Tuesday, September 27, 2011


We have been called "unambitious," "dumb," "gold diggers" and God knows what else. And TV's depiction of us doesn't help - Desperate Housewives, The Real Housewives...yeah, you get the idea.

As actual housewives, however, we know that none of them are true. We are hard-working and dedicated moms who have given up careers, money and perhaps sanity to care for our children.

A day in a real housewife's life doesn't involve sleeping in til' noon, shopping at Louis Vuitton, or cocktails with ritzy friends. Instead, it goes something like this:

8 AM                           Get up. Get ready quickly before the baby wakes.

8:15 Am                      Baby wakes - shoot!

8:15 - 8:30 AM         Feed baby breakfast.

8:30 - 9 AM               Clean up mess from breakfast.

9 - 11 AM                    Chase and clean after baby, or take her on play dates.
                                     (There are occasional coffee breaks and reading the news.)

11 - 11:30 AM             Baby's lunch

11:30 - 12 PM             Skype Grandparents - why must they live so far away?

12 - 2 PM                    Baby naps. I clean, eat, shower and read a little.

2 - 4 PM                      Chase and clean after baby again. Do chores, if baby lets me.

4 - 4:30 PM                HUBBY'S HOME - YEA!! (This is my golden hour.)

4:30 - 5 PM                Family time :O)

5 - 6 PM                      Hubby goes to the gym - NOOOOOOO!!
                                     I chase and clean after baby again.

6 - 6:30 PM               I get ready for the gym while watching baby - is hubby back yet?

6:30 - 7:30 PM         Gym, a.k.a freedom. (Thank goodness for my sweet husband!)

7:30 - 9:30 PM         Cook. Dinner. Clean. 
                                    (Hubby helps, when he doesn't have classes.)

9:30 - 10:30              Spend time with hubby. Watch TV.

10:30 - 1:30 AM       Research and write. 

(I started freelance writing a while ago. Living on one salary is hard. Plus, even a "dumb," "unambitious," and "gold digging" housewife needs intellectual stimulation.)

2 AM                          Pass out

Sunday, September 25, 2011


If you ever need to get away from the pressures of everyday life, you can always plan an escape for a weekend. Sometimes, even one night at a quite place can help you recharge, reconnect and feel like yourself again.

For my friends and I, we escaped to the tiny maritime town of Astonia, OR - Population 9,477, the perfect setup for a relaxing get-a-way.

After a day on the beach and walking about town, we sat in our hotel room and bonded over girl talk. It was one of the shortest but also the sweetest vacations I have ever had. 

And the perfect girlie escape consisted of...

A stop at the visitor's bureau - how else can we find the fun?

Playing on the beach

Good scenery and historical sites

Quirky local shops

Yummy food

Beer and shots

and good friends

The kind who have known you since you were young, who won't judge you for being your silly self, and trust you enough with stories of their lives but also ask about yours.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


When you find something you love, it's so hard to keep it to yourself. Isn't that what girlfriends are for — to share the latest and greatest loves with?

Here are The Girlie Blog's newest:

Maybelline Falsies Mascara Flared

With a bendable brush, this mascara separates while giving your lashes flared wingtips.

Wet n' Wild Coloricon Trio

Three shiny, metallic colors to dazzle and brighten your eyes.

Crossbody Bags

Fun and easy-to-wear, corssbody bags are the "it" bag for a girl on the go.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer

Smooth and rich, this lip balm makes lips soft and kissable.

L'oreal Revitalift Night Cream

A cream that keeps my skin supple and moisturized through the night -- I just love lathering it on before bed.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Labor Day Weekend has always marked the first sign of fall. While sunshine still gleams the day, a chill comes whenever the wind blew my way.

Sigh! Must summer so hastily drift by?

While fall teases me with shorter days and crispy air, I flirt right back with a few mending's in the make:

Navy and Gold Shadow

Attempting this fall's newest eye trend of navy and gold combo

Matte Base
Exchanging summer's easy, breezy no-foundation face with heavy matte base.

Three of my favorite matte formulas

Jewel-Toned Colors

Wearing rich, eye-catching colors 

Planning to top this dress with a heavy card

Bulky Sweaters

Wrapping myself in bulky, comfy sweaters


Flaunting my inner seattllite in flannel and boots

Read a Book

Losing myself in a really good book, hopefully with the fireplace crackling and hot cocoa steaming

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay