To All The Beautiful Mothers

Dear Moms, We all are beautiful. We are all important. As mother’s we have a very special role to play. Unfortunately a lot of us get so caught up in this role that we forget about us and become only artist, writer, rock climber, yogi, MOM. Let me re-instill a fact, that I’m sure we all know deep down to be true. That our most important gift to our children is sharing with them our lives and our love. A happy fulfilled role model is better than an unsatisfied mother who feels resentment for giving up her dreams. Juggling children and hobbies, isn’t always easy but we don’t have to feel guilty. You can still be that fun loving person you were before baby. So you were a wild and crazy party girl?? Okay, so you may need to put away the sequin mini skirts and keg stands every night 😛  But you can still be your care-free, energetic self. Just a more kid friendly version of it. If you love to paint or write. Invite your children to join you. Never give up on your dreams. Never give up on who you are. Share your interest and hobbies with your children. Share your love. Mother will always be your number one title, but remember you can also be artist, writer, rock climber, yogi, whatever your heart desires….. ❤

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Love Letter Wednesdays

Spreading Love…

I believe it is our one true purpose. The art of letter writing is becoming a thing of the past and I find that really sad. The emotions behind written words can change someones life forever. Love letters don’t have to be just for your significant other or lost love. Love letters should be for everyone; your neighbor, the mail man, a stranger….

Many of you may have seen a form of this other places on the internet. But here is my version. Love Letter Wednesdays. Where I’ll share the love letters I write and hope that you will join in spreading the love with me. Because we all know the world could use a little more love.

Here’s an example of a love letter I’ve written in the past:

Later today, I’ll be writing my first online love letter, to all the beautiful moms out there ❤

And remember you can always share your love letters with us on instagram: #IOWAMLoveLetters

Sneak Peak: Nursery on a Budget

So here are some rough pictures of our baby boys nursery. Its definitely not ready yet. I feel like I’m way behind. He could practically come at anytime, and I just got this all done yesterday. I’m currently prewashing all his clothes for him as I’m writing this. Hopefully I can get some better pictures soon. But the “theme” if there is one, is woodland creatures/white with gold accents. I didnt want anything that was super boyish. We are currently renting and unable to paint so I knew the walls would be staying white and I’m a momma on a budget so everything is handmade/painted by me and lovely friend Victoria. She made the three going down the right hand side of the closet. Everything else is hand me down furniture that we are making work! And I’m perfectly okay with that, I dont mind recycling as long as its in safe working condition!

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I’m Going to be a Mom!!

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I still can’t comprehend it, even as I write it. In a little over a month I will be holding my precious baby boy: Parker!

It’s a miracle we ever decided on a name! But more on that later.

I’m not going to lie. I’m scared. It’s not something I was expecting and even if I had been expecting it, I’m sure I’d still be scared.

I don’t think all the preparation in the world prepares you for having a child. I remember the day I found out. I cried more than I’ve ever cried in my life. It was an emotion that’s hard to describe.

I remember having to tell Keith. I just remember thinking the worst. But it was just a wonderful sense of relief when his answer was an excited, “I’m going to be a dad!”

Of course there were other things that were said and we were both nervous and apprehensive. And it felt like some what of a roller coaster to get to where we are now.

But I can honestly say its all worth it. He’s not even here yet and I can tell you its all worth it! The joy and love he’s brought into our lives already is immeasurable.

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(the day we found out we were having a boy!)

Top Ten Swimsuits for 2013

It’s that time again! Swimsuit season is about to be in full swing and I’ve compiled a list of my very favorite swimsuits for all sizes and budgets!

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(1)Zinke Chevron Print Bikini, (2)Penelope Floral Belted Bandeau, (3)Mix and Match Longline, (4)Cheshire Cat Swimsuit, (5)Golden Retro Swimsuit, (6)Sailor Bikini (7) Pink Super Hero, (8) Watercolor Bikini, (9) Swan Lakeshore Bikini, (10) Underwater Heart Suit 

The best thing to do when shopping for a swimsuit for 2013 is to go for something with a unique print or a retro style. You’ll be sure to make a splash!

What are your favorite swimsuits for this year?

May Wishlist

It may be a little late into May but its never to late to wish and dream….

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(1) Galaxy Envelopes, (2) Cats Are Center of the Universe, (3) Let’s Be Surrealistic Dress, (4) Jellyfish Swimsuit, (5) Whisker Dress, (6) Ink Blot Mugs

 

Tomorrow I’ll be hopping on a plane to sunny Florida! Excited for a much needed vacation!

ps. I promised my sister I would post something about the cutest pet contest she is trying to win, she’s pretty desperate :p   So if you would, go vote for her boxer puppy Colt! <—–(by clicking the link)

May you enjoy the rest of May 🙂

 

Girl Crush!

It is so important for women to empower other women because lets face it, we are completely different from our male counterparts….

I’m crushing pretty hard right now! She’s a miracle worker and she’s helping woman all over the world become miracle workers too and that’s a beautiful thing! She’s so full of love and positive energy!! Its Gabrielle Bernstein! Check her out at Gabbyb.tv

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I have most of her books but just recently got her newest one:

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I plan on doing a full review of the book once I’ve completed the 40 days! Excited and can’t wait to see all the powerful changes in my life! I believe in miracles, do you?!

Sky Study

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(All photos are my own, please do not use without permission)

The sky is my inspiration for almost every creative endeavor I embark on. I love to take tons and tons of photos of the sky and then study the cloud patterns. When painting most of the colors I use are colors that are found in the skies.

Where do you find inspiration?

The Apple of My Eye

To know me, is to know who holds my utmost affection. Yes I’m publicly announcing that I am a crazy cat lady. My incredibly handsome tuxedo cat, Fletcher is the love of my life and he demanded I make a post just for him!

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So there he is…The center of my universe and any other cheesy phrase you can think of.

And this is what we like to read together in our spare time…

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And this silly video that goes along with it….

Jumping on the Bandwagon…

So after years of deliberation (and actually having this URL saved) I’m finally starting my blog! This is just my tiny little space on the internet. A place for inspiration, diy projects, and my daily musings. There is sure to be plenty of postings on the galaxy and my beloved cat Fletcher. So if you’re into those kind of things. This is the place for you!