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.

Alissa (I should have listened to you and stayed at your house) from Rags to Stitches 

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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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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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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I Never Understood….Until I Met Her

For as long as I can remember (and we were 11 when we met), Hubs has loved playing online video games. The strategy, the teamwork, kicking the trash out of the other team, and the friends.
FRIENDS? Say what? You’ve never met these people, how can they be your friends?
For years I just didn’t get it. I didn’t understand how people he only talked to over his headset could be his friends. Yeah, they played their games together, but they weren’t in the same room.

Then I “met” Cori.
Remember Cori….from La Vie Petite….the pint sized ball of amazingness that I kinda want to just love forever? Yeah, that Cori.
I will admit, I blog stalked her for a few weeks before I actually made myself known. But once I did…it was over. I swear we are like long lost sisters or something. We love the same things, have similar opinions on life/parenting/fashion, and we are both on a first name basis with the people working at our favorite stores.
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So when Cori and her crew rolled into SoCal last week, we knew it was time. LJ and I hopped down to Disneyland for a busy, fun filled, pouty-face rockin’ (you rock E!), giant corn dog eating, Buzz Lightyear lovin’ filled day.
You would never have guessed that we had only truly met that day. Because we hadn’t. We have a real friendship, based on real things, that just happened to form from a distance.
That day I realized what Hubs has been saying all along. Some of my best friends can live far away, we rarely see each other, but I love them none the less.
LOVE YOU CORI!!!

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YOU Asked, I Tell

One of the things I love the most about blogging is YOU! I am so lucky to have so many wonderful readers who faithfully comment, email, and chat it up with me on FB. I have “met” so many wonderful new friends through this blog!

I will admit, the highlight of day often comes from a sweet comment or email from you. Sometimes I check my email a little too much during the day seeing what fun new conversations I can have with you!

Today I figured I would answer some of the questions that you all comment or email me with the most!

1. How tall/what size are you? You look a lot like me!

Dude, I WISH I looked a lot like most of you! I always claim I’m 5’3″, but that got shot down this summer when my “wow, she’s short” sister-in-law turned out to be 5’2 1/2″….1/2 an inch taller than me. JERK!
So here’s the stats: 5’2″, shoe size 8, pants size 14/16 (or who the heck knows sometimes), tops l/xl (I HATE getting pull lines across my chest, so sometimes I go big and take it in).
2. How can you afford to go shopping all the time? I WISH I had your shopping budget.
Oh, if only I had an unlimited shopping budget! The truth is we are a single income family living in the outrageously expensive suburbs of LA. There is very little shopping budget for all three of us, let alone just me.
I just shop smart! We have an Old Navy credit card that earns us rewards. I swear without that store, hubby and I would be ….well…you know.
I also go “shopping” often. I say “shopping” because most of the time most of the time I leave with nothing. If you are in the stores you love often, you get to know what they have, how much you can realistically get things for, and when sales happen. The majority of my clothes have been purchased on sale/clearance/ or 50% off all clearance sales.
Besides that….rework, remix, re purpose, just shop your closet!
3. You have a blog, 2 Etsy shops, and a 2 year old, how do you have time for it all?
I don’t, simple as that. Sleep suffers, I’m weeks behind on my favorite TV shows, and the house is usually in some state of chaos. But I’ve learned to work quickly and efficiently.
It’s all about balance. Some nights I’m up until after midnight responding to emails, writing posts, and filling orders. Other nights, I shut the computer down and just hang out with my boys.

4. I love Real Momma, Real Style. Are you turning Momma Go Round into a style blog?

Yes, and no. Momma Go Round will always be about what is going on with me and my life as a momma. Right now I’m working on my style and really using what I have.


But I’m also a momma, on a weight loss journey, who loves to craft, to learn photography, get lost in reality shows, spend endless hours at the park, and everything in between.

5. What advice do you have for new bloggers?

I have to say, this might be my favorite question. I still consider myself a new blogger. I’m still learning, I’m still growing…I no Tatertots and Jello!

The biggest thing I’ve learned is to stay true to yourself and why you are blogging. If you look back at some of my older posts, there’s not a trace of me or my personality in them. I knew I wanted to blog, but I didn’t really know about what or how. All of my successful posts, ideas, series, and such have come when I am truest to myself.

I hope this helps answer some of your burning questions. Sorry if I didn’t get to the one that you were dying to know! I would love to hear from you! So email me, send me a note on Facebook, or leave a comment. I LOVE hearing from you more than you know!

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Finding MY Voice

When I first started blogging, I didn’t know what to do. What to say. What to write.

Who the heck was I going to be as a blogger?

The first few months were ugly. A random, poorly written, BORING post every here and there. Not a hint of Nina to be found anywhere.

As I got a few more posts under my belt, I started to hit my stride a bit.

LJ started to appear.

Crafts found their way to the blog (no sew pacifier clip).

It was better, but it was still really hard. Blogging just wasn’t coming to me naturally. I had no idea what my voice was. What I wanted to say and who I wanted to be.

It’s wasn’t until Bloggy Boot Camp that I realized I DIDN’T HAVE a voice. I had everyone else’s.

I wanted to have funny mommy stories like her.
Do amazing tutorials like she makes.
Sew stunning projects like she creates.
Take perfect pictures like she does.

I’ve spent sometime this past week to really anylize who I am, what I want to blog about, what I have to say.

I realized that MY voice comes from the things that make me, well, ME!

Real Momma, Real Style cause well, I’m really a momma, whose a real size, who needs some real style! LOVE all you fashion bloggers out there…but can I get SOMEONE whose a munchkin or got some junk in their trunk???

LJ stories, cause he’s the engine of this momma go round.

Tutorials when I feel like them, not because I have to. I craft for fun, function, or cause I’m cheap…let’s be real.

I blog for ME!

So let me re-introduce myself.

Hi, I’m Nina. A former teacher turned stay-at-home mom whose on a journey to find herself again. Rolls, laughs, zits, meltdowns, snuggles, crafts, struggles, fails and all.
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I {HEART} Bloggers

This weekend I was lucky enough to attend Bloggy Boot Camp in San Diego!

I know, I’m a blogstar :P
I knew I was going to have fun and meet so many fellow blogers, but I had NO IDEA how awesome everyone would be!
Cyndi (Want Wickless), Michelle (Life Buy the Beach), Ashley (Little Miss Momma), Lauren (I Heart Andy Gross), Me

It was so nice to see all the egos checked at the door and everyone was just so fun to talk to!

What I didn’t expect was just HOW MUCH I would learn.
I learned to find my voice.
To BE my brand.
To be me :)
To READ contracts carfully!
To share a story.
To remember this is fun!

Thank you Tiffany, Fran, Ash, DeNae, Amy, Lisa, and everyone I’m forgetting! Thanks for being helpful. Thanks for being informative. Thanks for being real.

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It’s Arrived!

Today’s the day!

Bloggy Boot Camp has arrived!

I’m so excited to show off use my killer composition book.

Hang out with my girls.

And FINALLY meet some of my FAVS :)

Tons of fun, updates, and of course FASHION to come!

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I’m In LOVE

I might just be the LAST blogger on the planet to discover this….

REE DRUMMOND ROCKS MY WORLD!
The Pioneer Woman, as she is more commonly known, might just be my new girl crush.
It all started when I noticed her book. “The Pioneer Woman, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels” on my friend’s coffee table.

I had heard of the Pioneer Woman, but knew nothing about her really. My friend RAVED about the book, saying she’d finished it in two days! A busy mom finishing a book in two days, unheard of!

I was in.

I’ve BLOWN through her book in just 5 days myself and have gobbled up every word. It’s HER love story, yet you have to remind yourself at times that this isn’t a lifelong author writing a piece of fiction. Seriously, I want to read it again.

So naturally, I wandered over to her website, ThePioneerWoman.com.
I’m officially done for.
Girl crush in full effect.

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She cooks and bakes the most delicious looking things.

She tells ya the REAL stories of her family and life on a working ranch.

Ree’s game for trying the newest trends…like a shellac manicure! Don’t know if I’m that daring.

She’s a minor photography GENIUS and has all these FABULOUS photoshop actions for us to download!

See what I did to LJ workin’ hard on his own “ranch” (aka, semi-suburban farm).

But mostly, she keeps it REAL.

So Ree, here’s to you! Thanks for being a bright spot in my tantrum filled life. Thanks for transporting me to a different life. Thanks for being stinkin’ adorable and uber fashionable.Thanks for being YOU!

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