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Wordless Wednesday: #Blogher13 Recap


There are so many things I want to say about my BlogHer experience, how the ROYO went, my super awesome roomie, the hullabaloo surrounding outboard events this year, and being ignored by bloggers I look up to but, where do I begin? Instead I’m taking a cue from my friend Tabatha and going with a photo round-up. Mind you I didn’t take that many pictures but here are a few from the official stuff. If you click this right HERE you’ll get to see all the unofficial stuff of which I didn’t take many photos either but there is much more interesting commentary!  






If you look real hard you might be able to see the shitty blogger I mentioned earlier actually raise her hand to her face as she passed by because that's what respectable people do when they don't want to be noticed.  Ahhh, I digress, here's the swag! Well, at least what I took with me, I actually won a Walgreen's bag and ended up giving away the bulk of it. Everyone in the Expo Hall seemed intent on loading you down with very heavy and sometimes breakable objects! 


CVS Swag




Misc. Expo Hall and Giftbag Swag


Walgreens Swag

Was this a better BlogHer than last year in New York? YES!

Was this as wonderfully excited and career changing as I thought it would be?   Not yet, but you know me, I can't help but try to look at the bright side. And anyhow, there is always next year! 

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10 Things to Know About Me


For over a week now I’ve been prepping and obsessing over my trip to BlogHer and more specifically the ROYO I’ll be leading. I was checking in on one of the Facebook groups to see if I found any cab/walking buddies and stumbled upon this post by Steph over at A Grande Life. I’ve been so busy thinking thinking seriously this was just the lighthearted fun I needed! So, if you meet me at BlogHer or anywhere really, here are 10 things to know about me. (P.S. You can also check out my about me page for another list of Erin trivia.)

  1. I hate gum, so don’t ask if I want a piece, but I will gladly take a mint though.
  2. In 1980 we lived in Washington and I watched Mount St. Helen erupt.
  3. My favorite color is red.  (The Red Studio by Matisse)Flickr-MatisseRedRoom
  4. Growing up I never considered getting married or having kids, it just wasn’t a goal of mine. My husband and I actually eloped and honestly we could have gone to the court house and I would have been happy. I’m just not big on the pomp and circumstance of weddings or public proclamations of love in general. He knows I love him, I know he loves me, and we show it to each other everyday. That’s enough for me.
  5. I’m nearly 6 ft. tall, 5’11 1/2” to be exact.
  6. Just ‘cause I’ve seen it on other lists, I went to my first concert at Six Flags St. Louis to see The New Kids On The Block who were opening for Tiffany. new-kids-on-the-block
  7. I’m the oldest of four.
  8. We don’t use paper towels in our house, we use real ones.
  9. My favorite 80’s movie is Pretty In Pink, Annie Potts and Molly Ringwald at their best. annie-potts-and-pretty-in-pink-gallery
  10. Right this moment I’m listening to Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. My son was the one who told me about it. Moments like these I’m so proud of him, it confirms that he is a thinking member of the human race filled with a genuine love for his fellow man that’s deftly hidden behind the disgruntled and often aloof face of a teenager.
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Headband Holder


#DuctTape #headband #organizing #DIY #recycling

Last Friday it was about the headband so today it’s about the headband holder. Earlier this year I shared a variation of this craft in Issue #3 of Kid’s Crafts 1-2-3. It’s super easy to make and includes a bit of recycling, which I always love and I hope you love it too.

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Thrift Store Show and Tell #thriftyHOA


It’s that time of the month when I get together with my crafty friends to hangout and talk shop! This week the topic has been Thrift Stores and today I’m talking about the three things I love to use to update my favorite finds. Paper, paint, and fabric can turn any ho-hum thrift store purchase into a wonderful, personalized addition to your home’s d├ęcor. Just look what I’ve made and some of the out of the ordinary finds I’ve managed to pick up!

 
 

Be sure to take some time to view the rest of this week’s Thrift Store Videos! (Note: Some may not have taken place before press time.)
 
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Pin It-Did It: Knotted Headbands


My Very Educated Mother: #PinItDidit #t-shirtcraft #headbands

Whenever I found out I was expecting I went on a pinning spree and that is when I found this super cute T-shirt Headband. I don’t have any headbands, at least none that aren’t those really skinny elastic bands, and I have plenty of scrap t-shirts. The tutorial is a no-sew but I’m not keen on hot gluing anything I’m going to be wearing so I did make some adjustments. My notes are below!

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50+ Cuss Word Alternatives


CussWords #badmouthedmoms #cusswordalternatives #foulmouthed


In a few of my previous lives I was a sailor and judging by my vocabulary I’d say I wasn’t just a sailor but one kick-ass pirate! Unfortunately as my husband tells me…all…the…time…cursing makes you look unintelligent. Now, both my fellow sailors and I know that that’s not true. Using words incorrectly makes you look stupid and cuss words are not normally used incorrectly, at least not by me.

Anyhow, I’m a mom, blah, blah, blah, so I am trying to be a good example and all that jazz. So a couple of months ago I asked my friends on Facebook to give me their best bad word alternatives. Here is a VERY EXTENSIVE LIST with some explanations here and there. (Corresponding blogs are linked.)
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Craft Fail: Cat Scratch Posts


I don’t know if this classifies as a craft fail or a crafty miscommunication. See, our cat is slowly pulling up the carpet on one particular step and one particular corner of the living room. Obviously she needs a scratching post, but being the DIY and recyclin’ gal that I am I tried using materials I had on hand to create our own scratch boards. The problem is, she doesn’t seem to realize they are there for her. So she’s moved to a different step on the staircase and a different corner of the living room. Oh, well, maybe if you have a kitten who hasn’t yet experiences the joys of ripping up carpeting they might fall for this crafty alternative.

DIYCatscratchpost #catcrafts #animalcrafting #crafting #DIY #pettoysSupplies

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