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Happy Weekend & Advertising

First, y’all are too much about the last post! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your kind comments, I honestly wasn’t expecting your response! Glad y’all liked it and I’m also glad some of you were able to get a dress & buttons of your own. I have no affiliation whatsoever with Walmart but if they were to compensate me for my free advertising I would gladly accept in the form of cash, store credit or a trip for 2 to the Bahamas… but I won’t hold my breath for any of the above.

Now, it’s Friday afternoon and I just thought I’d drop in and tell you that I hope your weekends are packed full of friends, fun and family and maybe a good book! We seem to have skipped spring around here and it’s looking more like summer through my lens.

Last weekend looked a little like this and don’t be deceived the water was FREEZING but kids don’t seem to mind:





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Also, I’ve had a few emails lately about the grassy eggs I’ve done in years past… it is time to start collecting your eggshells!


They hit their prime 2 to 2.5 weeks after they’re planted… so I’d plant {if you’d like grass in time for Easter} no later than April 6th.  Here’s a LINK TO THE STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS I posted last year!

Now, before I go, I have to admit that the advertising email address inbox is a little out of control. To the point that emails have gone LONG unanswered and I’m here to offer a public apology.  I’m sorry! I have good reason for not responding, which sounds juicy, but it’s not. If you have recently {here’s where I have to admit how long it’s been since I was able to have control} say, in the last 3 or 4 months, emailed me about advertising and have not heard a response, and are still interested… you can go HERE to this trusty little form {thanks to The Butler}, fill it out and you will receive a response soon. Thank you for your patience & understanding!!

Happy weekend!!

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  • courtney c
    March 25, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I am so in love with your photos! Very fabulous (and adorable little subjects:)

  • Molly
    March 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Wally World should totally compensate you. You inspired hundreds (if not thousands!) of ladies to buy that dress. Mine should be arriving any day…I’m hoping it fits!!! 🙂

  • Amy
    March 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Darby, that it is the sweetest picture of your little Rover! OMGoodness I could eat him up! Have a fabulous weekend!

  • HannahJ
    March 25, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I’m a little jealous that you all are actually swimming down south- it makes living in the south seem increasingly appealing- since it literally snowed here in CT-yesterday! ugggg

  • Chelsea
    March 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Super jealous of that nice warm weather (we are in Chicago), and also a bit envious of that midday nap Rover is having – so sweet. But those eggs, those eggs I can do! Thank you!

  • Sarah
    March 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I’m so glad you reminded us about the grassy eggs…it’s the kind of thing I’d remember the day before Easter and be kicking myself for not remembering, say, 2-2.5 weeks earlier. My husband is on some weird high protein kick so at least collecting eggshells won’t take long!

  • Jennifer
    March 25, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    stop it with the pictures! ahhhh! we had snow showers on and off all day, sigh…
    and thanks for praying for Erick; he’s getting better every day, Praise God!
    have a BEAUTIFUL weekend! 🙂

  • Victoria
    March 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Wow, it does seem cool even here in Atlanta for swimming, but I guess the kiddo’s don’t mind the cold water. 🙂

    I went and bought the dress at Walmart today. One reason I love and read your blog is that you share great deals and ways to make inexpensive things look expensive.

    One post in particular where you talked about finding your girls Easter dresses at a consignment shop and adding to them stuck out in my mind and I’ve always appreciated the fact that you are not a snob and share these things.

  • Katie Canipe
    March 25, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    It sure does look like summer! I can’t wait for those good naps they take after swimming it up! The two sweetest smells of summer- sunscreen and your skin after swimming!

  • Lauren
    March 26, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Precious lake pictures. The recent weather has been perfect for soaking up the sun! I don’t know about that freezing water though…. but you’re right, kids don’t mind a bit!

  • Cait @ Hernando House
    March 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Those lake and pool pictures are making me want to go to the beach! Maybe that’s what I should to tomorrow…

  • Michelle
    March 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I’ve never posted but look at your blog all the time. You have such a beautiful family. I just wanted to say that I have my eggs already waiting to be planted as I remembered your eggs and wanted to do these for my girls this Easter!
    Oh, and no fair you’re feeling the warm sun. Up here in Seattle it’s still very cold.

  • A Denihan
    March 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Love the blurry photo of an action packed world swirling around you while reading your kindle. Hauntingly similar to my world!

  • jacqueline
    March 26, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    They look like they had a blast! I can not wait to go to beach and see the ocean as the weather warms up. I need to convince my hubby to let us start collecting our eggs…You have a lovely blog thanks for sharing with us.

  • Jeni C
    March 28, 2011 at 5:55 am

    I love the picture of your Kindle with the words “let Him” showing in the corner. What an awesome reminder to us all. My oldest daughter had her an outdoor swim meet this weekend. Bring on summer!!

  • Jeni C
    March 28, 2011 at 6:00 am

    okay I am cracking myself up…I just read what I posted “had her an outdoor swim meet”. I am not FROM south Georgia, but you wouldn’t know that by reading my comment:) That’s what happens when you don’t check your work before 7am!!

  • Melanie Marsh
    March 28, 2011 at 7:50 am

    ahhhh- that looks so nice! I am longing for lake worthy weather here in Georgia!

  • jessica
    March 28, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Great photos! I have the same camera as you and my pics never turn out as good as yours!! Grrrr! What mode do you mostly have yours set at? I must be off in my settings somewhere. Would love some tips when you get a moment!!

  • Katie@ Noodle and Boof
    March 28, 2011 at 9:19 am

    how fun!! kids are definitely immune to chilly water!

  • Lisa
    March 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I agree with Jessice we could use a post on photography tips. I have the same camera and lens. I want my background to be blurred like yours. Do you shoot on auto, a pre-set mode or manual? Would love some tips from you, you are so talented in so many areas.

  • Today's Letters
    March 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    rover, tucked in just like a burrito.
    love it.

  • Kate from Party Resources
    March 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    It is so cold here in Boston – send some warmer temps our way! Happy spring!

  • Julie Carter
    March 29, 2011 at 1:39 am

    You can pull off a brown paper sack if someone said you had to wear for the rest of your life!! There is no way i could ever pull something like this off even if I tried. You look amazing in it… but what kills me the most is that you have had 3 children and you have the hottest mom bod i know… Im a senior in college… and you have me beat by a LONG SHOT!!!!! Gosh I wish and Erika blogged everyday… bc boy does it make my day and inspire me in ways you will never know HOT MOMMA! HAHA : )

  • Julie Carter
    March 29, 2011 at 1:42 am

    OKAY… that last comment was totally supposed to go to the “buttons” title… but it didn’t for some reason… ha my bad!!

  • April Queen
    March 30, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Can I pretty please come to your house for Spring Break next week? I won’t bring my kids. Although, my 17 year old, she is a really sweet babysitter. And, my boys would really like it there too. Do you take reservations? (I am not a nutcase I am just teasing, but your home looks so warm, inviting, and just plain fun!)