Nay Cover to Cover

Hey y’all! I’m so pleased to be meeting everyone! My name is Earl and I blog over at Earl-Leigh Designs.
That’s me with my hunk of a man. ūüėČ
I’m a twenty something, married Southern gal and pupster mom.¬†
Little Miss Shira
I like to sew: 
And play:
I love to spend time with my little family and do the cute things that Mike finds ridiculous. Christmas ornament painting session? Yes please!
When I’m not hanging with the mister or the pupster, I’m either sewing or attempting to sketch out ideas. I make accessories for babies and ladies that range from bibs and blankets to clutch bags and headbands. My shop will be open in January…which is exciting because I’m months behind schedule. As they say, “life happens” but I’m not going to let that stop me. If you have a dream/goal/idea go after it. I spent so many years saying “I wish i could do this, I wish I could do that” and would see other people at least make the attempt to make their dreams come through. My uncle (the Earl to my Leigh) would tell me that I could do it…that I needed to at least try. I pussyfooted about with my lip poked out. I had so many excuses. I cant right now because: I’m still in school, i just graduated so I need to concentrate on finding a job, I’m planning the wedding. All the while, my uncle was still telling me to set goals and knock ’em out. (that’s my verbiage, not his. ha!) Even after he was diagnosed with cancer, he would tell me to have FAITH and to believe in myself and HIM. He passed away the day before his 50th birthday. Life on Earth is so short y’all. I stopped saying “I wish” and started saying “I’m going to”. I kick myself regularly because I waited so long, but I’m doing it now. Is there something that you want to do? Make a plan of action and attack it!¬†
Thank you for having me, Nay! 
Bye everyone! Don’t be strangers. ¬†-Earl



Water & Green Smoothie Love {Use the Coconut}

After reading Maryea’s post on creating a perfect “Superfoods Smoothie”, I have been on a smoothie kick again. Every few months, they rule my mornings until I’ve out-smoothied myself. Harper is going through a growth spurt and is not turning down anything edible these days, including the smoothies. Praise Him! Picky toddler antics have been paused for now. I’m really hoping this can last forever. We have been able to sneak more greenery into in her diet so everyone’s benefiting.

You can pop on over to Maryea’s blog post to read about the different superfoods she included in her smoothies and what makes them so good for ya body. I sent Mike to the market to pick up kale, pineapple, bananas, blueberries, grapes and coconut water to use in ours for the week. I like to add a tablespoon of coconut oil too. Healthy fats, people. Our bodies crave them…give into the desire.

Even though our guys had a horrible season, just terrible, I still sport my Gamecocks gear. Haha! I love my reusable bottles because I have to track my water intake. Why? I’m pretty sure that I bleed coffee. There have been days where I am just having my first glass of water at lunch time. Don’t judge me. To remain properly hydrated, I like to drink a few of these guys a day and preferably hours before bedtime. People always say that your skin and hair will love you for drinking more water. They’re right. The difference in my hydrated skin and my caffeinated skin is noticeable. I have a Beyonce type glow and suffer from less skin inflammations. Yes! Coffee leaves me dull and I just look like I need to go home and exfoliate. Stat!

Since I have incorporated my morning smoothies, I feel energized and don’t NEED caffeine. Do I still enjoy a piping hot cup of joe? Uh…yeah, but I’m not chugging coffee like someone’s life depends on it anymore.

What have you learned from a fellow blogger recently?

This post was fueled by a smoothie, more Interpol (they’re so good) and my fig scented lotion.


My Hopes for Health {Letter}

I’ve never been one to do the letter to my kid thing but watching her develop into this tiny, fierce person made me change my mind.


You came into this world too soon for the comfort of my medical practitioners and me too…let’s be real. I was not ready! Your room was still unprepared and I didn’t have a bag packed. I gave birth in pig tails for goodness sake! ¬†My first visual of you in this world, was of your tiny fists (big feet) and “this displeases me greatly” face. A facial expression that I’ve grown accustomed to seeing now that you’re two. Haha! The nurses in the NICU called you a troublemaker and kicked you out after two weeks. Who pulls out their oxygen tubes, feeding tubes and removes heart monitoring devices?! You wanted us to know that you didn’t need them and you were right.

Fast forward to now and I have a toddler who tells me that her jacket is “uncomfortable” and that “it time to do yota {yoga}”. You love to work on your handstands and are better at popping into a “crow pose” than I am! I pray that you always have the desire to be your authentic self. You are vibrant, daring, intelligent and beautiful.

While I hope you have a life filled with love, awesome experiences and success…the thing I want most for you is health. I want the disordered eating to end with me. I will always do my best to shield you from one of the most impressionable factors in your life…me. I have found a love for this body that I once hated. Instead of pinching and poking at myself in the mirror, I flex and we flex together. Your dad thinks I’m turning you into a baby douchebag. He’s jealous. We use positive language when we talk about our bodies. Strong legs and a big heart will carry you far in life.

Take charge of your life and do great things. Be brave, darling!


2015 Goals {Health/Fitness & Blogging}

2015 Goals via Earl-Leigh Designs

One way to reach your goals is to write them down. I like to post mine for extra accountability. It tickles me to no end when I get a reminder from one of you ladies to post an update. Thank you for that! There were a few times last year where I just wanted to eat a pint of ice cream, rub my tummy and watch Netflix but one of those reminders would come just in time. Not that I don’t enjoy that scenario! Haha! Moderation. Because I have a lot of smaller goals to help get me to my ultimate goal of creating a life that I love, I’m only going to post a few for now.

1. Continue to practice yoga and end the year with at least one handstand push-up.
2. Get into competition shape.
3. Compete in the bikini division of an NPC show! The Palmetto Classic is one of the annual bodybuilding competitions held in South Carolina, Charleston to be exact, and I would really like my first show to be drive-able to cut down on expenses.
4. Safely reverse to a weight that is easier to maintain post-competition.
5. Actively participate in a local running group.
6. Work on MY happy.
7. Continue experimenting with food.
1. Consistency.
2. Invest in lighting and backdrops for tutorials and vlogs. I’ve made a few projects but my apartment has the absolute worst lighting so photographs don’t come out the way I’d like.
3. Buy a new camera.
4. Establish a schedule for posting, commenting on other blogs and sharing via social media.
What are your goals for the new year?
Do you have any goals that build on each other?
This post was fueled by coffee, oatmeal and the sweet sound of a lawn mower.