Mandy Rose

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    5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before My Child Started Kindergarten

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    When I got pregnant, everyone and their brother gave me advice about what I should and should not do with a baby in my belly.

    “No caffeine.”

    “Don’t eat lunch meat.”

    “Limit your workout routine.”

    Then when I had a newborn, I was given opinion after opinion on how to handle diapers and nap time and breastfeeding. I was told to never let a child “cry it out” and that my boobs would essentially “never be the same”.

    I call it…”Welcome to Motherhood: Where Everyone You Know is Now A Baby Expert.” <— an entire post dedicated to the highly opinionated parenting expert. Thank me later.

    Then, a few years ago I sent my (now) seven year old off to the big K. Yes, Kindergarten. (more…)


    Strawberry & Spinach Salad

    I rarely cook, but when I do? I make sure it’s worth eating.  Especially since I’ve been counting calories and doing this #spousefit challenge. Which I’ve lost 5lbs, by the way. Holla.

    Is there really anything worse than eating something that tastes like poo? I always get so frustrated when I do that because I think, “Uh, what a waste of calories.”

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    There’s Snow In My Pants


    My days tend to be ordinarily pretty routine. I don’t like a lot of change when it comes to my exciting monotonous schedule. Throw in a kids doctors appointment or a bookkeeping meeting with my CPA…and my whole week is backwards.

    It’s wake up at 5:45 am, quickly throw my knotted nest of hair in the tightest ponytail possible, grab a sports bra, pop in the 21 day fix DVD, sweat and curse the insanely-fit-rock-hard-abs instructor making me doing 60 straight seconds of burpees followed by 60 seconds of weighted lunges…repeat, finish my 30 minutes of morning hell bliss, wake up the kids who aren’t already awake, jump in the shower – typically with a toddler in tow, dress myself…and each kid…even the seven year old HATES picking out his own clothes, make a healthy shake and breakfast for the kids – which tends to be a pop tart or microwavable pancakes – I keep it classy, rush out the door to take them all to school, come home, plop myself in front of the computer AND….. (more…)


    The Scattered Love Affair – 9 Things I Love More Than Fountain Coke

    If someone could be in my head for a mere two seconds, just two, they would hear this…

    Brain starts off with – “I’m going to paint the bathroom…. No, I think I’ll finish decorating the boys sports themed bedroom… Wait, I want to re-do that gallery wall… No, I NEEEEEED to organize the laundry room…”

    Which usually all turns into “I’ll hang a canvas print, run to the gas station for a fountain coke and then online shop for some new shoes.”

    I am the Wikipedia definition of “Scatter Brained”. Or as some would say, I have a lot of irons in the fire.

    Or a lot of ideas in my brain.

    Scatter Brained – The inability to produce any coherant thought pattern. Often a side effect of, but definitely not limited to, alcohol or drug consumption.

    Except I don’t drink or do drugs. Awesome.

    Being that it’s Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share with y’all a few things that I am loving. And yes, they vary from Iced White Mochas to giant canvas prints to my love for New Kids On The Block.

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    Let’s call this post – The Scattered Love Affair, shall we?

    This really has nothing to do with my random thoughts on painting, sports themed bedrooms or gallery walls. But, I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you, now does it?


    Here you go, 9 Things I Love More Than Fountain Coke.  (more…)


    The Adoption Process

    The Adoption Process - answers to common adoption questions

    So many of you have reached out to us about our adoption. Whether you reached out to lend your support, pray for our family or inquire about adoption for your own family?

    It’s been refreshing to see that so many of you are INTERESTED. (more…)


    The Interim Canvas

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    For a very long time I refused to replace the family canvas that was hanging in my entryway.

    It was old. Very very verrrrrry old.

    As in, we were a family of three when the image was taken. See…. (more…)


    Life Lessons I Have Learned From My Kids

    I just tripped over a Matchbox car that was laying in the middle of my kitchen floor.

    I went to brush my teeth this morning only to find that someone {not naming any names middle child – ahem} had emptied the toothpaste into the bathtub.

    I found 3 dead worms in my son’s sock drawer {apparently having a dog wasn’t enough for him}. Not to mention that it’s winter so those worms have been there for awhile.

    My lunch today included a hot dog, a lunch-able and three white fudge oreos. And I may have had Starbucks twice.

    The last movie I saw in the theater was something by Pixar and I’m pretty sure it was rated G.

    Having kids has changed me in so many ways, especially having all boys. As you can tell my life isn’t always glamorous, but it’s most certainly better with my boys in it. And although there are many times when I feel frustrated by their silly ways {especially the dead worms – not cool not cool}, I try and always remember the joy that they bring to me.

    Life Lessons I Have Learned From My Kids (more…)


    Jamaica – 10 Things To Know Before You Take Your Trip

    As I sit here typing this looking out the window… I see snow.

    Last week I was laying on the beach in 85 degree weather celebrating 10 years of marriage and this week? I’m wearing my snow boots, trying to drink lots of hot coffee and doing work. Bleck.

    The coffee mostly because I need the caffeine to get me through the dreary cold work day, but the hot part helps too.

    This was our first time taking a trip to Jamaica. We’ve been many other places, mostly in Mexico (<—read about it)… Cancun, Riveria Maya, Cozumel. When I am comparing this Jamaica trip I want you to know that I am mostly comparing it to my experience with all-inclusive resorts in Mexico.

    I was clueless when it came to knowing where to go and where to stay in Jamaica. Ocho rios versus Negril versus Montego Bay???

    Luckily, we had a travel agent who helped a ton, but if you know me…then you know I did my own research. Lots of it.

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    RV Trip – The Details

    As I was writing my Jamaica recap post, I realized that I never did a final recap on our two week RV trip.

    I blogged EVERY single day of the trip, but I never did a post that linked all of the posts together (to make it easy for you to follow along in case you were thinking of taking an RV trip).

    Details on Taking an RV Trip

    Our journey began in St.Louis, Missouri in June of 2014. We set out on a mission to drive to the Grand Canyon. We literally had no plans of where we would stop or sleep. (more…)


    Christmas Recap 2014


    I might be Johnny on the Spot when it comes to taking down Christmas decorations (day after girl – right here), but when it comes to documenting our Christmas recap?

    Not so much. 

    However, these are moments that I absolutely NEVER want to forget so I vowed that I will post about them anyway.

    Late and all. (more…)


    Happy 2015!

    We celebrated New Year’s with some of our good friends last night and, unlike the usual, we stayed out way past our bedtime. I can actually say that this is the second year in a row now that I made it to the midnight kiss without falling asleep first.


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    The Busyness Blah

    The holiday season is typically a time of busyness for so many of us. Especially when you have lots of different places to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    You have to spend time at your parent’s house and his parent’s house and step-parents and grandparents and… you get the point.


    But something you might not know about me…  A “fun fact” as we like to call it on our Dollars and Roses podcast. (more…)

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