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Friday, February 3, 2012

Writer's Workshop.

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4.) Share a photo that was taken of you, that you think really captures who you are.

How do you choose just one photo.  Actually it was pretty easy for me, as soon as I saw the prompt, I KNEW what picture.

It's a moment. 
Trying to take a picture with my beautiful baby girl, and she decides to swing a bracelet hitting us both in the face. 
We both laughed after.
 This is me
. Trying to capture everything, not deleting a picture because it's blurry. 
Being with my daughter. 
I'm a mom. 
I hold tight to my memories, but push forward to make more. 
My daughter (family) is always there with me, making new memories, and reminiscing about old.
Though you don't see it in this picture, I wanted this picture to be perfect. I spent A LONG time getting ready and so did Ab. I try so hard for things to be perfect, to be planned right, and sometimes it gets there  but most of the time, I get pictures (moments) like this. 
My life, captured. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


(view this morning)

Some days I wake up motivated. I want to get ready for the day. I want to go out and window shop. I want my house to be clean, and you know what, all that happens. I do get up and get ready, I do go out and window shop and my house is cleaned. I used to be like that with my blog too. I used to post twice a day. GAH! I know, a little crazy right? What?! I wanted you guys to like me, I wanted variety on my blog.

See the thing is, I don't feel too motivated anymore. I still get up, get ready, leave the house, but when it comes to my blog, I feel like I'm not excited about it anymore. I love comments, I love reading your posts & getting to know you better. I just feel like I got into habit of linking up. (Look what I'm doing now, ha!) Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE the link-ups that I link up with! LOVE THEM! I just don't seem to think for myself anymore. I know Monday Listicles, will have a great topic, Target Tuesday is great, The Nail Files, are fun. I just think the only time I have to think for myself is Wednesday. Maybe Thursday. I don't post on the weekend. I spend time with my family...

I just feel like, maybe I'm lost. Maybe I depend on you guys too much? I know I don't always have to link up, but I like it. Hmmm... what's a girl to do? What should I write about? I need to take over my blog, write about what I want to write about, post when I want to post. Maybe that means you get to see a couple posts a day from me, or maybe just a couple a week. It's mine. I just don't know if I can kick myself up out of this rut. So again, I'll ask, what do you like to see? Tutorials? DIY craft things? Food? I can really try about anything. I'm pretty open. 

Linking up with Shell, to Pour My Heart Out and let you know, I'm in a blogging rut and I need to do something about it! 

P.S. Yesterday was day # 2 without soda!! YAY! Also, I added some rosette hair clips OR pins to my Etsy Shop! And just in case you didn't stop by yesterday, check out my post where we get to know The Preppy Girl In Pink a little bit better!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Target Tuesday.

First things first friends! Check out my other post (here) to meet Kristen! I would love to do some shopping with her! Too bad she lives so FAR away. Now on to Target Tuesday with Tara.

If there is something I would need that I didn't get for my wedding, a nice dinner wear set. 
Sky & I did get ONE plate, ONE bowl, ONE mug, in a corral color. Sweet, but there's three of us now. Not going to work... so if I could, these are some of the dinner wear sets I would definitely check out.

What do you think?

New Friend.

Friends, I'm so happy to tell you that I'm having The Preppy Girl in Pink on my blog today! She's amazing if you haven't met her yet. Now be ready, this post is LONG, but so WORTH the read. There have been several times that I've tried to narrow it down, but I LOVE it, ALL of it. 

 Who are you, what do you blog about, any hobbies/interests you want to share? What are 10 of your favorite things?

  I am an almost 40 year old (hmmm...that hurt a bit more writing that than I thought it would) who was given the priveledge to stay at home with my girls when I came to a crossroad in my career. I could either spend less time with my family or more. Thankfully, my husband wanted me home more! So, I put in my resignation and two weeks later on my very first day off from work, I was a chaperone on one of daughter's field trips with school. I haven't looked back once. I have looked at my shrinking bank account but not at my decision to put my family in first place again. 

On my blog, I tend to write about whatever pops into my head, heart or my life. I'm not always the best at putting my words together but I write my blog as I would talk to my closest friends or family. You will find the real me on my blog. 

As for my hobbies/interests, I guess you could say that I love spending time with family and/or friends above anything else. I love to people in good company and laugh a lot. I am the person who everyone knows will at some point "snort" from laughing so hard. I am also a very good friend. I have your back, front, name it, I'll take care of it.

10 of my favorite material things...

1. Coke Zero - You will rarely see me without one of these in my hand, bag or cup holder.
2. Ice Cream - I usually have a bowl every night.
3. My smart phone - Do I really need to elaborate on this?! No, I didn't think so.
4. Sneakers - Some girls love high heels but I am a sneaker junkie! I have pairs to go with most colors in the rainbow and even some colors that aren't in the rainbow ;-)
5. Braids - I love braids in my hair and my girls' hair too. They are just so feminine. 
6. Vera Bradley - I have a slight obsession with her bags. My husband may say I need an intervention but really, he's a guy. He just doesn't get it ;-)
7.  My new Canon - I'm still learning how to use it but when I opened it up on Christmas morning my husband told me he bought it for me because besides for capturing the girls he knew I would love it for my blog. Swoon!! He's such a good man!
8. Porsche 911 - I will never own one but I love the look of them...even when they are parked but to watch one take off down the road/track, it makes my heart beat very quickly! Stunning cars!!
9. Hair bows on my girls - As soon as they had hair that was long enough, they had bows in their hair. Hey! I even bought some bows from you!! (this is where you shamelessly plug your beautiful hair bows!)
10. My blog - It is something that is all mine. I can decorate it how I want (once I learn how). I can write about whatever I want to. I can reach out to people. I can meet people. I can make people laugh. What's not to love?!

Why do you blog? What made you decide to blog? I know your husband gave you a push, but why blogging? (I read up on this but I figured you could tell everyone else) 
I stumbled upon my first blog after resigning from work in April. I didn't even know what a blog was before then. I didn't have time to surf the web for anything fun and truly when I was done with work the last thing I wanted to do was go on a computer. I was looking for a cake pop recipe and I chose the one with the prettiest description beside it when my Google search gave me a long list. I started to read it and really enjoyed much so that after hearing about it a thousand times my husband one day told me to stop just reading them and start one of my own. He told me to sit down, take some time on the computer and get it going. I did and now here I am. I've been blogging since late August of 2011 and I love it!! I'm still a newbie and have lots to learn but there is so much support out there if you want/need it.

Favorite link-up?

My favorite link up is definitely Pour Your Heart Out with Shell at Things I Can't Say. This is where I have found most of my favorite blogs and made a lot of friends. I also have received wonderful support from anyone who has commented on those posts. I would recommend this link up to everyone and anyone.

Tell us about your family!
My husband, Chris, and I have been together for almost 15 years and we will be married for 11 years in just a few weeks. We have two girlies that are 9 and 7 years old. Their nicknames are Ash & Bean.
What do you guys like to do together?
   Wow! That's a hard one...the list would be forever long. I'll try to pick a few. We love to play in the water together (warm water...I can't stand cold water) either swimming, boogie boarding or jumping waves. We love to hike as a family. The girls have been hiking with us since they were little so they have a lot of endurance and can keep up with us on some serious mountain hiking. We also love to kayak. Sometimes we have to tow a girl or two if their arms get tired in their own kayaks but they are pretty good at it now that they are older. I guess you could say we are an "outdoorsy" family.

Jamaica is our 13 year old Hungarian Puli. She is our first born. The girls even call her their big sister. She has the best personality and she is just all around fun. Yes, those are dreadlocks. It is a natural cording that happens as their coat transitions from puppy to adult. It is a lot of work to keep from matting together and from collecting everything and anything in the yard that the cords pick up as they sweep across the ground or she rolls on something stinky...but she is worth it!

Favorite Family Movie?

We have so many of these. I'm sure if you asked each one of us we would have a different answer. My favorite movie is The Goonies. I would have to go with that because I love watching it with Chris and the girls. I love that my husband laughs because I am laughing and I love that my girls are now throwing out quotes from it right along with me.

                                                                        Parenting tips?
 Hmmm...Yes, please. I'll take some! Seriously though, I think the best tip I can offer is to have patience. As parents we don't want to see our kids grow up so quickly but at the same time we expect an awful lot out of them at such young ages. We get annoyed very quickly when they can't keep it together. I think you need to ask yourself...Did they get a good night's sleep? Did I drag them all over God's creation and not allow them any free time? Are they not feeling well and don't realize it yet? Was I able to do that at that age?. When I can tell my patience is wearing thin I always walk up to each of my girls (or whichever one is in the room), kiss them on the top of their heads and take a deep breath in of their wonderful smelling hair. It helps calm me and it reminds them that even though they are annoying me to no end that I love them.

                                                                            Beauty tips? 
You would crack up if you saw my drawers in the master bathroom. They hardly have anything in them but hair elastics and headbands. I honestly did not start wearing anything more than mascara and lip gloss until about 2 years when I decided I needed to look a bit more professional at work. Now, I have a few eye powder pencils and eye liner pencils from Sephora. They are the easiest way to brighten up your eyes in about 20 seconds flat! I wear lipstick now too. I love the stay all day kind by Revlon...mostly because I don't want to re-apply several times a day. I don't wear concealer or anything like that. I'm sure someone would recommend that I do but I don't like the way it makes my face feel. I want to feel my face if I touch it, not make up. I guess my beauty tip would be...Be Yourself!

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