Saturday, December 31, 2011

Show Off Your Fridge Art ~ Linky Party!

Welcome to my first linky party!
The idea for this came to me because my kids are into coloring BIGTIME lately...
and what happens is our fridge becomes cluttered with drawings, pictures and crafts of all sorts...
and I love it!

I have to be honest, before I had kids I really disliked the look of a cluttered fridge...
now I can't stand the look of a bare one!

It makes me smile just thinking about how proud my kids are when they put up their new creations

If your fridge looks anything like mine, link up and show off what your little artists have created!
If you don't have kids, but your fridge is cluttered with love notes (awwww!), recipes or a funky magnet collection... feel free to join in on the fun!

Grab a button at the bottom of the post and spread the word!

Today I'm featuring a drawing by Memphis...
he drew this at the after school program!
We have titled it "Crabs"



I think he did a great job!  I was surprise at his "subject"... not sure why he decided to draw crabs, but he was very proud!  Love it!

Can't wait to see what you guys have on your fridges!  ;)


 Show Off Your Fridge Art


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Friday, December 30, 2011

OOTD :: Casual Friday ::

It's Friday afternoon, the long weekend is just a few hours away, and the office is DEAD...
so I snuck into one of the bathrooms to shoot a couple 'outfit of the day' pics... Yes, I'm THAT bored!  ;)





Black Sweater Vest: Walmart
Old tee: ?  Old jeans: ?
New earrings:  Payless and Comfiest flats EVER: Payless

Have a great (and SAFE) weekend!
Don't forget to check out my brand new linky party... I'll be getting it up either this weekend OR early next week!  ;)





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Tag!






I've seen this around, and Nikki over at Nikki Darlin' tagged ME! Yay!
It looks like fun, so here it goes!

1. Post these rules.
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5. Go to their blog and tell them that you've tagged them.
6. No stuff in the tagging section about "you are tagged if you are reading this."  Legitimately tag 11 people!!


Random Stuff About Me

1. I'm always afraid the cops are "out to get me." 
{even though I am a very good girl and have never even gotten a parking ticket! ha!}
2. I'm addicted to Diet Dr. Pepper
3.  I gained nearly 80 lbs during my first pregnancy
4. I've seen Bob Dylan, Britney Spears and The Beastie Boys in concert
5. I'm naturally blonde, but my eyebrows are black
6. My kids were born exactly 2 years, 2 months & 2 days apart
{I'm thinking "2" should be my lucky number!}
7. I love playing Scrabble
8. The year he died, I did a speech on River Phoenix in high school
9. I always put a little bit of sugar {or honey} in my tea
10. I have a hard time saying "no"
11. I don't like raw tomatoes... but LOVE cooked ones
Questions From Nikki

1.What's your favorite TV Show
...of all time?  Six Feet Under
2. Who would you say is your hero
I admired anyone who overcomes diversity or a challenging situation and still has a positive attitude!
3. How would you describe yourself at 18?
"Fresh" ~ ready to see what the world had to offer
4. What's your favorite cartoon
I like watching Spongebob Squarepants with the kids
5. Where is your dream vacation and why?
I'd love to travel to Europe... my grandmother was born in Wales, so I'd like to visit there someday
6. What's your favorite book and why?
I have a lot of favorites... most recently, I really loved The Hunger Games trilogy.
7. What are you most scared of?
Death
8. What's your favorite thing about blogging?
Getting to meet her people
9. What/Who got you started in blogging?
Years ago, my best friend had started a blog... so I started one... 
but I didn't really get into it until earlier this year!
10. If you could buy one ting without having to worry about the price, what would it be?
A house!
11. What are you wearing right now? No cheating! LOL.
White & blue striped pajama bottoms, and an old Ramones t-shirts... I just woke up!  ;)

My Questions For You

1. What was your favorite holiday memory this year?
2. If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be & why?
3. What's your favorite fast food/ take-out order?
4. What is your worst habit?
5. What is your least favorite household chore?
6. What is the last thing you bought for yourself?
7. If you could change your name... what would it be?
8. Have you ever had any supernatural encounters?
9. What is the ONE blog you MUST read every day?
10. Share you favorite joke!
11. Best advice you've given or received about blogging is...

The 11 People I've Tagged

1. Cerrise at The {Posh} Daisy
2. Megan at Absolute Mommy
3. Brooke at A New View 365
5. Rachael at Imagine Gnats
6. Ashley at Chickadette
6. Tiffany at Breakfast with Tiffany
7. Jill at Jill's World
8. Lisa at Organized Chaos
9. Katie at Party of Four
10. Lacee at Mommas Like Me
11. Lacey at Little Miss Nerd Girl

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

OOTD :: Cropped ::

Today's outfit is my very first attempt at wearing a cropped sweater!
I decided to pair it with a denim skirt, a beige tank, colored tights  & boots...
Epic fail?  Nice try? Looks great?
Can I wear a mustard sweater with magenta tights & brown boots!?
Opinions, please!


Sweater: G21 (Walmart)  Denim skirt: Old Navy
Tank: ?  Tights: American Apparel
Boots: Payless  Ring: Chewelry
Necklace: Lilly Queen

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

time

At the ripe old age of 32, I have finally accepted the fact that time speeds up the older you get.
There is no way around it.
There is no pause button… or rewind.
{bummer!}

I have always treasured the moments I have with my friends & family, but I am making the extra effort now to stop and enjoy the little moments… even the really little ones.

My kids will only be this little ONCE.
We don"t plan on having any more...
We may, in a moment of insanity, try again someday… MAYBE… but for now, this is it.
Our family is complete!

Every day, I want to hold them closer (and tighter!), give them more kisses, tell them how much I love them… because there will come a day when hanging out with Mom & Dad won’t be "cool" anymore… Gasp! I’m still in a bit of denial here…
my kids will totally want to hang out with me forever, right!?

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I also want them to spend more time with their grandparents.

Many of my favorite childhood memories are the times I spent at my grandparent's cottage. Oh, the stories I could tell! My grandma was a real hoot, and we all miss her very much. It saddens us that she never met any of her great-grandchildren (she’d have 6 now!)… But her memory lives us through us and I tell my kids about her too.

My kids have 3 living grandparents and a great relationship with each one.
It's so special!
                                                                               


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 This post wasn't intended to be morbid. We all know we aren't going to be here forever (I have a really hard time getting my head around that most of the time), but with so many news stories lately about people being taken from us "too soon"… it's just a reminder to slow down a little, if you can…

Make memories with your friends & family, and don't ever forget that each day is a gift. 
Can you believe how fast 2011 just flew by!?

Let's teach our kids to take is slow sometimes too. Kids nowadays seem to have so much on their plate and are rushing around just as much as we do!! It's okay to stop and be silly.
Be a kid… for as long as they can!!


                                                                                 

Linking this thought up with


Elf House Chronicles


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a look back {pt.1}

Here are a few of my favorite posts I wrote this year...
If you're a newish follower, it's a fun way to catch up!
It's always amusing to look back at what I've been up to on the blog!








(this one didn't get any response... but I was proud of it! lol)




and these Eff Marry Kill linkups were fun (here & here)

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I may be back with more... I'm having a great time looking back at what we did this year!

(don't forget to check out what I wore for Christmas!)


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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

WIWW... a repeat dress for Christmas!

 For Christmas I wanted to look cute & be comfortable... After trying on a ton of few dresses, I chose a dress that has been featured on WIWW before... have I mentioned that I LOOOOOVE it!?

Decided to make it a tad more casual & fun with a bright pair of tights... 
and slipped on a pair of new booties...

and this is What I Wore for Christmas!


{the tights were a gift from my best friend... she knows me so well!}


What did you wear for Christmas this year!?

Linking up here


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some resolutions for 2012

I'm horrible {HORRIBLE!} at making & keeping my New Year's Resolutions... but I keep making them year after year, and I am always very happy when I do accomplish one.
It's a good feeling when you set your mind to something and get it done!

I've thought about these for a while, and I'd be thrilled to accomplish all of these.



{one}
make more time for ME

{two}
start working out... lose at least 15 lbs so I can fit, comfortably, into most of the clothes in my closet!

{three}
Go, at least, 30 days in row withouth buying anything we don't "NEED"  
A whole month of "necessities" only

{four}
significantly lower our debt
(resolution three might come in handy here!)

{five}
read more

{six}
be more crafty

{seven}
surprise more people with totally random acts of kindness,
and encourage others to do the same

{eight}
print more pictures and keep our photo albums up to date

{nine}
try a new recipe at least once a month

{ten}
visit out of town friends more often!

Phew!  Those definitely are things I've been meaning to do more... They aren't unreasonable either, right?
Think I can keep 'em up?


Linking up with J&M's Eye Candy for their resolutions linky party...
you should too!


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Monday, December 26, 2011

a quick Christmas recap!

Can you believe Christmas has come and gone... why does the best day of the year always go by so quickly!?

Christmas isn't Christmas without food...
We decided to go out for breakfast on Christmas Eve because the kids were asking for pancakes, and neither of us felt like making them! Ha!

Memphis had a good time with his chocolate milk...


...and I had french toast, home fries & sausage... YUMMO!

.When we got home, my mom had dropped off some yummy treats!
{I do ZERO baking during the holidays... mostly because I can't bake AND because I don't have a lot of freezer space AND none of the treats would last very long around the hubs or Ruby! haha}


The kids were excited to open the gifts they picked out for each other... so I was able to get them to stand still for about 3 seconds to take a photo of them in front of the tree on Christmas Eve...




Ruby got Memphis a toy helicopter and he got her a blue Pprincess dress...just like Cinderella!
They were very happy!!

After they went to bed, the tree looked like this...


And after all was said & done, it looked like this!


The kids got a ton of stuff, and they were excited about EVERYTHING... which is soooo nice.
It'll be harder as they get older and start asking for more expensive things... it's nice to be able to pick up a ton of "cheap" gifts now that I know they'll enjoy & appreciate!  Christmas morning rocks!
{and yes, I actually DID have to have to wake them up again this year! haha}



and a little something for Moi....



{also, the hubs and I got new phones so that was part of our gifts to each other too... all the photos were taken with my phone! LOVE it!}

We headed to my parents place in the afternoon for more gifts, good company AND great food!

We attempted a family photo... my sister took it and she was too lazy to stand up (haha!), so our head are cut off and I look HUGE... oh well!  


and one of us with our goddaughter, Piper!


Christmas truly is about FAMILY and I am so thankful for mine.
We had a beautiful day!

Now, if only I could find a spot for all their new stuff... today is going to be a day or organization & cleaning!

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!
Can't wait to catch up on everyone's blogs to see how your days were!!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Bloggy Baby Christmas Swap... the reveal!

Phew!
What a crazy week... 
{I am happy to say that all presents have been bought & wrapped...
and we are *almost* ready for Christmas!}

Now, for a super fun blog swap reveal...

I jumped at the chance to participate in Amber's Bloggy Baby Christmas Swap.
I thought it was such a sweet idea for our "babes" to be able to get to know each other...
Memphis & Ruby were chosen to be Ethan & Peyton's "Secret Santa" and you can see what they picked out for them over on Amber's blog...

Another little Ethan {this one belonging to Lindsay over at  You Are The Roots} was our Secret Santa and at only 5 months old, he did a fantastic job!  ;)
What a cutie too!

The gifts he picked out for Memphis & Ruby were absolutely perfect.


Memphis received 2 books on Snakes & Frogs (right up his alley)
and a 3D wooden snake puzzle that he put together with his dad's help {it now sits proudly on a shelf in his room}!  Ruby received 2 "Pinkalicious" books AND a her very own princess mirror... that she decorated all by herself!

They were in heaven!

Thank you Lindsay & Ethan for being so generous and so spot on with your gift choices!
... a big thank you to Amber too for organizing such a great swap!

Don't forget to take a peak at what everyone else received!

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merry christmas eve eve!

Wow... we're so close to Christmas!  Where did the time go!?
The kids are super excited!

Please check out my holiday guest post over at Drops of Motherhood... I talk a little about 'Christmas morning'... Here's a teeny snippet (is that a word!?) from it!

Honestly, I’m sort of looking forward to the day when my kids will be up at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning (I will probably regret saying this, haha!)…

On Christmas’ past, the hubs and I have been the ones to wake THEM up! Haha!


I also hope to get a swap post up today too I took part in Amber's Bloggy Baby Gift Swap and I can't wait to share what the kids received and how excited they were! 
(been crazy busy getting last minute things ready at home, and I haven't had the chance to get the photos on the computer yet!!)
Keep your eyes peeled for that!


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Dash of Fab Giveaway: WINNER


Congratulations, Dom...you're the lucky winner of A Dash of Fab's floral purse giveaway!
Thanks again to Kaelea for offering such a great prize!

Dom, please email me to claim your prize!
Happy Holidays!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

why I love little blogs

I've been thinking about this post for awhile now.

I hope that it's no secret that I absolutely adore blogging.
It's a hobby that I never thought I would enjoy this much.
I've always loved documenting my life (I kept diaries & journals when I was younger), and being from a small town, it's a great way to meet different people from different places, each with their own ''story.''

Even though numbers don't really matter, I must admit that I get a little giddy when I notice my follower count has gone up OR when a favorite blogger of mine finally notices my blog & starts following along (that's always pretty AWESOME)… But, I do worry though... As my blog gains more exposure will I be able to maintain the bloggy friendships I've already made? Will I be able to make new ones? In my mind, the smaller the blog, the easier it is to relate to the author and between comments & emails… it's a great way to make a new friend.

But if I'm 1 of 2000 followers, how will the blogger ever really notice me… let alone get to know me!? It's happened where I stumble across a blog I totally love, try to make a connection with the blogger but seem to go unnoticed. FYI, when this happens, I do not hold a grudge… If I love the blog, I continue reading it!I understand that blogging takes up a lot of time and I appreciate the effort that person is putting into their posts!! 


At only 330ish followers, even I find it hard to reply to all my comments!!
Between work, the kids & other responsibilities, sometimes ''the blog'' must be put on the back burner… you know, LIFE does comes first!  I think we all struggle to find that perfect balance!

I'm so happy that I've had the chance to make some great friends on 'smaller' blogs… and as many of them are becoming bigger and I’m absolutely thrilled!
I like when it feels like I ''discovered'' them before they were ''big.''
It's kind of like knowing someone before they become really famous, right?

There are so many wonderful little blogs out there for us to discover, bloggers who are just starting out, and I hope we can all find just a little time to help them get on their feet!



So, that's what I really love about ''little'' blogs…
the chance to ''connect.''
Let's face it, in the grand scheme of things, I'm definitely STILL a little blog… but I've come a long way, baby! ;)
If you're a new follower and I haven't followed back… let me know! I try to follow everyone who takes the time to support my little blog. And when you leave a comment, tell me a bit about yourself… maybe we have more in common than we think!? Wouldn't that be awesome!?


(Don't forget to enter my FAB One Day Giveaway... winner announced tomorrow!)

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Wednesday Giveaway: A Dash of Fab

I am so excited to announce today's giveaway... a perfect little treat for you before the holidays!!

Let me introduce you to the wonderful gal behind A Dash of Fab...



My name is Kaelea, and I'm a mom of two very rambunctious little boys.  
I believe that every Mom {woman} should add a little bit of fabulous to their everyday. 
There are no rules it can be as simple as an over-sized ring, a rockin' handbag or a shiny favourite lipgloss.
That is where i came up with the name A Dash of Fab for my business.  
I sell handbags, jewelry, wallets and am always on the hunt for new fun fabulous finds.  

Remember always Add A Dash of Fab to your wardrobe, have fun and Stay Fabulous!
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  Today, Kaelea is offering your choice of a super sweet round floral purse!


Mandatory Entry

Must be a follower of Mom2MemphisAndRuby
{GFC, rss feed, bloglovin' or Google+}

Extra Entries

Like A Dash of Fab on Facebook
Follow A Dash of Fab on Twitter
Like Mom2MemphisAndRuby on Facebook
Follow Mom2MandR on Twitter
Blog, Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway

Remember you can leave a seperate comment for each entry!  Lots of ways to win!

This is a 1 Day Giveaway...
A winner will be announced tomorrow morning!

{giveaway is open to everyone}

Good luck!


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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

duckface

duckface
A term used to describe the face made if you push your lips together in a combination of a pout and a pucker, giving the impression you have larger cheekbones and bigger lips.
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...only because I cannot pass up such a funny linkup courtesy of


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Here MY very own duckfaces...  I think I need a little practice
{p.s. LOVE playing around with new phone too... Yep, I finally got a cell!! And it's wicked cool!}



Will you join in on the fun!?
Let me know if you link up!


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{winner} and a Guest Post by Mama Marchand!


 
Katie is the lucky winner of the ModaMama Large Feature Ad Space winner!


Please contact me asap to claim your prize!

... and seeing as we're mere days away from Christmas, I thought it would be lovely to have one of my lovely sponsors, Tricia, share her wishlist with us... 

{for anyone still wondering what to get to me, I'd love one of these... or this... even something like this would be nice!lol}

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Hi, I'm Tricia and I blog at Mama Marchand's Musings. When Lena gave me the idea to do a wish list for a guest post, I was so excited! Here are the top ten splurges that are on my wish list this Christmas ...


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An Erin Condren planner, to keep me organized.

 

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UGG Classic Cardy boots, so my toes stay toasty and fashionable.


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Japanese Cherry Blossom perfume, so I smell nice.
{not that I don't right now ...}


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IKEA rug, for my soon-to-be-redone crafting space.



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Cupcake & bacon magnet set - this perfectly describes the hubs & I!



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Pompom scarf, in all of my favorite colors!



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 Breathe sign, to remind myself to do just that.



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Emily Dickinson necklace, my all-time favorite quote.



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Copper glitter ring, to match my other copper accessories.



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Red & black feather headband, to jazz up my 'do!


The word on the street is that I just might find a few of these under the tree on Christmas morning. *wink* Thanks, Lena, for letting me share your space today! Hope y'all have a happy Christmas and that you get everything you wish for!

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Aren't her wishlist items adorable!?
Hope Santa is good to her!

Happy Holidays... what's on the top of your wishlist!?

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