Thursday, August 1, 2013

Moving to Freshmom.

Hey there, friends!

I have been keeping up with two blogs and it's silly.  I was going to shut down Freshmom and just blog over here... but it just gets too much traffic and to be honest, it's making a little money :)

So, see you later, Chattie Hattie. I'll be redirecting the URL Chattie Hattie so you can still visit and follow the family - Just click here.

See you over at Freshmom - hope you like the new site :)

Friday, July 26, 2013

My mom is running for congress: why I am so proud.

Mom loves to tell the story about telling me I could be anything I wanted to be. I was probably 7. She asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and being the good little precocious Catholic girl of two attorneys, I managed to find the one career in the world that was impossible for me to achieve based on gender:

My answer: "a priest."

She thought I was going to say "the President."

She said she was stunned. I'm pretty sure she turned her back and laughed.
My mom is my role model. She is amazing - and I always knew she was exceptional, but I didn't realize just how remarkable she is until I got older and started my own career.

Why is she remarkable? Lets start with the basics - mom grew up on a farm. My grandmother is brilliant - she reads philosophy for fun and is more up to date on current events than I am. She's 92 and lives by herself on the farm where my mom grew up. Mom definitely inherited her brains. At a time when it was not the norm for women to get a higher education, my mom was determined - and was one of four women in her law school class. What I find most fascinating about this is that she was self-motivated to accomplish these goals - no precedent had been set by other women, and these goals were not the norm in the 1970s like they are today.

So she graduated from law school and started a political career... And was pregnant with me while in the House of Delegates. She is the ultimate Working Mom.

And now she is running for Congress. Of course she is. She's smart, energetic, diplomatic, and has experience in public policy. She's uniquely qualified for this. I may be biased because I'm her daughter - but, I cannot imagine a better candidate to represent WV.

She is committed, she is practical, and she is straightforward. She is smart, motivated, and honest. These are the qualities of a good leader.

Also, I'm very impressed she's learned Twitter so quickly. As a marketing professional, it's taken me years to understand the convoluted @ and # etiquette, and she's tweeting pictures with hashtags a week into it.

Finally, I'm proud of her career accomplishments, of course. I value her daily advice. Her leadership qualities and advice have shaped my education, career, and life. Even though she is a pioneer as a modern working mom, her very best role is grandmother to my baby boy. From the day he was born, she has been an incredible grandmother. She changed diapers when he was a baby, chased him up and down stairs when he learned to crawl (a very exhausting activity, as any mom can tell you!), and hunts for bugs on sidewalks now that he's 3. Her patience is unmatched.

Thomas loves his Mimi, and so do I. She's an amazing lady.

#GoMom #LaneForWV (now she knows what these mean!)

Here's her website:

Check out her social media skills:

@LaneForWV Twitter
Lane for WV on Facebook

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Good taste: 4 Crisp White Wines to try this Summer.

Breaker is posing with a few of our favorite summer white wines.
Breaker enjoys fine wine.
People tend to neglect sparkling all year long until New Year's Eve and then everyone gets excited to drink sparkling.  That's silly.  Sparkling should not be ignored.  Try the Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut this summer, paired with goat cheese and mixed olives and you'll realize sparkling is better in the summer time than ringing in the New Year.

Dry Creek Fume Blank & Chenin Blanc
These white wines are light, crisp, and are great wines to drink on a hot summer night. I like mine pretty chilled, but I'm sure really hardcore wine people would cringe reading that because I'm sure it hides some of the flavor. But wine is all about your own taste, right?

J Pinot Gris
Ah, J. So elegant, sophisticated and classy.  Pair this wine with a navy linen dress, strand of pearls, very large sunglasses, and a pair of platinum Jack Rogers.  Perfect for sitting on a deck enjoying the ocean breeze.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Why you should take a wagon to the beach.

I made the expensive mistake of taking Thomas into Rite-Aid to purchase beach toys the other week and we ended up with a rake, net, Pirate themed beach toy play set, sunscreen (my pick) and sandcastle toys.  Tip: Wallgreens has a much better selection.  All of that fits in the wagon, which actually has remained in our car, so it is easy to take it out and roll on.

See those clouds? The wagon was also handy when we had to throw everything in it and RUN.

We're really into building sandcastles right now.  We hunt for seashells, and then make a mound of sand that we call a sandcastle, and Thomas builds a seashell circle around my sand creation.  Also - he hunts for "pretty seashells" which is a fantastic activity, but our opinion on "pretty" differs drastically. I like seashells that are intact.  He says, "no, that's not a pretty seashell."  He likes seashell parts that resemble rocks. In the eye of the beholder, right?

Thomas's "pretty seashells"

Friday, July 19, 2013

Easy Edamame Salad

This easy edamame salad has been my favorite side of the summer.  And it is so easy to make and keeps in the fridge for a few days.

Easy Edamame Salad Recipe

  • frozen edamame
  • dried cranberries or craisins
  • olive oil
  • feta cheese
Boil the edamame according to directions. When they are cooked and cooled, toss with the rest of the ingredients.

I love this on it's own as a side but have also been throwing it in a larger salad, too. 


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Feeding ducks.

Thomas marched in the door yesterday and said "Let's feed the ducks!" so of course I ran upstairs to find duck food (stale tortilla chips) to take him to the Market Common lake to feed the ducks. 

Parents, if you think feeding the ducks sounds like a fun adventure - it is - but I have to caution you the "duck food" will most likely also be eaten by your child, so please don't think you can get rid of moldy bread by feeding it to ducks. 

Anyway.  It took us about 20 minutes to walk a block over to the lake because we had to pick up every single stick in close proximity to the sidewalk along the way.  Also, we had to jump over every crack in the sidewalk. If my jump was not deemed proper, I was given a brief lesson and demonstration on how I should have jumped. 

The destination is never the actual activity... it's the journey, right? Thomas is at such a fun age - I don't try to rush us to our destination because he's just as content picking up sticks and pointing out bugs as he is with our intended activity - in this case, feeding the ducks.  I love to see what he's going to do next because it usually makes me laugh.  Like the jumping demonstration. Sadly, I was too busy learning the proper jumping technique to take a video.

We finally reached our destination - the small lake - and saw three ducks.  Those lucky ducks were fed a small handful of tortilla chips.  Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a flock of ducks - at least 12 of them - swimming our way and their pace picked up the second Thomas started throwing out stale chips.  Pretty soon, they were waddling quickly over to our location.  Like really quickly. (I'd estimate at least 10 MPH. Unusually fast, for ducks.)   Thomas wanted me to pick him up - so I scooped him up and ran.  I saw the look in those ducks' eyes. They were eying my legs thinking "I'm going to peck you for giving us STALE tortilla chips!!"  They were poised for attack.  We escaped, thankfully.

Sometimes, ending an activity like feeding the ducks can be difficult. Trying to talk Thomas into going home for dinner while he's on the playground, for instance, requires crafty negotiations and games.  "Follow the leader" and "let's race!" are pretty good motivators, but still require some time.  Getting back home is never a quick process.  Having ducks nearly attacking us was the fastest exit to an activity I've ever experienced. 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Dine Local: Green Grubbin'

Green Grubbin is a locally owned salad and wraps restaurant with a menu of delicious salad combinations or you can make your own with the wide variety of ingredients available. It's easy to order a healthy lunch that packed with flavor here - the choices are endless. Anything you can imagine putting on a salad is a choice here, and it's all very fresh.
The salads are huge:
Will chose to make his own with ham, black beans, corn, and other random things I can't recall.

Service was quick and very friendly.

Here's a picture of the front of the menu:

I had the southwest salad with the sriracha lime dressing - it was fantastic but spicy!!


Check it out!

Green Grubbin' on Urbanspoon