Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Humpday Confessions: I Can't Even Shower

Vodka and Soda

So the hubby has been away for work for about ten days now and won't be home for at least another four days. What has this shown me? Single moms and military spouses are like superwoman!! This has been hard on me because I work from home and I rely on my hubby being home in the evening to watch Liv so I can get my work done. Well, forget getting my work done, I can't even get a shower in. I swear there was one time this week, I went like 3 days. Trust me, this wasn't intentional. How does this happen? I'll tell you exactly how this happens...

Day 1:
-Manage to wake up a few minutes before Liv. I could shower here but I straightened my hair the day before and I want to get one more day out of it. I figure I'll shower at night after Liv goes to bed.
-11pm Liv is still awake. I am exhausted. I end up falling asleep on the couch before her.
-12:30 Wake up in a panic. Move Liv (who is now sleeping) to her crib. Now I could get in the shower but F%ck it, I'm exhausted! I'll set my alarm for early in the AM.

Day 2:
-5:30am Liv wakes up!!
-6:00am My alarm goes off to get it in shower before Liv wakes up. FAIL!
-All day I sporadically ask Liv to hang out in bathroom with me for a few minutes do I can shower. She refuses. Guess I'll need to wait until night time.
-11pm We are both still watching TV on the couch.
-Midnight We are both still watching TV on the couch.
-1am She finally falls asleep but I am spent. This isn't happening tonight. Set my alarm for the AM.

Day 3:
-5:00am Liv gets up. F%CK!!!!!!!!!!
-5:30am My alarm goes off so I can get in the shower before Liv wakes up.
-Finally mid afternoon I beg someone to watch her so I can finally shower. About time!!!

That my friends is how a mommy can go days without showering. So my confession is yes, that was my life a few days ago and yes it was three days. I swear I am not normally that gross! xoxo

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Pinterest Worthy Party

I cannot believe how much things have changed in the last few years when it comes to throwing a party. There is a lot of pressure to throw a party that looks like it came right from a fabulous Pinterest board. This fabulous site along with others show us photos of immaculately planned parties that would be worthy of any celebrity but now the every day person is expected to be able to pull off these grand events as well.

I got married almost 6 years ago and my wedding didn't have a theme. That's all I hear about now is people trying to choose a theme for their wedding, thanks David Tutera. I picked out a nice place, flowers that matched my girls dresses, linens to match the flowers and that was about it. I had a good DJ and good food. And everyone had a blast!

Our engagement was probably about 7 years ago and it was a St. Patricks's Day theme but only because the actual party fell on St. Patty's Day. If it didn't we wouldn't have had a theme. It was just at some generic hall with lots of food, drinks and music. Again, a good time was had by all.

Nowadays I feel like so much pressure is put on the party giver to have a great theme and fabulous decor. Part of me wishes things were like this when I was getting married because I love to throw a good party and am pretty sure I could have came up with something great but part of me is like planning a wedding was enough stress, I didn't need to add to it with decor stress.

I attended a engagement party over the weekend that really made me wish I had thrown this party. It had a country, barn-like feel and everything was gorgeous. This party kind of made me wish I could do mine all over again. Oh well, times change. But here are a few photos of some of the great decor details from the party. Beautiful, huh?! xoxo

Friday, July 18, 2014

Blogger Love Friday Favorites {#1}

All The Joys Friday Favorites

I know I am getting this post up late but better late than never, right?! Words cannot describe how excited I am for this new link up from All the Joys!! I love to share love so here we go!

Fave posts from the week:

I'm Not A Stay At Home Mom by our hostess with the mostest Meaghan from All The Joys. I think this post struck a nerve with me because I could completely relate. It is a great post for anyone searching for some balance in their life.

On Creating An Awesome Next Year Of Life by Erin from Living in Yellow. I totally loved the concept for this post. Erin wrote a list of goals she hoped to accomplish for each month for the next year. She had some amazing ideas and I definitely want to do something like this for myself. Thanks for the idea Erin!!

My 6 Month Old Beauty by Samantha from The Samantha Show. Being a photographer I always love a post with great photographic artistry and this post had just that. This post had stunning photographs of her and her daughter and I just couldn't get enough.

Off The Grid by Cece from Pink Sunshine. This post had fabulous photos of what appeared to a fabulous trip to Cancun. I contemplate going to Cancun and I found this post (and others) CeCe wrote informative and making me yearn to visit a resort just like this!

I highly suggest checking all these posts out!! And hope you'll link up with us next week and show blogger love!! xoxo

Thursday, July 17, 2014

That Awkward Age

Today I would like to discuss that awkward age. No I am not talking about being a girl between like 9-13, I am talking about being a woman in her early thirties. I feel like I am expected to be this boring, responsible adult but my young partying days are in the not so distant past. And I am still grasping on to trying to be young and cool but am getting pulled towards a mature responsible adult. I feel like I am in a weird spot.

Part of the reason I feel this way is because I look younger than I am. Most people assume I am in my mid-twenties, which is great, but for some reason I feel like I need to act that way as well. Don't get me wrong I am not running around "clubbing" every weekend night or doing keg stands but I don't mind kicking some serious a$$ in beer pong or flip cup at a backyard BBQ. But then I feel a little awkward when I think about the fact I am 32 playing against 23 year olds. And then I think a little more and am like sh*t do they think I'm fun or am I the weird old lady who thinks she's cool? Awkward!!

So I ask you, how do you know if are indeed viewed as hip by a younger demographic or if you are viewed as a "wannabe." Hmmm...I find this even more difficult to decipher because several of my friends are indeed in their mid-twenties. So I have to be cool, right?! Not that I honestly give a sh*t what other people think of me but I don't know what I think of myself and how I should act at times. Do I do what a 20 year old would do or what a middle aged 40 year old would do? Kinda stuck in the middle. Being in your 30's is a awkward place at times. 

I know I am probably giving this too much thought, maybe because I will be turning 33 in a week and a half and I am having this slight identity crisis. My twenties are getting further and further in the past and my forties are getting closer. 20's mean youth and opportunity 40's means middle aged and mini vans. What does it mean when you are in your 30's?! Well, thanks for reading this rambling post...Please tell me that I am not the only one who doesn't know where she fits in age wise. xoxo

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Newborn Photography Photo Dump

Good morning! It's that time again, time to share a little bit of my photography with you. This adorable bundle of joy was about two weeks old when these photos were taken. Hope you enjoy!!

What do you think, what was your fave photo? I cannot decide. Have a fabulous day!! xoxo
(All photos are property of Jenny O Studios)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

DIY: Seed Bead Wrap Bracelet

If you are like me and love a Boho jewelry style, boy do I have a treat for you. I am going to show you how easy it is to make your own seed bead wrap bracelet.

First you will need to gather your supplies. Decide the color theme and pattern you want for your bracelet and get appropriate beads. You will also need memory wire (I used Beadalon .025 in., round, large bracelet) . Finally you will need round nose pliers.

You will need to decide how many times you want your bracelet to wrap around and cut wire appropriately. Then use the round nose pliers to round the wire at one end.

Now you will start stringing your beads on the wire.

Once you get a decent amount of beads on wire you can push them along to the circle you made at other end of wire.

Keep beading until you have just a little bit of wire left.

Make a circle out the left over wire like you did to start.

Voila! You have a super cool, super hip bracelet to rock!! And if you aren't into making your own accessories you are in luck! This bracelet and others like it are available in my shop: Hole In Her Stocking Designs. And to make things even better I am offering 20% OFF all jewelry in my shop with coupon code: ARMCANDY.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Meet Jackie From Our Nashville Life

I am super excited to introduce you to Jackie from Our Nashville Life. She's got a great blog and has some sass which is why you have to go check her out. I asked her a few questions so you can all get to know her a little better.

1 - What can one expect to find on your blog?
I have always been the type of person that is interested in tons of different things and I love to learn, so I really try to reflect that in my blog.  

2 - Describe yourself in 5 words.
Sporadic.  Passionate.  Caring.  FUNNY.  Inquisitive. 

3 - What would be your dream vacation?
Really anywhere!  I love experiencing other cultures and think it would be fabulous to go anywhere outside the States.  I'm almost terrified to go to Europe because I really feel like if I go there I might not come back.  

4 - I always wanted to live in Nashville although I have never even visited it. Would it be a smart move and why?
Nashville is a great city that has lots to do and is pretty central to everything (close to the Carolinas, Florida, Atlanta).  If you like experiencing the four seasons, it's perfect because we get them all but have a very mild winter.  I wish it wasn't a landlocked state though.  I miss the water and seafood.

5 - Where do you see yourself and your blog in 5 years?
My dream is to adopt children and I hope to start doing that in a few years.  For my blog, I'd just love to have it be something that makes me happy like it does now.  

6 - Tell us an embarrassing story.
It's not really an embarrassing story, but I've always been a clumsy person.  No matter how self-aware I try to be, I'm always running into walls or spilling water down the front of my shirt.  It's become lunch time gossip at my job to see what I'll spill on myself while eating.  

So what are you waiting for?! Head over to Or Nashville Life and say hello to Jackie! I'm sure she'd love to hear from you! xoxo