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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Please tell us a little bit about your blog/shop! 

 I'm an Army wife, and a mother of one, blogging about my faith, my many jobs, and a recipe or craft here and there!       

What makes your blog unique, or "you"?  

  It's a documentation of my life as a mother of a 16-month-old and an Army wife. 
  I am a pharmacy technician part-time, a Scentsy Director, and I have my own photography business, so, I keep busy. Blogging is a way to document a little of everything that's going on.   

What are some things you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Cooking and baking, just spending quality time with friends and family, photography, crafting, and shopping.       



Please tell us a little bit about your blog/shop! 

 My blog started out as a place where I could share my thoughts and feelings about life. Over time it has been a place where I have enjoyed to write about the adventures that my husband and I go on.      

  What makes your blog unique, or "you"?  

  I believe it is unique in the fact that it is a true expression of who I am. I am not afraid to share my feelings or beliefs.    

What are some things you enjoy doing in your spare time?

  I love to go hiking and camping with my husband. I also enjoy photography.     

        Your #1 favorite blog is:

There are so many to chose from. 



Please tell us a little bit about your blog/shop!  

 They Call Her Meghan is a lifestyle blog about enjoying the small things in life, because sometimes those small things make big impacts on your life.  You'll find my Pinterest finds, my random thoughts, and my love for my family shine through on my blog!   

    What makes your blog unique, or "you"?  

   Like I said above, I try to enjoy the little things in life, and I like to showcase those little things in life on my blog.  Also, it's totally random, which I can be known for sometimes :)   

What are some things you enjoy doing in your spare time?

  I love to read, I'm currently in the process of writing a book called From America to Iraq: A Love Story, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, my grandparents have a special place in my life and any time I'm able to spend with them I do.      

         Your #1 favorite blog is:   

Other then Heather's, I love Jenn's blog over at Knee Deep In Munchkin Land, she just has a way with words, and her writing is so real and so raw.



Please tell us a little bit about your blog/shop! 

     My blog began with a post about a purple dresser and has since morphed into a blog about my life, heart, my faith in Jesus, painting, passions, diy, recipes, my family, and everything in between.My Etsy shop, Home for Hire, started when I needed a hobby to give me something to do while my husband is busy studying how airplanes fly! Even though the shop is slim right now, look for lots of new things to pop up this summer! My favorite part (and what drives me!) about my shop is partnering with adopting families to help raise funds for their adoption. I absolutely love it!

What makes your blog unique, or "you"?  

My blog is my outlet. For me, it's a way to connect to a larger community and share my heart. If you visit, you'll soon realize that I blog about lots of things and am quite random! In fact, I was voted ""Most Random"" in high school, so I guess I'm living up to it!

What are some things you enjoy doing in your spare time?

     Some of my favorite things to do are sip coffee and read in bed in the morning, have pizza night with my hubby, chop and stir in the kitchen, make stuff (or try to!), and write about life. Oh, and if Downton Abbey was still running, you'd also find me eating popcorn on the couch and getting giggy during the opening music!     

         Your #1 favorite blog is:       

Right now, I'm loving Haley's posts over at The Tiny Twig    Yes    "I would love to offer one of your readers a customized set of love birds (choose your own color!)


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Sponsor Love: Through The Eyes of The Mrs.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Allow me to introduce you to Beth from the blog Through The Eyes of the Mrs.!
Her blog is filled with great tutorials and she runs the cutest-ever Etsy shop
(and yes, she's giving away a $15 SHOP CREDIT for you today!!)!

A busy mom (seriously, look how adorable her kiddos are here!), wife, blogger, shop owner, crafter and more,
I'm amazed how she does it all, and how she does it all so well!

I'm so excited to have her here today! Take it away, Beth!

Please tell us a little bit about you and your blog/shop!    

I spend my days being the best wife and momma that I can be. If I didn't quite hit a home run today then I will do better tomorrow. I'm a believer that each day is a new beginning and I try to see the positive side of things. You will find me blogging about parenting, marriage, fashion, life lessons, crafting, and more. My shop is a reflection of who I am and the things that I love. You will find all sorts of pretties including jewelry and one of a kind totes. I think that we should all treat ourselves once and a while because we really do deserve to feel special and packages always make me happy.

What inspires you to stay creative?    

    I need to be creative and can't help myself. My hands have to stay busy and I'm always involved with multiple projects. Sometimes I'm so involved in a project that I forget to photograph and show my readers. I love finding new purpose for things and making things beautiful.   

What are a few of your favorite blogs?    

 This is such a hard question for me... Rags to Stitches, Living in Yellow, Just Lovely Things, LoveStitched. There are so many that I have to read every single day. I wonder if I spend more time blogging myself or reading along?    Silly but true...

What's something about you that we don't know?   

I've grown up with Golden Retrievers all of my life. It was my parents first dog and my husband and I's first dog also. We will probably never own a different breed. We just love ours so much and they are amazing family dogs.
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Speed Date

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

One of my most favorite people in the world is hosting a super fun blogger "Speed Date" linkup party and I thought it would be fun to join in! Come on over to Nicole's blog today to link up with other bloggers and learn more about them! Here are some random, quick little tidbits about me. Will you give me a rose at the end of our date? ;)

I was home-schooled from grades 5-12. Yes, I turned out normal. And yes, I know it's not for everyone but I would totally recommend it if you're considering doing it for your littles. If you have more questions, email me.

I grew up with two very adventurous parents and sailing, hiking, camping, and exploring were a huge part of my childhood and have shaped me greatly. I want the same thing for our kids.

I have completely changed my original plan for our baby girl's nursery. It's gonna rock.

When we moved out-of-state last year, 8 other couples that we were friends with did so also. Now we are all over the US, in Hawaii, AZ, Texas and Florida. It makes me sad.

I'm still friends with friends from elementary school, junior high, high school, and college. I don't believe in "out with the old and in with the new." I've always strived to keep the Girl Scout Promise :) I can not stand people who float from one friendship of the moment to the next. I've been one of the friends of the moment, and it stings.

My husband's job annoys the crap out of me sometimes (mainly, the inconsistent schedule), but I'm so thankful for it after years of job loss and instability. We haven't paid a dime for this baby yet and we won't after she's born. I'm thankful for things like good insurance, and a hard-working man.

I won't be reading the book "Fifty Shades of Grey" and I can sum up why in one sentence: Phil 4:8 "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Can I get an AMEN.

I have an awesome group of girlfriends here in AZ and almost all of them are married or dating men that work with my husband. I love that work drama has never affect our friendships. It's such a cool testament how people can live in unity with one another.

I'm Casey Wiegand's virtual assistant and take care of her emails and anything else that she needs help with. I love her to the moon and back. I've never met her, but she was one of the first people I called to tell that I was having a little girl. It's amazing how God can bring people into your life, some that you've never even met-- to grow you, strengthen you, and teach you to love more.

One of my closest friends lives 4 doors down from me. And she loves me so much that even though her and her husband decided to buy a bigger house, they are only moving 28 doors down and still on the same street. Hahaha.

I am addicted to Sour Patch Kids and really need to get a healthy grip on weeding them out of my life.

I'm super cheap and hate to spend a lot of money on one big item. I'd rather take the money and go buy a ton of little stuff. My husband is the complete opposite.

Speaking of my husband, I met him when I was in a relationship with someone else at the time. I told my mom I was gonna marry him. And although I almost backed out of my first date with him, my mom told me that I would always regret it if I didn't go. Man, was she right ;) You can read more about our story here.

I've lost some relationships in the last couple of years, and although it's been hard, I feel like God always has a way of removing relationships from your life that are either toxic, unhealthy or do not lift you up. And sometimes it's just because you say the hard thing, and they don't like you anymore.

I'll always get deep with you, rather than surface level. Sorry, I can't talk about shoes for 25 minutes, it's exhausting.

My spiritual strength is the gift of encouragement and organization. My love language is words of affirmation. And my Myers-Brigg's assessment is ESFJ. I'm an ESFJ 100%.

I've grown more and more introverted over the years. I enjoy time alone now. And I've 100% been delivered from my fear of man issues that I've struggled with over the years and have really noticed that my "people pleasing" issues have changed in the last year. This is such a "God thing."

My biggest fear is of Joshua dying. And I have to fight that toxic thought ever single day that he leaves, closes the garage door, and goes to work.

I miss home a lot, but not enough to move back. If my parents moved here, life would be complete.

I will tell you that no one, not one person-- has successfully guessed our baby girl's name on this blog (starts with an "E"). I'm so glad her name is unique!

Joshua and I finally saw "The Avengers" last night. I'm so glad we sat on the end of the aisle because at 30 weeks pregnant now, the bathroom is my new best friend. Oh, and the movie was awesome.

Last year, I was a e-commerce marketing coordinator working for a chain of luxury resorts in Mexico. I went to paid lunches, dressed up every day for work, was flown down to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta on business trips and was bring in a second income.

This year, I'm preparing to give birth to our firstborn. I wear gym clothes most days, make lunch in my own kitchen, and am about to embark on the most unglamourous, exhausting, thankless job known to man: motherhood. A career won't keep me warm at night. I wouldn't trade this upcoming "job" for all the riches known to man, because I know it will be the best job in the whole world. This blog post got me all excited to be a mom, wow, just wow... what a beautiful priviledge.

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Please tell us a little bit about you and your blog!

About six years ago I ventured down to college in the South. I liked sweet tea and the word y'all so much that I decided to stay! Now I'm in the real world, trying to figure out who let me graduate and how to act like a grown-up. I love Jesus, photography, my friends and family, and my boyfriend...who happens to be a minor league baseball player (not as glamorous as it sounds!). My blog, Suzels Says, is a reflection of the above and this charming little life that God has blessed me with.

What inspires you to stay creative?

I LOVE photography. One of the challenges is trying to find things to take pictures of every day. I think, "That sunset isn't pretty enough" or "Those people aren't doing anything picture-worthy." But when you step back and realize that God has created this beautiful masterpiece, things are ALWAYS picture-worthy, it's just a matter of looking at it through His eyes. HE inspires me to stay creative.

What are a few of your favorite blogs?

Arg! Are you really going to make me do this?! I have too many to just name a few! Besides Finding Beauty in the Ordinary :) ... Jenni at Story of My Life, Pioneer Woman, Lauren at From My Grey Desk and Sar over at Life of Love. I am always finding new blogs that I love, so this list is always changing!

What's something about you that we don't know?

I was a division one athlete in college. I played lacrosse and my senior year my team was ranked 5th in the country! It was a lot of hard work and many added hours of commitment on top of the usual school work...but it was such a blessings to experience being on a team with 30 girls. I learned a lot about myself and hopefully was a good role model for some of the other girls!

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Cup Half Full: Dream Big

Monday, May 28, 2012

Sometimes in life, we encounter some really amazing people that come along and inspire us to dream big. They are people who have an immense thirst and hunger for God, who ask deep, hard questions, and who are truly genuine, remarkable human beings who are impacting our world.

A friend of mine who falls into this exact category is Heather Boersma. A fellow blogger and most recently, a published author, she is continually inspiring me. A few months ago, she emailed me and asked if I would be interested in reading her new book, "Dream Big" and reviewing it for you, my wonderful readers, AND giving you the chance to WIN A COPY OF HER BOOK!

The answer to that question was an immediate, "Of course!" and "DUH!" and "When can I start reading?!" I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't get on it as soon as I would have liked with everything that has been going on in my life in the past couple of months, but once I started it, it had a profound impact on me.
One of major quotes from the book that summarizes a huge barrier in growing closer to God: "Many of the challenges we face in our friendship with God are directly related to the fact that we can't experience Him physically." That really has made me think over the past couple of weeks.

I will also tell you that I married a big dreamer and I am the complete opposite. If there is one thing we probably butt heads about the most, it's that I'm a realist that's clashing his dream or he's a dreamer clashing my reality. On our way to our most recent doctor appointment, Joshua and I had a conversation about dreaming big and he straight out told me that I put God in a box by not dreaming big. It was a hard pill to swallow, but it's true. When I look around me, everything I thought couldn't come true because "it was too big to dream about" has come true (baby, house, a puppy, husband's dream career, new adventure, etc). He challenged me to focus and dream big and even dream big about the little things.

So let me tell you, God has been blowing my mind lately on this topic. Little dreams and prayers I've given over to God have been coming true, down to dreams that even seem stupid and petty to me but they matter to Him, it's crazy.
He takes care of me, of us. And on the first day I started this devotional, I opened up a fresh journal to take notes and the quote at the top of the page was, "We need time to dream, time to remember, and time to reach the infinite. Time to be." Gladys Taber. I knew God wanted me to strap on my seat belt because He was certainly about to teach me something.

It's amazing how God has used Heather and her book, along with my husband, to help me dream big and stop doubting what God is capable of doing in my life. If you are looking for a new devotional, I can't rave enough about this 30-day book. The book is divided up into 3 parts that will help you discover God's will for you and unlock His plan and dream for your life.
Part 1: God’s Dream For The World, Part 2: God’s Dream For You, Part 3: Unlocking Your Dream-- all which will teach you so much, I promise.

How you live toady shows God whether or not you are ready for what He has for you tomorrow,”- Dream Big

Here's a trailer for the book!

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Like Dreaming Big on Facebook OR if you don't have Facebook, leave a comment telling us what you are hoping to learn from this book.

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Cup Half Full LinkUp Party

The goal of this link up party is to have a place where women can come each week and simply link back to posts where they find beauty in their life. This is not a subject-specific link up party, but simply an overall theme of contented, thankful way of living. I don't really care what you want to link up, as long as it promotes a general positive, thankful, my-cup-is-half-full vibe.
  • Link up to your specific blog post, not to your blog's main page.
  • Make this an interactive link up party by trying to visit a few other blogs while you're here and stop and show them some love-- because everyone loves comments! :)  
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Sponsor in June

Friday, May 25, 2012

Yes, that is little 'ol me!

Wanna sponsor in June?
I would LOVE to have you!
All my XL spots are full but I will tell you that all of my other sizes are
ON SALE until my little peanut comes in August!
Email me at
heather [at] findingbeauty [gmail] dot [com] for details & rates!
Happy weekend, holla! xo

Pinterest Inspiration & Goals for Our New Home, Room by Room

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I love Pinterest, but it's not one of those websites I try to spend a lot of time on.
It's great for recipes, ideas, and inspiration, but a lot of time it can leave one feeling inadequate. I mean, seriously? How are we supposed to get our homes, our dinners, and our bodies looking that perfect? Photoshop and perfect backdrops are a beautiful thing ;)

Like most things, there's a healthy balance and I've learned that with Pinterest.
For the most part, I've been loving going on to get inspiration for our new home. We've barely been here a month, and it already feels so comfortable. This is the first place I have ever moved where I had a really easy transition into. I think my heart was just THAT ready for this house :) We went on a walk last night around the neighborhood and ran into 3 couples we know on walks, too, and I just love that! I love this community.

These pictures below are some of the ones I've pinned and collected for specific rooms of the house. Although the house we bought was only 6 years old, it had been abandoned for almost a year and was owned by the bank and needed a little TLC. We are finally almost done with all the painting and now the fun stuff is happening (decorating and nursery planning)!



Our goal in the next 3-9 months is to repaint the cabinets white and add silver exterior hardware. The cabinets are currently a standard brown that comes with track homes. We like the look of white as it's crisp and bright. Joshua wants to tear out the counters and replace them with concrete counter-tops. If you're not familiar with the look of them, you can see a pic here. We are kind of obsessed with the look. We'd rather go to Fiji than put in granite, so this is our affordable compromise ;)


If you're familiar with AZ, most back yards are a combination of a patio, and rocks-- lots of rocks. Fortunately, we found a house that does not have backyard neighbors but instead has a view of the local, green lush pecan groves. It adds at least some greenery! We want to plant some trees, add a raised garden, and put in grass (fake or not, TBD). Another goal, one of the biggest, is to get a fireplace. The stars and weather are amazing here at night, and we need to get out and enjoy it this summer!



I've spent the last month or so picking up wooden frames at thrift stores for $.50-$2. Right before we moved into our new house, Joshua spray painted them all white for me and I have a few walls where I'm planning on doing a collage with the frames. There are so many interesting ways to display them, and if you have any recommendations on this, please let me know!


Master Bedroom

I found this picture the other day and gasped! This is pretty much exactly our bedroom wall color right now. It caught Joshua's eye, too, because I was scrolling through and saw this picture when I was sitting next to him on the couch and he said, "Wait! Back up! Show me that picture again!" It's simple, chic and I love the pop of yellow. We have never had bedroom furniture in 5+ years of marriage. I guess we've just rather spend our money on traveling :) Time to grow up and get the bedroom pulled together, though... Joshua wants to make a headboard and we currently have two really cute nightstands that I might repaint again.



The office is the same light grey wall color as the rest of the house (similar in the picture above) because we couldn't be too picky. We had to get in, paint, move out of the old townhouse and move into the new house and it was just easier to paint everything, well almost everything at once. Maybe moving forward I'll switch up the color. For now, I'm trying to focus on repainting the beautiful antique desk I bought at our local thrift store for $30! Some color suggestions were teal, mint, and coral.

Upstairs Bathroom

I love this wall color and I think I want something similar for the upstairs bathroom. It will be the bathroom where we have bathtime with Baby E and I want something kid friendly and light and yet still have contrast with the white trim. Joshua is not a fan of anything too pastel, so this would be a good compromise.


Entry Way

We recently put up an almost identical shelf, but I love the idea of the frames behind it and the chalkboard below it, so cute!


Downstairs 1/2 Bath

This eggplant wall color is super bold, but I'm kind of obsessed. My sister-in-law has a similar color in her bathroom and I've always loved it. She said she wouldn't mind if I copied her a little :)


Laundry Room

How cool is this?!! A ladder to hang clothes to dry on? Brilliant.

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Linking up with The Vintage Apple

Sponsor Feature: Soleil Selene + Rosette Giveaway!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Please tell us a little bit about you and your blog/shop!

Hi! I’m Leilani- a 29-year-old mother of two beautiful girls who were born exactly one year apart, to the day. I’m married to a wonderfully amazing man who is not only my best friend, but also my better half. In addition to being a mommy and a wife, I take evening classes at a local university and I spend my sparse free time crafting and dabbling in cake decorating. I am the owner of an online shop, inspired by my two girls. I began creating headbands and hair clips to accessorize their outfits and expanded my product line from there. Each item is handmade by moi. My blog serves as an outl

What inspires you to stay creative?

My daughters inspire me to stay creative. With two toddlers I'm always thinking up new ways to keep them entertained and occupied. My eldest daughter, who will be turning 3 on the 20th, is such a girly girl and always wants to "look pretty". So I find myself crafting up new headbands and hair clips for her, all the time. I must say, when she chooses to wear one of my handcrafted headbands over a store bought one, it truly warms my heart.

What are a few of your favorite blogs?

There are so many, but I will just share two of my absolute faves: Harper's Happenings: Mandy's daughter, Harper, is one of THE most beautiful kids. Ever. EB'ing a Mommy: Courtney lost her 2 year old son a few months back to a rare disease. Her journey and unfaltering faith is truly inspiring.

What's something about you that we don't know?
I suffer from Ailurophobia, which is a fear of cats. I kid you not. The ironic thing is I married into a family where every single one of my in-laws owns a cat. I'd like to say it has lessened my fear, but it hasn't. And no, I was never attacked by a cat, nor did have I had any negative experience with one. I'm just a big fraidy cat.

Today, Leilani is giving away a GORGEOUS rosette necklace from her adorable shop, Soleil Selene!
You are going to want to get your hands on one of these beauties!

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Cup Half Full: 29 Weeks + Mom's Visit

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I had such a great time with my mom when she was here last week.
I was completely, 100% unable to contemplate spending Mother's Day without her for the first time since we moved out of state, so imagine my excitement when she announced to me that she had booked a flight and was coming out!?! I am so thankful that even though we do not live close anymore, it is still only an hour flight away! We had a great time enjoying my the neighborhood (swimming, walking, etc), having girl talk and just being together. I love my mom! :)

Can't believe I'm 29 weeks, scratch that, almost 30 weeks! Eeeep!
Time is starting to go really fast. I had my first episode of Braxton Hick contractions this weekend and it was not very comfortable (felt like bad PMS back pain/light cramping). At first, I thought it was scary that I was getting them this early, but a few of my mommy friends said it's really normal all throughout the 3rd trimester. I'm starting to feel my little girl squirm and kick ALL.DAY.LONG and that is so fun! She is now the size of a butternut squash. We are having our 3-D ultrasound at the end of the month and I can't wait to finally see her little face!

This weekend was so busy but a lot of fun. Friday night, we had a girls' night out to celebrate my friend Crystal's birthday. We went to dinner and then we went to go see "What To Expect When You're Expecting." It was sooo funny! I laughed the whole movie. It must have been directed from the same person that did "Bridesmaids" because it had similar humor and a lot of the same cast members. If you want to go have some laughs, grab your girlfriends and go see this movie! On Saturday and Sunday, Joshua and I worked on some house projects (painting, painting, painting... we are covering every square inch in this house and it's taking us a long time) and on Saturday night, my friend Molly hosted a private painting party at her home. An artist came and brought a whole bunch of paint, canvases and paint brushes and taught us how to paint a landscape picture with acrylics. This is how they turned out... (more pics to come). So much fun!

How was your weekend!? Did you do anything fun?
How are you finding beauty in your life? xo


Cup Half Full LinkUp Party
The goal of this link up party is to have a place where women can come each week and simply link back to posts where they find beauty in their life.

This is not a subject-specific link up party, but simply an overall theme of contented, thankful way of living. I don't really care what you want to link up, as long as it promotes a general positive, thankful, my-cup-is-half-full vibe.
  • Link up to your specific blog post, not to your blog's main page.
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Friday's Letters

Friday, May 18, 2012

Dear Joshua, I love the way you talk to our baby girl that's growing in my belly. I love when you come up and just hold my tummy when you kiss me, and when you reach down and talk to her. I love that you are so excited to have a baby with little 'ol me. You're the most amazing man and you're going to be an incredible father!

Dear Doctor, I love my doctor's visits. I am thankful for a (very) healthy pregnancy. But this does not mean that you get to rush me out the door. I have questions just like every, normal pregnant woman. When I get to hear little E's heartbeat, you better bet that I need you to stop rushing so that I can just enjoy it, gosh darn it. I don't care that you went to Harvard.

Dear Arizona friends, you blow my socks off. You constantly amaze me with your generosity, your thoughtfullness, and your kindness. I love playing Bunco with you, I love it when you just stop by my new house to bring brownies, and I'm blown away when you give us house-warming cards. You're the bomb dot com, and I never knew I'd form such amazing friendships here in such a short amount of time. Tonight, it's time to celebrate Crystal's birthday and go see "What To Expect When You're Expecting"-- and since nearly all of us are preggo or have little ones, I know we'll laugh our socks off.

Dear blog friends (especially you, you, and you), I love you big time. I love our chain texts and our Skype dates. You make me laugh so hard I might do things pregnant women do. I love how we can talk about "coloring" (cough cough), blog relationships, our opinions on automobiles, and all things nerdy. You have changed my life, and if only one good thing (because really, there wasn't much) came out of Creative Estates, it was that I met you!

Dear new neighborhood, I heart you. I love all the walking paths, I love the water park, I love the gym, I love the lake. I feel like we live in a resort that we never have to leave. It's amazing how moving one exit north can make all the change in the world. My heart is happy here, and I must confess that it sure is nice to see moms with baby joggers on the side of the road instead of 70 year olds driving golf-carts at 25 MPH on their way to happy hour.

Dear San Diego friends, the baby shower invitation was just designed by the lovely Danielle Burkelo of Take Heart. You should be getting one soon. Can I just tell you how excited we are to see all of you and enjoy a sunny day at the bay celebrating the arrival of baby E? It's going to be a fabulous day with all of you wonderful peeps!

Dear Mom, I love when you come visit. The thought of you and Dad possibly moving here one day would be the icing on the cake. Thank you for taking such good care of my puppy when you're here and for always being such a positive, encouraging person in my life. I hope I'm half the mom you are one day! I'm so glad we could spend Mother's Day together this year.

Dear Obama, stop trying to be cool and get over yourself already. We get that you're friends with George Clooney and partay at his crib. We all know that when you made this public statement it just so happened to ironically co-inside with an election year and we all know that you will do anything to win some votes. Yay you. You're still not getting my vote.

Dear Baby E, yesterday your dad and I got massages to relieve some of our stress, tension, moving-aches, too much work, too much hunched over the computer, exhaustion and you kicked me the whole hour long. The masseuse was just trying to get some knots out of my back and rub my feet, and I was trying to relax. Thank you for punching me strong and keeping me awake :) I'll take those any day.

Dear Arizona, Californian's give you a bad rap. I know because I once was one. I remember when we said we were moving that friends gave us sunscreen (haha you know who you are!). You really have grown on us. I don't think we'll leave you.

Dear Anthroplogie, thank you for providing the perfect Mother's Day gift for my momma this year. And thank you for sending me those beautiful, glossy magazines that you send. I love to read them over and over and stare at all your pretty things. I will never pay $325 for a maxi dress from you, but still, a girl can dream.

Dear guy across the street, in case you can't tell already, I'm 7 months pregnant, starting to get puffy, have a ring on my finger and am NOT impressed by your hundreds of sit ups in your home gym, your speeding down the road on your motorcycle without a helmet and your honks and whistles. Get a life, dude.

It Was During Last Night's Episode of "The Bachelorette"

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

... that I realized how ecstatic I am to have a daughter. Sounds funny to say, but it is true.
It was when I watched Emily, in the opening scenes, brush her daughter's hair, play around with makeup in front of the mirror, and push her little Ricki on the swings that I realized that I am so, so happy that I am having a girl.

That I will get to have my own, little built-in BFF for life.

That one day, we will get to talk about boys, friendships, marriage, babies, makeup, clothes, and all of life's painful lessons and hurts together.

That we will always have a special bond that only a mother and daughter can share.

As I watched the show, and my own mom watched with me, it was really cool to just think about these little things.

I truly did get my heart's prayer when I saw pink little shoes in that shopping bag this past March 16th

It was on Sunday, on Mother's Day-- when our pastor had all the mothers and mothers-to-be stand and accept a long-stemmed rose-- that I realized that how much I love our little girl already is only a slight example of how much God loves me. Just that fact-- it is incredible.

And of course, it is when my mom is in town that I really realize how excited I am to have a little girl. If I get to experience anything like what I've had with my mom, I will be a lucky mother.

It's when I have to say goodbye to my mom that I realize how difficult being a mom will be one day... how hard it will be to raise this little creature that relies on me so much... only to turn around, train her to be independent and, one day, let her fly.

I am so excited to welcome this little one into the world in just 11 short weeks.
I know that when I see her for the first time, life will fully make sense.

Cup Half Full: Mother's Day With My Momma

Monday, May 14, 2012

Hope all you mamas had a wonderful Mother's Day.
I've been enjoying long chats with my mom, time at the pool, evening walks, and lots of girl time during her visit. She's such a wonderful person and I'm so blessed to call her MY mom :)
I hope you all have a beautiful Monday finding beauty in the ordinary, and extraordinary, moments. xo


Cup Half Full LinkUp Party

The goal of this link up party is to have a place where women can come each week and simply link back to posts where they find beauty in their life.

This is not a subject-specific link up party, but simply an overall theme of contented, thankful way of living. I don't really care what you want to link up, as long as it promotes a general positive, thankful, my-cup-is-half-full vibe.
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Happy Mother's Day

Friday, May 11, 2012

I saw this video yesterday and I thought it was too cute not to share.
Happy Mother's Day to all the mama's out there and the mama's-to-be :)

I'm really excited to share my first Mother's Day with my mom this year.
It would have been my first Mother's Day away from her, but she decided to fly out here and
spend a few days with me! I'm so looking forward to the next couple of days with her.
The weather has been amazing so I anticipate a lot of walks around the neighborhood and girl talk around the pool.

Have a great weekend, and Happy Mother's Day! xoxo

GIVEAWAY: Ad Space on Crowley Party!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A special giveaway today from one of my favorite bloggers and San Diego natives! :) YAY!

Hey guys! I am so happy to be over here today :) and am excited to offer all you bloggers, shop owners, social media gurus, you get the idea? a little treat!

My name is Alycia Crowley and I blog over at Crowley Party, where I talk about my life, fashion, food, crafts, pretty much whatever interests me! My husband and I think Life Should be a Party (hence the blog title Crowley Party) and that we should enjoy all the little to big things in life :)

Lately I have been trying to be more creative and have some fun, so in order to do that and push myself, I am hoping to open up a little online shop within the next month or so! It got me thinking about all the other blogs and shops out there that are just starting out or looking to expand. Things cost money, which we all know we want to save some money, so I thought it would be fun to offer people some free advertising space on my blog!

Today I am giving away a Large Ad spot for the month of June on my blog to one of you readers to bring some attention your blog or your shop, or whatever you want promote!

Here are some details behind my blog to intrigue you:

  • I have over 2700 followers on my blog via GFC.
  • My blog averages about  1,000 to 2,000 hits a day and I get about 50,000 views a month. 
  • I would love to help you bring some attention to your creative endeavors!
How To Enter (Mandatory)

Be a follower of the Crowley Party via GFC
Be a follower of Finding Beauty in the Ordinary via GFC

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Giveaway ends on Thursday, May 17 at 11:59 MST