Sunday, November 12, 2017

Oops... Failed The Challenge

 If you've been following my most recent posts, you know I was attempting to do some 30 day photo challenge that I found online. I actually picked up a client recently and had online applications/interviews with a potential work from home opportunity that side-tracked me. I totally flubbed the photo challenge and got a few days behind. 
  Yeah... that's right, I fell off the challenge wagon.
It was a total fail... but Oh, Whale.

Oh Whale Coffee Mug

  There are a ton of things I am grateful for and to be honest, I kind of felt like the challenge I initially picked (after taking a few glances over it) was really not broad spectrum enough and was actually a bit repetitive in potential subject matter. So needless to say, I won't be picking the challenge back up where I left off. It just wasn't inspiring me enough to keep going with it, and at the end of the day, I think that's supposed to be the point.

  So, I do apologize if you all were enjoying my photos during the challenge. I want to let you know that I intend on continuing to post snapshots here on my blog as well as on my Facebook page from time to time. I hope you'll continue to follow me and that this wasn't a super let down for you.

  One of the things that have kept me busy is working on holiday designs for my Zazzle store. I know we still have Thanksgiving to go through, but Christmas is just around the corner and in retail, you have to prep early.

Thanksgiving Turkey Funny Disguise for Christmas Postcard

 Here is a sneak peak at a few of my newest designs. 
You can check out more here

Check out my Christmas selection this holiday season

Don't forget you can get Up to 50% Off Business Cards, Ornaments, Pillows & More
 by using coupon code: ZVETERANSDAY at checkout 
now through the 14th of November.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Family Is My Heart

  There is nothing in this world that means more to me than the ones I love. I am a very empathetic person who needs compassion and consistent emotional growth in life. To me, life is meaningless unless you have people to share those experiences and important moments with.

  Today's photo challenge was "thing you love most."
  My family and friends are what I love most and am most grateful for. My husband avoids the camera like it's the plague, so for now a photo of the little men whole came into my world and stole my heart will have to do.

  I love these boys with all that I am, and I'll never stop saying how blessed I am to have them in my life.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Cabin Fever...

 So, I forgot to blog yesterday for my day 7 challenge. The day was long and I ended up going to bed uber early with a little bit of a headache. I completely forgot about it. 

So today, I'm going to toss day 7 and day 8 together, because right now they are somewhat linked due being home bound by the weather. If it isn't pretty out soon, I think we'll all start having bouts of cabin fever. 

Day 7- photo of the day challenge was "this adventure" 

Captured by KC Designs

  We had planned (my kids and I), to take a short trip to the park and walk around the boardwalk yesterday. We love the park and it's a nice relaxing view. The park is an option that allows my boys to explore while I can monitor them and feel safe. 

  At Glen Hilton Jr. Memorial Park in Hickory, NC, there are a few different play areas, picnic zones, and the boardwalk is centered around a view of the lake where a lot of ducks come and wait for feed. We didn't get to visit though... nature had a different plan for us, and we got rained out. 

  That's where today's photo challenge "these four walls" comes in. We got stuck at home due to foul weather. So we played with paints, crayons, and made it a arts and crafts kind of day. 

  We are grateful for our home. Having a shelter over our heads and a warm place to be when the weather is not favorable is a blessing. 
Today is still kind of yucky, so we're playing indoors again. Today is movies, music and games. 

Have you ever tried to teach a 2 year old how to play musical chairs? lol 

Captured by KC Designs

Monday, November 6, 2017

My Place of Peace

 Earlier this year, my husband and I finally took the plunge and purchased our first home together. For me, it was a scary but thrilling experience and I'm glad we took the risk. 
  For the first time ever, we have something we can say is our own. There are no rules about pets or pet deposits. We don't have to worry about upstairs or downstairs neighbors anymore.
  It's actually been 8 months this month, and it feels amazing to have achieved something this great with the man I love. 

Today's photo-a-day challenge was "Grateful for this place". Our new home is something I am grateful for. I wanted something that is ours to raise our kids in, and we worked our bums off to get it. I am very grateful to have this place.

  It's an amazing feeling when you get that first key that is for your own place isn't it? Having such a blessing come to us will be something I will never take lightly. 

What place are you grateful for? 
Create custom keychains for your keys. Click here to shop and design your own keychain. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Gloomy Weather

 Lately, where I live, the weather can't seem to make up its' mind. Friday, it was a lovely day with a higher temperature into the high 70's. The days following, it's been wet and cloudy. So, that made getting today's photo challenge of "this beautiful morning" a bit difficult. 

Nonetheless, I believe that every morning I wake up is a beautiful day and an opportunity for a fresh new start. So, here is today's challenge. 

Day #5: This beautiful Morning

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Cutest Little Monsters

There is nothing in this world like having children. The thing is, there aren't enough warnings in the world about the phase your child goes through called: toddler. 

It's like a foreshadowing of what I can only imagine the early teenage years will be like. Screaming, seemingly drunken wobbling, hiding food in strange places, and running around with flailing arms like a drunk person. It's... Adorable.

No, really... I love every second of it. My kids crack me up with their crazy. They make me wanna pull my hair out sometimes, but I can only hope that's a normal mom feeling when you've got 2 year olds. 

I love watching my boys grow and learn how to do more and more on their own. I guess that is one of the great rewards of being a parent. 

What's the big drawback? 

I absolutely hate the fight to get them in their bed for good. It's a game to them, and exercise for me. It's also a war I have yet to win... Because they know how to use those adorable little faces to get just one more story or one more hug. 

That leads me to today's photo challenge: This adorable face. In my case- their are two of those adorable faces, and though they can stress me out and exhaust me... I am blessed beyond measure that they are here.

Day 4: Grateful & blessed for these adorable faces.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Comfort I Can Count On

  Today's photo-a-day challenge is being thankful for "this familiar thing". I chose to make my familiar thing, my pets. 

  My pets are like children to me, but they hold a different piece of my heart. They offer a different type of comfort and peace that nothing else can. Those sweet eyes and the soft nudges of a wet cold nose are a priceless gift. 

  When my husband and I were still renting homes, we refused to move into a place that didn't allow pets. We understood their reasoning, but to us, we just cannot part from them. They are what is familiar to us. They make us feel like we are home. 

Day #3- Grateful for this familiar thing (in my case these familiar furry things lol)

Do you have furry familiars/companions? Tell me all about them in the comments!
Shop custom water bowls, pet clothing, pet photo ornaments, and more here at Zazzle!