Monday, October 20, 2014

F names (for Nikki): Freya, Foster, Fleur and more.

I was talking to my friend Nikki the other day about names and she said she's never heard an F name that she likes, so I'm dedicating this post to her. Maybe she and all of you other readers out there will find a new name love. :) These are my favorite F names out there:
Fia/Fianna-- I adore Fia. It's feels like Sophia and Mia's spinoff, but it is it's own name.
Flannery-- Means redheaded, so naturally I like it.
Fifer-- I see this being the new Harper & Piper in a few years.
Faye-- This name isn't shown enough love.
Fern-- I think this name could be the new Wren in a few years.
Fallon/Fallyn-- This is technically unisex but I much prefer it on a girl.
Fleur-- A French name that means flower.
Fable-- One of my top contenders for a future middle name.
Finn/Finley-- The most popular F name for boys on this list, especially in England.
Fielder-- Found this one in a book. Loooove Fielder.
Felix-- I've actually never been a fan of this one. But everyone else seems to, so I thought it should be included on this list.
Falco-- Never heard of this and found it on my search for F names. Interesting.
Foster-- A recent name love of mine. I think it's an adorable vintage choice for a boy.
Fitzgerald-- After the wonderful author of the Great Gatsby.
That's all I've got for today! Hope your Monday isn't too terrible. :)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

#selfiesunday: The things that will make my future husband a good one.

I have SO many ideas for future #selfiesunday posts. So many. But today this one feels appropriate for today.
Before I begin this list, I'll give you a brief bit about mine and Bradley's history. Our love story did not start out sappy; we kind of stumbled upon one another, and we were all like: "Okay. This is good." Our communication skills also kind of sucked for the first 6 months, and that didn't help. But somehow we made our way through the awkward forest, and ended up on this beautiful paradise of a relationship.
I have to tell you that I didn't just agree to marry Bradley because the moment was just right. That "YES!" that I said a few weeks ago was built up to by countless discussions and observations, on both of our parts. (We are both pretty practical people, most of the time.)
So here are some of the reasons why my future husband will be a good one.
  • We agree on the basics. That we want to go to church, how frequently we want to go, how to raise/discipline children, how to share our money, how far away we are willing to move, to rent or to own, all of that good, boring, necessary stuff. If you don't agree on any of the above things, you could have a tough road ahead of you, and I've learned that by watching other married couples struggle.
  • He has specific, legitimate goals. I tease him about how much he plays Xbox, but the truth is that Bradley knows what he wants in life. He decided he wanted to move out and get his own apartment, and he did it within a few months. He's working toward becoming an engineer, he has taken a job that he hopes will further that career. I know that Bradley will never expect me to keep him up. His goals and the work he puts forth to achieve them tell me that he's strong, and capable. I think everyone would agree that those things are important.
  • His patience is boundless. It seems like that, anyway. I know that sometimes I push all the wrong buttons, and I can get a little testy. He is never quick to anger; and he is always, without fail, willing to accept whatever part in the problem that he has ownership of. Which in turn, makes me realize that I need to do the same. This part of him pushes me to be a better person every single day.
  • He listens SO well. He puts my listening skills to shame, daily. This quality is why he is SO good at buying for me for Christmas, Birthdays, and Anniversaries, and I feel like I'm scrambling to get a decent gift. He can recall back things that I don't even remember saying when I'm telling stories. When we have a serious discussion, I can see it on his face how he's trying to capture every word that escapes my mouth. I can't tell you how much that means to me, and how I appreciate it. This makes me feel validated, and important.
  • He is sure of himself, in every situation. I can get very insecure, in social situations, specifically. Bradley can talk to anyone, about anything, and not get nervous. Because to the core of his being, he truly doesn't care what anyone else thinks of him. I admire that SO much. I love being with someone that I admire.
Those are 5 of the most important reasons, but I could go on and on with the little things. I really do love that ginger, for everything that he is, and for the standards he's set for other relationships in my life. And for the beard, of course...

Happy Sunday... hope everyone has a good week, and I'll be back to naming regularly soon... I promise. :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

In search of kiddos to feature for Baby Face Tuesday!

Does your child have a story behind how they got their name? I'd love to feature it.
I would need from you:
  •   Your child's first and middle name, and the story behind how you came up with the name.
  • -A picture is optional, but I do encourage it. Just because the purpose of this feature is to put a face to a name. But I would feature your child with or without a picture. Also, some parents have gotten creative and posted pictures of their child from behind, from far away, and have even given me older, less recent photos of their children. 
  •   "Almost" names; Names that you almost used or considered.
  •   What your child would have been named if it were the opposite gender.
  • Sibling names/Potential future sibling names
If you aren't an avid reader of the blog, go over -----> to this side, in my blog archive, and look at the Baby Face Tuesday posts of the past to see some examples.

 Can't wait to feature your sweet kids!
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Baby Face Wednesday (because I have a semi-good reason): Miss Mila and Mr. Cato

I know, I know... I'm hanging my head in shame. BUT my reason for being late this time is... I just started watching American Horror Story on Netflix, and I got hooked. Netflix has a way of doing that to you.
This Tuesday, I am in love with these kids' names:
Mila Arden
Little Mila on the beach
"We chose Mila as it is a prettier short form of the very old-fashioned Spanish name Milagros, meaning miracles. We thought we might not be able to have children so a name derived from miracles seemed very apt. Her middle name Arden means "eagle valley" or "high" - birds have personal significance for me and we also liked the literary association with Shakespeare (the forest of Arden is in As You Like It). My only regret with Mila's first name is that it has skyrocketed in popularity in the five years since we chose it. Otherwise, I still love it!"
Cato Bennett
"My husband is very interested in Roman history and he wanted a Roman name for our son. We chose Cato as it seemed to have a more modern, upbeat sound to it compared to some of the other Roman names... Tiberius and Aurelius come to mind. They would make an odd sibset with Mila! Cato is unusual but still fits in with other names used today like Hugo and Milo. Cato also means "wise" in Latin which we thought was a positive. For us his name was perfect and he became Cato when I found out I was carrying a boy at 19 weeks pregnant - being a tad obsessive over names I never in my life thought I would be able to pick a name so soon! Bennett means blessed and he was given this name for the same reason that we picked Mila. I also love Pride and Prejudice and like that Bennett reminds me of the Bennet family."
Potential future sibling names: "For now we are set on two children but a possible future girl would most likely be Lyra and a boy would be Atlas."
Other tidbits their mama shared with me:
 - I like that both Mila and Cato have four letters, two syllables
- I like that Mila's middle starts with A and Cato's with B and both are two syllables
- I like the link between miracles and blessed
- I like that both middles have literary associations.
And that is the story of how Mila and Cato got their names. A big thank you to their mama for letting me feature her babes! Again, sorry for the delay guys.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The -ley & -el brothers: Kingsley, Kael, and more.

I introduced you to the -ana & -ora sisters. Now, I would like you to meet the -ley & -el brothers.

I've noticed that there are wayyyy too many people think that most names for boys that end in -ley and -el are girly, and it's simply not true. This is due to the massive trend of girls being named Isabel, Annabel, Hadley, Ansley and more. So today I wanted to show you some awesome boy names that end in -ley and -el:

Bradley-- My own sweet fiancĂ© has this name that ends in -ley. This is one of those -ley names that still are used mainly for boys today. Many -ley names that were once "boy only" names have switched over to the girl side (Like Hadley and Ansley mentioned above, but also Ashley, Bailey, and more.)

Finley/Findley-- I saw this second spelling on a TV show recently. I'm kind of intrigued by it. Finley is hugely popular for little boys in England right now.

Huxley-- As in the author of "A Brave New World." And how cool would the nickname "Hux" be?

Oakley-- A sweet "country boy" name that I don't think I could pull off , but I like to see others make it work.

Riley-- Another one that has sadly gone to the girls over the past few years, although I did recently meet a little boy Riley. I like it for a boy much more than a girl, truthfully.

Kingsley-- If you like Kingston but it's a bit too high up on the charts for you, here is your compromise.

Hurley-- I adore this for a boy. I recently saw a little boy on Instagram with this name, and I'm in love with it now.

Presley-- I see quite a few girls with this name, but never any boys. Why? I think Elvis makes this super wearable for boys as well.
Abel-- A super soft, sweet biblical boy name. I adore the nickname Abe.
Axel-- One letter away from Abel, completely different feel. Axel is a super-macho name.
Lionel-- I didn't like this name until I watched the movie Because I
Said So with Diane Keaton. The little boy in the movie has this name, and he was so cute.
Ezekiel-- Covered this one during the last Baby Face post.
Gabriel-- Aaaand this one was covered in the second-ever Baby Face Post.
Cael/Kael-- This is just another way to spell Cale/Kale, sans the leafy green imagery, if that turns you off to the name.
Marvel-- Now this one, I'll admit, I like on a girl best. Simply because I first paired it with a hyper-feminine name when I fell for it. But I think it could work on either gender quite well.
Satchel-- Mia Farrow and Woody Allen used this name for their now-grown son. He goes by Ronan now, and I'm curious as to why he gave up Satchel in the first place.
My favorites from this pick are Hurley and Kael, and Satchel runs a close second. And obviously Bradley is a name that's close to my heart. ;)
I'll be back on later to post Baby Face Tuesday, don't forget to check back for it!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I'm back! With names this time: The -ana and -ora sisters.

I feel up to naming tonight, even after a not-so-long day at work. Soooo, here are some girl names that end in -ana/-anna, and some girl names that end in -ora:
Ariana-- Like the Grande girl taking the pop world by storm. This name is rising FAST.
Eliana-- If you're an avid reader of Name Loves, you'll know why I adore this name. It means "My God has answered." Which is so beautiful.
Fianna-- Remember Danny Masterson from That 70s Show? Yeah, he named is daughter Fianna Francis. I love Fianna; Has the same feel as Fiona, without the Shrek association that I mentioned in my last post.
Giovanna-- Snooki's baby girl's name. An Italian classic.
Juliana-- I think this name is gorgeous and classic.
Liana-- I only know one woman with this name. Has a similar feel to Leah, but with extra frills.
Nirvana-- One of the more daring names on this list. Hats off to the brave parents who have gone for Nirvana! Gives a baby pretty big shoes to fill.
Rihanna-- Yes, like the singer. Some of you may like that association, others may not.
Tiana-- Pretty sure this is a Disney Princess name. Right? I'm not the world's biggest Disney follower, so, forgive me if that's wrong.
Vienna-- Okay this isn't EXACTLY an -ana name BUT it's a place name that gets little to no recognition and I think it's a shame.
Aurora-- As in the famous Sleeping Beauty. Another Disney Princess name on this list. Love the nickname Rory for a girl.
Annora-- Found this is a baby name book a while back. I briefly crushed on it, and then realized that it wasn't for me. But I'd love to hear of someone using it.
Cora-- A name rising in popularity. I'd for sure use Coraline for my daughter.
Dora-- If you can let go of the cartoon explorer, you may can find some appeal in this name.
Eliora-- Covered this name a few posts ago. I find it to be crazy enchanting.
Flora-- Another name I covered a few posts ago-- This one has potential.
Isadora-- Another enchanting one, and a way less popular alternative to the crazyyyyy popular Isabella. So tired of hearing of little Isabellas. (No offense to any Isabella fans out there.)
Lenora/Leonora-- Lenora is my favorite of the two. It means "light" and I find it to be so, so beautiful.
Nora-- Beautiful. Timeless. Familiar, but not crazy popular, although I think it's getting there fast at number #83 in popularity in 2013. Nora lovers better act fast and use this name while it's still under the Top 50. ;)
Pandora-- A mythological name that I'd never use, but find interesting.
And here are some pictures of some people who wear these names:
Ariana Grande


Sweet little Fianna Masterson


Isadora Duncan, an American dancer.
And there you have it! Gorgeous girl names, with the -ana, and the -ora ending. Hope you enjoyed! Don't forget about Baby Face Tuesday this week. I am honestly so excited for these two siblings; if your taste is anything like mine, their names will definitely intrigue you.

#selfiesunday: A lazy blogger, her weekly ventures, and a naming dilemma.

I most definitely have NOT been as avid of a blogger as I was in the beginning, and I do apologize for that. School is getting a bit more... dense. I've got a five-page paper, and a speech due after fall break, which is coming up, so I probably won't get better about blogging more frequently anytime soon... But bear with me. I'll get better... eventually. :)
This weekend has been BUSY. Busier than I've had in awhile. Partly because my mom and I spent all day Friday shopping, which was crazy-fabulous:

The List. My mom and I don't play around.

And the last picture is #thehaul. I didn't exactly stick to the list, but... whatever. Oh, and I'm actually drinking my morning coffee out of the reusable cup in that picture!
Yesterday, I took off of work so my sweet fiancé and I could have a day. We were going to do something more adventurous, and go to a museum or something out of town, but we're both kind of broke, so we went to the movies and a park (out of town) and ate a delicious chicken and shrimp alfredo that he cooked us.

Don't ask. Just a silly picture that was 100% his idea.

And like the thousands of couples before us, we carved our initials in the bamboo forest. Adorable, I know.

So this brings us back to the present: Me blogging right before I go into work.
Which brings me into the naming dilemma.
It's not necessarily a dilemma, but can be for some people.
The question is: Did you / Will you reveal your baby's name before it's born?
I know a couple that told their names for a boy/girl right after they found out, and I know couples that aren't even sure of the baby's name until it's born. Obviously, there is no wrong way to go about it, but it's strictly personal preference. I love to hear peoples' thoughts on this subject.
Bradley and I have talked about that, and we want to keep our future child's name a secret until it's born. Why? Mainly because I have not-so-average taste, and I'm afraid that if I go around telling people, then they'll have something rude to say about it, or just a bad association to tie to it: "Fiona? Fiona, like the ogre from Shrek?"
And then I'd smile as politely as I could and reply: "Yeah. Like her."
**Fiona isn't the name we picked out, by the way. I just thought that would be a good example of my fears of sharing the name. Although I think Fiona is beautiful.**
I don't want other peoples' tactlessness to ruin my adoration for a name. Especially since Bradley and I agree on so few of them, we don't exactly have many other choices.
Now I do have an admiration for people who don't care at all. They share the name because they are proud of it and are willing to completely brush off any rude comments.
I just don't think I'm one that could brush it off. It would piss me off, and it would brew in my mind until I'd have to change the name. Is that bad? Maybe.
If I were picking a family name however, I think I'd feel differently.
My late grandmother's name was Alice. I think I'd love to use her name on my child someday. That would be something I'd tell people, because there truly is no way someone could stain that wonderful association in my mind. I'd be incredibly proud of my little Alice.
With the names we have picked out now, I don't think anyone could dislike the girls name, unless they just dislike feminine names for girls, or the nickname we have to go with it. As far as the boy name we have picked out... I can see how some people could dislike it. The ending sound doesn't go along with a lot of trends for boy names in America, but it's a variation of a family name, and we both like it a lot.
But then again, you never know what shamelessly rude people will say. So for now, They'll remain a secret until we actually have a little Parrish one day far, far from now.

Anyways, that's all I've got. Hopefully I'll get back into the blogging-swing of things soon. Oh, and I can't WAIT for Baby Face Tuesday. I absolutely adore the names of the siblings I'm featuring. :)