SCOUT vintage collective
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Some of our favorite photos of our moms are from those moments when she was dressed up (or down), looking confident and beautiful. Old photos evoke so much memory and emotion & were thrilled to come across this great site: My Mom, the Style Icon
all photos found here
How fun would it be to share your favorite vintage photos of your mom….send them along & we’ll write a post including short stories honoring all of our your moms. Send them along to stacy (at) sugarscout (dot) com.
We came across these amazing and honest words…hope you love as much as we do.
you can make all the resolutions to lose weight, eat healthy, give up bad habits etc. etc..
but it’s really truly time to honor yourself fully while you take on everything else.
i want you to start treating yourself like your very best friend. i want you to start treating yourself like someone that you love unconditionally.
i want you to start clearing away negative thoughts and energy in all areas of your life, most especially that directed to yourself.
i can promise you that it isn’t something you will regret,
that you will thank yourself for years and years to come…
read in full here.
If you’re sweatin’ the details of your upcoming union, live in Chicagoland, and want brilliant & inventive wedding ideas………here is your nuptial superhero.
Today we salute our online comrade Lola Event Productions as we congratulate them on their being voted
Even if you don’t live in the Windy City, just visiting the site is enough to kindle your inner crafty. The ingenuity & ability to translate matrimonial ideas of every kind & couple into certain reality is unparalleled.
Just take a stroll through their online gallery.
And, as we know all too well, brilliance of this caliber doesn’t happen on accident. Behind every crucible of creativity, there is hard work, vision & the courage to embrace opportunity. Lori Stephenson, owner and senior even planner at Lola, is that girl.
She is the perfect blend of tireless maiden & collaborative creator.
On this fine Friday, we salut Lola (& Lori) for doing small business right.
Ok, now they say that a picture is worth a thousand words. If this is true, I can think of about 75 of those words on this fine Friday to pass along to our blog followers about this cotton bikini clad babe with her gun and her dog
and I don’t even like guns?
I don’t know who took this photo, or where it came from, but I love it. I wish I had the guts to hang this roof top shot in my girl cave here in snowy Minneapolis. But given that I have a 4 year old girl sponge living under my roof……..i will have to digress, but only until she’s old enough to have one herself
(a bikini, that is).
With this photo as our spring board, we’d like to pay tribute today to all our favorite iron maiden’s out there who inspire us to fearlessly go forward and do our best to make the world a little better than we found it. While these ladies certainly don’t need guns or bikini’s, they represent all that is good about being girl.
Here are a few of our favorites.
You GO girls.
As I was anticipating the arrival of my 41st birthday, I began to reflect on what a lucky girl I am. Lucky to have a husband who loves me just as I am & is willing to ride my crazy train. Lucky to have 3 happy, empathetic, humble, loving children. Lucky to have two moms who have taught me the simple & complicated lessons on how to be a mom. Lucky to have a large extended family who aren’t afraid to pop in & lend a hand or just be their awesome selves. Lucky to have a community of friends who show me everyday that this life is better when done with them….and of course very lucky to have a sister-friend & business partner who challenges me everyday to be better.
With that said, it seems obvious there is not ONE thing I needed for my birthday but I felt drawn to GIVE on this day. After stumbling across The Birthday Project on Pinterest, I was moved to do 41 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS during the week of my 41st birthday. It’s been beyond an amazing week & I’ve been torn about the decision to share this experience. I think the point of bestowing a kind act is to do it without expecting a pat on the back, but my final reason for sharing was to inspire others to change the world, one birthday at a time.
So…here’s a snapshot of the my wonderful week of giving……(I apologize for the length of this post….remember I AM 41. Also….sorry for some of the funky photos as many were taken in a hurry.)
2. During my morning coffee stop at Seth’s, I purchased coffee for the two ladies behind me in line….the best part was when they asked, “why?” & both considered this the BEST idea & said they would pass it on.
4. Made a contact with a family in need……will be making them a Thanksgiving meal & supplying them with mittens/hats & socks for their two boys. The meal will be made by my family & the families of the Girl Scout troop I lead.
5. Wrote a letter ~ the old-fashioned kind ~ to a friend I admire & let her know what a great mom she is. LOVE you girl.
6. Wheeled in the garbage cans on my block. I have amazing neighbors who have taught me what it really means to BE a NEIGHBOR…..in the words of my sweet Harley H., “You’re not a neighbor until you act like one” ~ you have blessed me with your wise words for 13 years and I THANK YOU.
7. Read with some pretty great kids at LCES.
8. Wrote a note & left a treat to our mail carrier Gary. You make me smile every day…especially when you tell me I look like the woman on the magazine cover. I’m not sure if you drink heavily or have a crush on me.
9. Added money to a parking meter just as it was about to expire.
10. Taped coins & a have a great day note on a soda machine.
11. Placed $1 on a car with a nice note.
12. My favorite….Picked up David, helped him with his bike & got him to his bowling date on time. (for those concerned for my safety…I didn’t put myself in any danger….I was familiar with him & knew he was kind & harmless….just look at that smile.)
This was my favorite RAOK because it was so special AND a true RANDOM act….David is a sweet man who lives independently despite his disabilities. He happened to have a malfunction with his 3 wheel bike & was so sad sitting at the side of the road.
I did a quick & illegal u-turn & helped him with his chain. As I began talking with him, it turned out his bike was his main way of getting around & it had been giving him trouble for quite a while. It didn’t seem right to just put a band-aid on the problem, only to have him break down a mile or two farther into his trek. This began a 2 hour adventure with David, loading his bike, getting the kids from school, taking him to the bike repair store & then finally to his bowling date with his girl. He was one happy guy to have a repaired bike & my heart was full. However, the very best part might be when we returned home, Sofie said, “Mom. That was really nice the way you helped that man. When I turn 7, can I do 7 nice things?” Mission accomplished.
13. Returned shopping carts in the grocery store parking lot.
14. Delivered a note to an elderly neighbor, who lives alone to offer any help for household projects.
15. Answered a call of a friend in need…..don’t ask why I’M the one to call when head lice shows up. Love you girl….hope those little buggers are GONE! Also…thanks for the “Auntie” status. I’ll happily take that.
16. Sent a get well note to a friend.
17. Sent a card to a wonderful high school teacher who left a lasting mark on my life.
18. Hemmed a pair of pants for my Father-in-Law…hope they fit Big PaPa!
19. Surprised my husband with a 1 hour massage…you deserved every minute!
20. Gave balloons & lollipops to children….my girls loved this task.
21. Loaded groceries for an elderly man & his sweet wife.
22. While out to lunch with my husband, we bought lunch for the two ladies.
23. Added lunch box notes….thanks Darcy from Pretty Girl Shop!
24. Hot Chocolates & donuts to construction guys working in the snowy weather.
25. Pumped gas for someone.
26. Brought a bouquet flowers to a good friend who is helping her dad have dignity during his last days. I think of you often friend….you are an amazing daughter.
27. Brought a bouquet flower to a great mom who needs to make some tough choices in the near future. You WILL get through this.
28. Took the kids to a no-kill shelter to donate food & loved up some puppies.
29. Delivered a sofa for a friend.
30. Brought stuffed animals to the Children’s Hospital.
31. Held the door for a busy mom at the mall.
32. Offered free babysitting for a friend.
33. Raked a neighbor’s yard.
34. Let someone go in front of me in line.
35. Gave directions to someone who was lost.
36. Picked up trash in the park.
37. Welcomed a new neighbor with brownies.
38. Visited the ER & chatted with an elderly man who was waiting alone.
39. Donated a huge load to Goodwill.
40. Gave a few extra hugs.
41. I chose to forgive someone.
When the week began, I thought I would need to plan out my tasks. Some of them I did, however, I realized these opportunities are always waiting if we are watching. If you decide to do one or many random acts of kindness, we’d love if you’d be willing to share them with us.
this is the HONEY BADGER…..he’s really pretty bad ass….just look at it.
Randall from Randall’s Wild Wild World of Animals, created one of the funniest videos on YouTube we have ever seen. If you haven’t watched, consider the title first: “The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger.” If that offends you in any way, don’t click on the link. If not, the video is posted below.
There are some pretty great Honey Badger items to be found from stickers to t-shirts & mugs to totes. Here are some fun options.
HNY BaDGER Euro license Plate
shirts can be found here
After a long week of teaching (aka parenting other peoples kids), doctors appointments, preparing bag lunches, going through junk mail, selling a used car in a sea of scammers, and relishing in 10 minutes each night to read before I drift off……..I was struck by this news story on abc NEWS.
As a happily married working girl with one PreSchooler and one Kindergartener, there is little time to stop and think about actually being so……..in my everyday life. Sad for certain. Well, it is, until you think about the majority of folk that aren’t even able to mutter the first 4 words in sentence number one of this paragraph. Lucky am I indeed.
But as I sat on the couch, annoyed with my husband for being……well, annoying……the adorable (and not to mention vintage good) photo of Gordon & Norma appeared on the tele.
Gordon and Norma were rushed to the emergency room after being in a car accident on Wednesday. When it became clear at the hospital that their condition was not improving, they were moved to beds side by side so that they could simply hold hands. Neither was concerned about themselves, but rather how the other was doing.
Gordon passed away at 3:38pm holding his bride’s hand. His family was perplexed that although he was not breathing, the heart monitor still displayed a beat. The attending nurse indicated that Gordon’s monitor was picking up Norma’s heartbeat.
Norma passed away 1 hour later.
It is a story like this that holds a powerful reminder of what luck can find, hard work can build, and love can leave with us all. For in scouting, a find is a find, but all require work of one kind or another.
To the Yeager Family, our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. We thank you for sharing your story.