Two Pretzels

September 23, 2016

BIG news coming soon.

Yep, you read that correctly.

BIG news here, friends.

(No, I am not pregnant.)

Big, exciting, awesome, incredible news.


September 18, 2016

2016 Emmy Fashion Recap | Red Carpet

Updated as of Monday September 19th at 11:03 a.m MT. I forgot Kerry Washington!

Ah, the 68th annual Emmys. I am so pleased that it's fashion season yet again. Wah-who! More importantly, I am so excited not to see any chokers. (It's important to be grateful for the small things.)

Next, did Did Jimmy Kimmel call Donald Trump's wife, "Malaria" instead of "Melania" during the monologue. Tee hee.

Shall we dig in?


So I started watching Stranger Things and I honestly wish I loved it.

Eh. Whatever. But I honestly think Winona Ryder is phenomenal. Whoa. (I loved her as Lydia in Beetlejuice.)


I  absolutely love my best dressed so much that I seriously am DYING and just want to get it out of the way. But, I won't.

So, why don't we start with Tina Fey. Eeeee! She looks WONDERFUL! Ya'll, she's not wearing black! I love it. She looks beautiful and quite frankly, I'd wear this in a heart beat to dinner.

(I wish she would have skipped the green earring. Too matchy-matchy.)

Not so great was Amy Poehler.

September 9, 2016

On grief. Three years today.

I wrote this post Thursday night, then re-read and edited it on Friday. There may be errors... just go with it. I'm not sure I want to read it again.

The pillow I bought for Shirl quite a while ago. I was such a Hallmark fan. Yay for cards & gifts.

As I sit down to type this I wonder if I should go take my contacts out. I know I'm going to cry. It's probably best that I get 'em off of my eyeballs and tuck them into their cozy bed, safely swimming in their saline.

Eh, but I don't want to.

"Take the time and go do it, Kylee."

That's what you'd tell me.

That's what she always told me.

"Take your time."

"You're moving too fast."

"Enjoy the moment, Kylee."

"Stop rushing."

"You're so busy worrying about the next thing that you aren't enjoying this thing."

Oh, Mom...

Right. Again. Oy.

September 7, 2016

Life in photos. School starting, toothless grins, Baby Shirley and a quick hurricane.

It's been a busy couple of weeks.

Allow me to recap it for you in a series of quick photos and quips.


Vivienne made a heart meatball. Actually, I think Lila did but Vivi wanted to be photographed with it.



Lila taught herself how to braid.


The one on the left is now a second-grader and the one on the right is now a kindergartner.


Our family took a selfie.


This guy turned 28.



The fam went out for dinner in celebration of Guapo's birthday.

As you can tell, it was early.

That's how we do.

(Obviously Baby Shirley attended.)


I made banana bread because that's what you do when you have 3 over-ripe bananas.

I added zucchini, much to the complaints of the younger members of our family. They clammed up after I reminded them that they liked zoodles.



National Dog Day came and went.

These two, the furry ones, are by far the easiest of our children to handle.

You put food out, water out and pet them.

Does it get any easier?

No flashcards, no ear infections, no time-outs, no backtalk.

Dogs are where it's at.


So, Vivi acted like Vivi.


Vivi got sick.

She missed 3 days of her second week of kindergarten.

...but I got to hold her like a baby in the chair I rocked her and her sister in when they were babies.

So there's that.


We went out to a fancy dinner date night and I loved my dress and shoes, but I loved Vivi's smile more.


There was this stunning sky.

I mean, whoa, sunbeams.


Vivienne felt better and had to get back to work "being a Mom."

(She wears jean shorts everyday because, "That's what Moms wear. That and sports bras.")

I love her.


I bought the most beautiful hydrangea blooms and got to use my new vase that I lugged back from Ohio in my carry on.

Look out Martha Stewart.

Look at that.


I thought I found my sister's dog that went missing a year or so ago when I was driving around San Jose.

Turns out I almost stole someone else's dog.


These two.

Their love of "small things" makes me so happy.

My Mom loved miniature things and so do I.


I wore a halter.

And I will not wear it again.

I hate halters. Bad decision. I didn't feel like me all day and I couldn't wait to take it off.

(Who wants this shirt?)


I stumbled across this picture of Lila (a year and a half old) holding her baby sister.

Dear ovaries.


Ferg and Millie got haircuts.

And it exhausted them.

(I prefer the shaggy look, but it's dog abuse to do that here with the weather being in the 90's.)


The girls and I decided to re-enact that great photo.


We saw this piece of fall decor at the store.

Lila said, "Oh, we need this. You can put your limes in that part right there."

My sweet daughter. Yes, limes DO need a specific container. How DARE we put a tea light in that space. IT IS FOR LIMES.



Lila's teeth...

She's lost a jillion and has four more loose.

She has one that is SCREAMING to come out of her mouth, but she repeatedly tells us, "I've got it under control. Don't worry about it."

I'm not kidding. It's MOVED in her mouth and is actually attempting to JUMP out.


Vivi is continuing to explore new ways to baby wear Shirley.


Craig and Lila cooked from a cookbook that Lila "rented" from her school library.

It was crescent roll pizzas.

I'll be honest, they were great.


Pre-Hurricane smiles.

Yes, there was a stupid hurricane.


Here's Lila with her "goodluck coconut."

We think her collection of GLC's helped us with the events that greeted us earlier this week.


So, we had a terrible hurricane on Monday night.

I don't even want to talk about it.

I cannot keep doing these. I went through one Category 4, and reports vary about whether this was a category 1 or 2, still I think 95 mph winds are scary and I hate them. (Here's my post about the terrible category 4.)

We're fine.

Lila's 20-foot tree fell down, but we're confident it will grow again.

But seriously, the losing of the electricity, the 10-hours of wind WHIPPING our home, the preparation, the heat, the sounds... I can't even. And, Lila was awake during this one. Hurricane Newton was her "first hurricane" she says.


*Formal thank you to God right now for protecting us. THANK YOU.

That's it.


In other news, post-hurricane, Lila finished her first hard back chapter book EVER amidst the outdoor furniture that was indoors because of said hurricane.


This is huge for my little bilingual reader. YAY, LILA!


Today we went through the play room and got rid of 5 bags of toys (!!!) and the girls were able to see the toys that actually have so that they can play with them.

(I'm in a STRONG, "I am not buying you anything until Christmas" attitude right now. And, I've held staunchly to that everywhere we've gone since the end of August. That's pretty good for me.)

So, they played. And it was sweet.

 That's all that's been going on around here...


August 28, 2016

Beyonce, that dress and Sia.

Beyonce is so fancy she brings her own mike up on stage when she wins an award at the MTV VMA awards.

Preparation is key, thanks for that reminder, Bey.

Moving on, I loved Beyonce's Francesco Scognamiglio (best name of the night) gown. Amazing.

Her Lemonade performance? Eh. I don't really need to know about her dirty laundry. I quit reading Pop Sugar years ago. Who has time for that?


Will tell you this, too -- what a horrendous show.

If being current means knowing who was on that show, I don't want to be current. I mean, eh. Britney? What was that?

Alicia Keys is stunning.

And I love Tracee Ellis Ross.

And, that's all.




P.S. Sia is the best pop singer / writer today. Hands down.

If you haven't seen her with James Corden, today needs to be the day.

(The real Sia minus the wig, which I happen to love.)


August 23, 2016

To my husband on his birthday

Yeah, we weren't sure if it was legal for them to ride in it, either...

Dear Craig,

In light of the special day that is today, I asked your daughters, Lila (7-years-old) and Vivienne (5-years-old) a few questions about you.



1. Tell me one word that describes your Daddy.

Vivienne: Guapo ("Handsome", in EspaƱol.)

Lila: Nice

2. Tell me one thing you like to do with Daddy.

Vivienne: Fix stuff with him.

Lila: Be silly with him

3. Tell me one thing that you know that Daddy LOVES.

Vivienne: Coffee

Lila: Us

4. What is Daddy's favorite animal?

Vivienne: I don't know. Me? An ostrich.

Lila: I think I know: a cheetah.

5. How old is Daddy turning?

Vivienne: I think he's going to turn 17.

Lila: 39

4. What is Daddy's favorite color?

Vivienne: Rainbow

Lila: Green

5. If you could do anything you wanted with Daddy, what would it be?

Vivienne: Buy a toy.

Lila: Be with him.

6. What do you think Daddy's favorite flower is?*

Vivienne: Rose.

Lila: Tulip?

*Question suggested by Lila.

6. If you could bake any dessert for Daddy, what would you bake him?

Vivienne: Cake

Lila: Pecan pie

7. If you could grant Daddy ONE wish, what do you think his wish would be.

Vivienne: He's perfect like he is.

Lila: To be a football man

8. What's the best thing about Daddy:

Vivienne: His hair is so guapo.

Lila: He's so cute.

9. What is Daddy's favorite thing to do?

Vivienne: Be with us.

Lila: Daddy likes to be with us.

10. Who is Daddy's Mommy?

Vivienne: Kylee, Oh. Wait. I was in a rush, Mimi.

Lila: Mimi.

11. What is Daddy's favorite food?

Vivienne: Bacon, of course.

Lila: The brownies that we're making him right now. The ones with the things on it. (Things = snickers bars.)

12. If you could give Daddy ANY gift in the whole wide world, what would you give him?

Vivienne: I would give him my love.

Lila:  I would give him a hug.

13. If you could say anything to Daddy on his birthday, what would it be?

Vivienne: How is your birthday, Birthday Boy? (She sang that...)

Lila: You're the best Daddy I've ever had. Well, you're the only Daddy I ever had... And, I love you.


I agree with them in that you are handsome, you can fix anything and you like coffee.

In addition, you are sweet and kind and the love of my life.

How blessed I am. (And vice versa. Kidding. Sort of.)

Seriously, though - Craig, you're my everything and you're theirs, too.

If Ferg and Millie could type, they'd chime in and say that you're the best.

We are beyond thrilled that you were born. Because there's you, there's them.

We love you so much.

Happy birthday, my love.



Your birthday posts...
Birthday post from 2016.
Birthday post from 2014.
Birthday post from 2013.
Birthday post from 2012.
Birthday post from 2011.
Birthday post from 2010.
Birthday post from 2009.
Birthday post from 2008.
Birthday post from 2007.
Birthday post from 2006.


August 20, 2016

Safe Cookie Dough Recipe

It's no secret that I'm a huge Shakeology fan. I'm also a huge sweets fan. However, I am not a salmonella fan. (Can I get an amen?)

That said, I feel it's my responsibility to share this one with you. For you Fixers, it's one yellow and 1 tsp.

Makes 13 servings, 1 spoonful each)
Total Time:                          15 min.
Prep Time:                           15 min.
  • ½ cup all-natural almond butter
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ½ cup finely chopped raw almonds
  • 2½ scoops Vanilla Shakeology
  • 2 Tbsp. mini semi-sweet (or dark chocolate) chocolate chips
  1. Combine almond butter, honey, almonds, Shakeology, and chocolate chips in a medium bowl; mix well.
  2. Spoon 13 equal-sized dallops of dough onto plate (or into the mouths of you and your friends), about 1-inch in diameter each.
Nutritional Information (per serving):
  • Calories: 127
  • Total Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 1 mg
  • Sodium: 84 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Sugars: 8 g
  • Protein: 5 g
Fix Portions
  • 1 Yellow
  • 1 tsp.
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