In need of a clothing sponsor…

Dovetailing off of my bout with mom hair comes the mom clothing and the fact that I need a clothing sponsor. Why? Because I lost some weight (WOOHOO) and all of summer/warm weather clothing no longer fits. When I say that it no longer fits I mean that even with a belt it looks like I put on a huge sack and tried to cinch it around my waist.

Wearing clothing that is 3 or 4 sizes to big isn’t comfortable and I know… I tried it for while thinking that they fit until my kids pointed out that my jeans were sagging really bad and looked terrible. Guess that’s why they felt all bunchy, huh?

So with our Disney trip looming I am left pondering what do I wear and most importantly I don’t want to look like I belong on what not to wear! Of course now that I think about it maybe they’ll take all my old stuff that doesn’t fit and replace it with cute new stuff that does fit!

Anyway, then there are my kids who like to point out what I should and shouldn’t wear. Like Miss Me jeans, anything from Victoria Secret Pink emblazoned across my butt, and a variety of other things because I’m… old… gasp!

I have a few thoughts of what I think is cute, trendy, and mom of teens friendly…

summer outfit #1 summer outfit #2

summer outfit #3Of course, I’m not sure about the hat but maybe it’s time I take a risk and just wear it. To me these all look comfy, trendy, and would allow me to still chase the toddler around the Disney parks and most importantly not embarrass the teens.

Okay, so the cute outfits need money… lots of money and because I’m not rolling in the dough I think that I need a clothing sponsor or two.

So here’s my thought… they get me in a 3 -5 new outfits that have interchangeable pieces and I will wear then all over Florida (and here at home in Michigan when it warms up). Not only that I will blog about the awesome outfits they gave me, I will share pics of me enjoying the warm Florida weather in the clothes on Instagram, make fun 6 second videos and share them on Vine, Tweet about the great weather and how the clothes are great for it, and of course Facebook about it.

Doesn’t it sound fair?

I think so.

Okay, now I just have to find those clothing sponsors and get them to see things my way.

PS…. this is all in jest. While I do need some clothes to wear to Disney I don’t actually expect someone to give them to me.

Wordful Wednesday – No Good Pictures

Every summer (or anytime we go some place) I take my camera and this year was no exception, but for some reason the few times I did pull it out I couldn’t seem to get a good picture of my kids.

No matter how hard I tried…. fail. For some reason they just weren’t cooperative!

kids at Whitefish Point

Take this one for example. I have at least four or five of them here…. While we were on vacation I thought why not get a great picture of all the kids! And the location could not have been better… we were on the beach at Whitefish Point in the UP. The beach is beautiful with soft white sand, sun bleached drift wood and gorgeous blue water. Sounds perfect right? Getting them all to sit right, look towards the camera, and smile all that the same time was a bigger challenge then I thought that it would be. Long story short… I didn’t get a picture.

Silly faces

Toddlers can be so much fun and at the same time they can be the  biggest pain in the rear that you’ve ever known. Of course any of you with kids already know this. He is kinda cute even though sitting still for me was a lesson in futility last week.

playing at the park

Now this picture is one of those very, very rare pictures. You see that is my oldest daughter and getting a good picture of her is next to impossible. A couple weekends ago we went to the park together with the toddler to play and burn off a little bit of energy. Anyway, I brought the camera with me and was able to get a picture of her playing and smiling. It’s not the perfect picture but she looks happy and is having fun and to me that’s priceless.

Still life acorn

Now this little gem listened to everything I said, smiled, sat still, and posed so perfectly for this picture and one more. I couldn’t have been happier! Yea… I know it’s just an acorn.

ice cream dinner

As summer winds down and the kids get ready to head back to school I thought what better way to celebrate then by doing something a little fun and having ice cream sundae’s for dinner one night. It goes without saying that they all loved it! Now, I did make a macaroni salad with tuna just in case they got hungry later and wanted something more than ice cream again.

Do you struggle getting a good picture of your kids?

Have you tried ice cream for dinner yet?

Of course since it’s Wordful Wednesday I’m linking up with Seven Clown Circus and Parenting by Dummies!

Shutterfly’s Long Live Summer Photo Contest

Summer is a time where we spend countless hours at the beach, splashing in the pool, visiting friends and family, and exploring fun locations near and far and of course we bring along our camera and phones and take tons of pictures. I know that I do…. okay… I’ll be honest with you. I take both my iPhone and my DSLR and take as many pictures as I can so I can remember all the special moments.

At the end of the summer I’m left with a camera full of memories that I now have to figure out how to preserve and lately one of the best ways that I can think of doing that is to create a photo book. I’ve done this several times and love it! My kids like to look through the books and talk about what we were doing and why I used “that” picture (which never fails to be one of them that they don’t like).

This year Shutterfly is running a great promotion! And the best part is that it’s easy to enter using one of those great summer pics that you took!

You can win a trip for four to The Bahamas and a professional photo shoot so you’ll remember your vacation forever (I love the idea of a photographer coming on vacation with us!). All you need to do is upload your favorite photo and caption based on the theme of the week. Get a gift from Shutterfly just for entering! You can enter at any point during the 5-week sweepstakes period.


Photo themes
• Week 1(7/9): Americana
• Week 2 (7/16): Great Outdoors
• Week 3 (7/23): Water Fun
• Week 4 (7/30): Sports & Activities
• Week 5 (8/6): Parties & Celebrations

• Instant win prizes just for submitting a photo!
• Weekly prizes (contestants can enter one time/week)
• Weekly featured photos: up to 5 weekly entries will be selected from the gallery and featured on the Facebook fan page and awarded a $500 gift card on Shutterfly and a copy of the new Lonely Planet travel photography book.
• Grand prize: trip for 4 to Bahamas, 4 nights, family photo shoot

Now to enter just follow this link and you’ll be there!

Of course there are official rules that you may want to check out.

I am working with Shutterfly to help promote their summer contest and in return they’re giving me a photobook. Of course all thoughts and opinions are my own!