Thursday, April 17, 2014

i don't want to f-word blog today…and probably tomorrow and the next day and the next

short and sweet today, kids.

i was supposed to post something for minted today. i had a plan. i had it scheduled. the post is 95% written…but i just don't want to. 

and you know what…the harder i work at this blogging bit…the more i don't want to do it altogether.

but at the same time i want to. i want to because i love reading your comments. 

i love knowing that even though i'm out here on the farm, pretty secluded, i can still have a quasi-conversation about something that is interesting to me at that moment or complain about how kaye had a total freak out at gymnastics this morning.
no really. complete meltdown, freak the eff-word out. no more starbucks hot chocolate for her before class. 
sugar apparently = the devil.

so…maybe that's why i'm feeling negative nancy. kaye can pretty much make or break my day. 

kaye is in a good mood? mom is in a good mood.

kaye is in a b-face mood? mom is going to be a b-face…to everyone. 

she's napping now. i told my farmer that if he comes home at 5 pm and she's still in her crib…that means i left her there. 

don't call CPS just yet. i'd never ever do that. but at about 10 am this morning when the other moms were looking at me with pity…i could read right through them. they were saying with their eyes, "get it together. i didn't come her to listen to someone's kid throw a bi*ch-fit."

i hear ya sister. i wouldn't want to listen to your kid either. 

the cherry on top? we have a flight to chico, CA tomorrow. that should be super fun with the way kaye's attitude has shaped up lately. 

send your well-wishes my way. the passengers on the plane are going to need it. 

afterthought…

sometimes we have intense cuddle sessions where she can't possibly cuddle any harder and i think all is right with the world. i'll survive.





Wednesday, April 16, 2014

sponsor | maddie @ with all our hearts

can we talk about something pretty serious? and when i say serious…i mean rats. 

i have a pretty intense loathing for anything that scampers and leaves tiny poops in your pantry. you may remember me briefly mentioning our mouse epidemic of 2012. i was pregnant and we had just moved into our house on the hill. i think we killed 14 mice in less than a week. i thought we were in the beginnings of the apocalypse. 

anyway…it seems we now have a bit of a rat epidemic. i now know two people (girls nonetheless) who used to be pet rat owners. dear god. 

yes friends…today i bring you maddie who, dare i say, used to be a rat caretaker. read our Q + A. you'll laugh out loud. just like i did.
KARLI | if someone were to be jealous of you, what would be the reason?

MADDIE | i have been asked multiple times if i'm of asian descent. i'm always flattered because i think asian people are some of the most beautiful, of which i'm jealous. so, if people think i look asian there's bound to be someone jealous of that. 

KARLI | girlfriend. you've got that right. i think it's the beautiful complexion and amazing hair i always find myself lusting after. next question!

what annoys you the very very most about your hubs?

MADDIE | i tried to be a good wife and think of one of those things that is annoying but is also a strength at the same time, but the first thing that came to mind was when he uses my laptop and leaves it plugged in all day/night. i just can't think of how that could be a good thing. 

KARLI | you're right. it's a bad thing. i heard it ka-ills your battery life. so…be annoyed. you're justified. next question!

where do you see yourself in five years?

MADDIE | where do i hope to be or where will i actually be? i wish i could end up with my little family near an ocean living the simple life and taking too many pictures. but we'll most likely be wherever jon ends up for his residency (maybe it will be by an ocean, fingers crossed!!) and hopefully have a little babe or two runnin' around. 

KARLI | if you could be on a reality tv show, which one and why?

MADDIE | cake boss. 1. because, cake. duh. 2. because i'm the worst when it comes to details so i admire people who have the patience to create masterpieces out of cake. 

KARLI | have you ever been in a girl fight? (verbally, physically, emotionally)?

MADDIE | the only time i can remember getting in anything resembling a physical fight was in elementary school. it was with a girl named malena who was twice my size and always bullied me for no reason i knew of. (i found out later she liked a boy that liked me.) one day she came up and literally tackled me. i remember looking at her face that was inches from mine and she had mayonnaise on her lip, so naturally i yelled, "you have mayonnaise on your face!" so she started choking me. so i punched her. she left me alone after that. oh, and also, verbal and emotional fights? totally, just none that stand out at the moment. 

KARLI | i hope with all that is good and holy that one day you'll remember a standout verbal fight and post about it. i'll be eagerly waiting.

tell us an embarrassing story por favor.

MADDIE | i was actually just telling my coworkers my embarrassing stories the other day, and this is one of my favorites:

when i was in 7th grade (which is already awkward to begin with) i had two rats named lucy and frodo. they had babies, and then they had babies AGAIN. so, on the first day of 7th grade, our teacher mr. andersen, who was known for being the coolest in the school, asked us each to say our name and something unique about ourselves. most kids said something super cool and not totally weird like, "i have a black belt!" or "i scuba dive!" when it got to me i said, "my name is maddie and i like to breed rats." mr. andersen said, "um, what was that?" so i said it louder and added, "i have 16." some girl (trying to be nice) was like, "oh! you have a niece?" and i said, "NO, i have 16 rats." she was like, "…oh." everyone got quiet and mr. andersen said, "OKAYYYY next person." even though it cracks me up, i still don't know what i was thinking. also, rats disgust me now, so there ya go.

KARLI | really? 16 rats? you have to share what you did with all those rats. did they have more babies? did the brothers and sisters start making babies together? so many questions…

biggest life accomplishment to date…go.

MADDIE | giving birth to my baby boy. he only lived a few days, but i'm so proud to be his mom. also, if i could get a celebrity to retweet one of my tweets, that would probably be the second biggest accomplishment…kidding! (sort of.) 
isn't maddie just the best? you're in love? i knew it. anyone that cares for rats is totally lovable. 

maddie wanted to say a few words…

hello September F A R M readers! i'm maddie from with all our hearts. if you weren't totally weirded out by my Q + A, come stop by my blog! i love meeting other bloggers! i blog about everything from health tips i don't always follow, weekend getaways with jon (my cute husband), and random thoughts i have, which a lot of times evolve around that baby boy you saw above. anyway, come say hi! i'd love to meet you!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

i'm going to lose my mind | figuratively + a giveaway

i'm absolutely going to lose my mind if i have to endure one more day of 50 mph+ wind on the farm. as i sit here typing this up i'm literally watching our bbq roll across our deck. the wind is relentless. since we're on a farm and our house is on a hill, there is absolutely no reprieve from the wind. no hills. no buildings…nothing to break the wind even slightly. it makes me want to throw my laptop through a window and curse at the dirt that's blasting my face. 

you can forget styling your hair. pointless.
you can forget taking your turtle outside to enjoy the sunshine. also pointless.
you can forget sleeping because the wind is rattling your entire house. 

i've been up since 4:30 am. shoot me.

in my misery i bring you generosity…

gals. it doesn't get much cuter than a rainbow of hunter rain boots…now does it? i already own a pair of bright green, but that doesn't stop me from coveting the yellow, pink, rust, navy…most all of them…definitely not that lavender color. anyway...
also pretty darn adorable are the ladies below who have teamed up for this snazzy giveaway. 

giveaways are where it's at. or as i recently heard…the bomb.com. 

i also recently heard that facebook is for old people. could this be true?

regardless // get yourself entered, visit the ladies below and see if you've found your new favorite blog, and send me your well-wishes before i burn our house down…forcing us to move to a more habitable locale.

the prizes
(1) pair of hunter boots // (1) monogrammed rain jacket // $30 paypal cash

your best gals
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Friday, April 11, 2014

5 | i love friday

1 | first of all…thank you so so much for the rock star response and willingness to participate in a new series i'm starting called Saturday Confessional with September F A R M.

it's basically a chance for you to guest post and spill your unforgettable, most embarrassing, most noteworthy stories with September  F A R M readers. if you're wondering what type of story that might be, check out some of these:

if you would like to get in on this action, shoot me an e-mail!

2 | blog tip from me to you // i need to get something off my chest. there is something that drives me loco when i'm reading other blogs. sometimes blogs take forever to load. a simple, super quick fix to this is RESIZE your pictures. just open your photos in whatever photo editor you use. (on a mac it's called preview.) head up to the toolbar, click resize, and change your pictures in pixels to the width of your blog. for me i always use 550 px. that way all your pictures will be super fast-loading and people named karli bell will be super happy.
3 | did you guys happen to see that my gal is a gymnastics star? check it out.

4 | was anybody else totally bummed about last weeks 5 on friday? nothing made me feel more lame than when i was explaining to my husband that the linkup wasn't working or when he asked me later if i was able to link up and i expressed more disappointment and then realized he was making fun of me. 

as i sit here on thursday night…i have it on good faith that tomorrow morning things will be ship shape and my friday won't be totally blown. kidding. kind of.
5 | as always…i'm doing a little discount for my ad spaces for all you 5 on friday-ers…or anyone else who randomly pops across the blog today. click HERE and type in the code 5FRIDAY as you're checking out for 30% off all ad spaces!

it's going to work this week...

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