World’s Worst Blogger Award Goes To….

Me. And it’s not like I am using this space to advertise a business or promote my work…..I just like to write my stories about our life. I miss blogging. I miss sharing my creativity. I miss writing. I just don’t really have a lot of time anymore. I need to get back on track. Even if no one reads this. Even if I don’t share anything creative for a while. I want to write to remember. I lost all of my content on my old Blogger blog, and it stinks, because it would be so much fun to go back and read through everything. That time of my life with my daughter was hard. And going through everything that we went through was hard. I love this place in our lives. She has learned so much. I have also learned so much. My fiancee and I are really close to being married now. And back when my blog lived somewhere else, that wasn’t even close to being mentioned. The thing is, life is so funny. Having been married before, to a man who could not have children, I can’t even imagine being where I am today. Having a 4 year old, being engaged again, in a house that we are buying……it’s surreal. It’s part of my story. And I want to be able to share that somewhere. I usually like to stay pretty private about my personal life. I have been burned too many times to trust anyone to get close to me. I have to be the one to get close first. But something about feeling anonymous on the internet feels oddly comfortable to me. I don’t know why. Maybe I shouldn’t be so open, maybe I should. I guess I can navigate all of these feelings as I go. But for now, I guess this is just me. Dumping everything inside my head out at the moment for (probably) no one to read. You never know though….maybe one day this old blog will make me famous. But for now….adios.๐Ÿ˜‰

A few things…..^that was originally written in July, 2014. It is now January 2015. That should seal the deal on my being the World’s Worst Blogger.

And secondly, I don’t think this blog will ever make me famous.๐Ÿ˜‰

A Confession….And Thoughts on Turning 30

So, last year (or maybe the year before that….yikes.) when I did that “28 things” smashbook (see a few posts down), I had great intentions. I had dreams of me printing my photos and recording the events on my list as they happened. I could see myself toting around my instax camera around town and taking pretty awesome pictures, making all of those items on my list become a reality. And then I turned 29. And now I’m going to be 30 in about 2.5 months. Well, guess what? That album is still sitting untouched and desolate in my scraproom closet. And I am so ashamed. That would have been so cool to go back and look through. And it would have made some pretty cool blog content (instead of the crickets that you have been hearing around here….).

So. I need to do some brainstorming and come up with a gameplan about my 30th year. I want to make it a great year. Because right now, I am petrified of turning 30. I have way more gray hair than I want to admit. I am really starting to feel my bones crack when I wake up in the morning. I am having a hard time with it. I didn’t think I would, but here I am, trying to pack all of this immature behavior into my last few months as a 20-something. I am trying to embrace it, though. I know turning 30 is an honor in some countries (isn’t it? I mean, it’s a crazy thing to celebrate, but I’m sure it happens somewhere….), but to most of my friends, it’s another excuse to rent a limo to drive you around town and get plastered. And I don’t want my first official day on the job as a 30-year-old to be lying on the couch, nursing a hangover. Plus, the weekend of my birthday (yes, my 30th happens to fall on a Saturday; how convenient for a drunk limo ride experience) I have my daughter. It’s already hard enough at my frail age to keep up with her, let alone adding a hangover to that. I can’t imagine. I am trying to talk my fiancรฉe into taking me to Indy for the weekend, but I don’t think he will listen. We’ll see.๐Ÿ™‚

So, after all of that, I leave you with this:

-I hope to be blogging more.
-I am scared of turning 30
-I need another scrap project like I need a hole in the head, but I think something epic for my 30th year on this earth will be awesome.
-My daughter is full of too much energy that I would love to bottle up and keep all to myself.

I hope you all (meaning, maybe 2 readers) have a wonderful weekend!

Hollie

Hmmm……..

The last time I blogged was over a year ago…..I honestly don’t know if anyone reads this, subscribes to this…whatever. But I would like to get this thing back up and running. I want to share my stories. Even if I don’t necessarily scrapbook all of them. I want to be able to look back on this as a way to HELP me scrapbook my memories. So I guess I’m just putting this out there…..I am REALLY going to try to blog more!!๐Ÿ™‚

So……I guess it’s off to figure out what I want to blog about. ๐Ÿ™‚

Randoms.

I will start this post off by apologizing to anyone that may check up on me or be interested in anything I post. I’m still alive! Promise.๐Ÿ™‚ Life has been crazy. Beautiful, but crazy. Since the last post, I am an aunt again, been spending tons of time with my family, worked tons of mandatory overtime over the holidays, taken a million instagrams, have gotten Avery almost completely potty trained (!!!), made lots of notes for Project Life (but have yet to actually start it. Eek.), and have not been keeping up on my 28 things list๐Ÿ˜ฆ But I’ve been living and doing things so not a complete loss. And I still have 7 months, so I have time.๐Ÿ™‚

But all is well. There have been a few bumps in the road and unforeseen circumstances, but we are working through them. I’m pretty optimistic. Other than that, life is fabulous.๐Ÿ™‚ I think I’ve smiled more in the last year than I have in my whole life! Seriously. Having a great, supportive man in my life (finally) has made such a difference. But enough of the sappiness (is that even a word?)….

Until next time! Hopefully not another 4 months from now. ๐Ÿ™‚
-H

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The 27 Love List

First, I would like to thank those of you that left sweet comments on my 28 Things smashbook on Friday the 28th for the blog hop! I cannot wait to start it! It’s going to be another great year for sure.๐Ÿ™‚ It also got me reflecting on how this past year has been great to me at 27. So, I got to thinking…I would love to make a list of 27 highlights (if you will) of this year that have been remarkable to me. So without further ado- in no particular order- here’s my list:

1. Celebrating Avery’s second birthday with family and friends at Buckner Park
2. Finally becoming Jason’s girlfriend๐Ÿ™‚
3. The New Year’s masquerade party at A & T’s
4. Going to Chicago to see the Reds play at Wrigley against the Cubs (and the Cubs won!!)
5. The multiple casino trips Jason and I have taken
6. Taking Avery to the zoo twice this year!
7. All 3 of us moving into a house together
8. Going to Cedar Point with Jason for a weekend
9. Teaching Avery how to pee on the potty๐Ÿ™‚
10. Finally getting a new (to me) car
11. Getting invited to celebrate the 75th Vera Bradley store opening in Indy
12. Restored relationships with long lost family
13. Read Avery lots of books
14. Finished all three 50 Shades books๐Ÿ™‚
15. Met lots of amazing people
16. Lost most of my baby weight!
17. Discovered that I’m a lot stronger than I thought I was
18. I’m so close to becoming completely debt-free!
19. I have grown more confident and comfortable in my own skin, and am happier because of it
20. Took Avery to see her first reindeer๐Ÿ™‚
21. I’m keeping up on my Gratitude journal
22. Fell in love with the most wonderful man
23. Hearing Avery count to 5 all by herself
24. Being able to be there for my friends when they need me
25. Not having to pay for a brand new iPhone when I broke my old one๐Ÿ™‚
26. Being the best mother I can be to Avery, and spending lots of time with her
27. Having so many moments to be thankful for. Good and bad.

This past year has been so amazing to me. Seriously, one of the best years of my whole life. Because I am truly happy. No regrets. I have gone through some very tough times in the last couple years, but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. It has made me stronger, more confident and more patient. Seeing everything in this perspective has definitely changed the reasons I live for now.๐Ÿ™‚

And while I was typing this list out, I came acrossย this blog post by Amy Tan with the exact same concept. I didn’t steal it, I promise! Great minds, I guess.๐Ÿ™‚ Although she has done one for the past 3 years now I think…but I just came across it the other day.
Anywho, if you stuck with me this long, thanks for reading!๐Ÿ™‚ Have a wonderful day!

Hugs, H

Tagged

28 Blog Hop!

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Hello, there! Welcome to my blog!๐Ÿ™‚ I see that Dee’s blog http://sparklinscraps.blogspot.com/ has led you here.๐Ÿ™‚ I am so honored to be involved in this blog hop with all these super-talented ladies!

My name is Hollie. I will be turning 28 on October 11th. I am a proud mommy to my 2 year old daughter named Avery. I have a wonderful, sweet boyfriend named Jason, and I have a 13 year old cat named Cocoa. We reside in a rental house in Fort Wayne, IN, where I was born and raised (except when I moved to Huntington, IN for 2 years. It’s about 45 minutes away). I am an avid scrapbooker, and am always on the lookout for inspiration and ideas for my next projects.

My “28 project” is a list of 28 things I want to accomplish while I’m 28. A whole year of learning more about myself and everything around me. Only this project is going to be smashbook style! As I accomplish my goals off my list, I plan to document it with pictures, notes and other ephemera that I happen to pick up along the way. That way, when I’m 88๐Ÿ™‚ I will be able to have a fun, detailed look back at a whole year of my life’s goals and what helped mold me to be a better person at 29. I am super excited to start this project!! Here are some photos of my 28 Things smashbook (remember, you can always click on the picture to get a larger view):

Here is the newly-altered cover for my smashbook.๐Ÿ™‚ I LOVE the Everyday Eclectic line from EP, so I decided to use it. I normally would hoard my favorite stash items, but I just went for it this time.

Inside the front cover is my 28 List. I jazzed it up with an inspirational quote and some wood veneers for good measure.๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s my list! It never fails- I always manage to misspell a word. I’m trying to embrace it, but it’s driving me crazy.

So there you have it! I will continue to do a monthly blog update (after I start this in October) if you would like to follow and watch the progress.๐Ÿ™‚ If you have any questions on how I did anything, please feel free to ask!

Don’t forget to leave a comment here to be entered to win the grand prize!! Details on Jamie’s blog.๐Ÿ™‚

Up next is Jessica! If you get lost throughout the hop, you can always go back here๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, H

A Quick Sneak…

I just wanted to pop in with another quick sneak to share before the big day tomorrow (Friday)! I hope it will entice you to come back for the full reveal of my project!๐Ÿ™‚

Here you go…

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Hope you like what you see!๐Ÿ™‚ See you tomorrow!

Hugs, H

A Little Weekend Review and a Sneak :)

Happy Monday! The weekend went way too fast, didn’t it? I was lucky enough to have a 3 & 1/2 day weekend and I still think it went to quickly. It was full of nap-taking, relaxing with friends and family and lots of time with the boyfriend.๐Ÿ™‚ I loved every single bit.

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I was also able to work in some crafty time and finished my project for the blog hop on Friday (I can barely contain my excitement!). I have even gotten it photographed. Since my daughter will be with me this week, I wanted to make sure it was done and ready so I can spend more time with her. Here’s a little peek (just a teeny tiny one!) of what you will be seeing on my blog hop stop Friday:

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I *may* even do another sneak or 2 to tide you over sometime this week.๐Ÿ™‚ You’ll have to tune in to find out!

Until then,
Hugs, H

Something Exciting to Share…..

Next week I will be participating in my first ever blog hop!๐Ÿ™‚ I’m really excited about this. I have something spectacular in mind, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone! And to help build your anticipation…

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I hope you all will join me๐Ÿ™‚
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

These Days…

I don’t really have a whole lot to say today, but I did want to shake a little dust off this thing and let you know I’m still here,ย  Andย still trying to be better at blogging. :)ย  So, I decided to share a little list of things that are making me happy these days.ย  And here they are, in no particular order:

1.ย  My girl and how big she’s getting.ย  We have started potty training!ย  So any tips, tricks or advice/encouragment you give would be greatly appreciated!๐Ÿ™‚

2. The fact that I actually got to break in my new craft room last night and scrap!ย  It felt wonderful!

3.ย  I have officially started subbing at Studio Calico again :)ย  And I’m super excited too, because the October sneaks are making my heart flutter.

4.ย  The cooler weather.ย  I have always loved Fall the most…chili in the crock pot, bonfires, boots, hot pumpkin coffee from Dunkin Donuts, sweaters & hoodies….by far my most favorite time of the year.

5. My sweet, loving boyfriend.ย  I know that we have had a lot of ups and downs lately, but continuing to be there for each other and communication really does go a long way.ย  I love him so much.ย  He’s amazing.

 

Well, there you have it.ย  And now I can’t stop smiling. :)ย  I hope you all have a wonderful day!ย 

Hugs, H