Friday, December 19, 2014

Five on Friday

ONE

Thanks to the sweet comments about my post yesterday.  I promise I wasn't bashing your gift guides either...heck, I even posted a gift guide!  I was just trying to show an example of how so much of my blog feed is clogged with {seemingly} ads.  Most of your guides are awesome, unique and really helpful, however after seeing the same random products in some guides over and over, you get a little skeptical.  I intend to comment back to everyone this evening!

TWO

We start our "Four Christmases" this weekend.  #1 on Saturday and #2 on Sunday.  That will take up most of the weekend.  The rest will be spent doing last minute wrapping, church, a work event for Jason and {fingers crossed} a much-needed manicure for me.  I'm not sure that last one will happen as it's been set aside the past few weekends, but a mom can hope!

I can't wait for you to see what I'm making Jason wear tomorrow for our Tacky Sweater Night.  Let's just say I have a warped sense of humor...and a husband who is a good sport and also shares my humor.  I'm sure I'll be posting pics on Instagram @ChelseaPurifoy

THREE

A little Jack update for you at 19 months.  If you remember I discussed here about him being a late developer in terms of walking.  He has been to a specialist (pedi neuro) about it who said everything was fine, however his little leg incident pushed us way back.  Once the cast came off, we started back up with physical therapy once a week.  He is doing great and we are seeing major improvements, but still not walking.  It will happen in his own time, we know.  For now, we are celebrating each tiny little milestone he makes. 

We still feel he is very advanced in other aspects..talking and being super cute!  His love of animals is also unmatched.  I was shocked at how many different animals he could identify and say yesterday when I pulled out some flashcards.  He also has been eating like a champ and just started using his fork correctly without my help!  Genius I tell you. 

FOUR


Houston Moms Blog hosted a "Favorite Things" party last Sunday at my house and now you can enter to win all of the stuff that we received too!  Enter here.  My favorite item we received is probably the May Book...love those notebooks!  But, I also just used my Jason's Deli giftcard today and LOVE the cute "But First Coffee" print from Blossoms and Billows...I have it sitting on my nightstand.

FIVE

This face!  Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Catching Up

Hello!  "Blogging" has been on my to-do list for several weeks, but I just haven't made the time for it.  It's become my new gym.  Hate it, don't wanna do it...so I haven't.  I have replaced my evenings when I usually blog with wrapping Christmas gifts. 

Let me clarify - I don't hate blogging.  In fact, I love it and have continued to write posts for Houston Moms Blog, however I've been struggling lately with what I want this space to be. 

I know I'm not alone in my feelings of the blogger pressure.  The pressure to get 3-4 posts up per week.  A good mix of product reviews with personal stories and always high quality images.  Oh and of course, linkup with someone!

But lately, what's been plaguing me the most about blogging is the materialistic side of it.  So much of the blogosphere has turned into buy this, wear this, try this...and all using affiliate links so that we can buy more, wear more and try more.  {I personally don't use affiliate links fyi, but many bloggers do}. 

I am so sick of reading gift guides this season I finally just started to "mark them as read" in my feed.  I LOVE reading product recommendations from bloggers, don't get me wrong.  And I certainly love to recommend to you all of my favorite finds, but it just seems to be too much lately.  How many "favorites" and "must-haves" can one blogger have?

Maybe I'm just reading the wrong blogs, but lately after reading them I either feel the need to buy something or feel inadequate for what I don't have and aren't doing. 

So that's where I'm at today.  I don't want my blog to be a "mommy" blog and just share pictures of Jack, but I also don't want to be a product pusher who makes you feel bad over something you don't have or can't afford.  I'm not crafty, don't have fitness tips and am no Julia Child so what exactly am I contributing is a question I often ask myself. 

My only answer is a real person.  A real wife, mom, friend, professional, clumsy, overweight, sarcastic person who hopefully you like just as I am. 

I'm not going anywhere - just working to figure out what to do next on The Perfect Catch!

...a space where we embrace the perfection of imperfection.

xoxo

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

You Sit On A Throne of Lies

Jack visited Santa last weekend...and it was not pretty.  Luckily we had an appointment so no lines, no waiting and the entire thing took less than a minute.  As soon as I picked him up from Santa's lap he was happy again, even blowing Santa kisses goodbye.  He is such a sweet boy.  He just gets a little scared, but really, who wouldn't!  It's a super weird custom we have to sit our child on a stranger's lap and expect them to pose for pictures. 



 
 
 
Location: The Turquoise Door {Tomball, TX}
 
Oh Santa... 

 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Jingle Jammies 2014

It's the sign of a good weekend when you have no pictures to show for it!  We were too busy in the moment to stop and take pictures.  So today I'm doing a quick weekend recap and then on to some family pics!
 
Friday we visited my grandmother's assisted living home for their Christmas Party.  Grammy had organized a performance and was playing the piano and my mom joined the crew to sing carols for the party.  Jack loved hearing the songs and sneaking a few cookies before dinner.
 
On Saturday we were sad to miss a friend's birthday party, but Jack's health is my #1 priority right now, so we opted to let him sleep in instead.  We headed to have some pictures with Santa at a cute shop in Tomball (same Santa as last year), had lunch with Pops and KK and then headed up to Conroe to see my BFF and her family who were in town for the weekend. 
 
We ended up staying at the resort in Conroe that Jason used to work for so it was fun to see what has changed.  Jack loved every minute of it and I'm so thankful he is feeling better.  Special thanks to my mom and LE for keeping Tucker for us!  On Sunday we finally got our tree up (complete with hot chocolate and Elf) and watched the Texans win.  I even snuck in a long nap!
 
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Now onto some family pictures!  We participated in "Jingle Jammies" again this year with our family photographer Maca of Studio Ainsley.  I had grand plans of getting us all matching PJ's again like last year, but then Jack's little leg break happened.  Jack rocked some cute PJ's and Jason and I just jumped in for a quick photo to use for Christmas cards.  The backdrop was Maca's amazing backyard complete with deer running around behind us.  Jack was in heaven!
 
It's hard to top last year's, but a bright red cast on this sweet face just might do it.
 
Photos by Studio Ainsley
Jack's tshirt by Tagged by Tiff
PJ Pants from Carter's
Taken November 2014
 



2013 & 2014
 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Five on {Black} Friday :: Thanksgiving, Starbucks and on to Christmas

Happy Friday & Day After Thanksgiving!  Were you in a food coma yesterday like I was?  I'm at work today trying to avoid all of the Black Friday crazies.  I'm just not sure how getting out in the chaos is even worth it especially with all of the great Cyber Monday and ongoing online deals to be found. 

ONE

As I said on Wednesday, Jack tested positive for the flu so we sadly stayed home yesterday.  I was really sad to miss hanging out with all of my family at my mom's, but I strongly believe in not infecting others for selfish reasons.  On the bright side, my mom lives just miles from me so I ran over to her house before lunchtime to drop off my Thanksgiving feast contributions and she let me dig into everything before it was even served and take a MAJOR to-go plate. 


I setup our dining room at home and even busted out the fine china.  The three of us had a perfect meal of turkey and all of the traditional fix-ins!  Lord, we did NOT starve.  Jack even perked up at lunchtime and enjoyed lots of turkey and Mac & Cheese. 


The rest of the day we just hung out at home, went for a stroll through the neighborhood and watched a lot of Mickey and Dora.  At least while Jack is sick, he hasn't lost his sense of humor!



TWO

What are you doing this weekend?  We plan to stick close to home and work on getting Jack fully recovered.  Luckily we don't have any major plans.  I will finally allow the Fall decor to be packed up and Christmas to come out!  We took some small steps yesterday and pulled all of the Christmas from the attic!



THREE

Jason and I plan to forgo Christmas gifts to each this year in lieu of a little parents-only getaway to Frederisksburg in early 2015.  We love Fredericksburg and I feel like it's the perfect two-night getaway for couples...a little wine, relaxation & good food.  We have never left Jack overnight even once so this will be huge for us!  We've stayed at several B&B's there before, but would love to try something new.  Any recommendations? 

Luckenbach, TX
2008 - 2011


FOUR

I intended to post a Stocking Stuffer idea list earlier this week {and still may}, but these Starbucks mugs are just too cute not to mention today.  The Starbucks Dot Collection includes over 100 designs, all under $20 making it a great Stocking Stuffer, Gift Swap or girlfriend gift.  And to sweeten the gift, you could always add a little giftcard inside.  Just love these!





FIVE

...And if you are looking for the ultimate Starbucks-Fan gift you can try and nab a sold-out online Sterling Silver Starbucks Card keychain that comes pre-loaded with $50! 


And I thought I was a fan with my Starbucks Cup Ornament and Gold Card...this is next level!

Hope you have a great weekend!
Love,
Chelsea

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Linking up:


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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Then Life Happened

I had grand plans of getting a "Stocking Stuffer Idea List" out yesterday for the favorite things linkup and a "What To Wear on Thanksgiving" post out today...but then life happened. 

Jack got his cast off on Monday and was all set to have a followup appointment with his pediatrician this morning to check his ear infection and then...tested positive for the flu! 

We can't seem to catch a break lately! 

Anyway, our Thanksgiving plans have now been derailed and we plan to spend a quiet day at home instead of at my mom's.  Don't feel too sorry for us - I'm sure my mom will bring lots of yummy leftovers to us.  It will just be a bummer to miss seeing all of our Houston relatives when this is the year we were to spend Thanksgiving with them therefore won't see them at Christmas.  They always seem to get the short end of the stick.  But I digress...

I'm finishing up a few things at work this afternon before heading home to be with sickie.  And yes, I plan to be back at work on Friday.  No Black Friday shopping for me. 

Are you planning any Black Friday sales?  Do share!  I'm honestly already sick of the Black Friday {that seems to have already started on Wednesday}, Cyper Monday and Small Business Saturday sales.  We got it...everything is on sale.  Let's move on. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Weekend Recap

Hello Lovelies!  Hope you had a great weekend.  If you are off this entire week {likely teachers} I'm super jealous.  No rest for me, but instead of calling today Monday we shall call it Thanksgiving Week kickoff...


...and {hopefully} also the day my baby gets his cast off.  Fingers crossed!  We are seeing the doctor first thing in the morning...I'm sure I'll be posting updates on Instagram

On Friday we were super predictable and watched How To Get Away With Murder in bed before calling it a night. - whoa - love that show and can't believe we have to wait until January for a new one!  We are always so exhausted on Fridays from the week and Jason had an extra killer week at work. 

On Saturday it was supposed to be rainy all day plus Jack is still recovering from being sick last week so we just ran a few errands, grabbed lunch and headed home for a few small projects including hanging these file holders on Jack's wall for his ever-growing book collection. 



Saturday afternoon I left the boys at home and headed to Shannon's Confirmation mass.  I am so proud of her and it was beautiful to see her receive her first Communion and be confirmed.  After the mass, all of the girls had a special dinner for her at Ouisie's Table - one of our favorite restaurants in Houston. 


As Shannon pointed out, the rain {once inside} was actually so beautiful to watch from our table {one of my favorite things about Shannon is seeing the positive in everything}.  It was also fun to watch the wedding reception going on in the main restaurant.  We had a wonderful meal that lasted longer the wedding reception!


On Sunday I woke up feeling exhausted and under the weather - that's what my night owl tendencies during the week get me!  We opted out of church {terrible} and were lazy at home until around 11:30 when we headed to my step-sisters house for the Texans game and a little pre-Thanksgiving bash since none of us will be together on Thursday.  Jack had lots of fun playing with his cousin who is only a month younger than him! 



After the Texans LOST we headed to my mom & LE's house to celebrate LE's birthday with coffee and cobbler...my fave!  My mom couldn't find any birthday candles so she sure did stick a candle off the mantle into the cobbler.  Gotta love it!


Jack loved playing on their player piano and petting all of the animals they have mounted throughout the house.  He kept saying "a bird," "a duck," "a quack," "a deer."  It was precious. 


Now I'm sitting in bed watching the AMA's and planning to hit the hay very soon! 

AMA highlights?  So far I've loved Iggy Izalea, Lorde and Sam Smith.  Selena Gomez's performance was very real and raw too.  And my goodness, I've never been a huge Taylor Swift fan, but this girl keeps getting more beautiful and gracious and real and I love how she seems to love her sweet girlfriends who all support each other.  And whoa - Fergie looks amazing!  I can't wait for Jennifer Lopez and Iggy to close it out!

Hope you have a great week!
 

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