What are you waiting for…

March to April…April to May…May to June…June to July…That’s me counting in my head how many months it’s been since I posted last.  That really is shameful.  I mean really…you can’t come up with 1 hour in three and a half months time to spare, to write one little blog post.  It’s not that I’ve forgotten that I have one…by no means.  Every morning when I wake up my head reminds me that I really should write something today.  And every night when I lay my head down, it reminds me again that I didn’t accomplish this task.  This isn’t the only task hanging over my head everyday that I am reminded I didn’t accomplish.  I know I’m not alone in this world.  This world where you have so many good intentions, but you just never really get around to them.  Even though there are definitely times where I feel that I must be the only one failing so miserable at this life!  When I’m working on something I feel guilty that I should be playing on the floor with the baby, or reading a book with the 4 year old, or making the 10 year old get off the tv and do some kind of awesome, Pinterest inspired science project.  And if I’m doing one of these things, which isn’t very often (especially the Pinterest inspired science project), I feel guilty because I’m not working on some much needed project.  The dishes, the laundry, cleaning the floors, dusting, prepping meals, making lists, paying bills, painting all my unfinished flea market booth projects, finishing redecorating the boys rooms, and the list goes on and on…I see these people that seem to have it all together.  They are so full of energy.  They always plan the best activities with their families.  They’re losing weight and making money doing it.  They redo the best vintage furniture pieces.  They bake and sell the best decorated cakes.  Their children are active in multiple events and excel in them.  They have their own businesses.  They are always cooking some gourmet treat and somehow sneakily convincing their children to eat spinach hidden in a muffin.  Their DIY skills are through the roof.  They adopt other children (I can barely survive my own).  They write books, magazines, and blogs.  They can paint beautiful pictures.  They love to get down on the floor and play with their kids.  They are artist with a camera.  Their parties are the bomb (yes I said the bomb).  Their house is always perfectly decorated.  They exercise on a regular basis.   They are always full of wisdom. Honestly, I could go on and on.  Of course, I’m not speaking of just one woman…I’m speaking about all the different amazing qualities of the women that cross my path on a regular basis.  I aspire to just have a little bit of each of these women.  Everyday, I ask myself, what am I waiting for?  When am I going to get it together! I recently lost a very close loved one.  I’d dare to say she was one of my biggest fans.  She always supported me in my silly little ventures, like this blog, my flea market booth, and even got all on board with every silly little theme I had for each child’s birthday party.  She’d make sure the gift wrap and the card matched whatever the theme was! This world is just not the same without her.  One of the reasons I’ve had a hard time writing a blog post was because I knew she wouldn’t be there to read it.  The two birthdays we just celebrated were hard to plan also.  There weren’t any cards in the mail for the boys this time like there always has been over the years.  Her untimely death makes me question myself even more.  Life is so short, what are you waiting for?  I’d like to say that this is enough motivation to get myself in gear.  But, unfortunately, every morning I barely roll out of bed, I drag myself around all day, and then I plop back in bed having only accomplished the mandatory and not much else.  I wonder how other people see me.  Was she the only one that thought I did something impressive?  If so, what’s the point now?  I have so many thoughts go through my head.  I know I’m not the only one.  Life really is tough.  Life really is short.  Somehow I’m going to grab ahold of this concept and I’m going to make the most of this life…right after I take a nap, haha!  So, tomorrow I turn 38 (yeah, that’s probably what this whole post is really about) and I’m going to wake up and ask myself, “what are you waiting for?”…And this is going to be my answer…I’m not waiting on anything.  I’m doing the best I can with the season of life that I’m in.  I’m not always the best mother, wife or friend.  I don’t do everything Pinterest worthy.  I have extra weight because I birthed three beautiful boys.  I don’t eat right bc I’m to busy taking care of everyone else.  My house is clean and pretty enough for us.  My booth and blog are just a hobby, they don’t have to be worked on everyday.  I can cook any meal or make any DIY with a good recipe to follow.  My children are happy and healthy.  I strive to have wisdom even if I don’t always have time to gain it.  I care enough to want to be better and what I’m waiting for is the day when I look back and say “I did all that?  I didn’t do so bad after all!” =)

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 🙂

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’s 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!

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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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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!