Monthly Archives: August 2012

Day 177: Duggar style

Except for the butterfly print on the top (I notice the girls only wear solid colors), I look like I could hop right on the big bus and join the famously fertile family for an ATI homeschooling retreat roadtrip. he he!

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Day 176: Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real


I asked a few days ago about posting skirt pics, and people DO like the skirts. So I’m back to throwing up pics of my simple little outfits.


I’m so so so happy that this boy

now LOVES to swim! Yay!!!!


On your mark! Get set! GOOOO!


Since Leila posted about picky eating the other day, I thought I’d share one of the little things that I do on the food front. I make a whole bunch of hard boiled eggs and keep them in the fridge in an easy access tupperware. This is the perfect “fast food” and I find that so so often I am hustling the kids into the car at 9:30am (this summer it was for swimming lessons) and realize that they’ve barely had anything more than Rice Crispies for breakfast. Cereal really isn’t the kind of food that lasts in the tummy, but eggs are! So I grab three (or four if I need one) eggs and hustle myself into the car. Before we pull out of the driveway, I’m peeling eggs and passing them back and the kids eat something nutritious as we drive.

Linked to Like Mother, Like Daughter

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A human environmentalist?

I’m sure you’ve detected (I’m not very subtle) my anger at the changing landscape of how cosmetic surgery is creeping into society as a cultural norm. I see the vigorous advertisement of procedures directly via billboards and tv commercials, “product placement” advertising (aka all the folks on TV who’ve had obvious work done, oh and my favorite, “news segments” on the latest procedures. Thanks evening news), and the actual people around me in town who have taken the bait and are purchasing cosmetic surgery procedures in greater numbers (thank God it isn’t a majority, but my fear is that it could end up that way). It’s like a disease I tell you. A disease that is spreading.

So what would you call a person who is an environmentalist, but the environment they want to save is the integrity of the healthy human body? Can anyone come up with a good name for that?

The American Association for Plastic Surgeons has created the most slick business plan by taking the normal healthy body, calling it a deformity in various ways, and lo and behold the “cure” is to buy their sculpting services. They then pat themselves on the back for how helpful they are to people. I hate them. But they’re winning and I see it. (The fitness industry has also been doing this for years.)

So what would you call this kind of activism that wants to start sending angry letters and getting pissy with the council members of cities who post these billboards?

Thanks for any insight!

[Update: Today I contacted the city manager in the City of Irwindale to complain about the billboard. He says he has received other complaints as well and has asked the billboard company to change it. He says that it isn’t against the law to post such things but that residents don’t like it. If you live near me and have seen the 210 fwy billboard and would also like to complain about it you can call John Davidson at (626)430-2217.  My next step is figuring out why this isn’t illegal. I believe it has to do with the passage of some legislation in 1996. Don’t be afraid to be a squeaky wheel!]

[Update #2- The billboard has been removed!]

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Day 175: The best swimsuit

The kids and I went swimming today, so before the summer is over I wanted to share what, to me, is the best swim suit. The most important quality in a swimsuit is comfort. And that doesn’t just mean a suit that doesn’t pull or pinch in odd places, it’s really about total holistic comfort. For most women, that’s pretty hard to come by.

For me though, that comfort is achieved when I wear a tank with a swimskirt.

1. I don’t feel embarrassed wearing this around anyone. And by anyone I mean my dad, father-in-law, another mom friend, or neighbors. (We have an association pool.)

2. No one at any time will be staring at my butt crack. Yay!

3. No special-effort lady grooming is required. Yay!

4. Whatever tan I’ve happened to get while wearing shorts, blends fine with a swim skirt. Without it and I’d have a highlighted white booty that blends into sort-of tanned legs. Or a very highlighted white stomach. Either that or I’d have to deal with special-effort tanning and that’s too much work and I’m not really into that anyways.

5. Because of #1-4 I can enjoy swimming without worry or preparation.

6. I don’t look like a “hottie” but nevertheless people do like this suit. I’ve gotten several compliments on it and my other one.

7. I really don’t know that my swimsuit preference is the reason for this, but my daughter prefers one piece suits and does not want her tummy exposed. Not only has she never begged me for a bikini (a friend this summer said that her daughter, also 7, was begging for one) it just really isn’t on her radar to want one. In fact, what she really wants, is a swim skirt!

8. I think other women appreciate modest swimsuits especially when their husband is also at the pool. Reassuring beauty at work, no? = Less competitive vibe among women.

I hope you were able to find a comfortable suit this summer. If not, perhaps next year try the tank/skirt combo and see how you feel.

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Day 174: Back in the Saddle

I think a good look that almost always works for me is the “tennis skirt” look. It’s casual and comfortable and nice all at the same time.


And thanks so much for the feedback yesterday. I would love this blog to include more people than just myself (aka YOU!) , so I need to get to work figuring out how to do that. Thanks for being a reader here and for the support!

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Could use your opinion

Hi All,

Quick question. I know this started as a skirts project and I sort of abandoned it. That doesn’t mean I don’t wear skirts and dresses anymore, it just means I’m not taking pictures and posting it etc…

A big part of why I stopped is that I began to feel a tad narcissistic putting my mug and gams on the internet every day. I’d much rather it included many other people! But I don’t feel it is ethical to “sneek” pictures of people that I encounter in public and I don’t want to harass my cute friends for pictures either. (I could just imagine them putting a cute outfit back in the closet thinking “Shoot. If I wear this, she’s gonna go paparazzi on me.” But who knows, maybe they liked me asking to take their picture?) Also, it got to where I didn’t want my kids seeing me snap my picture because I don’t want them to think their dear mother has a strange self-adoration complex. I eventually learned how to hide it.

But I do know that many people were encouraged by seeing examples of feminine dress from a non-fashionista. Just regular stuff that anyone could throw together.

So my question is, do any of you miss the skirts? Or are you A-ok without them?

Thanks 🙂


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On my nightstand: Born to Run

Well I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and am reading the running book that everyone else is reading. How do I know that everyone else is reading Born to Run? Well, it’s the chia seeds! They sell them at Trader Joes now and I had never heard of their nutritional wonderfulness until I read this book. Lo and behold, Trader Joes execs must have had a meeting about their demographic and what they’re doing/reading because suddenly packages of chia seeds are placed right by the entrance for $4.99.

More than about chia seeds, Born to Run is the book that got the nation talking about barefoot running and has launched a whole new discussion of proper alignment and foot/body health. It’s super interesting. One of my favorite blogs to read about healthy human biomechanics is KatySays if you’re interested in such things.

The most interesting part of this book though, is learning about these amazing athletes that I had never heard of before. The Raramuri, a tribe in remote Mexico who easily run 150 miles in thin sandals. Ann Trason, an incredible American athlete whose abilities are compared to Lance Armstrong x 4. Scott Jurek who ran 250 miles across Death Valley and beat the previous record by two hours on his first time out there (who does that?!)

Above all it’s a book about the joy of running and living.

Now, the one thing that’s difficult about reading this book is translating the joy of running that author McDougall describes into my own running sessions. So if I don’t feel joy am I not doing it right? Unfortunately I don’t really enjoy running even though I guess it would be nice if I did. I like the sense of accomplishment I get from running, but it definitely does not feel like fun. Who knows, perhaps if I had some little slipper running sandals it would transform me into a light and lithe jogging enthusiast. 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

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