Still here

2014 arrived…and then I completely lost all motivation to blog. Whoops!

I have lots of ideas swirling around in my brain.  And lots of things are going on at our house, including a project that I’m hoping to get started on some time soon (NOT pregnant…for anyone wondering)

However, right now I’m feeling the pressure.  Joi just wrote a very lovely post summing up a lot of what I’m feeling- the pressure.  To be THE best.  Have the best blog design.  Create pinterest-worthy things!!  Get tons of blog traffic, tons of comments.  Etc etc.  And you know what?  When I feel that pressure, the blog suddenly feels like work instead of fun.  And then I start avoiding it, because I’m not having fun while I’m doing it.  And then I start getting a ton of spammy comments and I avoid it even more.

So that’s where I’ve been- hiding from the pressure and spammy comments, instead of enjoying myself.  I’m still working on finding my voice and sorting out what I want this blog to be.   And who am I blogging for anyway?   Myself.  So it needs to be fun, because unless it becomes my job, it has no business feeling like work.  I already have a full time job for that!

I’ll be back – and thanks to those who read and comment!  If you have any posts that you’ve enjoyed in the past, speak up!  You can help me figure out what direction to take this little blog in.

Happy 2014 everyone!

December monthly review: co-hosting and a linkup!

Happy New Year!  I’m excited to say hey! to 2014, and bye! to 2013.  Odd years are never my favorite, although 2013 was pretty good to us overall.   I’m starting 2014 off right by co-hosting the December Month in Review link party with Heather at The Frill of Life!!  Take it away Heather…

Hey y’all! Welcome to 2014.

Happy New Year

My Nephew

I love that little guy. Anyway, I’m gonna get right to it today because my brand spanking new Silhouette Cameo just arrived (I won it from Lauren at The Thinking Closet on Thanksgiving) and I want to play with it. If you’re not familiar with Lauren you should go check out her blog…especially if you own a Silhouette. Anyway, here’s a few guidelines to keep in mind if you’re here to participate in the par-tay:

  • Please grab a button below and post in your linked up posts or in your sidebar. This will help our linky grow and get YOU more views!
  • Follow your host (that’s me) and your co-host in one form or fashion.
  • Link up to 3 posts from December only. OR link up one post with links to your December posts within that linked post.
  • Give us a shout-out on Twitter using #MonthlyReviewLinkup and we’ll be sure to see your posts!
  • Check back next month to see if you’re featured. We will feature four posts every month. If you are featured, feel free to grab a featured button and wear that baby with pride on your sidebar!
  • If you’d like to co-host, email me!
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This month I am thrilled to have Emily from Davenport DIY as my cohost. Emily was one of three awesome bloggers to score a comfy spot over there in my sidebar for a month and a half for FREE! If you follow me on Facebook you could have chances to win awesome things like that, too! Anyway, back to Emily. She has an adorable little boy who she refers to as “B”, which is also one of Bryson’s nicknames.

My name is Emily and I’m a marine biologist from Washington (state not DC) currently residing in Georgia. I really enjoy crafting and creating things in my free time (use both sides of the brain equally, right?) I’m also a huge fan of finding a good bargain. My love of all things DIY and bargain hunting turned into obsessions in 2010, due to the fact that my husband and I became first time homeowners. This was a long time coming for us, and we (especially ME) were eagerly chomping at the bit to get the home improvement projects started (my honey-do list quickly reached mammoth proportions…sorry sweetie).

In 2012 we became proud parents to a very awesome little boy we affectionately call “B”. He is the love of our lives and we cannot imagine life without him in it. Most of our current projects revolve around him (and his naps).

DavenportDIY is a way for me to document the progress of our family and DIY projects through out the years to come…

Thanks for cohosting this month, Emily!! Be sure to go follow Emily, I promise you won’t regret it! Now, for our featured posts from last month. Danielle and I both picked one of the same ones, so I had to go back and pick another one. It was really hard, y’all. There were some really awesome posts last month. Seriously.December Features

  1. Placemat Tutorial by Peanut Life Adventures
  2. 4 Blog Tips from Month One by Scrugg Bugg Corner
  3. The Strongest Soldies by Scrugg Bugg Corner
  4. How to Fasten a Bracelet without Help by Ducks ‘n a Row

I know Hershel over at Scrugg Bugg Corner swooped up double coverage this month…but she very much deserved it. If you haven’t been following along Herschel’s blog, I highly recommend it. It’s part of the reason that I’m late on this post…I have gotten lost in her corner of blogland at least twice this weekend. If you were featured, don’t forget to grab a button and wear it proudly in your sidebar!

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Let’s do this!

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