Help me pick a dress

As I mentioned last week I am planning to rent a dress from Rent the Runway for an upcoming wedding. The affair is black tie and I cannot wait to get all fancy and dance the night away with Alex sans kiddos! This will be our first time leaving the kids while we take a trip together. I’m equal parts nervous and excited.

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To help me stay more excited than nervous I’ve been spending nap times shopping online for dresses. I decided on Rent the Runway for several reasons. One, I want to look absolutely stunning and saying I’m wearing a Badgley Mischka or a Nicole Miller makes it even better. Also, when will I have another black tie opportunity, and surely if I do I’m not going to wear the same dress twice! So naturally renting the dress makes complete sense. And if we want to go as far to say that it also allows me to stay true to my “small living” motto. Buying a dress I would only wear once seems simply wasteful.

I’m nervous to rent the dress for a few reasons. Fit. Obviously. I’m trying to really hone in on styles and cuts that I know will flatter my short but athletic build. I’m hoping that when I finally choose a dress it will flatter and fit perfectly. Rent the Runway lets you borrow two sizes to assure a perfect fit. It also helps that I can see photos of normal women wearing the dress. Many of them post their height and weight and body type to help other women decide if the dress will work.

I’ve been feeling all this pressure to choose the right dress so I was hoping you might help me decide. Let me know which dress you think works best for me and for a black tie wedding in Lake Tahoe in early October. Thanks!

Rent the Runway

Does A look familiar? That was the dress (<-affiliate link) JoJo wore on the final rose of the Bachelorette. Many of her dresses were from Rent the Runway. Alex’s favorite is B. And I honestly love them all. There were a few others I narrowed out because there weren’t enough real life photos and reviews. And I’m still torn on A and I because they are blush and I am not sure that is appropriate for a wedding. H is absolutely stunning on brunettes so it appeals to me. And G is just so fun but I’m not sure large patterns work on my 5’2  frame. But would small patterns like F because I love the cut? I love all things blue like C and E but really the black and white D is just so stunning and classic. Thoughts?

Have you ever rented a dress/outfit before? Alex is renting a tux so I thought why not? And which dress do you think would be the best fit for the occasion and for me?

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Terrible Twos

The first words I heard this morning were “Momma, I love you.” Somedays having a two year old is the best thing in the world.  But then for the next hour it was momma, momma, momma, momma, momma, momma, momma…all morning long. Somedays having a two year old can be the most exhausting thing in the world.

Right now as I type, I am also attempting to eat my dinner, punch this out before Alex gets home from work and my two year old is standing inside the door to her room with it barely cracked open crying to me that she wants a different pillow. She wants the other pillow that is already on her bed but wants momma to lay it down under her head. Yeesh. I’m not giving in. I’m not even acknowledging that she’s out of her bed right now. We have fought this fight so many times already this week. And I usually lose. So I’m not even getting in it. This may not be good parenting. But neither is screaming at her, so I’m choosing my battles…and well, I’m waiting to see if she will get bored enough to put herself back to bed.  Any bets?

Understandably so, we have had a long day.  We spent the majority of the morning at home except to run to the library to pick up a book I had on hold: How to Talk so Kids will Listen, and Listen so Kids will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Here’s hoping I will glean some parenting advice because clearly my ways are not working.

Here’s breakfast: two chicken sausages, a sweet potato and dates stuffed with almond butter.


We are starting to run low on food; it’s the end of the week. I spent most of today really hungry and realize that I need to make sure to stock up more on foods that I am eating so my choices won’t be so limited by Friday.

Lunch was later than usual and was a quick heat up of yesterday’s leftovers.

Snack was two small sweet potatoes with melted coconut oil, coconut shreds and pistachios on top. There were also several handfuls of coconut consumed in the making of this snack. Between snack and dinner there were also many raisins eaten and almost a cup of hot chocolate…almost. I actually went as far as making it and taking a sip before I realized that it would not satisfy and I would immediately regret it.  Not because it was inherently bad but because I had made a commitment to myself and didn’t want to disappoint.  `


Dinner also came much later than usual. We enjoyed a playdate with this beautiful little one this afternoon

IMG_0085…and then it was dinner and bedtime for Eleanor…which is clearly still going on. And I am just now sneaking in my dinner at nearly 8pm. A TJs Chile Lime Chicken Burger on lettuce with grilled onions and peppers and TJs Asian Style Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette.


After dinner I ate this…


At first taste this was disgusting to me. But that was two weeks ago when I was high on sugar and accidentally grabbed this no added sugar option. It is sweetened with Monk Fruit and tastes more like artificial sweetener. I would never buy it again, but last night it was a treat after such a long day.

I got another little treat in the mail yesterday. My package from Loft with a few new pieces to fit this body and nursing. I was really impressed with the selection of shirts that are “accessible” as I call it. Or “easy access.” I also found a dress that works and I’m planning to wear for Easter.


And now let’s do the happy dance because it’s the weekend! Time to soak up the sunny weather and family time.