FIGHTING WINTER : COLORS NEEDED

Monochrome seems to be my default setting in winter.

I have recently noticed that I own good few black and white items of clothing and they are pretty much all I am wearing these days.  It seems to be the only fitting colors in these winter days of grey skies, rain and darkness.
Fighting Winter: colors neededIt is a well known fact that colors affect our mood and although wearing dark colors in the winter seems appropriate to blend in with the weather, it can also bring your mood down.

I have decided to step away from the monochromes, to fight the grey skies with colorful hats and scarfs, to rescue that orange and pink top that don’t get out in winter, to wear bright colors to fight the darkness.

I am excited to venture into my wardrobe to rediscover and fall in love with dresses that have not been worn in a long time, combine fun colors and think outside the box in terms of winter clothing.

This is my plan. This is how I am fighting winter this year. Will you join me?
Step away from monochrome and come to the bright side with me.

Chaotic Itzi
#ChaoticallyPositive

FRIDAY, RAINY FRIDAY #ChaoticallyPositive

Today it’s finally Friday.

Friday Rainy FridayThis week has been tough.  Mr B is still on tour, I have a bad cold that I can’t quite shift and the kids are getting cabin fever with the bad weather and they are also missing their dad. We are all tired and emotional. But today is finally Friday.

Today is not just Friday. Today is the last Friday The Unlucky Cabin Boy is on tour, the second last show. Mr B will be home on Sunday and life will go back to normal. For a short period anyway. We will soon be knee-deep in the chaos of the Christmas holidays, which we are all looking forward to.

Family time

Today it’s Friday. A wet and cold Friday. But it is a good Friday.

Soon we will all be home chasing our tales, catching up to our days. But we will all be home. The 4 of us.

Happy Friday.
Chaotic Itzi

Craftsy

WEEKLY INSPIRATION : COSY PIJAMAS

My kids love having pijama’s days. To be honest, I don’t know where they got that from as both Mr B and I are totally presentable in the morning. I mean, fully showered, fully dressed and even some makeup on… it is important to be presentable for breakfast, to start the day prepared… yeah, right… there is nothing better than breakfast in pijamas and messy hair (this last detail doesn’t seem to be optional… my hair is just crazy in the mornings).

The weather has just turned and the cold seems to be here to stay. We are officially entering into pijama’s season. That time of the year where the kind of pijamas you are wearing will determine the day you will have. Ok, I might have taken it too far but you know what I mean…

For a lazy day watching TV by the fire, animal onesies are a must.
Weekly Inspiration - Cosy Pajamas
You can get them for the entire family!
Weekly Inspiration - Cosy Pajamas
Now, these pijamas might prove uncomfortable in bed, with their tails and ears, so a sexier onesie (because there is totally such a thing, right?).
Weekly Inspiration - Cosy Pajamas
But in fairness, bed is not just for lazing around., I also like to read in it – snuggled under the blanket, kindle in hand and loads and loads of coffee.
Weekly Inspiration - Cosy Pajamas

Just because you are in pijamas it doesn’t mean that you can not be stylish

Weekly Inspiration - Cosy Pajamas

or sexy

Weekly Inspiration - Cosy Pajamas
Whatever style you’d prefer, enjoy your lazy day, put your feet up, cuddle up and embrace the chaos.

Have a great weekend.
Chaotic Itzi

POSITIVE THINKING: Enjoying the Little Things #ChaoticallyPositive

Last couple of weeks have been very busy. Mr B has just started his voyage around Ireland with The Unlucky Cabin Boy and the rest of the crew, which has left me at home in sole charge of house and children, which involves a lot of running away and talking to oneself.

Being the only parent around it also gives me an opportunity to hang put more with the kids, to have more cuddles and fun chats with them. They are so funny!
We are also creating new recipes. Lasagna, Pasta, Pizza is Chaotic Monkey’s specialty. It is remarkably tasty and easy to make so it will make the round again in my house…
#ChaoticallyPositive - Hanging out with the kids and cooking new dishesWe are very lucky to live in a lovely neighborhood with a strong sense of community and I am extremely grateful for neighbors that will give us free local honey because they know we love it. Also ridiculously grateful for friends that will give you the most thoughtful and cool present just because they thought you’d like it. And I did! That little sewing machine is just adorable!
#ChaoticallyPositive - Grateful for neighbors and friends
Although the play is taking Mr B away quite a bit, there are also days where he is at home and we’ve had a chance to have lazy lunches, which we never get to do anymore. The kind of lunch that involves some eating, loads of coffee and loads of chats – remember those?
#ChaoticallyPositive - Having lunch with Mr B
All these beautiful moments took place in the midst of chaos and rush but I am delighted that they happened and that I took the time to enjoy them and appreciate them for their beauty.

How was your week? Stay #ChaoticallyPostive
ChaoticItzi

WATCHING TV ON MY OWN

The Unlucky Cabin Boy is back again this year and it opens in Limerick today. It is all very exciting. My brother-in-law wrote the music and lyrics and the my sister-in-law and my very own Mr B are in it. I am very proud of all of them. They are all very talented.  Ridiculously so, but I still love them.  The Unlucky Cabin Boy

The preview was on tonight and it will run until the end of the week. This incredible production will be touring the country for the rest of the month bringing this amazing story to different corners of Ireland.

Mr B and I don’t watch much TV but the bit that we watch we tend to watch it together. We love starting a TV series on Netflix and watch them together till the end. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of TV series that he likes that I don’t and vice-versa but we tend to watch those when there is soccer on, or one of us is out, which is not that often.

With the play on, Mr B is going to be away for the best part of the month of November which means that all “together watching” comes to a halt and starts the season of “just me watching”. This pretty much means that I won’t keep watching our current TV series. I can’t. It’s something we do together. I’ve tried it, but it feels wrong…  like cheating. The same goes for all the films that we want to watch together, I don’t watch them. I wait until both of us are home. So during this month, I will get to watch all those films and series that Mr B is not that into, as many “who done it” (s) as I want, re-watch all the Sherlock episodes (BBC) and watch all the Hunger Games films.

Organising Chaos - Watching TV on my own

Picking a film or a new series feels like a big commitment if that choice has to be made by more than one person. You have to consider the subject, the genre, the characters, what everyone is in the mood for… so many decisions!! Things will be simpler on my own.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not looking forward to spending the month as a single mother, and I mean that with my utmost respect for single mothers. I am just looking for the positives of not having Mr B around for a month, I am looking for the silver lining and if Miss Marple or Sherlock will spend the evenings with me, well, it might not be such a bad month after all.

What are you watching at the moment? Any good suggestions?
Chaotic Itzi

POSITIVE THINKING: Enjoying the Little Things #ChaoticallyPositive

Last Friday morning, I found myself driving to my friend’s house to have breakfast and go over some insurance papers together. I was sitting in my car at a traffic light, listening to Ron Sexsmith and thinking how much I enjoyed his gig the week before, the car was smelling fresh thanks to my new air freshener (not to my deep cleaning skills), feeling extremely grateful for having not only amazing friends, but also friends that are willing to help with insurance grown up paper work over some coffee and smoothies, and despite the grey sky, the rain and the cold, I was feeling grateful. I was feeling grateful that I have a car to drive, property to insure, health to enjoy music and good friends.

It is amazing how a fresh linen smell in your car can put a smile in your face, how music can lift your spirits and how friends remind you that you are not alone. Maybe it is not amazing. Maybe we all know it. It is easy for me to enjoy the little things in life when the days are long, you feel the heat of the sun in your skin, sitting outside surrounded by family and friends. Those are the good things. The simple things. It is when the days get short and the dark and the cold creep in, when sitting outside is not an option and the days seem too short and miserable to meet up with anyone, it is during those days that I have to make a big effort to find the beauty in little things and not succumb to the grey.

Last year, I challenged myself to take photos of anything that put a smile in my face  and I then shared those photos, mainly taken with my phone, on the blog. It helped me to look back in the week and highlight the funny, silly and even mundane moments that made me smile in the middle of the chaos, the routine and the rush.

I have decided to bring back my Positive Thinking posts (previous posts: here, here, here and more). I will be sharing my thoughts and photos every two weeks on the blog and I would like to invite you all to share your Positive Moments here on the blog, on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook by using the hashtag #ChaoticallyPositive. 

This week has been filled with family, cooking, messes and fun.
Positive Thinking #ChaoticlyPositive
We don’t get to see these little people (or their parents) nearly as much as we would like so we have been making some memories that will last forever.
Positive Thinking #ChaoticlyPositivePositive Thinking #ChaoticlyPositive
Think positive. Embrace the chaos.
Chaotic Itzi

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