February 26, 2015

Dear Strong and Brave Moms

I start should this letter off by saying I'm NOT a mom. I've been both a teacher and a nanny so I have a small taste of your job. I truly believe you have one of the hardest, if not the hardest, jobs there is. Your hours are long and often thankless. But I hope you know that you are doing a great job. You are doing a job that matter so much. You may never get an award, or the spotlight, or loud applause, but your job is having an impact. It matters. It matters a whole lot. I realize you are going to have hard days. You'll have days where your child(ren) don't take naps. Days where you'll want a single moment to yourself.

But keep going.

Keep going,
keep going,
keep going!

Hang in there. 

Perhaps a thank you here and there would be nice. Consider this a thank you note from me to you. Thank you for doing the endless amounts of laundry. Because my word....it never seems to end does it? Thank you for the bedtime stories you read. And for the making of lunches, putting together play dates, and wipe faces. You have made endless sacrifices and don't get paid a dime for your work. Thank you for showing up to motherhood and giving your all to it. Thank you for going without so that your children got what they wanted.

Don't quit. 

Promise me that you won't quit because you aren't a quitter.

There are going to be days where the tears will seem endless. Where you will be so knee deep in sleep deprivation that a 30 minute nap will feel like heaven. You are going to mess up. We all do. You'll make mistakes. You might even have deep regrets. But falling on your face doesn't define you as a mother. It's how you get up that matters. So keep on getting back up. You'll be stronger as a result.

Some days you will feel like a taxi driver or chauffeur. You will go to endless soccer games, dance classes, karate, and more. You probably don't see it yet. You are probably knee deep in the thick of motherhood. But you're teaching your children lessons they can't always learn in the classroom. You are teaching them that showing up matters. You are allowing them to learn that teamwork is important. You are reminding them if they practice enough they can master new skills. You are giving them life lessons and experiences that will carry them well into adulthood. So as you cringe over the endless goldfish crumbs in your minivan, just hang on.

Pinterest can't hold a candlestick to motherhood.

I hope you know that. I hope you know that motherhood is far more than perfectly crafted birthday parties and the best handmade valentines. Stop comparing yourself to a board of photos. Let yourself be the biggest pinterest fail there ever was. Give yourself permission to fail at that. Let yourself off the hook. Please know that doesn't make you a failure as a mother. Do you know what really matters? What matters far beyond the perfecting a project you found on pinterest? The ones who call you a superhero. The ones who know that you are the queen of the band aids. The ones who knows that there will be little notes tucked into their lunch boxes. The ones who crawl into your bed at 1am because they had a nightmare. They could care less about having the best valentines one day of the year.

You are giving your children the best possible gift they could ever have. That gift is simply YOU. Keep showing up. Keep going. You can do this. You really can do this. I know you can.

Perhaps this is the part of the letter where I should tell you that you are strong and brave because you are. I see it from afar. I wonder if you see it.

You are strong. And so brave.

Don't let comparison steal any of that truth from you. Don't look to the right and the left and wonder how you could be doing motherhood better. You're doing just fine. In fact, you're doing better than fine. You are repeating lies over and over in your head like a broken record. Perhaps its time to get a new record player and start playing truths.

The truth is simple: you are strong.

There are going to be days that feel impossible. You will want to pull the covers back on and hit the redo button in life. Days where you'll have sick kids. Days where you will want to throw the towel in Days where you feel utterly crushed by life. Days where it feel likes everything has gone wrong.

But don't quit.

You are not a quitter.

Strong has nothing to do with the size of your waist or the muscles in your arms. Strong is waking up and trying every day. It's making tiny and large sacrifice. Strong is an anthem song of trying, trying, and trying some more. It's doing your best. It's getting up even when that seems impossible.

If I were to grab you by the face I would tell you this simple truth on repeat:

you are brave. so so brave.

I know there are nights where you stay up late sewing Halloween costumes and ballerina dresses. I know there are nights where no one liked the dinner you prepared. There are days were you feel forgotten and unseen. But the truth is you are brave. I bet you don't always see it. You don't always see it. There are so many fairy tales where the prince is the hero riding in on a white horse. Maybe no one told you that your children will grow up one day and tell the stories of how you were the rescuer. You were the one that picked up the pieces of broken hearts. You were the one who sewed patches over beloved clothing. You were the one who wrestled through long hours of homework.

You are the brave one. You are the hero of the story. Brave and strong doesn't always mean big muscles and fearless attitudes. It just means that you got out of bed another day and decided to keep on showing up.

Dear moms out there, I hope you know that you are brave and strong and all kinds of lovely. That when you lay your weary head down at night you know that you matter. That you matter so much.

That is my wish for you strong and brave moms....that you see just how much you matter.

I'm cheering you on!

January 13, 2015

2015 Necklace Club!

One year ago, I had one of those rainy day crazy-eyed ideas that I decided to act on. I thought it would be fun to get 1 necklace each month throughout the year. So I decided to launch the Necklace Club. It ended up being way more successful than I would of imagined and ended up being one of my highlights from 2014!

I debated doing it again in 2015 mainly because I was afraid it wouldn't be as successful or that I would consider it a failure round two. But I decided that I needed to punch fear in the face and be brave. So I'm back for a second round and I hope YOU are too!

The Necklace Club is this: you'll receive one necklace at the end of every month in 2015. The total cost is $189.99 which includes all necklace costs plus shipping. The necklaces are valued at $19.99-$49.99. Once you join, you'll receive a survey to let us know your favorite colors and styles! To join for the full year click the link here -----> 2015 Necklace Club. Use code "2015" and get $30 off. UPDATED: You can still join the necklace club, but you will only receive February-December's necklaces (11 in total).

Also, you asked, I heard! After much thought I decided to add a monthly option for the Necklace Club as I understand paying $189.99 upfront can be a lot . And I wanted to make it affordable for everyone to join in! The monthly club plan will charge your account $16 each month on the day that you sign up for it for 11 months. Just click on the subscribe button below and follow the directions and then you are all set!

and anyone wanting to buy the ampersand necklace they saw on instagram the link is right here ---> gold ampersand necklace. FYI: It will be part of the 2015 Necklace Club!

December 12, 2014

The World Needs Love Letters

It is NO secret around here that I love both handwritten cards as well as the post office. I try to write a card almost every day as I feel like its good for the soul and certainly blesses others There is just something about putting kind words on paper and then sending them out to the world that makes my heart so happy. My dear friend Hannah started an amazing organization called The World Needs More Love Letters. It started as her writing letters to strangers in NYC, and then eventually grew to people emailing her letter requests for other people to receive cards. Every December they have 12 days of letter writing where they bless 12 strangers by having people write them cards as a means to send encouragement their way. And this is your chance to get in on the action! Check out below for who to write to today!

Today we’d love help scripting letters for Mardi. Her sister wrote to us “My sister is insanely smart, creative, hard-working, dedicated, and full of potential. She's 29 and has recently discovered her passion and talent in handmade jewelry and nail polish, becoming an entrepreneur about a year ago and working hard to run her own online business ever since. But there are still many hard days, most of which leave her feeling unworthy, unmotivated, and unloved. I love Mardi dearly and I want her to know how special she really is, how much love she is surrounded by, and how much untapped potential she has for complete greatness. I think a love letter bundle could exponentially change the way she sees not only herself but the goodness of other people.” Let us show Mardi some love and encouragement to keep going with her passion!

Alix C.
8217 Thornhill Drive
North Richland Hills, TX 76182

More Love Letters is a global organization using the power behind social media to write and mail love letters to strangers in need all over the world. The mission is simple: Love big. Love fast. Love hard. Get involved today.

The 12 Days of Love Letter Writing is MLL's biggest + brightest campaign. In a nutshell: 12 days of letter requests. Lots of hot cocoa. A lot of good done. And bundles of hundreds of love letters dropped at strangers' doorstep

November 17, 2014

2015 Necklace Club-Monthly Plan!

You asked, I heard! After much thought I decided to add a monthly option for the Necklace Club as I understand paying $189.99 upfront can be a lot especially this time of year. And I wanted to make it affordable for everyone to join in. The monthly club plan will charge your account $16 each month on the day that you sign up for it for 12 months. Just click on the subscribe button below and follow the directions and then you are all set!

October 6, 2014

Fall Favorites Giveaway

I am teaming up with my friends for a Fall Favorites Giveaway!  We have some amazing prizes including:
  • A 2×2 Happy Fall Y’all Sign made by Between You & Me Signs
  • A set of “If you love it so much why don’t you marry it?” PSL notecards
  • A Boulongerie Pumpkin Souffle Candle
  • A Choose Joy Mug from Carrie Grace Shop
  • A plaid blanket scarf from Heart & Home Collection
  • A package of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Vias
  • A Whitney English Day Designer
  • A copy of the book “In This House We Will Giggle” by Courtney DeFeo
  • And $500 in cash!

Your hosts for the giveaway are:

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