Monday, April 20, 2015

Best of the Blogosphere Link-Up: Week 15

It's week 15 of the Best of the Blogosphere Linky party! We're happy you're here. Did you take time last week to follow our Pinterest board? If not, you'll want to because we'll be pinning our favorites and yours every week. 

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So my favorite post from the week, well I almost didn't want to pick it, it is one of those posts that makes you feel something, and in this case it was guilt.  My pick from the week is 5 Things to Never do a  Youth Sporting Event by Rahab to Riches.


Thankfully most of the list, I am not guilty of... but the ref one.  Yeah, guilty as charged, especially during basketball, soccer not as much... but basketball, yeah.  

Moving on to your favorites of the week. The top post? Target is closing in Canada and it's a shame. How many of you run there on a daily basis? Check out this week's faves!



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A Blogger's Guide to Staying Active- Living La Vida Holoka

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I'm a Beauty Blogger Now... (HA)- The Best of Baby Lady

Great posts last week. Now onto this one. Meet your hosts! 
Best of the Blogosphere Hosts
Party Rules:
  • Follow your hosts! Take a moment and give us some love! Follow us on social media so we can promote you!
  • Link up your best post of the week. Be sure to add the link for a specific post, not your homepage. And, please link up only one post.
  • Please link up family friendly posts- nothing political or religious. Also, please do not link up posts to promote giveaways, link parties or shops. Guess what? You can link up a sponsored post if you feel it’s your best post of the week. We’re cool with that.
  • By linking up with the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party, you are giving permission to us to feature your post with a link back to you- either as a weekly winner or our own personal favorite post
  • Take the time to visit a few blogs and vote for your favorite post of the week.
  • Tweet about us #bestoftheblogosphere
  • Follow the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party board!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Five: Butterfly, Cars and Soccer

Join me every Friday by sharing 5 thoughts and 5 pictures from the week, easy way to end the week and share those things that don't need a whole post of their own. #Friday5

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5 Thoughts

1. In less than one month it is Ryder's birthday!  Just a few days after that my kids get out of school for summer!  Time just goes so fast.

2. Alex's soccer game was a close one, they were definitely out playing the other team but we just could not score (much different from the previous week when we slaughtered the team), but in the end, thanks to a beautiful assist from Alex, we won 1-0.

3. We let our butterfly go this week.  It has been so much fun watching him go from a caterpillar and through the stages.  Lucas actually got a kit for something similar at Christmas, so last night I ordered his butterflies, so in two days we will have more caterpillars.

4. I got my kids all signed up for swim lessons yesterday.  They begin shortly after school gets out.  They are all really excited, well except for Ryder who still is saying he won't put his face in the water.  So crazy that summer really is that close.

5. Tuesday was our Pinewood derby.  Lucas actually cut out his car totally by himself (Eric was there watching and giving direction).  He was very proud of his car, he didn't end up in the top three but he had a great car.

5 Pictures
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Treats after soccer games always make people happy
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From a photo shoot I took this last weekend 
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What is your Friday Five?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Old School Blogging: 12 Questions

I am so excited to be co-hosting Old School Blogging with Elaine of the Miss Elaine-ous Life this month!  I love Elaine's blog and love that she is one of the "older" bloggers like me and remembers what blogging used to be like, hence Old School Blogging.


Copy the questions and answer them in a post of your own, the linky will be opened through the 25th.

   For those of you who are new to my blog coming from Elaine's Hi! My name is Emmy, I am a SAHM of three kids, and part-time professional photographer.  I generally have a glass-half full approach to life (unless I am really hungry), and love to share everything from photography tips, crafts, and just everyday life.
   I have two meme's of my own, Friday Five- where you can share 5 thoughts and 5 pictures from the week, great way to share those things that don't need a whole post of their own.  I also host 10 Things to Smile About This Month.  The last Tuesday of every month I look back and find 10 things that made me smile.  I also co-host in a weekly link up, the Best of the Blogosphere where you can share any post from the week with a chance to be featured!

Now the questions:

Are you young at heart or an old soul?  While I enjoy life and love new things, I would say overall I am more of an old soul.  I have always loved big-band music and swing dancinghave a nostalgia and passion for days of stay-at-home moms and kids playing in the neighborhood and just the traditional parts of life. 


(Not danced to big band music but a swing dance my husband I performed for a talent show back in about 2007 I bet)

Tell me about a movie/book that has changed your life.  It would have to be the Book of Mormon.  I grew up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but it wasn't until I was a teenager and really made the effort to read with the hope to gain a true testimony of Jesus Christ, that it transformed me.  It shapes who I am and the decisions I make every single day.  


Would you like to reconnect with any friends you’ve lost contact with?  Definitely, when you move as often as I have, you leave a lot of friend behind.  Some I have done good about staying in touch with but too many have slipped through the cracks. 

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A farewell dinner in 2008 before I moved from Arizona- also when I began my blog
Where was your favorite place to go when you were a little kid?  Probably Chuck-E-Cheese, though when I was a kid it was call Show-Biz Pizza.  We only went a couple of times but I remember being fascinated by it.  As I got a little older I loved going to downtown Chicago with my mom and loved the Art Institute. 

Do you enjoy being with only one or two friends, or with a large group of people? I guess it depends on what we are doing.  While I love parties and get-togethers, in the end I think I prefer one or two friends.  

What’s your “quirkiest” habit? Probably the fact that I stick out my tongue when I am concentrating, think Michael Jordan just not so extreme. 

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The worst picture of myself I will ever share- on the right, tongue sticking out as I we rode the rapids 
What part of the past year sticks out in your mind? Nothing?  I honestly feel like I am such a live in the moment or preparing for the future that the past sort of blends into one.  Part of the reason I blog as otherwise I would never remember anything!  Maybe when my baby went off to preschool, as that started a new era of my life. 
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What do you use more often: your intuition or logical reasoning? Probably my intuition, going with the mommy gut a lot. 

Where is your favorite place to go out and eat? There are so many restaurants I love, this really depends if it is juts Eric and I or if the kids are with us.  I do love Buffets- but really good ones, like the fancy ones in Vegas, as I love being able to try a variety of food.  

What was the last song that was stuck in your head? As I read this question and was trying to remember and "I've Been Working on the Railroad" popped into my head.  Absolutely no idea why, not even sure when I last heard it, but yeah, so I guess I will say that since it is so bizarre that it popped into my head in the first place. 

What is your ethnic heritage? My maternal side is Swedish, my Dad's side has been in the United States since the 1600's and came from England before that.  

Give me the story of your life in six words.  Literal Broken heart fixed- now strong 


Would love for you to join in!   You have until the end of the 25th to link up!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Have Gavel Will Travel: A Judge Tells it All

You may or may not know that I worked as a Foster Care worker for the Division of Child and Family Services when I was first out of college.  It was a crazy job needless to say.  The things I saw, the things I dealt with, will never be forgotten.  As part of my job, I routinely had to go to court with my cases.  This wasn't a big court case with a jury and all the bells and whistles like you see in the movies, but was family court.

The first few times I sat at the table by the Assistant Attorney General, who was my lawyer, I admit I felt totally intimidated and unsure what to do.  By the end of my career, it was pretty second nature.. well except for when I had to go in front of one particular judge who you just never knew what he was going to do.

When I was asked if I would like to receive a copy to review of Have Gavel Will Travel by Robert Braithwaite, a judge's true story of being a court judge, I thought it sounded fascinating.


The Book:
What happens in a national park doesn’t stay in a national park. It often ends up in Robert Braithwaite’s courtroom—or sometimes on his kitchen table. Over a lifetime of administering justice, he saw everything from canoodling nudes to sheep hunters with drones to downright dangerous drug cartels. This collection of cases is so outrageous and bizarre you’ll have to read it to believe it.

My Review:
Robert Braithwaite, a magistrate judge, uses humor and a great story telling ability to relate his true feelings and experience as a court Judge. I loved his honesty and humility when telling who he was and who he saw himself as. It was fascinating to get the insiders perspective of what happens in courts. 

The book flowed very quickly and felt was honest and real. It didn't feel like he was trying to make himself seem superior because of his position, yet he still impressed the importance of having a honest, competent judges. I don't often read autobiographies or even much non-fiction, but I did really enjoy this book. He is a great story-teller.


--Oh and a fun little side note, this was not Robert's first attempt at writing a book, he also wrote a book about he and his daughter's road trips, unfortunately the publisher said his daughter was too much of a good stable girl, so the books weren't exciting enough-- that daughter, is Ally Condie the author of the Match Trilogy, which I love.

You can get your own copy of the book at: 
Amazon//Barnes and Nobel//Books and Things


Have you ever had to go to court? 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Best of the Blogosphere Linkup: Week 14

It's Week 14 of the Best of the Blogosphere Linky party and we're excited!

We've added a Pinterest board! Each week, we'll feature our favorite post of the week and four of yours on Pinterest as well. Take a moment and follow the board here!

There was so many posts I loved this week! Some of which my other co-hosts picked first.  In the end one that I loved and will definitely be pinning, not only to our new group board, but my own personal board, my pick is a post from Casa Watkins Periodic Elements Family Sign.
I am not a huge science person (my oldest son totally is), but for some reason I remember being fascinated by the periodic table in school.  This would make such a fun gift too!

Your favorites this week? First up- a round up. If you haven't started to dabble on your blog with round-up posts, your missing the boat. Everyone loves them. They get good traffic and if you pin them, they have some staying power. 

25 Ooey Gooey Caramel Desserts | Dreaming of Leaving | www.dreamingofleaving.com
25 Ooey, Gooey Caramel Desserts- Dreaming of Leaving

Learn exactly why argan oil is good for your skin


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Red My Lips- Sea Salt Secrets

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Attracting, Supporting and Enjoying Wild Backyard Birds- Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess

We enjoyed all these posts and we've pinned them too! Which one is your favorite? Now, take the time to meet your hosts!
Best of the Blogosphere Hosts - It's me, debcb!
Party Rules:
  • Follow your hosts! Take a moment and give us some love! Follow us on social media so we can promote you!
  • Link up your best post of the week. Be sure to add the link for a specific post, not your homepage. And, please link up only one post.
  • Please link up family friendly posts- nothing political or religious. Also, please do not link up posts to promote giveaways, link parties or shops. Guess what? You can link up a sponsored post if you feel it’s your best post of the week. We’re cool with that.
  • By linking up with the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party, you are giving permission to us to feature your post with a link back to you- either as a weekly winner or our own personal favorite post
  • Take the time to visit a few blogs and vote for your favorite post of the week.
  • Tweet about us #bestoftheblogosphere
  • Follow the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party board!

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