April 15, 2014

tank c/o: Wonderfully Made

White Plum Giveaway.

April 14, 2014

Very excited to be sharing White Plum today! This dress is one of my all-time favorite dresses! My favorite colors are mint and peach so this is the perfect combo! Plus it's cute + comfy! Ains & Apple's adorable leggings are from White Plum as well and all week Ains has been calling them her "cool pants". She has been wanting to wear them everyday ;) ! 

They are a beautiful shop, be sure and check them out!

Use coupon code: THEWIEGANDS20 for 20% off (valid through Sunday, April 20)

 Plus they are giving away a $150 giftcard today, amazing!!

"When Hilary Zwahlen started White Plum, she envisioned a unique way to channel the travel-all-over-town-looking-for-the-best-deal-with-kids-screaming-in-the-car mentality she learned from in her mom in the 1980’s. She wanted to make the killer deal available to people like her -- people who have jobs or school or kids and don’t seem to have enough time to get it all done. 

Hilary found that she had a passion for creativity, which eventually led her to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting, dancing, and hosting. 

When she took on new roles as a wife and then a mom, Hilary realized she still needed a creative outlet. She sat down with her husband, Rod, and the two of them decided to figure out a way to harness Hilary’s creative energy to create an accessible lifestyle brand. Thus, White Plum was born. 

At White Plum, we’ve found that the way to succeed as a business is to help our customers succeed; we believe the best deal for you is the best deal for us." 

Use coupon code: THEWIEGANDS20 for 20% off (valid through Sunday, April 20)

Giveaway: $150 to shopwhiteplum.com

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lately in photos.


Also wanted to share these two gorgeous art pieces from artists tagging Ains on instagram with #wiegandcritters ..... seriously we love them!   

My Response to the American Blogger Controversy.

April 11, 2014

Well. I am not exactly sure where to begin. I started a blog 5 years ago when Aiden was first born in the NICU. Then two years later through a very heartbreaking time in my life, right before Ainsleigh was born, I created the blog "CaseyLeigh". Which is what it is today. I created a really really beautiful community in this space. I fell in love with helping people and connecting with people. With cheering on small businesses and seeing hard stories be redeemed. I found an inspirational place called the internet. I found people that I connected with, that could see my heart and who I am and what I stand for. Isn't that something so beautiful about the internet? Literally thousands of blogs and you can choose to connect with any of them. There is certainly a story for everyone. 

I am married to a filmmaker. He has always been a dreamer, a storyteller. He tells stories everyday through his lens. He watched over three years something really special happen for me. I was given really fun opportunities like The Today Show & Wendy's. He saw me plan a dream and watch it become a reality through Hopespoken. He saw me make true, genuine friendships online. 

He also would see me be moved through a story like Ashley's cancer & infertility. He saw me cry in my kitchen as LaTonya called me following our time in NY together to tell me she had lost her little one.  I watched Drea's love story be redeemed as I had followed from the beginning. And cheered her on as her family got put back togetherI was inspired as I saw Joy sell everything and go with her husband and 4 children in a trailer around the countryMy heart was opened when I connected with Nat Falls through her story with down syndrome. I cried tears of joy and celebration as Susan went onto Shark Tank after starting off with $200 dollars. The stories that move us to dream bigger! The stories that change our hearts. 

I could go on and on. These women inspired me, they moved me. They are a very VERY tiny piece of the puzzle to this big huge internet world but they are my story. Chris, as a storyteller, went out to tell this story. His story of learning what this was all about in my tiny world. The way these women tell their stories authentically does represent American Bloggers, but we are completely aware that not all categories of American Bloggers are represented in this film. Nor was that the goal for this first film. You can read this post from almost a year ago. Read the idea, the thought behind it. See where I mention American Blogger Part 2? From the beginning this was the start of a much bigger conversation. So many stories to be told. He also bought the domain (www.americanblogger.com
) with the idea that it could eventually be more than a film but also a website. Featuring American Bloggers everyday. These are all ideas and dreams that he had but needed to start somewhere and build momentum to take this bigger places. 

I would like to think that anyone who knows me, really knows me, would know that I would be mortified to have hurt someone. I can say the exact same for Chris. You can sit down and read through three years of my posts to see my heart. Who I am. What we stand for. 

I know my statement below will mean very little to the critics. They will see what they want to.

I have been so grateful for the kind, open discussions this has created with people. I hear you. We hear you.  We hear your concerns and can see why some people were frustrated or hurt. 

I appreciate the discussions this has opened and the ways my eyes have been opened. That is something that the blog community has been so beautiful for me as well. To open my eyes to much much more.

We love stories. I was excited to see Chris tell this small story that would hopefully lead into something much much bigger. I am an American Blogger. You are an American Blogger. We are American Bloggers. I have many wonderful international followers and at the beginning Chris thought this would be an amazing series & website. And our tiny circle was a good way to start the conversation. Just a fun little movie for the people that follow my blog, follow these women's blogs and for anyone that has ever thought about creating a space on the internet that is all theirs. 

We had a dream to show how the internet IS changing the world. Ten years ago companies were not seeking out influencers online like they are today. Yes blogs existed but it wasn't the same as now. If it was, I had no idea about it! And I honestly think it will be neat to look back on this in 50 years and see how things have changed. Bloggers are the small business success story. People are finding a new kind of community. People are doing some really awesome things on the internet these days. Raising awareness for incredible causes. And if they aren't in your circle, they are in mine. 

I think when you watch the movie you will see women that are sharing about subjects on their blogs that ARE in fact changing the world. 

My friend Jessica that we work with at Noonday is impacting thousands of families through her business. She has a powerful, global impact in over 10 countries because of what is happening with their ambassadors online. They have changed the world for someone. Blogging has changed my world.

I have a very soft & open heart. I have been wide open to healthy conversations about this, I can have a sense of humor about parts of this. I completely hear and validate those concerns. I so hear you. I wish I could sit down with each person so you could see the genuine, innocence in this before you cry foul. With that said a lot has been said that has not been done graciously. A lot of lies have been told. A lot of dragging through the mud has happened. My husband is a kind, humble man who went out to share a story. To create a piece of art. He wanted to create a passion piece for me and our kids.

I hope that you will give this film a chance. It's a beautiful little piece of our heart.

I want to link some posts of women who trusted us with this project. Women, my friends..... people that I love with all my heart starting to respond to this controversy.

Danielle Burkleo (full post here).
"It's both ironic, and sad, how a film sharing about the beauty of blogging and social media has become the target of so much cruelty, through the very thing this film set out to celebrate.

Where are my bloggers at?

No, really.

Where you at?

When are we gonna come together and support each other? Whether we are black, white, gay, straight, fashion blogger, political blogger, anything blogger, man, woman, young, old we all share a common thread here. We all believe in sharing our story. We all believe in writing all this stuff down, whatever that stuff may be.

However, here's the thing: Casey Wiegand is the American blogger here, my friends. She is American and she blogs. Chris is her husband, supports her in her blogging endeavors, and he beautifully tells the story of blogging and what it has been like for their family. He travels the US to connect with other bloggers, most of whom his wife has somewhat of a relationship with, and the majority share about things similar to what she shares about.

And that's okay. 

I am no fashion blogger, if you know me, I barely get dressed twice a week. Our family of five lived in a 1,000 square foot house when he came to film, and all the piles of laundry, extra toys, and mess got shoved into our bedroom when Chris was filming. Cause, correct me if I'm wrong, but if someone is coming to film you, for a film that is going to be released nationwide, you are going to tidy up your house a bit. I definitely took a shower and put on some makeup that day... cause I AM BEING FILMED. I think you may have done the same.

I had the privilege to watch the film in it's entirety already and what so many have been quick to judge is this: a beautiful story of a little boy who fell in love with film. Who grew up to make it a priority that he has these memories of his children for generations to come. Through his filming, and Casey's blogging, they have, and are continuing to have, pages and pages, and hours and hours, full of the three people they love most in this world; their children. He tells the story of what blogging is for their family, and connects with other women who have the same passions when it comes to blogging, and shares bits and pieces of their story as well."

Lil Blue Boo:

 "I have read so many hurtful comments today diminishing the stories of the women featured in the film....from other women bloggers! I keep reading "This is what a real American blogger looks like" and "I am a REAL American Blogger?" So that makes me not real? My stories of cancer, death, infertility, miscarriage, anxiety, and addiction feel pretty REAL to me. And then there’s Chris Wiegand. He won over my family the second he walked through the door...he was humble, gracious and one of the hardest working artists I've ever met. He taught me how to film a time lapse of the sky, and taught my daughter how to sodder his sound system back to together. He slept in our backyard just to get the right shots of the sky. We went on a road trip over the mountain. He immersed himself in our life. Honestly, I was taken back that I was asked to be in the film. I've never won a popularity contest, I’ve never been in the “in-crowd”, and so I was honored to be included in such a tremendous group of truly diverse stories. And guess what? I cleaned my house and put on some makeup for the filming….because doesn’t a girl just need to feel pretty? We need more people like Chris who will put themselves out there, and everything on the line, with their creative passions. How can anyone be vulnerable in a culture like this? Look past the first impressions people. Don’t jump on the bandwagon of hate and ridicule. Ridicule is divisive and hurtful. Choose encouragement. Choose love. Love wins."  

Erin Loechner: Clementine Daily (story here)

" Here is what I see, from where I’m sitting. I see a family of five following a dream to tell their story, one of loss and gain – of miscarriage and support. I see a young mother celebrating a son with special needs. I see a tattooed artist supporting her family in the Midwest. I see a brave black woman sharing pride, respect and gratitude for her platform. I see a Mormon crafter crediting the Internet for her incredible business success. I see stories of adoption and grief and restoration and cancer and resilience and infertility and – perhaps most – sheer, unadulterated optimism."

 Latonya Staubs: (link here to her instagram post

"... We all have different stories, we all walk different paths. So here I am. I am a wife, a daughter of a domestic violence survivor, I bear the cross of late child loss, we freelance and sometimes have finacial troubles, we lean on family for help, we are an interracial couple, my story..my real story....Please choose love."

The Shine Project (post here

Jen Loves Kev/ post here.

HopeSpoken LinkUp

April 08, 2014

Today is the HopeSpoken Link-Up! A place to connect and share some of your stories and experiences from the weekend. We wanted to create a space where you could have them all in one spot. If you don't have a blog and wanted to post an instagram or facebook status that is great too!

We love each of you and are forever grateful for the beautiful time we got to share growing alongside you ladies!  

Tuesday Giveaway.

April 07, 2014

We LOVE Cuteheads! Not only do they have the most adorable clothes and great prices but my kids actually adore wearing their stuff! Last week I grabbed some photos of my girls in their adorable outfits AND they sent the sweetest, cutest coloring pages which completely made Ainsleigh's day! 

So excited that they are giving away a $100 giftcard today!!

Ains outfit & headband c/o: Cuteheads
Apple tshirt c/o: Cuteheads

"Cuteheads is high quality, American-made brand of cool clothing for stylish littles. Made from soft organic cotton, all cuteheads clothing is perfect for discerning moms & their kiddos. Products include dresses, tunics, tees, accessories like topknot headbands & beanies, onesies, blankets, & more. The new 2014 Cleo Collection of topknot headbands & beanies features cool colors & prints available only at Cuteheads.com.

Founder Esther Freedman is passionate about making cute, comfortable clothing for kids who have minds of their own (she once was a precocious, "spirited" child herself!) and loves to hear that it was all of a sudden easy for parents to get their kids dressed in the morning because of cuteheads. She also just became a mom herself to a beautiful little girl, Naomi."

Use coupon code CaseyLeigh for 15% off your order. Good until April 30.

Giveaway: $100 Cute Heads Gift Card

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April 06, 2014

So so excited to share this today! 
Over a year of Chris working on this film and today I finally get to share more! 

You can look at photos and get information on the film here: www.americanblogger.com

"What started this whole film idea for me was how Casey loves to blog/instagram so much and she is always meeting new people and, in most cases, really (sincerely) connecting with people around the country (and world). I was really more interested to dig deeper into all this blogging/instagram/twittter world and one, help people understand how cool it is to have an area on the internet that is all yours. And two, I hope to sort-of take a visual snapshot of this time in history when all these instagrammers/bloggers are able to put something out there into the world and really shape culture (in a positive way)."