5 Notebooks you will want to buy right now!

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5 Notebooks you will want to buy right now!

I love back to school season. School supplies, clothes shopping, one last chance of vacation before summer ends. But  let's just focus on school supplies. I love them. I love fun pens, color coordinated office supplies, post it notes....don't even get me started. 

So I thought I would share some of the wonderful notebooks I have come across as I have been doing some searching. It doesn't matter what time of year it is - everyone deserves a pretty notebook. 

1) Modcloth's Full of Wander notebook. 

I love the coloring on this one, as well as the hot air balloons. It's textured, spineless, and definitely one to snag!

2. Modcloth's Love Sew No Bounds Notebook

Okay, how cute are these?? My mom sews, and I can't tell you how often I looked through boxes of patterns that looked just like these. Hope she doesn't see this post, because it might spoil a gift giving opportunity. And you get THREE of them in a set. One for me and both of my mothers! Perfect, perfect, perfect!

 

You will quickly learn that I adore hedgehogs. Not sure why, but I think they are fantastic. I saw this notebook and fell in love with it! 

It has the perfect colors of fall and just shouts cozy!

4. Lemoncherry's Shabby Chic birdcage notebook

Where was this when I got married? This would have been a beautiful gift for the mothers or my maid of honor. They are perfectly vintage! (Have you ever had a notebook so pretty that you didn't want to write in it?)

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5. Mochithings.com's Large Blossom Notebooks

These little beauties come in six different styles. You can pick from the Dahlia, Forget-me-Not, Hydrangea, Lily, Poppy, or the classic Rose. They are 8.3" tall x 5.5" wide. Great size for massive note taking! (or doodling)

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Do you have a favorite notebook brand or style? What about school supply? What is your favorite?

 
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20 Facts about me!

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20 Facts about me!

Well, here we go! If you are reading this, you are one lucky duck! This is my first post, and what better way to start this blog than to introduce myself with 20 random facts about me!? Most of these you will be able to log down in your "book of useless information" - which might very well become a daily companion while following this blog - (so don't lose it) - but here goes!

  1. I am a proud mama of 5! I have 2 sons and 3 daughters. 1 daughter is from my previous marriage, and 4 are step children.
  2. I got re-married May of 2015 to a charming ginger who is more like me than I could ask for. It's like being best friends with myself. (That has pro's and con's....) 
  3. I am 3rd of 7 children. I have 2 brothers and 4 sisters. 
  4. I have a degree in Architectural Technology as well as one in Construction Management. I love to design things and watch them come to fruition. 
  5. I am horribly terrified of moths. Not even going to talk about this. Maybe later...
  6. I still have never seen Top Gun. (Gasp! Scoff! I know...I just need to get my hands on a copy that isn't a VHS. I am able and willing, I promise!)
  7. I have naturally curly hair. And LOVE it! That is rare, no? I sometimes straighten my hair, and then have no idea what to do with it! 
  8. I really really love movie theater popcorn. 
  9. Favorite junk food is brownies.
  10. My favorite healthy food is apples and KRAFT string cheese. 
  11. I am a string cheese snob.
  12. I color coordinate my shoes and the closthes in my closet.
  13. I love makeup. 
  14. I scrapbook!!!
  15. Photography is a passion of mine. I'm still learning. Passion is there - skill....not so much.
  16. The BOOM of fireworks is magical to me. It's my favorite sound. Next to my kids laughing.
  17. Pumpkin. *Sigh* Pumpkin anything. Anytime. All year long. 
  18. I really, really, really, really, want a red Tibetan Mastiff or a mop dog. 
  19. My hair grows abnormally fast. (Usually a great thing, except for when I have highlights)
  20. I am really excited to start this blog! Nervous, but excited!

Well, there you have it! 

 
 

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My Wedding Day - 5.15.15

My Wedding Day

One of the best days of my life! Next to giving birth to my own daughter, which was one of the most wonderful and rewarding experiences of my life - I married the craziest red head ever.

I knew he was the man for me when I saw he owned as many shoes as I did....

I knew he was the man for me when I saw he owned as many shoes as I did....

Part of this amazing day meant that I got to become the step mom to 4 amazing kids. I know what you might be thinking... "is this lady ready to be a step mom? She only has 1 kid."

That is the question of the decade!!! Chris and I have been dating for 2 years and I think I have been asking myself that question every day for probably the last year at least. I've stayed up at night staring at my ceiling wondering how I would deal with them rejecting me, calling me names, and the dreaded phrase "YOUR NOT MY MOM!" How would I respond to them saying that to me?! I don't want to be their mom, they have a mom, who they love dearly, and I don't want to take that away from them, so believe me when I tell you that this day has come with a lot turmoil on my end. 

But with that said - I feel that all in all, our blended situation was collaborated smoothly and the wedding went wonderfully. (Minus the rain that ruined 80% of our plans, but that is another story....)

When I started researching blended families and step-parenting, there wasn't a whole lot out there. There is a lot of negative content out there. Poor step-moms get a lot of flack - thank you very much to movies like Cinderella. So my intentions of starting this blog was to hopefully help just one person (if not myself by documenting the chaos that happens in our own lives) know that they aren't the only ones going through this alone! 

We got this! Piece of cake! Wedding cake!

P.S. I don't know what they made my wedding cake out of - but it was the best cake I've ever had! And I don't even like cake. I wish I could have gotten more than just the 2 bites we exchanged amongst the tykes yelling at us to smash it in each other's faces. But let's think about this....who wants cake in that amazing beard?! Isn't he handsome?! 

 
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