Friday, December 27, 2013

Fashion Friday - Casual Friday (or Monday...)

Today I’m posting a really casual outfit – this is something I would wear to run errands, or even wear to work on the Monday before a holiday, which I personally declared a casual jean day, and wasn’t too worried because zero clients came in. 

You’ll notice I am once again wearing a scarf, and you may be thinking to yourself, “Mamie, what’s with all the scarves!” 
I love scarves – I wear them all the time.  But these days, they have more “purpose” then ever!
It’s about to get real in this paragraph… consider yourself warned:
I’m a breastfeeding mom, which means I need to pump at work.  Now the hands-free pumping bra is truly God’s gift to moms in my position, because I can continue to work or do other things while I pump.  They are awesome.  A hands-free pumping bra basically looks like a sports bra with 2 strategically placed holes.  While their function is great – they give you the appearance similar to that of all sports bars – a uni-boob.  That’s right, 1 block of boob right out front.  And those holes provide zero coverage when it comes to hiding nipping out nipples.  So the scarf works great to camouflage the uni-boob and the fem-bot nipple action going on. 
So anyway, here is the outfit I wore to work on Monday J

Black V-neck knit sweatshirt:  (similar) but mine doesn’t have a hood
White Cami:  Layering Cami - Old Navy 
Jeans:  Silvers  - Maurices 
Shoes:  ChampionLattice Runner – Payless 
Scarf:  I got this one at Old Navy and honestly couldn’t find one similar online… sorry! 

**Once again, I didn't get any of these items for free, nor was I paid for this post by any of the companies listed.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! Thanks for reading! 

Saturday, December 21, 2013


So remember last year when I published this post about how we weren't forcing the whole Santa thing?  Yeah...well... fast-forward 340-some-days and I would say Santa is in full force in our home. 

I'm not really sure how it started.  We still aren't pushing the whole, "be good or santa won't bring you any presents" thing, but she did visit santa, she had a list for him, and she has asked daily if it is Christmas yet. 

And so we've bought the "santa gifts", I have different wrapping paper for the santa gifts that I have kept hidden - and I supposed on Christmas Eve either Paul or I will put them out. 

We did a "Shop With Santa" event in our town, where elves help youngsters pick out and wrap presents for their parents, siblings, etc.  Clara kept telling me that she didn't need to get presents because Santa brings them all. 

So I guess we're gonna roll with it.  We continue to instill in her the real meaning of the holiday by talking about Baby Jesus, and are so thankful that message is also instilled in her at school.   

Looking back now, I wish I would have taken a picture of her list for Santa (she gave it to him).  I wrote it, but it was so fun having her tell me what to write.  I know there were a lot of princesses on that list!

Paul took this picture, but looking back, it would have been great to have him IN the picture!

Telling Santa what she wanted.

Hazel just thinks its great to have a warm lap to sit on! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

My Blog-spiration

I've had this blog post "archived" for awhile - written but not published.  The "star" of this post is celebrating her last day in the "working world" today, as she will now be a stay-at-home mom and photographer.  I am so happy for her!  To celebrate, I am finally posting this! 

I think everyone who blogs started because they read a really great blog and thought, "I can do that!"  For me, that blog was Marital-Bless.  I've never met Leah (although I dreamt I did once).  But because of her blog, I feel like I am a close personal friend.  She is so open and honest.  and real.  and sometimes, raw.  Talk about someone who wears their heart on their sleeve!

I think that's what the draw is - it's like your best friend sitting down and telling you their deepest darkest secrets.  She doesn't put on airs... her life isn't all wine and roses.  She shares it all - her relationship with her husband, her struggles as a parent, her battle to be a better Christian.  Good things too - her pregnancies and children, her gift for photography, her beautiful spirit.  It's all there... in black and white... for all to read. 

But it isn't a train-wreck either...  I've read those blogs where it's all, "whoa is me..."  They turn me off.  We all have our own battles we are fighting - you aren't the only one getting divorced, broke, infertile, unemployed, or fat.  There's this understanding that Leah has that she doesn't even need to write... it's just, there.

There aren't any tutorials, or recipes... just the tale of her life as it plays out each day.  And she has followers - LOTS of followers... people like me that wait hungrily for each post.

I want to be more like Leah.  I want to be more open, honest, and real in my blog.

But I'm afraid.

What if my readers are disappointed in who I really am?

Do I really have the writing ability to put my feelings into words that someone will want to read?

Is my life something someone will actually want to read about?

Can I make the committment?

I think the first step is to start writing my blog for me...  I started this blog as a journal of my pregnancy.  Perhaps it's time to go back to the beginning. 

Hello?  Is anyone out there?  What do you think?

Do you even care? 

OK - So I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to a re-vamp of the blog, but after re-reading this, I am committing to posting more.  To sharing more about the girls.  To sharing more about our farm.  I don't owe it to my readers, I owe it to me.  I love doing this.  It's time I do more of what I love!

Fashion Friday - The "Uniform"

Friday Fashion – The “Uniform”
I’m fortunate that I don’t have to wear an actual “uniform” everyday – although sometimes I think that would just be easier.  None of this, “I have nothing to wear!” while looking at a closet that is over-full!  But I still feel like I have a “uniform” – you know, that look that works for you, so you have it in every color?
For me, that’s a sweater or cardigan and a colored T.  Sometimes I wear a scarf.  Sometimes a necklace.  Usually always earrings.  And well… always, pants! 
Here is an outfit from earlier this week.  Similar to last week, but then, I wear something “similar” to this all the time!

Grey knit cardigan – Shopko – Northcrest brand – (similar) 
Coral T – Old Navy – (similar) 
Chevron Scarf – – (similar)
Black leggings – actually these are yoga pants that I just tucked – they are also SUPER old! (similar)
Brown Boots – – Brash Zane Riding Boot  (similar)
*Disclaimer - I did not receive any of these items for free or any compensation from any companies listed in this post. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Fashion Friday

This whole thing started with a Facebook post that I was cutting up a Fleet Farm t-shirt to make a scarf.  I have been on the hunt for a mustard colored scarf for about a month now, but haven’t found one yet.  Out of desperation to complete an outfit, I made one out of a mustard/gold colored t-shirt.
Apparently that t-shirt belonged to Paul.
Even though it has been in my drawer for the last 6 months…

Sorry Fleet Farm shirt.

Anyway, the next day I posted a picture of my outfit with the scarf in action.  I got a great (unexpected!) response and a request to post more about where I had purchased the pieces to my outfit.
I’m not gonna lie – I have always loved fashion.  I’m not talented enough to design my own clothes, but I love taking what I see online and in stores and making it happen with what I have in my closet.  One of my challenges is that I am plus-sized.  So finding outfits that are “cute” can sometimes be a challenge!  I’m hoping to do more of these posts – if a few things happen:

1.        I find a better place to shoot the pictures J

2.       I get better at taking the pictures…

3.       I remember to take the pictures…

4.       I find the time to blog the pictures…

Yeah, we’ll see how this goes.
So here’s the outfit I wore to my staff meeting yesterday:

Grey CardiganOld Navy Boyfriend Cardi – Plus
Navy Striped V-Neck T-shirt – Old Navy Vintage V-Neck – Plus  (similar)
Dark Skinny Jeans – Maurices - Plus  (similar)
Brown Boots – Payless – Brash Zane Riding Boot
Scarf – t-shirt scarf – tutorial here
*Disclaimer - I did not receive any of these items for free or any compensation from any companies listed in this post.