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30 Days

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I tried my hardest to participate fully in NaBloPoMo but of course I missed a day and definitely phoned in more than one picture post. I do feel like it was a great reminder to put my blog closer to the top of my priority list and if for nothing else than that, I’m glad I made the effort.

Over the last 30 days I have seen the regular posts on Facebook documenting something my friends were thankful for each day. I didn’t participate but now I would like to take the time to fill in my 30 days of thankfulness.

1. The Lord. I would not be who I am without my service for the Lord.
2. Gabe. He is truly my other half and makes me better than anything I would be without him.
3. Aiden and Olivia. I would normally list them separately, as they are so individual, but they made me a mother and fill the piece in my heart so completely that I never knew was empty before they came along.
4. My grandma. She is truly the only mother I have ever known and taught me what it is to love and nurture a family. I am thankful she is healthy and happy and enjoys my children so fully.
5. My aunts. Without my mom in my life I could have had something missing but there never was because of my aunts. Linda and Cheryl brought more love to me and my brother than one person ever could and spoil my children beyond belief. They love it!! 🙂
6. My in-laws. There are a million horror stories out there about terrible in-laws and I’m glad to say I don’t have that. I have in-laws who treat me like their own and have given me the chance to have the sisters I never got to have growing up.
7. Friends. There aren’t words enough to say what my friends mean to me. I have friends who I’ve known for YEARS (I’m looking at you Brandi!), friends who I feel like I’ve known for years (Kimmie!), long distance friends I’ve never met in real life (Jenn and Dawn!), and nursing friends who walked with me through our battle and came out on the other side (too many of you crazies to list!). Each and every one of them has meant something important to me and filled a place in my life that would have been harder and emptier without them.
8. My career. I worked so very hard to earn my career and become a nurse. It means something to me that I can say that I’m an RN.
9. My job. Yes, it’s different than a career. I love my job. I just became full-time this week and could not be happier. In this economy a job is not guaranteed, even with an education, and I feel immensely blessed to have mine.
10. Our home. It is our sanctuary from the world and I am glad for it every day. I love coming home and relaxing at the end of the day and having a little private place that is just ours.

Ok, those were all serious things, now for the silly.

11. Coffee. I LOVE COFFEE. It makes me happy and it tastes like heaven and it is my friend.
12. Chocolate. Right up there with coffee.
13. Purses. I love a beautiful handbag. I love new ones and old ones. I love when the seasons change and it’s time to bring out a different purse.
14. Shoes. Gabe doesn’t like it (there’s just too many of them!) but I love shoes. The more the better and multiple pairs for every occasion. Love. Them.
15. Shopping. Even when I don’t buy anything I love to look and try things on and consider the possibilities.
16. Books. Finding an adventure in the written word is a gift.
17. Movies. My imagination can only go so far and seeing the creations that come alive on the big screen is more than my tiny brain could ever come up with.
18. Technology. I love computers and tablets and phones. Pretty much anything with fancy lights and whistles gets my attention. I think I get that from my dad, I still remember the first dial-up modem he brought home.
19. Dogs. Specifically our dogs. I love animals and our dogs are big sweeties.
20. Good pens. I have worked in offices for so long that good pens mean a LOT to me. Mine are pink so that they stand out and I can nab them if someone else picks them up.
21. Holidays. Whether it be Thanksgiving or Halloween or Labor Day, I love taking time and slowing down and recognizing different moments in life.
22. My car. Long story short, our car died and we had no idea what we were going to do. Our car came at just the right time and at just the right cost.
23. Gabe’s truck. Yep, they’re separate because they were two separate blessings. Gabe now has an extended can and it makes it so much easier with the kiddos.
24. Naps. Enough said.
25. Slippers. When you’re on your feet a lot during the day, having soft fuzzy slippers waiting at home is fabulous.
26. Christmas lights. It’s that time of the year and I’m like a kid when it comes to driving around to see them.
27. Music. I love almost all genres and can sing along to almost anything. Cranking up the sound in my car and shouting out lyrics is a huge stress reliever.
28. Breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day!
29. Restaurants. As much as I love to cook, having it brought to me is something to be thankful for.
30. Pictures. If you can’t tell from this space, I take a lot of pictures. I have a strong need to document and capture moments.

So there you have it. The month of November is done but I have no intention of abandoning this space in December. We shall see!

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Trendy Tuesday – The Maxi Dress

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Time for another trend!  I love clothes.  Even when I’m not 100% happy with how my body looks I still love clothes.  You can dress up or down, make a statement, be comfortable, or glam.  It doesn’t matter.  There’s always something out there for the way you want to look.

I think maxi dresses can work for just about anyone, and I’m a short anyone.  More than anything I think it’s the shape and style you go for.  Given that I’m short a dress with an empire waist (or high waist) is a good thing.  It raises the eye to the smallest part of me (around my rib cage) and makes my legs look so much longer than they actually are (especially when I pair it with 4″ heels!).

This is what I decided I wanted for Easter.  I wanted something bright and different but definitely in the form of a maxi dress.  Too bad nothing in town fit the bill.  I did find this on kohls.com.

I definitely liked it as soon as I saw it but I was worried about ordering it online.  First, I always worry about size given that I like to try things on.  Second, this was listed as “mendi orange” and I was definitely concerned that it could come in some horrible orange that was offensive to the eye.

Also, you may be wondering, given that this is a modesty blog, how in the world I could make the top of this dress modest.  Easy, I say!  I could just toss a cami or tank top underneath and throw a cardigan or bolero over the top.  Instant modesty!  So what I am saying is that modesty was the least of my concerns with this dress.

Beyond the worries there was something that was definitely right – the price!  It was a $60.00 dress but with the sale that was going on and multiple discounts (including one from my aunt!) I was able to score this for around $20.00.  Can’t beat that!!

When this came in the mail my first thought was “the picture didn’t do the color justice”.  It was perfect.  It wasn’t at all what I would term as orange, but rather a deep coral, almost heading toward red.  I already had a white tank top to go under it and was able to find a cute, inexpensive sweater at Target to go with it.  I was officially set for Easter.

This isn’t the best pic of me, I was a little sunburned from the 7k the day before, but doesn’t my friend Kim look awesome??  He he.  I think I look uncomfortable so that’s why I’m not over the moon about this shot.  And my chest/face matches my dress a little too much.  LOL.  Oh and the feet you see between Kim and I would be Aiden deciding to hide while we were taking pics. Also, you can’t see it but even with my 4″ heels, my dress still skimmed the floor.  I’m thinking about 2″ off would be good to wear it with heels or flats this summer.  Just something to think about.

So there’s the trend.  The maxi dress done modest with a lace tank top underneath and a cute bolero jacket over the top.  All of this was done for around $50, including the tank that I believe I got at Old Navy last year for around $10.00.  Have fun shopping!