A Blog Post About Nothing

Man oh MAN!
Where have I been lately? Literally everywhere and no where. Our life has been a crazy whirlwind the last 6 months and I just feel like sometimes I can’t catch my breath. I know I’m not the only one who feels that way, right? I want to do a more “in depth” post sooner rather than later about what is going on in our life, but a small rant about pretty much nothing will have to do the trick for right now. Because I feel like writing and this is my blog so….cheers!

As many people know we’ve been trying to sell our house for the last few months and GEEZE it has been an emotional roller coaster. Trying to figure out this next big step in our life has been challenging and exciting and scary and frustrating and everything in between. Isn’t it funny how life works like that sometimes? All the emotions rolled into one. How do we stay sane?! (Well…TRY to stay sane, anyway!)

I truly can’t believe summer is almost coming to an end. Excuse me, what?! How is it even possible that we are going to have a second grader? The heartbreak with kids growing up is REAL, y’all! Why can’t they just stay little forever? Like it ACTUALLY hurts my heart that she’s growing up. But my GOODNESS is she growing up to be a heck of a lady! Beautiful, smart, kind, thoughtful….I just love that little doodle bug of ours.

In other exciting news…my sister and I are the proud new owners of a children’s consignment sale franchise. Say whaaaa?! Yup! We are the newest owners of Here We Grow Again – East Valley! So if you’re a mom like me who spends WAY too much money on kids clothes, shoes, and toys…this is the sale for you! Make back some $$$ on your out-grown clothes and shoes and also shop adorable clothing for your kiddos. It’s a win/win! Go “LIKE” our Facebook page!!!! (And tell your friends!)

I’ve been giving “monthly meal planning” a try. It’s been interesting. For the two weeks we’ve been doing it. HAHA! Check back in two weeks to see how we ended up doing!!

I wish I had more fun and exciting things to talk about, but this is real life….we all know how that goes! Especially with a low-key life like ours.
Sometimes I just really get the itch to write random things down, and decided to hit “publish” on this one. I hope you all are doing great! I miss you all. Give me blog post ideas so I can write more! Okay love you bye! PS MY BIRTHDAY IS IN ONE WEEK! HOLLER!

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Give Your Man A Woody….! – JORD Watches

Let’s face it, shopping for men is one of the hardest things EVER. Or maybe just for my man?! He’s a simple guy, doesn’t need much, and hardly asks for anything. M has never really been a “watch man”, but JORD Wooden Watches may have changed his mind!

STORY TIME! One year¬†for MY birthday I felt so guilty about buying myself a nice, expensive watch that I had to counter and get him one, too. Naturally, right?! Needless to say…he never wore it. When his JORD watch was delivered, he wasn’t totally pumped because well…”he’s not a watch guy”….but as soon as he opened the package he fell in LOVE! He picked it up and couldn’t stop saying “wow! This is SO light!” He loved the look of it, the idea of a wooden watch, and honestly hasn’t taken it off since it arrived! So basically I’m the best wife ever for finding this cool gift, right?! ūüėČ

The Watch He Got: http://www.woodwatches.com/series/conway/dark-sandalwood-and-burgundy/#bombshellwifelife

JORD has both men’s and women’s watches and after seeing his, I am surely ordering my own! These are both of my favorite women’s watches. Which one do you like more?! I’m seriously torn between the two.
https://www.woodwatches.com/series/frankie/purpleheart-and-plum
https://www.woodwatches.com/series/frankie/zebrawood-and-champagne

I know I talked about this a little over on my Instagram page, but I am a complete sucker for good packaging. Guys, this box came it was so luxurious. The box it comes in, the packaging, everything just screamed high quality which I REALLY appreciate. These pictures don’t even do it justice, but I will try my best to show you what I mean…

JORD has been so overly gracious to send us this watch and to ALSO offer $100 off a watch to one of my wonderful readers! How amazing is that?! I have provided to link to enter on my Instagram page as well as right here: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/bombshellwifelife
Go enter and get yourself one of these amazing watches! If you’ve already entered or are entering from this blog post, leave a comment of….your favorite dessert! Then I know you’ve entered and we can further talk about delicious sweets!


Watch Gift Ideas

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All American Outfit | Girls Fashion Post

If you’re a girl mom (okay, a mom in general, who am I kidding?), you know how much fun it is buying clothes for little kids! I mean how the heck do they make it all SO darn cute?!

There is no denying that my little one has a love for fashion, so today we are bringing you a fashion post! Who’s excited?! *raises both hands* *does a little jig* *throws a party*

Have you heard of Switchables? If you haven’t, you’re missing out on some of the cutest skirts for girls out there! Actually, Cassidy and her mother-in-law Gayla can make any sizes custom ordered. So moms, you can even get something to match you and your little. Or you can get your precious newborn an adorable skirt. Anyway…Switchables are a 2 for 1 type skirt. Switchable. Clever, right!?!

They were kind enough to send E her own skirt and it so perfect for all the 4th of July festivities coming up! Guys. I’m dying over this. And I want my own.


I am always so intrigued¬†by what sparks people’s drive for starting their own business, so I had to ask a few questions to my sweet friend Cassidy.
1. What inspired your company WahlFlowerDesignsCo and the idea for Switchables?
“My two girls! Having girls brought out the crafty side and I wanted them to be matchy-matchy all the time!! So I made these for Easter outfits. They were rough at first. Haha. But since teaming up with my wonderful mother-in-law Gayla, the skirts are perfect!”

2. What has been your favorite part of having an online store?
“It has been fun learning! This is still so new to me and I’m learning so much about everything…even taxes!”

3. What has been your favorite print/Switchable so far?
“I love ALL our prints! Right now though, it’s definitely the All-American Switchable!”

4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?!
“Ohhh this is a hard one! I haven’t really traveled much, so my list is long. I’m torn between Alaska and Bora Bora.” (MY KINDA GIRL!!!)

Cassidy and Gayla can make you a skirt for any occasion! Birthdays, summer festivities, because it’s a Wednesday…ANYTHING! Make sure you check them out. I love supporting mom-based businesses! Make sure to follow all the adorable things happening on their Instagram @wahlflowerdesignsco (and tell them I sent you! ūüėČ )

SKIRT: WahlFlowerDesignsCo – https://www.etsy.com/listing/530303929/reversible-pencil-skirt-for-girls?ref=shop_home_active_1

SHIRT: Old Navy (ON SALE RIGHT NOW!) Рhttp://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=99571&pcid=6072&vid=1&pid=773497002

SHOES: Target – http://www.target.com/p/girls-lenita-dyeable-faux-leather-strappy-thong-sandals-cat-jack-153-brown/-/A-51487278

 

 

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The Real Reason No One Likes Your Direct Sales Company

I know I am going to ruffle a few feathers with this post. Blow a few skirts up. Put a few panties in a wad. One half being because I have been (and consider this my public apology to anyone I pissed off while with “that one company”)/am currently in direct sales, the other half being because what I am about to say is true. Buckle up.

We get it. You want to sling some product. Trust me when I say I am ALL ABOUT supporting other people, businesses, entrepreneurs, etc…HOWEVER, with that being said, there are a hell of a lot of things wrong with the way people go about direct sales…and I’m about to lay it¬†ALL out for you.

If¬†you think I can’t live without your product, you’re wrong. If I’ve said no, more than once, I probably don’t want it again on the 8th time you’ve asked me to try it. I’ve tried to be polite and you are being pushy. Stop.

If you think that making me feel bad for working a “traditional job” is working for you, it’s not. It actually makes me lose a lot of respect for you. Quit making people feel “less than” just because they are on a different path than you. So excuse me¬†while I¬†take my retirement, 401K, and health insurance and head on back to my 9-5 job. You’re right, it’s so terrible.

If I hear one more time how amazing of a mother you are because you chose a job you could do from your phone so other people don’t have to raise your children…I literally might scream. Whether you work a job inside or outside of the home, that should NEVER be the deciding factor on what type of mother you are. EVER.

Has being discreet and humble gone out the window when it comes to direct sales companies?! Y’all act like every nice thing you buy in the world you have to give credit to the “company allowing it to happen”. Maybe I just don’t like those types of personalities, but sheesh, tone it down!

You all know I love Jesus. With my whole heart. But I hate to break it to you,¬†God didn’t send you an army of people to follow you in the business. “I just know God put me on this path of direct sales…” *chokes on my coffee* WHAT?!?! You are kidding me, right? Like that is an actual joke?

I understand some people do really well with direct sales.¬†More power to you. I shop with direct sales companies, I use direct sales products, and there are products I truly, TRULY love. And THAT’S OKAY! What’s not okay is making other people feel inferior¬†for not selling or liking your product. *vent session over* *mic drop*

 

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10 YouTube Video Ideas For Your Channel

I am no pro when it comes to YouTube, but I do enjoy the heck out of it! SHAMELESS PLUS OF MY CHANNEL HERE. I think it is such a fun and creative outlet. If you have been thinking about getting on the YouTube train, I say DO IT! What’s the worst that can happen?! People don’t watch?!
I have about three people who watch my videos and I still love it!

A lot of people ask “where do I start?!”
Well….YOU START BY MAKING VIDEOS!
Here are TEN video ideas for your YouTube channel to get you started!


1. Do a haul – I have no idea why people love watching these, but they do! Myself included. No shame. Target haul, grocery haul, hell people watch peoples TRASH hauls. Its a real thing. Look up “Empties Haul”.

People will literally watch anything on the internet.

2. Show off a talent – Are you super good at something?! Show it off! The more unique the better. I myself am not real talented at anything, so this one is a no go for me. But you my friend…you run with this!

3. Routines – Again, this is one of those weird things that I am not sure why so many people watch, but they do! Do you have a school routine, night routine, cleaning routine….fitness/cooking/makeup/skincare?! (I could keep going but I will let you move on from this idea) Film it and throw it on the internet!

4. Story time videos – Ever have something ridiculous or funny or ridiculously funny happen to you?! The reason people watch YouTube is to pass the time (and occasionally learn about what someone wore or ate or did for the week)…talk about something that has happened in your life. People will love it.

5. Make a yummy food/drink – Everyone loves food and drinks. Film yourself making something great! ….and then share with me.

6. Weekly meals – What are you eating this week? Film it! (Are you seeing a trend here?! Film all the things!)

7. What you are passionate about – Do you love essential oils? Are you a makeup lover? Do you really enjoy fitness? This is key for your YouTube channel. Share what you love.

8. Pranks – I don’t film these types of videos, but I sure love watching them!

9. Introduction video – Tell us about yourself. A good, old fashion, sit down and get to know me type video. It may boost your audience when people can relate to you on a more personal note.
(Hmm…maybe I should film this video?!)

10. Cats – If all else fails….cats!

Remember that YouTube is what YOU want it to be! Whatever you choose to post, make it your own and have fun with it! The internet is such a vast and wonderful place and there is room for YOU here! If you film any of these videos, make sure to tag me in them so I can watch!

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5 Things NOT To Do On Instagram

We all love Instagram. The filters, the hashtags, the saltiness. (Kidding)
Business use or personal use, whatever the reason may be, we all love Instagram. (Are you following me yet?!)

Whether these tips ACTUALLY help your Instagram grow OR if they just help you in life, here are five things NOT to do on Instagram.

1. Do not feel like you have to have a “theme”. Once I heard what “themes” were I literally sat there looking at my phone like this

 
If you don’t know, themes are when people only post pictures on their insta page with certain colors so it looks aesthetically pleasing. Do I understand¬†that? Sure. But will I¬†not post a picture because it doesn’t have a blue object in it? Absolutely not. #postallthepictures¬†
 
2. Speaking of hashtags…for the sake of everyone, PLEASE limit yourself. I know first hand the love someone can have for hashtags. I use them often. And a lot of them. But if you are using over 20 hastags on one picture¬†AND hashtags that aren’t even relevant to your picture, please stop. It’s annoying. And #for the sake of #everyone, #please #stop doing #this.
 
3. Please quit deleting your pictures for the sake of having a “low picture count”. I don’t even know why this is a “thing”, but it doesn’t get you any where. Post all the pictures. Have you not heard of ChatBooks?!
 
4. Quit using stock photos. If you are a blogger/instagrammer (is full time instagrammer a job?) please quit using stock photos. We want to see YOUR talent/pictures/life/pretty face/lunch/outift. Not something off google.
5. Same filter on all your photos may look great, but does it REALLY look great? Sometimes my picture looks better in Slumber than it does in X-Pro II but am I going to ONLY use X-Pro II because ALL my pictures are in that filter!? No! Girl, use those filters however you want!!
 
I know some of these don’t seem “practical” but trust me when I say each of them are so out of this world annoying. So whether you apply them to your gramming or not, I hope you enjoyed this! What are some of your rules and/or pet peeves about Instagram?! Find me on there and leave me a comment telling me about them!
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The Truth About My Life Right Now

Why do I do this to myself? I go months and months and months without blogging and totally kick myself in the ass for it.
Guys, the last few months of my life have been hard. I talked about 2016 in a recap in December and that was my last post. Depression is a silly biznatch like that. It makes you want to do nothing, see no one, and gives you literally NO motivation. But as a wife, mom, and full time employee, doing “nothing” isn’t an option. So I went through the motions, day in and day out, and guys…it was draining. It IS draining. As in currently, I AM DRAINED.

I have such a weird complex with blogging.
Do I want to blog? Absolutely. But do I feel pressured to dress the best, act the best, have the best? Absolutely. It’s so silly. So so so silly. I’m sick of feeling like I have “nothing to post”.

One thing I’ve learned about the internet is that there is ALWAYS room for you. I feel like a broken record when I say that, but it’s true. If you want to talk, pour your heart out, and put whatever the hell you want on the internet…GO FOR IT!

I’ve been at a really low point in my life. I thought after we miscarried I would have nothing to talk about. I felt like no one would be interested in anything else going on in my life. But do I blog for other people? Do I write for their satisfaction? Obviously not. I never have. So why would I start now?

The truth is…I’ve been in a major rut. I’m trying so hard to get out of it, because trust me when I say it is the worst thing I’ve ever gone through. I am so thankful for a supportive husband. And I don’t mean support like “oh yeah he loves and supports me”. I mean supportive like he recognizes my down days and can say to me “are you having a down day? Is there anything I can do? What do you need?” That to me is true love, and support, and a best friend. He really is my rock.

I am hoping to get in more of a routine with blogging. I can do this. This is my happy place and no matter how many times I stray from it, I always have a longing to come back. Something about writing clears both my head and my heart. So here’s to writing in 2017!

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The Year That Kicked My Ass

This year was tough. And I don’t mean tough like “I had a few rough days”, I mean tough like I cried majority of the year and I wish I was even halfway kidding when I say that.

I’ve been writing this post in my head for about a month or so. I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to say or what I wanted to share. (Trying to be respectful for all parties involved) I’ve always been vulnerable on here, that’s no secret….but something about actually writing things out is so scary. It is so so so scary.

We started out our year by celebrating two years of marriage. Now coming up on three years, it’s crazy to see how quickly these years have gone. I know it’s only three years, but woah! What a wild ride. We went on our first cruise and we spent a weekend in San Francisco. Great, GREAT memories from both of those trips!

Our sweet little girl turned six this year. One SASSY six year old she became this year.

We went camping, we fixed up our house, and we created wedding films. We did a lot of fun things. The year wasn’t ALL bad, but…the title of this is The Year That Kicked My Ass….so let’s get onto that part….it’s therapeutic for me. Disclaimer: I understand not everyone approves of talking about issues in your life openly on the internet. You do you and I’ll do me. This works for me.

I try my hardest not to dwell on the past or things that don’t make me happy, and TRUST ME, it is something I am working on. My husband will laugh at that sentence because of how much I DO dwell on things, but it’s one of my character flaws I hate most about myself. I am working on it. Just love me. It’s what I need most right now.

In August we found out we were pregnant. After almost two and a half years of trying, praying, and crying for a baby, we finally got our turn. This came right after going through the toughest few months in our marriage. Parts of our marriage I honestly didn’t know how to handle. I was over the moon about our pregnancy, but I couldn’t help but wonder “why?” What was God’s plan here? I honestly thought we were being Punk’d. Ashton?! Where are you? I told myself that God was telling us that our marriage was worth it. This was worth fighting for. This was his sign for us. But in October, when we miscarried, I again wondered what the plan was. Why me? Why us? It was so hard to wrap my head around. And honestly? It still is. It’s still hard. I know healing takes time, but when is it enough time? Will I ever fully “be over it”? Not that I ever need to be over the pain of losing a baby, but some days I don’t feel validated for my feelings. I am not sure who I think I need to answer to, but most days I feel like it is someone other than myself…

This year was a lot of self reflection. It was a lot of learning. It was a lot of growing.
It was a lot of crying and screaming and fighting and saying “I’m sorry” and taking a step back to see who I was becoming. It was hard. Admitting things like this is hard.
I think one of the hardest things for me to admit is when I have downfalls. But those are what make us human, right? If we never admit these things, do we ever give ourselves the chance to grow from them?

No. The answer is no.

This year was a year of growing. Growing as a couple, growing as a family, and growing as a person. Sometimes not in the direction I had hoped for, and that’s okay. I need to take time and realize that not everything is going to be perfect. Life isn’t picture perfect. There are mistakes to be had, there are lessons to be learned.

One thing I know though? Through all of this….I really got the better end of the deal. I geta loving husband. A husband who chooses me and a husband who chooses our marriage. A husband who loves me on my hardest days and laughs with me on the good days. A husband who doesn’t always see eye to eye with me, but challenges me to see things a different way while trying to understand where I’m coming from in the same breath.

Guys, this year kicked my ass. Emotionally, physically, mentally….everything. It wasn’t a year I was proud of. It wasn’t a year I did anything amazing. It wasn’t a year that I accomplished anything cool. It was, however, a year that taught me a lot, and that is worth celebrating.

2017 will be our year. It will be MY year. I have 5302920 ideas for blog posts, YouTube videos, EBooks (WHAT?!) Just roll with it….

I hope 2017 is amazing for all of you. I truly, truly mean that. I hope this next year challenges you, changes you for the better, and brings you lots of happiness and joy. As always, thank you for taking time out of your day to read my ramblings. Most of this blog doesn’t make sense, but for some reason I keep writing…I appreciate those of you who keep reading.

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Why We Love Elf On The Shelf

Elf On The Shelf sure has gotten a lot of hate the past few years. And I have one thing to say‚Ķguys, quit being bullies! Also, if you are a child reading this I am A) concerned that your parents don’t monitor your internet usage better and they allow you to read my blog and B) don’t continue reading. I may ruin Christmas for you.


We are one of those families that participate in the ever so controversially Elf On The Shelf. And guess what? WE LOVE IT!

I am going to give you just a few of the reasons why we continue to do Elf On The Shelf in our home!

1. Although they may be creepy, they ARE kind of cute. It took me about a year of moving the elf around to not be afraid of it any more, and now we are on good terms…

2. My kid really is a better kid because she thinks Santa is watching. And guess what? I’m okay with that. It’s called THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS. Don’t be so cold hearted.

3. Yes, sometimes our elf brings “surprises”, and it completely makes her day. She jumps with joy if she knows she’s been a good girl and Santa sent a gift with Snowflake just for her! I mean really, how special is that for a kid?!

4. Straight up TRADITION. I love traditions. Like really really love them. Ever since baby girl was old enough to enjoy Christmas, we have done Elf On The Shelf. I want to keep that going until she’s 37.

5. Our elf is EXTRA SPECIAL and likes to make “surprise appearances” during the “off season”. She is just making sure we are being good ALL YEAR ROUND and reporting back to Santa. AKA‚Ķour hiding spots suck and sometimes small children find them. We’re human. And honestly, that’s hilarious. So I had to share.

I know we can’t be the only family who loves Elf On The Shelf! Who else loves it?!
Thank you for reading and I hope everyone has a great week!

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Behind The Scenes | Steven & Mikenzie Mexico Beach Wedding

As many of you know M and I have ventured in the cinematography world for the past year or so. We absolutely love it and I love the direction this business is going. If you haven’t checked it out, HERE is our website and HERE is our Facebook page. Now that we’ve addressed that, this post might not seem SO out of the blue for some people. ūüėČ 


Over the weekend of November 5th we traveled down to Rocky Point, Mexico to shoot our highest paying gig yet. Kidding, kidding. It was for my brother and sister in-laws wedding. Haha. They didn’t ask us to do this, but we wanted to try and put together something special for them. I loved the challenge of being apart of the wedding but also thinking in terms of cinematic shots. 

It was fun to be getting ready together and knowing in my mind I was looking for video quality shots. Every time I would see something I would run and grab the camera and get what I could. M set up GoPros on the beach which captured the ceremony perfectly. For being as “low-key” as we were, I am amazed at how great things turned out. But really, how bad can things turn out with the beach as your backdrop and a beautiful couple?!

After the ceremony we tagged along with the photographer to capture a few shots on the beach and I absolutely LOVE the way they turned out. Guys. If you’re ever getting married on a beach, please call us! I loved loved loved shooting this! (Or if you’re getting married anywhere, call us, we do not discriminate.) M threw the drone up in the air and got some awesome shots of the jaw-dropping venue. 
Big homes + beach + wedding = what Pinterest dreams are made of. 

I love doing this business with my husband. Like really really love it. I think we make an amazing team and I love being by his side for this. We are so excited to share this video and truly LOVE the way it turned out! Congratulations, Steven and Mikenzie. We love you guys so so much! 

(Blogger only gives me the option to embed from YouTube, not Vimeo, so here is the link here https://vimeo.com/192410677)


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