The obligatory Christmas list post.

ONE MORE WEEK until Christmas Eve, you guys! Can you even believe it? I feel like I blinked back in July and suddenly here we are.

I’m very pleased to announce that unlike last year where I procrastinated until the last possible moment, I have been mostly finished my shopping ever since the absolutely brilliant or absolutely moronic online purchase I made Saturday night between glasses of wine and baking racks and racks of cookies:

trampolineI’m leaning toward brilliant. You all know how that girl loves her some trampolines and I’m so tired of asking her to stop jumping on the couch, the chairs, the beds, etc. Slightly bummed about the 100lb weight limit, but you can’t win ’em all . (What sold me was that protective net around the outside because trampoline head trauma.) There’s also a talking minion, Hungry Hungry Hippos, kinetic sand that I know I’ll be kicking myself for buying when it ends up all over my floor, dress up clothes, and a couple other fun odds and ends stowed away in the depths of my walk-in closet ready to be wrapped up in Frozen wrapping paper. And extra batteries are purchased for everything that requires them because I am NOT going to have that mom fail again this year.

Anyway as a blogger, I feel it is my duty to discuss on here all the things that have made it on to my own personal wish list for 2014.

First and foremost I would love it if Santa would bring me back at least some semblance of my former sanity. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my job and am thankful that I get to be so creative every day. I have some seriously awesome, portfolio-building projects on my plate. BUT…I’m a little overwhelmed and so tired that I accidentally hit “publish” on here waaay before I was ready and I apologize if you got an email about an unfinished post. The past two weeks have been the busiest of my life and I would be looking forward to the weekend if I didn’t have to work then too. 4 days off next week will be a marvelous Christmas present. If that’s all I got, I would be thrilled.

As a bonus though, I’m pretty sure this gorgeous little piece of tech will be making its way under my tree:

new watch

I believe that Mr. Salt  – errrr I mean SANTA – picked this up for me. Mostly because we are both so busy getting things ready for Betty that there is zero mystery as to what we are getting each other anymore. When he asked me, I told him that this was the only thing I wanted. Okay scratch that. It’s really the only thing BESIDES SLEEP that I wanted. Normally and for obvious reasons I would say shoes, but I already got myself some amazing new shoes a couple weeks ago.

Although I guess there’s always room for more shoes, am I right?

My other gift to myself? MARATHON TRAINING! I start getting ready for Jersey on Monday and I’m actually going to be following a plan this time rather by flying my the seat of my pants like I did for the last one. It is my goal to do anything and everything I can to stay healthy and uninjured during this training cycle and the first step in that is listening to a professional. That professional just happens to be Hal Higdon. I’ll be using a hybrid of his Novice 2 and Intermediate plans because I’m injury-prone and the idea of consistent 5 days per week runs for the next 18 weeks? Freaks me right out.

Other than that, the holidays so far have been completely Betty-centered. So far she has visited three different Santas (and loved each and every one of them), has been finding her Elf on the Shelf every morning (I don’t have one of those elves that ruin my house though…his name is Wreck It Ralph, but he just hides and leaves her notes and little gifts), we’ve watched Polar Express about 40 times, and gone down to see the lights at 34th Street a few times, plus train gardens and cookie baking and cookie taste testing and on and on and on. I’ve always loved Christmas, but it just gets more and more special as she grows up.


Seriously, kid!? COULD YOU BE ANY MORE CUTE!?!?

How is everyone else’s holiday preparations going? Have you finished your shopping? What is on your Christmas wish list? Visited any good Santas lately? 

Happy Wednesday, everyone!




The happiest, funnest, most non-stop, ice-cream filled, exhausting birthday EVER.



Yesterday was SO MUCH FUN, but also completely and utterly exhausting. For mommy and daddy anyway. This little 2 year old was still trying every excuse in the toddler book to get out of bedtime last night.

My day started off here:


See how it’s still dark? That’s because it was 5-and-change o’clock in the morning. I hit up a 6am class so that I could hopefully be home to get things set up for the birthday girl before she woke up. And I was. Much like any other proper human being, she chose her birthday as the one day in a loooong time to sleep in. I actually had to go in and wake her up. Because…


…PRESENTS!!! My husband got the best video of her reaction to seeing that the birthday fairy had arrived. The wrapped package in the stroller contains her new doll and the ones in the crib have a feeding set for aforementioned doll and a Leaptop learning computer.


Then it was off to a special birthday breakfast at a local diner. She brought along her new laptop because sometimes you just have work to do even if it’s your birthday.


Please note how she dressed herself for the occasion in purple Mardi Gras beads.

We were paying for breakfast and the nice lady at the counter asked Betty if she would like a birthday cookie. I thought this sounded fine…I mean, I sure as hell wouldn’t be turning down a free cookie on my own birthday. So she took Betty to the baked goods and let her pick one out.

She returned with the mother of all birthday cookies.


That thing is literally the size of her head. Luckily my child is an anomaly and doesn’t really go insane with sweets. She had like three bites and then said “all done”. Of course I saved it for later and may have also helped myself to a little of it.

After breakfast, it was off to this cool indoor playground to burn off some energy and giant birthday cookies.


Holy over-stimulation. One would think a kid would really need a nap after spending a couple hours in this place. After waking up so early and all this excitement, I sure needed one. So after a quick run to Target, we headed home to rest for a couple hours.

Did you know that apparently naps aren’t cool on your birthday until you’re an adult? I learned that yesterday.

No naps to be had for any Betty or mommy in the house. Instead I made lunch and we played with her new birthday toys for awhile before heading out yet again to spend the afternoon at Charm City’s awesome children’s museum, Port Discovery!


Check out that monstrosity! We climbed up the inside of it from the ground all the way up to the third floor. It’s for kids so there were a couple times when we had to crawl through an obscenely small space and almost had a claustrophobia-induced panic attack, but Betty loved it. The museum also has lots of other fun activities, the favorite being a Waterworks room where you put on a raincoat and Crocs and basically get soaked. It is the only time in my life I will be caught dead in Crocs.

By this point we were all starving so we took her to Red Robin for dinner which is one of the three restaurants we go to where she is guaranteed to eat something. We told the waitress that it was her birthday and they clapped, sang, and brought her a giant sundae.


She didn’t need any help with this one.

Considering she never napped, I am impressed that she didn’t turn into a raving maniac at any point during the day. In fact, she didn’t even want to go to bed when we got home and still managed to wake up extra early because she wanted to play with her new doll. I passed out shortly after she did last night though so I was marginally more functional plus how can I say no to someone who greets me in the morning with “Mommy, I miss you.”

I can’t believe my little girl is 2 years old. And I can’t believe we have done all this celebrating already and we still haven’t gotten to her party yet. Her first birthday was fun, but this was just so so so much more and as exhausting as it was, I think it will stick in my mind as one of my favorite days ever.

Oh and another great thing I woke up to this morning was this email:



Looks like all my eye crossing worked!! Now I have until March 23 to re-learn how to run 9 miles. 🙂

What is your favorite birthday memory? If you have kids, what age was a favorite for you?

~ Salt

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