Thursday, March 31, 2011

{I'll be back....}

I just wanted you all to know I have not forgot about you....all my bloggy friends. I am currently working on something very important to me. It is taking up a very significant amount of time right now but I promise I will be back soon with lots to share. I appreciate you all hanging around and if anyone has something they would like to share here on the RLM I would love to have you here while I'm working on my other project!

Friday, March 25, 2011

{Guest Posting} Over at Funky Polkadot Giraffe

Hello! You can find me today over at Funky Polkadot Giraffe....check it out and let me know what you think. And why not leave a little RLM love why you're at it!!!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

{Parents Magazine} 1 year for $1!

I saw this deal over at Couponers United and it was just too good not to share. You can receive a 1 year subscription to Parents Magazine for just $1. No taxes, no shipping, no nothing...Just $1!

Head on over to Barnes & and use coupon code K4M8W9D at checkout to receive your deal!

Happy Parenting!

Monday, March 21, 2011

{What not to say...}

I saw this link recently on a friends Facebook status and I just had to share...It is soooo funny yet soooo true.

Here's a list of 10 things not to say to a working mom...

1. It must be hard missing all those special moments every day.

2. I suppose it's smart that you're working. You know, in case your husband leaves you some day.

3. I'm surprised you went back to work. Your husband seems so successful.

4. It's cute when they call your nanny "Mama."

5. I just love my kids too much to leave them during the day.

6. Did you see Dateline? The one with the hidden camera in the day care?

7. I could never let someone else raise my children. But that's just me!

8. I hated my mom because she was never home after school like everyone else's mom.

9. You must feel so guilty.

10. I wish I were as laid-back as you and could just let the housework go.

Thanks Redbook for the great laugh!

Have you ever heard any off the wall things? I was told when I was still pregnant that I better not be "farming" my children out. I had to ask for clarification (apparently it means daycare). I laughed and said I went to school too long to not use my knowledge to help others. The conversation ended after that :)

Next, up I'm working on a list of what not to say to a pregnant woman....I'd love to hear your ideas!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

{Happy St. Patrick's Day!}

Whether you are Irish or not I wish you this blessing. May your day be filled with love and laughter and may your life be filled with joy.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I just received a message of someone who tried to print this out. I did not create this just simply shared it on my blog. I am unsure of how the print quality would be or if you are even able to print it. Thank you.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

{27} Candles

 A birthday. A celebration. A day of relaxation, of pampering, of being all about you.

Until you become a parent.

To be honest I never thought about having my birthday not be about me.

I like to consider myself a fairly giving and caring person (fingers crossed I'm not wrong!) and 364 days of the year I focus on everyone else.

But March 12....March 12 is my day. My day to be selfish and celebrate me. My day to have all my friends and family surrounding me...singing to me....celebrating me.

This year was different though. My little woman was ill. Like really ill. Like I don't want anyone else to catch her cooties ill. So out went the party, the celebrating, the fun. March 12 was about her. My girl. My love.

I never considered this aspect of parenthood before and although I was feeling pretty down this weekend (yeah I felt sorry for myself) I now am starting to feel blessed.

You see I got to spend my day with the two loves of my life. I ate sushi and had a nice glass of wine. I relaxed. I snuggled with my little lady. She gave me hugs and kisses all day and my husband did the dishes. My mom stopped by and relaxed with us too.

So even though the day did not go according to plan I still had a great day. It's just these littler reminders when it comes to our lives as parents about how things really are different. I really don't think you are ever prepared (even if you think you are) to change every aspect of your life.

***I did not create this post in hopes of pity. I created it so that if you are ever presented in a situation where you are feeling down you can think back and remember that you are not alone and that it is ok to  be a little selfish sometimes. That is is normal to have your world turned upside down and that sometimes you forget that it was. That parenthood is tough and no matter how ready for it you are...there are aspects of it that you just never really consider.***

**Looking for something to get me for my birthday? How about checking out the RLM sponsors! Promise it will make my day! :) **
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Friday, March 11, 2011

{Pom Pom Bib Necklace}: Real Life Mom Style

A few months back as while I was perusing the internet I came across an incredible blog....Little Miss Momma. Now I know what most of you are thinking...."You have only been following her for a few months!?!" Well what can I say. I'm behind the times.

Anyways I quickly fell in love with Little Miss Momma's blog and I am constantly fascinated by her amazing creations. When I saw her Anthropologie inspired Pom Pom Bib necklace I just knew I had to have one for myself!

It has taken me awhile to find a fabric that I wanted to use and I knew that I wanted to add a little twist to Ashley's (aka Little Miss Momma) design.

In true LMM style here's my little pretty....

(This is how I'm feeling today...I suppose that is what 3 cookies for breakfast will do to you.)

What do you think? I'm pretty much in love.

As for the how to...I used LMM Pom Pom tutorial and then I really combined a ton of different tutorials for making the rosette. Here is a great tutorial over at TT&J that helped inspire my rosette.

Cost...$5. Love it! I bought remnant fabric, a $2 chain and used a button and felt that I already had. Phew!

Now I must find somewhere to show off my new beauty.....

PS. In case you are wondering where all my hair went....I decided to donate it. It was kind of a spur of the moment lets chop all of my hair off kind of moment...but I love it and hope that someone else who needs it more then I did enjoys it now.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

{I heart Coffee}

 It's no big secret. I'm a coffee lover.

I love the smell, the taste, the warmth. I love how I feel energetic after having a cup. I just love coffee.

However, I frequently feel quite bad for the amount that I drink (usually about 3 cups per day). I feel as if I should be consuming something else (ie water). So I'm sure you can imagine how excited I was to read this article...

5 health reasons to not quit coffee

Now I don't feel so bad about my daily antioxidant intake...I'm mean hello...I'm doing it for my heart!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

{Spring has Sprung}

It's official (well almost) favorite time of year is here. Spring makes me happy...makes me want to run outside...makes me want to waste the day away basking in the sun. Spring is my happy place.

To go with this beautiful time of year I thought it was time to update the seasonal decor. Since I do not have a mantel to change each season I use our front hall...Which as it turns out I actually love because it is the first place you see when you enter our home.

Here's the little spring in our home...

So simple yet so elegant.

I'm pretty much in love with anything burlap.

This was so simple and took only about 15 minutes to complete. And the even better part? The only thing I had to buy was some green ribbon which cost a grand total of $1.99.

I followed this tutorial by My House of L for creating the wreath...except of course I created a circle instead of a heart and I used this gorgeous "bloom" print by kiki creates for our frame.

For the candles I just switch out the ribbon from what I had used for our Valentine's decor and then I added a few flowers to the mini vase.

Viola! What do you think? It's so too should add a little spring to your home!

***With spring here why not grab a sweet little dress for that little girl in your life or some vinyl to get some organization done. Check out the RLM sponsors for some great ideas!***

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