special surprises

I have been blogging for over two years now.  It’s been an adventure, that’s for sure.  From starting with lots of inspiration to actually growing my blog to have it’s own little following and then opening my shop, I’ve had lots and lots of learning experiences.  For a long time, I was almost obsessed with comparing Everyday Clever to other blogs {other much more “mature” and established blogs}–I constantly got “blog envy” and felt that my blog was lacking.  Recently, life-changes have forced me to put things on a bit of a “slow-down.”  Unlike many pro-bloggers, I am not a stay-at-home mom and my blog is not my business–it’s my hobby.  I need the stability of an outside job because I have to bring in a certain amount of incomes.  This is fine, it’s where God has placed me right now {and, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy what I do}, but things with work have been quite busy {not complaining}, and I’ve had to prioritize.

Unfortunately, my blog has been lowered on the totem pole of priorities.  It makes me sad, because I love having a creative outlet and motivation to try new projects and share new ideas, but I know that it’s sort-of a must right now.  With all of that being said, I had felt a little like all of the work I’ve put into my blog over the past 2 years was starting to waste away and that things were slowly on the decline, until this week.

This week, for the first time ever, I received a special surprise from a fellow blogger–Reni @ Bliss and Tell.  The gift wasn’t huge, but it was so cute and really gave me some renewed feelings about the future of Everyday Clever.

Reni designed my oh-so-beautiful business cards a few months ago, after I won the giveaway Jami was hosting at Freckled Laundry.  She’s a creative spirit herself and does a great job marketing herself and her business.  This week, she sent me this little packet of gift tags that are absolutely adorable!

While my posts are not as frequent as they used to be, I have no intention of giving up on this little blog.  Even if no one reads it, it has become an important part of my life and despite life changes and financial duties, I plan to keep it going.  Reni’s {small but thoughtful} gift made me realize that connections with other women and the ability to share creative ideas and inspiration… and life-experiences {struggles, victories, and everything in between} matters to me.

I hope it matters to you to and that you’ll keep reading.

Thanks, Reni!

kade’s room

In just a few short weeks, Kade will be here!  Lucky for him, his room is all ready!  I gave you a sneak peek of his room here, but now I’ve got the full story.  I didn’t do an idea board for this room–Melody (Kade’s mommy) and I just did lots of shopping and emailing about ideas and concepts for the room.

What do you think?  Isn’t the rug awesome!?  Melody found it for $160 at Overstock.com–pretty nice, huh?

On another fun note, Reni posted about my new business cards on the Bliss and Tell blog.  Check out the post here— I can’t wait to get my cards!  Reni is actually doing another giveaway on her blog for 100 custom designed business cards.  She’s awesome to work with and is an amazing designer.  All you have to do to enter is like B & T on Facebook or subscribe to their blog.  Be sure to stop by!

I’m looking forward to a week of perfect weather!!  Hope your weather is awesome too!

what’s in a spring wardrobe?

It in the 80’s here.  That’s right–80’s!  It feels like we skipped all the way to summer already!  So much for getting one or two more wears out of those sweaters…I’m ready for some spring clothes!  There are a couple of things that I’m super excited about for Spring of ’12–nude and lace.

My first must-have for Spring is a pair of nude pumps.

Can’t you just picture these with a sweet sun dress or some white skinny jeans?!

These are a bit more pink, but lovely all the same.

…and of course, there’s always the grey version–you know how we love grey

Now I just gotta get some sun so my shoes don’t disappear when I put them on!

My other favorite for Spring is lace.  Lace tops are popping up everywhere and I love them!!

Personally, I’m a big fan of the looser lace but, really, it’s all great.

What are some items you’re looking forward to in fashion this Spring?

On another note.  Thank you to everyone who gave feedback on my new business cards.  Reni sent me the final proof over this weekend and they look awesome!

Here’s the final draft–don’t you love how she incorporated the khaki, blue, and grey chevron?!  It all works together perfectly!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

this and that

There’s a bunch of “this and that” going on, so I thought I”d use this post to catch you up and get your feedback.

For starters, my latest post went live on Dr. Mommy Online yesterday–check it out here.  It’s all about gallery walls!

Also, I don’t think I told you, but I won a giveaway a few weeks ago on Freckled Laundry.  It was for 100 free business cards designed by Reni at Bliss and Tell Branding Company–super awesome!

She just sent me first revisions this week and I have two options that I can’t decide between!

Option 1:

or Option 2:

I would so appreciate it if you could comment on which one is your favorite–it would definitely help make my decision easier!

On a random note, it has been unseasonably warm here.  I think it may have reached 80 today, and we even had a thunder storm.  Everything is in bloom…even flowers that usually bloom in the summer!

Is it really only February?!

My allergies have been going crazy {boo} and I can’t seem to kick it…  My chiropractor suggested a home remedy involving garlic cloves, coconut oil, and olive oil–apparently you make a paste and then put it on your feet {with socks}…hmmm not too sure about that.

Did I mention I hate pollen?.

Asa’s brother, Kade, is due in just a few short weeks.  Although all of the furniture in his nursery was pre-exisiting (from when Asa was a baby), he did get new bedding, window treatments, and some accessories.  I’ve been working with Melody to select fabrics and accessories and it’s almost ready!  Here’s a sneak preview of the room.

{more pictures coming!}

Finally, I thought I’d share this great recipe I found on Pinterest.  Every Monday night, my sisters-in-law and I get together for dessert and the Bachelor.  It was my turn to provide dessert this Monday so I made gooey cinnamon sticks:

The recipe calls for a can of pre-made pizza dough, but I bought a can of pre-cut bread-stick dough instead.  The garlic spread was in a separate container so I didn’t have to worry about garlic flavored cinnamon sticks.

Check out the recipe HERE–it’s so easy and quick!

Well…if that’s not a random post, I’m not sure what is!

Have a great weekend, friends!