guest post + a giveaway! :]

I first want to apologize for not being able to post on my blog like I want too. This semester is extremely difficult for me & I am def. struggling to keep up. I barely sleep & I am super exhausted ALL the time. That is why I have reached out to people for their time to help me. I hope that you enjoy reading these guest posts that these amazing women have been graciously willing to give. I feel that my readers + comments dwindle when someone else is guest posting & that really bothers me. When you do a guest post for someone else, don't you get excited for others feedback? I know I do. I hope that you think about this when you are coming by my blog. Don't think that I don't have a million things that I want to write about bc I do --  I just honestly don't have the time or energy to write like I want to right now & I am very sorry for that. I hope you stick with me :]
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Today I have Miss Alana from {Mrs. Alana's Miscellany} here to say hi to all you sunshines of mine! :] I have had the wonderful privilege of getting to know her over the last few weeks & when I mean get to know her I mean I learned stuff about her {& others} that is TOP SECRET! :] She is such a genuine person & full of life & I am so happy that she is here today to do a guest post & giveaway from her amazing new shop {alana in love}. Please leave her some love, check out her shop, & don't forget to enter the giveaway! Happy Thursday! xxoo.
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I'm so honored to be guest posting for sweet Ashlyn today! I've learned that there are the bloggers that you stalk, some you correspond with, and a special few who become friends, and Ashlyn is one of the latter to me. Thanks to our video chat last week, I think we might even have enough information to blackmail each other, so I have to be extra careful not to offend her. (I kid! Sorta.)

This series is very close to my heart because my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was little. I still remember crying with her on the porch swing when she found out. I couldn't imagine something happening to her--the strong, outspoken matriarch of my family.

The next few months are a blur.  I don't know if it was just because I was so young or if my family intentionally kept the details from my siblings and me to keep us from worrying. I wish I knew more about what happened, but in a way I'm grateful that they protected us.  
For the record, we didn't mean to coordinate; We were at a Bama game! #rolltide
Thankfully, Gran beat it! There were several surgeries, more doctor's appointments than you could count, and I'm sure, many more tears than we kids saw. One thing I do remember is that she was very hesitant to tell others about her cancer. I understand that it was completely her right to keep her condition private and I don't fault her for her decision. However, I think she missed out on a lot of support from friends and even strangers who would have helped her through the dark times.

This support is what I love most about blogging. For example, even though I recently moved over 800 miles from home and my husband is constantly traveling (aka leaving me all alone), I can always turn to my blog and twitter gals for a laugh, a sweet word, or just plain old sympathy.  And somehow, even though they are miles away, it makes it a little bit better.

So whatever you're going through, whether it's health problems, depression, or just a really bad day, remember that you're never alone--unless you want to be.

I hope you'll come by and say hello! Any friend of Ashlyn's is a friend of mine.  :)
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GIVEAWAY:


SHE IS GIVING AWAY THE ARTWORK BELOW!!!



MANDATORY {entry 1}: MUST be a PUBLIC follower of {my unrehearsed life} blog!


ENTRIES: {total of 6}
{1} Visit Alana in Love shop and come back & leave a comment telling me which painting is your favorite

{2} Follow Mrs. Alana's Miscellany blog

{3} Follow @mrs_alana_ on twitter

{4} Become a fan of Mrs. Alana's Miscellany and Alana in Love on Facebook

{5} Tweet about the giveaway: "@mrs_alana_ is giving away artwork over at @loveeashlyn blog {http://tinyurl.com/65x94kb}"

GOOD LUCK! Giveaway ends NEXT Tuesday October 26th at mightnight!!!