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What I am Thankful For - Shelly
What I am Thankful For - Shelly
FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010

"Rain drops and roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.  Brown paper packages tied up with string.  These are a few of my favorite things. “ These are the things that made Julie Andrews happy in the Sound of Music, but I recently started to reflect on the things that make me happy.  Of course the first thing that comes to mind is my family and that they each make me happy in their own way.  Then I started to reflect on the little things in my daily life that make me happy.

My favorite place to go is the beach.  The thought of sitting with my toes in the sand and a good book makes me happy.  There is something about the sound of the waves in the background and a light breeze that melts away any stress. 

A good cup of tea and a new magazine makes me happy any day.  I love having a nice, warm cup of tea made just the way I like it with a good creamer and lots of sugar.  And having the chance to thumb through a new fashion magazine in peace and quiet.  Ah, the luxury.

Getting packages in the mail makes me happy.  There is something about getting a package; especially if it is unexpected that makes me happy.  Don’t you love the thrill of opening up a box that has been delivered?  It’s like Christmas throughout the year.

Stealing kisses from my boys after they’ve had a bath.  I love smelling their sweet little wet heads and kissing their soft clean cheeks.  If you could bottle up that clean baby smell you could make a million bucks.

Laughing with my husband.   One of the things I love is that my husband and I have the same sense of humor.  And with long days and fussy kids, laughter is one of those things that helps us get through.  A good belly laugh melts away the stress and always makes me feel good.

So these are just a few things that make me happy.  What makes you happy?

Shelly is a blogger from Virginia who is married to a great guy and is busy raising two boys under the age of three, as well as chasing after her beloved boston terrier, Miss Zoe.  When not swinging from the chandeliers, she loves to follow fashion and try her hand at crafts.  Blogging at the Chic Crafty Chick Blog, she shares fun finds, cool crafts, recipes and more.  She describes herself as a "chat with your girlfriend" kind of blogger. 



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What is Your New Years Resolution?
What is Your New Years Resolution?
TUESDAY, JANUARY 05, 2010

I’ve never really put a lot of stock into New Year’s resolutions.  It is a cute idea/tradition that I like to hear other people talk about.  But as for me, I usually don’t have New Year’s resolutions.  But this year is different.  I’ve decided that 2010 is the year I am going to make a resolution.

For the past three years, I’ve been a stay at home mom to two small boys.  During that time dressing nice has been out the window.  Every outfit I own has been either spit up on, snotted on, or yanked on by one of my little guys.  So this is the year I’m making a resolution to take back my clothes.  I want to dress stylish and cute like I did “bk” (before kids).  I want to get back to being the girl who would buy a pair of shoes because they were fashionable or cute.  The girl who wouldn’t bat an eyelash at a shoe with a heel.  The girl who kept up with the fashion trends and had a little black dress at the ready.  With all the testosterone in this house, I need to get back to feeling feminine again. 

So, I’ve resolved to jump back into the fashion world and get out of this frump slump.  And I think I’ve found a few things to help me along the way.  The first is when I discovered “The Rachel Zoe Project” on Bravo TV.  I love Rachel Zoe and her fashion sense.  She’s plugged in and definitely in the know when it comes to fashion trends.  I feel that a lot of the looks she puts together could be adapted to my budget and lifestyle.  I’m all about chic on the cheap.  She has a great daily email that she sends out where you can “get the daily glamour” from Rachel herself.  Some of the items she recommends are a pipe dream, but a girl can wish can’t she?  It’s bananas. 

Another great tool I’ve found is the virtual make over tool here on the e.l.f. website.  I love the idea of being able to upload a picture of myself so I can virtually try on different makeup shades, as well as change my hair color.  It is hard to shop for these types of things out when you’ve got little ones in tow, so being able to do this after I put those little monkeys to bed is a fun way to do it.  Sometimes I find I want to branch out when it comes to lip color, but I hate to take a chance and buy something that may or may not work.  Also, as a brunette I’m interested to see what I’d look like as a blond.  Because I’ve heard they have more fun.  So it sounds like this virtual make over tool could open up a world of possibilities.

I feel I owe it to my family to become a “hot mama”.  Because as they say, “When mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy”. LOL  I really feel that when you feel your best and put on a smile, it changes the world around you. 

So what is your New Year’s resolution?

Shelly Wilcox is a blogger from Virginia who is married to a great guy and is busy raising two boys under the age of three, as well as chasing after her beloved boston terrier, Miss Zoe.  When not swinging from the chandeliers, she loves to follow fashion and try her hand at crafts.  Blogging at the Chic Crafty Chick Blog, she shares fun finds, cool crafts, recipes and more.  She describes herself as a "chat with your girlfriend" kind of blogger.

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