Thursday, January 31, 2013

That Friday Blog Hop

Welcome to That Friday Blog Hop.
With your hosts: Rebecca @ Let Them Eat Cake | Chrissy @ A Lil' Dash Of Diva |

Tiffany @ Life Of A Lost Muse

Hop around, have fun, and find lots of fun blogs to enjoy!

So here is what we ask from all of you lovely people.
  1. Follow the three hosts
  2. Follow the week's special co-host
  3. Grab the button, share it everywhere to spread the word
Let Them Eat Cake




Our co-host this week is Melissa from In Her Boots Stop by her blog and show her some love! You can find her blog by clicking on her button below. Don't forget to leave a comment there as well. We all love comment love!





So link up all your social networks and have a wonderful Friday and weekend!



Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Thirsty Thursday

Thirsty Thursday Blog Hop

Thirsty for followers?


Come get to know us and stay for a drink.
This blog hop is hosted by

Obviously MARvelous

&

A Lil Dash of Diva

1. Follow your hostesses by subscribing via reader and/or email
(Make sure to verify this subscription by clicking and confirming the email link you are sent. Following this way is a two step process)

2. Link up the main home page of your blog on the Linky Below

3. Copy and paste the Thirsty Thursday button in a blog post or on your sidebar (found on my sidebar)

4. Click other links on the Linky and follow some new friends


~Obviously MARvelous~

I'm Marcie (aka MAR) from Obviously MARvelous! My blog offers a look at my life as an outspoken, funny, tattooed wife and SAHM of 3 as well as some wonderful product reviews and giveaways! Please have a look around and enter a giveaway or two!
(You can subscribe to my feed via reader/email by clicking the links on the right sidebar)

&


~A Lil Dash of Diva~~

I’m Chrissy from A Lil’ Dash of Diva! My blog offers a look at my life in general; from photography to my struggles with infertility and PCOS as well as my love of makeup and all things girly, pink and sparkly. I talk about my family and I try to keep things as real as possible. I love linkups and blog hops and you can expect a few reviews and giveaways sprinkled in along the way.
(You can subscribe to my blog via GFC or to your preferred reader on my left sidebar)


Thursday, January 24, 2013

That Friday Blog Hop

Welcome to That Friday Blog Hop.
With your hosts: Rebecca @ Let Them Eat Cake | Chrissy @ A Lil' Dash Of Diva |

Tiffany @ Life Of A Lost Muse

Hop around, have fun, and find lots of fun blogs to enjoy!

So here is what we ask from all of you lovely people.
  1. Follow the three hosts
  2. Follow the week's special co-host
  3. Grab the button, share it everywhere to spread the word
Let Them Eat Cake




Our co-host this week is Megan from Ephesians 5:33 Wife Stop by her blog and show her some love! You can find her blog by clicking on her button below. Don't forget to leave a comment there as well. We all love comment love!



Ephesians 5:33 Wife

So link up all your social networks and have a wonderful Friday and weekend!



Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Thirsty Thursday

Thirsty Thursday Blog Hop

Thirsty for followers?


Come get to know us and stay for a drink.
This blog hop is hosted by

Obviously MARvelous

&

A Lil Dash of Diva

1. Follow your hostesses by subscribing via reader and/or email
(Make sure to verify this subscription by clicking and confirming the email link you are sent. Following this way is a two step process)

2. Link up the main home page of your blog on the Linky Below

3. Copy and paste the Thirsty Thursday button in a blog post or on your sidebar (found on my sidebar)

4. Click other links on the Linky and follow some new friends


~Obviously MARvelous~

I'm Marcie (aka MAR) from Obviously MARvelous! My blog offers a look at my life as an outspoken, funny, tattooed wife and SAHM of 3 as well as some wonderful product reviews and giveaways! Please have a look around and enter a giveaway or two!
(You can subscribe to my feed via reader/email by clicking the links on the right sidebar)

&


~A Lil Dash of Diva~~

I’m Chrissy from A Lil’ Dash of Diva! My blog offers a look at my life in general; from photography to my struggles with infertility and PCOS as well as my love of makeup and all things girly, pink and sparkly. I talk about my family and I try to keep things as real as possible. I love linkups and blog hops and you can expect a few reviews and giveaways sprinkled in along the way.
(You can subscribe to my blog via GFC or to your preferred reader on my left sidebar)


Thursday, January 17, 2013

That Friday Blog Hop

Welcome to That Friday Blog Hop.
With your hosts: Rebecca @ Let Them Eat Cake | Chrissy @ A Lil' Dash Of Diva |

Tiffany @ Life Of A Lost Muse

Hop around, have fun, and find lots of fun blogs to enjoy!

So here is what we ask from all of you lovely people.
  1. Follow the three hosts
  2. Follow the week's special co-host
  3. Grab the button, share it everywhere to spread the word
Let Them Eat Cake


Our co-host this week is Kimberly from My Pinterest Reality Stop by her blog and show her some love! You can find her blog by clicking on her button below. Don't forget to leave a comment there as well. We all love comment love!



My Pinterest Reality



So link up all your social networks and have a wonderful Friday and weekend!



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Thirsty Thursday

Thirsty Thursday Blog Hop

Thirsty for followers?


Come get to know us and stay for a drink.
This blog hop is hosted by

Obviously MARvelous

&

A Lil Dash of Diva

1. Follow your hostesses by subscribing via reader and/or email
(Make sure to verify this subscription by clicking and confirming the email link you are sent. Following this way is a two step process)

2. Link up the main home page of your blog on the Linky Below

3. Copy and paste the Thirsty Thursday button in a blog post or on your sidebar (found on my sidebar)

4. Click other links on the Linky and follow some new friends


~Obviously MARvelous~

I'm Marcie (aka MAR) from Obviously MARvelous! My blog offers a look at my life as an outspoken, funny, tattooed wife and SAHM of 3 as well as some wonderful product reviews and giveaways! Please have a look around and enter a giveaway or two!
(You can subscribe to my feed via reader/email by clicking the links on the right sidebar)

&


~A Lil Dash of Diva~~

I’m Chrissy from A Lil’ Dash of Diva! My blog offers a look at my life in general; from photography to my struggles with infertility and PCOS as well as my love of makeup and all things girly, pink and sparkly. I talk about my family and I try to keep things as real as possible. I love linkups and blog hops and you can expect a few reviews and giveaways sprinkled in along the way.
(You can subscribe to my blog via GFC or to your preferred reader on my left sidebar)


Friday, January 11, 2013

Ad Space Giveaway!

Northern Belle Diaries Jan 2013 giveaway

It's HERE!  The lovely friends and sponsors of Northern Belle Diaries have come together to bring to you over
$200 of ad space!

Today is also my birthday, the last one before 30 (eek! OK, I am a little excited) and I thought I'd treat all my lovely readers to a fun giveaway!  These bloggers are all awesome and have been so generous with offering a little real estate on their blogs.

The fine print:

*Open internationally
*You must follow Northern Belle Diaries via GFC or Bloglovin' to win.
*Winner WILL be verified.



January 2013 sponsors
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

That Friday Blog Hop

Welcome to That Friday Blog Hop.
With your hosts: Rebecca @ Let Them Eat Cake and Chrissy @ A Lil' Dash Of Diva. Hop around, have fun, and find lots of fun blogs to enjoy!

So here is what we ask from all of you lovely people.
  1. Follow the two hosts
  2. Follow the week's special co-host
  3. Grab the button, share it everywhere to spread the word
Let Them Eat Cake


Hosts:


Let Them Eat Cake     Photobucket



Our co-host this week is Julie from STL Avon Lady-Scatterbrained In St. Louis. Stop by her blog and show her some love! You can find her blog by clicking on her button below. Don't forget to leave a comment there as well. We all love comment love!





So link up all your social networks and have a wonderful Friday and weekend!



Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Thirsty Thursday

Thirsty Thursday Blog Hop

Thirsty for followers?


Come get to know us and stay for a drink.
This blog hop is hosted by

Obviously MARvelous

&

A Lil Dash of Diva

1. Follow your hostesses by subscribing via reader and/or email
(Make sure to verify this subscription by clicking and confirming the email link you are sent. Following this way is a two step process)

2. Link up the main home page of your blog on the Linky Below

3. Copy and paste the Thirsty Thursday button in a blog post or on your sidebar (found on my sidebar)

4. Click other links on the Linky and follow some new friends


~Obviously MARvelous~

I'm Marcie (aka MAR) from Obviously MARvelous! My blog offers a look at my life as an outspoken, funny, tattooed wife and SAHM of 3 as well as some wonderful product reviews and giveaways! Please have a look around and enter a giveaway or two!
(You can subscribe to my feed via reader/email by clicking the links on the right sidebar)

&


~A Lil Dash of Diva~~

I’m Chrissy from A Lil’ Dash of Diva! My blog offers a look at my life in general; from photography to my struggles with infertility and PCOS as well as my love of makeup and all things girly, pink and sparkly. I talk about my family and I try to keep things as real as possible. I love linkups and blog hops and you can expect a few reviews and giveaways sprinkled in along the way.
(You can subscribe to my blog via GFC or to your preferred reader on my left sidebar)


Friday, January 4, 2013

Ch - Ch - Ch - Changes

Happy Friday, y'all! I don't know about you, but this entire week I haven't had a clue what day it's been. lol. I can't wait for school to start back up on Monday just so I can keep my days straight!


I've always been one of those people who wrote out new goals or resolutions at the start of a New Year. It's something that my family always did growing up and I just never thought about NOT doing it once I was on my own with my own family. Until this year. This is the first year I didn't actually sit down and make a list of things I wanted to do or have happen this year. And you know what? It feels great.

I realized that for all these years that I was writing out a goal list, I never really gave it a second thought past the first day of the year. It would get shuffled to the bottom of a pile of papers and then eventually thrown away. That wasn't doing me any good and so my goals weren't being accomplished.


This year I decided to do something a little different. Do I have goals I want to accomplish this year? Absolutely! But I'm going about it differently than I have in the past. I am taking a more day by day approach to get me where I want to be in the long run.

I'm working on myself. I'm focusing on being more intentional in things I do and in being happy where I am. That doesn't mean I don't have hopes and dreams for the year, I do, but I'm just hoping that by focusing more on the here and now I will be more successful.


There are a few areas I'm focusing on more this year. Things that I have been thinking about for quite sometime, but I always felt that if I started them I wouldn't be able to finish and then I would feel bad about myself so I just never started to begin with. That's no good. So, I'm holding myself accountable to doing things that I know I need to do. If I fail, I fail. And then I will get back up and try again.

For a while now, I've been feeling like I needed to get back to my roots if you will. I am a Christian, but I don't go to church. I don't read the bible. I do pray occasionally. Something that I've been feeling I need to do is to stop being a Christian in name only. Start living it more. So I started the #shereadstruth plan. It is a daily plan, which helps me keep myself accountable because it's totally doable and realistic when things are broken down to what I need to do daily instead of looking at the bigger picture of what I want over the year.


SheReadsTruth


One of the other areas I am wanting to improve is photography. So I'm doing the FatMumSlim photoaday on Instagram...again. I always do good for the first week and then I slack off. So I'm working on it day by day. It makes me happy to take pictures.

This is the USS Arizona Memorial at the state capital in Phoenix

The anchor from the USS Arizona

A piece of the 9-11 Memorial from the World Trade Towers at the state capital in Phoenix

If there is one area I feel I can always use more work in, it's as a mom. I'm doing a 30 day mom challenge with my BFF - Harmony. Everyday there is a challenge and we remind each other to do it and are helping to keep each other honest, if it doesn't go so well, we tell the other. But we are also there to celebrate our successes on the days we nail it. We'd love to have more moms join us, so let us know if you want in on the challenge!


Hopefully this new way of doing things will help me to be more successful in reaching the goals I do have for the year.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

That Friday Blog Hop

Welcome to That Friday Blog Hop.
With your hosts: Rebecca @ Let Them Eat Cake and Chrissy @ A Lil' Dash Of Diva. Hop around, have fun, and find lots of fun blogs to enjoy!

So here is what we ask from all of you lovely people.
  1. Follow the two hosts
  2. Follow the week's special co-host
  3. Grab the button, share it everywhere to spread the word
Let Them Eat Cake


Hosts:


Let Them Eat Cake     Photobucket



Our co-host this week is Helen from Blue Eyed Beauty. Stop by her blog and show her some love! You can find her blog by clicking on her button below. Don't forget to leave a comment there as well. We all love comment love!



Blue Eyed Beauty Blog


So link up all your social networks and have a wonderful Friday and weekend!



Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Thirsty Thursday

Thirsty Thursday Blog Hop

Thirsty for followers?


Come get to know us and stay for a drink.
This blog hop is hosted by

Obviously MARvelous

&

A Lil Dash of Diva

1. Follow your hostesses by subscribing via reader and/or email
(Make sure to verify this subscription by clicking and confirming the email link you are sent. Following this way is a two step process)

2. Link up the main home page of your blog on the Linky Below

3. Copy and paste the Thirsty Thursday button in a blog post or on your sidebar (found on my sidebar)

4. Click other links on the Linky and follow some new friends


~Obviously MARvelous~

I'm Marcie (aka MAR) from Obviously MARvelous! My blog offers a look at my life as an outspoken, funny, tattooed wife and SAHM of 3 as well as some wonderful product reviews and giveaways! Please have a look around and enter a giveaway or two!
(You can subscribe to my feed via reader/email by clicking the links on the right sidebar)

&


~A Lil Dash of Diva~~

I’m Chrissy from A Lil’ Dash of Diva! My blog offers a look at my life in general; from photography to my struggles with infertility and PCOS as well as my love of makeup and all things girly, pink and sparkly. I talk about my family and I try to keep things as real as possible. I love linkups and blog hops and you can expect a few reviews and giveaways sprinkled in along the way.
(You can subscribe to my blog via GFC or to your preferred reader on my left sidebar)


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Power of Words

I have seen different friends doing this thing over the last few years where instead of setting goals for the New Year, they will pick a word or a couple of words that they want to work on over the year. I decided I wanted to do that this year so here are my words and why I chose them.

The first word I have chosen is: INTENT

this word is defined as:

intent (ɪnˈtɛnt)

— n
1. something that is intended; aim; purpose; design
2. the act of intending
3. law the will or purpose with which one does an act
4. implicit meaning; connotation
5. to all intents and purposes for all practical purposes; virtually

— adj
6. firmly fixed; determined; concentrated: an intent look

See, the reason I chose INTENT as one of my words is that the more I reflect on the last year, the more I am realizing I didn't really have a lot of purpose or focus on any one thing. It was a lot of reacting to life as it was thrown my way or just flitting from one idea/project/event to another. Last year was complete chaos for my family and I would really not like to repeat that. My thought for 2013 and living with INTENT to me means that I will choose to focus on our life, to really strive to maintain peace in my home, to work hard towards the goals we have set for our family instead of letting life get in the way and then just giving up because of the chaos.

The other word I have chosen for the year is: HAPPY

hap·py [hap-ee]
adjective, hap·pi·er, hap·pi·est.
1.
delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person.
2.
characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy: a happy mood; a happy frame of mind.
3.
favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky: a happy, fruitful land.
4.
apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas.
5.
obsessed by or quick to use the item indicated (usually used in combination): a trigger-happy gangster. Everybody is gadget-happy these days.

The reason I chose HAPPY is because I always say that being happy is a choice, but for the last few months I have had a hard time being happy. Things have been difficult, things have been stressful, things haven't been the way I want them. I've had a hard time finding my happy ;) so for this year I am determined to not let my circumstances determine whether I am happy or not. My family is healthy, we have a roof over our heads, we have more than enough food, we have clothes and shoes, we have a nice car, my husband has a good and steady job. We really have nothing to complain about, until we start looking at what other people have and deciding that what we have isn't good enough. That is something we will be working on in 2013.

Happy New Year, friends!