Aug 172012
 

Coach Factory Sale

This weekend is Tax Free weekend in Texas, which means it is time for back to school shopping! Hop on over to Coach Factory Outlet online for savings with another 24 hour sale! They are taking an additional 30% off all bags, shoes, fragrance and accessories PLUS shipping is FREE on all purchases over $150!

If you registered before the sale started, you should receive you email soon. If you were unable to register, no worries, just go here and register for the next time this sweet event is available.

 Posted by at 2:25 pm
Aug 152012
 

Ever have one of those days that the devil creeps in and steals your joy for a moment?

Then you remember the time you went help you brother or sister move something and they got hurt and you couldn’t help but laugh and laugh and laugh?

Growing up you just don’t understand the concept that you’re actually going to be friends one day and enjoy eachother’s company. You don’t understand the process until it is complete[ish].

I share these thoughts because I was just looking for a photo to add to my brother’s contact and this is what I chose:

Soft Kitty

Exhibit A: Soft Kitty

Here, you see a picture from last Easter when I accidentally left my camera at my parent’s house. Now, every time he calls or sends me an email I will see this and I will laugh because I think this picture is awesome and it makes me laugh. 

In the end, Don’t let the devil steal your Joy and Always find something to make you smile!

What makes you smile?

 Posted by at 12:00 pm
Aug 142012
 

I found a lovely typography print on Pinterest yesterday in my lonely state, thanks for your prayers!

A Parent's Promise by Joel Felix I am not your friend—I am your parent. I will stalk you, flip out on you, lecture you, drive you insane, be your worst nightmare and hunt you down when needed, because I love you. When you understand that, I will know you're a responsible adult. You will never find someone who loves, prays, cares and worries about you more than me. This is my promise to you."

A Parent’s Promise by Joel Felix

It Reads:

“I am not your friend – I am your parent.

I will stalk you, flip out on you, lecture you, drive you insane, be your worst nightmare and hunt you down when needed, because I love you.

When you understand that, I will know you’re a responsible adult. You will never find someone who loves, prays, cares and worries about you more than me.

This is my promise to you.”

Do you think Joel would make this into wallpaper?

 Posted by at 9:17 am
Aug 132012
 

Trying to be the good balance of a stepmom/parental unit in our household, but this past weekend the boundaries were crossed and I had to be, what might seem to some, the “bad guy”. I am not Lady Tremaine. It is heavy on my heart that I needed to make the lines clear to my Sweet C.

An amazing summer with our Sweet C ended with the last three days being so difficult all because of a silly pair of jeans. We were so many steps ahead, and because “we” couldn’t communicate, we are so many steps behind. I am not lady Tremaine.

It was perfect timing that I was able to read I Corinthians 13 in my quiet time this weekend, God’s timing is impeccable. I love this girl so much, but God loves her so much more.

We need your prayers. A lot of them. Prayers for my baby to learn from this and grow. Prayers for me to know that I am a work in progress and God is perfect and He is taking care of our hurting hearts.

I would love to hear from you too, if you are hurting today, I would love to pray with you!

 Posted by at 8:34 am
Aug 072012
 

Coach Factory Sale

Time for back to school! Hop on over to Coach Factory Outlet online for savings with another 24 hour sale! They are taking an additional 30% off all bags, shoes, fragrance and accessories PLUS shipping is FREE on all purchases over $150!

If you registered before the sale started, you should receive you email soon. If you were unable to register, no worries, just go here and register for the next time this sweet event is available.

 Posted by at 12:03 pm
Jul 312012
 

It’s SO close, I can hardly contain myself!

My Sweet C is going to be home TOMORROW and her room is coming along, minus the whole ruffle throw thing I promised.

Here is a sneak peek, in case she happens to be reading this week… if so, I LOVE YOU BABY! CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU!

Sweet C's Room

Sweet C's Room

Sweet C's Room

PS. I sent her a joke today: What do you call a fake noodle?

AN IMPASTA

 PPS. This happened to our bedroom yesterday… IDK HOW that got there ;) Guess I’ll be making that ruffle throw after all!

Yes, A Sewing Table in Our Room

Yes, A Sewing Table in Our Room

 Posted by at 3:54 pm
Jul 292012
 

Breakfast of Champions

Welcome Champ,  our United States athletes are doing pretty awesome in the Olympics this far, right? I am amazed at the sheer talent each competitor has, they are inspiring!

This week I am making breakfast ahead because it is sure to be one of “those weeks”, being it is the first of the month, beginning of a new quarter, and accruals are due. That’s right, I went there, big working-girl talk. Eggs and English muffins always make me happy, and since the Olympics are being held in London this year, it seems fitting to share my quick and healthy breakfast recipe utilizing English Muffins. Do you know the Muffin Man?

Breakfast Tools

What you need now:

Eggs [I prefer Eggland's Best brown eggs, they have a better tasting yolk]

Spinach

Salt/Pepper to taste

What you need later:

English Muffins

Cheese [optional]

Bacon [optional]

Continue reading »

 Posted by at 10:38 am
Jul 272012
 

James Avery Craftsman Silversmith

If there is one thing every [southern] girl must have, it is a charm bracelet to commemorate all of our special journey’s in life. I received my first charm bracelet from my parents when I was a kid, I was SO excited; I remember my Dad being SO proud of himself for picking the best charms for me. On our recent trip to Washington, DC and Virginia, my Sweet C and I both picked out charms at Colonial Williamsburg to add to our collection.

My sister brought to my attention that now through August 31, James Avery is giving you their Forged Link Charm Bracelet with any two charm purchase!

I have picked out a few new additions to connect to my current bracelet, which only has a running shoe at the moment [Thanks Patti + Lonnie!]:

James Avery Purchase

This promotion is availabe in store and online through August 31, 2012 [while supplies last]. If you have a store near you, you may choose to have it sent to the store for FREE [Cypress is not available for pick up yet] or shipping starts at $6.50.

Let me know which charms you choose to get with your FREE bracelet!

PS – I realize this post is RIGHT above my post on not wanting to spend more money, because I’m so OVER it. I still am, but as #5 states, Christmas is RIGHT around the corner and Santa can always use a little idea boost ;)

 Posted by at 2:36 pm
Jul 262012
 

Oh. My. Gosh.

Have you ever been sick of spending money? [Stupid, right?] I am there now. I don’t want to go to the grocery store. I don’t want to finish Sweet C’s room. I don’t want to have our master [finally] painted. I’m just over it.

My root cause mind wants to know how I got here. Here is a little jot of what I think may have happened…

  1. New coupons are rolling out and they are low value, like $.75/2 or $1.00/3. Don’t get me wrong, these coupons are great if you can stand to have three boxes of the same cereal and eat them all before they expire… or you have a family of 3+ who actually can take care of the stock quickly. We can’t, wasted money.
  2. We just purchased 40 pounds of delicious 93/7 ground beef from Zaycon… beef isn’t free, you know?
  3. Refinancing a home to a lower interest rate takes a lot of mullah up front, so our savings looks pretty weak right now. [PS, if you are at 6% or higher, now is the time to think about re-financing, especially since the PMI rate was currently reduced] That’s frugal news, you’re welcome. We used Cornerstone Mortgage, they are awesome, email me for their contact info!
  4. My Sweet C’s room is still a disaster. We have made progress – there is a bed, desk and mirror – but there is still so much to do and I prefer for her to come home to a calm area and not a construction zone. She is my delicate flower. One thing at a time, I know, but I want it done now. I’m so silly, I told her I would make her this ruffle throw, I haven’t even purchased the sheets to make it and she will be home on Aug 1. GUH!
  5. Christmas is just around the corner and I have already started shopping, there are TONS of great deals right now on items that I know will be utilized for gift giving. Today, I received an email for $20 off $75 to Vera Bradley, all the rage with the teens and tweens right now. There was a fantastic deal on Groupon over the weekend that I hit up for my brother and B, I’d tell you, but then they would know… what’s the fun of Christmas if you know your gifts?
  6. I have the slight sense that my beautiful, amazing, most wonderful car in the world might be kicking the bucket soon. It hurts my heart. Maybe from all the above, this is the one that gets to me the most. I bought her as a wee baby, just barely old enough to cruise the open roads. We have had a lot of ups and downs and, knock on wood, not one accident; I can’t stand the thought of losing her. It. Is. A. Car. But I paid for her, by myself [my awesome Dad co-signed], I fed her gas, I took her shopping… and to the shop. ::tear::
  7. Finally, my babe. My husband is the bomb. He works so hard for our family. He has provided the income to be able to take fun trips and enjoy the little “luxuries” like dates to Chocolate Bar, volleyball camps, massages, and much more. I feel like I [and Sweet C] have indulged in many luxuries while my husband has been working his tail off; he would argue that this is exactly WHY he works, for us to enjoy ourselves. I love that guy and I tell him I appreciate him every chance I get, but rewards are nice too. Love Languages.

So, you ask, how do I work on these items? Stop Spending. Pray thanks for our abundance. And then sell/donate something… or a lot of somethings.

I am on Facebook, did you know? My personal page is linked to about 7 different Beg, Buy, Barter and Sell groups in my general area. Have you heard of them? No? Well, imagine Craigslist, but extremely local, and people are more willing to meet up instead of making you come to their house [sometimes creepy]. Right now I am trying to sell this awesome Desk and Delta Shower Set; I have them posted on Craigslist and BBBS and have had quite a few hits but not the right buyer yet. Wah! These will help finish up my Sweet C’s room, so I am hoping they are sold quick.. August 1 is fast approaching. Oh, I also have a pair of roller hockey skates for sale, awesome right?

This past weekend I went out with my mom and sister [bro's gf] and purchased a few new t-shirts to upcycle into scarfs/necklaces and let me tell you, I found the most scrumptious XXXL blue t-shirt, check out SweetgumWay soon for new postings! 

Also, I have a few designs on Zazzle that are worth taking a look! I love them all, but I guess any mother would love her own creations, especially my Eat. Pray. Run. repeat gear! :)

You can see, I am in a pickle. Don’t be surprised when you see a lot of homemade posts popping up within the next week or two. Remember the sweet string art I made for My Sweet C? Well, she changed her room color to pink and black, so you’ll for sure be sing another string art, because she LOVED IT… but in pink, maybe. GUH!

What about you? Have you been in this type of “I’m sick of spending money” situation before? What has helped you out and what did you sell/make to get a little extra cash in the bank?

 Posted by at 10:20 am
Jul 252012
 

Coach Factory Sale

Hop on over to Coach Factory Outlet online for savings with another 48 hour sale! They are taking an additional 30% off all bags, shoes, fragrance and accessories PLUS shipping is FREE on all purchases over $150!

Here are some steals I found:

Coach July 2012

Up to 78% OFF and perfect for your quick trips to the mall or brunch with the girls!

If you registered before the sale started, you should receive you email soon. If you were unable to register, no worries, just go here and register for the next time this sweet event is available.

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