Saturday, April 27, 2013

Shameless self-promoting.

If you've been around for awhile... you probably know that I am in school right now.  I am |this| close to finishing my Bachelor's degree.  September absolutely cannot come soon enough.

For awhile now I've questioned what exactly I plan to do with said degree.  Since my major is multimedia design and development (aka graphic design), I have a few different options.

This last week I decided to move forward with one of those options..

...and open my own business.

Amanda Dawn Designs is a small business marketing and design company.  I want to focus on the small scale and build websites, logos, promotional material for the mom and pop shops to include individuals and their needs as well.

Amanda Dawn Designs specializes in:
-Unique logo creation
-Website design and implementation
-Print marketing products including flyers and ads
-Business cards and other business handouts
-Wedding save-the-dates, invitations, programs, thank you notes
-Baby announcements
-Moving announcements
-Creative print-ables to meet your decorating needs
-T-shirt designs
-And more!

So please hop on over and find Amanda Dawn Designs on Facebook.
And be on the lookout for my website in the future!

P.S. Blog designers.. have no fear... I am NOT going into the blog design business.

Happy weekend all!




always,
amanda
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Monday, April 22, 2013

Pride.

"America will never run... 
And we will always be grateful that liberty has found such brave defenders."
-George W. Bush

Tonight I am feeling peace.  Perhaps for the first time this week.  

Between the CNN Breaking News stories and the resulting anxiety ridden nation... I am reminded that I am living the American dream.  I have completed another week's worth of coursework towards my higher education.  I live in a middle class neighborhood with my husband and two dogs.  I have food on my table and possessions in my house.  I have family and friends supporting me both near and far.  I have the luxury of complaining about trivial things.

At the end of the day I lay my head on my pillow.. surrounded by my boys.. and I go to sleep as a free American citizen.

This week this nation was tested.  A terrorist attack in Boston.  A fertilizer plant explosion in Texas.  An avalanche in Colorado.  But here we are... still brave.  Still strong.

Unfortunately it always seems to take a breaking CNN news report to bring this nation together.  We are usually divided... Republican, Democrat, Independents.  We fight, we point fingers, we belittle.

But if you cross us... we don't run.  We stand together.  Whether you are a terrorist or Mother Nature... you can't defeat our pride.

The pride of the police officers, fire fighters, FBI, military and so many other first responders.  The ones that make me proud to say... I am an American.


And I am married to someone who makes me proud.  Who only adds to my patriotism.  Someone who loves this country just as much as me.

This week I was reminded again of just how much I love my husband... 

...effective May 1, my SSG husband.

Congratulations, again, baby!!  You make me so proud, each and every day.  Proud to be your wife.  Proud to love you.  Proud to even know you.

always,
amanda
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Monday, April 15, 2013

My loved ones on a very special topic.

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"How I measure riches is by...
the friends I have
and the loved ones I have
and the people that I care about in my life,
and that's where my values are
and that's where my riches are."
-Ann Romney


My loved ones mean the world to me.  When I saw this link-up over at From Mrs. to Mama... I got curious about what I mean to my loved ones.  What they love about me.  So I asked them... and this is what they said.

My dad loves.
My redhair. Beautiful smile. Compassion for others having difficulties.  Creativity and craftiness.  And my dedication.
My mom loves.
My loyalty to those I love.  That I'm a great daughter and a wonderful pet momma.  My drive to make a difference.  My smile.  My writing abilities.  And my love and kindness.

My friends had just a bit more to say...

My best friend Allison:
"1. She is always, always, always there for the people she loves. Even if she's 1,000 miles away and it's 3 am.
2. She constantly surprises you with the most thoughtful gifts or cards, just to remind you how much you are loved by her!
3. She NEVER EVER forgets a birthday, anniversary, etc.
4. On summer nights during high school (and even to this day) she'll drive around town with the windows down blaring and singing country music with you.
5. She'll hang out with you at work to help you pass the long boring hours at your first job as a hostess at Outback Steakhouse.
6. She'll visit you while you're away in college, even if you live in a teeny tiny dorm room.
7. She'll hold your hand while you get a tattoo, even if needles are your biggest fear and you almost break her hand.
8. If you have a really rough day, like say it's a week before your wedding and your fiancé calls to tell you that his passport is expired right after you try on your dress one last time only to find that it no longer fits, her first words are: "be there in ten! we're going to have drinks at tanners."
9. On your wedding day she joins you in screaming "IT'S MY WEDDING DAY!" the moment you wake up and stealthily ensures that no one bothers or upsets you, that your hair and make up are perfect, and that you don't accidentally run into the groom.
10. Then she babysits your unruly english bulldog while you're on your honeymoon!"

My best friend Kara:
"First off, that beautiful red hair. It makes you want to be a redhead. Have you ever heard the term "feisty redhead?" Well...Amanda lives up to that saying.

Amanda never, EVER misses an opportunity to lift someone's day up. She never misses out on sending birthday cards, Christmas cards, notes, or postcards just because. No matter how Amanda is feeling, she is always wanting to make her friends happy.

Her passion...for her family, her friends, her husband, her fur children, God, and her country.

Amanda's love for country...in more ways than one. She is a proud supporter of her husband, who serves this wonderful country that we live in. Amanda is so patriotic, with her Republican elephant tattoo (with my matching one!) and American flags spread throughout her home. Also, she is a good ole country girl. She may have spent many years in the city, but those country roots sure do shine.

Her sense of adventure. It takes a lot of guts to move to a different state (or two) to be with your new husband. I love that she spread her wings and started to explore what life has to offer. Of course, it definitely has its ups and downs but I know she wouldn't trade it for the world.

Amanda has such a creative brain...it makes me jealous. Whether it's decorating a home or working on graphic design, this girl can do it all.

Her LOVE. This girl has one of the biggest hearts I've ever seen. This could probably tie in with how passionate she is but Amanda never forgets to express her love to those she cares about. (I think I should include her love for purses and shoes, but some might consider that an obsession.)

Amanda was one of my very first friends when I moved to a new school my 8th grade year. Ever since, she has been one of my very best friends. We have been through so many things...from crappy friendships that have shaped who we are to those dang boyfriends we never want to remember to. I know we are in different places in our lives, but I always have her to call when things aren't going so great. Amanda is one of my biggest fans and I'm definitely one of hers too. This list of things I love about her doesn't even begin to show who Amanda is! Ten years of friendship with laughs, tears, booze, and matching tattoos...it's hard to find a friend like her."


I'm lucky to have loved ones.  To have family that cares about me... friends that don't forget me.  To have support all across the nation.  I am lucky and blessed...

...and I know it.


//p.s. my heart and thoughts are with all those in Boston tonight.  Truly a senseless tragedy.

always,
amanda

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

This is what I wear.

A few weeks ago I put out a request to my readers for some topics you wanted me to cover on this here blog.  Jame from Poppiness commented:

How about some of your favorite outfits.  I wanna see your style!

First let me start by stating... I don't think I have style.  Or A style rather.  Growing up I always had a great closet full of clothes [which was frequently raided by a couple of my high school friends]... but more often than not I showed up in jeans and a hoodie.  It's my go to.  My comfort zone.  My zen.

To this day, I think I still have a pretty good closet full of clothes... so my favorites?

I like dresses.
Worn February 2012 to a date with my hubs.
Family picture September 2012.  This is hands down my favorite dress.
But I really don't wear them enough..

During the summer I live out of cutoff shorts and t-shirts.  When I go somewhere... I step it up to a tank-top or a tube top.  Like this...
Taken June 2012 at a concert.  [I don't normally sport my boots with shorts.]
During the winter... you pretty much swap out the cutoff shorts for jeans and add a sweater or nice shirt.
Taken February 2012 before heading to a country concert.
I love shoes and purses.  A lot.
Cowgirl boots.  A girl can't have just one pair! 
My absolute favorite heels!
I like to wear my hair up.  It's rare to see it down.. and STAY down.  I have a lot of hair.  That's a lot of heat people.  I love sandals... I have a whole basket of cute flip flops and other sandals.  I like cheap clothing.  I'm not afraid to shop at Walmart or Family Dollar.  If I shop somewhere nice, it's ALWAYS the clearance racks.  I have a giant accessories collection.  I'm almost always wearing earrings that go with the outfit.  Sometimes I add a fun ring, a fun necklace or a fun bracelet.  Sometimes, not always.

But I'd have to say my uniform style is a t-shirt and basketball shorts or yoga pants.  Like now... Heyyyyy Color Run t-shirt and bright aqua Walmart mesh shorts... you rock!


always,
amanda

Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Kansas Princess.

A few weeks ago I put out a request to my readers for some topics you wanted me to cover on this here blog.  Beth from Living a Goddess Life commented:

I am Kansas-ignorant...what's the deal with your state, Ms Princess? Tell us all about it! :) 

[Top to bottom.] Kansas by car. Kansas "hills". Kansas sunset.

"She's a Kansas princess, crazy mother trucker, undercover lover." 
-Jason Aldean

I'm a Kansas princess because the great Jason Aldean identifies ladies from Kansas as princesses.  I'm a Kansas princess because a part of my heart will always be 16 hours away in the state of Kansas with my family and friends.  I'm a Kansas princess because my middle class raising gave me the opportunity to know both city and country, from Western Kansas to Kansas City.  I'm a Kansas princess because for 20 plus years that was all I knew and called my own.  I'm a Kansas princess because the greatest parts of my life have all started (and some ended) in the wheat state.

As a military spouse you ultimately identify yourself with one place.  Where you came from.  People will ask and you will list the places off that your military journey has taken you.  But there is always that one place where the journey began.  For me that place is Kansas.

It's just a rectangular state in the middle of the country.  There is no ocean, no mountains and for the most part the terrain is rather flat and treeless.  Kansas City is the largest city if you count all of the suburbs.  On a national level though that's only number 37... and that's Kansas City, Missouri.  Not Kansas City, Kansas.  

There is nothing major Kansas can claim as a must see.  Sure the locals know just what to point out to make it interesting... but most people don't flock to Kansas for vacation.  So if you come you are more than likely either passing through or visiting family.  Maybe that is what makes Kansas so great?  The family.. the people.

My family.  My people.

I've experienced it all on that Kansas dirt.  Heartbreak, friendship, love, laughter, hopefulness, excitement, betrayal and happiness.  At the end of the day.. I'm a Kansas princess because no matter where I live, where I've been or where I go in life, the one place I can always come home to is Kansas.

always,
amanda

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

You blink, and days go by. [& Wed Walkabout!]

Happy belated Easter friends, family and readers!

Of course I can't actually post day-of.  That would mean I'm running on schedule.  Which never, ever, happens.  (If that happened... I would ALWAYS have my homework done prior to Sunday night..)(And I would make it anywhere ON TIME...)

Our Easter was rather simple this year.  We didn't have a large feast.  Dye eggs.  Or really do anything Easter related other than attend mass, dress up and eat tons of Easter candy.  But somehow it was perfect.  Probably cause it was me and my little family.  Being together.  Which is really how it should be...
So I hope yours had the same quality of peace, love, springtime and renewal.

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I think the calmness that occurred on Easter Sunday was the building anticipation for Monday.  6 long weeks of class all led up to this one last hoorah.  Graduation.  Rob is done with his ALC course.  I was fortunate enough to not have to spend those 6 weeks separated from him.  The signal NCO academy is at Fort Gordon... so he was just gone from the house a little more.  But he still got to come home every night and sleep right next to me.
Nevertheless, it is a giant sigh of relief that this course is over.  I am so proud of him for getting it done.  And now we can look towards the future...

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Of course Monday afternoon was interrupted with one of those Army phone calls.  You know the ones that interrupt a perfectly peaceful afternoon... where I'm dozing in the chair and Rob is watching some crazy movie on Netflix.  Rather than return to the 9-5 M-F schedule he had before.. now he will be on shift work, which was rumored but never confirmed until that one phone call.

Which really isn't ALL that bad.  We've been married 3 years though.. and he's never worked shift work while we have lived together.  He did it prior to us getting married and me moving to Maryland.. and then again while he was in Kuwait.  So I know there is some adjusting that will have to occur... but it's just one of those things you just deal with.  Let's just say.. I'm more than used to that by now.

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Speaking of three... my first-born-fur-baby turned 3 on Saturday.  I'm almost 99% sure he knew it was a special day too... his stumpy little tail wagged more than usual, he asked for extra loving and it reminded me of how much I love that little dude.  I've been through a ton with him by my side.  So of course he was smothered with extra kisses and love...I couldn't have asked for a better, more loyal, dog.

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Otherwise I'm still holding down this fort while my love earns that dough.  Doing my homework the day it is due.  Waiting for the laundry to fill every hamper before starting.  Cleaning when the floor is visibly speckled with dirt.  Hanging out with new friends and making new Georgia memories.  And always.. always... spending time with my little family.  Who could ask for more?
Source.
Happy April friends!

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What is a Walkabout? It's a blog link-up party, every week here and with our co-hosts! Simply put your blog address or a specific post in the linky, visit some other people, and make some friends. Easy at that! I can't wait to talk to everyone!

PS: You only have to link up with ONE of the co-hosts!

The Rules:
1. Please follow at least ONE hostess, and let us know you're a new follower and how to follow you! To be entered as next week's Mystery Host, follow all hosts from this week.
Mystery Host Amanda- Somewhere Over the Camo
Chantal- Scattered Shells
Jane- Taingamala
2. Try to visit 3-4 blogs that interest you. Take some time and let them know where you came from.
3. Grab the button and spread the word! (Not required, but just cool if you do). The more, the merrier.


always,
amanda