Wednesday, February 29, 2012

One Skirt, Two Ways

A 'lil bit Country....

Source: polyvore.com via Lena on Pinterest


...and a little bit Rock n' Roll!

Source: polyvore.com via Lena on Pinterest


I'm really loving the idea of a long denim skirt right now.
I'm a bit obsessed...
I think I might actually take a little $$ from my tax return and hunt down the perfect one!!

The Country look is "edgy & sweet", I think, thanks to layering some awesome leather wrap bracelets, and adding the little fringed cowboy booties & the right pair of southwestern-inspired earrings!

I LOVE everything about the Rock n' Roll look...
Aren't those boots rockin?
I would feel girly, and tough, if I wore this out to a rock concert with the hubs!
The right shade of red lipstick and the blackest nail polish just tops it all off!

Thoughts?
Do you own a long denim skirt?
How are you styling it?
Is it a versatile piece I should go after for my wardrobe?


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Who Wants a New MUG!? {giveaway!!}

I do! I do!
You guys were so helpful when I posted about wanting a new mug recently..


The suggestions were awesome!
They were so great that I actually had a really hard time narrowing down my choice.
There were 2 or 3 that I was going back & forth on, and then I stumbled onto one of my own... and decided to go with that.

BUT I promised one of you a mug, right?
And I do NOT go back on a promise!

The mug I chose was a funky
personalized portrait sketch mug from Betwixxt

Mine will look something like this...


except more "me", and less mustache-ish!  ;)

I guess a have a weird sense of humor, but the idea of using a mug with my face on it...
especially at work, is hilarious!!

Plus, I totally love Gracie!!
 {she's done a giveaway on the blog before
She's pretty cool, and definitely a blogger you should check out!

"Hi! I'm Gracie B from Betwixxt. I look forward to meet all you lovely M2M&R readers! Jump over to my blog for D.I.Y.s, fashion, home decor, exclusive sneak peeks and all my other obsessions."

Like I said... I promised you a mug, right?
Well, Gracie is graciously offering one of your a chance to win one of your very own personalized mugs!
{that's a $35 value!}

Good luck!


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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday 10

Welcome to a new week of Tuesday 10!

Mom2MemphisandRuby

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Before continuing with this week's list, I have a little announcement!
You see, I've been toying with the idea of suggesting "themes" for Tuesday 10.
I know coming up with a fresh idea is hard sometimes, so this could be a way to get the ideas flowing... you like?

To make it fun, I would love if throughout the week, YOU would make suggestions for the following week's list.  You can comment here, post on Facebook, tweet me or email me your ideas...
The FUN part is if YOUR idea is chosen as that week's theme,
you can be my "guest" co-host for the link up!

Of course, totally random Tuesday 10's are more than welcomed too!
Nobody will be turned away from the linky, I promise!! 
I think it will be a fun was to see how everyone interprets the theme idea!

To start us off,
next week's theme will be
10 Things You'll Find in my Purse
suggested by Salena {A Little Piece of Me}

Exciting stuff, right?
This could be VERY interesting...
I know I have a ton of crazy stuff in my purse... what about you!?

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Now, back to this week's list:

10 Things I Would Say to a 16 Year Old Me

{ten}
Believe in yourself

{nine}
Don't wait too long to take a photography class

{eight}
That guy you're with... well, you'll marry him someday!

{seven}
Don't wait until you're 32 to pierce your nose, you'll LOVE it!

{six}
Things won't ever always be easy, but they will be so worth it!

{five}
Being a mommy will bring you so much joy... your kids are awesome!

{four}
Enjoy being young, and let loose a little!

{three}
Pluck your eyebrows already!! Seriously!

{two}
 ALWAYS trust your instincts

{one}
Quit being so shy!


Mom2MemphisandRuby



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Monday, February 27, 2012

I ♥ a big package!

Especially when it's one like this that shows up at work on a Monday morning!?


I ordered this baby last week!
I'm hoping to take another, more advanced, photography class and needed wanted a new camera!
I'm sitting at work right now just itching to go home and play with it!  My buddy Laura who blogs over at Our Reflection, and who also happens to be an awesome photographer, assures me this is a great camera & that I'll totally enjoy it!

I'm pretty sure she's right!

Woohoo!!


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Phone Photo Fun

I usually take a ton 'o pics with my phone...
for some reason the past week was a slow picture-taking week for me, BUT I do have a few I'd like to share with you!

Me & the onesie I could NOT resist buying for my new little niece
{I promise to post a pic of her wearing it this summer!
I can't wait to meet her!}


Memphis "up close & personal" with a python at the pet shop
{he was in HEAVEN}


Our drive back from the city on Friday
{we saw at least 4 cars in the ditch... we live in Canada, you think most people wouldn't freak out over a little snow, eh?}


A Saturday morning dance party
{Ruby is attempting to break dance!}


Last, but not least is Ruby pretending to be a puppy.
{When I asked her why she was pretending to be a puppy,
she said... "Cuz I never had one."  Guilt trip!!}



Linking up for the first time for



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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Funky Fresh

A little late to the party, but I am LOVING Polyvore lately!
{basically another way to waste time on the web!}

I am so over winter!
We just had a fresh dumping of snow here and I'm so depressed!
I'm catching myself lately, literally, dreaming of Spring & Summer.
I can't wait to pull out my cropped jeans and maxi dresses!
'sigh'

Until then I'm getting my fix on Polyvore...
making little fantasy warmer weather outfits.
I'm in desperate need of something funky & fresh!

So, I'm going to pretend this is what I could pull out of my closet tomorrow,
when in reality I'll most likely be in cords & a warm sweater
{or even more likely, my pajamas!}

Source: polyvore.com via Lena on Pinterest


To be honest, my favorite part of this outfit are the 
which I could totally rock all year round!

So maybe I just need to go shopping for some fresh footwear &
 accessories to get myself out of this fashion funk!  ;)

Linking up {a little late}
with Blonde Episodes for





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Dirty Secret Saturday blog hop!

We all like to pretend that our lives are kinda perfect right?
It's such a nice thought...
Nobody really needs to do about those times we run errands in our pajamas, or that recipe we tried that totally bombed or the mess we hide in the hallway closet, or how our kids NEVER seem to listen to us...

But let's face it!  Nobody is perfect!
We all have our ''off'' days and our "secrets" we haven't spilled on the blogosphere yet, so
Chrissy, Megan and I want you to spill your dirty secrets with us
on the last Saturday of every month!!

We're calling it Dirty Secret Saturday and we really hope you'll link up with us!
Grab the button below and spread the word!
Let's keep it real, and support each other through our good AND not so great days!

Today is our VERY FIRST LINKUP EVER!
So exciting!!


Mom2MemphisandRuby



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My secret?
I've probably mentioned it on here before...
but I drive an OLD busted up minivan.

For those of your that think I'm super cool, or a bit of a rock star...
This definitely proves that I am NOT!  lol

We bought this used van last year for $1000.
We've put about $1000 into it and it runs great, it's big enough for our family and all of our junk, it easily gets us from point A to point B...
So for now... this is how we roll.


Truth be told, I probably wouldn't be caught dead driving this around in the city....
but since we live in a small town and my commute to & from work/daycare/school is literally 5 minutes, 
I can't justify spending a ton of money on a new car, higher insurance premiums, monthly car payments... ugh!

 

It's a 2000.
It's TWELVE years old!
But, we don't have a car payment, and THAT is really nice.
So for now, as long as the van runs well and is SAFE...
(Or unless we win the lottery in the meantime)
We'll be driving around in our busted up old van.

Embarrassing.

But it could be worse... hopefully you'll come back next month to see another dirty little secret of mine!!


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Friday, February 24, 2012

Friendly Friday blog hop {four}

Every Friday, Chelsea from Sunny With a Chance of Sprinkles 
and I are co-hosting a ''Friendly Friday'' Blog Hop

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

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

Mom2MemphisandRuby

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So, it seems I may be the only female left on the planet that hasn't seen The Vow yet.
My hubby refuses to come with...
so I'm pretty sure I need a "girl's night out"... like asap!


                                              Source: google.ca via Lena on Pinterest



Ideally, my "perfect" night out with a friend would start out with a cute outfit!
Something causal, comfy but a little dressed up at the same time
{since I don't get out much!}
                                      

Source: polyvore.com via Lena on Pinterest


This outfit is so me!
{I want it!!}

Anyhoo, once we were looking all cute & stuff... 
we'd hit a yummy restaurant for supper.
Nothing fancy, but a step up from McD's fo 'sho!

We'd stock up on popcorn & candy, watch the movie...
Cry, maybe!?  Is it that sappy!?

After the movie was over, and we weren't weeping anymore, we'd go on & on about good it was, how cute Channing Tatum is, and how we WISH we were as cool & pretty as Rachel McAdams!


                                             Source: thevow-movie.com via Lena on Pinterest


Ahhhh... thanks for coming on this virtual girl's night out / movie date with me!! 

Have you seen The Vow?  Is it really THAT good?
What's your favorite movie you've seen with your girlfriends?


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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Spread the Love Facebook Hop

Today I am happy to be co-hosting a
Facebook Hop & link up
with some rockin' ladies!

Katie @ Party of Four
Stephanie @ Rice & Relaxing
Cerrisse @ The Posh Daisy
Ashley Marie @ Chickadette

It is another great opportunity to gain exposure for your blog or shop by increasing numbers to your Facebook page!
AND it's always a super way to meet some new people

I hope you'll join us in spreading some Facebook love!! :)

The rules are:

1.  Follow ALL the hosts, and say "hi!"
2.  Link up your FACEBOOK page
3.  Follow, at least, 5 new Facebook pages and don't be shy...
introduce yourselves!
4.  HAVE FUN

** Also, if you can, PLEASE like via your PERSONAL page,
since "likes" from blogs or shops don't "count" **

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

where do babies come from?

Yesterday, I teased you a bit with my Tuesday 10 list!
Haha... I love toying with you! ;)

This is what happened when Memphis asked me how babies were made! Enjoy!


When Memphis was 4 he started wondering exactly how babies were made. I think it must have had something to do with my sister being pregnant and him being old enough to see the changes her body was going through... He was 2 when Ruby was born, so I think he sorta missed the whole point of why my belly was so big back then! Ha!

So, catching me a bit off guard one day, the question came up about how mommies & daddies actually ''make'' babies.

I'm pretty open with my children and always try to answer as honestly as I can in a way they can understand.... There are any number of ways I could have answered this... but for some reason, I blurted out that making babies is a wish a mommy & a daddy make together. ''They go somewhere special, alone, and hold each other and wish really hard for a baby.''

Aha! I loved it! The second I said it I thought for sure that would be it. No more questions. Kids like wishes, it seemed like a simple answer... we'd get down to the nitty gritty another time, right?

Well, right then & there, he looked at me me a HUGE grin on his face...

''Wow! Can I watch next time you and daddy make a wish!?''

Um, no... trust me kid that is something you definitely DO NOT want to see!  ;)

I was pretty quick that day because I promptly responded with
''Of course not, silly... then the wish wouldn't come true! You know that when you make a wish, you never say it out a loud!''

''Oh right!!' he said.
And that was it. No more questions since then, so I think I'm off the hook for a little while!

Question now is, how have you answered your children when the question came up?
Do you remember how you learned about 'the birds & the bees?' 

And I promise I'll try to get around to a few more stories over the next few weeks!!


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday 10

Welcome back to Tuesday 10
A place for you to link up 10 of anything!
Thoughts, recipes, photos...
Anything goes!

Mom2MemphisandRuby



Make sure to hop around and visit everyone else participating today!

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Here are TEN "beginnings" of stories I might tell you about someday... ;)

That time when I was a hair model

That time I hung out with Tom Green

That time I met/saw my husband for the first time

That time I spent my 25th birthday in the hospital

That time Memphis asked us how babies were made

That time my bestie and I got matching tattoos

That time I went white water rafting

That time I sent an email I IMMEDIATELY regretted

That time my brother called me to bail him out... 'sigh'

That time I got to say goodbye to my grandmother, for the last time....


Which story would you want to hear first!?  ;)




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Monday, February 20, 2012

Follow me?

My little blog reached a HUGE milestone today... 450 GFC!
WOWZERS!
 
 
 I never (ever, ever!!) thought I'd gain such a wonderful following, and I am amazed at the friendships I've made throughout this journey I've been on!
 
It has taken a long time, and a lot of hard work to get the blog where it is today, and I truly appreciate EVERYONE that has taken the time to follow, comment and support Mom2MemphisAndRuby.
 
Sadly, GFC is leaving us... or at the very least, it's leaving some of us {Wordpress, TypePad}...
and I'm so confused by it all
{am I the only one!?}
Either way, I'm sure it won't be long before it's wiped out completely!  Bummer!
(insert sad face here)
 
I'm not much of a technical blogger, but I have set up an account on Bloglovin' and a Google+ page since I'm thinking ahead... "just in case."
I actually really love Bloglovin' and I'm still VERY unsure about Google+
Thoughts? Opinions?
 
I have also installed the Linky Followers widget to the blog, and you can subscribe by email or RSS feed, of course!  All in all, lots of ways to keep up with Mom2MemphisAndRuby, right!?
 
 Facebook is updated regularly too, and it's somewhere I host a lot of little ad space giveaways so that's a great place to follow too!  ;)
 
Just check the sidebar of my blog for the complete list of wonderful ways to follow!
I'm pretty much EVERYWHERE and I hope you've enjoyed my blog enough to keep up with it after the  eventual demise of GFC!
 
Last, but not least... don't be shy!
Remind me where I can find YOU and I will happily link up or follow any way I can!
 
If you're still reading this, THANK YOU again for taking the time to let me & my little blog into your life everyday!!



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Ugly Sexy

You all know what I'm talking about...
That guy that is almost so weird looking it actually makes him totally cute!
{or is it just me!?}

Hubby is always teasing me when an "ugly" guy comes onscreen...
"I bet you think he's cute, right?"

I wish I could say I said "no" more often...
but there's just something about an ugly guy that I think is kinda sexy.

Instead of trying to explain or justify myself,
I'll offer a few examples.

My top 2 sexiest ugly people
Let me know what you think!

Adrian Brody







Benicio Del Toro






Am I right!?

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

a song on Sunday

Happy Sunday!!

I came across this cover this week, 
and just fell in love with this girl's voice!
Enjoy!


Don't forget there are currently a couple different ways to win a large sponsor spot for March on the blog!

Visit The Foley Fam for my giveaway here
 {and enter here for a chance to win large ad space on her blog too!!}


Good luck!
Hope everyone is having a rockin' weekend!


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Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Foley Fam :: Guest Post & Giveaway

 Cheers to the weekend, right!?
I am so happy to have Kristine here today with a cute guest post
& an awesome giveaway!
{I'm visiting her at her blog today too...
you should totes check it out!!}

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Hi Mom2MemphisAndRuby Readers!!
So happy to be swapping blogs with the lovely Lena today!

Yup! Showing off my under eye circles, which seem to be the fashion I'm rockin these days, ha! Note to self, take time to wear make up!

I share just about everything on my blog:
from recipes, mom tips, fashion, home decor, and crafty ideas + tutorials.

But mostly, it's my Momma Ramblings about me and my little family of four!
The Hubs+Me+M&M

I love making pretties for our girls, and love being able to create custom pretties for others like you.
You can find an eclectic mix of handmade sweetness for ladies and sprouts in my Etsy Shoppe.

 
As you can tell from the above picture I'm usually rockin no make up and my HOT under eye circles! Lately I've been trying to make a conscious effort in my wardrobe, because as a Momma I deserve it, and so do you! So instead of rocking my usual "mommy-uniform" (velour jogging pants and a t-shirt) I've been trying to step it up a bit.

Mommy Staples
Comfy shoes that are more enticing to the eye then my usual flip flops. Comfy jeans. Comfy top, usually something with stripes. Comfy tank for a little bit of layering. If your noticing the trend it's all about comfy! But yay for the less sloppy look! It's fun to play with accessories, but my go to everyday items are my pearls and a chunky watch.



Here's another fun version of my mom uniform.
This time I added a "statement necklace." And I know you're asking who wears that to the park?
I say, why not!?
In this set I switched out my pearls for fun cabochon earrings, and a more neutral pair of toms that'll offer more versatility with my outfits.  Using accessories for that extra pop of color is always fun! 



Today I'm giving away some shop credit to my shoppe and ad space on my blog!


Thanks so much to Lena for having me on today!
Be sure to check out my blog for some more fun fashion from her, and another giveaway!




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