Tuesday, February 2, 2016

WIN a crown from The Unicorn's Princess!

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." -Albert Einstein


I've known Ashley for a long time now... it's been years since we met through our blogs and we instantly adored each other. She is just such a beautiful soul... full of life and if we ever met in person, I'd be surprise if she didn't actually glow!

The years have brought a lot of changes for us, and now she's the mastermind behind The Unicorn's Princess... handmade beautiful, intricate and darling copper wire crowns for kids & adults alike! It's so inspiring!

Ruby LOVES her peacock crown... and when her little cousin Piper comes over to visit, she wears the gypsy goddess. What little girl doesn't want (or deserve) to feel like royalty. Just the other day, I finally got around to photographing them in all their glory! They felt like real life princesses!

Ashley is kind enough to give you the chance to WIN one of her crown's (winner's choice!)... you can gift it to a special little one in your life or keep it for yourself! 

Good luck!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Reading Goals 2016

This year I want to make it a point to read more.
I used to read a couple books a week, easy! But then I had a kids, a busy 9-5 job and a hobby that kind of took up all my free time.

I recently finished reading Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (a.k.a The Bloggess) and it was amazing! Having a partner who battles depression, bipolar and anxiety issues, this "funny book about horrible things" was something I needed to read and I'm happy I did! I laughed out loud more that I ever had while reading a book! Inspiring and hilarious!

However... I started it in November and only finished it this month. My goal for 2016 is to read at least 2 books per month. I stumbled across this reading challenge on Modern Mrs. Darcy that I would like to use as a incentive to be more active with my reading:

I've started reading Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter... the third book in the White Rabbit Chronicles. This will be my "meaning to read" book that I can check off the challenge above. I enjoyed the first 2 books and I'm excited to see how this one plays out. 

So, with both my goal to read 2 books a month and a reading challenge to keep me going, I think I'm off to a great start!

Some other books I currently own and hope to get to soon are:
Insurgent ("a book you previously abandoned")
The Winter Garden ("a book recommended to you by your local librarian")

These are the ones I can see on my bookshelp from where I'm sitting... I have at least a dozen more.. so who knows which one I'll grab next!

If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments!

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Three Things Thursday : My Kid Punched My Laptop

Although I didn't actually make any real ''goals'' for 2016, in the back of my mind I did *want* to get back to blogging more. And although I started off the year pretty good (3 posts since December 31st), I kind of slacked this week. And that is because a) nothing overly interesting has happened since last week and b) I lacked time and inspiration...

But then I noticed 3 of my favorite bloggers EVER started a new weekly linkup!

So even though a) nothing overly exciting has happened and b) I lack serious inspiration, I thought it would be fun to jot down a few thoughts.

1) Everything happens for a reason. I do photography on the side... and when I book a wedding I require a small deposit to hold the day (like $150)... out of the blue, I booked a July wedding this week. I was so excited to have an extra $150 this week. I've had to be strict with our budget since my husband hasn't worked in almost a year... and every penny is accounted for. I was debating about whether putting it towards my Christmas debt or maybe splurging on a little somethig for myself (new workout clothes or a haircut)... BUT, unluckily for me, that decision was made for me when I had to spend nearly $200 to get my laptop fixed. What happened to my laptop you ask? See #2...

2) Memphis uses my laptop all the time. Memphis has impulse issues (common in kids with ADHD)... and his impulsivity and aggression has been getting increasingly worse... again. His moods change rapidly, without warning, and we're dealing with more & more meltdowns. Anyways, all this to say that he was being quiet, playing a game on the laptop when he became frustrated and lashed out by throwing the mouse at the laptop screen. The screen was obviously broken. I hooked up the laptop to a extra monitor we have to make sure it worked. Thankfully, everything else was okay.
I brought the laptop into our local repair shop and had it back within a couple of hours... good as new.

3) My final thought to sum all of this up is proof that everything happens for a reason. I had the "spare" money to fix my laptop and Memphis, I hope, learned a valuable lesson about actions having consequences. He has been extremely apologetic since the "incident" and has been remarkably calm and accommodating since then as well. It's true that sometimes bad things have to happen to make people realize what they have (he would literally DIE if he couldn't use the laptop) and I have to trust that this all went down this week to help teach Memphis about working on controlling his anger.

So, that was MY week.. how was yours?

Be sure to check out Megan, Kristine & Nay for Three Things Thursday!

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