Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Good morning yall! I'm so thankful to everyone for their sweet birthday messages, comments, and blog post. I had a great birthday!! I am truly very blessed!
I'm writing a post entering my very first quilt into the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I wasn't going to originally but thought, why not? I decided to enter my  Wild Carrots Tablecloth Quilt. Yall might remember it here... I love that we use it as a tablecloth! It's such a fantastic way to add texture, cloth, pattern, and just plain ol' prettiness into our home.
This was my very first adventure into quilting and I absolutely love it. It's basically a whole cloth quilt with panels on the long side. All in all, it's really a simple quilt but for me, it's my first and oh so very special quilt. I proved to myself that I can do quilting on my home machine... and now, I haven't been able to stop. I <3 quilting!
I used Violet Craft's Madrona Road Wild Carrot Tangerine (one of my very favorite collections) for the patterned fabric and Kona White for the side panels, binding, and the backing. I used Gutterman White Quilting Thread to quilt it. I used a Free Motion quilting on top of the flowers and extending out from them to do the quilting stitches. I also did two lines of quilting stitching along the top and bottom of the side panels. I love that this quilt really shows off the beautiful pattern of this fabric. It looks like the perfect combination of modern and traditional.
Quilt Measurements: 90 inches x 50 inches
Special Techniques: FMQ, Whole Cloth Quilt
Quilted By: Me on my Babylock Elizabeth Sewing Machine
Best Category: Two Color Quilt, Home Machine Quilted Quilt

Don't forget to check out the rest of the quilts entered! There are some absolutely breathtaking quilts in the Quilt Festival!! I already have a few favorites but I'll wait and share my favorites with yall at a later date.

Also, between November 1st and 4th, you can nominate quilts that are linked to the festival in the different categories, and then voting begins! :) Such a great way to connect the virtual world of quilting. I love love love this! SO fun, regardless of who wins.

Take care yall!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Golden Birthday

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Happy Birthday to me! It's my golden birthday this year. For those of you that don't know, a golden birthday is the birthday that you turn the age your birthday date falls on. For example, my birthday is on the 27th of October. This year, today, I am 27 years old. It's my golden birthday. Hubby had his a few years ago. Reagan will have hers when she is 8. This year, it's mine.

I should really have all sorts of thoughtful things to say about myself on my birthday. Or thoughts on life in general. But I don't. Not really. Just the regular ol' thoughts flowing through my head. So, I think I do my usual list type of thing. This year, I'll share 27 things about myself that you might not know. It'll probably be a really random list but that's okay. I'm kind of a random girl.

1. I wear reading glasses.
2. Some nights, I just want a bowl of popcorn for dinner. No butter, please.
3. Whenever I say "bon appetit" I'm secretly (or not so secretly) saying it just like Julia Child.
4. I find it really funny when the dog starts barking in her dreams.
5. I'm actually an introvert. I love to be with people but I desperately need my down time.
6. I have tiny feet and little toes.
7. I like my pillow cold.
8. I stick my feet out of the covers at night.
9. I live in perpetual fear of being rear ended. I've been rear ended three times and it's awful.
10. I love mint cookies and cream ice cream. It's delicious. :)
11. I drink a glass of red wine daily. My heart will be healthy ... right?
12. I bite my nails. I'm really trying to stop. It's gross.
13. I have an odd giggle...at least my husband thinks so.
14. I have an unhealthy obsession with everything Disney.
15. School supplies. More specifically...post it notes. And sharpies. And colored pens. I can't get enough.
16. I might be secretly a teeny bit of a gear head.
17. I'm a big bookworm. I read every single day.
18. I kill plants. I don't mean to. Somehow, it just happens.
19. When I was pregnant, I craved jalapenos. I might have also wanted pickles with my peanut butter.
20. I hate raisins. And oranges.
21. I would sing Christmas carols all year around. And sometimes, when the hubby isn't with me, I listen to Christmas music early. Like April early.
22. I can't take shots. I'm really terrible at it.
23. I love happy endings.
24. I don't like things around my neck... like turtlenecks or high necklines or tight scarves.
25. I have a really hard time saying no. Always have. Probably always will.
26. I love sewing. And quilting. And that still surprises me.
27. I love my family (not so random but very very true).

This song, sung by Jimmy Buffett and Martina McBride always makes me think about birthdays. Also, I just love it. The music video was filmed in Charleston. :) Kind of sums up my thoughts about my birthday this year...

"Yes, I'll make a resolution that I'll never make another one. Just enjoy this ride on my trip around the sun. Just enjoy this ride..."

So, this year, I'll just enjoy the ride. I'm sure it'll be full of all sorts of ups and downs, but I know that I am so truly blessed. I'm blessed to have a wonderful extended family that all love me, I'm blessed to have a beautiful healthy happy baby girl, I'm blessed to share this life with the man I love. So thank you all for being here today to celebrate my birthday! :)

Friday, October 26, 2012


Thank goodness it's Friday. Yall, I don't know why but this week has felt oh so very long. Could be that hubby got rear ended on Tuesday (no worries, he's okay and the truck's not even damaged). Could be that my birthday is Saturday. Could be that I'm just a little tired this week. Whatever the reason, so thankful it's Friday today. Looking forward to hanging out at home with my favorite girl and not having to worry about getting to work or anything else.

BUT--I have to tell yall that we had some sweet visitors yesterday. My blogging friend and now REAL friend, Vanessa from Designs by Sessa, and her sweet little boy, Cai, came over to see us. We had the best visit! :) So much fun to have a friend who sews, is a mommy, a former teacher, a blogger, and Christian! :) We were so busy talking and playing with Cai and Reagan that we totally forgot to get pictures! Vanessa is just as sweet as she is on her blog, and I felt oh so very comfortable with her. Looking forward to future visits!

Reagan took a super long nap yesterday after Cai and Vanessa left so I got in some quality sewing time. I finished up the last of my bee blocks for November and even got started on some for December.

My Simply Modern Bee is cool because we're all doing the exact same block. For each persons month, and there are two people per month (it's a 6 month bee). But, we each are selecting colors (outside of the Kona white for the rails). We're doing the Garden Fence block. It's super easy to do. You can find directions here for it. For November, one requested olive green and purple and the other requested orange and aqua. I think they turned out really cute. I didn't realize how much I loved polka dots until I was done and they both had polka dots in them. I used some of my charms from Simply Color for the center block. Both polka dots are from Michael Miller fabrics.

 It didn't really look purple in the picture but it's actually a very grape colored purple. 
This block is from my Color Bee Shocked Bee... It's actually a block for December, but Erin was sweet enough to send out our fabrics early. By the way, our bee has a blog if you want to see what everyone is doing, and so does Erin. She's a fabulous quilter. Go check her out at Sew at Home Mummy. She sent us all fabric from a specific line and it was already precut. We had to cut the squares of the Kona Snow (which is the prettiest shade of white... I'm completely loving it) but that took no time at all. She gave us directions for how to do these 'cheater' flying geese and they were so easy. I love love love them. I can see myself making many more of these blocks (perhaps as a panel in my Weekender bag?). I think it's gorgeous. And, it kind of reminds me of my mom. I think she would love these colors and the blocks.
That pretty much took up my sewing time today. I spent some time trying to decide which fabrics to use for a Thanksgiving outfit for Reagan. Got the pattern all set, now just have to figure out fabrics. I have a ton of spring and summer fabrics but not a whole lot of autumn or winter type stuff. I don't want to go overboard on the whole thanksgiving theme but I do want her to have something cute to wear for Thanksgiving with both sets of grandparents. Any suggestions?

Anyways, look for another birthday post tomorrow... if you want, you can check out my birthday post from two years ago here. Take care yall!!! In the meantime, here's some adorable pictures of Reagan...just for fun.

Happy Friday yall!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Small Projects

Good morning yall! :) Hope everyone is having a great week! Thought I'd share my two other things that I made. Right now, I've got several big projects going on, so I'm really loving crossing things off my list with some of the smaller ones. :)

I'm sure yall all remember how I recovered our throw pillows. If you don't, check back to this post. Okay, now that your memory's refreshed... you'll note that I wanted to add one more pillow to the mix. I wanted a BIG pillow. So, back in September when Joanns was having lots and lots of sales, I bought a pillow form. I finally got around to making a cover for it last week. I used scraps of fabric from the other pillows, and added some Kona coal to it.
 Basically, it's a mixture of the following fabrics:
Amy Butler Cameo in Harriet's Kitchen
Amy Butler Cameo in Forget Me Knot Sugar
Simpatico Straws in Minty
Simpatico Straws in Peachy
Violet Craft Madrona Road in Tangerine (from the tablecloth quilt)
Kona Natural
Kona Coal
See how big it is compared to the other pillows? I love that! :)
That's it. I used 2.5 inch wide strips and sewed them together. I then added a band of 3.5 inches of kona coal at the top and bottom. I think it really brings all the other pillows and colors together. Initially, I was hoping to have the strips go diagonally but I didn't cut them long enough and couldn't get it to look good, so I went up and down. Now that I've had a few days to look at it on the sofa, I really really like it. And it's a super comfy pillow.

Earlier this week, I decided that I really didn't like my Bible cover. I made it from an old Lily Pulizter shirt that I had. Well, it never really fit that well, and always looked so bunched up. So, the other day, I decided I could do a better one. And I did.
Journal cover tutorial
go here
I used this tutorial to help me. It's really clear once you actually sit down and read it. I had to adjust some of the measurements to fit better with my Bible. I drew out the measurements and that really seemed to help.
this picture's actually upside down... but you can see more of the binding which I used the herringbone for. The back three panels are reversed from the front three. 
I have to tell yall that I love love LOVE my new cover. It makes me so happy! :) It looks so much prettier and more me. I used some of my very favorite fabrics: Dear Stella Mumsy, Kona azalea and three prints from the Violet Craft Madrona Road line.

Here are the inside flaps/pockets (which, incidentally, work great to hold my papers that are in my Bible, too). :)

Now that I've made one, I can easily see what I'll be making for gifts. I love that my Bible is monogrammed with my name but this definitely makes it even more personalized. I'm debating asking my MIL to monogram the front of it for me on the Kona Azalea solid. What do yall think? Do you think a big ol' southern monogram would look good or just leave it as it is?

And just because I love to look at it, here's one more picture of it! :)
Oh, and since we're talking Bibles, mine is the Life Application Study Bible (NIV version). Just in case you were wondering.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Good morning yall! :) Today, I'm linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for her weekly Works In Progress series. And boy oh boy, do I have a lot to share with yall. I've been busy and in spite of all of that, I've got lots of WIPs.
1. Reagan's Christmas dress
The fabric is cut out, pattern ready to go, just need to sit down and sew it. Oh, it'd probably help if I found some lining fabric for it. Still gotta get that before I get too into it. 
2. Reagan's Birthday dress
Fabric purchased, pattern picked out. 
3. Banskia Top (Megan Nielsen pattern)
4. Last throw pillow (post tomorrow)
5. Bible cover (post tomorrow)
6. Lemon Bars quilt
Working on piecing together the top now. All the blocks are done, and I arranged them. Didn't take a picture of it because I wanted to surprise yall. :)
7. Tula Quilt
No progress. Gotta sit down on that one. Maybe today?
8. Random ruffled skirt 
Started this yesterday. Actually would've finished it except I realized that it, too, needs to be lined. I'm sensing a need to go get lining fabric.
9. Super secret project
Not much progress. Gotta sit down on and work on this one.
10. Reagan's Christmas gifts
Need to buy the pattern. Then I can get started
11. Weekender Bag
Recently decided to make this one. Not sure what I was thinking to add in another project. I might push this one out and wait until the spring but I really want to try to tackle it. On the fence...mostly because it requires a lot of materials (besides fabric) that I would still need to go get. But, seeing so many fabulous bags out there, I really want to make one. 
12. Bee blocks
Finished Color Bee Shocked November block & Creative Quilt Blocks for Corrine. Started working on my Color Bee Shocked December block, and my Simply Modern Blocks for November. 

Whew. That's a lot of sewing and quilting. I promise that there'll be pictures as I finish up projects. For now, hope yall have a great day!!! :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Weekend Recap

Good morning yall! :) Hope everyone is having a great week so far! We're off today to go see the speech therapist for our personalized food plan for little miss Reagan. Already, some of the advice and tips that the therapist gave us are helping, so fingers crossed it continues to improve.
Best cheesecake! No icky crack down the middle for me! :)
Over the weekend, we had my in laws down for dinner. My mother in law had been doing her yearly trip to Europe so we hadn't seen her for a few weeks, so I knew that they were both anxious to see Reagan. I made a yummy dinner (if I do say so myself)... baked chicken parmesan (recipe courtesy of Caroline at Chocolate & Carrots), tossed salad, crusty artisan bread (recipe courtesy of Simply  So Good), and pumpkin cheesecake (recipe courtesy of Hungry Mouse).
I didn't get a whole lot of food pictures. I didn't get a whole lot of pictures period, but you can see here how I set the table. I found these adorable mini pumpkins at the store, and filled one of my sweetgrass baskets with them. I think they are tiger stripe and white pumpkins.
It's been so pleasant here that on Friday, I shut off the air, and we've had the windows open. Well, not in Reagan's room, but in our room and the family room. We close them when we leave (obviously) but it's been so great to get some fresh crisp fall air. There is so something so comforting about sleeping with the windows open. I personally feel that I sleep better with fresh cold air than just about anything else.

Yesterday, I worked on bee blocks (which I shared yesterday) but I didn't get a chance to show off the one for my Creative Quilt Blocks Bee. This bee works in a loop. We each make a starter block, with what we are kind of looking for our bee friends to make. Then we mail it off to our person, and then they make a block, and send it to the next person on the list. By the time we get our original block back, there will be many more in the package. So fun!

Corrine (in France) mailed me her starter block, and it came over the weekend. She requested variations on a 9 patch block in cool tone colors with a bird/nature type theme using white. This was a little challenging for me in looking through my fabrics but I finally found a few fat quarters that I thought would work.
Corrine's starter block
My block
Basically, I made a standard nine block with postage stamp mini blocks for six of the blocks. In each row, I picked one block to just be a fabric block. It's kind of busy but I think it really complements her block. Especially when they are right next to each other...
I really hope she likes it! These blocks are off to the next bee friend in the loop!

Oh, the other exciting thing this weekend... we started our new member class at church. We joined Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church over the summer. Yup. I'm now a Methodist. :) That's okay. I really like the church. Technically, it's probably more of a mega church but we have been so pleased with it. They offer to many programs, small groups, etc. and we love the preaching. They really talk straight from God's word. Anyways, the new member class runs once or twice a year, so we were signed up for this round. It's sort of a crash course because we're meeting for three weeks (a couple hours at a time) plus a dinner. I'm really excited about learning more about how to plug into our church.

We even had homework! Yay! I know, I know... I'm a bit of a nerd. Hubby already pointed that one out. And it's probably even more nerdy to admit that my homework is already done. We had to do a spiritual gifts survey. I took one in confirmation in high school, and again during college when I worked at the chaplain's office. It's really funny that my spiritual gifts are the exact same top four. The only thing that has really changed is the first one.

My new results:
1. helping
2. exhortation (encouragement) and teaching
3. administration

It used to be that administration was my first one. Not anymore. Ya know, it's kind of funny that these have always been my results. I wouldn't change any of my journey in life but God clearly was telling me, years ago, that teaching was my path. But, right now, I'm just going to be staying at home! Didn't get the teaching job that I interviewed for but I think that'll be okay. While I'm disappointed, I know that there is a reason that I didn't get the job... and that me being at home is good for our little girl. :)

Anyways, I hope yall are having a great week!! Take care yall!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Color Bee

Good morning yall! :) This post is mainly about my bee blocks for Color Bee Shocked! But, just wanted to say that I hope everyone had a great weekend! I'll have a post up tomorrow about ours but for now, just wanted to share these. Oh, and this great picture of Reagan. She looked so cute... This is what she wore to church yesterday. She's getting herself up more and more but still no actual crawling yet. She's more doing the Army man mud crawl than anything else.... and boy, oh boy, is she fast at it. She gets herself all over the house. One of her favorite things to do is to chase your toes. It's so adorable. :)

I finished up Anna's block for November earlier in the week. I posted a picture in our Flickr group, but wanted to go ahead and post it here.
I loved the colors that she choose. I never would've thought to do orange and this pretty green together. I'll be honest and tell you that green isn't my favorite color but these were so fun!! I was so nervous about doing circles.... I've been wanting to try some different circle techniques but in the end, chickened out and decided to do what I knew! I hated the idea of messing up someone else's block, ya know? Anyways, I'm really pleased with how it turned out!

I can't wait for Erin's fabrics to get here so I can get started on hers.

Meanwhile, I'm working on getting my fabric cut for the January blocks. I wanted to get those sent out to yall sometime in November (so you'll have plenty of time with the holidays and all). Here is my inspiration board for my block:
My primary colors are pink and orange (obviously) but also yellow, coral, whites/creams.... anything in that warm tone. I'm hoping everyone will steer away from too much red. :)

This is the block pattern that I choose. It's called a modified bento box. The tutorial is from Film in the Fridge and can be found HERE

Here's the fabrics that I have on hand that I'm working on getting cut for yall to use. 
They are:
Dear Stella Mumsy
Holly HOlderman "New Tiny Ticking"
Essential Dots by Moda
Michael Miller Chic Chevron

And I'm still debating about whether to add this last one in there, too. It's Marguerite by Riley Blake in sort of a pale orange-y coral color.

I made a starter block to show everyone kind of what I'm leaning towards. Actually, I made two starter blocks, and really played around with how you can toy with this block pattern. You can see how I mixed up the pieces for each ring. I cut up one of them to show yall how they look once they are cut up! Please keep your blocks at the size they finish out at (around 16 inches) and please press your seams open. My only real request is to use the same fabric that I did for the center piece (the Dear Stella Mumsy). Otherwise, have fun!

I'm really looking forward to see what scraps people use in their blocks. I love the idea of using scraps with coordinated fabric. I think it makes quilts look so pretty! :) Thanks to all my bee friends for their help!! :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bees & More

Hey yall! Hope everyone's having a great day! We're taking it pretty easy today but I wanted to share my first bee block! :)

This one's going to Anna over at Random Musings of Anna. She's so sweet and organized the entire bee! She bravely volunteered to go first, and had our fabric to us early. She sent some gorgeous purple, green, and white fabric, and requested circles. I actually used only fabrics that she sent, since what I had didn't really match her colors that well. I think it turned out really cute, and hope it's modern and matches. :) Fingers crossed she likes it!

I have been hard at work over the last few days cutting up my charm squares for the I <3 Kona Swap! My colors were Kona Butter and Kona Sunflower. We had to cut 56 of each color...that's 112 charm squares! Below are all my squares waiting to be packaged up and in the mail. 

On the left is Kona Butter and on the right is Kona Sunflower. They look really pretty together.

I should probably mention that my sewing machine is acting up again. I'm pretty sure I have a birds nest. I've tried to adjust the tension, changed the bobbin, changed the needle, changed the thread, cleaned it out, changed the presser foot pressure, and it's still not sewing correctly. It's making a weird noise inside, so I'm not really sure whats going on. Thinking that I'm going to have to take it in tomorrow. :( I hate it when my machine has to go to the shop. That means a weekend of no sewing. Grrr....

Yesterday, I took Reagan to go see a speech therapist. We've been struggling to get her going well with transitioning to baby food. She's interested but has been having a hard time with it. The pediatrician and I talked it over at her last appointment, and she referred us to a speech therapist who specializes in feeding issues. The appointment went really well! :) Reagan doesn't have to go for actual therapy but the therapist gave us a ton of information and suggestions. She's going to get us going with a plan to get her eating more food. Of course, the therapist and her student who follows her just loved Reagan. They offered to keep her! She had a bunch of different toys for Reagan to play with, and my darling daughter made herself at home.

She was particularly fascinated with this toy. Seems I might have another gear head on my hands. She sure takes after her daddy.

Today, she and I are having a quiet day at home before I go to work. I look at this face, and I see so much of her daddy. She makes me smile!!
Hope yall are all having a great day! Take care!

oh...p.s. please say a prayer for a friend from high school. She is 34 weeks pregnant, and has been diagnosed with pre-eclampsia. Her baby girl is not handling the stress of the pre-eclampsia well, and they may have to deliver very soon!! prayers for her and her baby girl!!!


Saw this on Pinterest the other day. It made me laugh. :) Hope it makes you laugh today, too! Take care yall!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hustle Update

Good afternoon yall! Sorry it's been so quiet this week for me on blogland. I've definitely been busy but just hadn't had time to sit down and blog.

On a personal note, still no word on the job that I interviewed for last week. They told me that I should hear sometime this week so I didn't really expect to hear on Monday or Tuesday. I personally think I'm a long shot for it but we'll see. I learned a lot from doing the interview and it felt so good to be working with kids again. :)

We were up in Richmond, VA over the weekend for a friend's wedding. We left little Reagan with my parents for the weekend. First time we'd left her overnight, and I think it went well. I know my parents LOVED having her for the weekend... and I did pretty good. There might have been a few tears on Friday night, but after that, no problem! I was definitely ready to pick her up on Sunday.
Kelsey Sews

I wanted to share with yall my updated progress on my 100 Day Hustle list. If you don't remember, Kelsey over at Kelsey Sews, is hosting a 100 Day Hustle to help all of us get our stuff done before the end of the year! You can go HERE to read my original post on it.
This is my hustle list:

1. Finish  my lemon bars quilt from Fresh Lemons
There are 6 kinds of blocks for this, totally 144 blocks. I have one full set of blocks left to make. 
2. Finish my Tula Pink quilt
The top is all done, the backing piece is almost all done, and the binding is made. Ready to go on this one, just gotta sit down and get going. 
3. Make a dress for a wedding we're attending in October
4. Reagan's Christmas dresses (probably 2, but maybe a 3rd one)
Decided to do one dress and one pair of fun Christmas pants. Fabric picked for the dress, as well as the pattern. 
5. Finish up our Christmas stockings 
6. Reagan's stacking rings for Christmas gift
Fabric picked out and ready to go. 
7. Reagan's quiet book for Christmas
hahahaha not even started yet. Yikes. 
8. Alphabet softies for Reagan's birthday
9. Finish my white cardigan
10. Gray Burda dress
11. quilting bee blocks: Color Bee Nov, Color Bee Dec, Simply Modern Nov, Creative Blocks Nov, Creative Blocks Dec.
12. last pillow for the living room
13. make 2 other garments for me
14. Reagan's birthday dress and accessories
15. one other project (it's a surprise)
Making really good progress on this one. 
16. Megan Nielsen's Banskia Top for the sewalong
17. chalkboard frame project
Honestly, not sure if this one'll get done since I decided to add something else. Maybe I can just replace this one??? 
17. B. Making Christmas stocking holders. 
18. re arrange kitchen cabinets (aka Reagan proofing)

I think I'm making great progress with these goals. My goal over the next few days is to make my Banskia top and to do the last pillow for our family room, plus work some more on my Lemon Bars blocks. Today, I finished up the Christmas stockings. Yall.... I love love LOVE them. Seriously. I cannot put them away in the Christmas box because I like looking at them. My mother in law got me the tops several weeks ago, and I just hadn't sat done to get them finished up.

I used coordinating fabric from Creative Thursday's Santa Claus is Coming to Town line. I love that they all coordinate together. I then used some kona red fabric and some burlap type fabric for the cuffs, and some leftover ribbon for the little hooks to hang them. I switched out the toes on all of the stockings. Reagan and my stockings both have bows on them. Had to girly them up a little bit.

There is something so special about things you make for yourself. My mom made all of our Christmas stockings (and made Edmund and Reagan ones this year). It means so much more when it's made with love.

Take care yall!!

Friday, October 12, 2012

I Am A Princess

Good morning yall! :)

Being the mommy of a girl means all sorts of really fun things, both now and to come. Especially if you're kind of girly yourself. It means pink, lots of pink, bows, ruffles, ballet shoes,  barbies, dolls, pretend, dresses, princesses, and more. But raising girls is so much more than ruffles and bows. It's more than fairy tales and happily ever afters.

Raising our daughter, raising our Reagan, means teaching her to understand what it means to be a women. It means helping her find her voice. It means teaching her to search within, and to examine that which is around it. It means helping to feel, to affect the world around her, to grow. It means helping her to recognize who she is. My hopes and dreams for her are big. I want my daughter to feel every bit of girly that she is. I also want her to be strong. In raising our daughter, both my husband and I want certain things. We want her to be smart. We want her to be educated. We want her to be strong. We want her to be happy.

Right now, I see so many examples of what it means to be a woman out in the media. Most of these examples I don't like. Most of these so called examples are, to me, examples of what not to be. I don't want my daughter to be a Kim Kardashian of the world. I don't want her to be like the girls in Pretty Little Liars, or like Honey Boo Boo.

J.K. Rowling (yes, of the Harry Potter books) said once in an interview:
"I've got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don't want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I'd rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny-a thousand things, before 'thin'. And frankly, I'd rathery they didn't give a gust of stinking chihauahua flatulence whether they woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let me girls be Hermoines, rathern than Pansy Parkinsons. Let them never be stupid girls"

Growing up, my parents taught me so many things. I went camping and played in the mud. I played cops and robbers, cowboys and indians, trucks, and legos with my brother. I made massive forts in our family room with my brother. We put on impressive plays for anyone who would sit still and watch. We played. It didn't matter whether it was pretend theater, barbies, or shot 'em up games. We played together. And the balance of that play was important. Just as the balance that my parents instilled in me. When I learned to drive, my dad had a long list of things that I had to show him I could do: change a tire, change the oil, check the oil, jack up my car, jump cables, etc. My mom taught me how to wear makeup. I learned how to do both. My parents taught me that being a woman doesn't mean sitting around and letting men do everything. They taught me to be strong.
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The other night, when hubby and I were watching football and discussing the recent NFL referee issue.... I had a thought. Are there female referees? Are women allowed to referee a football game? I realized that I Had never seen one. Hubby smiled, and told me that I am a feminist. I smiled. I am a feminist. I'm not obnoxious about it, but any stretch, but, I firmly believe that women should be allowed the same opportunities as men. I don't believe that our gender should determine what we can and cannot do. I believe that women should have the choice. I am a feminist, but I still believe in being thoroughly girly. I can change a tire, but my husband actually enjoys that, so I don't. And that's okay, too. 

I want Reagan to be raised strong. I want her to be feminine  to be full of womanly grace and beauty. I want her to be a feminist. I want her to recognize her own strengths and abilities. I want her to never back down. I want her to be compassionate and graceful. I want her to go get whatever it is she wants. And I want her to be a princess. A real princess. A princess who knows who she is, what she wants, and has the courage to go on the journey of life. I want her to feel, to know, that she is a princess. A might girl. A mighty princess.
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I love this quote from a classic book, "A Little Princess"
In the world that we live in, it's hard to find examples of strong womanly character. I stumbled across this You Tube video by Disney. I love it! It captures the essence of what I want for my daughter.

Also, there's this great new website called "A Mighty Girl". I love it! It's all about finding books, movies, etc. that celebrate the mighty girl. The true princesses in the world. Go check it out. (NO, I'm not compensated or anything for telling yall about their website... I just love it!).

Here's to raising true princesses, true mighty girls! :)
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