BALLOONS AND RATS

Yesterday Princess A turned 13 months and these are the balloons from her 1st birthday party still going strong! I can’t believe they have lasted so long. Princess A waves to them every morning and loves staring at them. I don’t know what we will do when they die.In New York City there are tons of rats and I have no idea how they survive because they are fat and have no survival skills. Last week I was walking Freckles late at night and in front of us a rat stopped and stared at us. I thought the rat would run away as we got closer but I was wrong!

The rat just stood there and we had to walk around him. That big fat rat kind of reminded me of how somehow these balloons have survived a whole month. So in honor of them I wore a rat shirt.

Cheers to all things that are still around despite all odds.

Shirt- Marc by Marc Jacobs

Stay Glamorous,

Shannon

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PRINCESS A’S OUTFIT OF THE DAY!

On Easter we went to Central Park to look at the beautiful flowers. This is one of our family traditions. What we didn’t expect was for the trees to be this pretty.Here’s another pretty tree. I felt like I was in a fairytale.Then we went to see the flowers. They were beautiful but could not compare to Princess A.I wish I got her full face in this shot!I just love her eyelashes!Of course Princess A and Freckles caused some mischief so I had to separate them!My 2 little monsters!Purple tulips… I think! I am bad at recognizing the different types of flowers.It was hard to handle a toddler and dog in the park and even harder to get some good shots. The Husband kept trying to get them to look at him but they kept getting distracted.At least I am looking at the camera!

Princess A’s Outfit

Dress- Amelia (YES! That’s the brand’s name) via my good friend Mariah

Pants- Gap

Shoes- Sperry via Aunt Stacey

Bow- Walmart

My Outfit

Pants- Gap

Coat- Nordstrom Rack

Socks- Little Missmatched

Shoes- Bass

Stay Glamorous,

Shannon

THANKS CHRISSY!

Here is SuperGlamFan Chrissy at the 100 Monkeys meet and greet in Frankfurt with her sister.Here is a birthday gift for Ben Graupner since he loves skeletons. They found this at a Build-A-Bear. I wish the Build-A-Bears in the states had stuff as cool as this!This is what Chrissy does when she is bored. I love it!!!!This is a present for Princess A. Thanks Chrissy.

Chrissy and her sister have a cool 100 Monkeys page. To check it out click HERE.

Stay Glamorous,

Shannon

images via SuperGlamFan Chrissy

CONFESSIONS OF A PREGNANT KNOW IT ALL

This is pregnant me. I read every parenting book, went to tons of classes, and felt completely confident and prepared to be a mom. I silently criticized parents on the street telling myself I would raise my kid better and thought I was completely ready for motherhood. I was a pregnant know it all. This is I just had a baby and have no idea what I am doing, am totally exhausted, insecure about everything I do,  haven’t showered since before my baby was born, why isn’t everything as easy as it sounded in the parenting books?, and tell me why again I took a birthing/newborn care class from a woman who had never had a baby? ME.

That’s a mouthful I know but it’s the only way I can describe myself in this picture. I am passed out in bed next to a wide awake Princess A. She was way smaller than I imagined and it totally freaked me out.

The point is no matter how many books you read or classes you take nothing can really prepare you for motherhood. Now that I am a mom I never judge parents with screaming children because usually Princess A was the one throwing the temper tantrum earlier that day. Princess A is now a toddler and I haven’t even bought “What to Expect in the Toddler Years” because I already know the only thing I can expect is the unexpected.

That’s why when The Husband and I went to the dentist for a cleaning I said nothing to the pregnant know it all nurse because I was once in her shoes. See usually one of us watches Princess A while the other one is getting their teeth cleaned. There was a scheduling error and they had us getting our teeth cleaned at the same time. The pregnant nurse suggested that the receptionist watch Princess A. I knew this wouldn’t work because Princess A doesn’t like strangers but I decided to go along with it. Of course, Princess A flipped out.

Next the nurse suggested we put Princess A in her car seat so she could watch me get my teeth cleaned. I knew this wouldn’t work because Princess A was antsy from the car ride and I don’t know maybe she would freak out watching her mom get her teeth cleaned. Sure enough the second the dentist started cleaning my teeth she started bawling and screaming “Mommy”. Then the pregnant nurse made some balloons and started dancing in front of her. This made matters much worse and the dentist decided he would change his schedule so that I could watch Princess A while The Husband got his cleaning done and I would get mine done after wards.

When I was watching a calm Princess A in the waiting room I wondered why I had even bothered trying to make something work that I knew would not work? I think the reason why is because I was once the pregnant know it all who thought a one year old could sit silently in her car seat while watching her mom get her teeth cleaned or that a kid would have no problem being watched by a complete stranger. Toddlers are so easy right? I think I had some sympathy for the nurse and didn’t want to burst her bubble. I am sure she went home that day thinking, “Wow, that kid was tough. My baby will be different.”

Since I was so unprepared for labor, delivery, and basically everything mom and baby related I always wonder if I should be brutally honest when a pregnant women tells me her plans for her perfect labor and easy transition into motherhood OR should I just smile and nod. I mean no matter what I say she is going to think I am wrong and really there is nothing anyone can say or write that can prepare a new mom. But then again I wish some one could have told me about the hair loss, bloating, exhaustion, crying, ect. ect. ect. But then again again could I really ever explain it? Is it something you just have to experience?

So I have no answers. What do you think? Should you be completely honest to a pregnant first time mom who asks you questions or should you let them live carefree until the bomb drops?

Stay Glamorous,

Shannon

CHEAP JEWELRY

I found this awesome bracelet at Forever 21 for $4 and just had to share. The pink on it matches the pink on my combat boots!!! I got tons of compliments on my outfit even though I had no time for makeup that day. Yeah for cheap jewelry!

Bracelet- Forever 21

Skirt- Express

Boots- Betsey Johnson

Coat- Sabine via Piperlime.com

Tights- American Apparel

Stay Glamorous,

Shannon

A HEALTHY EASTER

The Husband and I didn’t want to get a ton of candy for Easter because we were feeling sick from all the goodies we ate at Passover. So The Husband did a good job with surprising Princess A and I with this adorable Disney Princess Edible Arrangement. It came with a crown that Princess A is too small for but we are saving it for her. We nibbled on the fruit all day and it came with a chocolate covered pineapple bunny to satisfy our candy craving. It was so awesome we have decided to get one every Easter!

Stay Glamorous,

Shannon

PRINCESS A’S OUTFIT OF THE DAY!

On Easter Princess A wore 2 outfits. This is her casual look. We went for a walk in the park in the morning. I love how her butt sticks out when she walks!She loves walking with Daddy!Princess A has not mastered turning around yet but when you hold her hand she lets you know which way she wants to go.She also likes to be lifted in the air by Daddy.It was so sunny out it was hard to get good pictures but I think we did pretty good!Then we went home and gave Princess A her Easter presents. The Husband gave her these awesome wooden blocks. Freckles was happy because he loves to chew wooden toys.We put her gifts in a pink sock monkey basket.We also gave Princess A some beanie babies. She was not shy about letting Freckles know that they are HER TOYS and not dog chew toys!

Hoodie- Harajuku Mini for Target

Shirt- 77 kids

Shoes- Sperry (via Aunt Stacey)

Pants- Gap

Stay Glamorous,

Shannon