Doc McStuffins Babysat E While I Was Sick. And I’m Totally Cool With That

I haven’t been sick sick in a long time. I think the last time I had a fever I was teaching preschool, a job where hazmat suits should be issued but sadly aren’t. Then this weekend we got the head cold from Hell. Not a lot of snot, a minor sore throat, but a high fever that wouldn’t leave for three days. E came down with it on Thursday, meaning little sleep for me, and I got it Friday. This deployment has been wrought with sickness. Given our close timing, I can only assume we picked it up at dance class from the little love who was lethargic and coughing. Thanks awesome mom for bringing your sick kid. Hey dance mom, in the future let’s keep in mind that it’s a toddler dance class, not the New York City Ballet. Thanks.

Anyhoo. Given the whole three days of misery thing, she was 100% by Saturday evening. I was not. Sunday morning arrived along with a necessary trip to the store for dog food (my plan had been to go to the pet food store on Friday, and clearly that didn’t happen) as at this point Meatball had had whole wheat bread and yogurt (at least they were organic…) for two meals. One outing with a potty training toddler and a large bag of dog food and I wasn’t up to entertaining E. Enter the DVR and Doc McStuffins. Thank you Lord for DVRs. E had the time of her life watching every Doc we have, and I was able to lie like a dead thing on the couch running death prevention. We are both still alive so clearly I did a bang up job.

E watched pretty much a whole day of TV, and survived. As did I. I felt like a new person after a day of rest and a good night’s sleep. If you had told me when E was born that she would watch an entire day of TV, I would have said maybe when she’s in college. Or, 2 1/2.

This brings me to the larger point of sharing this weekend’s misery and my adoration of Doc. I’ve had one too many conversations with mom friends who feel stressed that they aren’t living up to the ideals of a parenting style. My philosophy: Parenting is pragmatic.

It’s comforting to hold a parenting philosophy close. Attachment Parenting, Free Range Parenting, The Child Centered Approach, etc etc. They can offer guidelines and answers to problems at all hours of the day, but only within the confines of their tenets. Life, however, does not always fit nicely into a particular parenting philosophy’s teachings. So many parents, especially moms, who already have one of the hardest jobs known to humankind, are left feeling like failures as they weren’t able to live up to the {Insert Parenting Philosophy Here}’s ideal of what a parent should be doing.

The tenets of Attachment Parenting were born in a laboratory setting.

Free Range Parenting was created by ONE MOM, based on her and family’s experiences.

And on, and on, and on.

This isn’t to say that many parenting philosophies don’t have value. Most do. But to hold so strongly to a parenting philosophy that you alter your life in ways that compromise your sanity, well that’s just insane. As for myself, I am indebted to dear Doc McStuffins and I don’t regret it one bit.



Welcome to My Wedding Season Series! 1. Foundation & Facial Contouring

We are all full up this wedding season, with the first coming up in a few weeks! (Congrats Ryan and Erin!) I love special evenings and events, though I may love getting ready for them even more. The clothes, the shoes, the accessories, the MAKEUP! Sadly there are few occasions in my daily life as mom where facial contouring, bold lips or a smokey eye is called for. But when it is, I love that I know how to do it and I’m excited to share how in my Wedding Season series!

Styling yourself for wedding season (or any event) doesn’t have to be pricey. Scour your closet for fun accessories and keep your eyes out for great deals on pieces that will go well with what you have. Here’s what I’ll be wearing to the April wedding (and possibly a few more….)

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I found this Calvin Klein dress on clearance at Marshall’s while shopping with a client for her wardrobe essentials a few days ago and had to have it. It’s center panelling slims as it draws the eyes in, and it also happens to fit perfectly. I grabbed it for $32! I’ve had this necklace and earrings for many years now, and few outfits can pull it off, but this one can. With it’s chocolate satin material and plunging neckline the dress pairs perfectly with the bold turquoise of this cascading Native American inspired statement necklace and matching turquoise earrings. Nude heels are a great way to elongate your legs and body line, something a dress like this always looks good with. I grabbed these stilettos a few months ago on clearance at Target (pretty sure I was running in for laundry detergent). I also have a brown clutch that has disappeared via the Baby E Relocation Project, I need to find that.

Playing up your features with dramatic eye and lip looks for special occasions is a great way to accentuate your outfit and feel gorgeous to boot! Help draw even more attention to your gorgeous smokey eyes or bold red lips with some basic facial contouring that you can learn to do yourself with my tutorial. You’ll notice in the video I say this is applicable for everyday wear, which it is, so if your everyday life is far more exciting than mine (or it’s a daytime event!) this will wear beautifully!

What I use in the Video:


Mary Kay Primer

Mary Kay Matte Wear Foundation

Bobbi Brown Corrector

Mary Kay Highlighting Pen

Mary Kay Translucent Powder

Mary Kay Bronzer


Foundation Brush

Concealer Brush

Powder Brush

Blush Brush


Next week I’ll be featuring a tutorial on Smokey Eyes and what lip colors to pair a smokey eye look with!