Thursday, December 31, 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Dear Mom and Dad,
It’s Christmas time
& we know it’s true
That it’s very hard to buy presents for you!
All day and all night were spent in thought
But all it did was leave us distraught
Until one little Elf came up with a clever scheme
And knew it was time to assemble the team
So On December 20th at 12:30 PM
Let’s hope this isn’t mayhem
A photographer will be there to snap away
Some new family pictures to display!
Here are my siblings! I guess I should say half-siblings, it got confusing when I was trying to explain to Emily why my sister and brother have a sister that is not my sister...haha
So these pictures convinced me to stay blonde instead of going red...also we might look like a cute little emo couple but I really like these pictures!
But this one is my fav, double chins and all. Also I swear i'm getting a haircut tomorrow.
Do you guys see that six foot tall kid right there? That's my friggin nephew. I was in 4th grade when he was born and I was obsessed as obsessed can be. Now he is all grown up and has the funniest personality and it's just weird how time flies and how I can feel old as crap at 24
Speaking of old, my sister was talking about how they are going to deal with the car situation once my niece starts driving soon. That was a mind blowing realization. Isn't she so pretty?
My favorite phase of all my nieces and nephews has been from age 2-5. They are just the cutest and they don't annoy me, haha. Josh is going to be the youngest grand baby for a long time and he knows how to ham it up. We were being best buds on Christmas and he makes my heart grow twenty times. Especially with how much he loves Mark.
Monday, December 14, 2015
How did you start your design business and blog?
I started my blog in high school (way back when!) and really started blogging when I was in college. It was a good way to show my mom that I wasn't getting in too much trouble. ;) Ha! I started my design business shortly after getting married. I had a goal to make a little extra Christmas cash and really only planned on selling products for the season. I'm glad I decided to keep going with it!
When did you realize, "Okay, i'm pretty good at this!" either with blogging or graphic design?
I still feel like I'm still finding my groove (in both blogging and design!) but I think I realized I could use my talents for a little side business after that first Christmas season. I loved designing and every order that came in I felt giddy (I still do to this day!) It's an awesome, humbling experience knowing that other people enjoy your work, especially after putting so much time and heart into it.
Since i'm big on tips to be your happiest self, what is your happiness tip?
I've found I'm happiest when I'm serving others. Far too often, I get caught up in my own little problems, but focusing on others, serving others, and being genuinely happy for others makes me happy, too!
What makes you feel most confident?
A dash of lipstick, my favorite song on the radio, and knowing (and remembering!) that I am a daughter of God.
What is one thing you know to be true?
Thomas S. Monson said it best "..You do not find the happy life, you MAKE it!"
Check out Alexa's blog here, her instagram here and her etsy page here!
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Have you guys ever heard the quote, "you can do anything but you can't do everything?" Well I tend to actually think i'm superwomen (I think most teachers do and really are!), so that quote doesn't sit very well with me. However, laying in bed last night at 9pm because I had a fever and the body chills, realizing I hadn't taken these pictures yet made me realize that....maybe I can't do everything! I love my blog so much, it's my #1 hobby, however I feel like I need to shift my priorities around momentarily, at least until my Christmas break, so there will probably be radio silence for a while.
However, since I do think i'm super women, I got up at 5:30 to take these pictures in my house, terrible, horrific and grainy as can be, here they are!
If you aren't familiar with this series it's when me and several other bloggers are inspired by an image and then we all re-create it using stuff from our own closets. Here was the inspiration image:
|Because Shanna Said So|
I was struck immediately by the cheetah print, my favorite! Then the buffalo plaid which I love so much. Here is my recreation:
I love these pants so much, they are quilted leather on the front and leggings in the back! They are my go-to "comfy but ready to party" pants. This buffalo plaid was purchased at Old Navy and these boots, impractical as they may be for winter, were purchased at Forever Young shoes.
Brooke at Silver Lining
Robin at Penn & Quill
Aubrey at Aubrey Zaruba
Maren at Maren and Co
Brielle at Breezy and Co
Eden at We Are Worth Saving
Bekah at These Are The Days
Tayler at The Morrell Tale
Jessica at Mason Jars and Lemon Bars
Alexa at He and I
Hannah at Hannah Rae
Rachel at Rachel Sayumi
Hannah at My Life as a Baseball Bride
Amy at Harris Inc.
Brooklyn at Brooklyn Jolley
Stephanie at The Artist + The Architect
Charlene at From Bisons to Buckeyes
Justine at Little Dove Creations
Jennifer at Jennifer Sikora
Paige at The Happy Flammily
Bonnie at The Life of Bon
Sarah at My For Real Life
Kyla at FordOlogy
Riley at Riley Jo Blog
Shelbie at R+S Brereton
Megan at Diary of This Girl
Sierra at Sierra's View
Emma at Ever Emma
Danica at Danikan Skywalker
Deidre at Deidre Emme
Monday, December 7, 2015
I started the blog as a photo diary on Live Journal years ago. I mostly blogged about music, books, and film. And I was very angsty and emotional. One of these days I’ll publish an old over-dramatic post for comedic purpose. It’s now turned into what some would call a “lifestyle” blog, a mix of everything.
The emotional part that comes with any lifestyle change is always the hardest for me, and the health change made me aware of the poor choices I’d put my body through for the sake of distraction from my real responsibilities. For example, I had no idea eating a box of donuts was not only dangerous to my health, but won't make the piles of laundry go away.
What is your favorite item of clothing and why?
My black skinny jeans from Torrid. I’ve been through multiples pairs from a size 24 to a size 14 and they are flattering and comfortable at every size. If I find something that works, I stick with it. I can dress them up or down but most importantly they are my personal version of a bad ass leather jacket.
In what way do you hold yourself back?
I’m afraid of my own strength. I have a strong personality and thankfully I can control and edit it online but I do hold myself back in real life situations. Everyone wants to be liked, of course, and sometimes I hold back my personality in fear someone won’t. Thankfully, over the years I’ve met and grown friendships with strong women who shine and learned to love that part of myself little by little through them.
What is one beauty product you can’t live without?
Concealer. My glasses cast shadows on underneath my eyes, and even with a good night’s sleep and a great eye cream, my glasses say otherwise.
What makes you feel most confident?
I wish I had some inspirational answer but sadly it’s when I have my hair and makeup done. It sounds so vain, but to me it’s not just my hair and makeup I took the time to do, they’re steps in taking care of myself and a push to not stay in bed all day when I’m having down days. When those two things are done, I feel like I can do anything.
What is one thing you know to be true?
What is your favorite thing about yourself?
My strength. I look back at my life and I feel like a walking testimony to grace. I had a bad childhood, made poor choices in partners and past toxic friendships, my son died to name a couple things, and I still manage to be okay.
How do you show yourself that you love yourself?
Personal grooming. Something as simple as a shower and a long walk reminds me to live.
Since i’m big on tips to be your happiest self, do you have a tip on what keeps you happy?
Have something to look forward to, always. Sometimes it’s a roll of film, a coffee date with a friend, a photo journal project, a work out class, a date with yourself to the movies, a book, a trip to the library, honestly anything to write in your calendar to plan. It can be extravagant to free, but always have something to look forward to.
What are your top three favorite albums and a short bit about why?
Jonsi’s Go is one of the most beautiful albums I’ve ever heard. I listened to it through labor and I still play it for any occasion. I also love Sufjan Steven’s Come on Feel The Illnoise. I remember playing it when it first came out on repeat and it’s my most played album ever. Purity Ring’s Another Eternity is a new favorite always on repeat. It's so dreamy but still has a fun feel to it. I also have to throw in RAC's Strangers. If I ever feel down or need a quick pick me up, this album has never failed me.