Good Bye Sunday

Have you ever heard the song Seven Sundays? Ahhh…so good. And I so wish there were really seven Sundays. I certainly need seven Sunday in a row cuz it seems it is always the day when I finally start to wind down only to have Sunday night appear and voila’ the stress begins.

I’d be lying to you, if I said this has been one of the most trying years. Yes, it has. I’m not sure what it is about 2013 but I feel like I have never worked so hard before. And trust me, I know how to work hard. I’m certain I can name a few that will vouche for me when I say, “I used to time everything I did and then try to beat that time.” And that included things like paintingΒ  pull knobs, priming picture frames, beading mirrors to sewing buttons. I’m crazily motivated by time. It was a good thing as one point. I got a ton of work done. I had to because I depended on myself for everything. Flash forward to today and it’s a little ..ummm…not so good cuz I expect everyone to work that way, including myself and it’s just not possible anymore. Especially with kids.

I was going to take Frank for a walk a few minutes ago and thought to myself, “That’ll take 20 minutes and in 20 minutes you could blog, fill out forms for tomorrow, and check emails.”Β  Ya, IΒ  need to go find that clarity crystal and think clear. Not so much focus cuz my focus is too many places. You ever have that feeling where you can be sitting , say just blogging, and you are typing as fast as you can and you can feel your whole body pretty much shaking cuz your mind is racing and you possibly can’t get all those thoughts done? I mean I have so many thoughts that I can;t even let them in my brain for more than 5 seconds cuz I am on to the next one. I many just be going crazy.

Hmm..maybe I will go take Frank for a walk?

Jamie Hicks - April 14, 2013 - 10:47 pm

You should hold your clarity crystal in one hand while coloring! Both very relaxing! πŸ™‚

In all seriousness, i don’t think my mind knows how not to do 800000 things at once so I def. understand. I am forever onto the next thought and on overload in my mind.

E. Darling - April 14, 2013 - 10:49 pm

Um…do I spy a quilt and a hint at a swim suit????

Amy D - April 14, 2013 - 10:58 pm

Hope that you and Franklin got your walk. I can relate to not being able to calm all the thoughts running through your head, but the walk certainly can’t hurt πŸ™‚

Stacie Petta - April 15, 2013 - 9:25 am

Yes I have that same problem! I feel torn quite often between work, catching up on craft items, and my family. In the end you need to take the time for your family knowing they won’t be this little again.

Jodie - April 15, 2013 - 9:29 am

Just remember to BREATHE and that you are great at what you do!

gidget fenwick( Gigi ) - April 15, 2013 - 9:49 am

A woman’s mind is like a hundred windows open online…..that’s for sure me lately… go take that walk:))))

C. Puhl - April 15, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Hope you had a nice long relaxing walk πŸ™‚

Hope Boyce - April 15, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Take time to walk the dog! Just think about the beauty of being able to walk and talk with Franklin. If you don’t take care of you and ratchet it down a notch or two … what then??

Marcy Schneider Hoffnan - April 15, 2013 - 1:15 pm

You are not alone! I have literally had to say out loud to myself…”Marcy, you are not allowed to leave this kitchen until the dishes are done.” Because there is always a million thoughts in my head pulling me in a million different directions.

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Who Wore It Best: Park Day Edition

Happy Friday all!

Who is loving this spring collection?!?! Us Platinum girls certainly are…

Our favorite so far is the Park Day Dress

We all have such different styles and we can easily change it up to fit our own…

So we decided to try something new this week…Who Wore It Best!


(Melissa, Tabitha, & Kiara)

We would love to see who you thought wore it best, we have some bets going back in Platinum and we would love to see some votes rolling in.

We would also love to see how you wear the Park Day Dress πŸ™‚

Stay tuned for future Who Wore It Best Blogs…this is going to be fun

Notice Tabitha and I have the same belt…she is such a copy cat…

Melissa T - April 12, 2013 - 5:04 pm

Melissa, you wear it best. Love the look all the way down to your shoes!! (And I’m not just saying that because we have the same name!)

Joann E - April 12, 2013 - 5:08 pm

33.3% for all of you! You all look gorgeous! Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

Missy j. - April 12, 2013 - 5:09 pm

You all look amazing! Going with Kiara because I love the headband and the different belt!
Hope I get my exchange for this soon so I can wear it too!!!

Kayla w - April 12, 2013 - 5:22 pm

I love the gold and green accents on tabetha! But you all look adorable πŸ™‚

Britney - April 12, 2013 - 5:27 pm

1 vote for denim jacket!

Julie C - April 12, 2013 - 5:39 pm

My vote is for Tabitha – I love the green cardigan and gold ballet slippers!

Shannon H - April 12, 2013 - 6:29 pm

I like Melissa’s shoes, tabitha’s necklace, and kiara’s jean jacket! Now I need some styling ideas for the evening date I’m wearing on a big date with my husband tomorrow!

Tracy w - April 12, 2013 - 6:53 pm

I definitely love the ease and versatility of this dress! Super cute. I think Tabitha wore it best, also πŸ™‚ but all three of you look amazing!

amber v - April 12, 2013 - 7:08 pm

I have to say I really love Kiara in this today:) I think the red belt adds a cool touch.

Jamie - April 12, 2013 - 8:16 pm

I vote melissa:-)

E. Darling - April 12, 2013 - 8:48 pm

I can’t believe this is a question?! You ALL look amazing! The only way I could ever choose is because I love lots of color – so Tabitha gets my vote. But seriously – I love all three!!!

Jennifer V - April 12, 2013 - 9:42 pm

I think you all look great, but I’m going to pick Tabitha since she matches my style the closest! πŸ™‚

Mindy - April 12, 2013 - 10:06 pm

All you ladies look beautiful but ill vote for kiara

Bethany - April 12, 2013 - 10:16 pm

I LOVE this dress! It’s my new favorite! You all look awesome…and I love the matching belts! I’m going to give this one to Kiara, for the unexpected pop of red and the good ole jean jacket!

AMB - April 13, 2013 - 12:35 am

melissa. The animal print sandles take it to the next level. It says “hey I’m cute, but I’m sassy, too”

Melissa e - April 13, 2013 - 8:51 am

Oh I really like how all of you wore it! I like kiara’s belt and jacket, tabitha’s shoes and Melissa’s necklace. So all of you wore it best πŸ™‚

Courtney Puhl - April 13, 2013 - 10:09 am


Love the jean jacket!!

Tonya - April 13, 2013 - 10:53 am

Kiara! Love the jean jacket with it πŸ™‚

Hope Boyce - April 13, 2013 - 3:37 pm

Hmmmm … Nobody is gonna want to vote, but it’s a good game and I want it to continue … so I’m gonna vote. My choice is Tabitha – I like the balance of the necklace and shoes with the dress. I would have never, ever done the green sweater, but it looks great! I love Melissa’s cute sandals and Kiki’s denim jacket lwith the dress.

Carolyn - April 13, 2013 - 5:21 pm

I like tabithas green sweater and closed toed shoes. It’s too cold here to wear the dress now:)
Looks great girls

Amanda Lancaster - April 13, 2013 - 10:07 pm

Gotta go with you, Melissa! Love the leopard sandals with the purple. You all look great!

Alison - April 13, 2013 - 11:12 pm

I would have to go with Tabitha. I like the necklace and the shoes. Cute dress ladies!

Monika M. - April 14, 2013 - 1:01 am

All three of you are just too cute!! If I had to vote, I’d give mine to Kiara =)!

Alison B - April 14, 2013 - 9:56 am

Kiara – love the jacket!

Stacie Petta - April 14, 2013 - 9:59 am

I think they all look great but if I were to take the look and think about which one I would wear, I would say Tabitha. I like the green with the fushia color and the gold shoes that tie in with the necklace. πŸ™‚

Jolene - April 14, 2013 - 1:26 pm

I’m a sucker for a jean jacket – dress it up or casualize something. So I think they all look great, but Kiara gets my vote on this one.

Courtney Walters - April 14, 2013 - 2:54 pm

I love that you posted this picture!! I actually stress this to my customers! They are always worried about having the same outfit as someone else or ordering the same thing as their friend at a trunk show. I always tell them that not one person will wear it the same way! I am actually teaching a lesson to my home ec club next month on using one piece of clothing but wearing it several ways. Matilda Jane dresses and pants are going to be my examples!! Anyway, My vote is for Tabitha! I love that dress too! I wish you would do this more often! I would love to see how other girls wear their Matilda Jane pieces in new and exciting ways!

Priscilla Bockelman - April 14, 2013 - 4:44 pm

I vote for Tabitha. I love the dress and I have it myself, but haven’t got a chance to wear it yet πŸ™‚ I love her wearing the green cardigan with it and I love the flats with it!!

Carrie D. - April 14, 2013 - 4:48 pm

Hey lovely ladies! This is my favorite dress too. I wore it for Easter with a mint shrug and a chunky necklace. I know this doesn’t help, but I actually vote for all three, because together you are showing how versatile the dress can be – Work (Tabitha), Play (Kiara) and Date Night (Melissa). πŸ™‚

iris n. - April 14, 2013 - 5:40 pm

tabitha πŸ˜‰

Teresa James - April 14, 2013 - 7:41 pm

All of you look beautiful .Im going to vote Tabitha only for the touch of color.Love green!

Sugey - April 14, 2013 - 8:46 pm

I Vote Kiara! Love the demin jacket and the headband makes it very original! You all look great in it! (The perfect combo would be Melissas sandals, Tabathas neckless, and Kiaras style) =)

christy p - April 14, 2013 - 9:12 pm

All three of you ladies look lovely, but I give this one to Kiara. LOVE the pop of red in the belt and the denim jacket with the side braid and bandana. Looks super cute and trendy, but also comfortable and fit for every occasion

Megan B - April 14, 2013 - 9:46 pm

Tabitha!! Love the green and purple

Jamie Hicks - April 14, 2013 - 10:46 pm

hmmm, i am a cardigan gal but love grey and green so I am going for a tie between Melissa and Tabitha πŸ™‚

Alyssa P - April 15, 2013 - 7:04 am

I love the dress with the denim jacket! So that would be Kiara

Martha - April 15, 2013 - 7:23 am

Tabitha…love the closed toe shoes, necklace and pop of green

Nancy - April 15, 2013 - 8:37 am

Tabitha – cause I LOVE the shoes and the pop of green with it!

Jennifer Valsted - April 15, 2013 - 9:54 am

While all you ladies look lovely in this dress, my vote goes to Kiara on this one because I like the look of the denim jacket and the sandals she paired with it πŸ™‚

michelle lynch - April 15, 2013 - 1:12 pm

I personally love Tabitha’s look! Just speaks to my personality:) A touch of gold never hurts either:)

JIllRB - April 15, 2013 - 1:16 pm

I love the dressed down casual look of the denim jacket — so my vote this round is for Kiara!

Jenn - April 15, 2013 - 3:34 pm

No way that there is a winner! It looks great on all 3 of you ladies. πŸ˜‰

Marla H. - April 15, 2013 - 3:53 pm

Frist of all you are all gorgeous and I love it on each of you, but IMHO I personally like Tabitha’s look. I love the green sweater with it.

Pam - April 15, 2013 - 5:15 pm

You all look amazing, but I love the denim jacket and headband so my vote is Kiara.

Melissa S. - April 15, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Tabitha’s accessories and the addition of the green sweater and gold shoes are gorgeous. She looks like a MaRdi gRaS princess!

Tracy D - April 16, 2013 - 8:50 am

I like the way Tabitha wore it, but all of you look gorgeous!

amanda dow - April 16, 2013 - 2:51 pm

Eeeeeek!! I feel so bad writing this because all 3 are sooo cute but I like Tabitha’s with the green cardigan and the gold flats!! Like I said though, all three are super cute!!

The Things You Think About

Ok, it might be a another blah, blah, blah post but sometimes I think about a lot.Β  A lot of random junk.Β  Random crazy junk that keeps me up all night.Β  Every night.

The past couple months nothing puts me to sleep.Β  Nothing.Β  Xanax, Melatonin, Ambien, NyQuil or Advil PM.Β  My brain spins all over the place. Not even with stressful stuff.Β  Just stuff.

Examples? One night I was up till 3:34 (last I looked at clock) worrying about if the house we rented for Spring Break had a closet in every room.Β  Did the closets have hangers? If not should I go buy hangers? Hmmm… Maybe I needed to buy rolling rods.

Then I start to wonder why the heck does my face looks so big? Yes, this is a weird one, but I swear I have a huge face. I kinda think maybe it looks so big because I’m in Montana and the altitude is too high? I certainly tried my best to have very little salt the day before.Β  Hmm. Maybe I just have a big face? I wonder if anyone’s ever gotten their face shortened?

I wonder if I ski a ton and really try to keep my skis together, would I get better?Β  Maybe I’d learn to like it more because I hate feeling out of control on huge hills.Β  But then again, it’s fun to sit in the lodge by the fire, watch the snow and read a book.

I wonder about Matilda Jane all the time.Β  So many things. Too many things but mostly just… There are so many cute clothes out there and when I go shopping I feel like a total loser. Omg this sounds bad but seriously, sometimes I question myself.Β  Usually my rule is, focus on YOU, not what everyone else is doing.Β  You gotta stay true to who you are and not try to be everyone else. Because you’ll never get anywhere always looking back and around.

Aghhh ha, I just gave myself a pep talk.Β  Wow. That was weird.Β  Ha, this turned out to be a good blog.

Ya, so did you ever think if you didn’t think about anything what would you do? I mean if I didn’t worry about Joe all the time would he better off? Would he be more independent? Or maybe he is independent and I just worry he’s not.Β  Yup. I worry a lot.

Then I think gosh, maybe you guys think all I do is think about Joe. I don’t mean to talk about him so much.Β  He’s just… And Gabe he’s hilarious.Β  I could go on forever.Β  Like I haven’t already.

As I roll through my list in my head, I’m thinking many of you probably think the same stuff in one sense or another. Or maybe I think that so I don’t feel alone in it!!

And yes, the previous was from a blog I started in Montana. So when we were in NYC we went and got our tarot cards read. You know what the lady said? She said I need clarity. That I can’t think straight because I’m so boggled down with worrying about if everyone is happy, that I can’t see what I really want. And it is causing..can’t remember the word. But she did say I had to work on my spirit. And that I needed a clarity crystal. And of course I got one.Β  And of course all the girls laughed at me. It was a fun time.

But ya, sometimes I do wonder at what point did I have to start filtering what I said, what I thought, what I believed? When I read my old blog, it is crazy the stuff I put out there. And I still type it out only to have to go back and re-read and delete. It is so weird to edit your thoughts?

Late to get soon. Have a great weekend.



Tracy D - April 12, 2013 - 4:13 pm

You need to see the play Love, Loss, and What I wore by Nora and Delia Ephron based on the book by the same name written by Ilene Beckerman. I haven’t read the book, but I recently went to the play with a group of my girlfriends and it was the best!

Monika M. - April 12, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Ah, I love you!! So good to read what’s really on your mind =), welcome back… maybe letting it out in written form will give you clarity?

And you’re not alone… I’m nowhere as creative as you are and I still think about “stuff” nonstop. HUGS!

Brittney - April 12, 2013 - 5:03 pm

I love the way you write and I think you are definitely not alone in all the random thoughts that go through our minds constantly. I personally don’t think you need any kind of face shortening procedure, you are beautiful exactly how you are! I might have to look into getting myself a clarity stone, though. Come to think of it, I have no idea what that is? Is it a paper weight? A necklace? A stone on a ring? I’m now very curious about what a clarity crystal is and how I might go about pursuing clarity in my own life. Not to ramble or anything….oops. Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

Prencie - April 12, 2013 - 5:16 pm

OMG! Denise, you have me cracking up over here! I love your train of thoughts at 3 in the morning :)haahaaa!

Holly Lafferty - April 12, 2013 - 5:27 pm

similar… yet different.

head size issues? well, i happen to have the opposite problem. i have the SMALLEST head. like a pea balancing on a human body.
and when i thought it was just my imagination, i measured the circumference and it is EXACTLY the same as my children’s heads at age 2 and 5.

and when i’m out with the girls and some takes a group picture, they ALL fight over who has to have their head by mine since my head makes theirs look jumbo.

and it’s all my mom’s fault. she made me wear this ridiculous hat with a chin strap as a child.

Laura shigley - April 12, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Denise, you are an unbelievable person, a truly sweet and kind person. Someone who is real and as normal as the rest of us! Thanks for being YOU!!

amber v - April 12, 2013 - 7:13 pm

I love this post:) It makes me laugh and I love how real you are. Always be true to yourself is what I say:) That’s when the magic happens!

Amanda L - April 12, 2013 - 8:49 pm

Well you pep-talked yourself, so good thing you have it in writing so you can re-read it later when you need a pick-me-up…from yourself! And the worrying thing- we all do it, even though we know there’s nothing productive to come from it. I’d say it’s a “mom thing” but my husband is just as bad πŸ™‚

And don’t edit out too much…it’s the sincerity of your creativity that draws us all back. You said it yourself, stay true to you.

Hope Boyce - April 13, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Maybe you need to color! The not being able to sleep is the pits. My hubby says I have a Ph.D. In Worry and Guilt. I believe you do, too! The crystal is not silly – I would have done the same!

Julieanna c - April 14, 2013 - 5:33 am

Everyone has chatter , that random junk that we are always thinking about. One time I was listening to Joel Osteen and he said you don’t have to think about every thought that comes in you mind. If it fills you with fear, self doubt, anger or anxiety cast the thought from your mind. Choose to think of smoothing else. It was news to me!

Priscilla Bockelman - April 14, 2013 - 4:49 pm

When I start worrying I always try to take some advice that my boss gives. He says “just think about the present”. If you are only thinking about the present and RIGHT NOW” most of the time you will find that you are actually doing pretty well. Thinking too much about the past and the future is always going to cause worry. I also try to remember that if you truly believe in prayer and the power that it has then worrying is really just a waste of your time. It is so hard, I know….and I don’t want to sound shallow, like only think about now and never plan, but it will help minimize worry some πŸ™‚

Ashlee Johansen - April 14, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Oh Denise- your are truly the BEST! I love how real you are. You truly make MJC what it is today! Looking forward to seeing you in a few short weeks- I am the BIGGEST worry wort so I can relate. Have a great week!

Brandi - April 15, 2013 - 9:37 pm

Try some Yoga Denise.. It helps me most days..I’m more focused on doing my next pose than the other 50 million things I should be thinking about.. But then again you have a lot more to think about than me I’m sure.. AND you are never going to make everyone happy. Stay true to yourself and your post. I don’t think you ever need to edit your feelings or thoughts to please others. You are GOOD and that shines above anything else.

L Rosswurm - April 16, 2013 - 8:10 am

Come to my yoga class!

Katie H. - April 16, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Denise I love this post! I think about random things all the time-I can totally relate! I don’t think you have anything to worry about when it comes to cute clothes! We LOVE what you put out there πŸ™‚