March 14, 2018

emotional rollercoaster

Ok so for the past few weeks I could barely process my thoughts let alone try to put them down into words, words that actually make sense.
So my fiancΓ©/ boyfriend for the past 3 years decided to pack up all his stuff and move out.
It was one of the most gut wrenching, slap you in the face, knock the wind right out of you things I have gone through, lately. HA. I'm not gonna lie, I have been through some pretty awful stuff but this broke my heart. I honestly didn't see it coming. Yes, we were going to therapy so I thought we were working on things that were 'wrong'.
truthfully, I didn't think things were that bad. I seriously thought that this person loved me more than anything in the world. I guess I was wrong. Maybe I was being totally ignorant about the whole situation. You know, once you get in a routine things get forgotten about, especially when kids are involved and my kids will always come first. Sorry, not sorry.
I have been told that I am a very selfish person but I don't know how I'm selfish when all I do is take care of other people. I just truly don't understand all of this and yes I go to plenty of therapy. Hahahaha. I think that's the only way I get through the days sometimes. That and knowing that I have amazing friends that I can call at anytime and they will listen to all my crazy rantings.
Sometimes you need a professional though.
So ontop of being broken up with, my duck died and all my ‘fuckbois’ wont return my texts. So yea, on valentines day. he got hit by a car in front of my house like all my other emotions. So I had to deal with that. 
Im like, 'can I please just catch a break?'
NOPE.
My car breaks down annnnd I need to get to work.
So at this point I'm really starting to think I'm on that show "PUNKED", remember that show?!
I’m thinking this all can't be real.
This has to be a bad dream that I'm in and I'm just going to wake up and everything is going to be back to 'normal'.
Nope, 3 weeks later and I'm still just going through the motions.
I just wanna know, is the grass greener over there?! Was is worth it?! 
I have no idea because I’m too busy taking out the trash and working 6 days a week. 

XoxOXox 
Steph 

February 2, 2018

Second stop....

The second stop on the kid friendly beer tour is Troges Brewery!
Yay!
I love Troges Brewery, the beer is delicious and so is the food. They also have a whole kids menu with crayons included. hahahaha But it's a huge open space with family style tables but they also have booths. They have a big patio so during the summer I'm sure it's amazing there. I absolutely love the view there. Try going during a sunset, you won't regret it.


So the food is amazing. They have a little snack window that you order at and then pick up your food.  I get the Cesar salad, its huge and it has pretzel croutons made from their big beer pretzels. Soooo good!
you order the beer from the bar and then the food from the snack bar. I think I saw some servers but I'm not quite sure. We went Wednesday afternoon with 4 kids and 2 adults and we had a great time! I wasn't very busy and we had a huge table all to ourselves. The kids could play with their toys and color the menu. I also went on Sunday night with the family and it was a little busier but just as fun. There were a bunch of other families there but there is also a bar side with high top tables if you want to go without children. I usually don't get that lucky so I have to drag all the rugrats with me. Hahahaha


Oh they also have a self guided brewery tour. You can just walk through and read about how all the beers are made. They also have a cool little store there, you can buy beer and t-shirts, stickers, glasses, all sorts of cool stuff!
So anytime you find yourself in Hershey, PA check it out! It's right down the street from HersheyPark and the Hershey Outlets.
I will probably be going back once a week for that Cesar salad, yum.

XoxOXox 

Steph


January 27, 2018

Microblading

So I’ve been looking into getting my eyebrows microbladed for awhile now. Unfortunately I am a victim of the 90’s and over plucking. Now parts of my eyebrows won’t grow back. So as a Christmas gift to myself, I got them microbladed!



And let me tell you, it’s been the most rewarding thing I’ve done in a while. Hahahahaha
After getting it done I've realized that a lot of people don't actually know what microblading is.
1. They don't shave off all your eyebrows. That's just kinda weird.


2. It is just like a tattoo and should be looked at as such. You can't just jump into this and try to change your mind later. It's a lasting thing. AND it also feels like a tattoo.
3. It's actually kinda painful. I've had 3 kids and it was still a little rough. There are multiple little blades going into your skin at one time.

4. If done right, it actually looks like real hairs. I over plucked the other day and you couldn't even notice.
I haven't put anything on my eyebrows since getting them done. I feel awesome! I wake up and don't feel like I have to put any makeup on. ( I also get eyelash extensions so that kinda helps too.)



It may have been the best decision I've made in awhile. HA. 

xoxox
Steph

January 22, 2018

Philly Girls Trip

Yesterday me and my friend, Lauren went to Philadelphia for a little day trip. I received tickets for Lana del Ray at the Wells Fargo center months ago from WXPN radio station.Never would I think it would be the same day and time as the Eagles playoff game. I don't watch sports so I have no idea whats going on in football. So last night was a madhouse.
I lived in Philly when the Phillies won the World Series so I've experienced the craziness before. This was almost as crazy, streets shut down, people yelling in the streets, it was fun! Hahahha.
We started out early by getting our hair done at Drybar in Ardmore and then did a little shopping on Walnut Street in the city.

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Then we had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Parc. It sits right on the edge of Rittenhouse Park and has huge windows that you and watch everything thats going on outside. The vibe is so chill in there, like a 1920's French restaurant. The drinks are perfect, the music is amazing, it's just a really special place.

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After dinner we made our way down to South Philly to watch the football game and go to the concert. We went to XFINITY Live! to watch the game and it was prefect because the Wells Fargo center is across the street. Lauren was pumped to watch the game, I had no idea what was going on but it was fun anyways. Hahahaha.
 
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I definitely think I need to take more trips with my friends, no kids allowed! Ha

XoxOXox
Steph

December 6, 2017

Madewell x Milk

Years ago when I lived in Brooklyn I found this bakery called Milk Bar and  I became obsessed immediately. Their cookies were amazing, they were complex, and just delicious       There wasn’t anything I ever tasted like them before.

When I was living in Brooklyn and then New Jersey and I didn’t have a lot of friends am I started baking out of the Milk cookbook and it kinda saved my life. I had my kids that were small and I was stuck in the house so I didn’t really have anything else to do so I baked. And the recipes in this book are very complex we’re talking 4 different steps just to make a cookie, crazy stuff!!


But anyways I read it over and over again and I just like fell in love with them.  I felt like this bakery was my soulmate, I’m not gonna lie.
This is actually how and why I started my blog. The name itself ‘Cookies And Daydream’ is from baking cookies out of the Milk Bar Cookbook. The second post on this blog is about Milk Bar! It’s crazy! 
So now they did  a collaboration with Madewell   I love them too! I wear their jeans every single day and their T-shirts are amazing. So I am incredibly excited about this!



Like the T-shirts they came out with has a little pocket and it looks like a cookie is being dunked into the pocket it’s adorable, needless to say I totally got it. 



So I feel like my life and Milk bar have been intertwined for years and I love it! 
I can’t wait to make some cookies out of the cookbook for Christmas! 
Now I just need to get my hands on that apron. They didn’t have it at the store we went to and it’s sold out online. I guess I’m going on another road trip. Hahahaha. 

XoxOXox 
Steph 

November 15, 2017

Beer Tour, First stop.....

Ok soo I'm not gonna lie, I've had a lot of time on my hands recently, I lost my job and I have been going out of my mind from boredom. I don't know how you stay at home moms do it because I'm going crazy over here.
I just need to have a break and have somewhere to go and now I have nothing. No adult communication, nothing. I have been super depressed and just not feeling like myself lately.
So when I was at therapy today ( yes, I go to therapy. I personally think that everyone should go,  especially if your insurance is going to pay for it, BOOM). So I'm talking to my therapist about how I'm just not feeling 100, and she was kinda like 'blah blah blah, if you’re not feeling yourself then do something about it!' and I was all like, 'true story'.
So here I am.
Back at the blog. I've been doing this blog for almost 7 years but it hasn't alway been easy. I never really wrote about the crappy stuff in my life.
Like my divorce 5 years ago.
Stuff like that. 
Not fun
But anyways, thats another story.
So I was thinking, what else do I know reaaallllly well?!!? My town!!
Obviously!
I mean I moved away for 10 years but I know this town and it has changed soooo much. I like to think for the good, but whatever. I miss all the farm land.
But the one thing I noticed was how many breweries there were now. I mean come on, I love beer, clearly. And one thing I learned from living in the city was good beer.
So I figured I would go on an adult beer crawl, with my children in tow. Because whats more fun than kids and beer?!!
Nothing, seriously it’s not that fun. Kids can be assholes sometimes, and thats why adults are allowed to drink! 

So the first place we decided to go was Evergrain Brewery in Camp Hill. I grew up riding my bike in the back parking lot when it was the Mercades dealership. So that’s definitely a good spot for me. 
So they are kid friendly if you get there earlier enough to be able to get a table. Otherwise you just have to stand around and coral your young. They don’t take reservations so it’s first come first take. HA. They have a ping pong table, and a cornhole games to play to entertain the kids, and yourself. I was having a pretty awesome game of ping pong when we went. Hahahaha. The beer is truly delicious and they have something for everyone. I love IPA so their Juice Joosey is one of my favorites. 


They also sell beer Togo in Crowlers or Growlers and you can bring your own Growler to be filled. 

They have a good window that you can get food from called Red Sky Cafe. Their pretzels πŸ₯¨ are amazzzing especially if you’re drinking beer. 
They also have free ice and water for everyone! 
So I would give them πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½ 
They just need more tables for every one and they I would love that place even more. 

Check it out!
XoxOXox 
Steph






October 30, 2017

Ace & Jig bedding

So Land of Nod came out with a line from Ace & Jig, a collection of baby things and whatnot and I reallllly wanted to get it but I couldn’t really justify $50 crib sheets. Maybe if they were full size sheets but no, not baby sheets.
But then they went on sale so I totally bought them!!





They are basic black and white so you could use for a boy or girl. The set came with a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and a pillow case.

Ace and Jig are a company out of Brooklyn and they have amazing dresses and rompers. My boobs are huge so I don’t know if I could fit in any of their stuff. But I still like to look πŸ‘€



I’m still in the process of renovating Remy’s room so I just buy things a little bit at a time. Then it’s not so overwhelming financial. I learned that the hard way with the first house I bought. I thought everything had to be perfect right away but this time around I’m going slowly. 
Clearly I know that’s not the case now because it would cost like, $500,000.00 to renovate my house and fill it with furniture.
Wish me luck! 

XoxOXox 
Steph