Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Creative Rebel Designs Interview and Giveaway

I am SO freaking excited for today's post. Elle is no stranger to my blog, but she has recently re branded her blog and opened up a brand new shop that I am so in love with! I just knew I had to interview her and let my readers know about her talent! Elle is seriously my best friend and if it wasn't for blogging, we never would have met! I am so thankful for her friendship and I'm blown away by her talent! Make sure you read all of the interview because, at the end, Elle is giving a little something away! ;) Let's get started!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Creative Rebel Designs Interview and Giveaway

Elle!! I am SO beyond excited to be interviewing you today! You and I have been friends for what seems like forever! I know so much about you, but my readers don't and I would love for you to share a few things about yourself with them!

My name is Elle. I love long walks on the beach and romantic comedies… oh… wait… While all of that is true this is a little more accurate: I am from a small town in the Rocky Mountains, but currently live in Greenville, South Carolina.

I'm a creative designer, avid blogger, screenprinting enthusiast, and coding addict with a passion for helping people and small businesses reach their creative goals. I spend most of my day sitting behind my MacBook designing, while tweeting, blogging, listening to music and drinking lots and lots of coffee. When not tethered to my laptop, I also enjoy photography, kayaking, hiking, travel, flea markets, reading, motocross riding and playing sports with my two boys: The Professor & Mayhem.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Creative Rebel Designs Interview and Giveaway

1. One thing I love about blogging is how it brings people together who never would have had the chance of meeting otherwise. It's because of our blogs that we have the friendship we do today so, on that note, how long have you been blogging and what made you get started?

I started my first blog way back in 2009. We had just moved 2300 miles from everybody we knew and it was easier to share all of our new adventures with friends and family “back home” via the Internet. It slowly progressed into a few other outlets and I am currently in the process of starting up the brand new Creative Rebel Blog. I love the connections and the outlet and just the overall freedom of being able to express myself and get feedback from others. It’s awesome!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Creative Rebel Designs Interview and Giveaway

2. Now that my lovely readers know that you've been writing for awhile, lets share what they don't know! That you are also a shop owner! When I got my package of goodies from your shop, I literally did a happy dance from the mailbox all the way back inside, but what I wasn't expecting, was to be completely blown away by the packaging and products I found in it. Tell us a little bit about Creative Rebebl Designs. What type of products do you sell and why did you decide to open up a shop?

Creative Rebel Designs is a full-service branding, design and apparel boutique by a creative for creatives. I love design with minimalist freshness and modern originality that is sure to make your friends jealous and help you stand out from the crowd (in a good way)! It’s also about designing accessories for women who don’t always feel comfortable in dresses and heels.

And let’s not forget how much I love my Rebel Boys T-Shirt Line. There are rows of shopping centers with little stores for girls, but finding a decent shirt for a little boy that doesn’t have a cartoon action figure or a character from some movie is like trying to find Waldo on that all red and white page (90’s children know what I’m talking about). It’s possible, but it’s difficult. So I’m in the process of creating a bunch of new designs for little boys who want to “be cool” and not like everybody else. (There will soon be a Monster and Robots section that my two boys are super excited for!!)

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Creative Rebel Designs Interview and Giveaway

3. One of my favorite pieces from your shop is the new necklace that I never plan on taking off. I am a huge fan of the hunger games and a huge fan of yours, I don't know if you had the hunger games in mind when you created this necklace, but that is immediately what it took me to and I knew I had to have it. The arrow, the word rebel {which for me personally, brands you and my favorite fictional character together in my mind}, and how beautiful it looks. Where does your inspiration comes from when it comes to making products? Not just this necklace, but the wide variety of items you create?

That’s funny you say that. I actually didn’t have the Hunger Games in mind when I made that necklace, but My Man actually said the same thing when I showed him. I love arrows. I’m a huge fan. They can only move forward and they are only shot with pure intent. As for inspiration, it’s all around. It’s in everything, in the music I listen to, in the nature I see on hikes, in the games and conversations I have with my kids. Inspiration is always there, you just have to be open to new ideas and let the thoughts come as they may. I think people get stuck in ruts about conforming to this or that. Life changes. Daily. Just go with it and see where you end up. It’s really exciting and you’ll never imagine the new things you’ll find.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Creative Rebel Designs Interview and Giveaway

4. I'm really curious as to how you do it all? My readers are only getting a glimpse at what you do, but you and I have had long conversations about life and everything in it. I know many people can relate to the busy life of a mom, especially when you throw in extra things. How do you balance it all?

Sometimes not well. LOL. Let’s be honest. Balancing is hard! But I strive very hard to make sure I make time for me at least a few times a week. If I don’t, then I get rundown and boring and depression strikes. For me, being able to sit down in front of a computer and create something or to swipe that squeegee across the wet ink and see a new shirt come to life - that’s when I know that I’m still me. Even after kids, and work, and household chores, and bills, and school, and everything else, somewhere in there, I’m still me and when I know that. Then I can be all those other things for all those other people.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Creative Rebel Designs Interview and Giveaway

5. Is there any advice you would like to offer or any knowledge you would like to share about starting/managing a blog and/or shop?!
Do it! Try! Go for it! What do you have to lose? If you want something, stand up and do it!

Thanks so much for letting me interview you Elle and sharing a little bit about yourself and your blog + shop!

For the giveaway, Elle is letting the winner choose one item from her shop! Lucky you! She has a wide variety and I love it all! She has Jewelry, Adult t-shirts, Framed Quotes, Boys T-shirts, and Key Fobs. I told you she was talented! ;)

Use the rafflecopter below to enter! Good luck!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Bonding with the twins

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Bonding with the twins

One thing I cherish so deeply is the bonding moments I had with my boys. Those sweet times when they were babies that they simply laid on my chest as I rocked them or fell asleep in my arms while they were eating and I just let them sleep there because it was too precious a moment to move them. I remember the hours I spent watching them, the warm feeling that spread through me as I realized the precious baby in my arms was mine. I would take the time to memorize every aspect of their faces, I would relish in the sweet baby smell that enveloped them, and I would watch their chest rise and fall as they breathed. I could do all those things because I had the time to do those things. I could spend hours bonding with both of them when they were babies because I had the time to do so.

I have had a few different worries about having twins, but bonding with them the way I did the boys, is a major worry for me. I wonder with two small children and two babies, how on earth am I going to bond with them the way I did Jay and Kage? How am I going to have the time to just sit there and relish in these sweet little ones that God has blessed me with? How am I going to be able to lay with one of them on my chest and just feel the rhythm of their breathing for any length of time? How am I going to divide that bonding time equally? How am I going to be able to focus on just one baby at a time and bathe in that babies beauty? I fear I won’t be able to. That my attention will automatically go to both of them. That I will feel bad for holding one while the other is in a swing. That I won’t be able to bond with them individually the way I did with the boys.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Bonding with the twins

I know these are probably silly worries. I know a few twin mama’s in this blogging world and they seem to be bonding with their little ones just fine. The worry is there though, probably because twins is an unknown to me. I’ve been used to one baby at a time. {Although I had a toddler when Kage was born, I still had that time to bond wih Kage like I did Jay.} I just want to feel that bond with the twins, I want to bond with them as twins and separately and it’s overwhelming to think about the fact that I may not be able to do that.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A little life lately

Life lately has been hectic and busy! I miss blogging so much and I'm determined to start writing everyday again! For now though, a little life lately for ya! Hmmm.. where to start...

Let's see. Jay's first week of school was great! He loves his teacher and keep going on and on about the new friends he is making. It's freaking adorable. I am so thankful that he loves school and that he's a morning person. We don't have knock down drag out fights about getting up and ready, our mornings are pretty smooth and I'm SO thankful for that. He is growing up so fast, I feel like I can't keep up!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A little life lately
{Delicious cheese enchiladas from pasados. // Jay and Kage playing on the seesaw at mimaw's house. // Those mini starburts are AMAZING! // 21 weeks bump picture. // A book I got from a sweet friend. It was pretty good! // The last two pictures are the boys and my cousin having a blast!}

Kage has been growing like a weed. He's so freaking precious. I'm thinking about sending him to part time pre-k so he can get used to being away from me for next year when he starts Kindergarten. He is SO attached to me and most of the time, when I go somewhere, he freaks out and wants to come with me so I have to get him used t being away from me and I think part time pre-k will hopefully do the trick and be good for him!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A little life lately
{The boys and I chillin in the pool on a hot summer day. // The boys and I at pasados with my parents. // Kage and me playing legos in bed. // Some yummy Ice cream! // Another really good book! I definitely recommend it! // A beautiful sky! // A sweet package from my dear friend!}

Hubby has been working so much lately, but pretty soon we are going on vacation and we will get nine whole days with him and I am beyond looking forward to that. I can't wait to be on the beach with him. Walking hand in hand with our toes in the sand, listening to our boys laughter as they wade in the water. It's going to be pure bliss.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // A little life lately
{This cookie from pizza hut was freaking amazing! // A yummy strawberry cream cheesecake, it was yummy. // I re-read the twilight series because I haven't read it in forever. I forgot how much better the books are than the movies. // Kage being adorable while we were waiting for Jay to get out of school. // More sees saw fun.}

I have been doing pretty good aside from my back. The babies are growing like they are supposed to and my belly is getting bigger. I am craving sweets big time, it's ridiculous. Lol. Unfortunately my back pain is getting worse. I am now limping when I walk and it hurts so damn bad. I'll be talking to my doctor soon about what else we can do because I can barely do anything and it's just crazy.

How has life been for you?

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The SIMS 4 Demo and Launch

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #thesims4

I have a pretty busy schedule during the week. I feel like I am always go, go, going, and that my to-do list is never quite complete. After we have made it through the day, the house is somewhat clean, and my to-do list for the day is mostly done, I try my hardest to relax in the evenings. Whether it's playing a game or laying in bed reading a book. I have to be able to unwind at the end of the day somehow, otherwise stress builds up, and I eventually snap. One thing I love doing to unwind is playing a game on my laptop. I don't always have a lot of time to do so, but when I do, it's normally The Sims. My love for the Sims started when I was around twelve years old and my best friend introduced me to it. Ever since then, I've been hooked and have played several version of The Sims. A few of my favorites are The Sims house party, The Sims Vacation, and recently The Sims 3. When I heard The Sims™ 4 demo was available and that The Sims™ 4 launch is on September 2nd, I did a little happy dance!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // The SIMS 4 Demo and Launch #TheSims4 #Shop #Cbias


Live.Laugh.L0ve. // The SIMS 4 Demo and Launch #TheSims4 #Shop #Cbias

When I found out I could check out a demo of The Sims™ 4 before I bought it, I jumped on that quick! I wanted to see what made it so much better than The Sims 3. The demo absolutely did NOT disappoint! I loved how much I could customize my Sim. There are so many new options to choose from and it made creating my Sim 100 times more fun. One of the things I really enjoyed was creating a personality for my Sim, a personality that was very much me. I feel like The Sims™ 4 gives you more options and makes your Sim seem a lot more real because you get to choose a wide variety of traits for your Sim's personality! It was a blast! Another thing I got a kick out of, was you could customize their walk! There were different walks you could have your Sim do and one of them even had me laughing out loud.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // The SIMS 4 Demo and Launch #TheSims4 #Shop #Cbias

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // The SIMS 4 Demo and Launch #TheSims4 #Shop #Cbias

I remember the first time I ever built my own house on the Sims instead of buying one. I quickly learned that I loved building a home, decorating it, and perfecting it to my taste. I love that The Sims™ 4 makes building houses even easier and better! I could spend so much time building a house to perfection and that's exactly what I plan to do! =D I was always worried that I was going to somehow lose my Sims game. A computer crash, accidentally deleting it, whatever, and sadly it did happen. I didn't always mind starting over, but sometimes it was just so dang frustrating to have to start from scratch. I loveeee that you can save and share your creations straight to your computer or facebook. That takes away my fear of losing all that fun hard work! ;)

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // The SIMS 4 Demo and Launch #TheSims4 #Shop #Cbias

I seriously can't wait to be able to play it in the evenings and I wanted it as soon as I could get my hands on it! Thankfully, I could pre-order it on Walmart.com or if you prefer to shop in store, it will be hitting stores September 2nd! I love that I could pre-order it and have it right on my computer and when you pre-order The Sims™ 4, you get a free pack of Sour Patch Kids Gum AND if you purchase it in store on September 2nd, you will also receive your free gum as well!

If you are a nerd like me, *wink* be sure to head over to The Sims™ 4's facebook page and give it a like to keep up with the latest and greatest!

So, what do you think? Will you be pre-ordering the game or running to the store to buy it next week?! I definitely recommend you check out the demo and give it a little test run, I guarantee you will fall in love with it like I did!

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