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How to Make your Own Coloring Page

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As a creative person and obsessive planner, I appreciate a good pen. I care about how it feels, how it looks and of course, the vibrancy of its mark. That’s why I was extremely excited about partnering with Pilot Corporation of America in this fun sponsored collaboration.

I have been a fan of Pilot Corporation of America for a long time. I heard amazing things about friends who already tried G2 gel ink pens before, and I wanted to feel the same excitement about planning, color-coding and overachieving my daily tasks.

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My two favorite things about G2 gel ink pens, are probably the vibrancy of their color options thanks to their special formula using pigments instead of dyes resulting in richer lines. I also enjoy the smooth texture when writing and the durability.

I have been using G2 gel ink pens in different ways in the last few days. I wrote to-do notes, grocery lists and even made some doodles that I translated into digital illustrations with success. That gave me the idea of making my own coloring page just for fun, and because I knew a coloring page and G2 ink pens would be awesome stocking stuffer or holiday gifts!

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How to Make your Own Coloring Page

MATERIALS:

STEPS:

  1. The first step to make your own coloring page is the most fun one. Grab a cup of coffee, paper sheets and your awesome G2 gel ink pens and start doodling all over the sheet.

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  1. When you finish your doodles, scan your drawing.
  2. Edit the scan, if possible using your scanner editing options. You can also use a photo editing software or phone app. The key is to add about 80% of brightness and 90% of contrast into the image to make the lines more saturated, and give them that look of a coloring page.
  3. Crop any defects on the page if necessary and save your new page as PDF or JPG.

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  1. Now print your coloring page as many times as you like. It’s that easy! Especially using such a rich pen as G2!

Make and print your own coloring pages | Live Colorful

Get your G2 ink pens here and use the coupon code: G2SWAY for 20% off ALL G2 products (G2 Fashion, G2, G2 Metallics, G2 Mosaics, G2 BCA, G2 Pro, G2 Limited). Valid now through 12/31/16.

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I can’t wait to see what you make with your new G2 ink pens!

Make and print your own coloring pages | Live Colorful

G2 gel ink pens are the ultimate pen for the everyday overachiever.

G2 gel ink pens are the ultimate pen for the everyday overachiever.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pilot Corporation of America. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful.

It’s Time for Hot Cocoa and Adorable Holiday Pajamas

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This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful.

The cutest holiday pajamas for babies and toddlers | Live Colorful

I have always loved the holiday season, but not as much as I love it now that I’m a mom. Last year was my toddler’s first Christmas and it was awesome! Especially opening the gifts. I have never seen a little boy getting so excited about tearing apart paper. And of course, paying more attention to the boxes instead of the actually gifts.

This year I decided to start the holiday season earlier than ever. I saw Christmas decorations all over the mall and I couldn’t hide my excitement. So last weekend we took our Christmas tree out of storage and started to decorate our living room.

The cutest holiday pajamas for babies and toddlers | Live Colorful

On top of that, I visited Carter’s to get some adorable pajamas for Jaxon. Because well, seriously, there is nothing cuter than waking up and seeing your toddler in one piece red holiday themed pajamas!

The cutest holiday pajamas for babies and toddlers | Live Colorful

Their winter and holiday selection for boys is amazing. Lots of variety, colors and themes. Carter’s has been my one stop shop for Jaxon’s clothes since he was born. I found there the cutest newborn onesies, and tons of funny t-shirts with quotes about mommy and daddy that everyone love.

The cutest holiday pajamas for babies and toddlers | Live Colorful

This time, beside holiday pajamas, I also got a few everyday basic pieces and a festive and stylish t-shirt for the holiday family portrait.

The cutest holiday pajamas for babies and toddlers | Live Colorful

The cutest holiday pajamas for babies and toddlers | Live Colorful

The cutest holiday pajamas for babies and toddlers | Live Colorful

Here is a coupon for you if you are visiting Carter’s this season for additional savings.

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You can’t-miss Black Friday deals. I heard that it’s going to be awesome! They will be offering a “Dash In to Win” sweepstakes that will award promo cards to the first 100 people to arrive at their local Carter’s or OshKosh store.

The Dash In to Win Sweepstakes will be held on Black Friday (11/24 – 11/25 – depending on whether or not the store is open on Thanksgiving). You can double check what date the sweepstakes will be held at your nearest location so you don’t miss them here.

This Is What Postpartum Depression Feels Like

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For those moms who are suffering postpartum depression, I want to let you know that you are not alone, you did absolutely nothing wrong and you are not a bad mom at all. With help and time, I promise you, everything will get better.

I’ve been feeling the need to share with you something deep and extremely personal. I feel like I’ve reached that point on my blogging adventure where I have to decide whether Live Colorful is about me, my life, my feelings, my adventures or just about my colorful projects. I’ve thought about this for a long time, in fact, I began to think about it just after my baby was born. I wanted to reflect on the issues I wanted to share on the blog, and the things I wanted to keep to myself.

I decided for a while that the best idea was to keep my personal life just for me and my family. I stopped sharing pictures of my baby on my social media, I stopped taking selfies or pictures with my husband, and I even stopped writing very personal posts. I needed to get away from my virtual life until I felt at peace with my new life as a mom.

I’m not going to lie, disconnecting my life as a blogger and my life as a mom, wife, daughter and friend felt great. But recently, I started to feel a huge responsibility. I wanted to share about my postpartum depression story after I heard a friend of mine sharing hers. What stood out for me was that, like me, she kept her loneliness to herself. Why? I asked myself. Why do we keep this just for us? I felt the urge to speak up, to let others know how postpartum depression makes you feel, how it hurts you, but most important, how it makes you a stronger woman, and a more empowered mom.

It was also important because I know that moms don’t really talk about postpartum depression. It’s not the kind of funny or fun topic that you will share with friends in a coffee shop. In fact, you want to hide it because it feels shameful, wrong and belies the happy, funny and ridiculous pictures that we publish on social media.

For those moms who are suffering postpartum depression, I want to let you know that you are not alone, you did absolutely nothing wrong and you are not a bad mom at all. With help and time, I promise you, everything will get better.

When I was pregnant, I shared with my husband the postpartum depression symptoms. I’ll never forget his reaction. He looked at me and said, “But, that will never happen to you. You’ll be happy with our baby. What could make you feel sad?”

He was right, and wrong at the same time.

The first two months as a new mom were exhausting, but not bad. Just the normal pain, sleeplessness, frustrations and fears. My mom stayed with us and helped us with the cooking and cleaning around the house. Then my mom left, and my mother in law arrived. Both were amazingly helpful, and supportive. Then, they left and well, things started to feel overwhelming.

The mornings were never a problem. I was happy and even enthusiastic. It was the afternoons when I felt drained and terrified. I can’t explain how it felt, but it was kind of a mix of fatigue, anxiety, and despair. It was something rare, which I couldn’t understand. I felt numb.

Several times I called my husband to tell him that I needed to get out of the house. He came home as fast as he could to help me with my baby.

Even when I was feeling angry or desperate, I couldn’t get away from my baby for more than a couple of minutes. If I needed to cry or scream, I did it in the yard, or in the bedroom. I wanted to be with him all the time. I was extremely overprotective. I was nervous about everything. I wasn’t sleeping enough. I wasn’t taking any time for me.

There were thousands of things in my head that spun like a tornado. Why can’t I assemble this puzzle? Why do I feel irritated all the time? Am I feeling happy right now?

I’ll never forget the day I accepted my postpartum depression. That afternoon I couldn’t stop looking at the balcony, thinking that if I jumped, I would probably not die, and I will still have to take care of my baby, my home, my husband and my work, but with a terrible wound.

I was terrified of the thought.

When my husband came home that afternoon, I ran down the stairs. I couldn’t hold back my tears. I wept for like an hour. People were walking, looking at me. I felt horrible, guilty. Why did I think that? What kind of mom I was?

It sounds a little unreal now, because when I look back, I just remember happy memories, special moments and lots of laughter and hugs. I have endeavored to erase the sadness, the shame. And rightly so, because having my baby really has been the best thing that has happened to me.

When you feel depressed and overwhelmed, you can’t see the big picture. You go too deep, or too high, or too low or too extreme. You just can’t find a balance.

Months have passed and now I see my life as clear as it can be. That uncontrollable and inexplicable happiness that my husband described when I was pregnant, it’s real.

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I still do not understand why I had to go through postpartum depression. A part of me feels that perhaps, it’ll fill a piece on my life or give me a purpose.

In my case, depression was not as severe and I never took any medication. I was fortunate to accept it in time and my body and soul fought against it as much as they could. Sadly, not all cases are the same. It is a sensitive issue and you should always seek out help to handle the issue with a specialist, your doctor, your family or your partner, to guide you and help you find the advice that you need.

For those moms who are reading this, and perhaps feeling something similar, I want to let you know that you are not alone, you did absolutely nothing wrong and, suffering from postnatal depression does not make you a bad mom at all. With help and time, I promise you, everything will get better.

Amazing wonderful YOU | Live Colorful

I wish I could travel to the past to hug myself and say, “Do not worry. Your life will never be the same, it will actually get a thousand times better because you will never be alone, you’ll have your baby, your husband, your family, friends, but most important, you will always have YOU, a stronger, empowered, inspiring, YOU”.