3.25.2015

Blogging Is Hard

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It doesn't matter if your space on the internet is a fun hobby on the side or your main source of income, blogging is hard. When I first started out [holy 4 years ago] this thought didn't even cross my mind. All it is is words and pictures - heck, not even grammatically correct words and in my case pictures that are taken in the same spot every single time, how can it be that hard I thought? I mean you get to sit in your pajamas, drink wine, and listen to Bruno Mars at whatever volume you want when doing it. I can't do that at my real j-o-b. So how is this hard? 

Well, for starters sometimes just the act of existing online is exhausting. Showing up is often the hardest thing to do, whether that be in "real" life or online life. There are days when staying in bed sounds like the better option, unplugging from everything sounds delightfully refreshing, and not having to share a single thing about myself or happenings of life is equivalent to hitting to the lottery. Not that I actually know what winning the lottery sounds like but I've heard good things. Recently I have struggled with knowing what to say on here. I question myself on whether my online voice really matters or if I am stuck in this, what can often seem a meaningless cycle, of hitting publish on a post that I will never care about in years from now. Maintaining a lighthearted, carefree attitude when writing can be hard. I used to pride myself on that. These days I can't remember the last time I just showed up to this space and freely wrote about anything and everything I wanted to. It's too filtered, too sponsored, too much of what I never envisioned my blog to be. 

Connecting with people face to face is my heart. Emails, tweets, Facebook messages, while they are all great, they are hard for me to truly connect with. Shoot, I struggle with phone calls to people I love the most. Minus the times when I actually get to meet some of you beautiful people in real life, look into your eyes, and have real conversation [and goodness do I love that], sometimes this space can feel pretty dang empty and lonely. It's a weird mix of too much noise and not enough feelings. 

And then of course there are the bits and pieces of negativity floating around about you when putting yourself out there. It's never a fun thing to hear negative things about yourself but is extremely weird to be able to openly read what people find wrong with you. I know that my face looks orange in pictures, I realize that I talk about drinking often [although can count on one hand the number of times I have been intoxicated], and yes I live in the middle of BFE, but I also have real feelings and want to love and be loved. It takes a lot of confidence and grace to love yourself through blogging sometimes. 

However, despite all of the above and no matter how many times I have said to my husband "I think I'm going to quit blogging...just walk away and be done", I am so grateful for this space. Without it I would have missed out on several true friendships that I know will always be near to my heart. I would have lost memories both big and small that I now am able to cherish forever. I have taught myself how to stick with something when it doesn't always seem fun. This blog has instilled a silent confidence in me that I have been forced to have because without it I would crumble. I have learned that blogging is often never easy but it is almost always worth it. Living In Yellow is an extension of my life. And while it will never fully encompass 100% of who I am, it will always be a space that I am proud to call home. Thank you to each one of you who show up, it blows my mind why you do, but am so grateful you have decided to. You make this space insanely precious. Love you all. 


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3.24.2015

Currently Looking Forward To....

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+ Martini club tonight. We have new babies to get all googly eyed over [yes, babies are allowed to Martini Club...start em' young we say!], new moves to celebrate [welcome back from Texas Lauren!], and of course drinks to drink. Between this and book club which took place last night my cup of girl time is completely overflowing. I'm not saying that I did pee my pants from laughing so hard last night but I'm not going to say that I didn't either. 

+ Go Blog Social conference in Kansas City, Missouri next week! I'll be representin' Pollinate Media with my girls Alissa and Summer and can't wait to meet some of you. If you are going to be there hit me up, I'd love to squeeze you! 

+ Easter. I LOVE CANDY, BRUNCH AND JESUS.

+ Our bathrooms actually getting complete! The guest bathroom vanity counter and faucet went on approximately an hour ago so we're making progress. Stay tuned to an Instagram account near you to see the updates. I'll miss brushing my teeth in the kitchen sink. Not at all. 

+ Working out again at LOL Health and Fitness Studio. This place is my jam and every day that passes that I can't make it to a class a little part of my soul dies. 

+ Mom 2.0 Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona the last week of April. I'll be headed out once again on behalf of Pollinate and am so excited not just for the conference, but the hotel (hellllllo gorgeous pool), and possibly learning a thing or two about actually being a mom. I've heard mom's like to drink so I think I'll be just fine. Again, if you are planning on being at this epic blogging conference - let me know. We can toast together. 

+ Speaking of mom's, writing a post called "So, when do you want kids?" 

+ Boat season. It'll be here before you know it. And by that I mean never thanks to the 4 inches of snow we got yesterday. WHAT. 

+ CMA Fest in Nashville [June can't come soon enough!] The top above from The Breezy Room has country concert written all over it. It also has "I CAN BREATHE" written all over it which is necessary for Nashville in June. If you ever want to rid your body of all toxins, just hang outside for a few hours downtown while bopping around to your favorite country artists. The sweat is more abundant than beer and that's saying a lot. 

What is one thing you are looking forward to? 




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3.23.2015

Important Steps to Home Ownership

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3.22.2015

Spring Home Tour


Just when I went and decided that Christmas was my favorite season to decorate for, I was proven wrong. Because the thing about decorating for Spring means Spring is actually coming and last time I checked, sunshine and warmth sure as heck beats grey skies and cold as balls temperatures. Not to mention pastels. Do you know what's better than pastel throwing up all over your house? A husband who deals with it. I should have known when he allowed us to paint our front door purple that he could handle a few pinks and yellows here and there, but I thought for sure I would hear at least a couple "now that's too much" yesterday when decorating but not a single word. Praise be to Jesus - men can be trained! All it took was a Happy Easter banner hanging from our fireplace mantel to make me realize it. 

Without further ado, I present to you our colorful home. 

Starting with the entrance....


I found this antique side table a year ago and had to have it - now it is patiently waiting for some fresh flowers to sit on top of it that I will kill in two weeks max.

Go ahead, come inside. 

welcome sign also found at antique market -- oars from TJ Maxx and sign from House of Belonging

Because the kitchen and dining area should always be the first stop in any house after walking in, we'll park here for a second. 

 wall prints from my etsy shop -- LOVE sign from Urban Gypsy -- vase filler from Target -- 
egg plates and mugs from World Market
 chalk design from Urban Gypsy [the #3 is in reference to our dog, Maggie - no baby here]
above decor -- Target
the most important piece of decor in the kitchen - the automatic candy dispenser [found here]
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 drink anyone?

Now that you all fed yourselves jelly beans and liquor, lets venture for a second into the "outdoor room"..


A hop, skip, and jump and we are over to the living room.

 happy Easter banner -- Target 

Alright time to make your way through the hallways and venture on out....

It's been real friends, come back again ;)


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3.19.2015

Doggie Style

Because Maggie has been all up in my business lately about making her "blog famous" again I thought I would bring back a post she wrote a few years ago. Hoping this will appease her for the time being and if not, well there are always more treats in the world to give her. Enjoy.

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Hi humans!!!
My name is Maggie.
Others call me Erin's barking cat.
Those "others" are no longer alive.


Anyhow, I figured I would take over mommy's blog today.
She is too busy yelling at herself for almost burning down the house by baking a frozen pizza.
She thinks she is domesticated but then she goes and does things like burning the house down by a frozen pizza. I would understand if it was homemade doggie treats in the oven but no, just a pizza.

it's not sun. it's smoke.

Thanks to her I keep coughing and my mom keeps saying "Maggie calm down and breathe!"
You calm down and breathe woman. I'm not the one who can't properly cook a pizza.
Back to me though.

Some of you may not know me.
For some reason my mom likes to keep me a secret.
Now if my name was "Wine" I'd be famous, but nope, I'm just the dog.
What my mom doesn't understand is that I keep the pounds off due to my hyper running all over the living room antics, but wine? All that does is put her to sleep. And make her hips wider.
Don't tell her I said that though please.
You know what I am sick of?
Being used for all of her self portraits.
Yeah right she wants a picture with me--she just wants to show off her good hair day.


Apparently on this particular day she thought her legs looked good.
I've had enough.
Next time my mom grabs me for the millionth and ten sweet mother daughter picture, I'm whipping out my tongue. We'll see how many more pictures I get roped into after that funky business.


On the bright side I am the reason why my mom and dad don't have any babies.
All I have to do is beg for food like so.....


And my mom gives it to me.
My daddy then gets all huffy and puffy at her and says things like "THIS IS EXACTLY WHY WE DON'T HAVE CHILDREN...YOU CAN'T EVEN SAY NO TO THE FREAKIN DOG!!!"
Mommy and I then make winks at each other.
You think my momma wants to push a cantaloupe out of a lemon?
Heck to the no.
You're welcome mommy.
Now give me more food.

lets be real though--who could say no to this face?

I should also note that I am looking for a sugar daddy.
The only companion I have is my cousin Ellie.


My mom told me that I am not allowed to hump cousins. Or females.
I'd like to take my daddy away from my mom and see what she would start humping.
Oh shoot. My mom just told me I wasn't allowed to say that.
She is starting to sound like my dad.
Speaking of my daddy, I am off to go get my belly rubbed.


This blogging shaz is stressful.
No wonder my mom drinks.
Peace out adults.


These paws are off to get into some trouble.
Or at least into some peanut butter.

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3.17.2015

The Day That I Discovered I Am No Longer Cool


Have you ever had one of those moments as you are sitting on the couch in your fleece robe (read: not that sexy silk stuff), staring down at your ginormous Croc slippers, sipping on bottled water, and realized "oh my gosh - it's St. Patricks Day and I haven't even had a green beer yet!" 

Well, I did. Tonight. 

But that's not the lowest point of the story. I didn't have a green beer today because I spent my dinner eating at the McDonald's PlayPlace. And not that there is anything wrong with the McDonald's PlayPlace, unless of course you have a strong dislike for the smell of feet and poop of children under the age of 7, but it's not exactly where I would have envisioned myself celebrating one of the greatest holidays. You know those "where do you see yourself in 5 years?" questions -- apparently you are supposed to actually have a plan for that because if not, well you end up like me. 

As my mind was swimming in all of this "I am so old, I have lost all coolness, blah blah blah" misery I thought to myself "self -- certainly you weren't doing many better things on this day over the past several years!" so in effort to make myself feel a little bit better, I took to my photo archive. 

Unfortunately, this is what I found when looking back at the past 5 St Patty's Day festivities. 


Throwing parties. Throwing down on the dance floor. Drinking green beer like a real person in their 20's. I had it all. 

And now? Bottled water, fleece robes, and McDonald's it is. 

Young children of the world, live it up. You will never be as awesome as you are right now. Believe me on this one. 

ps. In my "desperate to still be cool" defense, today was my niece's third birthday hence the McDonald's dinner and lack of alcohol. Not that there is any good excuse for my behavior, but at least she's cute so that somewhat makes up for it. Happy 3rd birthday my lucky little charm. May you always be confident enough to shove cookie monsters down your throat with pride. 



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