Wednesday, April 29, 2015

#myselfiescrapbook | how i thrive


This week, we had planned to share the fourth theme of the #myselfiescrapbook project. Then, I dropped the ball.

On the 17th, I learned that I would need a third neurosurgery in ten months and despite expecting the news, my plans for the remainder of the busy month started to slip. Instead of writing final papers, I was busy looking for a second opinion surgeon. Instead of studying, I was playing with Google's flight analyzer, trying to find a cheap, last minute flight to New York City. (Turns out that mid-week overnight last-minute flights for reasonable prices don't really exist.)

To make it up to you all - we're replacing this week's prompt and link up with a bit of game.

As you saw in yesterday's post, and likely on Instagram, I am funding my surgery with a campaign based on my word for this year - thrive. I plan to share more about this soon but for now, I want to present you with a challenge with this theme in mind.

This week, share a selfie - or selfies - showing how you thrive.

When you share, include your story along with the hashtags #myselfiescrapbook and #seehowithrive. This weekend, I will share a collage of the inspiring images in place of our typical blog hop. And, to make things even more fun? I will be sending happy mail to several participants as a thank you for participating in the project and for sharing your story.

And don't worry - on Monday, I will be on a flight back from New York City and the project will resume with a traditional prompt post from Jodie of Polka Dot Creative.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ten on Tuesday: Mother's Day Edition



Am I the only one who has been missing Ten on Tuesday? Probably. But either way, it's back with a special Mother's Day Edition.

Holidays are always full of fun specials (and great deals) and I wanted to round up some of my favorites. So, here are ten great ideas for treating your mom, yourself, or both, this May.


1. A Spring print from Hello Lovely People or perhaps a custom portrait of your family?

2. A custom engravable from Stella & Dot. Stella offers a wide range of customized jewelry - from engraved bangles to initial charms. Perhaps a disk with mom's monogram or a necklace with birthstones for each of her children. While personalized gifts always win, Stella & Dot is also offering the Union Square Scarf for just $14.99 (regularly $59) when you make a $50 purchase before 5/4. (You can keep that for yourself, I won't tell.) Just make sure to add it to your cart and to choose Jennifer Lake as your hostess before checking out.

3. Treat mom to family photos, or, if you've got prints ready to share, have them printed on mounted prints from Persnickety Prints that are ready to hang.

4. New frames from David Kind. I recently ordered my first pair & can't wait to show you what I've chosen! But, in the process of trying them on, so many told me how they hadn't gotten new frames in three.. five.. seven years. Crazy, huh? All you had to do is upload a photo and choose three frames and a stylist will choose three more for mom to test out.

5. Everything she needs to create a family album the easy way. When you buy an album, a large pack of page protectors and a core kit from BeckyHiggins.com, you get 20% plus free shipping.

6. A new tumbler for her coffee or iced tea from the Mason Bar Company. This one's self explanatory, right?

7. One of the new Spring scents from Candelles, a small business from my home state of Pennsylvania. The Mint Nectarine is one of my favorites from the Spring launch and is on sale for $15 this week.

8. A fun graphic tee that benefits a fun cause - my next spinal surgery. The shirt is printed on an American Apparel tri-blend tee and comes in five different colors. That means you can grab one for you & one for mom without having to match too closely.

9. I recently tried Jamberry for the first time when my friend Danika joined their team and I couldn't believe the results after having tried those generic sticker versions from the mall. (Spoiler alert: The generics don't work. Don't even try it.) A week later, my wraps are still going strong. Rather than spending $45 on one day at the spa, treat your mom to a hand care kit for home or take advantage of Jamberry's Buy Three Get One Free Deal on wraps and score eight manicures for the same price. Good, right? When you check out, you can click "Sunlight and Air" to let Danika know I sent you.

10. And finally, the Young Living Premium Starter Kit, which is perhaps my favorite gift on this list. I actually bought one for my mom for her birthday in February. (Hi, mom!)  I love this because it's not only fun (Trevor recently created his own blend and exclaimed "I'm practically a mad scientist!"), but it's also good for her. And it gets better - from now through the end of the month, if you purchase a starter kit from me, you will receive $15 in Young Living credit plus the next person to order will receive a bottle of Cedarwood, an oil that's great for sleep and for hair growth. All of this is in addition to a handbook on using your oils and a Facebook family full of information on getting the most out of your kit. Email me at jrlake@unm.edu to talk oils & to take advantage of this offer.



So tell me, what are you getting your mom for Mother's Day?

Friday, April 24, 2015

#myselfiescrapbook | week three blog hop

It's been a crazy week for the girls behind #myselfiescrapbook. Between birthday's (make sure to go wish Jessica the best one yet and enter to win a set of embellishments while you're there), flooding, car troubles, and booking last minute travel to the other side of the country, we've gotten well, a bit behind. 

Each of our posts will be live today or tomorrow but while you wait, feel free to link up your post below and to check out all of the other ladies taking part in this project. 

The Blog Hop






Julie | Kellie | Mandy | Jessica | Jodie

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Strength & Good Luck


If I were to be completely honest with you right now, I'd tell you that I shouldn't be writing this blog post. I should be pouring over the forty pages of Operations notes that I don't understand, for an exam that I have in less than seven hours.

But in the two weeks my world has been flipped upside down and even I know that it's unrealistic to learn eight weeks of material in a day. A professor moved an exam a week earlier, after a class vote, but that vote didn't take into consideration that I had urodynamics testing, an angiogram, an ultrasound, a urology appointment, an appointment with a new primary care physician, or a two hour long consult with my surgeon, leading up to today, the new date of our exam. The seven days that I had scheduled to study were wiped away by a group vote. My ability to focus on houses of quality and inventory management were wiped away with thoughts of another spine surgery happening in less than a month, coordinating fundraising efforts to pay for that surgery, and planning a list minute trip to New York City for a second opinion.

My perfectionist heart is having a hard time accepting that, for once, I am not going to walk away with this class with an A, and that is okay. So, instead, I'm just going to wrap myself up in strength and good luck (that's what elephants stand for, you know) and make the best of it.

Besides, like I told Jess, throwing on a maxi skirt and a scarf gives the illusion of normalcy when really, you're wearing pajamas and a blanket for an outfit.

(Need your own luck? That scarf is 40% off today and tomorrow - or until it's sold out - and you can get it here.)