A list in no particular order
Getting my daughter to take a nap has been a nearly impossible task since the day she was born. She had a severe case of infant FOMO, needing to see and be a part of everything going on before her eyes could even focus, and it’s transitioned into frequent episodes of toddler no-nap-itis. For those of you struggling with these issues, know you are not alone.
Over the past few years, I’ve developed some sure fire ways to ensure she gets a nap so as to avoid tantrums and disasters later in the evening. Below are three strategies I hope you, too, can find useful!
Pre and post baby black leggings were my BFF. They stretched and supported in all the right places. Easy to wash (or not wash) and they are the best at hiding milk stains.
After a few weeks postpartum, I had a need for something to make me feel less like a monster made of spandex and more like something resembling my pre-baby self.
So little ol’ silly me decided to try on all my pre-baby clothes. It. Was. Horrible. Nothing fit. Not even close to fitting. I ended up in tears, calling my mom, thinking she could make this all go away. She simply said “Let’s go get you something that fits you now’.
So away we went, to the mall. With one simple goal: To find a pair of jeans that I felt good in.
Y’all, this was hard. Facing my new body was tough. In addition to being a hormonal mess, I was now face-to-face with my body in floor length mirror with the not-so-flattering florescent lighting. I didn’t know what size I was. And having to stop every so often to either nurse or change a diaper, well, it made for a long process.
I left empty handed. But I was determined.
A few days later I walked into a local boutique with low expectations. A trendy pair of boyfriend jeans caught my eye. After my lesson in the mall, I knew to grab a few sizes. Then, with a zip and a button, I was looking in a mirror and I didn’t hate what I saw.
These jeans were magic.
It’s hard having a baby. Everything changes all at once and, if you’re like me, you try and grasp onto something that makes you feel like, well, you. For me that was jeans.
While these bad boys didn’t help my child sleep at night, they did provide me with a much needed boost. They helped me take a step to learn to love myself now, my body now. Not what it was, not what it might be, but how it is in the floor length mirror with florescent lighting.
My best friend recently had her second child. Once she reached the ‘I feel like a spandex monster’ point, I knew exactly what she needed.
I gave her my postpartum jeans.
They fit her perfectly.
I told you they were magic.
If you’re like me, you get a lot of deliveries from Amazon. Dog food, dish soap, and ALL THE TODDLER THINGS. This equates to lots, and lots of boxes.
Here’s a quick list of 5 things you can do to repurpose those boxes AND entertain your child in the process.
1. It’s not a box it’s a CAR RAMP
My son is currently obsessed with all things cars - so needless to say transforming our Amazon box into a ramp for his cars was a huge win. I MEAN LOOK AT THIS THING, IT’S HUGE. And, because I made it, I’ve created my son’s most precious possession and have a huge hand in all these #memories
2. It’s not a box it’s a TUNNEL
Wow. This is a magical box. Look how it’s transformed into a magical tunnel! AMAZING! Not to brag, but this is pretty geniu
3. It’s not a box it’s a TODDLER RAMP
Ok. So this is close to the car ramp, HOWEVER, this version has a toddler climbing up it which makes it TOTALLY NEW.
4. It’s not a box it’s a ROAD WITH BUMPS
Look, I never said this was a great list. I DID say here are 5 things you can do with you Amazon Prime box and I might have run out of ideas around 2.
5. It’s not a box it’s a STEP STOOL
Yes. This is a basket and not a box. But use your imagination. You could use an Amazon Prime box as a stool and HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!?
This post was not sponsored by Amazon Prime. I wish it was.
Oh sweet, sweet summertime! Even the 100 degree weather didn't slow us down in June & July. Beyond dancing in the greenroom and performing on the stage of Dallas Comedy House, we also checked some big ticket items off our professional bucket list.
We secured funding and producing partners for our short film, CIVIC DUTY, in June. We also held our very first casting call and hired an incredible crew to turn our words into a real live short film. We shot CIVIC DUTY in July and are anxiously awaiting the final cut.
If it is half as fun of a film as it was to make, y'all are in for a real treat.
Speaking of treats, we were honored and ecstatic for our short THE SERVICE ELEVATOR to be selected as part of the Women Texas Film Festival. It will be screening on Saturday, August 19 at 2:00 during the Comedy Shorts block. We'd love to see you there (get tickets here)!
As we head in to the final month of summer, we can't wait for cooler temperatures and even cooler projects to head our way.
Sarah & Maggie
Hello Summer! We are ready for pool time, hot dogs and getting read for our next short CIVIC DUTY.
That’s right - we spent most of May eating Whataburger, watching The Keepers and finalizing our script for CIVIC DUTY. That’s right, we are making another film!
We’re knee deep in pre-production for CIVIC DUTY and scheduled to shoot at the lovely Denton Courthouse on the Square in July. We have a stellar team of filmmakers on board and we can not WAIT to cast this project. Big news, that Maggie will be playing the lead character and Sarah will be stepping behind the camera to direct the film. We are so excited!
Want to be part of our project? Shoot us an email if you’re interested in being a cast member or a supporter of the film at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April showers brings USA Film Festival screening, improv shows and SO MUCH SWAGGER!
April showered us with a ton of good times! Every Wednesday we had the pleasure of performing at the Dallas Comedy House. It lead to many laughs both on an off stage, and a very memorable pre-show scent of Old Spice Swagger. (Watch this video to better understand this phenomenon).
We closed out April with one of the coolest thing yet: our first screening of The Service Elevator at the USA Film Festival We had a packed house, people laughed that weren’t related to us, and we had a great time answering questions at the Q&A after the filming. Overall, it was a success!
Who knows what May will bring. Hopefully, more festivals, more improv shows and much more swagger.
March is already over? We can't believe we're a third of the way through with 2017.
As always, we kept ourselves busy this month. We officially accepted the role of co-secretaries for Women in Film - Dallas and enjoyed diving into the new part. Dallas is full of talented female film makers and we are honored to work with them in this new capacity.
We also found out our short, The Service Elevator, was accepted into the USA Film Festival and is a finalist in the shots competition. The festival is in its 47th year here in Dallas and showcases the best in short and feature length films. We hope you'll check out the screening.
Speaking of festivals, we had a blast performing at the 8th Annual Dallas Comedy Festival. The audience was hot, the weather was perfect, and the festival was a blast.
Bring it on, Spring! We're ready for you.
Wait - it’s February already?! Dang, y’all!
Here’s a few highlights of what we were up to in January.
The Service Elevator has been submitted to a few festivals, and so far, we’ve been accepted as an Official Selection to the Short. Sweet. Film Fest!
Oh, and we recorded the first episode of our new podcast ‘Scope Scoop’ with the lovely Katherine Harper. She’s so great and fabulous.
We performed in a few improv shows at Dallas Comedy House, and our first Sketch for Screen class started! Those noodles are doing some really great stuff.
Lastly, we started a new collaboration with the fine folks of We Denton Do It - did you get a chance to see our ‘What Denton Did’ recap?