An Influence Meet Up + a bit about me





My mom snapped some photos while we were out and about this weekend. They might be the best maternity photos I have from this pregnancy. Plus, I was super excited because my non-maternity stitchfix top actually fit!

I am super excited about today's post - a chance for the women of The Influence Network to meet up and get to know one another better! If you haven't heard about it, read more here.  We would love to have you be part of our meet up/link up. Here are the rules:

1. you must be (or become!) a member of the Influence Network. 
2. one you link up, visit the person before you and share the love in their comment section (and a few others while you are at it!)
3.  in your post, include the following things: A photo of yourself that you love. Three get-to-know-me things. One valuable thing you've gained from The Influence Network

Here it goes...

Three things about me:

// I am 37.5 weeks pregnant and oh, so ready to welcome my second son into our itty bitty DC apartment. My family will literally be living on top of each other but we wouldn't have it any other way. We are so grateful that God has blessed us with two boys. Now we just can't wait to get to meet the little guy!

// I am an organized hoarder. I like everything meticulously sorted and yet I cringe when considering throwing things away. I have photos from high school and middle school in our closet, every christmas card we've received since 2006, and all of Behr's art projects from daycare. Each of these items is organized by date or size accordingly.

// When it comes to food I have an identity crisis. I visit markets, have participated in a CSA for years, and try my best to eat fresh and local. But I love the greasy beef tacos my work cafeteria sells, keep chocolate stashed away, and favorite condiment is sour cream. And yet, I research where my beef grazed, eat all of the crazy veggies that most people shy away from, and prefer to make food from scratch to avoid processed ingredients. For as healthy as I eat, I also spent most of my first pregnancy (with Behr) noshing on microwavable ez-mac. Question for the more experienced moms out there, how do you eat cookies without your kids catching you? :)

The most favorite thing I have learned on the influence network: 

// When you start a tweet with @twittername only people who follow you and that person see the tweet. This is just a tiny tip in the grand scheme of strategy points I have learned about twitter, pinterest, and ebooks along the way. And yet, it has liberated my tweets a bit. So now a few people get to see tweets between me and my sisters like this:


Yes, this seems crazy trivial. But the point is, I likely would have never figured out this small bit of info about twitter that changes the way I use the social media platform. Every time I turn around, The Influence Network is chock full of more tidbits that potential game changers. Now...go sign up and join the fun! I'd love to know you more through this link up! (psst...you can see all of the hosts of the link up on The Influence Blog)

28 comments:

  1. I'm also an organized hoarder. I'd like to think I'm a recovering one since I've been more ruthless about throwing things away, but I still have a closet shelf full of homework from high school and college so I'm going to go with probably not. ;]

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  2. I also live in the DC area ( Northern Virginia) :) I have two boys(3 years and 1 year). It's nice to see other boy moms out there!

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    1. oh yay! I hope you guys are enjoying the snowfall this morning! ours is turning to slush as soon as it hits the street here in the city.

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  3. I love you and the way you write. I was laughing out loud a little bit reading about your food identity crisis. I say you win as cutest pregnant lady.

    Thanks for being willing to co-host!

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    1. thanks dear! p.s. I think you would feel the need to purge my pantry if you ever came over!

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  4. I love all of your facts!! Are you going to the Influence Conference this year? I've been following you ever since Behr was just a tiny little babe, and if you're there I would LOVE to meet you! :)

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  5. Organized hoarding! So true of me too. I have the most beautiful notes from some of my high school science classes that I am sure I will never, ever part with. Ah! A blessing and a curse.

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  6. you are so cute and so pregnant and i love the idea of you all living in a small DC apartment! so cute.

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  7. i have a slight hoarding problem but not organized (eek). i refuse to throw things away and it drives my husband nuts! also i was laughing reading your food identity crisis. i am so the same! we will go out to eat and will order a cheeseburger with steamed veggies on the side! hahaha. another thing that drives my husband crazy. lol. gotta keep the diet balanced, no?
    although i am waaaaay late in doing so, congrats on your second one! two boys is bound to be lots of fun!

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  8. ok hello cutest pregnant woman ever!! :)

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  9. Also an organized hoarder. And I also haven't shaved my ankles in ages. Too many chances I'm going to become a bloody mess. I'm also straight lazy.

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  10. So awesome to meet you! I have seen you around but never got the chance to visit you blog. You are cute lady! You are so many things I am not which I so love. Aka, organized. ;)

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  11. Oh you dear dear bloggy friend at 37 weeks along! Many blessings to you and your fam as you prepare for #2! Loved reading more about you and co-hosting with you! :)

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  12. Yay for being 37.5 weeks along! I hope the days fly by until you meet your little guy!

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  13. Oh girl. I am the same about food. Organic + fresh and local as much as I can. But there's just those few things that are too tempting to resist. :) Love that picture of you, by the way - you're just glowing!!

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  14. Wow! 37.5 weeks! You look awesome!
    I like the term "organized hoarder" though I am clearly a purger - if it aint nailed down or being used regularly, it is outta here! LOL!
    So nice to meet you!
    Blessings!

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  15. Congratulations on being 37.5 weeks along!

    So glad to get to know you better.

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  16. Yeah. We're opposites. I LOVE LOVE LOVE throwing things away. It makes me happy. haha in fact, when I go to clean, my husband has to give me "out of bounds" zones so I don't throw his stuff out. Love you girl! Hope to see you at the conference again this year!!

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  17. I love EVERYTHING you wrote. Seriously. Can we be friends?

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  18. ok...the cookie thing. A few ways (my girls are 10, 14 and 16). First of all if you like them cold...I like all sweets cold...put them in the back of the freezer. Seriously, what kid ever goes to the back of the freezer? Then, when your desire for a cookie arrises (mines usually right before dinner, go figure) pretend like you are looking for something in the freezer and stick your head all the way in. Grab a cookie....You've got to perfect the eating a cookie in one bite but it will be worth it!

    Good Luck!
    Ashley Rane Sparks
    www.makeitrane.com

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  19. I keep forgetting that you live in DC! My husband feels called to move out there someday, so now I know who to run to for advice on living in the DC area with a family. ;) You are glowing and I LOVE your belly. I'm super excited for you to meet your little guy soon!

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  20. oh dear. the food the. I hear you, girl. I love fresh produce, love to eat at restaurants that use local, in season food, and long for the days when I can afford organic everything, but then I find myself in the McDonald's drive thru on my way home from Costco. I'm just a walking paradox.

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  21. I seriously loved this post. I laughed through all of your crazy and perfect descriptions of yourself. Miss you!!

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  22. you are GLOWING! so thankful to meet you through this link up!
    and i am the exact same way. i love to organize but hate to throw things away. so maybe i'm an organized hoarder? haha.

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  23. The food identity crisis...I have that! Never knew what to call it. HA. I insist on buying local and organic but currently have 5 boxes of GS cookies in my freezer...
    Also- thanks for the twitter tip! I had no idea. :)
    Nice to meet you!!

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  24. hahaha your food one is so me. GIVE ME THE BURGERS AND FRIES but sprinkle some chia seeds on that oatmeal k thanks.

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