Mitchell Family Holiday Photos 2017

Photo shoots are HARD when you have a four year old and a nineteen month old. With Porter, we were dealing with smile refusals and attitude problems. With Preston, we were dealing with just general crazy behavior that mostly included running away when we put him somewhere to stand or sit or even heaven forbid we hold him and he isn’t diving head first to the ground. I tried bribing with food, but it was ineffective.

Somehow our photographer managed to capture some moments that made it look like we have our *ish* together, so thanks for that Jacki Raney. Hopefully we can fool everyone that’s on our Christmas card list. And thank the Heavens above for Amazon Prime’s free two day shipping for giving me something to wear. My outfit is linked below and I really think every girl should buy these shoes.

Sam Edelman Leopard heels (on sale for $119 from $140 – kind of a splurge for me, but I’ve been obsessed with these forever and plan on wearing the heck out of them)

Plaid Shirt (only $15 with a looser boyfriend-ish fit)

Tulle Skirt (Under $30 and comes in every color you could ever want)

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my thoughts on blogging

Blogs are everywhere. I feel like everyone and their mother is a “blogger.” Having spent six years in the world of public relations, I’m all too familiar with bloggers who blog mainly to get free stuff, or to build a “brand.” In fact, part of my job was reviewing blogs and deciding if they were “worth” the attention of some of my clients. I’m not sure where my blogger cynicism comes from, but it’s there. Being someone with a PR background, you’d think the idea of creating a blog to build a brand wouldn’t bother me – but for some reason it does. I was just watching a new show on E! called “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” (insert judgement <here>) and I was laughing to myself during the episode where one of the main characters spent 30k on a “re-launch” party for her blog. It just seemed so disingenuous to me. I know it’s just a dumb show and that the producers probably made her have a party so they could try to have some sort of a plot, but still. (To be fair, I’m probably just jealous that I can’t drop 30k on a launch party for my blog)

But at the same time…

I love the idea of having an online platform to share and relate with friends, family and whoever finds my ordinary life interesting. So many of my best friends live far away, and I don’t see some family members as much as I should. So – I threw my cynicism out the window and started a blog – and here we are. Thanks for stopping by.