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Dirty Old Mommy Has Beiber Fever!

Would you think I was a Dirty Old Mommy if I had major Beiber Fever?  Seriously ladies, this kid is adorable.

To all the tweens out there, I get it.  Selena, I get it.  Here’s his latest music video “If I Was Your Boyfriend”.

pss– I have an AMAZING Etsy giveaway coming up in a few days. I’m giving away FIFTEEN super cute things from Etsy!! (Yes, I did just say fifteen!) Subscribe to my blog & “like” me on Facebook and you’ll be the first to know about it!

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A Silicon Valley Mommy’s Wish for Mother’s Day

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I don’t know about you, but recently life is feeling TOO BUSY!  My “To Do” list is out of control.  It’s seriously like 5 trillion things long.  I only have time for the “essentials” and the “nice to haves” just don’t get done.  Sound familiar?

As a part-time working mommy (in the mornings) and a part-time taxi driver (for my kids in the afternoons), I am constantly rushed from one thing to the next.  Weekends are filled with sports activities, birthday parties, play dates and the same amount of craziness as the weekdays.  There’s not enough time to exercise, to get the laundry done, to organize my house, to go through the toy closet or update my framed pictures. My legs have been hairy for weeks now because I don’t have time to shave.  My pedicure has been chipped for weeks now because who has time for a mani/pedi?  Don’t even get me started on the gray hairs growing out of my head or the fact that I recently purchased a new camera but still have no idea how to operate it.  Even keeping up with all my reality TV has become a chore.  What is this world coming to??!!

So, this year for Mother’s Day, I’m asking for a magical present.  It would be the BEST present ever.  Here goes – I want to snap my fingers and freeze time for approximately 7 months.  Who’s with me??

During this time, no one would age, so we wouldn’t be missing out on anything and nobody would be missing us.  All of the world would literally freeze (except us) and we’d come back to this exact instant when it’s over.  Only, when we come back, we’d be well rested, totally ORGANIZED, recharged, and re-energized mommies –mind, body and soul.  Here’s how I would break it out for myself –

First, I’ll need one week to catch up on my “beauty” sleep.  Since the world would be frozen, it would be quiet and peaceful.  I’d probably put on some light music or some nature sounds in the background.  There would be no kids running in to say “I’m hungry” or “he threw the ball at my face and didn’t EVEN say sorry!”  My husband wouldn’t be giving me a hard time about “wasting the day away.”  I’d be like a momma bear in hibernation – I would cuddle up with my duvet and not come out for a week.  Heaven.

Next, I’ll need a full two months to get completely in shape.  I would work out for a few hours each day, slowly getting back into it and taking my time.  I’d listen to all my fun music and have dance parties with myself.  Maybe I’d actually look forward to putting on a bathing suit as opposed to dreading it.  Now that’s a wild & crazy thought!

Next, I’ll need another month to completely get my house, my closets, my paperwork, my jewelry, my desk, my kids rooms, their clothes, my garage, etc. totally cleaned out and organized.  I would take a bunch of stuff to the Goodwill, a bunch of stuff to the dump and sell a few things on eBay.  I’d get it all OUT.  O eM G.  Can you even imagine having an entire month to do this without any distractions?  Sigh…

Next, I’ll take another two weeks.  After my house is completely organized, I’d turn to my front and backyard.  I would re-paint my fences and my front door.  I would plant a gorgeous garden in the front and the back & be the envy of all my neighbors.  “Wow, I wish I had a garden that looked just like yours,” they would say.  “Look at all those hummingbirds and butterflies.”  “Thanks,” I would say.  “I just love to garden in all my free time.”

After my garden, I’d take another two months to completely organize my entire picture collection.  I would seriously need this long.  My picture collection (both printed and digital) is an unorganized, chaotic, total hot mess.  It’s a total and complete nightmare on Elm Street.  My kids are 7 and 8.5 and I don’t even have baby albums for them.  I know!!!!  It’s HORRIBLE.  I would organize all my pictures into the “cloud” in nice little albums and I’d scrapbook the CRAP out of them.

I’d take another week to do stuff like the following – learn how to use my new camera, go through all my old emails, clean up my laptop, get rid of clothes I never wear, update my Christmas address list, clean out & wash my car, catch up on all my shows and anything else that needs to be done before…

My final month – Now that I’m completely organized, in shape and caught up with my life, I’d like to go to some beautiful, tropical beach with perfect weather (mid to high 80’s), perfect water temp (low 80’s) and lots of alcoholic beverages pretty seashells to collect.  This place needs to have a path where I can go for long walks, a hammock where I can take mid-day naps and an incredible restaurant with already prepared, perfectly fresh and ripe delicious food.  I’d bring along all the books I’ve been dying to read and catch up on the stack of magazines that have become three ready-to-tip-over towering piles.  I’d sleep, go on long walks, reflect and sit in silence.  I’m SURE I could do this for more than a month, but this would give me just enough time to recharge, appreciate my life again and most importantly… work on my tan.

Pardon me while I drool.

Who’s with me?

xoxo,

Silicon Valley Mommy

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Hey Yoga Girl…

This is freaken hilarious! Although I’m not a yoga girl myself (the heavy breathing next to lots of sweaty/smelly people freaks me out and I’m terrible at holding poses), I saw this video and it put a smile on my face. So, this is a “HOLLA” out to all my yoga girls out there! (I promise, even if you don’t do yoga, you will love this video too.)

Love it!

xoxo,
Silicon Valley Mommy

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Walk Off The Earth – Sexy New Band

(By new, I mean new to me.  They’ve actually been around for awhile.  And by sexy, I mean…. well, you know.)

Have you ever seen FIVE musicians play an amazing song, all playing at the same time on ONE guitar?  I hadn’t, until I saw this video on You Tube by a band called Walk Off The Earth.  (If you’ve already heard of them, you are way more “in the know” than me!)  Their song “Somebody That I Used To Know” is really, really catchy and cool.  As an added bonus, they are all “do-me” good looking and they all have crazy good voices.

Before you check out the video though, here’s a little background on this super cool band.  They are Canadian, their style is Indie, and they have been playing together for about 6 years.  One day this past February, they posted their “Somebody That I Used To Know” video on You Tube.  In true You Tube fashion, the video went viral – to the tune of 80 million views in two months.  Holy SHIT Wow!!  Now, they have a record deal with Columbia.  Next, they’ll be as rich as Peyton Manning.  Well, almost.  (See my Peyton Manning post here)  

When you watch the video, make sure to view it on your full screen – it’s much cooler that way!  Click here to watch the “Somebody That I Used To Know video!

If you thought that was cool, check out the cover they did of Adele’s “Someone Like You”.  Again, I LOVE.  Click here to see the Adele cover!

Looks like we have a new band to look out for….  Goodie!

What do YOU think of them?

xoxo,

Jen

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Silicon Valley Mommy UPCOMING Stories/Blogs Are:
— Etsy and some cute stuff – and a bunch of Etsy GIVEAWAYS!
— Toy Closet/Storage HELL
— Up close and personal with amazing & SENSUAL artist, Nicole Etienne
— A day in the life of a NICU nurse
— Spring FASHION MUST HAVES (& where to get them)
— Interview with a CELEBRITY Assistant
— Review (and possible deal) from a MULTI-TALENTED local photographer
— Solutions to nightmare PLAYDATES
— My weekly top 5 FAVORITE BLOG POSTS — from mommy bloggers (& others) all over the Internet.  (You don’t have to do the searching, I’ll do it for you!)
— And lots, lots MORE!!!

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Peyton Manning And His Millions

I just read that Peyton Manning just signed a deal with the Denver Broncos.  5 years for $96 million.  Gulp.  Pause.  Gulp.   That means he’s making approximately $19.2 million per year, $1.6 million per month, $369,515 per week, $52,788 per day and $2199 per hour, even when he’s SLEEPING.  Really America?  Really football?  Some people are very happy to make in a YEAR what Peyton makes in a DAY.  Could this be right?  While most of us are struggling to keep our houses, our jobs and food on the table for our kids, Peyton Manning is basking in the glory of a $96 million dollar payout over the next 5 years.   Does his wife really need another pair of Christian Louboutins?  Does anyone really need THAT MUCH money?  And, this is after he sat out all last season for a neck injury – of course.

Apparently there’s no “economic recession” if you play football professionally.  Sure, he’s probably a very nice guy and a great football player and I don’t have any ill feelings towards him personally.  BUT, how can we justify paying “the best” football players more than “the best” cops, teachers, janitors, maids, nurses or elderly care takers out there?  I just don’t get it.  Peyton, I’m happy for you, but your salary is out of control.  I understand you have a foundation where you give back to at risk youth.  That’s good.  I hope you put a HUGE chunk of that $96 million into your foundation. And I mean huge….

*Side note for Peyton – If you happen to read this and are in a good/giving mood, I’ve been really wanting to re-do a couple of rooms in my modest Mountain View home for years. The backyard also needs some work.  About $100K or so would be just fine.  (FYI, that’s only about two days of work for you.)  If that seems like too much, I’d also love a pair of Christian Louboutins.  Size 8.  I can be reached at siliconvalleymommy@gmail.com

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I Am Unwritten

I Am Unwritten

I’m one of those girls who likes lots of different music. My iTunes collection is a crazy mix of it all – Top 40s, Reggae, Country, Rock, Oldies, Soul, Classical, Punk, etc. Mostly, I just looooove songs with a great beat. I’ll be the first one on the dance floor. I don’t care. I DEFINITELY don’t look as “cool” dancing as I used to, but don’t even try and stop me. I just love to close my eyes and nod my head like yeah…. move my hips like yeah…. I’m also not embarrassed to tell you that I can’t get enough Dirty Rap. Yep, I said it. Dirty, offensive, insulting rap. My husband looks at me in complete shock as I rattle off the words to songs like “Ain’t No Fun” by Snoop Dog. I know. I completely admit that the lyrics in that song are unbelievably offensive towards women. (Feminists, please skip the next sentence.) Still, I know the whole song word-for word, by heart and love to sing it while imagining I’m right there in, my boy, Snoop’s music video. I’ll be that 85-year-old lady sipping my cocktail in my rocking chair, nodding my head and still loving those dirty rap songs.

Right now though, as I sit down to write my very FIRST blog post, I’m thinking of a very different, equally awesome song. It’s by Natasha Bedingfield about new beginnings. Have you heard her song “Unwritten”? It starts out like this:

“I am unwritten, can’t read my mind, I’m undefined
I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned
Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin”

As I embark on starting my own blog, Natasha’s lyrics describe exactly how I’m feeling.

I’m unwritten.

I’m unknown.

I’m going to release my inhibitions. I’m not sure where this will all go. I recently told my Internet Wife and good friend Nicole, who already has her own hilarious, witty and successful blog, The Better Half Blogs that I wanted to start a blog as well. She offered me a guest blog spot on her site (THANK YOU, NICOLE!), and asked me to describe who I am, why I want to start a blog and what it’ll be about. So, here goes!

Who I am –
I’m a mommy of two adorable kids, ages 7 and 8. They are the loves of my life and make me the happiest mommy ever. They are also the reason I’ve recently started growing patches of grey hair all over my head and need to spend $200 every six months getting my hair colored. They are my best job and my hardest job. I have a handsome husband who after (almost) 14 years of being married, still makes me laugh and still makes me blush. He also drives me crazy at times and we have stupid arguments just like everyone else, but we are good for each other. He brings out my wild side when I need it and I tame him when he needs it. We are a good team. I also have two puppies, three nieces, a close & tight-knit family who I adore, and work part time for a startup company in Silicon Valley.

Some things I love–
Chocolate, Bloody Mary’s, reality TV, sleeping in, laughing, warm weather, traveling, a great book, the smell of wet paint, Rombauer Chardonnay, lots of color, planning parties, the smell of Jo Malone Orange Blossom perfume, music and shoes.

Some things I hate –
Needles, blood, sleep deprivation, cleaning, being unorganized, eggplant, being pregnant, being late, people who think they are “too cool”, cellulite, and s…l…o…w… drivers. (I was named “DMV’s Most Wanted” in my high school yearbook, thankyouverymuch. It made my parents very, very proud.)

Why start a blog?
Well, I’m a serial entrepreneur who loves to try new things. I love technology, the Internet and social media. I love funny and interesting stories. I love to learn and love to share. I’m not the shy type. I won’t hide the truth and I’ll give it to you straight. But, I also realize that these are just my OPINIONS. (I can’t stand people who think they are right about everything. Ugh!) I would love to share my experiences with others and connect with mommies and women from around the world.

My blog-
“When you start a blog”, people tell me, “You need to have a hook. Your blog should be about something in particular, like being a mommy, or about technology, or about living in Silicon Valley.” Sorry folks, it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to. Or, I should say, It’s my blog and I’ll blog what I want to!” I want to blog about current events, celebrities, mommy issues, wife issues, great deals, great styles, bikini waxes, fun DIY projects, fabulous finds, Botox, ways to save money, how to please your man, health issues women should know about, beautiful houses we all dream of, things that piss me off, great family friendly vacation spots, funny friends and stories, etc. etc. I want to interview cool people and write about them. I want to give honest reviews on recipes, places, products and destinations. I’ll tell you about experiences I’ve had and I’ll be honest. Doesn’t that sound fun? It does to me.

Fears?
Yes, I do have some fears. I actually think I’m just a mediocre writer. I’m not always the best with words or the best with my punctuation. I use far to many exclamation marks!!!!!! What if people think I’m boring? What if it’s a big flop and my only followers are my mom, my sisters and my best friends? I know there will be some haters, but do you know what? They can go start their own brand new blog and be super interesting all the time and not have any haters. DO IT, I DARE YOU! DO IT!!

So, if you are more of a lover than a hater, I hope you will come join me in this fun new endeavor at www.siliconvalleymommy.com by following my blog.  Come groove with me on the dance floor! Just as Natasha Bedingfield sings, “Today is where my book begins and the rest is still unwritten.”

xoxo,
Jen

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Hello world!

Hello World!

I am a new mommy blogger, living in Silicon Valley and am excited to get started!  I hope this blog will be fun and interesting for you to follow.  I’m going to post about cool stories, honest reviews, funny mommy stuff, interesting interviews with interesting people, celebrity gossip, awesome products, do great giveaways and much, much more!  Please support me and subscribe to my blog (to the right).  Oh, and share with all your friends.  Do it.  Do it NOW!

My first few posts will be about the following –
— Interview with Artist – Nicole Etienne (Getting up close and personal)
— My personal top 5 Mommy Blogs (the funniest & best)
— A Day in the life of a NICU nurse
— My First Giveaway (just for my followers).  It’s a GOOD one!

Stay tuned,

xoxo,

Jen

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Fooling around with the kids

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