Day five- Make it, Do it, Love it

Seems like a whirlwind of a day! Make up dance class and last class for Gia’s friend, Kailey, who is currently on the road to their new life in Indiana! Really going to miss them!


For a good bye party, one mom, Dana made these luscious Ladybug cupcakes! So incredible!


The picture doesn’t do these cute cupcakes justice! It was really dark and not a great picture.

Awesome news!

SHE IS GOING TO BE JOINING ME ON THE GIRLY REPORTS SOON! I am beyond excited as she is amazingly talented and will inspire all of us to get in touch with our creative side…

Then, Kailey’s mom took Gia to lunch and a few other stops while Arianna and I made four stops in an hour! I felt like a momma on five shots of espresso, trying to pack as much as possible into the little time I had with just one child! Delivered cookies to a friend, stopped into Michaels for some crafting supplies, Harmon’s, and got gas (ok so that doesn’t really count as a store!)

Gia was dropped off and then we drove back to Gia’s old school to meet up with her best friend Giana and sign her up for a few weeks of camp!

We saw her old teachers! So funny because they saw Arianna and thought it was Gia! So great seeing one of my favorite friends, Jessica, and just enjoying the beautiful weather at the playground !


Two of the girls enjoying snacks… The others were swinging and sliding

And I almost bailed on her…

Anxiety release

My house is a total mess, so much laundry to do…It. Never.ends! Neither does the clutter! I truly need a house cleaner!

And…I have a zillion things to organize and get… It seems that way these days! Sure is hard not having ANY help!

I know I don’t technically work, but I always feel stressed!

So, the point is, I was hemming and hawing about meeting up and then I just got in the car. Fast forward to later in the day – so worth it! Nothing is that important that you can’t take your kids to the playground and meet up with a friend for an hour or two…Moms need mom friends!!!! It is so important! Love my friends and that is my happy thought of the night! Have an awesome weekend everyone!

Day four – Make it, Do it, Love it

Busy day! Good busy! Spent the morning baking these awesome cookies – Snickerdoodle Surprise! I don’t think that is the official name but that’s what we’re calling them. My brother in law’s girlfriend, Courtney, told me about them and we love them! Always pays to ask someone what they’re baking these days!
The cookies are Snickerdoodles, stuffed with a marble size ball of Cookie Butter!


Obsessed with Cookie Butter

Those who have seen me in the last week know all about Cookie Butter- really goes to show you the power of word of mouth…I am sure at least eight people will be buying this at Trader Joes soon! Yum. Arianna is loving this on her pancakes, which I totally forgot to mention that Tom made these tasty ricotta cheese pancakes, from SCRATCH, of course! and people, just so you know – BISQUICK is not from scratch pancakes! Just because your mixing, doesn’t mean home made!

This is what cookie butter looks like and its close counterpart, Biscoff Spread- picture, care of Courtney!


After I picked Gia up from school, we had two of her friends over! So fun with all of the laughter and playing in the house! Grilled cheese and grapes- felt like such a Brady Bunch moment!


Took Gia to gymnastics and brought her teacher some of the magical cookies! She was thrilled and said it was such a great surprise and was just what she needed today. Ahhh, behold the magical power of cookies, sure to cheer up any mood, just say the word aloud – COOKIE, sounds so sweet and innocent, a simple COOKIE, melts all your troubles away…bringing you back to childhood, mommy’s kitchen, homework at the table, simple joy.

And screeeeeech, stop the fantasy! Many of us were coming home to an empty house, rummaging around in drawers looking for leftover fortune cookies, but hey, at least it was a cookie, right?

Fun playing in the park for a bit after gymnastics, we met more friends ! That makes two new numbers I scored in my phone today for future play dates! I am so damn cute and fun- people just love me…..oh, wait, it was the kids that we’re playing, I’m just their kangaroo … Let’s just say I have a high jump and a big pouch …. Meaning I bring the kids everywhere and have lots of room for making new friends!

Ok, I totally apologize, sometimes I am so odd. Do you know that people used to ask me if I was high years ago and I didn’t even know what that meant! I can be a bit of a space cadet, OH WELL!!! It seems to have gotten me this far!

More on the self control front

Let me tell you about the mouth watering smells in my house today…cinnamon, sugary goodness, buttery grilled cheese…mmm…

Food confessions…

I ate a half of a Reese’s Pieces Brownie (leftover from a batch I made for a friend’s birthday celebration – it was amazing! Two mini peanut butter cups from the half pack that was still in my pantry!
One savory Snickerdoodle surprise cookie, oh that sweet goodness in my mouth! The usual Jill would keep on goin…I mean look at what else I have lurking in my closet. But I stayed strong, a few more not so fab nibbles tonight, couple bites of the kid’s sweet potato fries, a few bites of their leftover grilled cheese, but no major food frenzy!!! Hurray for Jill!


I am a sucker for the Walgreens, dollar deal, just can’t say no to those poor salesclerks. “Will that be all for today? Did you find everything you need today? Do you want to buy the dollar deal of the day?”

OK! OK! I’ll take three!