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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

So much Swag, So little Time

The Fairly Fabulous Crafting Slumber Party (whew- is it just me, or do we need a shorter name?!) is over. 
OK, so it's been over for more than a week.
It's no small feat transforming your normal everyday house into a crafting bed and breakfast for a weekend...and then transforming it back...and catching up on sleep. Sheesh! It was absolutely worth every second of complaining, er uh, work.
I know some of you are DYING to see more photos of the weekend. 
They are coming! Again proving I can't do it all.
Maybe one day.
While you wait....

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Oh, and go enter to win a tiny bit of the amazing swag our sponsors so generously donated! It's a giveaway EXTRAVAGANZA on The Fairly Fab Party site this week.
OK, OK...here are a few photos to keep you coming back...
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The lights were magical.
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Yeah, that was my birthday cake.
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It tasted as good as it looked. Or better. And yes- in keeping with our weekend- it was completely handmade. Truly talented women contributed to and attended this weekend. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Feeling less than Fabulous

It's been weeks since I shared a What I Wore Wednesday post.
I got dressed every day. In fact, most days I even put on some pretty cute clothes.
Unfortunately, I also put on a few pounds. More than a few, quite actually.
It's tough to share fashion inspiration when you aren't happy in your own skin.
I've always envied women who are totally content in their own skin regardless of body type or shape.
No matter my size, I've always struggled with positive self image.
In college I was a size 4 and everything was eh, hem- perky...I remember complaining about the amount of 'fat' hanging over the top of my jeans. Looking back, I'm pretty sure that was skin- there was so little fat on my body!
Now, I see someone wearing a top, or dress, or pair of shorts I have in my closet and think "Why doesn't it look like that on ME?"
The nice big reality slap in the face came last week when I saw so many of my friends posting photos on Instagram and Twitter of their new, cute mint skinny crop pants. I saw them on clearance at my Target, tried them on and nearly cried. I would have cried if the kids were not with me. I couldn't button them- not even a size larger than I usually wear, and oh the thighs. Let's just say, it was NOT pretty. Dimply comes to mind. Dimples belong on cheeks...on faces...not on thighs.
So, so sad.
My personal focus has changed. It's time to take back my health and my body.
In the meantime, I'm being brave.
I'm posting.

Sunday-church
I chose a coral flowy top with flowy white linen pants. After looking at the photos Breadwinner took, I realized it was NOT a good choice.
Most of the photos I look pregnant- or 30 lbs heavier. Dressing for your body is so important.
I don't know how to dress this body. I try to mask it-and it makes me look bigger.
coral rosette front top, white linen pants, gray flower sandals- NY&Co, brown cropped jacket-Ann Taylor Loft
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My new favorite accessory is my initial necklace from Canela at Cinnamon Sticks. She brought a monogram necklace to each lady in attendance at the Fairly Fab Crafting Party.
Thanks to a birthday gift from another Fairly Fab Party attendee, I have painted toenails! AND they match my top! (Hazard from Sinful Colors at Target)
And then there's Kristen, my sweet friend! Happy Birthday to ME- a brand new HANDMADE, leather, chevron clutch. Yes- handmade! Yes- real genuine leather. Yes-Chevron. And oh does she have some tricks up her sleeve! I SO wish I could go shop The Queen Bee Market this weekend to see more of her new creations!

Tuesday-Catching up at home- my one kid free morning a week...until Summer starts in two weeks (pray for my sanity....theirs, too!)
It was a relaxing day.
Stacy Lynn jersey dress, belt, leggings-Target, same fluffy sandals
My favorite necklace from Eclectic Elegance.
Linking up with Lindsey and Nina this week.

Do you struggle with body image? It's not fun. It's toxic. What do you do to combat those feelings?

On a happy note- Did you hear about the Swag Giveaway Extravaganza?! A new giveaway announced each day this week from the #FairlyFabParty sponsors. Don't forget to enter! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

All the details

Three days remain until craft weekend.
We are whipping up tons of fabulous- how about a few sneak peeks?


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All the details are coming together. My house is transformed.
Swag is still rolling in.
Are you wishing you could be here?
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Me, too!
The next best thing? 
Like our Facebook page!
Swag and project giveaways begin this weekend via Facebook....as in three days from now.
You won't want to miss this.
Gulp!

PS Did I mention this Saturday is my BIRTHDAY?! What a way to celebrate!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Needed a Change

It's been a good half a year (ok, more) since I did something drastic with my hair...so it was time again.
When any other area of my life....my body, my stress, my relationships...are not going just right, my hair is usually the victim. I start to get frustrated with it and need a change FAST.
Luckily, now I have Alyson in my life. She used to cut hair professionally, so when I text her and say, 'I really just want to grab my sewing scissors and cut it off' she is quick to step in!
I sent her a text last Thursday morning and Friday morning I was in her garage with a smock on!
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She worked her magic, and did as I asked- cut it OFF!
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I had to get home quick to do a little pick up before it was time to pick Madison up from Kindergarten, so I left with my faded color and wet frizzy hair.
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Then posted this to Instagram
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Needless to say, short in the back, long in the front and a little fresh color is making me feel sassy again!
My clothes may not fit the way I want right now, but this new do I'm wearing....
It makes me happy.
 
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Linking up with Lindsey and Nina this week for What I Wore Wednesday and Real Mama Real Style.

Less than two weeks until the Fairly Fabulous Crafting Slumber Party, have you 'liked' our Facebook page? Facebook only swag giveaways begin May 19th!

 Just for fun....here is a little flashback post from February 2011: 

Hair.
Let's take a trip through a small bit of Meagan Hair History
Here's a little background....
I was born a little bald girl. Much like my two, as much as my mom tried to dress me in pink head to toe- everyone thought I was a boy.
When my hair finally came in, it was thin and blonde- like toe-head blonde.
Thin, board straight, and blonde.
Then puberty hit-and the waves came- then the texture and thickness.
By high school, I was highlighting my hair a bit blonder because I didn't like the natural ashy blonde color.
I kept it somewhere between my chin and shoulders mostly- (except for the occasional horrible ideas to chop it insanely short- so not a good look for me).
As I've gotten older, and had my babies, my hair just gets darker, and thicker, and, well- let's pick up here in pictures....

When we got married, my hair was about shoulder length, highlighted blonde, and worn curled- all the time. Four months into our marriage, we learned we were expecting Big Sister. Being the first time- follow all the rules, Mommy- I stopped coloring my hair. It got dark, thick, and yucky fast. Lucky for all of us, most of the pictures from my pregnancy are on our external hard drive, and I'm not dragging that out for this post- so imagine really, really bad. Moving on...



The last month of the pregnancy, when we knew she was finished developing, I got my darkening, blah hair-cut, highlighted, and styled.

I wanted something easy.
Something I could do quickly since my time would not be my own for much longer.
The sassy, throw a little gel and scrunch the wave/texture, blonde highlighted look was cute for a while.

Fast forward about 6 months. My maternity leave was over, I was back at work and miserable.
I missed my baby.
We made the decision for me to stay home, which changed things financially.
I had the brilliant idea to start coloring my hair on my own and cut it all off again.
Shield your eyes- this next one is bad-

That's me in the glasses with Big Sister- YIKES!
I wore a chunky headband everyday in an effort to salvage the horrible cut.
Luckily it grew- then I started growing again-

The hair was still a little awkward, but I thought I found a box color that worked and style that wasn't terrible.

That's why we have pictures- to look back and remind us how horrible those 'cute styles' really were.

Toward the end of my pregnancy with Little Sister, Breadwinner and my mom convinced me to shell out the dough and go to a decent hair stylist and get a new cut.
I listened. My hair was still a bit too short to do what she really wanted, but we started the process by shaping out my hair so it would grow out better.

Unfortunately, the box color I was using didn't mesh well with the hormones of pregnancy- and my hair began looking redder and redder. the length grew- (and so did my belly!)

I thought I found a cut/color for life.

Then a few months after Little Sister was born, I was looking back at pictures of her first few weeks of life. I realized my hair color was really, really bad.
It still wasn't in the budget to go for salon color every few months- so I decided to be bold.

Inspired by a girl I used to babysit, who was blonde her entire life and suddenly went dark- I bought a dark box color and went with it.

Oh- and I went back to shorter bangs- not the longer/swept to the side look.

Breadwinner loved the dark-I did, too. It was so different from anything I was ever used to.

Each time my roots started looking a little rough, I bought a slightly darker color, until I found one I liked the best. I kept basically the same hairstyle, give or take a few inches in length and bang styles- for about a year.

It grew long enough I could pull it back into a ponytail- and I was happy.
Then I got kind of bored with straightening my hair every day. My hair was still getting thicker (thank you extended nursing!) and straightening it took for-ev-er.
I pulled out the trusty hot rollers again and fell in love.

Dark and curly worked for me

...until shortly before my 30th birthday. I started feeling like 'the nanny' and not the mama when every passerby asked where my girls got all their blonde hair.
I asked Breadwinner how HE liked my hair best. He said the blonde, curly hair I had when we got married was his favorite.
So I started the slow process of highlighting over the dark I'd lived with for 18 months or so

It's kind of tough to tell in this one- it was windy and the lighting wasn't ideal- but this was the beginning of going back to blonde. Another mom at Big Sister's preschool was a teacher at the local beauty school and charged pennies to do color out of her house. We started off slow- then really dove in-



Before long, I was back to full, fledged blonde.

and back to straightening

and I was happy again

and I could still pony it and feel cute

when it grew out a little more, I went back to curling it

Then, for some reason, my hair started growing like mad again.
I had it highlighted just before my best friends' wedding in December

and 4 weeks later I had crazy outgrowth.
Along the way, the mom who was highlighting my hair out of her house did a less then fabulous job, so I went back to a local salon. At $60 a pop (which I KNOW is not bad), every 4-6 weeks- I just can't justify that to myself.
Which brings to me now- it's been 8 weeks since my hair was highlighted

this photo was taken at 6 weeks post highlight.
YIKES- scary.
So, now I turn to YOU my bloggie friends.
What should I do? Should I go back to the lovely dark box color I can do myself for around $6 every 5 weeks? Should I suck it up and keep highlighting at the salon? Should I find something in between?
Should I continue to curl it? Do you like me with bangs?
I need your help- and I need it ASAP! My hair is driving me crazy!

Have a great weekend!