Five Favorites (vol. 48)

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on February 25, 2014

Five Favorites, hosted at MoxieWife.com

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The Clarisonic

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Have I already shared my love for the Clarisonic with you? I think maybe yes.

Okay, I checked and yes, I did. But not in the context of a Five Favorites post so I’m totally allowed to mention it again. If you feel so inclined, you can head over here to read my ode to Clarisonic.

2. 

Camp Patton and the Apartment Therapy Awards

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So, these awards are kind of a big deal in the online world and Grace is currently in second place! How cool is that? Voting closes at midnight on Wednesday so grab your friends and rock the Camp Patton vote! You do have to register to vote which is kind of hassle, I know, but I promise it’s super easy!

3.

What Love Looks Like

“It’s odd to begin a marriage the way we did, where our stormy on-and-off dating thing suddenly became a marriage and a family. We didn’t have to get married just because I was pregnant, of course, but we chose to. We chose to knowing that we weren’t exactly in love, and we certainly weren’t sure that each other was The One. We didn’t go into it thinking life was going to be sunshine and lollipops because true love. We knew we had a choice to make, and we made it.

Sometimes I get really caught up in wishing we’d had a more traditional romance, that the Ogre had been speechless when he saw me in my wedding dress, that there had been more flowers and chocolates and less drug interventions and OB appointments. I confuse what our culture tells me love is supposed to look like with what love looks like for me…”

Calah writing about love and marriage is one of my very favorite things. She kills it every time.

4.

The Big Purse Dump

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I have been having the best time following along with Kendra’s Big Purse Dump link-up. It is so fascinating to me to see what other women carry around in their purses. If you haven’t read the post (and clicked-through to the other entires) you really should. Unless you were planning on being productive today in which case, change your plans.

 5.

Safe and Sound by Capital Cities


Oh my word, do I ever love this. I love the song. I love the duo. I love the video. I love it all.

 

Stay safe and sound, cutie pies!
Hallie

 

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That bride-to-be over there? Tell her your stories.

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on February 24, 2014

I was mindlessly scrolling through Pinterest the other day and found myself bemoaning the fact that I got married in a pre-Pinterest world.

Only, if I’m being honest with myself, I don’t really regret it all that much. I just get distracted by those barn loft-mason jar-candle lit-wildflower weddings that are so gosh darn charming and lose my mind a little.

But really, you brides-to-be must be dizzy when you think of all the options available to you these days. There’s just so much creativity right there at your fingertips. How do you not want to do all the things?!? Is it making you mad? Are you drowning in it? Do you need me to send you a life-preserver? Because I totally will.

When I think back to my wedding and ask myself what I might change had I the help of Pinterest, the truth is that I wouldn’t change much at all. I loved our wedding. The ceremony took place inside an old Spanish Catholic church at dusk. There were a few flowers here and there and lots of candlelight but mainly there was just simplicity and love (and a killer mezzo soprano who gave me chills with her rendition of Ave Maria).

Our reception took place on the back patio of a downtown Mobile restaurant. They took care of everything. The trees were lit with twinkling lights, there was a small dance floor, and the food was provided (as were all the tables, chairs, and linens). All we brought in was the music, the Margarita machines, our cream cheese and pecan frosted butter cake, and our centerpieces — floating candles surrounded by the the most intoxicatingly scented gardenias.

It was all so uncomplicated and lovely. I’d say it was stress-free — and it really should have been — but I was kind of an emotional mess. So, while it’s true that I occasionally see things on Pinterest that I would love to have incorporated into our special day, mostly I just wish someone had told me to take care of me.

I wish I’d scheduled in more time to connect with Dan in the days leading up to our wedding. I wish I’d spent more time in prayer. I wish someone had told me to take a Benadryl before going to sleep on the eve of my wedding because even if you don’t have cold feet (mine were warm as toast) it’s unlikely that you’ll sleep very well and being exhausted on your wedding day can make even the little stresses feel overwhelming and disastrous. I wish I’d had a Mimosa to take the edge off so that when I found the hem of my dress covered in black dust I would have laughed it off instead of bursting into tears. And I wish I’d had a woman who’d gone before me take me out to lunch and tell me all of this ahead of time. I would have liked to have heard her stories so that I could have known to expect the unexpected, that “disasters” are part and parcel of a wedding, and that truly, a wedding is just a day.

An important day, a day that is the start of a whole new breathtakingly beautiful life, but just a day.

So, let’s make this a thing. If you know of a woman who is engaged, call her up and invite her to lunch. Sip wine, eat cake, and tell her your stories. Laugh at yourself so that she’ll be able to laugh at herself. Let her know that you are always there, day or night, to listen to her fears and answer her questions (including the awkward, embarrassing ones). Even if it looks like she all the support she needs, give her a little more because you just never know. She might just need you, too.

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Five Favorites at Fountains of Home!

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on February 18, 2014

Five Favorites, hosted at MoxieWife.com

Because apparently it’s our year to be sick from Thanksgiving straight through to Easter, the Lord kidlets are now battling some sort of mean stomach bug. Sweet-as-pie Christy sweetly agreed to save me by hosting Five Favorites on her blog, Fountains of Home, this week. So, head over there later tonight for the favorites and stay for the rest of her smashing content. I’ve been reading Christy for years and years and years and just adore her to pieces. You will, too. Promise.

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Five Favorites (vol. 47)

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on February 11, 2014

Five Favorites, hosted at MoxieWife.com

QUICK NOTE for those of you planning on purchasing tickets to the Edel Gathering tomorrow:

We had to make a last minute change yesterday and are no longer using EventBrite. Tickets will still go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM Eastern but can now be purchased on our Order Tickets page.

Hope to see you there, cutie pies!

1.

The Heart Bun

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So pretty and right in time for St. Valentine’s Day!

2.

Melissa’s Maternity Photos

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These are some of the most beautiful maternity photos that I’ve ever had the pleasure of viewing. You really should go take a peek. It will do your heart and soul good.

3.

A Good Day by Kate Rhodes

“He holds the baby with one arm and tries to close out jobs on his iPad with the other, and in frustration he says: “I know you didn’t see it, but I worked really hard today.”

I drag a toddler to his eighth time out of the evening and rush back to stir the onions on the stove, and in frustration I reply: “I know you didn’t see it, but I worked really hard today.”

And it’s not fun to be that wife. I don’t ever want to be that wife. But I have been before, and I certainly will be again.

As I talked about this with my dear friend, I remembered a day not too long ago – a day when the house was still in boxes and the weariness of moving still hung over every moment – when a mom-friend here in Houston texted and said she could get us into the zoo for free that morning if we wanted to come. I was lying on the bed nursing Lucy June, and I started my stock response of how we couldn’t because of all that we needed to get done blah blah blah, and then I thought: Jacob would love it if we went to the zoo. Jacob would love it if he came home tonight, and I said, we didn’t get a single box unpacked today, but we did see a VERY pregnant elephant. And we did it. We went to the zoo…

I always love the stories and insights Kate shares, but this has to be one of my all-time favorite The Rhodes Log posts.

4.

Chelsea Crew Shoes

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My friend Heather sent me a link to a Chelsea Crew retailers and I haven’t stopped swooning since. I just love the the pair above. I don’t know if they qualify as “crazy” but I might not be able to resist wearing a pair to the Edel Cocktail and Crazy Shoes event in July.

5.

Love this song. LOVE it. The official video annoys me, though, so here’s a non-creepy-eyes version. I’m so tired of music video creators thinking that they’re adding something to the music by creating a disturbing music video. It’s not edgy, people, it’s lame. Anyway, the song is excellent, so I’ll wrap up the rant and let you enjoy it.

 

Take care, peaches!
Hallie

 

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


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A St. Valentine’s Day free download. Just for you!

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on February 10, 2014

Pssst…just in case you didn’t know, St. Valentine’s Day is this Friday! Isn’t that exciting? I’m such a sucker for Valentine’s Day. It’s all about love! And I love love.

A couple of years ago I created a simple fill-in-the-blank love letter to share with you all. I thought I’d link to it again in case any of you are looking for inspiration. Just print it, fill it out, and present it to your sweetheart with a big kiss!

Romantic prompts include:

You make me swoon when…

I adore the way you…

Thank you for…

Hopefully it will make for an fun, easy project for anyone who is looking to express their affection but is short on time!

To snag this document simply you can either subscribe to my RSS feed in a reader (the download is available on the bottom of each post in the feed) or just head over here.

 

Happy lovin’, loves!

Hallie

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The Edel Gathering

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on February 6, 2014

You know that conference that I’ve been going on and on about?

Well, it’s called the Edel Gathering…and we have a website!

I’ll make this short and sweet because I’m dying for all of you to take a peek at my baby our new site but I just wanted to first thank you all for the overwhelming support you’ve shown Jen and me.

Planning this gathering has required quite a few leaps of faith, and though I’ve loved every moment, words can’t really capture how much it means to me to see your enthusiasm and receive your words of encouragement.

(I’m totally tearing up as I type this. I’m a mess. I just love you guys so much!)

So, go take a peek at our amazing 2014 team, see why we chose the name “Edel”, find out more about the events we have planned, and get your questions answered!

Tickets go on sale on the 12th. We can’t wait to see you in July!

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Five Favorites (vol. 46)

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on February 4, 2014

Five Favorites, hosted at MoxieWife.com

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In the interest of keeping up with my discovering songs eons after the rest of the world habit, here is my new favorite, Say Something. It’s a tear-jerker.

2.

24 Grooms Blown Away By Their Beautiful Brides

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Another tear-jerker, but for an entirely different reason. So, so sweet.

3.

The Unusual Marriage of Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer

“One of my favourite parts of the performance was the two stars responding to written questions from the audience. One questioner reported that he was a very shy, introverted person as Neil seemed to be; and yet Neil also seemed to have the ability to come out of his shell and be charming with people. What advice could Neil give to help others follow suit?

Neil chuckled and replied that his advice was simple, ‘marry Amanda Palmer’. He was joking but he did agree that getting together with someone who is not so shy is a good way to learn to be a bit more expressive of one’s self.”

I’ve always thought they were a very neat couple. I love hearing him talk about how they help one another to stretch and grow.

4.

Whatever Isn’t Love

“These little people, they force me to confront my own selfishness. How I greedily hoard my time, like Gollum with an hourglass. They hold up a mirror to my face, and I cannot turn away. I have to see the lack of patience, the places where my heart is full of anything but love. They overwhelm me, they push me farther than I thought I could go. And they’re saving me. Every day that goes by when I put them ahead of myself, when I give up what I want in order to give them what they need, a piece of myself that isn’t love is burned away…”

This reflection on how motherhood refines us by fire is a must-read. I loved every word.

5.

Vitamin D3

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If I could only take one supplement, it would be vitamin D3. Without it, I get all Fiona – y. With it, I’m as happy as a clam. It’s kind of crazy the difference it makes actually.

 

Take care, love bugs!!
Hallie

 

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


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