Monday, September 29, 2014

I Was Used As "Click Bait"

Today's post has me fired up and not in a good way.
Last night an Instagram follower of mine sent me a screenshot of my face on her Twitter feed. Our wedding picture was used as "click bait" for a website.
I'm not linking to the article here because I don't want to drive traffic to their site. The link was to an "article" about an Army wife named Misty who lost a bunch of weight while her husband was deployed. Remember when my name was Misty? Me neither. The "article" included pictures of other people; they only used our wedding picture to grab the attention of readers and get them to their shady site.
This makes me really, really mad for a number of reasons.
1. They stole from me and my photographers. That photo is copyrighted and our wedding photographers have already contacted them to take it down. As someone with a fine arts degree and photography concentration, I hate that we live in a world where people steal photos and hope they don't get caught. The ViralFitNow website has an entire section devoted to 'what to do if we infringed your copyright...' They know what they're doing is wrong and do it anyone. Unacceptable.
2. The headline makes it sound like I did something horrible while my husband was deployed. Defamation of character? I think so.
3. That is my absolute favorite wedding picture and now it has a bad memory associated with it.
4. I am now questioning my social media and blog presence. I was going to share Collins' newborn pictures on here today but reverted the post to a Draft after this happened. I don't want anyone stealing my daughter's picture and using it with out my permission.
Thank you to all of my lovely Twitter friends who blasted this shady Twitter account last night. Y'all are the best. Thanks for having my back.
I hope this issue is resolved quickly now that my photographers have contacted the website. I love the Internet but it scares me too.

Update: September 29th, 2014 at 3:00 pm The photo has been removed from the website and replaced by another photo (probably of another unknowing person). The website Tweeted back at me and apologized for the "error." And by "error" they mean stealing.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Making Time To Blog

Finding the time to blog is not as easy as it used to be. I have so many ideas and posts I want to share with you all but actually sitting down at the computer and getting my words out is tough. I am making an effort to post more frequently (Collins is taking nice long naps) but sometimes it's just nice to spend time with DLW or even take a nap myself. We are settling into this new life and I love sitting down to blog but if I miss a day (or two), you can check out these ladies:

p.s. I typed this with one hand while holding a hiccuping baby. Does that make me an official "Mommy-Blogger"?!

Kala- My Breezy Room
Ms Kala is super cute and super creative too! She loves to paint furniture and will be launching her online shop SOON. Make sure to check out her DIY cake stands and let her teach you how to create a gallery wall for beginners (those things are hard!)
Devon- New York Cut
Devon is a student at The University of South Carolina (my alma mater) and I am oh so jealous! Be sure to check out her Bucket List and enjoy her fun loving blog!
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Support Our Troops & Save $$$ Too

Disclosure: I’m participating in the 2014 Believe in Heroes® blogger campaign and received compensation as part of the program.

Supporting our troops is obviously something that is very important to me as a military wife. Saving money is important to me too. Especially now that we are officially a one income family (gulp). This fall you can do both! Believe in Heroes® makes it easy to save yourself some cash while raising money for The Wounded Warrior Project. 

"Believe in Heroes® was established in 2010 to bring grocery retailers, trusted brands, and shoppers together to raise funds for WWP, a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The campaign has generated $16 million for WWP to date and has helped enable the expansion of its critical veteran programs that now directly serve more than 40,000 injured service members. Now through Veterans Day, November 11, 2014, Believe in Heroes® calls on Americans to show their support and appreciation for the newest generation of veterans through the common household task of grocery shopping, while enjoying great savings and sharing how they made a difference to help raise awareness."
You can download $25 in coupons here and save money on your favorite brands. I have already printed coupons for Sabra hummus, Silk almond milk, Maxwell House coffee, and Duracell batteries. The coupons are available through 11-30-14 or until supplies last.

You can also support the Believe in Heroes® program by sharing this deal on social media with the hashtag #BelieveinHeroes or purchasing Believe in Heroes® merchandise in stores or online.

More information on the campaign and how/where to save and shop can be found here.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Collins Kathryn- Three Weeks Old

These Wednesday posts are starting to become a habit of mine. I take SO many pictures each week because Collins is constantly changing and I want to remember every little detail. This blog is also a great way to share photos with my extended family so you'll have to excuse the weekly photo dump.

Here's how things are going this week:
- Collins takes long naps during the day and I can actually take a shower and make lunch.
- She sleeps for 3-3.5 hours at a time at night. When she wakes up to eat, we are only usually awake for about 20 minutes (by we I mean me and CKW; I let DLW keep snoozing since he has to go to PT early).
- Every few days she "cranky time" in the afternoon when she stays awake too long.
- She loves being held by DLW.
- We take a family walk every day with the Puppy Princesses.
- Collins is not a huge fan of baths but we are working on it.
Ain't that the truth...
 My Favorite BodyPump buddy
 Being cute is exhausting.
 We tried our Solly Wrap- she isn't a huge fan (yet) but we're working on it.
 I am obsessed with this adorable embroidered birth announcement from my Grandpa Butch and his wife, Linda. She always finds the cutest things!
 We read books... then Collins spit up all over herself and that blanket.
 We really like blankets. Please don't tell me I look tired because I have eyes and can see that for myself. Woof.
 Collins is not a huge fan of her 4moms Mamaroo (yet) but we are working on that too.
 CKW got the softest monogrammed blanket from the Flowers Family.
 "Here, baby. I brought you my favorite ball. Now play with me!"
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