Friday, November 22, 2019

Friday Favorites

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Favorite Colorful Fun

Look at all these markers & highlighteres!!!
160 in a carrying case.
I dont know how they work, but man, I'm interested in trying them.

Favorite Book End

How SUPER is this??? 

Favorite Memory Keeper

I actually had this exact one & filled it up after 5 years ...LOVE looking back at each year as I wrote down the next year's events.  When I filled it up, I couldnt find one like this... but here it is.
Perfect time of year to get now so you can have it to start on Jan 1.

Favorite Relaxing Gadget

I can sit & watch these things for the longest.
How the sand flows... & the design at the end.

Favorite Pillows

OH MY GOSH... how cute would these be in my library????

Favorite Feet Helper

So these are not for fashion.
You're only supposed to wear them for 15 minutes at a time - but they are supposed to help various feet issues.  My plantar fascitis is crying to try these out.

Favorite Bug Saver

okay.... if you know me, you know I dont even kill bugs.
I am the one who gets cups to put over top of bugs & get paper to slide against the wall so they'll be in the cup & I can carry them out.
This will make my life easier.
Make my hubby's life easier too because he gets tired of me saying "What is his family going to think?" after he kills a bug.
... and come on, if you dont care for bugs, at least this will save you from having to wash bug guts off your wall, right?

Favorite Kitchen Towels

Disney Parks Mickey Mouse and Pals Christmas Holiday Kitchen Towel Set
Perfect for Christmas

Favorite Tattoo

Deborah Deh Soares > Mulan (Disney) #tattoo #ink #art #watercolor
Mulan is definitely in my top 5 Disney movies.
Look how gorgeous this is!!!

Favorite Funnies

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... me every time I walk into Best Buy

GIPHY! ( May 4, 2018 at 02:19PM

... me walking into Starbucks

GIPHY! ( August 27, 2016 at 06:13AM

... when I know next week is a 3 day work week

GIPHY! ( January 13, 2015 at 11:14AM

... me at 4:30 pm today

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BONUS - just for a smile

GIPHY! ( November 14, 2019 at 04:16AM

Happy Weekend y'all!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Stickers, 15 years to make it happen & God brings us back together {Thankful Thursday #247}

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This Week I am Thankful for:

Horse digging friends - Literally
Over the summer, all the mud got piled up around the horse barn doors & now that its cold & winter is showing itself here & there, we had trouble getting the doors shut.  I'm so grateful for my brother & his friends that took time out of their day to come dig in literally horse poo to get those doors where they can open & shut easily.  They also cleaned out the stalls & got them all fresh for the horses.  It's not an easy job taking care of these horses - especially when you are learning as you go. This was all dad's gig.  & dad retired to do his dream with this.  With Tony & I having jobs & families, I'm glad there are people who chip in on big projects like this.

Room Clean
My back room used to be where I would edit all my pictures when I was doing photography. It was also my "knit room"... so I used it a lot.  But over the past year, after my surgeries, I sort of just lived in my bedroom to hang out & watch TV.  & my back room had become a sort of "throw all" room. Dont know what to do with something? Throw in back there.  Needless to say, it was a MESS!!!  So on Veterans Day, while I was off work, I was able to spend the entire day cleaning it up - which took all day!  But man oh man, at the end of the night, having everything organized & clearing out & donating a lot of stuff, I'm so glad that is done.  Its like we have a whole new room in the house.

Veterans Day
Enjoyed taking another day off work just one week after being back from work.

Parking Garage
Yep - I mentioned this last week, but this week, we had our first snow & our first TEEN temps on the drive into work. I cant tell you how much I love being in the new garage where I dont even have to walk outside!  I just go from my back door into our garage, into the car... & then from the car, into the garage here, into the door of the building. I'll take it!

Sticker Book
So my work sister is so on top of the Planner game. She's the one who has taught me all the ways of The Happy Planner (GAME CHANGER!!). So this is the SECOND time that she has gotten a free sticker book where she purchases them in these planner groups (YES - there's planner groups) & she has given those extras to me! HOW NICE IS THAT??? ... & if you know how much I love these planner stickers, its like handing me a winning lottery ticket. Day instantly made.

Friend encouragement
I got this beautifully created handmade card in the mail with a lovely treat inside.  & that lovely treat is the beautiful words of encouragement & love from my sweet friend Kelly.  She is just the most thoughtful friend & always so good at just loving on you & giving the precious gift of her friendship.  I am so thankful to have her in my life.

Serving with High School Friend
I got to serve at our church this past weekend when they had an event for ladies.  It was focused around daughters & their mothers, but of course open to young ladies & any mentor or family member in their life.  It was great to help out.. but it was even more special when one of my high school friends was there all day with me.  I didnt have a lot of people that I was super close with at school... I got along with everyone, but as for good friends, it was a low number.  & this friend was on that list.  So it was great to catch up & hear how life has been for her & her kiddos. There's something special about people that knew you back in the day, right?  To see how the roads veer & turn so differently from one another ... but things like this.... God being the center of our lives... how it can bring us back together

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There I am in high school & the young lady right in front of me in the blue/black stripe shirt...together again
WHYYYY didnt we get a picture together? ... we were too busy talking, that's why

Upside Down Cupcake
I love my sweet hubby brought home a sweet treat for me serving during the day.  Who doesnt love a sweet treat?

Church with my niece
I've only waited 15 years for this to happen... one of my nieces went with me to church. I've always said I know I've been serving in youth ministry way too long when I see babies born  & then they grow up & come to youth.  I had served in youth ministry YEARS before they were even born... but Sunday was the day. Sophia asked if she could come with me & I couldnt say yes fast enough & wish Sunday would get here quick enough.  I love that all my youth girls know so much about her from stories I tell that she was just a 'regular' to them... & Sophia saw a lot of familiar faces too.  Plus, it was great just having that one on one time with her. I really am hoping she wants to come back with me.

Tell me something good for your week!!!

& be sure to come back next week & link up with me on the biggest day of the year to be Thankful!!!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

My last month in my Erin Condren {Keep it Together}

It's that time of the month again where I am sharing my planner spreads that I've been using my Erin Condren for.

If you're new to this - I always love my planner. Have carried one around for years - but really have enjoyed lately giving it a little personality ... but keeping it functional too.

This has become a good, calm outlet for me lately.
Just like knitting calms me, I enjoy working on my planner - in a scrapbook sort of way.
& it is fun to keep up my daily activities in it as well.

It'll be great to look back at it down the road too - as a sort of memory book.
So planners have a lot of purposes for me.  Fun, Function & ... what's a F word for memories or remembering?  ... you get the point. 

Let's dive into my October spreads

This spread was the first one I started to dig into some fall stickers & colors.
October brings that on.

I love the lettering for the So Long Summer - Hello Fall.
So many cute lettering for Fall goals... I wish I used more of those!

They actually have one for Winter too - with Winter Bucket List things in beautiful lettering as well
.. like Drink Hot Cocoa ... Wrap Presents ... Watch Christmas Movies...
Here's the link for that sticker book


I never realized how pretty orange & a light teal was together.

I took my Mildliners & helped draw in my hand drawn flowers to match the pumpkin sticker.
Good match, I think.

This week may be one of my favorite spreads with the purple.
I dont know why, but I think it just came together well & looks so pretty to me.
Planning is totally subjective - what makes it fun

I was so obsessed with that lady on the couch. I felt like she just completed the spread for me.

... more of the beautiful purple on the 2nd page...

Here's my Halloween week spread.
I love me some Halloween - & this was the week we were on vacation.
We actually were really busy with appointments & my mom was in the hospital & rehab for a little bit - so I didnt think these pages were going to be filled in at all... so I'm glad I at least got to have a little bit of fun with the orange & black

Hello little witch!

I also love my little hand drawn knit ball :)

So this past month I ended up buying some new stickers that I had not seen before.
This is from the Agenda 52 line.  They have different kinda of planners & papers.
The planners are a little smaller than I like, so I wouldnt use the actual planners, but these stickers are beautiful!.... Here's the displace from Hobby Lobby. 

Here's what I ended up walking away when they were 40% off.
They normally are $9.99 for a sticker book so with that sale - I had to snag some of these up!

The ladies in the stickers above - in the purple & the Halloween witch - they came out of these.

Caffeine Queen - YESSS!!!
& I love the Laundry lady - she's so beautiful.
I'm never that pretty doing laundry :)

Arent these art work ladies so beautiful?

On one of the sticker pages, there a bunch of them in smaller forms - they'll be fun to decorate with.
But come on man.... a set of roller skates? I'd buy this sticker book just for those!

 I think its pretty cool how they have some unique colors for the holidays too
Thanksgiving & Christmas - a lot of pink in there.
Makes for some fun looks!

I'm pretty sure I found my sticker doppelganger on that sticker on the right.
I may have to use her on my birthday week!
I just need to color in some glasses on her...Hey, I could actually do that.

Here's the link for the Christian planner stickers - its called Sunday Funday
Love these stickers!

So next month, you're actually going to see something new!!!

I made the switch to The Happy Planner!!!

I've just been a few weeks into it myself at this point - but I am LOVING IT!!!

 I cant wait to tell more on what I'm really enjoying about it.
& of course, nothing is perfect, so I'll talk about my downfalls too

So make sure to come back next month when we talk all things planners!


Tuesday, November 19, 2019


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.....I love this article.  Through life, Ricky & I became Santa Clause for a lot of kiddos - all by our own choice & wanting to do for others... but also along these same lines, there's been a LOT of addition of kiddos in our life (So thankful for that gift WE get in that!) but we can't do for everyone like we used to. So this year, we've made this plan... 3 gifts for all the kiddos we know.  That does take a lot of pressure off of us & I think it'll still give the fun of Christmas

.... I dont know why but I have no interest in things like or learning about the family from decades ago.  It just doesnt intrigue me.   My great grandmother was an Indian?.... my great great grandfather had his own metal shop? ... my 3rd cousin from my mother's side from my 4th cousin was a President? M'kay... moving on. Life doesnt really change..  I know a lot of people that have told me they were related to famous people & I always think, "Where did that get you?" LOL!!! Just ask Ellen. Isn't she like a long lost cousin from Princess Kate?
Maybe I'm just a bad family member.

.... Peppermint coffee. I like it about as much as pumpkin coffee. Bleh.

.... I feel like I have been a boss at getting up this past 2 weeks at 5am to workout. Feeling pretty tough & proud of myself.  Then realized that with the time change, my body really thought it was 6am... which I'm up by then anyways - so took away my pride a little.

... we have a local station already playing nothing but Christmas music.  Some people have all the feels on that, dont they?  They had a poll on the local news about it & it was like 70% said to wait till after Thanksgiving.  I have mixed feelings.  & I'll admit to listening & singing along to a few songs already.

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... Yep, I'm a 47 year old woman who just keeps watching Disney+ & all the cartoons from the vault.   No shame!

... Ricky is equally excited to sit & watch all things Marvel.  Can you see why we're a good pair

... I'm loving that Disney+ is showing all the original X-Men cartoons.  When Ricky & I were dating, I would drive over to his house on Saturday mornings & we'd watch them together.  That's what got my love of Wolverine going.  So watching these old cartoons is like a walk down memory lane of our early dating days.
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... I love finding new bloggers & when I find some I like, & I follow them on Bloglovin - I LOATHE that it suggests other blogs. All BIG BLOGGERS that have thousands of followers. While I'm sure I would love them, I really like the smaller blogs where you can really connect with people.  The ones who are about sharing their life - not making a full time career out of blogging.

... After that confession, should I once again say how much I loathe Instagram algorithm???   I just keep missing so many big life events happening on my blogger friends because I see things like 3 days up to a week later.   WHYYYY????

What do you need to get off your chest today?

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