September 30, 2011

Hello Sponsors!

I'd like to introduce you to our sponsors this month:
Over the past two years, I completed law school, became an attorney, got engaged, moved to Chicago, got pregnant, had a baby, and got married. Having just turned 27 years old, I have come to realize how busy and fast life moves and how unbelievably amazing this time of my life is. I believe I have the most incredibly loving, smart, and selfless husband and the most beautiful, happy, baby on the face of this earth. This is a spot to read and learn about my life as a new wife and mother and to share the journeys, joys, ups and downs, and everything in between, here with me in the Mom's Corner.
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Hi, I'm Joanna. Wife to handsome, sailor Dan. Mom to Nico and Lola. I am a working girl turned stay-at-home mom and military wife. Join my adventures in raising a witty, rambunctious toddler and his equally adorable baby sister.
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My name is Maryam and I blog over at Pamplemousse1983. I love crafting, shopping, cooking, travelling, oversized sunglasses, and my little family and my blog includes all that and more. I blog about things that catch my eye and about the ups and downs of new motherhood. I hope you stop by and say hello!

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 Mother to Wyatt. Wife to Josh. Never reversed.
My name is Danielle, and I live in a wonderful small town with my husband, our darling baby boy, and a Boston Terrier named Madeline. Sometimes Sweet is a snapshot of our life, mixed with an assortment of many other sweet somethings that catch my eye on a daily basis.
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hello there! my name is ivelisse and i was definitely born in the wrong era. in other words, i'm an old lady trapped in a twenty something year old's body. i'm married to a pretty awesome (and pretty handsome, if i do say so myself) man. together we have a lovely little gal named julianna (aka "Jules"). i'm a graduate student, a vintage obsessor, and a craft enthusiast, to name a few. in my opinion, a life without chocolate and coffee is no life at all! ;) come say hello!
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What Do I Have To Offer?

I've been thinking a lot lately about myself.
Who I am, what I need vs want and what I have to offer to the world.

I, by choice, did not go to college. I don't have a degree to "impress" you with or a career to label "what I do." 
When I graduated high school, I did go to community college for a while but quickly realized it wasn't for me. In my heart of hearts(since I was 12) I knew that I wanted to be a musician. It didn't matter how much money I made from it, if any, or how good I was at it. I just knew it's what I wanted to do.

After that short stint in college, I lived here in Hawaii and worked random jobs (a movie rental store, Subway & then Starbucks) before meeting my future band mates right before my 21st birthday. We decided to start the band on a Tuesday and had our first band practice the following Sunday and as soon as I started singing something in me clicked. It was kind of a magical moment where I could literally feel that I was exactly where I was supposed to be in life. Even if this band never led to anything "impressive", I knew I was supposed to be in that room, in front of that microphone, singing that song, in that band. I truly felt like I was on the right path at the right time and this awareness both excited and scared me because even though it felt great, I was so scared to lose it.
Being the singer in a band is an empowering feeling. I was writing most of the lyrics and even wrote the basics of the music for two of our songs and I felt I had something to give that was all me. No one else could produce the exact same thing. I had a passion that when put to use, felt more fulfilling than any college degree that I was "supposed" to get ever could.

After a few years, band mates grew and changed and took on other projects until we slowly began playing less shows and having less practices. After I got pregnant this went from less to never and I just focused on the pregnancy. Who wants to see a big ol' belly up on that stage anyway?

Since the pregnancy and having Rowan we still haven't practiced, played and it now looks like we may never again and this leaves me searching for new band mates and new inspiration and a new outlet. 
But in the meantime, I am a wife, mama and blogger and these things make me happy.

A couple of weeks ago I ran into a guy from high school at Starbucks who I hadn't seen since we graduated. He was talking about his college degree and his job he now has and then he asked "did you graduate yet?" and I SWEAR college did not even come to mind in the slightest and I was like "ummm yea we graduated together" and he and my friend that was there with me were like "no COLLEGE?" and I was like "PFFFFFT no! I didn't go to college... I graduated, stayed in Hawaii and worked odd jobs while playing shows with my band and then got married and had a baby!" 

He looked at me like that was the most pathetic story he'd ever heard.
It affected me. I went home and told Derek "I don't have anything to tell anyone that would impress them."

WHY IS THIS?

I know I'm meant to play music.
I know I'm meant to be with Derek.
I know I'm meant to be Rowan's mom.
And all of these things make me happy, so why am I so concerned with "impressing" someone with something like a college degree (which is great and I mean no offensive to those of you that went to college at all!!!) But isn't that just what everyone does? Everyone knows you go to college, get a degree and then get some job with that degree to live off of and there's only a lucky few that actually get a job that makes them happy

So why is that so impressive and special compared to what I chose to do?
I know that the answer is that it isn't and that everyone has their own path. But I let the general public make me feel like less of an "interesting" person because I'm not a career woman, or college graduate, or anything else that fits into an impressive ideal.

Well from now on I refuse to feel this way. Life is about doing what you love, family, friends and finding your own happiness and in a way, I ALREADY AM one of the lucky few that found that within myself.
I only need to impress myself and I know that I do that by writing/playing music and I'm determined to make that happen again. Even if it takes a while I will make it happen and when I do, I'll be proud of that.

And when I run into another friend from high school at Starbucks one day, I'll tell them my story the exact way that I told that other guy and no matter what look they give me, I'll feel proud to tell them so.
So what do I have to offer? Maybe not a college degree or a solid job but I have a passion, a family and a lot of self love. 

September 27, 2011

Family

We've been really busy lately... making things/preparing for Rowan's birthday party, work, errands, chores, friends... you know, LIFE.
But we always make room for family time.

September 26, 2011

Sponsor Le Blog

I'm now accepting sponsors for the month of October!

It's $15 for the 150x150 ad or $10 for the 150x70 ad. All sponsors will be on the right sidebar(large ads always above small ads), rotating throughout the month. I'll also do an introductory post at the 1st of the month, linking to your blogs and other social networks.
We receive anywhere from 2,000- 2,800 views a day. The lower views are usually on the weekends because everyone's out and about instead of at home on their computers. Occasionally we have even higher views (2,800-3,200) but that's just here and there with the more popular posts or when other popular bloggers link to us. 
In addition, we have 595 twitter followers and 180 Bloglovin' followers.
Contact me at jesshoeft@gmail if interested!
Thanks! xoxo

September 22, 2011

Halloween Costumes


After stumbling across these watercolor prints on Etsy about a week ago, we decided we're going to be woodland creatures for Halloween this year!
Our little birdie will be an owl, I'll be a doe and D's either going to be a fox or a lumberjack.
I bought Rowan's costume but I'm making mine and if D's a fox, I'll be making his too. Obviously it'll be easy for D to find stuff to be a lumberjack if he decides to be that instead. 
Last year, Rowan was so little and we waited until the last minute before finally deciding on superhero costumes (that my mom made for us) because they were easy and lightweight for Ro. That's why I'm extra excited about our costumes this year because it's something I really love and will be prepared for. 
It's also going to be more fun because Rowan will be walking like a pro by the time Halloween rolls around and I CANNOT wait to take her trick or treating for the first time! 
I love Halloween so much.. 

What are you going to be this year?

September 20, 2011

A Peek

Here's a peek into the DIY projects I've been working on for Rowan's 1st birthday party:

September 19, 2011

September 18, 2011

Ethan's 1st Birthday

We spent most of yesterday at Ethan's 1st birthday party and Rowan had a blast partying with all the other babies.. it was so cute to watch them all together.
Happy birthday Ethan!
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