A Little Vacay & Some Randoms

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Oh my gosh it’s Friday!!!  And I’ve been off work since Wednesday drowning myself in everything and anything WordPress related to try to figure this bear out.  It’s definitely a whole other planet compared to Blogger.  I think I’m going to be happy with the change and there are so many new options for personalization and search optimization.  I had to learn about Plugins, widgets, and some new CSS.  I already knew some basic things.  As far as a template I had a hard time finding one I liked.  A lot of WordPress templates are made for photo websites or businesses.  I wanted one that was specific to blogging or journaling and there aren’t very many out there.  I finally found one I liked on Etsy- just search “WordPress templates”.  I downloaded it then started to make my edits to personalize it.   Always always always backup your template!!!!

Okay, now that I’ve settled into my new home here…..WELCOME!

So I’ve been off work and I hardly know what to do with myself.  I had planned on doing some deep cleaning and getting  junk things ready for our neighborhood garage sale.  Haven’t even started that yet!

The boys and I went to lunch today at one of our favorite cafes.  We bought a lantern for our tent because they want to go camping….ugm…I’m not the best camper.  Where do I pee???  I am an AC and indoors kinda gal.  We shall see how this goes.  I’m sure it will be fun.  My only requirement was s’mores and if we have to bring a blowtorch to do it so be it!

So I was just going to share some randomness lately….nothing to exciting, but still fun to share:

Let me introduce you to my favorite shoes on the planet:


Me Too leopard flats.  I love Me Too shoes.  They are comfy and cute.  I own 3 pairs of this style.

I like the pointy toe because it elongates and I am short 5’3.   Great for work or weekends!

Still loving my notebook from Milo Paper.  The fun, bold colors are just my thing!

I think you can still use coupon code “Blissdom” for 40% off right now.



I picked up this scarf the other day at World Market.  I didn’t have any lightweight “springy” scarves.

I think this one would look great in spring or fall because of all the pretty colors.


Connor boy had a great mail day yesterday.  He got a huge package of Octonauts toys to review, which he was freaking out about.

More to come on that later….but oh my goodness he has been playing with these non-stop!

D7K_0307Connor’s also been doing a lot of artwork at school.  I love his little artwork and I hate throwing it away.  If I kept every single art project he made it would take up my whole cabinet.

How do you organize your kids artwork?

If you are Texas blogger you should join up with us over at Texas Women Bloggers.


So I guess I’m supposed to introduce myself and link up with the rest of ya’ll!


Hi all!  My name is Becky Branch and I’m the author here at The Java Mama.  I’m almost 32 (YIKES!).  I’m a chocoholic, carb lover, coffee addict, crafty wanna-be, and I love blogging!  I’ve been blogging since 2006, when blogging wasn’t cool, and now it seems like everyone and anyone has a blog!  Which if Fab!  The more the merrier.  I’m originally from Arkansas, and now reside in Fort Worth, Texas.  That’s where my husband of almost 12 years is from.  I’m also Mom to Connor, our spunky 3-year-old son.  I also work a full-time job during the week! Whew!

I have a twin sister named Bonnie.  She used to blog, and she needs to get back into it…hint…hint.  I miss home and all my friends and family, but I’m happy with the life we’ve built here in Texas.  This state has a lot to offer and I’m just praying Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf will come to Fort Worth soon, then my life will be complete.  I love God and know without Him and His mercy I wouldn’t be anything in this world or even exist.  I’m grateful for every.single.day. and try to live them to the fullest.  I’m a bit of a softy and my language of love is to help people.  I just love that.  I also love to take photos of people, including my own kid who probably has retina issues from a flash constantly in his face.  I love him. I love my life and every day is a super blessing.  Blogging is just the cherry on top!  Looking forward to meeting you all!  (I also use waaaaaay to many explanation points!!!!!!!) forgive me.

Until next time……xoxo Becky



4 thoughts on “A Little Vacay & Some Randoms

  1. I LOVE your new setup on wordpress! I admit, you’re making me itch at the idea of switching. But with a new baby coming, I know I won’t have the time to dedicate to ANYTHING so I probably should wait for a while.

    Hope you have a fun time off! (And PS– I am SO not a camper either! I refuse to camp anywhere that does not have (a) running water (b) flushing toilets and (c) heated showers. LOL)
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  2. When you made the switch to wordpress, somehow it stopped sending me your updates on bloglovin. It may just be me, but after a week of not seeing your posts show up in my feed, I got curious and checked out the blog. I will re-follow you! =)

  3. So, when I follow, it says “At the moment, we are unable to retrieve posts from this blog.” Hmmm. Just wanted to let you know that others might be having trouble too.

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