Thursday, October 31, 2013

A sick baby, freezing temps, and my ghetto home-gym

I'm writing this on Wednesday morning as Fynn is napping. I'm home with her today because she has a hacking cough that makes my heart ache for her. Every time she coughs she cries out in pain... this morning when she was coughing I thought it was really bad, so decided to stay home in case she had to go to the doctors... since then she's only coughed twice, so I'm not as worried. Better safe than sorry. She's obviously not feeling well judging by the hour and a half (and counting) nap she's taking this morning... a nap she never would have taken at daycare because she would be too busy.

Along with the sick baby, I'm freezing. Drew started up the woodstove this morning, but without him feeding/tending it, we don't get the amount of heat I would like. It's been so cold here lately, and it's making me remember why I always curse Maine in the winters. I hate the cold, I hate snow, I hate having to bundle up to sit in my own living room... why do we still live in Maine?

Like I said: ghetto

The other night Drew and I "discovered" a treadmill in our basement. Technically we always knew it was there, it was left by the previous owner (along with a bajillion other treasures and junk) when the house was foreclosed on. We have ignored said treadmill for the past 4 years, but decided to test it out this weekend because Mama needs a way to get her runs in (my current running struggles will be tomorrows topic du jour).

So, I have here, my own ghetto home gym. Complete with a jacked-up piece of a treadmill and an upside-down bucket to put my iPad on to watch some Netflix while I run. Even better? My home gym is located just 4 feet from the woodstove, which means I can run in my shorts and tank top all winter long :) 

Clearly it's the little things in life that give me pleasure. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

So What Wednesday

Wednesday... the half way point... man this week is long. Halloween week+kids at school=exhausted teacher. This week I'm saying "So What" if:

  • My students are exhausting this week. I get it, I get it, Halloween: woo hoo... now we still have to get our work done. 
  • when I see all the people my age getting all dolled up in their Halloween "costumes"... all I can think is how sad it is. Maybe that makes me a party pooper. But seriously? If you're 27 years old and still dressing up as a naughty-anything... I feel sad for you.
  • Fynn hates her Halloween costume. She's supposed to be a cute little monkey, but she won't wear the jacket part. Hopefully tomorrow night I can get her to wear the full costume long enough to get a few pictures
  • I'm hoping a few of my students will bring me candy on Friday. Some years it happens, others not so much... but I love me some Halloween candy :)
  • Today my second grad school class starts, and I'm excited. I had a week and a half off after my first one ended, and now I'm ready to get back to work #nerdalert

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

TBD: Mastitis

Any breastfeeding Mama who has had mastitis probably just shivered when they read the word mastitis. It's been over a year since I had it, and I still cringe when thinking about it.

Mastitis is an infection caused by blocked milk ducts. It causes intense discomfort, swelling and tenderness of the breast, a painful burning sensation while nursing, and flu-like symptoms like fever and weakness. The worst part of mastitis is that you have to continue nursing, even though nursing feels like they are sucking glass out of you.

Most often it happens when milk isn't properly removed from the breast. The milk lingers in the ducts causing them to be blocked. It can happen for many reasons; improper latch (which was my issue), infrequent nursing, and some think it can also be caused by tight fitting clothing.

Before we figured out our inverted nipple latch issues, Fynn was nursing great on one side... and not much at all on the other. I didn't really know about mastitis except that another woman in my breastfeeding support group had it once, so I didn't know what to look out for. When suddenly I ached all over and had a high fever, I headed over to Dr. Google to figure out what was going on. I quickly knew what it was, and waited in agony until the doctor's office opened at 8 am the next day. It was excruciating! I started crying every time Fynn was hungry. My toes curled up in pain the entire time.

The doctor was very sympathetic and prescribed an antibiotic that cleared it up in just a couple of days. After that I was really careful about not letting myself get engorged and making sure Fynn nursed well on both sides. I was really scared, as we started the weaning process, that cutting back and stopping nursing was going to cause another case of it, but so far we've been good. Probably because we cut back so slowly that my body was able to adapt to lower and lower demand. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Some Fun

Disclaimer: I received both these products for free in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was provided.

I love getting to try out products and review them here. 1) I obviously love free stuff (hello? who doesn't?) and 2) I like sharing my experiences... kinda the whole point of this space.


Recently I got to try two fun new products: Flipeez and Pop Chef:

This hat is adorable. Flipeez comes in a couple of styles; a peekaboo monster, huggy monkey, twitchy kitty, and playful puppy. All are adorable hats and nice and warm. What makes them unique is that when you squeeze the little puff ball in the tassel they perform an action. Our cute little monkey throws his hands up in air. 

I love this hat... and it actually fits me (though it looks rather ridiculous  so there's no way I can wear it in public), but I wanted this for
Fynn. Unfortunately  Fynn's not so much a fan of it... or any hat really. She rips it off the second it touches her. It has nothing to do with the specific hat, just hats in general. This baby is in for a rude awakening when she realizes winter here means hats.

Pop Chef:

I didn't know what to expect when I heard about this one. It's a tool that pops out food in different shapes; hearts, stars, circles and more. It says you can use it on anything from bread to vegetables to create "show stopping food preparations in seconds".

It comes with the tool, a recipe book, and bamboo skewers to create layered effects. I tried it on bread, which worked okay, but I did have a hard time getting the bread out without mangling the shape. I'd be interested in trying it on fruit or vegetables to see if it works better with a firmer product... I just don't have any in the house right now... clearly we need to go grocery shopping. It doesn't seem like it is sturdy enough to manage raw vegetables, but it could surprise me. It's kind of a pain to clean, not too bad, but not as easy as an ordinary cookie cutter would be.

Overall this is a fun product, but I don't think little kids could enjoy it, too frustrating. If you're a decorative person and love making foods look as good as they taste, this could be great for you... just make sure you have extra food in case the first couple of attempts don't come out well. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

11 Years

11 years ago today, a 16-year-old Drew called me (at my friend's house) late at night to ask if I "maybe want to go out sometime"... 11 years. How time flies. If you had told 16-year-old me that I was agreeing to date my future husband, I would have thought you were nuts... I liked him and all, but at the time I never imagined where we would be. 11 years together, 4 1/2 years of marriage, a dog, a baby, a house, and full-time jobs.


Happy Anniversary Drew. Thanks for putting up with me for 11 years!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday's Letters

I haven't linked up to share Friday Letters in forever! It's long overdue.

Dear Fynn,
This whole climbing up onto bar stools when our backs are turned? Not cool. Yes, you're awfully clever and smart. I'll give you that...but seriously kid, you're going to be the death of me.

Love always,
Your mama... who's going to have a heart attack soon.

Dear students,

I love you, but I'm really glad today is a staff day. This teacher needs to get some stuff done in her classroom and not deal with 5th grade drama for a day. By Monday I should be in a much better mood and maybe you guys will have chilled out too.

Your exhausted teacher

Dear fellow drivers,

Yeah, I purposely get in the non-ending lane when two lanes merge. So when you attempt to go flying past the whole line of cars? It makes me a little ragey. I may or may not attempt to get my speed just fast enough so you can't get ahead of me, but just slow enough that you can't get between me and the car behind me. We waited our turns. You're an idiot.

The blonde mom who just screwed up your plans.

Dear town,

Hey, remember me? I'm the one whose lawn and driveway you screwed up when you put in a new culvert. Thanks so much for fixing the lawn... but I'm still waiting for you to fix the driveway. 15 feet of dirt is not going to go over well this winter... oh and that chunk of pavement you cut out down the road? You can fix that too.

The annoyed taxpayer whose money is clearly going to waste.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Editing Pictures

I read quite a few blogs, and lately I've noticed that most of them have these perfect, edited pictures... I have to wonder why? I mean, yeah, professional-looking photos are cool and all, but when you're chronicling your life via blog, why does it all have to be perfect? Why not just capture the moment rather than trying to turn it into something else?

I don't edit my pictures. Ever. I may crop out the underwear in the background of a picture or choose not to use a picture where I have a double chin (it IS the internet after all, and we all know the internet never forgets), but I don't change the actual pictures. No filters, no color correction, no air brushing. When I look back at my blog later, I want to see things as they actually were. Not some glossy fake version of our reality. 

Clearly I'm alone in that desire.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

So What Wednesday

Wednesday means the week is almost over... right? Regardless, Wednesday DOES mean I get to say So What if:

  •  I'm a major homebody... I actually crave being home at night. I hate when I have to stay late at work for meetings or if we have late appointments... even going out to the store at night frustrates me... I just want to be home!
  • I'm the biggest wuss about watching scary movies/tv... Drew and I went through a phase in high school where we watched just about every horror movie possible... it may have scarred me for life.
  • I feel the need to brag that I got all perfect grades in my first grad school class. The class ends officially today, but all my grades are in, and all of my work earned perfect scores. Man, that feels good.
  • I ate Lean Pockets for dinner last night... Drew made a really nice chicken and rice meal... but I hated it (sorry Drew). So not his fault, I just didn't like the flavors.
  • After eating said Lean Pockets I also had a Klondike bar. My name's Amanda, and I'm a junk food addict.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday Social

1. What do you value most in life?
My family. Drew and Fynn and Zoey. If everything else were gone tomorrow, I'd be okay, I mean I wouldn't love it (I do love my creature comforts), but they're all I really need.
Picture by the lovely Erin

2. What do you think is the greatest invention in your life and why?
I'm assuming this question mean something that was invented since I've been alive, so I'm going to go with smart phones. The ability to access information, social media, phone calls, texts, etc... genius... I can't imagine being without it now. Yes, I know that's sad. But when you're a busy mom who works full time, goes to grad school, and tries to stay organized, a smart phone is a life saver.

3. What do you think is the secret to a good life?
Appreciating what you've got. I'm guilty of this all too often. I want more, I want better, and I don't just mean material things. Taking a moment to realize how good your life really is goes a long way and can make you appreciate how amazing things are. 

4. What would you most like to be remembered for when you’re gone?
Being a good mom. I know, cheesy and sappy... but when I'm gone, all I care is that Fynn remembers how much I love her and how I'm always there for her.
Another amazing picture by Erin

5. What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?
I'm so proud of myself for having a natural child birth*. Honestly, how many women can say that? Gave birth to a beautiful baby girl without so much as an Advil to take the edge off. Yes, it hurt like hell, but it felt good to be able to do.

*Let's not get started on the debate of natural vs medicated childbirth. I did what felt right to me, to each her own.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Apple Picking

My favorite thing about fall is going apple picking. I always love walking around the orchard eating way more apples then I put in my bag. It always puts me in the right mindset for the cooler days and oncoming winter. Okay, that parts a lie, I hate winter and nothing will ever truly prepare me for Maine winters. I digress. 

A few weeks ago we hit up the apple orchard with my friend Erin who is an amazing photographer. We went to an orchard about 20 minutes from our house, and Fynn was in heaven. She LOVES apples, so being able to walk around eating two or more at a time was the perfect day for her. I loved picking apples, but more than that, I love the memories Erin captured. She always does a beautiful job with our pictures and I love how she always gets great ones that include me. Since I'm the photo person in the family, I always have a million pictures... of everyone else. Or some lame selfies of myself. Every time we've done pictures with Erin I've been blown away by the gorgeous pictures she gets of our little family. If you live in Southern-ish Maine, Mass... or anywhere near enough, you should check Erin out because she does an amazing job. Even if you don't you should check out her pictures, gorgeous... I may be a little biased since about half her babies/families portfolio involves my sweet little family :) 

Friday, October 18, 2013

October Ipsy Review

When I got my October Ipsy bag yesterday, I had to think for a minute about whether I got a September bag... I actually had to look on the blog to check for my review last month. It just seems like a really long time since I got my last bag.

I was excited to see how full the bag was and that there were even two items that didn't fit in the bag. However, I don't love the bag. This months theme was "The Art of Beauty". So the bag says "Love of beauty is taste, the creation of beauty is art". Meh... like I said, not loving it. 

 La Fresh Eco-Beauty Oil-Free Face Cleanser Wipes- 10 wipes (~$3.33)
I love these. I love face wipes anyway because I'm lazy and hate washing my face before bed at night. These are awesome though because they leave my face smooth and soft without being oily at all. They also smell nice. Not too much fragrance to make you feel like you're rubbing your face with perfume. 

 Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush-($2.49)
I wouldn't buy a new brush on my own, but I actually really need new brushes. I wish it were a powder brush since I use that one daily, but I love this and will put it to good use.

 Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel-($5) I had never heard of this before, but I'm excited to try it. I hardly ever blow dry my hair (like I said, super lazy), I usually just let it air dry and then either straighten it or put it in a bun (and a headband on those really bad hair days). However, I can't wait to try this because I have super flat hair.

Wet n' Wild Photo Op Eyeshadow-($4.99) This is part of the Fergie Center Stage Collections... okay. I was bummed about this to be honestly. It's Wet n' Wild... I could get this brand at Walmart. I love Ipsy because I get to try new brands and products I had never heard of... this didn't do it for me.

Zoya Nail Polish in Neve-($8)- I love nail polish and this is a beautiful blue metallic. I can't wait to try this and see how long it lasts. I would never spend $8 on a bottle of nail polish, so I was happy to see this in my bag. 

All in all, this months bag was valued at about $24 not including the bag or shipping. As usual, it's a great value considering I only pay $10 for it. While I may not use everything in it (like the eye shadow), but I use enough of it to make it worth it.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

TBD: The weaning process aka give me my body back!

After 15 months of nursing, I'm ready to be done.

Sorry, does that make me a bad mom?

I'm okay with that. 

Seriously, after 9 months of pregnancy and 15 months of nursing... that's 24 months worth literally sharing my body with another human being. Two years people. TWO YEARS.

My original nursing goal was a year, then we'd see from there. This summer Fynn was nursing about 6-7 times a day, and it really didn't bother me. I loved our snuggly time together.

Then school started back up again. I was sending 4-8 ounces of breastmilk to daycare a day, but I really just didn't have the time or desire to pump at work. I was using up my freezer stash and figured when that was gone, then she just wouldn't have breastmilk at daycare anymore. I weaned myself off pumping (which is a whole post in itself), and went from there.

Obviously, with her being at daycare during the day, Fynn naturally cut out several of her nursing sessions. Once we were in our daily routine, we were nursing 3-4 times a day. First thing in the morning, once or twice in the evening before bed and then once at 3-4 AM if she woke up in the middle of the night.

In the past 6 weeks, we've both cut back more. I cut out our late afternoon session because I realized she was just nursing because she was thirsty and getting ready for dinner. A sippy cup of milk and earlier dinner fixed that. Then she stopped wanting to nurse before bed. She was focused so much on shower, playtime and books that she just didn't seem interested and I wasn't going to push it.

For the past week or so, we've only nursed around 4 or 5 in the morning. That time when she wakes up, but I'm not ready to get up yet. If I let her nurse, and put her back in her crib, she'll sleep until 6:30/7... which is a beautiful, beautiful thing. 

I want to wean completely, but I value my sleep much more, so for now this is working for us. I know I'm going to be sad and a little nostalgic when we're done for good, but right now the hope that soon my body will be all my own again is a blissful thought. Weaning has been a funny process. I'm torn. I desperately want my body back, but I like the end of our nursing relationship is the end of her babyhood, the end of that bond we've created, the end of that special connection. I know that sounds a little irrational, and that we'll still love each other just as hard... but it's hard to imagine our relationship without nursing in it.

Friday, October 11, 2013

How do you leave your baby?

I was watching an old season of ANTM the other day (I know, I should be ashamed) and there was a 22 year old on the show who had left her 1 1/2 year old at home to pursue her modeling career.

How do you do that? How do you leave your little baby at home for weeks and possibly months? I just don't get it. This isn't the only time I've seen this lately. It seems like on just about every reality show there is a mom who has left her baby at home for the chance at fame and fortune.

I just can't fathom it. 

I get chasing your dream and/or trying to win some cash... but missing that time with your child on the off chance you'll actually be the one to win? Seems selfish and stupid to me.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sick Again? What's the deal?

I feel like crap. Again. I was just sick two weeks ago! This is so frustrating. It's just a cold this time, not the plague like I had before, but it's still pretty miserable.

Here's what I don't get. A year ago I was a new mom to a 3-month old, just went back to work, eating junk, not working out, sleeping in 3 hour stretches... and I didn't get sick. Not once. I was super healthy last year.

This year? Fynn sleeps through the night most nights (or at least until 4 am), I'm running, I've lost about 30 pounds since last year, I'm eating better... and I've gotten sick twice in the past two weeks.

Makes me think I need to go back to my slovenly ways. I kid (mostly), but I hate being sick.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

So What Wednesday

Is this week over yet? No? Sad. I guess I just have to say "So What" if:

  • Drew came home with the info for our next 5K and I am beyond excited for it... who am I and what happened to the Amanda who thought running for 5 minutes was the ultimate torture? 
  • I'm super nervous for Fynn's 15 month check up this morning. She's getting her blood work done again to check her iron levels. We've done everything we can to give her as much iron-rich foods as we can. I'm nervous that they're going to say it wasn't enough and we're going to have to give her iron supplements.
  • it bugs me that Drew has lost 14 lbs in the past couple of months. I mean, yay for him, but where are my 14 lbs of weight loss? We run almost the same amount (he does get to run a little more because he runs at work while I have to do it after work... which sometimes doesn't happen if Fynn's having a rough day or Drew has to work late). I've lost 3 pounds since I started running. THREE?!?!?! 
  • speaking of being jealous of Drew. How come Fynn will go running to him for a hug when he gets home, but gives me dirty looks when I show up at daycare... not cool kid, not cool.
  • this is a lame "so what" this week. Eh, it's the best I can do.
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Monday, October 7, 2013

What the heck did I do this weekend?

No really, what did I do?

I feel like it was Friday night and then I woke up and it was Monday morning... again. And in between that time I didn't get my grad school work done, I didn't clean my house, and I sure as heck didn't do any blogging. Where did the weekend go?

Saturday we were lazy bums in the morning. It was glorious. Fynn did a pretty good job entertaining herself which is always a nice reprieve. After her nap, Drew and Fynn shared an apple and then we headed out to do a few errands which involved taking Fynn to Payless for some new kicks. She needed a new pair of everyday shoes since her current ones were getting a little tight and smelled really bad from a summer full of sweaty toddler feet and no socks. 

Drew went to get a hair cut, so Fynn and I headed to the store. Let me tell you, if I had any doubts about that girl's shoe obsession, they ended when we walked through those doors. I set her down next to the baby shoes, and she was in heaven. She was looking at all the shoes and saying "shoes, shoes, shoes" over and over. She pulled out the cutest pair of red sequin Mary Janes. So not what we needed, but the look on her face was priceless. Even better was that she loved having me try shoes on her. I tried on a couple of pairs and ended up with these cuties:

Fynn loves them and keeps asking me to put them on her.

After our errands, we went to Drew's parents house to visit because his brother was up for the weekend. Fynn had to sport her Bruin's jersey since the B's were playing that night. Even with the skirt one, some guy at Kohl's asked how old "he" was. Seriously dude?

Sunday Drew went to do some work for a family friend (building shelves, reparing concrete... and some other stuff). So Fynn and I were on our own. My intention was to get school work/blog stuff done during her afternoon nap. So of course, she wouldn't take a nap! What a bum. I was annoyed to say the least. Drew and I decided to try a last minute date night, and luckily my mom was available to watch Fynn while we went out to eat. It was so nice not to put her to bed for a night, and I know my mom loved it too. By the time we got home she was out could... so of course I really wanted to go in and snuggle her. I didn't but it was sooo tempting.

We realized something when we were out to eat though... we eat way too fast. I'd love to blame it on scarfing down our food because the baby needs us, but to be honest, we've done this for longer then we've had her... it just didn't seem so sad before. We finally got out of the house, and ended up eating our whole meal in less than half an hour. Granted, the restaurant was really fast at getting our food out... but we were done our meal way too early. Anyone else do that? Or are we just super lame? 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Is this how real writers feel?

I'm in a blogging slump. It comes every couple of months where I just don't know what to write or how to say what is on my mind. Usually it happens when I'm overwhelmed, exhausted and stressed. Oh, like right now? Weird.

I hate the slumps though because I feel like I should have something to say. Worse is when I have a million things to say, but it's just coming out...

Is this what real writers feel like? Those with deadlines and royalty checks and mouths to feed with their writing income? That would be even more stressful to have writer's block when writing is your actual job... I can't even imagine.
Oh well, I just have to ride this out. The one thing I like about blogging slumps is that once they're over, I just explode with ideas and write like a madwoman for a couple of weeks before settling back into my normal routine. I like that explosion of writing, it always feels good!

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thursday Thoughts

  • Nothing melts my heart more then my husband, the man who hates reading, reading book after book to his little girl. I wish I had pictures, but if I take out my phone during this, he quickly ends it and pretends it never happened. That said, it's one of the cutest things ever. 
  • It also melts my heart when they do stuff like this together. Drew will pull into the driveway and she immediately wants to be up in the truck driving... clearly she's a daddy's girl
  • Unfortunately, I introduce Drew to snapchat this week... I'm pretty sure every meal he's eaten this week has been snapchatted to someone. 
  • I'm doing a crappy job of blogging this week. On Monday I borrowed the laptop from Drew to "do a quick post". That only took like 5 minutes so I decided to upload some pix to shutterfly. Well, that ended up taking almost 2 hours. Needless to day, Drew was peeved... so I don't even dare ask for the computer again this week, and blogging on the iPad is a pain... so. Yeah, sorry bout that. 
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Why Should You Invest in Musical Education for Children?

*This post is brought to you by Abby Evans

Often parents succumb to the status quo established by educational systems.  Why may we subject ourselves to the views of a few choice educators or administrators that value one learning method over another? For example, budget cuts strike the heart of arts programs, specifically music, in local schools.

Fighting for a musical education is essential in the world today. The majority of children remain stagnant in front of televisions, video games, and other mind debilitating activities that don’t promote the growth of their character, personality, or intellect. Don’t dwell in discouragement over the unfair budget cuts that remove chorus or band from your child’s elementary school. Instead change your perspective and see this unfortunate circumstance as an opportunity to redirect your child’s attention upon the right path.

Due to long hours at work or other responsibilities, parents aren’t always afforded the opportunity to fill their children’s lives with stimulating and positive activities. Musical education is the perfect route to stimulate your child’s interest and mind. Perhaps invest in these recommendations and take the unconventional path for musical learning.


Do you recall the day when you first purchased a Walkman? The days of musical resources and mobility have come a long way. Now the world is consumed with Ipods, Itunes, Youtube, Spotify, Pandora, and all countless technological innovations that surround our lives with music. Yet it’s hard enough prying the child’s attention away from television, online social media, and other detriments to their development.

Take a step back into history and maybe purchase a phonograph.. There’s nothing quite like listening to record play. It may not present optimal surround sound that blows you away and damages your ears, but the unique experience will transform the way your children listen to and appreciate music. In order to foster a musical influence within their lives, you must surround them with good music.

Musical Excursions

Family trips to concerts encourage your children to look closer at the skills of artists.  Live music empowers and moves people.  Concerts will make a profound impression upon your children. If they ignored that guitar you gave them last Christmas, maybe they’ll ask you for lessons after seeing a live guitar player. Live musicians are points of inspiration that media can’t replicate.

 As your children grow older and their interests in music increase, take them to coffee shops to open mic nights. This will give them a firsthand look up close at aspiring and passionate artists who love music.

Seek Alternative Teachers

Although you may not be musically inclined, this shouldn’t prevent your child from a musical education. Studies prove that children perform better in other subject areas when learning music.  It stimulates their minds.  There are countless amazing resources available in your local community.  Take advantage of the numerous teachers out there and see the best fit to educate your child on the basics of guitar, drums, or saxophone.

Provide them with a reward or end goal for each lesson. Instead of offering treats or gifts, reward them with a trip somewhere, an outdoor excursion to the local park, or a time spent with their friends playing sports.

Parents you must think about the unconventional ways to influence their lives with music. Well-rounded educations provide individuals with options, opportunities, and a wealth of knowledge that fills their life with curiosity and joy.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

eShakti review and giveaway!

                                    Disclosure: I received a complementary product in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was provided. 

I love clothes, and lately I've gotten more into dresses and skirts. I've always felt like I look silly in dresses, but I'm really starting to love them. When eShakti contacted me about reviewing a custom made dress, I was beyond excited. Not only a pretty dress, but one customized to my size and style.

eShakti is all about "Real fashion for real people", a concept I wish more companies would focus on. They allow you to completely customize your clothing to fit your style, size and even whether you want pockets in it!. 

The dress I chose from their website

I've never had a fully personalized dress before! My favorite part was being able to change the length. At 5'2", most dresses and skirts are really long on me, and don't quite have the intended look. I was able to shorten this to be just right. I also changed the sleeves to be a little longer. No real reason, I just wanted different sleeves. The measuring was a little tough, just because I've never actually measured myself all over before. I had to enlist Drew's help to get all of my measurements perfect.
The dress on me :)

Once my dress arrived, I was in love. There is a huge difference in fit between a standard dress, and customized to your exact size. Every piece of it fit exactly right.

And now, the piece you've all been waiting for. One lucky winner will get a product of their choice from the new fall collection! Sound good? Enter via Rafflecopter below!

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