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Raising US

Here are some photos of a day we went to the Tacoma market.

 

Mike and I always joke about how were like the characters on Raising Hope since we consider ourselves lower lower lower middle class folk.

I also have a terrible vocabulary so there really are time that I say thing like Virginia! Anyway it’s such a good show if you haven’t seen it, you should.

I think it’s just nice to see everyone has there own unique experience when raising a baby! IT’S ALWAYS A NEW EXPERIENCE. We love it!

 This is Virginia and such an example of how I use the wrong words like her.

This is Virginia and such an example of how I use the wrong words like her.

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Work, work, work! The french word for it is- Travailler

Lately Mike has been working full time and doing an hour commute then getting a little family time in for a few then working some more on our Photo Booth biz! He bust’s his butt for this family and I really hope that I can start to contribute. Anyone else feel like they are never doing enough? I know I’m raising our child and don’t get any pay or 401K OR have any co-workers but I feel like I am abusing my man sometimes by not having any way to help foot the bill! I’ve tried nannying, selling things & clothes, affiliate marketing and ambassador programs. Please tell me someway that has helped your family if you’re are a SAHM? This is not the first or last time i’ll need your help friends. 

I went to the Seattle Business Babes meeting for the first time and I loved how empowering all the women in this city are!!! This was the first night I’ve ever been away from my boy and it feels like my heart is outside my body literally! I know it’s not actually literally but it’s that strange of a feeling for me very mentally strained. I was so nervous and scared at that same time! I have all those worries like do I smell bad? Even after putting on deodorant THREE times before I left, just in case! I also worry someone will see stupid little scars on my legs from ingrown hair! I’m terrified basically to just socialize. You’d think after 30 years you’re going to be ok would calm me but it makes things all the more transparent. I got a little lost on the way over and when going home that doesn’t make things feel any better! I’m sitting in a parking garage writing this since I have no clue how to park downtown. As I was driving in I saw the people walking on the street and thought how they are all going somewhere. I’m just one of those people trying to get somewhere. I always wonder if there’s a mom nearby that going through the same exact place in life as myself!? Wanting to help out with their own family and a strong desire to build a business but fretting all the things while all the while everything is exactly how it should be! I met so many ladies that just quit their job and are pushing for their goals and dreams to come true! I was super happy I was able to attend this event though! I was able to meet some pretty amazing ladies and one named Shay who taught me to not second guess myself. We only talked for a few brief moments and I realized man I really don’t go for it when it comes to my goals and dreams! I felt so much inspiration and positivity from the room full of optimistic, creative women. Let’s all keep building each other up to accomplish our goals! I’m going to be putting a pause on the blog and work on learning French since my dream is to one day be a fluent French speaker.

 

 Until next time ma cheries! 

Until next time ma cheries! 

Friday Favs

Well, I’m super happy it’s Friday! Lately, I’ve been obsessed with all things pink and lilac! It’s just these tones add such a youthful feel to your closet! Maybe it’s  that I didn’t really wear a lot of pinks and purples when I was growing up. I was partial to blues and greens!  If you know my mom she is not a pink and purple type of lady either! She is a black and white or bright colors mama! Recently I’ve been so inspired by Coury Combs of @fancytreehouse. She is a hip Mom of two that makes me want all the girly things and to go to Disneyland everyday! Here are a few lovelies that have been in my online shopping cart this week. Here’s my Affiliate link for Target

 Pretty pink block heels @Target

Pretty pink block heels @Target

 This  Purple option  is comfortable low heel I saw these in the store and tried um on!

This Purple option is comfortable low heel I saw these in the store and tried um on!

 ONE DAY I'D LOVE A  PINK SET!

ONE DAY I’D LOVE A PINK SET!

 Totally 80's feel to um but I  love it!

Totally 80’s feel to um but I love it!

 

Anyway, this week has been super warm for Washington! We have been keeping cool by the pool since we don’t want to use our AC all day long. I keep trying to make little ice sensory play for my little one but he’s not very interested but he does love the pool and the sprinkler so at least he is getting to soak up some sunshine! Yet I do use two kinds of sunscreen most days a spray on one and here’s what we use its called Baby Organics and we got it at target since we pretty much just have the stroller when Mikes at work and luckily there’s a TARGET within walking distance of our home!!! The picture below is some of our go-to summer items!

 

My DIY of the week

I didn’t really know there are so many social media apps that provide some great opportunities to engage with your readers and ask them what they like or what kind of content they want to see. I asked, you answered! I really love being creative and DIY is a great way to get others involved. So here goes! I love this season because everywhere you look there are beautiful flowers and plants in bloom. But I, like many others, have seasonal allergies and have been suffering from pollen and the ever-growing plants filling the air. Although I feel the lame symptoms, it still inspired me to do a few fun little DIYs with one of my favorite flowers, daisies! I picked up some dollar store faux flowers and got out my glue gun and scissors to get my craft on! Also, check out some new pieces I’m going to be selling in the shop or you can DIY too!

 Boom! Or should I say Bloom! Now I won’t get my contacts confused with Mike’s!!!!

Boom! Or should I say Bloom! Now I won’t get my contacts confused with Mike’s!!!!

I also posted this on my stories but here it is if you missed it and wanted to try it out! I dyed my shoes with food coloring and water, it took me some trial and error, but you can get some cool colorful options that you may not be able to find in any shop. If nothing else, you will save some money with this option if you have some white or lighter colored shoes you want to try it out on. I even added a little too much color the 2nd coat and wondered if I threw em in the wash if they would lighten up. They totally did! They ended up this light pale pink which I liked more than the purple!

 These are a work in progress but I like where it’s going for earrings or barrettes tassels!

These are a work in progress but I like where it’s going for earrings or barrettes tassels!

 Older dress with a tiny bleach spot near the bottom.

Older dress with a tiny bleach spot near the bottom.

 New take and covers up the blemish! And I can add pink accessories now!

New take and covers up the blemish! And I can add pink accessories now!

 Trying to do mommy and me matching outfits.

Trying to do mommy and me matching outfits.

Friday favs

So this week I’ve decided I want to grow more with my engagement on my brand, I’ve decided to get together a schedule of weekly posts. This will be the kick off of some of my favorites, I’m calling it “Friday Fav’s”, and it will consist of things I’ve been admiring. It might be fashion, home design, entertainment or just a review of something I’ve done or wished I could do! Let me know what you think and help me out if you have any suggestions, please!? Hoping this will make me try new things and to get more familiar with those of you who are reading.   

This week I’m loving all things Wicker or Rattan since I keep seeing cute home decor everywhere, here are a few things I’ve been looking forward to using in different ways! I picked up the perfect wicker laundry basket from a local shop called Rust and Mike took us to Ikea for lunch the other day and I picked up some things from the marketplace to try a few different DIYs! One that I grabbed is one of these circle placemats for wall decor. Target also has some rectangle natural weaved ones. That’s something I love is utilizing things that have multiple uses, for example, hanging placemats on the wall which is not only a great decor option but also doubles as quick storage for items like kids toys, art supplies, etc.. Also, I got the idea to make pillows out of these rugs from the fabulous Youtuber HermioneChantel (if you haven’t seen her channel check it out she has some of the cutest IkeaHacks for home décor!). I’ll post em on my stories to show you how it turns out! 

I tend to look for trending items that go with several outfits lately to save money when it comes to shopping for my clothes and shoes. I always get caught up shopping on Instagram since so many have the swipe up option (because they have a crazy amount of followers). But an affordable option I’ve found lately is Amazon or eBay shopping. I saw these cute mules and think this bright pink is a great find for summer style. And I’m always loving red shoes, the ones I have on above I found on Target.com here are similar ones perfect for summer!

Growing a business

I really hope everyone is getting stuff done this week! I wanted to post on venturing out of my comfort zone since it’s something I struggle with. Mike and I have been trying to figure out another source of income for our growing little family! If you’ve read my posts before you know I’ve had some issues with anxiety like many others out there! But I’m trying to change those insecurities that I don’t want to pass on to my son! Mike and I have been discussing getting  our business started! We have always had a passion for capturing fun moments and worked together on several weddings and engagements for the last 10 years and we love having fun while working together and since that is something we’ve always enjoyed we thought why not strive for making a side business out of it? Mike was thinking for a while about this and we wanted something that we wouldn’t need an insurmountable amount of funds to start up since we just bought our home! Something that we may have most of the tools to use already and there is something we already have a considerable amount of investment in, which is photography equipment and we’ve wanted to get the most out of that investment since we moved from Florida so he thought we could start up a photo booth biz for events, weddings etc!  This venture could be a PERFECT way to make an additional income since I’m not currently getting any income by blogging. I know going into this there will be a considerable amount of contact with others and just the thought of it makes me feel so anxious! But I’ve been trying to figure out how to make myself more personable! I’ve been getting practice at parks with my little one, trying to connect with other mothers and social media friends and been practicing suppressing the awkward side of myself.  So far I think I’m improving! Which is great because I want to have a huge part of the company we’re building. I’ve even signed up for the local chapter for Biz babes in Seattle! The next meeting called Growing a Buisness! I feel like if I make connections it will help me and our business grow in the initial stages. So wish me luck in making a few friends and many local connections! Thanks for reading and your always welcome to comment if you have any advice for starting up an events business!!!

 Little photo booth boy in training 

Little photo booth boy in training 

Mom life

Some times being a mom is nothing like you except it to be! There are days that you think about how much your life has changed and miss the old days! Insert song (Mama said there’d be days like this) Most of the time I’m just grateful that there is this little person in my life that always loves me!  And just being around the happiest little human everyday is worth any poopy days we get. If you’re reading this I truly appreciate your opinion and just have to say thanks for being on this journey with me.  If you have any ideas on how I can grow my blog please leave it for me in the comments? Here’s a few pics from Mother’s Day weekend! We went to church and then took a stroll around the park to see some ducks with their little ducklings!