Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Oopsies + 2 more Bebe Bloggers

I lied. 
Yesterday I said I would give you a legit Hawaii recap today and I forgot to grab my camera this morning. Myyyyy bad. Traveling always throws my brain off.  You should see the heinous outfit I have on today. Like, I would not be my friend if I saw me.  Not to mention my hair is a greasy, half poof/bun situation.  I have not unpacked from Hawaii, and have not even thought about it. My DVR is 100% full and my to-do list at work makes me want to cry.

I just spent 8 days in paradise ... enough about my first world problems.  

I got something really exciting in the mail when I got home from Kaua'i:  My personalized Erin Condren 2012 planner.  Ummm, I cradle this thing like it's my first born every where I go.  I seriously am in love with it and it was worth every penny.  I know it's almost April, but you need one in your life so get one now because they are on sale for 40% off!
The actual colors are green and pink, not the yellow-ish it looks in the first picture above.

Iinstead of a recap today, I bring you two more baby bloggers: Jeremy/Megan and Kayla!  They are both proud, new-ish, hot mommies!  Read away:

Jeremy and Megan
Meaning behind your blog name:
My husband came up with the name for our blog when we were on a work trip for his company. I was early in my pregnancy and we seemed to be eating out a lot more because we were both too exhuasted to cook. Everytime we would go to a restaurant, the host or hostess would ask "Table for how many?" and as a joke one time Jeremy said "Table for 3"
(Me and Jer when I was 10 weeks pregnant!)

Blog Established:
I started the blog in December 2010 but didn't start REALLY getting into blogging until mid-late last year. Our baby was born 3.5 months early so I found it as an outlet while life was BEYOND crazy!

Current follower count: 41

Get to know this Baby!

1. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because we don't live close to our family or close friends so I started the blog so they could keep up with our pregnancy.
(Our positive pregnancy test!)

2. What do you hope to gain from blogging?
I love that blogging can connect me with so many other people with a similar lifestyle and interests!
(Like mommy's with cute babies like mine!)

3. Name 3 established blogs you look up to and why.

((only 3?!))
Becky: I LOVE that she is a working mama like myself, she is hilarious and her daughter is SO cute!! I have been following her since before her THOUSANDS!

Raven: I LOVE her attitude, sarcasm, funny stories and she is beyond beautiful!

Aly: I LOVE her fashion sense and pretty hairbows/headbands, her posts ALWAYS either make me laugh or cry and DUH she is Carrie Underwoods TWIN!

((and of course I LOVE The Bargain Blonde, Lindsey, for her recipes, fun blog posts and AWESOME bargaining tips!))

4. What has surprised you most about blogging so far (good or bad):
What has surprised me MOST is how supportive this community can be. I have seen posts where people have gotten HUNDREDS of comments, whether it was to offer congrats or sympathy! I think that is AWESOME!!

(Olivia 2 weeks old in The NICU, first time I got to hold her!)

5. Best advice you've received about blogging:
Just be yourself! :)

6. How do you come up with material for your blog?
I just write about my life, and when in doubt, I post pictures of my baby girl, Olivia! :)

7. What do you do when you aren't blogging?
When I am not blogging I am either working my FT position in HR, spending time with Olivia and Jeremy or Sleeping!

8. What is your goal for your blog a year from now?
My goal is that I keep up with this blog as Olivia gets older, so one day she can read it.

9. Have you ever been on a blate (blogger + date)? If not, would you?
I have not, but I would LOVE to meet some of the faces behind the blogs I read daily! (...anyone up to a trip to Michigan?!) ;)

Come on over and say HELLO...

Thank you SO much Lindsey for having me!! :)


Blog Established:
January 8, 2012 - yup, I am BRAND NEW to this blogging world and loving it!

Current follower count:
Ready for this?? 11! I'm actually really proud of this number. I know that if you add in the random family and friends that read along this is probably a bit higher, but just 2 months in and 11 strangers (okay 9, if you take away the 2 people I know) want to read what I have to say? I'll take it! 

Get to know this Baby!

1. Why did you start blogging?
I was a Stay-At-Home-Mama who was down in the dumps because after a whole year of CRAZY everything was starting to settle down and sink in. While I am COMPLETELY in love with my baby boy  Jack (aka Da Bubba), adjusting to being a mom, wife, and post-grad wasn't as easy when I had time to actually think about ALL the changes that had taken place in my life. My sister suggested that I start a blog to document this phase of life, and so I did! I have become completely immersed in this blogging community and had no idea what I was getting myself into!

2. What do you hope to gain from blogging?
I hope to meet new people, learn new things, & inspire others! I know first hand that life after college is a hard transition.. add in the wife and mama title and it's down right overwhelming sometimes! I try to be really honest in my writing and show the good AND the bad (check out my "Meltdown Moment of the Week" posts). While a lot of my blog features extremely cute pictures of Bubba, I also try to highlight the challenges I confront when it comes to living in a new place (with no friends), working on my marriage, and trying to be a good mom. If I can help others feel like they are not alone, then I think I will have achieved a really great thing! I also love that I will always have a "journal" of sorts to remind me of this really special time in our family's history. I will remember all the good and bad days and how I felt right in the thick of it!

3. Name 3 established blogs you look up to and why.  
Okay, not only is Naomi gorgeous beyond words, she is genuine. She has been at this blogging thing for 5 YEARS! She's a mama to a sweet baby girl and a little boy on the way! She cherishes and nurtures her marriage in a way that is truly inspiring. She also has a lot of fun and eats a lot of delicious food. She's basically a bloglebrity (blog celebrity.. it made sense to me..) and when I visit my sister in D.C. next month I am secretly going to hope I run into her..

Allie is seriously a mama superstar! She has three under three (her most recent addition was born 3/8/12). She went ALL NATURAL for all three of her births. I am seriously impressed by her every time I read a post. She's honest and has a huge heart. We live about an hour apart and chat via Twitter Direct Messaging.. which I didn't even know existed until she showed me the light! She gives me hope that there are other young SAHM's that aren't judgmental or rude, I just have to figure out where they are.. She also cherishes her marriage and I love how much respect and adoration she expresses towards her husband. She reminds me to love on my hubby a little more than I think to sometimes! 

Becky is seriously a doll! She honestly does it all. SAHM by day and RN by night! I swear she doesn't sleep and still has the energy to do all sorts of fun activities with her daughter. She inspires me to get my craft on (even if I'm terrible at it) and get out and do things with Jack (even if he can't appreciate them yet). She also does all of her own blog design and was kind enough to help me out when I needed a little extra "tutoring". I look forward to her posts and all the gorgeous pictures she takes of her little model baby, E. She's honest and blunt. My kind of girl!

4. What has surprised you most about blogging so far (good or bad):
The community aspect. It really can be a "small" blog world if you start reading the same blogs as other bloggers. Sometimes I feel like the new kid in high school, other times I am in awe of peoples' kindness! I also didn't realize how much fun I would have in regard to the actual design of my blog! I love figuring out all the html stuff.. and mess with it daily!

5. Best advice you've received about blogging:
Be yourself. It's really easy to try to present your life like it's perfect, but that seems exhausting. I like that I have really started to find my "voice" via my blog. The more I blog the more I feel like I'm truly documenting this crazy life of ours!

6. How do you come up with material for your blog?
I pretty much just blog about our day-to-day. Jack keeps me busy.. most of the time. And when he doesn't provide interesting material I just take a lot of cute pictures of him.. There's also this marriage thing I am trying to figure out. I'm lucky to be IN love, but that doesn't mean it's easy! My husband John is half saint (he puts up with a lot) half devil (he drives me cray!) He's my best friend and we manage to have lots of fun together.. I'm also attempting to domesticate myself, so recipe successes (though few and far between) are documented along with my crafting, cleaning, and decorating attempts. 

7. What do you do when you aren't blogging?
I love spending time with family and friends. My family are my friends so this is a giant bonus! We spend most of our weekends with some form of family and that is fine by us! We love spending summer weekends at my parents' lake house. We are die hard Spartan fans (both grads of MSU) and love to tailgate for football games and catch the occasional basketball game when we can! I love watching movies and reading (although the time to participate in either activity is scarce). Most of my days are spent playing with Bubba, reading blogs, talking to my mom and sisters (SEVERAL times a day), making baby food, cleaning something (sometimes), attempting to be a follower of the Tracy Anderson Method (this should happen more), and whatever excuse I can cook up to get out of the house!

8. What is your goal for your blog a year from now?
I hope to have more readers! I hope I am still chronicling my adventures in parenthood and marriage. I am going back to school for my masters in the fall so we will be adjusting to changes AGAIN. I can't wait to see how much our lives have changed and be able to see how we got there!

9. Have you ever been on a blate (blogger + date)?  If so, how did it go? If not, would you?
Not yet! But Allie and I hope to do a zoo date with our boys once she settles in with her new little man! 

10.  Tell us where we can find you on the Web:

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  1. TY Lindsey for having me!! :) It was fun posting for you!

  2. Oh my gosh, I love the design you got for your planner. I love mine!!!

  3. Ok after u posted about the planner I obvi immediately went and bought I've and it came today! Huzzahhhh!! & I can't wait till next school year bc I'm a teacher and I'm gonna get the teacher planner too!!

  4. Ok after u posted about the planner I obvi immediately went and bought I've and it came today! Huzzahhhh!! & I can't wait till next school year bc I'm a teacher and I'm gonna get the teacher planner too!!

  5. Haha...the blog world always amazes me. Lindsey -- I don't comment much but I read your blog religously...and then today I see your post about someone I know IN REAL LIFE. Well "know of" ...I know Megan through friends...we went to college together and have a lot of the same friends. So CRAZY I see that I see her on your blog! crazzzy. Anywho...get to posting those Hawaii pics, it's so awesome that you and Raven finally met :)

  6. LOVE your planner. I am flipping obsessed with mine. I think after having one I will never be able to have anything else. Yours is adorable!

  7. Love Megan's blog! I will have to check out Kayla's:) I'm dying for the Hawaii recap!! If it makes you feel better- My suitcase is still sitting in my basement full.....and I went on my trip May 2011:)

  8. Ahh that planner is SO STINKIN cute. I really want one, but I'm determined to wait until I can get a full year out of it lol... does she have any 18 month ones?!

  9. Thanks for having me :) also, dying for an Erin Condren planner - just saw the 40% off deal and I keep sending the husby e-mail links to it.. hint hint. It will be a MUST for grad school next yr! ah!

  10. I guess I am the only one not on the Erin Condren train! Haha!

  11. Erin Condren - hollerrrrr!!! Knew you'd love it bia.

    So, I'm excited about these featured baby blogger moms. More women who aren't ashamed to post ridiculous amounts of pictures of their kids? Score!

  12. i've loved this series you've done!

    And, if you couldnt tell by all the hearts - i LOVE your instagram account!! You do an awesome job of updating it! :O)

  13. What a great idea to feature new bloggers. I am a new one too as of late last year and just found your site through Kay. Such a neat idea!