Last Tuesday was National Pie Day (an Instagram holiday to get behind if there ever was one) and I decided to use it as my motivation for FINALLY trying Baked Pie Company here in Asheville. I love the whole 'pie flight' idea because I'm totally the kind of person who prefers smaller tastes of different things and flavors rather than committing to one giant serving of a single flavor. Turns out the pie flight serves you giant slabs of each flavor you choose so it's basically the best of both worlds haha!
Anyways, I'm always hesitant to take Harlow out for a sugary treat after this one time we got ice cream at Cold Stone and she was caaaraaayzy for the rest of the day and night. Like she didn't know what to do with that big energy surge and crash and I sure as hell didn't! We've given her tastes of sweets intermittently to prevent these types of meltdowns but not a lot at once. So I was kind of nervous about going on a pie date and thought to myself: either this is going to be really cute and fun (WIN) or she's going to go ape shit again (FAIL).
Luckily we had a blast! Baked is legit heavenly (gotta try the s'mores and Atlantic Beach pies) and they have a vintage suitcase full of stuffed animals for small children to take home! How cute and thoughtful is that?! Harlow chose a spotted rabbit that's adorable.
I've learned that anytime we eat sweets we immediately have to go play and run it out. Even though it was pretty chilly we went to the playground and Harlow did the same circuit like 15 times and was still going strong when it was time to leave haha. But we came home, fixed dinner, and she went to bed like a champ. Phew!
And every day since Tuesday she's been talking about pies :D
So while our Pie Day outing went really well, I was equally prepared for it to blow up in my face -- season of life, ya know? Which brings me to my inspiration for this post: do y'all ever have something happen to you and you just laugh at yourself and wish you could tell someone to share the moment, good or bad? I feel like that's gotta be a SAHM's constant reality. I can't tell you how many times I'll say to myself "did that really just happen?" Or "wow that's where I'm at right now LOL!" But then there's also that 'alone at home a lot with a small child' thing that tempts you into oversharing mundane daily things and decisions. This is one of those things haha!
Here are a few random things that happened to me lately that have both made me really happy and humbled me haha!
The other day I found myself clipping fast food coupons. A) I don't coupon, and B) I don't eat fast food hardly ever (does Chick-Fil-A- really count?) But for some reason I felt the need to get a two'fer on some Arby's roast beef sandwiches and McDonald's Egg McMuffins. Full disclosure: I did eat Arby's a LOT when pregnant with Harlow but I've had like three times in the two years since her birth. But when I get the hankering, might as well save a buck right?
I wrote about this awhile back in this post about embracing my post-baby body, but I've realized lately that I'm so much less hard on myself about my body image and weight than I've ever been. I'm definitely rocking the winter body but instead of feeling ashamed about it I'm just like 'ehh I'll cut some carbs soon.' But not too soon -- no reason to cut them well before bathing suits come knocking on our door haha.
Another thing I read from a fellow blogger was something called the Six Doctors: Doctor Air, Doctor Sunshine, Doctor Exercise, Doctor Nutrition, Doctor Sleep, and...shoot I can't remember the sixth one! She was saying that altogether those six things will keep you healthy and happy and I think that is so spot on! I think I've definitely had a mild bout of seasonal depression -- I'm just so tired of being trapped inside on cold, windy days with nowhere to take Harlow except indoor play places where I'm terrified we'll catch this rampant flu that's going around. FINALLY it warmed up last weekend and I went outside to run in the fresh air and sunshine and it was amaaazing! It lifted my spirits more than anything else has in awhile. Count me in as officially praying for spring. Do the right thing this Friday Punxsutawney Phil!
On a similar note, I had planned to take Harlow to the playground the other day but of course it started raining. So we had a kitchen dance party instead and omg we both had a blast! We danced to Madonna, Taylor Swift, Phil Collins (Sussudio was a good one) and a couple Disney songs. I remember being pregnant and dreaming about dance parties with my daughter and it's happening!
Last Monday not only was Harlow fixating on my forehead zit but I was checking out at Publix with a week's worth of groceries on the conveyor belt and as soon as the cashier started scanning them I realized I didn't have my wallet. Not only did I not have it, it was in Spartanburg in Mike's car. Thankfully, they know I shop there all the time and they let me go to customer service and type my number in manually. See -- all the online shopping has paid off for moments like these when knowing my debit card number by heart comes in handy!
I stopped pouring over my parenting emails that push arbitrary deadlines on you, like potty training, converting to a toddler bed (see above), and dropping naps. I just don't want "them" to get in my head about what is best for MY kid. I can tell Harlow is not ready for potty training, she's very comfortable in her sleep routine, and naps for about two hours a day, sometimes longer. Arbitrary deadlines, in my mind, contributes to the gross competitiveness parents get over their kids.
Serena Williams is one of my idols, like I love her SO much, and she's coming to Asheville for a tennis tournament! Like, I'm freaking out about it I'm so excited! Except tickets are over $1000 a piece!!!!! Ummm, what?! Not only can I not afford that, but I feel bad for all the kids who would love to go see a legend and role model and can't. This is not a personal fail but somebody is failing here!
Y'all know I can't finish a post without mentioning some pretty new things I found! I just got this beautiful pink sweater to wear for Valentines and into spring, and I'm loving this pale pink fuzzy tie-back sweater, too! I'd wear it with this scarf, jeans, and mules or loafers for a casual spring look :)
Okay that is enough for now! I'm trying to hammer out several posts for the blog because I know I haven't been as consistent as I was before the holidays. I'm actually working on a post that talks about why that is so hopefully I'll be able to make some good headway today or this week! Although my craziness over the flu and keeping Harlow at home isn't going to do me any favors....here's hoping the flu goes away, that we all stay healthy, and we have a great week! Superbowl Sunday coming at us this weekend!