Thursday, March 19, 2015

Closet Makeover - Revealing @ A Stroll Thru Life

You know what's better than a bowl full of Lucky Charms - marshmallows only???

Being a guest blogger!

I'm so excited to reveal my closet makeover at Marty's beautiful home decor blog, A Stroll Thru Life

Please join me over there, and please take the time to FOLLOW her. 

You don't want to miss her home interiors and wonderful parties!!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My Style As Seen On Instagram - @meredithlynngarrett

I thought it'd be fun to do a style post, and Instagram happens to be where most of my pictures land. 

{By the way, I'm a Follow Back girl, even on Instagram.}

Search "Users" for @meredithlynngarrett

We've been friends since 1993!!

The coat (above) was thrifted...had my name written all over it, and felt very "Almost Famous." 

The faux fur (below) was also thrifted. This is a staple in my every day wardrobe. 

The vintage magazine clutch features the Vegas strip. I've had it for about 18 years, I believe. 

I found it in a pile at the Goodwill and fell in love.  

DIY iron on monogramming. #yesplease

That day's wrist candy.

...And a tip I've employed for many years. 

Fashion is fun - but fleeting. 

STYLE is what matters. 

It's your signature. 

It doesn't have to be what's popular or expensive. 

Style makes you who you are and leaves a lasting impression. 

Master your style with a smile....

...because confidence is your best accessory.

Sharing at The Pleated Poppy


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mommy Confession: Being a new mom was hard for me.

When I had Grayson six years ago, I remember suffering from postpartum depression, and I thought I was a "bad mom" for not feeling an immediate connection with my precious baby. It took awhile.
Then, not even a week later, I was back in the hospital with a virus, while Joey was at home alone with a brand new, VERY colicky baby who had his days and nights mixed up. With Grayson's perpetual crying, and with his eczema so severe, his car seat had blood stains in it, Joey and I questioned when things would get "easy."

Then, I began a new job 6 weeks later...with a boss who wasn't "great." And by "not great," I mean he called me "intellectually lazy" and gave me no other option than to pump milk while sitting on a toilet in the bathroom we shared with other offices. (That's all water under the bridge, but underscores the stress I was feeling as a new mother.) Again, I questioned when things would get easier.
Guess what? They didn't.
Because parenting doesn't get easier. We just get better.
And, maybe, as new mothers cradling our babies, we're both in our infancy.
Because, as Grayson grew, I grew. 
I learned how to be more flexible. 
How to survive on less sleep. 
How to swallow an insult in order to pay bills and buy formula for my son. 
I learned how to fight for my family, and how to be resourceful...lessons that would serve me well indefinitely.
Now, I can honestly say that Grayson's been my strong cornerstone all along. Even when I quit my job - when I had my "Erin Brokovich" moment - he was on my hip, giving me something to cling to.
To all you mothers out there who have willful children...
To mamas who experience challenging, messy, thankless days...
Remember that giving up isn't an option when someone calls you "Mom."
And someday you'll see that you didn't carry your child, your child carried you.