October 19, 2012

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

It's Friday! YAY!

Man oh man, this week has been long. We are very much looking forward to the weekend with lots of great things planned. As a working mom, I think I am most excited about the potential of sleeping in tomorrow morning, as well as getting some extra snuggles. And sweats. Lots and lots of time with my sweats!

What are your plans for the weekend?

ANYWAYS! We have a winner for the Bravo Tango Tee's giveaway! Thank you for all that entered and welcome to all our new followers! This giveaway was fun and I really do love this product, so I am excited about the winner and hope that she shares with me what she gets!

And the winner is .... LAUREN!

Congratulations lady! Enjoy your new tshirt from Bravo Tango Tee's! I will get in touch with you on how to claim your prize!

Have a great weekend y'all!

October 18, 2012

Princess Bride: 25 Years Later*

A girl that I work with just told me that she has never seen The Princess Bride. Granted, the movie is older than she is [and I do love her dearly] but really? Who has never seen The Princess Bride?! In my opinion, it is hands down one of the greatest classics of my [our?] generation. I don't know many people who would argue that.

I don't know where this photo came from [it is circling the webs and I snatched it from facebook], so if you know the origin, please feel free to let me know in the comments and I will credit accordingly, but gah! AMAZING. The Princess Bride cast 25 years later. I simply adore this photo & love that they included Andre the Giant & Peter Falk, despite them being no longer with us.

One question ... Fred Savage?? Where is he??

Regardless. I adore. And now I must watch.

Random Updates*

Don't forget about our giveaway with Bravo Tango Tee's! Only one more day to enter! Winner will be announced on Friday!  

Hi friends.

WHEW. What a week this has been. And it's only Thursday? Eegads.

We have been battling some sickness in the house the past couple of weeks. Lucas came down with a pretty nasty bronchial virus, and three weeks later the virus is gone but we are still dealing with the repercussions. The poor kid is still congested as all get out, but at our follow-up appointment on Tuesday, our pediatrician assured us that he is on the mend & the worst is over. I will admit, this cold did not stop little man from doing his thing. I mean it when I say that I have the happiest baby in the world! He never stops being himself.

In the middle of his cold, I got a cold. So that was fun. BUT, the worst of that is over as well. I have a feeling this is not going to be a fun winter.

I don't have a ton of updates, but was feeling like needing to get some things down. I have started on a new direct sales adventure with Jamberry Nail Shields, so that's the biggest news I have right now. I promise this site won't become a place where I plug my side business, but do check it out and let me know if you have questions! It's a pretty cool product & brand new -- I'm excited to be in on this from the ground level. Lots of possibilities. I think the best part is that in less than a week, I have already made back my investment in commission. So that's an excellent plus. I was bored -- needed something new to challenge me and give me something to focus on -- and it seems to be working out pretty well.

Other than that -- I have nothing. I am diligently working on finishing up my cloth diapering post. Holy cow I can't believe I let so much time go by without posting the second half of that. I really do not know where the time goes, but I have a LOT of writing to do this weekend for this blog and some others, so that will be my focus during nap times on Saturday & Sunday! I plan to have part two posted on Monday (if you missed part one, make sure you check it out here!)

That's all I got, folks! Make sure you sign up for the Bravo Tango Tee's giveaway! (Link up at the top!) I'll be announcing the winner tomorrow!

October 9, 2012

The Mom Stays in the Picture*

Don't forget about our giveaway with Bravo Tango Tee's! You still have plenty of time to enter! 

Last week, an article started making it's way around the internet, titled "The Mom Stays in the Picture," by Allison Tate. It's a great article that made me tear up a little, discussing the fact that as moms, we should make a better effort to include ourselves in more photos with our kiddos:

"Come take pictures with me, Mommy," he yelled over the music, "in the photo booth!"
I hesitated. I avoid photographic evidence of my existence these days. To be honest, I avoid even mirrors. When I see myself in pictures, it makes me wince. I know I am far from alone; I know that many of my friends also avoid the camera.

It seems logical. We're sporting mama bodies and we're not as young as we used to be. We don't always have time to blow dry our hair, apply make-up, perhaps even bathe (ducking). The kids are so much cuter than we are; better to just take their pictures, we think.

But we really need to make an effort to get in the picture. Our sons need to see how young and beautiful and human their mamas were. Our daughters need to see us vulnerable and open and just being ourselves -- women, mamas, people living lives. Avoiding the camera because we don't like to see our own pictures? How can that be okay?

This has been my struggle lately. Hating the way that I look and not wanting to be in the picture for fear of bursting into tears upon seeing myself. I can shamefully admit that this is the heaviest I have ever been in my life & most days, it makes me really sad. Not to mention that as a full-time working mom there are days where sleep becomes much more important than the way I look, something I am also not proud of, but most moms in general know that 15 extra minutes of sleep makes all the difference in the world.

About a week before I read this article, I had the same internal conversation with myself. That I needed to make more of an effort to document my time with Lucas. It is important, and he needs to be able to look back and see that even though I'm disheveled pretty much all the time, that there is a lot of love there. Reading this article sealed the deal for me.

As a photographer, I am so used to being behind the camera. I need to spend more time in front of it. So I am making the effort, even if it's just a quick shot with the point and click, which I am also making an effort to keep charged & in my purse at all times [because let's face it -- my big ass camera is a pain to carry around every day!]. The photographs in this post make me want to cry. I am ashamed by them and by how much I have let myself go, baby or not. But, I need to put my pride aside from time to time for the sake of my son.

But with that said, I am turning a new leaf. Today I am heading to a local gym to see about a membership. Part of the reason I don't work out more often is because it's effing HARD to find the time. By the time I get off work, pick up the kiddo, get home, get him taken care of, fed, ready for bed, make dinner for M & I, and sit down to breath, it's time for bed. Not to mention the fact that those couple of hours between home and bedtime for Lucas are precious.

But, he needs me around and he needs me healthy. So a couple days a week I am going straight to the gym after work. M has offered to leave work early those days to pick up the kiddo, something that helps me out immensely. The gym is also in close proximity to my office, which means on nights I can't go after work, I can go on my lunch break, and at the very least get on the treadmill for 30 minutes.

Because I do not want to go home at Christmas looking the way that I do. I am hoping, that by Lucas's first birthday I will be at the goal size that I have in mind.

This is my plan. I do not want to be ashamed of taking photos with my child. My husband. My friends. Ever again.

October 4, 2012

Bravo Tango Tees Giveaway!*

I am so excited to be offering this giveaway to my readers! As a military spouse, I am always more than happy to help promote other military spouses and their businesses, and Bravo Tango Tees is just that -- a businesses started by military spouses to help others show their pride!

From their website:

At Bravo Tango, we make that shirt that you reach for when you know you’re going to have an awesome day. Whether you are showing off your pride as a military spouse, your fight against adversity, your love for charity or your tenacious female spirit, Bravo Tango has the shirt for you. We create all of our designs in house – or with the help of guest designers.  They are as unique as our customers, and each one is a work of American made art. Our printing is done by professional screen-printers.When you grab a tee-shirt and pull it on, it should give you comfort and confidence. As soon as our 100% cotton, super soft material touches your skin, you will be ready to tackle the day, asserting your personal pride through our chic designs.
And let me tell you, their styles are adorable. We all know that some of the military t-shirts out there can be a little cheesy or boyish. But Bravo Tango Tees have something for everyone and their designs, and as far as I am concerned they are original and stylish!

They also make adorable baby stuff. As you can see, Lucas is modeling his Baby Dog Tag Onesie! An Army Brat already! His daddy would be so proud.

So, because I love you all SO MUCH, Bohemian Transplant and Bravo Tango Tee's are giving away one free tee of your choosing as well as a $25 coupon code to use for somebody else [or another tee for you!] There are SIX ways to enter. Each chance counts as one vote [giving you six chances to win!] Here's how:

  1. Follow Bohemian Transplant via google friend connect on the right hand side of the page. Leave a comment HERE saying you did so! (If you already follow, that counts! Leave a comment saying you already do!) 
  2. Follow Bohemian Transplant on Facebook. Leave a comment HERE saying you did so. (If you already follow, that counts! Leave a comment saying you already do!)
  3. Go to the Bravo Tango Facebook page, like them and leave a comment there saying that Bohemian Transplant sent you. Then leave a comment HERE saying that you did just that. (If you already follow, that counts! Leave a comment saying you already do!)
  4. Sign up for the Bravo Tango Newsletter. Leave a comment HERE saying that you did that.
  5. Tweet this link to the giveaway. Make sure to include @BravoTangoTees and the hashtag #BTgiveaway. Leave a comment with the URL to your tweet here. [Daily tweets are fine & encouraged, although only your first one will count]
  6. Do you already own a Bravo Tango Tee? Take a picture and post it to your facebook, twitter or blog linking to Bohemian Transplant and the Bravo Tango Facebook page. Make sure you use the hashtag #BTGiveaway. Leave a comment HERE saying you did that. 
Winner will be chosen via Random.org and will be announced on Friday, October 19th. You will be notified via email, if your email address is provided in your comments.

Good luck!

**Note: While I was not compensated for this giveaway, I was given the Baby Dog Tag Onesie to try and keep for Lucas. I promise that my opinions are my own! Also, all BTT images are from the BTT website! They are not my own. Except the one of the cute kid. I take full responsibility for that one. 

**Update: Make sure you leave ONE COMMENT for EACH THING YOU DO, giving you six comments left on the blog total. If you do not [and you mention everything in one comment] it will only give you one entry total. I have adjusted for a couple but won't do it going forward. Thanks! 

October 3, 2012


Well, it's official.

My kid is mobile.

We had been preparing for this day for a few weeks now. Lucas had been able to get up on his hands and knees for some time & had mastered the art of rocking pretty well. Eventually he got to the point where he figured out that in order to go forward, he needed to figure out what to do with his hands. Mostly, this resulted in him plopping down on his belly in frustration when it didn't work.

But this past weekend, at six months & one week, he figured it out.

Witness [and PLEASE ignore the heinous cackle that comes from my mouth at the end]:

And now he is on the move. The other night, he was doing laps around the nursery, chasing my mom on FaceTime. There is nothing half-way with this child. When he figures it out, he goes and doesn't stop! Needless to say, I will be spending this weekend baby-proofing the house to the best of our ability!