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Hey guys! We made it through another week here, and that’s awesome. I thought that I would like to start sharing a little more regularly. And instead of stressing over what when where how and why, I decided to take it easy and just bring you 5 random thoughts about my life this week.

1. Eating at home is good for your budget and the food tastes better, but sometimes you really just need pizza, ya know?

2. Never try to separate a toddler and his toy laptop. It will not end well.

3. Some people have and after dinner drink, I am having after dinner brownies and milk.

4. I relaxed my hair last week after almost 2 years. I don’t regret it.

5. There are few things in this world worth fighting for. Love is definitely on the top of that list.

So what’s going on with you this week? Do you have any wisdom to share?

Have a great weekend. I’ll see you on Monday!

 

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Hey everybody. It’s Friday, and I hope you’re all having a great start to your weekend. I try to keep things pretty light on here. And I never like posting anything about a problem without also leading to hope or some sort of solution to that problem. But today I’m just going to be honest, and hope that maybe one of you will have an idea to help.

I want to go home. I know you’re probably wondering what that means. I’m a mom and a wife and obviously I have a home. All of that is true, but I’m not at home.

I moved here to Savannah a little over 6 years ago to be with my husband. We had been in a long distance relationship for much too long, and we both decided that it would be easier for me to move here than for him to move to California. At the time I was so excited to start a new chapter of my life that I didn’t realize all the things I was going to miss by leaving the only home I’d known.  Of course I thought about how much I would miss my family, and my church, and my job that I really liked; but there were so many things I couldn’t have accounted for.

When I arrived I had a pretty bad case of culture shock. Moving from progressive California to the much more conservative South was disorienting. Suddenly skills I’d spent my whole life building were useless. I thought I’d be able to find a job quickly. It took me 6 months.  I thought it would be easy to find a new church. I still haven’t. I suddenly felt like I was living in a fishbowl because everywhere I went strangers stared openly at me. The whole adjustment was very uncomfortable.

But after a while I got used to living here. We got married. I worked in a cool hotel. It was OK. I never really started to feel like a native, but I was navigating better. Then I got pregnant for the first time. I had just quit my job and it was a pretty stressful time.  I had trouble with the pregnancy and eventually miscarried. I was far away from my mom and my brother, and it hurt. I was blessed that my aunt was able to visit from Atlanta while I was in the hospital. But when I went home I felt overwhelmed and alone. I prayed and got through it, but it cemented the idea within me that I really wanted to get back to my home and my family.

Like most things in life, moving would take the perfect alignment of so many of life’s moving parts. My husband has a steady job here, and California’s economy is infamously unstable. If we moved I’d probably need to go back to work  because of the huge increase in the cost of living. Which means we’d need childcare and another working vehicle. We’ve been trying to figure all of this out for years now. Sometimes we joke about just leaving everything here and driving off into the sunset.

Over the past two years, my level of homesickness has increased. I have a son now. I want him to know his family. I want him to grow up in a different environment. And honestly it would be nice to have some people around we could really depend on. We don’t have anybody we can leave the bean with just to go to out for dinner and a movie. I know! I could be less picky, but my child is my treasure and I can’t  leave him with just anybody. Heck, forget dinner and a movie. Last month both my husband and I were sick at the same time. It was hard to take care of each other and the baby, all while trying not to get him sick.  Thankfully, God blessed our kid with an amazing immune system and we pulled through.

And that’s just it. With God’s help we’ve been surviving. But I know that He wants more for us than just survival. I never imagined settling down here for good. So I’m asking you all to pray with us. Pray that we find some solution. Pray that God guides us through this time and grants us wisdom in all we do.  And if you happen to know anyone in California looking for an awesome Network Administrator with web design skills, let me know!

Have you made your home far away from friends and family? What are your tips for making it bearable? I’m grateful for whatever help I can get. :)

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Hodie Hi! I’m back again. This past weekend we went to Target to pick up some things we needed around the house.  And, as usual, we ended up coming out with a bunch of stuff that wasn’t on the list.  So I thought, why not share my extra purchases with all of you?! I know some people aren’t into the whole “haul” thing, but I think they’re a bunch of fun. The second best part of going shopping is coming home and sharing what you got with friends and family. Since I moved away from home, I haven’t really been able to force invite my family to share in my joy.

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My small haul

While we were in the baby department hunting down diapers, I decided to check out the kids’ clothes. Big mistake. I was really only looking for training pants, because it’s time to start potty training the bean. He really loves Spider-man (or Sidah-man as he calls him), so when I saw tiny little Spider-man undies I couldn’t help myself. He also needs a new pair of Spider-man jammies. He wears the pair he has now every single time they come out of the dryer. Unfortunately there were none to be had. We did find a pretty awesome Spider-man hoodie.  And a Spider-man shirt that was on clearance for only $2.70! Score! So now the little man is set with Spider-man gear until his next growth spurt. And because I am a super cool mom, we got a tiny bottle of Mr. Bubble in the dollar section. Was I the only one jealous of the kids with Mr. Bubble as a kid? I always had to use grown up bubble bath. None of them had a funny looking guy made of bubbles as a mascot. As you can tell I had a totally dark childhood. >_> We also picked up some Suave for kids de-tangling spray. I keep trying new things to tame the bean’s curly mop. He’s not a huge fan of hair combing, so I thought this might help make grooming less stressful.

As a momma you've got to treat yo' self!

As a momma you’ve got to treat yo’ self!

I also got a few mommy treats while we were out. I saw an article on Nouveau Cheap a couple of weeks ago saying that Target had started selling Pacifica products. I had seen their bath and body products on Sephora’s website, but I’m not one to buy things like that without being able to smell them  first. I decided to try out the  coconut water facial cleansing cloths and a set with trial sized products in the blood orange scent. There will definitely be more on those later. I also endeavored to be a tiny bit more budget conscious and try out one of Target’s teas. I’m not a huge tea drinker, but I really enjoy the Tazo Passion tea. Well imagine my delight when I found an Archer farms tea just like it that was organic and almost $2.00 cheaper!

Yup, Target got me once again! It seems like every time I go into that place I find something else I didn’t know I needed. How about you? Did you get any treats this weekend? If so please share! I absolutely LOVE seeing what other people pick up in the course of errand running.

Be on the lookout for my review of the Pacifica stuff and the tea. I’ll let you know if you should get pulled into the T-zone too! Hope you’re all having a fantastic week!

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Dec 282012
 

Hey! Hey! it’s Friday! How was your Christmas? Our was pretty swell. The little dude got what seemed like a million things. He’s pretty well stocked for the time being The best part was that my husband was off work for 5 whole days. And he actually didn’t work ! (OK for the most part he didn’t work.) It was really nice to spend some uninterrupted family time together.  I got pretty spoiled this year too. I know there’s this idea that most ladies want expensive jewelry or cars or something for Christmas, but I’m really not that girl. I’m not one to brag, but I got my own custom made Louise Belcher hat. I know that absolutely EVERYONE in the world watches Bob’s Burgers, so I don’t have to explain what that is. But just in case we have visitor’s from far out nowhere on the blog today, I will add a little something here to catch everyone up.

This is Louise. That is her hat. She is my spirit animal. I now own a hat exactly like hers. Unfortunately I am NOT an 8 year old girl so I cannot get away with wearing my hat all day every day. But rest assured it was worn all Christmas day, and will be worn again. Probably just in my house, but you never know. I’m a wild child!

I know you’re jealous, and I would say don’t be, but who are we kidding? You totally SHOULD be!

So as you can see, we had a great holiday. But honestly I was a little disappointed to see so many people complaining about what they didn’t get. I heard so many stories about kids throwing fits over what their parents didn’t buy. It makes me sad.  I know this may be an un- popular opinion, but Christmas isn’t about getting. It has everything to do with GIVING. At least for us it does. God loved us and he GAVE  His only son. When Christmas comes, I get excited for the chance to give. I like giving my time, and my concern. I like to give kindness. I know we should do that everyday, and I really try to live my life that way. But Christmas is a special time for me, because we give joyfully and abundantly. It truly is a time when we are supposed to mirror the heart of God. We love because He first loved us. And so, we give because He gave to us. If all we are prepared to do is take, what kind of example can we be to those who are looking for the love of our Father? Just some food for thought. As we prepare to enter a new year, I would like to challenge us all to look into our hearts and find new ways to be a blessing to those around us. Let’s look for opportunities to reach out beyond our own wants or needs, to meet the needs of others. If we start by healing another’s wounds, we may find that our own hurting hearts will become healed in the process.

Stay blessed everyone! And have a great weekend.

 

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Good Morning Loves! It’s December. Hands down this is my favorite month of the year. I am a Christmas FREAK! I Can. Not. Wait. for Christmas. So this month is going to be a little special. I will be posting 3 times a week all the way up until Christmas Eve. Monday’s will still be mani Monday, but I’ll be trying out some super fun holiday nail art looks. I’ll be starting with the mild and moving to full blown glittery holiday madness! Wednesdays will be fun Christmas treats you can make for friends or family. So if you’ve got office parties to go to, or you just want something to share with the neighbors; I’ve got you covered. Fridays I’ll be doing Christmas grab bag. So we’ll talk about traditions or crafts and gift ideas.

Oh and look at what we had for breakfast this morning

I made it with what was hanging around in the fridge, and it was pretty tasty! If you want I can share the recipe!

Anyway, I hope you are enjoying this weekend. We’ve got a few things to pick up out and about. I’m super looking forward to heading over to Target to check out the goodies from the Neiman Marcus collection.

TTFN!

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! It’s my first year blogging, and I’m thankful for having the opportunity to write abut my life here. I’m also thankful to have found so many amazing new blogs to follow.

We have been invited to dinner at a friend’s house this year. This makes me thankful for a few reasons. I am thankful that we have friends that feel like family. I am thankful that we are welcome in their home. And of course I am thankful that I didn’t have to dream up and execute an entire menu this year. I’m making one dish!

I am always thankful for my family. I’m grateful that even on our roughest days, we have each other. I know that life is that much easier because I have people in it that will without a doubt have my back any day, any time.

I am thankful for the safety and stability God has granted my family. So many people have been displaced this year, either through natural phenomena, or economic uncertainty. I am blessed to say that God has spared us those challenges.

I am thankful that even in the face of tragedy, God provides. I mean how BIG is our God? Even when we feel like life is on its very last leg, when it seems like trials will certainly steal our joy, God shows up for us. Just think about how truly amazing it is to wake up every morning. We don’t think about how incredible it is that our hearts continue to beat moment by moment. Even if you think you have nothing to be thankful for today, take a second. Close your eyes, listen to the sound of  your own breathing. Just think about how good it feels to have air in your lungs. We are all blessed.

I’m thankful for everyone who has stopped by to look at my blog. Thanks to everyone who has left a comment, or sent a tweet, or commented on Facebook. I hope you enjoy the day with your friends and family. And most of all I hope you take a little time each and every day to count your blessings and be thankful.

And Now I leave you with a little ditty that will bring you all kinds of reasons to be thankful. Mostly because you’ll be thankful you aren’t the one who came up with it.

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

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Sep 202012
 

Here’s something cute for you to look at! You’re welcome :)

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Sep 172012
 

…it’s true. I’m also a huge nerd, a dork, a silly juvenile woman child sometimes, and the most responsible person you know, but only on the inside.

The truth is I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks. But I wanted to. I got caught up in how this whole blog thing is supposed to go. Well no more of that! This is my blog. I do things the way I like. I’d love to have you here. But if you don’t like how I do things, or you think I’m weird; or you just don’t like my fonts or theme or whatever, peace! No hard feelings. Seriously, none at all.

But I have to be me, folks. And that means that things around here may be random. I may rant about stupid things I hate that you find wonderful. To each his own.

They’re having web hosting sales all over the place. Feel free to buy your own corner of the internet. This one is mine.

Happy Monday,

 

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Sep 012012
 

Hey guys! I know I’ve been pretty unreliable this week. I love blogging so much, but sometimes when life gets hectic, I find it hard to focus and find inspiration. But never fear! Things will be back on track starting Monday. I have a really great collaboration coming up, and I’m truly excited.

The main thing I want to stress is that I do this because I love it. I don’t want to put things on this blog that I don’t really feel serve a purpose. I want this to be a place that people can come to get perspective; to learn, laugh, and be refreshed. I want to focus on quality over quantity.

I hope you will all stick with me through my growing pains. Thank you for being here now reading these words from my heart. I sincerely hope that my words can reach out and touch you just when you need them.

Have a blessed holiday weekend.

 

 

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Aug 302012
 

I saw this today on tumblr and it really struck a chord. I have had the hardest time in life feeling included. I get along with lots of different kinds of people. I love a wide array of experiences. Sometimes this can be limiting in a way that most people don’t seem to understand.

If you fit into a group, then you have security. There’s always somebody that is there because you all belong. But what happens if you don’t fit into just one group. I’ve found that people in general feel better in cliques. No matter how big or small, no matter how open they want to believe they are, people like to know their boundaries. So what do you do when you can’t pick just one? Most of the time you end up on the outside looking in. Add in a little (OK, maybe not so little) dose of social anxiety, and BAM! Loner for life.

It’s easy to start to feel like an outcast. You always feel like you’re playing a game without benefit of knowing the rules. It’s important to remember that who you are is exactly who you are meant to be. We all have strengths and weaknesses, but we are all beautiful because of what makes us different.Everyone will not always know ho to love your beauty, but that does not make you less beautiful. You will find love, acceptance, and community that is right for you. And when you do, it will make you wonder what you have been so worried about.

Love yourself. Love your tribe. Let them love you.

Have a great day,

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