Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hip-Hop-Hippity-Hop

Hello and welcome to Pretty Living PDX, my name is Myranda I hope you will stay awhile, I have compiled a few posts so you can get to know me better so please check them out and leave a comment so I can follow you back :)

Also go here about my 500 follower giveaway!
Also make sure and enter the Me + The Moon Baby Favorites Giveaway!
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Thanks for joining us! So let's get to it:
1. Follow your hosts. 
They will be numbers 1 - 5 on the list. **I try to always follow back, so PLEASE leave a comment letting me know you're new here so I don't miss you! ** Sometimes it takes a little while, but I always get through every comment and follow back. :) ----------------- My co-hosts this week are Terri over at Rambling Momma Misty over at Monkeys and Tutus Nicole over at Sunkissed with a Twist +   Myranda over at Pretty Living PDX! ----------------------------- 2. Link up your blog's main page
3. Try to stop by at least 3 blogs and follow ones you love. 
I'm sure they'd love it if you left a comment, as well :)
4. Take a button! 
Sharing is caring :) The more awesome blogs = the more awesome bloggy friends you make.
5. Tweet this hop!
Spread the hop love. 
I've decided to make this hop every other Friday for the time being-- e-mail me at nmariephoto@gmail.com if you'd like to co-host! 

HOLLA!!!


UPDATE- Sign-ups are now closed

Happy Thursday! I hope this day is treating you well, I am so excited because today I logged onto the computer and saw that I had 501 followers!! I am so excited, and want to say thank you!!!!!!!

I would love to do a BIG 500 follower giveaway, and I am looking for people to contribute. If you are interested please fill out the form below so we can rock this!



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Why I Have a Dumb Phone

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I have a stupid phone, it's small, it actually has a *gasp* keypad and there is nothing "smart" about it, but I have had it for the last 2 years. Every smart phone under the sun has come out, but still I have my dumb phone. You may be asking yourself...

WHY?

2 years ago I had a smart phone, it had e-mail, Internet and the ever important Facebook on it, but I found myself on it constantly. When my girls talked to me my face was in the  phone, and I was telling them to hold on so I could read my news feed, I would even snap at them if they interrupted me.  If my husband and I were out at dinner, we had our heads down in the phones not interacting. I found myself pulling the phone out at every possible moment, even taking it to bed with me so I could check it the moment I woke up. 

Nothing is wrong with smart phones, in fact I really want an  iPhone, but I was obsessed and not in a good way. I was ignoring things and people because of this "smart" phone. This so called "smart" phone was not working out to be such a smart idea for me. So I decided to downgrade to my dumb phone, it calls and sends pics and text messages, it can't even send or receive video messages. 

Have you heard the question,
I don't know what we did before smart phones?
Let me tell you

*I get directions before leaving the house (or call the hubs and have him look it up)
*I take a longer time to respond to e-mails
*I only check my social media when my computer is on
*If I need to look something up, I write it down and find it later when I am on the computer
*I don't upload as many pictures to Facebook
*I don't do a grocery list on my phone, or use any apps for that matter

The past 2 years have not been horrifying with my dumb phone, they have helped me put things in perspective and remember what is truly  important. Relationships and people are important, I am so grateful that the Internet has connected me to so many awesome people, but I don't need constant access to it to build these relationships.

I know the phone didn't make me do anything but without it I feel I am better able to focus on my family, and besides I can't take a phone with me when I die, no matter if it's smart or dumb.

Question of the day: Do you have a smart phone? Do you wish you didn't?

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Case of the Monday's

This day has hardly began, and already I have a case of the Monday's. But hopefully I can turn this week around, because I have a mustache birthday party to plan, game night to prep for and a whole other host of things to do. Today I have someone special on the blog, Jessica has had her pretty face over on my sidebar for the month of November and today she has a post to share with you, enjoy!
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Hi Pretty Living PDX readers :) I am so happy to be over here today so a huge thank you to Myranda for letting me share her little corner of the world.  i blog over at the Lily White English Rose sharing with you the adventures of an English girl who made the big move across the pond to the states. So I  thought today I would share with you some of the things I have learnt.

1. Don't order a full round of pancakes at a breakfast restaurant, as yummy as they are I was eating them for the rest of the week lol

2. A new york city bus tour is a great way to see loads of the cities sights

3. Black Friday sales have to be experienced at least once but be prepared for mobs

4. Do go on an all American road trip no matter how big or small it is, I loved my one round the Olympic peninsula

5. Do embrace the traditional holidays, thanksgiving is great and not just because of tall the yummy pumpkin and sweet potatoes

6. Go to American sports games, its an experience all of its own. I've been to a mariners baseball game and a seahawks American football games - amazing :D

7. No matter how long you are in your new country for enjoy it!!!







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Isn't she awesome?! Now scoot on over to her blog and say hello!

Question of the Day: How was your Thanksgiving?
Only 3 more days to enter this giveaway, it's open WORLDWIDE!!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

It's Just a Quickie I Swear

Today is Black Friday, it is 2:14 PM and I just arrived home from shopping (I left at 4:00 this morning), I am super tired so today's Christmas on the Cheap post is going to be a quickie.


There were so-so deals in store today, but online it is ROCKIN! So here are some awesome links to check out for Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday as well.

Amazon.com- Lightning Deals- They have The Elf on the Shelf coming up at 3 PM, PST and on Monday they will have the Brave 3 Disc combo pack for just $8.96!! Amazon also has lots of other electronics deals too. 

Groupon- $20 Toys R' Us voucher for only $10!!!

As usual remember Swagbucks use this as your search tool to get free Amazon gift cards. If you use the code 'NOVEMBERSB' you will get 110 Swagbucks for registering, almost enough to cash out for an Amazon gift card with no work, I'll take it!

Don't forget to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the Christmas on the Cheap series and enter my giveaway.

These are just a couple of tips to help you save time and precious moolah today and on Cyber Monday, I am off to relax with some Grey's Anatomy tata!






Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankful Wednesday Giveaway

I am officially announcing that today is Thankful Wednesday. I have seen a lot of Thankful Thursday posts, but I am switchin' it up. I figured tomorrow people would be busy preparing dinners, and spending family time, so today I am talking about what I am thankful for.

~I am thankful for a husband who puts up with me. I can be totes cray at times and he still loves me, like a whole bunch. It also helps that he is super cute.

~ I am thankful for my 3 little ladies and their good health. We are currently sick (colds and ear infections) but overall we have good health, knock on wood.

~I am thankful for a roof over my head, food to eat, heat, clothes to wear, and family that loves me. So many people have none of these things I am so thankful this is not my reality.


~ I am thankful for all my blog friends, I love that when I write posts people read them and comment which always makes me smile.

~I am thankful for a nice minivan that gets us around. I don't have to worry about transportation and that is a huge blessing.

~I am thankful that I will be able to spend tomorrow having dinner with 2 beautiful families, because without them I would have nothing.

~I am thankful that I can buy my girls Christmas presents. I was complaining to my husband because we only have 1 gift for my 14 month old girl, then I realized some kids (a lot) will wake up Christmas morning with nothing to open, no decorated tree, and no stuffed stocking. So I am thankful that my girls will have things to open on Christmas day.

~Last but not least I am thankful for these lovely ladies on my sidebar! They are truly awesome and I have loved helping them this month, so please do me a favor and go show them some comment love!




Jessica is an awesome lady who hails from England but is now living in the pacific NW (whoop whoop). I realized I may need to go shopping after reading her capsule wardrobe post. She is really a sweet girl and I love checking out her blog each day, it also helps that she is a fellow Twihard!

Favorite part of Thanksgiving- as an English girl thanksgiving is all new to me so i love everything about it :D


Sarah live in the UK and I love reading her blog because I can imagine how she talks, I love accents! She is an awesome gal who hosts a weekly link up where you can post your favorite blog post of the week, which I love! She suffers from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Sydrome, Hyper mobility Syndrome and she still manages to focus on all the good in her life, we could all be inspired by her. If I were you I would hustle on over to her blog and get ad space because it is b1g1 free all through November!

Favorite part of Thanksgiving- I'm in the UK so we don't do Thanksgiving.


Lauren is one cool momma, she does an awesome feature called Toddler Tuesdays but if you aren't into toddler activities she does a weekly link up about our favorite thing in the world...Pinterest. It's called a Pintersting Party and it happens every Saturday, so hustle on over this weekend. Lauren always has something awesome happening on her blog and she is overall a wonderful person, so go check her out.

Favorite part of Thanksgiving- We always watch the parade & we're breaking out the Elf on a Shelf this Thanksgiving night!


Kelsey is such a sweetheart, I love having her on my sidebar. She is a new-ish blogger, but don't let that fool you she has already educated me on copyright laws. She also has some awesome skin care tips, and we share a couple items on her bucket list. You should defenitely get to know her, because she is awesome!

Favorite part of Thanksgiving- Every year we go up to my Grandparent's house in the mountains. We sing, dance, put on plays, and eat tons of food. It's perfect!

Megan is super awesome! She is a momma to 2 (soon to be 3) little ones and they are adorable! She has a super awesome program running right now called, Resolutions in Motion, I hope you joined! Her blog is an awesome one to read, and I check it out on the daily! She is also super cute and has really cute clothes. She is also offering a 10% savings on her Cents of Style site with the code "0512", they have super cute stuff so you should check it out!

Favorite part of Thanksgiving- Taking a walk in the crisp air after eating lots of food...won't be too crisp in AZ but oh well!

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>>MUA undressed palette and nail constellation from Life in a Breakdown

>>Medium ad space from Tutus and Tea Parties
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>>Large Ad Space from Stories of  Kel
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

5 Years Strong

You were born 5 years ago today as I held you in my arms you felt so fragile and small, but I knew you were strong
and you weren't tiny for long






You have always been a smiley goofy little lady, you love to laugh and make people laugh. I love how sweet you are don't get me wrong you can get your sassy pants on, but mostly you love to help people. Your little sisters want to be just like you, and you get annoyed with it at times, but you are the oldest so get used to it lady. 

We went to school today for your parent teacher conferences and I am so proud of you. You are meeting and exceeding all the end of the year marks and it's only November. Your teacher said you are a good listener and you participate well in class. You can be sassy at home, so I was glad to hear that sass doesn't happen at school. You are my baby girl and I am so happy that I get to be your mommy. 

Happy Birthday baby girl, and don't worry you will get crab for your birthday dinner as you requested. 


Head on over here for the Resolutions in Motion GFC Hop.

Resolutions in Motion Blog Hop and A Giveaway!


Hi everyone, and welcome to the Resolutions In Motion GFC Hop! We wanted to hold this blog hop so that we could spread the word about Resolutions In Motion and help our participants gain some new followers and blogging friends. The co-hosts won their spots, so make sure to visit them and follow!

This GFC hop is for anyone and everyone, and as a special surprise this week, I'm giving away a featured ad space on my blog (Shaping Up To Be A Mom), as well as a pair of earrings of your choice from Cents of Style! This giveaway is open to everyone!

(Coupon Code "0512" for 10% off!)


Now on to the hop!

Please feel free to share this button:


Follow your hosts: 
Shaping Up To Be A Mom
Covered In Grace
Ramblings of a Southern Belle

Follow your co-hosts:
Just a Few of My Favorite Things
Squishy Cheeks & Cupcakes
Dear Brighton
Pretty Living PDX
Alys Hejl

Link up your blog, a specific post, a giveaway, or anything else you'd like to share!


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Monday, November 19, 2012

Tap That with Old Navy

I am a member of Crowdtap, have you heard of it? Well it is awesome!!! According to them:

Crowdtap is the Influencer Marketing platform, enabling leading brands to easily identify, activate and manage their influential consumers for real-time insights and powerful online and offline peer-to-peer marketing. 

I have been a member of Crowdtap for a little over a year and I LOVE it! I have received a free coat from Old Navy, a Madagascar 3 party kit, Amazon gift cards, and a free dress from Old Navy

Now the Crowdtap people are smart, and they know that no one likes to shop alone, so they sent me 2 coupons for free dresses from Old Navy. Did you catch me? FREE!! You know I love that. 




So I called my friend Keara and we made it into a full on girls night, we went to dinner at Chipotle and hit up 2 different Old Navy's until we found the perfect dresses. 



 Isn't she purty?





This one was the winner for me, I didn't get a picture of Keara in her final pick but this is it
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I LOVE my dress! The fabric is so soft and comfy, yet it looks so fancy. I tried on the dress Keara picked and the fabric is like a super, super soft sweater, it was so comfortable! The best part of these dresses is they are reasonably priced, $29.94 for a dress is not too shabby. It was such a great night, I got to see my friend and talk with her, and most importantly have fun!
 
Do you want to influence brands and earn free stuff? Join me 

Question of the Day: How was your weekend?  

Make sure you enter my giveaway for Tina Ballina Designs

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