Thursday, September 27, 2012

My New Favorite show on TV (it's not what you think)

I generally have a love/hate relationship with TV.
There's never anything good on when you're home and have some time to kill but when you have things to do or are walking out the door all the good shows/movies are on.
Same thing goes for when you switch cable packages.
Never is there not a time when HBO is showing a ton of good movies and Showtime isn't when you have the Showtime package.
Go figure.
I am excited about fall tv this year as a bunch of shows we watch are getting ready to come back on the air.
We all have our favorite shows we watch/record for ourselves and then we have shows we watch as a family.
When Sweet Pea was little we were all about the Disney Channel and Nick Jr.
She loved all the cartoons and fun things on both channels and we also had our fair share of Baby Einstein videos in heavy rotation.

However, I'm not a huge fan of TV for the little ones as I see how distracted my daughter is now (and how serious she is about her shows) so I don't really want to get swept back down that road with Baby Ninja.
I do believe that shows can (and should) be educational and entertaining.
Enter my new favorite show: Sid the Science Kid

It has enough music and dancing to hold Baby Ninja's attention for a few short minutes and enough knowledge and information to keep me happy.
In short, I'm kind of obsessed with it.
First he has this cute little family

and y'all this kid is excited about learning.
He has this song he sings on the way to school that I find myself singing along with every.single.time.
"I love my mom. (uh huh) My mom is cool (uh huh)
But now, it's time, for having fun at school!"
He clearly goes to pre-school and enjoys his time there with all his friends and then Grandma picks him up each afternoon and he shares with her what he's learned.
I love that this show encourages kids to be inquisitive.
It has all kinds of positive messages about healthy eating, play time and using your brain.
I am kind of obsessed.
I can't wait until the baby is a little bit older to really grasp the concept of this show , but of course by then it may not be on the air, so I am definitely going to look into purchasing some DVD's for the future.

What are some of your favorite kid shows?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Winds of Change

I am..... is inevitable isn't it?
Just when you get comfortable in one situation or another it seems like the wind comes along and picks you up and drops you off someplace else.
I've been toying around with the idea of changing the name of this blog.
I even tweeted about it this morning and asked my FB friends for ideas.
This has actually been on my mind for awhile actually and was kind of why I was holding off on joining Twitter
I didn't want to confuse people but I think it's time. Sure there will be a lot to change (FB/Twitter/ affiliated sites) but I think in the end it will make all the difference when my blog is really a true brand.
An honest expression of it's author, of me.
When I began this blog three and a half years ago I thought it would be mainly to share stories about my crazy little Sweet Pea to family and friends around the globe.
And then somewhere along the way that changed.
I began to write about my voice and my thoughts and life as well.
The wedding took over everything and I began to really delve into my love of fashion and discover my own personal style (cuz that only took 30 some years)
And then last year it changed again when I began linking up for What I Wore Wednesdays and then when I had Baby Ninja.
It was not just Sweet Pea's Corner anymore.
It's grown into something much more and I think it's high time the name reflects that.
I was talking to my BFF on Friday and we were discussing style, Twitter and motherhood (random I know, but that's how we roll) and we both realized that it appears there is a lack of real mom fashion on the web.
Now I don't want to turn this into a fashion blog because let's be honest, I don't have the money or the time to be a slave to trends.
But I do want to showcase how real women (real moms) interpret the trends for their everyday life.
I mean, that's one of the reasons I love What I Wore Wednesdays - you get a glimpse at what other women are wearing around the web.
I've even begun to link up to a few other sites that have similar weekly features.
It helps me be accountable to my desire to be 'mommy chic' on a consistent basis
and by documenting what I actually wear the most which helps me shop my closet and put together more creative looks.
I want a name that really portrays where I am in life and where I want to be.
My writing has changed drastically in the past few years and I really want the blog name to reflect that.
I am not by any means, about to change what I write about or the way I write (I've already said what this place isn't) but I do want to incorporate more of the things I love into a more cohesive space.
I want to inspire & encourage women everywhere in both my daily life and working life (makeup artistry) to be their very best at all times.
I know I'm inspired by other women that run business, have wonderful decor and manage to put on cute outfits.
I've begun contributing to Lucky Magazine's community section and that really has me excited as more people are exposed to my writing.
It's been great for my confidence and personal growth to really put myself out there and let go of my fear of rejection or the idea that I'm somehow 'not good enough' in some way.

I've also been thinking about attending a blog conference or two next year (if the CFO can squeeze it into the budget) which is doubly exciting and terrifying.
That would mean something wouldn't it?
But I really  want to get a feel for this 'blogging as a business' deal.
It never hurt anyone to learn a little more now did it?
Any suggestions on the best ones?

There is definitely an air of change fluttering through this space, I can just feel it in my bones and I am excited about all the places I just might let the wind carry me.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lucky number Seven

Oh me, oh my,
seven whole months have just flown by.
This kid is just getting bigger and more grown up by the day.
I can't even deal.
Carson hit the 7 month mark last Thursday and in true Baby Ninja form he decided to show of some new skills.

Like discovering the camera to the baby monitor:
not to mention sitting up in bed.

And if that wasn't enough he busted out this late Friday
Oh yeah - my "little baby" is now pulling up on anything he can get his hands on and STANDING!
What the duck?!!
I found him standing in his crib early Friday morning and promptly emailed my husband to let him know the crib had to be lowered that day.
Jeeze this kid.....

His second tooth finally came in so you'd think he'd finally get back on the regular sleep train.
No such luck.
We even had to upgrade his car seat as he is so long and his poor little toes/feet were hanging over the edge of the carrier!

Now he's riding in style and comfort.
Thank God for coupons, 25% off and the Babies R' Us trade in deal.
We were able to  trade in our old infant carrier get and his new (deluxe) chair for under $200.
This kid is getting expensive.
On another note - I'm still making the baby food.
Although it seems these days I can't make it fast enough so I've been looking at all kinds of recipes for more creative ideas.
I definitely need to invest in some ice cube trays so I can freeze more blocks and just do one batch cooking a month.
We've upgraded his food so it's not all puree's and definitely more chunks.
He loves it.
We also gave him blueberry pancakes and he about fell out of his chair with delight.
Score one for my team.
It's amazing how much this kid has changed our lives and how much we all just love on him.
He is such a happy boy and has so much joy.
He giggles and squeals and his vocabulary has expanded exponentially.
It's much more conversational than it ever was and he is much more expressive.
And as much as I was excited for him to be a bit more mobile he is now trying to destroy everything so we will have to do some creative maneuvering around the house.
This kid is going to give me a heart attack.
If I don't smother him with kisses first.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Twitterverse

I finally gave in and jumped into the Twitterverse fullfledged last night.
Clearly I have no idea what I'm doing or how it all works as of yet and will probably take a few hours/days/weeks minutes to get it together really but I'm sure I'll be tweeting up a storm in no time.
I'll be adding a badge to the side bar so you can follow me more easily but until then if you're on there let's be friends mmkay?

I'm @SweetPeaAD

Oh and check me out on Instagram as well @ambdorsey

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Style Post - What I Wore

I feel like I have been lacking a bit in the personal style department.
Blame it on the weather, a baby who spits up on me no sooner than I get myself dressed or a lack of really leaving the house.
(carpool runs do not count)
This past week was not spectacular by any means but I was comfortable and true to myself.

This was perfect for running errands on Saturday when it was 105 out.

Tank: Nordstrom Rack
Shorts: H&M

Brave is the Momma who wears white shorts.
I'm happy to report I remained spit/stain free all day.

Top: Mossimo for Target
Shorts: Old Navy
Shoes: Havianas

I wanted something that wouldn't matter if it got spit up on so a black maxi dress seemed like the way to go.

The necklace was retired shortly after this photo was taken and a tiny hand tried to choke me with it.
Dress: Hand-me-down from a sister-in-love
Necklace: Custom from a former co-worker
Earrings: Custom from a former co-worker
Shoes: Havianas

See nothing earth shattering just the real everyday stylin's of a momma who loves fashion.

Linking up with Lindsey
pleated poppy

And Amber
Real Girl Style Link Up

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Catching My Breath

Summer is officially over and we have survived the first two weeks of school.
It seems it was just a moment ago I was writing about our summer plans and enjoying the slow motion pace and's back to the daily grind.
I have to say that September is off to an amazing start.
We kicked it off Labor Day weekend by spending time with our Famdamily and enjoying the outdoors.
I love this unit we have created. This close-knit group of friends we call family. We can lean on them and they us. Our kids are growing up together and will call themselves cousins.
That makes my heart happy.
There was a birthday party on Saturday that left us all with a major sweet tooth thanks to the pinata and delicious birthday cake.
Sunday was our 2nd annual Grill Challenge among all the men. This year it was held at Bonneli Park which was just about the best idea ever. No cleaning my house before and after! Hooray!
If you follow me on Instagram (I'm @ambdorsey) you saw some of the outtakes.
The men broke out their best recipes and spent all afternoon grilling their ribs and chicken to perfection. The ladies brought their appetites and enjoyed the fruits of their labor.

Naturally, my hubby won, yet again. He is the grilled chicken MASTER!! And his ribs were off the hook too. I was a super proud wifey.
 Baby Bear did pretty good considering he skipped his afternoon nap two days in a row and is still waiting for that second bottom tooth to push through.
He finally passed out for about 45 minutes and then was ready to get back to playing with all the rest of the babies.

One of the great things about our little group is that our little kids (we all have an older set) are about the same age ranging from age 5 to  my 6.5 month old.
So they are pretty well entertained by each other without us having to do a lot. We only intervene when someone's not sharing or hitting.
The weather for the cookout was FABULOUS. Not too hot or humid and it was a joy to sit at the park, be in nature and spend time with our good friends. Not so much fun later that evening as my allergies started acting up because someone forgot to take an allergy pill before they left the house.
We followed that up with a trip to Knott's Berry Farm on Monday with my BFF Ebony and her crew. We had a few free passes we had to use during a weekday and a buy one get one free so we went ahead and cashed those in on our last day of summer fun.
We had a ball I must say. Once again we had lovely weather, the park was not overcrowded and the kids pretty much rode everything they wanted to. We also enjoyed a delicious funnel cake on the way out so that was pretty much the highlight of my day. I got a little cranky towards the end of the day as I was tired, the bathrooms had been locked and I had to go AND I had a little one that needed to be put in pj's and then......Baby Bear spit up all over my leg and a small portion landed on my fresh white chucks.

But I rallied and we scored some delicious Boysenberry jelly to take home.
Babe had the day off again on Tuesday and while it was nice to have an extra pair of hands, home being home totally threw my days off and i spent the rest of the week confused about the days.

Ive been writing a lot lately and am happy to say I'm a contributor over at Lucky magazine in the community section and they published two of my posts so far!

I'd love it if you stopped by to check them out
I'm definitely excited about posting more on there and really defining my brand (makeup and writing wise).
My friend Melissa (aka my photographer extraordinaire) told me about a book The Fire Starter Sessions that sounded promising so I bought it and it's kind of rocking my socks.

It is so what I needed to "light a fire under neath me" (pun intended) and really get to the depths of my passion and desires.
There are several worksheets/exercises in there that have been super helpful in allowing me to define and label my dream and even elaborate on how to make that happen without feeling overwhelmed.
I'm definitely pumped up about what the future holds. I suggest a copy for any creative soul.

On a side note this week is going to be a busy one as I'm doing makeup for my nieces senior pictures!(when did they become seniors in high school!???) and then I have to take my Dad for eye surgery as well.
We also have several birthday parties this weekend and as you may know today was the season opener for football season.
My husband has been parked in front of the TV all day.
I personally am pretty jazzed about all of it. Hopefully the weather will cool down and I can talk D into making his locally world famous chilli one Sunday soon. Nothing says fall like chilli and football on a Sunday afternoon!

Hopefully with all that is going on at some point I'll be able to stop and catch my breath but until then....I'm just going to hang on tight and enjoy the ride.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Labor of Love - Reality Check

Summer is officially over and we are back to school.
I am finding more time on my hands during the day with a growing baby (no longer an newborn or fussing infant) but full on moving, grooving, cooing and teething baby.
Every day it seems I am inundated with emails about jobs in the cosmetic industry.
Some are local and sound like they would be right up my alley.
Where were these jobs when I was still working full time and actually looking?
And I am tempted.
Tempted to throw my hat in the ring and see if I am any one's perfect candidate.
I think of all the things we could do with the extra income.
The things I could buy.
The fun outfits I could wear that wouldn't be spit up on shortly after donning them.
Interesting and intellectual conversations I would have about makeup, product displays and marketing strategies.
I think about really utilizing my degree. 
And then, I think of all that I would miss and those that would be affected should I get back into the grind.
Who would do the afternoon carpool?
Then I see another posting that is so close and would work so great........and then my baby bear does something new.
He scoots forward, he gets a new tooth, he laughs uncontrollably.
And I think of all that I would miss if I were to get back in the rat race.
I listened to the First Lady (who I have a major crush on) speak at the DNC and saw her eyes glisten as she spoke about her children and her husband.
She talked about her role and that her main priority, her real job is : Mom-in-Chief.
She said:
"Success is not just about the money you make. It's about the difference you make in people's lives"
That hit me right where I live.
It doesn't matter which way your politics lean - as a mother, that just rocked me to the core.
Especially a SAHM who is in the thick of the new baby + older child juggling act.
I am not drawn to these job postings because I really want to go back to work.
Yes, it's nice to have something outside of the home that's just me.
But if I'm honest, it's more about the added income it would bring.
That's really it.
Spending time with our famdamily over the weekend and watching the kids play and crawl all over each other, the men laugh and joke and the women discuss life as mothers and where we are in our different journey's it hit me hard.

I love being a mom.
Shaping these two people is the single most important thing I do.
I also love being a makeup artist, blogging and writing.
It makes me just as happy as anything.
But right now it's not really helping pay the bills which vexes me a bit but I know that too will change.
Part of that is me not really marketing myself as much as I should/could/need to.
I am enjoying being home each day with my little man and spending my mornings in the kitchen dancing to music while making baby food.
I love picking up Sweet Pea from school and even driving a carpool with the neighbors.
It shocks me that this is even my joy, but it is.
Sure the school moms aren't discussing the ins and outs of NYFW, the newest makeup trends for fall or what's hot this week and sometimes I feel like I stand out from them but I know, that this is where I am supposed to be right now.
Sometimes I have delusions of working on a set (movie, TV show, magazine shoot etc.) for hours at a time or going back to an office job discussing products at great length and then the reality of all that I would miss hits me like a tether ball to the face.
"I don't want to close my eyes, I don't want to fall asleep cuz I'd miss you baby, and I don't want to miss a thing" - Aerosmith

And I don't.
So I will rejoice right here. Right where I'm supposed to be.

Sure,I'll market myself a bit more for working from home and making women feel beautiful (my absolute favorite thing) but I will savor these moments of being home with my children and not a slave to the almighty dollar.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lauren Conrad inspired California Chic

Lauren Conrad inspired California Chic

Lauren Conrad inspired California Chic by ambs32 featuring bohemian necklaces

I am a ride or die California girl.
Flip flops all summer long, easy breezy dresses and skirts, cut-offs, wife-beater tanks and tees, big sunglasses and a light jacket are my summer staples.
And as we 'officially' ended summer this week I'm sort of dreaming of more layered pieces that I can wear from fall into the colder winter months.
I was playing around on Polyvore the other day and came up with this collage combo based on a few of Lauren Conrad's favorite picks.
She too is a quintessential California girl and her style epitomizes that in every single season.
It seems effortlessly cool and elegantly put together.
Definitely in line with my own personal aesthetic.

Leather like leggings, biker boots, metallic sea green nails and dark lips are definitely on my radar this season.
And you can never go wrong with a pop of color either in your denim or your accessories.
Sigh.....oh I am enjoying the fall day dreams and all the outfits I could create if only my Pinterest closet were real.

Pinterest closet!

Is there any celebrity that epitomizes your personal style?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

LOTD: Maxi Madness

I was running late and wanted to throw on something that had a little color to it but didn't require a lot of fuss to put together.
That's pretty much my style mantra these days.
Simple, chic, cool.
It's too hot to be fooling around with too many layers

The baby bear has begun to pull hair so I've been wearing it pulled back for awhile.
The heat is also contributing to my new 'do.

This skirt was one of my first purchases postpartum. 
I almost bought a size up as I was unsure of the fit (I ordered online) and how my body was going to bounce back.
I'm happy to report that it fits swell and am glad I stuck to my usual size.

V-Neck Boyfriend Pocket Tee: Mossimo for Target
Maxi Skirt: Old Navy
Sandals: Mossimo for Target (old)

What's the weather like where you are? 
Is it Fall yet?

Linking up with Lindsey 

pleated poppy

And Amber
Real Girl Style Link Up


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