How’d I Get Here?

 

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If you asked me at 18 years old where I would be at 35, it would not be here!

When I graduated high school I went to college in Washington D.C. with some grandiose plans of become the next Madeleine Albright.

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I would daydream about my sleek apartment in Dupont Circle, and walking  The Hill in my black Theory Power Suit (I can still smell the power).

Fast forward 17 years and I am an educator, living in the town I was raised in, with 2 kids, and 3 dogs. I spend 75% of my time in yoga pants, and I don’t even think I own a suit.

And guess what? I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I recently resigned from my stable, tenured teaching position after 12 years. I am taking a leap of faith and have taken a new position in the private sector. It is SO scary for me because I do not do well with change. But it is time, and I am ready.

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With all of this change I have been doing a lot of reflecting.

Over the past few years I have experienced some incredibly pivotal life events, both positive and negative and it blows my mind every. single. day how crazy real life is.

I would have NEVER in a million years imagined the life I have today, or the things that have happened in my life.

But I wouldn’t change a thing, especially this part:

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I am not a particularly deep or introspective person, so don’t get used to this!  But I want to encourage you to take a minute and reflect on your life.

Is what you imagined it would be? Let me know!

Until next time.

Betsy

Putting myself on time out.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had as fantastic a weekend as I did!

After a CRAZY work week I crashed out at about 9:30 on Friday night.

Saturday morning I hit the gym and the boys had Karate and Baseball.

I spent the rest of the day/night with my bestie Camille. We both recently turned 25 again for the tenth time. To celebrate we had a girl’s staycation. This was only about the fourth time in 7 years that I spent a night away from all of my boys. If I’ve ever gone away overnight it’s been with my husband. I’ve always had so much mom guilt about leaving them. But let me tell you, this weekend was glorious.

We grabbed lunch:

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The Calexxican from Naked Cafe

Then Massages and Pedis:

And movies/ snacks/  room service at a cute boutique hotel nearby:


The perfect day! And it was a great opportunity for my husband to have some quality time with the boys. They had a beach picnic at the cliffs:

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Sunday afternoon was spent at the baseball field and getting ready for the coming week. Have you ever taken a mom “time out?” I think I could get used to it!

Until next time,

Betsy

 

 

See ya later sugar!

At my son’s 4 year check up the doctor gave us a little lecture pep talk on cutting back on the sugar for my little man. She basically scared the shit out of me, see the picture below and  imagine the doctor basically telling me that this will be my son. Uh, thanks doc!

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Wyatt has a giant sweet tooth, and can turn into a huge troll when he wants candy. I’ve honestly never seen a kid love sweets as much as he does. He will wake up in the middle of the night asking for a piece of candy.

Needless to say we have slowly started eliminating a lot of the everyday sugary foods like granola bars and gummies. Oh, and I got rid of a little candy.

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The timing worked out well because I was just about to start a 21-day challenge of eliminating several foods, including sugar. (I will share my experience at the end of the 21 days.)

I’ve been swapping the gummies and granola bars with fruit, raisins, string cheese, Greek yogurt, air popped popcorn, and nuts. They aren’t going cold turkey, but we’ve definitely cut way back and will continue to. And snack suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

I guess no more Cinnamon Roll parties before school. Womp Womp.

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So far it really hasn’t been that bad. I was expecting a lot more meltdowns and tantrums. Also, I’ve been doing a lot more cooking, and we have been trying not to eat out as much. Tomorrow I can’t wait to share an awesome meatball recipe with you all!

Until next time.

Betsy`

Why this Jew LOVES Easter

In our family I am the hostess. I host Thanksgiving, Halloween, and most every other family gathering in between. While this is by choice, sometimes it’s nice to take a break. This is one of the reasons why I LOVE Easter!

On top of that, this is a holiday when the kids don’t expect any gifts, I can steal loads of Easter candy from them when they are asleep, I don’t have to decorate the house, and we are always invited to an Easter Celebration at my dear friend, and hair dresser of 20+ years’ house.

Did I mention he lives on a farm?

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What a cute little farmer!

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Not only was the farm treat enough for the kiddos, there is also a massive egg hunt on the property, lots of booze, and a spread of food and desserts that would make any fatty squeal. Last but not least, once everyone is nice and buzzed  full we play “Dysfunctional Family Bingo.” It’s quite a sight! Some of the old ladies take Bingo VERY seriously!

By the time we get the kids into the car they are wiped out, our bellies are full, and they basically crash out by the time we get home.

He makes the main dishes, but the apps and dessert are potluck. I make a killer appetizer that is my go to for any party. People inhale it, and it literally takes 2 minutes to make. I will have the recipe up on the blog tomorrow!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend whether you celebrate Easter or not.

Until next time.

Betsy

Star Wars Birthday Bonanza

When it comes to my children’s birthday parties, I basically think I am a Kardashian.

What should be a little pizza, cake, and balloons turns into an over the top bonanza, that will inevitably set my child up for disappointment in the future.

Actually, I really love being creative and throwing parties, so basically my children are just an excuse for me to rationalize the amount of time I spend on Pinterest.

But look how cute it was!

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I still can’t believe how my baby is 4 years old. It hurts my ovaries!

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We ordered a fruit and cheese tray, veggie tray, and chicken from Von’s. I also served Star Wars Cheez-Its, Light Saber Go-Gurts, Graham Crackers, onion dip, and ruffles (always a party classic.)

Wait, what? Is that Star Wars noodle shaped pasta salad? Why yes. Yes it is.

 

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And Hot Dogs! So good!

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Each kiddo got a light saber. I found this gem on Pinterest. Just pool noodles and Duct tape and several hours of your like you will never get back.

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R2D2 Goody Bags filled with trinkets I found on Oriental Trading. I found the printable on Etsy.

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It’s all about the details baby! And luckily there is Star Wars themed crappy at every turn inside My Mecca I mean Target.

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We had a Jedi Training Lesson. The kids loved it. Poor guy was sweating his ass off. If it wasn’t so expensive I probably would have cared.

And of course Dessert! Once again, Thank you Vons.

Until next time.

Betsy.  AKA The Jewish Martha Stewart 🙂