Archives for April 2012

Getting Personal: Our New Blog Launch!

In case you missed it, our new blog launched today!

Two Dogs, A Cat, and A DIY Life will be where my personal posts will be from here on out, including our photos and recipes. After Nine To Five won’t be changing much, but I am really excited for this change and have already have a ton more ideas for both blogs now that I have more room to share my interests.

You can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram (andadiylife), Bloglovin and Facebook for even more updates.

We’d love for you to stop by and say hi!

Interview & Giveaway with Joanna from ModaMama + 3 winners! CLOSED

Your blog name + link: ModaMama //

What are 5 random facts about you? 

1. I hate oranges, but like orange flavored chocolate.
2. I can quote directly from Star Wars, every Star Trek episode ever, and the new Battlestar Galactica.
3. I kick butt at poker and boardgames.
4. I own and use several different swords and other weaponry as well as study Kung Fu and Tai Chi.
5. I have a serious weakness for the color blue, polka dots, and flowery dresses.

If you were an animal, what would you be? 

I would be a penguin, because they’re resilient and tenacious.

What is your favorite thing about this month? 

It heralds the arrival of Spring and Summer!

What are three of your favorite posts you have written so far? 

Honestly, I constantly think about moving forward and rarely look back at what I’ve written before but I do like these:

Toddler Gym 2000
Tuesday In Review
I Am Drake, So Listen Up Kid!

And of course my Mamahood Exposed series – honest, raw, emotional, and sometimes funny stories from other Mamas that I have had the privilege to share.

Why should someone read your blog? 

Funny pick me ups, random thoughts, honest emotion, and hopefully some cute fashion.

Anything else? 

I thank each and every one of you for taking the time to stop by my blog. You are all precious to me and I’m honored to share a little bit of myself with you. I hope you’ll come and do the same.

Where else can we find you? 

Twitter & Facebook page

And a giveaway!

one medium ad space for the month of May
{valued at $30}

+ winners from last week’s giveaways!

our reflection: kerry burki | gentri lee: joanna from modamama | knotted tree: callie otto

please email me at within 48 hours to claim your prize!

– Enter after today’s giveaway after the jump! –

[Read more…]

Interview & Giveaway with Melissa from The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife CLOSED

Your blog name + link: The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife //

What are 5 random facts about you? 

  • I’m shy until you get to know me than you can’t stop me from talking.
  • I have about a zillion hobbies: writing, sewing, baking, coupons, playing the bass, you name it I do it and if I don’t, I will probably start doing it very soon lol.
  • I’ve been a pastors kid almost my entire life, so God is a huge part of my life.
  • You know those crazy Apple fans? Ya, my husband and I are those people. We got MacBooks, iMacs, iPhones, iPads. Haha. We’re probably over doing it.
  • We just bought our first house this year and LOVE it.

If you were an animal what would you be? 

An Owl. I have this obsession with owls lately, they’re pretty much amazing :)

What is your favorite thing about this month? 

April is by far my favorite month of the year. Let’s see I’ll be 27 on April 13th, we celebrate our 7 year anniversary on April 30th and then you got Easter which we go all out at our church with a 16,000 egg easter hunt. So much fun!

What are three of your favorite posts that you have written so far?

Infertility… It’s a Scary Word.
A Fun List of Random Household Tips
Anthropologie Inspired Centerpiece

Why should someone read your blog?

My blog is where I can expose my heart to the world. It’s where I write my journeys, adventures, hard times and good times. I like to have fun with giveaways, link parties and funny posts. I’m just a girl in love with many things and each day I share those things on my blog. I might not be the best of writers but I write what my heart feels. I might not have a perfect life, but I try and live each day to it’s fullest!!

Oh and P.S. I am definitely looking to make new blogging friends!!

Where else can we find you?

Twitter & Facebook page

And a giveaway! 

win a $25 Amazon gift card! 

Enter after the jump

[Read more…]

This Month’s Favorite Post Link-Up

It’s the sixth month of the favorite post link-up! Be sure to check out all of our hosts and their blogs to find out their favorite posts this month + find some new blogs to read in the link-up!

This month’s hosts include:

Ashley from After Nine To Five / Megan from And Here’s To You, Mrs. Robinson

Nay from Cover to Cover and Everything In Between

My favorite post of the month is:

Giving Up The Blog I Should Have


If you’re interested in hosting, please send me an email at and I’ll get in contact with you when we have an opening!

Quick Update / Mini Hiatus

This week has been crazy busy with so many new exciting things.  Like . . .

  • Getting our new blog ready that launches on Monday April 30 {Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates}
  • Preparing for the launch of the Better Blogger Network on May 15 {Post about this coming soon!}
  • Thinking up some brand new content for this blog to be added for the change on Monday

With all of the new things, and all of the “old” things I’ve been doing, I decided I’d stop posting on here until the new blog launches on Monday. I want to bring my best focus, drive, and motivation to this blog and the new one next week. And I think focusing on getting ahead with posts and allowing myself some breathing room with the blog will allow me to do that. I don’t think I’ve ever done this (even when I go on vacation I have posts scheduled in advance) but I know it’ll be worth it come next week. :)

In the mean time, enter the three awesome giveaways going on right now and be ready for some more on Monday! Plus I currently have a sale on advertising – Save $5 on ALL sponsor spots with code SAVE5 for May! View our advertising page for more information.

I will see you Monday April 30 on here AND the new blog!

Latest Design + Win Some of My Goodies!

At the end of last month, I finished up a design for the lovely Margot of Newfoundlander at Heart. I really loved working on this design because it was so bright and cheery – perfect for Spring! If you haven’t visited Margot’s bit of the Internet yet, be sure to say hello!

She was also featured on here yesterday with a fantastic giveaway to win some of her latest fine art photography prints so if you haven’t checked that out yet, you should! And if you didn’t notice above, you can win some of my prints over on her blog, too! You can win two prints from the After Nine To Five Decor shop this week over on her blog so be sure to head over there, too!

Want to win even more of my items? Check out Caitlin’s blog for a chance to win some credit to the shop, too!

If you’re looking to have a blog or shop design done, please visit my design page.

Interview & Giveaway with Laura from Our Reflection CLOSED

I’m a full-time working mom of two beautiful daughters and a wife to an admirable, encouraging husband who are my life. When I’m not working my 8-5 or being “mommy”, I’m a lifestyle photographer based in California. I am, regrettably, a bit addicted to social media. I have a constant connection with Facebook and Twitter wherever I am. I heart Starbucks {it’s my weakness}. I love the colors pink and yellow. I have a passion for mountain biking and would LOVE to learn how to play the piano {on my bucket list}.

Your blog name + link: Our Reflection //

What are 5 random facts about you? 

I love black licorice.
My husband and I live and work together so we’re together 24/7 and couldn’t have it any other way.
I’m an organizational freak!
I lost my pulse during child birth.

If you were an animal what would you be? 

A dog. They are always there for you.

What is your favorite thing about this month? 

I hosted my first Food Drive and it was a HUGE sucess. I love being able to give back.

What are three of your favorite posts that you have written so far?

Walk By Faith
One Can Make a Difference
Don’t Blink

Why should someone read your blog?

Because I’m honost, a true friend, and a great listener.

Where else can we find you?

Twitter & Facebook Page

Anything else? 

I host a weekly Meet & Tweet Twitter HOP every Thursday and a Photo Challenge link up every Friday.

And a giveaway!

a $10 Starbucks gift card + Large ad space for May {valued at $15}

Enter after the jump

[Read more…]

Giveaway from Knotted Tree Photography

I am absolutely in love with Margot’s fine art photography prints from Knotted Tree Photography! She’s captured so many beautiful landscapes and truly has a great eye for detail when it comes to zoning in on the featured object of the photo. Margot’s shop is fairly new, but she is far from new at selling her photographs. You may have seen her work in her other shop Hooked Goods prior to this.

Today she is offering a chance to win a$40 credit to Knotted Tree Photography!

enter after the jump! [Read more…]

Interview & Giveaway with Gentri Lee

Your blog name + link: Gentri Lee //

What are 5 random facts about you? 

1. I am currently studying esthetics/ aesthetics
2. I think the mountains are the most peaceful place on earth
3. I think Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is the best kind of ice cream
4. I am only 4’8″
5. I think Blogging might just be the best thing that has ever happened to me

If you were an animal what would you be? 

A Fox. They’re my favorite. Smart, whimsical, and adorable.

What is your favorite thing about this month? 

EASTER! Not only is it about the most important event in the history of the world, it also has the best candy. haha!

What are three of your favorite posts that you have written so far?

1. DIY Snow Globe
2. Motivational Post
3. Blogging Tips 

Why should someone read your blog?

Well, I’m pretty great. haha! Just kidding.

I post on a variety of topics, so it’s never boring! I love posting about fashion, crafts/ DIY’s, food/ recipes, life and adventure!

Where else can we find you?

Facebook page

And a giveaway!

Win a Large Ad Space for the month of May and a Medium Ad Space for the month of June!

Enter after the jump

[Read more…]

Friday Favorites

Some of my favorite links around the web this week . . .

• I love this simple tutorial on how to make a maxi skirt

• I can’t wait to make these Mason Jar Tea Lamps (video)

• Such a great reminder to not always overplan

This post by Amy on owning who you are in the blog world was incredibly inspiring

• Same goes for this post over on My Girl Thursday

• And Moorea’s post on positivity was equally as inspiring.

• I love this list of ideas and resources to encourage you to do what you love

• Creative Market is opening soon and you can get some free goodies from them. Sign up here and get $5 credit for when it does open.

• Really helpful blog post about connecting with your audience