She Get It From Her Mama


What a weekend! I had an absolutely fabulous time with MamaJ this weekend! I have so much to share that I will try to sum it up as simply as I can. As you may have assumed from my weekend hiatus, MamaJ influences me in many ways. Computers are forgotten, life is lived with ease and pleasure, and fun is had by all. This post also will prove…”where she get her appetite from? She get it from her Mama.”


The day started beautifully and chock full of health. I had my very first stovetop rolled oatmeal. Please, stop using the microwave. This is the only way to do it to get creamy, dreamy oats:

1/2 C oats, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, 1C water, topped with flax and p.b.

1/2 C oats, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, 1C water, topped with flax and p.b.

A workout and some errands later, lunch was light and refreshing:

Cucumber watermelon salad, pita with Tofutti, hummus and romaine

Cucumber watermelon salad, pita with Tofutti, hummus and romaine

If you haven’t combined cucumber and watermelon, I recommend doing so. They are both so watery and yummy that they partner well.

For Friday’s afternoon hours, I went to the library to do some magazine research. Note to self: if you want to avoid feeling lonely, depressed and anxious, DO NOT go to the library on a Friday between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m.

That night I met up with Muffin and our friends for dinner. MamaJ was soon to be in town, and eating this helped distract me from checking my phone to see whether she was here:

Another beauty from Della Zona

Another beauty from Della Zona

In all honesty, I can’t remember everything that was on the pizza! Here goes: marinara, greens, CAPERS, onions and too much cheese. I picked off most of the cheese. It reminded me of gummy snot or something. No thanks.

8:30 p.m. hit and MamaJ was in town! We changed for the night and showed Athens what’s up. Out of courtesy and love for my mommy, I am not going to share the amazing pictures I snapped of her. This was my response to most of what I saw:



Friday night we came home, snacked on Fig Newmans and Honey Wheat Mini Pretzels and cuddled until we passed out fell asleep like angels.


We awoke feeling as spry as ever and made our way to The Village Bakery for breakfast. I was baffled as to what I wanted. Eggs? Nah. Bagel? Nah. Pastry? Nah. The best homemade wheat bread ever with the best rasperry homemade jam ever? Absolutely:

Toast and fruit...understated and divine, like me. Haha I kid, obvs!

Toast and fruit...understated and divine, like me. Haha I kid, obvs!

MamaJ and I went back to my house for a while to recharge. We watched The Real Housewives of NYC and prepped for the rest of our day. I just wanted to sleep…

…But I had a gig! At 4 p.m. I sang with the lovely ladies that comprise our a capella group, the Tempo Tantrums:

Can you find me?

Can you find me?

We sang for the mommies of choir singers, and it was a joyous time. I really turn into a freak on-stage. I just smile and get so into it it’s embarassing. Diva may be the right word.

MamaJ and I were ravenous when we finally got out of the auditorium building at 5-something. For some Italian loving, we strolled into Stephen’s, one of the few elegant restaurants uptown. To start, we had Tucan White Bean Soup:

Incredibly flavorful with white beans, leeks and peppah

Incredibly flavorful with white beans, leeks and peppah

A “flatbread” was also had. This could have been better, but I still ate some:

"flatbread" with red onion, arugala and a smattering of some kind of cheese

"flatbread" with red onion, arugala and a smattering of some kind of cheese

For an entree, I selected the Mediterranean Shrimp with penne. I’m not sure why, but the shrimp tasted like plastic, and the sauce was more brothy than anything. Thankfully, the feta and kalamata olives made up for the aforementioned disappointing flavors. It looked pretty, too:

I consumed about 3/4 of this.

I consumed about 3/4 of this.

Now that I look back on our experience at Stephen’s, I realize it wasn’t all that great. MamaJ had to send back her first dish because it was too lemony and I found my entree unimpressive. Of course, that didn’t stop me from leaving with a food baby in my tum.

We walked back to my house, cuddled some more on the couch and then headed back uptown to the student center for gig number 2 of the day. It was even better than the first.

Speaking of number 2, the toilet in my house was clogged for the first time ever, thus creating a mini-fiasco. What would I do without MamaJ to save me and buy a plunger for the house?

Eventually, MamaJ and I got ready for another night out. We hit the town with Muffin and MisterMan and had another crazy night. The goal for the night was to get a mom to hit on MisterMan. Unfortunately (or fortunately), we weren’t so lucky to be entertained by another mother trying to relive her glory days with my man. We did, however, see some really sad things like a girl being dragged out of the bar with her eyes rolling back in her head. Know your limits, people. Clearly, we bounced back from anything horrifying:

MamaJ and Muffin, kickin' it

MamaJ and Muffin, kickin' it

At 1 a.m., we all looked at each other, decided we were tired and returned to our homes. When we got back to my abode and changed into our jammies, this conversation was had:
-MamaJ: I’m hungry.
-Me: Do you want some pretzels and hummus, maybe?
-MamaJ: No, I want pizza!
-Me: Seriously?
-MamaJ: Yeah!

Never have I ever ordered pizza at 1:30 in the morning. The thought of it has always seemed too naughty for me. I had to listen to my mama, though, right? I dialed Avalanche Pizza’s number (they win pizza competitions all the time in Italy and have been featured on Food Network), placed an order and waited. At 2 a.m., this puppy arrived:

So college.

So college.

On the pizza: marinara, artichoke hearts, whole garlic cloves, tomatoes, roasted red pepper, onion and pesto. Holy monkeys this was amazing! I won’t tell you exactly how much I ate, but I would FOURgive you if you thought I only had one piece. With warm, happy bellies, MamaJ and I fell into a slumber at 2:30 a.m.


We started slowly on Sunday. I woke up sad that MamaJ was leaving and that I had to return to normalcy. I also knew I had a ton of work to do that day, and all I wanted to do, again, was sleep and hang out with my mommy. For a couple hours we watched t.v., including the enthralling tale of The Rise and Fall of Danity Kane. Prior to viewing, I had not known Danity Kane had experienced either of those.

Leaving the house at 1 p.m., we went to Bob’s Heaven for brunch. This was the hot spot for everyone to go with their mums, and we waited an hour to be seated. Needless to say, I was ready to eat an arm when I sat down. I devoured my Fit From the Farm breakfast in no time:

Blueberry and Strawberry crepe with yogurt on the side; egg substitute; turkey sausage link

Blueberry and Strawberry crepe with yogurt on the side; egg substitute; turkey sausage link

The only thing left on the plate was some yogurt. I love me some Bob’s sometimes 🙂 MamaJ treated me to groceries after brunch/lunch, and then she packed while I unpacked my groceries. I seriously almost bawled when she left. I don’t know why it was so hard for me, but I could not get over it.

I got hopping on homework when she left. It was basically a lot of background research of The New Yorker and its reader demographics. I had a snacklette to stable myself:

watermelon and celery with p.b.

watermelon and celery with p.b.

I got Naturally More peanut butter at Wal-Mart, which I’ve had before. I love how creamy and sweet it is! Does anyone know whether you’re supposed to refrigerate it? I have no clue.

I did more work before having a salad for dinner:

romaine, broccoli slaw, cherry toms, cucumber, Bruschetta Boca burger, Country Bob's, salsa

romaine, broccoli slaw, cherry toms, cucumber, Bruschetta Boca burger, Country Bob's, salsa

I jetted off to practice as soon as I finished the salad, which is sitting atop notes from an interview. Practice was from 8:30-10, and MisterMan picked me up. We chilled for a bit, I fed him the pizza leftovers (I ate a crust or two) and then I panicked about my homework.

I stayed up waaayyy too late last night (late night snacks: wasa crackers with hummus, 1 Ginger-o), got less than 4 hours of sleep and now shall start a long day of classes: 9-11, 1-3, 3-5, 5-7 and practice 8:30-10 p.m. Caffeine will be permanantly attached to my hand. I need an IV drip.

Alright lovepies, I have to catch up on all your lives still! I’ve missed you so! I hope you’ve had lovely weekends and I wish you a fab start to the week 🙂 Much love.

Ciao for now,


P.S. Thank you for the mango help! I bought two more for the week, so we’ll see how that goes.
Question: Is your behavior influenced when you’re around your parents?
I’d say I’m just more relaxed with MamaJ around. I think I laugh a lot more, too. Oh, and eat more carbs when she’s around. Love it! And LOVE YOU MOMMY!


23 Responses to “She Get It From Her Mama”

  1. 1 Yasmin

    Mmmmm….pizza heaven! Can’t decide which one is my favorite!

  2. 2 Sharon

    Hahaha, piZZA LOOOVVVEEEEEE!!! I eat more meat when I’m with my dad. LOL. And rice. He wants me to drink… milk. =_=’ but i like my soymilk. LOL.

  3. 3 Jenny

    What a fun weekend!! I love MamaJ already 🙂

    I definitely am crazier, more relaxed and less reserved around my parents. They are totally supportive of anything and everything I want in life, which makes it easier…and my dad and I are known to throw back tequila shots from time to time, if that tells you anything 😉

  4. 4 rediscoveringlauren

    hi sweetheart,
    i love how close you and your mum are 🙂 its so cute that you go out partying together 🙂 shes one cool mamaj 🙂
    all the eats look so good! especially the pizza..and watermelon…reminds me of summer!
    only 4 hours sleep? wow you must be wrecked…your a better person than i am…less than 6 and im a zombie haha!
    have a great day girlie,

  5. 5 Megan

    I love this post because there’s so much PIZZA in it! All of your pizza looks so yummy and it looks like you had a fabulous weekend! I think my behavior is definitely influenced by my parents.. esp my mom! When she’s around, I tend to be a lot more relaxed and more outgoing actually! And of course, I eat a lot more unhealthy [BUT SO YUMMY] food!

    have a great monday!

  6. 6 Shelby

    Aww, I love this post! =)

    You and your momma are amazing. Pizza at 2am! Hell yea!!!!

    I just figured out who you remind me of, Blake Lively from Gossip Girl…it’s gotta be the hair.

  7. Mama J rockin the sequins baby!! MM i totally want pizza and plastic-y shrimp now….I don’t know about the Naturally more, but I hate rock hard pb so i don’t refridge any of mine!

  8. 8 *Andrea*

    youre sooooo pretty

    • 9 snackface

      *Andrea*- Haha aww thanks. You’re too nice!

  9. Glad you had a blasty with your mommy!! I love your mom’s late night pizza cravings! You are gorgy, as usual 😉

    As a carb fuh-reak, that bread with jam for breakfast just blew my mind! By the way, I always used to joke that when I had to coach at the ass crack of dawn I’d come into the building with an IV drip of coffee. They should so do that! Hope you have a fantabulous Monday!!

  10. 11 BB

    Ohhh whatta fun weekend! Mamaj seems so cool and hip haha

  11. what a great weekend w/ mama!!!! so much excitement!

    love mom’s pizza cravings…and FOURgive you for what? pizza is amazing!

  12. 13 Sarah

    Kailey Love!

    I only hope with all my heart that my girls have as much of a fun, unique, special relationship as you do with your MamaJ! I also hope to be as much of a Hotty McHottPants as she is too! I can see where you get your inner spirit and spunk, and your outer bodaciousness as well!

    I found you in the choir picture, they should not put Baby in the corner!

    I love the picture of MamaJ and Muffin, MamaJ is throwing some mad attitude out and it works.

    Have a great day, Beauty!

  13. 14 Bec

    Aww sounds like you two had a blast together!

  14. aw i love this post! what a great weekend. you and your mom are too cute. taking my mom out on the town, eating in jammies at 1 AM and snuggling are my favorite things to do with my mom too!!!! arent moms the best?! hopefully you get to see mama j again soon 🙂

  15. HAHA no wayy!! I am always the same around everyone – I think I am more outgoing around my parents! I LOVE ALL OF THE PIZZA YOU CONSUMED THIS WEEKEND! SOO JEALOUS! Next time at Stephen’s get the shrimp and brie – it is TDF. HAHA our toilet clogs allll the time thanks to my one roommate – she uses too much TP! Looks like you had a blast! Good love mom’s weekend!

  16. 17 dailydulcie

    Hi dollface :]

    Stove top oats are my love<3 Yours look so creamy and fabulous.

    Mmm, homemade wheat bread with raspberry homemade jam sounds foodgasmic, totally.

    Oh man, I LOVE the pic of MamaJ and Muffin!!!

  17. 18 Kaley

    Hmm, I think I’m more goofy around my mom! I just feel comfortable being 100% me. 🙂

    So do you try to stay under the legal limit while drinking (i.e., barely get tipsy) or just try not to get completely plastered? Just curious. You seem to have a disdain for all things drunken, haha.

  18. Your weekend with mamaj sounds too precious! I have my own mamaj….in the sense that my mom’s name is JEAN!…..but I would never steal the nickname and use it myself! What’s your mom’s real name? Start with a j?!

    I have missed you toooo Kailey and I have quite enjoyed catching up on your weekend, while drooling over all the delish pasta/pizza/flatbread/watermelon! ha! I’ve never done the late night pizza snackage either, but I feel like if my mom wanted to…..we’d make it happen.

    That’s so fun that you, mamaj, misterman & muffin ALL went out together! I’m sure it got prettttay crazy. And seriously, girls getting dragged out of clubs/bars/frat parties with the eyes rolled back, etc….not the classiest look.

    I hope today wasn’t too stressful with your classes and lack of sleep! I’m sure you got a good caffeine HIGHHH though to keep ya goin’….or maybe a crack (wrap) high as well! 😉

    And yes, I have been doing a LOT of studying preparation/projects/homework/etc….and whatever else I can to take as many breaks from it as possiblel! WHOA. take about a novel. AH!

  19. 20 homegirlcaneat

    MamaJ is such a diva I can’t even deal! Homegirl obviously knows how to have a good time! And I am so proud and inspired to hear that you have never ordered pizza at 1:30am before this weekend with yo mama. I wish I could say I have never done that but you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes, right? And you def had to do what you had to do with that pizza because it looks SO BOSSY!

    I hope your day wasn’t too crazay with that class load!!

  20. 21 Briana

    Looks like you had a great weekend with your mama! Pizza ordering during the night is always fun, especially when it’s good pizza.

  21. Your mom seems awesome! Glad you had a good time:)

  22. I just read this post (was directed here from your twitter). I love your relationship with your mom! So glad y’all have so much fun together!

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