2012 - xoxo Rebecca

It's A New Year's Giveaway


It's almost a brand new year and that means it is time for a giveaway. So many wonderful bloggers pitched in to make a big giveaway event for one lucky winner! Check out the prizes and good luck!


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LET THEM EAT CAKE
SHADES OF GRAY AND A PINCH OF PINK
A LOVELY ARMY WIFE
WANNABE GREEN
SHARY LOVES YOU
BEAUTY WITHOUT LIMITS
BLUE EYED BEAUTY BLOG
MERCY INK

xoxo Rebecca

Paint Sample Dry Erase Calendar

I did another craft project inspired by a cool idea I found on Pinterest. I made a fun dry erase calendar for a wedding gift for a good friend of mine. I thought it would be practical plus I used colors that I felt were neutral for both her and her new husband.

The project was pretty fun to do and didn't take a lot of time at all. I think I will do more of these as gifts and maybe even one for myself as well. Here's how I did this:


What you’ll need: 
  • a frame (I bought mine from the dollar store for $1 and it is a 11x14. You can go bigger or smaller though if you'd like.)
  • 7 paint samples in colors you choose (I got mine from Walmart in the paint dept. They are free of course.)
  • scrapbook paper (I bought the glitter swirls at Micheal's for $1 and had to purchase two to fit the frame size)
  • glue
  • tape
  • dry erase markers (again bought from the dollar store. Four markers for $1)


And let's begin.....


So here were my supplies. The scrapbook paper had already been cut before the photo was taken but this is what I started with.


I then cut the bottom square off of every sample sheet. Remember, you are going to need seven strips of the paint sample sheets {one for each day of the week}

I glued the scrapbook paper to the back of the cardboard that comes with the frame to get the exact size and had to merge the two sheets of scrapbook paper together. Then I cut around that to get the final size and shape to fit into the frame. Then I started to attach the paint sample strips. I first put a strip of tape on both ends and then glue around the middle for a bit of extra support since the glitter was raised on the paper, I wasn't sure if just the glue would keep in place right away.


So after all the color strips were glued, I let them dry for a minute and placed some books on top for that extra push to hold them down.


I placed the entire thing into the frame and placed the glass on it. This is the finished product. I then wrote on the glass with a dry erase marker and viola!




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xoxo Rebecca

That Friday Blog Hop {76}

Welcome to the new 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:
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Our co-host this week is Karen from Beyond The Bathroom Scale. 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!

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If you are interested in being a co-host, please contact either myself or Chrissy.
We would love to have you.
So link up all your social networks and have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

xoxo Rebecca

Season's Greetings

Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays. I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and got everything their little heart's desired. So what was on your list that you go this year? I cannot believe how amazing our family and friends are. Our Christmas was so much thanks to them.

My parents went completely up and beyond anything I could have imagined to give us everything we wanted this Christmas and more. It was our little guy's first Christmas. I remember Natalya's first Christmas like it was yesterday. And now it's Reg's Christmas. Of course I had to dress him up all cute because I'm a cool mom like that.


Happy Holidays from my little reindeer. Here are the Christmas inserts I sent out this year with our Christmas cards:

So this is short and sweet but I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday this year and I wish everyone's family good cheer and happiness!!
xoxo Rebecca

That Friday Blog Hop {75}

Welcome to the new 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:
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Our co-host this week is Lacey from ...And They  Call Me Mommy. 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!

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If you are interested in being a co-host, please contact either myself or Chrissy.
We would love to have you.
So link up all your social networks and have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

xoxo Rebecca

♥ happy birthday to my blog ♥

So it’s my blogoversary which means it’s my blog’s 2nd birthday! Happy birthday to you. happy birthday to you.

It's been exactly two years since I started this little blog from absolutely nothing. Knowing nothing about blogging or what a blog should even really be. I am very amazed in two years how crazy the blogging world has grown on me and how fun and crazy this has been. I honestly hope I can still keep writing these blogoversary posts for many years to come.

Of course a blog is only so much from the writer..it's also about all you wonderful people who stop by and check out what I have up. I love you all and I'm so happy for all the amazing friendships I have made. I feel so many of you are truly my real friends that I don't see how I could be without. All the good, the bad, and the awkward conversations we have grown with...I've never been good at making friends and I feel I have very true friendships with so many of you. And it means so much to me.

This blog has brought so many great people into my life. I'm so happy and thankful for you all. So here is to two years of all those friendships and memories!

So after two years, the stats goes as follows:


Since December 19th, 2010, I have had:

♥ 1451 Followers
♥ 679 Posts
♥ 123,106 Views

Top Three Countries Viewing
♥ United States 72,798
♥ Russia 15,393
♥ United Kingdom 4,585

Top Three Browsers
♥ Internet Explorer 40,487 (33%)
♥ Chrome 30,876 (25%)
♥ Firefox 29,792 (24%)

Top Three Operating Systems
♥ Windows 91,933 (75%)
♥ Macintosh 12,674 (10%)
♥ Linux 7,015 (5%)

And my most popular post of the year with 5,876 Pageviews:
♥ Funny Friday

And the top keywords used to search for my blog
♥ Friday Funny
♥ Funny Friday Pictures
♥ Funny Friday
♥ Duck Face
♥ Christmas Borders
♥ Duckface
♥ Jonathan Rhys Meyers
♥ Crazy

So thank you to all who continue making me feel special on here. I never thought this blog would make it a year. I'm hoping for many more!

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xoxo Rebecca

Birth Announcements

I have been so excited to get Lil' Reg's birth announcements done. And I finally got to do them. I ordered such an adorable hat for his photos and waited for it to come. It came and so I hopped to it to get his photo taken. 

I took the photo myself. He was pretty squirmy and then not very happy with me. But I ended up with a shot I liked and so here are his announcements I'll be mailing out as soon as they arrive in the mail this week:

Front                                                                                Back

The back of the card reads, "you were worth the wait sweet baby boy". I bought the adorable football hat from LILYnWRENThere are so many more adorable hats, I want them all!

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xoxo Rebecca

Oh You Nasty Flu Bug

I have to say, this has been one terrible week. Everyone here has the flu so bad. Like, really bad. First our daughter got it from school last Friday and then it really took off Saturday night. Then my husband got it and I had to quarantine myself and the baby in the bedroom since with his surgery, he cannot be around any germs or sickness.So I've been freaking out about that. 

Then I got it...oh joy. Now I was really freaking out. Since I have it bad but not as bad as the other two, I have still been on baby patrol.It has not really let up at all and we all still really crappy. Natalya tried going to school today but I think we will keep out home tomorrow. She only went today out of the entire week. That's pretty bad. 

So I have been so stressed out, so exhausted from almost no help and no sleep, so irritated and sore. I keep feeling like I'm going to cough up a lung here in a minute. And it all really sucks. It has me in a really bitchy mood unfortunately. 

Also, today marks one week exactly until I have to return back to work. Can we say "How?" Time went by too fast. I can't believe I have to go back in exactly one week. That's going to suck a lot. But someone in the house has to work and it will be nice to finally be getting a paycheck again and not having to ask my parents to pay everything for us. That part I am happy about. The rest, not so much. 

I hate to have to leave my little guy. He will be exactly six weeks old. I had to go back to work when my daughter was born when she was five weeks old.Why can't America have the same maternity laws and rules like the rest of the world where some countries give a year to be home and paid while entering motherhood? Such as life, right? 

Oh and we got our Christmas presents in the mail from my parents today. My mom instructed us not to open any of them except the baby's until Christmas. She sent us a bouncer/rocker thing for him that vibrates and said we could use it on him now to see if it helps soothe him better. But what does my husband go and do?

He opened the gift that was for our whole family. My mom is going to be super pissed if she finds out he did that. My parents sent us a Wii U. So he's in the living room right now playing it up and I'm totally pissed that he opened it. I swear, men and their video games. Let's just hope that when I go back to work, he's just not sitting around the house all day playing that neglecting everything. But I know he will be. That's a guy for ya. Luckily no one in my family even knows I have a blog and my mom doesn't even know how to turn on a computer so at least I can say things like this without anyone finding out.

Anyway, I have a few photos to recap and share with you all that I have managed to take during the week even though it was a rough one, I managed a few good moments in there.

Can you believe it got to almost 90 degrees on Monday here? Geez...it was horrible and nasty hot out that day.

Only the cool kids wear duckies!

I saw this car after I picked up my daughter from school today. Cheetah anyone? WOW

My poor baby has been the worst today. So fussy. So I danced with him to Cher's albums and we had a blast. Who doesn't love a good Cher song? Don't even ask how I got a shot as decent as this tonight. I look and feel like hell. This was a miracle shot that I didn't look like death in


I also took lil' Reg's birth announcement photos today and can't wait to share the finished product with you all. I'm starting to work on them right now. They are going out in my Christmas cards this year and I'm sending those out this weekend :) {if I survive with this nasty flu bug}


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xoxo Rebecca

That Friday Blog Hop {74}

Welcome to the new 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:
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Our co-host this week is Candice from Candice Craves. 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!

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If you are interested in being a co-host, please contact either myself or Chrissy.
We would love to have you.
So link up all your social networks and have a wonderful Friday and weekend!


xoxo Rebecca

Giveaway @ {Hooah And Hiccups}

Hey guys, I'm participating in a big group giveaway over at Hooah And Hiccups blog. Head over and check out her blog and you can enter to win the fabulous prizes up for grabs by scrolling below:

 

Can you believe Christmas is less than 2 weeks away?! I cannot believe how fast this year has gone!

Or how many wonderful friends I've made in the blogging community. This blog began as a place for me to dish about deployment and keep my husband updated while he served a tour in Afghanistan. I never dreamed it would become what it has and I only have you all to thank for that.
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To show how much you all mean to me, I'm teaming up with some of my sponsors to bring YOU a wonderful holiday giveaway! I've enlisted the help of this little elf to bring you a ton of wonderful goodies :) 

Make sure you take the time to read these wonderful blogs; they truly have become great friends of mine! 

Good luck! 

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xoxo Rebecca

Mondays Music {the holiday version}

It's Monday and I haven't done a music link up in a very long time. So I'm doing one today. This theme is all about favorite holiday music you love. I'm linking up with XmasDolly For Monday Music Moves Me:

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My choices today came extremely easy to me. These were my favorite {and still are to this day} holiday songs from back when I was a teenager. Oh the good ol' late 90's..how I miss you. So here they are:

TLC - SLEIGH RIDE

WEIRD AL YANKOVIC - THE NIGHT SANTA WENT CRAZY
 

NSYNC - THE ONLY GIFT

GEORGE WINSTON - CAROL OF THE BELLS

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xoxo Rebecca

sponsor highlight: Rekita {lovely army wife}

It's Sunday which means another edition of Sponsor Spotlight. I want to introduce you guys to my awesome sponsor this month. Not only is her blog adorable, but so is her family. Scroll down to read more about her and head over to check out her blog as well.



Hello! I'm Rekita and I am the mommy of 2 wonderfully made boys. Their names are Cameron and Christopher and their ages are 4 and 1 years respectively. Because of them, there is never a dull moment in my house. They really keep me on my toes. Speaking of keeping on my toes, I am also the wife of Gregory, an officer in the U.S. Army. Hooah!  Well I am a stay at home mom and when I am not pulling my hair out, I am a heavy blogger and I am a graphic designer at Designed Lovely Studio.

The Soul-mates

My booskie and I have known each other for over 14 years, been in love for 7 years, and have been married for 5 years. His job has given us a series of ups and downs, but every though every down we always seem to make it back up. In some of my posts, I might refer to a pimp...that pimp would be him, lol. There is no one else I would rather go through this journey called "life"than my husband. He is truly my best friend.

The Boys

Cameron & Christopher (Cam & Kenny)
I don't know what I deserved to be surrounded by handsome men, but I won't ask. There is never a dull moment in my house with these two. They both make me laugh and keep my very  busy. 

Little Known Facts About me
  • I am a true Pisces, meaning people need to bring me back to reality sometimes.
  • Born & Raised in Atlanta, GA.
  • I have been blogging for 7 years, but  I have been on hiatuses, changed sites, gave birth twice,  and suffered through 2 deployments.
  • I love me some football! (FALCONS RISE UP!)
  • I am really goofy and some people even say I am funny. 
  • I love to dance and sing and I can't do either.
  • I have eclectic taste in music: R&B, Rap, Country, Pop, Rock, Alternative, Disney songs.
  • I love classic movies such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Carmen, & Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Favorite Movie: Coming to America with Eddie Murphy
  • Favorite Book(s): The Hunger Games ( the series it literally took over my life)
  • Purple is my favorite color!
You can find me at 


Did I mention as well that Rekita also has her own blog/website design business as well? She is so talented as well as adorable. You won't be disappointed visiting her blog!

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xoxo Rebecca