Friday, April 18, 2014

be the change

"be the change you wish to see"

yesterday's prompt for the #becauseofhim photo challenge on instagram and other social media was
because of him i can be a better me.

i love the quote/motto of the shine project. things aren't really going to change unless we do something to change them. until i take some actions, make some changes, and become a better me, things really aren't going to change.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

change of plans

some bloggers like to schedule posts days or weeks in advance. i most often post one day at a time. there are some definite pros and cons to each method. i had a different post planned for today. i made the most delicious easter treats a couple of weeks ago and can't wait to share them with you. i planned to post that today, BUT last night i sliced my finger with a knife...again. i don't know what my problem is. minus my hip surgery, i've made it 34 years (yes 34. i know. you would never have guessed, but it's true) knock on wood without stitches, but my luck might be running out. since the first of the year, i think i have cut my finger with a knife at least 4 times. last night was pretty bad. i got nervous enough to google "how to know when you need stitches". turns out the internet is pretty informative. the first 2 sites were webMD and wikipedia. after reading both, i decided i could hold out until the morning. the real question is how do i prevent cutting myself in the first place?!? HELP!!!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

blogger roundtable

                                me, Danica, Eliesa, BonnieKimTayler
                                photo credit bonnie

last week bonnie hosted another grow your blog roundtable. the thing about bloggers is we can sit around and talk about blogging forever and ever. instead of a particular theme this month, it was open to questions. we discussed photos and sponsorship and different readers, and why we blog. the night went far too quickly, and i  am certain we could have talked for several more hours. it's always so much fun to get together with other bloggers and talk about all things blog. my particular questions were...

what keeps you coming back to a blog?
if you are a blogger and sponsor blogs, what do you look for in a sponsorship?
what's an ideal price to pay for sponsorship?

if you have any input, i would love to hear it.

speaking of bonnie, a few of us are giving away some cash.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

spring 30x30...days 7-12

it's already time for week 2 of spring 30x30 or in my case bluex30. blue isn't really my favorite color so it always surprises me how much blue i actually have in my closet. before we get to what i wore for the week, here's the autism info for the week.
  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism
autism speaks

and now for my clothes...
day boyfriend cardi, random top, gap jeans
 day 8...h&m cardi, shine project shirt, gap jeans, target sandals

 day cardi, old navy top that really is blue i promise, gap boyfriend jeans, target sandals

 day cardi, old navy v neck, modbe skirt, ross wedges
i was home on spring break with no one to take my picture. i have a tripod and a remote, but it's such a hassle to use. i set my camera up in a glass and got mostly blooper shots. the remote is impossible.
 day 11...old navy hoodie, target v neck, gap jeans, target flip flops
my friend laurann and i decided to take a last minute trip to las vegas to get a tan. we spent most of day 11 in the car.

day 12...old navy top, gap boyfriend jeans, target flip flops

go check out what my other 30x30 people wore this week.


Monday, April 14, 2014

unblogged bloggable...the awful waffle

me, kimberly, kaycie, diana, ashley, meredith, madeline
a few weeks ago meredith, who i legit met on twitter, came to town. she started talking on twitter a few months ago about planning a trip to utah sans kids and husband. i had to get in on the fun. i had to meet her in real life. i'm pretty sure people think bloggers are crazy. i met half of the people in this group online.
we all met up at the awful waffle for a few hours of chit chat and lots of fun. i'm so glad meredith came to town. it was so fun to actually meet her in real life instead of just talking to her online all the time, which is also fun. we seriously could have talked for hours and hours. please come back soon!
it's monday so i can't leave this post without a little random rambling. i've talked before (although only briefly) about not doing online dating. i'll probably talk more about it some other time. i don't think it's bad or wrong or taboo or anything like that. i just don't do it. what's a little weird to me is blog friends (either from the blog, twitter, instagram, etc) can't be much different from online dating right?!? i met meredith when someone tweeted a link to a blog post she wrote. i really loved the post a lot so i tweeted the link too. after that we started tweeting random things here and there, and the next thing you know we are friends, not just internet friends but friends who want to get together when one comes to town. i can't really explain it, and maybe you really do think i'm crazy and weird, but i have several really good friends that i have never and maybe will never meet in real life. so...if i can meet all sorts of blog friends and think it's totally natural and fine and normal, what's the deal with online dating???


Friday, April 11, 2014

arizona blogger meet up

the arizona bloggers are no joke. several times a year, they throw a blogger meetup. the meetup for this quarter happened to be while i was in town. i was a little nervous to go, but as always it was a lot of fun. i met some great girls, ate yummy food, and laughed the night away.

thanks to chrissy and her blog for all the pictures

food table complete with cakes donated by nothing bundt cakes
the photo booth
they warned in advance to bring things to sit on the ground. i didn't bring anything or pack anything appropriate for sitting on the ground.

from the photo book

probably my fave from the photo booth

all the bloggers

speaking of arizona, i'm over at love the skinnys today talking about how i truly believe fashion fits everyone.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

triple threat...spring scarves

triple threat april scarves
I took these pictures a while ago and never actually got around to posting them. Now I'm kind of glad I waited. It's perfect for this month's triple threat. The name kind of says it look, three ways. I'm co-hosting today along with another 30x30 friend.

Won’t you please link up with us? The rules are simple! Visit and follow justjacq and this month’s cohosts, Rachel and me, add the button or a link back to this post and add your link! The link up is open all week so you have plenty of time to share your looks! Link up and grab button at the bottom of the post :-) Cohosts are needed for future months! May's link up will take place on May 8. The theme is still wide open so email Jacquelyn now to get your cohost spot locked down and submit ideas for the theme! Email for more information!
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                                                  photo credit Brooklyn


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

what would you do...7.0

it's time for another round of what would you do... with kimberly
this month we want to know
WHAT WOULD YOU DO...with a dozen eggs?
i love eggs and thought about all the recipes i could make...deviled eggs, potato salad, scrambled, etc., but everyone already knows how to make those things. so, i chose a craft instead.

i have wanted to glitter eggs forever so this was the perfect chance. the books say to blow out the eggs, but i was way too afraid of the mess. i hard boiled the eggs by baking in the oven (look up on pinterest).
 in addition to eggs, you need glue, glitter, a paintbrush, some bowls (these are from the dollar store and easy to throw away), and wax paper (or cellophane because i forgot wax paper)

 paint egg with glue/roll around in your hand to coat the egg with glue

 dip egg in bowl of glitter
 roll egg around in glitter. use your hands as needed.
 set to dry on cellophane/wax paper
 ready to decorate
 hopefully they will last until easter.

let's hear it. what would you do with eggs? link up with any recipe, craft, etc new or old that involves eggs.
can't wait to go see what kimberly did with her eggs.
join us next month for 
WHAT WOULD YOU DO...with flowers?
be creative. hope you'll join us.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

spring 30x30...days 1-6

i can't believe we are already done with the first week of 30x30. it seriously flies by so fast. i'm posting a day early to make room for WWYD...with a dozen eggs? tomorrow.
i'm doing 30x30 a little differently this time. instead of picking 30 items for 30 days i am wearing blue for 30 days for autism awareness month. since the whole point is to spread awareness, i want to share a little about autism each week.
here are some of the common "red flags" for autism from
  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
  • No babbling by 12 months
  • No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
  • No words by 16 months
  • No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
  • Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age
if your child demonstrates these symptoms, talk to your doctor about your concerns.
and now for my outfits...

day 1
modbe cardi, old navy chambray, homemade maxi
i had to wear a skirt and also be able to sit on the floor.
 day 2
world autism awareness day
h&m scarf, target cardi, gap outlet stripe t, jcpenney jeggings, toms ballet flats
 day 3
target cardi, gap stripe t, gap pants, toms ballet flats
 day 4
presentation at a doctor's office required dress pants
h&m cardi, streets of NYC scarf, old navy top, banana republic pants, jessica simpson hidden peep toe 
 day 5
day of easter candy making=casual attire
target cardi, target stripe v, gap jeans, toms
 day 6
didn't leave the house
urban outfitters sweater, old navy v, agnes and dora leggings, target flip flops

all the rest of my 30x30 crew starts posting tomorrow. check out the link up to see what they are wearing.
30 pieces reveal