Friday, August 5, 2011

Embarrassing Moments

So my blog friend Deanna posted about embarrassing moments. Man oh man have I got a story for you.

While at the Saturday Market in Portland, I was walking along with James and his mom looking at all the neat homemade stuff they had. I stuck my hand out to grab James's hand because I know, since I am easily distracted, that I get lost pretty easy.  James kept moving his hand away and “fighting” my hand off, so I decided to just reach my hand in his pocket so I wouldn’t lose him. James was still fighting me and finally I look over to see why he wouldn’t just hold my hand only to find my hand is in some stranger’s pocket! Not only that, but he was holding HIS girlfriends with his other hand and they are both just looking at me in shock! All the while, James and his mom watch the entire thing from 10 feet behind me, letting me go on “molesting” this stranger and laughing their heads off. I was completely mortified! Every time I saw the couple throughout the rest of the market I avoided them like the plague. James still laughs about it to this day. 

 What is YOUR most embarrassing moment? I LOVE hearing about others who get just as mortified as me! Post it on your blog and comment the link or just share it in the comments. I can't wait to hear the stories that I am sure will make my tummy hurt from laughing so much!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Go To Style?

So lately I have been trying to sleep in to the very last moment to make sure I can catch as much zzz as possible. Seriously, baby girl has got me up every night at 5 am. With this happening, I don't give myself much time to get ready. Sadly, I feel like I have just been resorting to my usual go to staples, not really caring about what I am wearing and not really putting as much effort into the way I look (well, except my hair. I still try and curl it as much as possible). For me, my go to style has been what I wore during my breastfeeding days: skinny jeans, a black tank top and a cardi. Although, now it is getting so hot that I don't really want to wear the cardigan, but its the only color I actually put on. (that is why you do not see any "what I was wearing" post lately)

I also have just gotten rid of half my closet (more like just sitting in trash bags in our bedroom until I have the time to sell it). With half  of my wardrobe gone I feel even more in a rut. James promised that if I were to sell the clothes I don't want or just don't fit into anymore that I could use ALL of that money to purchase more items that  I have been wanting/needing. The problem I had was I was getting tons of clothes that were cute, but made cheaply and they wouldn't last long. Now I am realizing that it's not the quantity of clothes, but the quality. Which leads me to a totally different question: How do you feel about people selling their gently used clothing on their blogs? I am seriously thinking of doing this as our 2 local buffalo exchanges are full to the max right now so they haven't been accepting very much.

Anyone else in a style rut lately? What are your go to style staples when your in a rush? Any tips for getting pretty that is fast and easy? 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Easy Sewing Projects?

So I have had a sewing machine for 2 years. I even have this awesome sewing book that my mother in law gave me (she is a sewing queen!). However, I really don't have all that much time to learn how to sew. And reading books on it doesn't really do it for me. I need to actually just DO it. Practice, practice, practice. So I am trying to find easy sewing projects to learn from.
I have already made  bow ties for onsies and head bows and flowers that I put on headbands for Chloe and myself. You can view my post about them here.

I am also going to be making a pillowcase dress for Chloe here very soon. She has two that her memaw made her and even though one is too short now, she uses it as a top all the time. I love them, they are super cute and easy to put on her and they seem to last a lot longer than most of the clothes in her closet (some of them she hasn't even gotten to try on yet and we know have to box them up!)

Does anyone else have any fun and easy sewing projects that I can learn from? I know I can always turn to YouTube, that's where I learned how to knit! What were some of your first patterns or projects that you attempted when learning to sew?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Love Dare

So I have been reading the book The Love Dare by Stephen and Alex Kendrick. It's a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. It gives you 40 dares to really apply what it means to be a selfish, sinful human trying to love someone unselfishly. Within the first 3 days I was hit hard with the way I show love to my husband. The book calls for something as "simple" as showing your spouse patience in very practical ways that many times you wouldn't think of. I am only on day 12 and I absolutely LOVE this book. It really has been making me more humble and appreciative of the amazing gift my husband is to me.

The principles of the book are based on Scripture, which is super important to me. I will be trying to update you more on how the love dare is going, I feel some days (like buying a random gift for your spouse that they have been eying for a while) is not as hard as others (giving into a conflict you and your spouse are having and letting him "win", even if you feel he is totally wrong. So you can show you spouse that your love is more important than trivial things that are not worth fighting over). 

The best thing yet, this book has shown me not only how to better love my husband, but how to better love God and His people. I use the daily dare to do something for my spouse, but when applicable, I also do the dare for someone in my office, or my neighbor or someone I randomly come in contact with. It really is helping me to show His love in very practical ways. I love how basic and to the point this book is.

I really wanted to read the book secretly so that James didn't know and eventually see if he noticed a difference in the way our relationship has been growing/changing, however, we have absolutely NO alone time to ourselves so there was really no way in hiding it. Although, I did decide not to share so much what I read and what the dares are, but sometimes I do tell him what I have been learning. I really feel like I am growing!

Has anyone else read or plan to read The Love Dare? How did it go? What where you experiences? Did anyone see FIREPROOF, the movie the book is from? I thought the movie was kinda cheesy, but I did like the basic principle of working for your marriage and not giving up, no matter how hard it is.

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