Miss you!

Please visit my new more user-friendly blog and take a minute to subscribe and/or like my Facebook fan page to join our conversation. Below are a few recent posts you may want to see. Have a great weekend!

My sweet boys

My sweet boys

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Please visit new and improved blog

Please follow my new and improved blog with similar content, but a more user-friendly look and feel at http://www.lipstickandlollypops.com. Learn embarrassing lessons for the graduate they don’t teach in school and how a new Mom transitions to back to work with baby in addition lots of other tricks while you have a good laugh.

Come along for the ride!

Come along for the ride!


Please follow the Crown Jewels

Thank you so much for making our community on Lipstick and Lollypops so much fun! I’m very excited to be moving to a new site at Chicago Now: http://www.chicagonow.com/lipstick-lollipops. The focus is the same so I hope you’ll take a second to join me there and like my new Facebook fan page.  The look and feel is a little different, but just more user friendly content. They also require a blogger name or alias.  Since Chicago Jewels was taken and I am the woman of a home of three men/boys, 🙂 that makes me the Crown Jewels…  I also  borrowed the idea from an over-the-top guy my husband and I met last week on vacation who said everyone called his sister the “Crown Jewels.” In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful weekend!


Bittersweet

Our sweet boys

Our sweet boys

Boys before I went back to work

Boys before I went back to work

Miss these boys

Miss these boys

New Moms usually dread returning to work. Their transitions may be charged with sadness or even guilt, which can be intensified with sleep deprivation. In fact, more than one of my girl friends “lost” her car when she parked it for work in the morning. They called the police hysterically crying since they were convinced someone stole it, but in reality they forgot where they parked it. The police found my friends’ lost cars in every instance on a different street than where they swore they parked it. As today is my first day back to work, I thank God my husband is dropping our boys off in the morning at my Mom’s and parking our car in their garage! And, THANK YOU, Mom!

Returning to work after my second maternity leave is bittersweet. I’ll miss my boys dearly, especially the sweet sound of our oldest, Andrew, regularly calling, “Mama, MAMA, MOMMY!” Ok, I’m getting a little teary thinking about how sweet his everything is – cuddles and cries alike. One of my favorites is how when I’m breast-feeding our sweet baby, Patrick, Andrew will also curl up with us. AND, I’ll miss the sweet smiles of our precious Patrick who is constantly more and more aware at three months. I hope I don’t miss hearing too many of his new sounds for the first time…

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Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Thank you so much to Misinformed Mother for nominating me for this award! For those of you who don’t know what the Liebster Award is – it is an award bloggers with not more than 200 followers as a form of recognition and support to continue blogging. I am so happy I was chosen! I will try not to let you down. 🙂

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Voice

I am passionate about keeping our kids safe just like most of you. A contest (1simplechange.com) resonated with me recently (last day to submit your idea is 4/20/2013) to suggest one simple solution to help end violence like the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Editors of a few well known magazines (Real Simple, etc.) will select 6 submissions to be invited to an event in New York City.

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Favorite things

These are a few of my favorite things to share with you this Friday. One of the best blogs: searchingforthehappiness, fashion inspiration, and a sweet gift from our two-year-old. Hope you have an awesome weekend and are safe if you must battle lots of snow… Any fun plans?

Favorite blog:

Searching for the happiness is full of helpful resources for aspiring writers and bloggers. The author also shares relatable stories as a busy working Mom, wife, mother, friend, professional and writer. Her priorities make sense as revealed through her inspirational perspective. Thank you, Wendy!

Favorite Oscar fashion:

Natalie Portman post-Oscar party dress (Getty images)

Natalie Portman post Oscar dress (Getty images)

Favorite re-gift:

My oldest takes such joy in plucking flowers from a bouquet we got in the hospital after our youngest was born. It is the gift that keeps giving. He is just as proud to present them as I am touched to receive them. I over-heard my husband whisper “Give it to Mommy,” and am still tickled. It reminds me of a special bouquet I got that was signed both of their names or Andrew-squared (using the number that I can’t denote on the keyboard) for short.