Changes, A Family Update & Where I’ve Been – Bloguary Day 12

Hey there! Did ya notice I’ve been MIA for the last few days?

Things are about to change for our family! Eeek I’m scared!!!!
Why I’ve missed a few days of Bloguary??????
What does this mean for Bloguary?!?!?!
And exciting changes plans coming to the blog!!!!!!

Are all in today’s chit-chat vlog!

Grab your self some coffee or tea. Press play and let’s have some girl time or guy time if you so happen to be a gentleman following along!

 

 

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Thrifting Haul - Bloguary Day 12

I’ll be getting my thrift on A. LOT. over the next few weeks. So expect to see several “Thrift Store” hauls.

You’ve been warned!

In fact since recording this one I’ve recorded 2 others! I have a pretty big list of “Things to Thrift”  as we set up Carson’s nursery, a play room for the boys, and I decorate my office. All of which I hope to do with mostly thrifted items. I’m also working on getting Weston’s summer wardrobe built up and hope to find a few things I can wear while I’m trying to drop the baby weight! See a pretty big list and I don’t hate having things to hunt for!

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I found some AWESOME goodies this trip and the prices were sweet! Can’t wait for you to see the adorable matching brother overalls!

See good stuff huh? Aren’t those prices awesome?

Since recording this Weston has broken in  his new Jacket, Oshkosh rust pants, and overalls. Ohhh overalls. I’d say a little boy in overalls rates right up there with my love for baby feet and chubby baby bums!

 

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And here’s Brady with his new chew toy that I mentioned in the haul. He totally doesn’t look guilty. Honestly though I probably should thank him. I’ve always been on the fence about the shoes. They could be super ugly or adorable if you style them right but I mainly held onto them because they are so dang comfy. Kent hates them! I kind of see his point.

PS…..Yes my tree and Christmas décor has been taken down since I recorded this! Don’t fret my pet!

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Bloguary Day 10 – I Was Attached By A Mary Kay Lady

Okay I may be over exaggerating just a smidge but not much. I certainly felt as though I had been attacked minus the bruises and cuts. No, no punches were thrown but my goodness this was a doozy!

I was so angry after all this went down I did what any good vlogger/blogger would do…….grabbed my camera sat down and shared the craziness! I also chat about my views on the massive amount of newtwork marking. Why I don’t want to be pushed into buying something and why I’ve cut back on facebook.

Today’s post is dedicated to the Target Mary Kay Lady! Because of her I had something to blog about. So thank you May Kay lady! May your business be prosperous and may you find a better sales tactic!

 

 

Ps….Friendly reminder! If you’re participating in this year’s Valentine’s Box Swap your questionnaire is due tonight. If I don’t receive it by 12am you will be dropped from the swap.

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Day in the Life – Bloguary Day 9

A few years back I started off our Project Life album with a day in the life spread. To this day it’s my most favorite spread to look back on. Us in our jammies being lazy cuddled up eating black eyed peas all day. Those were the pre baby days.

Things have changed.

We still spend a lot of time in our jammies on New Year’s day but we have a new member to our Pj club so I thought it was time for another round of “Day in the Life”.

Documenting our New Year’s day was different this time around.
Melt downs, a funny dog, tons of rushing as we tried to get ready for my niece’s wedding (I know right, getting married on New Year’s Day so very sweet). It was different yes, but there were still cuddles, black eyed peas, and of course jammies!

Let’s welcome our new New Year’s day Pj Club member and see how the day played out………..

 

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My favorite part of the morning is getting Weston out of bed. He’s usually chipper happy to see his mama and his best buddy Brady! We were greeted with a “Maaaamaaaaa” (the sweetest sound in the world) and a “Brady-Brady” oh gosh and The. Best. Bed head!  It’s different every morning so that’s always exciting! Some folk get excited for their 1st cup of coffee in the morning. I get excited to see what’s going on with Weston’s hair, okay that and coffee.

So as you can see I really have a lot going for me in the mornings!

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It was all squishy cuteness and then………..
The melt downs started.

I think he was nervous about his 1st big Day in the Life documentation. I mean it’s a lot of pressure to know your day will forever be frozen. Not to mention that photos of you will start our new 2015 Project Life album. 2015 if a big year for us. I don’t blame you buddy.

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Brady’s face CRACKS. ME. UP. in these photos!
His expressions totally tells the story………
“Dude chill out.”
“What the freak!?! Why are you on the floor now?”

I’ve looked at these photos so many times and I still crack up each time I see them. Yes I am mean.

Mama hold me meltdowns are typical in our house and so is the funny dog that’s always right in the middle of everything.

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We made some progress.
Our bedroom to the hallway. When I asked him if he wanted to go downstairs for breakfast that  set him off again. The pressure I tell ya! 1st the whole Day in the Life thing now he needed to walk down the stairs. It’s all too much. 

In all honesty we’re trying to get this guy ready to share his mama and not need to be carried/attached to me at all times. It’s precious and I love my mama’s boy of course but it’s time for “Prepare for Baby Brother Boot Camp”. As you can see it's really working out well!

I’m thinking it may be easier for me to just grown another set of arms. One set for each boy…..yes! Oh wait when they get older and don’t need me anymore I’ll look really odd walking around with 4 arms. Or maybe I’ll look like a genius! I’ll have a hand for coffee, my phone, my purse, annnnnnd a free hand for miscellaneous stuff. Yes growing another set of arms plan still in action!

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A train magnet and a snack cup full of grapes to the rescue!

Just look at that face. Does he not melt you? It’s the face of “I’m sorry I screamed and cried about nothing for the last 15min but look how cute I can be. I own you lady.” And yes he does. 

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An almond latte to mama’s rescue!

Ps…My new Nespresso needs a whole post dedicated solely to its awesomeness.

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He ran out of grapes.

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Kent woke up and join in on the fun. Can’t you just see the fun in the photo?

I on the other hand had my latte to sip and backup to help with Mr. Meltdown so I was having a blast.

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Another one of those “I own you moments”

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Again look at Brady eyeing the turkey bacon package. Cute crying baby aside Brady totally stole the show that day. Perhaps he needs his own post too. “A Day in the Life of Brady”. Yes I can see it now!

Kenty-Pooh is the cook in the house.
He whipped up some black eye peas (got to get that luck in) and some eggs for breakfast! Me still enjoyed my latte mmmmmmm while he got his cook on.

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DIAPER LAUNDRY! Yes it’s exciting! Diaper laundry is oddly enjoyable and relaxing to me. Oh and this is my most favorite print. I always grab it 1st when it’s clean. 

Carson wanted a little New Year’s Day cameo. Hi Carson!

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And that’s when things got crazy and I slacked on taking photos.
We rushed to shower, make ourselves look somewhat presentable and headed out for my nieces wedding. Which was absolutely beautiful! 

So this was more a half day in the life but still special non the less. Melt downs dirty diapers and all!

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Valentine’s Box Swap–Bloguary Day 8

Valentine's Box Swap 2015

Registration closes tonight 1/12 at 12am sooo I think that’s technically 1/13 but you get the point.

If you’re wondering what the what I’m taking about CLICK HERE!

 

And just so I don’t leave ya hanging with a crappy Bloguary post check out this tip from one of my favorite organized mama’s…….

 

Also this one……..

 

I’ll be sharing a Day in the Life post tomorrow for Bloguary Day 9.
It’s ready to go and will be live in the morning! See ya then!

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3rd Annual Valentine’s Box Swap – Bloguary Day 7

Valentine's Box Swap 2015

All the info you need to participate is below!

You’re going to read everything before you commit right??????? RIGHT??????????

To keep shipping cost fair you must reside within the US.

Step 1 Register:  Let me know you want in through one of the options below. Be sure to include your email address or I won’t be able to get in touch with you.

Ways to register:

-Shoot me an email at: domesticprincessintraining@gmail.com

-Leave a comment under this post (include your email address)

-Let me know via Instagram: Kendra.Pryor  or our Facebook page(include your email address)

Sign up closes at 12am CST on January 13, 2015. Once registration is closed, it’s closed! It takes a lot of time and organization on my end to make this happen for everyone. To stay on top of who’s participating I won’t be able to add people willy-nilly past the deadline, sorry. Buuut I’m giving you several days to get in before all the planning starts!

Step 2 Spread the Word: Blog, Instagram, Tweet, Facebook, chit-chat with your gal pals. However you choose to share. I would love your help spreading the word! The more people that join in the more fun it will be! When sharing via Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter be sure to use #valentinesboxswap so we can find each other! If your account is set to private on Instagram we will not be able to see your post in the tag feed.

Step 3 Who's Your Buddy: On Friday evening, January 16, 2014 I will email the name, address, and “About Me” form of your buddy to you. We’re changing things up this year. Instead of swapping with a different person than you send to you will be swapping back and forth with the same person. If they have you, you have them. Make sense? More the traditional swap route than what we did in past years. Once you have your buddy’s info start gathering items for their box and have FUN!

Step 4 Document The Journey: Take photos while you’re getting your craft on, shopping for your Valentine’s buddy, or even while you’re mailing your package! Be sure to SHARE YOUR PHOTOS!!! Get creative and share the journey with us! Seeing the process is all part of the fun and a great way to connect with others that are participating! There was tons of great involvement last year and we all enjoyed seeing the photos!  Share your photos via Instagram, on my blog’s Facebook wall. I will pull some of my favorite photos to share in a later blog post. Don't forget to use #valentinesboxswap so we can find your photos when posting! Also if your Instagram account is set to private we will not see your photos in the hashtag feed.

Step 5 Send Your Valentine’s Box: On or before Monday, January 26th! This means your package should be completed on its way NO LATER THAN Monday, January 26th! This way you and your buddy will have your Valentine’s box in hand and ready to enjoy by Valentine’s, maybe even a few days before Valentine’s! DON’T NOT and I REPEAT DO NOT participate if this sounds like a time frame you can not work with. We do this annually so if you have too much on your plate at this time skip over this and join in next year. It’s not worth stressing yourself over. I really dislike having to reach out to people about boxes being late or missing due to a participant not sending on time. Seriously it’s not fun. Again this takes a lot of work on my end so when I have to put even more time in it because people are not following through with what they agreed to it gets me a little miffed. Sooooo if you’re certain you can hang with having 10 days to shop, craft (if you choose) and pack a box for your buddy come on down my friend we would love to have you participate! 

Step 6 Receive & Document: Blog, Instagram, Tweet, Facebook all about your Snail Mail Love package and your adventure with the swap. Sharing about your box and your experience participating in the Valentine’s Box Swap is part of the fun. Be sure and use #valentinesboxswap on Instagram and Twitter so we can all find each other (again if your account is set to private we will not be able to see your photos)! I’ll be selecting a few of my favorite photos to share in a Valentine’s Box Swap round up post!

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Snail Mail Love FAQs:

1. Do I need to have a blog or social media account to participate?

Nope everyone within the US blogger or not is invited to join in! I will say that it makes it more for you and your buddy if you are on social media so you can connect and easily and enjoy the experience together.
**I don't live within the US can I  still participate?**
To keep shipping cost fair to everyone you must live within he US.


2. How much should I spend?

Let’s cap it at $20 which should include shipping cost. If you get creative you can put together an awesome package for very little! $20.00 is the cap but not a required amount to spend.

3. What should I include in my Valentine’s Box?

2 things are required in this year’s box!
>>>>1.  Valentine’s card
>>>>2.  You most loved inexpensive product such as your band favorite chapstick, a candy you love, your favorite type of pen, favorite drugstore makeup (to give you a few ideas). Just something you love that you think your buddy would enjoy as well. Include a note on this item to let them know that it’s your Loved Item and why you enjoy that item.   
The rest of the goodies in the box is up to you! You can stalk (friendly stalk not cray-cray scary stalk) your buddy and see if they're into anything in particular. Ideas:  chocolate, crafting supplies if your buddy is a crafter, a small candle, funky Valentines socks, coffee/tea/hot chocolate mix, funky mug, dish towel, vintage coolness, handcrafted goods, stationary, accessories, some of your favorite inexpensive items like chapstick or a small bottle of your favorite hand lotion. The possibilities are endless BUT be sure to keep shipping cost in mind!  Have fun with your Valentine’s card and putting your package together. I'm giving you plenty of time to get creative (if you choose) so be sure to start ASAP so it's a fun experience and not something you have to rush through at the last minute!

4. Is it a secret?

No, yes, nah,  ummm kind of? I want you to share, document,  and talk all about your journey. This makes it that much more fun for all of us! You just might not want to directly tag your buddy with a picture of their package saying something like "Hey So-and-So this is your gift. Here’s everything in it. Hope you like it"  that way they’re surprised when they open their box. 

5. Is their an age limit?

Yes, you most be at least 21 to participate.

6. What if I don't receive my assignment.

When you let me know you want in I will reply to ask for your mailing address. I’ll also send you a little mini questionnaire to fill out that will be passed onto your swap buddy. You are NOT CONFIRMED in until I receive the answers to your questionnaire. Again don’t make me hunt you down for your answers. That’s right up there with not sending your box out on time. If your answers are not emailed to be by 8pm cst on 1/14 you will be dropped from the swap.

If you do not hear back from me by 1/13 that means I did NOT receive your email, comment, or you did not include an email address for me to reach you at. Be sure to follow up if you don’t hear from be by 1/13. I want to make sure that everyone that wants to participate gets in before the deadline!

Eeekkkk I know that's a lot of info but aren't you excited? I know I am!

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Here's the Cliffs Notes Version:

Sign Up is open and closes on 1/12. Once registration is closed, it’s closed! 

You are not confirmed as a part of the swap until you reply with your questionnaire which needs to be in no later than 1/14

Spread the word Blog, Fb, Instagram, Tweet, don't forget to use #valentinesboxswap on your photos so we can find each other!

Receive your box swap buddy’s info the evening of 1/16

Start gathering your goodies for your package. It’s up to you what you include but be sure to include a card and one of your most loved inexpensive products.

Have FUN and document the process!

Send your Valentine’s box on or before 1/26, the earlier the better!

Instagram, Blog, Fb, Tweet all about your journey! You can even do an unboxing if you’re a YouTuber. I’ll be doing that again this year!  Be sure to use #valentinesboxswap so we can all enjoy your photos!

 

Fun links:
Last Year’s Valentine’s Box Swap Round Up Post Oh my gosh look at tiny Weston!
Link to last year’s YouTube Box Unboxing 

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That’s it for this week’s Bloguary post. I’ll see ya back here on Monday for another week of post! 

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Carson’s Nursery Plans

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Eeeek so excited to have another nursery to decorate. I had so much fun decorating Weston’s. Lots of great memoires turning his room into a cozy space for our wild man!

Knowing how much joy Weston’s nursery brings me I want to put just as much love into Carson’s room!

Alrighty onto the Plans………..

Above is what we have so far. Most items have been ordered a couple haven’t. Love the navy stripped glider but I want to sit on it (pun intended) for a few a bit longer before I purchase it.

We’re going with a woodland animal theme. Not really a fan of themes but if I had to pinpoint the style I’d say that’s pretty close. I want to bring our love for the mountains and outdoors to Carson’s room. My boys are going to be just as nuts about the mountains as I am! I’ll make sure of that!

The crib is a gift from Kent’s parents which is pretty special. They also gifted us Weston’s crib. Isn’t Caron’s beautiful? So far it’s my favorite thing in his room. We don’t actually have it home but it’s on its way.

Things I Need to Finalize:
-Decide on bedding
-Rug: Looking for a very specific Aztec print rug that will bring in more color (yellow, navy, touches of red and orange). I’ve seen a few I love, problem is they are expensive so the hunt is on!
-New light fixture
- Dresser/Changing Table: I would like to find something that has some age and character
- Curtains
- And random décor fluff. You know the little things that bring the room together!

Design Elements in His Room
-Painting the wall behind his crib with chalkboard paint.
-I’ll be adding a few Birchwood white wall decals to the wall behind his crib. I think they will pop and look great against the chalkboard paint.
-We have a beautiful reclaimed wood art piece that will be hung above his crib.
- I would also like to add touches of plaid; maybe a plaid throw over his rocker along with a couple prints that have plaid in them. A fancy dressed up fox with a plaid vest? We’ll see what I find on Etsy!

What We’re Working on Now
Carson’s room is our guestroom. Before his furniture arrives we need to nix the guest bed clean out his teeny-tiny closet, and paint the chalkboard wall.

They’re ya have it! I was so hush hush with the plans of Weston’s room. Here we are 16 months later and I have yet to share it with you so I thought I would be a little more open and blog the journey this time. I’ll update as I gather more elements and we complete projects. 

I have my work cut out for me but we’re off to a good start!

PS….Our 3rd annual Valentine’s Box Sawp opens tomorrow!
Tomorrow’s Bloguary post will be full of details and registration info.

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