Tall Mom tiny baby: 2014

I Have Some Bad Habits

Monday, December 29, 2014

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I've got two issues that I need to talk about: my car and my lunch.  Both are in terrible, terrible shape.  Hit the jump to see why you'd be ashamed to drive my car, and why my lunch diet would make Tony Horton have a heart attack. But also why Campbell's Slow Kettle Style Soups may be changing both....

Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014

From our family to yours -

Our 2014 Christmas Card - And Announcement

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The whole family has been sick with a cold for over a week, so I am delayed in mailing out our Christmas Cards. Hopefully I'll have them sent out before New Year's Eve.

Nonetheless, I present to you, our 2014 Christmas Card. Full of Harry Potter, and a secret surprise!

Happy Christmas Everyone!

Let it Snow

Friday, December 5, 2014

It was 6am on Black Friday. Tall Dad was out at work, and I was as far away from malls and shoppers as possible. 

Being Thankful

Thursday, December 4, 2014

There's nothing like Thanksgiving. Food, family, and best of all - it's officially socially acceptable to be blaring holiday songs and decorating your house with Christmas flair (though, as many of you know, I have been listening to the tunes for quite some time!)

On Thanksgiving Eve, Tall Dad and I shared a great laugh about how different the holidays have been in each decade in our lives. 

Top 15 Reasons Why I'm The Crazy Cat Lady You Know {guest post}

Monday, November 17, 2014

I'm the crazy cat lady.  You know what I'm talking about - that lady who smells like cat urine and has about 45 billion cats rummaging through her house?  Yep - that's me.

Remember when I said I hated cats?  I still do.  Problem is - I HAVE ANOTHER ONE NOW.

Hit the jump for the Top 15 reasons why I'm a crazy cat lady...

Top Five Ways To Save Money For The Holidays And Getting Lowest Priced Unlimited Plans For Cell Phones #Thankful4Savings #CollectiveBias

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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You know that saying, "I'm so poor that I'm po - I can't even afford the extra O and an R."  That's me.  Between having a kid, using up most of my savings for a down payment on our new house, buying all new crap for the house, and then doing some renovations - I've pretty much exhausted every ounce of my funds.  Tall Mom and I are going to have to be creative in our ways to save money all over again for the holidays.  With that in mind, Walmart has actually been a huge help in our endeavor with the help of the Walmart Best Plans.  Hit the jump for our top five ways we're going to save...

Top 5 Movies I Can't Wait To Share With My Son {Guest Post}

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I love movies. I love the cinema. I love going into a dark room and being enveloped in another world for 2-3 hours.  There's something so romantic (Beethoven, not Sleepless in Seattle) about losing one's self into something that is wholly unearthly for such a short period of time. Although, Tall Mom and I fell in love with each other over her obsession with Yoda presenting his lightsaber in combat for the first time against Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.  Sad, but true. Lessons can be learned, Truths (yes, capital T) can be explored, and one can be broken, defined and redefined all in a reasonable 120 minute masterpiece experience.  It's magical.  But this got me thinking, while I love watching movies with Tall Mom, there are some movies that I cannot wait to show my son.  Hit the jump to find out my surprising top 5....

Moving Mahem

Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Moving is never easy, no matter who you are. But moving with a toddler - now that's a whole new level of moving! Hit the jump to learn how Tall Dad, Itty Bitty, our cats and myself moved on Halloween.

My Kid Is Going To Harvard : He's Wicked Smart Because He Signs For Frozen Waffles #4MoreWaffles #CollectiveBias #shop

Monday, October 20, 2014

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I need to open an extra savings account, start a coin jar, and probably open a college savings fund. All because my kid is most likely going to Harvard. He's wicked smart. At a mere 18 months, he can tell me if he wants me to read him a different book, prefers frozen waffles over yogurt for breakfast, or if he'd like to take a stroll around the block while wearing his shoes.  Hit the jump to find out how...

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How Crystal Light Low Calorie Drinks Can Revolutionize Your Diet #PlatinumPoints #CollectiveBias

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I am a P90X fanatic.  I laugh at Tony Horton's stupid jokes every time I work out, I wear the clothing, I talk about it with my friends and colleagues, and I'm even considering becoming a P90X coach. But there is one thing I cannot stand about P90X and that is water.  Oh my god there are times in my day that I just cannot sip another morsel of water, and it really bothers me.  Well, hit the jump to find out how Crystal Light has completely revolutionized my workouts, my diet, my hatred of water, and my man-love of Tony Horton with it's Liquid Drink Mixes that help create great low calorie drinks...

Our Fun Weekend : From Fabric Softener to ApplePicking #FastDrySaveTime #CollectiveBias #shop

Monday, October 6, 2014

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Weekends aren't always fun in our tiny apartment. Tall Dad often has to work, and weekends is usually when I do most of my household chores. My highlights often include wiping down sticky tables and measuring out fabric softener.

Hit the jump to find out how this weekend was different. 

Are You Ready For Another Baby?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Are you thinking about having another baby? When are you guys going to start on your second? Doesn't it just make you want another one? Itty Bitty needs a brother or sister.



          At least for a loooong time. No thank you, no way, I don't think so.
Warning to all new moms out there. As soon as your little one turns about one, questions about a hopeful next pregnancy start popping up. 

Twenty Hours Without Our Toddler Or His Dirty Diapers #BabyDiapersSavings #CollectiveBias #shop

Monday, September 29, 2014

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Tall Dad and I are the coolest kids in town. Our usual daily conversations revolve around how few hours we slept, what surprises are found inside Itty Bitty's diapers, and pondering how we are going to gear up for our big move. We needed an adult day, and hopefully a restful night's sleep.

That's where Grandpa and Nanna saved the day! They offered to watch Itty Bitty from Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon.  Thanks to them, Tall Dad and I had 20 hours to reconnect, act silly, and ride the motorcycle.  Hit the jump for why we didn't miss our kid...

I'd Rather Spend Time With Captain America Than My Kid #InfinityHeroes #CollectiveBias #Shop

Friday, September 26, 2014

OK, so I'll admit it - my kid is a pain in the butt.  I actually look forward to the time when he goes to sleep. Why? Because it gives me what I need - "me" time.  Sometimes, I need time to geek out and do the things I love.  Obviously spending time with Tall Mom is important me too, but "me" time is just as important.  That being said,  I'm not cool anymore - I have a wife, a kid, and two cats. In other words, a veritable recipe comprised of all things uncool.  It's easy to say that all nighters, raves, and pub crawls just aren't an option anymore. So when Tall Mom was home, and Itty Bitty was in bed, I had my chance to do what I wanted.  But, what did I do? I went to Wal-Mart.  Yes, Wal-Mart.  But, I'll tell you something, I'm glad that I went because I met some really cool Superheroes there.

Hit the jump to find out how Captain America made my "me" time rule....

Healthy Snacking Ideas #SkinnyGirlSnacks #CollectiveBias #shop

My mom says that I'm a grazer, and always have been. I think she's right. I like to eat little bits of food throughout the day. Some people say that snacking on bites of food every few hours helps to keep one's metabolism rolling along. Yes, having a balanced lifestyle is important and keeping that metabolism churning is even more important.  But, you want to know what is more important to me?  Making sure I don't get hangry.

You know about hangry, right?  Hit the jump to find out what I mean...

How Do Babies Learn Language? {guest post}

Thursday, September 25, 2014

This is a guest post by our friends from The Metcalf Infant Research Lab at Brown University, where Itty Bitty and I had a lovely time this summer! I hope this information helps you - and maybe encourages you and your little one to help Brown further their research :) -- Tall Mom

How do babies learn language? 
I’m sure you and many parents have wondered how babies learn language!  Over the last 25 years, here at The Metcalf Infant Research Lab at Brown University, we’ve wondered about it every day!   How do they find the boundaries between words in speech (therearenospacesbetweenwordswhenwetalk)? 

How To Divide Household Chores With Your Partner #SparklySavings #CollectiveBias #shop

Monday, September 22, 2014

September has struck, and with it - so has our crazy season.  Itty Bitty has 6, yes you read that right - SIX - teeth coming in at once. I have started *a new job*, and Tall Dad and I have purchased a home. With all of life being amazing and crazy all at once, our apartment cleanliness has really slipped. Socks are everywhere, cat litter constantly crunches under our toes (yes, disgusting, I know!) and our dishes are piled up in a chaotic mess in our sink.  So armed with a vacuum, dishwasher detergent, and a pen, I decided to come up with a Tall Family Household chore list!

BRAVO - Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sometimes I get sick and tired of talking about diapers, teething, or my lack of sleep. I think fondly back on the days when I brushed my hair on a regular basis, or maybe those nights when I would go out and do something I liked - something that gave me a bit of culture. 

Those were the nights I wouldn't wear yoga pants. I would eat something a bit fancier than Progresso soup, or if I was lucky - leftovers from the night before.

Don't get me wrong. 

I love Itty Bitty, even when he's crying because of his six new teeth and his whole face is covered in boogies - even though I just wiped it two minutes ago. 
I also love yoga pants, and could probably live on Progresso's Minestrone soup if I wasn't so darn afraid of those chemicals in the cans.

Why Shopping For A Home Is A Lot Like Dating

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tall Dad and I have been searching for 2 years for a place to call HOME here in Providence, Rhode Island. It's been agonizing, fun, time consuming, and downright frustrating. But most of all, searching for a home has felt a lot like dating.

Step One: The Innocent-Wide Eyed-Pink Glasses Wearing-Dreamer

We've all been there. We've said to ourselves "I'm ready to start looking! Maybe I'll find something or someone right away, or maybe it will take a little while. I'm excited to get back into the field, and be hopeful that THE ONE is just out there - waiting for me to find it/him."

We daydream about what special events could look like in our new home. Introducing our new boyfriend to our friends and parents. Having friends over for dinners and birthday parties - or planning vacations with your imaginary new partner. 

Ahh, basking in the dreams of what may come. This step is just downright lovely.

My Kid's a Stoner {guest post}

Friday, September 12, 2014

*Disclaimer: This guest post is written by Tall Dad. The following article is not representative of Mary Larsen’s thoughts or values.  She is not liable for the views expressed in the following commentary. Chances are, however, that if you're reading this, regardless of your tastes, we probably have at least one thing in common - we're both parents. And you know, just as well as I, that being a parent, either new, or grizzled veteran, is tough on anyone. So, take whatever you like from this article – good, bad, or ugly – and try to enjoy.

I'd had it.

You want to know how much sleep I've had in the past couple of days? About three hours.  Give or take a minute or two.  Itty Bitty has been teething like a son of gun, and he's starting to go through this weird rebellious phase where all he wants to do is bust my balls.  Thus, no sleep.

For the most part, I'm a pretty patient dad.  I swear.  Crying isn't an issue for me, I can see past all the mess, and I'm actually starting to like hanging out with the kid finally.  I've normally got it all under control.

But, today.  Oh, today....

Hit the jump to find out how some Pink Floyd saved the day...

The Beauty of Handwritten Cards #ValueCards #CollectiveBias #shop

Monday, September 8, 2014

Um, what? September is already here? I feel like the Fourth of July was just yesterday! Does anyone else feel like this summer season flew by too quickly? I know it did for me. In a blink of an eye, friends were married, birthdays happened, and a few friends welcomed some new babies into their lives. I realized that even though I made phone calls or text messages, that I never celebrated any of these moments properly by sending a card.

My Kid Sucked {guest post}

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

*Disclaimer: This guest post is written by Tall Dad. The following article is not representative of Mary Larsen’s thoughts or values.  She is not liable for the views expressed in the following commentary. Chances are, however, that if you're reading this, regardless of your tastes, we probably have at least one thing in common - we're both parents. And you know, just as well as I, that being a parent, either new, or grizzled veteran, is tough on anyone. So, take whatever you like from this article – good, bad, or ugly – and try to enjoy.

Yes, you read that right - my kid sucked.

I literally hated being around him from birth all the way to he was about a year old. Well aware that it is more than likely different for other parents, I often struggled with this feeling of being so harsh on my child.  But, if I'm being honest with myself - I felt this way.

Is it embarrassing? Yup.  Do I wish I felt differently? You bet.  My kid, however, was a giant pain in the butt and it was tough to actually like him. Here's why:

Sick Tall Mom

Thursday, August 28, 2014

After running errands, and fitting in some play time, Itty Bitty truly had a full day yesterday. I tried to make sure he was eating and drinking enough, but I seemed to have forgotten about myself. At 3:20pm, a massive migraine struck, and I had no choice but to lay down.

What I Did This Weekend - The Ms. Tri-State Pageant

Monday, August 25, 2014

I am writing this blog post at 2:30am on a Monday morning. Itty Bitty is sound asleep, and the usual culprit of my late nights-- new parent induced insomnia -- isn't to blame. 

I'm up because of a wonderful natural high. That, and incessant charlie horses and cramps that keep bending my toes and feet into contortionist like positions. Ouch.

That's what I get for wearing 5 inch heels for almost 10 hours straight, right?

Summertime Sillytime Party with A Taste of Nature Tasting #RealTastesGood

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Summertime is meant for family, friends, and easy going parties!  One of the highlights of our summer was catching up with college friends at a silly party our friends have deemed "Hickfest!" We gather in our finest country/Americana/Duck Dynasty attire, head on over to the county fair, and then have a fun silly summer party together. All of us friends bring about snacks and drinks, and spend the day laughing with our kids and recalling tales from our college days. I brought along some Taste of Nature bars to add to the snack table. 

Simple Work Day Beauty Tips #AllDayLook @Target #shop

Friday, August 22, 2014

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My day job is about to get pretty busy, crazy, and amazingly fun. I work in a local movie production company, and our next film stars Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart. As if things couldn't get cooler, one of our Executive Producers is Martin Scorcese.  Since I never know who will be in the office on a particular day, I need to make sure that I am always wearing makeup so that I am presentable. I thought I'd share with you some of my simple work day beauty tips

I don't go full out glam for the office, and try to keep my look simple, and efficient. Mornings generally have me making breakfast for Itty Bitty, throwing on my makeup, brush my hair (which is SUPER smooth and amazing thanks to my keratin concept treatment!) toss on a dress, and run out the door to bring him to the nanny. I even sacrifice a hair style for a little bit of makeup. Ponytails are still in, right?

Here's my go-to get ready makeup routine - and all I use are just 5 items!
Tall Dad always does the first diaper change and dresses Itty Bitty in the morning. While this is going on, I put on my makeup.  Right now I am loving the Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Liquid Makeup - it's light and wears like a BB Cream, and also has SPF 20!  On busy mornings, I don't have time or patience to use makeup brushes, so I prefer to dab the makeup with my fingers. 
This makeup evens out my skin tone and still lets my freckles shine through! 
To help set the foundation, I always make sure to use setting powder - like this Shine Control. I like that it doesn't make me look like a corpse, like other powders do. This one is invisible, sets my foundation so that it doesn't run or crease into my wrinkles (damn aging!) and keeps me shine free throughout the day. I like to keep an extra case in my purse, just in case I need a touch up here or there.
Next, I like to bring out my eyes with the eyeliner. I line my top and lower eyelids with Neutrogena’s Nourishing Eyeliner. It goes on smooth and best of all - doesn’t melt off!  These eyeliners are infused with olive oil and shea butter - which is super nourishing for the delicate skin around your eyes. 
If I didn't have my awesome eyelash extensions, I would coat both my top and lower lashes with mascara. Now, I sometimes just sweep a little bit on my lower lashes towards the outer corners to give my eyes a little pop.
Last, but certainly not least, I need to take care of my lips.  For some reason, my allergies have already begun (can someone please tell my body that fall is NOT here yet?!?) and I seem to always be partched. These MoisutreSmooth Color sticks have shea butter and fruit extracts - so they mositurize while giving color.  My color of choice is soft raspberry. It just sounds yummy, right?
I carry around the shine powder and color stick throughout the day for the occasional touchup, and they are also in my bag in case Tall Dad calls me up for an impromptu date night!

My inspration for this makeup tutorial is thanks to the gorgeous Hayden Panettiere, the star from the show Nashville.  

Target and Neutrogena have teamed up to bring a Target Beauty Concierge event at select Target stores around the country this month! Event begins August 24th.  Limited quantities available. Check with your local Target store for Beauty Concierge day and times. There is also a super special Cartwheel offer for you from 8/16-8/30 http://cartwheel.target.com/offer/15133

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What is your quick go-to beauty routine?

Making Healthy Choices and Getting Fit in Providence Rhode Island - #BalanceRewards #shop

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Being a new mom often makes you push your own personal wellness priorities to the back seat. But for how long can one use the excuse "I'm a new mom," or "I'm too busy to take care of myself like I used to?" I'm no longer allowing myself to make any excuses in regards to my health. In my opinion, 2013 was all about Itty Bitty, and 2014 needs to be about Tall Mom.