Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Love- Life In Velvet

Let me introduce you to Angela with Life in Velvet.  It's interesting that my love for each of these bloggers every month is from the uniqueness of their style, their projects and their personality.  Angela has a style all her own and it's classic, stunning and romantic.    Every time I see pictures of her home, I envision a Bed and Breakfast I would love to stay in.  On top of her amazing style, she is also an extreme list maker.  I love that about her and know that she and I could probably go rounds and rounds showing off all our lists. :)

I hope you will hop on over to her blog and check it out-

Brooch Bouquet-4

Gallery Wall-10

Anthropologie Inspired Distressed Storage Boxes-4

Valentine Ampersand Thumbtack Art-6

 Armoire Redo

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Get Your DIY On Features- Falling for Fall Projects

25 Fabulous Fall Projects

Are you still in need of some fall inspiration?
Well, have no fear, we're here to deliver just that!
This month's Get Your DIY On theme was "Falling for Fall" and our blogging friends did not fail to link up some fantastic projects!


pallet pumpkins 5
hutch decorated for Fall-2




blue i style - PumpkinTicTacToe


drawer tray 3


blue i style - MasonJarJackOLanterns




Chippy Yellow Dresser by Embracing Change {April's Pick}

Something Wicked Garland {Free Printable} by {April's Pick}

2014 Fall mantel display anderson and grant








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Next month's theme will be, ahem "Furniture Revivals"

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Thanks to everyone for linking up! See you in November!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Other Side of the Pink Ribbon- by Coconut Head's Survival Guide

Folks I am so honored to have Holly with Coconut Head's Survival Guide guest posting today!  She is an advocated for breast cancer awareness.  It's something that means so much to her because she actually had to go through that awful diagnosis.  But I am proud to say she is a survivor!!  Amazing!  I welcome Holly to you today and hope her post will help you and inspire you!

As we near the end of October, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to share some of my reflections.  On breast cancer.  On pink.  On life.

I was introduced to Jenn Lyke through Wendy Nielson’s blog.  Jenn is a breast cancer survivor and she is not a fan of the whole pink scene in October.  She compares breast cancer to a haunted house.

I agree wholeheartedly with Jenn about breast cancer being a scary place.  There are a lot of survivors who can't stand the pink ribbons.  There are a lot of survivors who close the door to breast cancer when they finish treatment, and never look back.  There are a lot of family members who grieve a little more this time of year, because their loved one didn't make it. 

When I started my treatment for breast cancer back in 2010, it was October.  I wanted to take a machete to every pink ribbon that crossed my path.  I hated everything it stood for.  I was sick and didn't need to be reminded on a daily basis.  Everyone was happy and promoting their pink ribbons.  I was sick.  I had breast cancer.  I didn't care if I ever saw another pink ribbon for the rest of my life.

Four years later, I offer a different perspective.  The pink ribbon isn't for the breast cancer survivor.  The pink ribbon is for everyone else.

We all have mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, friends, and neighbors.  Chances are, someone you know and love has been affected by breast cancer.  The pink ribbon is to say, "I support you.  I love you."  The pink ribbon gives people a chance to "do something" for the cause.

The pink ribbon is also a reminder to take care of our health.  I was 39 years-old when I was diagnosed.  I was young and healthy.  I exercised.  I had no family history of breast cancer.  I did not do the monthly self-exams.  It would have been one more year until I turned 40 that I would have had my first mammogram.  I found the lump by accident. 

This is why I am such a huge advocate for early detection and awareness.  I want to reach other young women with a message to take care of your health.  Perform your monthly breast self-exams.  Go to your doctor if you sense that something is "off."  Early detection saved my life.  I want it to save yours too.

Jenn and I have very different opinions on pink.  I love her and respect her.  She is my warrior sister.  And she helped me remember that pink ribbons aren't for everyone, to which I thank her.  During this month of pink madness, don't forget about the woman who is going through treatment and wants nothing to do with pink.  Don't forget about the family grieving the loss of their loved one.  Don't forget about all of the other cancers.

We are all the same.  Because we are all different.

Listen to someone else's viewpoint.  Show kindness.  Love your neighbor.  Count your blessings.  Because you never know what tomorrow will bring.

Thank you so much for sharing today Holly!  Hugs to you and all those who are fighting, have fought and those who have won against cancer!  XOXO!

Sunday, October 12, 2014 My Wish List, Just in Time for Christmas

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So of course I love pictures... I was a photographer before I ever became a blogger.  So naturally I am attracted to photographs and even more of showing them off.  Between pictures of the families I take photographs of and my own personal family, I am always on the look out for something unique and fun to show them off.  This past weekend I stumbled upon  Minted is full of holiday cards, wedding invitations, artwork for your home, stationary, and nursery decor.  Too add to that, Minted even offers fabric.  Like the seriously adorable, make your friends jealous kind of fabric!

You might remembered  this project I did last year when I displayed our Instagram prints in our living room.  Luckily Minted as these adorable options I can purchase to show off more of my Instagram prints.

 And check out this adorable state collage.  It's adorable and so sentimental to have your home state represented in your home with your family!  Oh I fell in love with this Arizona print!  A must have for me!

Christmas is just around the corner and yes I am super busy but of course I am still a mom.  And mom's think about Christmas cards.  I am running a little late this year in picking them out so I found these adorable samples at Minted?  Do you have one that totally stands out to you?

 It's so hard for me to  choose.  Too bad I can't grab them all.  But luckily Minted is having  special that ends tomorrow- Use the promo code EARLYBIRD14 and you will get 15% off your holiday cards.  Stop procrastinating,  We all know "order Christmas cards" is on your list to do- so do it tomorrow and get that discount!!

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