Tuesday, June 19, 2012

30 with thirty OH BABY!

I mentioned a few days ago that I was starting a wardrobe challenge with some fellow bloggers:


The idea is to pick 30 item from your closet and try to make 30 different outfits with them! 

Anyone ever said this?? 
"Oh, I don't fit in those clothes anymore and I've kept them around for years thinking I'll eventually fit in to to them again but it's time to move on...so out they go!"

Yea, well, before I got pregnant I was fed up with this section of my closet I respectfully called the "I really want to fit into that again" section. So I got rid of that large section...I gave a lot of them away to Goodwill and I'm pretty sure that still didn't make me feel better about not fitting into them anymore. Boo. 

Ok, long story short....
1. I got pregnant
2. I only gain 24 lbs the whole pregnancy
3. I become an avid nursing mother
4. I loose 55 lbs!!!

And guess what??? I need all those clothes back! I am very passionate about giving away what you have and don't need BUT can I please tell you how many times I've gone to my close very excited to put on that fabulous dress, or perfect pair of jeans...only to be reminded I gave them away. Boo. But hopefully someone is getting great use out of those fabulous clothes!  
 ALL that to say...it was pretty tricky to even find 30 things that fit me correctly. But here we go!

What's the deal with the "oh baby" in the title of this post?? I'm bringing a little twist to this wardrobe challenge....and also doing it with my 9 month old Lindley Belle!! I have just as much (if not more) fun dressing her as I do myself so WHY would I not include her in this??

First. Here are the items I've chosen for myself:
(I'm sure those of you who know me so well are shocked by the lack of pink. A lot of of pink stuff don't fit anymore...sad. I know)

And here are the items Lindley Belle helped me choose for her:

Lindley Belle is napping right now but when she wakes up I'll get a pic of our outfits from today. 
Check back tonight!! Stay tuned!!

I want to leave you with this. I took Lindley Belle outside to test the timer on my camera.

My beloved Canon 20D is getting old and is slowly begging to be replaced. I snaped a couple shots. And I wanted to show you all the "normal" attire around here. This stay at home mommy and her little one dress like this a large part of the time! 

A "real outfit"only appears when we step out on the town!

Our sweet Jake has a jumping problem (he's only 18 months old) and he LOVES Lindley Belle!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

30 with Thirty

Hello lovely friends! 

Over the next several weeks I am embarking in a wardrobe challenge with my fellow blogger friends Lauren & Kate. Wanna know what it's all about??

Click this cute little button to find out all the fun details!


Come back in a couple days...I'll be posting pics of the 30 items I've chosen!!

Do you blog? Do you love clothes? Do you love to get those creative juices flowing?? JOIN US!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

new name : new look : same heart

I've been doing some redesigning! Hope you like the new look. But I'm most excited about my new name. I've thought a lot about the name over the last couple weeks.

What describes me?
What kind of stuff do I blog about?
What impression do I want to make?

By the end of the day yesterday I was pretty close to just renaming it "my life" because I had lost all creative thought. But "my life" is actually what lead me to "From This Side of Heaven.

Because this is my life...from this side of heaven, of course.

I am bound for the promise land. HALLELUJAH!



Wednesday, June 6, 2012

GIVEAWAY! : Nicolette Jewelry

Today's fabulous giveaway comes from Nicolette Jewelry

All her earrings are handcrafted with semi-precious gems and fine metals.

Enter to win a $20 gift certificate for any piece of your choice!

Here are just a few of the gorgeous pieces you'll find over at her store






Enter to win a $20 gift certificate for any piece of your choice!

How to Enter Giveaway

Go to her etsy store and leave a comment HERE telling me what you loved!
"like"Nicolette Jewelry on Facebook and show some love by
commenting that "The Daniel Dispatch" sent you!

Want an extra entry?? :)
Post about this giveaway on your facebook page! 
(Just copy and paste this link to your status PLUS tag Nicolette Jewelry in the status too!)

(so I can contact you when you win!!)

But wait! There's more!

Do you already see something you want to buy NOW?? Of course you do!
 Enter the code DanielDispatch15 at checkout for a 15% discount on your purchase! 

The code will last as long as the giveaway.
Ends on Sunday, June 17 at 10:00pm

***will be chosen using a list randomizer***

Friday, June 1, 2012

Insta Friday!

I'm back from vacation! 

And today I'm linking up for another Insta Friday

life rearranged

Lindley Belle moved up to a "big girl" carseat due to doctor's order! 
She's 24 lbs and her infant car seat maxed out at 25lbs!

We spent some time with my dearest friend Betsy and her sweet boys! Betsy is pregnant with baby # 3 and we are so thrilled for LB to have another Bryant friend!

The next few pics are from our little trip to Hot Springs! Lindley Belle had lots of "firsts" on this trip!!

First time in the pool
First time in the lake
First time on a boat

 (Craig's dad used to carry him in this same back pack! Cool huh??)

Our little Hot Springs National Park Ranger :)

Lindley Belle turned 9 MONTHS on Wednesday!!!

The morning after we returned from Hot Springs, I opened my computer to find this! I was so sad. Still so sad. I bought that computer while still in college. I was so proud of myself. The guy at the Apple store called it an antique...haha! I have to get a new computer now...
How am I posting this blog post you ask?? My husband is out of school for the summer (can I get a WOOHOO!!!!!!!!) and so I'm using his work computer. 

Lindley Belle and Jake are the best of friends. He's the perfect babysitter :) Seriously, he is so protective of her. The other day I was tickling her and he growled at me cause he thought I was hurting her. He has NEVER growled at me before. Sweet puppy loves his little sister!

Link up with us and tell us about your week via your Instagram pics!!
life rearranged