Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

It’s official – I can’t keep up with ze blogging over holiday break.

We had quite a scare with Wito last week – after 5 days of 103 to 105-degree fevers, he was admitted to the hospital last Tuesday – his lab work and symptoms raised suspicions of Kawasaki’s Disease (which, hey, NEVER google Kawasaki’s Disease while sitting in the ER with your child. Trust me.), but thankfully it was not, as this over achiever of mine somehow managed to contract TWO separate strains of the flu within the same week. Add in his first go-around with strep, and you have one sick boy. (His strep titer showed he’d never been exposed to strep in 8 years. Very rare!)

We were discharged on Christmas Eve, just in time to experience our first Christmas in our own home. (Up until this year, we had celebrated Christmas morning at my parents’ home while visiting from California.) Wito spent most of the day in bed, but he still got to open his presents and enjoy the day. Wita would like you to know she is now the proud owner of a karaoke machine. This is happening on a frequent basis. Also, the heart wants what it wants, you guys.

Wito is pretty much 95% at this point, and I am so happy he has another week to enjoy himself before returning back to school. As for me, my adrenaline was running the show last week, so I’m taking some deep breaths, practicing a little yoga, and well, let’s be honest, manically re-organizing my house. You see, that’s my stress release. Sad, but true. Just yesterday morning, I rearranged Wito’s clothing drawers, organized his armoire filled with hundreds of books, did 4 loads of laundry, combed through my beauty and skincare items AGAIN, rearranged my drawers of jewelry and clothing, and cleaned my closet out. Before 10:30am. Yikes.

Speaking of manic reorganization – I’m in the final stages of getting my capsule wardrobe ready for the next three months. I’m not sure I can want do this, peeps, but I am going to try. Have you tried a capsule wardrobe before? Basically, you can wear 37 or so items (including shoes) over a period of 3 months. The rest of your clothing must be stored away, donated or sold, so you aren’t tempted. (I sent most of mine to Goodwill, but I am listing a few items later today.) I’m also not allowed to buy anything new during that time period. I’ve been reading about it at Un-Fancy and I’m excited to try it. Anyone care to join me?

On the makeup and skincare cleanup front, I’m still thrilled with Beautycounter and Tarte. (Most of my makeup picks are here. Skincare post is coming next month.) I can’t tell you how nice it is to not be bombarded with hundreds of brands to choose from any longer. If it’s not safe for my face, it’s not going on my face. (psst – Tarte is doing 15% off all products through the end of the year with the code BYE2014.)

Also, we are planning a trip back to Newport Beach in mid-January. We will all be soaking up the sun something fierce – I’ve never seen my kids so pale in my life. Vitamin D, here we come.

I hope your holidays have been relaxing and full of happy moments. See you next week!

  1. Traci

    December 29, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I read Un-Fancy too and love the idea of a capsule wardrobe also, but haven’t jumped into it yet. I hope you’ll be sharing yours! Enjoy the end of your 2014!

  2. Stacey

    December 29, 2014 at 11:51 am

    So glad that your little man is better! What a scary time. And I just started a modified capsule wardrobe and I think I am loving it! Love fewer decisions. Jury is still out on if I am going to get bored…

  3. Mia

    December 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I am happy Wito is on the mend. When your child is ill, it is impossible to focus on anything else… just his wellness. I wish you and your family a Happy and Healthy 2015.

  4. Myndi

    December 29, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Yes to the capsule wardrobe! I’ve been slowly working on mine as well. I hope you will share your items once you finish your capsule!

  5. Amy Smith

    December 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I started the capsule wardrobe awhile back and it is haaaard, but so nice to put on what I actual love and feel good in every day instead of staring at a bunch of clothes I feel guilty for not wearing or spending hundreds of dollars at Target/Old Navy/Gap at clothes that don’t hold up or last :P But doing the free dressingyourtruth.com course first REALLY helped me narrow down my style and not the style I WISH I had ;D

  6. natalie

    December 29, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Wow, what a week! Glad all is okay.

    My tribe is moving up the coast to Portland next week. As a southern California native, I’m a little uneasy about leaving, but excited for the adventure. My favorite part of the move so far has been the purging!! Feels so darn good.

    Happy New Year!

  7. Ashley

    December 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks to your inspiration, I just purged my closet! While I’m slightly over the 37 item limit ; ) I feel so good about this challenge! Would love to see your capsule when you are finished. Happy New Year!

  8. Becky

    December 30, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I have been following Un-Fancy for a while also, and took the plunge over Thanksgiving. It felt both very liberating and a bit sad to see how much stuff I had that I wasn’t wearing and thinking about how wasteful that was. I capped out at 41 items, rather than 37, and my wardrobe is mainly black/white/grey/denim with pops of color. It’s been really easy for the most part, but I did get tired of wearing the same black dress to all of my holiday parties, even mixing up the accessories. I still like to go visit all my shoes that are located in an extra closet from time to time, though…

  9. Cindy

    December 30, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you for the heads up about the capsule wardrobe. I was curious and clicked over to un-fancy to see what it was about and had everything pulled out of my closet 30 minutes later. Genius! I succeeded, too: I whittled it down to 37 items and boxed up the rest. It is pretty amazing to go into my closet and only see stuff that I really love. I’m excited to hear about your updates!

  10. Desi

    January 2, 2015 at 10:17 am

    i love Unfancy, but if you want to go a little deeper i super into into-mind.com i have loved minimizing my wardrobe and it has bleed into other areas of my life. Happy New Year! Glad your family is enjoying more health.

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