Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What I Wore: Dressing Up for the Holidays.

When it comes to the holiday season, one of the things 
I love most, are all of the parties and get togethers. I love how it gives us a reason to celebrate and be together. And I love the excuse to dress up a little more then I typically would.


I fell in love with this ultra girly, school girl type dress from an online boutique called Ever+Mi.Crush.
It is filled with some of the most beautiful and fun pieces I have seen. A perfect blend of feminine and vintage. And I had just the reason to wear this dress to my sister in laws birthday dinner party.

The details on this dress totally make it..the peter pan collar, black lace trim, little bows...And pockets!  

Who doesn't love a dress with pockets!

Darker black tights made me feel a little better with the length, since I don't normally wear shorter dresses. Especially with kids. But since this was a kid-less night, I decided I was safe ;)


I also chose black suede wedges to balance it all out and add just a bit of "edge" to all of the girliness.  
I always like to pair a little bit of edge with a lot of feminine.

When it comes to dressing up this holiday season I am all about going for fun, girly, pieces paired with chunky shoes, and touches of sparkle....Have you noticed all the sequins in every store? I'm loving it!
Oh And BOWS. I'm obsessed with all things bows.


Dress: C/O Ever+Mi.Crush
Tights & Wedges: Target! 
You can also find and follow Ever+Mi here, here and here! 
  
What are some of the trends you're looking forward to wearing this season?

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Our Holiday Week in Review {And a winner!}

It was an insanely busy week. But such a good one too. 
We sat around the table on Thursday at Thanksgiving dinner, saying what we were each thankful for and honestly the one thing that kept coming to my mind is family. As I get older and start establishing traditions and making memories with my own little family, it becomes more and more evident how blessed we are with our big family. I already had an awesome family as it was, but then I married Brandon and gained even more amazing people in my life.
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We had out first holiday party of the season on Wednesday. We went to a little dinner party for my sister in law heather's birthday. got a babysitter for the kids, ordered them a pizza and said adios! It was a lot of fun. My sister in law likes to say she isn't crafty, but she's lying. 
She put on such a beautiful and fun party. And at the end of the night when we got home at about 11:30, 2 out of 3 of our children were still awake because our babysitter is the sweetest, most soft spoken person on the planet. They totally suckered the poor girl. We'll have to lay down the law for next time. 

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Thursday we woke up and watched the parade. Brandon made us french toast and then we headed to my grandmas for Thanksgiving dinner with my family.  

Look at these 4 people...I get to be their mama and wife! 

After we got home and the kids were in bed, Brandon was finishing a game so for a fleeting moment of insanity I decided it would be a good idea to check out Target. It was around 10pm, they had just opened at 9pm and I had seen some cute sweaters advertised for just 10$. I thought it wouldn't be too crazy yet.
Clearly I am a black friday rookie. Because I strolled up into my Target like it was any ol usual Target trip only to find people every where. in my target. 
the nerve!
I probably looked like a deer in headlights as people zoomed past me with there sale flyers and maps and talk of strategy. 
I passed a woman with 6 vacuums in her cart. She was discussing with her daughter whether she needed all 6. I wanted to yell, NO you do not need SIX vacuums woman! Put 5 back and walk away!

Crazy people out on Black Friday guys. Were you one of them? You can tell me.  

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 Friday we went out to my parents house to celebrate my sister vanessa's birthday. We all wear red flannel, go on a hay ride and do a bomb fire with smores..
Something new my parents added this year is a scavenger hunt around the property. Our teams were picked randomly but I just so happened to get the best team EVER! My brother in law Brian, Asher and not shown but taking the pictures was my sister in law Ginger.  
We won. Just saying. 
We had to do all kinds of random tasks like hug on a porch, hold hands on a rock and hug a tree. Did I mention we won? Gift cards to Target for the winning team! holla!

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Saturday {yes this is still going on}... we went out to Brandons parents house to celebrate Thanksgiving with his side. We ate some more. And got caught up in a never ending but entertaining game of Phase 10. We did not ever make it to phase 10. I am wondering if anyone ever does. 

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And tonight we ended this crazy week with pizza and tree decorating. For some reason {probably due to my little hurricane Mia} it became more obvious to me than ever before that I have a lot of glass, breakable ornaments.  Also I want to solve the great mystery of missing ornament hooks and non-working lights. What happens in that garage over the year?!


Basically I'm telling you all of this so you'll forgive me for not announcing the giveaway winner on Friday like I said I was going to. Although if you've been around a while, you are probably not surprised at all that I forgot.

The winner is:  
"My favorite Christmas tradition is opening one present the night before Christmas...it has pj's a Christmas movie, and fun snacks to eat while watching a Christmas movie."

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Also because I know yall aren't tired at all of hearing about Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales, I'm going to go ahead and let you know of another one :)
I just added a few new pieces to the shop and right now  
you can get 30% off through today only. Just use code "crazy30" at checkout. 
After this there is no guarantees I will have any more sales like this. I am going to dedicate most of December to a couple of Holiday Markets I am doing and to custom orders. So get on over there while the gettin is good! 

Hope you all had an awesome holiday with your family and friends!
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Splendor Shop Pop Up Sale

Starting today through Cyber Monday, I will be having a few "pop up" sales on specific pieces from the Splendor Shop. The sale will be on one item at a time and vary anywhere from 6 to 24 hours. Depending on the piece.... So be quick!

Keep an eye on both my instagram and facebook pages...this is where I will post them!


I am so so thankful for each of you and am Praying big blessings on you as you take the time to give thanks!
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Me, Myself and I

 I always think it's fun to get to know people in different ways.  Even random, unimportant information is interesting to me. And that is what Me, Myself and I is all about :)
 5 questions...
Here we go!

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What are your top 5 favorite movies to watch during the Holidays?
 
 By far my most favorite is Elf!
  
I mean really, who doesn't love Buddy?! 
I can quote the entire movie. 
 Also in my top 5 are:
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Home Alone and of course the oldies but goodies...Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer & Frosty the Snowman.

 I also really like to watch all of the super cheesy Hallmark Lifetime "25 days of Christmas" Movies...some of them are so bad, but it's all part of the holidays to me! The cheesier the better! Brandon loves me for it ;)


It’s the month of giving thanks, what are you most thankful for?  
I am thankful for so much, but one of the things I am most thankful for is my little family of 5.
 Each of them represents so much to me and I am beyond words thankful to be their mom and wife. 
beyond words...



If there was a quote or verse to describe your life, what would it be?

What sticks out most to me about this quote is the believing part. It has taken quite a bit for me to get to a place where I believe enough in myself and my capabilities to just do it. Whatever "it" may be....and realizing that even if I fail or didn't do it perfectly, I still "did."  
I think the hardest step in anything is always the first one. It's mustering up that courage and faith in yourself to believe you can do it. We can be our worst enemy or our greatest cheerleader. Sometimes it doesn't matter who or how many people are behind you, cheering you on, YOU have to believe in you.
And then--do it! 



Who in your family are you most like?
I see so much of myself in my Bella girl. 

She is strong willed, hard headed, out spoken, a do it your-selfer, always has to have the last word, loyal, independent, super sensitive, incredibly loving, in great need of affection and affirmation. She has a mothers heart and a soft spirit. She is strong in many ways, yet weak in others. I'm totally in love with that little girl, but also feel like she will be my biggest challenge simply because she is so much like me.


People say this about my mom and I too. That we are a lot alike. I remember we butted heads a lot when I was growing up, but now she is one of my closest friends. I think having a daughter so much like yourself can either pull you apart or make you closer and I am blessed to have that closer relationship with my mom. 
I purposely keep Bella close because of this reason too. because I know that keeping her close now and as she gets older {lord have mercy on me when she is 16} then the the hard times won't bring us apart, 
but instead even closer. 
I also think God gave me Bella to show me things about myself. It's almost like holding up a mirror sometimes. She has taught me more about myself then she will ever know! And she is only 4. 




What is your favorite drink order at Starbucks?
 
I am going to go ahead and throw it out there that I don't particularly like starbucks coffee. I know. 
Shock and Awe. 
I would rather have a sonic diet dr. pepper any day. However, on occasion I do get a craving for a starbucks and when I do it's a caramel macchiato! 

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Ok so it's your turn now!
It's really simple, just answer the questions, and then grab a button and link up your post so we can get to know YOU better too!


 

My Fall Mantle & A Giveaway!



One of my favorite little spaces to decorate in our home is the mantle that Brandon built me. 

I love to change out the look from season to season....I've been adding little touches of "fall"  through out the month and am really loving the look....I'm soakin it up a little longer, before it's time to change it out for CHRISTMAS!!


The little pumpkin garland was made with mini pumpkins I found at Walmart and fall leaves from Hobby lobby. The silver pumpkin was actually an orange one I found in the Target dollar spot and spray painted with Krylon's Metallic silver, and the orange and white lights were an after Halloween clearance find! 

 

I love the mix of colors and how they all somehow work together perfectly! 

My favorite part is the mustard felt bow garland from my sweet friend Nat at Take the Cannoli. It completes the whole look, don't you think? Do you love it as much as I do? 

Well good cause....


Nat has offered to give one of you a felt bow garland of your own!! She has lots of pretty colors to choose from, and even better, you can choose from her new holiday colors too! 


 I can totally see that gorgeous red one with an all white and silver mantle! If you don't have a mantle, hang this around your door, on your stair railing or a window! 
Pick a color to decorate for the holidays, or one to stay up all year round! 

1 winner will get to choose one of these felt bow garlands of your color choice!

To Enter:
*You must be a follower of my blog 
{leave one comment}
*You must be a follower of Nat's blog 
{leave one comment}

Additional Entry:
Tell me what your favorite holiday tradition is! 
Mine? Oh gosh, there are so many but one I am looking forward to is our annual "hay ride" at my parents house. We all wear red flannel shirts, blare Christmas music and drink hot chocolate. Oh and we make sure mom doesn't go toppling over like last year ;) 
Now whats one of yours? 


That's 3 chance to win!
I'll announce the winner on Friday so be sure to check back in!



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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

stories to tell


I am always telling stories. I love to. I don't know what it is. I just like to tell stories.
And some times I even re-tell them to myself. In bed at night when I can't sleep, I begin to write stories in my head.

In fact, telling stories was one of the ways I would get through my long runs. That probably sounds so silly. I told someone this the other day and she looked at me like I was crazy. But to me it's not crazy. To me it's natural to tell a story in my head. I would re-tell the story of the day I had Asher. Or the time I held Faith, or the day I met Brandon. Those kind of stories. The one's that have changed me. I like to re-tell them. To remember them and describe them. Even if just in my head.

I think a lot about the stories my kids will tell one day. About their mom. What will they say? What will they remember? What stories will they tell to their kids.

Bella has this thing where she asks me all of the time "did you do this when you were a little girl too?"
She loves to hear me tell her stories from when I was little, or from when she was a little baby. I think if that little girl could just sit in my lap and hear me tell her stories all day long, she would be perfectly happy.

There were many reasons for why I started running....Why I wanted to run a half marathon. At some points it became a competitive thing for me. I got caught up in my time and pace and all kinds of non sense. One day when I was struggling through one of my runs, a thought ran through my head "Why are you doing this?"

Why was I doing it? I had to ask myself that and really decide why.
Because when it got hard, and I wanted to give up....When I really didn't want to put my shoes on and get outside, when I really just wanted to stay in bed....I had to remember why I was doing this. And my time or pace or any other comptetive aspect had nothing to do with it.

I would imagine the 3 kids at the finish line with Brandon. I would think about them seeing their mom cross the finish line..... finish the race she set out to do. The long runs she would go on, and all of the time she put in, was for this. And they would see me finish.

One day they will tell that story about their mom. They will not only tell this story, but they will tell them all...the good ones, the funny ones, the not so good ones and the really sad ones......And it will all make even more sense then, why she ran this race. 

I imagine Bella holding her little girl one day,...she'll tell these stories about her mom. And that.....that is why on the days I wanted to give up, the times I wanted to stop, the moments I questioned myself, I kept on going.

To give them a story to tell.

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I am working on a recap post of the race... things I learned...the good, the bad and everything in between! Look for it this week. But I will say I loved it and am already thinking about my next one!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Turning 30



I looked at the date yesterday and realized that I will be turning 30 in exactly one month.

Now, I am not one of those people who is dreading it. I am actually kind of excited. Many people have a list of things they'd like to do before turning a certain age. I've never made one.
Although there are definitely things I'd still like to do one day....

I didn't finish college. I would like to. At least for the education aspect. Not really for the accomplishment. There are some people who get a degree just to get one, even though what they have a degree in is not what they find interesting. Me,  I just enjoy learning.  And I would love to finish my degree in phsychology and counseling one day. I find people fascinating. I find how our minds work completely fascinating. I also like to know why people act a certain way. Like what in their life made them the way they are. It all fascinates me. So one day, after my kids are grown, I think I'd like to finish.

I want to run a second half marathon. I am about to run my first on Sunday, but I feel like this has been more of a "practice round."  I'd like to train seriously again one day and go for "time"... This first go, I'm doing it for other reasons, more personal, and just crossing the finish line on that day will be enough for me. But the second one, I'd like to be a little more serious with the training and health part and really try to get finished in an amazing time.

I would love to have a boutique one day. A mixture of modern and vintage.  Home decor, and accessories.

I would love to have a thriving womens minstry in our church one day. I have a heart for other women and I think connection, encouragement, and face to face time with one another is good for the soul. good for moms, good for working women, good for all of us. And I would love for that ministry to expand beyond the church.

I would love to write a book one day.  I would love to write the details of my story that have never been told. I feel like I'm supposed to.

I would love to have another baby. Not sure when. But I know we aren't done yet. People always say you just know when your done...We know we aren't.

I would love to travel. First as a family, with our kids, and then just me and Brandon once the kids are older. I want to go to Spain and Ireland the most.

These are all pretty broad. I realize that. I have plenty of small things I'd like to do too, but mostly..I just want to live. Like truly live. And I don't mean in some crazy big way like going sky diving or swimming with sharks. I just simply mean living.

Today. This day. Wherever I am. Happy in it. Finding the joy in it. Not always looking for the next big thing or event or thing to scratch off. Not looking for tomorrow to hurry and come or for "this" to happen before I'm happy.
I just want to live today happy and thankful.
And I feel like living this way, each day....all those big things my heart wants? they'll happen.
But I'll know I didn't miss the little things, while waiting for the bigger. You know?
That's truly my heart. 

Do you have something you would love to do one day? Big or small?
 I'd love to hear it. 


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New in the Splendor Shop

Here's a peak at some of the new pieces that have been added to the shop!






It is a lot of fun to have a creative outlet that reflects what I'm currently into. 
Bows, vintage stones, soft colors contrasted with darker,
charms that hold meaning...
All things I'm loving. And I hope you do too! 

Be sure to look around at some of the fun new options like adding your initial to any design.
We also have a couple of sweet pieces like this bracelet for the little girls inspired by my own little beauties.

Head over now to check it all out!

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And use code "NovemberNew" for %15 off in the shop from now through Sunday.
Thinking about Christmas gifts? Let me know and I'll add a special christmasy touch to your packaging!



 
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Friday, November 2, 2012

Who I am.

God has been working in me on something the last couple of weeks.
I have felt more compelled to focus on what I am instead of what I am not.

This is hard for me, because it is so much easier to talk about what I am not.
It's easy for me to point out my weakness and my struggles.
It's almost instinctive.

In prayer God will begin to show me who I am. And just like when someone in person gives me a compliment, I want to deflect it.
Every thing He says I am...I want to counteract it with what I am not.

And I've noticed this trend everywhere.
We all want to say "I'm not perfect"....and in that statement we feel more connected to who is saying it. "oh good well neither am I!, lets be imperfect together"

This is truth. We are imperfect. We are flawed. We are messed up.
Because we are all sinners.
Let's get that out there for good.
No one is perfect.
We know this.

I am a girl who is daily, seeking who she is in Christ,
And as I begin to seek that out...cry out to Him to show me who I am..

It never comes in lists of what I'm not
Instead He speaks back to me, who I am.

I think about it like my own children.
As they get older, I can sense them searching for their own identity.
Their place in this family, their place in this world.
And if they were to come to me and ask me who they are....would I instead tell them everything they arent? Would I want them to come tell me everything they aren't?

In my eyes they are perfect. Fearfully and Wonderfully made.
Each with their own strengths. Each with their own weaknesses.
But do I focus more on the weakness then the strengths?
Of course not.
As a mom I speak back to them who they are.
Asher you are smart. You are capable.
Bella you are beautiful and you are kind.
Mia you are hilariously sweet.

Am I aware of the areas they struggle in? yes, but do I focus on them? do I point them out?

When they come to me with something they created would I point out what they did wrong? Would I point out the mistakes and the imperfections?  
Obviously not. I point out the beauty. The creativity.

I hang it somewhere with pride.
say to myself---thats my Bella girls work.
Ins't it Beautiful and perfect?

I feel like God has been telling me the same thing.
Instead of coming to him with every thing I am not, Why not come to Him with everything I am?

Because I'll tell you.....Who I am has a lot more to do with His work in me than who I am not.
Who I am today, is not at all who I was, but everthing to do with where I've been.
And Who I am is more useable than who I am not. 

Our life is a walk of struggle. We know that. Life isn't easy and it is not promised to be.
But I just keep thinking....what if we all started to get a little freer in who we are,
Instead of constantly pointing out who we aren't....how imperfect we are,
What if, instead we talked about who we are in Him. 
What if, that became the trend?

I feel like God would be even more glorified in that. 
Because we are His.
His pieces of art. His workmanship.
Pointing out the flaws....well that discredits His work.
And who are we to critique His work.

I want to get to the place that who I am speaks louder to me and to others, than who I'm not.
That my instinct would not be to deflect but to praise.


Because who I am and who you are, is all Him.
His work. 
Be confident in it.
Be as quick to speak of who you are, as you are in what you aren't.
And let Him be glorfied in it.
In all of it.

Let Him set you up high,
say to himself....thats my girl.
She's beautiful. She's flawed.
She's perfect.


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