What do you do when your only daughter turns 9 and she is not an easy one to please? Your rent a suite at the Four Seasons and throw a party, duh! Now before you go off and judge me for my seemingly extravagant choice let me tell you about last year. I hosted 12 8 year old ( GREMLINS ) at my home and they completely destroyed it. You guys it was nuts! At one point when there was nothing else to mess up, they started shredding the decorations into tiny pieces. It was like a White Snake pre-party!
Needless to say, I vowed to never have a kid party at my house again. It took a full year to get over the trauma so when I was thinking of ideas for this year, no cleaning and no cooking was key!
A few weeks before I was having lunch with a girlfriend and she asked me how the planning was going. Planning? I thought. What’s that? She offered to help me and this was one of the best decisions I ever made. She recently formed a company called Fetti and Fiz that specializes in kid and adult parties!
One of the reasons we chose the Four Seasons was because of its amazing pool! The kids had an absolute blast swimming in the huge pool and the heated room felt heavenly in the frigid Chicago winter. After the girls swam they took quick showers in the spa, put on robes and headed up to the room for pizza and games!
One of the games that made laugh was ” Spin the bottle.” Nail polish bottles, that is. Each girl would take a turn and whatever color it landed on she had to paint one fingernail that color. Nevermind that my daughter’s toes ended up looking she stuck them in a meat grinder at the end of the night.
The party favors were my favorite. How cute are the personalized eye-masks and pillow cases?
The highlight of the night was definitely the ice cream cart that came to the room. Each child got to make their own sundae. Of course, I had to have a scoop, or 3, of ice cream myself.
Overall I was so impressed with the service at the Four Season’s and by Fetti and Fiz. The combination of the two made it, dare I say it, enjoyable for me! I’m curious to know your thoughts on throwing your kid’s birthdays? Is it something you enjoy or dread or a little of both? Let me know in the comments!
I really hesitated to write this post. First of all, who really cares what my goals are besides me? This is the time of year that everyone is thinking about all the things they can improve. I mean, do I really need to add to that nonsense?
Secondly, Jan 1st has so much hype and much pressure that comes along with it. We all know what normally happens, we get started with a bang on January 1st with “I’m no longer yelling at my kids.” Fast forward to February 14th, and I’m making Mommy Dearest look like Mother Theresa I’m screaming so loud.
I asked myself a few years ago, why does this happen? I certainly don’t want to be the type of person that is always yelling at my kids or doesn’t follow through with my promises.
I’ll save you all the stories and heartache it took me to get here but what I have learned is that goals that aren’t attached to a strong and emotional reason will fall away. Why? Because there’s no compelling reason to actually do them.
Honestly, most of us are just lazy and stuck in our old habits, myself included. For example, having a goal of a clean home is great but at the end of the day I’m tired and really want to watch Narcos on Netflix. However, keeping a beautifully, organized home to free up my creativity and time so I can focus on my goals is way more compelling.
Losing weight is not specific, but creating radiant health so that I can I live a long enough to love my family and experience all the juiciness of life. Sign me up!
The more you connect with the emotional state you will feel once the goal has been accomplished, the better.
I wanted to share with you guys a few intentions that I have for myself in 2019. Always remember, there is really nothing special about January. Never feel like you are behind of that it’s too late. Just make a plan and start!
Love the people in my life WELL
If you matter to me this year, you are going to know. I’m going to be less about my phone and more about in-person connection. I’m planning more one and one dates with my kids. This week I’ve started overloading them with praise at even the smallest actions. Too often I focus on all the things that I believe they need to change, so this year I’m going to make it an intention to focus on loving the person that they are. The one that stands right before me imperfections and all. Look out friends, I’m coming for you too!
WHY – I truly want the people in my life to know how special they are to me and that they matter. I want my kids to remember me as someone who loved them unconditionally. Plus, how yummy is that love state ya’ll?
Hang out with more people who are creating truly amazing things
I believe we are the average of the 5 people we hang out with the most. I’ve already got an 8 and 6 year old so I need to pull up my average. I have so many people I admire in my social circle for the things that they are creating in the world and this year I plan to reach out to them.
WHY– I have so many things I want to create. Why waste time with people that don’t have the same values when it only serves to bring down my average? Plus being around people doing greater things will encourage me to step up as well. Peer pressure at it’s finest.
Invest more in my myself and my personal growth
I’ve learned that this is really the holy grail of my happiness for me. If I’m not growing, I’m stagnant, and I hate being stagnant. I love to be challenged and to learn new ideas and concepts.
WHY – If I can’t invest in myself what good am I to my friends, family, and to the world? I’ve never once regretted money that I’ve spent on myself or my growth. I learned early on that this was important for me. Since my kids were babies I’ve received my degree in spiritual psychology, attended conferences, and have always had coaches to hold me accountable. I see this as a non-negotiable for my wellbeing.
Writing not only helps me create content but it actually keeps me sane. It helps me sort through issues and creates breakthroughs if I’m stuck with a problem. There’s a higher intelligence activated when we write by hand and not on a computer, so I’m going to try and do more handwriting this year.
WHY – this is twofold. Writing unlocks my creativity and it also serves to keep me in a mentally healthy state so I’m able to achieve some of my other goals for the year.
This has been a hard one for me these past few years because of my schedule with the kids. Yet, gosh does it light me up when I do it. I really intend to make more time for this and plan to make this a larger part of my year in 2019!
WHY – Simply put, I love it. I truly light up and it challenges me.
What about you guys? Do you struggle with new years resolutions and goals? Is there something you have been wanting to create but haven’t had the courage to try? I encourage you to try this exercise and think about your reasons. Please let me know how it goes!
Girlfriend Gift Guide coming in hot! This year my girlfriend’s helped me through so I can’t wait to return the love through a thoughtful gift. I came up with mix up cute and thoughtful gifts that you can feel good about giving depending on her personality. All of these gifts are unique and very affordable options for those special babes in your life.
Fun Andrea fact number 1,001. I am not a baker, but there’s something so nostalgic about milk and cookies and the holidays I can’t deny it. I’ve desperately tried to bake. (Ok, I’ve tried a handful of times.) I remember one year I messed up my cookies so bad for a pending cookie exchange I threw them in the trash and promptly went to Whole Foods to buy some that I could pass off as my own. I had no idea the intricacies involved in this true art form. The dough was too hot then it was too cold. It was like a bad relationship. I DO, however love to eat cookies. That I make. From a box. And I love milk.
We all know that the holiday traditions are really about connection. It doesn’t matter how perfectly things look from the outside. The day of this photo shoot neither one of my kids wanted to take pictures. As soon as the cookies and milk came out it was a different story. It reminded me that it’s about the moments we share as family and friends and the reasons we gather that bring us closer are really just secondary to the love.
In my continued effort to make my home a Rockwellian dream over the holidays, Milk and cookies are a staple at our house. Like I said, I don’t particularly like to bake but I do love the smell of boxed cookies in the oven and the special look on my kids faces when they get to eat them with a warm glass of milk. I know my kids always feel special when I “bake“ for them and I will continue to do it any chance I get.
Recently I heard something so disturbing. 1 in 6 children will struggle with hunger in America? I keep asking myself how this is even possible in a developed country?That’s why when I heard that DairyPure was teaming up with Feeding America I was so excited to partner with them.
From November 27th to December 21st, customers will receive bonus kicks from their Shopkick shopping rewards account: 15 kicks for scanning DairyPure and TruMoo and 200 additional kicks for purchasing. Bonus kicks can be donated to Feeding America, so customers can give back to their local communities this holiday season. It’s super easy to give back on simple things that you are probably already buying, like DairyPure.
I love a good catch all tray. I keep one in almost every room to put keys, coins and little nick knacks I might otherwise loose. This one is so cute. I’ve had this exact one on my nightstand for years.
This flask is so gorgeous I’m pretty sure I would just use it for decoration, yet in the off chance I needed to take it somewhere ( like every weekend to a kids birthday party) how chic would that be?!