A Little Easter Decor…

I love Easter time. It is a reminder of new beginnings! So, I just wanted to share a little of my Easter decor on this Good Friday. Of course, I’m going to tell you how much I love to mix vintage pieces with new pieces. You know “make new friends, but keep the old” haha! I only have a few things to share, but I hope these pictures can help to inspire you in some way! Happy Easter!!!

See…old box, old scales, new gold bunny, new blue vase…perfect old/new combo!

Ok, I’m not going to lie…my mantel this year basically looks like Hobby Lobby exploded on it, but I did throw in a few old bottles ūüôā

See…old bottles, haha!

And I love my white bunnies!

So, that’s all I got for now. Have a great Easter!

Vintage Brass Lamp

I don’t have much time these days to write like I would like to. So, I think I just might start sharing stuff from my flea market booth and other random home decor stuff I do around the house! Here is my latest Goodwill find (we just got a Goodwill in town, I’m super excited). It’s a beautiful brass lamp. Most of the time a lamp or piece of furniture, that I buy as a project, “talks” to me. It tells me what color it wants to be and just the right places to distress it. This lamp though, begged me not to paint it and cover up its beautiful brass and intricate detail. All it wanted was some updated clothes (i.e. shade). So, that’s what it got! No, it isn’t perfect, none of my pieces are. If you want perfection you will need to go to the department store for that. All of my pieces tell a story with every scratch, dent, and bump it’s acquired through the years and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Here‚Äôs to a new year…and jicama sticks

So…I know that I haven’t posted in awhile (insert sad story of how busy I’ve been and everybody has been sick, blah, blah, blah) but I’m here now! One of my many New Years resolutions is to not procrastinate and catch up on things that aren’t really important, but I think about doing them often and then forget. Sometimes I think I make things seem harder to do, in my head, than they really are. You know what I’m doing right now…using my phone to write a blog post! I’ve also recently embraced the world of Snapchat. That’s right…I’m getting all kinds of high tech around here. Young folks might not understand, but there’s just something about the thought of typing on a phone that seems wrong. It probably has something to do with learning to type on an actual typewriter! That’s right…I’m old.

Now…where was I going with this? Oh yeah, my New Years resolutions…so, also I just want to be me and do things the way that makes me happy. If that means that I’m not going to have a “niche” on my blog, and just post whatever I feel like sharing at the time, than so be it! That’s why I’m posting something a little different today…funny videos of me trying jicama for the first time. Which leads me to another New Years resolution I have, eating healthy and losing weight. I started before Christmas, which was hard, but I think it was easier than starting after New Years for some reason. Maybe because I started the year off knowing I had already started achieving my goal of losing weight and didn’t have to start from scratch! I have lost 10 pounds total to date! It didn’t hurt that I had pneumonia a few weeks ago and lost 6 pounds while sick, however I’ve already gained 3 back!

Let me set the stage for you…I hate healthy food. I don’t eat raw fruits or veggies. I grew up in Louisiana where our motto is, if it sits still long enough we can probably fry it! I mean we fry our healthy food to make it taste better. Learning to eat healthier has been a small struggle for me. I did, just recently, embrace the “zoodle”. But that is because I can put sauces on it, haha! So my cousin and I were talking about eating healthy stuff. I mentioned that I didn’t know what other than some kind of healthy chip to eat my guacamole on. She responds with “I guess you can eat it on a jicama stick”. I just laughed because when she said jicama (sounds to me like hick-a-ma) I just assumed she was being funny and meaning that as a funny way to describe some weird hippy, no taste snack with no fat, no carbs, no calories and no flavor, haha! When I realized she was serious I pleaded my case with, we don’t have those here at our stores. Guess what? I found one this morning at the grocery store I go to every week. I didn’t take any pictures of my jicama, but just do a quick google search. It’s not to appealing in the veggie aisle. No wonder I’ve passed it up so many times! So, please enjoy my videos of me trying jicama and laugh with me because if you can’t laugh at yourself…laugh at others…who laugh at themselves!

No phone to call your own?

Well, y’all, I’ve been busy, busy as usual…I had a post in mind to write titled “No Time to Carve a Pumpkin”, but as it turns out, if you don’t have time to carve a pumpkin, then you probably don’t have time to write a blog post, haha!¬† Since, time change, I wake up at odd hours so I thought I’d jot down a quick post about something I’ve been thinking about the last few days.¬† Mostly so I will stop thinking about it, but if it helps someone else out by reading it then I guess I will have killed two birds with one stone.¬† Ok, here it is…Yes, I am attached to my phone!¬† There I said it…(insert gasp from older generation).¬† And furthermore…I’m not ashamed about it! (Insert deeper gasp by older generation).¬† Ok, ok, so what am I talking about here?¬† The other day in bible study we somehow got on the subject of people (aka younger generation) being addicted to their phones.¬† My bible study is a wonderful mix of older and younger women all in different stages of their lives.¬† And, I know we have all learned something from each other.¬† But, as we were discussing this, I admit, I just kept quiet and kind of laughed to myself.¬† Why?¬† Because if you took my phone away from me I would freak out and honestly I don’t see a problem with that.¬† Why?¬† Because we live in different times and my phone is a very important tool in my life.¬† I admit that I have my phone with me from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed.¬† It sleeps beside me.¬† Now, mostly because my husband travels and I want to be available to talk to him if he calls at any given time, but also because I use it for everything!¬† Literally…everything!¬† I admit there are those occasional times when I use it as an outlet to escape the real world.¬† Example…if my kids are screaming and being obnoxious, I will zone out and read about everyone else’s life on Facebook for about 5 minutes.¬† And, maybe that’s not the best idea, but here are all the good things I use my phone for:

-My phone is my alarm clock.

-It is my devotional book.

-It is my Bible (mostly only on Sunday mornings because I figure 2-3 bags and 3 kids is enough to carry in and if God can’t forgive me for reading the scripture on my phone then I can just use the copy on the back of the pew).

-It’s my weather channel.

-Any news I learn is from my phone (because we don’t have live TV).

-I keep my grocery list on my phone.

-It is my calendar and it sends me reminders!

-I shop for groceries and other items from my phone.

-I store coupons on my phone.

-It is my camera and camcorder.

-It is my calculator.

-It is my map.

-It is my radio.

-I read my emails on my phone.

-I pay bills on my phone.

-I deposit checks on my phone.

-I balance my checkbook with my phone.

-I keep recipes on my phone.

-I run my little online store mostly with my phone.

-I scrapbook with my phone.

-I can use my printer from my phone.

-I keep up with my blog through my phone.

-I stay in touch and laugh with my sister-in-law that’s 8 hours away by using my phone to send each other funny videos about taking care of the kids and housework.

-I stay connected to my husband when he’s gone and his kids get to actually see him and talk with him all because of my phone.

So, as you can see…I really use my phone.¬† Now, I’m writing this because I want the generations to understand each other.¬† We are not parents walking around like zombies on our phone (well, some might be). Ok “older generation” picture this…if you were back in that young parenting stage of your life and people in your bible study had said “Ok, you’re spending too much time with your tools, it’s a bad example for your kids.¬† We need you to hand over your:¬† Alarm clock, devotional, bible, newspaper, television, grocery list, calendar, coupons, camera and camcorder, calculator, all your maps, radio, letters, checkbook and register, recipe book and photo albums and you’re not allowed to communicate with your friends and family…Do you think you would’ve laughed a little to yourself?

So, in conclusion, No, I will not give up my phone and I’m not going to feel guilty for it!¬† And, I’m going to laugh to myself when the older generation is appalled by that decision, haha!

 

Side note:  None of my writings are meant to offend anyone, so please read this in a very light-hearted, teasing, semi-sarcastic tone!  Thanks!

 

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Pig Says…

Pig just wanted to hop on and say…Happy Fall Y’all!¬† He wanted to tell¬† you the other day, on the actual first day of fall, but the weather was just too hot to be in the fall spirit!¬† Now, that the weather has cooled off a bit and he’s been shopping for pumpkins this morning, he felt better about spreading some “Pumpkin Spice” cheer…

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I wear many hats…well, actually I carry bags

So, I know y’all have heard the saying about a person “wearing many hats”…well I don’t wear hats, but I do carry many bags!¬† This occurred to me yesterday as I was trying to carry all of our bags from the vehicle back into the house yesterday afternoon.¬† All days are busy, but a few days of the week are a little bit busier than most.¬† This picture is a collection of all the bags I have to keep up with on those two days combined.¬† This picture shows you three backpacks saying that I am a mother to three boys.¬† I carry them to school, pre-school and Mother’s Day Out.¬† I carry them to their church activities-Awana and Cubbies.¬† You can see my Bible implying that I even get a little time to myself to go to my own bibles studies (not that I have time for the homework, which is what I should be doing now instead of blogging). ¬† In the back is my “projects” bag.¬† It’s large enough for a binder.¬† Right now I’m in the middle of planning our churches fall festival.¬† Sometimes it’s a birthday party, or an activity for Awana, or a PTA project like teacher appreciation week.¬† And, right in the middle is my purse (on the days I’m lucky enough to bring it instead of my huge diaper bag/backpack) reminding me that I’m a woman too not just a mom!¬† I know that my children are still small and I know there will be a lot more and completely different types of bags in our future.¬† And, there are many jobs I do that I don’t have a bag to show for it, still I tend to compare my bags to everyone else’s bags…How does this one keep all her bags together?¬† How do they accomplish so many bags?¬† Why can’t I seem to keep up with their bags?¬† What are they thinking about my bags?¬† Ok, I know that sounds silly, but you get my point…I compare myself to other moms.¬† I wish I didn’t, but it’s just out there in our face everyday…especially on social media.¬† Everyone posts their picture perfect moments.¬† Everybody has an opinion (including me).¬† Everybody thinks they’ve got it figured out and need to tell you how to do it.¬† Strangers are judging strangers and posting their business on social media for all the world to judge.¬† Y’all it horrifies me!¬† What if someone snapped a picture of me, in one of my less than desirable moments, with one of my children and posted it for everyone to criticize!!! I believe that I can use my blog to encourage other mothers…to be a positive noise in this world of “perfect chaos”.¬† The irony of it all is, you can think “boy I am one hot mess” comparing yourself to that other mom and the whole time another mom is comparing herself to you saying the same thing!¬† So, let me just fix this problem for all of us and say…Not one single mom on this planet is perfect!¬† You’re welcome…so get up, stop reading my opinions (until my next post, haha), grab your bags, and get on your way of doing what you’re suppose to be doing!¬† Not what everybody else is doing, or what they think you should be doing, or what you think you should be doing…but, what God put you here to do!

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

I know y’all have been waiting patiently for me to post something interesting (insert tone of sarcasm, since I don’t really think many people read my blog other than a few faithful family members) but, once again I have found myself completely overwhelmed with that little thing we call life.¬† I’m so busy with life, in fact, that I’ve been out of my homemade eye make-up remover for at least a week or more and couldn’t find the time to run into the kitchen to make some.¬† Well, actually I had to make it to the big W to get some witch hazel, which I finally accomplished on Wednesday…and yes I’m finally making it on Friday!¬† You know how every time you want to make a recipe these days you have to go to Pinterest to look it up…well, I had to look up my own recipe, haha!¬† So, I figured while I was making up stuff, that I better get this one for DIY foaming hand soap in there so I’ll have it next time I need it!¬† So here ya go…

 

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Teepees, and Picnics, and Cake Smash…Oh My!

 cake smash

 

Ok y’all, I’m going to try and do a little backtracking…So, let’s talk about teepees, and¬†picnics, and cake smash…oh my!¬† I know that I mentioned before that I love themes…you can see here in my previous post about teacher appreciation week…So, you can imagine that I get a little crazy when it comes to my kids birthday parties.¬† Only problem is that I usually can’t settle on one thing. ¬†I end up combining several random things together to get just what I want!¬† So, when it came to planning my last baby’s 1st birthday party I really got a little spastic!¬† I knew I was doing something with teepees and¬†arrows, because that’s been “his theme” since he was born.¬† His room his decorated around that and we used the same teepee that is in the pictures shown¬†for all of his first year picture sessions.¬† At the same time, seeing how his birthday is only a few days away from the 4th of July, I really wanted to do some kind of picnic theme also.¬† Then there were colors…I love navy and mustard right now, so of course I had to throw in some sunflowers to bring in the yellow!¬† And how could you leave out foxes with some splashes of orange here and there!¬† Then there is the currently popular galvanized metal accessories that we must have…oh and antlers…and feathers, don’t forget the feathers!!!¬† I always have a hard time finding exactly what I want, so I really just make it up as I go!¬† My brain just goes all over the place and I know my time is limited before they want themes like…Garfield (and yes I’ve done that one too).¬† With that said I’m sharing a few pictures from his cake smash session.¬† I will try to post some from the party itself, but as I’ve mentioned before I’m not the best with picture quality and in usually cell phone¬†fashion…my storage was full the day of his party.¬† So, I’ve had to rely on pictures¬†from friends.¬† Am I the only one this happens too?¬† Never fails…if it’s something I really want pictures of, my phone decides that the storage is full (insert face¬†that says¬†“I think my phone is lying”).¬† So, I’m¬†borrowing some of my photographers preview pictures.¬† She’s always so good to put up with me and my 5 million ideas!¬† Here is a link to my Pinterest inspiration, I just had to boy it up a little, haha!

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cake smash

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Things I Use To Do

Hey y’all…missed me yet?¬† I know I’ve been slacking on writing on my blog, but they say that distance makes the heart grow fonder…did it work?¬† In my defense, this summer has been busy with vacations, weddings, projects, and birthday parties!¬† Seems the older I get, the harder it is to multi-task…Maybe I will get around to sharing some things from my summer with you soon.¬† Until, then I thought I’d just do a little writing about “Things I used to do”.¬† My friend tagged me the other day in a memory with this picture.¬† Yep, I used to make cakes…for fun (insert tone of how was that ever possible).¬† I tried making a cake for my middle son’s birthday a few months ago, only because it was too late to order one, and fun was not how I would describe it.¬† Even when I was doing it for fun, I hated my work, it was never “perfect” enough.¬† I didn’t charge nearly enough for the amount of time I put into them.¬† Now, when I look back, I think they weren’t so bad.¬† This particular cake was one of my favorites.¬† I loved the inside layers with all the different colors!¬† But, I also think…how did I ever do that?¬† Do you do that?¬† Look back on something you did and wonder how in the world you ever accomplished that?¬† I guess it’s because we all go through different seasons in our lives.¬† I suppose that’s the way life is supposed to go.¬† I keep telling myself that I’m going to blink and the house will be empty and I’ll have time for all the hobbies I can stand.¬† So, I try to savor the daily madness around here.¬† It’s hard when you’re in the midst of it, I know!¬† But, this season too shall pass.¬† I’m sure I’ll look back at pictures one day and think “how in the world did I keep three kids dressed and fed” haha!¬† Until, that day I’ll just keep on keeping on and try my best not to compare who I am to who others are…we all used to do some awesome things and we are all doing something awesome right now, we just need time to see it from a different perspective to be able to appreciate those things.¬† So, even though I’m not able to do it all (even though I sometimes feel like everyone else¬†around me is able to) I will know that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing at this time in my life…and so are you!

A Loaded Post About… Pretty Shelves, Thoughts on Life, and Overcoming Insecurities

Well y’all…I was thinking the other day as I was trying to go through the stuff that got moved upstairs to my sunroom during my recent¬†basement flooding (did I mention my basement flooded three times in¬†three weeks, twice from the bottom and once from the top).¬† I am still trying to downsize from our move back in January and now that I know that there’s a chance that the stuff downstairs might get wet, I’m really having to downsize and come up with creative ideas on how to store stuff (there will be more on that in the future probably).¬† But, as I¬†was trying to decide what to add to the garage sale pile, I¬†drifted off into deep thought about how we tend to not see the potential in things that we see all the time.¬† Some of the things that I added to my garage sale pile are things I would totally pick up at someone else’s garage sale.¬† I think maybe it’s the world we live in now.¬† Everything is disposable and the trends change so fast!¬† ¬†Ironically, as this was on my mind for a few days, my aunt contacted me for advice on her shelves.¬† Now, do you remember me talking about my visit to¬†their “small southern plantation” house in my post about gluten free mac and cheese?¬† Well, she has these beautiful dark wood built-ins around her fireplace that she…wait for it…HATES!¬† She has a mental block towards them and can’t even deal with decorating them.¬† Now, I can’t judge because shelves can be cause for decorators block even for the best of ’em and I have those same kind of places in my house.¬† I’m willing to bet you do too!¬† Since we see it all the time, we have a hard time seeing the potential in it that other people see, so we just don’t deal with them.¬† Well, first of all, I told her that I thought they were beautiful!¬† Everybody has different tastes, and I’m sure they will change them up before everything is said and done, but in the meantime it can help to know that other people don’t think they are hideous.¬† Secondly, I said take everything off and start over.¬† Sometimes we get started on something and it’s not working for us, so it helps to step away for awhile, wipe the slate clean and try again.¬† Lastly, I¬†recommended¬†using things that¬†she loves.¬† Nobody wants to stare at things that they don’t really like in the first place.¬† I am a firm believe in not holding on to things that don’t bring you joy.¬† I read¬†a book by¬†MARIE KONDO¬†about this, that is really helping me to accept this as a way of life.¬† I’m not near where she is, nor do I think I will ever be able to be as organized as her (pretty sure she doesn’t live with kids, but I don’t know that for a fact, haha), but I have learned to let go of things that don’t bring me joy.¬† It has been a fun journey and no regrets so far on anything that I’ve let go of!¬† I also personally feel like, if we hold on to things for sentimental value that there must be a way to incorporate it into our everyday lives.¬† I alluded to that in my post on using glass boxes for heirloom items.¬†¬†Now, once you have that done you may need fillers.¬† Everyone’s taste is different, but I suggest for¬† cheap “filler” d√©cor, check out the thrift stores for old books, bottles and/or glass containers, wooden boxes, and old plates that match your d√©cor.¬† Be creative, but make sure it’s stuff that you love.¬† If you pick it up and have to ask yourself if you like it… then you probably don’t like it.¬† Beloved family pictures are also a good filler, just be sure to use coordinating frames.¬† Now, with all that said…my own shelves are a hot mess.¬† I’ve just kind of shoved things up there to get things out of boxes and it’s semi ok, but¬†they could definitely be a lot better!¬† Mine are also¬†built-ins on both sides of the fireplace like my aunt’s and that makes them extra hard because you have to¬†have balance not only on the shelves, but also on each side!¬† And they are floor to ceiling, that is a lot of shelves to fill!!!¬† So, let’s see if I can¬†walk the walk as well as talk the talk!

 

I’m starting with a few pictures of what my shelves looked like.¬† I made some effort to arrange stuff halfway decent when I originally put things on them, but they really needed some sprucing up.

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shelves

So, you see that they were a tad bit hodge podge, and no they definitely don’t look like something from Pinterest because we actually use our shelves and live in our house.¬† Now, with that said I want to tell y’all how hard this particular post has been for me.¬† If you’ve read any of my blog then you probably know of my love-hate relationship with Pinterest.¬† I love it for its ideas, yet I hate it for pointing out my inadequacies.¬† So, of course, I used it to look up shelf d√©cor inspiration!¬† You can look at my DECORATING BOARD to see all my shelf¬†inspirations.¬† This is where it gets¬†hairy for me.¬† Can I create shelves that look like the ones on¬†Pinterest?¬† The answer is…without a doubt!¬† I can go out and buy all new stuff and arrange them to¬†look just like shelves in a store, but how is that realistic?¬† Where would I put all my stuff that I love, my family pictures, my heirlooms, my DVD player and¬†Wii U?!?¬† How much would I spend doing that just to have beautiful, but generic shelves?¬† How, would that help my readers out who just want to make their shelves look nice without spending a fortune and losing their precious mementos?¬† So, I decided to ditch the idea of making Pinterest worthy shelves and just be real!¬† And, this goes for a lot more than just my shelves, really it is me trying to find my place in this world of blogging.¬† Maybe I’m not meant to be the person who shows you how to make everything “perfect”.¬† Maybe I’m just meant to be the person that shows you how to make things better for you and help you to realize that you’re not the only one out there trying to be “Pintastical” and not achieving it!¬† I’ve decided my place in this blogging world is to just be me and hope that in the process I help or inspire someone else out.¬† It is perfectly fine with me if I never achieve a Pinterest worthy life and I hope that I learn to let go of my insecurities and stop comparing myself to unachievable ideas.¬† So, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s get back to my shelves…

Because I have a lot of pictures, I decided to try out my idea¬†about coordinating picture frames.¬† I wasn’t sure how I was going to achieve this without spending a fortune.¬† I just happened upon a box full of those old gold frames (you know the ones with our childhood pictures in them and the ones¬†that we get rid of as soon as we inherit¬†them from family members).¬† I probably just got rid of a few of those myself not too terrible long ago.¬† But, really, done right, they can look really good.¬† So, I thought I would give it a shot…especially since they were marked half price.

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I got all these for $5.00!

I decided the best idea was to mix¬†some of the¬†gold frames and black frames that I already had with these to make it all look more coherent.¬† The next thing I did was clear out the shelves.¬† I didn’t take my own advice and take everything completely off.¬† I should have because even though I thought I was going to leave the books where they were, I didn’t…

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So, basically all I did was clean up some…rearrange to make things look neater,¬† change out some frames, buy maybe $20 worth of new accessories (two gold spheres and some greenery), and add some of my vintage bottles that I realized I had not unpacked yet.¬† Now, this wasn’t all done in a day.¬† This process probably took me a few days and that was the hardest part with three kids running around.¬† I had to try and keep them from messing with all the stuff I had laying around, haha!¬† But, I eventually got it done and was fairly pleased with the outcome.¬† I achieved my goal of cheaply decorating my shelves and arranging them where they were even on both sides of the fireplace.¬† I don’t have anything on them that I don’t like except for necessary items.¬† I used a stack of books to try and camouflage the DVD player and Wii U.¬† I still use my brass pot by my desk to hold papers that need to be filed (because like I said earlier, we actually live here).¬† If you have things on your shelves like DVD’s and CD’s then check out my post on using binders to hide them on your shelves.¬† So, it’s important to remember there are ways to hide things that are useful, but not necessarily beautiful.¬† So, here’s what I ended up with…

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shelves

Not a huge change, but everything does look a little neater and more cohesive.¬† I will apologize for the poor quality of pictures.¬† I don’t plan to try and achieve perfection, but I do hope to one day get a better camera and do better with my images!¬† All, in time though!

So here is a recap:

-Find the potential in what you already have.

-Wipe the slate clean and start over.

-Keep the meaningful items and place items of sentimental value out in a way that you can actually enjoy them.

-Get rid of the things that are not bringing you peace and add fillers that you actually love.

-Remember that you’re unique and your surroundings should reflect that (no cookie cutter d√©cor here).

-Look to others for inspirations not comparison.

Oh…wait a minute…was I writing advice about decorating shelves or life…(insert shy smile)