Sunday, June 24, 2012


If I had a picture of myself in the 5th grade to show you, I would. And you would laugh and laugh and laugh and laaaaaaaugh. Sadly, I don't think any pictures survived my post-pubescent shame. I ripped them all to shreds, because of THAT HAIRCUT.

I'm 28 years old, and I only achieved victory over THAT HAIRCUT last week. May I introduce you to the newest member of the Cazac household, my BAAaangs. I've begun referring to my life in terms of  "before the bangs" and "after the bangs." B.B. and A.B, respectively.

I love them.

They have super-powers. 

You see, ever since THAT HAIRCUT, I've been terrified to change my hairstyle. These bangs won a long and arduous 13 year battle with fear. It might seem silly, but living life in the A.B. (After Bangs) I feel like more change is possible. I feel freer to express myself and my opinions than I ever have before, and I'm loving it.

(I realize a man would never understand the superpowers of a haircut.)

I'm not yet fully accustomed to my new-found bang-fueled confidence, and I recently posted a few pictures on Facebook and asked, "So.. what do you think??"  

Hrrrrm. Kind of a mistake. I already knew my opinion. I'm still learning, even now that I'm a mom, exactly what my style is and how I want to carry myself. I've always thought women who wear nose rings are intriguing for their confident beauty. That's something that I'm aiming for, too... I really meant to say:

Here's my new haircut! 
Don't you love my bangs?! I do! 
Here's me with a  nose-ring. I kind of adore it.
These things make me feel confident, fun, and more like the 'self' I know deep down.

Lots of love,

Monday, June 18, 2012

Granny-Chic Instagram Sale

Thanks so much to all who participated!! The Granny-Chic Sale went Splendidly! There are two remaining lovelies still available. Just leave a comment if you're interested :) Prices are as marked, and shipping will be invoiced separately according to your location!

As you already know, I'm a sentimental hoarder. I recently ran across a collection of gorgeous crochet blankets that needed to be re-homed. From 9pm Central to 12am (midnight). I'm having an Instagram sale to adopt out these lovelies.

Look me up on Instagram: @OutOfAlabaster

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Scary Momma Moments

Someone once told me that motherhood is equal parts joy and terror, and this Sunday I think I experienced healthy dose of the latter.

Our family went to a nice backyard get-together with some new friends. We had lots of fun chatting, and noshing on some yummy sandwiches. Most of the children were playing on a rental inflatable, one that was actually a huge waterslide with a nice-sized pool at the base. The slide was much too big for Selah, so the hosts offered to fill up a little kiddie pool instead. I politely declined, since we didn't bring a swimsuit for her anyway.

Then, the host said, "Good. I don't like those things anyway. They're really dangerous, you know.. more kids drown in those kiddie pools than anywhere else." I remember thinking, "Huh.. I guess I never thought about about, but it's not like she is going to be unsupervised or anything."

The evening went on, Selah played with bubbles, and parked her little booty in the sandbox for the majority of the evening. Three of the ladies and I were sitting withing two feet of the sandbox, watching the little ones with their shovels and buckets, happily digging away.. 

The other ladies and I were having deep conversation, comforting a friend who had just had a miscarriage and sharing our own journeys through heartache, when I heard one of the kids yell, 


I looked over at the water-slide, and oh my G*d. There she was, in the pool, about 50 yards away. I could see her little head, just above the edge of the inflatable. She was laughing, and splashing, and running around in chest-deep water at the base of the water-slide. 

I have no idea how long she was in the pool. I have no idea how she even climbed over the  inflatable's edge. I have no idea how she went from being right next to me, in the sandbox, to into the water. But there she was. 

I ran across the yard as fast as I could, hoping she wouldn't slip under the water before I reached her. She didn't. She was rosy-cheeked, soaking wet, and having tons of fun. She LOVES the water. Any water. And she just hopped right in. 

I don't think the gravity of the situation hit me until we were on the way home, and I starting playing the 'what ifs' through my mind.
What if no one saw her?
What if she had slipped climbing in?
What if.. the unthinkable had happened?
Then, I got goosebumps as I remembered the host's previous warning about baby pools, and I felt a wave of nausea as I realized I completely missed the Lord's gentle reminder to keep an eye on my baby around water.

I think we were dealt an extra measure of grace and protection on Sunday, and for that I'm eternally grateful.

Lots of love,

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mama Natural Giveaway

Exciting news! I'm teaming up with my sweet friend, Genevieve, from Mama Natural this week to offer a custom silhouette necklace giveaway. You all had such a sweet response to the last necklace giveaway, that I thought you might be excited to hear about this one too!

If you haven't checked out MamaNatural before, I'd highly highly recommend you do so! Genevieve is the first lady I turn to with questions about natural health topics like: vaccines, circumcision, and healthy food for kiddos. I can't tell you how many times I have referred friends to her site. 

Genevieve ( and her husband Mike) share current and thoroughly researched tips for natural living in her bi-weekly videos. As a former health educator, I appreciate the soundness of her advice... not to mention the fact that her videos are always entertaining! 

AAnd if you want to see my You Tube debut (at 7:48 sec) you can hear all about the giveaway!

Lots of love,

Friday, June 1, 2012

Last chance!

Hi friends! I promise I have a real post to share tomorrow, but  for now, I just wanted to let you know I'm running out of these Father's Day gifts quickly!!

Because I'm just a one-woman show over here (and I can only stay up sooo late before it turns into morning again), I only have 5 more of these portraits to offer. *Eeek* So, hurry over to the shop if you're wanting one of these Father's day special portraits.
Lots of love,