Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekend Review ~ Instagram Style

Posted By: Leah
Gav and I had a super full weekend yard sale-ing it up, running errands and getting ready for my bday next Saturday (Cinco de Mayo)! My yard sale table totally looked like a party! Oh! and  Gav had his first lemonade stand (even though it was only 55 degrees Sat morning) at our yard sale and rocked it. He's a little salesman for sure. I let him keep his earnings and he was crazy excited. Then it burned a hole in his pocket and he had me take him to buy a new Skylander for his game.

I already know what you're thinking, you're super curious about the cupcake tower in the middle of the yard sale table, right? I knew it! Remember (or you might not if you're new around here) last year I was hot on making washcloth cupcakes. I sold a bunch at my work's holiday craft fair but still had a pile left over. So they made an appearance at the yard sale. I will take pics of what didn't sell and get these listed in my Etsy Shop sometime soon. Also... speaking of my Etsy Shop....

 I sold quite a few earrings that I made at the Yard Sale too! But for those that didn't sell... they're going in my Etsy shop too!

Ok enough about Etsy, so Gav's been looking sooo super handsome with his longer hair. But the side-burns were getting a little much and even though I probably could trim them up myself... I just didn't want to risk messing up his adorableness.
So this week we got his hair trimmed up. He's so boss!
Yikes, that leads me to my hair cut drama. I ALWAYS cut my own bangs. It is a skill I have and I can get by with trimming them up once a month or so. Well... I figure it's been about 4 months of this and I needed a professional to make sure I was doing it right... and this is what SHE the $18 bang trim lady gave me...
 UGH Embarassing, right?! And why was I wearing a turtleneck to work? ok bad decisions all around. So I've been trying to make the most of my baby bangs. Do people who aren't all rockabilly even wear bangs like these anymore? I'm going to go with yes and try to rock them. I don't really have another choice.  And yes they are soo uneven! But I feel like if I go back to have the girl fix them she'll have to cut them shorter anyway so I might as well work with them. And be semi-embarassed.

So much trauma. Moving on!  It's been a year since the Royal Wedding! So on TLC it was wedding weekend. I love wedding stuff so much. Kate's dress really was awesome and Pipa and her badonk...  

Oh and the last thing... Did you know that I go to church? Well I don't go that often. But I have gone for the past couple of years and attended the last 2 sundays. Anyway, so the church I've been attending pretty regularly off and on said some stuff this sunday I DO NOT AGREE WITH. They said that being gay is a sin and that divorce is a sin. And I really can't handle that... at all. And this is a very contemporary non-denominational 'rock and roll' church.

The preaching part I can give or take depending on the week. But when they come out and 1- start talking about sinning and hell and 2- say things that I do not agree with, I don't think I can keep going. And that really sucks, I liked the music and all the hipster college kids. So really, the main reason I like going to church is they make the service like a concert. And the music is super good.  And I could try out wearing vintage my crazy styles. And everybody was nice. But an unsupportive environment of my own life circumstances and those of people who are my friends where they call what we have to do is a 'sin.' That is not where I want to be. And for sure not where I want Gav to be.

The only good part of church this week was that in the music part at the beginning this Sunday, a girl sang my fav (christian) song. I actually saw Kari Jobe (the girl in the video below) sing this song live. It's absolutely beautiful.

And no, I promise I'm not going to talk about religion, social activisim or anything else in my blog anymore after today. I find it all very personal and I respect everyone's opinions. I am just really let down that the church I had been attending suddenly is talking about things different than what I believe. Isn't the whole point of church to bring people together? Well I don't want to be brought together with them. Sucks :(

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Coffee Mug Swap!

Posted By: Leah

Cutie Suzels over at Suzels Says is hosting a coffee mug swap. How fab an idea is that? I love blog swaps, and have gotten some rad stuff in the past from participating. Bloggers, are pretty cool chicks!

The swap is open until April 30, so there's only a few days left to e-mail Suzels and get in on the mug swap. I'm super excited! Plus getting fun gifts in the mail will brighten anyone's day. Fo sho!

CLICK HERE to go to the link, get signed up, and get all the info.

I grew up with some pretty boring mugs (or at least I don't remember getting excited about mugs) but there are some super sweet ones out there now plus all the vintage and retro ones. I'll leave you with some adorable mug pics for inspiration. I found all of them on modcloth.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

So What! Wednesday - I'm a Mom

Posted By: Leah

For today's So What! Wednesday, I'm doing a mom edition. All things I'm saying So What! to are about my almost 6 yrs experience being that person who's called 'Mama.'

So What! That I LOVED being pregnant. I didn't have any discomfort, ate like a crazy person, loved the attention, and never had any morning sickness. Oh and food tasted extra amazing! (did I mention I ate like a crazy person... hello 54 lb weight gain!)

 So What! That I couldn't breastfeed. I have these big boobs and they didn't have anything in them. I felt very very bad about it at the time, but now it really doesn't matter.

So What! That I couldn't push Gav out the natural way and had to get a C-section. I felt bad about that too. I really started off feeling like a failure for not being able to do those 2 seemingly normal things.

So What! Gav also was jaundaced when he was born because I was RH negative (blood type 0 neg) and he had to be on a biliblanket for a week. We had a nurse come check on us daily once we were home and thanks to her she recognised I wasn't producing milk and got Gav on formula. He probably would have starved that first week before we went to the doctor if it wasn't for her.

So What! I constantly offer my prego friends very true, real advice. And sometimes it makes them depressed. But it's things no one told me and I wish they had. Stuff like your life will be complete chaos for the first month you are at home. You will be in straight survival mode. You might even resent your child for being so needy. Pregnant girls don't want to hear that stuff.

On Being a Single Mom:
So What! That I love the freedom it gives me. I get to raise my child how I want without any input from anyone else.

So What! Gav and I have the most fun ever. We do things on our own schedule and don't have to worry about anyone else. Want fro-yo before dinner? Ok!

So What! I don't mind Gav jumping in my bed in the middle of the night. There's no one to say that's bad and I don't have a problem with a 'family bed.'

So What! The bond we have is truly special and unique. Gav gets my undivided attention and I get his.

On Being a Working Mom:
So What! I have zero guilt on going back to work 12 weeks after I had Gav. Oh, and I started him in Daycare at 11 weeks. I had an entire week to myself to 'adjust' aka get my hair cut, prepare to go back, get used to him being in daycare.

So What! That yes I was sad when I had to leave him after having him either in my belly or holding him 24/7 after he was born. I felt an emptyness that is like nothing I've ever felt. It was awful and I cried. Then I took a nap in peace.

So What! That emptyness was quickly replaced with a feeling of freedom and empowerment. I was such a mess being at home with an infant. I took maybe 1 shower a week (maybe). I put on clean clothes um...  never, I was literally a hottt messss.

So What! I think being a SAHM (stay at home mom) is seriously the hardest job in the world. I can't even imagine. The pressure, stress, lack of 'me time.' The expectations to keep up the house, etc. I applaud everyone who does it. They are so lucky to have that opportunity, it truly is the most important and difficult job in the world.

So What! The worst thing about me working is I never get enough time to do what I need to. Folding clothes? Cleaning the windows? Priorities totally change and I'm okay with that.

On Mom Blogging:
So What! I'm not a 'Mommy Blogger.' 99% of the blogs I follow are mom-blogs, and yes I mention I have a child and fun stuff we do, but I'd rather talk about the stuff I'm doing or am into wayyyyy more. And I think that's the stuff people enjoy reading and can relate to.

So What! if I have a lot of guilt reading blogs about women TTC (trying to conceive) and having trouble getting prego when I didn't. I don't think it's fair some ladies can't get preggers the moment they want to and my heart goes out to them.

So What! that I've actually unfollowed blogs that are all about people's kids. If I don't know them, I don't really care about every little thing they do... or say. I know it's cute to them and their family, but it's not a blog I'm interested in when it's all kids all the time.

So What! That I think this post is already kind of boring. I don't know about you, but I get bored of reading mom-stuff non-stop.

So What! It took me 3 hrs to dig up the pictures to write this post. It was worth it, right?

So What! I'm also linking up with Wordless{ish} Wednesday's! Here and here , here, and here! I love using pictures instead of words... but in this post I kind of did both :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Yarn Bombing - Guerrilla Crochet

Posted By: Leah
Usually when I find something awesome on Pinterest, I am inspired to try to make it myself. Because I have zero crochet / knitting skills, I had to put together a whole post just to share it with you. I wish I could make it myself. It's called Yarn Bombing, and it's so so gorgeous.

One of the artists said they yard bomb, "Because at some point you realize you can only make so many afghans."
Awesome, right?

All photos (and there are even more!) are from HERE.

I need to learn to knit... pretty much right now, just so I can make these. Gorgeous!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Vintage Shopping Kid Free Weekend

Posted By: Leah
I had such an amazing saturday. I had a fun shopping day with just myself! I did so many fun things that I don't even know where to begin this post. I got a ton of cute vintage clothes and jewelry, tried new foods, hung out at new places... but let me back up to how I got to have a weekend of total aloneness to be able to do this stuff. It was 'me-time' all the time. And that is something I am not used to. And honestly, I had not been looking forward to all this alone time with myself either.

If you've been reading this blog for any time at all, you know that on the weekends I hang out with my 5 yr old Gav and we travel over an hour away to Charlotte (where my family lives and where I'm from) to hang out with my BF. This past weekend BF was at a car show and Gav was with his dad.

I'm always driving all over on the weekends, so his weekend I knew I should relax and stay in the area and not go anywhere outside of Greensboro. I knew I needed to leave co-dependent Leah at home and get out and explore Greensboro all by myself.  (SN: I've lived in this city since I came to UNCG in 1998, I moved to Richmond for 4 years, but have been back for 3 years)

I just think of this Greensboro as blah... I'm from Charlotte, a much bigger and city. But in the 14 years since I first got here Greensboro has grown... a lot. So this past Saturday morning I got up early, took a shower, and put on a fun outfit to headed out for the day. My first stop was the Farmer's Curb Market near downtown Greensboro.

 There were tons of pretty flowers and vendors selling all sorts of deliciousness. But nothing I couldn't live without. I didn't stay long, and headed to Elm street, which is the main street downtown in Greensboro.

I parallel parked on the street (holler) and took a peek at my reflection. Check out my booty, yikes! hahah ok bad angle.
... I think it's a distorted reflection. ANYWAY so I started walking down the street. This random dude (kind of hipster-ish) was walking towards me. When he got to me he put out his fist, and we did a random fist bump and both kept walking. This was only within 30 seconds of me getting out of my car. 

I kept walking and there was a lady in front of me in a super cute rockabilly dress. The top 4" of the back of the dress was unzipped. I was close to stopping her and offering help... but then I had the thought maybe the zipper was broken or it didn't fit her. And I don't talk to random strangers! As I had this internal dialogue, she turned around to me and asked me to zip her up and said she was running late to work. I zipped her, complimented her outfit (she had on great sunglasses perfectly matching her dress) and thought "I've been downtown for not even 5 minutes and have met up with 2 fun people.... maybe these are my people around here!" 

I got up to the area with the cute vintage shops, but the first one I saw (above) was not open yet. Across the street was store called Just Be and they had a bubble machine outside! I was kind of being a creep standing there taking a picture with my phone, so I figured I'd go in and check it out. 

OMG this store was the most adorable ever! Everything is either locally made, or made in the USA or fair trade. It was very much an Etsy come to life type place. I got the above to items, the adorable head band and kawaii necklace. Look at the top of this page, the little cloud I use as my icon? It was him... on a necklace! The girl working was soo nice. She complimented my Hello Kitty top, and we chatted for quite a while. It was clear we were really similar and should hang out. So Emily, if you're reading this, hey!!! 

I left there, crossed the railroad tracks and walked into a store that looked cute called Across the Tracks. OMGGGG this was by far the most amazing vintage shop I've ever been in. The lady working was so sweet and after I grabbed about 10 dresses, just everything I saw I wanted, she told me she gave honest opinions and to let her know if I had any questions. This lady was awesome. I had her zip me into about 1/2 the outfits, and she gave really good advice... so did the other shoppers. All the clothes were vintage not Good-Will vintage, but legit from the 80's or before kind of stuff. And the prices... so good! Everything was right around $10. My favorite is the brown dress in the lower left picture. Ok my phone and Diptic app didn't do it justice, but it's absolutely spectacular. Totally authentic 1960's Mad Men all the way. 

I'll have to do a special post on these dresses another time, because they are each so awesome. 
After leaving that shop, I walked down to the end of Elm street, and really wanted to go to Elsewhere, but they weren't open yet (even though it was almost 1pm) so I'll have to go there another time. 

I walked back up Elm St and stopped in a few more places. One super adorable shop (and I forgot the name!) was where the lady who's dress I zipped up earlier worked. She helped me big time this time! We got to talking about vintage and I showed her one of the dresses I had gotten at the shop earlier. She helped me pick out the perfect necklace for it. It's super 80's but I just love it (it's the dress I'm wearing in the upper left pic above). 
by then it was after 1pm and I was getting a little hungry (considering I hadn't even had breakfast yet). I stopped into the Green Bean (where we went ALLL the time when I worked downtown back in the olden days aka '02 - '05). Emily with Just Be had suggested going to Loaf for a life changing experience with their pastries and scones, so I just got a red tea and honey and a banana at the Green Bean.
I charged my phone and played on Instagram for a while (if you follow me on there, sorry you have already seen all these pictures already!)  I got caught up on e-mails, checked FB, and  talked to BF :) 

I went in some more shops, and made my way down to Loaf. I wanted something sweet, but figured because it was almost 3pm, I needed something a little more like lunch. So I got the jalapeno foccacia bread. OMGGG... the lady warmed it up in the oven for me and it was seriously amazing. I might as well have been eating the best pizza ever. It was that good and had so much cheese! I also got coconut water for the 1st time. I had heard other people talk about it, and have seen it at whole foods and stuff, just never got it. It was sooo delicious! I want to drink it all the time now. It really was coconut + water. YUMMM.

The last thing I did when I was in the area was check out a bike! Remember my post from last week HERE when I decided I liked riding bikes again? Well I found this one that would be perfect for me! I'd just get it cleaned up and painted, etc. Exciting, right!? I haven't purchased yet, but am thinking about it.

SO that was just my saturday morning/afternoon. There's even more that happened this weekend but this post is already super long. I know it's not a big deal to most people to go downtown and shopping by themselves, but I am admittedly super co-dependent and would rather do things with other people. Fortunately I have Gav with me pretty much all the time, so I very rarely do anything alone, not even go to the grocery store. But I had fun by myself this weekend! that's where I'm going with this whole post. I had a ton of time to myself and I really enjoyed it.

What did you do this weekend?
Are you okay having a lot of time to yourself?
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