De-coffee-nated

Decoffeenated

These are my first thoughts upon waking up to my alarm:

Oh God. NO.

(Realizes oh God. Yes. I do have to get up.)

Can I fit in a nap today? How many hours until it’s socially acceptable to go to bed again tonight?

Now, it’s no secret that I love to sleep more than, well, just about anything. But I think there’s something more going on here.

I think I wake up de-coffee-nated.

That’s not a typo, nor is it to be confused with decaffeinated, because I’m not sure it’s the actual caffeine at work. There’s something else hiding in my cuppa joe. The thought of a big, icy glass of Diet Coke doesn’t give me a reason to get out of bed in the morning the way coffee does.

My de-coffee-nated self can barely face the day. It doesn’t matter if I get 6 hours of sleep or 10, the de-coffee-nated inner voice is the same. It sounds like Eeyore and looks like Bill Murray about three-quarters of the way through “Groundhog Day.”

There’s no way any of that stuff is getting done today, de-coffee-nated Angie says to her to-do list. Never mind that at 6:20 in the morning the only task on my to-do list so far is “Get dressed.”

Decoffeenated

The single thing that propels me forward is the knowledge that there are children that won’t leave the house and give me a few hours of peace and quiet unless I nudge their equally lethargic bodies out of bed and out the door. That, and coffee. These are the only two things my de-coffee-nated self is able to manage at this ungodly hour: grunting at children and making the coffee.

Something just short of miraculous happens as I pour that first cup of coffee and slowly drink it down. After two sips, I look around as if a dark shroud has been lifted. After a quarter of a cup, I can look at my to-do list and add something more productive, like put on pants that require buttoning. After half a cup, I’m speaking in full sentences. And when the first cup is gone? I’m ready to rule the world. Or at least make a grocery list without having to lie back down for a few minutes.

Somebody buy me this, please.

You’d think I’d know better than to listen to my de-coffee-nated self, that I’d realize I just need a few minutes longer than most folks to get my head straight for the day. But nope. This exact scene repeats itself every. damn. morning.

Mike swears I’m addicted, and for the longest time I fought him on it. I can quit coffee! I just need a hot beverage! But that’s a big, fat lie. In fact, that sounds an awful lot like something I’d say after my second cup of coffee.

I can’t adult today. I’m de-coffee-nated. Funny | Puppies | Coffee

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Because Camo and Fedoras Totally Go Together: OshKosh B’gosh #ImagineSpring

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received a gift card to purchase clothing, but all images and thoughts are my own. The funky fresh spring attitude and style is 100% Eli.

From camo to fedoras, cute spring styles for baby boys to big kids from OshKosh B’gosh. #ImagineSpring with outfits perfect for spring break and Easter! Fashion | Boys Spring + Summer Looks

Do you shop at OshKosh B’gosh? For years I only thought of them as that company that made those overalls. It wasn’t until my friend Julie tipped me off to the OshKosh store that I realized how much more OshKosh had to offer. She’s a pro at dressing her kids for fabulous photo shoots, and she shops the OshKosh racks frequently for stylish and fun coordinating kids’ clothing at great prices. Having been the lucky benefactor of many of her son’s OshKosh hand-me-downs, I can attest that the clothing not only looks great, but holds up well to rough and tumble play that comes along with being a kid.

When OshKosh asked if Eli and I would be up for a little shopping spree in their store to get Eli’s wardrobe ready for spring, we were both pumped. We’re headed to Texas for spring break adventures (and hopefully something that actually resembles spring temperatures). We’re ready to ditch the long sleeves, dark colors and layers behind for lighter, brighter colors, fun patterns and prints to usher in spring and summer.

I rarely take Eli shopping with me, preferring to grab stuff while I’m out and hope that he’ll like it. What a mistake! He loved shopping for his own things in the OshKosh store, and picked out things I never would’ve considered for him. It’s so fun to see his own fresh style revealed in the outfits he put together himself.

From camo to fedoras, cute spring styles for baby boys to big kids from OshKosh B’gosh. #ImagineSpring with outfits perfect for spring break and Easter! Fashion | Boys Spring + Summer Looks

Right off the bat he loved these Mesh Shorts and the Baseball Active Tee. He was super excited about the tee, as we just signed him up for his first season of baseball. I’m not gonna lie, I was a little nervous at this point. Eli would live in sports pants and tees if given the choice. I was preparing my “boys cannot live by drawstring alone” speech when he spotted a fedora. A fedora!

From camo to fedoras, cute spring styles for baby boys to big kids from OshKosh B’gosh. #ImagineSpring with outfits perfect for spring break and Easter! Fashion | Boys Spring + Summer Looks

I would never, in a million years, have picked up a fedora while shopping for Eli and thought, “He’ll love it!” But he does, and so do I … The Perfect Gentleman, indeed. It looks just as good with this graphic tee as it does with dressier shirts.

From camo to fedoras, cute spring styles for baby boys to big kids from OshKosh B’gosh. #ImagineSpring with outfits perfect for spring break and Easter! Fashion | Boys Spring + Summer Looks

Pictured: The much-loved Fedora, white Polo Shirt, and plaid Cargo Shorts. How great will these colors look with a backdrop of Texas bluebonnets?

From camo to fedoras, cute spring styles for baby boys to big kids from OshKosh B’gosh. #ImagineSpring with outfits perfect for spring break and Easter! Fashion | Boys Spring + Summer Looks

Eli has a slight camo obsession. He comes by it honestly … I feel the same way about stripes. I was ready to say no to any new camo, but he fell hard for this Camo Surfer Tank. I gave in because the fresh, light colors are a change from all the dark green came he already has. Also, he spent several minutes flexing his muscles in the dressing room mirror. “Look at these guns, Mom!” Okay, fine. I also let him walk out the door with Camo Flip Flops. In related news, I’m a pushover. He paired them with navy Camp Shorts. Sunglasses are from his private collection. (I couldn’t resist typing that. Makes me feel like a “real, alive” fashion blogger, as Eli would say.)

From camo to fedoras, cute spring styles for baby boys to big kids from OshKosh B’gosh. #ImagineSpring with outfits perfect for spring break and Easter! Fashion | Boys Spring + Summer Looks

Just to show you how difficult Mother Nature is making it for us to #ImagineSpring here in Indiana, I give you Exhibit A: sleet. Thank goodness these sharp grey Skinny Jeans and Mesh Sneakers will make the transition from cold, gloomy days to bright, sunny ones. Sunny days are right around the corner, right? Right??!!

From camo to fedoras, cute spring styles for baby boys to big kids from OshKosh B’gosh. #ImagineSpring with outfits perfect for spring break and Easter! Fashion | Boys Spring + Summer Looks

Eli’s skeptical. So am I, Mother Nature. SO AM I.  For now, we’ll take solace in this bright yellow Graphic Tee.

OshKosh has everything you need, from clothing to accessories (Fedoras! Bow Ties!), shoes, activewear and everyday basics for boys and girls. Take advantage of some great spring deals and doorbusters, along with this coupon, and be ready for spring, Easter, and sunny days with a little extra cash in your pocket for ice cream.

OshKosh B'gosh Spring 2015 coupon

Find an OshKosh store near you and start imagining spring today!

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March Gladness: Lessons From a Winless Season

Disclosure: This post is part of a yearly series in partnership with Netflix. As a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam, I’ll be sharing ideas throughout the year on some of the best Netflix titles to stream with your family. The content, as always, is whatever streams through my own mind! Hope you enjoy!

In the midst of #DeflateGate, I posted a picture on Instagram. Eli had just started his basketball season.

March Gladness: Lessons From a Winless Season

First grade basketball: the cure for whatever professional sport issues ail you.

It was the first game. Hope, spirits, and the waistband on Eli’s basketball shorts were high.

March Gladness: Lessons From a Winless Season

Photo credit: Korie Austin

We didn’t win that first game. Nor did we win the next one. Or the one after that. Or the next 6 games. Sadly, the Thunder went 0-9.

You would think that losing game after game would do something to a kid’s excitement about a game, that it would crush a young team’s morale. We’re lucky here in Indianapolis, in that we don’t spend a lot of seasons mired in winless streaks. The year Peyton Manning sat out the season with his injured neck the Colts lost 13 games in a row. You’d have thought the world was coming to an end around here. If a season like that would drive grownups to drink, what would it do to a bunch of 7-year-olds?

March Gladness: Lessons From a Winless Season

Photo credit: Korie Austin

Absolutely nothing. I waited for Eli to vent his frustrations, for him to want to give up, for him to blame somebody. I waited for what I presumed would be the inevitable, “I hate basketball.” It never came. He bounced off to practice every week with a smile on his face. At practice, he listened to his coaches and worked hard. Come game day, he put his jersey on with pride. And after every single loss, the kids lined up and slapped hands. “Good game!” they said, over and over again, with absolute sincerity.

March Gladness: Lessons From a Winless Season

Photo credit: Korie Austin

You might think Eli is just an overly optimistic kid. To some extent, he is. But he was not an anomaly on this team. Each and every one of his teammates did the same. They got better every week, but it was never enough to walk away with a W.

The coaches never gave up on these kids either, never mentioned wins or losses, never cut corners with one kid’s playing time so that maybe we could eke out a win. They herded those little cats week in and week out, giving them a solid foundation, lots of encouragement, and so many high fives. Because when you’re seven, that’s what matters: an atta boy and a high five from someone bigger than you.

March Gladness: Lessons From a Winless Season

Photo credit: Korie Austin

You know who had the hardest time with it? The parents. We’d look at each nervously before the games … surely we’d win one today, right? We’d search their little faces anxiously as the other teams would continue to make basket after basket. Will they be okay?

They were more than okay. Here’s what mattered to them in the end:

1. They got a cool jersey.
2. They got to run around twice a week with their friends.
3. Sometimes they made a basket.
4. They got a trophy.
5. There was pizza end of the season.

There were so many times when we could’ve won, only our shots wouldn’t fall and theirs did. If there’s a harder lesson in life for us to swallow than watching someone else do the same thing we do, put in the exact same effort, only to see them get what you so desperately wanted, I don’t know it. I do know this, though. We adults could learn a thing or two from these boys.

How different would our outlook on life be if we could just be happy with our own circumstances? If we could be content to do our best without letting the final score be the only measure of our worth? It would be epic. As epic as an end-of-the-season pizza party with unlimited pitchers of lemonade and double-dog dares to eat a pizza with a shaker full of red pepper flakes on it.

These boys inspired me so much on the court. I wanted to find some movies we could enjoy as a family off the court and on the couch. Here are a few great films to stream on Netflix that are filled with teamwork, determination, resilience, good sportsmanship and big dreams:

  • Bad New Bears
  • Rude
  • The Karate Kid
  • Turbo
  • The Perfect Game

And if the grownups in your house are looking for something new and fun, be sure to check out the new Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Ellie Kemper (The Office) stars in this comedy from 30 Rock producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Held captive for the last 15 years in a doomsday cult, the resilient and optimistic Kimmy emerges to find a drastically different world from the one she left behind. I love it, and I think you will, too!

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