101 Things: 40. Get a Library Card

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the St. Charles Library and got myself and Joseph library cards. Its a great local library that is a five minute drive away from the house. I’m looking forward to taking Joe to some of their story-time programs. He loves to look at books and be read to, so I hope this turns into a love for reading as he gets older.

Joseph 2.6

Happy Half Birthday to Me!

This past month has been a big one because we moved into our house! It’s been a lot to get used to and I have to admit that I’ve had a bit of a hard time transitioning. I miss Grandma’s house. I knew where everything was, I liked my room and crib there, and got to be around Grandma and Grandpa all the time.

It took a while to get used to things. I didn’t want to nap AT ALL, even though I was super tired. I also would wake up in the middle of the night for a few hours, maybe because I wasn’t used to my new/old crib and room? I’m settling back into things now, but I still occasionally give mom a hard time about napping.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the new house a lot, there is so much more room to play and I have all my toys again! Mom and Dad set up a play area in the basement and I can use my tent, play with my trains, cars, and blocks and don’t have to worry about the mess! We have a big driveway where I can use my wagon, cars, and draw with chalk. Plus, I have my very own bathroom! (Mom says I have to share it when Luke comes to stay, but I don’t mind.)

I also started to go to “school” at the recreation center at the park. One day we go and sing songs and play instruments. I’m not too sure about this class yet, I wanted to leave half way through but Mom said we had to stay. The other class all about Cars and Lightening McQueen! We get to play, do crafts and read a story. I liked this one much better!


Checking In

I apologize for the recent lack of posting. It has been non-stop around here the past month. Moving, unpacking, and getting used to the new digs. Having my MIL visit and my hubby traveling a ton for work plus dealing with a broken water heater (the day before the movers came!), a broken dryer – going on 4 weeks dealing with the repair people, and a toddler that has been skipping his nap AND not sleeping through the night has left me exhausted.

I’ll be posting Joseph’s monthly post later today. I can’t believe that he’s two and a half already!

Joseph 2.5


Busy, busy, busy! So much has gone on in the past month. Flying to visit Grandma Cathy in Ohio; lots of trips to the playground, splash park, and our new house; going to my first wedding and plenty of playing and fun with my cousin Luke.

I’m super into anything that has to do with letters and numbers right now. I am constantly playing with my magnets, puzzles, singing the alphabet, and counting everything.

I also love to take off my shoes CONSTANTLY. Especially at restaurants or in the car right before we go into the store. Mom is not a fan, but I think it’s hysterical.

Mom and Dad are excited to move into our new house this weekend, they talk about it all the time. I’m sure it will be fun, but I’ll miss Grandma and Grandpa . . . and their swimming pool.


Colley Manor: counting down

So close!! The contractor is wrapping up at the house and we’ve scheduled the movers for the 15th! Yes, there were some construction delays and the movers aren’t able to be scheduled as soon as I would like (NOW!) but, I can now see the light of this very long tunnel!

I plan on doing a full reveal on the changes we’ve made once we get settled, I promise. But, here’s a couple more in progress peeks for you until then.




101 Things: 1. Go to Hoopla


A few weeks ago, I attended Stella & Dot’s national sales conference in Orlando. It’s called Hoopla and I can definitely say it lived up to its name. Imagine over 3000 women getting together to learn, celebrate, and support one another. It was such a great experience and so much fun! While at Hoopla, the new fall line kicked off with an amazing fashion show, we learned about a new collaboration with the non-profit organization, Every Mother Counts, and we had tons of great training on how to build our business.

I was truly amazed at the sense of camaraderie and friendship among my fellow stylists. It felt more like a family reunion/wedding reception than a work conference. What struck me is the lack of competition and cattiness. Everyone is so supportive and welcoming and wanting to help you be the best you can. Pretty great stuff, considering that sometimes women can than gracious in that area.

I could bore you with all the details, but I think I’ll just give you my big take away and share what my new goals have become for this adventure.

1. I’ve realized that I have really missed my Stella & Dot business these past months while dealing with the move and living with my parents. It motivates, challenges, and thrills me in a way that can’t be replicated by being a mother and wife. It helps me remember who I am as a person and makes me better in other areas of my life.

2. I need to get over being afraid and making excuses. I’ve been holding myself back by using this move and relocation as a reason that I am not succeeding in my business. I have to make it a priority because I will only get out of it what I put in it.

3. I am setting a goal of having 15 trunk shows and building a team to gain the rank of STAR stylist by the end of 2014. This is huge, but they say that if you’re goals don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough!***





***This is going to be a lot of work, luckily I have the world’s best support/cheerleader with Shawn. I couldn’t even dream of this without him.

Joseph 2.4


Another month of summer fun! Swimming, playing outside, going to the park and playground, this is the life!


Mom and Dad took me to see a parade on July 4th! It was so cool! I loved the fire trucks, bands, floats, cars, and seeing all the other kids. It was great. They also got me a sandbox. Mom said that I needed a better place to dig that in dirt under the tree, but I don’t think it was that bad. Although my “sea turtle” is a great place it dig!


My cousin Luke has come to visit a lot and we have so much fun. We make tents, wrestle, play in the pool, and just hang out together. He’s my best friend.


Mommy and Dad tell me that we’ll be moving into our house soon. I can’t wait to see all of my toys, books, and my old friend the vacuum! I like Grandma’s but it isn’t the same. Not enough power!


Colley Manor: Under Construction

I thought I’d share some construction photos from the house. Tons of work going on, way more than these few shots imply. You’d be surprised how difficult it is to photograph everything. Depth perception, light, and angles are hard to discern when there are no walls, holes in the ceiling, etc.

The plumbing, electric, and drywall are done. We are now working on getting the tile and cabinetry installed. Then, things should go pretty fast!






101 Things: 84. Join or start a book club

Mom started up a book club this winter with some neighbors and friends from school and asked me to become a member. I’ve been participating for the past few months and its been fun. I’ve enjoyed discussing books with others – reading can be such a solitary pursuit – and hearing such similar/different points of view regarding the same material. I’ve also been branching out to different authors and genres that I might have passed over. Some I’ve enjoyed, some not, but either way its been great to stretch out and try new things.

I still hope to start/join a book club that is a little closer to the genres I enjoy. It would be great to be able to discuss and dissect something like Annihilation or The Ocean at the End of the Lane.