Friday, June 24, 2016

Featured Friday: the FABulous Journey

I'm super excited to introduce you to Shellie from the FABulous Journey.  Her blog is a great resource of information for women, covering everything from fashion to fitness to inspiration.  Check out her two favourite posts : Clean and Classic Shorts: What I Really Wore and  5 Midlife Fitness Mistakes.  

Are you married? YES, it will be 27 years in August. 

What marriage advice would you give to a couple getting married? No one is right all the time. If you always insist on winning, then you will end up losing in the end. A lasting relationship should never be a competition. Instead, see his success as your success.

What have you learned? Love is in the little things. If you consistently show care in small ways, then you will have enough love banked to weather the big storms when they inevitably come.

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment and why? I see my two grown, well-adjusted kids as my greatest accomplishments.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words? optimistic, confident, pragmatic

What is something that people might be surprised to know about you?
 I have lived primarily in Asia since 1994. I speak Thai and Lao.

What inspired you to start blogging?
I launched a new weight journey in November, 2014 after years of yo-yo dieting. After a 50-day period of introspection and journaling about my thoughts and expectations about food, I decided to start a blog to share what I had learned.
That original blog, Weight Journey, actually no longer exists because shortly after I started it, I decided I wanted to talk about more than just weight loss and fitness. I was listening to a podcast about living a life of calling…that place where what you love and what you’re known for intersects with the needs of your neighbor, and waalah The FABulous Journey was born.
What is your style “uniform”? I wear a lot of black. In fact, my husband will often ask me, “What shade of black are you going to wear today?” But for me, I actually wear black because it looks good with my skin tone and coloring. I also like to shake things up with pops of colored accessories.
Do you like to dine-out or stay-in and cook dinner?
I love to eat out! In fact, our family vacations usually revolve around eating at cool places. I spend time researching where all the locals like to eat and places that have been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

And, what is your favorite meal or restaurant?
I’m crazy about pizza and chocolate chip cookies…you can never have enough!

You can follow Shellie on Pinterest here!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Create28 Week 3

We are only one week away from the end of our Create28 series and we've been having so much fun!  We hope that you have been playing along and enjoying yourself as well!
If you are new to this style challenge, we have brainstormed daily prompts for you to use to create 28 new-to-you outfits this month!  Think of the prompts as little bursts of inspiration to look at your closet in a different way!
Each day of the month, one Blended Blog contributor will showcase her interpretation of the daily prompt.  We are hoping that you will visit each blogger and that you will play along, too!  You can use our hashtag (#theblendedblogstyle) all week on Instagram and then you can come link-up here on Wednesdays!
Here are this week's awesome looks!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

10 Years Forward: Sarah

Hello! Sarah from Foxy's Domestic Side here, today we start a fun new series here on The Blended Blog. While we were trying to come up with some fun new things to do on the blog, one of us was reading ( I can't for the life of me remember who, I want to say Deena...maybe Sheila? Lana?) was reading What Alice Forgot (currently on my nightstand ready to be read), where she wakes up and can't remember the past 10 years. So for the next 6 months, the third Tuesday will be where we think we'll be in 10 years. Obviously I'm up first...So here it goes:

To get you all in the right frame of mind...These will be my stats in 10 years:

Baby Fox - Will be 15.5 (say what?! Sniff, Sniff)

Mini Fox - Will be 12.75 (almost two teenagers....)

Me - Will be 10 years older...haha, j/k I'll be 46

Mr. - Will be 49

Okay now that we've set that up, here's where I think we'll be in 10 years.

Baby Fox will be almost done with his freshman year of high school, holy cow, this is getting real, 10 years doesn't seem like a lot when you say it, but in, he's going to be a man...almost driving!

Mini Fox will almost done with 6th grade, tween era, so not looking forward to the mood swings and attitude...oh wait, I get the attitude now, so probably not much different.

Anyways, for the kids I think that Baby Fox will probably be in some sort of non competitive after school activity and Mini Fox will most like be in gymnastics or dance and really loving it (so far at age 2.5 she shows no signs of liking any sport, at all).

Most likely I'll be at home full time, making sure the kids don't get into any trouble. Mr. and I have been setting up our life so that when the kids get into school I could stop working (if I wanted) so I could be home for the kids, take them to their after school activities and help with homework. We always felt that kids need to be accountable for their time, by me being home gives them that accountability.

We'd also most likely start traveling, we want to show the kids the world, have them try new experiences and see what else is out there. We'd really like to live somewhere for the summers, really emerge the kids into that culture for a few months.

We'd also be more involved in the church. Before we had kids were were a part of a couple of ministries, but with kids that has become harder to do, so hopefully in 10 years we'll be able to be a bigger part of our church community, and we've talked about starting a marriage ministry at our church. We were part of it when we were newly married in our old church and loved it. We'd also like to start being the leaders of Engaged Encounter, we had such a wonderful experience, that we hope we can pass that same encouragement and love onto other couples just starting out their lives.

Mr. and I constantly talk about what the future holds and where we want to be in X amount of years. It's going to be fun to come back to this post in 10 years and see where we are.

Where do you think you'll be in 10 years?