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Well, I haven’t been blogging as much as I have in the past.  If you want to know why…it’s because I joined my best friend from law school, Julie, and started blogging with her.  We’ve got this great blog/website:

mommyesquire.com

“We’re Moms.  We’re Lawyers.  We’re Your In-house Counsel.”

Check us out and see what the fuss is all about.  It’s fun and informative.  We’re taking your issues and offering free advice.  We’re reviewing everything from lip balm to overnight diapers.

Why?  Because we can.

What makes us think we are experts?  We don’t know.  Does having six kids between us count?  How about two undergraduate degrees, two law degrees, and one pageant title?

Who are we?

Julie - Creator of mommyesquire.com

Julie - Creator of mommyesquire.com

This is Julie:

Creator of mommyesquire.com
Working mom
Mother of three
Likes: reading, jogging, cooking, traveling, hiding from her children
Dislikes: cleaning, incorrect grammar, people who dress their little girls like skanks
Dreamed of being a Court TV anchor after law school
Voted “Most Likely to Achieve”…or should have been

Likes…no, loves…wine

Kim: Co-creator of mommyesquire.com

Kim: Co-creator of mommyesquire.com

This is Kim:

Co-creator of mommyesquire.com
Stay at home mom
Mother of three boys
Likes: reading, sewing, shopping, making her kids push her on the tire swing
Dislikes: people who don’t write thank you notes, sassy children, the smell of Polo cologne
Dreamed of being a non-profit lawyer and “helping people”….(yeah, now I’m in-house counsel to three very indigent clients).
Voted most likely to wear pink to court.
Has a raging case of ADHD…and a vegetarian.

So, come visit us at mommyesquire.com and have a laugh…all at our expense.  Enjoy!

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Body shapers are miracle workers!

Body shapers are miracle workers!

O.K., O.K., O.K….several of my friends have emailed me regarding my favorite things, numbers one through five.  I’m officially off “my high horse” for a little while on this blog and back on to the fun stuff.  Here’s the continuation of the list of my most favorite things.

#6  Body Shapers!!!!! – Spanx and Assets by Sara Blakeley.

I cannot say enough about these two “body shapers.”  Let’s just call them for what they are….”suck you in & smooth you out panties.”  Only, they are really a cross between panty hose (with the legs chopped off) and underwear.  I really like the high waisted ones that nearly reach up to under your bra.  I can wear a smaller sized mid-rise jean with these on and there is absolutely no “muffin top.”  Sara Blakeley is the genius who created Spanx, which is sold at department stores like Macy’s and Dillard’s.  I, however, can get her Target brand bodyshaper, Assets, when I’m running through Target picking up soap, Lysol, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figure.  Now that’s convenient.  The Assets bodyshaper is just as great as Spanx!

iPod shuffle - cute little contraption

iPod shuffle - cute little contraption

# 7  Ipod Shuffle  – Oh, how I love my little shuffle.  No, I didn’t want the big honkin’ Nano or some big ol’ thing strapped to my arm while I worked out.  Yes, the shuffle was just right for me.  It’s great.  I can load something like 500 songs on this little contraption.  Initially, I wanted it for working out at the gym.  Now, I find myself using it when I have to take my bi-monthly mammoth grocery shopping trip to Walmart or to load up on vast amounts of toliet paper at Costco.  Listening to the Kings of Leon or Muse makes doing the mundane so much more pleasant.  Plus, I can stick the cords underneath my shirt or jacket and place the teensy little shuffle in my pocket.  No one is the wiser.  I love it!!!!!!!!

Find a farmers market!

Find a farmer's market!

# 8  The Farmers’ Market

I know it sounds hokey, but there is nothing better than getting up early on a Saturday morning and heading out to the Farmer’s Market.  I am very blessed to have an awesome Farmer’s Market in downtown Memphis.  You can find beautiful heirloom tomatoes and other seasonal vegetables, jams & jellies, fresh fruit, homemade soaps, and farm fresh cheeses.  I especially love the different varieties of cut flowers for sale for ten to twenty cents a stem.  Sunflowers, purple coneflower, black-eyed susans, Queen Anne’s lace and zinnias in every hue are available for the choosing.  While strolling down the open air aisles, you’ll always hear some kind of music, like bluegrass or celtic.  You can find local bistros showing off their newest vegan or vegetarian dishes or even taste some local organic wines.  Sometimes there are cooking classes or impromptu kid’s activities going on.  I remember that Will participated in a “watermelon roll” last year with a big group of preschoolers.  The prize was an enormous watermelon for the child that made it down the hill first with his or her watermelon intact.  Alas, Will didn’t win…he came in second, but fun was had by all.  I just don’t think there is anything more exciting than coming home from an early morning run down to the Farmer’s Market with a car full of flowers, fragrant lavender soaps, tomatoes, blueberries, green beans, lettuce, and fresh goat cheese.

#9  Vitamin E Oil

I think vitamin E oil is soooo much better than plain ol’ baby oil.  It sinks into your skin much quicker than baby oil and I use it to shave my legs.  My skin always feels so much softer.  I’ve even used it on my babies when they’ve been a little dry.  I’ve mixed it in with some baby lotion (California baby lotion – lavender) to soothe parched skin.  I have several minor scars that have responded quite nicely to vitamin E oil.  My dermatologist says it’s the bomb (not in so many words, but you get the gist).

A guilty pleasure

A guilty pleasure

It doesnt hurt to read for fun...and get a little knowledge, too

It doesn't hurt to read for fun...and get a little knowledge, too

#10  A good book you read for fun!

Whether your obsession is Stephen King, Tom Wolfe, Emily Giffin, Stephenie Meyer, Janet Evanovich, or Nora Roberts….read!  I think reading is a great thing to do.  I’ve spent much of my adult life in school…college, then graduate school, then law school.  For much of that time, I read for knowledge and definitely not for fun.  I am learning to fall in love with reading again.  There is nothing more enjoyable than getting into a good book and immersing myself in the story.  I’ve really enjoyed the Twilight series.  I’ve even read through the books twice!  Even my Guilty Pleasures Book Club has chosen Twilight by Stephenie Meyer as their pick for January.  So fun!!!!  I have taken one of the more voluminous books in the series to the gym and read while on the elliptical machine. One day I had read for an hour on that bad boy and got a major workout.

I also think if you can read for fun and get something educational out of it, that’s even better.  I just read Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin.  The book is hilariously written, but very eye-opening regarding the meat industry and a vegan lifestyle.  I’m a vegetarian and have played with the idea of going all the way into being vegan…we’ll see.  I do have to say that I needed some of their “tough love” when it came to nutrition.  It all made sense…at least, for me. Anyway, I’m all for reading for educational & spiritual purposes, but I do think that sometimes a good book should just entertain.

Well, there it is…..my raves for my faves…numbers 6 through 10.  Enjoy!!!!!

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