The LLR Rabbit Hole

I get sucked into things.  Obsessed.

I am not sure what it started with, but over the years it’s included things like:

  • Strollers
  • Cloth Diapers
  • Essential Oils
  • Washi
  • Planners
  • Beaded Jewelry Supplies
  • Make Up
  • Hair Bows
  • Books
  • Nail Polish
  • Beanie Babies
  • Jamberry Wraps

You get the idea.  Some of these I still collect and use- like the planners & washi and my Jamberry and EOs.  But many I’ve outgrown- or maybe my kids did- like the strollers and diapers.  It amazes me that after sixteen years together, my husband still tolerates me and my whims.

legiesIt’s really not surprising that when introduced to some super soft comfy LuLaRoe leggings, I had to have more.  And since I’d lost a bit of weight, the majority of my pants didn’t fit, which justified my purchases.  At least it did for the first few.   But there are so many patterns, it’s hard not to continue to shop!

If you don’t know anything about LuLaRoe, let me give you a brief explanation:  The company is run similarly to things like Jamberry, except the consultants own the inventory instead of having you shop through their link.  The difference is, only 2500 items are made in each print, so each consultant has different inventory that is sent to them at random.  This leads to searching for coveted prints and shopping from several different consultants.  The hunt is a huge part of the fun.

The leggings lead to the desire for matching shirts, and fortunately the same company makes those for you in several different styles.  So back to shopping I went, this time instead of just clicking on the leggings albums, I started checking out the shirts as well.  I ordered one in each style, to decide which I liked best.

As spring hit and the weather started heating up here in South Carolina, the leggings started getting too hot to wear.  Unfortunately, LLR doesn’t carry any shorts- but they do carry skirts.  I bought one to see how it fit, and fell in love.  As a bonus, I could wear it with one of the shirts I already bought.  I decided that instead of buying shorts elsewhere, I’d but other skirts to wear all summer long, and I’d be fancy this year.

It didn’t take long for me to look into what it takes to become a consultant- a lot of money up front and a super long wait list.  When Aaron mentioned that it might be a good idea, I jumped at his positivity and went for it.  I’ve been in the queue for a little over a month now, and can’t wait to start.

Educational Conundrum

Last year, Ryan had an aide who followed him around all day, and basically did his work for him.  We didn’t know it at the time, as she was supposed to be helping him when he couldn’t see the board and stuff.  But it seems as if she was helping too much.  Last year, when he’d come home to do his homework, he wouldn’t even want to write his name on the top of his homework, saying he needed help.

At the beginning of this year, when they evaluated him, he was so far behind.  He only could recognize 7 letters.  He was basically going into first grade as a child who hadn’t had any schooling.  The school helped set up a plan to get him caught up, in addition to learning braille.

This year, he’s made amazing progress, and absolutely LOVES school and his teachers.  He’s very positive and happy, and enjoys learning.  He doesn’t see needing extra help as a negative situation at all, and likes to go to his special classes.  He’s definitely thriving.

However, he’s not yet caught up to where he should be, which leads to my conundrum.  They are discussing retention, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.  I’m totally on the fence right now.

Part of me says do it now, while he’s so young.  I would hate to see him struggle and fall even more behind.  I don’t have an issue with keeping a child back who needs it, but here comes my dilemma.

He’s a twin.

If he were a singleton, it’d be so much easier.  But I’m afraid if I hold him back, he’ll lose his self-confidence.  He’ll wonder why Dylan gets to go to second grade and he doesn’t.  I don’t want him to lose his love of learning, and hate me later on when Dylan graduates a year earlier.

At the meeting today, we touched on this… but it was really to renew his IEP for next year.  I did raise the concerns I have and asked a few questions.  I wanted to know if they think it’d be possible for him to catch up fully by the end of next year, if he goes on to second grade.  His teachers and the principal are going to discuss it further.

I think I’d rather give him the chance to continue to work hard and be so positive about it all, and if he’s still behind, hold him back next year.

What would you do?


Isn’t his hair amazing?

Finding My Tribe


As an adult, I struggle with friendships.  I am a homebody, so it’s not my nature to put myself out there, or be in situations where it’s easy to meet people.  In NJ, I had a few people that I’d met years ago on a message board, so that was pretty awesome.  I am still […]

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Half Full


When we lost Raime, I remember thinking that I knew what sucked about the situation, that much was obvious.  I instead decided to try to find the good and positive in what happened.  I had an amazing nurse.  It brought Aaron and I super close together.  We wouldn’t have had Lili, etc. I try really […]

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Stuff goes missing in our house all the time.  I don’t know if it’s actually lost, or if it gets confiscated by one of the kids, but I can never find what I know we have.  There’s the typical single socks, but that’s such a common issue and my kids are just resigned to wearing […]

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#ZestFruitboost Shower Gel!


The following is a sponsored post, although all opinions are my own. I’m sure you all know the jingle from the commercials, ‘Zestfully Clean’. Well, recently, Zest has released a new modern line, the Zest Fruitboost collection! These shower gels are available in Citrus Splash, Very Berry, Peach & Mango, and Pomegranate Acai scents and […]

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