Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Real Talk Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!!! Is that really a thing? I mean it's only 1 day past the dreaded Monday and still 2 days from Friday, so maybe it's not so happy, enough rambling onto the good part.
Today is real talk Tuesday, this means I will be  honest in this post today (not that I usually lie), hopefully it goes over well.

Real Talk Tuesday...

I really try to pay attention to my grammar, but I know I improperly use commas about 93.275% of the time

My hubby farted multiple times on our first date, and I had no idea

It is strange to me that I looked like this 8 years ago

Now I look like this, and I'm not sure how I feel about that.

My daughter called me a "mean mommy" yesterday, and I'm not sure how I feel about it.

My sister gave birth to this beautiful baby girl on Sunday, and I wish I could spend every moment with her because I am in love!

I LOVE root beer, best soda EV-AH!

My Lulu had head lice when she was just 10 months old, yes it was awful.She was not your average 10 month old, she had the same amount of hair as most 7 year olds, it was super thick and it looked like this:

When Lulu had head lice I fed her lollipops like cheerios just so she would hold still long enough for me to get all the nasty buggies out. I mean at least they were organic, right?

I get headaches every day, it is either from migraines or allergies. It gets really old and super annoying

Because of said headaches my blogging has been sub-par, I hope to remedy that ASAP.

These pictures bring me untold amounts of joy

Especially this one!
Maybe this Tuesday is shaping up to a happy one after all. 

Linking up here

Friday, April 26, 2013

Handmade Goodies For Yo' Mama! {Giveaway}

So I love my mom, like a LOT! Every year for Mother's Day I am stumped as to what I should get for her. My mom has loved EVERY single gift I have gotten her, she even loved when my sister and I filled an old popcorn tin with McDonalds toys and action figures and gave it to her for her birthday. This year I am trying to push past the usual dinner and work flower delivery for Mother's Day, I want to get her something special, so what better gift idea then something personal? Today I am introducing two shops to you all and I personally think  you will love them, I know I do! There is also a giveaway at the bottom of the post so stay tuned, trust me you want to hang around for this one. 

Hey there! My name is kendra and i blog over at kendra kay.

i don't really blog about anything specific but usually just whatever is happening or going on in my life. This may mean that on any given day you can be exposed to anything over in my lil corner. Occasionally there may be a gif of me shoving a straw up my nose (sorry 'bout that) or pictures of my littles. sometimes there will be fashion posts, and often a few recipes sprinkled in that are awesome and definitely worth trying. So basically i won't be filling you in with updates on my iditarod training but we will have fun. Honestly, what's the point of doing anything if you aren't having fun?! making sense over here huh? Come on over and hang out and have a lil' fun with me from time to time! I'll be waitin' for ya!

In the meantime i want to share the best lil' business this side of the universe!
Okay, okay, i may be a little bias because this is my biggest littles new business Design Candii. She is 17 and in her senior year of high school and has started her own company making custom studded i-Phone 4 and 5 cases. She is happy to be sharing and giving away one of her really fun custom cases to one lucky winner!
these are just a few of my personal faves:

what I love is you can actually choose your color case:

then choose your stud shape and finish and then she will make it right up and ship it to your front door! I'm so proud of her for doing her own thing and working so hard. She really has a love for design and i'm so happy to get to share it all with you! head on over and check her out!!
Thanks so much Myranda for sharing your space with me today!!

Kendra is giving away a "LOVE" stud case. The winner chooses their case and stud color, personalized i-Phone (4 or 5) case = awesome!!

The next business I am sharing is another great one, take it away Emily: 

Get this free with purchase!!
Not long after marrying in 2012, Moise and Emily began to develop business ideas that would encompass their love of all things creative.  Hence Emerald City - Custom Jewelry by Emily & Moise was born.  
We are a fully personalized handmade jewelry service where you become the designer.  Using the finest gemstones, Czech & vintage glass beads, and Swarovski crystals, we bring your vision to life.  Do you like birthstone jewelry?  Custom jewelry?  Choosing your own design and color combos?  Then let Emerald City make your dream jewelry a reality.

We create an open dialogue as we design your handmade jewelry piece to ensure you are getting exactly what you want.  You approve your design before anything is shipped to you.  We also have a large selection of already made gemstone jewelry available for purchase on our website.  We offer low shipping costs and complimentary gift wrap.
Special April promotion! For the entire month of April, buy any two pieces of Emerald City jewelry (custom or pre-made) and receive a gorgeous initial pendant necklace for free.  Choose either a silver or gold initial charm (choose any letter you want) then choose either a silver chain, gold chain, or black cord necklace.  This offer is only good for the month of April.  All 3 pieces must be mailed to same address. It's like getting an extra piece of personalized jewelry for free.

Thank you from Emerald City Custom Jewelry!  We look forward to working with you.

Emily is giving away a pair of gemstone earrings. I really want to have them design a custom piece for my mom, it is really hard to find pre-made things with her name or her kids names on them because we spell them differently. She would really love a gift from Emerald City and I think your mom would too, you know because I know her personally ;)

Get to entering! 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Everybody Loves Food and $250 Cash {Giveaway}

First things first, we are recruiting co-hosts for the Three Things Thursday Link up! We are looking to have 2 co-hosts each week, if you are interested fill out your info here

For 3 Things Thursday this weeks topic is...
3 Things you LOVE to eat

I really love to eat tons of foods, I mean who doesn't love food? Am I right? But if I have to narrow it down to 3 I will

1- Chips and Salsa!! I LOVE this snack, seriously I always want to hit up Mexican restaurants on date night for the pre-meal chips and salsa because it is so yummy!

2- Street Tacos, really I love these bad boys. They are super simple to make and they taste super delicious. Don't forget the extra cilantro and onion because this is the best part.

3- Homemade rolls, it can be cinnamon, dinner, crescent rolls or orange rolls if those bad boys are homemade I want them. GET IN MY BELLY!

three things Thursday
The rules are:
*Follow your hosts on GFC {Myranda and Kristyn}
*Link up your 3 things post, all other posts will be deleted. 
*Hop around and make some new friends
*Grab a button and post it 

Next week's Topic- 3 of your LEAST favorite celebrities 
To see the full schedule go here
To submit a topic idea fill out the form here

If you are in need of spending money make sure you enter this giveaway for $250 Cash that I am participating in! Don't forget about this giveaway also!
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Your Mom, A Bed and an iPhone

This post was sponsored by Cafe Press

You may be wondering how all those things in the title relate to each other, or this post in general, I will tell you the answer is

What is Cafe Press? The world's largest selection of artist-designed t-shirts, clothing, accessories, housewares and gifts. So basically they sell tons of awesome and personalized items at low prices, and you know how much I LOVE a good deal! 

They have some awesome Mother's Day gifts and some of my favorites are:



They also have super cute bedding I really love both of these for my girls, which one do you like better? Monkey's or owls?

For all you iPhone 5 users check this out their cases. Their steal of the day is this adorable mustache iPhone 5 case for just $7! Supposedly mustaches are out now, but I still love them, you can't stop me! Besides who doesn't think this case is cute? That's what I thought. 


Head on over to Cafe Press and get your shop on for your mommy! They are offering a couple discounts also when you use the code "8MOM" you can save 25% off your entire order and they are having a special on canvas prints, just $38 for a personalized 16 x 20 canvas shipped and guaranteed by Mothers Day, sounds good to me!

Question of the Day: Do you have a Mother's Day gift already?

Don't forget to enter this giveaway! Come back tomorrow for Three Things Thursday, the topic is 3 things you LOVE to eat! 

*I was compensated with a gift certificate in exchange for this post, all opinions and words are my own.

Giveaway time!!

Hey guys, I am participating in a lot of giveaways this week so be prepared for some awesome prizes :) I will have an awesome Mothers Day post this week, so be prepared! I am on my way out the door to do school drop off so have a great Wednesday!!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

National Infertility Week {A Royal Daughter}

Hi there, have we met before? Yes, actually we have! Myranda first opened up her blog to me back in January, when I shared 3 Tips for Being a Successful Blogger.
But just in case some of you are new around here, here's a little about me: I am a country-living, ice tea drinking, good book reading, farming, ranching, Jesus-loving, curly-headed wife of a seminary professor.   He's a teacher, I'm a writer. He's a thinker, I'm a creative. Together we make our home on a small farm in Texas.

First of all, let's talk about Myranda. She graciously offered her online space to me to share with you about something that is very near and dear to my heart. What a treasure, right? I would be remiss if I didn't say "thank you, Myranda." And I don't know about you, but I can definitely relate to a carb-loving, but trying to lose weight woman. What an inspiration! 

I'm here today for a very specific purpose. A quick perusal of my blog, A Royal Daughter, will allow you to see that my husband and I are one of the 1 in 6 couples who are diagnosed with infertility each year. It's not a fun diagnoses, I assure you. But I'm embracing this season, and since April 21-27 is National Infertility Awareness Week, I am trying to make the most of this painful journey by spreading awareness about infertility.

A few facts about infertility:
  • Approximately 1 in 6 couples in the United States have been diagnosed with some degree of infertility each year.
  • "Infertility" is defined as the inability to conceive a child after one year of unprotected, well-timed intercourse for women under the age of 35. Women 35 and older may be diagnosed after 6 months of unprotected, well-timed intercourse without conception. (The inability to sustain a pregnancy beyond 20 weeks is also classified as "infertility.")
  • 30% of infertility is the result of an ovulatatory dysfunction (i.e. there is a problem with the woman's ovulation cycle).
  • 30% of infertility is the result of a problem with the man (i.e. sperm structure or production).
  • Women who face infertility often describe their situation as "lonely," "isolating," and "painful."
  • There is a large spectrum of treatments for infertility, with varying degrees of invasiveness and cost.
My story:
  • My husband and I started trying for a baby almost 4 years.
  • We were officially diagnosed with "unexplained infertility" in February 2012 (the same month our foster boys were removed from our home). 
  • We have tried various therapies and treatments, from "alternative" therapies to traditional western medical treatments, including Intrauterine Insemination (IUI).
  • In September 2012 we embraced a gluten-free diet, as gluten intolerance is closely tied to infertility. 
  • We've experienced the pain and frustration of two failed IUIs.
  • Until last November my husband and I kept our struggle to ourselves. We were completely unwilling to share our story, and to some extent we were unwilling to accept our diagnosis.

National Infertility Awareness Week:
This week on my blog, I will be dedicating the entire week to spreading awareness about infertility, offering encouragement for those battling the pain of barrenness, and providing resources for friends and family of those facing infertility. Topics will include:
  • Ideas for stepping up out of the pit of infertility and transforming negative emotions and energies into productive, worthwhile activities.
  • Collaborative efforts from women currently battling infertility, and how they overcame common lies women believe about being barren.
  • Online and print resources for those battling infertility as well as those who want to come alongside and encourage and support their infertile friends and family members.
  • How to encourage and support your infertile friends.
  • Owning your infertility + embracing the waiting period.
  • Collaborative efforts from women who have made it through to the other side of infertility straight to the hearts of those currently navigating the muddy waters of barrenness.
  • Infertility from the husband's perspective.
There will also be a giveaway during the week with items I've hand-picked to offer hope and encouragement to those battling infertility. My goal is to offer encouragement and inspiration not only to those currently facing the isolation and frustration of infertility, but for those who wonder how they can minister to their friends who are facing infertility.

I hope you'll join us, and help spread awareness about infertility. It is an isolating journey, but it doesn't have to be.

You can connect with me at my website, on twitterfacebook, and instagram. I'm also on pinterest and google. However you decide to connect with me, please take time to introduce yourself!

.Thank you so much for sharing Amanda! 

Question of the Day: Do you know someone struggling with infertility? Share this post with them, they can connect with Amanda and the happenings on her blog this week. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Monday Mingling

Welcome to the twelfth week of Monday Mingling! Please take the time to introduce yourselves to our co-hosts! If you are new to this blog hop, please leave us a comment letting us know you are following and we would be happy to follow you back. Due to the changes with Google reader, I changed the rules to follow either GFC or Bloglovin'. Thank you for joining us this week, and don't forget to link back to us by grabbing our button. Happy Mingling!

Southern Sunflowers and Coffee Beans

Lauren @ Simply Free

Blog | Bloglovin' | Twitter 
I'm a southern newlywed trying to live out this life as simply & creatively as I can while serving Christ, loving others, and finding an abundance of joy & laughter along the way! Grace. Simplicity. Love. So many thoughts about how to live this out. An attempt to put them into words. An adventure in doing so simply, frugally, and with style.

Myranda @ Pretty Living PDX

I am a mommy to 3 and a wife to 1 amazing man who blogs about everyday life. I love meeting new friends in this blogosphere, so come on over and say hello!


1. Follow both of your hosts via GFC or Bloglovin'.
(first 2 links below)

2. Follow your co-hosts via GFC or Bloglovin'
(next two links)

3. Link up your main blog URL, not a specific post.

4. Link back to us by grabbing our button.

5. Tweet, Facebook, and Pin this blog hop. The more you spread the word the more people will link up, and the more success you will have! 

6. Be sure to visit other blogs! Don't just link up and wait for others to find you. 

Let's get this party started!!...

Raising Imperfection Linky Par-tay!

It’s Sunday! ~ Welcome to Week #23 of Raising Imperfection!
It's your favorite post link party! Link your funny stories, best recipes, parenting successes, parenting fails, DIY projects and tips, photo bomb posts and more! Please DO NOT link giveaways, other link parties or sponsored posts. This is all about a favorite post YOU have written! Then…come back for Feature Fridays! Leslie and I choose our favorite links from the link up and feature them!
If you missed last week's features, you can see them HERE
Please grab our button and help this link up grow!
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Co-Hosts for this week:
Rachael ~ The ReHomesteaders
Myranda ~ Pretty Living PDX
Be sure to visit Leslie and I for Feature Fridays to see if your post was picked to be featured!
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Friday, April 19, 2013

I'm No Fashionista But...

I am not a "fashionista". I love clothes, looking cute and style but when it comes to picking these items out...um let's just say I am not the best at it. So when Locks contacted me I knew I had to check it out. It is free style advice with links on where to buy the items, this equals me SOLD! Looksima has at least one new look for your style type daily, so lots to choose from.

On Looksima you simply register, take a 19 question style quiz (with pictures) and then they determine your "style" Mine was 50% jeans, 25% Edgy and 25% Glam. So exactly what I strive for with my fashion choices, score 1 for Looksima

Before you check out the pictures below, you should know that when you sign up for Looksima you can enter a giveaway for a $50 credit! So hurry on over here and sign up today, did I mention it's free! You can enter the giveaway here, after you sign up. Giveaway ends April 30th, 2013 

So the style quiz asks 19 questions by letting you choose pictures

After I had made all my choices it determined my "style"

From there it takes you to your style page

Here is the most awesome part, you click the outfits and it takes you to a page with all the info on where to buy! 

It even has promo codes for some items, and you know how much I LOVE to save money

Question of the day: What did Looksima determine your style to be? Was it true? 

Of course in honor of 
A little vogue for you, enjoy the weekend and Happy Friday!!!!

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