Wednesday, October 31, 2012

{500 Follower Giveaway with The Forge}

My sweet friend Sophie just reached 500 followers on her blog, and to celebrate she is hosting a nice big giveaway for you all!!! You can enter to win lots of lovely items below, including a bracelet from my shop.

From Sophie...

I am very grateful to all of the lovely ladies who are generously sponsoring these giveaways and hope know you will go visit their blogs/shops and leave them some love :) There are so many fabulous prizes to win you will want to enter all of them! Please make sure to complete the mandatory entries and unlock some bonus entries for an even better chance at winning.

I would also love and be very grateful for anyone of you willing to give a little shout-out about this giveaway through your blogs or social media."

Thanks a bunch and Good Luck!!!
You're the best readers ever :)

First up we have 3 Head Wraps from Haley at Bloom by HaleyAnne. 
3 wraps means 3 winners :) 

Go check out her Etsy shop here.

US residents 18 or older only! 

The lovely Christin and Mel at Spread The Love are offering one of their 2013 Dutch Calendars up for grabs.  This is an actual print and not a digital file :) 
You can also follow their blog Turtle Bunny Love.

US residents 18 or older only! 

So I am extremely jealous that I can't win this Handpainted Driftwood Jewelry Holder from Ashley at ThisFictitious myself!! How absolutely gorgeous is it? Ashley's shop is brand new and I want everything in it. Go check it out here or follow her blog here

US and Canada residents 18 or older only! 

Next we have $30 to Gage Huntley Designs. Check out Amanda's website and fall in love with just about everything she creates.
Thank you for giving my readers another great chance at winning some GHD swag Amanda!

US and Canada residents 18 or older only! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

One of my favorite girls, Mandy at This Girl's Life is kind enough to give away this unique Wooden Bead Bracelet from her etsy shop Love Squirrels.

US residents 18 or older only! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The adorable Lissa at the Looking Glass wants you to be one of her featured ad (200x300) sponsors for an entire month. That's some great exposure for your blog or business!!

Open to everyone 18 or older :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Lovely Amy at The Charming Blog and Charming Life Studio is giving away any 8x10 print from her shop as well as $15 worth of ad space on her blog.

US and Canada residents 18 or older only! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And lastly you can win $30 to Outfit Additions for some awesome jewelry and accessories of your choice. Visit them here.
This giveaway will end this Friday at midnight EST so don't wait :)

Open to US residents 18 or older only!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

All giveaways (except for Outfit Additions) end at midnight EST on Sunday November 11th.
Winners will be notified via email and will have 48h to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. For full terms&conditions please see rafflecopter widgets.


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{playing dress up}

Happy Wednesday friends! Time to share my adventures in playing dress up from the past week!

Before I jump in I wanted to say thank you for all of the encouraging comments on last week's post. One of the best things about blogging is the wonderful community it creates. I'm so glad we can support each other! here are my outfits from the past week...

Dillards sweater // Kohl's top & necklace // thrifted skirt // Target boots


Kohl's top, necklace, boots & tights // maurices cardigan // Sears skirt


First time wearing skinny jeans under a dress and I loved it! This dress is a bit on the short side so I felt a lot more comfortable this way.
Charming Charlie dress // Target cardigan & boots // TJ Maxx skinnies
The Bird's Papaya necklace
maurices top // Target cardigan & boots // Groopdealz necklace

Happy Halloween!! Hope everyone has a fun day! I'll be spending my evening with Hulk and Batman. ;)

Linking up with...

pleated poppy

WIWW @ Transatlantic Blonde
Wardrobe Wednesday @ Create Hope Inspire
Casual Friday @ Two Thirty-Five Designs
Sunday Style @ Modern Modest Beauty
Whatever Whenever Wednesday @ Rolled Up Pretty
What We Wore, Read & Made Linky Party @ Rae Gun Ramblings
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Monday, October 29, 2012

{make your own phone cover}

I'm one of those people that has an Android phone, and I actually like it. :)

But is had made for a frustrating time finding a cute cover, especially on a tight budget. You can find TONS of fun iPhone covers on Etsy and other sites, but when I did a search for one on Etsy, all I found was A LOT of bling...


Not that there is anything wrong with bling. It just isn't my thing. ;)

So I decided to make my own DIY case...

It is a super simple project.

All you need is some fun patterned paper, scissors, pencil, x-acto knife, and a clear phone case.

I found mine on Amazon here.

I traced the phone case onto my paper and cut out the main shape with my scissors. Then I used the x-acto knife for the inside details. This was a bit tricky because my phone has so many different features on the back.

I ended up with two inserts for my clear case...

And here is how they look on my phone...

Can you tell I'm a nature lover? ;)

I love how easy this project was, and how simple and inexpensive it will be to change it. I also want to try one with washi tape...wouldn't that be fun?

Have you made a DIY case for your phone? If you did, what pattern would you use?

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Friday, October 26, 2012

{scenes from leaf jumping}

We had the perfect evening on Wednesday for lots of leaf jumping...

Wishing these days would last a bit longer!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

{playing dress up}

I feel led to share more with you all than just my outfits today. I want to talk a little bit about my body.

Yikes. Here goes...

I've been participating in WIWW for over a year now, and for a long time I was posting full outfit photos. You might have noticed that I stopped doing that recently and stared using only phone camera and Instagram shots. Part of that was to save myself time, and have the ability to snap my outfit photos in a few seconds from anywhere I wanted. But the other reason for that goes much deeper.

One week I took an outfit photo that wasn't flattering AT.ALL. I looked at that photo and felt so horrible about my body that I started doubting why I was taking these photos. I became very self-conscious and figured if I took only phone shots, I could share the best snippets of my outfit and leave out my twin birthing hips and belly {which are a daily source of body image anxiety for me}.

Sure...the collaged Instagram photos are fun. You can add filters and make them look all artistic. And I'm not going to stop doing them. I have one this week in fact. But I am going to start sharing some more full outfit shots when I have the time.

I know some of you might be rolling your eyes at me...thinking there isn't a reason why I should have body image issues.

Let me just tell you...I know I'm on the thinner side than most women, and I'm thankful for that. I'm 5'9" and weigh 160 pounds on a good day. I wear anything from a size 10-14 in most clothing.

Before I had my boys I was about 150 pounds with a cute little flat stomach and a chest that barely filled out a size B bra. Now I'm into the D range and my stomach bares the signs of carrying 14 pounds of baby.

I have to admit that I struggle daily with how pregnancy changed my body. No matter how "thin" you are...there can always be reasons to feel insecure. I think I just felt the need to put this out there and say that I want to share the best outfits with you I can...the best photos...but I also want you to know that I'm a real woman with a belly that jiggles and today I'm wearing size 14 pants.

And that's OK. :)

And now for my outfits from the past week...

Friday is my favorite because I wore my new Kohl's scarf...
{I was going to link to it but I can't find it on the website}
Kohl's sweater, boots & scarf // Meijer top // TJ Maxx skinnies

Saturday...wore the scarf again because I LOVE it! :)
Kohl's skinnies, scarf & flats // cardigan c/o maurices // Meijer top // Etsy necklace

Target top via Ebay // Kohl's skinnies & flats // Meijer necklace

Kohl's top, scarf & boots // Old Navy skirt via Ebay // cardigan c/o maurices

Thrifted top & cords // F21 necklace {refashioned} // Charming Charlie rings // maurices flats

I would love to hear how you all deal with your body image issues..because let's face it...we all have them. Let's support each other in the comments!

Linking up with...

pleated poppy
Wardrobe Wednesday @ Create Hope Inspire
Casual Friday @ Two Thirty-Five Designs
Sunday Style @ Modern Modest Beauty
Whatever Whenever Wednesday @ Rolled Up Pretty
What We Wore, Read & Made Linky Party @ Rae Gun Ramblings

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

{Sunday morning}

Eating toast with jam...

Blueberry muffins...

And trying out their Halloween costumes...

What did your Sunday morning look like?

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