friday favorites + a GIVEAWAY

it's fri-yay favorites, y'all! Today, I'm gonna tell y'all my favorite things I'm EATING. WEARING. WATCHING. READING. ACCESSORIZING.  (Holy AGGRESSIVE CAPITALIZATION, Batman. It's Friday. I feel sassy.)

EATING

These days, I'm just really enjoying a light kale salad, and some roasted veggies. Hahahahahaha, NO. Maybe if that salad and veggies are topped with girl scout cookies. 

(Remember this #FASTerWaytoFatLoss program I've posted about? I'm starting round 2 on Monday, because the Girl Scouts apparently have a diabolical plan to make me gain 100lbs.  And I need the extra motivation. Who's with me? )

WEARING

I would like to say I'm frolicking around the A in this: 

But realistically, it's a little more of this. 

(Both are my new loves. And I don't feel bad about it.)

WATCHING

This Is Us. Because I am a human being with a heart. Listen, you can't NOT be watching this show. 

I love them all. ALL. And I may or may not pretend that they are my family. Because, NORMAL.

I love them all. ALL. And I may or may not pretend that they are my family. Because, NORMAL.

Can I be Elizabeth Hurley when I grow up? I mean, HOLY AMAZING GENES, BATMAN.  

Can I be Elizabeth Hurley when I grow up? I mean, HOLY AMAZING GENES, BATMAN.  

The Royals. Um, hi smutty escapism! Welcome to my binging couch. (Can that be a real thing? More importantly, how can I make that my job?) Anyway, this show is about a fictional royal family, which basically counteracts the smutty and makes it classy. Because, ROYALS. Duh. 

READING

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle. Listen, as much as I love to binge watch bad (awful) tv, I am, and always will be, a book nerd at heart. I read about like I eat, which is at any and every opportunity. I haven't finished this book, but I can't seem to keep my nose out of it--READ IT, if you enjoy good things. 

(Update: I finished it last night. AND OH MY WORD, THE ENDING. And that's all I'll say about that.)

ACCESSORIZING (with)

This necklace. I do not exaggerate when I tell you that this is my absolute FAVORITE necklace in the universe.  Y'all have seen me wear it on the regular IRL, in social media life, here on the blog. It basically never disappoints. AND EXCITING NEWS (with AGGRESSIVE CAPITALIZATION again): Regan Allison Designs has partnered with RATMJ to giveaway one of these beauties!  All you have to do is follow @reganallisondesigns on Instagram, and the Regan Allison Designs Facebook page.  (P.S. you also have to follow RATMJ on Facebook and Instagram, but I am just assuming that y'all already do, because you are my people.)

PLUS, for y'all who are too impatient to wait and just want to buy it now (ME), my girl Regan is offering 10% off for all RATMJ readers. Just order via her Facebook page or Instagram, and mention RATMJ10. Boom. 

UNTIL NEXT TIME (because we are EXCITED!),

monday favorites + sales

Welcome to Monday Favorites, y'all! It's a new series, inspired by the way I couldn't get my ISH together in time for a Friday Favorites post last week. I would like to say that I'm surprised, but I actually KNOW ME. 

(Also, this is not a regular series. I totally plan on being ON POINT from this day forward.)

(Maybe.)

Anyway, I feel that since winter lasted all of two days this year, we should probably look at spring stuff. What the heck, let's just skip to summer because it will undoubtedly be in the 90's next week.

just click on the images above, if you feel like stocking up on the most awesome spring/summer finds EVER in the history of warm weather.  (Rash. I just made that up. But they are pretty awesome finds in my book.)

Also, it's Presidents Day people. And this is AMERICA. So OBVIOUSLY we should all shop our faces off. FOR THE PRESIDENTS. 

Here's a few of my fave sales, happening around the world wide web. (The answer is yes. I am totally aware of how uncool I am.)

Nordstrom Winter Sale : Hecks yes, people! Up to 40% off....so YOU GET A SHIRT, and YOU get a shirt!

H&M Sale, Up to 80% off : I would like to tell y'all that I don't already have a massive UPS delivery headed my way from this one. 

But y'all know me better than that.

Anthropologie : Everything on SALE is currently free. J/k, but it IS an additional 40% off the already low sale prices. And I ain't mad about it.

Madewell :  Madewell and I are currently in a relationship. It's new, but I have a feeling this one is going places. Like my amex bill. (p.s. 30% off all sale items)

Until next time, 

14 years my valentine

Happy Valentine's Day, y'all!! If I could, I would Oprah the heck out of all of you today....and YOU would get a valentine, and YOU would get a valentine....BUT....since I can't, I thought y'all might enjoy hearing more about my 14 years of valentine-ing with this guy. (And even if you DON'T enjoy it, it's happening. My blog calendar says so.)

14 years, 2 houses, 2 kids, 1 dog, several ER visits (mostly for John),  about 37 seasons of the Bachelor, and at least 15 lbs ago. Wouldn't trade it for a minute. 

14 years, 2 houses, 2 kids, 1 dog, several ER visits (mostly for John),  about 37 seasons of the Bachelor, and at least 15 lbs ago. Wouldn't trade it for a minute. 

I don't wanna brag, but he's pretty good at valentine-ing. (I mean, I'm better. But let's throw him a bone, since it's v-day, okay?)

With all that said, I wanted y'all to hear from John today. He's grudgingly agreed to answer a little list of questions I've been pestering him with compiled. His answers are in italics, with my comments peppered in because I basically CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

1. What is your most memorable valentine’s day to date?  With me. DUH. Because it better not be with another girl, and WHO IS SHE?!?!?!

I'll never forget the valentine's day where you were pregnant with AG. You ordered some mushroom risotto, and the minute it came, you COULDN'T BEAR TO EVEN HAVE IT IN YOUR GENERAL VICINITY. So, like the gentleman that I am, I gave you my beautiful steak and ate your mushroom risotto instead. 

Barf. 

(How many men would willingly part with a steak and eat something gross for you? He's a keeper, ladies. #romance #alsopregnancyvomiting)

2. What are some things on your valentine’s day wish list? ASKING FOR A FRIEND.

Socks, something for the kids, or nothing. Because I HAVE YOU. 

(Oh, har-de-har har. Apparently he DOES read this blog! Good thing he's cute.)

3.  Who let the dogs out? (I'm sorry, I had to.)  

Hopefully you or Ally Grace, before he poops on the floor.

4.  What is the most romantic gesture you have ever made? 

When Sherri and I were dating, she had to go away for a week on business.  I was dying, because I didn't want to have to go a week without seeing her.  (AWWWW) Fortunately, she was only a couple of hours away, in a little town called Sandersville.  So, I began scheming on how I could surprise her.  Sandersville is a cute little place, but there isn't a whole lot going on, at least when compared to the ATL.  Like a lot of small towns, there is a main drag with most of the restaurants and shopping.  Sherri was staying at the Quality Inn right on this strip-o-pure-excitement.  I jumped in the car and drove down there to scope things out.  You need to know that Sherri loves surprises, so what better than a surprise scavenger hunt in the great town of Sandersville.  I went from place to place setting it up and recruiting Sandersvillians (muhahahaha) to help me.  The young lady working the front desk at the Quality Inn was up first.  She called Sherri and told her that there was something waiting for her at the front desk.  From there Sherri had to stop at McDonald's and tell them she had a nice Badonkadonk (we are well-matched in maturity level, clearly) before the cashiers would give her the next clue.  She then made a stop at Captain D's and had to say something ridiculous that I forgot. (well, I remember, so allow me to fill you in: I had to say "Honey you lookin' good, and mo' gooder than a plate of Neck Bones
Tenderized and yummy." I couldn't make this up if I tried.) 

Finally, she arrived at Dairy Lane.  If you haven't been to Dairy Lane in Sandersville, drop what you are doing, it's road trip time.   Dairy Lane is a classic small town burger, hot dawgs, bbq, and milk shake diner.  It's been there forever and is an institution in Sandersville.  Mrs. Walters, a wonderfully sweet older southern lady, was there working and was delighted to help me surprise my bride to be.  Sherri arrived and.......(nearly killed him, but also LOVED EVERY MOMENT.)

We then had one of their amazing milk shakes and dinner.  It was a good day and did the trick.  

5. What are some things that you would share with other guys who want to know how to love their significant others better? 

Wow, that's easy and tough at the same time.  Easy, because a lot of the answers are obvious.  Tough, because they can be hard to consistently do well. Here are some thoughts that come to mind:

- Put your spouse before yourself - Yikes that's hard.  I feel like we are wired to do the opposite, but this is one of the best ways to love somebody.  If you are putting their needs/desires first, other stuff kind of falls into place.  Maybe start off the day thinking of one way you can serve them

- Help out - It's easy for me to fall into the routine of focusing on my responsibilities/things and Sherri having hers.  It can go a long way to surprise you spouse by doing something that normally falls onto their list.  Fold some clothes, get the kids out of the house so your spouse can have some free time, wash all of the dishes, let your spouse sleep in (BTW - I'm not saying men don't wash dishes or fold clothes, but I know a lot that don't and they are probably going to throw things at me for this)

- Little sweet things - Random flowers,  text messages, notes hidden somewhere you know she'll find them.  Super easy.  Put a reminder on your phone for once a week.  Relationship strengthened.  Mic drop. (Ladies -  you can't get mad if yo man puts a reminder on his phone to send you something nice.  We brains not work good.  Cut us some slack, because we tryin to tell you that you fine)

- Continue to date Her - Weekly date night if possible.  You plan it.  Don't always rely on her to find the sitter.  Think ahead about what you want to share with your sweetness while at dinner.   Open up.  Another hard one.

6. What’s so special about star wars? And pearl jam for that matter? 

I'm confused.  Does this question actually need an answer?  Is it not blatantly clearly undisputably obvious?  They both are freaking amazing!!!!  

7.  What is you most favorite thing about me? Besides my love of shopping, I already know how much you admire that.  

Beside your smokin hottness?  (I'm biased). You are genuine, selfless, loving, hilarious, wise and kind.  You have a huge heart for others including your 3 kids (I'm one).  You love me in spite of all of my craziness. I'm lucky.

Yep. I'll think I'll keep him. 

Until next time,

valentine's gift guide for him

1. facial fuel

sometimes, when I get nervous, I walk up to my husband, put my hands on his face, and just smell him. (Mary Katherine Gallagher thinks you should definitely give this to your man for valentine's day.)

2. adidas superstar

I want to get these for John, mainly because he likes to make so much fun of me when I wear mine. He refers to me as "gangsta" and "his lil rapper." I just want to return the favor and beatbox every time HE walks into the room. 

3. fitbit blaze watch 

this watch is awesome, and hey, if he doesn't like it, then YOU CAN HAVE IT. See what I did there??

4. smart tech accessories and cables case

One thing we know about men is that they always, always, always have all the new technology. Which comes with a lot of "hey babe, have you seen my charger," and "you took it, didn't you?!" This will solve all the unnecessary blaming, because it was ONLY THAT ONE TIME, and CAN'T YOU JUST LET IT GO?

5. double old fashion pewter initial glass (set of 4) 

If your man's drink of choice is a strawberry daiquiri or a blue hawaii, well....at least he'll look cool drinking it out of this. 

(Hopefully.)

6. moscow mule man crate 

nothing sounds more manly than getting your guy a MAN CRATE. Right? And there are all different kinds--the whiskey appreciation crate,, the spicy jerkygram, or even the exotic meats crate. I've linked to these here, as they all sound vaguely dirty, and I'm afraid of what google might turn up. 

Until next time,

valentine's gift guide for her

love cuff | rebecca minkoff clutch | gilded greetings cheese board | city faux leather backpack | topshop ruffle sweater | luella vanity organizer | sunset stripe pouch | love heart strings sign |

Listen up ladies, today's post is one that you might want to share with your significant other. Or really with anyone that can be tricked into giving you a valentine's present. Let's all say it together: husbands like it when we help them

I'm actually not sure this is entirely true. But let's just go with it, for the sake of the post. 

(If you're lucky enough to have a "galentine" this year, then don't even worry. She's already selected, purchased, AND wrapped the perfect gift for you. #whoruntheworld #girls)

And for my guys who are reading, here's some advice....good chocolate, good wine, great foot rub or massage (and sorry, it doesn't count if it's from YOU, unless you are a licensed masseuse), taking the kids and sending her to a hotel for the night, so she can netflix in peace...these are a few of our favorite things. 

(Don't act like you didn't just Julie Andrews that in your mind.)

 Until next time,

friday favorites

I'm gonna do this Friday Faves a little different, y'all. I'm going to tell you my one favorite thing, in a few different categories. Why? Just to shake things up a bit. I'm wild like that. 

(Or not.)

Favorite Internet Moment : I've got two. It's either THIS VIDEO, because of the way it nearly made me pee my pants. ("is that your big boy shirt?" DEAD.)  But then, there's THIS VIDEO. Mainly for the way it makes me want to find this girl, and force her to be friends with me.  Some may call that stalking. I just call it "making her love me." 

What?

Favorite purchase of the week : THESE BOOTS. Apparently, in my mind I'm now a biker chick named Rhonda. Whatevs. These boots are killer, and guaranteed to embarrass my child when I visit her school. What more can you really ask for?

next level obsession with these Free People Derringer Ankle Boots

next level obsession with these Free People Derringer Ankle Boots

image via @mytherapistsays 

image via @mytherapistsays 

Favorite new Insta to Follow : @mytherapistsays

I can't. These are all SO GOOD. 

Favorite IRL Moment of the Week : When I looked through AG's homework folder, and found her personal narrative...about that time she "almost got kidnapped.

I wish I were joking. Let me just say that she will not be watching the movie Annie for a long, long time. 

While she was at it, Ally Grace also penned these little gems: 

Little brothers. Always "rekin" things. 

Little brothers. Always "rekin" things. 

well, at least the iPad is canceled out by the writing. #mommath And AT LEAST IT'S NOT A BOY. YET.

well, at least the iPad is canceled out by the writing. #mommath And AT LEAST IT'S NOT A BOY. YET.

I can't make this stuff up y'all. 

Happy Friday!

friday favorites : barre edition

Disclaimer: if you value your self-esteem, then DO NOT go get your picture taken with hot barre instructors, and then put it on the world wide web. Lucky for you, I enjoy virtually embarrassing myself.  

shop my favorite barre gear at the bottom of the post | photos by JNelly Photography

Listen up, gang. If your version of exercise involves Netflixing like a boss, then a) what are you watching? Because I need a new show to binge. And B) WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING? Don't you know it's January, and therefore time to make fitness resolutions you  may or may not keep??

I'm a little bit of a freak, and actually enjoy exercise, mainly because IT KEEPS THE CRAZY AWAY. As a result, I've tried nearly every workout that exists, including running, tennis, HIIT, bootcamp, megaformer, CrossFit, kickboxing, spin, and various other levels of DEAR GOD, MAKE IT STOP.  

But y'all. I will always come back to barre as one of my absolute faves. Mainly because it lifts (your booty), lengthens (your muscles), tones (your jiggly parts), and makes me utter ALL THE BAD WORDS (just in my mind. I keep it classy). 

I started going to Pink Barre about 2 years ago, and absolutely adore the vibe there. For instance, when I am trying to hold a position that no normal human can hold, while simultaneously anxiety-sweating my way through my shirt, NO ONE LAUGHS AT ME. In fact, the instructors will encourage me to keep going, and I will actually TRY. (Because, if you've seen any of the Pink Barre instructors IRL, you know they are #goals and #motivation.)

There's also a little cardio blast, mid-class that I enjoy, and the instructors really know how to safely modify for injuries. This is a workout that ANYONE can do. Since my flexibility is approximately zero, and I've had all the old lady injuries over the years, I promise that if I can do it, SO CAN YOU.

And you SHOULD. Because Tara (the hottie on the right, and owner of Pink Barre #boss), is giving RATMJ readers a FREE WEEK OF CLASSES. All you have to do is call (404) 435-1094) or email the studio, and mention Rage Against the Mom Jean.

So what are you waiting for?? Go get your lifting, toning, and mental cursing on. You'll be so glad you did. 

Until next time,

friday faves : mom-ssentials

we're gonna depart from fashion (sort of) and embarrassing mom stories (probably), and talk about a couple of my absolute LIFE ESSENTIALS.  As in, my USE EVERY DAY, MUST HAVE, RUN DON'T WALK essentials. 

My "mom-ssentials" if you will. (And you will, because it's totally a thing now.)

just clickety-click the image to link to these items. I'm so fancy.

1. World's sassiest and most comfortable yoga leggings

Listen. these feel like you are literally wearing butter on your legs. (Because that wouldn't be weird.) plus, they are MOTO leggings. Which means people won't be all like, oh hey,  did you get a workout in? Because they will be afraid of you. 

#boss

2. Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan

This feels like you are wrapped in unicorn wings and cotton candy fluff. (Again, NORMAL.) It's also cute enough to put on with your moto leggings and wear out of the house.  (Or any leggings--this cardigan isn't picky.)

3. Espresso Maker

This was a Christmas gift, and I don't think I'm being dramatic when I say that IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE.  

Also, is 7 espressos a day too many? ASKING FOR A FRIEND.

4. Dyson CORDLESS Vacuum:

If there is anything I use more in one day than this dyson, I dare you to find it. (You won't. Don't even try.)  Did little Johnny track in the entire contents of the neighborhood sandbox? NO WORRIES. Dyson is ON IT. Did sweet Emma drop all of her Cheerios on the floor? And THEN STOMP ON THEM? Dyson's GOT THIS. 

I legit use this probably 17 times a day, and would marry it if I could.

5. Lug "Puddle Jumper" Bag

Y'all.  I got one of these bags about 12 years ago, and STILL USE IT almost every day. It's either my gym bag, or my travel carry-on, depending on the situation. For example, am I working out? It's a gym bag.  Am I stress eating M&M's and Xanax, so that I don't cause an "incident" on an airplane? It's my carry on.  

Either way, it works.

6. UGG Lattice Cardy Boot

Some people hate UGGs and think they are ugly. And SOME PEOPLE find them basically necessary when the temps dip below 55 degrees. 

You can guess which kind of "people" I am. 

Happy Friday, y'all! 

OTK Part Deux

Because, I am FANCY and say things like "deux" instead of two. 

No. I really do not.

free people sweater | hudson denim | charles by charles david boots | madewell bag | gorjana earrings | photos by jnelly photography

Disclaimer: I am not physically wearing this at the moment, because if I did, I would have a legit HEAT STROKE. Instead, I'm wearing actual flip flops. Which unfortunately, do not look right when worn over the knee

Hi, January? You're supposed to be cold. I got to wear my OTK boots for about 5 minutes this year, and then had to bust out my sandals. What is wrong with you? Go home, January. You're drunk. 

If you live in places where weather behaves normally, then ENJOY wearing this look. It's comfortable, casual, and you can literally perform ANY of your daily duties while wearing it. 

Unless you have random daily duties like, say, lobstering for example. 

(Because there are probably a lot of lobsterers (act like I said that right) who read this blog. Duh.)

If you live in the south, then you can just PIN this, while staring longingly at cozy cold weather clothing that HIDES the extra holiday poundage. 

I know I will. 

Until next time,