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#RealMamaLife | 4th of July

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Hope you all had a great holiday weekend! I ate way more than should be legal and should really be taking care of the piles of laundry and dishes that have been hanging around for the past few days…

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Father’s Day & CardStore

I failed Father’s Day miserably this year…

Matthew and I had date night the Friday night before, which was great as always. Saturday, we grilled out with Matthew’s parents, sister, and niece to celebrate. Sunday, we went to church and ate lunch again with Matthew’s family. Pretty much the same layout as most weekends, which always makes for awesome weekends just not a very special and memorable Father’s Day weekend.

No gifts (other than surprising Matthew with green plums and green tomatoes from the local market) and I barely managed to get a card in on Father’s Day morning. This was not entirely my fault, though… I had actually made Matthew a custom card from a popular card-service website using a promo code offered on Facebook. I had made the card in plenty of time for delivery and I was to receive it on Friday the 14th. Friday the 14th came and no card. Not a big deal, I still had Saturday. Saturday, no card. Sunday obviously we don’t get mail. Therefore, I was facing Father’s Day with no card for my awesome husband. Thankfully, though, the day before I had found the promo offer on Facebook for afore-mentioned delayed card, I bought a cheap-o Father’s Day card from the value section of Wal-Mart (only because I thought it was funny!!!!). Cheap-o card was my save for Father’s Day morning. I did explain to Matthew my dilemma and that I guessed his custom-made card had gotten lost in mail-land.

Now that you’ve got that whole back story, here’s where Cardstore comes into the picture. And before I go any further, I just need to say I wish I had gotten this e-mail just one day later because it would have saved me so much angst and guilt over being a crummy wife on Father’s Day. Matthew does get three cards out of my dilemma, though, so that makes it all worthwhile.

On Friday the 14th I received an e-mail from a super nice lady named Lauren with Cardstore asking if I would review one of their cards on All Glorious in exchange for a free one. Being the super-cardsy person that I am (I mean I bought a back-up card?!) and the type who finds any reason whatsoever to give someone a card, I gladly accepted. I initially planned to create a birthday card for my sister since her birthday is coming soon; but instead, what did I make? Of course another Father’s Day card to make up for the cheap-o card and the long-lost card! So I make the card and wouldn’t you guess the long-lost card comes in the mail the day after… I mean, really? Insult to injury.

And that, friends, is my tale of Father’s Day 2013. Now on to the precious Father’s Day card from Cardstore.

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From the start I was impressed with Cardstore’s card-making process.

I started off by choosing “Father’s Day card from Kids” and narrowed down my options to this cute card. The captions and quotes fit Matthew to a T and I knew he would love the sweet photos of him with our kids I was able to import. One thing I thought was really cool was the option to import your photos from Facebook (which for me narrowed down the billions of photos I would have had to dig through on my laptop). The photos uploaded can also be enhanced to black-and-white (which you can obviously see I did), sepia, a few other enhanced colors, or the original photo color. Another cool feature is the ability to scan your own signature instead of using a standard font. Seeing that my kids are below the age of three, I opted for a cute handwritten-style font. All texts are optional and fonts can be changed up to your preference. I always, always like my preference. Kind of like the whole “fake layering” deal with some clothing. Pretty sure I can just do that myself. The inside of the card is also optional. You’re able to add photos on the left side of the card or leave it blank, which I chose because I’m a fan of the classic look of most cards.

Once I was finished creating the card, I was given the option of having the blank envelope printed with my return address (for free!) or having it shipped to the recipient (with the additional cost of shipping). Setting up an account with Cardstore was also required before ordering, but it was super easy. Just my email address and a password. The form for ordering the card was also simple and auto-fill friendly (for you other Windows and IE users out there). I was also able to save my info for future purchases since I had an account already created.

The day after ordering I received an email letting me know my card had shipped via standard shipping (Wednesday) and it came in the mail Saturday.

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And here is where they completely won me over, other than their beyond-cute designs: You receive not one but TWO envelopes to mail/package your card. I cannot tell you how many times I have messed up the one clean envelope sent to me by other card-makers only to be left with either no envelope or a messy, crinkled, scribbled envelope. Props to Cardstore on thinking that one through.

So my review in a nut-shell:

  • user-friendly
  • more options available, because they are specific only to cards, invitations, and stationary
  • very, very cute layouts and fonts
  • more personalization options
  • extra envelope and sturdy shipping envelope

Friends, I highly encourage you try this site out if you like designing your own cards. They are currently running this special BIRTHDAY PROMO – cards $2.49 with code: CWG3249 valid thru 6/30/13. I may have already made a couple for two special ladies with birthdays coming next month.

**This review reflects only my personal opinion and experience with Cardstore. I was offered a promotional code for a free card in exchange for my personal review.

#RealMamaLife | Life with ELC

This boy…

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He is the epitome of the terrible-twos. He is stubborn, sometimes seemingly spiteful. He is finicky. He is picky. He is loud. He wants his way, always. He thinks everything is “mine.”

However terrible he may seem at times, I cannot imagine my life without him. I don’t want to.

Because of how terrible he may seem at times, the love emitted from this tiny person is equally as great.

 

Linking up with Le Petit Reve’s

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#RealMamaLife | Just Taking a Break

What most people think stay-at-home moms do:

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What we actually do:

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We juggle kids. We juggle them in the midst of everyday life. We juggle kids when we’re busy catching up on a week’s worth of laundry or doing last night’s dishes. When we just need a break to ourselves for a mere 5 minutes… This is what our “break” looks like.

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Where we embrace the glory and humour in the chaos. Un-staged and imperfectly beautiful.’

#RealMamaLife | Happy Memorial Day!

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Real Mama Life: No serious faces (Elisha) or ultimate serious faces (Shiloh). Add a super pollinated front porch that has been swept about 5 different times to no avail (anyone wanting to lend us a pressure washer or just pressure wash our porch/house for free??)

Hope you all have a great Memorial Day! We’re hanging out and grilling at Granna and PawPaw’s house to celebrate.

To all those currently in or previously in the armed forces, there are no words capable of thanking you enough for your service. Thank you so very, very much. My little family will always know about your sacrifice and to never take it nor their freedom for granted.

ELC’s school program

Last night, Elisha had his end-of-the-school-year program at Kid’s Kingdom.

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His class was to dress as baseball players for the program. I “refashioned” his pants from a too-short pair of jersey pants into baseball pants by taking in the inseams and cropping the leg length to mid-leg. Easy peasey. He and the other “ball players” were beyond adorable and stole the show in my biased opinion. How can a horde of two-year-old boys running around freely on stage with plastic baseball bats and baseballs not be adorable?

For your enjoyment, you can watch their segment of the program here.

Hope you’re all having a great weekend! This post has been scheduled, so at this time I’m probably chowing down on some waffles with the fam. Or still in bed if I’m lucky enough.

P.S. Check out Jackson’s rockin’ boots. That kid has major style.

#realmamalife | Mother’s Day 2013

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Not only was Mother’s Day day a special day, but my entire Mother’s Day weekend.

Friday night, which also happened to be our monthly date night, Matthew and I met up with two of our best friends Adam and Em for dinner at our favorite Chinese buffet. Dinner with two adults instead of two babies: bliss. Don’t get me wrong, though. I did miss my kids. However, I was quickly reminded to be thankful for a peaceful night out after a large family came in with three small children, the middle in which who apparently loved to shriek at random times…

I was just thankful she wasn’t my kid.

Saturday, Matthew let me sleep in, then surprised me with a massive chocolate cupcake and two chocolate truffles from my favorite local bakery. We spent the evening with his mom, dad, sister, and niece and ate crock pot shredded pork barbecue cooked in root beer. Pork shoulder + root beer + crock pot. Serve with sauce on the side. Delicious. Seriously, you should give it a try, especially if you like to cook your meat in Coca-Cola.

Sunday, after a sweet Mother’s Day service at church, we met up with my mom, sister, and nephew for lunch at a local pizza buffet. Remember earlier shrieking child? That became Jackson and Elisha at said pizza buffet. Thankfully, it was one of those restaurants tailored to families and kids that plays loud music and has arcade games blaring over loud conversations, so they were just a mix to the madness. After lunch, they came to our house for photos and to let the boys burn off some energy outside. After they left, Matthew and I had an impromptu softball lesson because I will apparently be playing church softball this summer. No concrete memory of signing up for that… Here’s to hoping they don’t kick me off the team. Band kid, right here.

I did get a big Mother’s Day gift, but I’m still waiting on it… But stay tuned, “she” will get her own blog post to come.

#MagicInTheMundane

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“Life as a parent (or really just life in general!) can seem a bit monotonous sometimes, but if we really stop to take a look around, we will begin noticing the beauty in these little things.”

See the full post and challenge on the little things we do: magic in the mundane instagram challenge.

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Okay, best link up project ever, right here:

Real Mama Life over on Le Petit Reve.

I hate the idea of making our lives seems so perfect and uneventful because, let’s face it, the stressful, crazy, messy times are what make our lives as beautiful and memorable as they are. And we might as well embrace it because it’s life. It’s going to happen and it’s going to be messy more often than not…

This project “embrace[s] the glory and humour in the chaos. Un-staged and imperfectly beautiful.” The chaos of our lives, that is, especially as parents. I have thought to myself countless times (after having kids) how the impact of making our lives seem perfect has on other parents who are in the same boat. Think about it… I’m a mom literally struggling with two kids under the age of three, I’m catching up on FB/Twitter/Instagram and see another mom with two young kids of her own and she’s gloriously flaunting her perfectly poised kids in perfect spotless clothes with perfect cheeky smiles, talking about how she simply adores them and how perfectly perfect they are and how she “got lucky” with having the best kids ever, I’m probably going to think to myself either (or both), “What is wrong with my kids?!” or, worse, “What is wrong with me as a mom? Why can’t I make my kids behave/look like that or feel that way about them?” Especially when I know in my heart her kids are holy terrors just as much as mine and she has her moments of parenting doubt herself. Why do we want to make each other feel that way? We should be supporting one another, not trying to make ourselves seem better than other parents. News flash: we as parents all mess up and make mistakes we want to take back, but we all learn from them and how to do better by our children for the future. The cliché of parenting clichés: Kids don’t come with instruction manuals.

Okay, stepping off the mini soap box now… Rants tend to happen from time to time.

So, for my first #realmamalife link up post, I give you my stubborn, terribly two-year-old son on his first day of preschool.

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He’s not crying because he didn’t want to go. He’s crying because he was ready to go. No time for capturing memories… Time to get away from Mommy and Sister to play with tiny people who are much cooler than we are. Here’s the best one I managed to get, post-tantrum.

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I am so looking forward to checking out other #realmamalife posts. Sometimes we all need an ego boost. Or to at least feel like we’re not the only one sinking in the sand.

Shiloh Cate is 6-months-old!

Sweet girl, where has the time gone?

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  • You love chewing and sucking on your thumbs.
  • Elisha is your favorite person. He can always make you laugh, even in the middle of your screaming. So can Poppa T.
  • You’ve been teething for two full months now; and along with your 6-month growth spurt, you’ve been pretty miserable lately.
  • Bananas, sweet potatoes, and green beans are your favorite foods so far. You literally gag yourself if we try to feed you sweet carrots.
  • Daddy consoles you by rolling you back and forth in your walker. It works every time.
  • You also love watching “Mater” and “Bubble Guppies” with Elisha.
  • Your favorite song is “Jesus Loves Me.” You love to nuzzle your face in my neck while I sing to you.
  • You have spent the night with Nana twice and will spend the night for the first time with Granna and Paw Paw tonight!
  • Aunt Brittany swears you look exactly like Mommy when you smile.

In lieu of Phototastic Friday, today’s post will be a few shots from Shiloh’s 6-month photos.

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Happy, happy 6-month birthday, baby girl! Here’s to another fun-filled six months!