Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014: Overwhelmed

2014 has been a year.

Not necessarily bad, but not entirely filled with greatest days ever. I wouldn't say any year is worse or better, but that it is a year. A year I am overwhelmingly grateful to have lived. That's the word I would use to sum up 2014: overwhelming.

I was overwhelmed with:

2014 brought me my husband, tons of baby family members, our sweet pup, our own bun in the oven and so many new friends. I lost my grandfather and my beloved childhood dog Crash to heaven. I've lost some friends to drifting apart. I've learned a lot and got through apartment drama, friend drama and my mom's cancer diagnosis.

Some days I blogged twice a day, every day a week and some days I couldn't bring myself to this piece of serenity. I planned amazing events, attended amazing events and made amazing colleagues. Stories have moved me to tears and some to laughter. My heart has soared and filled.

I learned a lot about myself, what I consider to be "ok" in the world and things that bother me. I have eliminated clutter from my life - though that is still a work in progress. I have big plans for 2015.

Last year's goals were quickly forgotten as the year progressed. They are still my goals, but they got pushed aside as I focused on more immediate things. Luckily, Iman and I are working on some things that should make our lives more efficient and fuller in 2015. I can't wait to real my word of 2015 :)

Last year I picked a picture that I thought summed up each month. Here is 2014!


Babies sum up my January 2014. I want to say within that month 4 babies were born into my life. I began the month co-hosting this adorable baby boy shower, which is actually my most pinned post ever. 


My Februarys are always crazy, and this year was no exception. I absolutely adored this shirt we designed, and my blog post about Self-Love. I think I wrote the most posts I've ever written this month, including guest posts.


March was my bachelorette and bridal shower and they were so, so amazing. This picture is with some of my girls. My amazing friend Britney (on the right) planned the entire shower herself. 


Duh. April. Wedding. Emotions. So.Many. Emotions.


This picture may have technically been the last week in April, but May was pretty lowkey. We packed up and moved. Our honeymoon in Holland was definitely the highlight. Oh and my tattoo...which...see below..


June is always crazy and fun because it is our birthday month. I think this picture totally sums it up though because I am literally jumping for joy. Photo cred: Jess Angeles from Jess Loves This Life


July was a lot of time in Vegas, a wedding and this baby shower!! I absolutely love throwing parties and baby showers, especially! 


August brought our roommate and so many fun times. This is also the month that I went on anxiety medicine. My niece was born as well :)


September began with the worst week of my life. The rest of the month wasn't horrible, but it definitely left a mark on me. 


I love this picture! October was relaxing and I had a lot of fun getting pumpkins from a real farm. Then we painted them together. October is also when I got pregnant! (But I didn't know it)


November we found out we were pregnant and desperately attempted to keep it a secret all month long. Thanksgiving we spilled the beans! Also, I slept most of this month. 

December I spent less time taking pictures and more time living life. We actually didn't take any pictures on Christmas besides my bumpie. Instead, we lived each moment, hopefully with intention. I've been able to finally see my friends that I haven't seen since summer. 

How was your year? Are you doing a year recap? I'd love to see your posts, share them below!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Fresh Produce Delivered to my Door? I'm in!

Thank you Farm Fresh to You for sponsoring today's post! All opinions are my own. 

I am absolutely horrible at eating my fruits and veggies. To be honest, I get most of my daily fruits from my trips to get a smoothie or acai bowl from Jamba Juice or Juice it Up! So when I remembered that my mom used to get Farm Fresh to You, I realized I should probably try it out.

Farm Fresh To You is made up of local farms in Northern and Southern California. They pack up various organic fruits and vegetables and deliver them directly to your house, apartment or, even, office building. Not only is Farm Fresh to You healthy, but it is fast and convenient.

You will receive a box every week, on your doorstep between 8pm and 8am. The delivery window is at night, to ensure your box is delivered while you are home. If you're sleeping, it's much better to leave your box outside in a cool-er night than in the hot day.

Signing up is easy, especially with the refer-a-friend program! If you follow this link, you can begin to fill out the form - which first verifies that you live in a delivery area. Don't forget to use my code: RAEW5859

I didn't know that you could choose different box types, and then customize your box a few days before it arrives. Because I am so bad at cooking regularly, I opted for the "No Cooking" box, which is full of ready to eat fruits and veggies, as well as a few veggies that cook up relatively quick.

I was sort of skeptical about customizing my box, because I wanted to be surprised by it's contents, but I'm such a picky eater I knew I should customize it. That process was easy yet again. I checkmarked the items that I wanted and unchecked the items that I didn't want. You  can even add extra stuff to the package - like organic apple sauce or almond butter.

I added both of those to my box, and anxiously awaited it's delivery. Of course, me being me, they ran into a problem delivering my box to me! My apartment office say they accept any packages for us, so I naively thought things would go smoothly. Because you need a key to our gate, I opted for them to drop off at the leasing office. My management told them they could not accept an open container of food. I understand why, but it was still super frustrating. Luckily, Farm Fresh To You was super quick, efficient and awesome about it. They sent me a couple of emails giving me a few options - including mailing them a copy of the key to the gate. I didn't want the food to get delivered and someone take it, so I opted to change the address to my mom's. Less than a week later, a new box arrived at my mom's house.

I forgot to customize that box, so I was indeed surprised by it's contents. Nevertheless, our tummies are very happy with the results. I did receive ONE item that I know I will never eat, but my dad was really excited to receive them along with his Christmas gifts. (Radishes, I've just never figured out how to like them).

Broccoli, my favorite

Radicchio and Lettuce



Naval oranges, apples, pears, kiwi and a lemon - for my lemon water!

As you can see my box was filled with a variety of fruits and vegetables. The boys and I are very excited to take these healthy snacks to work - especially with our roommate attempting to be vegan. Of course I can't get over how affordable it is for me to get local organic fruits and vegetables. We've tried going to the farmer's market, but I always end up spending way more on less food.

My mom used to get the boxes a few years ago, and I was always excited to see the different things she would receive - like romanesco broccoli, which I had never tried but is absolutely delicious!! If you're looking for an easy, efficient and healthier way to get your fruits and veggies for you and your family, follow this link and use my code. RAEW5859 You can also click on the banner below. Did I mention you get $10 off your first order??


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Monday, December 29, 2014

Weekly Wishes #17

I have really been slacking on my goals and to-do lists. I have just been making goals and then forgetting they exist as I go through the motions of daily life. Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm having fun - it isn't a horrible thing - just not very productive with my goals and ideas.

I'm hoping to be better in the next year. I'm not going to berate myself for not sticking to my goals, but I am trying to find a way to be more accountable. When I was in high school I was so productive because I would take the sticky notes with lines on them and put them in my planner with my assignments.

I can't even remember what my last weekly wishes were, but let's guarantee that I didn't get them all done. Life's just been crazy. I'm back to craving stability. But what I've learned since the last time I felt that way, is that I can actually create my own stability. I never realized that we could do that. #LifeLessons.

So in creating my own stability - for myself and for my family - we  can thrive. I've lived more in surviving mode than thriving mode in recent years. Oh, it has been filled with the most wonderful moments, but as a whole, my mentality has been to survive.

So, to end 2014, here are my weekly wishes.

1// Clean out my car and pick up the apartment again.

2// Make real progress and launch the WordPress. 

3// Finish our thank you cards.

That's it. Simple things that are also incredibly complex, especially for me and my personality. I know that having a clean home and car will make my life easier and better. I know that having my WordPress, I will feel like I am working more toward my future. I love this blog, and this blog is not disappearing, but I have been wanting it to morph and haven't had the drive or energy and that has pushed me away from blogging. Also, those thank you cards...I's been almost a year...those need to be sent out!!

What are your weekly goals? I'm linking up with Melyssa for Weekly Wishes!

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Bumpdate: Week 12

I'm not going to lie, when I was just a blogger (not a wife, or a mommy-to-be), I would get giddy about other's bumpdates. I always knew I wanted to post them, even though they really have little to do with my Warrior Queen blog. Well, actually, let me take that back. They have tons to do with it!

I'm a woman (hear me roar) and this is how my pregnancy is going. This is who I am. This is me embracing my womanhood and all aspects of me. Duh, that's what being a Warrior Queen is all about.

Alright, now that I cleared that up with myself, I am excited to post my first ever bumpdate. The baby ages a week every Thursday (does that mean I conceived on a Thursday??) so, Friday's are the perfect day. Plus I like to just mosey around on Fridays so less serious posts are wonderful.

In typical blogger fashion, I scoured the internet for some fun questions to answer and I found these at Always Katie (who is just a few weeks ahead of me!) Also, maybe I love bumpdates so much because I get to answer survey questions and anyone who was friends with me on MySpace and Facebook know I have a PROBLEM. Also, when my Xanga was up, that thing was covered in surveys..


How far along?
12 weeks!  It was a nice little Christmas present :)

Our appointment is officially set for February 20.

How big are they?
According to my mom's phone (she has an app, how cute is that??) The baby is the size of a lime. All of my apps (obsessed, much?) say lime or "large" plum. Basically, 2.5 inches? 

Changing Momma

Have you started to show yet?
YES! Which actually sparked a lot of debate at all of my Christmas festivities on if there are two in there...I mean, twins run in BOTH of our families. Maybe that "yolk sac" in the ultrasound pic is a second baby? Which led Iman to panic that one baby is less developed than the other. I just laughed. One or two there's no changing what's going on in there! Also, maybe my belly is just big because I have no room for a growing uterus in my teeny body??

Weight gain?
So, this one always confuses me because I think I've gained 3 lbs since I found out I was pregnant, but I never used to weigh myself regularly. A few weeks ago I was 129, but last night I was back at 125 so I'm thinking the bloat was on? 

Maternity Clothes?
Yes! I got my first maternity bra and I love it (Iman says it looks like an old lady bra) and maternity work pants. I'm mostly living in maxis, yoga pants and leggings, but I did get a maternity Christmas dress that I wore yesterday that is BEAUTIFUL

Stretch Marks?

Belly Button In or Out?
So this one makes me laugh. I have an outtie to begin with, though it has gotten much more inward as I've grown older. So it's in...or as in as it's ever been...but still kinda out.

Momma's Feeling

I crave random things, randomly. In N Out is a weekly staple. I eat spicier food now, too.

Anything making you queasy or sick?
Don't hate me, but I have felt nauseous a total of ONE day of my pregnancy. It was last week and I think it's because I waited to eat and took my prenatals on an empty stomach. Besides that, I just feel blah after eating, and gag whenever I cough too much...that's awkward.

Happy or Moody Most of the Time?
I would like the happy hormones please! I keep getting REALLY mad, which I never get mad so that is fun. Definitely irritable. 

Not that I know of! Though I have been feeling weird feeling things but everyone says I shouldn't feel the baby yet.

I am starting to feel less tired (surviving without naps!) but sleep still sucks. I am learning that it is much easier to fall asleep on the couch than in our bed. And if Iman gets into bed after me, it always wakes me up and then I can't get comfortable. 

What I Miss:
I miss trying different cheeses and DRINKING! Not like heavily drinking, but we always do some slight drinking at the holidays - er, by slight I mean we do a trivia game that involves shots...this year they did RUMCHATA and I had to sit and watch. Also, why is everyone drinking cider near me. BAN the cider. Luckily, Jimi keeps buying me Martinelli's. Such a sweet roommate.

Other Symptoms:
None! Whenever people ask how the baby is I always end up saying something like "doing it's thing." It's still hard to believe I'm pregnant since I don't have any symptoms.

Highlights and Coming Soon

Best Moment of the Week:
Getting to see all of the family I hadn't seen yet so they could love on the baby bump! 

Looking Forward To: 
Ultrasound on Tuesday, doc appointment on Wednesday  and picking a date f or my maternity boudoir photoshoot!! I met with my photographer friend today :) 


I'd also like to introduce you to another sponsor of mine!! Sara owns and runs a beautiful shop called Maidens of the Pacific

She begin by learning screenprinting and was inspired by folk designs and mermaids. Her designs are her interpretation of Pacific folk art. For now, she sells online, but Sara dreams of turning Maidens of the Pacific into a commercial shop and local cooperative.

Of course, I'm always interested in what motivates people to create, so I asked Sara where she gets it all from. She says that the ocean inspires her everyday. 

While she mostly screenprints shirts, Sara also loves to paint and work with fibers and wood. 

I can't get over her gorgeous designs (which you may have seen me sharing on FB and Twitter this past month!) Here are some amazing pictures: 

Check out Sara's website // instagram // pinterest

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Bumpies, Life, Giveaways and Sponsors

Somehow two weeks has slipped away from me, again. They seem to be spent in a blur of work, sleeping, and nagging things that happen just to attempt to stress me out during the holidays / my pregnancy. I hope I'm learning how to deal with it well!! 

I am officially on winter break, so the posts are going to pick up, and I have plans to launch the Wordpress switch at the beginning of the new year!! #Icandothis. Not only is it about to be the holidays and I have teaching off (and just the restaurant job) but I'm almost into my second trimester and I have been told my energy will return. OH YEAH! 

Just in case though, I plan on blogging a ton during the holidays and build up some backup posts, something I've always been bad at...ah well. 

So here's a little life update:

1. I'm almost done with holiday shopping, but not holiday baking!
2. Our apartment is actually clean, and I got an awesome discount on a cleaning service.
3. We went to a wedding last week and Iman got me the most scandalous dress...that was 3 sizes larger than I've worn in the past. #bodylove
4. Bella's been going to training classes and is making tons of progress. 
5. and the biggest news of mom's tests all came back clear of cancer!! She had her last chemo session and starts radiation in January (as a precaution). But as of now, she is clear, clear, clear!!!!

Thank you for all of the support for my mom during  this hard time! Your warm wishes, cards, and gifts have really helped us to stay positive during this rough time!! 

I'm planning to do bumpdates on Fridays, now that I'm about 3 months in. So, here's the first one! 

I'm sort of jam-packing this post with things that are all over the place, but....sometimes it has to happen. 
I agreed to another giveaway with Elora from Transcendence Designs before I knew I would be exhausted and pregnant. :P She has been an awesome partner throughout the months, so be sure to check out my review of her gorgeous jewelry.

 Like a ton of people, I'm a big lover of Starbucks and we thought it'd be a wonderful gift to give away a $25 Starbucks Christmas Giftcard. And you can do plenty with $25. ;)

  The giveaway is hosted by The Grand Adventures of MeBe a Warrior QueenCassandra M's Place, Jen's Blog of Random ThoughtsA Gayle ForceMy So-Called Chaos, and Sky Envy! They're great blogs to follow, covering a variety of things like other giveaways, product reviews, fashion, and travel. Great fun! 

  The giveaway is very simple. Just follow through the simple entries, and you get more chances in the drawing! It is appreciated if you comment and let us know you're following, etc.! We're thrilled to see you here! 

  So without more ado, let jump into the party! Everyone enjoy! The giveaway ends December 24th, at 12:00 a.m.

  Enjoy yourselves!

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I'd like to introduce you guys to one of my awesome sponsors this month!

Tiffany is from The Mommy Glow, and I must admit, her sponsorship couldn't come at a better time for me! I love reading all about her mom posts - when in the past I was not as into mommy blogs because I didn't have a kid!

Tiffany began blogging like a lot of mom bloggers - to document her daughter's life. Of course, like all of us she was immediately addicted as she watched her blog grow. The Mommy Glow is filled with life moments, tips and tricks, and things that they love. Not only does Tiffany have her blog with tips and tricks, but she also has an amazing app called A Mommy App!

"I am absolutely passionate about providing content that is useful and helpful to other moms. Because, let's be honest, motherhood can be hard. Sometimes you just need to know the easiest way to get something done or you need inspiration to know that someone has been there and done it before you. Whatever that may be (pregnancy, potty training, breast feeding, party planning , gift ideas ,meal inspiration etc.)"

In addition to blogging, Tiffany likes to craft and read in her spare time. Which led me to my next in the world does she balance it all?

"It isn't easy. My husband and kids are my main priority so I try to do my extra stuff when they are napping (or working for my husband) or after they go to bed. I sometimes have to lose sleep to get it all done but I don't mind. I like to take some days and weekends from everything media related when I get to feeling overwhelmed or close to burnout."

And of course, to get to know her a little more, here are some random facts. 

"3 random facts about me that make people go "huh"?" .
1.) My sister and I married brothers and had babies weeks apart...twice. Our kids are double first cousins.
2.) I graduated from nursing school with both my husband and my Dad (he was 57!)
3.) I have 2 sets of twin nephews! 8 nephews in all!!"

So if you sound like Tiffany would be a great friend (and a great read) like I do, here are my favorite recent posts:

And her totally awesome holiday posts, in case you're in a crunch!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Ultimate Holiday Giveaway

I'm in the process of writing this totally awesome blog post about body image and the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, but life and pregnancy exhaustion got the best of me once again. I was supposed to post it this morning...and now it's 10 PM Cali time.

But I didn't want you to miss out on this totally awesome giveaway I'm a part of, so here I am just stopping by with some goodies.

Your Hosts (Left to Right, Top to Bottom)
Raewyn | Stephanie | (not pictured the 900 mile blog)

Up for grabs we have:
-  Some extra shopping cash in the form of a $25 gift card to either Amazon or Etsy (Winner's Choice). Provided by Britt of The Pinnacle Project.
-  Gorgeous custom hand-lettered holiday print from The Calligraphy Kitten. Be sure to check out her other work too! Provided by local Phoenix artist, Olivia.
-  A darling journal set to record all your wishes, hopes, and dreams for 2015. Provided by Lauren of My Passion Journey.
-  More shopping cash in the form of an Amazon or Paypal gift card (again, Winner's Choice). Provided by Copycat Crafts.
- Stunning Fine Art Print by the amazing and talented husband-wife photography team Grain&Compass. Provided by Asharae of This Wild Season.
-  Say hello to glowy skin with SeaSource Detox Spa Foaming Sea Salt Scrub from Arbonne. Provided by Cheryn of Ruby Square.
-  Take your writing skills for a spin with an opportunity to Guest Post for a super inspirational blog. Provided by Raewyn of Be a Warrior Queen.
-  Promote yourself with free ad space with two of the most lovely bloggers in all the land! Provided by Aimee of This Darling Day and Stephanie of Stephy Shoots.
- Deck the halls with your choice of photo print from the newest (greatest) photographer collaboration team around. Provided by 900 miles blog.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekly Wishes #16

Last week I had every intention of coming by my blog every day. Every. Intention.

Technically, baby's first picture with Santa!
If you follow my Instagram, you'll notice that I had one of those "home disasters" that plague us all. Last week, Southern California got more rain in two days than it had all year. Of course, this would be the time that a major pipe would burst in my kitchen. Luckily, it was our roommate's day off, and he noticed the flooding. I shudder to think how bad it would have been if no one had been home, and Bella had been in her crate getting flooded on. Poor puppy :(

Wednesday became a whirlwind of moving animals around, arguing with the apartment and getting a hotel. Thursday almost followed in a similar suit, except I was allowed back in our apartment and we didn't have to move any animals. On Friday, I had to move Bella from my mom's house to my dad's apartment, because the 3 dogs were exhausting my mom who had chemo on Weds. Bella decided she didn't like my dad and tried to eat him, so later that night we had to bring her back to my mom's. On Saturday, we weren't allowed in our apartment for them to dehumidify it. Now it's Monday and they still aren't here repairing the hole in our floor...

Besides that, my weekend looked like: working at the restaurant, Brunch with Santa, a lovely blogdate at Creamistry in Irvine and some QT with Iman.

Hello chocolate hazelnut ice cream with cookie dough in a brownie bowl made before my eyes

Last week's goals:

1// Clean my apartment and bedroom so we can get a Christmas tree. Super grateful to our apartment complex for fixing our flooded apartment in a timely manner *sarcasm* I'm still waiting for them to come fix it...with all of my stuff shoved around out of the way of the burst pipe. 

2// Get said Christmas tree and decorations. I'm going to again blame my apartment on this one! With my apartment a wreck, I am not bringing in a tree!

3// Get through my days without being totally exhausted!!  Yes! I didn't take a nap all week - and not because I didn't have time, I didn't feel the need for one!!

The Nectar Collective

My wishes for this week:

1// Tie up some loose ends. I have some "housekeeping" things to figure out like insurance, lab tests,  some things to mail, lessons to learn to teach my students, and studying for my server training.

2// Memorize the dishes at my restaurant. I start server training on Friday!

3// Clean my apartment? 

4// Decorate?? 

5// Have a talk with my apartment's property managers. I've been documenting everything (including hour/minute phone calls) and I am going to take it to the property managers to show how poorly this situation was handled.

6// Purchase things at the dollar tree to craft into gifts!

How was your weekend? What are your goals for this week?

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Love, Marriage and then the...BABY CARRIAGE?

So, this makes for the official, official announcement post. I've been alluding to it in the past few posts but here you go...

Please ignore my bad posture, this was before going to bed last night and I was tired and yeah...who am I kidding, I suck at holding my neck where it's supposed to be. My chiro hates it. Anyway, I'm 8.5 weeks and I'm pretty sure my belly is pretty big...after eating all day and stuff.

The week before Halloween I had an inkling that something was different, but I thought maybe it was because Aunt Flo was coming to visit. But she was a week. We were planning on drinking and I've always been paranoid about having a baby with fetal alcohol syndrome so I took a test. Well, more specifically, I peed at work, bought a test and attempted to pee when I got home but was all peed out. (I've decided that's a real term). So then I chugged a ton of water.

Peed on a stick said YES! I actually got the ones that said yes because I wasn't messing around (as opposed to my many, many dollar store prego tests in the past when I was on birth control and being paranoid). So I took another! And there we were with two +Yes tests in front of us...right as our friend came over!

That night we attempted to hide it but it didn't go over all that well. Our roommate had recently bought me a full pack of cider and kept asking why I was only drinking orange juice. Iman was bursting and I just knew he was going to spill the beans so we texted our parents at 2am.

We aren't the people who really wait to tell secrets. We're really big blabbermouths, so people slowly began to find out. Our roommate and our part-time roommate (aka my best friend who stays over every week) found out with cards. Our best man and his wife found out when Iman's dad was on the phone with her and said "I'll probably come down to see you when the baby comes!"

Most people we tried to wait until we knew how far along I actually was. Let me tell you... I wasn't sure if I should go by my last period or if it was longer because I'm crazy! So they did a bunch of blood tests and I waited a week and a half to find out that they could do an ultrasound. Which was another week later! #thesuspensewaskillingme

Seriously, I knew nothing about getting pregnant before I got pregnant, including any terminology and what my hormones levels meant. So much research!

In the picture she printed, our baby looks like a venus fly trap, so I much prefer this one. Though I think that is the yolk sac and the baby.

As soon as we saw that little baby at the ultrasound...oh my gatos!! What a crazy little thing! It's just chillin in there all tiny with a huge uterus all around it!! Then the tech played the heartbeat and I'm pretty sure Iman and I cried. I know I teared up...he probably won't admit it but he wouldn't stop talking about it after.

We went out and bought a baby Eagles jersey because #duh and paid extra to make sure we'd get it by Thanksgiving, which luckily we did! Last Wednesday, I took it to my dad's side of the family and told all of them. Then on Thanksgiving we told the rest of Iman's family - which was really entertaining.

We sort of suck at being the centers of attention - unless we're being crazy - so we were awkward and people didn't get it at first.

Then his aunt asked to take our picture...

Which she promptly posted on Facebook, not realizing we hadn't announced it yet. About five minutes later she came up to us and said "Oops, I posted it on Facebook..."

I think it's absolutely adorable that she was so excited and we couldn't be mad. We're still planning on taking some jersey pix with our little venus fly trap's jersey in a few weeks.

But there you have it. I'm due July 9, so we'll have a nice middle of summer baby which works out with my work schedule and maternity leave.


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