Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I Am Enough

photo via mbartstudios on Etsy

I'm not super athletic. I just try to do what I can to be healthy. So, yesterday I'm at the gym, on the treadmill and feeling good. I mean, I LOVE running. I may not be very fast, but it just relaxes me in a way that I can't in any other way. So, I'm on the treadmill coming up on mile 2, and this lady walks in, sets her belongings down and gets on the treadmill next to me. Talk about a buzz kill. She was that lady. You know the one. Super tan, beautiful long hair. She looks like she could be a swimsuit model. She's wearing cute matching exercise clothes and she makes running look effortless. She looks cute running. I felt so self conscious. I was in an oversize gray t-shirt and black yoga pants. I'm sweating profusely and my face is red as a tomato. I got off the treadmill. I couldn't do it. I do not look cute when I exercise, and I felt like in that moment, I can't compete with that. I picked my kids up from the daycare and we walked home.

We live a few blocks from the gym, so I had a chance to think. Why did I feel that way? Why can't I just be content with who I am and what I am, and stop competing with the "cute girls"? I'm not in high school anymore - I'm almost 30 years old! I've had 2 kids, and I'm trying to be healthy. I exercise, I try to eat healthy, and I'm doing the best I can! So why is it that some days I just feel like its not enough? I'll never be the cute girl on the treadmill next to me. I never have been! And I don't want to be. I don't want to be anyone but me. And then I thought of something a friend told me a long time ago. The friend was quoting Eleanor Roosevelt when she said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Wow. So powerful.

We're overrun with media and other people telling us we need to do more or be more. Lose weight and you'll be cuter. Buy these clothes and you'll be sexy. Wear this perfume and you'll get all you've ever dreamed. Go here and then you'll be happy... Who are we allowing to determine how we feel about ourselves? Some media executive? A sports drink company or a travel agency? The "cute" lady on the treadmill next to you? How do you determine if you are good enough?

I look around in my personal sphere of influence, not at my bank account, not at my closet, and not at the scale. I have a good life! I have an awesome husband, and 2 wonderful kids. I have a business I enjoy, we have friends and family and I'm happyI am me, and I am enough. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

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When I lived in Indiana, Memorial Day weekend was a BIG DEAL. It was the weekend of the Indianapolis 500. There were parades and a mini-marathon. I feel like, in all the hype, most people forgot the real reason we celebrate Memorial Day. So here it is, folks. In case you were wondering. The History of Memorial Day from http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html

"Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in hisGeneral Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee." 

For more information, please check out http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html

Happy Memorial Day Monday!

Friday, May 25, 2012

It's Another Birthday!

I love the spring. Mostly because my husband and both my daughters are spring babies. It's such a wonderful time planning parties and celebrating the people I love most. Speaking of one of the people I love most...

C's first photo - 1 hour old

My beautiful daughter C turned 4 today! I can't believe I have a 4-year-old! Here are 15 wonderful and interesting things about my sweet girl:

1. She was born at 36 weeks and 4 days after I spent 9 weeks on bed rest for pre-term labor. She weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz and was 19 inches long.
2. She crawled at 5 months but didn't walk until almost 14 months.
3. Her first word was "no" and her second was "mama". She's been speaking in full coherent sentences since about 15 months.
4. She has always been small for her age, but what she lacks in size she makes up for in personality!
5. She refused to potty train until about 6 months ago. (When she's a teenager, she'll kill me for revealing that!)
6. She loves her little sister. She tells me they are best friends. :)
7. She has a fabulously contagious laugh, but an equally contagious grumpy face.
8. She loves meeting new people, but is still a little shy at heart.
9. She has her own language. For example, she calls ponytails "piggies" and tells me how many "piggies" she wants for the day.
1 piggie = ponytail
2 piggies = pigtails
braid piggies = 2 french braids
"pretty church hair" = hair half up with a flower clip
10. She loves being read to.
11. She loves the show My Little Pony.
12. Her favorite drink is warm water with honey and lemon. (Daddy gave that to her this past winter when she was really sick. She asks for it almost every day now.)
13. Daddy is definitely her favorite parent, but she always picks me to help her say her prayers at night. :)
14. Her favorite color is purple.
15. She is so excited to start preschool in the fall so she can "learn her letters and numbers".

C at age 4

We really are so blessed to have her in our lives! My pregnancy was so difficult with her that we literally feel like we prayed her here. We thank God every day for answering our prayers because what a wonderful part of our family she is!

Happy Birthday Sweetheart!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

LDS Etsy Team Giveaway!



I'm so excited to be part of this awesome giveaway! It's over $230 worth of items from a collection of Etsy stores from the LDS Etsy team. To enter click this link here and follow the instructions. There are some awesome designs like my customized return address stamp (see #1). Go to the link to see the rest and then enter. I know you want to!  I'm so jealous of the person who will win this!

The Miracles of Vinegar



We have this couch that we bought when I was pregnant with C. We ordered it from a catalog. We were so proud of it because it was our first "large" purchase as a married couple. We spent weeks in anticipation of the arrival of our new couch. When it arrived, it was nothing like we imagined. It was smaller than we thought it would be, the fabric was like a fake suede (even though the description said "microfiber") and the color was TERRIBLE! We thought we were getting a blueish color couch. It was green. But not just any green - a terrible sea foam green. Don't get me wrong, I love that color for weddings or a cute shirt, but for a couch? It's awful. And we couldn't take it back. It was on clearance from the catalog and all sales were final. I guess that's what we get for being so cheap.

So, fast forward  several years and the upholstery is dirty. It now has a dark brownish tinge to it and I can't find anything safe to clean it. Then we're potty training and my daughter had an accident on the couch. UGH! I called my mom freaking out a bit. She tells me, "Well, vinegar will get the urine smell out, but you might have a permanent spot." Whatever. The couch is ugly and thrashed anyway, but at least it won't smell.

I proceeded to mix the water (3 cups) with the vinegar (2 tablespoons) and clean up the mess. But to my amazement, something very interesting happens. The vinegar not only takes the icky smell away, but it removes the grime! Awesome! I cleaned the entire couch! It was a beautiful moment! So, even though my couch is still so ugly, at least it's clean now!!!

For more information about the miracles of vinegar, check out a few of these articles:

http://www.thenewhomemaker.com/vinegar

http://www.angelfire.com/cantina/homemaking/vinegar.html

http://www.rd.com/home/150-household-uses-for-vinegar/

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My Awesome Mother's Day

I know this post is a week after Mother’s Day, but I didn’t want to forget to share it. Mother’s Day can be bittersweet for me. I have 2 awesome girls, but I’ve also had 3 miscarriages (2 of which occurred within a few weeks of Mother’s Day). But this year was truly so great. My kids are pretty much the coolest kids ever, and I am so blessed to be their mother!


I woke up to breakfast in bed (Again, I tell you, my husband is the BEST!). It was fun for all of us since my girls loved lying in bed with me and helping to eat my breakfast. Then my hubby presented me with a cute card from the girls and a beautiful necklace from Rose and Raven on Etsy. I don’t usually wear much jewelry, but this was such a sweet and thoughtful gift. The charm is the “tree of life” which has significant meaning to our family spiritually. It was a beautiful gift on a beautiful day, which ultimately is a celebration of family.



Later that morning I went to church, wearing my beautiful new necklace, and had an awesome surprise.  Our Relief Society (the Church's women’s organization) had a buffet brunch with muffins and crepes and juice. It was so delicious and so nice for the men to take over teaching Sunday school for the little children so all of the women in our congregation could participate.

After church, the hubby watched the kids and I got a nice Sunday nap. We ended the evening Skyping with my parents. We don’t see them in person often since they live clear across the country from us, so it was nice to catch up with them. The girls are always so amazed we can see grandma and grandpa through the computer. It was a treat for all of us.

I hope that all of your Mother’s Day events were wonderful whether you are now a mother, hope to be a mother or have a mother heart.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Joy Cometh in the Morning

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The other day I was reading Jones Design Company, one of my favorite blogs, and she really hit the nail on the head. She was describing feeling weary. I know I have been feeling super run down and exhausted and just at my wits end, but weary is the more perfect word to describe how I feel. I feel like I've really hit rock bottom  in regards to my ability to feel successful.  I just feel so terrible and deficient at everything. I can't seem to find my groove with my design work. My almost 4-year-old is really giving me a run for my money. I've also had some other personal setbacks recently. It's just all so frustrating! But then I read her blog post. It was exactly what I needed to be reminded of.

The author talks of how we can find peace with things that are out of our control. She uses prayer as a way of finding peace. As I've mentioned before, I'm a religious person, so prayer is a huge part of the the way I find peace as well. But, regardless of your religion or creed, I think this statement holds true. We can find peace, especially with the things that we feel like are "unfixable". It's not easy, but trust me, I have a lot of those "unfixable" things in my life right now! I have found that, as the author says, I can have peace. I have felt peace, and I can continue to feel peace even on the days I feel weary. One of my favorite reminders is Palms 30:5, "Weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning". No matter the depth of your sorrows or the length of your weeping and weariness, morning will come and joy will be there! And it was really nice to be reminded of that.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Hair Donation



I've always wanted to donate my hair for very personal reasons.  When I was ten-years-old I was diagnosed with lymphoma. My parents were told I had only months to live and intensive and immediate chemotherapy was the only option to try to prolong my life. Miraculously, mere hours after I was given that grim prognosis, doctors returned to my parents again. I didn't have lymphoma as the previously thought, but I had a very rare and potentially lethal form of a usually non-deadly illness. I had histoplasmosis of the digestive system and it had spread to my lymphatic system. It was quickly progressing to disseminated histoplasmosis.

 I still needed very intensive and immediate treatment. I spent the next few months in the hospital and then a few more at home receiving treatment via home health care. I was a very sick little girl. During my recovery I often roomed with children who were suffering from various illnesses, injuries and cancers. I did not lose my hair, but many of my roommates and friends did. I knew one day I wanted to help. I spent several months volunteering at Children's Hospital of Central California a few years ago, (until it was too much having a young baby) but I've still always wanted to donate my hair. As you all know I cut my hair last week and the ponytail of cut hair measures about 13-14 inches, which was long enough to donate.

I looked into the various charities to donate my hair to and I settled on Wigs for Kids. I really felt that this charity was the best one to donate considering my experience as a child.  It's this awesome charity that was founded by Jeffrey Paul after his niece began losing her hair following treatment for leukemia. Paul was a successful hairdresser and his niece wanted a wig for gymnastics tryouts. The charity was born! It's really an incredible story! For more information or to donate your hair or make a monetary donation click here.



I know not all of us can donate hair, but there are various ways we can all make a difference in the world and communities we live in. I encourage all of you to find a way that you can make a difference. Please donate your time, money, hair, skills, anything necessary to help our children have a better future! What are some ways in which you "give back"?

Happy Monday!

Friday, May 11, 2012

New Window Seat Cover!

I have always loved the idea of having a window seat, but it wasn't until we moved to our new place that we actually had one. It is awesome! But it was also very uncomfortable to sit on without some sort of seat cover or padding. I had this vision that I would create the perfect seat cover for our new window seat. How did I do?


Before

After



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

New Haircut!

Wow has my hair changed through the years! I wish I had some photos of when I was a little girl. My mother used to tell me this poem:

There Was A Little Girl
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There was a little girl,
            Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
            When she was good,
            She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.


My mother used to tell me this poem I'm sure for more than one reason... But I choose to believe I was an angel child, and she recited this poem because I had beautiful curly hair. :) I did indeed have one little curl in the middle of my forehead. BUT, Since being pregnant, the texture of my hair has changed dramatically. It is no longer all curly. The underneath is super curly and the top is just stringy and kinda wavy. So I usually straighten it with a flat iron now. Weird how hormones affect even your hair, isn't it? 

Below are the before and after photos. What do you think?

  

Monday, May 7, 2012

We were Featured!



I love the exposure my shop is getting! We were featured again on the Latter Day Saint Etsy Team Blog! They featured one of my return address stamps as a great gift for Mother's Day. I agree! Return Address stamps are the perfect Mother's Day gift! Stamps can be used for letters, gift tags, luggage tags, etc... If you don't see the design or size in my shop you are looking for, send me an email at ehernandezdesigns@gmail.com and I can create a custom design just for you!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Gift Tags Now Available!

I love designing new items for the shop. It's so much fun coming up with ideas and them implementing them. (My photo taking skills, on the other hand, need work. So, please forgive me for the bad photos. One day I will figure out how to use my camera properly!)

Introducing gift tags/favor tags from E Hernandez Designs! Tags are perfect for many occasions including weddings, baby shower, birthday party, graduation party and holidays. There are 5 ready made designs in our shop. If you need a different size, color, shape, or design, please email me your vision at ehernandezdesigns@gmail.com and I will create a custom design for you!

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Free Printable Mother's Day Card

May's Printable is here!

I wanted to create something a little unique. I love the sappy Mother's Day cards (I'm a mother, too!)  but lately I've been drawn to bold colors in my design work. So I decided to create May's free printable as a  Mother's Day card with some playful stripes in bold colors. The inside is blank for you to write your own sweet, sappy message. :) The card is designed to print on regular 8.5 x 11 card stock (recommended). Simply click on the image, then right click and save to desktop, then print. Fold in half and voila!

Happy May Day!