Thursday, May 31, 2012

Speak Up Link Up!!!

We are so incredibly thrilled that you've come to join us today! 
Ellie Coburn is the owner and founder of the Speak Now Organization.
We are a very new organization founded for young women empowerment. 

We work hands on, through the power of social media to spread awareness about the importance and value of young women loving themselves. Founded in February 2012, we are working round the clock to create an online environment full of resource and reassurance.

Today is about linking up and spreading awareness to those of you who may not have heard of us yet. 
Please take a look around our site and keep in mind that we are still in the process of getting into the groove of things. 

Each detail is crafted with  young women in mind. 
We at Speak Now have this dream- 
to inspire, empower, create, educate, and love young women internationally. 

We want to see young women have faith in themselves, their beliefs, values, and aspirations.   

Let's soar together. 

Link up below, head on over to Speak Now and follow our journey via GFC, Facebook, or twitter, and start spreading the word. 

Each "like" our organization receives on Facebook funds a dime to the storefront teen shelter in San Diego, California.

For more information on us please head on over and read the "about" section of our site.

If you have ideas, want to get involved, or want more information- please contact us here.

Browse our site for inspiring posts and to learn more about our dreams and goals for the future of our organization.

Woman must not accept; she must challenge.She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her;she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.
~ Margaret Sanger ~

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

End of the Month Sponsor Love....

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May has been such a great month! I have connected with such great bloggers, hosted my very 1st giveaway (going on now!!), finally have settled into my new home and have started working on some projects, and have some exciting projects in the works that I hope to share soon! With May coming to an end I want to remind you to check out these AMAZING ladies blogs! 
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June 1st starts Speak Up Link Up!!! Don't forget to link up! It's going to be huge and spreading the word about young women empowerment is SO important!!

 The Ellie Life

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Friday, May 25, 2012

1 Year Blog~iversary GIVEAWAY!!

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As I sit here, trying to put into words what my experience in the fantastic world of blogging has meant to me, there are so many things and so many emotions come to mind that it truly leaves me speechless. What I will say, is that it has been life changing. I have had many ups and {too} many downs over the last year, and finding my voice {and really finding myself} through my blog, has been something that I feel has been such a blessing. The women behind these blogs are some of the most amazing people that I have come in contact with. The feeling of having a purpose (that other's can relate to) has been amazing. I have learned so much, more than I could have ever imagined being capable of. And the drive that is now embedded in my sole...I feel I owe to my well as all of you!! For ALL of these things, I thank you! Maybe I should dedicate an entire post to my past year and get onto this FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY! I wanted to give a gift of thanks to all who stick with me, and am so thankful to my friends who have chosen to celebrate with me! I'm just a little bummed that I can't win these fabulous prizes ;)!

One lucky winner will take all!!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012


I have a kinda funny story that I would like to share with you today.....

It all started a couple of weekends ago when I went to babysit my nieces and nephew. I hadn't been to my brothers house in quite a while, and he had been doing some remodeling. I showed up before he had arrived home with his kids, so he gave me his garage code. The first thing I saw when I stepped into the garage was a love seat. When we moved, I decided to sell our sectional and replace it with a something that wouldn't take up so much space. We had been living without a couch for a few hmmmm? Just maybe this love seat was looking for a new home? I had two of my kids with me and once we went inside they wanted to check out the basement. Why do kids always want to see what is in basements? We headed down, where they found....a bounce house! And I found.....the matching couch!! What originally went through my mind, is that they brought the couch they had in the basement to their livingroom, so they must be putting the couch and love seat in the basement. So, I sort of decided I wouldn't ask. My brother came home with the kids and we visited for a bit before they went out. And since I had already told myself that I wasn't going to ask him for it....I just asked ABOUT it ;) This is kinda how the convo went:
"So I saw you had your love seat in the garage, but then I saw the couch in the basement, so what are doing...putting them in the basement?" 
"No, we just want to get rid of them. Why, are you looking for a couch?"
"Yeah, kind of. I was just going to start looking."
"Well, your more than welcome to get them!"
"Really, that would be great!" now I had to find a way to get them to my house. A few days went by, and I wasn't able to get a truck. With Mother's day just the next day, my brother decided he was going to bring me the couch and love seat for Mother's day :) So he picked up a truck, loaded them up, and headed on over! He was in a bit of a rush and had never been over before so Iwanted to make sure he saw our new place.  We unloaded them quickly, I gave a tour, and he went on his way. I arranged the couch and love seat the way  I wanted them, began to put the cushions on, of the cushions was missing. I gave him a call and he told me he would bring it to our Mother's day get together {he forgot} I told him I would pick it up from his work {he didn't answer}. He called a couple days later and said he just couldn't find it anywhere! What? Ok, what can ya do.
Well, he called me a 2 days later, and said...I FOUND IT!!! There is just one problem. It's on the shoulder of the highway. (I of course am thinking "pull over and get it!") But is wasn't just on shoulder, it was at the median! Why wouldn't it be. That is just the kind of luck I have. I sure wasn't going to have him cross over 6 lanes of traffic on the interstate! So I was just going to pile up the back cushions onto the seat, and love my new free couch. 

Remember when I said that I had gone to my brothers to paint? Well, on the way home, my son and I saw that cushion. Ya know how funny it is to see your couch cushion on the highway, and know you just can't have it? I'm still laughing about it!
The next morning, my brother called to thank me for painting and to let me know how much he appreciated it. I was outside walking the dog while I talked to him. As I walked around to the front door, this is what was there:


I love that brother of mine!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hand...Foot...and YUCK!

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I'm sure this isn't my most pleasant post, but my girls' ailments get to be today's exciting read ;-)! The other day  I posted about my little one having a high fever. Well, the next day her fever was gone, but she had a rash on her legs and her arms, that continued to get worse at the day went on. They told me that she had strep throat. That the red, blistery rash was a strep throat rash. I questions the diagnosis, since her strep culture came back negative. I even asked if it could be Hand Foot and Mouth. The nurse said she was sure that it was strep, and put her on an antibiotic.



I started her on her medicine, and figured that would be that. The next day {instead of painting my bathroom} I went to my brothers house to paint 2 of his bathrooms. He is going to be putting his house on the market, and I was thrilled that he asked me to help with the painting. I kinda love to paint! While I painted, my older daughter and son played at my girlfriends house. I didn't start until late in the day, so I didn't get home until about 10:30 pm. It was a late night for the kids. Sunday's are church day, of course, but when I noticed that my older daughter had gone back to bed, I knew she was sick. She is my early riser, and not much stops her. She told me she was feeling fine, and just kept repeating, "I'm just tired mom!". There was NO WAY that I could take Ellie to church with those nasty blisters, that had now made it to her lips and surrounding her thumb (she is a thumb sucker). And as Drew ate breakfast, she realized that I was right, and that she didn't feel well, and {again} went back to sleep. Aren't mom ALWAYS right?!?


 This was why...

Turns out it wasn't Strep at WAS Hand Foot and Mouth....Yuck! They really should give that a nicer name! And doesn't that look like a pregnancy test! LOL! 
The girls are feeling much better now, and only the baby got the rash, but my little one now has a new favorite word.....OUUUWWWCCCHHH {she says the cutest little "ouch"}!

Tomorrow I am going to start on the bathroom that I have been wanting to tackle! I'm going to need some advice from anyone willing! It is more than a little paint and decorations, it has some repairs and just total updates needed. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to SAVE THE DATE for my 1 YEAR BLOG~IVERSARY GROUP GIVEAWAY!! This Friday 5/25!!! I would love it if you would grab a button for you sidebar and help spread the word! Click on the picture to see different button sizes, and please let me know if you need a different size!

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Thee Networking Blog Hop!! Hosted by Live Laugh Rowe

Are you ready to network??

Are you prepared to make some new bloggy friends??

Well, here’s your chance!


Link up to the homepage of your blog.

….follow Host and Co-Hosts {pretty please} feel free to follow by Facebook, Twitter,

or whatever works best for you!

….hop // network // have fun!

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The more, the merrier! Wouldn’t you agree? {yay!}

Thanks again to my ever so gracious co-hosts:
Vanessa & Heather @ At the Picket Fence

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