Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Music Linkup Party {1979}

Linking up for the first time for a super cool music linkup party over at Row House 14.

Row House 14 Music Linkup Party

 This week the prompt is THE YEAR YOU WERE BORN.
I quickly Googled "top hits 1979" {eesh! yes, I'm THAT old!} and came up with this list...

Whoa... 1979 was a good year!
Of all the  oldies I could've picked...
I went with Da Ya Think I'm Sexy by Rod Stewart!

Because my mom likes to tell me that she used to dance around the house to that song...
HUGELY pregnant at the time {with me}!
It's a cute story.
I can totally picture my mom, 22 years young dancing around, rubbing her belly and trying to make my dad laugh!

Also, Rod Stewart is kinda awesome!

it came back in the 90's with N-Trance... lol
{flashback to high school dances! yikes!}

Are you linking up?

don't forget anout the V Day Giveaway happening right now!
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Valentine's Day ♥ Group Giveaway ♥

Because Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and 
I HEART all of you...

I have put together a sweet giveaway, with the help of some pretty cool ladies!
Winner takes ALL!


Rachael from Imagine Gnats

 "The thing I actually love the most about Valentine's Day is when all of the candy goes on sale at midnight... we have a tradition of stocking up on the day after and (of course) enjoying our clearance spoils :)"

Rachael is offering a professionally printed 8x10 of her original illustration.
The winner can customize hair and skin color of the characters (examples of options shown). 


Megan from AbsoluteMommy
"My favorite thing about valentines day are the colors!  All the conversation heart colors!"

Megan is offering you a $20 gift card to Forever 21!
{lucky! I wish I could enter my own giveaways! haha!}


Cerrisse from The {Posh} Daisy

"I love LOVE and Valentines Day is a special day to feel loved and give love, even though we do it everyday. Sometimes it's nice to put a little extra emphasis on making someone feel really special"

Cerrisse is giving away this super cute "I love you" charm necklace. Simple and sweet with an "I love you" post card, Eiffel tower, and pink pearl charms. Will melt anyone's heart!


Laura from Our Reflection

"What I like most about Valentine's day? That my husbands treats me like Valentine's Day is everyday and makes me realize how truly blessed I am."

Laura is offering a beautiful sparkling silver feather necklace from Forever21.
She's also including a $10 Starbucks gift card.


Katie from Party of Four

"I love Valentines Day because
it is an excuse to make my hubs buy me something and take me out to dinner. ;)"

 Katie is giving away giveaway 2 leather bracelets in the winner's choice of color!!


"I love Valentines because it is an excuse to spend the whole day focused on my adorable boyfriend (also our one year anniversary is on the 12th so its an exciting time to look forward to.)"

Selina is giving away an adorable knitted headband that is sure to keep your ears nice and snuggly while keeping you stylish in the cold winter months.


Jewelry, Accessories, Gift Cards & Art!?!
Not too shabby, eh?

Good luck!
Please show some love to these wonderful & generous young ladies!
Big hugs to them for being part of such a fun giveaway!

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Monday, January 30, 2012

thank you

Wow... January is over.

February is right around the corner 
and before I introduce another month's group of ROCKIN' sponsors, 
I just wanted to say thank you again to January's lovely ladies...

Abosolute Mommy

welcome to all my new followers friends!!!!

Don't forget to enter the Blog Design Giveaway... it ends, like... tomorrow!

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Monday Confession

I've got a little confession to make.
My hubby is a bit of a rocker... I'd like to think  I am too, BUT I'm totally useless when it comes to music!
I can appreciate a good tune... but I cannot sing to save my life and my body just isn't coordinated enough to play an instrument.  Whomp whomp. :(

My dream instrument would be the drums.
I think girl drummers are super cool.
How in the world would I get all 4 limbs to do something different at the same time!?  Ain't happening...

There is one instrument, though.
One I'd LOVE to master.
One I think would be super cool to whip out a party & surprise everyone one with.

The harmonica.


It looks so easy {probably isn't!}
and sounds awesome!

These guys make it look cool too!



So, I may {or may not}
pick up a harmonica and try to teach myself something simple...

p.s. I also love the ukulele... so if I got my hubby one of those... we could 
totally do something like this!  haha

{I think looking & sounding a little dorky is part of the charm!}

Is there an instrument you want to learn?
Something you play that someone would be surprised to know?
{I actually work with a really cool chick who can play the accordion! love it!}

Happy Monday!

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Guest Post :: Meet Nikki ::

Hi, I'm Nikki, I blog over at Southern Mama with a Bad Mouth.


I was born and raised in Georgia.
As a mother I really hope to be able to show my daughter the fun of being a G.R.I.T.S. ( girl raised in the south.)
So here are a few of my favorite things about being a southern girl.

Sweet Tea. 
You can't live in the south without loving sweet tea.

Mud Bogging.
LOL not in wedding dresses, 
some of us country girls try to keep it classy.

Our pick-up trucks.
They come in handy for more than
just hauling stuff.

There's nothing like sleeping under the stars 
and by a lake.

Bonfires! Summer's special treat!

Laughing at shows like this,
then thinking that's kind of a cute idea. LOL.

Being able to rock the Mosey Oak 
for any occasion. 

Being able to rock the flops
10 months out of the year. 

Always knowing you have someone in your family
that looks like this.
And loving them anyways.

Fried foods. And don't forget the gravy!

Sheldon Cooper: If you're interested, I also know all about frying meat that isn't chicken as if it were chicken. 
(Love The Big Bang Theory!)

There you have it, My love for the south.


Thanks Nikki!
I LOVE that you love where you're from!
We should all be proud of our roots!


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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tuesday 10... coming soon!

I'm sure by now most of you know Nicole over at Miss Mommy... who doesn't?
She's one of my fave bloggers, and it's not only because she's a Canadian (like me!)...
she's a total sweetie and she used to host Tuesday Ten linkies that I LOVED participating in!
She's a busy gal these days, and graciously decided to hand over the reigns over to me, and I'm stoked!!

Basically, if you're unfamiliar with the concept, on Tuesdays, you can post about TEN of anything & link up back here with me!
10 thoughts, 10  photos, 10 people...
as long as you have 10, you're good to go!

The idea is to mingle with the other bloggers that have linked up, and get to know some great people and maybe gain a little inspiration too!

Grab the button below, get your post ready and spread the word!
The first linkup will be held on Tuesday, February 7th!


I'm so excited!
See you then!

{February is shaping up to be a pretty awesome month... 

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Guest Post :: Tiffany ::

Hey!!! I'm so excited and flattered that Lena asked me to be her guest!

I blog over at Breakfast with Tiffany about fashion and food and fun stuff like that.
My blog is my happy place where I can just get away and be silly and have fun. Okay, for reals, Target is actually my happy place. But my blog comes in at a very close second! ;)

If you venture over there, you'll find that I post outfits, recipes, tell you funny stories about the kids or Hubs and often I'll ask your fashion related advice or opinion.  Anyways, let's get down to business, shall we?

I'm going on a cruise to the beautiful (and hopefully sunny and warm!) land of Mexico in a few short weeks! I recently asked my readers which which swimsuit I should get to take with me and subsequently decided to get both. =) So, now I have a question for y'all!  Which look should I wear for the first day of cruisin'? The first look is centered around a striped maxi dress, which I really like. Especially when paired with the pink and turquoise accessories. I thought I would wear the denim shirt over the dress, roll up the sleeves and knot the hem around my waist.

The second set is centered around the bright sundress, layered over the hot pink tank.
I think that the more nuetral accessories keep it from being too much.

The third set is all kinds of crazy! =) I love all of the bright colors together. It reminds me of Hawaii, and what girl doesn't like being reminded of the most beautiful place on earth? Am I right? ;)

So, what do y'all think? 
Which set would you choose to wear for a day of chilling and relaxing in the middle of the Caribbean?


Let's help her decide what to wear...
even though I'm sure she'll look great in anything!
Oh, it should also be noted that I'm just a teeny jealous that she's going on a cruise,
and I'm stuck here...
 in the snow.

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We're Getting Friendly in February!

Have a friend you'd like to introduce?
Want to feature a bloggy buddy?
Want to tell us about a 'fantasy friend' you'd love to meet?

Every Friday, Chelsea from Sunny With a Chance of Sprinkles
and I will be co-hosting ''Friendly Friday''

It's a great way for us to meet new people & get to know YOU better!

Our first Friendly Fiday is happening on February 3rd!
Hope you'll join us!

Feel free to link up anything FRIENDLY!
Just grab the button below, add it to your post and spread the word!


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Friday, January 27, 2012

What's In a Name?

When I started blogging (nearly 6 years ago!), my posts were very sporadic and I was mainly doing it as a way to document my mommy milestones.
I never put much thought into my blog 'name.'  Back then, I was lucky if I had 10 followers...
and ALL of those were friends or family. 

Now that my little blog has grown into something a bit 'more' I go back & forth on whether or not I should change the name.  I'm kinda kicking myself that I hadn't thought to be more creative in the first place because I don't always blog about the kids or mommy stuff... and I, admittedly, get a little jealous when I come across a really cute & clever blog name.  It is after all, your 'brand.' Whether you have a shop or not, you are putting yourself out there... right?

Then I remind myself that blogging is a hobby, one that I really enjoy (& keeps me sane, I might add), but first & foremost I am Memphis & Ruby's mommy.  It's my proudest achievement and I wouldn't want to be anything else.  It warms my heart when I run into one of the kids' friends outside of school/daycare and they refer to me as 'Ruby's Mommy' or 'Memphis' Mommy'... those little words are so sweet.

So, although my blog name might be a little boring... my life certainly is not. I may someday switch things up on here... but for now I am happy to be known as Mom2MemphisAndRuby!
(you can call me Lena, though!)

I'm curious... how did you come up with your blog name?
Are you STILL happy with it? 
Would you ever change it?

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

tweet tweet

Ever since I got my new phone,
I've been using Twitter A LOT!

I always liked the idea of twitter, but couldn't really get into it since I wasn't always near my PC to update my status.
Big Bummer.
Sometimes I was feeling pretty clever and couldn't get to the compter... whomp, whomp.  ;)

I really felt like I was missing out!

It's a great way to follow friends and keep in touch.
It's an easy way to get word out about fun things happening in your life (or on your blog!)...
what's not to love about it?

I still feel like I'm learning the ropes.
My tweets are always too long...
I'm not sure if I'm using the hashtag properly...
But it's been fun!

I found this on Pinterest (gotta love it)
and will definitely try to put some of these tricks & tips to good use!
{sorry it's so huge! I couldn't resize it any smaller, but really thought it would be cool to share!}

Are you on Twitter?  Don't forget to find me and say hi!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I'm doing it again

Last summer, I looked to you for advice when my cousin & his fiancée asked me to photograph their wedding in October...

You all encouraged me to do it, and I'm so happy I did...
It was a fabulous learning experience!
These are just a few of my favorite shots from that day...

{more photos on my Facebook page here}

They were both thrilled with the way the photos turned out, and I'm still baffled that they included me to be such a big part of their day with such little (NO) experience...


Looks like I'll be doing it again!

Another cousin has asked me to photograph her wedding

Although I do feel more prepared, and having been through it once I've learned a trick or two...
I'm just naturally nervous by nature and afraid I'm going to screw something up!

Luckily, I have signed up for a digital photography course that starts this week and runs for 5 weeks... and I'm hoping to get new camera before the big day as well.

I Will Be Prepared.

I'm going to kick this wedding's... you know what! Ha!

I know I have more than a few readers that are professional photographers, any tips again would be greatly appreciated!  Wish me luck!!

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