Musing Over Mommy Daughter Salon Day

“Will you and Quinn be getting your hair done at the salon once a month?” my sister asked, to which I replied, “Yes!” My daughter got her hair done at the salon for the first time at eight years old for her birthday, and it was such a memorable experience not just for her but for me too. In wearing my hair in its natural curly state, I tend to do it myself, but since I got some color, I’ve been going to the salon more frequently to maintain my color and keep it healthy.

Of course, Quinn wanted to be a part of that experience, and I figured why not?! Even though I know it won’t last long with my workouts that sweat out my hair quickly, today, I decided to get a silk press instead of wearing my hair curly. Though we currently have different hair colors, Quinn was so excited to be “twins,” insisting that I have my part in the middle like her and not a side part. With the rain, my hair is already puffing up a little in the front, but I’m glad we have this salon time together to bond and am looking forward to this once a month.

All the best,

Tanya

Fun Patching Up a Pumpkin Tradition

Since my daughter was a toddler, we’ve been going to the pumpkin patch to get pumpkins. It’s something the entire family, including my mom (Quinn’s Nana) enjoys. All week, we’ve checked the weather and watched the chance of rain fluctuate from a 30 percent chance of rain to a 100 percent chance of rain. The question loomed over us: would we be keeping with tradition and going to the pumpkin patch the first weekend in October or postponing our plans.

Lucky us! There were clear skies for a brief “patch” of time, and we excitedly yet quickly picked out our pumpkins for Halloween decorating. Though we didn’t do the hayride or corn maze, it was still wonderful having that time together and keeping our tradition.

All the best,

Tanya

Summer in Review

Summer went by so quickly…maybe because it’s been almost three years since my family has had a schedule full of activities outside of the home due to the pandemic. While I happy that we had so much fun, I’ve been negligent in sharing my mommy’s baby steps journey. Though summer IS officially over, I just have to provide a recap on some of our favorite moments.

We went to the beach so much this summer and even took our little toy poodle to a dog beach as well. Something simple that brought back childhood memories for me was catching and releasing lightning bugs with my daughter. While I’m no longer a roller coaster enthusiast, Quinn had a ball getting on just about every ride at Six Flags Great Adventure and Hersheypark with family and friends.

She even enjoyed coming to strength training with me and cheering me on and occasionally jeering me on in a playful way to encourage me.

This was a wonderful summer, and I’m grateful for the moments we had this summer.

All the best,

Tanya

The Importance of Play Dates

Quinn and I had such a wonderful play date with our friends. She didn’t want to go at the end of the day, and I secretly didn’t want to go either. With the pandemic looming over us for the past few years, time together with friends feels so special and is definitely important for Quinn as an only child. I’m so grateful for these moments with dear friends. Looking forward to next time. 🥰

All the best,

Tanya

My Baby is Officially Gone! Last Tooth Cashed in by the Tooth Fairy

Yesterday, while eating dinner it happened. My daughter’s last baby tooth came out while she was eating a pineapple. She just turned nine in May and already a couple of years ahead of the average kid when it comes to losing teeth. Then again, she was ahead of the average kid with getting her first baby teeth.

I remember being so excited when I saw those two little teeth peeking through those baby gums. I was even joyful when Quinn lost her first tooth just about four years later.

But this milestone is much different. Yes, she’s still technically a child for nine more years, but her teeth confirm that adulthood will be here before I know it. With this in mind, I will continue to cherish the moments we have together and just watch in awe as she continues to mature and flourish into a young lady.

All the best,

Tanya

Mommy & Me Summer Break Spa Day

My nine year old had a wonderful school year and is officially on summer break! So I thought why not keep our tradition going by celebrating her hard work and accomplishments with a third annual spa day.

While I could have made arrangements for us to go to a pricey spa at an exclusive resort, she deserved the top of the line. She received the full pampering treatment from head to toe at the “Fabulous & Fancy Franklin Spa.”

Quinn had a foot soak, scrub, hydration, rub and pedicure as well as a manicure. She had a lavender face mask with rejuvenating eye gel pads and her hair washed and braided with the color of her choosing. Though the entire process took nearly seven hours, it was worth it to see that smile on her face and to receive a big hug and thank you demonstrating her gratitude. I want her to know that I’m proud of her and enjoy the time we spend together and hope she felt that today.

All the best,

Tanya

The Joy & Energy of Dance Recital Season!

It’s dance recital season, and while it was nonstop, torrential rain as we ran in the building from the car, the performances were absolute sunshine!

My nine year old was in three different dance numbers including the finale with the “big” kids and did a fabulous job holding her own as her dad, Nana and I cheered Quinn on.

I couldn’t be prouder of her, the other dancers and Miss Dez who did a wonderful job choreographing the hip hop numbers.

I felt like a true dance mom!

All the best,

Tanya