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Sunday Fun day: Open the Photo Albums

Photo credit: Safe and Secure Vintage Photo from RomanceWriter

When was the last time you got out the old family pictures and talked about them with your parents, kids, or other loved ones?

I read two separate articles online that made me think about poring over the photos in my family photo albums. The first one I spotted on the Etsy blog. It was A Legacy of Style by Gabriella Cetrulo. She talked about the style of her mother in the 1970s, her grandmothers in the 50s and 60s, and her great grandmother in the 40s and 50s. She posted some great old pictures of each woman and it got me thinking about taking a look at my mom and aunts with their afros in the 70s. We also have photos from the early 1900s of family members whose names we don’t even know.

The second article I came across was Grandma’s Will from Yahoo! Voices contributor Amanda Barber. It is a good read about her spunky grandmother who inspired her to write. Reading her grandmother’s story made me think of my own grandmother, who would be 2 years older than hers. I know very little about her childhood and background. I would love to do some digging for more information about my grandparents and great-grandparents.

What about you? Do you know a lot about your family? How often do you look at you photo albums?

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Moms Monday : Aprons for Moms

Have you seen the featured seller post on Etsy today?

It’s about Creative Chic which is a collaborative effort of  5 women to create very cute aprons.

Here is the interview:  Featured Seller: Creative Chics

I really thought it was an interesting read. It’s nice to see mothers running their own business with their creative interests. I hope one day my mother will do that 🙂

Here are some of their aprons:

 Womens Sweetheart Hostess Apron

Retro Ruffled Apron

Womens Sweetheart Hostess Apron – Floral

 Sexy Womens Halter / Beautiful Retro Floral

Thanks for reading my post today! Please share any thoughts or comments below!

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Moms Monday : Special Interview with Annabelle Petriella

This Monday we have a special treat. Annabelle Petriella from Stylish Furniture and Decor agreed to be interviewed for this Moms Monday post!

She is an entrepreneur and a mom, so I know you will enjoy reading about how she juggles it all.

Annabelle Petriella

How did you start your own business?

I worked as a high end residential interior designer in Washington, DC for 10 years and New York City for 2 years.  I was working long hours for a design firm in NYC when I got pregnant and decided to shift gears in my career.  I wanted to be able to work from home and make my own schedule once the baby came.  I also wanted to do something relating to my field
and experience as a designer.

Sourcing has always been one of my favorite parts of my job as a designer. It’s so satisfying to find a fabulous piece that is just perfect for a space I’m designing, or to discover something that I know I can use in many different spaces.  That is what inspired me to launch my retail furniture site.  My goal is to bring a designer-sourced selection of furniture, accessories and lighting to my retail customers.

What challenges or obstacles did you face?

Balancing my baby’s needs and the demands of a new company was a challenge I faced from the start.  While I imagined “working from home” meant working here and there around my baby’s schedule, the reality is much different than the fantasy!  I learned early on that I need to have dedicated times to work on my company and times that I focus exclusively
on my son. Otherwise, both the work and my baby suffer.

How do you balance your work with family?

I work for about 2 hours in the morning during his two naps.  I consider that bonus time and am happy to get a few things checked off my list during those two naps.  Then, I work for 3-4 hours uninterrupted in the afternoon while a babysitter or a family member watches him.  I work at night after his bedtime and on the weekends while my husband has some
father-son time.  What is the most liberating about being your own boss is not working less – in fact, you’ll probably work much more! – but being able to choose when (and where!) you work and when to spend time with your family.

What advice do you have for other moms who want to be their own boss?

I have a few pieces of advice for other moms who are considering starting their own company.  First, choose something that you are passionate and excited about.  I love furniture and design, so I enjoy spending time working on my company.  Second, identify your weaknesses and seek the advice and support of others who can help you in those areas.  Third, once
you start your business, set a schedule so that you’re able to focus on work during set times.

What’s your top pick for moms from Stylish Furniture and Decor?

My top pick for moms is our e-design package!  We recently launched our e-design division, Stylish Design Services(www.stylishdesignservices.com).  Using our unique e-design process, we create fantastic customized room designs for a fraction of the cost of an in-home interior designer.  We feature qualified and experienced professional Interior Designers from all over the country with unique and varying styles.  They create a beautiful custom design complete with a
furniture plan and design board showing furniture, lighting and accessory selections and anything else needed to create the room of your dreams!

Thank you, Annabelle! It was fun doing this interview with you!

Everyone, if you haven’t already check out Annabelle’s blog and site. She was kind enough to give wallinspired readers their very own 10% off discount code WALL10! Hurry it expires May 31st!

Stylish Furniture and Decor also offers free shipping on purchases of $500 or more.

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Tuesday Newsday: Time-lapsed Memories

Do you have a special photo album chronicling your child’s growth from a newborn on? Those are real keepsakes.

How would you like a time-lapse video showing your child’s growth in motion?

That’s what one dad and filmmaker did in the video below:

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/40448182″>Lotte Time Lapse: Birth to 12 years in 2 min. 45.</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/franshofmeester”>Frans Hofmeester</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Did you see any interesting news that you’d like to share this Tuesday?

It doesn’t have to be national news, just something important to you.

Share it in the comments area below, we’d love to hear from you!

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Thursday Food for Thought: When Was the Last Time You Tried Something New?

Good morning!

I’m excited to start this day and I hope you are, too.

If you’re not, I’m sorry. Maybe asking yourself this question will help you explore the great potential each day offers us to learn, grow, and be happy.

When was the last time you tried something new? Do you remember?

Did you try eating at  a new restaurant? Or did you eat a fish taco for the first time? (I did a few weeks ago).

Did you listen to some music from an artist that you just recently discovered? Or did you try writing your own song?

Please share the new things you’ve tried recently and what you plan to try today!

Just comment below!

Photo credit: Try Something New For a Change from lineanongrata

Stop by every Thursday for more food for thought!

 

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Tuesday Newsday: Something More than Sidewalk Chalk

 I saw this photo collection on Yahoo and wanted to share it with you all.

Please view it at the link below.

Kurt Wenner’s eye-popping sidewalk art | Photo Gallery – Yahoo! Games.

Did you see any interesting news that you’d like to share this Tuesday?

It doesn’t have to be national news, just something important to you.

Share it in the comments area below, we’d love to hear from you!

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Moms Monday: Nursery Inspiration

This is a post from Kellie from Le Zoe Musings. She and her husband created this beautiful nursery for their daughter, Zoe. Isn’t it cute? 🙂

LE ZOE MUSINGS

I always knew I didn’t want Zoey to have a girly girl room. No barbie dolls or princess themes- can be cute but just not for us. I already had a vision for her nursery- white, simple, modern, and lots of diy projects from mommy + daddy. I wanted the nursery to have the reminiscence of a boutique. A baby retail boutique.

Daddy used this fabric to make her changing station cover, bedskirt, and bedsheets. 

And he also made the decorative pillows and matching foot rest. We love daddy! 

We added the extra hanging space here both for aesthetics and space saver. Her closet was getting overflowed!

The goal is to have her shop in her own room so she doesn’t feel the need to go elsewhere!

I love these small cubes to display her shoe collection.

Zoey’s hand and foot prints at 1 mth. 

Zoey used to fit this…

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