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B. You Bloglovin’ Blog Hop #10

13 Jun
BLOGHOP
Thank you to everyone who linked up last time! Let’s help this bloglovin’ blog hop grow by sharing with your friends, followers, and adding the button to your sidebar!
Grab the button above and put it in your linky list or sidebar.
Follow your host, co-hosts, and guest host on bloglovin’. Leave a comment that you’re a new follower so we can all come and check you out!
Link up your bloglovin’ URL only. We had several people that submitted their blog’s URL, but this is a bloglovin’ hop so only link up your bloglovin’ account, please!
Hop around and visit some of the other blogs that linked up and give them a follow. This is all about making new friends and finding new reads, not just linking up and expecting everyone to follow you.
Pin, Tweet, Facebook, blog this link up! The more exposure it gets, the more potential followers for you!

Your Host:
Your Co-Hosts:
Ashley @ A Fox & A Wolf
Torrie @ Fox + Hazel
Natalee @ Eat Nap Play
Ashley @ Modernette
Guest Host:
Kendra @ Open Spaces
**If you are interested in being a guest host, please email us at b.you.blog [at] gmail [dot] com

Follow the link below to join:

Thanks for linking up! Hope to see you again next week. 🙂

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Hello Monday

10 Jun

Hello Monday.

Hello to getting back in the swing of things after being in Vegas for the past three days. What a trip!

Las Vegas strip

Hello to unpacking and laundry. Boo!

Hello to being reunited with my boys. Yay!

Me and my boy

Hello to having the day off to rest and recuperate. I need it!

Hello to getting back on track with eating right and working out. It’s hard to stay on track when you’re living out of a suitcase. I don’t know how some people travel all the time for work. That would be tough.

Hello to blogging again. Did everyone enjoy Megan’s guest post while I was away? She’s so fun! Love her!

Hello to a beautiful sunny day that I plan on enjoying with my family.

Hello to the start of an awesome week! Stay positive my friends and good things will happen!

keep-calm-and-stay-positive

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What do you have to look forward to this week?

Follow me on Instagram to see what I’m up to this and every week. I post pics there often (@eatnapplay).

I’m linking this post up with Lisa Leonard.

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Guest Post from Megan at Absolute Mommy

7 Jun

Hi Everyone! My friend Megan from Absolute Mommy is here to hang out for a bit today. I asked her to do a little guest post while I’m in Vegas for work. Yeah, while I’m there on stage in front of hundreds of people…on a stage…100’s of people…giving a presentation…speechless…or passed out. One of the two. But, seriously, I hope not. I’ll let you know how it goes when I get back. But, for now, enjoy Megan’s post. I love her down to earth, tell it like it is attitude. She’s great!

Hi, I’m Megan from Absolute Mommy, and I’m super happy Natalee invited me over today.  Natalee and I met at Elevate.  We played this icebreaker game of celebrity couples and I was David Beckham and she was Posh.  Yeah, it was pretty awesome!  So I was so excited when she asked if I’d like to guest post.  Well, of course anything for my wife.  If you haven’t met me, let me tell you a little about me, I’m a semi-SAHM from Fresno.  I love all things pop culture, have an unhealthy addiction to Instagram (@absolute_mommy), and I love my iPhone as if it were a third child.  If you like what you see here you can find me at my blog. Thanks for indulging me in doing what I love most, blogging, guest posting, and making new friends!!

I’m a desperate housewife

 
I’m a desperate housewife.  Every day.  Consistently.  It doesn’t take much for one to become a desperate housewife.  It’s not as glamorous as it sounds.  There are no hot lawn boys.  There are no nannies.  There are no personal chefs.  No my friends, in my neighborhood, the desperate housewives are desperate for other things…
I’m desperate for a minute.  To myself, by myself, in other words alone.  Did I mention I want to spend time alone?  Lately I can’t even pee alone.  You know what I’m talking about.  There is not one spare minute where I’m not up to my eyeballs in parenting.  So please pretty please a moment to pee, breathe, eat, sigh, read one stinking line of a book???
I’m desperate for my own housewife.  Yes, that’s right.  I want a housewife at my own disposal.  I hate housework.  I loathe housework.  My house is constantly messy.  Dr. Seuss books in the pantry.  My Little Ponies on the kitchen table.  As we speak a kitchen table covered in crafting, a laptop, and tonight’s McDonalds.  I could pick up all of this and put them in their places. But I know it will find it’s way back out into our living room, and then back to the table. Really why bother? As you can see I need a housewife to call my own.
I’m desperate for one good night’s sleep.  Just one.  Where I can sleep uninterrupted and wake up on my own.  I don’t want to hear crying babies.  I don’t want my 3 year old alarm clock to start whining about why I left her in her room, ALONE.  I want to go to sleep, IN MY BED, and wake up when I want.
I’m desperate for a day off.  A mental health day if you will.  A day to read a book, watch a Kardashians marathon, sleep the day away, and blog.  A day to save my sanity.  I want a day to do what I want to do, and not have to think about anyone else but me.  Sound selfish?  Sure it does.  So what, I’m desperate.
I’m desperate to be good at being a mom.  Desperate to be semi-good at being a housewife.  Desperate to be my best self.
I’m a desperate housewife, who is grateful to have things to be desperate about. Thankful that one day I’ll get those moments alone.  Those days to myself.  The good night’s sleep.  One day I’ll miss being a desperate housewife.  Especially since I’ll have to find new things to complain about…

B.You’s Bloglovin’ Blog Hop

30 May

Yay! It’s my favorite time of the week. It’s time for B.You’s Bloglovin’ Blog Hop. Come link up your Bloglovin’ account with us! We’d love to meet you!

BLOGHOP
Thank you to everyone who linked up last week!! Let’s help this bloglovin’ blog hop grow by sharing with your friends, followers, and adding the button to your sidebar!
Grab the button above and put it in your linky list or sidebar.
Follow your host, co-hosts, and guest host on bloglovin’. Leave a comment that you’re a new follower so we can all come and check you out!

Link up your bloglovin’ URL only. We had several people that submitted their blogs URL, but this is a bloglovin’ hop so only link up your bloglovin’ account, please!


Hop around and visit some of the other blogs that linked up and give them a follow. This is all about making new friends and finding new reads, not just linking up and expecting everyone to follow you.
Pin, Tweet, Facebook, blog this link up! The more exposure it gets, the more potential followers for you!

Your Host:
 
Your Co-Hosts:
 
Ashley @ A Fox & A Wolf
Torrie @ Fox + Hazel
Christina @ Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe
Natalee @ Eat Nap Play
Ashley @ Modernette
**If you are interested in being a guest host, please email us at b.you.blog [at] gmail [dot] com



Nyx Makeup Review from Sarah at The Four on Board

27 May
 
 
Hi all!! My name is Sarah and I am from The Four on BoardHere is a recent picture of my husband and I this past month when I received my Masters degree. 
 

And here is a recent picture of my family. 

 
If you venture on over to my blog you won’t find much….YET! I just started to blog, well I take that back, I started a new blog. I had done the family blog thing from 2007-2012 and I was getting kind of bored with it and felt like the only readers I had were my mom and mother-in-law. So, with the help of my attendance at Elevate in 2012, and this past year in 2013 (where I met Natalee) I decided to change my direction. I am hoping for one similar to Natalee’s, where I can talk about family, recipes (they will never be original), crafts (solely Pinterest inspired), mom stuff, and maybe throw in some projects from my classroom. I am a kindergarten teacher and my hubby stays home with my two kids, ages 3 and 5. It has been so much fun to have the reverse of what a lot of people think is “normal”. In fact, when I found out Natalee had the same situation I was floored, and so happy! If anything, we can both relate with having a house that isn’t perfect but our kids are having the times of their lives! Dads bring such a HUGE amount of excitement into the family!
 
Anyhow, enough about me, today I am so lucky to get to guest post for Natalee while she is out having a blast with the fam, and I decided to clue you all in on a hidden treasure I have found recently. (hidden to me that is!)
 
Have any of you out there tried Nyx Cosmetics???? Seriously affordable, amazing, make-up. I have to be honest and tell you I am not really a make-up girl, so I don’t like to invest in the expensive kind. I am all for the girls that do, and MY are they beautiful! But, honestly, my kinders could really care less if I have make up on or not, and so could I! Working for 5 year olds does have its perks.
 
One time while heading into Ulta to get my ever so trusted Bare Minerals powder (which I still use), I walked past two girls and overheard them gushing about Nyx make up. I waited for them to leave the aisle, and found myself on my hands and knees looking at all the products and taking quite a handful up to the counter. Ulta also happened to be having a 40% sale on Nyx cosmetics and because it was so inexpensive, I decided to try it out.
 
I HAVEN’T GONE BACK SINCE!
 
Here are some of my favorites…
 
Their eye shadow primer  I previously used Clinique’s touch base but this does the same job and is way cheaper.
 
Roll on shimmer There is such a wide variety of colors! This stuff can be used on eyes, face, or body. My favorite color is nude because it blends well with any shadows.
And here are a few items that I want to try. I will probably wait until it goes on a rockin’ sale again.
 
Butter gloss I am enticed by the fact that they say it isn’t sticky, and the reviews are awesome! 
 
Shine Killer Just the name entices me! For the price, it is totally worth trying! 
  
So next time you run out of mascara, eye liner, shadow, etc. swing by Ulta and try one of their products! 
 
Thanks for having me Natalee! 
 
P.S. I always see people with disclaimers saying they were compensated for their posts, and I just want to say that I ONLY WISH Ulta or Nyx would compensate me!!! hehe. Maybe this is my chance?!?! 

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B. You’s Thursday Bloglovin’ Blog Hop

23 May

Hey everyone! It’s that time again! Time for an awesome Bloglovin’ blog hop brought to you by B. You. Join us by linking up your Bloglovin’ account below. 🙂

 
BLOGHOP
Thank you to everyone who linked up last week!! Lets help this bloglovin’ blog hop grow by sharing with your friends, followers, and adding the button to your sidebar!
 
 
Grab the button above and put it in your linky list or sidebar.
 
Follow your host, co-hosts, and guest host on bloglovin’. Leave a comment that you’re a new follower so we can all come and check you out!

Link up your bloglovin’ URL only. We had several people that submitted their blogs URL, but this is a bloglovin’ hop so only link up your bloglovin’ account, please! 

Hop around and visit some of the other blogs that linked up and give them a follow. This is all about making new friends and finding new reads, not just linking up and expecting everyone to follow you.
 
Pin, Tweet, Facebook, blog this link up! The more exposure it gets, the more potential followers for you! 
 

 

Your Host: 
 
 
Your Co-Hosts: 
 
Ashley @ Chevron Stitches
Torrie @ Fox + Hazel
Christina @ Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe
Natalee @ Eat Nap Play
Ashley @ Modernette
 
Guest Host:

Jennifer @ Magic Cat Jenny

 **If you are interested in being a guest host, please email us at b.you.blog [at] gmail [dot] com 



The Reason Behind My Blog

18 May

While I was sitting in one of the white wooden chairs in the audience at Elevate Blog Conference a week ago, I listened attentively to all of the beautiful speakers. They all had a different, personal story to tell, but like the quote that Ashley told us, “That which is most personal is most universal.”, I realized that there was an underlying similarity within all of their unique stories. The similarity was that we all have a story to share. We all want our voice to be heard. Ashley urged us to think about why we want to share our story. Why do we blog about our lives when we could keep it all private? Why do we put ourselves out there in a world that can be cruel and hateful at times? These questions have been rolling around in my brain for a week now. I have thought about the answers countless times, but have been procrastinating when it has come to writing about them. Why? I guess I’ve been scared to get too real. I’ve been scared to be vulnerable and open up too much. But, in that fear I have discovered my reason why.

As far back as I can remember I have been shy, reserved, and fearful of other people. I have had problems making friends, getting close to others and interacting socially. The social anxiety that I have felt at times has been almost debilitating. Big crowds make me cringe. The fear of rejection has dug its talons in deep within me, and it’s been a long, intense battle to break free. This blog is a place to help me break free. After twenty-eight years of living with anxiety and fear, I am ready to break free. I am ready to love myself for who I am and not let the fear of what other people may think take control of me. It has been a work in progress over the years to become free of this heavy weight. Blogging gives me an outlet to be me, let go of my fears, and share my story with others.

I blog because I want to

be real,

be inspiring,

be raw,

and be ME.

Just Be.

I want to share my story with whoever wants to listen. I want to provide an open place where myself and others can feel safe to just be. I want to inspire you to love yourself, be kind to yourself and others, be happy, and be you. This is why I blog. Thank you, Ashley for asking that question and making me think about the reason behind my blog.

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