I was so full of so much excitement that I could hardly keep my mouth shut for the couple of days before her surprise. My daughter was turning 11 years old on the 11th~ her golden birthday! So we had decided to give her 11 cards throughout the day that had either a surprise gift or activity for her to enjoy on her special day. Oh, the anticipation! She was over the moon excited because unlike other years where she knew what would be going on, she loved the fact that she has no idea what she would be doing or the gifts that she may be receiving. I thought I would share with my She Is ladies what we did to give you some ideas on how to make the day special for someone in your life.
In honor of Mother's Day coming soon, it only felt right to have a little style fun with my favorite woman in the world. Meet my sweet, beautiful mama. Born in Brooklyn, New York with Puertorican roots. She is a brave, strong & confident single mom of 3 who raised us to be the same. Always praying and believing for the best, showing us that with God all things are possible. Did you know that she can play bass and guitar? My mom was “famous” y’all! In her 20’s she became a member of her church band called The Mediators, who later on made their own vinyl record.
"The Mamies" as I call her, has always been stylish in her own way (you know, with some of my help). From her business suits, plaid patterns, shoulder pads, hip huggers and let's not forget the platform shoes, to now signing up with gwynnie bee. Yes my 62 year old mama has her own gwynnie bee subscription. This is giving her the opportunity to get the looks that she loves from the comfort of her own home, creating an ultimate wardrobe if she wants to keep any pieces or enjoy wearing a cute outfit and sending it back when finished with their unlimited exchanges & free laundry. Is there any better gift you can give your mom for Mother's Day than free laundry? I think not! She would get her first month free, then the next month can be your official gift!
Now--let’s talk about these amazing outfits:
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV
Forgiveness. I thought I found it, felt like I meant it and he would accept it, God that is--everyone else is irrelevant. That's how it works anyway, or so I thought. You know you say it, it's said, it's done and on to the next moment in life. It's as if it's finished then it begins. Again. A cycle. A cycle that seems to repeat itself.
If you sat down with me about a year and a half ago, I would’ve told you my life plan. I had it all figured out. I totally knew (or thought I knew) what I wanted to do for a career, I knew when I was going to graduate, I knew I wanted to go to grad school, I knew what the perfect internship was, I knew who my real friends were, I knew when I wanted to settle down…
I knew it all, and I wanted absolutely zero help from anyone, I was going to do it all for myself and by myself.
Well guess what? Over the last year and a half, a lot has changed. Not saying I don’t know any of the above anymore and I’m definitely NOT saying change is a bad thing (check out my last blog post for my feels on that topic ha.) I’m just saying that I’m a-okay where I’m at right now.
It's our one year blogiversary y'all! Not excited one bit though--hah! It's not just that I love to host a lovely event with friends, but wow, what a year it's been. I launched our website off the biggest heartfelt tug I've ever had and it was clear this was bigger than me. In comes a lot of prayers and the beautiful sisterhood part of this--I asked our writers to join in to offer different perspectives and passions to be shared. I love them. They are so giving of their heart, energy and time. Forever thankful for all they do!
Then there is you all! Every entry read, comment made, image liked, blog post shared by you has helped us grow to where we are at. Your support and encouragement will forever be held close in my heart. Thank you for being patient with us as we have grown along the way. You are the reason we work so hard and why we love what we do!
We are so excited for what is to come with the blog, store and our app we recently got up and running. It's all such a beautifully chaotic whirlwind and I wouldn't have it any other way. Now enough of my sappiness, here's a recap of our celebration held at the Kendra Scott store at Hyde Park Village in Tampa. Make sure to read all the way to the bottom to get the details about our event partners and our giveaways!
All images by the lovely and talented Dafne Spencer at Daspen Photography <3
from our app...
‘What to say, what to say, what to say…..umm. Hi God. It’s me. Right, You knew that.Uh, how are you?’
No, that’s ridiculous, He’s in heaven, obviously, things are great.
‘Ok, scratch that. Ok, umm, so as you can tell, things are pretty crazy down here and I know I need your help, but I don’t know what to ask for. Last time I asked for patience, you gave me that co-worker who drove me crazy, so clearly, I don’t know what I’m doing. So, if you could just, you know, do your thing, that’d be great. Thanks, bye.’
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After a long day of doing all things that involve Mommying such as pumping every few hours for the baby, making food for my toddler who then refuses to eat it, trying to fold the baskets of laundry that have been starring me in the face all day and sterilizing bottles....I absolutely love bath and pamper time. It allows me to take a step back from the busyness of mom life and enjoy the reason I'm a mom--my kids.
I recently was introduced to SoCozy's Hush sensitive line, dermatologist and allergy tested products for your littles. Tangles, bedhead and frizzies are no match for their easy to use formulas. That, along with the fact that everything is non-toxic has this momma in pure happiness mode. Oh wait, ready for more bliss? You can only get their Hush Sensitive Styling Foam, Sensitive 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, Sensitive Detangler. and Sensitive Scalp Serum in the baby aisle at Target. If *wink* you needed another excuse to take a trip there, this is it!
I know you’ve heard a lot about She Is Blank Space and our app on the way, but I want to talk about how we got here, why this is so important to me, why it’s so needed.
One day I woke up.
No, not by the beeping of my alarm clock or my kids poking me in the eyeball, but I WOKE up.
My innermost being was so lost, confused, and just flat out blah.
It was as if God tossed a bucket of ice cold water in my face and said, “Ashley, my dear, whom I love so hugely…what are you doing?”
I absolutely could not answer that question. Sad, right? Yeah, I thought so too. This started a downward then upward spiral. It was a lot of questioning and addressing things I was holding onto before I could start moving forward. I dug in deep, cried a lot of tears from past hurts, anger, and whatever else I needed to face. This was hard for me, a person that seemingly had it all together, to admit defeat and that I was failing at “life.”
Spring is just around the corner--eeek! The flowers are blooming, a beautiful breeze is in the air, amazing prints and pastels come back to our lives. Spring is my favorite time of the year and my favorite season for fashion. There are so many different styles to choose from and so many fun ways to mesh different colors and patterns together.
For instance, a beautiful flowy off the shoulder shirt and a simple pair of jeans or a black and white skirt. Dress it up this spring or keep it nice and cool. Always remember, you got this girl and you are fearfully and wonderfully made no matter what size, shape, or color you are. Be confident, be bold, be BRAVE, be fearless! Here are a few of my spring picks from the amazing Gwynnie Bee clothing rental company and Eloquii fashion line! I hope you love them as much as I do!
Gwynnie Bee is clothing rental site, but don't let that be a turn off for you. The quality, excellence and care they have for their clothes is majorly outstanding. You'll have an endless closet with hundreds of different styles in size 10-32 to choose from and a personal guide to help you pick out what you think will fit your lifestyle. You can wear the pieces for your day to day, date night, GNO or special event, then send them back with unlimited exchanges. You can sign up for their 30 day FREE trial with no strings attached and get brands like Seven, Vince Camuto, Jones New York and Lucky Brand delivered right to your door. If you are extra in love with an item, you can keep it at a discount from the normal retail cost. Trust me gals, you won't regret it, not for one second, so head over to check them out! If you sign up, tag us in your outfit pics so we can feature you here!
Here's what was in my first box...
When you welcome your first little one into the world, everyone says "sleep when they sleep." It's easy--you get plenty of rest and feel like you can conquer this thing called mommyhood. When pregnant with your second, you are always going since you have a toddler to run around after. Finally that little one graces you with their presence and in no way were you prepared for the sleepless days/nights that lay ahead of you. You finally get that little one to sleep, you plop on the couch--and your little guy says "Mommy play cars with me?" You somehow muster up the energy to get down on the floor and do exactly what he asked.
Moments where my son needs me are almost more peaceful then when I am alone with him. He creates a sense of calmness over me, and helps me focus on that second not the hour before or what will happen later--but the now. I love to create meaningful moments with my oldest when the little one is resting to help me regain my energy to tackle both boys.
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