The Bearded Iris

A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

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The Picture That Cost Me 1.3 Million Dollars

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Sometimes a picture is actually worth a lot more than that.

Thirteen years ago this month, I quit a good job to stay home with my two-year-old son, Vincent.

We had moved from California to North Carolina—not for my husband’s job as most people assume when they hear we relocated cross-country, but for mine.

My husband agreed to temporarily leave work and do the stay-at-home dad thing while I brought home the bacon as a training manager for a technology company. I was pretty good at it (at first), and with my bonuses I was on target to earn about $100,000 that year. Well, I would have earned that much… had I lasted more than 9 months there.

But I didn’t.

Because in the fall of 2001, my sweet little Vincent came home from preschool with his first school pictures and everything changed. 

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Don’t look back? Don’t tell me what to do.

It’s a widely known fact (i.e. “pin-worthy” quote) that one of the main reasons people give up on their dreams is because they focus on how far they still have to go instead of how far they’ve already come.

Or for you visual learners…

Look behind you, you're more awesome than you realize! from "Don't look back? Don't tell me what to do," by The Bearded Iris

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‘Tis the season to order business cards…

I’m talking about business cards over In The Powder Room today.

Business Cards 101 by The Bearded Iris In The Powder Room

It’s a good read, and I share some links for free and discounted business cards of your own, so check it out!

If you do decide to design and order your business cards through Moo.com, where I get mine, you can help me earn some free goodies by going there through my refer-a-friend link. Thank you kindly! But no big whoop. This is not a sponsored post. I just really like their products and wanted to share.

And yes, that really is how I organize and store the hundreds of business cards I’ve amassed over the years as a blogger—one ring per conference. It works. Don’t ask me where my kids’ immunization records are right now, but when it comes to the insignificant minutia of my life, I’m an organizational ninja. Sad but true.

Okay, go read. Or at least ogle my custom-made business card holder.

Kiss kiss,
Leslie
 

 

3 Things for Mom

3things-badgeI’ve recently discovered a wonderful new website (just launched in January) that I’d like to point you toward today. It’s called 3 Things for Mom and its mission is to give you a unique daily blog post that’s “short enough to read over a cup of Joe,” featuring “a truth, a tip, and a find” from a different blogger every weekday.

It’s a great place to step outside of your regular blog reading routine and find new bloggers from different niches. Plus, who doesn’t love a bite-sized tip and a favorite product recommendation every day?

Lauren, the founder and editor, invited me to contribute and my guest post is up this week. I’m sharing a truth that’s been on my mind lately (Life Lessons from a Beauty Salon–New and Improved), one of my favorite kitchen tips, and a NEW tool I’ve recently discovered for removing facial hair. (No, it’s not Magic Cream…something totally different!)

You’ll get a kick out of this – the post I originally submitted had to be slightly edited for adult content. Oh, the shame! I didn’t even use any foul language, just a little sexual innuendo, but sometimes I forget that there’s a time and a place, you know? Even minus the sex joke, it must still be funny though because one of my regular readers sent me this email:

Just read 3 Things for Mom in my inbox…did not check author prior to reading…but as I was reading it, I thought, this has to be The Bearded Iris, this is hysterical!!!! ~Stephanie

So please check it out!

You can connect with Lauren and @3ThingsforMom on Twitter and Facebook too.

Have a wonderful weekend filled with great hair, neatly cut brownies, and the ability to remove your stubborn neck hair without shedding too many tears in the process.

XO,
Leslie

 

Xanax makes me a better blogger

I’m cashing in on sensationalist headlines In The Powder Room today, musing about all the things I could/should/would do to be a better blogger. Spoiler alert: drugs.

Because…Judy Collins songs.

And: “Top Blogger” gladiator-style blood baths.

Plus: FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). Dear sweet Jesus in a viral video…feelings are hard!

Also, PIN-FRIENDLY GRAPHICS! 

Xanax Makes Me a Better Blogger by Leslie The Bearded Iris In The Powder Room

So basically, whether you’re a blogger, know and love a blogger, or are so sick of bloggers you want to shove them all into a wood chipper and spray your snow covered lawn with their bloody pulp…this post is for you. I feel you, Dawg. I feel you long and hard.

With love and a paper bag over my head to deal with the anxiety (and haircut),
Leslie

Monkey Farts, #WeShop, and The Funniest Blog Bling EVER

I’m In The Powder Room today sharing the background story on how and why I chose to let my kids smell like farts.

I just love a good fart story, don’t you?

We Shop Founding Member

That post is also your personal introduction to an incredible new e-commerce experience we are beta-testing at In The Powder Room called WeShop. Finally, blogging and shopping can be combined in a way that is mutually beneficial for the blogger, the vendor, and the shopper.

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