ICYMI: All the Feels Edition


This is pretty much my life right now.

On the Blog:

Thanks for all of your support on my Quitters Story and my freak out on the future.  You guys are awesome.  I totally owe you a cappuccino.

The blog’s most popular feature by far.  I should just cut the middle man and have Henry do all the writing here.  #1 blog of all time.  Done.

I’m still doing a little running and still doing a little paleo.  Looking to change up your own habits?  Try this trick.

Looking for your next read?  Check out my 2015 list.

It’s Friday!  You know what I’m doing tonight.  Henry has already called “all the Octonauts.”  Huzzah!

On the Internets:

The baffling reason many millennials don’t eat cereal.  Hint:  it isn’t because they’ve all gone paleo and started eating eggs.

Over at MMD, Anne is talking about fashion in the thirties.  I agree with it all, and loved this:  How a Closet Cleanse Helped Me Embrace My Thirties.

I need to remind myself of this frequently.  Yes, it is only a season.

Hey there West Wing fans.  I’ve got the podcast for you!   (More podcast shenanigans here.)

I’m a little obsessed with Bower Power’s faux wood laminate backsplash.  #kitchengoals

We’ve got an Easter egg hunt this weekend.  Will also see if we can pull off any Palm Sunday capers.  I mean, we are in the right city for it after all.  How about you?  Big plans?

Spring in Rome

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Ah, spring.  That magical time of the year when Romans start to shed their puffy coats and wear only sweaters, jackets, and scarves.

I wish I was joking.  Even though it has been in the 60s and 70s for quite awhile, and is now getting downright hot, Romans must dress the season and not the weather.  On the fashion front, I’m seeing some leg.  Not BARE leg, mind you.  That would be crazy.  But legs covered in tights, appearing under skirts or shorts.  Sometimes an unexposed ankle.  Meanwhile, I feel like I have once again missed jacket weather.  Romans are rocking fabulous layers of cardigans and leather jackets, but I’m usually too hot to even keep my scarf on.

Everything is in bloom.  It is beautiful, but the pollen is brutal.  I don’t usually have seasonal allergy issues, but even I’ve had some issues.  Poor James is doubling (and tripling) down on allergy relief.

I’m also seeing more blooms indoors.  Henry’s school seems to have fresh bouquets every time we go.

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As you would expect, Holy Week was a big deal here.  Fun fact: because of a lack of palm trees in the region, some churches use olive branches instead of palms.  We escaped the crowds on Easter, but friends who went to mass at St. Peter’s all stated that it was wet and cold this year.

Olive branches

Olive branches

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Sizable procession we saw on Palm Sunday

Instead of chocolate Easter bunnies, stores filled up with giant chocolate eggs that would make the FDA crazier than the usual Kinder Surprise eggs.  You could get any themed egg you wanted.  Peppa Pig.  Spiderman.  Frozen.  We settled on matchbox cars for the boys, which were a hit.  I “helped” Mac eat his.

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Our attempt to dye brown eggs was much more successful than I thought.  Dying eggs with a toddler, however . . . Let’s just say that this may be an outdoor activity in the future.

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We did get to attend an Easter egg hunt.  Henry embraced the egg hunt, taking off on his own without any parental assistance.  He was derailed in his quest for eggs once he realized there was candy inside the eggs.  Like he sat down immediately and took serious persuasion to complete his hunting before indulging.  Thankfully, the hunt had a five egg limit because I don’t think I could have separated him from the candy if I tried.

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Does it feel like spring where you are?  Been up to any springtime fun?

P.S.  Our Fall in Rome and Christmas in Rome.

P.P.S.  Banana Republic is having a 40% off sale through today.  The Mom Edit has her top picks up.