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I found this on pinterest and it is linked back here. I love it and it is such a true statement.

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Red and Black Look

When I want to go out on a casual date with my husband, I like to look good, but don’t want to overdress the occasion.  I love these skinny jeans with some pre-worn accents.  I also love the shirt, with the ever so flattering rouching and asymmetrical cut.  The jacket is amazing, and of course, the shoes are gorgeous.  I love this look for a fun Friday night date of Dinner and mini golf!

For a girl with my shape, the KAMILAH top by Ted Baker is a must.  The rouching hides the roles, and the top is long enough to sit on the hips.  The detail in the upper portion of the shirt will help hold the attention of onlookers up, instead of allowing them to focus on the mid section.

Adjusting to Motherhood

I have been a mom for four months now, and I will say, it is a definite adjustment.  It is very hard to get used to, and I have been having some trouble adjusting.  I have thought it was me, that I was selfish, that I am not cut out for this job.  I have been wondering what is wrong with me.  I have wanted a child for so long, and love having her, holding her, playing with her, and being with her, but at the same time, the adjustment is killing me.  I wonder if I am alone, I wonder if this adjustment period is hard on other women too?  I wonder if I am going to be an awful mom, or if I am going to a great mom, and this feeling I have eating me away inside effects other women.

Deep down, I know I am a good mom.  I love my daughter unconditionally.  I know I get frustrated when the sleepless nights are stacking up and there is no relief in sight, but in the end, I still hold her close and we fall asleep together on the couch.  I have been vomited on, peed and poo’d on, and it doesn’t bother me.  I just keep going.  I have held her close during her shots, and kissed her little boo-boo’s.

I have been doing research, and I have found that I am not alone.  This adjustment period happens to a lot of women, not just me.  This feeling of being completely overwhelmed happens to the best of them. Women all over the world experience this, and there are a lot of options out there for women, and support groups.  One helpful site I have found: Postpartum Progress

I won’t let this feeling I have inside, this anxiety of motherhood, this desire to run away from my life, inhibit my ability to be the best mom I can be.  There is help out there for women who feel this way.  There is help out there for women who feel that maybe they bit off more than they can chew in their new road to motherhood, or adding an additional member to their family.  There are a lot of symptoms to Postpartum Depression, and there is also a lot of ideas and ways to help.  Since I don’t want to take the easy way out, and just go directly on medication, I am going to start journaling both privately, as well as on this blog.  I want to feel like myself again, and journaling has helped me in the past with previous cases of depression, so I am hoping that it will help me again with this case.

This is a process, this is a move in the right direction, and I hope that I get from this process what I need.

Yellow and Black

A daytime look in Yellow and Black.

I am really getting addicted to Polyvore.com. I created this look, inspired by one of my current favorite interior design trends, using black and yellow.  The look does look great, and would work well at my work, or just out and about in the afternoon.  I really like this look, and plan on shopping around and try to find this look for myself.  Looks good in fashion, looks good in interior design, looks good all over!

A Halloween Ballerina

A fun Halloween Outfit by Me!

I love Halloween, but I hate all the crazy slutty outfits.  This is kind of a cross between the two.  This awesome corset dress would be super slimming on me, and really be great for my waist.  The heels are totally adorable too! I love this look!  I wish I could actually find this outfit in time for this years holiday, much less afford it.  At least it is saved for next year!  Either way, maybe some of my readers can afford it, and enjoy the look.  Enjoy!

 

A Work Look

A look I created for Work.

I created this look for work.  As many of you know, I work for a big box retailer, and so I am on my feet most of the day, and need to be comfortable.  This look is versatile also, you can wear it on a weekend outing, nights out, so many things events.  This is my first look that I have created on Polyvore.com, so expect more to come later on down the road.

Enjoy!

Halloween Is Coming

Image from Mouseinfo.com

After taking a stroll through some of our local stores, and big box chains, I am starting to see a trend popping up, that excites me, It’s Halloween Time.  Not to copy my favorite place in the world with my favorite time to go there (yes, I am a Disney nut!).  I am so excited about Halloween this year, and since I can’t go see Jack Skellington’s Haunted Mansion Take-Over this year, at least I can have my own…Sarah Mansion….Take-Over and decorate to the gills in my own special way.   Since this is my little girl’s first Halloween, I want it to be something special for our family.  I know she won’t remember it at all, but the photographs will be fun to show her later in life, and fun to add to the photo album!

Like any gal, I opened up Pinterest, and started searching out great DIY Halloween Decor.  It’s hard times, and I am going to have to decorate this place up using as little money as I can muster.  If your like me, and wanting to decorate the new diggs for the festivities, but don’t have much money to spare for silly decorations that will only stay up for a month, you should check out my Halloween Decor and Crafts board on Pinterest.   There are a lot of DIY crafts that may even be able to be made using spare stuff you have lying about the house.

First of all, who wouldn’t want ghosts brides floating around their front yard?  This is a fun way to bring your art and sculpting skills to play.  These gal’s (or ghouls) can be made using simple materials like chicken wire.  They are a bit bulky, but can probably be stored and used for years to come as well.  (I always do like a good decoration that can be used again and again!)

Pottery Barn Knock Off hanging Ghosts by Simply Designing

Another good and simple pin of decoration genius I have, is the quick and simple cheese cloth ghost.  Simply take a styrofoam ball left over from your kids solar system science project, cover it is some cheese cloth, and now you have ghosts to float out of the tree’s.  Don’t forget to add some fun Jack-Like eyes!  These adorable ghouls can be easily stored and used for years and years to come.  These are probably one of the decorations that will be the least expensive to make, and one that I am most excited about making.  I know I know, I am a dork, but what can I say?  You can also use cheese cloth to decorate other aspects of your home, like chandeliers!

Martha Stewart’s Halloween Wreath

Now, if you’re looking for that festive Halloween wreath that is beautiful at first glance, and frightening when you get closer, then a grapevine wreath is the way to go.  Now of course a grapevine wreath isn’t scary, but add plastic bugs, snakes, spiders, and other creepy crawlies, spray paint it black, and you have a lovely display of DIY craftsmanship, that is sure to creep a few of your trick-or-treaters out, while looking good in the process.  The wreath pictured here is just covered in snakes, which blends so well with the grapevine wreath foundation.  It looks like a wreath made entirely of snakes.  I am sure if I hang this on the door, my husband would want me to take it down immediately.  So needless to say, for the price it will cost to make, I will definitely be doing it.

by Thrifty Decor Chick

Now, if you have kids, I am sure it is safe to say, you have a large collection of black craft paper somewhere.  If not, it’s not that expensive to go buy a pack at your local crafts store, and make these awesome bat decorations that can be hung inside the house, or outside on the porch.  These little guys can easily be traced off a template you can print online, or from a cookie cutter, or so many other options.  Hang them across your front door to for a 3D graphical element of surprise.

Now, of course I do have quite a few more pins, and am adding more all the time, so keep an eye out for other ideas that will keep your trick-or-treating friends on their toes.  I know I can’t wait to start decorating and cooking up some spooky decor.

Happy haunting!

Slow Cooker Brownies

Now, to me, the slow cooker has always been for stews of sorts, as that is all my mom ever really cooked in there.  Sometimes chicken to be shredded for enchiladas, but always dinner.  Now that I have been thoroughly addicted to Pinterest, I am noticing a bunch of dessert recipes pop up, and they have one thing in common, the slow cooker.  Dessert?!?!?!?  From a Slow Cooker?!?!?!?!?!  Now who ever came up with this ingenious idea?

by Martha Stewart

The Ingredients:

  • Non-stick Cooking Spray
  • 1-1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour (Spooned and leveled)
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 3/4 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Coarse Salt
  • 1/2 Cup (or 1 Stick) Unsalted Butter, cut into pieces
  • 8 Oz Bittersweet Chocolate, chopped
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs, Lightly beaten
  • 1 Cup Walnut Halves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips (6 oz)

The Directions: 

  1. Lightly coat a 5-quart slow cooker insert with cooking spray.  Line the bottom with parchment paper and lightly coat with spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Place butter and chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, in 30-second increments, stirring after each.
  4. Add sugar, stir to combine.
  5. Stir in eggs.
  6. Add flour mixture, walnuts, and chocolate chips, and stir just until moistened. (Do not over-mix).
  7. Transfer to slow cooker and smooth top.
  8. Cover and cook on low for 3-1/2 hours.  Uncover and cook for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove insert from slow cooker and run a knife around the edge to loosen the brownies.
  10. Let cool completely in insert on a wire rack (about two hours)
  11. Turn onto a work surface, cut and serve.

This recipe is pretty darn simple, and the best part is, you can have it cooking and run errands at the same time.  Perfect for a busy mom-on-the-go!

Enjoy!