Growing up my mom and I would spend quite a bit of time together. Mainly, it was me having to sit quietly while Oprah gave “life lessons” but quality time none the less. I remember often looking out of the corner of my eye to see if the typical episode of “How de-cluttering my house changed my life.” or “Empowering your spirit empowers life” has already gotten my mom crying, and most of the time it had. I’d then turn with harsh disbelief and say: “Are you crying over this!? ” (I was a sensitive young lad) The balled up tissues that ensued quickly was my reminder to shut my mouth and “enjoy” the rest of the show.
I don’t know if it’s an age thing or what but I am my mother’s daughter. After many years of claiming: “No animal will ever, ever, EVER be allowed on my couch”…”I would NEVER let an animal sleep in the same bed as me…” “I hate little dogs!”… I find myself with a house full of people over for Sunday lunch and I’ve locked myself in my room crying over this little dog that I’ve been dog sitting for two weeks and now have to back! Needless to say I spooned every minute with the little guy on my couch, and I barely slept at night because I didn’t want to “disturb the dog” who inadvertently had taken over my side of the bed.
I wasn’t ready to let him go and here I picture the people in my living room saying: “Are you crying over this!?” At this point I’d like to apologize to my mom for the many Oprah episodes I’ve mocked you over.
Every February I take the month off from capturing marital bliss to let my carpel tunnel calm itself, catch up on much needed sleep, and most interestingly to you, get lots of new products that I think you will absolutely love! I can’t post all the details here but I will get you a brief description of what’s new this year and if you have any questions feel free to let me know.
It’s hard to pick a favorite to start with but I guess the most “revolutionary” in my mind is the concept of Pictage gift cards. As many of you know Pictage is who I get all my albums, prints, and fun photo gear from. They’re the #1 photo company in the world and their work is absolutely stunning! With being amazing they do have a bit of a cost however, I found their work to be creatively unmatched and worth every penny. Don’t have a penny to spare? Gift cards my friends, gift cards. In the coming months you’ll be rushing off to the nearest Crate & Barrel or Bed Bath & Beyond (who has a killer return policy by the way) to register. You’ll scan frames and homely art decor to your hearts delight. How sweet would it be if you could register for the pictures that will go into those frames? Now you can…Anywhere you are letting your guests know where you are registered let them know about giftcards via pictage.com. In a sense you are registering for your wedding album, your prints, canvas art, you name it! Do you really need a 5th spatula? Or are you wanting a piece of personalized art for your home?
So remember… Tell your guests about gift cards at: pictage.com You can also have people order these at anytime. Don’t know what you want for a birthday, anniversary, or holiday? Here ya go!
Sorry that was long. I’ll try and be quick from here.
Pictage has made my heart skip a beat with their new Japanese Linen Albums…You still have the unlimited design options that we love about Pictage but now you can choose this gorgeous handmade Japanese cloth to beautifully envelope the memories of your big day.
Other New & Sweet Cover Design Options..
These sloppy border matted art prints are interchangeable. When wanting to refresh and display a new look just grab another print from the box. Most often displayed on a small art easel. They’re inexpensive and can switch as easily as your mood. Love it.
Photo Guest Sign In Book…
Still the most often thing I see at Weddings is a book that the guests sign their names on. Really…How often are you going to look back at someone’s signature? You’re way more likely to cherish a personalized message from a guest especially when your own picture memories are accompanying it.
Lastly… A more affordable Parent Album Option…
A Parent Pic Book:
Let me know if you have any questions! Even if your wedding day has already occurred it’s not too late to get in on these great options! Especially with the gift cards as we all have birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and special occasions. (:
Whether you’ve attempted to put on a pair of pants that no longer fits, or you notice the last time you’ve had a heart-to-heart with a loved one was long enough ago to be embarrased about it, I think we’ve all had a moment where we turn and wonder how we’ve gotten to the point that we have.
That moment came for me as I sat upon a wooden camp bench this past weekend. I took a look at the realities that my daily choices have brought upon my life and to be honest, there’s very little that I recognize. In a generation of self-help books I haven’t been very helpful to myself at all. If anything, I’m my greatest hinderance. Sitting there a song began to play that has spoken to my heart and stirred me to action since.
A thousand times I’ve failed
In my heart and my soul
Your will above all else
And the cry of my heart
I pray that everytime I look back to see where I’ve been I will know exactly how I’ve gotten to that point in life. It’s solely by the Lord.
There have been few moments that I have felt as loved as I do right now. As I write the tears are rolling off my cheeks. For those of you who know me it takes an epic event to get me to cry and though today is Valentines Day, I typically wouldn’t catagorize cupid in a diaper an “epic” event. I used to go all out for this day but in reality after 6 years of a relationship you start to join the Hallmark holiday train as you just begin to run out of ideas! So I guess I just never saw this coming. I awoke to a surprise that touched the depths of my heart. Anticipating a regular work day I sit at my computer to find an open document saying: “Happy Valentines Day! I love you with all of my heart.” It was red and decorated with hearts and made me start my day with a smile. Since I work from home, Bart sometimes leaves me little notes around the house for me to find them when I wake up. It’s adorable and I thought this was such an occasion but to say that would be a huge understatement. As I scrolled down on my techy valentine it said: “Click Me.” In all honesty I didn’t expect anything to happen, it was a text document, just writting that shouldn’t do anything. Well, my tech teacher of a husband made a link from that to a blog-site he had created. Lets just say I read the first couple of words and just lost it. It is a site where many of my friends and family wrote “why they love me.” So here I am, trying to read through my tears and every couple of lines I just have to take a break because I’m so overwhelmed.
I have never prided myself on having the most friends. Rather, the people I have in my life daily warm my soul. Thank you for your love, encouragement, and words that I will carry with me and turn to for the rest of my life. I honestly cannot remember a time where I have felt so blessed. To my wonderful husband- Where to start with you? Six years ago to this day you made it clear that my heart was worth fighting for. From serenades and little notes to movie night and chinese food, each day I have with you is a gift from God. Thank you for showing your love to me on what is now a very special day.
If you want to check out the blog that Bart created go to:
After much huffing on the one flight of stairs that exists in my house I decided to finally join a gym. I was pretty sure the name was Bally’s but upon my first arrival i’m now feeling that tele-porting is not a myth and I have found myself in Globo-Gym from the movie “Dodgeball.” The walls are lined with steroid powders and appetite suppressants, while the floors are covered with people wearing spandex. That actually brings me to my next point. Many of you I’m sure, took that last comment to mean woman wearing spandex but unfortunately I can’t limit that horrific fabric to just that gender. There’s few things that are less attractive than Fabio with purple tights grunting his way to the next weight-class. Eww…So to avoid those potentially scaring memories I veer to the other side of the gym to find something equally awkward. I can only describe it as the typical beach scene of a movie where the girl shakes out her flowing long hair, gracefully skipping to the non-existant music, while wearing a practically non-existant outfit. It’s one of those where at first I felt awkward for looking the way I did but then I realized that I’m the normal one. It’s not normal to apply make-up while walking on a treadmill. Nor is it fathomable to naturally be as tan as these girls are in the middle of February. Believe me…I’m Greek, it’s not possible!
In all honesty, the scene saddens me as we have this fantastic location to get healthy and feel good and yet the majority of people who attend dressed and acting the way they do have such an un-healthy self-esteem (whether it be too low- or obnoxiously high). I’m grateful for the real people in my life that continually accept me for exactly who I am. May you never doubt the way the Lord has created you. You are wonderfully and beautifully made!