Happy 2018!

New Year, New Motto!

New Year, New Motto!

The last six weeks of 2017 were rough and I'm just now beginning to break through the fog. I'm still trying to wrap my head around everything that happened last year and plan on writing about the highlights, the low lights, and the lessons learned. But for now I'm going to focus on today and the year ahead.


New Years is a big deal for me, my mom, and Russians in general. There are many traditions to be followed and superstitions to be believed. How you welcome the new year is a reflection on how your year will pan out.

We rang in the new year with a small, but mighty, crowd. It was also the most sober celebration we've ever had, including the years when a handful of us were either pregnant or breastfeeding. This year most of us have been sick or injured in some form or another and the antibiotics, steroids, and pain medications prevented us from indulging in adult beverages. But that didn't stop us from having a good time.

My NYE kiss for the past 10 years! 

My NYE kiss for the past 10 years! 

Three generations. 

Three generations. 

My mom and I have a tradition of going shopping (specifically at Dillard's) on New Year's Day. They always have a one day sale and we make it out of there like bandits. We didn't this year. By the time we got there, the selections were meek and the lines long. So instead, Charlotte and I rode the escalator at Belk's a few times (her new favorite thing), I re-stocked on my favorite Clarin's face wash* at Nordstrom, and we indulged in burgushi at Cowfish for lunch. 

We drove back home to drop off the sleeping toddler (she stayed up till 11pm last night!) and then I drove to Concord Mills to make a couple of returns and check out a clearance rack (or five). 

I found a cute new workout tank* at Old Navy (they were all $7 today) and a gold belt* for everyday wear. I spent a total of $2.13 because I had $10 in credit card reward cash from Gap. I'm also very proud of myself for actually getting something for myself instead of the kid like I always do.


Anyways, here are some pictures from today and links to all the things.

(*All the product links below - and a few above - are affiliate which means I get a small kick back if you purchase something which helps pay the bills for running this blog.)


Charlotte made new friends while dancing outside of the Microsoft store at SouthPark Mall.

Shop Charlotte's look (exact and similar items linked):

Hair Clip (Janie & Jack) | Coat (Target) | Fleece Lined Leggings (Target) | Knee High Socks (Target) | Gold boots (Zara)

Meanwhile, I had total FOMO over the preteens' fuzzy over sized sweaters, leggings, and sparkly kicks. 

I was rocking high waisted denim, my favorite sweater, and booties (exact and similar items linked):

Oh, and here's all the gear you'll need for your next dance party:

An Xbox One + Xbox One Kinect Sensor + Just Dance 2018 for Xbox One = DANCE PARTY!


Speaking of FOMO, I'm already missing my lunch.


Loose leaf Jasmine tea is my favorite. So is sitting at the bar and trying to find the cowfish in the fish tank.


TNT Roll: spicy tuna, kani, avocado, and masago.


Charlotte's bento box included grilled chicken bites, apple slices, french fries, and a rice crispy sushi dessert.


What's Shakin' Tuna Bacon is my favorite burgushi sandwich! It's spicy and crunchy and oh so delicious. I got it with a side of seaweed salad because it's January 1st and I'm watching my figure (ha, not really!).

Also, I finally got a new phone (thanks, Santa!) so can we please take a moment and appreciate the beauty that is portrait mode on an iPhone 8+?


Mandatory kid on Cowfish picture. 



Party animal taking a power nap in the car, shop her favorite car nap items:


My Old Navy athletic top finds, starting at $7! (I got the first one in grapefruit.)

P.S. You can find the letter board used at the top of the post here.


What did you do for New Year this year? Do you have New Year traditions or superstitions?





Toddler Street Style: Atherton Mills

A mid-December adventure at Atherton Mills with a future fashion blogger:


Charlotte's outfit details: 

Faux leather jacket: Genuine Kids | Long sleeve shirt: Janie & Jack | Skirt: Janie & Jack | Tights: Gap Kids | Boots: Old Navy | Hair bow: Hun and Bun

My outfit details: 

Sweater: J. Crew | Jeans: Gap | Booties: Sam & Libby | Crossbody: Kate Spade


Baby's First Haircut

There comes a time when your toddler's mullet (read: first baby hair) gets so out of control that you need to take care of it. Or more accurately, hand your kid over to a professional to take care of it for you.

I heard about Snip-its in Huntersville, a salon for children, from a blogger friend and decided to give it a try. 

But first, coffee.

But first, coffee.


The haircut was quick, but not quick enough for our little one. She doesn't like to be restrained (who does?!) and she was not comfortable with a stranger near her head. My mom and I tried to calm her down but our efforts fell short. It was a traumatic experience for all of us.

But then it was over and the kid recovered and acted as if nothing happened as soon as she was free to run around.



We stopped by Eez Fusion for post haircut cocktails and sushi for the adults and tonkotsu ramen soup for the kid.

My favorite thing about Eez is their build-your-own sushi menu!! 🍣 Roll 1: tuna, jalapeño, cucumber and avocado. Roll 2: salmon, yellow tail, Thai basil, asparagus, and mango.

My favorite thing about Eez is their build-your-own sushi menu!! 🍣
Roll 1: tuna, jalapeño, cucumber and avocado.
Roll 2: salmon, yellow tail, Thai basil, asparagus, and mango.

Sashimi is bae.

Sashimi is bae.


Does the haircut experience get better? Please lie to me and say yes.


Twelve Month Well Visit

Our pediatrician must be either really popular or there's a shortage in our area because the earliest we could schedule a twelve month well visit for CL was at thirteen months. Not a huge deal since she's not yet twelve months adjusted. 

The past appointments have been fairly easy since she was not as mobile. This time was not fun at all. Sitting still on a scale was a no-go. Getting blood drawn was definitely a no-go. Getting ears and mouth checked? Nope. Vaccines? Forget about it! Wrestling an unwilling child was challenging, to say the least. Three adults versus one child and I still feel like we lost.

The good news? She's right on track with her development and is more inline with her actual age versus adjusted. Getting her to eat more solids is our big challenge right now and the doctor recommends that we keep her on the Toddler Transition formula until at least 15 months to ensure that she's getting all the necessary nutrition. This was our plan, too.

The stats: 

  • Weight*: 18lb 15.2oz (8th percentile)  * w/clothes+diaper
  • Height: 30.5 in (74th percentile)
  • Head: 45.5cm (50th percentile)

The kid: