Monday’s Mama is the Birthday Girl.

Juliana Hatfield (yes, I am Old) has a song called My Sister that contains all of the following lines: I love my sister, I hate my sister, and I miss my sister.

It is legit the most accurate song about sisters ever written. (Feel free to disagree in the comment section as I am open to hearing about other songs but I will not change my mind.)

Today is my sister’s birthday!!


(This is your present. An internet shout out. I hope you like it.)

I love my sister and I miss my sister so very much. I haven’t hated her in a long time. We shared a room in the eighties so I definitely had mixed feelings sometimes. And I’m sure it was mutual.

Right, boo?

My sister is an awesome mama and a great friend and an amazing dancer. Like, REALLY GREAT DANCER. I have legit seen people at a regular club form a circle around her to watch her dance and it wasn’t even a movie or anything.

kelly dance

I didn’t ask her permission to post this so I don’t want to put my nephew all over the internet. But here is a fun picture of her wonderful child. Since this is calledย Monday’s Mamaย and all.

superhero xan 2


My sister is finishing up at the Aveda Institute in Jacksonville, Florida, so if you are in North Florida, hit her up. She can do you hair or your makeup or whatever because sheโ€™s awesome. Also, if you are in North Florida, you probably already know Kelly Kelz because my sister’s super power is never forgetting a name or a face. She knows everyone. And everyone knows her. And loves her. It’s frankly annoying.

Go tell her to have a happy birthday over here on Instagram. Just make sure you also tell her how lucky she is to have SUCH A WONDERFUL SISTER.


OMG With These Shoes.


I totally paid $47.70 for a pair of shoes for a toddler. She will fit them for MAYBE five months, if I’m lucky.

And they aren’t even expensive Stride Rite super-supportive first-walker shoes either.


superstar adidas

Y’all. Babystar was SO EXCITED to get shoes like her big sister. She knows these are ‘Fifi’s shoes’ and she tried them on and was strutting around in the store and holding her feet out one by one to show us how cool they were. She even said, ‘SO COOL’. I had to buy them. I had no choice. My entire body and soul was melted into a puddle at the shoe store and all of my willpower leaked through the cracks in the floor.

Plus. For real. I totally thought they were on sale for $29.99. But nope. The GOLD and white Adidas were on sale. But her sister has the BLACK and white Adidas. So black and white Adidas for Babystar.

She said that I should ‘no tell Fifi picture shoes — shoes airplane airport’. Her sister was out of town and she didn’t want me to tell her or send her a picture. (I speak Babystar LOL.) She was so excited and wanted to surprise her by wearing the matching shoes when we picked her up at the airport.

airport hug

airport sisters

YOU GUYS OMG. But she really is growing out of her size 6 shoes. And these are a size 7, so, um, totally necessary.

The Universe was looking out for me on this one, though. Less than a week later, Myrtle Beach Grammy sent three pairs of size 7 shoes PLUS an additional $45 cash (in the mail — I know) for a pair of yellow shoes. Yes, yellow shoes. Because Babystar told Grammy on FaceTime that she wanted new yellow shoes. Grammy sent THREE pairs of awesome Mary Jane velcro-style Stride Rite shoes, but none were yellow. So she sent the baby some money to buy yellow shoes. My MIL is awesome and crazy. Maybe we will find yellow shoes next time but I think four pairs of size 7 shoes for the ToddlerMonster will be plenty. And one pair is the exact same pair of pink waterproof shoes that Grammy bought her in a size 6 and they are perfect for summertime. THANK YOU GRAMMY (that doesn’t read this blog)!

MAYDAY MAYDAY: Is it just me? Have you ever bought something that you KNEW was a bit silly and/or overpriced for your baby/toddler/dog/child/self but you did it anyway?