Thursday, February 28, 2013

Guest post by Mrs. Robinson.

I feel so honored to be sharing this space with Kimmie today. Kimmie has been such a huge example to me as a blogger, mother, and just in life in general for a long time. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know her and work with her. For her to allow me to guest post for you all today is just a little dream come true for me. So thank you Kimmie for letting me share a little bit of my story with your readers today!

My name is Megan from "And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson." My blog follows my journey through the ups and downs in my life and how I am learning to be more true to myself and my potential.



I feel like my story isn't anything incredibly special. Like most of us, I have good times and hard times. But even if my story doesn't seem spectacular, I still have felt this strong prompting to share it with as many people, particularly women, as I can. I feel like the things that have happened in my life, the struggles I have gone through and lessons I have learned from it, are ones that many other women can relate to. And we all just need at least one person who will understand us.

For that reason, I write [blog].

Today I wanted to share with you something that I struggle with on a daily basis.
A sickness that I'm sure thousands of other people, especially women, suffer from.
It is debilitating. 
It is extremely harmful to my body & mind. 
And if left untreated, it can make life not worth living. 

This disease is "i'm-not-good-enough-otosis" 
or otherwise known as "always-comparing-ititis"

[also, I watch Doc McStuffins with my son and have gotten good at making up words :)]







This is something i have always struggled with. 
Whenever I get in a bad place, the first thing to blame is that I'm comparing... again. 
It has put a wedge in my friendships, in my relationships, in my parenting, and in my marriage. 

When I first started to go to therapy, the first thing I told my counselor was,
"I have a blessed life. But I don't know how to be happy in it."
The problem was I saw so many of my friends going on trips, moving into houses, having the cutest/most fashionable clothes, buying the newest gadgets & products, looking way more beautiful, more talented, more crafty, more likeable.... 

Do you see where i'm going with this? 

I could keep going. 

My husband Adam is well aware of this problem. He {unfortunately} has to call me out on it often. 
I know it's tiring for him. 
It's tiring for me. 
But they say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. 
And thankfully a year and half ago I was able to do so in a safe environment

Ever since I have realized that I have this disease
{and it really is a disease}
{and it unfortunately took me some time to finally admit that I even had it},
I have had to constantly make conscious decisions to avoid things that would make my comparing worse. Or actively seek out situations that will help me feel more worthwhile.

With the help of my counselors & my loving husband, I have tried to make a list of {mostly} fail-proof ways to combat the sickness that is comparison-ocosis:
-I try to limit social media, 
-I limit some of the blogs I read, 
-I try to focus on & remember my blessings daily,
-I surround myself with people that are supportive & understanding, 
-I try to focus on things that I love, not trends that will pass away {definitely can be hard. but worth it}, 
-And instead of feeling sorry for myself, I try to actually improve on the things that I may not like. 

It is a work in progress. 
Every.single.day.of.my.existence. 
But I know that if I want to be happy, truly & wonderfully happy, this is the first thing that must go. 
And eventually, practice will make perfect, right? 
Or at least soon there will be a more permanent cure.
[it's called higher self esteem :)]

Thank you so much for letting me share my thoughts with you all today! I hope you stop by and say hello so I can get to know you! 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What I Whipped Up Wednesday.

Let's jump right in!

Last week...

Let's Pour Tea made this adorable ELEPHANT CHALKBOARD:


Andrea Arch showed off this beautiful BABY NURSERY:


Sew Can Do created this rad BLOUSE REFASHION:


Dancing Carrots whipped up this yummy VEGETARIAN TACO SALAD:


This Little Estate shared her BEAUTIFUL STORY:


And Shabby Gals made this awesome YELLOW TABLE:
 

Thank you to everyone who linked up!
If you were featured be sure to grab a button HERE.
And no, you don't have to link back, but I get super happy when I see my name on your blog. 
Just saying. 
 Please remember that What I Whipped Up Wednesday was created for you to showcase what you've been up to. 
There are no limitations to what you can link up. 
 Crafts, recipes, makeovers, tutorials, projects, heartaches, triumphs... I want you to feel comfortable sharing all of it here. 
This is a place to share what you want people to see. 
Be proud of your posts.
XO


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Baby must-haves.

Now that Franky is over seven months old, I thought I'd round up a list of the items we used with him that we loved.
Of course, every baby is different, but these are my favorites.
Feel free to click each image to be taken directly to the item's description!
And yes, these are the exact makes and models of everything we own.
I truly love these products.
If you don't see it, we don't have it...(no crib, Bumbo, bouncy seat, or anything else that I finally realized by the third baby were pointless)
Oh, and we don't have crazy expensive swaddling blankets- I snagged a huge assortment of great quality blankets at Ross and Marshalls.
PS: New moms, Dreft isn't necessary.

I should really write a post about what I know about parenting now that I've had three.
Expect that post soon.
:)


Monday, February 25, 2013

Our guest room.

We turned our home office into a guest room.
In the back of our minds, I think we always wanted to update the office into a more functional space; still offering a computer desk, but also allowing guests to skip sleeping on the bunk beds in our kids' rooms.
However, this project wasn't on the agenda.
It happened like this:
I needed a new frame for a print, so we went to IKEA.
Two days later, we had an entirely new guest room.
So yeah.
 
Let's take a picture tour.
 
 

Before: half of the green screen walls & chaos


After:


Before:


After:


Before:


After:


Thank you for all of your hard work, Sedric!


I love this room now.


"Today has been cancelled go back to bed" art by my dear friend from YELLOW HEART ART.
That frame is what started this whole thing.
:)





I just need pictures for the frames, and like, eleventy million matches.
:)

Now, who wants to come be our guest?
XO

Sunday, February 24, 2013

A raffle benefiting a blogger in need. ($680 value!)

 Today is Riley's 7th birthday.
You can read Riley's story HERE and HERE.
Seven years ago today.
And I don't want to spend this day grieving.
So I will spend it doing something good.

Not long ago, I met Allison from Two Thirty Five Designs online.
Like, a few weeks ago.
And I immediately adored her.
And then she told me that she recently lost everything she owns and her home in a house fire.
You can read Allison's story HERE.
So, I did what any other normal person would do and asked how I could help.
She told me "nothing".
So here we are today.
:)

Below you will see art printables available for purchase.
To avoid crazy shop fees or trying to navigate around free shops, I am hosting this solely via
Rafflecopter.
Each print is $1.00.
Each dollar goes directly to Allison, her husband, and their three children.
All I want to do is help; your one dollar purchases add up, and relief for this family is possible.
The blogging community has teamed up to do amazing things in the past- I would love nothing more than to be able to send over a large lump sum to Allison. 


Print 1- $1.00



Print 2- $1.00


Print 3- $1.00


Print 4- $1.00




Print 5- $1.00



Each print purchased automatically enters you into the raffle drawing
Each print is 8" x 10".
And yes, you could steal the above images, but that wouldn't be cool.
So please don't.

To purchase a print, use the Rafflecopter form below.
You will be prompted to leave your PayPal email address as a means of entry.
This will not be visible to the public and will allow me to invoice you and send over your print.
Remember that each and every purchase goes directly to Allison and her family.
You can also donate directly via Rafflecopter.
Donations can be made in $5.00 and $10.00 increments.
If you would like to donate more, please leave a blog comment so that your kindness doesn't get lost in my email inbox!
You don't have to disclose the amount- just a quick comment telling me that you would like to donate would be great.
Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you!

By keeping everything on the Rafflecopter widget, we should all be able to easily see exactly how much money has been raised.

Purchasing any print above enters you into the drawing to win everything below.
One winner takes all!

 PRINT BY EAT LIVE MAKE $7.00 VALUE

AD SPACE AT EAT LIVE MAKE $8.00 VALUE

$10.00 STARBUCKS GIFT CARD FROM LIVINGSTONS HOUSE FULL OF BOYS

HANDMADE PENDANT NECKLACE FROM THE SAPPHIRE BEE $24.00 VALUE

TUTU SET FROM INSANITY RULES $20.00 VALUE

SUNSHINE WALL ART FROM UNIQUE BY U $40.00 VALUE

AD SPACE AT THE LIFE OF BON $15.00 VALUE

THREE MONTHS OF AD SPACE TO BOUFFEE E BAMBINI $60.00 VALUE

HOOP ART BY TAKE THE CANNOLI $36.00 VALUE

$30.00 STARBUCKS GIFT CARD FROM ANTLERS AND ROSES

$25.00 SHOP CREDIT AND $10.00 AD SPACE TO THE GINGERBREAD BLOG


THIRTY ONE CROSS BODY BAG IN BLOSSOM PRINT FROM BUTTONS & BOWS 
$56.00 VALUE

 LARGE AD SPACE AT BY THE PORCHLIGHT $14.00 VALUE

$15.00 SHOP CREDIT TO SMITTEN IMAGE

 ELITE AD SPACE HERE AT SUGAR AND DOTS $90.00 VALUE

AND 11 PAIRS OF SUNGLASSES FROM SOULSUN - 9 STYLES + 2 CHILD PAIRS
$220.00 VALUE


The entire raffle is worth $680.00!
And you can win all of it for just $1.00.
And you'll get a print.
And you'll be helping a family.
All good stuff.


If you have any questions at all, please email me directly.
SugarAndDots@gmail.com

I am so excited to see how much we can help Allison and her family!
Thank you for your kindness.
XO

Saturday, February 23, 2013

In case you missed it...

Seven years ago today since THIS HAPPENED.
Spending the day with family.
Making this post brief.
Favorite things from this week will be posted next week.
And there will be something good here tomorrow.
Even though I never blog on Sundays.
Please come back and visit.
Oh, and bring a dollar.
Another week with 7 posts.
Trophy status.

This week...

On Monday I told you all WHY I BLOG.
And then Bonnie GUEST POSTED.
On Tuesday I posted an UNFASHION POST.
On Wednesday I opened THE LINKY PARTY.
On Thursday I wrote about THE OSCARS & OPENED A GIVEAWAY.
On Friday I posted WEEK 8 OF #ITSHAPPYHERE.
And then I MADE SOMETHING.


XO

Friday, February 22, 2013

I made something.

Do you ever feel like there are just not enough hours in the day?
Some nights the kids will be in bed, the dishwasher will be running, and a basket of clean clothes will be ready to be folded, and I'll think, "This is all I have accomplished today. Clean dishes. Some clean clothes. And sleeping kids. Wasn't I busy the whole day?! Where does the time go?!"
By the time I can sit down and tackle any projects that I'd like to, I'm exhausted.
But recently, I made an effort.
I stopped PINNING, and decided to actually make something on my "me" list.
You guys.
I made something.


I stopped adding to my growing list of "one day" and focused on the day in front of me.
This project took a few days, and I made it over some time, but it's finished.
And I have decided to work on one project every day until it's done.


No more excuses.
I might only have a spare five minutes after doing the wife/mom/blogger thing, but I deserve those five minutes.
Time for myself.
Time to accomplish something.


I may not make amazing things, but I spent the time trying.
And that's all that matters.
Who needs sleep, anyway?!



PS- Me. I do. I totally need sleep.

XO


embroidery floss and hoop c/o WHOLEPORT
elephant moccasins c/o STARRY KNIGHT DESIGNS

Week 8.

Since writing THIS POST nearly nine weeks ago, 1,386 photos have been linked up with Project #itshappyhere!
That's 104 more photos since last week!
Tagging photos on Instagram with the above hashtag, you are helping to create a safe and happy place online.
Not all days are happy.
Not all days are full of sunshine.
Or laughter.
Sometimes bad moods can get the best of you.
And sometimes really bad things happen that ruin your day.
Or your week.
Or your lifetime.
#itshappyhere is full of some of the loveliest images I have seen.
Tagged by people willing to share their happiness.
Giving others a sense of hope.
Or a simple smile.

Each Friday I will be featuring a handful of my favorite photos from Project #itshappyhere.
Please join in and tag any photos, new or old, that make you smile.
Sharing a smile can change the world.
Watch and see.
Please visit the people below and be sure to tell them that you found them via #itshappyhere.
 
 
 
XO

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Oscars + A Giveaway.

 I am not always up to date with the latest trends.
I wish I could spend my days with a good magazine and a full meal.
Unfortunately, when I get my hands on gossip-covered glossy pages, I usually read a sentence or two at a time while covered in spit up, snacking on a leftover peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and resting my feet on a full laundry basket.
I'm sure most of you can relate.
However, there is one magazine that I give into every year.
PEOPLE Magazine's Oscar Issue.

I devour the articles.
I swoon over the gowns.
The hair.
The shoes.
The celebrities.

Movies are the one thing I get.
My husband Sedric and I spend almost every night snuggled up watching a movie together.
We feel strongly about having alone time when the littles are put to bed.
Keeping up the romance is as simple as allowing our feet to touch while we snack on sweets together on the couch.
So easy.
So memorable.

This year, PEOPLE Magazine will have a red carpet edition in a mega issue.
PEOPLE Magazine 2013 Oscars Double Issue
I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to get my hands on this!
It goes on sale on March 1st and will be on the stands until March 18th.
Which means that I will be reading it on March 1st.
Obviously.

I am most excited to see Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. 
Which is weird because up until recently, I wasn't a fan of Ben.
(We're on a first-name-basis now.)
Then, I saw the movie Argo.
You guys.
Amazing.
I was on the edge of my seat.
I could feel my heart pounding.
I laughed out loud.
I cried.
I seriously loved love loved that movie.
And Ben was the lead character.
Go figure.
But he did such an incredible job.
I believed every word he said and put my entire faith in him that he could accomplish his role as the "hero".
I bought it all.
He was magnificent.
And the movie was fantastic.
I seriously hope it wins every possible award.
Have you seen it?
You should.
Even if Ben Affleck isn't your favorite.
He will be.

And I obviously want to see Jennifer because I love seeing her go from her role as a mother to her role as the arm candy of Ben on the red carpet.
She is so naturally beautiful.
My favorite kind of celebrity.



Want a free copy of PEOPLE Magazine 2013 Oscars Double Issue?
Be sure to enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below!
PEOPLE Magazine wants to give one of you lucky readers a $20 Target gift card!
You should totally use the rest of your Target money to buy a bottle of nail polish and a tub of ice cream and make a night of it.
That's my plan, at least.
Feel free to chat with me back and forth about the issue as you read it.
High school magazine-reading/ice-cream-eating/manicure-painting flashbacks, anyone?

PS-
PEOPLE Magazine wants you to test your people trivia skills by clicking HERE.
 Enter each week for a chance to win one of hundreds of rewards cards or a trip!
Click the above link to start playing now!
And when you win the trip, take me with you, mmmkay? 


Happy Thursday.
XO



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