My First Fashion Blog

I follow a lot of blogs about all different topics.  One of which happens to be a fashion blog called Eccentric Owl.  Mrs. Owl has been writing for years, but now fits in the fact that she is a fairly new mom with her joys and struggles of parenthood into her stylishly superb posts.  So today I decided to try my hand at my very first fashion blog.

For a long time I struggled with the fact that I wasn’t contributing financially into our household.  I know this is a common feeling amongst stay at home moms.  Many of us feel guilty for not working, thus we feel even more guilty for spending any extra money on ourselves.  I emphasize the fact that I used the word, “struggled,” noticed it is past tense.

Why did I feel like that?  I suppose it was my insecurities that kept me from realizing that even though I don’t bring in an income to our home, I do so much more for our family by being here with our children each and every day at such a vital time of their growth and development.  I had feelings of anger and jealously whenever my husband made purchases for himself.  I often felt like, “Well, if he’s buying something, then I’m going to buy something too.”  There were times when I felt sad and depressed for not having financial freedom.  Which was a complete crock, because I could have anything in the world I wanted without any questions asked.

How did I overcome this?  I honestly don’t know.  I don’t know when I stopped feeling that way.  There was no, “Ah ha,” moment of clarification.  There is now just the mutual feeling of love, respect, adoration, and most importantly appreciation for my husband who gives me the best gift I could ever ask for, the gift of the opportunity to be a stay at home mom, the gift to be there for my kids.

A second thing I struggled with in the beginning of motherhood was the fear that I would loose touch with the rest of the world.  We don’t have cable in our home, and sometimes I don’t even leave the house for days at a time.  I was mostly afraid of turning into a frumpy stay at home mom.  Notice again that I used the word, “struggled.”

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Ain’t no frumpy stay at home mom here anymore.

This weekend I am going to be attending the National Federation of the Blind of Nevada annual state convention.  For over a month now I have been passionately and actively trying to bring together parents of blind children in our state.  This weekend is the weekend I have been working for where we are coming together to reorganize the Nevada Parents Organization of Parents of Blind Children.

This not so frumpy stay at home mom has lost a ton of weight, and all of her business attire is about two sizes too big for her, it was time to do some shopping!

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Since I’m not on the convention agenda or addressing the floor, I luck out in not having to wear a suit.  This means business casual will be fine.  This means, NEW DRESSES!!!

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Dresses and leggings were from Express, and boots are from Aldo’s.  IMG_2992

This weekend, I will stroll into the hotel looking and feeling strong and confident.  I will stomp down any and all obstacles that might try to stand in my way with my sexy new boots.  I will accomplish my goals, all while looking good.

Before I say farewell, I have one question for you.  Leggings, or no leggings?

 

 

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Literally Plant a Seed by Joining the Puzzle Campaign

How to I even begin this blog?  I am a 31 year old mom to two beautifully healthy amazing children.  Pregnancy came easy to me.  It almost seemed like all we had to do was think baby and there I was pregnant.  Unfortunately, the road to motherhood takes a little bit longer with a few extra twists and turns for some,  some women like my dear friend Deja.

Me, Marley in my belly, and my old roomy Deja

Me, Marley in my belly, and my old roomy Deja at the 2009 National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention.

This is not the first time I’ve written about infertility.  However, this time I’m writing for a cause.  I’m writing to spread awareness, asking for help, and sharing the dream that one day Deja can too, hold her new born baby in her arms like I did with my two children.

Baby Marley

Baby Marley

Baby Jackson

Baby Jackson

Deja and her husband started out the year with a different sort of New Year’s resolution.  Their resolution was to have a baby.  Along with writing about blindness and all things stylish on her blog. she shares her stories and battles with infertility.   However, infertility is expensive.  That’s why they’ve launched the Puzzle Campaign.  Learn more about this awesome couple, and the Puzzle Campaign by checking out Deja’s blog at Slate and Stylish I’m embarrassed to say that I have not yet contributed to the Pubble Campaign. Deja, here is ourpledge.  I pledge $40., $20 for each of our two children. We are also donating a canvas print from The Seed Project to their upcoming online auction. Please consider contributing to the Puzzle Campaign or participating in next month’s auction to make this couple’s dream of becoming parents come true.