Saturday, July 30, 2011

...and the winner is...

Congratulations!  You've won my sweet "100 followers giveaway!"
I'm emailing you now for your info!

Actually, it's quite ironic.  
Nay also had a 100 followers giveaway this week, that I won!
I was so surprised when I saw her number on the generator this morning!  
What goes around comes around!?
Seriously, what were the odds?  Love it!

Again, a big THANK YOU to all of my loyal followers, to my new followers and to the new friends I've made along the way!  I have more great giveaways in the works, and hopefully you'll continue to stick around to hear what I have to say everyday!

                                                                    Source: via Wendy on Pinterest
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Friday, July 29, 2011

What should I do!?

A couple months ago, I took these maternity pictures for my cousin & his fiancée...
I thought they turned out well... especially since I don't have a super fancy camera and consider myself a very, very, very amateur photographer.  I snap away alot, and seem to get a few good shots occasionally.  
Personally, I think I "luck out" most of the time.

Flash forward to now. 

It's only a few months until their wedding and they've asked me to be the photographer!
It's going to be a pretty big wedding... but it's local, and I know most of the wedding party and guests.  I've explained that I'm not comfortable being such a big part of the BIG day.  I mean, I have a basic camera... no special lenses or flashes... no wedding experience... zilch.  They don't care. They say it's more important to have me as their photographer than "perfectly professional shots."  They have confidence in me, and truly believe that I can do this...

They have a "fancy" camera I can use, and said we could do a few practice runs before October... I just don't know what I should do.  Had it been a small wedding (like mine, 20 people in attendance), then it would be a different story.  I'm just nervous that I'll miss something important or screw up an important picture {first kiss, etc.}... 

Also, I should add... they've also asked for both my kids to be in the wedding party as well... so I'd have to enlist someone to help with them if I do end up saying yes... 


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Fashion Friday {TIGHTS}

Is it weird that it's the middle of Summer, the weather has been hot & awesome, but part of me is wishing for cooler weather so I can start wearing colored tights!?
I picked up a few pairs on clearance at the end of the season last year, and I'm really anxious to try out this sort of look.  Hopefully it'll still be fashionable by then... think it will be!?


Linking up with

{giveaway ends tonight! don't miss out!}
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

How far are you willing to go for a thrill?

Oh my gosh... check this out:

Never in a million years! Ha!
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Cover to Cover

Hi friends!
Hope you're having a fabulous Thursday...

                                                                                   Source: via D on Pinterest

Nay over at Cover to Cover... And Everything In Between has reached her first 100 followers (105 at last count! Yay!) and is hosting a fabulous giveaway to celebrate!
(sound familiar!? lol)

Check it out here!


And while you're there, please comment and let her know that I sent you!
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A Thought for Thursday {4}

                                                                              Source: via Taryn on Pinterest

The moment my son was born, this song played in the delivery room....

Our first dance, as husband & wife...

linking up with

mama marchand’s musings
and because I can't get these songs out of my head... also going to link up with

{don't forget the giveaway ends tomorrow night!}

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

{wiww} Vintage Lace...

Linking up again this week with The Pleated Poppy for what i wore wednesday.  

pleated poppy

I'm far from being super fashionable, but I enjoy trying!
It's a great place to meet some wonderful ladies too!
If you haven't linked up, why not give it a whirl!  :)

Vintage Lace & Ruffle Headband is from Heart & Soul Pieces
Adorable blouse was thrifted locally for $0.75!!
Stretch denim trousers have been in my closet for a while!

How'd I do!?

If you haven't already, link up & join in the fun!
Oh, and don't forget to enter my sweet giveaway!  1 lucky follower will win BOTH prizes!  :)

also linking up with
Momma Go Round
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bloggy Shout Out: Meet Jill!

I've decided that, as often as I can, I'm going to start introducing you to some of my favorite bloggy friends!

Up first, is Jill.

 This is someone I know "in real life." Sorta.
I'm a few years older than her, but we grew up a few towns away from each other and have some mutual friends. Through blogging, I've gotten to know her better and I think she's hilarious! 

You can find her blogs here & here... she's also on Twitter, Facebook & Pinterest!

I asked her describe herself & her blog... and I was sneaky and got her to answer some questions.
Read on to get to know her better and show her some love!


I’m a 27-year-old single girl, living and working in a small town, trying to make my dreams come
true, one at a time. I’m a daughter, a sister, an auntie, a friend. I’ve recently determined, with the help
of some bloggy friends, that I’m a “life blogger”. At Jill’s World, you’ll find stories about my family and
friends, crazy little situations I find myself in, along with some chatter on my favourite TV shows, my
favourite hockey team, my favourite music, along with a smattering of my favourite linky parties. I blog
about whatever my little heart desires, and it makes me so happy to know there are people out there
who are actually interested enough to read it!!

1. Why did you start blogging? And what have you gained from it?

I started blogging in September 2006. I had heard about this on-line journaling idea, where
family and friends could read my daily ramblings, and share their comments if they wanted to. I
liked the thought of having my own corner of cyberspace where I could write about whatever I
wanted. I’ve always had dreams about being a ‘real’ writer – you know, a professional. A novelist.
Unfortunately, all I ever did was write a few chapters, decide it was lame, and drop my next best-
seller like a hot potato. I started my blog with the idea that I would be keeping up my “mad writing
skillz”, for the day when that an awesome storyline hit me and it was time to sit down and pen my
prize-winning novel.

Here I am, over five years later. Still no best-seller to my name, but months upon months of blog
posts sharing my life, my thoughts, my passions, my musings. I’ve gained a love for blogging, a little
group of followers who I loved to hear from in the comments section (or via emails), a mass of posts
that I love to look back on and remember where I was in my life at that time, some really wonderful
interwebby friends...and I think, while I’m still far from great, I’ve gained a confidence in my writing
by sharing little bits and pieces with all of you in the blogosphere.

I just might get to that best-seller someday...

2. Tell us something you’re passionate about.

Music. I think, along with my dreams of being a world-famous author, I’ve always harboured a
secret desire to be a rock star. Okay, maybe not a rock star, exactly. But I’d love to be able to
stand up in front of people, play guitar well, and sing. To have people enjoy listening to me, and
want to sing along. I’m only mediocre when it comes to the guitar, and I fear that my voice is like
nails on chalkboard. But man, I love music. I love downloading new songs, discovering new talent,
and hearing a song and thinking, “Wonder if I could play that?” My music collection is vast and
eclectic, and I never know just exactly what mood I’m going to be in – I could wake up one day a
total country junkie, then the next day be dying to hear some techno-pop. I just never know. I love
it all.

And I have a massive crush on young Elvis Presley.

3. Share a funny or embarrassing story about yourself.

Oh, I have a multitude of funny and embarrassing stories about myself. But today, I will finally share
with the world (or at least the people who are reading this) the one that still makes me cringe to
this day. This is the story that I listed in my high school yearbook grad bio as my Most Embarrassing
Moment: The Winchester Bathroom Incident ’98.

My family had packed up one winter weekend and headed to Winchester, a small town a few
hours away from home, where my younger brother’s hockey team was playing in a tournament.
Upon arriving at our motel (it was called Motel 36. Classy.), we discovered that the parent who had
booked the rooms for the entire team had found us extremely sketchy lodging for the weekend.
The motel was small, run down, and almost looked like small apartments that the owners had kicked
the tenants out of for the weekend. There was a jar of peanut butter in the cupboards of the little
kitchenette in ours. One family inspected their room and promptly hit the road in search of the
nearest Howard Johnson.

But my mom had given our room the once-over, and despite the jar of peanut butter in the
cupboard, she had concluded it would suffice for the weekend. The bed sheets were clean, and that
was enough for her.

I should take a moment to mention that one of the boys on my brother’s hockey team at the time
was a long-time crush of mine. Like, serious adolescent adoration. I thought the world of The Boy,
and would’ve done anything to try to impress him.

After everyone had staked out their rooms, they all returned to ours for a while before heading to
the arena. The parents were having a few drinks, the kids were sitting around talking and laughing.
I was likely trying to get as close to The Boy as possible.

At one point, I excused myself to go to the washroom. I discovered, upon planting my rear on the
toilet seat, that the john in our room was extremely wobbly. Dangerously wobbly. I still have no
idea how it happened, but after doing my business and attempting to stand, the whole toilet bowl
somehow tipped over.

I WISH I was joking right now.

It made a loud crash as it toppled over, toilet water flooding the small room, and I stood there
completely shocked. Before I had a chance to jump into panic mode – and before I even had a
chance to pull up my pants – the bathroom door (which, incidentally, didn’t have a lock , surprise
surprise) flew open, and there stood my dad, a few of the other dads, and a bunch of the boys,
including The Boy. I tried to slam the door shut, but they saw me before I could do so.

I was utterly mortified. The room cleared out pretty quickly. I think I cried for about three hours
straight, and swore I was never leaving the room, never going to school, never going out in public,
ever again.

My mom gently coaxed me back into the world, later that day, in time to go to the game. And after
the game, as we sat around at the rink, I was teased relentlessly, but by then I had made up my
mind that I would laugh about it instead of hide from it. I even tried not to turn about 300 shades of
red when I heard The Boy asking someone if they’d heard about “the queen falling off the throne”.

It remains one of the most humiliating moments of my life. But really. How could you not laugh,
right?! These things only happen to me…

Thanks Lena for inviting me to be a part of your Shout Out! So very honoured and thrilled to be


Thank you, Jill!
I look forward to reading your blog(s) every day!

{p.s. If you haven't already... check out my sweet GIVEAWAY!}
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Monday, July 25, 2011

2 Sweet Giveaways... 1 Lucky Winner!

I have been having soooo much fun blogging! I really appreciate everyone who has taken a moment to follow me, read my stories, comment & share! 

To celebrate this momentous occasion in a little blogger's life {NEVER thought I would actually have more than a dozen or so people reading my blog}, I've put together a super sweet little giveaway, because... well, I love hosting them & everyone is deserving of a little treat once in a while!

1 lucky follower will win BOTH of these fantastic prizes!!

As mentioned before, Brittany of Brittany Chavers Studio is back and is offering one of her favorite necklaces to one of my lucky readers!  It's adorable!
Plus, use code m2marblog until Friday for 10% off your purchase!

{Asymmetrical Large Aqua Rose Necklace}



 And, since you guys seriously ROCK...

You will also have a chance to win a $15 shop credit from Sugar & Spice!

This is another awesome shop I discovered on Etsy that I had to share with you!  Check out some of the awesome stuff! {you won't have any trouble spending the $15!!} 

Jesse {super cool lady behind Sugar & Spice} is also offering a 15% discount to all of you until the end of the month!  Just use discount code MEMPHISANDRUBY15



- Must be a follower of my blog

Entry Entries (remember to leave a separate comment for EACH}

- Follow Mom2MemphisAndRuby, Brittany Chavers Studio and Sugar & Spice on Facebook

- Heart {♥} Brittany Chavers' and Sugar & Spice shops on Etsy 

- Follow Sugar & Spice blog

- Blog, tweet or Facebook about this giveaway {mention @lenabaird on Twitter}

- Grab my button and add it to your sidebar


Good luck!
Giveaway ends Friday, July 29th at midnight.  Winner will be announced Saturday morning!

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Man Candy Monday...

This week I picked...
Ashton Kutcher!

{pics via Pinterest}

Name: Christopher Ashton Kutcher

Date of Birth: February 7, 1978

Married to: Demi Moore

In 1997 Ashton Kutcher was a biochemical engineering student at University of Iowa and was discovered by a local talent scout. He has a fraternal twin brother, Michael, and a sister, Tausha. He grew up in rural Homestead, Iowa, graduating from Clear Creek-Amana High School in Tiffin, Iowa. In 2010, Kutcher was named one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People. He created The Demi and Ashton Foundation, to eliminate child sex slavery worldwide. Kutcher is an actor/producer and co-founder of Katalyst, a studio for social media.

Loved him as Kelso on That 70's Show... and in pretty much everything else he's done. He's just so gosh-darn adorable and... funny!  

Linking up with LEEANN at Join The Gossip for Man Candy Monday

Pssst... don't forget to stop by later today for my giveaway news!  :)
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Staying Afloat!

Ruby has always been a bit of a nervous-nancy when it comes to water.
Especially "swimming" and especially swimming in a big pool...

She'd always have her floaties on, but would literally cling to you the entire time... she just couldn't let go and enjoy the experience as much as you could see she wanted to!

I finally purchased a puddle jumper... and it was the best $20 I've ever spent!
{seriously, LOVE this thing.  if you haven't picked one up yet, I would highly recommend it!}
She finally gained the confidence and independence I've been hoping for!  She LOVED it!  

I just wish I would have picked one of sooner...

The look on her face as she was bobbing around the pool was priceless!
She was so proud!
She had such a great time, we couldn't get her OUT of the pool! 

This was definitely my simple moment this weekend.
Who would have thought 1 swimming aid could make us all so happy!?

And as promised, I will be announcing an SWEET giveaway tomorrow to celebrate reaching 100 followers...
& here's a sneak peak just for you!

You don't want to miss it!
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday Morning Scene {100 followers!}

Good morning everyone!

Saturday Morning Scene

Truth be told, my weekend is actually off to a pretty good start!
Before settling in to watch a movie {No Strings Attached} with the hubby last night, I checked my emails one last time and was exciting to learn I had won another great giveaway over at SRSLYLIZ!  Yay!  

And this morning, I saw this...

Do you see what I see? 
So exciting!
As promised, I'm working on another great giveaway to say thank you to each & every one of you!
I love blogging.
I follow some great blogs and have met some wonderful people and discovered beautiful handmade gems...
It's been great!

                                                                   Source: via Erin on Pinterest

Keep your eyes peeled!  I'll be announcing the giveaway very soon!

Have a great weekend!
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Etsy Love

Have I told you recently how much I love Etsy?
Especially when I score a Heartsy deal at the same time!?
These are a couple reasons why....

Vintage Rusty Orange and Turquoise Floral Dress from CMolloy

Hot Pink Teardrop Earrings from IKE and CO.

Vintage Green Picnic Dress also from CMolloy

Jumbo Smashed Ruffle Clutch from see kate sew
Linking up for the first time with Blonde Episodes for...

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

What We Saw On Our Walk

The kids and I have been walking a lot lately.  There's no reason we can't pretty much walk wherever we need to go.  They enjoy our little adventures, and it's a nice way to spend time with them!

The other day, I needed to go to the post office... Memphis asked me to bring my camera so he could take some cool pictures along the way. 

He started snapping away at totally random things, which was fine, but then I told him that sometimes the best pictures aren't the ones we see right away with our eyes.  Curious, as he is,  he wanted to know more... So, I showed him how to position the camera is a spot where it doesn't normally go, and I also sorta tried to explain the "macro" setting... Between the 2 of us, this is what we came up with!
{he helped choose some of the editing options too!}

As an added bonus, I received TWO editions of my Entertainment Weekly magazines {mail is still a bit wonky since the postal strike}... with Ryan Reynolds on one and Sookie & Eric on the other!  Awesome!

And this is where I put Ruby, so she can help sort the mail!
...and THESE are the puddles we found on our way home!

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