Versatile Blogger Award Nominee

​Good afternoon!

Just dropping in to give you a little news. Recently, I was nominated for another blogger award. So exciting to be chosen for such a possibility. Enele from Roses of Life has nominated me. She has been a great supporter to me in the blogging world. She is such a kind person and is also a fellow advocate. Thank you Enele for everything! 

I love blogger contribution posts because it gives me a quick and easy way to share how far I’ve come. It also gives me the opportunity to share some things about myself with you.

7 Facts about me:

1. I am somewhat passive and quiet. However, since “growing up”, I have become more open with how I feel and am no longer silent. Unless necessary of course. When I get use to someone, I am no longer the quiet one.

2. I would love to have a beach house in Savannah or even NC or SC. I feel pulled by the water. What is funny is, I’d love a cabin in the mountains too. Can I have both?

3. I don’t believe in being lucky but I do believe that we have control of our lives to make it good or bad. We can have many things go wrong in life, but if we focus on the one good thing, we won’t need luck. Did you get that? Our minds are a powerful thing.

4. It has taken me all of my 32 years to finally feel like a grown up. Yet, I still have days I feel 18. I’m a kid at heart but a woman with some emotional baggage. I’m working on it.

5. I have only met my biological Father once in my life. I was thirteen and lived in Kansas. He drove from Oklahoma to meet me. I have talked to him on the phone a few times but we both have been terrible at keeping in touch. I guess its because we have no bond. Sadly, we are strangers.

6. I can be a bit selfish when it comes to my ice cream. Its a beautiful addiction 😄

7. My dream family home is a ranch style home with a wrap around porch with so much land and a small river nearby. Sounds amazing doesn’t it?

That was fun! I love sharing with y’all. What did you think of my fun facts? I’d love to hear it. In the meantime, I’m going to nominate some of my favorite bloggers.

Okay ladies, now it’s your turn!

  1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their site.
  2. State 7 facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate 15 others for the award. (Or as many as you can)

That’s it. Have a little fun and be sure to comment on my post so I know you have accepted. 







 

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Have you heard about Big Eyes??

Hey Hey,

So….. I wanted to talk to you all about movies! Yep! That is right… MOVIES!
Why? Because as an artist, I still enjoy a movie now and then, although I am mostly captivated by those silly reality TV shows. You know the ones you really should not watch, but can’t stop? Yes…. Those!

When I ask people what genre of movie they enjoy, I usually get action, comedy, horror etc. Trust me, I do enjoy a good comedy, or romance every once in a while, but my favourite movies are full of art, music, dance. These movies I can watch over and over, without fail. I LOVE The Sound of Music, Dirty Dancing, Big Eyes, oh the list goes on!

Speaking of art, and movies, have any of you seen Big Eyes? It is a captivating movie about Margaret Keane. An artist in California who spent all her time locked in a room painting, and her second husband spent all his time taking the money and the credit.

In her own words….

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As an artist myself, I could not imagine having anyone take credit for my work, let alone my own husband. It is just cruel.

One of my favourite actors, Amy Adams, play Margaret in Big Eyes. She does a wonderful job depicting the hurt Margaret felt, yet you could feel the passion for what she was doing. The movie had some intense moment, and really hit your own emotions. When my brother, who was 11 at the time, and really has no interest in art, enjoyed it, you know it is a good movie! I highly recommend checking it out!

It was in college, when I was taking Fine Art, that I first learnt about Margaret and her Big Eyes paintings. It is amazing how you get a sense of what these children are feeling, just from how she painted them. She is incredible at capturing emotions. I have not come across a painting of hers that I do not like. The detail, the brush strokes, what she is able to capture… Truly Amazing!

Check out a few for yourself…..

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Are they not amazing??? I know not all will agree, but I can not get over how gorgeous each one is!

Any who…. I have ranted and raved enough for now! If you get the chance check out the movie Big Eyes and come back and let me know your thoughts.

Keep Creative,
Mel xox

To learn more about Margaret Keane’s story check out this article;

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2017/12/27/big-eyes-margaret-keane/

Want to Check out what I am up to in the studio?? Click the link below;
http://www.facebook.com/ArtbyMel.G/

A Path to Discovery!

Hey Hey!

I am so excited to be back and writing to you about my journey to art!
Art was never something that I had considered as a career, but was always something that I enjoyed growing up. If I was not out playing road hockey with the boys, I was in the play room colouring, painting, and crafting.

When I began high school I started to take art more seriously, I took every course I could and averaged in the 90’s for them all, I even got honour roll! It was then that I decided that being an artist would be my path. Nothing made me happier!

I knew that to continue what I loved it would take practice, patience and hard work. It was a long process deciding what artistic direction I wanted to take after high school! I loved painting, drawing and all the Fine Art aspects, but I also enjoyed Photography.  When it came time to apply for college I choose three courses; Photography, Fine Art and Interior Design. In the end, and let me tell you there was a lot of debate, I chose Fine Art.

I spent 3 years in college learning various forms of art, as well as art history, Those three years were not easy, and by year 3 I was ready to be done with school. I was tired, frustrated and could not stand being told where I should take my artistic direction when it was supposed to be about me building my portfolio. When I graduated in June of 2012, I spent time away from art, painting etc, but boy did I miss it.

In November 2012, I took a leap of faith and opened my own art business. I honestly did not know much about what direction I was going to take this business, or how to run a business in general. I began to research, join groups, follow other artists on Facebook and advertise.

It has bee quite the journey, at almost 6 years in, I have had some really great years, and some really bad ones, but I would not change it for the world. I love what I do, I love watching the images come to life with each stroke of my paint brush. I love hearing the stories and connecting with others. It is my way of helping people, my way of bringing a smile to someones face each and every day.

Until next time!
Keep Creating
Mel xox

“Isn’t she amazing!? Melanie is so inspiring and very talented. Be sure to go check out her Facebook page Art By Mel G. and follow her. You don’t want to miss her latest masterpiece!”- Jessica

New Contributor: Tamara

Hey y’all! I am Tamara from Georgia.

I am excited to announce that Jessica has asked me to join her team of collaborators for What’s Happening with Jessica?

This is such an amazing opportunity for me. Jessica has been such a big help with helping me launch my own blog Faith & Natural Living. We have known each other since high school, but have really became close and bonded the last year or so over blogs and babies.

A little bit about me…

I am a wife, stay at home mom to 1 precious boy and 3 fur babies, and a blogger.

I am a natural minded Crunchy Mama that is into home remedies, non toxic products, gardening, and essential oils.

I look forward to writing you all some great material.

Have a blessed day. Tamara

New Contributor: About Melanie

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Hey Hey,

My name is Melanie! I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a collaborator for What’s Happening with Jessica?

I am an artist, animal lover, mama to 5 furbabies and an amateur blogger. I am blessed with a wonderful family, and a boyfriend of 11 years. When Jess asked me to contribute to her blog, I said yes right away! She has truly been an amazing support to my small business, but not only that, we have become great friends. So I want to thank her for this fantastic opportunity.

What I do….

As I mentioned above I am an artist. I opened up my commission based business in November of 2012. It has been an amazing experience to watch my business grow, but not only that, it has been amazing to watch my self growth too!

Art by Mel.G focuses on capturing your memories for a lifetime. I do this by recreating your favourite images (your pets, family, places you have traveled) into paintings and drawings. I absolutely LOVE what I do, and I am happy to share my journey with so many.

Well that is just a little sneak peak into who I am! I look forward to writing for you all more!

Keep Creating,
Mel xox

100 Blogger Truths: Blogger Tag

Hi all! I thought it would be interesting and fun to join in on the 100 Bloggers Truth tag created by Debbie, over at My Random Musings. I was tagged by Romina from Mini Mummi Blogger. Thanks so much for the invite! If you’d like to play along, be sure to read all the way through to the bottom for instructions. Keep some of your favorite bloggers in mind to tag, so they can join as well.

If you don’t want to answer them all, no worries. Skip over the ones you don’t care for. Have fun!

The Basics

1 What’s your name? Jessica

2 Any nicknames or aliases? Jess, Jessie, and a few private ones 😁

3 Your gender? Female

4 Your star sign? Cancer

5 How old are you? 32

6 Your relationship status? Married

7 Any children? Yes, 5 wonderful kiddos!

8 Any pets? A brat cat.

9 Any tattoos or piercings? No tattoos. My piercings are now healed up.

10 What do you like about yourself? My motivation to get things done.

11 What do you dislike about yourself? My nagging and shyness

12 Righty or lefty? Righty

Lasts

13 The last thing you drank: Water

14 The last thing you ate: Chocolate chip cookie.

15 Your last phone call: My Mama 🙂

16 Your last text message: My beautiful sister.

17 Your last email: An article collaboration

18 The last song you listened to: I honestly can’t remember

19 The last book you read: Perfect Imperfections By Taryn Owens (insert link)

20 The last time you cried: A couple weeks ago. That is amazing actually.

21 The last blog you read: E.L. Lane Writers blog post here.

22 The last person you spoke to: My family

23 The last place you visited: My sister’s place.

24 Your last holiday abroad: When I was 16 in Idylwild California

Have you ever?

25 Have you ever gotten back with an ex? Yes

26 Have you ever been cheated on? Yes

27 Have you ever cheated on someone? No

28 Have you ever lost someone special to you? Yes

29 Have you ever been so drunk you threw up? No

30 Have you ever fallen out of love with someone? No, my husband was and is my one and only.

31 Have you ever met someone who changed you? Yes!

32 Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are? Yes

33 Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have? No

34 Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back? Yes

35 Have you ever broken someone’s heart? Maybe

36 Have you ever kissed a stranger? No

37 Have you ever had your own heart broken? Yes

38 Have you ever had sex on the first date? No

39 Have you ever been arrested? No

40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive? No

41 Have you ever done something you regret? Of course

42 Have you ever had a threesome? Ugh NO

43 Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public? Frequently

44 Have you ever misjudged someone? Yes

Your Beliefs and Opinions

45 Do you believe in God? Yes

46 Do you believe in yourself? Sometimes

47 Do you believe in Santa Claus? Just the spirit

48 Do you believe in ghosts? Possibly

49 Do you believe in aliens? No but I use to.

50 Do you believe in miracles? Yes I do.

51 Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? Very much.

52 Do you believe in love at first sight? No

53 Can money make you happy? Yes until it doesn’t.

54 Would you describe yourself as a feminist? Not entirely. I am a bit old fashioned.

55 Are you pro-life or pro-choice? Pro-life

56 Do you have strong political beliefs? No, I hate politics and it’s all a bunch of hogwash.

57 Do you have strong religious beliefs? No, I’m not religious.

58 What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is? My love, respect and attention.

Right Now

59 Are you eating anything right now? No lol

60 Are you drinking anything right now? No

61 What are you listening to right now? Christmas movie.

62 What are you thinking about right now? How sleepy I am this could eve.

63 What are you waiting for right now? My sister to visit.

64 What are you most excited about right now? For a fresh New Year.

65 What’s your pet hate right now? When people talk to me when I’m reading and writing lol.

66 What’s your favourite thing right now? Being with my family.

67 If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now? Just waiting.

Firsts

68 Your first best friend: My first best friend since moving to Georgia is Jennifer. 💜

69 Your first kiss: My husband, believe it or not.

70 Your first celebrity crush: Devon Sawa

71 Your first holiday: Halloween

72 Your first pet: I don’t know, we had many growing up.

73 Your first regret: Not being serious about my education.

74 Your first job: My first official job was Old Navy

75: Your first childhood memory: Cutting my ankle trying to shave like my Mom.

Which would you choose?

76 Love or money? Love

77 Twitter or Facebook? Facebook

78 Hook up or relationship? Relationship

79 Dogs or cats? Dogs

80 Coffee or tea? Coffee

81 Beer or wine? Neither

82 Sweet or savoury? Both

83 Introvert or extrovert? Introvert

84 Vampires or werewolves? Both, don’t make me choose 😂

85 Seaside or countryside? Countryside but I love the water too for vacation.

86 Summer or winter? Winter

87 Books or movies?  Books

88 Horror or comedy? Horror

A few random questions to finish on

89 Do you wish you could change your past? Sometimes

90 What’s your dream job? Writer, author and artist.

91 What’s your guilty pleasure? Netflix and sweatpants.

92 What are you afraid of? Dying and leaving my kids behind.

93 What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up? Astronomer and teacher.

94 If you could have any super power, what would it be? To remember everything I read and reiterate it.

95 If you could change anything about your life what would it be? Just to be healthier for my kids. Working on that.

96 Would you want immortality? No, I would be lonely after some time.

97 If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose? Papa Frank

98 Would you say you are happy? Yes, a chaotic happiness.

99 What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen? Don’t expect others to fix your problems.

100 Where would you like to be in five years’ time? I would like to be in my own home, with land and a small farm and garden.

How to Join In

Just follow the simple rules below. Feel free to use the image from this post if you don’t want to create a new one.

Rules

1 Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog

2 Answer the questions honestly (skip any you don’t feel comfortable answering)

3 Tag 10-20 bloggers to take part (let them know on social media)

4 Post the questions without your answers at the bottom of your post so that they are easy to copy and paste for the people you tag

Enjoy!

I’m Tagging

I’m tagging the following fab blogs to take part – don’t forget to let me know when your posts are live so I can check them out.

Tamara from Faith & Natural Living

Faye from Thrive with YL

Deni from You Said There Would be Pie

Engle from Roses of Life

Amy from Tooth Fairy Pillows by Amy

Melanie from Art by Mel. G

Lorna from The Quartz Path

Grab the questions below if you would like to take part:


The Basics

1 What’s your name?

2 Any nicknames or aliases?

3 Your gender?

4 Your star sign?

5 How old are you?

6 Your relationship status?

7 Any children?

8 Any pets?

9 Any tattoos or piercings?

10 What do you like about yourself?

11 What do you dislike about yourself?

12 Righty or lefty?

Lasts

13 The last thing you drank:

14 The last thing you ate:

15 Your last phone call:

16 Your last text message:

17 Your last email:

18 The last song you listened to:

19 The last book you read:

20 The last time you cried:

21 The last blog you read:

22 The last person you spoke to:

23 The last place you visited:

24 Your last holiday abroad:

Have you ever?

25 Have you ever gotten back with an ex?

26 Have you ever been cheated on?

27 Have you ever cheated on someone?

28 Have you ever lost someone special to you?

29 Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?

30 Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?

31 Have you ever met someone who changed you?

32 Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?

33 Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?

34 Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?

35 Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

36 Have you ever kissed a stranger?

37 Have you ever had your own heart broken?

38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?

39 Have you ever been arrested?

40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?

41 Have you ever done something you regret?

42 Have you ever had a threesome?

43 Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?

44 Have you ever misjudged someone?

Your Beliefs and Opinions

45 Do you believe in God?

46 Do you believe in yourself?

47 Do you believe in Santa Claus?

48 Do you believe in ghosts?

49 Do you believe in aliens?

50 Do you believe in miracles?

51 Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

52 Do you believe in love at first sight?

53 Can money make you happy?

54 Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

55 Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

56 Do you have strong political beliefs?

57 Do you have strong religious beliefs?

58 What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?

Right Now

59 Are you eating anything right now?

60 Are you drinking anything right now?

61 What are you listening to right now?

62 What are you thinking about right now?

63 What are you waiting for right now?

64 What are you most excited about right now?

65 What’s your pet hate right now?

66 What’s your favourite thing right now?

67 If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

Firsts

68 Your first best friend:

69 Your first kiss:

70 Your first celebrity crush:

71 Your first holiday:

72 Your first pet:

73 Your first regret:

74 Your first job:

75: Your first childhood memory:

Which would you choose?

76 Love or money?

77 Twitter or Facebook?

78 Hook up or relationship?

79 Dogs or cats?

80 Coffee or tea?

81 Beer or wine?

82 Sweet or savoury?

83 Introvert or extrovert?

84 Vampires or werewolves?

85 Seaside or countryside?

86 Summer or winter?

87 Books or movies

88 Horror or comedy

A few random questions to finish on

89 Do you wish you could change your past?

90 What’s your dream job?

91 What’s your guilty pleasure?

92 What are you afraid of?

93 What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?

94 If you could have any super power, what would it be?

95 If you could change anything about your life what would it be?

96 Would you want immortality?

97 If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?

98 Would you say you are happy?

99 What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?

100 Where would you like to be in five years’ time?

Sunday Funday

The weekends come and go so quickly in our house. Since I work from home, I rarely take a day off. My husband works seven days a week, and is rarely home. This weekend someone very special reminded me why it’s so important to take a day off.
Saturday night at bedtime, my 8 year old tells me she is sad. Concerned, I laid down beside her to try to figure out what was wrong. My girl was very reluctant to talk. I asked her if she would like to have a Mommy/daughter day the following day. To my surprise my daughters response was “but you’ll be working”. I reassured her that Mommy would take the day off and she kept responding with “but you never do.” I promised her that I meant it and she fell asleep with a smile on her face.

With a heavy heart I cuddled with her for a little longer that night. This parenting job can be so hard. I made a plan in my head for the next day. I’m happy to say that I woke up and actually followed my plan all the way through.

Waking up and having my main focus just on my daughter, and coffee, was a great start to the day. My mind was so open and not thinking about work was so refreshing! I wanted to give Leah my full attention. I couldn’t believe how free I felt! We had a lazy morning in our pajamas.

Playing barbies and actually organizing her dream house which turned into moving her room around! All while watching Christmas movies. She loved it and it opened up her room so much. I also found that I was barely on my phone, as everything I do is based online. It didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would.

Around noon we got ourselves ready and headed out for lunch and a little shopping. Leah wanted to spend her birthday money from last weekend. While shopping, Leah picked out exactly what she wanted. She’s a shopper like her Mama, she knew what she wanted! We were about to leave when Leah asked to pick out some Christmas presents for Rocco, our beloved dog. How could I say no!?

We got home and opened up her new toys! Leah begged me to let her give Rocco 1 present now. Rocco is getting older so I thought why not? Leah picked out a squeaky hedgehog and gave it to him. Our dog was in heaven, he had a new buddy. He always picks one toy, and we call it his buddy. He sleeps with it and takes it everywhere! 


Leahs favorite toy was a big princess Tent! She could actually stand up in it! After trying everything out, Leah asked me to put the tent on her bed, where she continued to tuck herself in with her tablet to relax. It was a good feeling seeing her so tired from playing with me all day. She was genuinely happy!

My husband returned from work at 5:00 to find Leah in bed. Daddy promised Leah that we’d go out to dinner that night because we never got to on her birthday. Leah actually said she didn’t want to go anymore. My husband went into the bedroom and passed out from exhaustion within 5 minutes. 

Poor Leah runs out of her room about 10 minutes later to inform me that she’s changed her mind and wants to go. After finally waking Daddy up we get to Texas Roadhouse and have an awesome dinner. Then Leah got what she wanted. They brought out the horse saddle for her to sit on and everyone sang Happy Birthday! She was in heaven.

By the time we get home it was time to get ready for bed. Best part of the day was when I tucked her in she wrapped her arms around me and said “you really are the best Mommy ever, thank you for not working.” My heart melted. I realized it was the first day in a long time where we didn’t argue and I’ve realized that I need better time management when it comes to work and my daughter. 


I didn’t realize she needed more of me. She always seems content but she is at that age where she tests me daily. It’s a challenge I wouldn’t trade her for anything in this world though. When I look at Leah I see myself at that age. She is pure, beautiful, unbroken, happy, loving, respectful and has the biggest imagination. Being an only child must be hard, I’ve never thought about it before because I have 2 brothers.

Now, I realize that she needs more of me now than ever. I refuse to look back and say, “I wish I had done it differently”. Today has opened my eyes to what I hope is the beginning of understanding. I promise to never let those words come out of my daughters mouth again. Tomorrow’s agenda will be creating a schedule around Leah. She will always come first, always.
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