18 September 2014

Ten signs you may really be an introvert but PLAY an extrovert online.

Are you an introvert? Do you pretend to be an extrovert in your online life. Here are ten ways to prove this might be true. 

1. The most interaction you get with people during the day is through your Instagram and Facebook account.

2. You begin to think LOL is really you laughing out loud...when all you ever do is type it. 

3.  You think people in real life seem exceptionally small  compared to their profile pic.

4. You agree to speak at a conference and then have a mini anxiety attack when you realize that's in front of a live audience.

5. Your thoughts and life are much more vivid when written out in glorious sentences then spoken out loud.

6. You find on Monday that you haven't left the house except to walk the dogs since Friday and you are totally ok with that.

7. You get dressed and put on makeup even though the only humans you will see are the UPS guy and your family, because you MIGHT need to take a selfie.

8.  People can't wait to meet you "in real life" and the sheer thought of that causes you to panic.

9. When the phone RINGS you stare at it. When it DINGS you run to pick it up and check.

10.  Your 83 year old mother has to take up texting just to communicate with you.

This is just a list based on my "research" it truly has no bearing on my actual life. Really. I mean it.

It just so happens I'm on a plane on my way to Atlanta for Type-A Con, where I'm speaking. Coincidence. Totally.
** confession **


17 September 2014

POPSUGAR Must Have Subscription Box Review – Fall 2014 my favorite thing

I HAVE to share this box with you! Have to! Like I'm totally over the moon about it…and my kids will tell you…I rarely get excited about anything! True story.

Here's the deal. I'm obsessed with subscription boxes. I get quite a few. I might have a problem. However, I've only ever told you about one…my precious Birchbox. Why? Because I totally believe in it. Wait…you don't get Birchbox yet, here's my referral link…you're welcome. The other boxes I subscribe to? I'm not so sure. Not sure I've wanted to recommend that you spend your hard earned cash. But this box? Save your pennies…it ain't cheap…but darlin? It was like Christmas, or my Birthday, or just THE BEST DAY EVER.

16 September 2014

Tween fashion for girls. Top 10 fashion needs for back to school.

Tween fashion. Yes, tween is a word. 
And….it is defined as such from the urban dictionary…
Tween: a girl ages about 9-14...too old for toys, but too young for boys. 

Very easy to market to, will usually follow any fashion trend set for them, will most likely go through the phase of 'finding themselves' as they 'grow up'.
(Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen's main fanbase are all tweens.)
Comforting? Not so much. But take courage. I'm here to help. If you have a tween daughter I feel your pain. This in-between stage is brutal. They want to shop juniors, but it doesn't quite fit. They want bras…but they don't quite need them. Too short. Too tight. Too grown up.
But wait. It really doesn't need to be that bad. I have three daughters. Two have successfully passed through this phase…fashionably. And daughter number three…well, she is not just going to pass through it. She is going to leave a mark. Little Miss. "T" has suggestions for girls on what's trending…what you must have for fall…and how to pull it together. I don't dress this one. I guide her. Seriously.

10 September 2014

Pallet Coffee Table. Reclaimed Wood. My new favorite thing.

Pallet furniture and reclaimed wood. Buzz words for sure. But in my living room? Part of my own personal home decor? Don't get me wrong, I love the look. I love the trend. Shoot, I even have a pallet in my garage that I  {ahem} "borrowed" from an abandoned lot with great aspirations (honey, I really AM going to make something out of it!). But still, I wasn't sure it would ever fit with my existing pieces.

Let's just write this down for the record. I was wrong. Dead wrong.

09 September 2014

Teen Fashion for Back to School

Teens and clothes. They go hand in hand…right? Well, most of the time. Sometimes it's a battle to get them out of sweats and t-shirts…can I get an amen? But when they want to pull it together, they know EXACTLY what they like, what's cool, and what looks good. And most of the time they are on target…most of the time.

03 September 2014

Birthdays. Turning 45. And being grateful.

Seriously. Forty five. 45. Now matter how I write it those numbers stare at me as if they are written in another language. And if not another language they must be pertaining to someone else…not me. I still remember being 5…and 15…and 25…vividly. I just can't believe that many years have already passed me by. 

I don't look at is as old, it really isn't. And I don't feel "old", older maybe, but that's just life. I DO look at it as time that has passed that I may have potentially wasted. I think that frightens me the most. The what if's? The moments I may have missed. The opportunities that swept by because I was too busy to notice. The smiles I didn't' see. The tears I didn't wipe. The friends I didn't make. Too busy. Too preoccupied. Too self centered. Moments gone. 

Ok, so that was a bit "debbie downer depressing", let's move on shall we? Instead of looking back, or lamenting the past I want to be thankful…because I truly AM thankful. So here are my top 45 reasons I am thankful…today.
  1. I am thankful for Jesus.
  2. I am thankful for grace and forgiveness.
  3. I am thankful for 45 years of growing and struggling and learning and becoming the woman that I am.
  4. I am thankful for a husband who loves me for me.
  5. I am thankful for my four beautiful children who are amazing, intelligent, funny and incredibly strong willed.
  6. I am thankful for my parents who raised me to be a tenacious, confident woman who loves the Lord.
  7. I am thankful to my in-laws for gifting me with a wonderful man who I love dearly.
  8. I am thankful to a sister who I look up to. She is incredibly beautiful inside and out.
  9. I am thankful for chocolate. Duh.
  10. I am thankful for doughnuts. Don't judge.
  11. I am thankful for red wine in the winter and white wine in the summer.
  12. I am thankful for my creativity which allows me to do what I love every single day.
  13. I am thankful for my body - which I have not always loved - but I am embracing what it is, what it does for me daily, and what it's becoming as I age.
  14. I am thankful for my sweet furry girls who I love spending my days with.
  15. I am thankful for sunrises that inspire me in the morning.
  16. I am thankful for sunsets that take my breath away in the evening.
  17. I am thankful for my BFF Deb who is always there for me and who helps me become a better ME each and every day.
  18. I am thankful for my tattoos which allow me to express my heart through art on my body. Maybe I need a new one on my birthday.
  19. I am thankful for Indiana and its simplicity and its flatness and its people who are genuine and kind.
  20. I am thankful for the Internet which allows me to excellent shopping at home.
  21. I am thankful for warm days
  22. I am thankful for hot cars. Not stylish. Hot. Like warm. Like almost can't breathe.
  23. I am thankful for pencils.
  24. I am thankful for mentors that have come into my life, encouraged me in my craft, and inspired me to strive harder and made me believe in myself. This means you Michael.
  25. I am thankful for freedom.
  26. I am thankful for my business and the people it has brought into my life.
  27. I am thankful for my online friends who I may not see at all, or very often but whom I love dearly.
  28. I am thankful for my friend Audrey who has such a beautiful soul. I could not live without her.
  29. I am very thankful for peanut butter
  30. Did I mention I was thankful for chocolate. If so, that's okay I'm double thankful.
  31. I am also thankful for red Swedish fish, particularly the larger ones.
  32. I am thankful for peaceful quiet days at home that allow me to reflect and listen and be still.
  33. I am thankful for horses - I only wish I had one of my own.
  34. I am thankful for crisp fall days - do they have to turn into winter?
  35. I am NOT thankful for snow. Except on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. That's it.
  36. I am thankful for water - the sustenance of life
  37. I am thankful for minions. I only wish I had more.
  38. I am thankful for nature which inspires me on even my darkest of days.
  39. I'm thankful for antidepressants which help me get through those darkest days.
  40. I am thankful for "real" school. Who knew what I was missing all those years of homeschooling.
  41. I am thankful for music. It inspires my creativity in ways nothing else can.
  42. I am thankful for boots. My wardrobe would not be the same without you.
  43. I am thankful for the feeling of warm pavement after a long winter.
  44. I am thankful for my gorilla arms. Thank you Robyn for complimenting my arms and allowing me to embrace all that they are for the very first time.
  45. I'm thankful for each of you took the time to read this list because that means you care about me in some way (or you were bored).
So there you go. Happy birthday to me. 45 is going to be a very good year. I'm standing tall…in very high heels…I'm reaching for the stars…and expecting great things!


23 August 2014

Savor. Release. When it is time to send your baby to college.

One last evening together before he leaves for school. Shopping. Dinner.
I wanted to remember every little thing.  
His laugh. The sparkle in his eyes. The crazy freaky sounds he makes. His smile. Everything. 
Not because he will be gone so long or because I won't see him often...but because I know he will change. I know he is stepping into his freedom. His adulthood. The next phase of his life.
Of course he will still need me...for this...for that. And he may even text me about avocados...

But the boy we are sending out will be forever changed. 
Becoming a man.
And although I'm excited for what lies ahead...
I want to imprint the NOW. Savor it for me.

This motherhood thing is strange, really. Think on it.
You spend years  planning for a family. Having babies. Changing diapers. Wiping tears. 
And if overnight...they aren't your "small people" anymore. And we are supposed to release. Let go. Untie. Send off. It's the natural progression. But you don't think about THAT when tiny infant fingers lace around yours. When small feverish heads lay on your chest. When hungry cries wake you from your weary sleep. When you are picking up mess after mess. You don't. Yet the moment arrives. Sneaks up on you. 
It is my now.

So in this moment I'm treasuring my baby. Savoring. Then slowly releasing my grasp....and letting go.

I love you Noah.
Remember Who you belong to.

And don't forget...I'm just a text away. And ones like this...well, the melt my heart...