my experience with miscarriage. It was a hard post to write, as I felt like I was reliving each one of my three miscarriages all over again. I cried. I was mad. I doubted. I felt hope. And then, healing begin to happen. I received text messages, phone calls, messages on Facebook, comments on my post and notes from both friends and people I've never actually met in real life. It was truly amazing how sharing something so personal and vulnerable made me feel so much love. Since my most recent miscarriage in January of this year, I've talked to a lot of women about it. Some expressed their sympathy but couldn't relate having never gone through it. Others opened up to me about their own experience. We've hugged, cried and bonded over our losses. And almost everyone I talked to about it asked me the same question: Why didn't you say something?0
trip to Orlando, almost everyone we talked to asked us the same question, "Which park are you going to?" I would have loved to hit up all of them, but time didn't allow for that so we had to choose just one park. If you didn't know the title of this post, you might guess that we went to Magic Kingdom or Universal Studios. *wink* But instead, we chose Disney's Hollywood Studios.11
trip to Orlando and I found out that a friend of mine and her family were going to be able to come down at the same time as us, the wheels in my brain started spinning. I knew I wanted to make some kind of a t-shirt for the two of us so we could match. (Yes, we're those people.) I started browsing ideas online of cute Disney quotes, made a list and sent it over to her to see what she thought. We both picked the same two as our favorites and so I got started planning the designs.34
February In Numbers post and shared my month that way. I had so much fun with that I decided to do the same thing for March, but kept it specific to our Orlando trip. So here's March In Numbers: Orlando Edition.30
booking our trip to Orlando at the Swan and Dolphin Resort and I found out they had a character dining experience, I knew I wanted to go.22
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort". Um, what?! That's right my friends. We were going to be staying at a WDW hotel and I was doing a happy dance in my living room.26
going to Orlando this month for a much needed vacation with my husband. This will be the first vacation he and I have taken together that is more than an overnight since our first child was born over 5 years ago. As you can imagine, we're pretty dang excited! My goal at the beginning of this week is to get all packed up and ready to go. I am a list maker and so it should be no surprise that I have made a packing list for myself to make sure that I don't forget anything I need to take with me. Some people have the attitude that if they forget something, they can just pick it up wherever they are going. If that is you, then awesome! But I am totally a planner and that kind of stresses me out. So, lists.10
string art heart for her daughter's nursery. I commented on her post and told her I'd been wanting to try it out myself and she suggested I do one for St. Patrick's Day. So I did. *wink*10
time saving hairstyles for girls, a couple of people commented that they would have liked to see me include a video tutorial or do some hair tutorials in the future. If you saw my teaser on Monday, I mentioned that I wanted to try and do more videos this year and that I would be posting one later this week. Well, that day is here my friends! Today you will get to see my very first video tutorial EVER. It literally took me all week to put together because I had to learn an entirely new software, as well as just trying not to be overly critical at my beginner (read: nonexistent) skills at filming and video editing. But I put a lot of heart (pun intended) into this and I hope you love it!26
reader survey. While I would have loved to receive a few more responses, I'm so grateful for those of you who did respond and gave your feedback. I always find the results of a survey interesting so I thought I'd share them with you, including how I plan on using them in the upcoming year!10
Pinners Conference, I attended a class about how to make the most of your time. The speaker, Nicole Carpenter, founder of MOMentity, gave us 10 tips for getting more done and most of them were easy enough that you could implement them the next day if you wanted to. If I had to guess one of the top 3 things most people say the don't have enough of, it's time. It's elusive. It goes by too quickly. It's viewed as either your enemy or your friend. It's something we don't have control over. Or do we?10
Before I start today's post, I just have to take a moment and say thank you for the overwhelming response I received to sharing my miscarriage story. I received so many texts, Facebook messages, post comments and phone calls from people expressing their sadness at what I've been facing and their love for me and my family. But in addition to this, I also heard from many women who have had miscarriages and said that reading my story gave them feelings of hope and encouragement. At the risk of sounding cliche, knowing that I was able to help at least one person feel like they aren't alone in their struggles makes it feel worth it. I am hopeful for the future.
I Am Amazing Because..." The purpose and goal of this campaign is to promote confidence and positivity by recognizing the talents and abilities and characteristics of those around us that we find amazing and unique and then telling them. We, as individuals, should be included in this recognition and often I think we forget or downplay what is amazing about ourselves. When I shared my post last week, I wrote that one of the qualities in myself that I find amazing is my ability to keep moving forward.22
The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel. Prior to the book being introduced at our last meeting, I hadn't heard of it but a few of the people in our group had and the general feeling was positive. The title definitely caught my attention because it seems like a contradiction. I was able to read through it in a few days and it kept my attention throughout.12
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