Last week, Henry was going through a “moment” and was being a stubborn little man.  I think it actually coordinated with a mental leap because I’ve noticed a lot of new cognitive developments (like he suddenly figured out how to actually hide and be quiet during Hide and Seek – not doing this <— gosh, he’s adorable!).  But it was kind of a rough mothering (and fathering) week. 


Funny toddler story – Kristien was going to cut his hair on Sunday, and K had JUST taken a huge chunk out of the back when Henry REFUSED to proceed.  Like – he would not allow us to cut anymore hair.  I decided it was not worth pressing the issue, so Henry walked around with a huge and very obvious missing section of hair for two days before I convinced him to sit in the hairdresser’s chair.

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I may or may not have bribed him with a lollipop for that one…  Anyway – like I said, the toddler clouds are dissipating, and we are all back to our normal, fun (and well-groomed) selves! 


I took a few days off of exercise to catch up on sleep, but yesterday, I went on greenway run with Brandi.  She was scheduled to do 8 miles so I ran half with her.

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It was hard. But it was nice to run in a new area for once!


Book a Week


This week, I read Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

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I’ve read other stuff by this author and really like her style, so I figured it would be a fun fiction book for the week.  Everything else in Book a Week has been non-fiction (and kind of heavy) so I was in desperate need of an easy-to-digest book.


Oh, this was a good one!  On the surface, it was a tale of motherhood, modern life, and marriage, but it was so much more – murder, mystery, intrigue!


Here’s the Amazon summary: “Big Little Lies focuses on three women, all of whom have children at the same preschool. One is a great beauty married to a fabulously rich businessman; they have a “perfect” set of twins. One is the can-do mom who can put together a mean pre-school art project but can’t prevent her teenage daughter from preferring her divorced dad. The third is a withdrawn, single mother who doesn’t quite fit in. Right from the start–thanks to a modern “Greek chorus” that narrates the action–we know that someone is going to end up dead.”


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.  I’ve got to rate this book a five because it really excels in its category.  Is it a groundbreaking novel that will change the way you look at life?  Naw, but for what it is, it’s really perfect.  This was a really fun and fast read – it would be great for a beach trip! 


Question of the Day:  What’s the worst hairdo you’ve ever had?  I accidentally box dyed my hair MURKY ORANGE/GREEN when I was in 7th grade (I was going for blonde). It took forever (years) to fully correct it.  It was horrible! I’d post a pic but I’d prefer that look to reside only in my personal albums…



  • Brynn February 12, 2015, 7:54 am

    I did the standard scissors to bangs for a trim cut and ended up taking a big chunk out. Lesson learned.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul February 12, 2015, 8:20 am

    I had bowl cuts growing up. The worst. My dad was a single parent so he just put a salad bowl on top of my head and cut. I dread looking at pictures. haha

    I want to check out this book! Thanks for sharing!

  • Char February 12, 2015, 8:27 am

    I really enjoyed the book too! I actually read it first and then read the Husband’s Secret, which I might have like a bit better! I try to alternative educational with a good fictional book. I read fictional last time so I have to get my butt in gear for an educational (my goal is to read two books a month and I’ve only started a handful so far – not finished any!).

  • Anne Weber-Falk February 12, 2015, 8:30 am

    I wanted a body wave for my shoulder length hair. Just some nice loose curls. I’d never had a perm before and was very nervous. I let my best friend do a home perm on me. She always had beautiful hair and she used hot rollers to do it so she had some experience right? When it was finished we found that it only took to half of my head. Exactly half my head had straight hair and the half that wasn’t wavy was super curly like little orphan Annie. UGH! It was horrible. I had to go to a salon and cut all the perm out. My hair was so short.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed February 12, 2015, 8:31 am

    I’ve also skipped the gym this week in lieu of sleep! Sometimes it’s good to take a break 🙂

    Hmmmm, I’ve had some super short cuts, but I actually liked them. I used to dye my hair out of a box and I think the worst was probably a red color that looked sorta purple in my dark hair. Now my hair color is completely natural!

  • Tara February 12, 2015, 9:01 am

    I LOVE Liane Moriarty and really enjoyed this book as well. I think I’ve read everything she’s written, so now I have to wait patiently for her next book!

    My worst haircut ever was when my mom decided I would look really good with shorter haircut. I was 12 and she took me to a hairdresser who was well into her sixties. I walked out with a 60 year old woman’s haircut and it was awful! I never let my mother have anything to do with my hair after that. I also didn’t speak to her for over a week! I wore a lot of headbands that summer.

  • jenna February 12, 2015, 9:24 am

    I’ve got TWO winner stories!

    My mother was always a serious fan of the Toni perm – she believed everyone needed them even if to just add a bit of “body” to your hair. Our high school would celebrate graduation in the fall – so students would come back from university for the whole cap and gown thing. The afternoon pre-ceremony my mother insisted I needed a little Toni touch up – “no curl, just a bit of body”. Unfortunately, she used the timer on the microwave as her method for determining the set time. It felt like eons had passed when I asked “how much longer?” Only to figure out my father had reheated a cup of coffee in the microwave and cancelled out the timer – I’d been sitting there for THREE times the prescribed time for curl [not even body]. Graduation was a very frizzy mess!

    Later in my university career, my friend and I decided to add highlights to my [not yet recovered] hair. Just something sun kissed! Though to keep on trend chunkier highlights were in. Unfortunately, after we put the product in to set we started watching a movie…. almost two hours later…. I had almost white highlights in my brown hair!! It was way less sunkissed – way more zebra!

  • Nikki February 12, 2015, 9:35 am

    When I was really small (like 3ish), my mom was in cosmetology school and my dad was working long hours. Mom left the house for a little while and Dad accidentally fell asleep for a little while. It was long enough for my sister (18 mos. older than me) to find Mom’s scissors and experiment with my hair. I lost about half a head’s worth of hair. Mom was devastated. We always joke that it was my sister getting back at me because she didn’t get any hair on her head until she was almost 3 and, by that age, I had lonnnng hair!

  • Trisha February 12, 2015, 9:35 am

    We read this for book club and it was so good! I have since read some of her other books and have loved every single one.

  • katie February 12, 2015, 9:52 am

    My mom gave me a haircut when I was 5ish that she loved, mainly because there was no maintenance to it. I hated it because I thought it looked like a bowl cut mullet….I won’t be sharing the photos of it for a long while.

  • Courtney! @ Redefining Athlete February 12, 2015, 10:03 am

    I used to dye my hair what I called a “strawberry blonde” in high school and I decided to kick it up a notch and leave it in a tad longer. Well, I also used a different brand that time too (lesson learned) and I came out like BOZO the clown. It was SO red. Bright red. I’ve never let dye touch my hair since.

  • Lauren @ February 12, 2015, 11:17 am

    Worst haircut is when I look back at my high school photos and realize i was peroxide blonde! How did my parents let me do this?!?! Also, my brows were almost non-existent. I know these aren’t actually haircuts, but they are hair related. :):):)

    xo, Lauren @

  • Julie February 12, 2015, 11:46 am

    I’m halfway thru Big Little Lies right now & am really enjoying it, too. 🙂

  • Jessi February 12, 2015, 12:40 pm

    I watched the parent trap with Lindsay Lohan when I was 7 or 8 and thought her little piece of bang was so cool. I decided to do it to my own hair. But then I didn’t like how it looked. So I thought if I just cut that whole piece off, nobody would notice. I had a gigantic bald spot right int he middle of my head. My mom nearly passed out. She threatened to shave it. I spent the next two years with a combover.

    • Caitlin February 20, 2015, 9:30 pm

      Hahaha that’s hilarious. My dad tried to cut my bangs when mom was out of town and cut them diagonally across my forehead- and not slightly on a diagonal, like from one corner to the other.

  • Amanda February 12, 2015, 1:00 pm

    I’m currently reading the same book. It’s definitely getting interesting. My only complaint about the author is that her style of writing (constantly changing which character is speaking) makes it hard for me to follow/get into right away. But her books always turn out to be great! Glad to hear you liked it.

  • mary @ minutes per mile February 12, 2015, 1:02 pm

    so impressed with your book a week! i died the tips of my hair purple once… inspired by christina aguilera’s red-tipped look at the time 🙂

  • Stacy @ Sweating Tulipz February 12, 2015, 1:41 pm

    I loved Big Little Lies also! It had so many different angles and it was on the edge of your seat exciting!

    I just got my hair cut (over 8 inches cut off) on a whim…totally unplanned or thought about, and I am hating it! I actually have to fix it every day which is a struggle b/c I am all about buns and yoga pants. Now that it is short…I have been wearing hats like crazy and I look like I am in middle school. I am hoping my pre-natal vitamins will take care of this shortness faster than normal!

  • Rebecca @ Bring Back Delicious February 12, 2015, 1:42 pm

    I once died my hair purple only for it to come out green. Not a haircut but pretty much just as bad 🙁

  • Lauren @ Oh Hey I Like That! February 12, 2015, 1:56 pm

    When I was little girl, I had really long pretty blond hair, but I was a BEAST whenever my mom tried to brush it. She told me that if I didn’t let her brush it, then we would get it all cut off. In my “I Dare You” fashion, I continued to fight her on the hairbrushing. After a few weeks, she brought me to the hairdresser and I got a super short bob! I have trusted her word ever since!

  • Caitlin February 20, 2015, 9:28 pm

    YES!!! I think I recommended this one on your ig. Loved this book!! I’m also doing a book a week this year, currently reading This is Where I Leave You (really enjoying). Last week I read And The Mountains Echoed (so good, as all his books are) and next week I’m FINALLY reading The Red Tent.

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