Weekend Links / / Ant Invasion

Weekend Links / / Ant Invasion

Before I go into our ant invasion, let’s backtrack to Easter Sunday. Jordan, Phoenix, and myself joined our friends for an Easter lunch at their neighbor’s house. It was a lovely meal. We also snuck in some family photos! We went with the understanding Phoenix would be skipping his afternoon nap. I had no idea how Phoenix would handle the day, but he did so great. Being outside, surrounded by nature and friends, gave him the right amount of distraction.

So, yes, back to ants. I noticed a few ants on our side porch on Tuesday, but I didn’t think much of it. Well, by Wednesday morning ants were all over our kitchen! ACK! I immediately called pest control and set up an account. In the meantime, I googled natural remedies. I soaked cotton balls in a paste mixture of water, borax, and powdered sugar (I’m sure regular sugar will work too). I placed the cotton balls on paper plates luring the ants while tricking them to go back home. It actually worked quite well! Homeownership, yay!

I’m hoping for a more relaxing weekend — one without ants!

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Weekend Links / / Pink Sunday

Weekend Links / / Pink Sunday

In honor of Easter, I chopped my hair off and dyed it pink! My stylist and best friend actually put in a little violet/pink a few months ago, but it didn’t adhere as vibrant. I love the color though the pink is already fading quickly. This isn’t the first time I’ve had my hair this short but it’s been a number of years.

Teething ran our house this week. I mentioned on Wednesday that Jordan and I were supposed to have a date night last Saturday, but Phoenix was acting really strange so we canceled. He has a blood blister on his upper lip and a constant runny nose, which of course makes for a sad and crabby baby. I ordered an amber teething necklace and will report back if I notice a difference.

I work on Saturday but on Easter we are having brunch with friends and hopefully, weather permitting, we can go on a family walk. What are your weekend plans?

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Weekend Links / / Away in St. Louis

Weekend Links / / Away in St. Louis

Like I mentioned on Wednesday, Phoenix and I spent a long weekend in St. Louis. We visited my brother and his family and my dear friend, who recently had her second baby. St. Louis is about 4.5 hours from Nashville. Phoenix spends a lot of our long car rides crying but I knew I could manage this length of a drive myself.

Phoenix is teething and having a rough time with it, so sleeping well was a novelty, but all in all our weekend was a success! Before Phoenix, I never had to think a trip away could potentially be canceled, outside of maybe in climate weather. Kids get sick at the drop of the hat, so anything could have happened!

Weekend Links / / Away in St. Louis

The weekend mostly consisted of playing indoors and outside, including Phoenix’s fist time on a swing! He loved it by the way. On Tuesday, Sally and I took the babies to the St. Louis Zoo. The zoo is FREE and a really nice size. Chicago also has a free zoo but it’s pretty small in comparison. If you are okay with walking, you can find free parking nearby too.

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Weekend Links / / Survey Results

Weekend Links / / Survey Results

I thought for this weeks installment of Weekend Links I’d include the reader survey results. THANK YOU so much for filling my survey out. Your thoughtful comments gave me a lot to think about. Here is a breakdown of the survey results and my takeaways.

The majority of you have been reading longer than one year. Most of you find my posts through an RSS reader (such as Bloglovin’), which makes sense since many of you are also bloggers. 79% said to keep my post frequency the same. This surprised me since some weeks I only post twice. Maybe you also have a hard time keeping up with reading blogs everyday! Ideally, I like posting three times a week. Emphasis on ideally. 🙂

Motherhood, Weekend Links, Style and Travel are your favorite topics to read about. Motherhood won at 42%. Can I say I was surprised how many of you put travel as your favorite category. No one said travel was their least favorite topic to read about. This surprised me as travel posts often don’t receive a lot of interaction. Maybe those posts are fun to read and look at, but they don’t garner a reason to comment. Which is fine!

I made the mistake of having an other option for “least favorite posts to read” as that category won. I appreciated the commenters who said that while motherhood isn’t their favorite, they understand that is the stage of life I am in. Some want more opinions on politics where as others don’t. 😉 Generally, you want more candid observations on the categories I already share.

So, what does this all mean?

More travel posts (including favorite Nashville locations) style, motherhood musings and media favorites (music, podcasts etc.).

I asked for shower songs from everyone. I thought it’d be fun to compile them into a playlist. You can find it here! It’s a fun mix!

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Weekend Links / / Comedy Legends

Weekend Links / / Comedy Legends

This was a busy week for the Shorts! Between date night, work, dinner dates with friends and Wine Club I was gone every night this week (Sunday-Friday). This week was baby-sitter heavy, but Phoenix has been a trooper despite us both having a little cold. I am looking forward to Saturday night at 6 pm when I’m home from work and Phoenix is asleep! Ideally, I prefer to be home at least two-three nights a week but sometimes fun events pile on top of each other and I ride with it.

Speaking of date nights, Sunday night, Jordan and I went to see Steve Martin and Martin Short at the Grand Ole Opry. After, of course, eating dinner at one of our favorite Nashville restaurants, Burger Up. Martin and Short’s current comedy isn’t groundbreaking, but it doesn’t need to be anymore (they’ve already done that). Their timing is still impeccable. We laughed so hard our cheeks hurt by the end of the night.

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Weekend Links / / Snowed In with Grandma

Weekend Links / / Snowed-in at Grandmas

I wasn’t able to share this last Friday, but we drove to Chicago to surprise my father-in-law for his birthday. We left early on Friday morning and arrived to their house around 2:30 pm. Jordan, with Phoenix in his arms, walks into their house with zero fanfare and says, “hello”. Jordan’s dad was completely surprised! I’m so impressed our trip remained a secret.

On top of us coming, there was also a surprise party the following day.

Weekend Links / / Snowed-in at Grandmas

Most of the weekend (outside of the party) was pretty relaxing. Phoenix did really well napping and sleeping in the different houses. Not so much on the drive. He screamed for a good portion of the eight hour trip. Phoenix does fine driving around town but so far he is not a fan of road trips. I hope this is a phase.

I was able to sit back and watch a couple episodes of Fixer Upper and Planet Earth while drinking hot coffee. Bless the hands of grandmas. We had to stay an extra day due to a lake-effect snowstorm.

Thank you to everyone who filled out my reader survey! I appreciate your thoughtful feedback! It’ll be kept live for a few more days.

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Weekend Links / / Frist Center, Structure and Closet Basics

Weekend Links / / Frist Center, Structure and Closet Basics

On Monday Jordan and I brought Phoenix to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville’s art museum (we visited a few years ago). It was his first visit to a museum and he LOVED looking at the different exhibits. Well, until he was done and ready to go home and to bed. Phoenix is very much like me when it comes to bedtime. When he’s ready he is ready.

At the beginning of the year I wasn’t ready to commit to many goals. There was very little structure to our days but now that Phoenix actually naps I am challenging myself to manage my time more wisely. I’m playing around with designating a day to a specific task, i.e grocery shopping on Mondays, cleaning on Tuesdays, etc. I am excited to see the positive change this slight shift will make in my week.

Moms of littles, how do you structure your days?

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Weekend Links / / A Little Boring

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Weekend Links / / A Little Boring

^ Jordan took this while on a walk with Phoenix. This kid cracks me up!

This week slipped away from me. I usually work Wednesday, Thursdays and Saturdays, but this week I worked Tuesday instead of Thursday. Somehow that slight shift completely through me off! Tuesday night I had such a terrible sinus headache I went to bed at 7:30. I kept dousing myself in peppermint oil, which apparently is not advisable while you are breastfeeding. Whoops! It felt good going to bed so early.

Lately, most of my weeks feel rather low-key and boring or mundane rather but that is simply the phase of life I am in. It’s okay to be boring. 🙂 This week I finished reading After You and started Four Seasons in Rome again. I am trying to remember to read more when I am on breaks at work (I pump in our back room so it’s not always the most quiet) and during little snippets of quiet throughout the day.

Okay, while my week was a little boring these links aren’t!

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Weekend Links / / Blogging Basics, Ramen and Naps

Weekend Links / / Blogging Basics, Ramen and Naps

I told Jordan earlier this week I finally feel like I’m not simply surviving hour to hour. Maybe it’s a hormone shift or maybe it’s because Phoenix is sleeping better. Either way, it’s a nice feeling. We started nap training (for real this time) and a few other schedule and eating tweaks this week and it made a huge difference. I’ll share more in Phoenix’s seven month update next week.

When Phoenix wasn’t napping consistently, I became really behind. Behind on blog posts and personal and household goals. It was weighing on me. I am excited to see what I can accomplish now that I am not as exhausted and worn out. This week, I gave myself permission to veg out during his naps. I read a bunch and starting catching up with This Is Us!

What are your plans for the weekend? I always work Saturdays but on Sunday (besides watching the Oscars) I want to pop into Madewell. I’ve had a gift card for a while and am curious about their jeans. Have you tried them?

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Weekend Links / / Cuba, Tiramisu and Good Girls

Weekend Links / / Cuba, Tiramisu and Good Girls Revolt

Hey Friends!

We’re at the point of the year when I begin to dread all the work I have left to do before filing taxes. It always gets done, but I still dislike the minutia. Though, who enjoys tax season? Except for maybe accountants. It’s not realistic for me to spend extended periods of time compiling everything, so I’m working in 15 minute increments. This is far less overwhelming.

Jordan had food poisoning over the weekend (the WORST!). At first we were concerned it might be the stomach flu, but, thankfully, it was only food poisoning. By Tuesday night Jordan had an appetite for something other than chicken noodle soup and Gatorade so for Valentine’s Day we ordered take-out from Maggiano’s and watched a movie. We haven’t been on a “date” in months, but this reminded me of the kind of date nights we enjoyed while in college.

Phoenix finally started enjoying food this week. The last few weeks he would cry after a couple of bites but now he squeals and gasps like a little bird until the spoon is in his mouth.

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