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Moms Monday: Sticking to a Budget

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My mom has always been good about sticking to a budget. Not perfect but good. She was a single parent for several years and she’s been the breadwinner from the time I was 7 on. That is a huge responsibility.

As I mentioned last week, I’m not a mom. I actually still live at home, and although I am putting forth every effort to become completely self-sufficient, I have less experience sticking to a budget than maybe you might.

How does your family stick to a budget? Please share in the comment section below.

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Friday Faves: Rockabilly

Cool rockabilly vintage look.

Sad Man's Tongue - Bar & Bistro - Prague

UK pin up model, Bettina Scarlett of Suffolk England is a Pin Up Girl with many looks. This is our third series, and if you have seen the first two,  Bettina Scarlett the Hemsby rock n roll weekender pin up queen 2010 and Suffolk Pin Up Girl Bettina Scarlett – Gallery 2, then you know exactly what we mean.

With so many different looks we could place her in any number of our galleries, but this girl deserves her own galleries.

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Moms Monday: I know you are but what am I?

First, I want to thank everyone for reading, commenting on, following, and supporting this blog! It really means a lot to me and it has boosted my confidence in my writing and ability to network with others. I have learned so much just by interacting with you all here.

Have you read the about page here on the blog? If you’ve ever wondered who is the person writing this stuff? you can find some answers there, but I’ll also provide some answers here.

Me – Elise

You may have discovered this already, but I’m not a mom. Is that shocking? I hope not. I guess I should be flattered if you are shocked. You see I’m just shy of 20 and began writing this blog not because I think I’m some sort of parenting expert, but due to my collaboration with wallinspired.

Wallinspired has a great business going on Etsy and if you run a small, but growing business yourself, you can understand that managing every aspect of your business can be difficult, very difficult. So that’s where I come in. I also run an Etsy shop, Pieces of Elise’s (because my name is Elise – hi there!), and even though my shop is by no means flourishing just yet, I have learned a lot about marketing, social networking, and E-Commerce through the research I’ve done over the past 2 years.

I also write on Squidoo, Yahoo! Voices, and just started my own blog. Craig with wallinspired approached me to promote their shop through this blog, social networks, and elsewhere. If you’ve visited wallinspired‘s shop on Etsy, you probably noticed that their vinyl wall decals are for kids, tweens, and teens. So I’ve really focused my efforts on this blog to reach you, the parents of the kids, tweens, and teens, as well as anyone else who is interested.

I’d like to think that writing for this blog has been going pretty well and that you all are enjoying your time spent here. Would you like to give some feedback?

Click here to take survey and you will be added to a drawing where 1 winner will be chosen. The winner has the choice of getting a free advertising spot on the blog (a 150 x 150 image linking to their blog or website on the right over there –>),  a chance to write a guest blog post here on the wallinspired blog about a topic of their choice, or a free handmade item from my own Etsy shop Pieces of Elise’s. So please take the survey for a chance to win!!!

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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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Friday Faves: Baby Pink

For Friday Faves: I came across this treasury and wanted to share it with you 🙂

I love soft baby pink things. There’s a vintage feel to it. It’s soft and dreamy 🙂

‘Be pink’ by reevpapercuts


Pink Mid Century Pitche…

$28.00

Plush pink sea shell br…

$8.00

Mother Day SALE Floral …

$6.00

Posh Petals Large Bar S…

$6.50

Gold Filled Pink Jade &…

$28.50

Rosort fairytale sheer …

$24.00

Pink sapphire tension r…

$140.00

Light Pink Vintage Vase…

$25.00

Beach Photography-Sprin…

$25.00

Home decor, pink wall a…

$30.00

Baby Shower Decoration …

$20.00

Pink Bug (or CHOOSE you…

$28.00

Paradise Soap – tropica…

$5.75

Mother’s Day Pink C…

$17.50

Linen tablecloth in lig…

$18.00

Tea Rose & Chocolate (P…

$5.94

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio

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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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Friday Faves: Cheery Red

I wanted to share with you a cheery treasury from Etsy:

‘Delightful Stripes of Red and White’ by RachelNicoleDesigns

A gorgeous collection of red and white striped items!


Nautical Red & White St…

$25.00

Vintage 80s Red and Whi…

$68.00

Candy Cane – Red & Whit…

$18.00

Red and White Stripe Or…

$10.00

Red and White Stripe Op…

$30.00

Retro salt and pepper s…

$20.00

Red and White Zebra Str…

$18.99

crochet bow necklace re…

$13.00

18″ x 18″ Dec…

$18.00

big headband stripes wh…

$15.50

25 Ruby Red Stripe Pap…

$4.50

Button earrings studs r…

$8.00

Candy Cane Tulip Art Ph…

$18.00

Red & White Mod Stripe …

$32.00

Mens Necktie Red and Wh…

$18.95

BONDI BEACH COLLECTION …

$16.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio

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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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Friday Faves – Spring Looks for Moms

This is my follow up post to my post last week on looks for your little guy

There’s been a change in the weather – which probably means it’s time to make a change in your wardrobe. Here’s some of my favorites from Etsy for moms (and women in general)…

For the Artsy Mom

1. Funky Embroidery sandals, beaded ethnic style from realmlistic

2. A cute Blue Denim Tote fromjacquelinrousseau

3. An intricate Pakistani Red, Gold, & Turquoise Beaded Headband from slacktopiancharms

4. A fun Sundress Summer Dress from VividDress

For the Active Mom

1. A cute Cream Stretchy Jersey Twisted Workout Headband from ThreeBirdNest

2. Great Yoga Bloomers from moonseats

3. Wonderful Vintage Shades Germany Boehler Santos Brand from RetroEyewear

4. A beautiful Light blue and green Butterflies Bracelet from sisicata

For the Fashionista

1. A glossy pair of Vintage 1970s Shoes in Snakeskin Print from FabGabs

2. A stylish pink lace cardigan from AndyVeEirn

3. A sassy Mini Ruche Bag in Ruby Red from jennyndesign

4. A handy Mineral Lipstick Gift Set from Blushie

For the Businesswoman Mom

1. A classic Vintage 1960s Mad Men Navy Blue Dress from VijolicaVintage

2. A functional Red pebble leather handbag from artoncrafts

3. Gorgeous Charcoal Smoky Drops Earrings from MADEbyMADA

4. An elegant Silver Quartz Bracelet Watch from XiaoStop

Next week I will be doing a post on Spring Looks for Dads (see Dads I didn’t forget about you) :)!

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One Word Wednesday

The saying goes that a picture says a thousand words.

Below is a family portrait from today’s featured Etsy shop Rita Studio.

In one word, what does this picture say to you? Please feel free to comment.

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