Sunday, October 30, 2011

Stocking Stuffers and Christmas Gifts


Just wanted to let you in on a great place to get some inexpensive handmade lovelies for your friends and family! Oh, and let's not forget teachers!

I've been busy filling orders and stocking my etsy shop and it's been a lot of fun! Looking forward to adding some new items soon!

Please stop by and take a look! Click on the shop name above or check out some of my items in the right sidebar!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thank You, God, for Blessing Me: a book review


In this adorable book, by Max Lucado, Hermie the Caterpillar shows little kids how they can be thankful for everything. I love how he thanks God for his bed, his food, his friends, and everything. My three year old loved this book. I've already had to read it several times and we just got it today.

Max Lucado never disappoints with his wonderfully illustrated children's books. I really appreciate his recurring emphasis on God and how he reminds us that even little children can have a significant understanding of who God is and how He is present in their everyday lives.

Highly recommend this book. It would be a great baby gift or birthday gift for a toddler.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Story Engineering: A Book Review



I recently read 'Story Engineering' by Larry Brooks for a book review for Thomas Nelson Publishers and it was really informative and full of helpful information. I like how he laid out the points in 6 steps. It made a lot of sense and reminded me of being in English class way back when. While I haven't attempted to write (to be published), I believe this method that Larry spells out for us in the book would be helpful and a good structure to follow. According to him, following his method for writing would leave out the need for drafting your story over and over, and would take you straight to the finish line. While that would be ideal, I am not sure everyone could do that. I did appreciate the six core concepts and liked the way he brought out each point. The explanations were sufficient, although I got a little overwhelmed with how it went on and on. I felt that with fewer words the same points could have been made.


Overall, I enjoyed the book and if I do ever try to write for publishing, I will definitely go back to this book for the help in getting there.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Vacation

We were on vacation last week and it was great! We spent hours on the beach and swimming in the pools. That was our goal and we accomplished it. The girls loved every minute of it and they were totally worn out every night. We did other stuff, too.


Visited St. Augustine
Ate frozen custard

Played mini-golf

Went to see Cars 2 (we are big Mater fans!)

and rode a ferry
to tour this fort.

I'd say it was a pretty full week, but we feel rested and relaxed. Another great vacation and already looking forward to our next adventure...whatever that may be!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Good Ol' Summertime



Where I live it has already felt like summer for over a month. HOT, humid, really hot are just a few adjectives I could use to describe what is making my hydrangeas droop out on the back patio. The girls and I have been having a big time already and school isn't even officially out until tomorrow at noon. But, we've had fun. Like today, for instance, we got up bright and early and got the big sister off to school. Then, C & A and I loaded up and took a little trip to the Dub-Ya (Wal-mart, Walmarts, Wally World, whatever you want to call it). I enjoyed walking around in the A/C while pushing the girls in the brand new kiddy cart...
We interrupt this blog post for an important, unpaid advertisement....the new kiddy carts at my Wal-mart are awe.some. They are not the normal 'race car' looking cart that are nearly impossible to steer. They are not the 2-seaters that leave the child practically hanging on for dear life. No, they are like a bench seat for 2. Plenty of room for them to sit comfortably without a big partition in the middle of them. And the best thing about them is that they are super easy to steer and push through crowded aisles. And you get a bonus workout just by pushing all that weight. Now, back to the regularly scheduled blog post.
Anyway, as I was saying, it's been an eventful day. After we got home and unloaded the groceries, I did some laundry and then it was time to go back out and pick up big sister from her 1/2 day of school. I might just shout hallelujah when I pick her up tomorrow from her last day of school. We have a lot of fun things planned for the summer, but we are looking forward to being able to relax a little bit, too. Big sister will be doing a math club and a reading club over the summer, middle sister will be doing a reading club and some unofficial math stuff and little sister will be along for the ride. We are all looking forward to a nice, relaxing family vacation, too. I think that may be the highlight of our summer.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Yesterday was a great day. It started out like a normal Monday with the ever-so-unwelcome-and-rude-awakening by the alarm clock. You know how I hate alarm clocks. Yesterday was no different. Actually I had woken up at 5:30am thanks to motherly instinct. I just knew something was up and it turned out that our 3 year old's bedroom light was on. So I did what any normal mother would do and I woke Hubs up and said, "She has her light on!" as though it was an emergency. {Because everything is an emergency in the middle of the night. And yes, the middle of the night is anytime between the time I go to bed at night and the time I'm suppose to wake up.} And because he's not exactly coherent after being awakened from a deep sleep, he didn't think twice about it, and jumped out of bed to see what was going on. Turns out she couldn't find her little plastic Woody (Toy Story) ring. He found it for her and she went back to sleep after she blew him a big, loud kiss that sounds like "Mmwhaaaa!" An hour later we got up and went through the morning rush to get ready, make breakfast, dress kids, pack lunches, etc.
Once Hubs had left and the younger kids were fed, I got a very unusual burst of energy and did about a week's worth of chores in about 4 hours. It was awesome. Whatever it was, I need more of it. I did 4 complete loads (wash, dry, fold/put away) of laundry. Completely gutted and re-organized the laundry room (Hubs is making me a craft station in there!), decluttered the linen closet (major undertaking), reorganized the pantry (another major task), cleaned #1's pig sty, er, I mean room and then shampooed the whole upstairs carpet. (#1 would have had to clean her own room, but I needed to throw away and get rid of a lot of stuff in there while she was gone to school - and get everything off her floor so the carpet could be cleaned...she was completely shocked when she got home!) It was a very productive morning. My #2 & #3 girls played all day together...nicely...and that helped me get so much done. They are two peas in a silly pod, let me tell you. When they are together they are all about having fun and belly laughing. It is so fun to hear them play. Later we had a routine visit to the dentist for the big girls and #3 wore her fairy dress to the dentist. That brightened up everyone's day in the office. I didn't let her wear her plastic high heels for safety's sake, but I just love hearing the pitter patter of plastic high heels clanking along on my kitchen floor. It makes me smile and think of the days that me and my sister would dress up in my mom's old clothes (from the 70's). It was so much fun.



Today while I was shampooing the downstairs carpet, my youngest was following me along with her pretend vacuum. She loves helping me clean and I'm not about to discourage it...even if she is walking on the wet parts that shouldn't be walked on. That's not important and I'm trying to focus on what is really important. Quality time with my youngest who won't be this young for long is important. The carpet won't last nearly as long as the memories we share together and I want our memories to be fun and happy ones, not memories of me being frustrated over wet carpet. These days with my kids are very precious and I wouldn't trade them for anything. (Remind me of this in a few weeks when summer is in session and the kids are bored and fighting.)
Lastly, we have been so encouraged and challenged by the great truths and principles we're being taught at our church. These last several weeks have been great times of spiritual growth for us and I so appreciate being a part of a church that unashamedly preaches and teaches the truth of God's Word the way it is meant to be preached. We are so blessed to be in the church God has placed us in. We shared last night with our kids something we discussed in Sunday School on Sunday about making the right choices every day. It was so very practical and easy for even the children to understand and we have already seen them apply what they learned last night. It's very encouraging to us as parents when we see our kids learn to apply the truth of God's Word to their lives. That's what it's all about!

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Weekend Full of World History

Friday morning began a weekend of world history that unfolded right before our eyes. I hope you didn't miss it! I certainly didn't get up at 4 am Friday to watch the Royal Wedding, but I most certainly DID DVR it. I wouldn't have missed it for anything! I remember Princess Diana getting married and how the world witnessed the whole event. It was beautiful and a major event in the history that I can actually remember. I'm no history buff, {that's my husband} but there are certain historical events that really interest me. The royal family is one. Even though I don't understand their entire role, etc. I am intrigued by them. Visiting London several years ago only heightened my interest in them. So, there was no way I or my family was going to miss this wedding of Prince William and Princess Catherine. Hubs and I watched a 6-part documentary on it during last week and then the wedding just topped it off. I thought the whole thing was beautiful and it was great to witness. Some on Facebook were appalled at those of us who were actually watching it, but it is an event that I will always remember. I hope you didn't miss it!

Then, last night before Hubs and I were headed to bed, I saw on FB that Osama Bin Laden was dead. In a matter of minutes, tons of posts about it were up. So, we turned the TV back on and waited for Obama to address the nation. What a huge victory for the USA! I am so proud of our military men and women who work so hard every day to protect our great country. That is no small sacrifice. {Warning: Soap Box Speech ahead!} I read post after post on FB about this great justice that has been served to someone so violent and full of hate toward the free world. Some were humorous, but then came the 'self-righteous' posts from fellow Americans that started accusing those of us that were happy about this victory of not being Christlike for being glad Osama is in Hell. I think I only read one person on my FB say anything about Osama being in Hell, which I am quite sure that's where he is. Let me state, for the record, that the leader of the enemy has been conquered! He had the opportunity to choose how he would live his life and he chose not to accept the grace that God so freely offers to ALL people in ALL nations. John 3:16 'For God so loved the WORLD that He gave His only begotten son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in Him should not parish, but have everlasting life.' It was his choice and he chose a life of complete rejection of Jesus Christ and chose eternal damnation instead. Am I glad about that? No. But it is okay and right to rejoice when the enemy has been defeated! You can bet your bottom dollar that God will not be telling us to stop rejoicing at Armageddon when His enemy is forever defeated. He will be leading the Saints in the ultimate celebration over the enemy's defeat. It is a very sad reality that millions of people will choose to live the same way Osama did. They may not be terrorists, they may not hate America, in fact, they might sit next to you in church or live next to you or reside in your home. Maybe it's you. I fear that lots of people are living under the name of Christianity {or any other religion}, but there is no evidence of Christ living in them. They come to church, act right, dress right, speak right, but they have never trusted in Jesus Christ alone to save them from sin. Just because you don't act like Osama Bin Laden, it doesn't mean you've chosen by grace to live through faith in Jesus Christ. Romans 2:8-9 says 'For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works {either!} lest any man should boast.' Osama chose damnation. What will you choose? You still have time, but you don't know how long you have. Think about where you will spend eternity. Because there will be an eternity to face when this mortal body dies. I hope you'll be with my Saviour in Heaven.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

LimeRicki Swimwear

*photo from LimeRicki.com

This won't surprise you {because I've said it multiple times on here} but I LOVE winning giveaways! I have won gift cards, housewares, jewelry, clothes and now a swimsuit! I won a LimeRicki girls one-piece this past week and got it in the mail yesterday! LimeRicki sells fashionable and MODEST swimwear for girls, women, maternity and men. The quality is excellent and I love how this sailor swimsuit fits my girl perfectly. No riding up, a high and modest neckline, the legs are cut very well and the style is cute as can be. They are having a sale right now {HERE} where you can get women's tankini tops starting at $10!! That is a steal, in my opinion. So, go check them out and see for yourself! You won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter


I celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus Christ with all of these wonderful people. My family.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I'm Dreaming...



of a week-long beach vacation. Better get busy planning!

Spring Break!

It's Spring Break for both of my girls {who are at two different schools} and we are having a ball so far. I can't tell you how much difference 20 more minutes of sleep in the morning makes for me because 1) I've never been a morning person {just ask my parents about my school days} 2) I would love to be a morning person, but again - it just ain't happenin', and 3) not setting the alarm clock and having to hit the snooze 3 times is just simply wonderful. I am not a fan of alarm clocks. Never have been. Never will be.
Anyway, Monday we got up at leisure, had a lazy, non-rushed breakfast. Then, we had a great little outing to our local library. The girls had so much fun and it we went early enough so that it wasn't busy. My oldest daughter is an avid reader {I'm so happy about that!} and she is now old enough to get books from the older kids' section. She was like a kid in a candy store and ended up getting 6 books to read. She already finished one today and has started 2 others. My middle child checked out some EZ Readers since she is just learning to read and so far she is enjoying those. And my youngest just had fun playing on the computers and socializing with some other young children that were there.
Today was lots of fun, too, just going to the zoo with a bunch of friends. There were 19 kids/6 moms and it was a blast. Apparently, most of our city was there, too. I got there a few minutes before the zoo opened and immediately saw bus after bus of daycares and daycamp kids coming in. It was crazy! I've never seen our little zoo so packed. We ended up playing on the playground first and the kids loved it. So, by the time we got into the zoo, the crowd had already gone ahead of us. Afterward, we had a picnic and more playtime on the playground. The girls were exhausted when we got home, but it sure was fun to get out and play with friends.
Lots more excitement is planned for the rest of the week/weekend with Easter coming up, so it looks like this Spring Break is going to be a success.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

It's my birthday and I'll celebrate all weekend if I want to.

So, Thursday, I turned another year older. I'm not ashamed to say I'm now 35. I think it's incredible that I've survived 35 years without any major mishaps. {Except when I was 10 and the neighbor boy ran over my arm with his bike and I was in a cast for weeks with my arm bent at 90 degrees and itching. Oh, the itching.} I love birthdays and this one was no exception. My children and husband all greeted me with the expected 'Happy Birthday!' that morning and it only got better from there. I wasn't feeling the greatest because of a head cold, but that didn't stop me from living it up! On my way to take my middle girl to school, my parents called on speakerphone to wish me a Happy Birthday. That is something I look forward to every year. I love for my family to call and wish me birthday greetings. My granddaddy used to do this every.single.year. while he was alive and I still miss that 4 years later. I always will. But my parents made me feel loved and especially young when they reminded me that my older sister was in 8th grade when they were 35. My oldest is in 2nd grade. I'm old. I'm an old fogie. But what am I to do about it? Wrinkle cream and hair dye will soon be my friends. {Okay, wrinkle cream has been my friend for a long time already.} Oh well. I just told them I was going to live it up all day long. And my dad told me to live everyday like it's my birthday and just live it up. I think that's great, practical advice. Words to live by. After I dropped my girl off at school my 'baby' and I took a little drive to the Chick-fil-A for free breakfast {I love our Chick-fil-A's here. They are always doing things for the community and giving away free food.}. Then, we headed to Wal-Mart to look around. My sweet, precious Mamaw had sent me a gift card to Wal-Mart for my bday and it was burning a hole in my pocketbook. Not long after I got home, one of my sweetest friends called me and told me she'd left a 'little something' on my doorstep. You know I promptly went to the door and there was a large Dunkin Donuts Mocha Iced Coffee with a gift. She is a bosom friend. Anyone that drives 25 minutes to your house at that time of day with 3 little girls in tow just to make you feel special on your birthday is a bosom friend. {Let me just take a second to say right here and right now, there is practically no better way to start your day!} My sister called me and my brother texted me birthday greetings. Funny thing was my brother had texted me 2 days earlier. He was confused on the date. Who's the old one here? Huh? Another one of my dear friends brought me a gift later in carline. {She sacrificed some precious sleep time and got up early to text me 'Happy Birthday'. What a GREAT friend!} She's funny, crazy and loves the Lord. She's also an instigator and a daredevil, but we won't talk about that. That's for another time. {hee hee} We've been friends only since our daughters were born on the same day 5 1/2 years ago, but I feel like I've known her forever. She is a servant and is always willing to help me out and pretends like she's happy to watch my kids for the hundredth time this year every time I ask. Later, Hubs came home with an ice cream cake. It was Y to the U to the M-M-Y. I made an allergy-free ice cream cake for my girl who is allergic to milk and it was also delicious. And genius, if you ask me. Oh, you didn't ask me? Sorry. If you want the recipe you can get it here. The Hubster and the three little girls that have him wrapped around their little fingers, surprised me with a pretty dress {and it was the right size!} that I didn't know I was getting. I had already picked out my gifts with Hubs a few nights before so I didn't know I would get another one. He loves me. What can I say? He assured me the surprise gift had nothing to do with him having to buy some new camping supplies for his backpacking excursion next weekend. =) Then, to finish off the night, another of my favorite friends left a gift for me on my doorstep. She's been my friend for nearly 12 years. We have been through some d-r-a-m-a together, letmetellyou. It has been an interesting 12 years, but so full of fun and spontaneity. That's the kind of friend she is. Spontaneous and fun. And loyal. Very loyal. God crossed our paths at just the right time in our single days and we had so much fun together. We don't get together as often these days {even though we only live 1/4 mile away from each other}, but when we do we pick right up where we left off. She's that kind of friend. I'm so lucky. But really, luck has nothing to do with it. It's all been orchestrated by God. He loved me enough to put me in the greatest, funnest (just go with it), most loving family ever. He also directed my path so that I would meet the kindest, most genuine friends a person could ever have. And He lead me to a wonderful church where I would later meet my husband. Now He has blessed us with our 3 cute little girls. Life is crazy, but it is very good. God has been so good to me. And this isn't even the rest of the story. For now, I'm outta here to continue celebrating. {And blowing my nose, and coughing my head off.}

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sewing Machine Woes - Part two


So, Hubs came home last night and after dinner decided to check out my sewing machine. He is awesome at trouble-shooting and can fix anything, but this had him stumped. Frustrated, even. We had out the manual (that I bought last time this happened since I couldn't find my real one) on the computer, the machine was opened up and taken apart. Let's just say I'd rather not relive last night. Even if that means buying a new sewing machine. It was ugly. A couple hours worth of hating the sewing machine. Somehow, it righted itself and began to work. Was it worth it? Read on. So, today I reluctantly went back to the sewing machine to see if I could finish my project and lo, and behold, it worked. I was able to finish the entire project and as soon as I finished my last stitch, the bobbin ran out again. If you read yesterday's post, you know what that means. Here we go again. So, I promptly put my stuff away and walked away. I will not look at it again today. I might even pack it up and completely put it all away again to sit for months and months. I'm not sure. But anyway, this is what I was working on:

I have altered the sleeves since this pic was taken. The shoulders are thinner now and it fits her much better! (See pic below)



I love it! It turned out better than I expected. It even fits my girl pretty well. I surprised myself. But this is where I got the idea and instructions. You should check out her website. Very cute, creative tutorials. If you're into sewing or crafting. This dress caught my eye and I already had the fabric to use so I did it. Really it should only take about an hour start to finish, unless you have sewing machine issues.

Cheers!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Stifled Creativity

Ok, so I finally {after months and months of feeling absolutely no creativity whatsoever} I decided today to dust off the old sewing machine. I pulled it out from under the desk where it's been sitting for a very long time, and took it to the dining room after I had rummaged through the linen closet for the fabric I was looking for. I got it all set up and cut out my fabric. I mean I was ready to sew, people. I turned on the machine, threaded it and {while holding my breath} began to stitch. You see, this machine has the ability to frustrate me half.to.death. Sometimes is works great and then as soon as I run out of bobbin thread, it is completely and utterly useless. The thread gets all jammed up under the presser foot and for hours it {and I} acts ridiculous trying to get the thing to work right again....right in the middle of my project {that should only take half an hour to complete}. The last time it did this, I spent hours trying to figure it out. I was angry. And then, Hubs convinced me to let him look at it {he is a mechanic afterall...not on sewing machines - but planes}. He fixed it in 5 minutes. I was grateful and mad at the same time. So, this time I decided it was not going to get the best of me. I would not get angry no matter what. Well, I can say that now 3 hours later, it is still broken. I'm about ready to drop-kick it over the fence out back. So, I texted Hubs and told him so. He texted back that he will look at it when he gets home. Meanwhile, I am browsing craigslist for a new machine. I'm sick of being treated this way by my old machine. It's only 10 years old, what's it's problem?? Stay tuned...

Friday, April 1, 2011

My Week


  1. It rained for days. And it was cold. So, I baked things like this and made this. And ate them.

  2. I vacuumed and swept the kitchen floor countless times. Come to think of it, I need to do it again.

  3. I read a great book by Karen Kingsbury. It was wonderful. I plan to hunt down the rest of this series tomorrow in our county libraries. I must finish this series or I will not be able to rest.

  4. I spent umpteen million hours (okay, really only 8 1/2 hours) in car lines this week. Next year, I'm thankful my girls will be at the same school. (Woot Woot!! Raise the Roof!) Cuts my time down to 2 hours per week! Yippee!!

  5. Our pastor has been preaching an excellent series on Wednesday nights about Renewing Biblical Christianity. Ever wonder why Christians do what they do? Why do YOU do/think the way you do? Unfortunately, it's not on sermon audio, but my dad is preaching a similar series at his church called 'Rediscovering the Articles of the Faith' and you can find those lessons here. Excellent series that every Believer ought to think about.

  6. Tonight we are watching this movie! The girls don't know it, yet, but they will be so excited. We haven't seen it yet, but have heard good things. We love Family Movie Night at our house. When I was growing up, this was one of my favorite nights with my family. I loved hearing everyone laugh and enjoy movies together. (Because now we can still laugh together when my brother randomly quotes movie lines.)

  7. Lastly, I've (along with my whole family) been living in the midst of God's faithfulness each day and thanking Him for His goodness to me. I can praise Him that He is all-knowing, His timing is always perfect and His love is everlasting.

  8. Please pray for my dad as he is going through some rough days with his cancer. We are asking God to strengthen his body. Thank you for your prayers.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Yummy Goodness


I just made these for the kids after-school snack. They're in the fridge chilling. Can't wait to get home and eat one (or two or three) of these. YUM!

This takes all of 10 minutes to prepare. Try it!
*photo courtesy of Eat, Live Run blog*

Monday, March 21, 2011

Book Review: "Read and Share Stories About Jesus"


Written by: Gwen Ellis and Illustrated by: Steve Smallman


This is a board book with a collection of 13 stories about Jesus's life with cute illustrations that tell the story very well.

Pros:

I loved that this book is sturdy and perfect for my 2 year old to hold on her own. My 5 year old also likes this book. I like the questions at the bottom of each page that provoke the child to think about what they just heard in the story.

Cons:

One of the first questions is about baptism and it wasn't completely clear in the book (with a child in mind) that baptism is NOT what gets you to Heaven. I haven't read the other Read and Share books, so I do not know if this is covered in a previous book. I wish the book was clear on salvation before it talked about baptism. Although, it could have been covered in a previous book in this series.

Other than that, I would recommend this to a friend.

Intercession in Progress

I think I have always been intrigued by intercessory prayer. I think of it most often as what the Holy Spirit does on my behalf when I am so burdened by something that I don't even know what or how to pray. He does it for me. He intercedes for me. But I also love the aspect of intercessory prayer as related to praying for others. I used to think of it only in those terms...merely praying for someone else. And I would marvel at the fact that God actually hears and answers prayers for us when someone else prays. It is amazing to me the power of prayer. But I have come to realize that intercession is way more than just praying for someone. Although I had thought often of this action, I couldn't quite put into words what I understood of it. Recently, I was able to attend a ladies' retreat at my church and our speaker talked about 'The Ministry of Silence'. She used Job as a classic example and how his friends (trying to be helpful) pointed blame at him and were just sure that he had done something to provoke God's wrath. Surely there was a reason for all the devastation that he was going through. And indeed, there was a reason, but it wasn't because he had sinned against God. Sometimes, we need to be silent for those who are enduring extreme pain, trials, etc. But we are to intercede for them. Our silence should mean 'intercession in progress'. Hebrews 13:3 says 'Remember them that are in bonds (jail), as bound with them (as though you were there with them) and them which suffer adversity (sickness, hardships, persecutions), as being yourselves also in the body.' I am to put myself in their shoes. People I love are going through some rough trials right now and I know if I were in their shoes, I might not be able to pray as I should. Whether because of extreme pain or sheer grief, people need others to pray for them while they cannot pray themselves. This is my responsibility as a Christian. Christians are the body of Christ and if one member suffers, the whole body should bear the burden. I can think of a few people in my own life right now that I am interceding for because I know the state they are in physically and emotionally. It is my privilege and my responsibility to intercede for them as the Lord brings them to my mind. I haven't been able to forget this lesson on intercession and I doubt that I ever will. It has made such an impact on me personally and I am so thankful that God loves to hear and answer intercessory prayer.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Loaded Potato Soup

I made this Friday night for supper and it was delicious! Even better as leftovers today! Go HERE for the recipe.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Budget-Friendly Graduation Announcements


Classy Correspondence offers a wide range of graduation announcements and accessories for every budget. With graduations fast approaching, now is the time to order! We offer a fast turn-around of 3 days. You can also request a sample announcement to see what yours will look like. Just click on the picture of the announcement you are interested in and click the link 'Request a Sample'. Our site is secure {look for the lock symbol} and we offer 24 hour customer service.

Go take a look!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Special Events

If you or someone you know is looking for Save the Date stationery, engagement announcements, wedding invitations and accessories, birthday stationery, baby shower invites, etc. Click on the picture in the righthand column. You will be taken to Classy Correspondence where you can choose from a wide variety of social stationery - from classic to contemporary! It's all at your fingertips.

Classy Correspondence also offers you a hard copy of the stationery you are interested in, as well as, an emailed version. So quick, easy and affordable!

Tell all of your friends!

Monday, March 7, 2011

True Love

This face makes me smile. Those cheeks beckon me to kiss them a hundred or more times a day. When she winks at her daddy, he beams. And then is promptly wrapped around her cute, little, chubby finger. Her sisters adore her as she does them. This child brings abundant joy to our family on a daily basis. And she will be (3) T-H-R-E-E next month. Where has the time gone??

Friday, February 25, 2011

Official Ottoman Review

It's here!! I got it on the 23rd. (My sister got hers on the 22nd, but I'll try not to be bitter.) It arrived in a big ol' box and as soon as I saw it I was so thankful to have gotten free shipping!! The setup was so easy. Open box. Take it out of box. Take wrapping off. Screw the cute, stylish bun feet on and voila! It is ready.

My children were chomping at the bit to be able to break it in. They immediately piled on top of it (I'm so very thankful it's sturdy!! I don't have to worry about it getting messed up.) and now they race to claim it first to lay on it and watch TV. When the kids go to bed, it's all mine. I love being able to sit anywhere on the big sectional and still have a soft, comfy (yet sturdy) place to put my feet up comfortably. It's the perfect height for our couch. I can even sit a glass on it and it won't tip over (unless, of course, children are present). But I plan to use a serving tray to sit my sweet tea on from time to time instead of sitting it directly on the ottoman.

The storage! What can I say about the storage except that it's so nice and deep enough to hold all of our blankets that were sprawled all over the living room at any given time of day. They are neatly tucked in and hidden now and I LOVE that.

This ottoman was the perfect addition to our living room. I'm so happy that Hubs found this on CSNstores.com!! We've been searching for ottomans for over a year and this one is perfect. I recommend this product to everyone!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

THE Ottoman


I've posted more than once about how Hubs and I were looking for an ottoman for our living room. But not just any ottoman. It has to be perfect for our living room needs (think little girls rough-housing with their daddy) and it has to meet the propping-up-of-the-feet-at-the-right-height requirement (because we all know that it's all about being able to sprawl out comfortably) and lastly, it has to be firm enough on top to support a tray so I can finally have my sweet tea within reach. Well, we finally decided on THE one. It meets all the requirements and even has storage!! I'm so excited. It should be here by the 22nd and I cannot wait to see if it is everything it claims to be. We picked it out awhile ago, but it just became available again a couple days ago. Apparently, we aren't the only ones with great expectations about this ottoman. I blogged about it on my last post and when my sister saw it, she decided she needed one, too. Stay tuned for the official review on the new ottoman!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Finding Your Style

I love looking through magazines and blogs. They give me some great ideas for decorating, organizing and even cleaning my home. There are certain styles I love more than others, but the problem I have is that I love several different styles which all have great ideas. I just don't know how to make them work for me. I have in my living room, furniture pieces that I love, but adding decorative pieces and art and making it all flow is proving to be difficult for me. I'm very practical, as well, so that doesn't help me! I don't like to spend money on something that I'm just going to look at. I want it to be functional. So, how do you bring your style together?
Do you start with your big pieces like couches, tv stands, side tables and then move to the small things or do you begin with paint color and accessories? The living room seems to be the hardest for me. I can handle bedrooms and bathrooms, the dining room, etc. It's this living room I have a hard time with. We have a sectional in a neutral color and a dark brown leather chair. We are shopping around for a storage ottoman to go in front of our sectional and think we have found the one! We just have to make our final decision and order it.
One day I'll finally decide on my style. And when I do, I'll be blogging about it!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

How to Reach Your Full Potential for God by Charles Stanley

A few months ago, I received this book for a book review and am just now getting around to writing the review. I like Charles Stanley's way of preaching and his writing turned out to be much the same.
This book is not a typical 'self-help' book, although the title might make you think that. It is a Bible-based challenge to you to live your life to your fullest potential...for God. Not for self-satisfaction or success in life. Dr. Stanley starts by telling you ways your life might be hindered by things that are keeping you from living life to it's fullest in Christ. It's a good reminder to Christians to check their own lives and remove those stumbling blocks that might be there stunting the Christian growth.
Dr. Stanley goes on to give you Bible-based ways to keep pressing forward in your walk with Christ with the goal of reaching your fullest potential in Him.
For someone who may be wondering how to live for God or who is not satisfied with how their life is headed, this will be a good challenge to them. For the Believer, this serves as a good reminder to not let those stumbling blocks get in the way of reaching your full potential in Christ.

Reading

I would call myself an avid reader. I absolutely LOVE to read. I used to read every chance I got, and loved every minute of it. These days, I don't get to read all that often. I'm busy with the four fabulous people God blessed me with. Hubs and the girls get to have most of my time right now and that is A-Okay with me. Actually, now that I think about it, I could read at bedtime, but I have this problem. I'm borderline narcoleptic (according to myself, not a professional diagnosis) and everytime I sit down {except for the small window of time in the early afternoon that I might have a bit of energy} I fall fast asleep. I do the same thing with movies. And last night, I even fell asleep watching one of my favorite shows. But anyway, back to reading. I have decided that this year I am going to read more, no matter what.
My current reading involves LOTS of children's books. Middle Girl is learning to read and we are hitting it hard here at home. She has been wanting to read for a long time now because her big sister has been reading for over 2 years now. So, she has the desire. We are just working on understanding it. She's doing great so far. I'm proud of my little girl!
My next big read this year is to read through the Bible chronologically. My good friend is going to help keep me on track so that I can keep it up all year. So far, I am really enjoying it. I've always had a hard time getting the timeline down for different events in the Bible and this is really going to help me understand that. And hiding God's Word in your heart is always a good thing. I'm in Job right now and looking forward to reading more tonight!
Next week, I'm going to be attending a Ladies' Morning Break session at my church. We're studying "Don't Make Me Count to Three!" by Ginger Plowman. I've done this one before, but I really need a refresher course. Really looking forward to it!
I started another book last night that I really like so far. I'll tell you about it soon enough. I'm doing a review for Moody Publishers and this is by an author I've never read before. It's about going through trials. So far, so good. We'll see how the rest of it goes. I'm not a big fan of 'Self-help' kind of books, but this one is full of Scripture and although it is written to help you, it's not based on self-reliance, but rather God's promises. So, I'll let you know how it goes once it's done.
I'd also like to re-read some books I read years ago, but haven't found the time yet. Maybe I can fit those in the schedule somewhere!
What are your favorite books? Fiction and non-fiction? I'm always looking for a good book.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Got Bread?


The Winter Storm of 2011 has hit here in South Carolina. I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first. The skepticism might have something to do with the fact that 'continuous live coverage of the Winter Storm' began 2 days before any sign of the storm. Hubs went to the Walmarts on Saturday (I don't go there on Saturdays - that's my rule) to get some groceries and stuff {just in case} and he said the bread aisle was EMPTY. I wonder what prompts people to buy mass amounts of bread when a storm approaches? Do they live on PB&J? Are they just eating the bread and drinking milk? I mean, there are other food items that can be prepared - even if there was a power outage! This bread thing is a mystery to me. Thankfully, I had bought bread earlier in the week and am all set in case we find out we can only eat PB&J until the snow melts. But I am here to tell you, that when I woke up at 7am and saw the snow, it was exciting! We woke up to 3 or so inches and now (10am) we have 7 inches! The forecast is for 9-12 inches here in the Upstate and I am sure that will have to be some kind of record for this southern state! The little one woke up not long after me and Hubs told her to look out the window and she was SO funny and cute! She just couldn't believe her eyes. She was jumping up and down and telling me to 'come here!' I love seeing the snow through her eyes. It makes me forget about the fact that the town has shut down, the kids will most likely be out of school most of the week and cabin fever will set in. But today, I am going to love seeing my children play in the most snow they've ever seen, make hot chocolate for my frozen children who won't be able to feel their toes after playing in the snow, and take pictures for us to remember how fun it was 'that year we had all that snow!' And I am ever so grateful that Hubs got to stay home today with us to enjoy the snow with us! It's going to be a great day!