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Thursday, May 14, 2015

OK, friends...we need to have a chat.
Nothing too serious, just a bit of the state of the blog address!
You see, IRON & TWINE's a little over two years now (oh yeah, Happy Birthday to us!).  And I feel like recently we've lost touch with who we are and who are readers are.  I had that little thing called pregnancy last year and am now so excited to have entered the new mom club with twins P & K!  But, with this new, exciting, wonderful new phase of my life, things got a bit busy and crazy and way off balance ~ I know you guys can relate to what I'm saying!  So, it got me thinking...
 I love this blog and this little amazing community!  But in order to move forward I need to get serious.  And by serious I mean FUN and committed!  I want to recommit to the reasons why I started this space and recommit to YOU!  I've got some BIG plans in the works, but before I get too involved in some of those projects I need your feedback.  Nowadays, you're BOMBARDED with TONS of information on the web and I'm not looking to waste any of your time or mine for that matter.  So, after consulting with two of my favorite bloggers for some advice, I'm asking PRETTY please with a cherry on top, for you to take a few minutes out of your busy day and complete a brief survey below!
And before you get all shy, and afraid I'll be like "whoa!!!  did she/he really just say that?!
The survey is 100% anonymous!  
So, go ahead and get all real with me.  But not so real that you call out my gray hair or the fact that the bags under my eyes are significantly bigger than last year.  But seriously, honest...real...constructive criticism of the blog is highly encouraged!
So....will you do it?!
 YOU WILL?!!!
 You're the BEST!  I knew there was a reason you've stuck around!


Strawberry Picking | #teambrendajoy

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

One month ago while in Charleston., we took a day...well, an afternoon really...to pick strawberries.  Fresh...ripe...beautiful...red...strawberries.
And they were delicious!
It was one of those days you hope to forever tuck away into the memory bank under, great, wonderful, perfect days.  And if I'm being completely honest, it was one of those days that definitely didn't begin as perfect.  We started out early, packed the twins in the car, drove all the way across town, only to find out that the strawberry patch we drove to didn't open until the following week.  With thunderstorms on the horizon, we questioned continuing on.  But we did...we packed everyone back into the car, laughed, then drove the opposite direction across town and found this charmingly rustic field with the most beautiful strawberries I've ever seen.
That day goes down as one of my favorite days with my mother.  Maybe it was seeing her in her element.  Laid back in her effortless, carefree style...cropped denim, a chambray top, pearl earrings and her hair neatly pulled into a red baseball hat.  Or maybe it was the way she praised my eleven year old brother for the bounty of strawberries he picked, all perfect in color and texture.  The way she doted on her grandchildren, making them smile and giggle.  Or maybe it was simply seeing my mom, being exactly that...my mom.  
One of the things I love most about her is that she's unwavering in who she is as a person and a parent.  Her willingness to put everyone before herself and her ability to spread joy everywhere are attributes I strongly admire.  In addition to being the most thoughtful person I know, she's also resilient...she's strong...and she's determined.  Determined not to have a few storm clouds ruin a perfectly good day of strawberry picking...determined to keep a smile on her face...determined to show cancer who's boss.  Two months ago I shared my mom's diagnosis and so many of you reached out with thoughts, prayers and hope.  Words can not tell you how greatly that has meant for my mom and our family!  Today's a big day and a major milestone in my mom's treatment.  Today she finishes her first round of chemo...12 weeks and 6 treatments later and she's going strong.  Like superwoman strong!  By no means do I want to sugar coat this chemo thing...it's hard....like super duper hard, but my mom's handling her battles with grace and continuously shows compassion for those around her.  So, today, on this Mother's Day week, I want you to know Mom that I couldn't be prouder to call you my mother!
My Mom still has some battles to fight.  She recently had another scan to see how the treatment is working.  She hears those results today.  Based on that there are a lot of different avenues she may go with her treatment.  It could be more chemo, it could be more surgery, or it could be something we have yet to know about.  I ask for your continued thoughts, prayers and well wishes as she continues to fight this battle.  But in the meantime, we'll celebrate the victory of finishing her first round of chemo!

Way to go Mom!
I love you.
I love you more.
I love you most.

#teambrendajoy

Happy Spring | Blogger Stylin Home Tours 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It's Springtime!  And that means I've got the decorating bug, just in time for this edition of BSHT, hosted by Lindsay from The White Buffalo Stylin Co!  If you're new to Iron and Twine and stopping by from Restless Arrow (isn't her kitchen to die for!!), welcome to my blog!  Being a new mom to 5 month old twins P & K has us currently re-arranging and re-purposing our

Family Command Center | Ikea Kallax

Friday, April 10, 2015

We love our Ikea Expedit!  It's been our organizational haven and overall family command center for the last four years.  It's the ikea hack I get asked most about and when the Expedit was recently discontinued many of you asked how to still recreate it.

Twin's First Easter

Monday, April 6, 2015

P & K celebrated their first Easter!  It was filled with joy, fun and Easter Eggs of course!

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