLIVE

Few things in the world define my years as tween (which wasn’t even a term back then) like a good debate about which New Kid on the Block is the best!  I was always, and will always be a Joey girl.  Yes, as a fan we love them all.  But unlike having a favorite child, it is NOT against the rules to loudly and proudly proclaim your fave New Kid.  I never got to see NKOTB when I was in middle school so when they began touring again several years ago I knew I HAD to go.  It was such a fun concert and brought back so many memories! I swear it filled a whole in my heart that I didn’t even know was there.  Since then, I’ve seen them again in concert (and have tickets to see them again this summer) and watched pretty much every TV show featuring ANY of the guys.  But literally nothing could have prepared me for the experience I had last week when I not only got to meet my favorite New Kid, Joey McIntyre, but I got a bonafide HUG! I’m pretty sure I actually died right there in the Studio Xfinity!

You see, Joey has a new TV show coming to Pop TV called Return of the Mac and he is stopping at several Xfinity locations around the country to talk about it. While in Chicago, my amazing friends from ChicagonistaLIVE were able to have him on their show and invited some local bloggers to attend the taping.  It was an honor to get to see him in person and I was over the moon excited to have a chance to get a photo with him.  He was seriously so fun to listen to talk about his kids and his wife.  I really didn’t think I could love him anymore than I already did but when he shared with us that he was an assistant coach for one of the kids soccer team, I fell even farther in love. I can’t wait to see his new show which features his real life wife and kids.

Just as the show was wrapping up they had a couple super fun items to giveaway, including a Return of the Mac lunchbox with a matching thermos.  I was ecstatic when they called my name as a winner.  But then….oh THEN it happened, Joey personally gave me the lunchbox and a HUG!  Look at how cute this lunch box is…

oh yeah, and I got him to sign it!! (thanks again Candy for letting me use your sharpie)

 

Check out the recap of ChicagonistaLIVE here and click the link below to watch the full episode…

View the full ChicagoistLIVE episode HERE

 

 

 

 

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