Mixed Messages

I think we are confusing our children…specifically our daughters. We tell them it’s important to dress appropriately, don’t expose too much in public. I’ve got a third grader so I’m not exactly in that teenage realm yet but we are broaching that tween phase. Belly shirts and triangle bikinis are a reality. THIRD GRADE, people! There is not need to show too much, too soon. We stress not revealing too much, respecting privacy, knowing anatomy and understanding what’s appropriate and not. We teach this.

But then walking through the grocery store we see a woman breastfeeding – a completely natural thing – out in the middle of the isle…uncovered. At first, I didn’t think into too much. But the look of confusion on my kid’s face said it all. I asked her what was wrong and she asked why that lady we passed had her boobie out in public. She was wide eyed and almost in shock like people aren’t supposed to do that mommy. Duh. We taught her that. The confusion was evident.

I knew I needed to explain a few things.

I told her what breastfeeding was in further detail. And that some mothers choose to expose themselves when they feed their babies because they feel it’s natural and beautiful. I explained that I too breastfed her – for an entire year! I further went on to tell her that when I was in the privacy of my own home, I might have fed her uncovered however in public or around others I covered myself or left the room because while beautiful it wasn’t something I wanted to share with others. That’s private. :) Also – covering her helped her fall asleep. And all families are different. We respect their choices but that in our family – it’s not okay to walk around the super market with your boobs out. Period.

It’s clear theres some mixed messaging taking place. Don’t dress like a hussy or slut. But it’s gorgeous to publicly nurse. That is somehow okay. Yes – to each their own however, our little girls don’t get that. It’s confusing. Confuses the shit of me and I’m a grown ass woman. Mixed messages. I think consistency is key.

Confessions – 3rd Edition

I come from a very strict Christian household in which regular confession to a Priest was mandatory. Now, we didn’t have the Catholic luxuries of the confessional. You did this dreadful confessing face-to-face. Yes – you read correctly. I said face-to-face. RIGHT? As if confessing wasn’t hard enough – you had to actually look your Father of Confession in the eye. I wasn’t exactly a saint so as you can imagine – I avoided this like the plague. But now I feel the need to publicly confess to you wonderful people regularly. Apparently, I either have no shame or just no longer give a shit…. or both. Oh well.

  • At this very moment: I’ve watched hours of FoodNetwork and almost feel sick to my stomach from all the food I’ve watch Guy Fieri eat on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives.
  • There are 4 baskets of laundry waiting to be folded and more to be washed. I continuously pray for the Laundry Fairy to show up… she’s yet to appear. Bitch.
  • I will never, ever, in the history of the world go camping. Sorry hubs.
  • Sophia has a gymnastics meet tomorrow (GO GTCO!). I’m secretly nervous for her.
  • I found this hysterical and proceeded to have a laughing fit.
  • The new McGowan house staple is La Croix.
  • I’m supposed to clean out my car to sell but I’m deliberately dragging my feet. It’s my first ever car and I’m a bit emotionally attached. Can you blame me?
  • Latest obsession: succulents. I have some and love them! Now – I research them, pin them and lust over purchasing them.
  • I finished The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle this week. And then was floored when this happen.
  • I took Monday off – just because. :)
  • My oven hasn’t been cleaned in what appears to be a century. I swear it’s on the top of my Spring Cleaning list but I hate running the cleaning cycle. It’s annoying.
  • Current ear worm: Everything is Everything – Lauryn Hill
  • I crave queso. All the time.
  • Only 72 days till my birthday month begins. Get excited!

These are my confessions. What are yours?

My FlavorGod Review – Best Damn Seasoning EVER!

It was several weeks ago when we decided to purchase FlavorGod seasonings. Mike and I had been following Chris on Instagram for some time [drooling over the pictures he posts] and we’ve enjoyed the seasonings at my sister’s house so many times. But once I heard that his Pizza flavor was being discontinued – I just knew that I had to bite the bullet and get our own bottles.

I couldn’t initially post once we got them. Not because they weren’t awesome but because I wanted to try them all on EVERYTHING. And I officially have. They are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

FlavorGod - Lemon Garlic, Pizza & Everything Spicy.

FlavorGod – Lemon Garlic, Pizza & Everything Spicy.

We’ve tried them:

  • eggs
  • popcorn
  • chicken
  • pasta
  • steak
  • shrimp
  • cooked/raw vegetables
  • burgers
  • salads
  • dips
  • so much more!!

 

I cannot begin to tell you how delicious and nutricious these seasonings actually are. If you love to cook and you love good tasting, delicious food – then you need these seasonings in your kitchen ASAP. Otherwise you are doing your tastebuds a huge disservice.

Thank you Chris at FlavorGod for top notch customer service and a product I am proud of serve my family nearly every night. I am now a forever customer. :) 

*These opinions are my own and I was not paid or asked to write these things. 

2015: this year is going to be BIG!

My EC Life Planner aka my obsession

I don’t know about you – but I have some BIG plans for 2015. I always make a point to set goals for myself for the year – some personal, some professional. Naturally, I’ve written them down in my Erin Condren Life Planner so I have it with me at all times. Duh. I refer to it often – just to remind myself of what’s ahead. We are midway through first month of the year and I feel like I’m starting off strong. Hoping the same can be said 6 months from now too.

It helps to have people in your life to help support you through the year as you tackle your goals. Do you have people you can rely on? I know I do. And I can’t imagine taking on my BIG plans for 2015 without my support system to help back me up when I fall – and I know I’m going to fall. Also – I need to be held accountable so it helps to have friends to check in with regularly.

Sophia even wrote goals for the year. I’ve always explained to her that it’s important to list out things you want to accomplish for the year. In the past she’s always asked me to help. This year she wrote her own in the back of her sketch book. {She’s growing up a little too fast for my liking.} I was pretty impressed with what she came up with.

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They are only five – but they are a solid five in my opinion. I’m personally very proud of #2. She wants to read FIFTY books this year! Makes me a proud mama.

So, do you have BIG plans for 2015 too? Tell me about them!

 

Ruh roh

Christmas is just a few days away and I am slowly coming to the realization that I am not as ready as I thought I was. What the hell have I been doing?! There are presents to be wrapped, cookies to be baked (and certainly eaten), last minute items that still remain to be purchased…AHHHH!!! I’m starting to panic a little. I’m usually finished and settled into a beautiful routine of wrapping and movie watching by now. Clearly, I’m behind schedule and while I am good at procrastination this is not a time I am comfortable with it. There have been a few small panic attacks but I’ve managed to give myself a small pep talk – Get your head out of your ass, Sarah! It’s time to put this operation into high gear! 

Now I must focus. Are you ready?

PSA: I’m annoyed

I troubleshoot problems for a living – in all my roles. And as a result I encounter all kinds of people in my day to day – those who think they know what they are doing but really have no idea, the genuinely clueless, the helpless, the hopeless, the over thinker… you get the idea. I feel as though in the past few weeks – I’ve run into the most obnoxious kinds of people that I found myself with headaches and twitchy eyes. I felt like I was having some sort of allergic reaction to their ineptitude. It was TOO MUCH.

So I’m here to provide a public service announcement for my sanity and the safety of those who are forced to deal with me. The following shit annoys the shit out of me:

People who ask for help and then argue with you. Seriously? DO NOT ask for my assistance and then have the audacity to argue with me about the solution of I’ve provided. I don’t care who the hell you think you are – that shit is rude as hell. Don’t be an ass hole. Didn’t your mother teach you better?

People who do not know how to silence their phones. We live in a smartphone age and I too am entirely dependent on my phone. But in the movies, office, at the doctor’s office – I am respectful enough to put my phone on silent. Frankly, if you do not know how to put your phone on silent you don’t deserve to have the damn thing. I also reserve the right to take a meat hammer to your phone after it’s made this obnoxious fairy sound 8 times in a row while I’m trying to work. I’ll gladly return it to you in… in 1000 pieces but don’t be butt-hurt. This could have been prevented if you’d put your fucking phone on silent.

People who think they are funny but are really just shitty human beings. I could write a book on how upset and disappointed I am with humanity. We’ve turned to torturing animals and posting videos about it on YouTube because it’s allegedly hilarious. What the fuck is wrong with you people? This is unacceptable and people posting, liking, reposting this garbage makes my blood boil. I’m not the only one who has sense to find this fucking stupid. Lauren at Closer to 30 did too! Read about how mad she is in her latest post.

Rude ass sales people. I get it – you have a deadline to hit. I do too. I own a small business with my husband and sell Scentsy on the side. And maybe I’m just different but I don’t believe in guilting people into buying things from me. That’s just not how I do business. If I’ve politely turned your offer down, it’s likely because I’m not interested, can’t afford it, don’t like what you’re selling, or don’t like YOU. I will remain civil the first time or two – but time 381? I will bite your head off! Also – DO NOT come to my door with shady antics and expect me to respond well. I’m all for local organizations and school kids (especially girl scouts – this fat girl has a cookie problem) but if you show up and refuse tell me who you are affiliated with, ask me what I do for a living and if I have children – it’s likely that I will ask your ass to get off my property and exercise my right to bear arms. And not necessary in that order. Oh and then start cussing at me? Don’t even go there. I do live with a big burly black man (aka the Mr.) and if you think I’m scary…. you don’t even know.

Prank callers. How is this even still a thing? Just stop.

People who talk on the phone in public restrooms. There should be a law against this level of unsanitary behavior. One – you are in public restroom, likely with strangers and or people who don’t like you (such as myself). Two – you are now subjecting your caller to your bodily functions as well as anyone else’s in the close vicinity. While you might be close enough with Betty Sue to take her to pee with you – I don’t know her from Adam. I’m not the kind of person to share my urine with just anyone. Three – public restrooms are disgusting. I would know – I swabbed a few in college for microbiology lab just to see what kind of nasty bacteria I could grow. So you use your phone while dropping a deuce (no no no – don’t deny it, unfortunately, I was witness to this) or going pee, cleaning oneself (we only hope)… all the while switching your phone between your hands. And then you wash your hands and look at me like I’m nuts for giving you my I’m judging the shit out of you face (no pun intended). Disgusting. You should be ashamed of how foul that actually is and know that once I’ve seen you do this – you are forever deemed the “sharticle talker.”

 

I expect better of human beings but apparently I’ve set my expectations too high. IF these are things you are known for, please avoid me as it’s likely I will chew you out.

Overheard: In the car to Columbus…

Last weekend I ventured out to columbus with Sophia and her bestie, Isabella, for trip the American Girl store. Don’t ask me what I was smoking – I have no idea. At any rate, I let Sophia play music from her iPod the whole way down so the girls could rock out (to kid appropriate music, of course). During the shuffle of Happy, Burn, and Wake Me Up – MJ’s PYT came on. I’m jammin’ and driving because this is my favorite MJ song and overheard….

 

Isabella: Who is this? 

Sophia: It’s Michael Jackson! (almost astonished someone would ask such a question)

Isabella: Isn’t he dead? 

(long pause – clearly my daughter is thinking of how best to approach such a sensitive subject)

Sophia: Yeah he died. But he’s a music legend!

 

(insert huge mom grin here)

THAT’S MY GIRL!!!! Yes, MJ is a music legend and my 8 year old knows it. I’m not going to lie – I was pretty happy about Soph’a answer. And when Rock With You and Thriller came on later, she sang along even though her bestie wasn’t as into it. I love that she didn’t just flip to the next song when her friend questioned her music choice. She held her own. It’s okay to like different things. It was small but noteworthy.

If nothing else – I’ve raised her to have excellent taste in music. :D

Dear Lilith

Dear Lilith,

I wanted to drop a quick note to thank you for the life lessons you taught my little girl today. Sometimes there are no better teaching moments than the present and you, my road rage friend, provided me the perfect parenting opportunity. As you drove dangerously close to my car for two plus miles, rudely honked at me at traffic light and then sped off in 35 MPH zone – you helped me highlight to my little girl in the back seat that people can be rude and careless. And that just because you had somewhere to be, didn’t mean it was safe or okay for you to behave like that in a car. That’s how people get in accidents or killed. Recklessness.

While I’m sure wherever you were going, Lilith, was beyond important it justified these actions – please note that you do not own the road and the cars will not part like the Red Sea for you. We all have places to be and people to see. And I (possibly unlike you) would like to get my family there safely. It could be that you had one too many mimosas at brunch or that your cardigan was draped a little too tightly around your shoulders that it was cutting off oxygen to your brain… all very possible explanations. Either way Ms. Juke-Vanity-Plate I appreciate the teaching opportunity you provided me. The chance to highlight the kind of driver/person I don’t want my daughter to grow up to be. So for that I am grateful. Thank you Lilith.

 

Warmest regards and safe driving,

Sarah

Month One

Month one into my weight loss adventure down. Phew.

It’s been an interesting 30 days with a variety of changes but I’ve committed myself to a low calorie life style, tracking my activity on my Fitbit Flex and keeping up with my food/calorie intake using MyFitnessPal (MFP). What’s awesome is that my Fitbit and MFP link to one another. Each day as I’m active – my calories burned are added to my allowed calories so I don’t over eat and remain accountable. Best of all, I can eat whatever I want – in moderation of course.

In terms of exercise – I’ve been embracing the Spring weather Ohio is actually experiencing and taking my pups for walks. MyFitnessPal has a sister app – Map My Walk – that’s easy to use. I simply turn it on when I leave the house and it keep track of my pace, distance, laps, etc. AND – brace yourself for this awesome sauce – it synchs with MFP and my Fitbit. BOOM. How efficient is that?!

April has proven to be successful. I struggled no doubt and still am. But this month I’ve managed to wear two pairs of pants I haven’t worn in over two years, gotten on the scale and seen numbers actually decrease for a change and even broke into a decade of numbers I haven’t seen in a long ass time. I’ve already learned that I can’t eat the way I used to and when I do I pay some serious consequences. And while I am Egyptian – my stomach no longer is. I’ve had good days and bad days. Hell, I’ve even eaten my feelings. But I’m a month in, I’ve made progress and I feel good about the progress I’ve made.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a looooong way to go. It’s going to be a struggle but I know this is something I have to do. I’m taking it one day at a time, one pound at a time, one good food choice at at time…

I’m one month into my weight loss adventure and 10 pounds down.

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