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Thursday, February 28, 2013

March 2013 Calendar Printable

Now that we've reached the end of February, here is your March 2013 calendar for download! Have a great month!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

For Your Entertainment

Have you seen any of these Bad Lip Reading videos? This one is absolutely hilarious. A must-see forsure.

I have no idea where the Harlem Shake came from or how it became so popular, but this 20-minute compilation of videos is hysterical. And the beat is so catchy, too.

This blog post on 10 Social Media Tips to Make You a Rockstar is really interesting and lists helpful ways to promote using social media. Definitely a good read!

Don't like spiders? This video of a spider trying to hide will crack you up, I promise.

Did you watch the Oscar's? Congratulations to Jennifer Lawrence for winning Best Actress! I thought she looked absolutely gorgeous. And her interview afterwards made me laugh so hard!

Monday, February 25, 2013

5 for Five


Here's how I did last week:

1. Read a book. Didn't read anything...at all... :(

2. Write a blog post. Started a few, but I'm going to count this as done because I actually did a lot of work on the blog this week.

3. Give Travis a bath. His umbilical cord fell off, so we got to give him a tub bath this time!

4. Get the book 'What to Expect the First Year.' I did download the free sample on my Nook though! 

5. Start walking. We went on a walk once because it was cold and rainy most of the week, and it was so nice! Can't wait to do that more often!

3/5! I'm proud of myself. :) Now for next week:

1. Get out of the house. The baby and I have been stuck in the house (usually on the couch) pretty much all the time since we brought him home. We need to start getting out of the house more!

2. Start planning blog posts for March. I've had February planned out all month so it's been pretty easy, but now I have to worry about March since this month is almost over! 

3. Find a couple of blogs to sponsor. I really want to sponsor a few blogs to try to meet more bloggers, but I haven't decided on any that I'm willing to spend my money on yet. I have terrible buyer's remorse and I want it to be worth it if I'm paying for it. If any of you have any suggestions for great blogs, let me know!

4. Straighten up the house. Both Jon and I are getting a bit sick of living in an unusually messy house, and I really need to get out of my funk and clean up after myself! 

5. Send out the two things I need to mail. Because they're super important and I need to quit procrastinating.

Happy Monday everyone! Have a great week!

Watercolor Birth Announcements (Guest Post!)

Today's post is brought to you by Nicki from Fiveorite Things!

I was sure # 5 was going to be born on the 4th of July. She was due on the 10th, but all the others had been early (except for #1 who was TEN. DAYS. LATE.), and I just thought it would fitting that our last baby come out with a bang, so to speak.

I was off by a day.

She made her big debut on July 3rd. And while the rest of the family was out enjoying our town's Fourth of July Parade and annual fireworks, I was comfily ensconced in the hospital staring at baby's precious face -- wondering why I didn't order the birth announcements in advance.

Yes, these are the things I worry about. How was I going to be able to put this cute little thing down long enough to visit Tiny Prints or some other stationery site to place an order? I was very troubled.

Well, not really. Just mildly annoyed at myself. With all the summer camps, our vacation, family visits, there was going to be so much chaos when I got home, I should have just done it when I had the chance! Ugh.

But as I sat there on the evening of the 4th trying out font choices, motifs and color combos in my head while darling baby nursed, I could hear the fireworks bursting in the town field behind the library. I couldn't see them in all their colorful glory, but as spectacular as I knew they were, there was no way they could rival the beauty I held in my arms. That's when I decided that baby needed some fireworks of her own.

And these announcements were born:

It was lots o fun to try out different color combos.
I was inspired by these awesome watercolor announcements I saw on The Coterie Blog:

So cool, right?
I loved the pretty, soft colors, but wanted something more ... firework-y.

So I experimented with different techniques, and found a fun way to make watercolor "burst." A handy, dandy, drinking straw did the trick.

Here's what you do:

1. Create your announcement and print out as many as you need on card stock. I used 4 x 6 white note cards. You must do this first. I tried doing the painting first and then running them through the printer and I ended up jamming my paper feed tray because paint got all over the little roller thingys. Ooops!

2. Once the ink is dry on the annoucements, use a small paint brush to drop dots of watercolor on the top area, or where ever you want the fireworks.

Protect your work surface. Messy is the name of this game.

3. Hold a drinking straw a smidgen above the paint dot.

Fanciful #4, giving me a helping hand.

 3. And to quote that famous Lauren Bacall line from To Have and Have Not  -- "You just put your lips together ... and blow."

That's all you do!

Make sure to give it a short, quick puff of air.

Voila! Fireworks!

4. Add more colors, and repeat until you're happy the display.

"Boom. Boom. Boom. Even brighter than the Moon. Moon. Moon." - Katy Perry

Yes, we named her Florence. It's a family name. But do not call her "Flo." She's Flyn. FLYN!

I think they came out super purdy.

We also made matching Thank Yous.

What was extra special about these announcements was that all the siblings helped make them. Each one was beautiful and unique - just like my kiddos.

Cute, isn't she?

Dreaming of parades and fireworks... and ice cream, if she's anything like her siblings.
Have you done any fun watercolor projects? I'd love to see your creations. Do share!

Big huge thanks to Nicki from Fiveorite Things for guest posting while I'm on my "maternity leave!"

Aren't these birth announcements the cutest??? I've had some watercolors forever with nothing to use them for, and I think watercolor birth announcements sounds perfect!

I'm curious, too, what are some fun watercolor projects you've done?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday Social

Sunday Social

1. What was your biggest middle school fashion mistake?
Middle school? Definitely trying to "fit in" with the cool kids and only shopping at Hollister and American Eagle. Way too much money and those clothes are not even cute. I have no idea what I liked about them back then.

2. Who were your best friends in high school? Pics?
I had quite a few people that I talked to and hung out with but these were my main girls:

Me, Melissa, Nicole, Maddie

3. What was a typical weekend like for you in high school?
Let's see...I don't really remember anything about my freshman year. Sophomore year, me and the girls up there ^ hung out every single weekend drinking and such. (I know, bad kid.) Junior year was when I started dating my boyfriend, so we were together on most weekends. And senior year, I worked almost every single weekend. (I worked at a restaurant. No mercy.)

4. Did you have any boyfriends/girlfriends? Tell us about that.
I had my first boyfriend my freshman year and we dated for about two weeks. Then my next boyfriend was sophomore year, and we dated for two months. Then my junior year I started dating the man I'm still with now! :)

5. Did you have any secret codes with your friends? Spill your secrets!
Not in high school. But a couple of my friends and I had a "Socrot Sas Cudo" when we were really young. It means "Secret Sis Code." We just changed vowels. We used to write letters using the code and everything. We were too cool.

6. If you could relive one day/moment/experience from middle school or high school, what would it be?
Only one? I couldn't even begin to try to pick just one. 

Sponsor Spotlight

I am so excited for this post because it is my very first Sponsor Spotlight and I am so happy to be able to show off these three wonderful ladies!

Hello my name is Katherine and I am the artist and designer at Keepsakes By Katherine. My shop has been referred to as the brides good luck charm. I believe that every day is a special occasion. I create for your wedding, your home and your style. I have been creating and selling things for over 30 years. Creating for others brings me joy and every order is treated as if it is the most important one.

I'm Lex from Life By Lex.  I'm a recent college grad-- I work full time, take grad classes and help manage a pool--- all while trying to lose 60-80 pounds!  My blog is about my life, my challenges, adventures, successes and failures.  I'm OBSESSED with Instagram-- which is why I host a link up called "My week in Instagram's".  I also co-host-- "Non-scale Victories" which is all about successes off the scale!

My name is Angela and I live in Southern California.  I am a certified Cali girl.  I am a stay at home wife who hopes to be a mother soon.  I love to craft and make things with my hands.  I love cooking and baking.  I love all things green living!  I started my blog as a way to be creative and to show others how to be creative again.  Coming from a busy 9 to 5 or more job and living a fast paced life, I decided to connect back to my creative side.  Angela's Homemade is my opportunity to share that creativity.

Be sure to check out these lovely ladies! Big thanks to all three of you! :)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

To Be a Woman is an Awesome Thing (Guest Post!)

Today's post is brought to you by LuAnn at Back Porchervations!

Back Porchervations

To be a woman is an AWESOME thing! To be a mother is an AWESOME thing!

For the first 35 years of my life, I thought the experience of carrying, birthing and raising a biological child of my own would escape me. Two months after that birthday, my infant son’s bassinet was wheeled into my hospital room and I got to see him for the first time. So much time spent in preparation for that moment and my thought was, “Ok, NOW WHAT?”

I became a student of life in order to answer that question.

My mother-in-law found out I was in labor while she was In Los Angeles. She and her wheelchair-bound husband drove home to San Francisco and she caught the first available flight to Salt Lake City. She drove through a snowstorm to get from the airport to the hospital, arriving just hours after the baby was born. And my mother-in-law is not known for her light touch on the speedometer.

She became the soldier-scout intent on reaching her target, at a time when I was confined to bed.

I was rather jealous for some time because Cheryl got to see and to hold my son before I did. But we chose our son’s name to honor another child of Cheryl’s who had passed away. So I got over my jealousy, and got on with being a mother.

I learned to let go of the past.

When I had worked up the courage to pick up that little bundle, I held a new life, a new world.

Throughout most of history, kings and princes (and some queens and princesses) did not sit back in their towers while the battle raged on. They were on the front line, sword in hand, side by side with their soldiers. And they are called nobles. I claim that title on behalf of all women and mothers.

A mother’s soul expands with joy when her child succeeds … at anything. A mother cries, and tries to hide it, when her child is buffeted by life. A mother will put herself between her child and harm. The child is the mother’s world.

So, we conceive our children. We birth our children. We raise our children. We protect our children. We teach our children. And we set our children free.

To be a woman is a NOBLE thing; to be a mother is a NOBLE thing!

LuAnn describes herself as an "Invisible Woman of God, Proud Wife, Homeschooling Mother of 3, Wordcrafter."

Thanks so much to LuAnn from Back Porchervations for guest posting while I'm on my "maternity leave!"

What a sweet post about the birth of her son. Can't wait to share my birth story with you guys!

Friday, February 22, 2013

40 Weeks of Pregnancy

I just thought it would be cool to have this to look back on to see how my pregnancy progressed. I was actually pregnant for 41 weeks, but only have pictures up until 40 weeks. I'm so excited my stomach went back to pretty much normal pretty quickly! :)

10 weeks

12 weeks

17 weeks

18 weeks

22 weeks

23 weeks

26 weeks

28 weeks

33 weeks

37 weeks

39 weeks

40 weeks

Thursday, February 21, 2013

GlassesUSA.com Review & Discount Code!

I was in third grade when I got my first pair of glasses. At the time, I had the extremely limited glasses selection in the eye doctor's office to choose from. That left me with an extremely unflattering pair of specs that also ended up extremely crooked. Which ended with me taking the most beautiful pictures with both crooked glasses and crooked teeth. I was the best looking third grader in the world. I'm so sorry that I don't have any pictures for you, they're a real treat.

But that's not what we're talking about here. We're talking about the fact that I grew up with a very limited selection in eyeglasses from the eyeglass store. Where there really are only about two slightly fashionable frames in the entire store.

That being said, you can't imagine how impressed I was when I looked at GlassesUSA.com. They have hundreds of frames to choose from, for both men and women. They even offer multifocal glasses and prescription sunglasses.

And not only do they have a huge selection, they also have incredible prices. They have frames similar to the last pair of glasses that I bought that are half the price. Sure wish I'd known about GlassesUSA.com and their cheap eyeglasses back then!

And since buying online eyeglasses can be a bit intimidating, since you're unable to try them on, GlassesUSA.com offers a virtual mirror, where you can upload a photo of yourself and see how the pair of frames you selected would look on you.


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* This is a sponsored post for GlassesUSA.com. All words and opinions are 100% mine.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Two Week Update

I don't know how often I'll continue to do these posts, or for how long, but for now, I love taking pictures and seeing how my baby is growing day by day. I want to be able to look back and remember everything and see how he grew and progressed.

9 days old

Wednesday we took Travis out for his very first shopping trip to Target! Thank goodness he was asleep the whole time, I would have hated to have a fussy baby in the middle of a store!

10 days old

Travis makes the most adorable faces when he's got the hiccups! We were laying in bed and I took literally like 50 pictures right in a row because he makes a new face every single hiccup. He is too cute. :)

11 days old

Sleeping on Daddy. :) Jon is gone so often during the day (with school, work, and he's been working on an old car of his), that I try to let them have some quality time at night. Or sometimes I use it as an excuse to get Jon to change diapers. ;)

12 days old

Travis smiles lots when he drifts off to sleep, and I even heard a slight giggle when he was falling asleep! I can't wait until he smiles and laughs at us!

13 days old

Yes, I know we waited a bit too long, but we finally gave Travis his first bath since our hospital stay! He cried a little bit because I'm sure he was cold, although we tried our best to keep him warm. His pacifier definitely calmed him down though and made bathtime bearable!

14 days old

So hard to believe that two weeks ago I gave birth to this little guy! He's such a little blessing and we love him so much. :)

15 days old

Today was Travis's two week doctor's appointment. Our little monkey is getting so big! He's already gained two pounds since his last doctor's visit! So that puts him at 9 lb 10 oz right now, and he's now 21 3/4 in long. The doctor said he's in the 79th percentile for weight, 97th percentile for length, and 4th percentile for head size! So we've got a big long baby with an itty bitty head, apparently! :) But I'm glad he's incredibly healthy and gaining weight amazingly!

Nighttimes are getting a little bit easier for us! He still wakes up 2-3 times each night, but I'm much  more comfortable with him sleeping in the bed with us. Still haven't tried the bassinet again. I like having him right next to me. :) I'm hoping to start getting out a bit more in the next couple of weeks!