24 January 2013

come out, come out whever you are! part 2.

This is about you!... Yes, YOU!

My stats tell me that I have hundreds (sometimes thousands) of page views every day. That actually kind of boggles my mind.

Well if this is true, I wanna know who you are!! So I am calling for ALL of my readers to emerge from the shadows and tell me who you are. (I did this years ago and I got to know so many of you that are sometimes too shy to comment) ;-)

I love & appreciate every single person that stops by here, even if you're only here for a moment. So, leave me a comment with your blog link. Tell me your name & how long you've been reading here. Tell me about your family. Do we have things in common?? Tell me anything. I want to get to know you! 

I'll start.

Hi. I'm Mandy and I'm the writer behind this blog. I've been blogging now for 5ish years. I was born and raised in WA state. I have a Husband & 2 little boys that I love with all of my heart. I own my own photography business, which makes me a work at home Mom.

Currently, I enjoy watching The Walking Dead and The Voice. But since they are on hiatus, I'm re-watching all 6 seasons of Lost. Whatayagonnado? I hardly ever wear hats, so the picture of me you see below, that's just to document the day I put a hat on. I have recently become kind of obsessed with makeup. I'm trying to better about actually getting myself "ready" for the day, as opposed to sitting around looking like a bum. It's kind of working. Oh and trying to cut back on my Coke drinking. If you know me at all, you know that this is no small feat.

I'm pleased to meet you! Now tell me, who's out there? And what's your story? :)


Rachael said...

hi! i am a new follower and live in oregon. i am a mama to one boy with another little man on the way in two months! loving following along with your posts!

Michelle said...

I am Michelle. I've only been reading your blog for a few months, but I like it :)

I have been blogging for a few months and I love writing about DIY's, sewing, and my family.

This is a really cool idea for a post! :)

beckyj @ A Lazy Crazy Life said...

Hey there! I'm Becky and I blog over at http://alazycrazylife.blogspot.com/. I've been regularly reading your blog since your post on watermarking your photos. Ever since, I've been watermarking mine (ok, so maybe not the instagrams, sigh).

Anyway, I love following along even if I'm not so good at de-lurking on the regular :)

Amanda Maddox said...

Hey Mandy ~ I'm Amanda! I've been blogging here since 2007, but I always maintained an online journal of some sort before that.

I'm originally from West Texas, but I've been living in beautiful Colorado for over 9 years now. I have been happily married to Ryan, a martial artist, for 7 years. Together, we have 4 kids: mine, his and ours!

I have been reading reading your blog for well over a year or so now. I just recently "cleaned up" my blog roll {deleted all of them and then re-added my favorites} and your's is still one of my top reads! :)

My blog is nothing fancy, just a way of communicating to all of my family back in Texas about all of our adventures as a family here in Colorado.


The Alexander's said...

I'm Lisa - live in WA, have two little boys as well (one is 2 and one is 5 - my 5 year old was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes two years ago) that I love A LOT. I "met" you via your mom...she took pics of my oldest boy a few times and I somehow stumbled upon you/your blog through her. I just got a DSLR and really want to learn how to use it - let me know if I can ever follow you around when you're taking pictures sometime :) Don't want to start a photog business, just want to be able to take good pics of my boys.


Ariel @ Dreams To Do said...

Hey, I'm Ariel! I've commented on your blog a few times and I've been reading it for probably over a year. I also have two little ones (3 and 1) and live in WA state (on the other side). I'm married to my high school sweetheart and love blogging, arts/crafts, reality TV, and junk food. :-)

Gourmetmama said...

Hi Mandy!

I'm Carly and a new mom to a sweet 7 month old baby girl, Teagan. I'm from Winnipeg, Canada and I started following your blog when I was pregnant,(have commented a few times) and you were too. It was nice to find fellow bloggers going through some of the same things and me. I am new to blogging and not too sure what I am doing yet lol. I love cooking (was a past professional cook, turned Hairstylist), movies, shopping, music, travelling, photography (new at this) and watching my little one discover new things :)

ashley said...

I'm Ashley and I'm pretty smitten kitten with both your blog & IG. I blog over at The Stauffer Shenanigans, but my jist includes a hubby, 2 daughters, a crazy yellow lab, working part time as a nurse in a family practice office mixed with other random shenanigans.

p.s. let's be fraaaands.

Kate said...

Hi, I'm Kate. I also was born and raised in Washington but I live on the other side of the mountains in Spokane. I am happily married and have 2 boys and one sweet girl. I have been following you for just almost a year and will admit that I've looked to your blog multiple occasions when I wasn't sure how to do something.

I too have recently become obsessed with make up and I blame that on having a girl in September. It seemed to click in my head that one day I will need to show her how to do these things and I suddenly took an interest!

Rachel said...

Hey, I am Rachel. I really live reading about your family and photography. I live in England, with my husband, while he gets his MSc, but we're both American. I think your boys are adorable and I can't wait to have babies!

My blog is: www.rachelroaming.blogspot.com

Tabitha said...

Hi, my name's Tabitha, I live in the PNW too :) I've been following you for a little while. I blog over at mommydaddyandmason.blogspot.com

Karli @ The Bonnie 5 said...

You know I'm here!!
**waving hi**

Sarah [NurseLovesFarmer.com] said...

You know me! Love your blog and your photos!

Matt and Jen McEvoy said...

I've been following you ever since I saw your ornament tutorial on Pinterest, so a little over a year. I spent most of my growing up years in Spokane, WA, I'm also LDS (part of why I started reading your blog), I just had baby number 3(!!) and I also LOVE the Walking Dead and am kinda surprised you do too! Can't wait for it to come back on. I love reading your blog, your little boys are so adorable and your honesty about the hard parts of being a mom is refreshing!
I have a blog mostly for my family and friends but I am trying to post more often and make it more interesting. I am struggling to come up with a title that is creative so if you have any ideas let me know! mjmcevoy44.blogspot.com

Matt and Jen McEvoy said...

oops, it's just mjmcevoy.blogspot.com, I always confuse my email and my blog, haha!

Anonymous said...

This seems to be the thing to do lately...myself included, hence the one day link-up I'm doing for people to "say hi" on Monday.

So...hi, Mandy! :) I'm Laura. I think we've met a time or two on these interwebs... :) I read. Always. You're in my "daily reads" folder, so, even if I don't comment every single time, know that I'm here stalking you.

How does that make you feel? :D

Valerie said...

Hi Mandy...I am Valerie and I live in Illinois with my husband of 9 years and our 1 year old son Brayden. I love following along on your blog and IG, your boys are adorable. You may know a little about me as I commented when you posted something similar on Facebook. Hope you will stop by again!

Mindi @ Simply Stavish said...

Good idea for a post. I think there was just a national delurking blog day actually. I saw it on a facebook page but never got around to actually posting about it. Go figure! You know me, I feel like I'm always commenting on your adorable kids, photos or life in general. I'm so excited to meet ya at Blissdom!!

Rebecca said...

Such a fun idea!!!! I've been following your blog since the beginning, but my two little ones usually keep me too busy to have a free hand to comment. I adore you, your heart, and your values. That's what drew me in initially. And of course, your darling little boys. You and I announced our pregnancy on the same day and I was so excited because I'd been having the occasional thought that I bet you were preggo also! And I was right!!!! You delivered Easton about a week before I delivered Kaenan. Seeing the first pic you posted of him made me instantly pursue every possible natural form of induction. Lol. Anyways, I'm Rebecca. Momma to Alizah, 21 months, and Kaenan, 9 months. I am privileged to stay at home with my littles while my husband Brandon faithfully commutes an hour and a half each way to work. My blog is still very small, mostly thanks to my very infrequent posts as of late, but I'd love to have you stop by.... Rebecca-cook.blogspot.com

Kimberly (@lilpixls) said...

Hi Mandy! I'm Kim and I've reading for about 6 months or so. I am a wife and mom (2 kids 6 & 4), I am a scrapbooker and love photography. The photos you take of your beautiful boys are just amazing! I just started blogging this year at http://lilpixls.blogspot.com. I'm trying to get better at actually commenting, but I am here reading! :)

Jessica J. said...

Hi, I'm Jess! My husband calls me Turbo because I walk too fast. I live in the Seattle area and grew up here too. I'm married and have 3 dogs and a cat plus 2 (currently) foster dogs. I love working on my house, spending time with family and hope someday to have children too.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm Megan. I live in Denver with my husband and our two fur babies (Duke and Ollie). I work in marketing, develop my photography habit on the side and love blogging.

Think you found me through the Blissdom Facebook communities and I found you through that. Love your blog!

Melissa said...

Such a good idea for a post! I check out your blog whenever I get a free moment to myself!

I am a stay at home wife and mommy to a crazy funny little boy with another little one on the way (due June!) I love photography and baking... and blankets, pillows, and candles (you can never have too many of any of those things in my opinion!). I also try to blog (here: www.myturkeytales.blogspot.com), but am rather more random with it than regular!

Gabrielle said...

Hello Mandy!

My name is Gabrielle and I have been a follower for about a year and a half. I love your blog!!

I am 25 and I am also married.

No kids yet, but hopefully soon. I think your son's are adorable and I love all the advice that you give on motherhood.

I enjoyed reading your journey through your pregnancy and I can't wait to have children one day!

I love all the photos that you share! I am REALLY into photography and I do photo shoots for people!

I am a drooling over all your camera equipment! I have a Canon Rebel XSI at the moment and I would love to upgrade to the 7D....JEALOUS!

I blog over at: http://mrs-reece.blogspot.com/

its my photography and lifestyle quirky little blog, nothing fancy but I love it!!

Have a great day, look forward to hearing more!


Bianca said...

Hi Mandy,

I'm Bianca I have been reading your blog for a long time.I love your photos and your honesty.I'm from portsmouth which is in the uk. I drink to much coke like you and I'm currently obsessed with watching New Girl. I started blogging around two years ago but after a re-think stopped. Today I started a new blog at http://biancasinwonderland.blogspot.co.uk/

Natalie Wong said...
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Natalie Wong said...

Hi Im Natalie,I have been reading your blog for close to a year now and LOVE it!I am 26 (nearly typed 25 lol),live in Hamilton New Zealand with my husband of 7 years and our two girls who are 4 and 5.I have been blogging for just over a year over at http://steveandnataliewong.blogspot.co.nz/
Thanks for sharing so much of your life on here :)

nicole. said...

Yah! Another Oregon blogger ;)

MommaBird.net said...

Hello, I'm Christene & 29 years old with an almost 2 year old from Boulder, Colorado.

I found your blog back when I was pregnant and wanted to read what life was like with kids (ha!) and infants on a day to day level. And I've been a regular reader since.

I like how honest and open you are (especially the posts when life with a toddler and infant were a struggle) and the pics of your cute guys :)

I blog over at http://mommabird.net

Anonymous said...

Hi Mandy!
I'm Heather and I live in the Midwest. I'm 25 and married but no kiddos yet. I have been following your blog for about a year, and have started my own blog www.paintingthesoul.wordpress.com. I am just starting to get into photography, so I love reading your tips and tricks and seeing the photos you do with your boys! Keep it up, I love reading!

Jess said...

Hi, my name is Jess! I'm 22 years old, I'm from the Lansing, Michigan area, and I have one son, Liam, who's 15 months old.
I've been your reading for almost two years now. I was pregnant with kiddo and my sister sent me the link to the Christmas ornament post. I just started to click around and read other posts and then I added you to my feedreader. I enjoy how honest you are about motherhood. I don't usually comment on the blog, but I do occasionally comment on facebook!
My biggest hobby is makeup and nail polish and I blog about that. http://monkeytoesandmanicures.blogspot.com/

Wendy said...

My name is Wendy, and I am an ICU dietitian by day and a photographer, wife, and CrossFitter by night (and weekend). :) I have been with my HS sweetheart for 17 years, married for almost 10. I love Ugly dolls & anything related to art. How did I end up in a science-related career? I ask myself that same question every darn day. Oh well, I get to use both sides of my brain this way. And stay extremely busy. And I live in MN. The end! :)

Wendy said...

oh, oops, my blog is www.balancingcakeandbread.blogspot.com :)
Please stop by and say "hi!"

Mandy said...
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Mandy said...

Fun!! Mandy here, from Nashville. Mama to now 3 year old boy girl twins. It my ahem, 30's, and work for the American Heart Association. Loving my crazy life. Obsessed with celebrity gossip, graphic design, home decor, and wine! Anything on Showtime we watch like a religion.

My Blog The Fabulous Baby Striblings :)


The Lees said...

I'm Kristina, I've been following for about a year. I relate to you blog. I'm married, have an almost 2 year old with one on the way.

I'm from Utah, like to rewatch Alias and Duck Dynasty.

My blog is kristinaslife-kristina.blogspot.com

SarahinSC said...

Hey Mandy! I'm Sarah. I've been on a blogging hiatus for months now. Just can't seem to get back into the swing of it. LOST...I'm watching it all over again too. I'm on season 2. "Henry Gale" has just been found and Sayid is torturing him. LOVE that show!

Anonymous said...

Hi I am Krisitn. I have been reading your blog for three years. I tired blogging but it is not for me yet.... :) I love Instagram, Pinterest, Crafting, and I live in WA too!

Thank you for your wonderful blog!

Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three said...

I'm Katie, and I am all the way over in the UK! I blog at www.mummydaddyandmemakesthree.co.uk and am a Mommy to a 2 year old little girl and a bump on the way!

Nice to say hello! :)

Heather said...

My name is Heather and I am a stay at home mom of 2 great little kids. My son has some special needs/speech issues which keeps me busy. I am a northwest girl too!

I am also dying for The Walking Dead to come back on!!

I blog over at http://learning-2-laugh.blogspot.com/

Sarah Notes said...

Fun! I've been following for a while now, and enjoy watching your boys grow :). I have a 20mo/old and a baby girl due in April! We live in the warm-even-in-January south, and after working for the first year of my son's life, I'm now a SAHM.

I love cooking, and am trying to get us to a more healthy, mostly meat-free diet (can't give up my cheese and icecream, though!!). I love me some coffee but right now I think it gives me Braxton Hicks!! I'm also a documentary nerd. We just got Netflix and I am in Nerd heaven--just finished watching Jiro Dream of Sushi. SOOOOOO coool!!! :D

kate schwartz said...

i have been following you for a while now! i love that your doing this.

i have a blog, but it hasnt been updated in a while... some changes in our little family. ;)


Karen said...

Hi, I'm Karen...I've been reading you for a while, though I can't remember how I found you. Since I live in Boston, I love seeing your photos of Seattle!! So beautiful. I blog about a little bit of everything at www.karen-gene.com, and am a kinda newlywed - coming up on one year in May. We'll likely be starting a family soon so I love reading about your two little ones!!

The girls said...

Hello there! I'm Amanda and I've been reading your blog for a good, long while now - since way before Easton joined the picture. I am a military spouse, mom to a 3-year-old girl, and I'm Texan. Nothing too interesting, but that's probably why I read blogs. :)

Tara said...

Im Tara! I live in mn I have a 3 week old daughter! I have been reading your blog for a year or two! I used to comment all the time but then my Internet browser wouldn't allow me to comment (I read blogs at work, mainly lunchtime) I blog about my life and photography.


MommaBBabyboy said...

Hi :) I'm Beth & I'm from the UK. I've been blogging for a couple of years and following for about the same, I suuuck at commenting on blogs though! I have two boys too, I started following because Bennett and my eldest, Daniel are similar ages (he'll be three in April) and Joshua is 7 months. It's nice to read about someone going through & handling the sme things as me :) I'm a sucker for reality tv & cookies, and enjoy taking photographs though I'm a total amateur with a point and shoot! Xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Mandy,
I'm Amanda. I've been reading your blog probably about a year 1 1/2 ago maybe longer. I follow you on Ig as well! Adore your little men!
I'm 29 - I live in PA. Married with 2 cats. I do not have a child yet - I keep hoping and praying.
I am an aunt of 4 and have a lot of little cousins. I do love family time.
I love the walking dead! I am so excited for it to come back on!

I'm big on tv - thankful for DVR. I like crime drama shows the most.

I blog about food in general, crafts, music and my life. Newly home owner.

My blog is thisgirlinglasses.blogspot.com & my ig is the1inplaid

Jaclyn Armstrong said...

Hi! I'm Jaclyn, a nurse and soon-to-be mom of two in Nashville. My little man turns one next week, and #2 is due in August. We just started watching season 1 of the Walking Dead to see what all the hype was about, and we're loving it so far! I blog at http://www.everydaywaiting.com

Ashley Hughes said...

Hi I'm Ashley and I have followed your blog for about 6 months or so. I also follow you on instagram. I have a tiny little blog at the moment, just learning my way through about social media. I actually connect more on twitter with people. Anyways just wanted to say Hi and introduce myself. I'm also a USMC wife :) and Mom!

Leah said...

Hi! I have been reading for a few months now. I relate well to your blog because our boys are really close in age! My Beck turns three on March 1 and Greyson turns 1 on March 19. I have not been great about blogging myself lately, but I like to keep a record of the happy things about my life right now-and thats what I blog about. Have a great day!


hooker477 said...

Hi, I'm Susan. I don't have a blog and for some crazy reason I always feel that means that I can't comment on blogs...like it's a club that I don't belong to so I have to watch from the sidelines. Anyway, I've been reading for probably a year and a half or so. I have a little boy, Sam, that will be 3 in March and a little girl, Blake, that's 8 months old. I live a pretty boring life which is why blogging about my life doesn't seem to work for me. But I love living vicariously through everyone else. :)

Ilze said...

Hi Mandy! My name is Ilze, and I live in Pretoria, South Africa, although I'm from Cape Town. I've been married for almost 2 years, and pregnant with baby 1.0 - so excited! :) I'm a freelance book designer and my husband an illustrator. I want to start my own blog, but just can't think of a cute name. Such a problem, haha!

Eve said...

Hey Mandy! I'm Eve. I'm an LDS mom in Kenmore and have one little boy, almost 3. I cannot remember how I first came across your blog, but I've liked the photography tips, and you got me into using actions in PS. Thanks for the posts on where you can get free actions, like Cofeeshop and Paint the Moon. I also love to use your b/w caramel and indigo actions!

Nikki said...

Hi! I am Nikki! I have been blogging maybe for about a year or so and your blogs was one of the first ones I foound and followed.

For starters, I am from MD and lived my whole life there. We decided to move one state over to VA over the summer! I am a mommy to a little 5 year girl named Hailey. I am also a wife, a full time employee for the government, and also full time student! I wear many hats!

I like your blog becuase it's very real. I like looking at your pictures you post and your how toos!

My blog is: