Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WIW {Polka Dots & Ruffles}

Who doesn't love Polka Dots & Ruffles?!?!
 
It was a blistering 32 degrees here on Tuesday!.  What does a mommy wear to work that has a pretty strict dress code thats comfy, fits into the dress code guidelines and that's cool enough to survive this heat?
 
A pencil skirt with this cute blouse.
 
This is what I wore to work on Tuesday:










Top: Big W
Skirt: Target
Watch: Fossil
Leather Wrap Bracelet: Miss Mommy Shop
Hand Stamped Heart necklace:  Brag About It
Sunnies:  Ralph Lauren

Linking this up here:


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Supporting Handmade - Shop Link up





Can I get an AMEN?!!

Are y'all supporting Hand made this christmas season?

I sure am!.  What a better gift not only for the seller, but to receive a one of a kind handmade item!.  

Here's a list of my fav Handmade Sellers:

Heather from Just Love.ly Things
Heather sells these gorgeous hair accessories





I have one of my very own





Em at Simply Nothing Else
Em sells these gorgeous ruffle camera straps!





Bonnie from Pink Stitches
You can get these awesome iPad cases and Crayon Rolls (stay tuned for a giveaway coming up here soon {wink})






Melissa at Brag About It
Melissa designs and hand stamps this beautiful jewelery.
(BIG Giveaway from Brag About It coming VERY soon)






Summer at Made By Munchies Mama
Summer crochets these gorgeous hats for babies - how cute are they?!





And of course - MISS MOMMY SHOP!

You can get pretties like these:












If you have a shop please go ahead and link it up :)

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Tuesday Ten - 12 {I am ___ right now}

{I am posting this early so that you can perhaps follow my prompts for my Tuesday Ten and link it up}



Welcome to the 12th week of Tuesday Ten.  

If you're new here - Hi There! :)
Tuesday Ten is a link party about your posts of ten of anything.  It can be ten things you love, ten places you want to go, ten things you want right now, ten people you love etc....ten of anything really.

I love this because it gives me a chance to get to know my readers better and meet other bloggers.  It also allows all of you linker uppers (yes, I just made that up) to see eachothers wonderful blogs and meet new bloggers as well :)

Rules of linking up are:

Please place my button on your page so others can link back and see other posts.  You will find my button to the right of my blog page.  ---------->

Please "like" your favorite Tuesday Ten post by clicking the "like" button underneath the thumbnail.  I will do a small feature on the post that got the most "likes" each Tuesday so be sure to vote for your fav.

Also, please click on others link ups and comment so we can all share some love.  We all love comments don't we??!!

Last week the post that got the most likes was:

From A to Sneed


Check these ladies out!



This week is going to be a bit different because I am going to see if y'all want to follow along with my prompts and link up.  I got this "I am" idea from Salena at A Little Piece of Me.  You can read her post here.  


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If you haven't met or followed Salena - you want to head there right now!.  Trust me when I say that you want Salena in your corner.  She is the biggest cheerleader and such a reliable inspiration to me.  She is what I would call a very dear friend of mine.

Ok - back to Tuesday Ten :)

I am _____ right now:

I am - Tired.  Tired of all the craziness that's called "Life"
I wonder - What my girls will be when they grow up
I see - The negative in things alot.  I'm working on seeing the positive first
I want - To impact people lives in a positive way
I pretend - That things are ok a lot.  I try not to let on just how homesick I really am
I worry - That I am not a good enough mom to my girls
I cry - When I think of my family back home and how much i'm missing out on
I hope - my girls grow up and do something they love and find love
I dream - of being 100% happy
I feel - Alone.  A lot.

Now let's see whatcha got!!!
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Our History {Part 6}

Read Part 1 here
Read Part 2 here
Read Part 3 here
Read Part 4 here
Read Part 5 here






It finally happened.  I was pregnant - when we least expected it to happen.

We spent the next few months soaking in all the family time we could get before Hubs left.







Hubs left in March of 2009 for Australia while I waited for our Permanent Residency Visas to come through.  






Being pregnant caused a bit of a delay and a hiccup as I couldn't full-fill the chest x-ray requirement.  They ended up waiving that until after I delivered.  

For the next 3 months it was decided that Eve and I would move in with my parents while we waited.  

Eve and I settled into life living with my parents easily.  It was familiar to me obviously and Eve has the best relationship with my parents and sisters.






 I soaked in all the time I could with my mom






I took Eve to the Port Dover Beach and enjoyed my last 3 months in Canada.  I didn't know when I'd be back again.  






My Grandma, mom, sisters, Eve and I went on a 2 night little holiday to Great Wolf Lodge.








My belly grew too







I awaited early June when Eve and I would be re-united with Hubs.  This was going to be so good for us - we were going to be financially secure and happier in Australia, right?

Part 7 coming soon



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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sponsor Feature - A Drop in the Bucket w/ Giveaway

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!!!!

WINNER IS:


Congrats!.  You win a $25.00 Visa to spend on anything you want on Etsy :).  Supporting the Handmade community :)

Kristen, please e-mail me to claim your prize :)
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We all have a bucket list right?.  I do -  you can read mine here
I love lists - PERIOD, so to be able to cross things off gives me such a high.  

My friend & sponsor Jen has a blog all about her bucket list!.  Cool huh?

I have Jen from A Drop in the Bucket here today to tell us a bit more about herself AND a super cool giveaway!

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Wow!  I am so excited to be here guest posting here at Nicole's online home.  Now if I could just find my way to Australia to meet her in person.  {wink}   She is such an inspiring woman and lovely mama.

Miss Mommy is one of my daily reads, because of how honest and forthcoming Nicole is about the realities of life.  And she is rockin' the blog world right now too!  Maybe someday my blog can grow up to be just like hers.

So I guess you might be wondering who I am, huh?

I am J#2 {or Jen} the proud stay-at-home-mom of a two-year-old {J#3} and nine-month-old {J#4}.  We are from the U.S. {Minnesota to be exact}, but are now living in Scotland, after having taking a year long detour in the Netherlands.

Who's J#1?  That'd be my handsome husband, seen here with the littles.

I tell my story over at A Drop in the Bucket.  You know how sometimes you start something, and you don't expect it to get quite as involved as you intended it to be?

I started my blog as a place to publish my bucket list, and then tell the tales of how I actually get to check the items off.  Things like taking part in an organized sporting event {I just ran a 5K on Thursday!}, write a book {done through National Novel Writing Month} and learn how to take better photos.

But now?  It's become so much more.

To me, its now become a place that I challenge myself {and hopefully readers} to live life in the moment. To intend to live a joyful, positive, simple life so that we can be present for our husbands, children, family and friends.  To work on becoming the best mama that we can be.



Plus, I write about random every day things, like choosing a new hairstyle, shoes and jewelry, and being healthy {or at least trying to be}.

Come by for a visit, won't you?

And because actually typing my bucket list and making it public for the world to see has inspired me to do more in the past year to change than I had in a long time, I have the perfect give-away.  Once I do a few more of the things on my bucket list {like learn how to sew} I think the next item to add to my bucket list will be to open a shop on Etsy.

I am amazed at the creative and talented Etsy artists every time I visit {which is pretty much every day}, and I bet you are too, right?
So...here is your chance to win a $25 gift card for Etsy!  Yes ma'am {or sir}, and all you have to do is:



Please leave a COMMENT for EACH entry. 
MANDATORY:
Follow Miss Mommy on GFC

Extra Entries: 







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"where are you from?"

It's obvious to Aussies that I am not Australian.  My Canadian accent is a dead giveaway.  

I've lived in Australia for 2.5 years now and still get asked "Where are you from?".  I of course always answer proudly with "I'm a Canadian!", then it's usually followed by "Oh, how long are you visiting for?".



  

This last week in particular I got asked that question more than usual.  It was perhaps because we were on holidays.  My co-workers, friends, and people that work at the shops I frequent know me and know that I am not a visitor, I am a resident so they obviously don't ask me where I am from.  

This question for some reason always saddens me.  I love talking about where i'm from and my family etc, but it always brings back those memories and people that I miss.  




This question sometimes makes me feel like an outcast.  I can often feel people stare at me and turn their heads when they hear me talk because they can hear my accent and immediately know I am not Australian.  I know they are thinking "where is she from?".  

Perhaps I need to wear a sign that says "I'm Canadian!".  Then will people quit asking me and staring at me?.  Or worse yet - calling me a "Yankee".  And I have to laugh when I got asked if I lived in an Igloo!!.  Like seriously?.  




The point is this is that I am proud to be a Canadian and I think I will just have to accept that I am an outcast.  I have embraced some aussie slang, but will not go out without my shoes on!.  

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Group Giveaway!

My beautiful friend Beth at Through The Eyes of the Mrs is hosting a BIG and I mean BIG Black Friday Group Giveaway!!!!!.  I have the privilege of being a part of it so I thought I would let you all know about it so we can ALL head over there and try and win this!!!!!!



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Theres over $1,000 in Prizes!

Here are the lovely shops that are participating.

So are you ready?

 
 
Fa Sew La Stitches
Beautiful wreaths, Fabric Buntings, Hair Blossoms, Book Blossoms








 








LoveStitched
Gorgeous accessories, headbands, jewelry & more
 

 
 
By The Ash Tree
Lovely Headbands & Crinkle Owls
 

 

 
Sweet Sugar Beet
Beautiful Bags, Totes, and Pins
 

  

 
Made By Munchies Mama
Handmade Jewelry & Crochet
 

 


Eisy Morgan 
Inspirational Blogger and Hostess of Heart Therapy
 
 
 
 
 
Jessica N Designs
Hand Stamped Vintage Silverware & Jewelry
 

 
 

 
Uplifting Prints
Unique Art Prints including Custom Work for Home or Gifts
 

 

 
 
PidgApeg
Soft Romantic Affordable Jewelry to make you feel Pretty
 

 

 
 
Simply Nothing Else
Lovely fabric creations, pillows, totes, camera strap covers with ruffles
 

 

 
 
Nat's Knapsack
Vintage Inspired Jewelry, Cabochon Rings, Hair Pins, and Earrings
 


 
41 West Designs
Beautiful Handmade Signs that will make your House Your Home
 

 

 
 
Lil Noodle Bug
Handmade Wreaths, Stockings, Onesies all made with Love
 

 

  
 
Miss Mommy
Beautiful Jewelry and Handmade Leather Wrap Bracelets
 

 

 
 
Donna Decembers
Crocheted Cowls, Bracelets & Necklaces
 

 
Blessed Design Studio
Affordable Blog Design for those that love pretty things but don't like spending a lot of money
 

 

 

 
A3 Sisters
Necklaces, Earrings, & Rings
 

 
 
Johnny in a Dress
Ruffled Pouches, Bloomin Ruffled Bags, Crayon Rolls, Infinity Scarves
 

 

 
 
Sweet & Simple Jewelry Design
Beautiful timeless pieces that you will love forever
 

 

 
 
Sweetie Pie Bakery
Handmade Felt Food & Patterns that are too cute for words
 

 

 
 
Keeley Behling Studios
Twine, Craft Supplies, Vintage & More
 


 
 
Mama's Nest Designs
New & Upcycled Jewelry Handcrafted with Love
 

 
 
 
Cait Create The Shop
Hand painted Signs & Home Decor
 

 

 
 
Sugar Blossom Boutique
Chic Boho Headbands & More
 

 

 
 
Simply Rustic
All Natural Body Butters, Body Scrubs, Lip Balms, Lip Scrubs that are affordable
 

 
 
Aubrey Plays
Unique and spunky handmade items for all ages
 

 
 
 
Polka Dot Pretties
Pretty Gifts & Pretties for You
 

 

 
 
Jaime B. Designs
Beautiful Necklaces, Bracelets, & Hair Pretties
 

 

 
 
Rags To Stitches
Snuggies for your Laptop, Checkbook Covers, Christmas Stockings & More
 

 

 
 
 Giveable Greetings
Fun Cards with a bit of Sass, Gift Tags & Paper Goods
 

 

  
 
Belle Rose Designs
Wholesale Rosettes, Bookmarks, Headbands & DIY Kits
 

 

 
 
 The Lovely Poppy
Handmade Headbands, Jewelry, Poppy Petals & More
 

 
 









Casey Wiegand
Artist, Mother, Blogger, and Inspiration
 
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Wonder Forest
Handmade One of a Kind Items for Your Imagination










  








 Lola Wraps
Fun Affordable Chic Way to Dress Up Any Outfit






Beth will be adding her own surprises to the Giveaway!



I hope you'll think about shopping Handmade this year!

Theres going to be discounts, free gifts with purchase & More!
Giveaway goes live est 12:01 & runs through Monday!
See you all tonight!


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