February 2013 - xoxo Rebecca

March 2013 Photo A Day Challenge

Have you participated in these type of challenges before? I haven't but I'm super excited to. Starting tomorrow kicks off a brand new month and a brand new challenge. 
Who else is doing this?


If you want to participate, head over to FatMumSlim and she has the low down on the rules, details, and more.

A while back, I deleted my instagram account. But I set up a new one just for this. If you care to follow me, just click HERE

I have my first photo ready to go for March 1st...do you?


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xoxo Rebecca

That Friday Blog Hop {85}

Welcome to That Friday Blog Hop.
With your hosts: Rebecca @ xoxo Rebecca | Chrissy @ A Lil' Dash Of Diva |
Tiffany @ Life Of A Lost Muse
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Our co-host this week is Leyla from This Day I Love 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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xoxo Rebecca

To Change Or Not To Change


I've wondered this for a while. How many people actually change their name after they get married? Did you? Or did you keep your old last name or did your husband agree to to change his? There are so many options. And I have known people who have done them all.

Growing up, I always assumed when you got married, you changed your name {the girl anyways}...so I actually thought this was a rule. Boy, was I wrong once I got older and my friends started getting married. I noticed that it wasn't the norm anymore to change your last name to your husband's. Nothing at all wrong with that. I just never heard of anyone doing that til I got older.

When I got married, I went and changed my name literally that week. Part of me was sad to let go of a name I had been known as my entire life. But I was more excited of the change and the beginning that it felt like. A new start and a new life now married. Plus, my old last name was a bit more on the "uncommon" side and I had to deal with the constant everyday battles of correcting people on pronouncing it or spelling it right. So I was eager to change my last name to my husband's where I now have no issues with anyone getting it wrong. It's a lot more simple than my maiden name was.

I put together my own Name Change Kit instead of buying one. It made it really easy to change it honestly. People I knew were telling me horror stories of how difficult and long and drawn out the entire process was and most of the people telling me said it was the very reason they were not changing their last name.

But I must admit, I found everyone's advice wrong. It was pretty simple and fast to change everything from my past to my new last name. I just sent in the copy of the marriage license to all my bills and it was switched  just like that. The only real "hassle" I found was the four hour wait at the Social Security office to get a new card. But other then that, everything was easy.

It's funny how fifty years ago, all women changed their name once they got married. It was the norm. Now, I feel as though I am the odd man out of my friends. I think I am the only one out of the people I have talked to the most around here that changed their name. And have been married the least amount of years as well.

Two people in-particular said they would never let a man feel like they "own" them and in that case, they kept their maiden name after being married. One of them actually put me down so much for changing my name, I stopped talking to them all together. They said that when you change your name, you give your man all your power and lose who you are. Do you agree? I don't. I still am the same person. The other one also said that she wouldn't change her last name in case they ever got divorced, she didn't want to have to go through the process of changing it back.

These two people also just recently had babies {been married for a few years now} and have both fought over who's last name the baby should have. I see nothing wrong with a child taking the mother's name but I don't think it's fair to fight over who's last name the baby should have. I know one of them decided that the first born gets the mother's last name and the second gets the fathers to make it fair. The other girl said she gave in and let the baby have her husband's last name but hates herself every time she has to use her daughter's full name to anyone. 

Then I know someone else who had a mutual agreement with their husband. They both wanted to keep their last name so instead of her hyphenating her maiden name to her husband's last name, he agreed to change his as well and they both have them hyphened together as well as their children.

They are the only couple I have known to both change their last names to form a new one together. And it works. Nothing wrong with that. It's just not that common. But it worked out perfect. Both of them seemed to be happy with the decision.

So how do you feel about name changing? I think whether you decide to keep your last name, change your last name, or simply come to an agreement where you both change your name....it all works as long as you are happy. I changed my last name once I got married.....but I'm curious as to your thoughts on the whole "name change" idea.


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xoxo Rebecca

Wordless Wednesday - Big Boy Smiles

Of course, who else then my precious baby boy and his new boppy pillow



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Bring In Some Cash With Those Used Textbooks

Hey you...yes you...all those college-goers out there. College is expensive. Believe me, I know. I went to a private art institute and still paying off the $124,000.00 tuition and loans I had. Money doesn't come easy in college. So every little penny counts, right? Saving is awesome especially when you have so many expenses. From room and board, to lab fees, to supplies, to books.... 

Speaking of books, have you seen the prices for some of those textbooks you are told is a must to buy for a class? Some I had to purchase were around $200 per book only to never use them in class and then when it's time to do the end of the year "buy-back", the store no longer accepts them or gives you $10 for a book that was never even opened or maybe used once. It's insane and so disappointing too.

But now there is a new way of getting your textbooks. It's a lot cheaper and also helps with a great cause. Now you can rent your college textbooks instead of coughing up loads of cash for them. A website called Campus Book Rentals gives you the ability to do just that.



  • save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
  • free shipping both ways
  • can highlight in the textbooks
  • flexible renting periods
  • we donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented
  • refer-a-friend program
  • and many more perks




They also offer a new program called Rent Back. Here is how it basically works:





RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students... which is awesome because it makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options! (selling their books back at the end of the semester) Isn't that awesome?!

 
xoxo Rebecca

That Friday Blog Hop {84}

Welcome to That Friday Blog Hop.
With your hosts: Rebecca @ xoxo Rebecca | Chrissy @ A Lil' Dash Of Diva |
Tiffany @ Life Of A Lost Muse
Hop around, have fun, and find lots of fun blogs to enjoy!

So here is what we ask from all of you lovely people.
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Let Them Eat Cake

Our co-host this week is Athienna from Supermom's Eats and Neats 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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xoxo Rebecca

Wordless Wednesday - Chop, Cut & Color

So what do you think of the new do? I'm liking it. I decided to chop off a few inches, redo the bangs, and hit it up with some flame red color! Here's the before and after photos:


At least I'm shedding less now LOL. Seriously though... after the baby, my hair started shedding so much I could have made a huge rug with it so it was time to take off a few inches. And now the baby doesn't pull it as much anymore either which is always a plus!

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xoxo Rebecca

A Date With The Mouse

Well, ok...so we actually never went to see Mickey this time around. But last weekend, my parents were in town and we all went to Disney World for the weekend. So we spent two days at Magic Kingdom and one day at Hollywood Studios.

Every time my parents come to visit us, they always take us to Disney. We are lucky enough to live right around from it. Takes about 20 mins to get there...so it's not really a vacation for us but more of just something fun to do on those boring days.

This was Reg's first time at Disney. I feel bad he's three months old and this was his first time going. When Natalya was three months old, she had already been about 20 times. But with all the issues the baby has had, we had to wait so long to take him. He enjoyed the fresh air though.

So here are some photos from our few days with my parents:

Reg enjoying the fresh air out at the parks

The three of us meeting the fairies from the Tinkerbell movie

Natalya shooting arrows waiting to meet Merida from Brave

With Merida


Cinderella's Castle {front/back views}

Beauty & the Beast Castle

Inside the castle is a restaurant. 
Created to look like the ballroom where they danced

My "Be Our Guest" dessert

Natalya begged me to take her on the Tower of Terror.
She lost her tooth on this ride LOL it was loose anyway

What can I say? I love nerd hats!!

Natalya's favorite movie is Wreck-It Ralph

Where's Perry?

Ca-ching!

Riding the Merry-Go-Round together

Me and Reg with Buzz Lightyear

The fireworks from the boat

And no trip wouldn't be complete without meeting Honey Boo-Boo
Yes, sadly she was there and my mom made me chase her around for pictures and an autograph..Barf!




So it was an interesting time at Disney. Honey Boo-Boo caused a lot of crowds but we had a good time. My husband hates Disney so he opted out and stayed home. So it was just me and the kids with my parents and our friends from Germany met up with us there as well.
xoxo Rebecca

Flashback Friday - A Family Affair

I'm linking up with Camille over at A Sorta Fairytale for Flashback Friday. Heading back into the past with anything, I decided to post one of our family photos from back in the day.


This photo was taken back in October of 2008. When it was just the three of us. My daughter had just turned two years old. Oh how time flies...we were young and about to be married. Our wedding photographer shot this portrait of us together. It's one of my favorites...



xoxo Rebecca

Three Months Old

Look who turned three months old. Such a big boy. I'm a week late posting this. But last week on Feb 8th, my little guy turned three months old. He's growing up so fast and so well.


He had his MRI appointment last week as well to check on his heart. They ended up not doing an MRI but just going with an ultrasound. It appears he has an extra vein transporting blood to one side of the heart. So as of right now, it's normal but he needs to be checked every year to make sure the one side of the heart does not start becoming larger then the other side.

As far as his surgery goes, he is doing so well. The incision is almost like a cat scratch and he is now feeling no more pain from it. So those are always great to hear.

Three month old stats:

- Weight: 11 pounds 14 oz {at birth he was 7 pounds 9 oz}
- Length: 23.25 inches {at birth he was 19.5 inches} 
- Drinks about 5 ounces every 5 hours
- Sleeps about 11 hours throughout the day and night
- Smiles all the time
- Lifts his head up high for over five minutes
- Loves being held
- Coos when you play with him and talk baby talk to him
- Loves bath time and stops crying when he gets in the water
- Calms down to the sound of running water
- Falls asleep when you rock him now
- Will only allow you to carry him when his head on your shoulder
- Wears 0-3 month old clothing
- Size 1 diapers
- Cries when his diaper is dirty or when he is waking up
- Loves to grab and pull on your hair
- Rolled over from tummy to back for the first time
- Seems like he is teething
- Tasted baby oatmeal for the first time
- Got his first cold and runny/stuffy nose
- Took his first vacation to Disney World
- Had his first visitors
xoxo Rebecca

That Friday Blog Hop {83}

Welcome to That Friday Blog Hop.
With your hosts: Rebecca @ xoxo Rebecca | Chrissy @ A Lil' Dash Of Diva |
Tiffany @ Life Of A Lost Muse
Hop around, have fun, and find lots of fun blogs to enjoy!



So here is what we ask from all of you lovely people.
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  2. Follow the week's special co-host
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xoxo rebecca


Our co-host this week is Hannah from Thirsty World Designs 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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So link up all your social networks and have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

xoxo Rebecca