The Real True Story About How Parents Adopted Out Their Child When He Told Them He Was Gay *

Today, I want to share a story about a family that is near and dear to my heart. I met Dale in my first job out of college. I worked at an HR firm in Troy and Dale became-and still is- somewhat of a “Mentor” to me in the professional, and personal sense. He’s an amazing father/husband, hard worker and more than anything an inspiration. I always knew about his adoption story but it wasn’t until this recent story was published that I knew the full extent of his family’s situation. My husband (Patrick) and I met at my previous company and both knew Dale extremely well. He’s always been a light-hearted friend who gives solid and sound advice. . . . which we definitely need from time to time! While PJ and I have just begun the challenges of parent-hood ourselves, this story was extremely touching to both of us. This morning, I want to share this piece from evolequals so that you too can see what an inspiring story this is for not only the gay community, but the people who surround and support them. Michigan has recently passed the law allowing Gays to marry in the state of Michigan and I thought no better way to start-off this wonderful week than to share this eye-opening piece. Thank you Dale and Mindy for being the people that you are! You remind me daily what it is to be a better person, a better parent. I can’t thank you enough for making this world a better place. 

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Early April 2013 a story on social media started immediately “going viral”.  72,000 people shared a story called, “PARENTS PUT 16 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER UP FOR ADOPTION AFTER LEARNING SHE IS GAY”.  Almost as suddenly as the story had taken off, it halted.  Blushing page administrators started removing it quickly as details, such as the family living in “Southern Carolina” pointed to a growing understanding.  The story was fake.  It was, in fact, a satire from the site Deacon Tyson Bowers III.

The story was not far fetched.  Writer and LGBT youth advocate Cathy Kristofferson states, “Youth who come out to their parents are rejected by those parents at a rate of 50%, with 26% immediately thrown out of the house to become instantly homeless and many following soon after as a result of the physical and verbal abuse … Empowered by the gains in equality and acceptance with the…

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Friday Favorites – Fun & FREE Fonts! *

It’s FRIDAY! That’s right, and you know what that means: Friday Favorites. A time for us to share in all the wonderful things that make us happy, because why not? It’s everyone’s favorite day of the work-week and to celebrate we should bask in all that is happy. So let’s get to it!

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Today’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to some of my favorite fun and FREE fonts! With so many to chose from and a never-ending afternoon of downloads ahead, each font-finding endeavor seems to take longer then the last. But why search high and low when you can simply surrender to this blog and find  fun, easy-to-download fonts with the simple click of link?! So without further ado, I give you:

Free Fonts We Love!

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Jazzy Essay
KB Zip A Dee Doo Dah
Little Bird 
Olive Tue Les Fourmis
Marcelle Script
KG Strawberry Lime-aid
Organic Fruit
Stars From Our Eyes
Orange Juice
Marketing Script
Lemon Drop

No need to thank me, I know you will all be downloading the bejeezus out of these fonts. I mean why wouldn’t you? They are just too cute. . .  and who doesn’t LOVE Free anything? I could download fonts ALL day week. (No seriously, I have been. #DontJudgeMe).

What are some of your favorite fonts? I would love to know- But really, I will probably spend the rest of the evening downloading any of your recommendations! #SuchAnExcitingLifeILive.

Happy Friday!

Cheers,

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The Lost Confessions *

I can’t help but surrender to the idea that I’m incapable of pre-planning my blogging week. While I look forward to the day that I can call myself “organized”, it doesn’t help that I’m currently a ball of chaos. I confess, I love creeping on all the ideal Pinterest ways in which to Organize/Promote/Influence your blog, but let’s be real, between my full-time career, part-time Etsy business, being a mom, wife, and living anything remotely close to a life. . . .pre-planning a blog is hardly on my to-do list!

To be brutally honest, I confess: I have been super proud of myself for even getting on here almost every day and getting something on paper! While I’ve always been a bit of a procrastinator, I tend to do my best work in the heat of the moment the last damn second of my day. Hell, I typically don’t even post for the day until 4pm and THAT is another thing I hope to change. . . you and your morning posts! #OverAchievers!!! I have these grand ideas you see, of a blog that has substance, flow, even an “agenda”. . . . right now it’s just a damn disaster and I truly appreciate all of you that follow along while I stumble to find my footing!

While the majority of the blogs I follow have a solid voice, I have to admit that I in no way have any idea where this little guy’s going. I have this schedule in mind where every week I do something like: Monday: (insert idea here- probably bad that I can’t even start the week with a solid thought), Tuesday: (something about married life, motherhood, serious shit), Wednesday: (Confessions & Funny stuff), Thursday: (DIY And How-To’s), Friday: (Favorites) and the Weekend: Well, you’re lucky if I even think twice about the blogisphere! This my friends is a long way off from my current status and while I hope to one day make it, for now I’m completely ok with having absolutely nothing in mind when I click “New Post”. #LiterallyNothing.

Confession: This post wasn’t decided until I clicked on “New Post”. I typically am bursting with confessions but I wanted to take this weeks Rant to a more organized place. #BecauseThinkingOutLoudIsAlwaysSoOrganized. [Right]. But seriously, what’s more to confess when you’ve come to realize that you’re confessing to yourself that you can’t even come up with a topic for confessions?!?. . . That is stems back to the fact that you have to admit (confess) that you aren’t the most organized blogger, then you realize that your faults are just piling up and all result in the simple fact that you can’t pick a damn topic to write about! Thank God for Kathy over at Vodka and Soda for at least solidifying my Wednesdays with a constant theme. If it wasn’t for her Humpday Confessions, I’m positive Wednesdays would be another (insert idea here) kind of day! Obviously, make sure you go check her out – It’s a great Wednesday tradition.

While I’m positive you’ve all been in my shoes (if you haven’t, stop bragging!), I would love a bit of advice on where and when you  found your “flow” – If you will? Do you even have one? Am I supposed to be this worried about it? How in the F do you guys plan out your blogs and if you don’t how in the hell do you find interesting material? What tips do you have for me?

Sincerely,

The Lost Blogger.

 

Ps. Make sure you stop over at Fitness Blondie’s: Hump Day Blog Hop for more mid-week fun as well and link-up with the rest of her crew!

Cheers,

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Rain Boot Love *

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 5.43.02 PMWhat is it about rain boots that can just magically put a girl in the best of moods? I can’t put my finger on it, but I can tell you one thing, it makes up for the horrible weather. There is something about looking outside on a dreary day and knowing deep down that you can lighten the mood by slipping your feet into some sleek, stylish and oh-so-sexy wellingtons! While my husband would eagerly disagree with the “sexyness” of Rain Boots, I can attest by sharing with you a number of advertisements by one of my favorite UK brands: Rockfish Wellies – that take Rain Boot sexy to a whole new level!

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Because every woman should rock her Rain Boots in bed . . . or straddling a motor cycle. #JustHopeTheRubberDoesn’tMelt. But seriously, how can you NOT want Wellies after these ads?

In honor of the horrible/wet season of spring that’s upon us, I thought to share a few of my favorite pairs (via. Pinterest) that I have always adored. I have a few pairs of my own as well as a “Rainboot Wish List” which is comprised of multiple pairs of boots that range upwards of $300. #Unnecessary. Don’t worry I have totally unrealistic expectations on a regular basis when it comes to things I want. . . . however, I hardly ever actually obtain such things as I’m BROKE. I am still holding out for the day that I can just print my entire Pinterest “My Style” board, hand it to a personal shopper and say “find all of this”. If someone knows a way in which I can make this happen besides playing the lotto, as I have horrible luck- Please keep me in the loop. Thanks! Xo.

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What are your favorite shoes? Do you rock the Rain Boots and if so – which pair are your favorite? Which are just a MUST have? #KeepRaining!

 

Cheers,

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Panties, Mondays & Arial Narrow *

You would think after an entire weekend of being “Blog Free” I would be jumping to get back in front of my monitor. . . . This week my friends, that’s just NOT the case. While I’m typically not all about hating on our friend “Monday”. . . .I feel like this weekend was hardly a break from reality. #INeedADayOffFromMyDaysOff.

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You see, I spent an insane amount of time working on a 30+ hour Etsy order this weekend, shipped an additional 4 orders and completed a last-minute print for my sister-in-law at 3am Saturday for a Shower she had Sunday. . . . and after what felt like 7 days of non-stop slave labor, I’m beginning to feel the pressures of a work/life balance crumble beneath me. My Etsy shop is basically just busy enough to take away 75% of my personal “Me” time yet not nearly busy enough to justify foregoing my actual career. So essentially I’m at a constant crossroads and I just want to take a nap. All. The. Time. You know the kind of naps I’m referring to. . . . the naps where you only take them because you have so much other stuff to be doing that the only logical solution is to just pass the hell out and do none of it. At all. Ever.

Naps. Naps. Naps.

Regardless, I still feel blessed on a daily basis for the business I receive and hope that one day I can take it up a notch! As for the rest of my Monday? Lets see, I just found a Victoria’s Secret coupon in my planner for Free: No Show Panties- Expires today. Guess we know what that means? Nothing like a little joy-ride to panty land to perk up your Monday evening! Although, to be honest, that “free” shit never comes in an XS and I typically can’t find an acceptable event to sport slouchy panties. . . so yeah, lame. #FML.

I also have to stop at Best Buy to return the RocketFish DSLR Wireless Remote that I treated myself to over the weekend. #Booo. Ok I lied, I swiped my husbands card but in my defense when hubby wants me to stop and pick something a video game (why I even try to be vague with the word something is beyond me) from BestBuy for him he typically thanks me by telling me to “buy myself something”. While this is thoughtful, he doesn’t ACTUALLY wish such events to play out as anything I want from Best Buy is typically $1,200 and higher. #IDontThinkThatIsWhatHeHadInMind.

This particular weekend I actually took him up on the offer and purchased a mere $20 RocketFish remote for my Canon Rebel T3 camera. I’ve been reading up on the wireless remotes from other photography blogs in the past 6 months and had been meaning to pick one up, seemed like the perfect opportunity. Too bad this shit only works on the T3i and above. [I suck.] I was so excited to test it out when I got home too! Photography is quickly becoming my new-found obsession, amongst 2,324 other things, but with no such luck on install, I was quickly forced to pack my little treasure back up. #Depressed. #TheSearchContinues.

Oh. I also spent the better half of my morning downloading Free Fonts. . . had been creeping around for some new concepts for prints and just had to get the “latest and greatest”. This of course turns into a half-day long event in which I have somehow downloaded 250+ fronts and now have to install them one-by-one . . . Which then, in turn, leads to me blogging about downloading fonts because I was so caught up in  Kg Tangled Up In You and Marketing Script that I forget to come up with something more interesting to share with the world. #WhatWasIThinking?? I will say, I don’t EVER get sick of Free Fonts though. . . I’ll be posting some of my favorites later this week!

Other than that it’s your typical Monday: Freezing cold (still), leaving your house in your slippers, running behind and the ever-repeating offense of forgetting to pull something out for dinner. #Woops.

How has your Monday been? Did anyone partake in anything fun and exciting this weekend? If so, please enlighten me as I have yet to find a life in recent months! ♥

 

Cheers,

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Friday Favorites- City Shots *

So this Friday Favorites is a little last minute but I’m finally posting something that I’ve been meaning to capture on my Blog. I am OBSESSED with New York City . Obsessed isn’t even the word . . . I have an unhealthy infatuation with all things that take me back to the city- if only for a moment. It’s by far, to date, my favorite place on earth and the most contagious and intoxicating environment I’ve ever been a part of.

Roughly 3 years ago, I came across Through The Lens – a New York based photographer Vivienne Gucwa – that has captured, time-and-again, the overwhelming inspiration I derive from every moment I spend in New York.

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With this being said, I hope to share with you a few of my “Favorite” photos from the artist and inspire your Friday in a Big Apple kind of way! While our definitions of “a few” may be completely different, I hope you’ll find each photo to be as breathtaking as the last. #ItsWorthTheScroll. Keep in mind that I’ve been following this blog for YEARS and have always had a passion for photography so it’s hard to narrow it down. . . . every shot is just incredible. Also, make sure to follow Through The Lens on their Facebook page too, great photos updated often!

All Photos In This Post Are Property Of Through The Lens Photography: Please Give Credit Where Credit Is Due! 

On that note I will be done. Absolute passion. Vivienne Gucwa you are my muse!! I NY. What are some of your favorite places? Do you have a photographer that you just adore?

Happy Friday!!

Cheers,

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Ways In Which I Irresponsibly Utilize My Toddler – Volume I *

Since it’s Wednesday, I would like to take this time to confess the multiple things that I incorrectly utilize my toddler for at home. . . (while also confessing the complete lack of guilt that comes along with said post.) I believe this to be the beginning of a series of posts that will include other environments, situations and/or scenarios in which you can utilize your children improperly so please feel free to jump in with any and all ideas in the comments section below. I hope that you find this topic incredibly useful and I anticipate that if you don’t already have tiny tots of your own, you will come to appreciate their incredible versatility. Hell, maybe you will be so inspired as to go get one of your own!

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The Top Ten Things Toddlers Are Incredibly Useful For (Around The House):

  1. Alarm Clock – Paige walks in each morning roughly 5 minutes after my husband leaves for work. After anywhere between 2 to 3 weeks of this reoccurring routine, I have concluded that setting an alarm on my phone for 8:00 am is pointless. (Yes, I wake up at 8. Don’t judge me – I have a flex schedule I’m not a morning person.)
  2. Maid – Paige literally ENJOYS cleaning. I can’t take credit for this. While I do try to express the importance of a “clean” home, her Montessori wins the “child slave labor” award. She came home after only 2 weeks of school with the desire to wipe tables, throw away her own diapers and toss dirty laundry down our shoot. I don’t know what they are teaching her there but. . . #Winning.
  3. Remote Retrieval – Example: Mommy sits down on couch, forgets remote is across the room. “Paige will you please grab mommy the remote for the TV?” Paige grabs remote and brings to mommy. The end.
  4. Closer of All Things Open – I believe that Paige suffers from some mild form of OCD. I’m ok with this. So far it’s caused nothing but a few small arguments including the reasonable amount of times per day one baby should wash their hands, that cheerios cannot be lined up one-by-one (in a perfectly straight line) across the entire couch or that her juice cup doesn’t always HAVE to be placed in the cup holder. Despite these minor speed bumps we have come to notice some incredibly useful side effects, one being: no cupboard or drawer shall ever be left open in her presence. This also applies to the fridge and toilet seats. (Mind you, she doesn’t even use a toilet yet). She also enjoys rinsing dirty dishes, as this some how equates to additional “hand washes” – #Yipee.
  5. Interior Decorating: I have -on more than one occasion- utilized Paige’s infatuation with paint to assist in decorating my home. Hand her random object, brush, desired color of paint and Ta-Da! It’s done and all I had to do was supervise. Note: This event can/may result in discolored carpeting, colorful hair and/or pink dog fur. #SorryBaxter.
  6. Vacuum: Paige and Baxter take this responsibility incredibly serious. While toddler spills are often just as few and far between as the act of eating said spill off the floor (right), Paige is a stickler for cleaning every damn speck of anything off the ground, couch, table, etc. She has and will continue to bring me microscopic pieces of lint with the utmost concern. For this I am not thankful, just annoyed.
  7. Towel Boy – Ok she’s a girl, but you get the point. Every time I get in the shower and forget to grab a towel: “Paige, Mommy needs a towel!” She delivers with incredible speed, like Jimmy Johns. #FreakyFast.
  8. Dog Duty – Paige is responsible for giving our dog, Baxter, all of his treats. I am too lazy to get off the couch and do it myself, plus find very little reason to reward him – he’s kind of an ass. Paige also assists in Baxter’s bath time and alerts us as to when he would like to be let in from outside. #BecauseICouldNotHearTheExcessiveBarking.
  9. Helpful Hanger – Paige hands each article of clothing to mommy to be hung in her closet thus alleviating any effort of bending over to grab tiny clothes from laundry basket. She also sorts socks and sucks at it.
  10. Designated Dustpan Aficionado – Holds dustpan while I sweep floors. #ProbablyHerFavoriteThingOnTheList.

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And that’s a wrap! While I’m sure my husband can contribute any number of additional pointers to this already growing list, I feel that this first edition is one worth documenting. Do you utilize your children in irresponsible ways? Feel like adding one to the list or just attempting a few of these on your own time? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Note To Readers: To avoid any and all confusion: this post was clearly made in a humorous context. Anyone lacking a facetious remark will be swiftly smacked and removed from all comments until further notice. We like to laugh here.

If there is something you feel like confessing (like how badly you want to report me to CPS), make sure you hop on over to Kathy’s link-up at Vodka And Soda for her Humpday Confessions and get in on all the weekly fun!

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Happy Hump Day!

Cheers, 

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