July 2012 - xoxo Rebecca

★Rockin' Blogger Award

I was honored today to find that one of the best bloggin' buddies I know past this award to me. I feel so loved. This new award designed by none other then Destiny and her kick ass blog called Rockin' Mama/This Mama Rocks {so of course I'm totally stoked and loving it}


Here are her rules when receiving this award:
★Accept Award
★Pass The Award To Other Rockin' Bloggers
★Come Back To Rockin' Blogger Award & Link Your Blog!


There were so many other bloggers on her list so instead of duplicating their award, I'm just thinking of them in spirit as well as a few other bloggers who I really like their blog or have built a great friendship with.


I know there are so many others. And I love all your blogs. I think every blog deserves an award!

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xoxo Rebecca

My Life Rocks via Instagram Blog Hop

Of course, who doesn't love a good link up? One of my greatest friends just started a new one today and you should all go over and link up with her. It's a fun hop and if you are addicted to Instagram, it's even better since it's an INSTAGRAM BLOG HOP!

Here's your chance to stop by her blog and show off your photos. How fun, right? Click on the button to head over there


Since I haven't taken a ton of photos, I'm just doing some random photos form this month instead of just the week.


1. Popping popcorn over the stove the old fashioned way with real butter on top.
2. Couldn't resist when 7-Eleven was giving away their free slurpees. Had to grab one.
3. My daughter thought it would be great to turn our house into an art gallery.
4. It's never ending Chutes and Ladders in this house.
5. Love a healthy meal. Veggies cooked stove top are so yummy.
6. I love when the egrets come out and play. They are always fun to watch walk around.
7. Just being me
8. Jolly Green...that's what I named this little lizard I grew fond of while he played on the tree outside 
    my job.
9. Took the daughter to the dentist. Love their theme they have going on. It's so hard to get her out of
    there.


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xoxo Rebecca

That Friday Blog Hop {54}

So yea! The week is almost over and the weekend is almost here. You know what that means! That Friday Blog Hop is up and running.

There are no rules. Just link up any and all your social networking.

So let another Friday come and hopefully get a bunch of blogs and other sites linked on here for you all to find and follow! And hopefully build some awesome friendships like I have.


That Friday Blog Hop

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My co-host this week is Celeste from Crazy Beautiful Unique. Stop by her blog and show her some love! You can find her blog by clicking on her adorable button below. Don't forget to leave a sweet comment there as well. Celeste is also one of my amazing sponsors.




So link up all your social networks and have a wonderful Friday and weekend! If you would like to be a co-host of the blog hop, click on the email icon at the top right hand corner of my blog to contact me.


xoxo Rebecca

twenty-four weeks

I'm so excited to be hitting twenty four weeks today. Because you know what means? A new milestone. That's right. The six month mark. Only three more months to go. Counting it down like that actually makes it feel like it's going by quick though when I think of what day it actually is and it's still July, November seems so far away.

But I'm excited. I always get excited when I hit a new month. So six months along and things are going good as far as everything with the pregnancy. There really isn't anything all too new to report. It seems to be the same ol' same ol' from last week pretty much.

I can say my belly has been feeling a lot harder. And I can feel where the baby is at times. Not the movement but I can feel the pressure when it's sitting on one side or lower or higher. Just a feeling I can't describe other then a ball of pressure in one place.

So I said in my last pregnancy post I was going to announce the names that have been picked out. I want to yet I don't want to at the same time. I mainly don't want to because I am not too fond of the name for the boy. In fact, I hate it so much I would cry just talking about it because of how frustrating it is to compromise on a name. We never went through this with our daughter. I chose the name and everyone was happy. No arguments about it. Now, it's different this time.
If it's a girl, I have chosen the two I really like : Larissa or Aubree. I love Larissa because I wanted to keep the trend of Russian names in the family with the kids. Since our daughter's name is Russian, I wanted all my children to have Russian names as well. And I love Larissa.
I also like the name Aubree. It's a bit more common and I hate common or popular names. However, I don't think it's that common enough because most people I have told, they said they never heard of it. I have had a block on middle names though. I love elegant middle names like I did for my daughter. And nothing sticks out to me just yet with these two for a middle name. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm happy to hear them. I went with a German middle name for our daughter. See, I'm all about the European names. Can't help it. I just don't like Trendy American names.

As for the boy name that is picked out, well.... it will be my husband's name. Which I am not fond of at all. I never liked having a "Jr" or a child with the same name as anyone else in the family. I just don't like that. In fact, I don't like his name so that's what is so frustrating to me. And of course, we have argued over this so much, I finally gave in. I couldn't take it any longer and hate the name but I guess it is what it is. So if it's a boy, it will have my husband's full name. I have been trying to think of nicknames or other names to call the baby and he keeps telling me no. The baby's name will be _____. Yea, I'll still have a nickname. I'm not going to announce it until I don't feel upset by it. Every time I think about it, I cry with anger and frustration. It's not even that big of a deal I suppose but to me, it is.
His family pushed this so bad too. They said that it is only right that the first born son to have the father's name whether you like it or not. That's what you do. I never knew anyone that did that but it is what they do in their family. His sister said she hated her husband's name too but it was only right to give her son his father's name. Now it doesn't bother her but at first it did. 
And he will not even bend on it. So like I said, it is what it is. I'm crossing my fingers for a girl!

So here is what's happening this week:


And here is my bump photos for the week highlighting the six month mark:


How far along? 24 weeks {6 months} - Baby is due in November.
Total weight gain/measurements: I gained a pound from last week so now a total of 11 pounds.
Maternity clothes: Yes I don't think I'll ever go back to regular clothes. I forgot how awesome maternity clothes fit and feel.
Stretch marks? Nope. I never got them with my first pregnancy so none so far.
Best moment this week:My daughter told me that she said if the baby is a boy, she wants to name it Justin Bieber. LOL oh that didn't go well at all with daddy.
Miss anything? I always miss sleeping. Not that I have really gotten a good nights rest for a very long time. But this getting up to go to the bathroom every 30 mins day and night is ridiculous.
Movement: No still no movement yet. Though I hope to feel something soon. But doctor said probably not until I'm 30 weeks or so.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Not really anything that didn't when I wasn't pregnant. Melted cheese has to be the biggest thing that has always made me feel like throwing up and still does. {I think this will be the same every week unless it really changes}
Cravings: No, not really. In the beginning I was only in the mood for pizza. Now, I don't feel like I'm craving anything right now
Gender: Surprise surprise! We will find out in October at the reveal party.
Labor signs: Nope.
Symptoms: I have felt a bit dizzy again a few times and nauseous and I really think it's from exhaustion.
Belly button in or out? In.
Happy or moody most of the time: I haven't been happy or sad. I'm just that type of person though. I've just felt "ok".
Baby purchases: No, nothing purchased yet for the baby. However, I'm happy to say the registries are finished!  
Looking forward to: Starting to really look at school supplies for my daughter. I have always loved school supply shopping. We went and tried on the school uniforms this past weekend for her. I can't believe she is starting kindergarten in a few weeks.

Remember to go over to my sidebar and find the poll to take a guess what you think the gender will be. I'm really anxious and excited what everyone thinks! I'm even more excited when we find out. Until next time, adios!
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What I Want To Be When I Grow Up - Toddle Along Tuesday

I know it's not Tuesday but that doesn't mean the link up is over. So of course, I'm going to participate. Let's all pretend it's Tuesday....actually, no that would set us back a day in the week. You know what I'm getting at :)

So it's all about what you want to be when you grow up. I actually really like this question. Most people aren't as lucky to do what they love to do. They do what they have to do. And I know that all too well in the past. Taking jobs just cause it paid the bills and not liking it or not wanting to spend the rest of your career there.

I have been lucky enough for the past five years to be doing what I love to do. Growing up, I have always wanted to be an artist. My mom knew at the age of two, it was my destiny.I have never wanted to be anything else other then an artist.

And luckily, I am one. I graduated art school with a degree in Illustration and now have a career as a graphic artist/digital cartographer. So not only do I get to design all day and get paid for it, but it doesn't even feel like a job {well, some days it does when the stress gets to me}. I have been doing a lot of custom maps lately and custom work can be extremely stressful.

So what is a cartographer you ask?
Yes, I make maps. All kinds of maps. Its very much a graphic design job which I still really enjoy doing. I'm working at the moment on a large set of custom atlas's that are around 350 pages long each. And there are tons of them. So I have been doing it for months and still have months to come til they are done.

My last big project was one for Cracker Barrel {yup, the restaurant}. I created a custom atals for them that included every store listing and spotting in the entire United States. It was a crazy project because they only gave me one week to do 700 listings. I almost pulled all my hair out. But it got done. And here is what the finished product looked like:
So you can see all the little brown barrels were each store listing with the store number and I had to make sure they went on every single exact intersection. Yea, it was a bit brutal in some states. Other states were a breeze to get through. But these are now on sale at all Cracker Barrel restaurants until Labor Day. My mom bought three of them :) She always goes to the different stores and buys my maps when she sees them on the shelves. It makes me blush LOL I love that my mommy is so proud of my work. Its funny actually. My co-workers make fun of me about it.

So anyway, that is my tale. If you have one you want to share, click the button below to go link up!



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xoxo Rebecca

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Helping Those Eyes

In this crazy day in age, saving where you can is a necessity. But lets face it, some things we just need and most of the time, those things cost money. If you wear glasses, you know these are something you can't be without and they can be pretty expensive. However, they don't have to be anymore thanks to GlassesUSA.com. Not only do they offer high quality frames and lenses, they also offer a 110% lowest price guarantee and a 100% satisfaction guarantee along with a generous refer-a-friend program.

Even better right? Anyone who wears eyeglasses know it can be a hassle to find that perfect pair. It used to be you would have to go into a store and try on tons of frames. Not anymore. Technology has moved us forward and you can now shop virtually through their very cool NEW Virtual Mirror feature. You can upload a photo of yourself and try on their inventory all in your pajamas if you like.

I gave the Virtual Mirror a try and take a look and tell me what you think:
{I have a before & after photos}
This was super easy to use and kind of fun. There are so many different kinds and styles to try out. They have plastic, metal, rimless, and semi-rimless glasses. And you can try it out yourself. Just try it below:

Additionally, you can stay up-to-date on all GlassesUSA happenings through their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/glassesusa) and Twitter feed (@GlassesUSA).
And right now they are having their Summer Sale. Get 30% off prescription eyeglasses (or sunglasses) + FREE Shipping with the code: Summer2012. Also they are offering 10% off any order of prescription glasses with code: Blog10 So what are you waiting for? Who doesn't love to save a bit of money. Cheap eyeglasses are not easy to come by and now they are right at your fingertips through the touch of a button. Buying glasses online has never been easier or more affordable.
xoxo Rebecca

Wordless Wednesday - The Office w/Link Up

Let Them Eat Cake Wordless Wednesday
 
I decided that for today's photos I would show off where we were today. The dentist. Yes that is right. My little girl had her dentist appointment today. She did awesome. And she loves going. I was so terrified of the doctor's and dentist offices when I was little but back when I was young, they weren't as snazzy as they are today. This is her dentist office. Of course a child would have fun here.


So now it's your turn. Grab the button and link up your Wordless Wednesday photos!



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xoxo Rebecca

Want To Be A Co-Host?


Hey guys! If you saw I posted last night on Twitter and Facebook that there are new changes coming next month to That Friday Blog Hop. And the changes are exciting. Not only will I be hosting the hop, we have a new host as well. But what I need from you guys are more co-hosts for the hop.

The hop starts every Thursday evening and I would love for more co-hosts to be a part of it. It is a blog hop for all social network link ups. Anything goes! So if you are interested, just either leave a comment below with your email, contact me on Twitter, Facebook, or email me directly. You can find those links on my sidebar in the social network icons.

Remember, new month means new hosts, more co-hosts, new button & new blogs to discover.
Would love for you to share this around as well. The more the merrier and we all know the merrier is better!

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xoxo Rebecca

Family & Facebook Don't Mix

I have to say, this was a long time coming. I tend to brush things off that bother me and just let them go away on their own. But it seemed it finally was time that enough was enough. Family and Facebook just do not mix. I know many of you would probably agree. And there might be some that don't. But I'm not personally referring to my parents. No.... I do have my father on my account {which he only created the account to view some photos so he is never on there or ever has done anything with it}. And my mom doesn't even know how to turn on a computer so she doesn't have one.

I'm more referring to extended family. I always thought my family was cool. Cousins, uncles, aunts, etc....growing up seemed to be this really big fun family event. But seems like now that we are all grown, things changed. And Facebook came into the picture. At first I thought it would be great to add all my family because I thought we were cool like that. I had some good conversations with my cousins and just fun and interesting seeing what they are up to since we all live so far away from each other.

However, I guess I seemed wrong. Apparently it has gotten to the point where I'm now "trash" because I am pregnant. And yes, even though I am married, I'm not considered anything above dirt because I do not own my own home. Because we rent our place, I should not be having a child. I don't know about where you live, but around these parts, renting is double to triple the cost of owning a home in the monthly payments. So why are we renting then if it's so expensive? Because since my husband has been looking for jobs out of the state, we are not going to up and buy a house only to find out he gets a job and then we have to move. What would be the point in that? So we just rent. Plus, I'm such a person who has to have change. I cannot stand to live int he same place for more then a year. So we move every year to every two years. We have never stayed in a place for more then two years. We just really love the change. Owning a home, well you can't do that. You have to stay. So until we find something we would want to stay in forever, I am not about to dish out the money to buy a house.

Apparently this doesn't fly with more of my relatives who are snooty like that. So they have been trash talking me about it. of course, not to my face...I hear it from around. And so what? Good for them that they own a home. Bravo! 

I am married, I have a steady, decent job, a happy child.....and we wanted another baby. Its not like we "can't afford" it. Yes, money is tight for everyone now-a-days but they seem to act as though I'm 12 years old and in middle school having a baby. I don't understand why my business about where I live has anything to do with their business. Enough to bring me up in conversation and call me trash basically.

So enough was enough. A few people told me to just delete them. Since there had been a few that always had something to comment on whenever I would post. And most of the time it would be negative stuff too. Or just seemed like the fake-nice sayings. And I just got totally sick of it and they needed to go. Even the ones that really weren't a part of drama. I just said to hell with it and deleted them all. I only kept three family members of that side that I do feel close with and communicate with. The others can suck it.

And one of my cousins I did tell me to not do it. Do not delete them because it will just stir up more drama. But I don't care anymore. I'm tired of feeling hurt and ignored or that they are posting things that are about me that undertone too much. Or just posting stupid stuff about things I do, say, or share on my page. It's like they just feed off being all into your business and nosy at that. And plus, I live so far away... what would they possibly be able to do? It's not like I might run into them at the store or at a family event.

So yes, family and Facebook just do not mix for me anymore. I'm done with that mess and finally just deleted the negativity. And you know what? It felt like a sigh of relief. I don't' need anyone in my business that doesn't care enough about me to want anything positive for me. And if they are too good for me, so be it. I don't need to be good enough for anyone like that anyway.

So yes, that is my rant. I just needed to rant some.

Going back now re-reading some things, I see I was writing not only while a bit angry but also tired so forgive the weird and bad grammar too

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twenty-three weeks

Happy Friday Lovelies! I'm 23 weeks along in my pregnancy as of yesterday. I had my 23 week appointment and all went well. No complaints, no worries, nothing to even think the slightest of. So yea for some smooth sailing huh? I go back in three weeks for my 26 week appointment and my glucose test. Fun fun fun...

The baby's heartbeat went down slightly yesterday from the other times I have gotten to hear it. It's always been at 150 beats per minute. Now, it's at 145 beats. Which is nothing to worry about. Just decided to breathe slower I guess :)

I talked to the doctor because like I've told you guys, I have what they call a "Pillow Placenta" so still no baby moving or kicking or anything. Just feels like I have a fat beer belly there. The doctor told me it would probably be another 7-10 weeks before I start feeling any movement so around 30 weeks {7-8 months along give or take.) So I have that to look forward to. Until then, just big belly, baby is measuring perfect, heartbeat sounds perfect, just can't feel it to know it's there. Eventually I will. he said once there is no more room, I should start feeling it. Right now, I have too much pillow space and so baby can do all it wants to me and I can't feel a thing. I'm sure it's active. Maybe doing some karate or kick boxing. Who knows, right?

So the concept of the gender reveal party keeps coming up a lot lately. I had the theme set at bumble bees but now torn between that and team blue/team pink themed. My friend and mom hosting the party thinks the team theme would be really cute. I found some super adorable ideas for that to decorate and do. Seems like it would be really cute and fun. I thought about asking people to wear the color shirt that they think the gender would be. And decorate half the room pink and the other half blue. I'm leaning more and more toward that idea. What do you guys think? Want to take a guess also at what it might be? My sidebar has a poll. What do you think it's going to be....boy or girl?



Here is baby belly at twenty-three weeks


How far along? 23 weeks {5 months}
Total weight gain/measurements: I gained a pound from last week so now a total of 10 pounds.
Maternity clothes: Yes indeed. Love them. So comfy
Stretch marks? Nope. I never got them with my first pregnancy so none so far.
Best moment this week: A friend of mine told me she is sending a diaper cake and I love those. I make them myself but it's always so much fun to receive one. Can't wait to get it and show pictures.
Miss anything? Sleeping and breathing normal. Ever since the day I found out I was pregnant, I have not gotten a proper night's sleep. And I miss sleep. And yea, gong up and down those stairs makes me feel I'm having the worst time breathing. Damn second floor.
Movement: No still no movement yet. Doctor said not til I'm around 30 weeks (see above in description if curious)
Anything making you queasy or sick? Not really anything that didn't when I wasn't pregnant. Melted cheese has to be the biggest thing that has always made me feel like throwing up and still does. {I think this will be the same every week unless it really changes}
Gender: Surprise surprise! We will find out in October at the reveal party.
Labor signs: Nope.
Symptoms:Have started to feel small amounts of Braxton Hicks contractions. Maybe two days this week. But it went away fast.
Belly button in or out? In.
Happy or moody most of the time: This has been a better week. Things in life are starting to feel happier and look up. So I'm glad for that. I hate being sad.
Looking forward to: Nothing really exciting. Just the weekend because I don't work weekends so it's nice to be home and not at work.
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Free Udder Covers Promo

I received this email yesterday and thought I would share if anyone is interested. If you are breastfeeding or know someone who is or going to, I am sure this would be a great gift. I am in no way promoting this site or product. I just thought I would pass around the info. I personally love the black one

Go to the Udder Covers website, click on "Shop Now", select the product you would like (they also have 3 piece gift sets available with this promotion) and you will automatically be directed to the center of the page where you can enter in the promo code! Type in "Family2012" and it will pull up the ones available. They are selling out fast. You can use the code more than once - you just have to open a new browser/window to do so.

This promotion gives you a $32.00 discount off your total order no matter what you put in your cart! This promotion code is valid once per transaction, so you can order as many times as you would like!

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That Friday Blog Hop {53}

So yea! The week is almost over and the weekend is almost here. You know what that means! That Friday Blog Hop is up and running.

There are no rules. Just link up any and all your social networking.

So let another Friday come and hopefully get a bunch of blogs and other sites linked on here for you all to find and follow! And hopefully build some awesome friendships like I have.


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My co-host this week is Chrissy from A Lil' Dash Of Diva. Stop by her blog and show her some love! You can find her blog by clicking on her adorable button below. Don't forget to leave a sweet comment there as well. Chrissy is also one of my amazing sponsors.

A Lil’ Dash of Diva


So link up all your social networks and have a wonderful Friday and weekend! If you would like to be a co-host of the blog hop, click on the email icon at the top right hand corner of my blog to contact me.




In addition, I'm also linking up with some other great Friday blog hops! Click on their buttons to go link up with them as well



young and restless



"Finish This Sentence Bitch....!"

1. When I'm home alone I love to just sit on the couch and mess around on the computer or watch a movie that's not "child friendly".
2. I am guilty of sometimes being a bad friend.
3. My favorite cuss word is fuck. I say fuck a whole lot.
4. Of all the things I've learned I hate still believing in second chances when you know it's not going to change the most.
5. The worst thing I've done while having sex is {LOL} I guess I farted , and my partners reaction was "get away from me". hahaha ok, now that was a bit embarrassing to share

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Wordless Wednesday - Jolly Green w/Link Up

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For my photo this week, I have a stunning image I took just today outside at work. I snapped this little guy on a tree next to me with my iPhone. I think it turned out fabulous. With a bit of touch up from Instagram, the photo came out very well. I'm pretty proud of it. I named this little guy "Jolly Green". He was pretty cool just sitting there enjoying the fresh air.


It's amazing some of the shots that comes just from the phone. Who needs an expensive camera when you can get these results, right? :) Yea, I know... I'm bragging a bit. But I love this photo!

So now it's your turn. Grab the button and link up your Wordless Wednesday photos!





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xoxo Rebecca

The Weekly Wrap-Up w.1

Hey there world! I'm participating in a new blog hop today and you all should go over and check it out as well. It's called the Weekly Wrap Up. Here are the rules that were posted:
The rules are pretty simple. Link up your weekly wrap-ups. Of course, the more positivity the better, but hey, I know we all have those bad weeks! At a loss for your format? Try 5 positives and 1 negative that sum up your week. 



The Weekly Wrap-Up with Rogue Baby

Here is my list:
  1. I've been excited about all the ideas and fun things that I've been finding for the gender reveal party. I'm such a dork when it comes to party planning. I can't help it. I'm always involved even when someone else is throwing it.
  2. That I'm still working 40+ a week at my job. I'm thankful that they are still able to bring in work to keep me busy and with a steady paycheck.
  3. I'm happy when my 5 year old daughter tells me not to go to work because she misses me and wants me around to be with her. I hate having to spend so much time away from her but my heart is filled with joy knowing she wants me around that much.
  4. That the weather down here has been cooler then the weather up north {and that I think is a first}
  5. That there are certain people in my life who have your back no matter what life throws you and wouldn't do or say anything to hurt you. They are few, but I love each and every one of them.
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Sunday Funnies

Good morning lovelies! My child woke my up so early this morning demanding homemade popcorn and waffles. Grrr...... not to mention her laptop wasn't charging and her iPod was dead. I'm like seriously kid? It's way too early for all this. Mind you she is a five year old too.
Mommy didn't get any sleep last night {no surprise there} and now exhausted this morning {again, no surprise there either}. Today is the last day of the weekend until Monday starts and I have to go to work. So it would have been nice to have a bit of sleep. But we all know children don't allow anyone to sleep...ever!
So since I am now up, she's happy playing with her games, husband is still asleep, I figure why not do a new link up I found over at All In A Row{e}'s blog. Enjoy and have a fabulous Sunday!



And these last two are from my personal collection. I saw this on Craigslist and had to screen shot it. I still have no idea what the hell this lady was talking about and needs a bit more education in grammar and spelling before posting to the public
And this one a co-worker who is from Canada sent this to all of us. I thought it was pretty funny and clever


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xoxo Rebecca