Mom Jean Confessions: Why Two and a Half is PEAK Terrible Twos

Well it’s official – Cha Cha is in PEAK terrible twos mode. She’s been building up to it for a while now, but she just turned two and a half – and it’s like the game changed over night. I went from being down by 10 at the half, to trailing by 50 with 2 min left in the game and no timeouts left (please tell me someone appreciates my football humor 😜)…I’m actually convinced for most children, “terrible twos” start at about the year and a half mark, and go well into three and four years old. I’ve even polled several of my mom friends and they agree – terrible twos might as well mean for two years straight the sweet little angel you once knew will take on the life of a deranged lunatic that makes you question your own sanity on a daily basis.

Why Two and a Half is PEAK Terrible Twos

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CH2T Beauty: Styling Barrettes For All Ages

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Can we talk about bangs for a second? I’ve had ’em. You’ve had ’em. We’ve all had ’em. Unless you’re like some, who swore off of ’em after the “permed bangs epidemic” of the ’90s. Even still, we’re drawn to ’em. Heck, there was nothing more I wanted than bangs as a kid but my dad had a strict “no bangs” rule, and funny enough, so does Grant (Sorry Cha Cha).

How to Style Grown Out Bangs

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Happy YOU Year

Mom Jean Confessions: Happy YOU Year

The last few months of the year were like a blur for us. Between work, holidays, birthdays, and kid’s school activities out the wazoo – it honestly felt like a nonstop merry-go-round that left us all a bit dizzy at the end. The hubs and I finally sat down on the couch New Year’s Day, and realized it literally was the first time we’d had absolutely nothing to do, no where to go, no one to entertain since before the holidays. And it felt damn good. Felt good to be lazy. To not care what was going on outside the walls of our home. But like they say – all good things must come to an end 😉

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CH2T Styling: Holiday Looks with an Edge

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What’s more fun than styling looks for the holidays? Styling looks for the holidays with a friend! I was so excited when my girl Stephanie, (aka my Italian sistah from anotha mistah 😉), agreed to shoot a styling video with me! You may remember her from some of the sessions I styled for our friend Hattie’s jewelry line. She loves fashion as much as I do and we have similar taste – a lot of black, with edgy pieces & killer shoes. So for this video we decided to style 6 different looks using similar top & bottom combos, but wanted to show y’all how we put our own twist on each look. Watch below or on my IGTV channel!

Styling Video: 6 Looks to Rock the Holidays

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CH2T Styling: How to Style a Graphic Tee

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I don’t always wear t-shirts, but when I do, they’re graphic 😉 There’s just something about a cute tee with a catchy slogan or holiday theme, that makes me whip out my wallet faster than you can say “mom uniform.” It doesn’t help matters when your friend happens to own a custom t-shirt and embroidery shop, Landstaylor Designs, and taunts you with cute new styles on their FB page everyday. It’s ok girl, I’m not mad atcha 😉 As far as all the others I’ve acquired over the years? Most are a from a mix of Zara, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, or H&M and I’ve learned just how versatile they can be in your wardrobe. From layering over a dress, tucking into a pair of high-waisted jeans, or just throwing over a pair of leggings and adding a hat – I’m all about this look. 

Check out a video I just shot where I style each of my favorite ways to wear a graphic tee, and head on over to my IGTV channel to see more weekly styling videos!

Styling Video: Multiple Ways to Style a Graphic Tee

 

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CH2T Styling: 4 Ways to Style an Oversized Sweater

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With Thanksgiving just 2 days away, I’m sharing 4 of my fave ways to style an oversized sweater – for a comfy yet chic turkey day look! 

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Hotel Granduca Houston

Romantic Birthday Staycation at Hotel Granduca Houston

Thank you to Hotel Granduca Houston for providing us with accommodations.

It’s been the better half of two years, ever since Charlotte was born, that we’ve been talking about getting away – just the two of us. When we realized it wasn’t in the cards for our 10 year anniversary this past May, we told ourselves we would try again before the end of the year. It just so happened that the stars aligned for a short but sweet staycation at the beautiful Hotel Granduca Houston, over my birthday a couple of weeks ago and it was simply amazing.

Hotel Granduca Houston

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Garrett’s Mighty Pup 6th Birthday Party

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For the past couple of years, Garrett’s been old enough to ask what kind of theme he wants for his birthday party. Last year it was Ghostbusters, and we had so much fun with that one especially with it being so close to Halloween 👻 This year he surprised me and said he wanted a Paw Patrol party but with a Mighty Pups theme. I was a little worried it would be hard to live up to last year’s party, but mama always has something up her sleeve 😉

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My Maternal Mental Health Journey with Postpartum Thyroiditis

Did you know that Oct 6th -12th is Mental Health Awareness Week? I didn’t. I also didn’t know when Garrett was born 6 years ago on October 11th (ironically), that I would be 1 in 5 women affected by postpartum mental health issues. Sure I’d heard about postpartum depression before, portrayed in the media like it’s some “choice” we willingly make the moment we become a mom. But there was one thing I’d never heard of until a fellow blogger shared her struggle with postpartum thyroiditis. As I kept scrolling through her blog post, I couldn’t help but feel cheated. Cheated by an already failed postpartum maternal health system. Cheated by the doctors I trusted. But most of all, cheated by my own mind and body out of what’s supposed to be one of the most euphoric experiences of your life – becoming a mom for the first time.

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Fixing Up Our First Home: Then And Now

Three years ago this month, we drove across town to look at a little fixer upper we’d had our eyes on. Who would have thought all those years ago, 15 to be exact, that Clear Lake (the home of NASA and where we fell in love) would be where we’d end up? Before marriage, before kids, before moving cross country twice, just to settle back down where it all started. Since this year has been a commemoration of so much (15 years together and our 10 year wedding anniversary), I just felt like we needed a special way to remember fixing up our first home three years later.

Recreating Old Photos in our First Home

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