Ginger's First Birthday



Thank you God for blessing my one year ago with this beautiful little child! I am eternally grateful.

Black and White French Themed Party with No Guests which suited me just fine!!! 







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Inspiration....Chevron Stripes.......and a little Cherry Red

A little Inspiration goes along way........My life is not easy by any stretch of the imagination but every single day I wake up and try my absolute hardest to be thankful, grateful, and make the best of my situation.

I mean what can I do, Just lie down and die? Give up? NO!! I have 2 beautiful children to set an example for.

Put my dreams on hold?? NO WAY!!! 

Bankruptcy, overtime, death, family estrangement.........LIFE MUST GO ON and it will so I might as well live it out loud!!!!  Life is way too short. Even in the face of unrelenting mercy I must persevere and I will my friends. I will!!

Everyday I thank God for blessing me with 2 beautiful, healthy children who have changed my life completely and a wonderful husband who supports me NO  MATER WHAT!!!!!

I am so grateful to all of you followers who support me and send positive energy my way. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!!!! 


"BE PRETTY IF YOU CAN, BE

 WITTY IF YOU MUST BUT BE

 GRACIOUS IF IT KILLS

 YOU"~elisie de wolfe




"BE STRONG WHEN YOU ARE WEAK, BRAVE WHEN YOU ARE SCARED, AND HUMBLE WHEN YOU ARE VICTORIOUS"~unknown


"THE MORE YOU ARE MOTIVATED BY LOVE, THE MORE FEARLESS YOUR ACTIONS WILL BE" ~buddah


"BE TRUTHFUL, GENTLE, AND FEARLESS" ~GANDHI


"IF YOUR DREAMS DON'T SCARE YOU, THEY'RE NOT BIG ENOUGH"~unknown



"IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE HARD. IF IT
 WASN'T HARD, EVERYONE WOULD DO IT. THE HARD IS WHAT MAKES IT GREAT"~a league of their own


"IF YOU WANT TO BE A BETTER PERSON, DON'T WISH AND WAIT. GO OUT. FAIL. LEARN. GROW.~unknown


Chevron Pleated High Wasted Skirt: La Vie Petite I just have to say that if you have not visited Cori's blog or sen her work , YOU MUST!!!! This woman is AMAZING!!! I mean just look at that skirt. It's to die for and fits like a glove! 
Cardigan: Target
Camisol: Express
Red Pumps: Honestly so old I can't remember and the insole is torn out

Momma Go Roundpleated poppy





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Brutal Truth is a Beatiful Thing Interview Stephanie Nickle

I have started a little interview process called  "Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing."
I'm doing this because I love to get to know the "real" people behind their blogs. I think so many of us are afraid to tell the truth whatever it may be. We want others to like us. We want others to read our blog. We don't want to scare anyone away.

Me included!! 




You can read my itnterview anytime {HERE}  
 
For the first year I never really shared a lot of personal information because I didn't think people wanted to hear it.I posted my recipes and a few cute pics of the kids and that's it. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong. Yes, people still want all the fabulous recipes and cute photos but they want to know me. I have gotten the biggest responses from my "on my heart" posts. People want to know you, what makes you you, the person you are. They want to know how you live your life. They don't want a bunch of  nonsense about how fancy your car is and perfect your life is. I think we all want to be able to relate to each other and NONE of us are perfect!!!
 


Today's Interview: Stephanie Nickel


What's your greatest Weakness?
emotions. i tend to let my emotions get the best of me. 
{especially when that stinkin' sarah mclachlan aspca commercial comes on! 


anyone else ball their eyes out during that? just me? ok, awesome.} 
 What's your greatest strength?
compassion. sometimes i'm so overwhelmed by compassion for others it becomes like a heavy burden in my 

heart. but a burden that i love because it drives me to want to help others.  


What has emotionally crippled you in your lifetime?
insecurity. caring to much what others think of me when the truth is they probably are never thinking of me. typically people are concerned about themselves and what others are thinking of them! it's a viscous cycle. 

What has elated you with joy in your lifetime?
hands down the birth of my daughter.


 Have much have you evolved since your teenage years? Are you a similar person?
ha! thank you God that i've changed. i was pretty much a "mean girl" in high school and it's something i am so not proud of. i was rude, cliquey, and was really great at making people feel like crap. {all of this stemming out of my own insecurity!}

i am pleased to say that once high school was over i had a reality check and realized that this was no way to treat people. i couldn't be more polar opposite then the person i was in high school. 



What's something you don't want to tell us about?
i had two miscarriages before my daughter was born. 


When the world is crashing down on you, where do you go?
to my bible. prayer. church. being in God's presence is the only thing that makes 


me feel like everything is going to be ok. 

Do you have any goals? What are they?
we're being honest here right? i'm not the best "goals" person. my husband periodically wants to sit down and write out goals we have for our lives personally and spiritually and if i'm being transparent here it's not something i think about very often! ha! 

however there are a few goals that are just obvious to me.

1. pursue and fulfill God's plan for my life 
2. be a great wife
3. be a great mom




Can you honestly say you love what you do?
absolutely. i'm pretty much a stay at home mom. i work part-time for my church from home but i consider my main job being a mommy and even though there are days where i think i'm going partially insane i wouldn't trade it for the world. 





Who has been the single most influential person in your lifetime thus far?
oh gosh! one person!? i can't just say one. sorry! 
there's three people that are all in my #1 spot! 
mom, dad and my husband. 


 Honestly, we are all striving for something, what is your greatest goal in life? I'm not talking about money!
to step into what i believe God has called me to do in this life! right now my main focus is raising paisley but i know that i am and will be serving in a larger capacity in my church and the ministry. 


Name your most defining moment!!!
the day i became a mom. my whole life changed for the better. 


 Are there people in your past that you wish you could make amends with?
yes! did you hear what a pill i was in high school? i wish i could go back and treat everyone differently. i wish they knew me now. 

What memory will be forever burned in your mind to the point where you can smell the room and feel the energy?
there's a few memories like this for me.
1. my wedding day
2. the birth of paisley.
3. my grandfathers funeral last year. 


 What movie and or book speaks to you? 
the bible speaks loud and clear to me every day! 
and movie...twilight? hahahahaha j/k j/k j/k 


What is your greatest wish right here and now?
to be a vessel that God can use to help meet the needs of people all around me. that i would step out of my comfort zone and the desire to fulfill my own needs and be more concerned with the hurts and needs of others. 


A BIG......HUGE thank you to Stephanie from {love.life.babies}. Stephanie and I have become good blogger buddies and I adore her. 
She is gorgeous inside and out and cracks me up on a daily basis. Seriously L*O*V*E this girls blog!!! Please go show her some love. She deserves it. 

You May read the entire series of "Brutal Truth" Interviews {HERE}

I'm guest Blogging Today

Happy Friday Friends!!!!!
 
 
Today my baby girl Ginger turns ONE!!!!!
I can't believe it!
 
I am at the tail end of an 80+ hour work week!!! No I'm not kidding. I wish I were so I am trying to catch up on emails and blogging but today is all about my precious girl.
 
You can read her birth story {HERE}
 
Also, I am guest blogging about motherhood today and a beautiful little blog I recently found and love called Moda Mama.
 
Click {HERE} to read my post and go check out this gorgeous little blog! All you fashion lovers will love Moda Mama!!!!
 
I will be back in a day or two with pictures from little GG's first birthday!!!!
 
Love to you all!!! I hope you have a fantastic weekend!!! I KNOW I will now htat I have a few days off to enjoy my beautiful family!!!!
 
 
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Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing Interview with Kelly Hunt

I have started a little interview process called  "Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing."
I'm doing this because I love to get to know the "real" people behind their blogs. I think so many of us are afraid to tell the truth whatever it may be. We want others to like us. We want others to read our blog. We don't want to scare anyone away.

Me included!! 



You can read my itnterview anytime {HERE}  
 
For the first year I never really shared a lot of personal information because I didn't think people wanted to hear it.I posted my recipes and a few cute pics of the kids and that's it. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong. Yes, people still want all the fabulous recipes and cute photos but they want to know me. I have gotten the biggest responses from my "on my heart" posts. People want to know you, what makes you you, the person you are. They want to know how you live your life. They don't want a bunch of  nonsense about how fancy your car is and perfect your life is. I think we all want to be able to relate to each other and NONE of us are perfect!!!
 
Today's Interview: Kelly Hunt

What's your greatest Weakness?
 I tend to put myself down too much and always feel like I could do better, look better or be more successful.  I find myself comparing what I look like and what I have to others when I should be so thankful and grateful for what I DO have.

What's your greatest strength?

I’m very strong-willed and determined in life so when I put my mind to something, I’m 


extremely motivated to succeed or finish what it is I have started.  I’m also a huge
 perfectionist


 (which can be a good thing or a bad thing) but I always make sure no matter what it is I do, 


that I do it to the best of my ability…but usually my best is never good enough for me lol


 (please refer back to my response above)



What has emotionally crippled you in your lifetime?

Losing people in my life that were like family to me to circumstances that became out of my 


control.  But everything happens for a reason and I’m in a better place in my life because of it.

What has elated you with joy in your lifetime?

Meeting my future hubby Chris and all the amazing friends and family that came along with


 him.  I love him more every single day and he inspires me to follow my dreams.



How much have you evolved since your teenage years? Are you a similar person?

I’m not the same person at all and that’s a great thing.  I grew up extremely shy and lacked all


 the confidence in the world whereas now, I may still be a work-in-progress in the confidence 


department, but I refuse to let others take advantage of me and can speak my mind freely


 without worry of judgment.  I think there is a tiny part of us that remains the same as we grow 


older, but it’s never a bad thing to evolve into a stronger person.

What's something you don't want to tell us about?

I guess that would be my trust issues.  I have been hurt in the past by people I trusted more 


than anything in this world and now it’s extremely difficult for me to build close relationships 


with those around me.  I’m close with some amazing people, but when it comes to me sharing


 things in confidence that people would normally share with their friends, I become closed off


 and keep things to myself.



When the world is crashing down on you, where do you go?

I pray and ask God for help and guidance.

Do you have any goals? What are they?

Oh I have so many goals that I want to achieve in my lifetime.  I want to get my Master’s one


 day, I want to fit into my skinny jeans and I would love to successfully run a marathon one 


day.  Like I said, I could name off hundreds of goals, but the number one goal I have in my life 


is to become a mother and have a healthy, happy family :)




Can you honestly say you love what you do?
YES!  And not just in regards to my work, I absolutely love my life.  I’m blessed with an 


amazing job, I absolutely found my passion in cooking and photography and would love to


 one day be able to do both successfully full-time.

Who has been the single most influential person in your lifetime thus far?

My Grandma.  She was who inspired me to cook, who taught me what true love really is and 


who is someone that I continually strive to be like one day.


Honestly, we are all striving for something, what is your greatest goal in life? I'm not talking about money!
Honestly my greatest goal in life is to be happy in whatever it is I do.

Are there people in your past that you wish you could make amends with?

Not at all.  The people in my life are there for a reason and the people that aren’t are too.  I 


couldn’t ask for better people to surround myself with and would never change that.



What memory will be forever burned in your mind to the point where you can smell the room and feel the energy?

The day my Grandpa died.  I remember everything about that day even down to the clothes I


 was wearing and the little things that happened that morning to make myself late for work

Worst day of my life.

What movie and/or book speaks to you?

I’m a book junkie so I absolutely LOVE to read.  One book that really resonated with me and 


had me in tears was The Diary of Anne Frank.  She remained so strong and positive despite 


all the odds that were against her and it just goes to show you the importance of humanity in 


this world.
   

What is your greatest wish right here and now?

I truly wish I could make time to cook and work on my photography full-time.  Right now that is

 definitely not an option, but hopefully one day!


A big thank you to Kelly for sharing her truth with us today!!!! Please head over to Kelly's {BLOG} and 

check out her amazing recipes and gorgeous photos!!!! P.S. All you weight watchers fans will L*O*V*E her

 because she makes gourmet recipes and even gives you the amount of points that go with it. 



You May read the entire series of "Brutal


Truth" Interviews {HERE}


 
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