Monday, February 13, 2012

oh, hey there! {I'm back!}

I took an unscheduled, but completely intentional break from the blog the past two weeks.  I've missed it.  And I've missed you all.  But, I had some things that I needed to deal with and I promised myself that I would give myself whatever time I needed, until I felt I could come back to it, ready to write.  I thought it would be a week.  I can't believe it's been almost two. 

I feel ready to be back at it.  I feel centered and refreshed and I want the blog to have a new feel to it.  Over the past two weeks I've been reading this blog and this blog a lot.  You know why?  Because they are honest.  And just real.  They sometimes blog about DIY projects or recipes, sponsored giveaways or decorating, but the honest truth is that they are interesting to read because they are an open account of the lives behind the blog.  It has inspired me to make my blog a bit more like a photo journal of my journey and a bit less like an issue of Better Homes and Gardens.  

I still plan on sharing my decorating and my DIY and my recipes, because that is a big part of who I am, but I am hoping to do it in a way that feels a bit more like coffee with an old friend.  I hope you'll stick around and join me because I am super excited about what's happening around here.

Here is what's been going on in my part of the world since I last chatted with you...

...Mark and I have been running together.  It's awesome and it's not.  Awesome because he motivates me.  Not awesome because he is just so much faster than me.  I thought I was going to die on the side of the road yesterday.  But, I felt like a rock star afterwards. 

...We went to church as a whole family on Sunday.  Good stuff. 

...Baseball season has started and as a result, our weeks have suddenly become very scheduled.  I know that some moms resent this.  The truth for me is that I can see what it is building in Reid and what it's building between Mark and Reid and I don't mind it a bit.

{Some days the practice is at a park near our house and we get to walk.  I love that.}

...I finally got over my coffee concentrate shower and made another batch of iced coffee.  So worth it.  Drinking one right now.  Loooove.

...Mark and I are almost finished with this DIY...and it came out awesome!  I am hoping to post some pictures later this week.

...I tried this alfredo sauce and I was seriously impressed.  And, bonus, it was super easy.  Score!

...We attended a parenting seminar based on the parenting style in this book and it was really powerful.

...This past weekend I whipped up some Valentine's goodies.  Chocolate covered strawberries and Rice Krispies treats {heart shaped, of course!}, dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. 

I plan to make another batch or two today and add popsicle sticks to them to Reid can hand them out to his classmates with his Valentine's tomorrow.


and in shop related news...
...I've been finishing up a bunch of new designs.  I am hoping to list them all this week.  Stay tuned!

...The stainless steel Poppy's Key Chain's are back in stock {whoop!!}.  They are a glossy stainless finish now and even cooler than before.  Here is one that shipped out last week:

Pretty sweet huh?
Well, I think that catches you all up to speed. 

Thank you for your sweet notes, text messages and emails letting me know that you missed my posts.  I'm really, really glad to be back. 

Happy Monday friends!! 




  1. 1. Miss Amanda LOVES Rice Crispy treats, ESPECIALLY in the shape of hearts. :)

    2. That key chain is BEAUTIFUL.

    3. I am obsessed with your blog... when I saw it in BOLD on my Google Reader, I got the biggest smile on my face!!! :)

  2. So happy you are back! I love to start my day with your blog and my coffee. . . you've been missed! It is my only downtime before my crazy days with my 2.5 year old and 4 month old start! Keep the blog posts coming! :)

  3. I love when you post about your life. I totally connect with everything you say. I would love more of it. :) Good perspective on the sports pratice!! Glad you posted today!!! Have a great week!

  4. Hi Amber, I've just come across your blog through Michelle at Emerald Cove. I'm loving it and look forward to following along! :) xo K

  5. Yay! Missed your blog! Fun to run into you this morning! BTW, you should take me'd feel great...I'd pass out after the first 3 minutes! LOL!

  6. Loved seeing you back :) Glad to hear you took the time needed to gather your thoughts. Love & prayers to you & your wonderful family always!

  7. Sometimes you just need to step away for a bit. I'm totally with you on blogging my transparently and authentically. Sometimes I'm a little too honest on my blog but oh well, that's just me. I wear my heart on my sleeve and my life isn't always picture perfect! My favorite blogs are the honest ones too. Awesome that you're running with Mark! My hubs and I got all fat(ter) on vacay last week and decided to start P90X together yesterday. For the first time in my life, I felt like a need an inhaler and a paramedic standing by! LOL! LOVE the keychain!

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