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I’m Away Today

12 Aug

Hi Everyone! I’m away today. I am guest posting at my friend Jen’s blog, Delightful Deets. We met at Elevate, and I have been following her blog ever since. She is such a sweetheart and has the cutest  kids! Come see me over there, and check out her blog while you’re there. 🙂

Happy Monday!

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Group Giveaway!

25 Jun

Hi everyone! I’m teaming up with a lovely bunch of ladies to give away all sorts of cool prizes. See what you could win below. Good luck!!

Guest Post: Spreading Happiness with The Happsters

22 Jun

Hi All! I have a visitor on the blog today. Her name is Kelli from The Happsters. She was one of the first blogger friends that I met. She is in the San Diego area too, so we have been able to get together and build a friendship through our common interests. So happy to have met her, and I love the movement she is starting through her blog. I asked her to stop by and share a little bit about The Happsters. Take it away Kelli…

I started the Happsters in January when I saw that the Today Show had featured a suicide prevention organization called “Happier Boston”. They showed volunteers going to a train station in Boston, holding up happy signs for travelers walking by, and handing out oranges to anyone who wanted them. I absolutely loved the idea and it occurred to me that if people went out of their way to spread happiness, the world would be a happier place. I’ve always been interested in happiness and realized that there wasn’t a movement out there that was created to make the world a better place through random acts of happiness. So I decided to create the Happsters!

We make other people happy and let others know when they make us happy.  One of the ways we  spread happiness is by giving happy notes to express our gratitude to people we encounter (our mailmen, waitresses, family members, friends, etc.). You can become an official Happster & get free Happy Notes here. We also blog about everything related to happiness. Check it out here.

We now have over 320 official Happsters in 20 countries, and our goal is to have 10,000 Happsters spreading happiness in their communities by 2014 (ambitious, I know!).

happy, the happsters, smile

photo credit: Enokson via photopin cc

Have you spread happiness lately to friends, family members, or even strangers? Let me know in the comments!
~Kelli

B. You Bloglovin’ Blog Hop #11

20 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
Christina @ Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe
Natalee @ Eat Nap Play
Ashley @ Modernette Guest Host:

Caroline @ Love Caroline

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

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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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



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.

A Special Day to Remember

15 May

Elevate Blog Conference

I attended a blog conference called Elevate this past weekend. This was a conference where 55 women bloggers met up to get to know each other, network, and learn new things from each other about the blogging world. I had recently been thinking that it would be cool to go to a blogging conference, so when I saw that Elevate was a smaller, local conference (about an hour from me), I knew that I wanted to be a part of it right away. But, there was only one problem. It was sold out. I put my name on the waiting list, and lucky for me, a spot opened up. When the spot became available, I started to question whether I should go or not. This sort of thing is really out of my comfort zone. I have always been VERY shy and reserved. For me to go to a conference and introduce myself to 55 complete strangers is a HUGE deal for me. It is much easier to talk to people from behind a computer screen, and even that has been a huge leap for me. But, I thought to myself, “You are a big girl. You need to learn to step out of your comfort zone and meet new people.” So, after tossing the idea back and forth in my head and getting the okay from the hubby, I decided to purchase the ticket. I can say now that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Let me tell you why…

When I walked up to the entrance at Newport Dunes, I was immediately questioning if I had made the right choice to come. I did not know anyone. I started to slowly introduce myself to a few people, but soon realized that many of the other women already seemed to know each other. I had kind of already prepared myself for the worst though. I had told myself that it may be really clique-y and I should just take it for what it was. Even if it was a waste of my time and money, I knew it would be an experience that I could be proud of because I took that fearless leap out of my comfortable place.

Elevate Blog Conference

I am so glad that I took that leap because this experience turned out to be so much more than I ever could have imagined.

Summer, Jen, and Nichole planned, decorated, and organized the most amazing event. There was not one detail left out. The decor was absolutely stunning. The schedule was perfectly planned out. There was no disorganization or chaos. It was just perfect! I can’t imagine that it was an easy task to pull off such an awesome conference! Thank you all so much ladies!

Elevate Blog Conference

I met so many fabulous women at the conference. It was a bit difficult to talk to everyone, but the organizers did a great job of mixing up the groups so everyone could move around and get to know each other. I hope to build closer relationships with the women I met through our blogging and social media interactions. They were truly a great group of creative and unique individuals.

Me and "my hubby"

Me and Megan from Absolute Mommy

Elevate_group_picture

Group picture from Lora Knight Photography

In my opinion, the best part of the conference was the unspoken bond that I felt throughout the entire day. It’s presence became even stronger during the speeches that Sarah, Kimmie, Erin, and Ashley gave. There was a sense of unity in the fact that we all have a story to share with the world. We all have a passion for writing about our daily struggles, our happiness, and our lives. We feel whole when we use our words to relate to or inspire others. Feeling this connection with so many other ladies filled my heart and made me happy. At the end of the day, this experience had far exceeded my expectations. I am so grateful that I talked myself into going. I will remember this day for many years to come, the day of my first blog conference, and the memories of this day will always hold a special place in my heart. ❤

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Happy Happenings-Week 3

6 May

Every week, I like to do a little recap to sum up all of the reasons I have to be happy. When life is a whirl wind, much like mine is now, it is sometimes hard to slow down and enjoy the little things…the little things that make life worth living, the happy things.

If you’ve missed weeks 1 and/or 2, you can see them here:

Happy Happenings-Week 1

Happy Happenings-Week 2

Here are a few of the happy happenings going on in my life right now…

Giveaway Winnings

I won two awesome giveaways, and my winnings both arrived on the same day! I was stoked! I won a $100 giftcard from Sara at High Fashion 4 Less, and I won a $50 Lisa Leonard gift card from Alyson at Vintage Sunshine. I picked out the Lisa Leonard necklace pictured above. It is the “Jumble of Charms” necklace. I just love it!

Sushi!

On Friday night, I had dinner with a friend I hadn’t seen in months. We shared two sushi rolls that were custom made by the sushi chef, and they were absolutely amaaaaazing!

Queen Bee Market Loot

On Saturday, my friend Kelli from the Happsters and I went to the Queen Bee Market and found some super cute stuff. I finally got a Printed Palette shirt that I have been drooling over for quite a while. I got a handmade Mother’s day card (that I really need to get in the mail!), some cute straws for little Mr.’s birthday party, some cool clothespin magnets, some adorable bobby pins from Little Mamas, and some of the best smelling lotion EVER! The scent is called sweet kumquat, and it’s made by a mother and daughter company called Fresh Batch. All of their products are made from all natural ingredients, and they smell wonderful.

Mickey Mouse Bday

I am in full party-planning mode now since my son’s first birthday party is right around the corner. It is going to be a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed party. He just loves Mickey!

I also have some other fun and exciting things going on within the next month. It is super busy around here lately! I am in the process of switching over to a self-hosted site that I am designing. I recently found out that I get to go to a blogging conference called Elevate. I was on the waiting list, and a spot opened up. Woo hoo! So glad I am only about an hour away from where it’s being held. And, in June, I am giving a presentation at an annual genetics conference in Las Vegas for my job. GULP! I’m just freaking out a little bit! Anywho, enough about all the craziness going on here. What do you have to be happy about today or what’s something you are looking forward to in the near future? I’d love to hear about it! Just comment below to share.

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