From the heart today.

I was going to push myself to write out the cornbread recipe to go with the chili from last week, 100° fever and all.  And then I thought, why do I put so much pressure on myself to do these posts?  I know you guys like them, & may even love them, but is torturing myself in the process very healthy at all?  Probably not.

I have a very strong work ethic, always have, always will.  I have NEVER burned any of my bridges, and can without a doubt tell you that I could go back to any of my previous jobs if I wanted to because I didn’t burn any bridges.  My father instilled very early on in me my work ethic and taught me never to abuse “calling out” sick.  Only call out sick if you are truly sick.  Sometimes this had the opposite effect in terms of guilt.  Even if I was sick, I always felt the need to justify it, and half the time I would still go to work anyway because I felt I was letting everyone down.  I even felt guilty during my 1st maternity leave.  I mean seriously, I was having a BABY, but still felt guilty for not going to work!

But that was the old Melissa.

This new Melissa has let a lot go, for the better.  I don’t know if it’s post-kids, and life is more unpredictable than ever, or because I’m older & possibly wiser ;)

Well, I’ve decided to take a sick day today (well, kinda, does mom ever really get a sick day? HA!), and to not write a cornbread post today, because honestly, this flu is KICKIN’ my butt :)

So, Shel Silverstein, I am honoring your birthday today by listening to my voice :) Happy Birthday, Shel Silverstein!

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Wedding weekend.

I have been buried in wedding lately and haven’t forgotten about all of you…

The wedding.

My baby brother.

It was beautiful.

It was on a lavender farm at the beach.

The décor was very elegant, vintage barn-esque.

With burlap & vintage lace runners, white linens on hay bales, rooftop twinkling lights, and mason jar beverage glasses.

It was stunning.

Little miss V was the flower girl.

My parents married off the last of us.

Oh, and you see those numbers on the bride’s arm & the mother of the groom’s arm?

Well, they, along with my brother, sister, and several other family members participated in a triathlon that morning.

Yes, they are crazy.

And no, I’m not that crazy ;)

(yet).

On the horizon.

So, lots of cool things brewing in the mama♥miss world.

Photography:

My photography business is growing fast – I’ve just set up my first set of mini sessions, so if you live in the Northern VA area, be sure to check it out (specific details are password protected, comment below if you are interested & I can email you the passwords :).

Speaking of photography business – look at this beautiful little 2yo I just photographed last week – isn’t she darling?!

Etsy:

My Etsy shop is starting to come together – slowly, but surely.  It will have handmade printables designed by me, as well as handmade goods made by me.

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the things I will offer in my Etsy shop.

  

Blog redesign & new venture:

These are exciting new things I am working on & I hope to be bringing you soon!

new mama♥miss format!

Why, Hello!

Has it been a week already?

Whew!  Well, I have to be honest here, although I took a blog vaca, it really wasn’t a “TRUE” vacation.  I didn’t go anywhere (good thing we just did that beach week so it felt kind of like a vacation :)!

I bet you are wondering what I did.  Well, try to contain your excitement here…I got caught up on some projects & some cleaning (what’s that, you’re jealous of my vacation ;)

  1. I had new profile pics done by one of my favorite people!  It was a little impromptu photo shoot that lasted all of about 15 minutes the other night in her backyard – HA!  I think they turned out great – I ♥ them – now you don’t have to stare at the grainy webcam picture of myself ;)  Check one out here, and scroll down to the bottom of my web page to see the other one :)
  2. I completed a guest post that will debut next week – EEK, I can’t WAIT – super excited!!
  3. I have been working feverishly on getting my Etsy shop up & running.  It will have all kinds of themed printable goodies & packages;  Kiddo parties, wedding announcements, baby announcements, etc.  My shop will also have the handmade flower headbands I make for little miss V, as well as some other fun things I’m working on too!  Soon, Soon, Soon! :)
  4. And…I actually sat down for a moment & came up with a master plan.  I put it down on paper (instead of writing it down in my head) and came up with a new format for mama♥miss that I am anxious to try!  I think it will work really well in terms of a little bit more structure.  It will be basically along the same lines, I still plan on doing a different theme each week, but now you know what to expect each day :)  So, here goes…

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Whatdaya think?

There will probably be some tweaks along the way, until it’s fine tuned, but I think I may have a new format!!! :)

I’ll kick off next week, Monday to be exact, with the new format & go from there – YAY!!!  I’m super stoked :)

Stay tuned…tomorrow I will have a new yummy post for you in the meantime! :)

new mama♥miss format!

Why, Hello!

Has it been a week already?

Whew!  Well, I have to be honest here, although I took a blog vaca, it really wasn’t a “TRUE” vacation.  I didn’t go anywhere (good thing we just did that beach week so it felt kind of like a vacation :)!

I bet you are wondering what I did.  Well, try to contain your excitement here…I got caught up on some projects & some cleaning (what’s that, you’re jealous of my vacation ;)

  1. I had new profile pics done by one of my favorite people!  It was a little impromptu photo shoot that lasted all of about 15 minutes the other night in her backyard – HA!  I think they turned out great – I ♥ them – now you don’t have to stare at the grainy webcam picture of myself ;)  Check one out here, and scroll down to the bottom of my web page to see the other one :)
  2. I completed a guest post that will debut next week – EEK, I can’t WAIT – super excited!!
  3. I have been working feverishly on getting my Etsy shop up & running.  It will have all kinds of themed printable goodies & packages;  Kiddo parties, wedding announcements, baby announcements, etc.  My shop will also have the handmade flower headbands I make for little miss V, as well as some other fun things I’m working on too!  Soon, Soon, Soon! :)
  4. And…I actually sat down for a moment & came up with a master plan.  I put it down on paper (instead of writing it down in my head) and came up with a new format for mama♥miss that I am anxious to try!  I think it will work really well in terms of a little bit more structure.  It will be basically along the same lines, I still plan on doing a different theme each week, but now you know what to expect each day :)  So, here goes…

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Whatdaya think?

There will probably be some tweaks along the way, until it’s fine tuned, but I think I may have a new format!!! :)

I’ll kick off next week, Monday to be exact, with the new format & go from there – YAY!!!  I’m super stoked :)

Stay tuned…tomorrow I will have a new yummy post for you in the meantime! :)

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