As noted in my last post, I’ve taken quite a lengthy leave of absence from the blogosphere. And so several weeks later, I’m still contemplating my blogging fate. But today I felt a teeny, tiny little spark. One that came right after finally catching up on a month’s worth of discussions on my favorite mommy google group. And right before I took a (long overdue) peak at some recent updates on blogs I follow. It made me realize that I do miss this….the writing, the connecting, the sharing.
And so here I am – posting. Baby steps.
I’ll finish with a super cute pic to end your Friday:
So, if anyone out there is still reading this little bloggety blog, you may have noticed I’ve been a bit absent lately (3 weeks to be exact, and even that last post was a simple Wordless Wednesday). Truth is, things were crazy busy for a while - then the whole fam got sick, and then all hell broke loose (don’t ask)! However, since then, I’ve had more than one opportunity to continue writing….more than one free moment that would have provided plenty of time to write a post. But, to put it bluntly, I just haven’t felt like it…and I’m not too sure why. It’s as if all of my drive & enthusiasm for blogging simply went ‘poof’.
Alas, I am now at a point where the idea of abandoning this little project I started almost a year ago has entered my brain more than once. Aside from the somewhat snarky writing & opinionating, the frequent pictures & accompanying adventures of my little family, the random fashion advice, and maybe a recipe or two, what really is the purpose of all this?? That, dear Internet, is the question!
I’m all about making dinner as easy as possible (YES, I do on occasion prepare recipes that require multiple steps & preparations) and tonight’s dish was no exception. Here’s a rundown of what we used: Tostitos Multigrain Tortilla Chips, Bush’s Fiesta Grillin’ Beans, Perdue Grilled Chicken Strips, and shredded cheddar cheese. A few minutes of baking in the oven, and voila: Fiesta Nachos! We also added some fresh salsa and guacamole on the side . Oh, and of course I can’t forget the most important piece – a nice, cold, refreshing Margarita (Jose Cuervo’s mix is quite yummy). Delish!
(I know, maybe not the healthiest meal….but it’s easy, quick & cheap – that count’s for something, right?)
As a typical girly-girl who loves anything related to clothes, makeup & accessories, I could easily partake in some serious retail therapy every single day of the week. Seriously! That is, if free time was abundant and funds were unlimited. So yeah, it’s mostly that last part relating to finances that has really affected my shopping style….not only how OFTEN I venture out, but WHERE I go. Times are tough, money is tight – we all know that and I’m sure many of us have been hit one way or another by the floundering economy. I mean, just in the blogosphere alone there has been a huge influx of coupon/sale/deal-finder type blogs over the last few years, all looking to hook us up with money-saving tips & resources. And believe me, those sites are great because without a doubt there are some fantastic deals to be had out there. I’ve certainly noticed many more retailers offering frequent sales, and at much deeper discounts.
So, as I’ve continued to adjust certain shopping habits, I’ve found myself not only making good use of coupons & sales everywhere from the LOFT and Gap to Sports Authority and Nordstrom, but also turning more to lower-priced stores like Old Navy, Target, H&M or Express for fashion. And you know what? You CAN find cute & stylish things there….you just have to look, as well as maybe set your expectations a little lower as to availability & quality. But so what if that $8 tee from Target only lasts a season or two!
*I will add a little caveat in here to say that I DO still purchase higher-end items (like designer jeans) from time to time. I think sometimes spending more money on a quality item does pay off, especially when you consider the years of wear or custom-like fit that can not be found elsewhere that you get out of it.*
Anywho, I have recently found some fabulous pieces to add to my wardrobe, all at discounted prices or using coupons!
So, after receiving an invite for Mommy Bloggers Day at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, I finally decided to go to my first blogging related event and am so glad that I did. Not only did the peanut have a blast at the museum (a totally amazing giant playground designed for little ones to explore & learn through interactive play), it was also great to meet a few local bloggy mamas and put faces to a blogs! I’m so excited to become more active with some of the blogging communities I’ve recently joined and hopefully attend more meet-ups in the future. And of course connect with some new & amazing bloggers!
I have to say though, the whole ‘introducing-yourself-to-people-you’ve-never-met-but-recognize-from-online’ thing is a little odd….and even a little awkward. Especially since I tend to be a bit on the shy & reserved side and it’s not always easy for me to put myself out there (I’ve been working on that though for the last couple of years and believe me, I’ve come a long way!). But no worries, everyone was so nice and the ladies were all fabulous. I already can’t wait for Bloggy Bootcamp in September and look forward to any events that may come before then. So fun!
Here are just a few pics of a fantastically fun morning:
I'm your not-so-typical SAHM to an amazing, brilliant little girl and wife to a pretty great guy who just happens to adore us! By sharing my (somewhat random) musings on this beautiful mess that is our life, I hope to take an honest look at the often crazy reality of being a mama/wife/girly girl/frugalista, all the while making sure I've got my lip gloss on & feeling fabulous! Please feel free to email me with any questions - thanks for stopping by!