Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday Favorites 09.29.17

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Favorite Recipe

Pumpkin Protein Balls
... because everything is pumpkin right now!

Favorite Dress

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I think I'm going to try this out.
Its $18.99 at Amazon so it wont be horrible if its not something I like.
I'm always leery of waist bands but that looks a little higher up ... we'll see
I also think I'm going to get it in the Olive Green color ...because I'm just obsessed with that color lately.

Favorite Halloween Decoration

D├ęcor effrayant pour Halloween.

These are Dollar store decoration ideas.
Give me cheap but cute any day of the week!
I especially love the rat under the glass... how simple... but effective for a scare!

Favorite Beauty & the Beast
Disney Parks Beauty & The Beast "Be Our Guest" Mug Authentic Original Disney mug
I know this mug is strictly from the parks.
If anyone is near a park & can get it, let me know - I'll pray you
... & I WANT!!!

Favorite Crafty Idea

I love a good book–I used to read all the time-but I”m the type that gets so wrapped up in a good book that I literally neglect EVERYTHING until I finish the book!  So maybe I need to craft me up some cute bookmarks so I would actually use them! A lot of these are just …

I may need to start making some bookmarks!!!!!!
Reading & lettering & crafting all in one

Favorite Peencha

32 Of The Most Wholesome Things That Have Ever Happened

Favorite Funnies

... when someone is telling me every crazy tiny itty bitty detail in a story

GIPHY! ( March 18, 2014 at 10:52AM

... my checking account after I leave the yarn store with a few bags

GIPHY! ( September 11, 2017 at 03:13PM

... every time I turn on the news

... what it feels like when you have to buy your own health insurance

... me at 4:00 pm today

Happy Weekend Y'all!!!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Day 1, reaching out & someone to cook meat for my dog.....Thankful Thursday #144

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627 / Day 1.
We started a 40 day challenge of bible study & prayer in our Joy group & I am thankful for Day 1... a new start... a new challenge. Looking forward to what God shows me in the next 40 days.

628 / Offer of meat cooking.
So I thought it was the greatest that when my mom read my blog post about fixing Bruno some meat, she called & asked if I wanted her to cook it for me.  It's been a tough road full of gagging & covering my nose smelling it, but I've been making it... but I do keep in the back of my mind if it becomes too much, I'm sending chicken over to my parents to get cooked & chopped up.

630 / Gift Card Surprise.
A coworker asked me if I ever go to Starbucks... to which I pointed to the Starbucks cup on my desk that I had picked up at lunch... & she said she never goes there & she had that gift card she knows she'd never use (WHATTTTTTT?????) so she gave it to me. How nice is that?  & that baby was put to good use the next day. Nothing sadder than a gift card not used.

634 / Sitting outside for dinner.
I was kinda happy when the inside of the new place that opened in our area was so crowded, we were forced to eat outside. My favorite thing to do on a beautiful evening.

634 / Relaxing Sunday morning.
This was the first Sunday I have missed MSM since I started - so over 2 years.... but it was nice to sit & relax & chat with Julie.

635 / Running into friends.
We went out to lunch with the Nashville gang before they left & ran into some of our friends & then ran into another set of friends... friends everywhere.  Always makes me happy to see familiar faces.

637 / These girls
... enough said.

638 / Traffic entertainment.
Coming home from work on Monday, I sat & sat & sat... forever. It took me an hour & a half to get home. So I was happy that I had in my seat next to me some yarn & a crochet hook. Helped me knock out a wash cloth.  (Still got car sick though - I always get car sick in traffic)

640 / Youth kiddo reached out.
I had a young lady that was in my group at camp - she comes to church maybe, MAYBE, 2-3 times a year... but she keeps in touch with some of my MSM girls.  Well, she was struggling with an issue & my MSM girl gave her my number & told her to reach out to me for advice.  That alone, I'm thankful... that this friend knew she didnt know how to answer so she sent her to someone else that she thought could help... & I'm even more thankful that she did reach out to me.  I was able to talk with her for awhile & I think I helped eased her mind a little in her situation & giver her some peace... definitely gave her some love. Y'all, life is hard in middle school these days.... pray for these kiddos.

What good things have happened in your world this week?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

What's Up Wednesday - September

Mix & Match Mama

What We're Eating This Week

We are on a Mexican bowl kick lately

& hating the price of avocados right now!!!!
They are selling for $2.29 a PIECE right now.

What I'm Reminiscing About
I'm thinking back trying to figure out where summer went.
Geez... I honestly dont know what I did all summer long
& yet, its gone.
How does that happen?

What I'm Loving
I got this lunch bag at Target when it was on clearance at the end of the year
 & I am totally loving it.
It's super sturdy & so well made
It's a Danielle Morgan lunch bag if anyone is interested.
I end up carrying it daily to work with peanut butter & crackers & knitting
haha. Adult lunch right there

What We've Been Up To
All about Bruno lately.
All the baths... all the skin care.
& yep... I bought chicken for the first time in yearsssssssss - for the dog.
& made it in my crock pot & choppied it up & put in containers for him.
Getting my feet under me on how much chicken I need & how I'm going to do this weekly.

Picked up dinner for Bruno at the salad bar one night
... chopped up chicken & red peppers & carrots & red beans

I have yet to see a change in Bruno's skin doing this - but he's in a really bad spell right now & they say it can take weeks if the infection is bad to see changes... so we're going to give it a month.

What I'm Dreading
The October Busy.
October is so ridiculously busy for me...
not like life usually isnt busy anyways
But October is a whole other level.
I usually start on October 1st & dont get to breath until after the holidays.
Time to buckle in.

What I'm Working On

Still working on my Etsy store 
& trying to get more attention to it
& get some new items in there for the holidays.

Specifically, I've been working on 3 separate special orders I have gotten.
I just finished one up on Monday, finishing up another one tonight & hopefully finishing up my 3rd this weekend.
Aim to please.

What I'm Excited About
Short season ending.
I've really formed a new hate for my legs lately (I know - self shame is bad)
but ughhh - I'm so ready to wear pants & not die of heat exhaustion.

What I'm Watching / Reading

I'm on the last 2 episodes of Ozark...
& of course, you know I'm totally 10000% back into Dancing with the Stars.
& so excited This is Us is back!!!!
Bring on all the Fall shows!

What I'm Listening To
I just finished up the 2nd season of the podcast Homecoming

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So intriguing.
I'm not an audiobook fan - they never hold my attention, but something about this story really held me in. Maybe because each episode was quick... & the voices were different for each character.
Dont know what it is, but I am loving it & cant wait for another season!!!

What I'm Wearing

That weird transition where it was chilly & able to wear sweaters & long sleeves.
... but still wearing sandals.
& for fun, here's a close up of those leggings in the 2nd picture

How cute are those?!?!?!

What I'm doing this Weekend
Oh man... you ready for this one?
... I have Friday Night a Youth event - the big Blue Vs. Pink compeition our youth group has every year where boys vs girl games happen - so fun!
Saturday, I have a possible photo session - hoping to take advantage of the beautiful day its supposed to be
& Sunday - I have church, I have my bible study group AND its my momma's birthday

I'm already tired.

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month

The best time of the year

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Monday, September 25, 2017

The weekend that I saw how big my grands are getting....

Back at it... another Monday... here we come...

(insert BIG LOUD DRAMATIC sigh)

Another weekend passed.  This was a nice weekend because we got to see our Nashville gang - always great to see them. Cant believe how big the boys looked to us.

Let me back up... my weekend started Friday, when I got home to get a letter in the mail that let me know that my health insurance, from Anthem Blue Cross, would no longer be offering ANY plan next year for me.  NOTHING.  NADA.

I actually called them to confirm what the letter said... & he told me that I was correct. They would offer NO PLANS next year.  They were very kind though by saying "We're sorry" a dozen times.  Yeah, I can tell you where to stick that 'Sorry' ....


Y'all... I dont know what I'm going to do. The ONLY other option in my area is a state run insurance which is SUPER HIGH, & offers hardly any coverage & the kicker, NO DOCTORS take it - like any decent doctor.  NONE of my own doctors take it.  SO basically if I am sick or need help, I have to go to the emergency room.  That helps with the health care system, doesnt it?  I am just numb over all of this.

I literally was just in tears all Friday night in a panic.

Needless to say, I'm on the hunt for a new job that gives health insurance.  25 years in a business counts for nothing when they dont offer you benefits - or I should say, took your benefits away.

Welcome to the United States of America in 2017... where they dont care if you die if you get sick.

What can you do?....

Saturday, I did what I do best to get my mind off things - craft away.  I'm working on a new project that I'm excited about... Hopefully I'll have pictures of it when its complete.

& after a late start, Julie & the boys got up Saturday afternoon.

We headed out to eat & we tried a new place that just opened, Chillburger....

& apparently they werent prepared for like a whole town to come check them out. This is the SMALLEST PLACE EVER.  Why they made it so small, I have no idea.  Luckily, they had outdoor seating & we were able to pull 2 tables together... & even more lucky, it was just a beautiful evening to sit outside & watch the sun set.

& luckily a place that serves burgers, which is a vegetarians nightmare, they at least offered amazing onion rings & I got a grilled cheese off the kids menu. You do what you gotta do.

We got home & tried to watch the new Beauty & the Beast on netflix with the boys - my service kept going out though & I was too lazy to put the disk in, & the boys were busy playing anyways... but we tried.

& I tried to get a good picture of the boys.  Isaac is 10 next week & just a booger about pictures, so his brothers pick up on that so trying to get a picture is like trying to pull teeth....

... but finally got at least ONE... all that counts, right?

... maybe I should just put on some IG filters because this one didnt mine getting his picture taken with this feature...

Sunday, I ended up staying home from church with Julie... it was just a nice relaxing time to just sit & chat & take in some peace & quiet.

Or as much peace & quiet that you can get with a 3 year old....

& Harvey Dent loved having the boys there too - constant attention

When Steve & the 2 older boys got back from church, I had put on Beauty & the Beast - the ORIGINAL... which was a debate because the boys said the new one was the original. The cartoon came on & one of them said, "Oh, is this new?"... How do these boys not remember that I have forced them to watch it every time they're up?... do they block it out of their memory or something?

But they sat through the entire thing & watched it once again....

& then we headed out to grab some lunch.

We walked in & saw some friends of ours, & then one of my youth kiddos & her momma came in as well - it's always great to see familiar faces when you're out.

I had to go over to the coffee shop to meet up with my next bride & groom - CANT WAIT for their wedding.  Such a precious couple, the groom is one of my old youth kiddos & he's just grown into such an amazing man.  Plus, I just ADORE his family - his wedding is just going to be like going to my own family's wedding.  I cant wait.

Julie & the gang had to take off from there so it was good bye for now....

& after our wedding talk, I had to jet off to meet up with my youth kiddos for another week in the bible study.  I couldnt miss this one because first, I missed church that morning & missed my girls... & 2nd, this is the kids last week before a 2 week fall break, & we wont have bible study for 3 weeks so I didnt want to miss out seeing them before this long hiatus.

& it didnt disappoint. The girls were full of great questions, ideas, discussion.... Those 2 hours went by in a blur... we didnt want it to end.

But it was time to get home & feed the dogs & do my own bible study for the day... & time to hit the sack...

weekends are fast, & exhausting... that's for sure.

How was your weekend?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Favorites 09.21.17

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Favorite Pumpkin

Rosy Painted Pumpkins

OHHHH...makes me want to paint a pretty pumpkin!!!

Favorite Planner Cover

courage & strength - covers

I love that Erin Condren added in a scripture cover.
I had to order it because they just had a buy one / get one sale
so I got this one (& changed the colors to grey & pink) & also got the Breast Cancer awareness one too. Win win!

Favorite Jacket

Old Navy

Perfect for Fall!!!

Favorite Beauty & the Beast

Belle / Beauty and the Beast Notebook ($14)
... this journal is EVERYTHING!!!!

Favorite Mind Blown Thought

It’s crazy when you think about it…but they make the most beautiful things

Kinda crazy, huh?
... but I say the same thing with knitting... its all basically 2 stitches, a knit or purl stitch,
 in different combos

Favorite Crafty Art

Coffee love string art by MandasPandemonium on Etsy

This looks pretty simple...
but who am I kidding. I'd put in nails & it would come out NOTHING like a cup of coffee.

Favorite Peencha

They belonged to his dog who had passed. He wanted to do it in memory of his dog. He wanted other doggies to enjoy them

Favorite Funnies

....getting through the work week

... whenever I go to camp with middle school kids

... when I stumbled across any part of the Emmy's #whocares?

GIPHY! ( April 15, 2017 at 06:47PM

... me at 4:00pm

Happy Weekend Y'all!!!

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