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HAPPINESS IS
My name is Shannon. I’m a singer and songwriter living in Seattle. I am easily amused by simple pleasures. This is my happy place. May it be yours too.
Interests: my music, www.shannoneileen.com, www.myspace.com/shannoneileen, www.myspace.com/loreleisongs www.sonicbids.com/loreleisongs
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Come visit Micaela! You're very close :) xo
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Thank you Melinda! It's quite an amazing place :) xo
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Last weekend couldn't have been MORE perfect! I was just soaking up the sun. Too bad all of Seattle was up there too.. the traffic was nuts!
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Thank you sweet Randi for your love and light. I can feel it :) And I am hopeful. xo
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One of the many reasons why I love Washington... tulips for days. Every April, flower farms open up their fields for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The weather couldn't have been better, so we hopped into the MINI and drove a couple hours north to see them in person. It was an endless sea of color. Like something out of a dream. TULIP FEST TIPS: 1. Use the bloom map. It will tell you what kinds of flowers are at each field. But make sure you have the most recent one. Since tulips are a rotational crop, they're replanted every... Continue reading
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Mmm tea. My warm comfort drink of choice. Ever since I quit caffeine, I began drinking herbal teas daily. I love to dip Digestives (semi-sweet English biscuits/cookies) into my tea as a late night snack... a little habit I formed while living in London. If you're an herb nerd like myself, I've got a fun little treat for you today. I'm a sucker for personality tests. Meyers-Briggs, Enneagram, Secret Languange, you name it, I've probably taken it. Even the silly What Game of Thrones Character Are You type quizzes that go viral on Facebook (I'm Khaleesi, naturally). When Traditional Medicinals,... Continue reading
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Ahhh! I didn't realize Coco and Mingo were your bunnies - how sweet!
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Well it's sort of hard to say, since we're on a cocktail of other fertility related vitamins and herbs. But I feel great and Hal wants me to keep buying them, which is his way of saying he likes them ;)
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I'm so glad you were inspired by it Jessica! I think I'll be watching and re-watching it any time I'm having the creative blues ;) xo
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Oh man, that outdoor space is heavenly. Okay yesterday was nice, but now I'm ready for it to REALLY warm up! xo
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Oh Samantha, thank you for writing again to keep me posted on where you're at. The 2WW is so hard, I know. What your friend said is exactly what I've been saying to my friends too! I completely relate. As for meditation, definitely keep trying, because it really gives me peace. Shutting the mind off is a challenge, but it will get easier over time. For me, the first 5 minutes are full of panic thoughts, but the trick is to notice the thoughts without judging them. Observe them, as if they were clouds floating by. Don't beat yourself up about the fact that you're thinking them. Slowly, they'll disappear and you'll be able to see blue skies :) Then magical things will start to happen. Please keep me updated as well, my friend. I'm sending much love your way! xo
Eek! I love the little bear. Not sure why, but he reminds me of Eeyore, a little bit sad, but oh so sweet. I was inspired by bunnies today too :) xo
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Easter is just around the corner, so I've gathered up a few of my recent Etsy bunny faves... Tattoo Rabbit Tea Towel by Sophie Parker Felted Bunny by Healoom The Velveteen Rabbit Quote Print by Emily McDowell Wild In The Country Rabbit Notebook by Stefanie Pisani for Graduate Collection Nautical Bunny White Ceramic Jar by Pouse Pouse Citron Summer Linen Bunny Coat by Little Goodall Little Miss Moppity Goes Hoppity Print by Honey Cup Rabbit Temporary Tattoo by Burrowing Home And 3 more bunnies you may have missed... Angora Sweater Bunnies Bunny Totes Sir Hopsalot Continue reading
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Krysta, I'm so sorry to hear that you're going through this too. I've been using the Clearblue smiley-face ovulation predictor sticks and they're pretty reliable for me: http://www.amazon.com/Clearblue-Digital-Ovulation-Test-Count/dp/B002VLYAOI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396934925&sr=8-1&keywords=clearblue+ovulation+predictor And I would suggest, at a year, to have both you and your man get the basic fertility tests. Even though we discovered problem, at least now we know and the uncertainty is gone. Hugs to you my friend. Let me know if I can help in any way! xo
I don't want to speak for other women, but for me, adoption is something I'm very much open to. My husband and I are at the very beginning of our infertility journey, so if there are things we can do to increase our odds, we will take them first. If they fail, of course, adoption is the next step. For me, I'd need to know I did all I could do to try to make a baby on my own. I personally want to experience the miracle of birthing a child that my husband and I created together, and I don't think there's anything wrong or selfish with this desire. If we were 4-5 years into the struggle, we'd be at a different stage, ready to think about adoption. I've read about a few fertility treatment centers that give your money back if an IVF procedure has been unsuccessful, so you can put it toward adoption. I think this is a wonderful idea.
Oh how wonderful to hear Dianne! Adoption is something I will definitely consider down the road. Thank you so much for sharing the positive outcome of your journey. xo
I'm glad you commented Joyce. Are you still trying to conceive? You're right about the double life. It's all very isolating. Prior to now, I only told my immediate family and best girlfriends, but if they're not going through it themselves, I think it's hard for them to relate. As I know I wouldn't have been able to relate before it happened to me. If you're still on your journey, I too, wish you the very best. Much much love. xo
Oh Katie, I'm thrilled to hear about your miracle baby! That is so very encouraging. Depending on how this all goes down, you can bet that I'll be contacting you with questions. Thank you for your love and support. I will definitely keep you updated :) xo
Thank you Eva! xo
Thank you Andi. Definitely try not to worry about it, but it might be a good idea to get the basic fertility tests now, so you can put your mind at ease. I wish I had gotten tested earlier. But of course, then I wouldn't have learned the lessons that I needed to learn ;) xo
So true. You helped inspire me to write about it Lisette. Thank you for that. xo
Oh Juju, I had no idea you went through infertility! Four years, I cannot even imagine. Baby Whimsy is a miracle indeed. You must feel so extremely blessed. This is a very encouraging story, my friend. Thanks for letting me know. Hugs! xo
Thank you sweet Molly! It definitely was scary to press that little 'publish' button. Please do share this with your friend if she needs someone to relate to. I remember it helped me a great deal to come across other blogger's infertility stories. xo
After I put on my brave face to post, then I put on my freak out face.. what did I just do? Ha! Thank you Katie. I'm so grateful for your support. xo
That definitely gives me hope! Thank you Riana! xo