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Well, I noticed Rachel hasn’t posted lately, so my guess is you were all missing her parade of shoes.  I’m not really missing it because I see it daily, but I don’t want her to lose followers because her shoe challenge has stalled.  The reality is, I’m probably the reason for the stall as I have not been a very good cameraman….but the more I hijack her, the more I can post here.  So, it’s win win because, as you all know, I’m hilarious!  Well, I know Rachel isn’t around right now (she’s currently out jogging), so I’ve got some time to post this.  What fun would it be if she knew I was posting.  Finding these gems is half the fun, although I will admit I got sick of waiting her to notice the last one so I spilled the beans.  Not this time, I promise my pretties.  Speaking of pretties, I need a word for all of you, since we’re all in this together, are we all saboteurs?  Ninjas?  Awesomes?  I’ll take suggestions in the comment section.

So, last time, I showed you a pair of my ratty Sonoma shoes from Kohl’s.  After you see this next pair, you’ll learn that ratty may just be a common thread throughout most of my shoes.

So, without further ado, here’s my next pair of shoes!

The best Crocs in the world!



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Hello to Rachel’s pretties!  It is I, Rachel’s husband Dane.  I think my blog is listed somewhere in the blogroll – check it out!  ::shameless plug::

So, yesterday, Rachel shared her dirty secret with you regarding her 117 pairs of shoes (she almost bought another pair today FYI), so I thought I would share my dirty secret as well!  I just thought it would be a little bit of fun to come on here and show everyone a pair of my shoes since Rachel has been running through her shoes as well.  This is all in good-spirited fun (hopefully, Rachel will think this is as funny as I do when she wakes up in the morning).

So, without further delay, I offer you one of the pairs of shoes I wear the most!

Aerial View of My Dirty Little Secret


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Hello my pretties.  I hope you have all been well.  April has proven to be a bit challenging at times, but I refuse to remain anything but positive.  Despite all of the rough times, there have been great moments.  I turned thirty on the 18th and was so spoiled for my birthday.  For example, I have this lovely just waiting to be hung in my dining room.  A beautiful gift from my husband.

My husband also thew me an amazing surprise party at one of our old favorite bars.  There was live music and the best friends and family a girl could ask for.  I was thoroughly surprised, spoiled and recognized just how blessed I truly am.

On the morning of my birthday, my lovely in laws got up early to place signs all across my front lawn to let the neighborhood know I am now thirty.  It was a great surprise to wake up to, as it had me in fits of giggles.  They also got me something I have been lusting after.  Yes, Big Joe (doesn’t everyone name their camera) will now live in this beauty and I shall look like a tourist no more!

My parents gave me just what I asked for, but you will have to wait some time to see the results of their perfect gift.  Just know that it is perfect.

My friends know me so well and were incredibly generous.  Not only did I get a pickle card filled with lottery tickets, and an amazing owl statue, fleur des lis cookie cutters (how did you know I have always wanted some?) but I also got something dear to my heart…..the gift of shoe shopping.  That’s right, a DSW gift card.  I headed there this weekend and came home with these puppies.

Am I a lucky girl or what?  Thanks so much ladies!!  The best part is that I even have enough left to get a strapy pair of heels.  Now, as you will learn soon, this is totally counterintuitive to my upcoming shoe challenge, but there is a method to my madness.

As you can tell my April was much crazier than I thought it would be.  I wasn’t around as much as I had hoped but here is to May!  Stay tuned, details on the shoe challenge are  coming soon!

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Hello My Pretties.  I know it has been far too long.  A lot has happened since we last met up.  My baby girl is a big one year old, and my Grandma is recovering from surgery to fix three fractures in her back.  I had to go on a hiatius to take care of my family.  I hope you have all been well.

And now I would like to file something under “Why Didn’t I Think of That?”  When I was pregnant I used the What to Expect When You Are Expecting App on my phone.  It always told me how big my baby was that week based on a fruit or vegetable.  I remember fondly referring to Lily as my little sweet potato.

Carolee Beckham is currently expecting a baby and is doing a photo shoot that captures that idea perfectly.  She takes a photo of herself holding a piece of fruit that represents the size of her baby that week.  I wish I had thought of that!  She couldn’t be any cuter!

You can follow her pregnancy blog here.

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With a one year old, how is it that I am just discovering Janie and Jack?  Thanks to a lovely gift in adorable packaging from my Aunt Jojo, I saw what I have been missing.

So many adorable things, who could choose?

Wouldn’t Lily look adorable in this bathing suit?

And I am pretty sure she needs this dress and shoes









Or this outfit








And this is only the cutest stuff from one collection!  Now head on over to Janie and Jack by clicking here and enjoy the goodness!

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Where have I been?

Celebrating a certain special girl’s first birthday (and preparing for said girl’s birthday party).  It was a blast, aside from a snow storm that came out of the blue and left almost half of our guests home bound.  Didn’t her ladybug cake turn out amazing?  I couldn’t have been happier.  Her matching cupcake was adorable and apparently delicious too.

I have been a little behind, so I am just getting a chance to start working on this.  Wish me luck.

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I really have no definition for what kind of blog I want this to be aside from a blog filled with stuff I love.  Pretty stuff I love!

I have found that along the way it is becoming full of fashion, design and DIY craft inspiration that I find along with a random mix of things.  That works for me.  Today it is going to be filled with reflection.  See, this is my blog and I am making it up as I go along.  I love that people may want to read what I write, that people my be inspired by things I say, do or share and that as I fake being crafty, I may inspire you as well.

Which leads me to my inspiration.  My family.  I have always been very close to my family, including my extended family.  I am blessed and wouldn’t have it any other way.  And now I have a little family all of my own.  My husband, my daughter, two dogs and a cat.  And I have been a mother for almost a year.  Yes, that is right, next week my baby girl turns one.

It seems like just yesterday she looked like this:

Today she is a vibrant girl who never stops.  She never stops smiling, laughing, talking, moving and loving every second.  She lights up my heart with a smile and her laugh is music to my ears.

I love you baby girl.   Keep on doing what you do best and enjoy every second!

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