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the emperor has some new clothes

i started this blog in 2006 {in blogging years, i’m practically your grandmother}, as a hobby, a way to offer the creativity that was banging on the doors of my brain a chance at freedom.

and maybe to prove that, for me, keeping a journal {of sorts} wasn’t impossible.

i kind of did that, but since then it hasn’t really evolved much, and i’m hoping for a fresh start, a chance at something new and different.

it’ll be the same{ish} content, but with a fresh perspective.

a chance to further challenge {and discover} the more creative side of myself.

here goes nothin’.

*this means that i won’t be blogging here anymore. so follow my “new” blog on bloglovin’, update your feed, or whatever it is you kids are doing these days.”


if not for pinterest

I would never have found these inspiring fashion blog{ger}s.


I would never have tried this unbelievably delicious smoothie.

Or these delectable pancakes. {in heaven, these things are served daily}

And I never would have found the gazillions of ideas for parties, weddings, home inspiration, and so, so much more that I have so far.

Basically, Pinterest rocks my socks.

Do you pin?

always the last to join in on the fun

Ok, so. Pintrest.

Listen, I know you’re all like “What the heck, Laura? You’re just now discovering this?!”

Cut me some slack though, ok? There’s so much stuff on the internet, and when people started talking about Pintrest I was just annoyed I guess. It’s like, enough, already. Isn’t it enough that I’m on Facebook? That I blog? That I’m a tweep? Isn’t it enough?

Apparently not.

So,  like the sheeple I am, I went and joined Pintrest. And, at first, I was like, eh. And then it was like, ok that’s a cool idea, I guess, and oh that is a cute outfit, and WAIT A SECOND, I can make my own reclaimed wood headboard?!?!?! What IS this place? I MUST look into it further!

And now I’m all, HOLD ON just another minute Marcus! I know it’s a half hour past your feeding time, but did you SEE this DIY ruffle scarf?! {He didn’t see it, by the way, he’s barely 3 months old. He’s only interested in scarves if it means I’m taking mine off so that I can feed him more efficiently}. It’s dangerous, I tell you. DANGEROUS.

You know it’s bad when you would rather look up great meals on Pintrest than make one for your poor husband.

i know i’m biased

But I really do think that Luke and I cranked out a pretty cute kid.

So we decided to have his picture taken. Professionally.

Ok, we probably would have had his picture taken professionally even if we didn’t really think he was all that cute. But I might not have bragged about them as much. Or shown them to you.

I kid.


We found the lovely ladies of Luminosity Photography through a connection at our old church and when they told me they were photogs {in addition to being half of the super-talented singing group Calling Levi} I checked out their work, and couldn’t book them fast enough to shoot Marcus’ first photos. {as an aside, are you also disgusted that they can sing and are incredibly beautiful in addition to their mad photog skills?}

Our experience with them was nothing short of incredible.

They have a gorgeous studio that has beautiful lighting, and was very thoughtfully decorated and laid out. They have unbelievable equipment, a prop room to that is fully stocked and a special nursing/changing room for babies. It’s spectacular.

When we arrived, they had refreshments available for us, and the room was nice and toasty since Marcus would spend most of the shoot in his birthday suit and they wanted him to be comfy and asleep. They whisked Marcus off to do their thing, and I spent that time looking around the studio and saying things like “Look at these floors! They’re gorgeous!” and “I LOVE that paint color on that wall – do you think they’ll tell me what it is?!” Luke didn’t know that a photo shoot would inspire me to redo our whole house. {ok, it doesn’t take much to inspire me to redo our whole house, but still.}

They accomplished so much in such a short time, and just 2 weeks later we were invited back to the comfort of their studio to view the final edited shots.

Um, WOW.

I was blown away. There were so many beautiful shots and I’m so glad that we will forever have the image of Marcus as a newborn, frozen in time. They blogged about it, and you should totally go check it out and then come back and tell me how gorgeous my son is.

To hold you over, I guess I can show you the image we chose for his birth announcement. Ready for some cuteness?

I know, right?

the business of being born

I’m not a documentary person.

I don’t like watching them, because I’m well aware of the fact that documentary-makers have personal agendas and they like to push their agendas off onto other people all the while making the opposing viewpoint look silly, stupid, and invalid.


When people you respect suggest a documentary about something you’re already feeling skeptical about, you take note. And then you watch the documentary.

My friend Rachel suggested that I watch The Business of Being Born. And you know what? I’m really glad that I did. It opened my mind to a perspective that I’d never considered, even though I was leaning toward it subconsciously. Let me explain.

As I stated previously, I was aware that there was an agenda in this documentary. The approach with this documentary is to basically educate American women that we’ve been accepting what the medical field has been feeding to us for a half-century now, that we don’t know how to give birth, that we need obstetrician to aid us in giving birth, and that midwives are of satan. It’s got a very feministic, earth-mother center to it bemoaning the fact that women are being robbed of their “right of passage” in experiencing natural childbirth.


If you can cut through all of that and watch it objectively, you really get to the gem of the message {that they’re not even telling you, but what I took away from it} and that is this: God knows what he’s doing.

God created the world and everything in it. And saw that it was good. Furthermore, he created my body – all humans – to do certain things that it does very well, all without the “help” of technology. One of the things that I have the ability to do is to give birth. And my body knows what to do. I wish I could really unpack everything that means, but there’s just not enough time to really do it justice. Because we all have the attention spans of gnats.

Here’s the gist of what I mean: OB’s are so very, very induction-happy. For many reasons I’m sure, but inducing labor starts a vicious cycle, and that is this: most labors are induced with the help of pitocin which is a drug that attempts to mimic our body’s natural hormone called oxytocin – which essentially is what naturally induces labor. But pitocin brings contractions on longer and stronger than what the natural progression of labor does, removing any desire a woman has to attempt to labor naturally, so she gets an epidural. Which slows labor down. So they have to increase your pitocin, which mom doesn’t feel, because she’s got the magic drug, but the baby does because the longer stronger contractions generally cause the baby’s heart rate to drop {which is bad} thus requiring an emergency C-section.

Do they all happen this way? No. They don’t. But it’s becoming increasingly more common, because statistically 1 in every 3 births ends in a C-section now. Some hospitals have a 40%+ c-section rate.

And c-sections affect the immediate bonding between mother and baby. Not to mention the extra recovery time for mom, the fact that it’s major surgery that can and should be avoided

There’s just SO much more to this documentary that what I’ve stated here. And I would absolutely recommend it to any woman, expecting or not, just so you can get a perspective from the other side. To really hear about what our bodies are capable of doing, on their own, without interference from anyone. It was powerful.

And depending on how this birth goes, if they really keep pushing me toward induction, and if they keep being pushy about his size and getting him here quickly, I may just go in a different direction the next time around.

all things chic

I think you guys remember me telling you that because of my impeccable fashion sense and my charming, witty writing style, {oh my, couldn’t even make it through this sentence without laughing!} my lovely Sister-in-Law asked me to be a contributor on her fashion blog, bStylish.

Welp, that was fun for a while {although I do admit to being a rather sucky employee as of late – baby stuff just completely distracts my otherwise semi-organized thoughts} but now, she and her friend Jo Lynne {who ran Chic Critique} have decided to merge their fashion/beauty blogs to create one big fashion/beauty/home blog called All Things Chic.

It’s live now, and in addition to just my impeccable fashion sense and charming, witty writing style, there are about 3 million more {or 14; eh, potato, potahto} women who are far greater than I at this fashion blogging thing. {Or, as my friend Andrew called it the other day, Flogging; which was fun to laugh at for a while, but I’m not sure it’ll stick, what with it being a method of abuse or torture or whatever.}

So, you should add it to your blog roll or your feed, or whatever method you use to track the blogoshpere.

Because – and this is confidential information, you know,  just. between. us. – I hear there’s going to be LOTS of super-great giveaways for the launch party next week. So you may want to just swing by and check it out.

Plus, I write over there, so what additional incentive do you actually need?

christmas words wednesday

A friend of mine posted this video on the Facebook wall of another friend of mine.

I thought it was WAY TOO GREAT of a video for you NOT to watch. So I’m sharing.

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