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Friday Five: Slow News Day Edition

And we’re back!  Friday Five is back after taking a brief hiatus so my husband and I could enjoy some baby free fun in the Big Apple (more on that to come).  Despite the near two weeks of silence, things have been a little slow around our place.   Here is all the news that’s fit to print.

1.   For the last 5 days, Ebin and I have been suffering through following a “detox” diet plan to cleanse, renew and break the horrible food habits we’ve fallen into since having the baby.  In other words, we’ve spent the week miserable and hungry and really, REALLY wanting a cookie.  You see, most people lose weight after having a child but I, after an initial small loss courtesy of breastfeeding, have been packing the pounds back on like it was my job.  So, we cut out dairy, red meat, refined and artificial sweeteners, and almost all processed foods and focused on a limited menu of nutrient packed whole foods.  The results have been encouraging and I am proud to say we are both giving more thought to what goes into our mouths.  Hopefully, we can build on the momentum as this week was just a small part of a larger goal to lose weight before November.  I’ll keep you posted on our progress.


2.  Last night, I accidentally let a bug the size of a small plane into our bedroom.  I’m not even kidding, you guys, it was like I let Mothra into the house.  The thing came in the door, made it past my trademark arms flailing/eyes closed bug deflection system and started buzzing around the room.  After freaking out (it touched me!), I fled the room to summon Ebin to take care of the matter.  When we finally made it back to our room, we could hear the monster but could not see it.  Thus began the most unpleasant game of hide and seek I have ever played.  We finally found the stupid thing under a sombrero we had on our dresser (What? Isn’t that where you keep your sombrero?), donned our protective gear and trapped it under a cup.  Then we let it go in the yard.  The End.


3.  Three years ago this month, we brought home two of the most adorable puppies you have ever laid eyes on.  I can’t believe they were ever so little.  These days, they tend to lean more towards obnoxious and ill behaved, but, man, do I love those dogs.  They were my first babies, they are still my fur babies.  They have been so amazing with Baby E, so gentle and so careful, and I can’t wait to see their relationship bloom as E gets older.  (You can read the saga of their homecoming here.)


4.  I wanted to take a moment to correct a statement I made last weekend on Twitter about my husband.

Apparently, I misheard Ebin when we were discussing Ms. Spears and her body of work.  He did not say that he thought Crossroads was good.  He said that he thought Britney was kinda good in the movie.  (Because that makes everything better?)  I apologize for the error.


Baby E with Nana and Papa D

5. Tomorrow is my parents’ 35th anniversary.   Wowsers!  That is amazing and such an admirable accomplishment.  They are the best parents a girl could have and I have been truly blessed.  Congratulations, you guys.  We love you!

Happy weekending everyone!  Stay away from hurricanes!


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Friday Five: Q & A Edition

Today’s Friday Five is brought to you by my lovely mother (that’s her up there with my baby last December – he was so tiny!).  I called her up and asked her for five questions she was just dying for me to answer and this is what she wanted to know:

  1. What is a talent you have that not many people know you have?
    Actually, I am a woman of many hidden talents – awesome dance skills, the ability to demolish large amounts of junk food in a single sitting (even faster if it involves chocolate), the ability to spend hundreds of dollars in a matter of minutes (especially if it’s someone else’s money), and (most frustrating to my mom through the years) the gift of writing papers/homework assignments at the very last second and still scoring an A – but the one skill most people don’t know about is my affinity for public speaking.  I have always loved playing to the crowd and when I found competitive public speaking in high school, it was like a light clicked on.  It’s, like, the one thing I knowI’m good at and have the plaques and awards to prove it.
  2. If you were a food, what would you be and why?
    Well, if you are what you eat, I would probably be a huge bowl of rich chocolate ice cream.  But, if I could choose to be any food, I think I would want to be the Lobster Corn Chowder at Tarpon Bay restaurant in Bonita Springs because that is, literally, the tastiest, most delicious thing I have ever, EVER, eaten.  It’s a little sweet, a little salty and so amazingly rich – it’s like perfection in a bowl.
  3. Besides Jimmy Fallon, what is one thing you want to do on your NYC trip?
    EAT!  This will surely amuse my mother given the mocking I laid upon my father for the rather lengthy culinary guide to NYC he emailed to me the other day, but honestly, I have quite a list of  things I am looking forward to noshing on in the big apple.  Topping the list at the moment – Ruebens from a real Jewish deli, Gray’s Papaya hot dogs and a massive slice of real NY style pizza.
  4. What is a talent you wish for Baby E to have when he grows up? 
    I think it would be cool if E were really good at something creative, like writing or music or art.  I also really hope that school and excelling in education is something that comes naturally to him, though I don’t know if that’s really a talent.  Whatever talent he ends up having, Ebin and I both want him to have a passion for it.  Passion is something we both lack and always wish we had so I really, really want that for Baby E.
  5. Already knowing how cute he is, what is something else that drew you to Ebin?
    My husband is one of the kindest, most loyal friends you will ever meet.  He would do almost anything for a friend and when he speaks to you, he has this way of making you feel like you are the most important person in the room.  The guitar thing didn’t hurt the hotness, either.

There you go, Mom.  Thanks for your help.  Happy weekending, everyone!

Do you have 5 things you are just dying to know about me?  Probably not, but if you do, email them to heymandy at gmail dot com.

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Friday Five: My Last Five Pins Edition

Like almost everyone else on the internet, I’ve fallen head over heels for Pinterest.  I spend entirely too much time scouring the depths of the web for lovely things and pouring over the pins of others, looking for inspiration in every aspect of my life.  These are the latest bits of interesting rocking my world:

1.  I’ve started pulling together some ideas for Baby E’s big birthday party (I know, it’s four months from now but believe me, I need all the time I can get) and this shirt from happy family is the perfect look for my big boy.  I think it would be great to get one of these for every year and photograph his growth as time goes by.


2.  I’m totally in love with this print from dkim.  We have two of her prints flanking our bed right now and I think this would be a lovely addition to our collection.  Don’t you go breaking my heart and steal this out from underneath me.


(image c/0 the Merriment Blog)

3.  I have been trying for ages to come up with the perfect color palette for our living room and I think this one hit the nail right on the head.  These colors seem made for each other and I’m hoping this will be the perfect jumping off point.


(image c/o

4.  For the last several years, my sense of personal style has languished under the pressure of marriage and life and, now, motherhood.  I used to feel confident in my ability to pull together an outfit but now, with my wardrobe filled with cheap t-shirts and ill fitting shorts/jeans/yoga pants, I have no idea how to dress myself.  I’m using Pinterest as a way to catalog looks to take with me shopping as I try to build a wardrobe of easy, casual and comfortable staples that will stand the test of time while still looking current and trendy.  This is just one of many great outfits I’ve come across and it’s something I think I could pull off with my new post baby bod.

5.  I love this idea from Dani at Life’s a Journal.  I’ve wanted to throw a dinner party for a long, long time and I think this is a great idea for simple, easy placecards.  If I ever get to invite people over, I’ll be sure to use this idea.

Do you pin?  I’d love to see what inspires you.

Happy weekending, everybody!  Hope you have a great one.

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Friday Five: Viral Videos Edition

1.Mr. Arturo Trejo’s Interview with a One-Year-Old.  I literally cannot stop watching this video.  Man, that kid is cute.  Almost as cute as Baby E.  (You should know that originally, the number one spot was the video of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake and their History of Rap, Vol. 2.  Unfortunately, videos from NBC are stupid and incredibly unreliable and disappear without warning, so they have been replaced.  Besides, the baby video is better.  Amen.)


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2. Long lost scene from Lost, unveiled at Comic-Con, in which the smoke monster’s name is finally revealed.


3. These kids have better moves than I do, especially the one on the right. (Let’s be honest, though, most kids have better moves than I do.)


4. This Orkin commercial seems to come on just before bed, like, every night and it totally freaks me out. I wanted to share because I didn’t want to be the only one lying awake in bed for hours at night, waiting for the giant rats to invade. You’re welcome.

5. This Week in Unnecessary Censorship from Jimmy Kimmel, my favorite way to end the week.


Happy weekending everyone!

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Friday Five: I Totally Forgot it Was Friday Until 5 Minutes Ago Edition

  1. A local portrait studio is having a “cutest baby” contest and I am not ashamed to admit that today, we went in and had Baby E’s picture taken to enter.  Now, I realize that this contest was nothing more than a clever ploy to get customers into the studio and that we totally fell for it (and purchased a fairly expensive portrait package while we were at it), but you guys…you should see these pictures.  I knew this kid was cute but these pictures are an embarassment of riches.  The promotion ends tomorrow and I have no idea when they will select a “winner” but if we hear anything, I’ll be sure to post it here.
  2. This better not show up on the internet...

  3. This is not the picture we entered, just in case you were worried, but it was taken at the studio while the photographer was distracted. I know E will hate me for this later, but, he’s so pretty!
  4. I am desperate to find some cost effective (free), local activities that E and I can do together during the week that do not take place in a retail environment.  There is only so much mall walking one girl can do before she goes broke buying cute clothes for her cute baby.  And, I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but Target every day may actually be too much Target.  I also don’t think he’s getting too much out of our shopping adventures.  At this rate, his first words will be “Credit or Debit.”  He’s so little and immobile and his interests are so limited that I cannot think of anything we could possibly do with our afternoons.  Do you have a baby?  If yes, what sort of activities do you and said baby enjoy?  Please help, the walls are closing in.
  5. Baby E had his first run in with a stomach bug earlier this week and, let me tell you, we all suffered through that one.  Thankfully, a friend at church gifted us a pack of perfectly sized diapers the morning the whole thing started so we were well prepared.  It was really gross and we lost at least one really cute outfit to the cause but I think I handled the situation well, with no gagging and relative calm.  At least until he pooped on me while I was taking his temperature.  After that, I made Ebin take over dirty diaper duty whenever he was home until the illness had passed.
  6. Troops, America, flags, fireworks, hot dogs and hamburgers – I hope you celebrate it all this weekend.  Happy 4th everybody!


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Friday Five: June Memories Edition

Favorite moments from Junes past and present:

Baby E's first trip to the beach in 2011

13 weeks pregnant with Baby E in 2010

My best friends wedding in 2008

Our first trip to Savannah in 2007

Time at the beach with the band in 2005

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Friday Five: Birthday Edition

  1. Today is my birthday. I am 30.  That is all.
  2. Actually, I will say one thing about my birthday.  My husband works so hard making this day the most special day of my entire year and that means more to me than he could know.  And it’s not about the red velvet cupcakes, or the fancy dinner, or the baby care-taking, or the spa time.  It’s that he knows how much my birthday means to me and I can see him doing everything he possibly can to make sure today is everything I could wish for.  I hope he knows how much I love him for that.
  3. After reading every single baby sleep article/forum post/blog post (and relevant comments) on the internet, we have a new game plan regarding Baby E’s sleep problems.  I don’t want to jinx anything but, so far, the new routine seems to be working as he has successfully taken 2, hour+ naps every day since Sunday.  His night sleeping has become slightly less predictable but I think we are getting more sleep all around, so, yeah!
  4. Next week, Baby E and I will be heading south for some much needed R&R at the beach.  We’ll be spending time with some of my very favorite people in the world and I could not be more excited.  Even more exciting is the fact that we will be making a least one visit to Yoder’s to eat chocolate cake.  That cake is the absolute best cake you will ever have in your life and if you ever go to Sarasota and you don’t go to Yoder’s, well, then, you will have missed out on true tasty greatness and I will be immensely sad for you.
  5. Have you seen this from the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas?  Pretty freaking great.  Can they play something like this in EVERY movie theater, please?

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