Bursting At The Seams

Okay, well yesterday was pretty much the most fun day I've had in a looooong time. #sahmlife

I knew it, I knew it, I knew it, but yesterday you all proved you're the best group of readers around. I just kept hanging out in the comments and was all like: WUT. Awesome. Me too! Prego feet swelling out of heels? Oh, been there, felt that pain. She's so cool. I totally relate! Go Cyclones! Um, please just keep typing and talking to me because I feel like we could be best friends. Snickerdoodle Macchiatos? NEED.

And then there were some of these crazy little comments about mom-style posts and hair tutorials and recipes and in those moments I was all like: Screeeeeeeech. Halt. WUT. Why. No. You be cray.

Honestly, I'm shocked that any of you would want to hear that kind of stuff from me! I need to do some serious thinking on that. I can for sure guarantee you that there will be no selfies of me. I did finally give in and try StitchFix* the other day, and true confessions, I tried taking a selfie of me in some of the clothes to share with you all and no. N.O. Eli started crying when I showed him the picture. Or maybe that was because he hit his head with his new toy hammer, but whatever.  I even tried closing my eyes, and looking down, and sticking my hand in my pocket. Those tricks DO NOT WORK. I do plan on showing you all how StitchFix went down for me since a few of you have asked, but there most definitely will not be any of those selfies in there. It might just break the internet. And we can't have that.

But, if style/recipes/hair is what the readers want, then that's what the readers will (maybe) get. You guys gave me tons of good ideas and I'm super excited about sharing some new stuff. I feel like I'm bursting at the seams (of my boring, non-blog-worthy wardrobe) with ideas for blog content, so I need to get organized and find some time to really hash out the direction of the blog. LOTS of you asked for more DIY's and that's a tough one for me. I love DIY, but really struggle with building the tutorials. I think it's because I like get things done as fast as possible, and it takes a lot longer if I'm trying to snap photos and break it down into simple steps for the bloggy. And sometimes, there is truly not method to my madness, so it's not blogable, you know? I love that you guys want more DIYs, but I'm going to be upfront, likely that will always be about 25 percent of the content here. But it will be here, so I hope you'll stick around.

I do hope to keep talking a bit more about home design and our house, sharing Eli updates and keep on keepin' on with my tales of my many struggles and few triumphs in motherhood. Those posts ain't going away any time soon. And of course, This Is How I Feel is a staple around here and always will be.

Oh! And I meant to mention, today is technically a NMC (New Mom Confessions) but the person who was going to be posting today actually had her second baby yesterday, so after thinking long and hard about it, I decided to let her off the hook. But I have a confession. Only one though because it's so embarrassing, mmmmk? The other day, I threw up (food poisoning)  in the bathroom at an event I was at and couldn't leave from. Which I can totally recover from. But I also peed a little at the same time and did not have a new pair of pants.

Yes folks, this is the glamorous life after this kid.
Someone please remind me to keep doing my kegels.

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26 comments:

  1. Um, yes, yes of course we can walk and I'll get you something from Nokomis! No rules here! Thanks for all your support Carly!

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  2. Hi Jessi! I remember you - thanks so much for stoping by and I love your kiddo's names. Noah and Everly - adorable!

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  3. I SO appreciate you commenting and showing support - I LOVE it when ppl I know do, and you deserve a coffee just as much as anyone else! I didn't know you were recently turned on to coffee - that's crazy! I don't know how you made it though raising Livi without it!

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  4. Hi Melissa! I know, it's so hard to watch them grow up, isn't it? It was so bittersweet at Eli's first bday party. Glad you found blogs - they're amazing, right? And yes, subscribing makes everything so much easier to keep up with the ones you love. And yes, moccasin slips are totally an option. I'm in those at least 50% of the time!

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  5. Hi Jennifer! I like the sound of your drink -- I think I'll have to try it! I totally get you on the type of posts - there are definitely more where that came from. For small crafts, I get that too and you are completely allowed to say that. Fair warning, they'll likely be sticking around in small doses - lots of others have asked for the simple ones ... Gah! You have a free pass to skip those posts as soon as you see 'em. Thanks for being so supportive!

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  6. I do the same thing with a skinny latte - and I go with half calf so I can drink twice as much too. That way I don't get the shakes but can still chug a huge latte. Whatever you can find first totally counts, that's me a lot of the time too!

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  7. True confessions, I had to google that to figure out exactly what that was, and I worked at a coffee shop in college! But I love coffee with milk, so that needs to go on my list of drinks to try - then there will be two people in the world that order it. :) Thanks for dropping in!

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  8. Hi Hilary! So honored to be your first blog to comment on! I'm so glad you've found the blog helpful and you relate to the content - that's encouraging for me to hear. Congrats on your little girl, best of luck with labor and delivery too. You likely will need the caffeine, but if you win, you can pick any place that has virtual gift cards to redeem yours - how's that sound? Thanks for reading!

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  9. Congrats on the bebe! Good thought on more about marriage/life. I'm sure there's lots to talk about there! Thanks taking time to stop in and thanks for the encouragement!

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  10. Ha! I just looked you up on Facebook and totally recognize you, but couldn't figure it out for sure either - I see you know Chelsea Fadden - could we have been in Stats together at ISU? A stretch, but maybe? Thanks so much for reading and how fun that you'll be going full time SAHM next year - it's pretty fun and I'm always amazed how the time passes, especially now that Eli is older. Lemme know if that Stats class is it!

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  11. As I was doing my hair I realized I also needed to thank you for introducing me to the sock bun!!!!! Chic, stylish and keeps Elaina from pulling it all out 😋

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  12. You're welcome! It is truly amazing, isn't it?

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  13. Hey Laura! I've been quietly following along since your first post long, long ago.
    1) I would love to be a mom in the future, lots on the "to-do" list before we start trying
    3) Any combo with coffee, milk and caramel, except its been a while since this has happened in my life, Paraguay, unfortunately, doesn't have Starbucks
    4) Would love to see recipes again. I know you mentioned that you don't fancy yourself a food photographer, but maybe just some links to your favorite recipes with whatever changes you made. The food that you mentioned that Eli eats sounded delicious, would love to know those recipes! In addition, you mentioned you keep all of your go-to recipes in a google doc, maybe you can share some of what is in that doc? Overall though, I love your blog, your voice and your honesty!
    5) Cute Flats and cute sandals.

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  14. Andrea J SutherlandApril 24, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    I am a stay-at-home mom to Nora who is 6 months. I love Starbucks and almost always get a white chocolate mocha (decaf these days). I love the Eli updates and read them right around when my daughter is that age to compare (just for fun). We have Melissa in common and that is how I found your blog so maybe we will meet in person someday. Sneaks are my favorite because they go with yoga pants!

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  15. Hi Andrea! I'm impressed you're going with decaf with a six month old. I wasn't even able to THINK about decaf until Eli was at least 11 months and even then I get anxiety thinking about not having my morning coffee. :) Do you mean Melissa Pearson? If so, she's the best. :)

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  16. Hi Nalena! Thanks for being such a long-time support of me, I really appreciate it! If you win, maybe there's someplace else I can get you a gift card to? I like the linking idea ... it's hard because I just feel like food isn't my "passion" you know? I enjoy cooking but it's more I enjoy making a great meal for my family to enjoy together, you know? I'll think on that more, thanks for the suggestion!

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  17. I have been meaning to officially say "hi" for a while... So embarassing how long it's been on my mental to-do list... But! I lived in Ames for 5.5 years, used your dad as our realtor and bought the beeeeest little bungalow on the north side of town. I was in BSF with Emily (and predicted both times she was pg before she told me!) and spent some time at gabc before we moved out of our perfect house up to the twin cities at Christmas. So if I win, I'm totally in to meeting at a park with coffee in hand so my pup can sniff your kid all over and we can meet for real!

    -- I never know how people want me to answer this question! I have three babies in heaven and one girl chillaxing and stretching herself out as she pleases under my ribcage, due to arrive end of July or early August. I am also incredibly biased in favor of my awesome chocolate lab, Max. He's the best.
    -- I used to be a 100% black straight out of the French press girl, but pregnancy and coffee has been an interesting mix. So lots of lattes and chai lattes these days.
    -- I love the non-baby posts... I'm kind of weird like that. Eli is super cute and everything, and I do loooove me some babes, I just have a hard time caring if someone else's kid had spaghetti or rolled over. Maybe that will change when little miss arrives? I love your diy and decor posts! Also life/marriage reflections!
    -- I dream of flip flops and cute toenails! :) someday they will be possible again!

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  18. Hi Abby, I definitely know of you! I've heard Emily talk about you quite a few times. All good things! And if you win, yes! We should definitely meet up. Come to think of it we probably should either way. :) Congrats on the pregnancy - funny how things change so much during pregnancy, right? I was glad though that I still had a craving for coffee. I'm not sure how I would have made it through the major caffeine withdrawal had I not had the stomach for it. I totally get you on not loving every detail of someone else's kid. I'm still that way a bit, unless they're REALLY close in age to Eli. But as momma, I have to admit, sure do love sharing it. :)

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  19. Hey Laura! you obviously know me but just want to let you know how much I love keeping up with the wiflers via your blog! plus I love reading your journey through motherhood. many of your posts I have bookmarked for down the line when I am (hopefully) one day a momma. I'd love to see more DIYs and decorating tips from you since I always love those, and tips you have for hosting since you always seem to throw a fun and organized party. hope to see you three over the summer!

    PS: heels all the way :)

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  20. Hi Jaclyn! I'm so glad you popped in. that's awesome you bookmarked some posts, that really means a lot! I'm pretty sure you could write a blog on hosting and entertaining tips, you're parties are awesome! :) Hope we see you too!

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  21. Hey Laura! I'm a little late commenting, but I wanted to be sure and say hi! To answer your questions:
    -Momma of James (17 months) with another boy on the way (due in late August)
    -Like my coffee any way and usually drink it black since it's healthier, but my most favorite way is probably the salted caramel mocha from Starbucks
    -I love everything you post about your home because I love your design style! So definitely keep those coming, although I understand it's tough to keep constantly remodeling/redecorating... Also anything and everything mommy related you do a really good job with!
    -I live in two pairs of shoes currently and I'm not sure which of your categories they fall into... a pair of Birkenstock sandals and my beloved Minnetonka moccasins (yes, I dress my feet like a hippy/college student...whatevs) ;)

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  22. Well, you know most of the answers to those questions, but just for fun:
    * Momma to the sweetest little one year old boy!!! LOVE being home with him and seeing him grow.
    * Coffee is subjective for me. It depends on the time of day, weather, what (if anything) I am eating with it, my mood, and how much spending cash I have left (HA). Favorite drink for summer afternoons is Iced Caramel Macchiato of course!!! Typically I avoid drinks that are too sweet, so that one is a treat for me.
    * I come to your blog for a good laugh and to hear your 'voice' through your writing. I feel like it keeps me connected to you. You know how much I love those "THIS IS HOW I FEEL" posts ... and to think you almost quit doing them!!!!!! I am praying that God would direct your step (and key strokes) as you continue with the blog and that you would seek to do what is most glorifying to Him. I know that God wants to use you and the gifts that he has blessed you with - writing is of course one of those gifts.
    * Sneaks. Hands down. I really like my Teva Olowahu sandals though too and just busted them out for the first time yesterday! Yay for warm weather.

    PS- Looking forward to coffee in person!!!! Love you!!

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  23. Hey Kimmy, I'm so glad you stopped in! I can't wait to see you either and am excited to catch up soon! TIHIF will definitely be a staple around these parts from now on - and thanks for your prayers around my writings, always appreciate it! Can't wait to squeeze Victor when I see him!!

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  24. Hi Nicole! I'm so glad you commented - I hope the pregnancy is going well! Congrats again! Oh Minnetonka moccasins, love, love love those too! And yes, it is tough to decorate over and over again (Mike would kill me) but there are lots of things that I could show that I don't, I just need to get better at taking my time and recapping everything. :) thanks for your sweet words!

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  25. Hm, thought I commented on this, but looks like I didn't yet! Sorry for the delay! Thanks for visiting! I was the same way, always gravitating towards flats as I got older. Then a kid and BAM sneaks. My how I've fallen...

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  26. Hi Kelsie, I'm so glad you found me! It's so fun to be an aunt, isn't it? I remember LOVING spoiling the crap outta my nephews. DIY projects are definitely still coming. Thanks again for stopping by!

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