Thursday, July 31, 2014

fake it until you make it? + a giveaway

i've never been secretive about my drive to make this here blog quasi-successful.

i TOTALLY want it to make a few dollars every month for several reasons:

  1. if it makes enough money i can totally hire someone to come clean my toilets and polish my floors.
  2. i may even be able to start paying for my own pedicures.
  3. but mostly...the very biggest reason...to prove my farmer wrong.
you see...my farmer doesn't understand normal dollars.

if i told him my blog made $1000 last month (which it totally did NOT), he would come back and tell me our power bill for the farm was $40,000 last month. 

literally - $40 grand. that's not a lie or a typo.

so you can see why he might turn his nose up at $1000...or even $3000. apparently he doesn't get out of bed for a piece of machinery that doesn't cost less than $100k.

let me be clear here, though - it's just downright expensive to run a farm. and while i'd love to say farmer and i are rolling in the green (hay + corn $$)...all that glorious crop cash gets plugged right back into the farm to pay things like power...and the fertilizer bill...and land payments. 

woe is me, right?

but i'm keeping things in perspective. if i were to pass a $10 bill on the ground...you bet i'd pick it up. shoot...i'd pick up a quarter...or a nickel. 

which is exactly why i enter/participate in most every giveaway that crosses my path here in blog world. one of these days, i just might win. then i'll rub my $130 all over my face in front of my farmer. no i won't. money is dirty. but i sure will brag about it.

which brings me full circle - fake it until you make it.

i'm totally going to continue to pretend like September FARM has thousands and thousands of readers...and like people totally care/are entertained by the bits i bring to the pages. 

and just maybe one day September FARM will get invited to the Kentucky Derby or a spa opening or...or...something extra rad.

in the meantime, i'll just continue to participate in killer giveaways that bring friends the chance to win cash...like the $130 mentioned above and below.

plus, just look at all those pretty blogging faces. 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

guest post | elena @ baby ridley bump

here are the facts friends...this gorgeous gal needs just about zero introduction. 

why? trust me...you'll catch on as soon as you start reading. but here is a bit of karli bell input...in case you were wondering - 

this gal you see below? i've never met her in person, but i wish i could. i'm nearly positive she's as beautiful on the inside as she is in her photos. (she also has a bikini shot of her and her man on vay-cay at the very bottom of this post and i my jaw hit the floor in envy of her ridiculous bod.)

hey elena - no more bikini pictures. not in my wildest dreams will i ever be able to attain that.

okay...enough about my jealous streak. read on to meet your new most favorite blogger. 
Hello September FARM readers, and happy hump day!  My name is Elena and I blog over at Baby Ridley Bump.  You may or may not have seen my blog floating around in the blogosphere, either way, hello! and welcome to my September FARM takeover!  I want to take a minute to thank my gracious host Karli.  Isn’t she like THE CUTEST pregnant person ever!  Her bump is just to die for! 

So, speaking of pregnancy, you may have noticed, and might assume because of the title of my blog that I blog about babies.  Well, that’s true, but the baby that I blog about is the baby that I’m now trying to conceive via IVF.  The original intent of my blog was to document our journey to get pregnant.  A journey we started right after we were married on 9/24/11.  I started the blog in May 2012 when I was laid up from a motorcycle accident.  I had found Little Baby Garvin while perusing Pinterest & she was my inspiration.  I thought it would be great to document my pregnancy and eventually our lives with a baby.
Well, here we are and more than 2 years have passed since I started the blog, and we are just shy of 3 years of TTC.  What the intent of my blog has now evolved into is advocacy, education, and sharing my story.  Did you know that 1 in 8 couples are infertile?  That is an astonishing number. The even more astounding thing is that infertility is rarely talked about.  It’s a serious disease suffered by both women and men. Because of this, the goal of my blog is to share every painful and personal detail about the battle that we are fighting so that we can raise awareness about infertility, the seriousness of the disease, and the highly successful treatments that are available.  
via Instagram
Unfortunately, a week ago today we found out that our first cycle of IVF failed.  We waited over 90 days to start the cycle.  We were told on April 11th that our IUI (artificial insemination) would have to be cancelled because I had developed too many eggs.  This was the 2nd IUI that was cancelled because of my response to the medication I was on to make these eggs.  We made the tough decision to move forward with IVF. I've only experienced pregnancy one time in my life and unfortunately, that ended in miscarriage.  You can read about that here in my most popular post to date.  The next step for us is called a Frozen Embryo Transfer or FET scheduled for September 4th.  We were lucky enough to have 34 eggs retrieved, 21 fertilized, and 7 that made it to a 5-day cellular stage called blastocyst.  One of those seven has already been used and was not successful, but we still have 6 frosties left & are planning to keep fighting the fight.

Although this is the hardest thing I've ever had to deal with in my life, I try to stay positive and optimistic. Not all of my blog is about the trials and tribulations of TTC.  You'll also see a Friday Favorites post each and every week, lots of updates on our dream home that we are currently building, pictures of my adorable pug Frank, and glimpses into the life of a young couple who love life, love each other, and are trying hard to build a family.

I love camping, our Harley, tattoos, cooking, gardening, traveling, shopping, & so many other things that you will see throughout my blog!

Hope you all enjoyed this post, and if nothing else, maybe learned a little bit about the world of infertility.  I have to urge those who might be infertile and feel as though they are alone to reach out because there is a beautiful community of  us who are trying to conceive that can big a huge support system for those in need.  Thank you again for taking the time to read this!
engagement photos taken at our lot in 2011
and our lot today, finally started building our dream home
trash the dress session
camping trip on the bike
my family

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so can we talk about our gal elena for a hot second? 

1 | she's gorgeous
2 | she's a wonderful blogger with a great writing voice.
3 | is it just me...or do we all want to be friends with her? i mean...i literally felt like i could invite myself over to her home and chat it up for hours.

if you feel the same, there are plenty of avenues to get yourself some more baby ridley bump. get busy...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

a bridal shower for a gal who never wanted a bridal shower

what? no bridal shower?

i know...asinine really. perfectly preposterous. 

which is exactly why my dear, sweet cathie and i took matters into our own hands and made this bride have her very own bridal shower.
see? she's totally bridal. 

another thing she is? a graphic designer...very artsy. 

this made me super nervous because girlfriend has an eye for the visual, she's not afraid of color, and i basically wanted to show her that a bridal shower could be fun...and we wouldn't even make her play games.

well, now that cathie and i are fully recovered from pulling this off, it's time to brag about the menu and decor we snazzied together.

true to form - i'll be tooting our horns. toot toot.

our bride, gina, is also gluten intolerant. (talk about a high-maintenance bride!) so, sweet cathie and i knew we wanted the menu to be completely enjoyable for her, since most get togethers she attends she has to go without or ask a lot of questions...or pack her own. i can imagine this is the pits.

the menu consisted of | veggies and fruits. shrimp, beef, and chicken skewers with a chilled dipping sauce. a bang up sweet potato salad...that i should post the recipe for so that all can enjoy. crackers and cheeses...and of course champagne and wine.
putting together a shower is a lot of work...mostly just the set-up and take-down.

so as soon as guests started arriving, the champagne was cracked and i enjoyed my sips...and what a tease it was. i really really wished i wasn't pregnant at this shower. not only could i not enjoy the soft cheeses, but the tiny glass of champagne from the cute stripy straw was just not cutting it. i wanted five.
alas, we all make decisions. and i made the decision to not only be pregnant for gina's wedding, but four other weddings farmer and i will be attending in the coming weeks. shoot me.

another fun component of the shower? this photo booth. 

what was once farmer and my trash became gina's photo booth treasure. i simply painted some stripes on this piece of wood, and then cathie and i scavenged our costume boxes for props. 

the banner? it says, "he put a ring on it." i wish it was readable.

it was a hit...figuratively and literally.
everyone left sufficiently fed, beveraged (not a word), and with a sweet souvenir of them and the bride to be. 

cathie and i are going to call it a win.
and while cathie and i are oh so happy gina let us bully her into having a shower...we're glad we don't have to do it again.

showers are a lot of work...and that photo booth backdrop was heavy.
 xoxox gina. i absolutely cannot WAIT for august 31!

Monday, July 28, 2014

27 week stats | farm baby #2

this weekend was one of those weekends that was so productive and active it was exhausting. or maybe it was because i had the brilliant idea that this was the perfect time to potty train kaye.

spoiler - it's wasn't.
spoiler - we are no longer potty training.
spoiler - i failed.

saturday consisted of - me mowing our lawn for the very first time since i was in high school, a bike ride with my farmer and best gal, and we finished the night by taking the boat out for swimming and dinner. 

sunday consisted of - house cleaning, birthday cake making, i started painting kaye's big girl room, and a sunday dinner...which is huge considering i don't typically do a lot of meal-making.
now that i have it all typed out...it doesn't seem like a whole heap, at least not enough to constitute exhaustion, but...

i repeat - i'm exhausted. 

i guess we'll move right into...
27 WEEK STATS | farm gal #2

WEIGHT GAIN | here we are at 27 weeks, beyond huge tas, and a nine pound overall gain. (but this was before i ate half of a double-layer, nutella frosting cake.)
 
WORKOUTS | the workouts have been great. i got in a few runs this week and even managed to get in a five-miler...and i lived to tell about it. actually, it felt great and i consistently ran low 9 minute miles. i'll take it! 

if i can continue getting in two or three runs a week until 30 weeks...i call that a win. i'll also keep up the walking and biking. regardless of the activity, i always shoot for at least 45 minutes. it just makes a gal feel good.

CLOTHING | i'm nearly positive i wore some sort of spandex-y/yoga pants-y attire every day this week. lucky farmer, yes? 

but tomorrow...tomorrow is a big day. amy is turning 30 and her farmer is sending us on a spa/treat yourself day...shopping included. so maybe, just maybe, i'll snag myself a cute flowy top and really shock the hell out of my farmer.

GENDER | we're totally having a little gal...a carbon copy of kaye...i just know it.

also, in case you missed it, i posted some gender reveal cupcakes AND pictures a few weeks ago.

CRIES THIS WEEK | zero. i may have to take this section away because i'm pushing a month with no tears. this is UNHEARD of considering the amount of tears i was shedding just a month ago...and definitely a decrease from what i experienced when pregnant with kaye. 

i'm not letting my guard down though...and neither is my farmer. he's been on his very most sensitive, tender, loving behavior.

CRAVINGS | i fulfilled my sweet tooth today with some glorious nutella frosting. did you see amy's birthday cake i whipped up? that's nothing but powdered sugar, butter, and nutella. and trust me, there was extra frosting that easily found its way to my mouth...this is why i need to keep running.
PURCHASES | i went ahead with the ergo 360. i'm pretty jazzed about it and so is my farmer considering he despised the moby wrap we used with kaye. 

i'm also going to probably drop a few more dollars considering i have some discounts at pottery barn and 40% off my purchase at baby GAP...i currently have a very full shopping cart.

13 weeks to go, people. 13 weeks. 

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