Anchor Me Down

There's just something about an anchor that reels me right in and sucks me up with all of it's little pointy anchor goodness. It just screams "I'M ON A BOAT" or the like, "I WISH I WAS ON A BOAT"..which is the one I am usually screaming. Speaking of, we bought a boat recently. And not just the kind you pick up after dinner stops at Chick-fil-A. But like a real speed boat that can go up to 50 miles per hour or some similar speed that will make you throw up if you are over the age of 18. Except here's the deal. We bought it to remove the motor and replace it with a fishing boat motor. One that can go maybe 8 miles per hour. Why? Because we like to play pretend that we are 87 years old. Life moves fast enough. I don't need something that makes it move even faster ya know? Okay and we partially did all of the above because our lake doesn't allow boats that go over 10 mph. But really life, slow down already. And maybe that's why I love anchors. Because they actually hold us all still for a little while giving us the opportunity to simply enjoy what's directly in front of us. Which hopefully speaking, doesn't end up being an iceberg.  
Today's featured sponsor is the stunning Sarah from Le Brouillon de Vie. Please never ask me to say that name out loud because it will come out sounding something like chicken bouillon. 
I asked Sarah a few questions so that you could get to know her a little bit better. Her answers both inspired and made me laugh (love the million dollar answer..). I trust that you will love her as much as I do. Her beauty runs much further than that pretty little face you see. Continue on.

When did you start blogging and why?
At a time when my (former) day job was sucking the dear life from my being, I stumbled upon the blog world as one might stumble upon love. That feeling when your soul says, "Oh, hey there.. I've been looking for you." Then, the deeper you delve, you find yourself wrapped up in such a splendid little bond.
I've always been a very visual person; a looker, a learner, and a bit of a writer. Blogging gives me the opportunity to document my life in images, and link words into notions as the pretty bow on top. Blogging is the calcium to my creative bones."  

so about that being the most beautiful answer to why somebody started blogging ever...

You just won a million dollars. What's the first thing you would buy?
A lawyer? And then a ticket to the MOOOOON!

If you could offer one piece of advice to a new blogger, what would it be?
I'm far from qualified to offer advice, being a fairly new blogger myself... but if you're asking what pages keep me coming back (because that's the goal right)? Write about YOUR world. Gather inspiration from others, yes, but I want the real stuff. Not the filler. The grumpy, the grateful, the just plain present stuff.  ...with tasteful photography, of course. :)

What is your favorite form of social media?
I still need someone to sell me on Twitter. I adore Instagram. And blogs, of course!
Blog // Instagram // Pinterest



Garage Floors Suck. Giveaways Do Not.

Gotta make this one short and sweet today.
I've got a husband who is demanding my time in the garage. 
Poor man still hasn't learned that the garage isn't really my scene
Something about the grassy cement floor, smell of oil, and lack of couch. But when you are married, you do romantic things like hang out on grassy, oil infested hard surfaces. How jealous are you now single ladies?
And that's what you have to look forward to. Love, it's a glamorous thing. 

Though there may have been a hint of sarcasm above, the bottom half of this post is nothing to joke about. 
Unless you think winning 24 prizes is a joke..which let's be honest, it probably should be. 
Who honestly needs 24 prizes just from reading one blog post on a lonely Tuesday night? 
You, that's who. 

Say hello to these beautiful faces below and then get yo'self entered. 

I'm off to roll around in dirt. 

Peace homies. 
 Helene In Between -- Large Ad Space
Lisa Lately -- $20 Starbucks Gift Card 
Like Ordinary Life -- Two Months Medium Ad Space 
 HorseFeathers Gifts -- $50 Shop Credit
More From Meg -- $25 Etsy Gift Card
Sweetpea Lifestyle -- 200x200 Ad Space
Mish Lovin Life -- Large Ad Space
Handbags and Handguns -- Large Ad Space
Ab Petite -- Large Ad Space
Sandy A La Mode -- Medium Ad Space
Curated By Kelly -- $25 Shop Credit
Fizz and Frosting -- Individual Feature + Ad Space
A Complete Waste of Makeup -- 2 Months Large Ad Space
31 Million Seconds -- $10 Target Gift Card
Taking Notes Coast to Coast -- 2 Bags Seattles Best Coffee
Simplistic Living Girl -- $25 Erin Condren Gift Certificate + 2 Months Large Ad Space 
In Her Boots -- One Month XL Ad Space
Olive Heart Designs -- Chevron Necklace + $20 Shop Credit 
Here and Now -- $25 J Crew Gift Card
 Ma Nouvelle Mode -- $30 Sephora Gift Card
Exactly As We Are -- $25 Nordstrom Gift Card
Daydreams and Rainy Days -- 2 Books (The Last Summer of the Camperdowns and Woke Up Lonely)
Jane Heinrichs -- Choice of Any Print **YELLOW10 For 10% Off**
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Weekend Lessons Learned: Girls Have More Fun (And So On).

It's another edition of "weekend lessons learned". Let's get this party started. On second thought, let's not start another party but rather just read below. Continue on. 

1. Those Straw-Ber-Rita's that you spoke so highly about before...they will end up haunting you come Sunday evening of a holiday weekend. Stick with water. Forever. 

2. Farms really are beautiful. Take that St. Thomas and all you other pieces of paradise that try to lure me in with all of your glamorous scenery on a daily basis. Suckers. 

3. Ramona and Beezus really is the shiz niz no matter what age you are. If I am to ever have children I would like a 50/50 mix of Ramona and Junie B Jones, thank you very much. Are you reading this lady who is going to bear my children for me? Just a nice mix of those two. That's all I ask.

4. Waffles are even shizzier than Ramona and Beezus. 

5. Asparagus is not to be grilled in this direction. Whatever you learn from reading my blog, learn this. 80% of those spears will end up falling in between those little rails and your dad will get all huffy puffy on you and question your mental state of mind.
In my defense, several were rescued and they tasted just fine with enough cheese thrown on top. Which is another lesson you need to learn--when in doubt, add cheese.

 6. That chicken hiding behind that ginormous bowl of potato salad? Verging on the best chicken I've ever had. Recipe found here. Make it, love it, make it all over again. You are welcome.

7. My nieces are cuter than yours.

 8. If a girl wants to drop it like it's hot, let her. No matter if dancing with poles is appropriate at her age or not. Entrepreneur. I like it.

9. Women have the duck face pose to rely on when getting a candid picture taken, men have this. I think it's called the "if you take another picture of me, I will knock your beeping lights out" face. Charming really.

10. Speaking of men, they have it so much easier than us ladies. Just confess it and move on already.

11. However, us ladies have much more fun. Embrace it and live up to our "we are way more fun than you" standards.

12. Because we have much more fun, we will be forced to eat the greasiest food we can find come the morning after we proved how much more fun we are. I promise I will stop saying the word fun now.

13. Come the end of a three day weekend, you will feel much like your dog. Move over beds, center car consoles are where it's at.

And that concludes yet another fun filled weekend with many, many, valuable lessons learned. 
Stay tuned to see what we will all learn come Labor Day weekend! 

ps. Props to all of you men and women who have served, do serve, and will continue to serve our country fearlessly. You make this whole "living in america" thing pretty dang cool. And for that, we love you. 

pps. A few spaces are left for June sponsorship. you may get yourself in on that action (for all of you in a dry spell this should be pretty exciting) by clicking here. Individual features will be available once I have a brain, energy, and time back. 

ppps. What lesson did you learn this weekend? Make it funny and I will share it with my readers in a day or two. Consider it a commenting competition.. it's on playettes. 

As if there weren't enough lessons to already learn from today's post, I have one more. Read this girl's blog
You like funny? You'll like her. Trust me on this one. Just read through these answers below to get a glimpse of Ashley and all of her awesomeness. After reading through these Q&A's be sure to go check out her recent post on 30 things she learned after turning 20. Home girl is spot on. 
You have one food that you could eat the rest of your life--what would it be?
McDonald's french fries.  I know I can't sound any more like a fat kid right now, but any one who tries to deny that these fries are anything less than magical is kidding themselves.  

When did you start blogging and why?
My job is the opposite of creative.  And while you probably won't catch me at Michael's trying to recreate some Pinterest craft, I do enjoy the chance to work on my writing skills and channel my energy into something that speaks to my personality and style.  

What does your ideal outfit consist of?
I suppose that depends on where I'm wearing it, because ideal to me at night, when I get home from work, is anything that doesn't require a bra and is likely a couple sizes too big. But if I have to go out in public, I always feel a little bit better if I have some heels on.  I'm already tall (5'7) but I can't deny the fact that walking around in some really great shoes does wonders for my state of mind.

And last but not least, I have to know--what are your honest thoughts on macaroni and cheese?
Dude.  I would eat it every day, but I really have this thing about liking pants that button rather than having to make the switch to 100% elastic-waisted pants.  

And on that note, I love her. Be sure to go say hello and get in on this good stuff. 




Can Social Media Cause You To Live A Cooler Life?

The other week some friends and I were sitting at dinner when I posed the question 
“do you guys think that social media can cause you to live a cooler life?”
The boys rolled their eyes and my girlfriend kind of tilted her head for a minute which is the normal response I receive for most of the questions that come out of my mouth. This time however I pressed the issue a little more. You see, I believe 100% that yes, social media causes people to “up their coolness factor” so to speak. While this may sound ridiculous, I really don’t think that this is such a bad thing, but rather a pretty good thing. Something that should be celebrated rather that frowned upon.

Before I begin my arguments on why I think there is some greatness in this whole “my life is cooler because I can plaster it all over social media” let us not get confused with the whole painting a false picture of your life online. There is a difference. I am not encouraging you to hide the “real” in your life (ie: dirty clothes all over your bedroom floor from four nights ago in the background of your filtered self-portrait, McDonald's fries for dinner-although really that is more something to be proud of, or spaghetti noodles dumped all over your kitchen for the 3rd time in two weeks), but to rather look for additional activities/moments/crap to buy/etc  because you can put it out on social media. Okay so maybe don’t look for more crap to buy strictly for social media purposes unless you want to wind up broke and spouse-less.   

I got a small taste of this very early on in blogging. There was a 5K that was happening in our area and a few of my guy friends were running in it. Somehow I was asked if I was going to run and like always, my first response to anything that included physical activity was “haaaaaaiiil no” (looking back it was a pretty fitting answer because it did hail for a portion of that run). But before committing to my firm no, a thought crossed my mind “Well wait. If I run in this thing I will be able to blog about it come Monday.” So I ran. 2% because I wanted to, 98% because I thought it would make for good blogging material the following week.

And so it has continued from there.

That clothes drive that I have hosted the past two years? Again, quality blogging material. This doesn't mean that I didn't want to do it to also bless the lives of others, because I certainly did. However, knowing that it could later be displayed on a public platform to inspire others gave me the additional motivation I needed to actually act on the idea.

I may have a cocktail mid Saturday afternoon when sometimes I maybe wouldn't have. I will say “yes” to going out to dinner with friends even if there is a small part of me that would rather stay at home in my pajamas. The craft project that normally makes me want to kick people in the shins suddenly looks a teeny tiny bit more appealing to do. Choosing to eat waterside instead of inside at the air conditioned bar on a hot Summer day. Taking a risk with an outfit as opposed to wearing the same thing you wore the day before. Going to that concert on a work night when normally you would prefer to get a solid eight hours of sleep. Making cookies from scratch rather than buying them from the store. Choosing to fly to another state for a conference even though the thought of it makes you want to puke. Ordering a burger with macaroni and cheese on top rather than choosing the 4,000 calorie less option. Getting your nails done instead of chewing them to the core. Going on a run rather than sitting on the couch all evening. Attending book club even though you never read the book. Going to church Sunday morning even though sleeping in sounds way, way better. Sitting in a restaurant for six hours too long just to get two minutes with Giuliana Rancic. The list goes on and on.

Do you see where I am going with this?
Social media can (and most likely does) enhance your life.

We make decisions to actually act on an idea, get involved in an activity, do something that scares us a little, all because in the back of our minds we know that it will be something “neat, different, or fun” to post on social media. Decisions that lead to more enjoyable mornings, days, and evenings.

I can honestly say that if it wasn't for blogging and social media I wouldn't have made a lot of the decisions I have in the past two years. Decisions that have fulfilled, uplifted, satisfied, and have helped shape and mold me into a more social, outgoing, eager to learn from life and the people in it, type of person.

Rather than giving social media a bad name, maybe we should embrace the fact that in a lot of instances, it is changing our lives for the better.

Just some food for thought today.

Tell me your thoughts—agree or disagree?  

P to the S. With social media comes the whole comparison thing. Steer clear of that game at all costs. It doesn't help you, it doesn't help them, it doesn't help anybody. Your life is good enough.