Friday, July 30, 2010

If you're going through hell...

That is where I am right now. Hell. My back in a corner. Nowhere to go.

Many of you that are my friends on Facebook know what it is going. For those of you that don't, just know that my family and I could use some extra support and prayers as we navigate a path we never expected to be on.

I am certain it won't be this way for long. I have to believe that I will find a way to get through this and make it better. There is no other option.

Honesty and love ALWAYS win. Everytime. And just because the other people are better liars, eventually my honesty and my intentions will show through.

I am hurting in a way that i didn't even know was humanely possible. I feel anger I didn't know I had. And I have a deep sadness I never knew exsisted. But, I am keeping the faith. Keeping faith that things will go the way they are suppose to go.

Today, I am living by the Rodney Atkins song "If You're Going Through Hell"

I am just going to keep going, one foot in front of the other until I come out on the other side.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

New Winner for the Kraft Giveaway

sweetmelbelle31! Email me at maustin27 AT GMAIL DOT COM with your shipping info within 24 hrs

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Invisalign Wants To Send Your Teen To The 2010 Teen Choice Awards

Teen Choice 2010 will celebrate the hottest teen icons in film, television, music, fashion, and sports at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards on August 9th from 8-10pm (ET/PT).
This year, Invisalign will be joining Dr. Pepper as the official sponsor of this star studded event. Fans ages 13 thru 19 can vote once a day for their favorites at

Invisalign Teen is proud to be working with FOX as a sponsor of TEEN CHOICE 2010 and will be presenting the "Choice Smile Award" during the show. As an extension of its relationship, Invisalign Teen has launched the Straight to Stardom Sweepstakes with a grand prize VIP package for four to TEEN CHOICE 2010 in Los Angeles and other prizes.

Invisalign Teen Straight to Stardom Sweepstakes

Invisalign Teen is hosting Straight to Stardom sweepstakes. The winner will receive a VIP trip for 4 to the Teen Choice Awards 2010!

The grand prize includes:
* Trip for 4 to attend Teen Choice 2010, including air, hotel, and transportation
* 4 Post-Show VIP Party Tickets
* 2 Flip Cameras

Runner up prizes include:
• iPad
• Laptop computer
• 3 iPod touch mobile digital devices
• Authentic Teen Choice 2010 surfboard

Total Approximate Retail Value of all prizing is $10,000.00
Deadline to enter is JULY 11
You can enter by clicking this link
Sweepstakes rules can be found here
About Invisalign

Teens now have a modern choice for straightening their teeth. No more wires and brackets required – Invisalign Teen is the clear alternative to metal braces that uses a series of virtually invisible and removable aligners that gradually move teeth over time. For teens, the benefits include: no food restrictions, no interference with sports or other activities, and teeth get straightened without people knowing they are in treatment. Learn more and find a preferred provider at or call 1-800-INVISIBLE. Invisalign Teen is designed, manufactured and marketed by Align Technology, Inc, the leader in clear orthodontics. Align Technology was founded in March 1997 and received FDA clearance to market Invisalign in 1998. Today the Invisalign product family includes Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Invisalign Assist, Invisalign Express and Vivera Retainers.
(This is a sponsored post, I was gifted a $25.00 Gift Card for my participation)

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

And the winner is....

Debbie was comment # 3

Debbie said...
Following you on twitter @suburbsanity and tweeted here:

July 4, 2010 6:26 PM
Debbie, please email your mailing address to maustin27 AT gmail Dot com within 48 hours to have your basket shipped to you!
Thank you all for playing.
Look for a brand new giveaway coming soon!

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Raw(e) Photo Contest~flowers~

This week I thought that I would participate in Sailor and Co's Raw(e) Photo Challenge. This week it is flowers.
We bought this house in Feb 2010. This spring I was delighted to see probably close to 3o or more of my favorite flower...the tulip...growing in our front yard.
I chose this photo because I love how it captures the detail of the flower.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

I need a break

Things are piling up on me lately and I am feeling completely overwhelmed. I don't know what to do or where to turn. It is stressful. Extremely stressful.

Many of my readers know that I am a freelance writer. Well, I have had some amazing opportunites offered to me the last few weeks. All of which promise to really turn this into something huge. I am excited. But with the excitement also comes the stress. I am my own worst enemy. And my biggest critic. I find myself questioning my every move. Long after the house has settled down and gone to sleep for the night, I lie awake and wonder "Can I do this?" "Do I have what it takes". I have moments of self doubt, and have to refrain from just saying " I quit" I want this. I need this. But, at times, I wonder if I deserve this.

Recently our van died. (Actually, had it died 2 seconds later it would have been on the train tracks and you and I would not be having this conversation.) So, that leaves us with one vehicle. Which normally would not be an issue. Except Steve is working out of town. And he has the car. And I am stuck here in the house. With the kids. All day. Everyday.

I need a break. Just a moment to breathe (and maybe use the *ahem* facilities in peace) I need a moment to realize that I am worth more than what I hold myself too. Just a moment. With no diapers. No bottles. No "MOMMM"s. No crying. Just a moment with myself. To recharge.

I love my life. Really I do. In the mornings, I have a 2 second commute from the bed room to my "office" I can take extended lunch breaks and have meeting in my pajamas. My husband has worked hard to give me this life.

I just need a break.

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