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Looking Back and Looking Forward

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So, clearly there’s been a big change and I’m ridiculously excited about it!  I have officially switched to WordPress, rebranded a bit and I’m so ready to get back to more consistent blogging.  There are still parts of the site that aren’t quite up to par yet (oh you know, like my about page that has been MIA for about 3 months!  *facepalm*) but they are coming! Now that we’ve had the chance to be in the new year for one whole week, I thought I’d take a look back and share some favorite moments from 2016 and some of the things I’m looking to accomplish in the next year.

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Somehow I’ve ended up taking a month long brake from blogging.  A MONTH.  And I have to say, it was much needed and accidentally came at the right time.  If we’re going for complete honesty here, I was in the middle of one of those blogger identity crises where I had no idea what I was doing anymore.  I loved blogging but had no idea if anyone was reading my stuff, was my stuff any good, why am I doing this, and so on and so forth.  So I stopped.  I stopped stressing about getting something done just to be able to push the publish button and sat back a decided to refocus. I stopped worrying about applying for campaigns or reaching out to companies to do collaborations because, while it was really awesome to get those things, I didn’t find my voice in it.  I love small shops and of course I love the companies that I applied for sponsored posts for but in all honesty, I’d just rather purchase from them, post about it if I want to and share that way. So why even blog anymore?  Because I want to share my DIYs still, I’d like to…

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Last Baby Syndrome

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In less than one week, 6 days to be exact, our sweet little Ro will be one.  One whole year has passed and I can’t help but be super nostalgic about it.  I remember, with Gav, feeling so excited about him getting older and each new stage.  Not that I’m not excited for Ro’s new stages but I’m almost sad at the passing of the younger ones. For me, not necessarily God’s plan but in my head, we’re done having kids.  I feel totally complete with my two boys.  I have no desire to “try for a girl”, I’m fairly convinced if we actually did that it would be another boy anyway.  But I don’t feel like I am not fulfilled by not experiencing having one.  Our family feels whole, the boys get along so well, for now that is, and I’m very happy with the dynamic of our little family.  This is also not to say that we would be up in arms and upset if something “happened”, we’re just not planning on anymore and don’t want to try. So this leaves me knowing that this is my last baby.  The last time I will carry my child everywhere…

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What Being a Formula Feeding Mom Means to Me

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A couple of weeks ago, national breast feeding week/month kicked off.  I’ve seen tons (and TONS) of posts about normalizing breast feeding, “breast is best”, and extended breast feeding.  These posts are all wonderful, but they kinda make me sad sometimes.  When Ro was just a month or two old, I wrote about my dislike for breastfeeding.  Not that I don’t think people should do it, just that it was not an enjoyable, easy experience for me.  You can read the full post HERE. Pretty soon after that, I wrote another post entitled “A Farewell to Breastfeeding”.  It didn’t last very long for me, just under a whopping three months, and I was ok with that.  But there was/is a small part of me that is not ok with it.  A small part of me that is sad about it.  How in the world am I sad, STILL sad about something I didn’t enjoy in the first place?  I’m not sad that I don’t have any documentation of breast feeding like some women.  But I guess I wonder if getting help from a lactation consultant would have made it better, easier.  I wonder if I gave up too soon.  I…

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My “New” Approach to Blogging

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I mentioned this a little in my resolutions post last week and I said I would share a little more about what I meant.  So here we go! Why is NEW in quotations you ask?  Well that’s because it’s not a new philosophy in the blogging world.  It just new to me.  For the longest time I thought I had to post EVERY DAY. E   V   E   R   Y      D   A   Y I’ve read post after post about blogger block and “the best blogging advice” and so on.  Essentially, they all say the same thing.  If blogging starts to become an obligation, assuming this is something you do for fun, then you need to take a step back.  This was really weighing on my heart.  I felt like maybe I was just too caught up in the “I have to post. I have to post.”.  I was spending so much time at the computer that maybe I wasn’t present with Mr. G enough.  I would feel anxious if on any given day I didn’t post at all, what would happen to my numbers?  THE NUMBERS!!! Oh right…all those posts I’ve been reading…

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A Kiss on the Forehead

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Anniversary Math 4 years, 8 months, a handful of days, 2 apartments, 1 house, 3 job changes, and 1 amazing little boy ago I met the man I was going to marry.  That night ended just like this picture, a kiss on the forehead.   So many memories in our short time together but, since day one, I’ve always said that I felt like I’ve known you my entire life.  4 years, 8 months, a handful of days, 2 apartments, 1 house, 3 job changes, and one amazing little boy ago God brought you into my life and I am so glad he did. I love you honey! Happy Anniversary!

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The 7 Day No Makeup Challenge

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Last week I did something crazy.  I did something I never thought I could do unless I never left the house.  I went an entire week without wearing a stitch of makeup.  No consealer, no tinted moisturizer, nothing.  I went an entire week with only plain ole SPF face moisturizer and lip balm.  A whole week with my face in it’s birthday suit if you will. I started it on a whim when I ran out of time last Monday morning and had to leave the house without makeup on.  I remembered an article I had read where a woman had done a week without makeup and I thought, “That sounds like a really hard thing to do…let’s try it!”  So, the week was chosen at random and I didn’t really have anything super important going on, no real plans.  I thought this was going to be pretty easy.  Not so.  Here’s how it went down complete with photographic, no filtered, unprocessed evidence. Not feeling super confident but not that bad.  Just like any challenge you try, new habit you start, day one can be one of your most determined, self disciplined days.  I went to work where I teach…

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33 things I’ve Learned About Myself as a Mother

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The past 33 months I’ve learned a lot about myself.  Why 33 months?  That’s about how old Mr. G is.  It’s amazing how much one can change and grow in such a short period of time.  I can’t really say if I’m the kind of mom I always thought I’d be but here are 33 things I’ve learned about myself as a mother, in just 33 short months: 1. I can handle a lot of gross things. 2. I have a very high tolerance for poop. 3. To find out what something is, I’m apparently not afraid to smell it. 4. I will sniff a butt in public. 5. I can go an inordinate amount of time without remembering to shower. 6. I function well on less sleep.  (I realize this is unusual.) 7. I have no problem disciplining/taking away privileges from my child when he misbehaves. 8. I instinctively reach to catch vomit. 9. When my child is hurt, I stop everything I am doing and RUN to make it better. 10. I’m not as much of a mama bear as I thought I’d be when it comes to Mr. G playing with other kids.  However, if you hit/push/shove…

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Currently // May 2014

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Watching: Once Upon A Time // Game of Thrones // Rupaul’s Drag Race I realize that these are so vastly different its not even funny but I don’t care!  I look forward to these all week. Reading: Nothing!  I’d love a suggestion! Listening To: Newest favorite iTunes purchases.  Arctic Monkeys, Paramore, Neon Trees, Sam Smith…delightful! Working On: Improving my photography skills and growing my shop. Looking Forward To: RECITAL! It’s the 18th! Want to share what you’re up to? All you have to do is share a fun/funny photo, fill in blanks, and link up below!  XO, Kelly Grab a button! <a href=”http://s1079.photobucket.com/user/Kelly_Genn/media/CurrentlyButton_zpsf91f5f07.png.html” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://i1079.photobucket.com/albums/w510/Kelly_Genn/CurrentlyButton_zpsf91f5f07.png” border=”0″ alt=” photo CurrentlyButton_zpsf91f5f07.png”/></a> document.write(”);

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Currently // April 2014

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the pic speaks for itself right? Watching: Rewatching Game of Thrones with the Hubs before the new season begins on Sunday! Reading: 1-2-3 Magic   Listening To: A new alternative station here in the Atlanta area.  I’ve been jamming out to some indie stuff and some serious 90’s classics! (Collective Soul, Cake, etc) Working On: Art Journaling…It’s kinda of cathartic and I’m starting to get the hang of it.  If there really is anything to “get”.  I think you’re just suppose to do it… Looking Forward To: SPRING BREAK!!! Want to share what you’re up to? All you have to do is share a fun/funny photo, fill in blanks, and link up below!  XO, Kelly  Grab a Button! <center> <a href=”http://thelilthingsblog.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”><img alt=”Currently Button” src=”http://i1079.photobucket.com/albums/w510/Kelly_Genn/CurrentlyButton_zpsfbd951c6.png” /></a><center> document.write(”);

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