Sunday, September 30, 2012

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

The winner of the Stella & Dot Giveaway is Jen! I got the result through random number generator.

Thanks everyone for entering & please consider ordering from my party as I've extended it until October 5th!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Stella And Dot Giveaway!!!

Boy do I have a great gift for y'all! I'm excited to be doing my first giveaway today! As you know, I have been having a Stella & Dot party right now, it ends Sept. 30th, so go order! I decided what better way to drum up some traffic not only for my party but for my fabulous stylist Katie :)

Katie has been wonderful to work with! If you have any questions for her or want to order please contact her here!

And now for the giveaway...

I am giving away a pair of these awesome Gigi Stud Earrings! They come in either black or orange and I think they are just to die for!

The Rules:

Mandatory: Must be a follower of my blog & You Must checkout my party page & leave me a comment telling me your favorite Stella & Dot piece
Extra Entry's: Tweet about this giveaway & leave me the url in a comment AND/OR if you order from my party leave me a comment for an extra entry!

*this giveaway will close at midnight tonight!!*

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Loss:  The fact or process of losing something or someone. The state or feeling of grief when deprived of someone or something of value.

How do you deal with loss? There isn't a right or wrong way, hell most of the time I don't deal with it in the same exact way. For some strange reason myself and my friends from high school have become accustom to loss...death to be exact. Some call it a curse but for me it is that harsh stab in the chest of reality that no one is really here forever.

Loss started for me when I was 11 with like most, grandparents who fought long hard battles of stroke and illness. However the losses didn't stop with college I started losing friends, peers, other family members.  I remember my roommate finding it strange that I'd even been to 1 funeral let alone 2 in 1 day. To this day I have been to more or just about equal funerals as to weddings...not a fun statistic in my book.

Unfortunately I am used to the phone call, text message, and facebook post informing me of another loss. Last night when I got one of those messages I was at once numb, couldn't even bring myself to cry because if I had I probably wouldn't have stopped. Like I said each reaction is different, how I coped 8 years ago and how I cope today are totally different...but the pain is still the same.

I have lost all my grandparents, an aunt, my college roommate, and countless others but none more than my group of friends from high school. There are too many to count, too many that became angels before we were ready to let them go. I don't have any answers as to why they are gone I just know that God must have had bigger plans for them and that I will see them again.

The older I get the more I reflect on the friends I had, the ones I lost, and the ones I want back. Loss makes you call up that old friend and forget everything that was said or not said and just tell them you miss them. Now that I'm a mother I cannot imagine having to bury my child, no parent should have to.

All I can do now is try to be a better daughter, wife, mother, sister, and friend because I of all people should know that it can all change with a phone call...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

So What Wednesday

I'm linking up with Shannon over at Life After I Dew for So What Wednesday! It has been awhile but I have a ton to say so what to!


  • I had a good cry yesterday, I needed it
  • We really want to go home for Oyster Festival weekend
  • Hudson wore pajamas for 2 days & we made several trips outside the house
  • I am missing my family like crazy right now
  • Being woken up in the middle of the night b/c H has to pee makes me crazy
  • Our dog is insane
  • I am so stressed trying to sell 2 of our cars!

Go link up with Shannon and tell her what your saying SO WHAT to

Friday, September 21, 2012

Stella & Dot Party!

I am excited to announce that starting TODAY and ending Sept. 30th I will be hosting a Stella & Dot Online Party! I've never hosted a party and am really excited to introduce y'all to my friend Katie and I hope y'all will help me help her get her new business off the ground!

I am good friends with Elizabeth from high school, and the mama of 2 cute boys, Charlie-- 2 1/2 and Jake--12 weeks.  After a couple months of maternity leave with my little munchkins, I have decided to take the plunge and leave my corporate job to be a stay-at-home-mom and am so grateful that Stella & Dot offers a flexible, entrepreneurial business plan that is allowing me to stay with my boys! (along with my ever supportive husband, of course!)  So, I am embarking on this fabulous new venture as a Stella&Dot Stylist, and Elizabeth is helping me to spread the word...

Stella & Dot offers boutique-style jewelry at affordable prices. With 50% of the line under $50, not only are you sure to fall in love, but gift-giving has never been so easy!  Stella & Dot jewelry comes in pretty little gift boxes straight to your door in just 3-5 business days. And, the Fall Line has just launched... so go ahead, and get to accessorizing your back-to-school wardrobe and get ready for those holiday parties!  Thanks for helping Elizabeth earn a Stella shopping spree with your order!  Click here to purchase on her party by September 30th!  

All jewelry comes in cute little gift boxes straight to your door in 3-5 business days... so, get that Holiday Shopping out of the way early!  If you have questions or need a catalog, please contact me or my Stylist, Katie Larson at with your address.  

See below for more details.

Check back next week for a possible giveaway...who doesn't love free jewelry!

Happy Shopping!

FALL into Style
at my

stella&dot Fall Line
Online Shopping Event

 Elizabeth Lindsey
with Stylist, Katie Larson
Place your orders directly at the following link by Sunday, September 30th:
Your fabulous new jewelry will arrive on your doorstep within 3-5 business days in cute little gift boxes!
Shop for Yourself & Shop for the Holidays...
with 50% of the line UNDER $50, you're sure to Fall in love with very gift-able pieces!
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For a sneak peek of the new Fall Line check out:

Katie Larson
Stella&Dot Stylist

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Letter To Myself

Dear 17 year old me,

Your nearing the end of your high school journey, don't rush it, these will be the days you look back on, good and bad. You will only apply to one college and you'll get in, the only person from your school to go. This last year and a half in high school will be full of friends, parties, fights, and makeups.

You will meet the boy you'll marry six years from now this summer! No one will think it will last...
Now this boy will be older than you but that doesn't keep you from all your high school friends, you will make him take you to prom, have your first college party experience (it won't be pretty), and he'll be there when you graduate. Relationships aren't perfect and this one won't be, but you'll both put in the work and in nine years you'll get the best surprise ever...a baby!

When you go to college you'll meet some amazing girls, they will be with you for four years! When you move in with 3 of them the fights will be epic but somehow you'll always forgive and forget. So much so that 3 of you will then move in with 2 more girls and be in for a wild ride that ends with your dad buying you a house in the middle of the year. You won't learn your lesson and the next year 1 of your former roommates will move back in with you and boy will it be crazy! Listen, don't let this friendship pass you by like I did, you will get a phone call in a few years and she won't be here anymore.

You will go to London to study abroad and fall in love with the city! Your Godmother lives outside the city and you will see her for the first time in over 20 years. The classes you take are amazing, you get to go to the theater every night! You'll travel to Prague and hangout with one of your friends that lives there! Your supposed to travel on to France and Italy after your classes but you will be sick and have to come home...more on that later.

The sickness from London will be with you for awhile, there won't be many answers and you'll have to withdraw from school to deal with it. You will go back to London and get is wonderful! If you listen to one thing please listen to not transfer back home! If you do please do not take psych will ruin you for your short time at VCU. Oh and from the beginning you should have been an education major and not a stubborn history major!

The next years will move quickly, the highs will be high and the lows will be lows, but you will come out on top! You'll get to be a mom and watch your son grow into an amazing little boy. Have fun, don't rush through your life!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

River Olympics

Every Labor Day weekend our river community hosts a little Olympics, it has been going on since before I was born! There used to be more events such as croquet, sailing, and horseshoes. We still have swimming, golf, paddle tennis, and tennis! I was so excited for Hudson to participate this year as it holds such wonderful memories for me.

Thank goodness nobody got a picture of the Mom and Tot race b/c the water was freezing per usual and I may have had a horrified look on my face the whole time ;) After our little race Hudson searched for pennies and soda cans.

Hudson's cousin Emma, Uncle Lee, and Aunt Mindy came over from the farm with GiGi and the kids had a blast playing tennis until Hudson crashed hard from his day of activity and slept for almost 4 hours!

Uncle Todd & Hudson

 Uncle Todd is a little rusty on how to pick up a wild toddler

Bonnie and can tell how windy it was

waiting patiently for the pennies to be dropped

pucker face after trying 7-up

tennis with Uncle Lee and Emma

sulking toddler

Papa swimming with the dogs

Stay Tuned for Friday!!! I am hosting an awesome Stella & Dot Party...I might even decided to giveaway something too :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Menu Monday

I'm linking up with Rachel over at In No Simple Language for Menu Monday...go check out the other menus!

Monday:  BLT's

Tuesday:  BBQ Chicken Legs & Salad

Wednesday:  Taco Salad

Thursday:  Hamburgers & Green Beans

Friday: PNO & Wine Tasting w/our Parents Group from Church :)

Saturday: No cooking....

(PS: the baked ziti/rigatoni recipe from last week was amazing!)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Flashback Friday: Hudson's Duds

Time for another blog sale!
Shipping is $5 for 1st item and free after that
Please either leave a comment on this blog or email me at
bedelled (at) gmail . com

2T Vineyard Vines Bathing Suit

2T Half Zip Sweater

2T Strausburg Sweater Vest NWT

2T Gymboree Sweater Vest NWT

2T Cherokee Button Sweater

18-24 Month Janie & Jack Sweater Vest NWT

3T Sweater Vest

2T Cherokee Argyle Sweater

2T Gap Hoodie

2T Gymboree Seersucker Cargo Shorts w/Belt, Adjustable Waist

2T Arizona SeerSucker Shorts w/Adjustable Waist

3T Old Navy Polo

3T GAP Polo

3T Old Navy Polo

18-24 Month Old Navy Polo

2T Fleece Footy PJ's

2T Carter's Footy PJ'S Never Worn

12 Month Oshkosh Vest

6-12 Month Gap Shirt 

2T Old Navy Long Sleeve Shirt

12-18 Month Old Navy Pants

24 Month Puppy Dog Jon Jon

2T Tommy Hilfiger Khaki Pants w/Adjustable Waist

2T Corduroy Longall w/Turtleneck

3T Chaps Long Sleeve Shirt 

3T Wrangler Long Sleeve Shirt

2T Gap Brown Corduroy Pants w/Adjustable Waist

2T Oshkosh Skinny Jeans

Size 9 Old Navy Boots with Fur Lining, Worn 3x

3T Columbia Lightweight Raincoat

3T Gap Polo

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