Friday, May 29, 2015

What it's Like to be Apart of a Blended Family as told by Minions


Welcome to my big fat blended family!! LOL Last year I made a post called My Big Fat Blended Family, in which I talked about my process with my blended family. Like I said before, it wasn't easy, but given love, time, and patience we conquered it.

Well this time, I wanted to do something fun, and share exactly what it's like to be apart of a blended family in the daughter/sister/son/brother point a view, but told by Minions!!

1. Watching Movies with your blended family: The funny parts are much funnier. 


2. No matter what you always have a place to sit and never share your popcorn. lol 


3.You always have stupid inside jokes with your step siblings/siblings.


4.You never get bored when you have all your siblings (step) around.


5. Play fighting with your siblings (step), big or small is always entertaining.


6.Playing a practical joke never gets old!


7. Watching your older parent get on fast rides with the younger generation siblings.


8. That face you make when your step parent made your favorite meal (For me it's my step mom)!


9. You have more family to watch your back, and look out for you.


10. They will never let you fall!


11. You always have a shoulder to cry on and rely on.


12. Bickering means you really love each other.


13. They always tell you exactly the way it is.


14. There are more people to love equally.


15. You get more birthday presents!


16. You now have more protection! No one should ever want to mess with you, and your huge blended family!


17. You always have someone to watch the game with. For me its the NBA Playoffs


18. When you have step siblings, siblings, little siblings, whatever it may be...Outdoor activities are always adventurist.


19. There's always that one family member that can clear a room!


20. That moment you finally see your blended family after some time apart.


21. Playing sports with your blended family becomes so interesting and clearly competitive.


22. There's always that one moment, an accident occurs, while playing outside. The youngest is usually the one who gets hurt in our family.  


23. The gossip is always good! Plus they always keep your secrets.


24. They always understand you even if you don't make any sense. No need to be someone you're not around them.


25. After years, finally coming together to UNITE as one big happy blended family.


At the end of the day, we all love each other.











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Thursday, May 21, 2015

All Things Spring: Gigi New York


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Hello everyone! I hope everyone is doing great on this amazing Thursday afternoon. I live in Florida, and the weather outside is just gorgeous today. Well, before we say goodbye to spring here in Florida I thought I'd do a little post about one of my favorite designer brand!! I love Gigi New York, I don't know how many times I've said it, but it's a brand I truly believe in. They have the best quality leather I have ever seen in cute, sophisticated designs. 

They released their spring collection, and I'm really excited to share my favorites with my readers. These accessories are an amazing gift, for a spring wedding. The All in One Clutch is a great gift for your bridesmaids. The best part is that you can customize all of these accessories with initials. The spring collection features vibrant colors, in the pebble grain, and embossed python leathers. I really love the softer colors like the Taupe and Ivory, because they go with just about everything in my wardrobe. 

Carly Clutch

Lucky for all my readers, Gigi New York is offering my readers 15% off now through May 31st. Just use the coupon code exclusive15.  Happy shopping.

I would love to hear which Gigi New York spring collection piece is on your wish list! 

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Happy 2 Year Bloggi-versary!!

Hello there!!
Today, I'm celebrating my 2nd year of being the author of Sleepless in DIY Bride Country!! I honestly can't believe it's been 2 years. I love everything there is about being a blogger. 



 In the beginning, I hesitated to start blogging. I thought of all the scary things that could happen...

I was scared that...

  • I wouldn't have a single reader.
  • No one would care to view my blog. 
  • Some people would hate my blog.
  • My friends and family would just judge me, and have conversation pieces against me. 
  • I would be the laughing stock of the bloggy world. 


What I learned two years later...

  • I do have readers...every now and again.
  • Sometimes people don't care to view my blog, and that's ok! My Pinterest history would say otherwise. I have many viewers everyday! I love that so much.
  •  Honestly, some people do hate my blog...HA, and that's ok too. I mean not everyone loves a bridal/lifestyle/education/everything under the sun type of blog. It won't stop me, because I know there are so many people out there who love my blog. My biggest motivation is the endless emails, and comments of how I have helped a fellow bride in some way or another. 
  • Not all my friends and family have judged me, but some have. I'm more than sure, when I'm not around my blog has been a conversation piece for negativity. It happens, and that's ok too. I know deep down that it doesn't matter, because only god can judge me. Blogging isn't for everyone.  
  • I wouldn't say I'm a laughing stock of any world. HA! I was being dramatic. I honestly think other bloggers are amazing. I've met so many supportive bloggers out there, and have yet to meet a mean one. Bloggers stick together. 

Since my blogs opening day, I haven't regretted becoming a blogger for one second. I have had the pleasure of having really cool and fun opportunities because of my blog. So happy 2 year Bloggi-versary to me, and Sleepless! 

This year as part of my celebration, I wanted to finally convert my domain name to a .com. From blogspot.com to .com. Last year, I bought the domain name, but never got around to changing it. I plan on making the move really soon, just as soon as Godaddy allows it!! YAY! How exciting. 
Lastly, I want to say thank you to my readers, my page viewers, my unique page viewers, my sponsors, my affiliate companies (especially Irresistible Me). Thank you for reading, for your support, and above all for making blogging so worth it!! 

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday Redesign Session



Happy Weekend Everyone! 
I thought since I had a few minutes to sit down, I'd make a quick blog post to catch up. I hope everyone is in great spirits on this beautiful Sunday.

Here's what's new...
I have been working hard for the last few weeks on a new design for my blog. I wanted something new, simple and modern. I also wanted to tone down all the glitz and glitter a bit. After posting a few blog posts, I noticed that I wasn't really happy with my blog design anymore. I started analyzing what exactly I didn't like. For months, I just ignored how much my blog design bothered me. It was out of date, it was too glittery, too flashy, too messy, etc. Since I didn't have much time to recode and redesign, I held off the redesign.  So I am finally happy to tell you that I found the time to redesign!! Sleepless now has a new face! After downloading font, after font, and playing around with every which way I could arrange each font. I finally got it together. I placed all kinds of colors together, and finally came up with keeping it simple. I wanted my favorite colors...period. Black, white, blush, and gold glitter (I couldn't live without some glitter guys...sorry).

Here's a design swatch I was playing around with before implementing my actual design.
Just so you know, I'm very familiar with redesigning tools such as Adobe photoshop, and Adobe Dreamweaver. I've created a few design elements such as social media icons, signatures, signatures with social media icons for a few bloggy friends. I'm great with codes, so if you need anything done, shoot me an email. I'd be happy to help. Everything on my blog has been designed, and coded by me, myself and I :).

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What else is new with Sleepless? Well, I'm happy to also inform my readers about how I finally joined Instagram (for real this time). I'm really excited about Instagram, because I feel like it's a more personal type of social media. Which I'm happy to share my personal life with my readers. Follow me on Instagram: @itsjess_inspired

Monday, I celebrated my birthday! No numbers please, but about a week ago my fiance threw me a great surprise party!! All my friends and family attended, and surprised me as I came through my front door. I felt like the only girl in the world!!

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