ROAR! Music Video for Mother’s Day

Remember that time I was in an Alex Boye music video?

This might sound incredibly cliche, but this was one of the most fun days of my life.

Alex is amazing.  When we first got to the studio, he told us why he wanted to do this video for us.

Alex Boye Katy Perry ROAR video

He told us about how he sees womanhood.  He compared women and mothers to the most graceful and beautiful swan gliding across a smooth placid lake.  Graceful and “calm” looking.

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But under the surface, those feet are a machine!  And most of the time, people don’t see it.  But women work so hard to keep their families moving forward, take care of their neighbors, be a strong member of their communities, all while looking so graceful on the surface.

swan feet underwater

Alex said that this song, Roar, is all about the ‘under the surface’ side of womanhood.  He wanted us mommy bloggers to let loose and draw on our own experiences of being knocked down but getting up and showing the world our roar.

This might sound dumb, but it was a very therapeutic day for me!

Alex Boye ROAR Music Video with mom bloggers

Alex Boye ROAR Music Video with mom bloggers

Alex Boye ROAR Music Video with mom bloggers

 

How many creative bloggers can you fit in a bathroom for a mirror groupie?

Alex Boye ROAR Music Video with mom bloggers

 

The filming took place at Thanksgiving Point’s tulip festival.  It was heavenly!

Alex Boye ROAR Music Video with mom bloggers

Our leggings were supplied by Agnes & Dora.  Okay, get this.  They are one size fit all.  I had a really hard time wrapping my head around this.  Because, they weren’t baggy on the little ladies, and they weren’t tight on my thunder thighs.  Basically, they are magic pants.  SO comfortable and soft.  I would highly recommend them!

Alex Boye ROAR Music Video with mom bloggers

 

I’m obviously a new mom, and so I’m still learning and figuring things out.  I don’t think that ever stops.  It was so inspiring to be around other moms, and really soak in the message of the song.  YOU’RE GONNA HEAR ME ROAR!

Alex Boye ROAR Music Video with mom bloggers

 

 

I Went To #SnapConf

…and it was great.

You guys.  There are big things going on.  And I wish I could tell you what.  But I can’t yet.

haha, how much do you hate me for saying that?!  SO MUCH?!  I promise I’ll tell you as soon as possible.  Soon.  Soon, soon, soon!

 

But I did go to Snap!  It’s my home town, so naturally I had to party it up with other creative bloggers.

I have been so so so (SOOOOOO) busy with secret combinations on the homefront, but I made it to as many classes as I could.  Of course I went to the parties.

Blog conferences are great.  I love being able to hang out with my internet friends IRL.  It makes me feel less weird about having online best friends.

Snap! conference was very child friendly, so I got to bring Evelyn Faye along.  I’m completely convinced that if she were to be snatched, it would be at a blog conference.  Everyone loved getting to squeeze and pinch her.  And she payed very good attention in class.

Snap conference

 

But to be completely honest, 92% of my pictures are from the 80’s dance party.  I’ll spare all the wild pictures, and instead throw this gif in your face.

Snap conference

 

I promise Evelyn had a good time.  She didn’t cry.  In fact, I’ve never seen her smile more.

Snap conference

 

And of course, Aaron got his dancin in too.

 

Snap conference

 

We got to hang out lots with Nick & Beth while they were here.  They even came over to our house.  Let me tell you, it’s pretty nerve wracking having a blogging friend come to your house!

Snap conf

 

I sure am blessed to be surround by amazing, talented, creative people!  The world of DIY blogging is a community I am grateful to be a part of.  This post is mainly to express my thanks and gratitude for the many friendships I’ve gained from this wonderful adventure!  I love you all and I love how much you all inspire me.

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” 
― Kurt Vonnegut

The Best Part About Haven Conference

Being Pregnant at Haven

One year ago, I was a sad puppy, and I sat at home watching (with my sad puppy eyes) all my favorite bloggers attend Haven.  I promised myself that I would make it there next year no matter what.

Well, I wasn’t expecting to be pregnant.  And I sure as shootin’ wasn’t expecting to be on bedrest.

On New Year’s Day, I camped out on my computer, and made sure to snatch up my conference ticket and book my hotel.

Four months later, I got the best surprise of my life.  Two weeks ago, I had some rough times.  Pregnancy is different for every lady.  I’ve had all kinds of things from severe cramping, to continued throwing up (even past the first trimester), to throwing up blood.

Going to Haven was down to the wire.  I needed to take care of myself and this baby.  Could I do that at a blog conference?  I wasn’t sure until the night before.  Aaron insisted that I go, even if I didn’t leave the hotel room.  I needed to leave the house.  Why?  Because breathing drywall dust from sanding mud, and trying to rest in a construction zone isn’t the most zen-ful activity.  My mom came with to take care of me and make sure I didn’t over-do it.

Thursday morning we flew to Atlanta.  And boy, were our arms tired!  (insert cheezy joke drum sequence followed by symbol)

Checked in, and THIS was on my tv.  I felt like a star.

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My First Bunting & Baby Shower

Girl Baby Shower Bunting Decor

My sister Gina is having a miracle baby!  We’re so excited for little Molly to join our big Greek Family.  Gina literally lives a block away from me, which is the most rad thing ever.

I got to host my first ever baby shower.  And normally, I LOVE throwing parties, but I gotta say, I was sweating chunks for this one.  Maybe it’s because a lot of family members who haven’t seen my house, and neighbor ladies from where I grew up (most of whom read my blog) would be there.

All you other bloggers, does it make you nervous when people who read your blog come to your house in real life?  Or am I the only weirdo out there that thinks people judge my house extra hard because I blog about it?

Anyway, we had a chandelier that did this:

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Ugly Sweater Party

Ugly Sweater Party

Did you have a fun weekend full of festivities?  I don’t think most people are DIY-ing much this week.  It’s the season to simmer in social situations and over-use the words “Twis” and “Twas.”  The time to enjoy ourselves has arrived.  And I plan on it.  Sorry if you’re disappointed that you won’t be seeing any walls come down in the next two weeks.  It’s time to party like it’s the year 01 AD.  I love Christmas.  I love parties.  Always awesome.  Always rockin.

You are virtually invited to re-live:

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

The theme for our decorations were Winter Wonderland inspired.  It started to look like a baby shower for a boy with all the blue and white.  It’s a boy!  …Too much? Waiting for lightning to strike.

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DIY Action Squad to the Rescue

Sorry For Party Rockin!

DIY action squad

Raise your hand if you’ve heard of a certain book put together by the master minds of Young House Love?  If you haven’t, view the first bunch of  pages and buy your copy.  It’s under $20!  The book is full of several cheap and easy updates for your home.  EVERYONE can benefit from this book!  Some of the projects are even things you can do for free.

 If you have heard of the book and have your copy, you are in the right place.

Personally, I paid overnight shipping to get my book the day it was released.  *nerd alert*  It was a wonderful morning when it showed up.  It reminded me of the time I bought an Insta-hang from an infomercial last Thanksgiving morning.  Pure joy.

Young House Love Book

 As it turns out, I’m not the only person over joyed by this book.  Emma, Tracie, Stephanie and myself are teaming up as the DIY Action Squad to host an brilliant link party for all our readers and other Young House Love-lovers.  This link party is centering around the book.

We invite you to join us in putting this book to work!

We are not affiliated with Young House Love, but we did get their seal of approval for our little idea.

Here’s the scoop, fellow YHL-lovers:

Over the next few weeks grab your copy of the book, pick out a project, and write about it! Then, Monday, November 26th (right after Thanksgiving) come on back to link up with us and share what you’ve done.  (The link party will be open all week long.)

We’ll each be tackling a different project right along with you and we can’t wait to see what you all are up to.  I’m excited to see your projects!  Be sure to spread the word to your friends.  This is going to be one rockin party.  I’ll bring the snacks :)

 

And don’t be a stranger!  We are all about making blog friends up in these parts.  Join the squad, ya dig?

DIY ACTION SQUAD

One Year Later…

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We have officially been home-owners for a year!  We closed on October 28th last year.  And it has been a wild ride to say the least.  In celebration of the anniversary of our 30 year debt home-ownership, this week I’ll be rolling out a home tour.  I feel like the whole house is in a state of progress, so no judging too harshly.  I’ll be posting the first home tour post tomorrow, so stay tuned for that festival of rooms.

Did you all have a good weekend?  I hope you all partied til your eye balls fell out.  Aaron and I held a party to apologize to our friends for ruining Halloween last year.  Remember how I said we closed on our house on Oct 28th last year?  That was a Friday, and we planned on moving Saturday.  However, the Salvation Army couldn’t get their shiz together, and they told us we couldn’t take possession until November 3rd.  The thing is, we were renting a house in Murray.  And, we told them we would be out by the end of the month (we were SUPPOSED to close mid-October… again, the fudge-packing Salvation Army… taking 5 million days to get signatures from every member of the board on all documents).  So we had to have EVERYTHING out of the house, before November 1st.  That equated into an emergency moving session, on HALLOWEEN NIGHT.  I felt awful.  We were supposed to have a party.  So when we asked our friends to help move, they couldn’t really say they had other plans.  All year long they gave us crap about how we tricked them into helping us move.  And I felt bad, all stinking year.  So we decided to throw a Halloween Party that they wouldn’t forget.  And like that, my conscience was cleared.

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Un-Pinspired

Have you heard about the Pinterest Challenge?  4 of my favorite bloggers (Sarah, Katie, Sherry & Carmel) are hosting it.  You can read all the details here.

PINTEREST CHALLENGE

Sounds easy right?  Turns out I don’t really pin really “crafty” things.  The Pinterest Challenge ends in a week.  ONE WEEK to complete a pin.  It seems like all I post is rooms.  I love getting inspired by whole rooms.

Pinterest

I don’t have anything I can create in a WEEK.  So I don’t honestly know if I will participate in the challenge.  But I still want to.  Are you going to?  What pin are you planning on executing?  What do you think I should do?

Leave links to your favorite Pin-Crafts in the comments.  PLEASE & THANKS!