Monday, August 29, 2011

A Little More Fashion This Time

I usually dont do fashion or what I wore posts so close together... Heck who am I kidding.. I usually dont even do more than one a month! But I felt it necessary to redeem myself after my last post
Yes I am a momma, Yes I am in pajamas a lot of the time but I do still love to get "all gussied up" (in the hubs words) when I have a chance to! Being at home all day I feel like it is such a waste to do my make up and wear nice clothes if I am just playing on the floor with the kids, or cleaning. I am sure you know what I mean if you are a SAHM yourself! But Oh.. when I get to go out.. you better believe I will take advantage and do what I can to look my best! :) 

My sister Alea had her baby shower this Saturday and this is what I wore.

I LOVE this dress, its simple and oh so comfy! I got it from Target. Did you know that Target had a fabulous plus-size line called Pure Energy? Yeah I didnt either... They dont carry this line at MY Target here in Northern Cali. I bought this dress while I was in Las Vegas with the Hubs for a wedding. (We were in LV for the wedding, I didn't buy the dress for the wedding. lol) ANYWAYS.. I was totally jealous they had such a cute line for us ladies with curves, but I hadnt seen this line where I live. :(

So anyways..
Dress is Pure Energy from Target.
Lace Shrug is from Deb.
Leggings & Belt from Torrid.



                                                                                                                                                                                      TOTAL HAIR FAIL- My bangs were being completely ridiculous this day!
I guess it didnt help that I was sweating like crazy taking these pictures outside in 103 degree weather!

These are my absolute favorite shoes, They are cute, they are a great color.. I wear a lot of this color so I feel like they go with everything.. even adding a pop of color to black. I get complimented on them regularly. They are comfy like seriously comfy, I can wear them all day and feet never hurt! PLUS they make my legs look good. :) Major bonus points. I have worn them before in another fashion post.. I swear I have other cute shoes.. but like I said, I favor these! :)
They are from Payless Shoe's. Yes thats right!

You would think that being behind the camera as much as I am, I would be great as posing myself! But no.. I had quite a few awkward and some unflattering shots! LOL I guess I am just a lot more comfortable BEHIND the Camera rather than in front of it... But if you know me at all you will know that this fashion post is a MAJOR step up from any Ive done before, considering I actually used my good camera.. NOT just my cell phone! :)


On another good note, there is something else that has improved since my other fashion posts...

Can you guess what that is?



My Confidence!

Yes, my confidence! I remember the first time I posted about wearing this belt.. and I was very unsure about the belted or cinched look. Now I love this look! I felt confident in the belt, I actually felt the belt pulled this outfit together very nicely!

I will say it again, I felt confident! I felt fashionable.. I felt PRETTY! And believe or not.. I dont often feel pretty. Totally NOT fishing for compliments.. compliments honestly sort of make me feel a little more insecure. I have no clue why.. they just do! But I really dont always feel pretty.. I feel AWKWARD! I AM awkward a lot of the time.. You may not know this either.. but I am also very SHY! To some that shyness comes off as snobby. So I try my best to be more outgoing... I still feel awkward and insecure. But I've learned it is good to step out of your comfort zone every now and again. :)





Ohhh hey did you happen to notice that pretty necklace around my neck? Let me give you a close up!:
Isnt that necklace totally AMAZING!? Its another from Amanda Lynne Designs! I adore her work, Im sure you all know! :) I already have Young Love, this new necklace is called My Heart Is Full.


Alright and lastly, what fashion post of mine would be complete without a head shot of my hair and makeup. :)
The Hair clip is this one that I made last year. :) I wear it a lot.. especially when I wear this white lace shrug.
Yeah I like to be matchy-matchy! I'll admit it. 
I am a work in progress... :)


Linking up to these places.
Momma Go Round pleated poppy

Much Love & Hugs,

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Kim's Kreations GIVEAWAY!

Happy Sunday! Today I have a fun giveaway for you Sponsored by Kim's Kreations!
Kim has a sweet little shop thats pretty new called Brightly Shines.
You will adore her and her shop!

Here are just a few of MY favorites from her shop!





Here is what one lucky winner could win today from Kim's Shop!

And here is how you can enter!
~It is mandatory for you to be a follower of this blog (Agape Love Designs) But does not count for an entry.
~Please leave a separate comment for each entry that you complete.

Mandatory Entry:
Become a Public Follower of Kim's Kreations, and comment on her blog.

Optional Extra Entries:
Like Kim's Kreations on Facebook, let her know I sent you.
Add Brightly Shines to your favorites on Esty
Blog about this giveaway
Link this giveaway on Facebook
Tweet About this giveaway

This giveaway will end at midnight on Sept 4th, winner will be announced ON THE BLOG Sept. 5th

Much Love & Hugs,

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Love Is Not Written On Paper

“Love is not written on paper, for paper can be erased. Nor is it etched on stone, for stone can be broken. But it is inscribed on a heart and there it shall remain forever.”
Today's Saturday Show Offs is This Special Necklace.
 You got to get a sneak peek at this new necklace design yesterday when I showed off Bella's Loot. But today I wanted to share with you the story behind it. It is similar to this personal story I shared with you about my other custom Birds Nest Necklaces.
Bella, as I mentioned before won my big giveaway and got to choose anything from my shop. Bella's generous heart decided to pick something for her friend. And with her permission, I am going to share with you her email to me:

"I'm pretty sure I'm going to pick another birds nest necklace. I want to give it to a dear friend who lost her ONLY son about 10 years ago, and she is all alone now. I love her dearly, and she still grieves so much for her son. He was just 19 years old. Died in a car crash.

How could you incorporate that into the necklace. I wouldn't want the nest to be EMPTY, but I want the pearl to be in the chain, for he's an angel now, BUT what can you put in the nest to symbolize that he is YET in her heart. 

Do you think you can come up with something?"
 Of course after getting that email, you know I was up for the challenge of creating something beautiful and special for Bella's friend to honor and remember her son. It wasn't hard, after reading Bella's email again.. she practically gave me the idea "to symbolize that he is yet in her heart." Of course.. I would put a HEART in the nest to represent her friends heart as well as the love and memories she has and holds for her son.

I emailed Bella back with the idea and she agreed it would be perfect. So I went to work on the necklace right away. And I fell in love with the design. Even though the story behind this necklace is sad, I pray that it will bring joy in a time of sorrow. I pray it will bring a smile to this Mommas heart as she wears it in honor and remembrance of  her son who went home to Heaven too soon.

I've also decided to add this new design to my shop. You can find it listed {here}. I put it in my shop not in hopes that many have to buy it.. but in hopes to bring joy in a time of sorrow to those who have have no children due to loss, miscarriage or death. I keep saying it, but also to honor and remember them too.  I know that my own necklace with two pearls in the chain means so much to me. Because I WILL NEVER forget ALL of my children.. and at times the thought of them STILL brings tears to my eyes. In fact just last week I completely broke down and started crying hysterically about them, during a calm conversation with my husband. And even though I don't always want to talk about it.. or tell people.. or even explain, in my heart I have 5 children and I LOVE THEM ALL. And I am glad I can show them off in this necklace. And I am honored to offer that same thing to other Momma's like me, and like Bella's friend and each and every other Momma who has already purchased one of my birds nest necklaces. They are made with all my LOVE and my prayers go out with each one.

Much Love & Hugs,


Friday, August 26, 2011

Bella's Loot

Today I just had to take a minute to share Bella's loot with you all. 
Bella just so happens to be the winner of MY big giveaway during the 500 followers celebration, 
in case you were wondering. :) 
The winner of my giveaway got to chose anything from my shop, 
PLUS get a few other extra goodies from me as a bonus! :) 
So I just had to show off her goodies that just went off in the mail yesterday!

Bella's choice from my shop was one of my custom birds nest necklaces, but, being the GIVER that she is, she did not get it for herself... she wanted it for a friend. You may notice the necklace isnt exactly the same as the others.. there is a heart in the nest instead of any pearls. 
I will explain about that in a post coming soon. I just had to give you all a sneak peek.

Bella is also getting a pair of earrings from me, that are NEW to my shop! 
If you would like a pair of Autumn Leaf Earrings like those you can find them in my shop {here}.

She is also getting a one of a kind ring I made for her, that is not listed in my shop!

Of course I had to throw in a few hair accessories!!
Bella is also getting:
A set of my Rosette Bobby Pins
A set of my Charming Bows {Similar Here}
And I also threw in there one of my Hand Wire Written XOXO Necklaces!

Bella's Loot is worth over $60, but she totally deserves every penny and MORE actually.
Because she is SO generous and is ALWAYS giving! :)

Did you know that she is having a giveaway right now where she is giving one lucky winner a $200 shopping spree with her sponsors!? And she has MANY fabulous sponsors-- Of which I am one!!
You can fin that giveaway {here}, if you have not entered yet!

She also has a second giveaway going on that is similar to the first one, except you get to choose which of her sponsors you want to support and she will give one winner $5 per every like they do. If you feel like that one is more your style.. then you can find it {here}!

Told ya she was generous! :) 
I hope she enjoys her winnings from me, and that her friend is blessed by the necklace Bella picked out for her. I know those necklaces have meant so much to the women who get them. I look forward to explaining more about this newer design soon as well as sharing all the new items that will be going in the shop soon!

Much Love & Hugs,

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Because Im So Fashionable

Im not going to pretend to be fabulous today.
In most pictures I post of myself, I make sure I look good. I want to look fabulous.
Because, I'll admit it, I care what I look like and I'd like to look effortlessly put together.
But lets face it.. I am not really that fabulous, it takes a lot of effort!
And I don't always even feel like it!

Today I have some grocery shopping to do,
several packages to drop off at the post office and a couple other errands to run.
Of course that means actually making that effort to get dressed and be presentable to be out in public.
*sigh*
I totally am NOT in the mood to even get out of my PJ's today...

So I am procrastinating... Watching cartoons with Zander and playing Cars and Dinosaurs, then I was on pinterest adding to my "When I need to Laugh" Board. I guess I am in a silly mood today. :) When I popped onto blogger and saw several WIWW posts I decided I needed to post one too! Cool right? You would think that would inspire me to hurry and get dressed for the day right? And show off my amazing outfit, because I am so fashionable, *caugh NOT cough* right?

Eh.. Not so much...

This is me, a real momma who is not always fabulous, who sometimes wears pajamas all day.
And this is my "seriously, dont take this post too seriously" pose.

Its much more fun to lounge around in comfy PJ's.
Especially when there is a rambunctious (<--Wow I spelled that right on the first try! Sweet, I was totally just guessing!)
toddler who wants to play!

Uncombed hair, No makeup, Pajama's... Check Check and Check.

Fabulous Pajama Pants & Cami: Old Navy

Ok...
So maybe I will just finish my cup of coffee (real slowly) and then get ready for the day...
Maybe.



Linking up to these places where you can find real style inspiration...
Momma Go Round pleated poppy

Much Love & Hugs,

Monday, August 22, 2011

Is It Too Early For Halloween Printables?? ;)

Seriously, is it too early? haha Sorry if it is...
I guess I just couldnt help it! The wheels are always spinning in this noggin of mine!
So when I get an idea for something, especially a cute fun printable, Ive gotta get it out before I forget it!
Lucky for you that means cute, fun FREE printables for your home decor! :)
I guess just bookmark or better yet Pin It until you are ready to use it! :) 

SO Ive got THREE cute little printables here for Halloween. 
Am I saying CUTE a little too much? 
Well there is a reason for that! 
These printables were made to be CUTE as opposed to being scary or anything else traditionally Halloween-ish.

Why?

Because for One, I really LIKE cute! And two, I know that some people out there may prefer not to put up scary stuff in their home, for what ever reason. Yet they still may want to decorate for the Holiday. 
So if YOU are one of those, these printables are for you! :) 

PLUS...They would also be cute for children's room, or for kids Halloween party decor. :)

 Anyways.. if you would like these, just double click to bring to full size before saving them to your computer!
Then you can print at home or anywhere else. Will look great up to 8x10 size. 

And as always, I really do APPRECIATE any and all thank you's, and comments! :)
It lets me know these are worth my time and effort making and offering them free to you all! :)



Enjoy!

Much Love & Hugs,

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Red Bluff Children Photography - Bruce Jr.'s New Photos!

On Wednesday you got a peek at Kiahs New Photos
Today I share with you Bruce Jr.'s new photos!

Bruce Jr. is 5 years old! 
He started kindergarten this week, and he is my oldest son!
He's got a killer "Million Dollar Smile" JUST like his daddy. :)

He may have The Hubs' smile, but at least he has got my crescent moon shaped eyes. :) 
He is pretty much a perfect blend of The Hubs & I.

So hard to believe he is already 5!
 
My little Buddy looks like a little man now.

You may think he's got that "far off look" down perfectly, 
but really he was distracted from all the turkey feathers there were around the yard! 
He couldnt wait for me to be done taking photos of him, so he could go play with and collect them! haha

So handsome! I cant help but gush! :)

He's the MAN! :) My little stud. haha He is SO his father's child!

Again, scoping out the turkey feathers!

This is his "Are we almost done yet... I REALLY wanna go get those feathers" smile. haha

I promised him we could take only 5 more pictures and then he could go play! 
But they had to be good smiles! I said he could even count the pictures to make sure!
One...

Two...

You get the idea... he did good.
This was the face I got on 6! haha
This unsure look.
He was like, "I thought we were gonna be done... are we done? Can I get the feathers!?"
I couldn't help it, I had to snap another. :) He was just too cute!

So there are Brucey's new photos! He did good, right? :)
Next up is Zander! The difficult one.
I also tackled the challenge of getting photos of ALL the kids together!
I will be showing those off soon too. :)
It took some work, but I got quite a few that I LOVE. Cant wait to share.

Much Love & Hugs,

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