Thursday, December 18, 2014

special delivery ....

Now, let me start by saying, I do not do Elf on the Shelf because I just don't have that type of stamina. I am all for the magic & creativity of it, & enjoy seeing how other families put so much effort into it. However, my efforts are reserved for such things as getting my children to school in the morning & also making sure they are fed 3 times a day ...

It's just good to know your limitations, y'all.

I came across a fun Christmas idea on Pinterest the other day that has the magic of a North Pole delivery without me having to remember to participate every 24 hours ... we are talking 1 & done, people.

A special delivery from Mrs. Claus's bakery!



I used Pic Monkey to create a shipping label from Mrs. Claus, herself! The website is super easy to use & totally free.

Then, I  purchased cake mix, fun cupcake liners, icing, sprinkles, a cute spatula ... packed it all up in a box with tissue paper, a few snowflakes, & a note from Santa's #1 lady ...


... put the shipping label on the outside & it was ready for delivery!



The plan is to leave the box on the front porch, so when we get home Priss will find our special delivery waiting for us! Then, we can get busy baking our Christmas cupcakes from Mrs. Claus's Bakery! How FUN!!!!

 The only thing better would be if Mrs. Claus would've cooked them first & THEN sent them ....



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How the Hallmark Channel has changed my Christmas ...

A few months ago, our cable provider had some sort of domestic disturbance with some other company & ended up dropping a bunch of our channels (thank the Lord, Bravo was not a casualty). At the time ... I was very upset, because how am I supposed to get through my weekend without watching CMT's "Making the Team" ... it has been a struggle.

Well, one of the new channels now offered is the Hallmark Channel, & y'all ... I don't know how I've ever survived a Christmas without it! It's like a non-stop, never ending buffet of sappy Christmas goodness over on that channel! 24 hours a day of Holiday movies!


I am almost certain that on December 26th I will go in complete withdraw & have to go through some sort of 12-step detox program ... which I am sad to say will probably include Lifetime movies.

I have enjoyed all of the predictable story lines & sub-par acting so much this season ... 

Of course, we have also enjoyed our usual Christmas favorites like Elf, Polar Express, & Home Alone ... & it's just not Christmas at our house until we've seen Clark Griswold kick his plastic Santa across the lawn in Christmas Vacation.


How about you guys??? What are your favorites????

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

more than her eyes could see ....

From The Jesus Storybook Bible ...
 
 
"There was a young girl who was engaged to a man named Joseph. (Joseph was the great-great-great-great-great grandson of King David).

One morning, this girl was minding her own business when, suddenly, a great warrior of light appeared - right there, in her bedroom. He was Gabriel & he was an angel, a special messenger from heaven.

When she saw the tall shining man standing there, Mary was frightened.

'You don't need to be scared,' Gabriel said. 'God is very happy with you!'

Mary looked around to see if perhaps he was talking to someone else.

'Mary,' Gabriel said, & he laughed with such gladness that Mary's eyes filled with sudden tears.

'Mary, you're going to have a baby. A little boy. You will call him Jesus. He is God's own Son. He's the One! He's the Rescuer!'

The God who flung planets into space & kept them whirling around & around, the God who made the universe with just a word, the one who could do anything at all - was making himself small. And coming down ... as a baby.

Wait. God was sending a baby to rescue the world?

'But it's too wonderful!' Mary said & felt her heart beating hard. 'How can it be true?'

'Is anything too wonderful for God?' Gabriel asked.

So Mary trusted God more than what her eyes could see. And she believed. 'I am God's servant,' she said. 'Whatever God says, I will do.'

{The Jesus Storybook Bible p. 178 & 179} 
 
O, to be like Mary & my trust in God be bigger than what my eyes can see.
 
Those {all too often} moments when I feel doubt creep in & taunt me, I need to remind myself of Gabriel's words ... is anything too wonderful for God!?! NO! It's not! He came to give us life more abundant than we could ever imagine! He supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory! Trust in Him for all that He can offer you ... it is more wonderful than any of us could ever bear to imagine!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pink Couch Approved Gifts: gettin' gussied up ...

 

OK ... time for more {pink couch approved} gift ideas! Today ... a few things to help out in the looking adorable area! A few things I love!

* Olay Advanced Cleansing System

{$29.99 @ Target}
 
I got one of these a few months ago ... use it everyday & I love it! It's not as great as the Clarisonic, but it's a great affordable alternative! Perfect for any lady (young or old) on your list!

* Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat

{$7.99 @ Target}
 
I know nothing about chemistry or anything sciencey, for that matter ... but apparently whatever is in this bottle has magic polymers that give you a gel manicure type finish at home! This top coat will make your home manicure last twice as long as usual. Sally Hansen has an entire Miracle Gel line with lots of fun colors!

{some of my favorite Sally Hansen colors are ... Gray Suede, Greased Lightning, & Commander in Chic}
 

 * The Wet Brush

{$8.99 @ Target}

If anyone on your gift list has a child that happens to have hair on their head .... they NEED this brush. Especially if their child is a 9-year-old little girl with long, brown, wavy hair &  has a tendency for the dramatics at hair-fixing time. This brush does NOT ... I repeat, DOES NOT pull, rip, or tear at all while detangling hair. I'm not sure if it's made with some sort of magic fairy dust or if it's black magic ... but, I'm telling you, it has changed our mornings! 


& there you have it ... 3 things I have & love ... and think someone on your list will love, too! Pink Couch Approved!

Friday, December 12, 2014

favorite things friday: searching, coziness, & prayer ...



Hey, y'all!!!
Happy Friday!
Less than 2 weeks to go until
Christmas Day!!!

Hope you are finding time to
 enjoy the season. We are
trying to slow things down &
soak it all in this year!

Part of slowing down is taking
time to notice the little favorites
all around you ... the little blessings.

Here are a few from my week ...


* the search is over ...
My most favorite movie EVER is You've Got Mail. Over the past couple of years, I have been on a desperate search to find it on DVD. Well, this week ... it happened!!! There I was, in the Target, & lo & behold, I came upon this ... 


I'm not gonna lie ... there was squealing & I may have sent a group text announcing the end of my search & I may have quoted scripture about God giving us the desires of our hearts. I didn't overreact at all.

I felt like I had found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow .. seriously!

* coziness ...
2 of my most favorite things are warmth & coziness! Last weekend I came across something that helps out in both of those particular areas ...

This chenille throw from Target ... holy softness & holy cozy! It's only $19.99 & worth every penny. Would be a great gift (for yourself or somebody else if you're feeling generous)!

* praying people ...
I know a lot of you that read this little blog are praying folk & believe in the power of prayer. Well, today, please take a moment to say a special prayer. Bestie's 14-year-old son is having surgery to help repair damage to his vertebrae. Please be praying for a successful surgery & fast healing ... I thank you so much!

Enjoy your weekend.
Take time to think about all
of your favorite things!


As usual, I am linking up with
Andrea at Momfessionals today!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

everything was ready ...

I mentioned last week that for the month of December I wanted to share something I absolutely love ... The Jesus Storybook Bible. We love using this book for our advent family devotions ....





"It had taken centuries for God's people to be ready, but now the time had almost come for the best part of God's plan.

God himself was going to come. Not to punish His people - but to rescue them ...

Everything was ready. The moment God had been waiting for was here at last! God was coming to help His people, just as He promised in the beginning.

But how would He come? What would He be like? What would He do?

Mountains would have bowed down. Seas would have roared. Trees would have clapped their hands. But the earth held its breath. As silent as snow falling, He came in. And when no one was looking, in the darkness, He came."
{The Jesus Storybook Bible p.175 - 176}
 
 
When I was 11-years-old, our church did a Christmas play & we sang a song called "Close To Him" ... I still remember most of the lyrics ...
 
He wants to be close to His children, so He'll become a child.
A helpless little baby, a Savior meek & mild.
He'll leave His home in heaven, to prove His love is real.
And be born as a baby, just so man can feel ... close to Him
 
He came into the world as a baby .... just like the rest of us. He would know physical pain, joy, anger, & all that it meant to be human .... just like the rest of us.

 I know we've all heard it a million times, but isn't it something how God could have sent Jesus to save the world any way He wanted to .... & he chose to send Him as a baby ... in a manger! Not as earthly royalty or as some mighty warrior ... just a simple baby ... just like the rest of us. All so He could know us better. How sweet He is to us!



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

12 seconds of fancy ...

I am happy to report I am only 2 gifts short of being D-O-N-E with all of my Christmas shopping!!! Over the weekend, Bestie & I knocked it out.  Amen & Hallelujah!

We also had our first experience with false eyelashes & felt very fancy for about 12 seconds.

We watched a Kari Jobe video before our shopping excursion & noticed how pretty her falsies were. So, while we were at the Target, we came upon some $3 eyelashes & felt led to purchase them ... {which I am sure is exactly how Kari Jobe's music speaks to most people}.

We brought those $3 lashes home, snuck upstairs, & for 30 minutes glued fake hair to our eyelids like a couple of 12-year-old girls. Thank goodness, Bestie had extensive knowledge of eyelash application from her countless hours of watching Carmindy do such on TLC's What Not To Wear. Because, who has time for their eyelids to be glued shut??? Not me.

It was all very exciting & fun .... my only regret is that we did not have the wherewithal to take pictures of us & our fancy eyelashes! You would have been completely underwhelmed ...

There's always next time. Trust me .... there will be a next time!