Friday’s Fall Favs

Posted on August 31st, by Ally in FASHION. No Comments

I love the Fall.  It is my favorite season.

#1  Fall clothes

#2  College Football

#3  Fall clothes

This post is for all you hot Mama’s out there!

Since it’s Labor Day weekend…we should all take a little break ourselves and do something that makes us feel good!  Labor Day is a great excuse anyway…right???

If you’re like me, then you feel a whole lot better when you are “fully dressed.”   Believe you me, there are lots of days when I don’t feel like putting on my make-up and dressing all cute.   Sometimes I may not even hit the shower until 3pm.   That’s just how busy life can get, as you know with kids.  We tend to put ourselves last, as parents…it’s just something that we do.

I’m thinkin’ that maybe I should work on this a little.  Yes, I am a mom and always put my kiddos first, but maybe work on lovin’ on me a little bit too.  After all, I feel so much better when I put on make up and actually get dressed in something kinda fun.  (I think my hubby probably appreciates it too!)  ; )  When I feel good about myself, I’m pretty sure I am probably a better mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, what have you…

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Posted on August 28th, by Ally in FASHION, Feeding Time, Nesting Necessities. No Comments

I am constantly trying to teach our boys about respect.  Some days I think, ‘Yes, they’re getting it!’  and other days, I think, ‘Whoa…need to work on that one!’   Like most lessons for children to learn, I think it takes a village.  If we don’t teach them about respect, and more importantly, if we don’t model it for them, how are they going to learn?

After almost every play date that our children have at a friend’s house, I like to ask the parent, “How did he do?  Did he use his manners?  Was he respectful?”  It is just a little “check” I like to do to keep me on my toes with the ongoing lesson of teaching respect to our boys.  I hope my friends are being honest with me, but I realize they may not be every time.  I understand it is hard to tell your friend that their child was rude, talking back or not being respectful.   It is a fine line that we have to walk sometimes, as parents with our friends.  But it is so important that we are honest with one another.   We are not helping this village that our children are growing up in, if we aren’t participating and not being honest with … Read More »

Looking for “Happy”

Posted on August 24th, by Ally in Feeding Time, Mama Bird's lessons. No Comments

Where did my happy go?

Our middle son is very good at expressing himself.  Terrible two’s you ask?  Nope, he’s 4 1/2 now…but, I know what ya mean, bean!  If you’re experiencing the terrible 2’s OR the terrible 3’s, hang in there!  It will pass and I actually think you might be able to change the way you look at this interesting little toddler phase!

Our middle son was a feisty 2 AND 3 year old.  I smile looking back at those challenging years, because now that he is coming into his own little personality, it is clear that his 2 & 3 year old feisty behavior was his way of expressing his emotions.    I am sooo thankful for that phase, because I now see that he was learning how to express his feelings at each moment.  Some kids may keep their emotions all inside or others may express them through actions.  Our little dude, simply tells us exactly and I mean, exactly, how he is feeling.

A few weeks ago, he came downstairs to the breakfast table saying this, “Mama, I can’t find my happy.”  Although I loved the way he was explaining this challenge and feeling, my heart ached when I heard this (rather cute) phrase.   No mom … Read More »

Golf Tournament Champion

Posted on August 21st, by Ally in Feeding Time, Mama Bird's lessons. No Comments

The Power of Intention….is a powerful thing!


My brother recently got married.  He is an avid golfer and his love for the game is rubbing off on my oldest son…even all the way from California!  For his rehearsal dinner, my parents appropriately hosted it at a gorgeous country club overlooking the beautiful scenery Palm Springs provides.  What is a rehearsal dinner at a country club without a mini putt-putt tournament, right?  Our family would have it no other way!

When our oldest son got wind of this mini “golf tournament” as he coined it, he told the entire universe about it!  Every where we went, it didn’t matter if we were in the restroom at Target or having a playdate with our friends, in the grocery store line or music class, everyone was fully informed of our little “golf plans” the weeks leading up to the wedding.  I shouldn’t even say ‘our‘ golf plans…I mean, ‘his’ golf plans.  His teacher knew, our neighbors knew, pre-school parents that I only knew their child’s name, knew.  It didn’t matter who you were, he was going to tell you about it!  Even strangers on the car rental bus on the way to the airport knew:

“Where are you headed, young man?”  These strangers asked … Read More »

1st day of 1st grade tradition

Posted on August 15th, by Ally in FASHION, Nesting Necessities. No Comments

Some moms cannot wait for this day to come. I on the other hand, feel the opposite way about its arrival. I am such a sentimental gal, that this day is just another reminder to me of how fast time flies. I know it is so cliche’ but it truly just felt like yesterday he was starting his 1st day of pre-school and now he is a big timer 1st grader! (Big, big sigh).

Our family has this fun tradition that my Dad started with taking a special, family lunch box to school on the 1st day of first grade. When my dad was in 1st grade, ‘Space Cadet’ was a big time, big deal. And, he had the Tom Corbett — Space Cadet lunch box to prove it! Space Cadet were stories that were depicted in television, radio, books, comic books, comic strips, coloring books and even punch out books in the 1950’s. It was like the Star Wars of its time! I think nowadays the lunch box sells for around $100 bucks on ebay.

I remember as a little girl, my dad always talking about that lunch box and getting it out of storage to show my brother, sister and … Read More »

Making Friends

Posted on August 6th, by Ally in Mama Bird's lessons. No Comments


I love watching our boys make new friends. They teach me constantly about having no judgment and to get over myself and possibly try branching out and making new friends. I mean, how easy it is for them to just go up to a kid their age and say, “Hey, want to play tag?” at the park. They don’t care what they look like, they don’t care that their outfit doesn’t really match and that their shoes have holes in them. Why can’t I do that as often as they do it?

‘Ummm, hi there chick talking on your iphone…want to quit acting like we’re in serious conversations on our cell phones and maybe talk about our kids latest embarrassing meltdown in Target the other day?’ I mean, HOW hard can that be?

It takes some serious courage whether you’re outgoing (like I think I can be), or not! Especially these days with all of the smart phones that exists. It’s much more comfortable to play Words With Friends or Google the latest TomKat news than it is to talk to another mom at the park whom we do not know…yet.

I think our kids have a lot to teach us. … Read More »

Camping Trip

Posted on August 3rd, by Ally in Mama Bird's lessons. No Comments

Just call me, “Mrs. Dad.” Yup, you heard it! This girly-girl took her boys camping! Well, sort of. Since Daddy was OOT for 3 days I had to get creative, right? (Thank goodness those little business buns found their way back to this campsite, today)! So Mommy, I mean, “ Mrs. Daddy” rather, packed up those sleeping bags and pillows and took this family camping…on the floor…in our bedroom.

Hey, it was 107 out there at 6pm last night…so I had to make some changes to our “camping trip.” Minor, I mean (major) changes! If truth be known, I did let these sweet boys talk me into camping in our tree house in the backyard…ummmm…for 2 seconds! When that plan started heating up, I went to Plan B (a much cooler option) and we hit the ground, I mean floor…sleeping!

Here’s how it went after we switched to air conditioning, aka: plan B. We packed up our sleeping bags, picnic baskets, pillows and oh yeah a few other “necessities” and headed to Antarctica (really, when you compare the two). These “necessities” consisted not of a trail map, extra batteries and a compass but apparently these types of “necessities:”

Camping Trip Essentials:

11 cars and … Read More »