March 9, 2014

Model search recap!

***Started this Friday, finished it Sunday***


Gah seems to be the only word that comes to my vocabulary right now. 

It's Friday afternoon. 
I think this is the first time I've sat down all week, other than when I sat on the toilet.
My house is a D I S A S T E R. 
The baby is napping (not for very much longer). 
There is no TV or radio on, and I like it that way. 

I'm exhausted, encouraged, and wildly excited. 

I really feel like writing, but have no guide or direction for this post. 
If I wasn't a mommy I'd be perched in some artsy coffee shop, wearing my glasses, and resting my soul. Rather, I'm happily perched inside the corners of my messy home and truthfully, wouldn't trade it for the world right now. 

This week was stuffed FULL with all sorts of emotions. 
Nervousness, excitement, embarrassment, disappointment, shyness, humility, competitiveness, tenderness, and every other word that ends with -NESS. 

It. was. crazy. 

Yet, crazy good. 

I feel like I was totally out of my comfort zone and HECK, that ain't easy. 

It's good for me though, to be challenged, uncomfortable, and humbled. 

You guys, I just feel really blessed and humbled that you would support our little family in the Trendy Treehouse model search. It was really difficult, and I often felt really embarrassed to ask for help to vote. For some reason it was scary and wickedly uncomfortable. However, it felt good to feel emotions that don't visit very often. 

It was a wonderful social experiment. It pushed me to want to support YOU (yes you!) in any way. It made me look at myself and take a double take. Do I support others like this? Do I recognize when other people need me? Or want my attention? 

Am I willing to go out on a limb for my friends or even strangers? 
The answer. 

I didn't expect this model search competition to teach me so much, and make me think such profound thoughts. I solemnly swear from this day forward, to pay more attention, to support others more freely. Thank you for YOUR humility, YOUR support, and YOUR kindness. 
You've paved the way for me!

Okay. So this model search BLEW up far beyond what I thought when I randomly submitted Ireland. I saw the hashtag somewhere and thought to myself, "what the heck, I might as well give it a shot." There were so many adorable participants and Trendy Treehouse has such a large following, I really didn't have high expectations. 

Welp, before I knew it She was a finalist. 

By golly I'm competitive because I couldn't shut it off

Once we were in it, I was in it to win it

Winning it meant I had to turn my comfort zone switch off (or on, however you look at it) and just go for it. I don't know why I cared so much. Hearing the words "baby model" just felt funny. I was so worried people would think I'm totally weird, selfish, or boastful. I do care about my image, my classiness, and my relationships. I wanted to be respectful and not annoy the crap out of people every time they checked their instagram. 
To be honest, I almost withdrew once I crossed my first line of discomfort during the first round of voting. Thanks to the wisdom competitiveness of my husband, I stood firm. 

And I'm glad!

Thanks to YOU guys I'm so happy to say that she not only had the most votes in her category, but in the overall contest. 

You totally WOWed me.

It was quite hectic to say the least. The last two hours of voting were so intense...and the rest of the day was equally as suspenseful.

To put it short and sweet:

-Instagram messed the votes up because it never refreshed on TrendyTreehouse's profile
-I learned a lot about angry parents (and how important it is to be classy!)
-Thank goodness for screenshots (because I had proof that she had the most votes after the IG mess up!)
-Trendy Treehouse was super sweet, fair, and honest
-Lastly, after much confusion for all parts Ireland won for her category!
So awesome.
(due to the IG mess up, TTH took on a few more models to be fair, which I think was awesome!)

Many of you have been saying, "now what?" which is a totally fair question.

Now, Ireland will be receiving free clothing and I will take pictures of her in the clothing. Then Trendy Treehouse can use her pictures for business cards, social media, etc.

It's win/win for us both and we are thrilled to represent TTH!

AGAIN, thank you for your interest and support. This was fun! But, you'll be happy to know we won't be doing another one of these for a lonnnnnggggg time; probably never.


ciao ciao.

we are bike riding today.
What's on your Sunday sunset schedule?


  1. Im so glad she won! Ireland totally deserved it!! I wad actually humbled by all my ig friends that went and voted after i posted about it. It definitely brought out the best and worst in people.. though. But congrats to lil Ireland! Cant wait to see her rocking the trendytreehouse clothes she won!

    1. Thanks Molly! You are always so supportive. I appreciate more than you know! <3

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  3. Yay! I'm glad to hear she won!!