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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Honest

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I woke up this morning feeling different.
I felt like the Lord was laying something on my heart and I need to share.
I want to be honest.
All the time.
The blog Meagan, the twitter Meagan, the REAL life Meagan- should all be the same.
ALL the time.
I want you to know me. If you are here- it needs to be for the real me.
Good, bad, or otherwise.
Lately, I'm struggling with how I feel. How to share.
Since Christmas, things have been different.
I am different.
I can hear and see God working in my life in ways I was blind to before.
I also hear and see myself clearly ignoring his calling. That's tough.
It's one thing to feel like God isn't talking to you. Isn't giving you the answers you need.
It's another to hear them. See them. and Ignore them.
I don't want to ignore them anymore. So here I am today.
Being honest.
I'm not perfect. I do my best, but I make mistakes.
I don't always think before I speak.
Sometimes, I don't have something nice to say, but I say it anyway.
I yell at my kids- more than I probably should.
My house isn't always clean.
My checking account isn't always overflowing.
More often than not, laundry is piled up somewhere. Sometimes clean, sometimes dirty.
I'm still afraid of the dark sometimes.
I bite my nails when I'm nervous, or excited.
I'm late.
To everything. On everything. I'm always late.
Sometimes I wear my jeans button unbuttoned because it's easier to eat whatever I want, complain about my body changing, but not do anything about it.
I'm jealous. Of people who are thinner than me, have prettier spaces than mine, nicer clothes than mine, better skin than mine. I'm jealous. I compare myself to them, or my perception of them.
I judge.
I KNOW that Jesus died on the cross. I KNOW his blood shed is enough to save me from eternal life in flames. I KNOW I am forgiven, but I struggle to believe it or act on it. I let my past, or my bad decisions eat at me. Make me feel like I'm not worthy of His love.
I know that I am not perfect. I know that I don't have to be.
But I have to be ME.
The same me- all the time.
That is what you get here.
I may not always agree with you. I may not agree with the majority. I may not always say the things you want to hear, but I will always be honest. I will always be the real me.
Please hold me to that.
If you see me, or hear me, or read me and don't believe it's me. Don't believe it's the me I'm striving to be- call me out. Send me an email, pick up the phone.
Tell me.
Remind me.
I am not perfect.
But I always want to be authentic.
Genuine.
I always want to me the real me.

*the photo is not related to the post. I just can't get enough of these gorgeous desert sunsets and needed to share

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Loop

My Dad was in town from Florida last weekend.
We call him Pop.
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Pop LOVES trains so whenever Pop is in town we head north to Tehachapi to check out the trains.
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This time, we made it all the way to the famous engineering feat-the Tehachapi Loop without stomaching the seemingly endless winding mountain road the locals sent us on last time. (Thank you, new i-phone for showing us the freeway route!)
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While we were there, two different trains passed thru the loop.  Photobucket 
The girls watched at first,
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but quickly lost interest in this engineering marvel.
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When Kennedy was REALLY over it (after about 5 minutes), and tired of being reminded we were RIGHT next to the road so she needed to stay close, she put her hands on her hips and pouted.
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Luckily, this fit was short lived!
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Such a silly pair. Slightly dis shoveled, but I love them just the same!
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This is probably my favorite shot of the day! Madison is just tall enough to see over the top of the monument as the train makes a full circle over itself.
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Pop snapped a few photos of me at the Loop, too.
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Gramm, my mom, got me this 'Old Man' cardigan a few years ago. Very trendy, but I wasn't sure what to do with it. Whenever I tried to wear it I felt frumpy. It came with a skinny belt and spent most of the last 3 years in an ottoman at the end of my bed with the rest of the sweaters I never wore. Sad.
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It's not what you wear, but how you wear it.
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Pairing this 'Old Man' cardigan with a wide elastic belt and striped Summer dress, layered over vintage flair jeans (which I'm now noticing look pretty stinking short!) made me look at this sweater quite differently.
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It has a new home...on a hanger...in the closet.
When we got home from our trip to Tehachapi, I realized I had no good photos of my Rock-a-Bow headband. Breadwinner took a break from pushing the girls on the swings and helped me out.
We started with this one.
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Then I told him I never know what kind of face to make. I just feel silly.
Which prompted this.
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The perfect way to end a fun filled day with Pop and the girls!

the outfit: burgandy 'old man' cardi/gray striped tank dress-NY&Co, brown elastic belt-Forever21, vintage flare jeans-American Eagle Outfitters, gray modern pearl statement necklace-Allorahandmade, mustard bow headband-RockaBow

the girls: Madison-pink plaid peacoat-Gymboree, purple ruffled tee-Carter's, cutie skirt-EisleyRae, white polka dot leggings-Old Navy, gray boots-JC Penney, gray/white houndstooth bloom-Lillybug Lane  Kennedy-chambray denim top/white tee-Target, yellow tutu skirt-Crazy 8, owl leggings- Gymboree hand me downs (thank you, Kimberly!), pink puffy jacket-Gymboree hand me down (thru 4 girls and still super cute!), headband-Little Penelope Lane

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More than Jeans and a T-Shirt

I've always been a prissy girl.
Pink, ruffled, girly- when I was a little girl, the frillier the better.
To potty train me, my mom put ruffle bottom panties on me. That's it.
I didn't want to soil my pretty panties, so I didn't.

My style is ever evolving, but a little sass or girlie flair has always been an ingredient.
When it comes to 'Plain Jane' jeans and a t-shirt, unless I'm painting or cleaning house, you won't see it on me. Call it the curse of the prissy girl. I just can't do it.
All it takes is a little something to go from 'Plain Jane' to touch of sass.
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Oh and a friend to make you laugh thru a quick 'hey, before I leave your house, snap a few pics for me?' photo shoot.
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skinny jeans-Forever 21
charcoal v-neck tee shirt-Old Navy
flowy blue kind of stripey sweater wrap (how's THAT for a name)- NY&Co
multi-strand funky scarf-handmade Christmas gift from Kimberly, sold at Eclectic Elegance
favorite boots-best hand me down ever

Sometimes a kick pleat and ruffle blowing in the wind are enough to make a plain pairing feel like a 'put-together' outfit. Is it still a kick pleat if it's at the top of the back of a jacket? You aren't kicking anything....but it kicks out the fabric...what is it really called?
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It was so windy, I couldn't keep my hair out of my face. My five year old thought it was hysterical the wind nearly blew me over...but Oh the sky is such a glorious shade of blue in the desert when the high winds blow all the clouds away.
vintage flare trouser jeans-American Eagle Outfitters
chocolate brown boatneck tee-Old Navy
cropped, ruffle sleeve swing jacket-Express
caramel colored booties-Charming Charlie
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red modern pearl statement necklace-Allorahandmade

How do you wear jeans and a t-shirt? Dressed up? Dressed down? Accessorized?

Linking up with Lindsey and Nina this week.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Summer to Winter

Did you hear? The groundhog saw his shadow a couple weeks ago.
6 more weeks of winter. I'd settle for winter. period.
We haven't had much winter weather here in Sunny Southern California this year.
You won't find me complaining about the slightly cooler days since ole Phil's weather prediction.
This week I decided to take a couple of my favorite warm weather outfits and make them work for cooler weather.
I'm anxious to hear what you think about the transformations.
Wednesday, working at the front desk of the Preschool.
Breadwinner was home sick and I didn't want to bug him, so I went back to the old take-a-photo-in-the-dusty-mirror shot.
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 What do you think about the leather belt, tied in a loose knot with an empire waist dress? I'm torn.
teal dress-Forever 21
old denim jacket pulled from the depths of the closet-NY&Co
brown tank-Old Navy
necklace-Eclectic Elegance
brown worn cowboy boots- another fabulous hand me down from Kimberly

Last Summer I wore it this way for my Kendi 30 for 30 challenge:
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Saturday- Hosted a bridal shower at our house for one of the Preschool teachers.
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What face am I making in the 3rd shot? Let's pretend I didn't add that one to the post.
This is one of my favorite StacyLynn skirts. There is something so feminine about a full, ruffled skirt.
skirt-Stacy Lynn
melon ruffled tank-Ann Taylor Loft
white tank-Old Navy
cream ruffled cardi-NY&Co
camel colored belt-Target
boots- hand me down from Kimberly (I just love her boots!)

Last Summer I wore it this way:
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Trends I noticed:

I was thinner last Summer. I like that. (30 day shred- here I come)
The Summer looks are still my favorites.
Some of my favorite outfits still came out of my 30 for 30 challenge. I should do that again.
30 seems to be a trend for me....maybe I should do a 30 day craft challenge? OOoooo...

Do you have any outfits you transition well from season to season?
Linking up with Lindsey-back from India, and Nina this week.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Rafflecopter

I am LOVING Rafflecopter.
It's a new way to moderate giveaway comments. And by new way, I mean I have no idea when it started but I just saw it on my friend Alissa's blog last week and thought I'd give it a shot. Whew- run on sentence.
It's AWESOME. You create a quick account (literally 10 seconds-it says so), it walks you through what entries you want for giveaway, links it all up for you, creates a cutie little 'widget' box, spits out an html code and BOOSH (literally- it says that) you have a giveaway moderator.
BRILLIANT!
AND it picks the winner for me (or you- you're going to run over there and host a giveaway right now, right?)
No more counting comments, making sure everyone did all the things they said they did in the comments. Nope- Just clickedy click, click- BOOSH- winner.
I love it!
That reminds me....did you see the winner for the Burger King giveaway?
Announced a tad early....
Rafflecopter, I love you!
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

WIWW Inspired: Allora

September 2010 I joined Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.
What started as Lindsey utilizing her amazing following of readers to stay accountable to get out of her softie pants and jammies each day and make an effort in herself, is now a huge group of women world-wide keeping each other accountable.
Some of us need accountability to get out of jammies and softies-just because we stay home doesn't mean we have to be schlubby (you like that word? it's a good one).
Some of us need to make more of an effort in our work attire.
Some are searching for personal style.
Some reaching out of their comfort zones.

Me?
I'm working to fall back in love with my closet.
Remixing old pieces, finding new pairings, stepping way out of my comfort zone to re-create my style.
Now I've added a new challenge for myself.
Each week I plan to pull inspiration from another WIWW blogger.
This week I channeled Jess from Allora Handmade.
I LOVE the way she layers her clothes and boldly mixes patterns and textures.
She is a pattern mixing queen and I love her accessories!
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turquoise slouchy sweater-American Eagle Outfitters
black and white strip tee-Old Navy
lavender drop waist, full ruffle skirt-Anthropologie
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plum skinny belt-NY&Co
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Alyson helped me take photos this week.
I caught her Wednesday as she dropped her son off at the Preschool for the Jess inspired outfit. Then snagged her before a playdate Thursday afternoon for the next look.
Digging in the back of the closet to find this black cropped jacket
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We couldn't stop laughing.
Something big up our sleeves has us giggling like little school girls all the time!
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pink slouch top-Gap
black cropped jacket-Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker
trouser jeans-American Eagle Outfitters
black belt-NY&Co
bloom headband-Lillybug Lane
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Don't forget: The latest giveaway ends tomorrow!
Click on over and enter.
Linking up with Nina this week, too!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Season of Busy

"I'm sorry, I've just been so busy"
If I had a nickel for every time I've said or heard that in the past year.
Life is busy these days.
Being a mom of two small children is a full time job in and of itself. I don't know how working moms do it! When do you find time for laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning the house, making dinner?
Add any one project to the daily routine and things get crazy fast!
Back in December, our lives were insane. Between Kennedy in Preschool 3 days a week, Madison in Kindergarten, me working 2 days a week for the school, buying our house, preparing for Christmas and my inlaws' extended visit, we were always on the go!
More often than not we found ourselves out and about during lunch time with two hungry and crabby girls! 
When BlogSpark told me about Burger King's new BKCrown meals, I was anxious to hear more.
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BKCrown meals come in a new activity box with a tear off, ready to wear crown.
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Each meal has multiple food choices, including fruit and milk.
But the best part? Burger King is giving back!
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 When your child is finished with their meal, go online to bkcrown.com, and place your vote for which charity Burger King should give back to.
It's that simple! Enjoy a better on the go meal, get games and a crown, AND help give back!
My girls loved the fresh apples and chocolate milk with their chicken nugget meals.
Burger King and MyBlogSpark are giving one of my readers their own BK Crown prize pack!
A $25 Burger King Crown Card to try out your own BKCrown meals.
Do you have a little bigger appetite? Try out their new BK Family pack.
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How do you enter to win your own $25 BK Crown Prize Pack?

Monday, February 6, 2012

It takes a village

Do you ever put together an outfit, look in the mirror and think,
"Hmmm...is this daring and fabulous? or horrific fail?"
That was me on Saturday.
Luckily, my friends are quite used to my madness...so, to the mirror I went.
Wet hair, no make-up and all.
Click.
Send: 'Yes? or No?'
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Having friends in several time zones across the country makes it convenient to text pics at all times of day. I love taking my friends 'shopping' with me via fitting room outfit 'should I buy this' photos.
This time, both friends agreed-
'no'
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This top is actually super cute usually. See? (two summers ago- maybe the blonde hair is better? or the 10 fewer pounds?) PS- This is my BFF, Shopgal!

Back to the drawing board.
Hair now dried and up in hot rollers- I have no shame.
Click.
Send: 'better?'
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Before the responses came in, I decided to ditch the belt.
Wasn't feeling it.
Took the rollers out first.
Click.
Send: 'better without the belt?'
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Response: 'no. needs belt.'

Belt back on.
Fluffed and accessorized hair.
Shoes on.
Click.
Send: 'Final Decision'
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Response: 'Done'
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Sometimes it takes a village.
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gray flowy vest, high waist vintage flair jeans-American Eagle Outfitters
peach stripe v-neck tee-Old Navy
wide belt-Target
booties-Charming Charlie's
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Bloom headband-Lillybug Lane
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The perfect outfit for a trip to the sky!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Girls Room: In Process

A few weeks ago I asked for your help with my girls' bedroom.
It's still in process, but I thought you'd like an update.
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This first photo is a little bit of a cheat. The before was taken nearly a year ago, so a few changes were made. The first post gives more info on the befores.
As for the now- new paint color, Barefoot Beach by Olympic Primer One (more on that later)- not much different than before. Just a nice, fresh coat of paint taking the room from warm tone to cool tone. And a whole new corner of toys! The girls' kitchen and new doll house have a new home in their room.
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The polka dots are gone and the new craigslist loft bed got a crisp white makeover and a sturdy new support system underneath (thank you, engineer Breadwinner) Madison's old bed is fresh and new for Kennedy with new paint and her own twin size big girl bedding. We did decide to keep the Love and Nature bedding for now since we already had one full set and lots of coordinating pillows. Since I took these 'now' photos, I finished painting Madison's dresser. Now the entire piece is the bright turquoisey-blue oops paint color. Oh and wait until you see the pulls close up!
Do you like the little hammock hanging from the bottom of the top bunk? Big sister, Madison made it for her little sister's toys?
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See the brown hanging shelf in the 'before' photo? It's in the process of getting a makeover. It will hang on the wall between the white crates on the floor and the the white shelf of headbands. Why so low? It's the perfect home for all the stuffed animals and baby dolls currently stacked on the crates (full of baby handmade baby blankets)! The clothesline returned-we have tons of hats year round- and the hair accessories got a new home.
Kennedy's dresser found a new home in the closet next to the dress up salon (it's a big closet), so no refinishing on that piece just yet.
A few more projects remain before the final reveal.
It is already SUCH a transformation.
Does it make you want to come play?