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Tuesday Morning Ramblings W/Robyn

Good Morning and can I just start by saying Wakanda Forever?! Yes, our family saw The Black Panther this week and OMG, my mind was blown. I honestly can’t wait to go see it again. I know I have already proven myself a huge Disney nerd, but I am so proud of Disney’s take on the Marvel universe. The movie was not only intensely awesome and packed full of Grade A phenomenal actors, it was truly inspiring. “We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” -King T’challa, Black Panther. 

This week of Disney nerding out continued with a fun night at our friend’s house. I made some chicken enchiladas and vegan chocolate cupcakes and our families enjoyed each other’s company before my friend Robert, a local tattoo artist, worked his magic on my husband and I! That’s right, we got matching tattoos that not only encompassed our love for Disney but expressed our love for each other. Chris and I have had a hell of a year in 2017 and we needed a symbol of solidarity that we could look at daily and remember why we have decided to weave our lives together. We saw the “Lava” Pixar short and it rang so true with us, so we decided to get the volcanoes on our forearms. Robert did an amazing job and I am proud to have his work on my skin. I highly recommend him if you’re looking for a tattoo artist in the central valley. 

For Friendship Club this week I had the kids work on compliment cards. The idea is that they write down a compliment on the cards and decorate them and then later that day they find someone who looks like they need a friend, or someone who is having a rough day, and they give them the compliment card to brighten their day and remind them that they have someone who is thinking of them. I handed out blank index cards, crayons and colored pencils and the kids went to town making up wonderful compliments to hand out to people. I was so impressed by the things they wrote and the way they treated one another. 

Friday was pretty low key, we did store bought donuts at home for donut Friday and listened to music before school. I also had my friend’s daughter over to our house that evening to teach her how to make pin-back buttons with my little button machine. She was so creative, designing her own buttons of bands she listened to and shows she watched and used her own artwork. We ended up making a couple dozen pins together and I can’t wait to work on more art projects with the kids soon.  I was sick the rest of the weekend but I was able to go live with the blog collaboration I did with Tawona Butler of The Well Dressed Curl, I hope you will check it out. We are also hosting an Instagram giveaway that ends TONIGHT! So feel free to enter.

Monday I spent the day catching up on housework and planning the week ahead before a fun family game night. Our son has officially graduated to Grown Up Scrabble! It was exciting to see him come up with his own words and work on his spelling, and even though I am still the reigning Scrabble champ of the household, I am happy to say Ben is on his way to becoming an amazing game player. It was a nice way to start his school week.

Until next Tuesday, I hope you all have a great week!

 

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Blog Collab w/ Tawona of The Well Dressed Curl

I am so happy to finally reveal the blog collaboration I have been working on with Tawona Butler of TheWellDressedCurl.com ! We met last week and had a fashion adventure, and I learned a lot about fashion, and about her. 

I met Tawona when she reached out to me to work on some photos of her for her fashion and hair blog last year, and we have been working together ever since. I can honestly say she is one of my favorite clients and has become a good friend. I was able to interview her and we tried on some clothes together. 

Meet Tawona:

Tawona Butler, Account Specialist and Fashion blogger, was born in Chicago and came to live in Fresno, California at the age of 12. She started her blog as a way to show others how to mix and match affordable clothing after having co-workers and friends show interest in how she came up with her looks. She also shows how she maintains her natural hair and what products she uses for hair care. 

5 Fast Facts

  1. Always has chap-stick. One by the bed, in the purse, in the car, on her desk. It’s something she cannot live without.
  2. Talks a lot. People assume she’s quiet when they first meet her, but when she gets comfortable around them she loves to talk.
  3. Loves to read, and sometimes will read three different books at once.
  4. She’s a girly girl in every sense of the term. She loves purses, accessories and can wear a dress anytime for any occasion. 
  5. A secret hoarder of purses and shoes, she says she can’t ever get rid of something in case she wants to wear it or it comes back in style.

Tawona says she gets her style inspiration from celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Khloe Kardashian.  JLo has a transformative style that she admires, from high fashion to casual clothing. She explains that Rihanna and Khloe Kardashian are comfortable setting their own trends despite what others say about them which is something she enjoys as well. She told me that in the future she wanted to add more celebrity inspired looks on her blog as well as some “How To’s” for a style guide on how to dress, mix and match and where to shop to save money. She also expressed a need to post more consistently on her blog, which was fantastic because I presented her with a March #BlogChallenge of posting once a week for the entire month of March and she accepted the challenge. so you can expect a lot more from Tawona in the coming month

  If you have met Tawona or seen her social media you can see she has a wonderful sense of style and I was pleased to see how brave she was to let me dress her in some outfits I selected from her favorite store, Forever 21.

First Look:

Casual Gray Tee- $12.90

Premium Wash Denim Jacket- $24.90

Pink crushed velvet low-top sneakers- $19.50 

Tawona’s thoughts- Yes on the tee and jacket, not a fan of the velvet shoes.

Second Look:

Varsity Jacket: $29.90

Embellished White Tee- $12.90

White low top sneakers- $22.90

Round Sunnies: $5.90

Tawona’s thoughts- Loved it and would definitely wear this on a weekend out or to the park. 

The Before Look

I had such a great time picking out some casual looks for her that are more my speed than hers and she was such a good sport about trying them out.She styled me as well…if you’d like to see the looks she chose for me head over to her Blog and see!

 

This blog collab was so much fun and we wanted to continue the fun with all of you by hosting an INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY!! Head over to  our Instagram accounts for your chance to win a $25 Gift Card to Forever 21 so you can shop our looks or style your own! EventfulMagic & TheWellDressedCurl

(Winner will be selected on February 28th and announced that day)

 

 

 

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Tuesday Morning Ramblings W/Robyn

Hello and good morning! I hope you have all had a nice week. Mine was wonderful, and not too crazy. We celebrated Valentine’s Day as a family with our usual tradition of watching Lady and the Tramp while eating spaghetti. My husband was very sweet and picked up some chocolate covered strawberries for desert. We usually only get Ben a gift for this holiday and try to spend it as as a family. We found him a pretty cool gift online, his very own star! Benjamin is very into wishing on stars and we decided it would be awesome if he had one of his own to wish on. We went on star-register.org and registered a star in his name.  It comes with a certificate where you can name the star and put a significant date (we put Valentine’s day) and you can select the constellation which it’s under (we chose Leo, as it’s Ben’s sign) and they let you include a message on the certificate.  We put “If you ever forget who you are, just look up at the night sky and remember.” We got it all framed for him and we are going to hang it in his room when we find the time. He was so happy, and he told me he wished on his star all weekend. 

 

This week during Friendship Club we had board game day which went over well. I have been slowly accumulating different games such as Jenga, Uno, Trouble, and a giant game of checkers my father got from Cracker Barrel. This week we added Monopoly Junior and the kids loved it. I also brought some legos, because it’s the most universally loved toy in the world and the kids beg me to bring them every week. It was awesome. I am trying to figure out what we should do this week so I will be brainstorming ideas.  On Friday we did our usual Donut Friday, but Chris couldn’t come because he had stayed up all night working so he slept in. It was nice to have some one on one time before school with Ben, we talked about our plans for spring break and it was fun to hear all of his ideas. 

This weekend was pretty great. As I have said previously I have been planning monthly dates since Chris has been so busy with work. Well, he planned a date night for us on Saturday and it was very fun! I even went out and bought a dress from Forever 21 and some nice shoes, which was a lot harder than I thought. I ended up going to 6 different stores at the mall before finding some I likes that I could actually walk in, and somehow I still ended up with an injured pinky toe that night. I am so bad with fancy shoes, I usually have sneakers or flip flops on all year long. Anyway, I managed to look nice and Chris took us to dinner at Dai Bai Dang in River Park and then to Haagen-Daz for desert before heading to a movie. It was a very relaxing evening and I am so happy he was able to surprise me with a night together.  On Sunday I did a mini photo session for my friend and her baby and then we all went out with kids to Barnes and Noble to buy some books. I would spend 90% of my time in a bookstore if it were possible, I love to read. 

The remainder of the three day weekend was spent cleaning and making our budget for March and then I went to visit my parents and pick up Benjamin.  I have so much planned for this week that I can’t wait to share with you. Today I am meeting with Tawona of The Well Dressed Curl or our blog collaboration project and I will have more details soon! I hope you all have an amazing week!

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Tuesday Morning Ramblings W/Robyn

Happy Tuesday Everyone! I hope you have all had a wonderful week, I know I have. I really packed this past week with a lot of activities and we had so much fun with the kid. I have a LOT to tell you.

So this week I went to PTA, which I don’t typically do since I’m usually too busy and I have other ways of volunteering my time to the school, but it was a very successful meeting. I was able to talk about the Friendship Club and I even got a parent volunteer out of it! The VP thanked me for the work I have been doing with the kids about anti-bullying and it made me feel very happy that we started this journey. I love running Friendship Club.  This week we made Valentine’s day cards with the kids and my volunteer came and helped them decorate with stickers and it went really well. I definitely appreciated the help and she said she would be happy to come back again and work with the kids on their projects. I am looking forward to having help the next time we do friendship bracelets, too. 

Another exciting thing that happened this week is that I met with Tawona of The Well Dressed Curl on Wednesday to start our blog collaborations! We met at Collect Coffee Bar and talked for a few hours about our ideas to work together on an upcoming blog project I think all of you will enjoy. Tawona and I met when she reached out to me about doing some photography work on her fashion and beauty blog and the rest is history. I can’t wait to work with her and to let all of you know what we have planned. On Wednesday night our family went to Aerozone, since we didn’t have time to hit the gym. We had a few “free jump hour” coupons from Ben’s school fundraiser and put them to good use. It was so much fun, but it made me feel so out of shape. We love Aerozone and I’m thinking we may do Ben’s birthday party there this year. 

We did our usual Donut Friday before school but Ben had some homework to catch up on so Chris went to T&D Donuts to pick up our breakfast while I helped Ben complete his assignments. Third grade homework is no joke; I feel like the difference between last years home work and this years is vastly more complicated and it takes us a lot longer to get through but Ben does pretty well. After taking Ben to school that morning I had lunch with my friend/boss from my old job and that was awesome. I feel like since I left my job there I haven’t had much time to really hang out with her since we are both so busy. In the theme of trying to keep up with all of my friends I invited one of my high school friends and her family over for dinner that night. They have two daughters who are just as talented and innovative as their parents and we all had so much fun hanging out and talking about music and art. They’re new to Fresno so I am hoping we are all able to get together more often and let the kids hang out and work on some creative projects. They also liked my enchiladas, which makes me happy because they’re literally my favorite food in the world to make. 

On Saturday we spent my husband’s day off going to Jo-Ann’s Fabrics for Ben’s Valentine’s Day class projects. We are making his “mail box” and some goody bags for the class. Then we all headed to the park by our house because the weather was AMAZING this weekend. I love our neighborhood and that we have a park within walking distance because then we have no excuse not to go.  After the park I went to the gym and did a pretty good cycle session, although I later realized I probably should have just rode my actual bike around my block a few times now that I have a bike, oh well. The guys went to see Peter Rabbit Saturday night while I attended a “Sip n’ Stitch” event at Root Access HackerSpace. I don’t drink alcohol so I just hung out with the ladies at the shop and watched them do some finger knitting and some cool 3-D printing projects.

On Sunday we all had lunch at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and explored. I was able to take some awesome photos of the animals, which I haven’t had time to do in ages. We used to go to the zoo a lot more often when we lived in Tower District and I need to find more time to go. I mean, how lucky are we to literally live in the same town as THREE Rhinos? We literally share a city with lions and tigers. I just feel like we are so fortunate to be able to see them and learn about them here in our town. Not to mention the food there is pretty great. I am currently planning a solo trip to the zoo for an early morning photo walk, because I need to snap more photos of these amazing animals. 

Monday was fun because of the three day weekend. My best friend is moving away soon and I was able to use the free day to have lunch with her and just talk about our future visits to her new home. Then our family headed to Merced to see our favorite barber at Grizzly Barbershop, and she even trimmed my bangs for me. If you’re in the Merced are and need a haircut I highly recommend this shop, its’ not only aesthetically pleasing, but it’s a small family owned shop with dedicated hair artists who live to make their customers happy. After our haircuts we spent some time visiting with my parents and then having dinner with Chris’s parents and siblings. It was a nice way to wrap up the week together. 

I am going to be working on some crafts this week, so I will hopefully get a chance to share them with you soon. And don’t forget to check out my Instagram for more info about my future blog collaboration with Tawona! I hope you all have an excellent week and a very happy Valentine’s Day. 

 

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Tuesday Morning Ramblings W/Robyn

Good Morning! This week has been pretty low key, but definitely a fun one. From furniture delivery to mother-son shopping to friendship club it has had a lot of nice moments in between the chaos.

So yes, we finally got our new couch! It is a blue-gray sectional from Ashley Furniture Home Store. I picked my couch after sitting on a family member’s on a recent trip, it was so comfy I had basically fallen in love. We have a had a nice little sofa for about 6 years and just needed one with more seating for ourselves and when we have company over. I honestly love our new couch, it is so plush and big, and we broke it in with a family movie night. The only downside is that I didn’t exactly measure my living space before placing the order so it kind of takes over our walkway to the kitchen, but with a bit of strategic maneuvering and a new entryway table it ended up working out just fine. We have been reading the illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone every night with our son and it has been nice to curl up together with enough space to still be comfortable. 

This week my son and I were able to get out of the house for awhile together and check out some sales at the mall. My son is going through a growth spurt and needed some new shoes. He loves his slip-on Vans and we found some super cool leopard print slip-on’s that he immediately gravitated to, luckily they were on sale. An employee commented that they were technically in the girl’s section but my son told them, “My feet are not girls or boys, they’re feet. And I like leopard spots.” I was only mildly blown away because he is a pretty wise owl for an 8 year old.  We also stopped by BoxLunch and grabbed some fun stuff from the clearance section, t-shirts and a dog collar for next to nothing. Then we hit up our favorite store, the Disney Store of course. We didn’t actually buy anything, but it’s nice just to go in and explore and listen to all the music. I love spending quality time with my kid, he is a genuinely interesting person and makes me happy. 

Thursday was a big day. Friendship club was awesome! I brought in about 50 books I had here at home and the kids all found spots in the room to sit down and read solo or in groups. I read to the first and second graders, which they enjoyed.  I also put out a couple coloring tables and a paper where they could let me know what they wanted to do on some of the next meeting of Friendship Club.  The general consensus was that we bring back board games and decorate Valentines, both of which we will be doing this month.  After Friendship Club I took the time to go get my hair done. I have waist length hair and I hadn’t dyed my hair for many years and rarely cut or style it. After a crazy and depressing October last year I made the decision that I need to start doing some self-care to make myself happy. Taking time to get my hair done has been one of those things. I go to Ulta and an amazing woman by the name of Carissa does my hair with so much patience despite the fact that it takes about 6 rounds of dye and several hours to get the job done. I am always so happy afterwards. I highly recommend her!

On Friday we had our friends from next door over for breakfast, so we did our Donut Friday at home. We opted for some store bought donuts from SaveMart and had a nice morning with our friends before I took the kiddos to school. I was also able to hit the gym with my husband, even though it was a small workout we definitely got ourselves back on track. I have been slacking in the health department but small changes make a huge difference. Chris made us grilled asparagus, for instance, to complement our dinner one night. We don’t usually eat veggies and that is something I have been trying to change.  Yesterday I did a nice at-home leg workout from Keep Going Kat, aka my fitness guru. She is so motivational! I also went for a very short but exhilarating run, it has been almost a year since I have been running and I want to make this a habit.  Our dinner last night included a salad, which my son did NOT enjoy but he said he is going to eat salad every day this week so he can be less picky and I couldn’t be happier about that. 

We also cleaned our garage this week, which was something I desperately needed to happen. Now I have a place to store all of my Friendship Club materials so they don’t pile up in front of my work space. I love when Chris takes the time to tackle major cleaning or home projects and we always end up having a fun time working on things together. We went to brunch at Colton’s Social House afterwards which was delicious! The atmosphere there is very nice and we enjoyed waffles and a churizo and egg burger. I think we will be going back again soon, we really liked the food. 

I hope you all have an amazing week! I have a lot of stuff planned and I better get started. 

 

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31 Days Without a Facebook

So at the end of December 2017 I was starting to get so annoyed with the entire idea of Facebook.  I had read so many articles about taking a “social media detox” and thought it might be a nice change of pace. So January 1st, 2018 I deactivated my personal Facebook account and gave it a try.

So firstly I’d like to share that I have a personal Facebook and a business Facebook page. I only deactivated my personal one as I need to make sure I can still connect with clients. I also decided to deactivate my personal Instagram while I was at it and only kept my business accounts open and active.

The first week I found myself looking at my phone a LOT LESS. It was so nice to be focused on what was actually happening in front of me and not just aimlessly scrolling through an endless news feed of stuff that I honestly just didn’t care too much about. Granted, I have lots of friends and family who use Facebook but I can’t see any reason why they wouldn’t just pick up the phone and contact me that way if need be. I just get a bit tired of the politics on Facebook and the need to fill everyone in on the drama of the day. 

By week two I was genuinely enjoying not having to keep up with everyone and everything via the internet and apps. When I posted on my business account and Disney account I was able to post and get offline or view only things connected to those specific accounts. It was so freeing not to have to “like” every single little post someone put up, or see comments that frustrated or annoyed me. I was able to go online and not feel stressed out over things that don’t actually matter to me. I was getting my news from direct news sources instead of Facebook, and therefore eliminating my ability to see everyone’s “reactions” to the articles I was reading. 

It has been just over a month since I deactivated my personal accounts and I don’t have any plans of going back to them. I have no need to show people a facade of my real life. I find that on Facebook or Instagram people tend to show only what they want others to see. It ends up being only a piece of your life, and it’s inauthentic. It almost feels like a weird social competition of “my life is better than yours, just look at my Facebook and see”.  I have no need to show people every detail of my personal life. I have a blog that shares lots of that if they choose to check it out.

All in all, I am very happy with this process and I recommend it if you are tired of all the drama apps and social media bring to the table. Even if it’s just for a week, it will give you a chance to recharge and connect with people on a real level.