The Day I Sucked At Life… And It Didn’t Matter

7:15 am: 1st alarm goes off. I roll over, hit snooze, and pray that the next 8 minutes feel like hours.

7:23 am : 2nd alarm goes off. Drag my zombie like body to the shower and attempt to get clean. Washing my hair makes me weak and winded.

7:50 am: Get out of the shower (finally), feel like hell, lay down on the bed for a minute…

8:10 am: Look at my soaking wet comforter and realize I should have changed out of my towel before laying down “for a minute”.

8:30 am: Overnight, I’ve gone from fat to pregnant, and my top for the day no longer fits. Panic, and start trying on everything I own.

8:50 am: Finally settle on a “well, it’s not that bad” outfit.

9:00 am: 12 kisses and 5 hugs later, LJ lets me out the door.

9:15 am: Note to self, a sausage and egg McGriddle is not a good idea.

With how the morning was going, I knew this day was going to be a rough one. I felt like garbage, looked decent at best, had 2 hours on the road by myself to go, and oh yeah… I was about to speak to a room full of bloggers. No biggie.

I’d been looking forward to this past Saturday for months. I’ve been to a few blog conferences before, but never one where I was asked to speak. The few days prior I’d been feeling pretty awful, so I made sure to rest up, enjoy lots of couch time, and watch endless hours of Pixar movies and HGTV. There was no way I was going to let a little thing like growing a child get in my way.

So when Saturday arrived and I felt like I’d been hit by a bus, it took all my strength to simply get out of the door. This was not the image I wanted to project.

I’m a style blogger, should I arrive in something, oh, stylish? I was set to speak to a room full of bloggers I’ve “known” for awhile, bloggers who’ve “known” me for awhile, and bloggers and I was dying to meet. All I really wanted to do was crawl back into bed and pretend this was happening another day.

By the time I got down to Huntington Beach, I felt slightly better, but far from my usual self. I stopped at Target for the mandatory box of Kleenex with lotion, and therefore cover-up to fix my nose. Though I brought two pairs of adorable wedges, I opted for my hot pink TOMS, cause frankly I didn’t have the energy to give a crap if I was having a short day.

The day consisted of pants that wouldn’t stay up, despite a rubber band and belly band, failed crafts, girl talk of boobs that no longer fit into my already giant bra, ding dongs stacked on my forehead, and simply me in all my glory.

I was too worn out to care what impression I was making. Too tired to care if I was living up to the image everyone had of me. Sweating too badly to look graceful while sharing my talk. I was there, I was me, and that was about all I could muster up.

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The funny thing is, no one seemed to bat an eye. Everyone was so nice, so caring, and so willing to grab me a snack or a drink. I didn’t have to explain, everyone just accepted me. When so often I feel like I don’t fit in, it was amazing to be in a room full of women who just accepted me for how I was.

I didn’t need my wedges, or the great top I planned to wear. My upset stomach or gratuitous butt shots during speed dating didn’t matter. I was me, and that was good enough.

I have so much more to say on the wonderful day that was the Elevate Conference, but I just had to share this. So often we women race to put each other down, judge, snicker, gossip, look down at each other. That day, a day where by the looks of it a lot could have been said, nothing but hugs and congratulations were given.

Nichole, Ashley, Summer, Jen, Me, Natalie

I wish everyday could be like this.

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Elevate

You may have noticed the button over there on my sidebar, but with all the moving chaos I haven’t had a chance to properly announce that I will be speaking at the first ever Elevate Conference!


This one day mini conference is going to be amazing! Amazing speakers, crafts, mix and mingle time, games, prizes, and just some really stinkin’ cool women. I’m besides myself with excitement that Ashley from Lil Blue Boo will be there. Talk about inspirational!

Other amazing speakers include Trina Harris from Trina Harris Photography, Holly Lefevre from 504 Main, Becki Crosby from Whippy Cake, and my girl Lindsay Lee from Lee La La!

A day of great speakers, great girls, and fun in the sun in Huntington Beach….I’m there!

Only a few tickets are left! Register now and I will hug you in a few weeks :)

 

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Sponsor Shake Up

Yes, I’m totally cheating with this insanely cute (yet almost a year old) picture of LJ, but the kid has a point….

SPONSORS RULE!!!!

Time to shake up sponsorship around here now that I’m using the amazing Passionfruit Ads!

Passionfruit will make sharing your shop/blog/product better than ever! Sign up for sponsorship whenever there is a spot available. Upload your ad and it will automatically enter the rotation on your start date. Pick how many months you want to run for. Choose which sponsorship option is best for you. Get reminders about your expiring sponsorship. This thing does it all!

With moving to Passionfruit, sponsorships have been changed to better suit all of us. Check out the options below, or visit my advertise page for more info!

To celebrate launching with Passionfruit, I’m offering $5 off any ad spot for May. Use code SPONSORSRULE for discount! Each size is limited, so don’t wait!

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What It REALLY Means To Be A Momma {C.Lee}

Today I am super excited to share with you a blogger who I simply love and devour every post. It’s not often that I come across a blog that speaks to me as though we were sitting in the same room.

Christy Lee from C.Lee is an amazing woman! Momma to 3 gorgeous kiddos, killer fashionista, Christy shares her insight, positivity, and ability to always look for the silver lining has me in awe. Too many times I lose my temper, don’t handle situations the best way possible, or simply get down…and I look to her on how to be better.

Without further ado, here’s Christy….

 

I am Christy Lee and I blog over at C.Lee

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My blog is all about joy.

The joy I feel since becoming a mother,

finding myself again through fashion and learning,

joy in God and in life’s little moments.

 

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As mother’s we have a HUGE calling. One that does not end at 9 p.m, or even when our kids turn 18.

We are mother’s forever.

When our children are grown, hopefully they will continue to trust us and call us for advice.

At any hour of the night, knowing that we will continue to be there for them.

We develop their faith in us while we do little things.

The mundane day to day tasks that sometimes as mother’s we don’t think they notice

or we deem unimportant.

It is through the little things that we show our love for them.

Leaving our house work until later to enjoy our precious time with them.

Waking up in the middle of the night to comfort a scared or sick child, changing messy sheets when they have been thrown up on and loving them back to their dreams.

Taking time out from whatever we might be doing to answer simple questions they might have.

Letting their little hands help us prepare dinner, even if it takes 30 minutes longer to complete that task.

Having conversations in the car with our kids as we run our daily errands.

 

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Teaching them to trust in God and know that he is also someone who will ALWAYS  be there for them 

and never fail them.

Allowing them to pour their heart out in prayer,

even if it is a simple prayer that asks God to bless their action figures.

They are all things that develop our bond with them and build their faith.

I love the journey I am on in my life.

A  journey of learning things for myself and teaching those experiences and lessons to my children.

Through this I have the most loving, wonderful man by my side.

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A husband who is on the same page as me.

We have the same priorities and goals, the same wishes and desires for our children.

Life is a incredible adventure and I am so blessed to have him by my side for it.

I would love for you to journey with us and share your stories with us along the way!

Every Thursday I host a link up party titled “Share your joy”.

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Every week I am so touched by the things that are linked up and I read.

Sometimes they make me laugh out loud and sometimes they pull so hard on my heart.

It is one of my most favorite days of the week.

I would love to have you come over and share your joy and life lessons with us!


Hopefully I will see you soon! 

XOXO

 

Thank you so much Christy! I’m so glad that we aren’t the only ones who spend a good portion of prayer time each day blessing our toys (every.single.train).

Thanks for sharing your joy with us, and making my day a little brighter!

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What the H@?# Is RSS???!!!!

With dooms day Google Friend Connect only 1 day away, I’ve had many of you reach out, begging to know what the heck an RSS feed is, how do I use it, and what am I supposed to do without GFC!!!!

Don’t worry friends, I went through the same thing, and have lived to see the other side with all my blogs intact.

RSS (real simple syndicate)

An RSS feed is simply a simplified version of blog posts, news feeds, articles, yada yada delivered to a reader. It’s that little dot/2 rainbow lines symbol that you often see in the upper corner or with the Facebook, Twitter, etc. buttons. 

Those of you who are used to using GFC probably see the blogs you follow delivered to your Blogger account homepage like this…

When you follow a blog’s RSS feed, you will need to use a reader to view the posts, just like you use your Blogger homepage. Only with a reader, the entire post (if enabled by the blogger) with pictures and all will be delivered to your reader.

This is a snapshot of my Google Reader homepage. It shows me the latest posts that have been delivered and a short snippet. All I have to do is click on the blog title, and it will take me to the full post (again, if enabled by the blogger). The difference here is that you WILL NOT SEE THE WHOLE BLOG. You will only see the post with the pictures.

Here is how today’s post from Much Love {Illy} looks in Google Reader. I see the pictures and the text, but nothing else.

This is a great way to read your favorite blogs on your phone because you have to do far less page hopping. I use the GReader app (not an official Google app, but fantastic!), on my HTC Thunderbolt.

The downside is that YOU DO NOT SEE THE WHOLE BLOG. I like to see the whole blog…the background, the header, the navigation bar, the fun sliders and info on the sidebar. I often feel like I’m missing out if I don’t see the whole picture.

Enter Bloglovin’

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For you GFC readers, Bloglovin’ is absolutely the closest thing GFC. You subscribe to your favorite blogs, then on your Bloglovin’ homepage it shows you all the latest posts from your favorite blogs. You click through to the posts you want to read, and you are taken DIRECTLY TO THE BLOG!

Super similar to how GFC! You will need a Bloglovin’ account, but most blogs these days offer a Bloglovin’ feed.

I hope this makes some sort of sense and helps you stay in touch with all your favorite blogs. Google has not released how they will be handling all the blogs that you follow using GFC, so I recommend you spend sometime tonight and tomorrow following your favorite blogs using their RSS feed, Bloglovin’, Facebook, or Twitter.

If you are totally lost, or have a question, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT! I will be replying to all question on this post in the comments section as a reply so others who might have the same question can see the answer!

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Pull Back the Curtain

Today I’m over at Bouffe e Bambini, pulling back the curtain that is the web and talking about the Brutal Truth.

Stop by Hanna’s and read mine, hers, and other amazing bloggers real stories. Get to know the girls behind the screen. There’s even awesome embarassing old photos to boot!

***Don’t Forget! We are T-MINUS 2 WEEKS TO THE END OF GOOGLE FRIEND CONNECT!!! If you read all your favorite blogs using GFC, please make sure to follow their RSS feed, follow on Facebook, Twitter, or wherever you will still get updated with all the new posts. I’ll have a post with more information this weekend***

***Be sure to enter the $50 VISA GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY from BlogHer and Head&Shoulders. Don’t we all need shopping money?***

 

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Pay It Forward {Shine Project}

You may or may not have heard of the incredible Ashley of The Shine Project by now.

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I’ve been quietly stalking Ashley for months now. Yes, I admit it, I’m a lurker too. Ashley is on a mission to change the world, and as a former teacher myself,  her latest project is so near and dear to my heart that I HAD to come out of the shadows and help Ashley SHINE.

Here to explain Change 4 Change, is none other than Ms. Ashley herself. Take it away babe!

 

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Have you ever had a nagging feeling that you needed to DO something?
But it seemed so hard, that you just didn’t think you could…
I’m Ashley and I created The Shine Project to change the world.
Ya, I said it! I want to change the world. Given the challenge, I know I can’t do it alone, but I know that it needs to be done. One person at a time.
I created The Shine Project to motivate people to go after their dreams, while serving others around them.
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I make these necklaces so we can have a daily reminder to SHINE. $1 from each necklace goes into the SHINE Scholarship Fund which will be given to an inner city school student in January 2012.
This brings us to my next project. The project that requires a lot more help than I can give. In October of this year, I am throwing a HUGE fundraising event. It’s a silent auction sponsored by San Tan Ford, and all proceeds will be going to the scholarship fund. If you have any items that you would be willing to donate, you can email me at ashley.theshineproject@gmail.com.
To lead up to the event, today I am revealing THESE:
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CHANGE for CHANGE jars! Throw your leftover change for the next three months in a CHANGE jar, and send the money to the fund in October. My goal is to get 100 people to pledge to raise $100 by October… That’s $10,000! Imagine how many lives will be affected by that. This money will help students afford college that otherwise would not have been able to afford it. If you would like to start your own CHANGE jar, or pledge, please email me… You can find more details on my blog as well. http://www.ashlemieux.blogspot.com/
And go ahead, let the world see you SHINE.
 
HOW AMAZING IS SHE??? I have worked in schools where many students are lucky just to make it out of high school, let alone go on to college. I truly feel that we are so blessed to live in this country, to have the opportunity to not only make ourselves better, but to better the lives of those around us.
I’ve signed up to join Change 4 Change, now YOU should too! It’s never too late to join, and Ashley needs 35 more people to join to reach her goal. So take a moment, empty your junk drawer, couch cushions, stack on top of your dryer, and SHINE.

P.S. Head over to Miss Mommy for a chance to win your own SHINE NECKLACE!

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WHY I Switched to WordPress

Many of you may be wondering just why on Earth I switched to WordPress. It’s not like the blog looks all that different (yet). So what’s the big deal?

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The decision was not easy. I’ve been wrestling with it for months ever since Bloggy Boot Campwhere I heard so much about how everyone just LOVED WordPress.

The main reason for the switch is now I OWN MY BLOG.

Nina, what do you mean now you own your blog?

With both Blogger and WordPress.com blogs, you do NOT own your blog. You own the content on it, only if you are cooler than me and remember to back up your blog all the time. At any point your blog could just POOF, vanish. Remember the Great Blogger Shutdown of May 2011? Yeah…no.

After that barrel of fun, I knew it was time to take action. So I hired the awesome Aaron of RFE Hosting to switch my baby over to wordpress.org. With the switch, no one else is in control of my blog. Google can’t decide to be annoying and do maintenance without telling me. My sidebar and posts won’t magically vanish. I’m (aka Aaron) is now hosting my blog. Momma Go Round now sits on a pretty little server at RFE Hosting, NEVER to be shut down by Google again.

There are many other reasons why I switched. Greater design capablities, SEO (search engine optimization), awesome features I can add to the blog, yada yada. These are all important and definitely played a role in my decision. But at the end of the day, I pour a ton of time, energy, and myself into my blog. I don’t ever want to be afraid that my bloggy baby won’t be here for me in the morning.

So thanks for sticking with me!

I know some of you had trouble viewing the blog the first day. It may look like a mess around here for a little bit as I start implementing all the new awesomeness that I can do. I PROMISE I will find a way for you to log in with FB/Twitter or something so you don’t have to type in all that junk when you want to comment. I know that this switch will only make MGR better for all of us!

*If you ever find something that isn’t working right, or isn’t working well for you, PLEASE let me know!*

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WordPress Wackiness!

Hey Loves!!!
Just wanted to let you know that tonight I will be switching this lil ole blog of mine over to WORDPRESS!!!!
Starting at 7pm PST the blog will be totally wacky, so please excuse the mess. All should be good and ready tomorrow morning.
Please make sure you update your links to http://www.mommagoround.com/. All old blogspot links will no longer work.
See you on the other side :P

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What It’s All About

Over the last few weeks, I’ve received tons of emails and comment from many of you. If I haven’t personally responded yet, I promise it is coming.
Your responses has been overwhelming to my guest post and simply my fashion posts has taken me by surprise. I guess I never realized how many of us struggle with accepting ourselves, no matter what we look like.
I’ve come to realize, that this is what my blog is all about.
Embracing motherhood.
Embracing the ups and downs that life throws at us.
Embracing ourselves, no matter what size or shape we are.
Embracing our talents.
Embracing our failures.
Embracing our fears.
As I was watching Sesame Street for the nine hundred thousandth time today, this song came on that I’ve heard more times than I can count. But yet, it was only today that it struck me.
I was OVERJOYED when I realized that thanks to videos like this, hopefully our children will grow up in a society that is taught to love themselves however they are!
We all have things we aren’t super confident in, but that’s what makes us different. I don’t want to live in a world of cookie cutter people!
This past weekend my ward at church had it’s annual talent show. The openning number, by one of my Sunday School students, moved me to tears. Her beautiful song, sung with such confidence in front of a packed house, hit the nail on the head.
The photos in the magazines
Don’t dictate who I’m supposed to be
The world can’t recognize, all that I am inside
But I know in His eyes, I am a part of, the bigger picture,
There’s so much more to me
He helps me see that I have so much to offer
I am His daughter
He loves me the way I am,
He’s my strength when I stand
He is my King, and my Father,
I am His daughter.
The people on the TV screen,
The leaders, rulers, and queens
I watch them shape the world,
And though I’m just a girl, I still know for sure,
That I am a part of, the bigger picture

There’s so much more to me
He helps me see that I have so much to offer
I am His daughter
He loves me the way I am,
He’s my strength when I stand
He is my King, and my Father,
I am His daughter
And when I’m feeling small,
And wondering if I’ll ever, find courage to stand tall
Through His love I remember

There’s so much more to me
He helps me to see that I have so much to offer
I am His daughter
He loves me the way I am
He’s my strength when I stand
He is my King, and my Father,
I am His daughter

We are all special.
We are all perfect.
We are all just the way we are supposed to be.
Inside and out.

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