FAMILY TIME IN BALLANTYNE Part II

By the looks of these pictures it looks like it’s really a vacation for Charlee and that’s because it was a vacation for Charlee, LOL. One thing I’m realizing as a parent is that your happiness is really their happiness. If your kid is happy that’s really all that matters and hence you’re happy. Or maybe that’s just me. In any case, my kid was happy lounging around on a plush hotel bed for 2 days, and as a sleep deprived mom, I wasn’t complaining about it, so win win over here. Honestly, we knew what this getaway was gonna be. We had every intention on hiding away in hotel and enjoying over priced room service and binge watching whatever the heck was on television. Just getting away was the real goal and while 10 years of marriage is a big deal and should be celebrated, having the little one tag along wasn’t so bad. She basically slept the whole time anyway. I don’t think she had a clue we were in a different place, let alone a different city. I mean, at her age, the only thing she really cares about is a dry diaper and a warm bottle, oh the joys of being a baby, not a care in the world, LOL. 😂

Anyway, we started are morning off with the tastiest breakfast from the hotel’s restaurant. Room service of course. I snapped a gajillion pics before we devoured every bite, then headed out on the town for some fresh air and thrift shopping. We would stop by a store, one of us would stay in the car with Charlee while the other shopped then we’d switch. We just didn’t feel comfortable strolling Charlee around in public places during a global pandemic, so we thought this was the best way for now. So I guess you can say Charlee didn’t really see Charlotte. Even if we did get out with her, she literally slept the whole time we were out, newborns, gotta love it. I tell ya, when their up they just want you to fulfill a few basic needs, pay attention to them for a few minutes then they are ready to nap again. Sounds simple, huh? Well try playing with a newborn at 3AM on a Tuesday night knowing you got work in just a few more hours and you’re running off of 3 hours of sleep. This is my story, this is my song ladies and gentlemen, LOL 😂….

In any case, we enjoyed our time lounging around on the plush bed at the Ballantyne. Once little Charleekins is up and walking and talking, I’m sure we’ll be back to enjoy Charlotte and perhaps this hotel in a more exciting capacity. For now, I’m just grateful Charlee was up long enough so we could snap some pics of her in her element. She’s already so curious about the world, of course this is when she’s awake for 1 hour in between her 4 hour naps. Keep in mind, newborns sleep about 14-16 hours a day so getting pics of her up and smiling was a rare occurrence and definitely the only anniversary gift I actually needed. By the way, this new mom here is amazed at how fast they grow. I swear she doesn’t even look like this anymore and it’s literally only been two weeks. I’m stuck in this battle between wanting her to grow up so I can talk with her and do more activities with her and wanting her to stay a baby so I can cuddle with her and hold her. I imagine after a certain age I doubt they’ll want to cuddle and be held so I’m getting all the cuddles in now while she’s small and trying to figure out the world.

Anyway, I just wanted to share the last bit of pics from our stay at the Ballantyne and hope you enjoyed this photo album. Here’s motherhood, and 10 years with the best husband and dad EVER. Keep scrolling for more Charlee pics and enjoy!

Till next time.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie


SHELLO LAUNCH PARTY AND A GIVEAWAY WINNER

When I tell you this weekend was completely BONKERS, it was completely BONKERS! The hubs and I ran the Color Vibe 5K at 8AM on Saturday. I unfortunately, only have a handful of pics from the whole ordeal so check my IG stories for the latest on that. Otherwise, click here for all the colorful pics from when I ran this same run back in 2016.

Any who, immediately following the run, I jetted across town to the other side to join my pageant sisters for our first official dance practice. As if running a little over 3 miles wasn’t enough, I had to tack on learning a dance routine and walk in sky-high heels, LOL…Oh but wait, there’s more, because I’m crazy and can’t possibly imagine a weekend that’s not jammed packed with way too many activities, LOL, Nelle and I met at my house and floored it to downtown for the Shello Nail Polish launch party. After witnessing a wrestling match and taking too long trying to find parking, this ladies and gentlemen, leads me to my next activity, which was meeting the creator behind this amazing vegan nail polish brand, Ralphlyne Vieux-Harrington. For deets on the brand, check my Shello Polish post from a few weeks back.

Big shout out to Ralphlyne for planning this amazing launch party. The crab cakes were THE BEST. Most importantly, I was able to chat with this beautiful soul and hear more about her mission and vision for the company and I’m excited for what’s to come. Speaking of what’s to come, if you’re checking IG, you already know we had a Shello Polish giveaway winner. Keep scrolling for the deets on that…

    

At random drawing, by the hubs, I’d liked to extend a big congratulations to Valerie for winning our Shello Polish giveaway. I hope you enjoy your polishes and don’t forget to #colorwithconfidence. Stay tuned for another giveaway, I have some amazing goodies for all my readers and I can’t wait to get this party started. By the way, I almost forgot to mention the cutie wearing the gray jumpsuit and adorable glasses is Angelica from The Strong Suit blog. It was so great meeting her and getting a chance to chit chat about our crazy weekend antics. When you get sometime, go check out her blog, there are some pretty great reads up there that I’m sure you’ll love.

I hope everyone has an AMAZING week! And to my NC peeps and everyone on the east coast, I pray everyone’s safety for the hurricane that is predicted to hit our area this Thursday. Be safe and don’t forget to stock up on water and non-perishable items.

Till next time.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie


#EveryDayisaSUNday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neutrogena and I are back at it again but this time I’ve partnered with them to bring you the new Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen. #gotitfree. There’s no doubt in my mind I’ll be kicking it in the sun all summer. Me and my good friend Tay need extra protection to keep our skin glowing and youthful because this pretty lady is getting married next year so it’s even more important to make sure her skin is picture perfect for the big day. Tay is wearing the SPF 50 for extra extra protection and I lathered on the SPF 30 to my arms legs and face.

In case you’re wondering, this works well under make-up, goes on smooth and doesn’t leave that annoying white film that’s so hard to rub in. It’s also ultra moisturizing but doesn’t give you that clogged pore feeling. Me and Tay tried out the new product for our friend date at the park and just lounged around on the grass soaking up the rays. Your mission for the rest of the summer is to 1. stay protected with the Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen and 2. make #EverydayaSUNday.

For more deets on Neutrogena’s amazing skincare products, click here.

Glow on good peoples.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie