Monday, August 13, 2012

Currently, and a little video too.


Loving: cooking and CrossFit! Since I started CrossFit I decided to go Paleo and I'm loving it. I'm not doing it 100% all of the time (more like 90/10), and it's been a lot of fun trying out new recipes. A good chunk of my close girlfriends eat the same way, so we've been having a great time trading recipes and ideas. I've been enjoying a couple blogs - PaleOMG and Everyday Paleo (recommended by Emily), and this morning I'm actually making the crockpot Green Chile Chili from PaleOMG that looks delicious. I'll post most things that I like on my Instagram, so feel free to follow along there too (@danihampton). I've been trying not to talk too much about CrossFit here because I could go on forever about how much I've fallen in love with it over the last 3 weeks, but I will talk about it now and again. The craziest thing to me is how I've been working out forever and always felt "in shape," but never really at my personal best or in tip top condition. I liked the way I looked but never thought I looked the very best I could or how I totally wanted to look. I had been doing the same exercise stuff forever and I think even though I'd mix it up, I was in a rut. 3 weeks of doing CrossFit and I've seen more results than I've ever seen in my strength and even my appearance. Pretty awesome and I am absolutely hooked. Hank also goes 5 days a week and is loving it. And I love that we are doing this together.

Reading: Looking For Alaska by John Green. I finished 50 Shades. (Very) bad writing, I know, but you're talking to the girl who really enjoyed Twilight, every Nicolas Sparks book every written, and a million other ridiculous books like The Uglies series. It's kind of my "turn off my brain" literature and I love it. But John Green's books are totally the opposite; they make you think about so many different things and really take your emotions for a ride. After I finished The Fault in Our Stars (see my review here) so many of you recommended this book, and I'm so happy I started it. It's amazing, and I'm only about 1/3 of the way in. I'll do a full review when I'm done.

Watching: Pretty Little Liars. So I guess this post is really just highlighting my cheesy side because here's another ABC Family show I've fallen in love with. My love affair with this network started with Make It Or Break It, and is continuing with this gem. I've heard about it forever and the other night Henry went to bed a little earlier than usual so I turned on Netflix to try and find a new series to get into. I came across PLL (I love it so much it's even getting an acronym now) and asked Twitter, yay or nay. The resounding answer was yay! I started it and was immediately hooked. I'm only about 5 episodes in, but I can tell I'll definitely be enjoying it for awhile.

Thinking about: lots of blogging stuff. Recently, I dealt with a weird bout of negativity in regards to this space. I had been feeling kind of off for awhile in regards to writing and sharing here, and I even touched on it a bit in a post last week, but it kind of went beyond that. I was stuck in this weird zone- not really sure why I felt so off, wanting to change it up, but unsure how. Oddly enough reading a bunch of negative things about me/my blog made me feel super inspired and even more excited to blog (after I got over the intital "What?! Everyone doesn't like me and think I'm the greatest thing ever?! haha...). I was confused by this reaction at first- I always knew that I wasn't everyone's cup of tea, like everyone isn't mine, but hearing that and reading that made me realize more than ever that really, who gives a shit what anyone thinks (still not totally there but working on it!). It absolutely does not matter. No matter what I do or write here there will always be someone out there who thinks it's the dumbest thing they've ever read, and at the same time there will be someone who loves it. What matters is that I am happy and feel like I am putting my best forward, and writing what I enjoy. Reading all of that made me feel even better about that, strange as it sounds.

Anticipating: tomorrow! It's a BIG day for our family...my sister and Abe find out the sex of their baby! I have a strong feeling they're having a girl, but I also thought that I was having a girl so who really knows. Their appointment is at 3:15pm and Henry and I can't wait to be in the room for the ultrasound. It's going to be awesome. It totally takes me back to the day we found out and how nerve-wracking it was. I'm so excited for my sister and Abe to have this experience too. I'll be sure to let you guys all know, as soon as I get the go-ahead!

Wishing:
that I could make the next four months go by incredibly slow. I live for the fall and adore everything about it. I am already way too excited about Halloween (how is it just a little over 2 months away?!) and can't wait to decorate the house, go pumpkin picking, and enjoy all of the gorgeous fall leaves in our town. My goal is to just soak it all up as much as possible.

Making me happy: beauty tutorials on YouTube and trying out new looks with my hair and makeup, Henry being able to understand and communicate so much more, taking a ton of little videos with my phone like the one above, Chia seeds (more on this later in the week), discovering new blogs, Pink Lady apples, pedicures with Veronica, and nightly walks with Hank and Henry.

So, how about you? What are you up to today? Feel free to do your own "currently" post on your blog and link back in the comments for everyone to check out. And thanks again to my dear friend Megan for providing the original inspiration for these posts.

87 comments:

  1. I'm thinking of going back to Paleo too! I did it about 80/20 until I got pregnant and all I could handle were saltine crackers. I miss how great it made me feel.

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    1. P.S. I decided to join in on this "currently" sesh too: http://erica-castillo.blogspot.com/2012/08/currently.html

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  2. yay for paleo! another great blog is nomnompaleo.com!!

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    1. Ooh thanks Leah! I'll check it out. :)

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  3. I'm glad you found positivity through negativity. I too read the comments on GOMI and it was very close to the bone. I write too but don't really have a 'following' but I do wonder if I did how I would feel if I was suddenly the target for peoples opinions about your parenting, income and lifestyle as it just seems oh so very personal. I know you open yourself up to that when you enter a public forum such as a blog but I think until you have that sort of thing happen you will never know how you'll react.

    I enjoy reading your blog as you have real opinions, you write and don't just add a tonne of pictures with captions such as 'OMG he's getting so big guys' and your recent post about not feeling affiliated with a particular religion really spoke to me as I read a lot of LDS blogs, christian blogs and I just don't feel God in that way.

    I'm sorry if my comment is a little long winded but I just wanted to say CARRY ON writing because your pretty ace.

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    1. Aww thank you for these supportive words. I really appreciate it. <3

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  4. Oh my gosh, how addictive is PLL! The first ep was beyond horrible, but having bought the box set without checking it out online I didn't want to think of it as a bad purchase so I kept at it and was so glad I did! Alison was such a little bitch to them!

    It is the last couple of weeks of winter here in Australia and I'm just wishing for them to go by slowly because I love a good dress and cardigan combo with a cute brooch!

    Lauren
    http://tasteslikelove.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Lauren! OMG I am SO addicted. Every naptime I turn it right on. I can't get enough. Ezra is so dreamy...I hope he sticks around! I'm on episode 15 of Season 1.

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  5. I'm so sad to hear about you getting negative comments... I think that if someone doesn't like a certain blog he/she just shouldn't read it.

    I rarely comment because I'm bad at these things, but this time I felt like I had to. I like how honest you are and the way you develop your thoughts here in you blog. I enjoy reading your points of view and about your parenting experiences.

    I'm happy you just found this experience more encouraging, I really like reading your blog and would have been so sad if you'd had let this influence your writing...

    And you defenitly shoudn't give a shit about what anyone thinks!

    So carry on and keep writing cause the crowd awaits your blogging ;).

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    1. Also wanted to say that Henry is the cutest little boy!

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    2. Thank you so much Shiri! <3

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  6. I love your blog! I'm happy you are feeling better about sharing here.

    I'm also happy to hear you're trying out Paleo. I've been doing it (now 100% by necessity, but originally more like a loose 80/20) for over a year now and I'm so happy I made this choice. It's also great that Hank is on board with you, at least with Crossfit. My boyfriend still eats a lot of junk and ramen, it's tough!

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    1. Hey Tasha- thank you so much for the sweet words. Yay for Paleo! Do you have any recipes you'd recommend?

      xo

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  7. Great post, Henry is adorable!!!

    Here's my currently post,http://jessicamarymunchkin.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/currently.html

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  8. I feel exactly the same way about fall! I am so ready for the summer to be over, but I wish it could stay fall forever. As for PLL, who doesn't love it!? I don't even feel bad about admitting it because I think the mystery and storyline are awesome ;)

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  9. oh my GOD. that video made me want to go wake my baby up so I could have a chat with him. so sweet and so cute!! their little hi's and bye's killlll me!

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  10. I'm also a total junkie for fall - I may or may not have lit a pumpkin candle this weekend when the temps dipped into the high sixties...

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  11. i watched pretty little liars for about three seasons, and then it was just kind of the same for every.single.episode. kind of like watching a soap opera. same stuff, different episode. but the first couple of seasons are awesome! and it doesn't hurt that ezra is nice eye candy. ;-)

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  12. Im smiling so hard right now, what a sweetie :) love it

    Zoe
    http://gypsiesister.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. We've been eating the paleo way for about two years now. Its amazing how you feel transformed from the inside out. We still find ways to incorporate sweets without sacrificing our "diets". I say "diet" because its a life style choice for us. I hope you enjoy playing with all the recipes and making them your own.

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    1. Oh that is so awesome to hear Melissa! Do you have any fave sites or recipes you could share?

      xo

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  14. I LOVED Looking for Alaska! I haven't had a chance to read The Fault in Our Stars yet.

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  15. My Hubb recently went Paleo so I am cooking lots of new things and loving it! Get a bottle of amino acids! They're great and add a wonderful flavor to everything!

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  16. Happy :) He is so cute. Paleo looks pretty hardcore.
    Here's my currently post. Thanks for the inspiration
    Ciara
    http://checiarastakeonlife.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/currently-ciara.html

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  17. My husband has been talking about Paleo and now its been brought up on this blog and its coming more and more ... maybe its a sign. Thanks for the links to those blogs, I just may have to do some research!
    Also I love reading about your cross fit endeavors, its quite inspiring and has made me want to get out more and work out!

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  18. I actually got so excited I tried to do one to!

    http://theweekpeek.blogspot.be/2012/08/currently-fotd.html

    About the blogging. I think your blog is amazing, you can write about whatever you want and whatever you like! It's your blog and you decide what goes on it and what not! And there will always be people who think they're being cool and interesting when they write hurtful comments, know that there are so much other people out there who give you a lot of love! :D
    starting by me!
    Love, Saar

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  19. looking for alaska is one of my very favorite books. i first read it in high school and frequently re-read it. it makes me so happy when i hear that other people are enjoying books i love! i started 50 shades of grey like..a month ago, and made it halfway through and then just couldn't finish it. the writing is terrible!
    anyways, happy monday!
    ps henry is too cute!

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  20. Hi Danielle, Great Monday post! I have a November 2010 baby boy, too and loved the video :) I also really love to see how other mamas/families live and parent in a way that makes their children the happiest. None of us do it the same, because we are raising such unique little ones. Thanks for sharing your sweet life.

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    1. Hey Joy!

      I so agree- I find it so interesting to see all the different ways we're raising our little ones. Thank you for stopping by.

      xo

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  21. Thanks for this great Monday post! First of all, Henry is absolutely PRECIOUS!!!!! Thanks for making me smile. My little one is 15 months and just starting to say some things and it's so fun to see him learn and change.

    Also, thanks for posting the paleo information. My friend does Crossfit too and she and her daughter eat paleo 100% of the time, and recently my husband expressed interest in it so we're going to try it. Hope it's going well for you and I'm glad to see you found the positive through the negative comments you received. Who cares what other people think. You're right there's always going to be someone who will not like what you say, or believe or write or agree with your stance on something, but that's what makes us all different and interesting. It's unfortunate some people don't see the beauty in that and rejoice in that. Stay strong mama and keep being you.

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  22. Oh, goodness, Henry is so darn precious!!
    I was Paleo for a while but I missed a few things (mostly cheese) and now I just eat MOSTLY Paleo... actually, I basically eat Paleo with a little bit o cheese. =]
    I just LOVED Looking for Alaska. I'm reading Paper Towns right now and it's pretty good so far too. John Green is definitely a wonderful YA writer.
    I watched the first PLL episode and liked it quite a bit so I started reading the books and I am HOOKED! I love them! Once the series is over I plan to watch the show from start to finish.

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  23. Hi Dani!
    two things:
    1. That video of Henry really made me smile. Thank you.
    2. "who gives a shit" is exactly the attitude you should have!

    You are totally my cup of tea!
    --Marisol

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  24. Oh! That video of you and Henry is adorable. We've been thinking about maybe starting a family soon and that video just warmed my heart. Babies!

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  25. Isnt it crazy how quickly you get hooked on crossfit. I have been going for two months now and I love it! Also been paleo for about 6 months and love it as well! just have to say Your tattoos are gorgeous!

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  26. I absolutely love these 'currently' posts. I've seen them on a few other gals' blogs and I defintely want to join in. Do you do this every Monday or every so often?

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    1. Aww thanks! :) I do them every so often- no set day! You should do one too!

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  27. this whole post made my day!

    that little video was adorable!!! <3

    enjoy "looking for alaska" - i loved it!

    i'm so beyond looking forward to fall! it can't come soon enough!!

    and thanks for the pretty little liars recommendation - i just finished season two of the vampire diaries [adore!] on netflix and i need something new to watch while the baby takes her nap...

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  28. I started watching Pretty Little Liars this weekend and got hooked as well started watching Make It or Break It on netflix.

    I do time to time the paleo diet and I've started to see some difference on my energy level and food intake.

    That video of you and Henry is so cute!!!

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  29. Hi Danielle !
    I love your blog, do not worry about all the haters. they are everywhere anyway.... they must be lonely to take time and say mean things in here... I feel bad for them.

    I see how healthy you are and it is a real inspiration for me.
    Have you heard of "The Beauty Detox" by Kimberly Snyder? you should really check it out , it is very interesting.
    xo Berenice

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    1. Hey Berenice!

      I haven't ever heard of that book but I am heading off to Amazon to check it out now. Thank you!

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  31. My Dad and Brother are total Crossfit addicts, and my Dad is a Paleo freak. Personally I like yoga and hiking myself, but I can agree on the Paleo. Can I suggest Modern Paleo Warfare as another blog you may like to to try? Flinn and Greg are amazing and hilarious, the foods pretty delicious too

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  32. CUTEST DROOL EVER!! =)
    you are such a sweet mommy with a sweet baby

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  33. I just wanted to say that I LOVE your blog, because your words have what my Religions Professor called "the ring of truth". You can always tell when people are expressing themselves from a place of love and truth, and I really think you do. I never used to read blogs (and honestly I still don't for the most part) but when I came across Sometimes Sweet almost a year and a half ago, I was immediately hooked. To be honest, there are so many posts on here that I am not able to relate to and we really don't have much in common from what you post on here, but I really think what you write on here is honest, and truthful, and I find your posts delightful every single week. Keep writing and eff all those who say stupid stuff :-)

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    1. Oh thank you so much - you made my night with your kind words. Seriously.

      Lots of love.

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  34. Danielle!!! Henry is SO cute!!! Loved that video.

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  35. I'm totally with you on the fall thing...I went to the liquor store today and when I saw they're starting to stock pumpkin beer I screamed "IT'S HAPPENING!" (in my head) and did a backflip (in my head.)

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  36. Love the video; he's such a cutie!! As soon as I tuned into your blog, I fell in love with it. I feel like I can relate to a lot and learn a lot from you as well. Thank you for inspiring me to keep blogging and giving me new ideas for my posts. :)

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  37. Henry is SO cute! My fiance was watching this video with me and when it was done all I could say was 'This is why we need a baby!' lol :)

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  38. Looking for Alaska is one of my favorite books ever! You will love it! I am also an English teacher, and the sophomores read it at our high school. Very fun to teach. Also, cute video of your cute boy! I have a twenty month-old daughter...isn't this the best age?! (And are you like me and say that about every age?)

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  39. Ahhh, that video is adorable! I always love your currently posts, and I just did one tonight, too (http://bit.ly/RbTtR2)!

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  40. Hi Dani, LOVE your blog, I read it regularly.
    Henry is simply adorable. He has wonderful words!
    An honest question for you, has he been to the dentist? Are his teeth crooked from a pacifier, thumb sucking etc?
    He is perfect so please don't take that the wrong way. My baby has a pacifier but I am considering stopping it as I am worried about the effect it may have on her teeth (when she gets some). She is 5 months old.
    Thank you :)x

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    1. Hi there!

      No worries on the question! :) He actually broke his tooth in half and chipped the other one in a bad fall. So sad! So that's why it looks all wonky. We are going to get it capped, but we're in no rush because he isn't in pain. <3

      xo

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    2. Oh no! Kids are so rough and tumble like that. Thank you for responding :) hope you've had a good day with this fun little guy!x

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  41. I love that you're trying Paleo! I've been doing it for nine months and it has literally changed my life so much. I hope you continue to love it! And I'm interested to see what you have to say about Looking for Alaska. I read it in undergrad and then found myself going back to it time and time again whenever I wrote a paper in grad school about female protagonists. Greene does some interesting things, but I'll wait to talk to you about it later ;).

    Here's my post! http://www.freckleditalian.com/2012/08/currently.html

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    1. We have so much in common lady- I just adore you! I will have to pick your brain on Paleo stuff one day. :)

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    2. You must! I could talk about Paleo for a billion hours. I just adore you, too!

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  42. Looking for Alaska is one of my all-time favorites. I even carry it around in my purse! Love your blog.

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  43. Oh my gosh, I LOVE Pretty Little Liars and Looking For Alaska is my all time favorite book. I read it twice in two months which is not a normal thing for me. I will probably read it again before the year is over. The Fault in Our Stars comes in at a close second. Paper Towns by him is also quite good, but Looking For Alaska and TFIOS are the best.

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  44. Oh, man. Your little stinker is SOOOO cute! My baby is 2 and half and I would just die to hear him say "beep" or "boom" (we just started speech therapy, which we both hate, but he's learning at least). Also, thanks for sharing your Cross Fit stuff. I'm not super athletic, but I have a friend that's been doing it for years, and she looks/feels amazing. Way to go! (That sounds so corny, but I mean it). :)

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  45. I relate to so much in this post! I like those cheesy books as well, they're just really relaxing haha. And ABC shows... Oh and I absolutely love fall, I've been anticipating it for a while now and I just can't wait!

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  46. Ahhhh where to begin! Well I have been following your blog forever and I am always excited to read about your healthy meals and what you do for exercise. I have a gluten and dairy allergy and after reading about your Paleo meal planning I realized this could be a great lifestyle change for me. So today was my first Paleo day! I got home from work to make dinner and then Tweeted about it and ended up in a Twitter war. I was just wondering if you have encountered this same opposition. Of course I was annoyed so I blogged about it! http://www.elizabethricci.com/?p=496

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    1. Okay so I went and read your post! WHOA! What a meanie. I'm sorry you received such horrible tweets...but I'm glad you didn't let it get to you. Some people... ;)

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  47. Oh.my.word. Sweetest baby boy ever. <3

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  48. I secretly can't wait for autumn either! I kind of gave up on summer... I've been working like crazy and I don't seem to have time to get to the beach at all. It bummed me out for a while, but I'm ok with looking forward to fall now! we started a garden and our pumpkins are well on their way and I can't wait to pick them in the fall!!

    keep doing what you're doing :)

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  49. i love reading your currently posts! and i can't wait to read looking for alaska! i loved the fault in our stars, so i'm really looking forward to reading more of his books. here's my currently post if you'd like to read it: http://chanelpaulk.blogspot.com/2012/08/currently.html

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  50. I was one of the people who STRONGLY recommended looking for alaska to you (or as I abbreviate- LFA :)
    I am so happy that you decided to read it! It doesn't disappoint.

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  51. I wish I had time for crossfit! Good luck to your sister!

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  52. I'm so sorry you were feeling bummed and I'm so sorry I somehow missed all of that. But BRAVO to you for feeling empowered and ready to move on and create and be inspired! You are such a sunshiney spirit, girlie.

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  53. I just can not believe that people would be negative and say negative things about you!! You are so positive and your space is so real. I just love yall so much and would be so sad if you werent sharing. I literally love looking at sometimes sweet and love that you dont have to put tons of crafts or recipes or anything (not that there is anything wrong with that! haha! I am one of those dorky christian crafters someone is talking about!) but your life to make it fun to read. Just your writing and perspective is beautiful. It is just such a reminder to take it all in, enjoy what is going on around you and trying to be the best you can be. You are always challenging yourself to be better with your eating, working out, mothering, wifing, etc and it is just so encouraging. Ok, sorry for rambling I just love this space and love yall! I am so sorry you had to deal with such negativity!

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  54. I absolutely love your blog and I can't tell you how happy I was to hear you started doing Crossfit! I've been going with my husband for a little over a month and a half and I'm completely obsessed! Good for you. It's amazing, isn't it?

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  55. oh my gosh this video just melted my heart! i love it!

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  56. I always enjoy your Currently posts:)
    Here is my own, rather delayed contribution:

    http://byebyeblackbirdie.blogspot.com/2012/08/currently.html

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  57. my currently post: http://mybeautifulli.blogspot.com/2012/08/currently.html

    love your post! I always love reading what you have been up to lately!

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  58. I enjoy your current post and always try to make one myself: http://mariantoslittlebox.blogspot.com/2012/08/currently.html

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  59. Thanks for the inspiration! Love the blog and reading about a fellow tattooed mama's adventures!
    Here's my first "currently" post: http://stefanieshouldbearealityshow.blogspot.com/2012/08/currently.html

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  60. I love your Currently posts, Danielle! Do come and visit me
    http://www.gutsygirl.com.au/1/post/2012/08/currently.html

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