Tuesday, November 25, 2014

why I don't shop on Black Friday ....

Surprising fact about me .... I have never been shopping on Black Friday {except that one time I accidently went to Target the day after Thanksgiving for diapers because ... parenting}.

Me ... a girl who loves to shop ... and loves a bargain even more .. never been Black Friday shopping?!?!

Here is my list of why:

* I am an introvert & can do without ALL of the people ... some of the people are fine, but not ALL of the people.

* I do not do well with confrontation & I have seen enough footage on the CNN of Black Friday stampedes to know that confrontation is a key ingredient of shopping the day after Thanksgiving.

* I like to go to bed early ... which gets in the way of all of the standing in line at 3am to be the first one in the door at 6am.

* Which leads me to .... I do not enjoy cold temperatures. I am morally against standing outside in line in anything under a nice 75* temperature. Usually, the end of November does not afford this type of "standing outside" condition.

* Along with going to bed early, I am a big fan of sleeping in ... which gets in the way of arriving for any door buster sale situation.

So, while I hear many of you fine folks enjoy all of the aforementioned details of Black Friday ... I however, do not. BUT ... don't get me wrong, I will be cheering you on {mid-morning, warm & cozy in my pj's} from home.

May you not get trampled to death ... & if you do, my prayer is your last moments on earth will be spent in the wide, shiny aisles of the Target!

Monday, November 24, 2014

our halls have been thoroughly decked ...

One of my favorite hashtags  I use all of the time is #dontjudgeJesusdoesntlikeit {for the over 60 crowd ... don't judge Jesus doesn't like it}. That should really give you an insight into my soul that that happens to be my most used hashtag. ANYWAY, I am going to preface today's post with this ...


I have fully decorated my house for Christmas .... an entire week before Thanksgiving.

Don't send me hate mail ... don't egg my house ... & for heaven's sake, don't put me on the naughty list!

Neither Mister or I work on Fridays & this past Friday was declared the day to deck our halls. And y'all, they have been thoroughly decked!

Mister is in charge of outside d├ęcor. I leave it all up to him, because Clark Griswold does NOT need me all up in his grill trying to dictate where spotlights need to be placed. Do you think Mrs. Beethoven tried to tell Wolfie how to play the piano???  When someone is in their spiritual gifting, you let them be. And Mister is spiritually gifted in exterior illumination.

So, while cords were being extended & lights were being strung outside ... I popped in my Les Miserable dvd {nothing says "Happy Birthday, Jesus!" like the French Revolution & prostitution} & I had all sorts of fun on the inside ...

2 trees ...

1 mantle ...

a nativity ...

& an asundry of zushing later we were all decorated!

Now, rumor has it there is nothing that will make you want to break out in a moving rendition of "Mary Did You Know" than plugging in your Christmas lights & having them all work ... However, I wouldn't know, because IT. HAS. NEVER. HAPPENED! I swear, it's like the Grinch himself sneaks into my attic mid-June & tampers with my strands of lights! Never fails! Bless!

After tugging & twisting & a trip to Michael's to just buy new lights to put over the dead lights ... all is well ... peace on Earth, goodwill toward men!

Friday, November 21, 2014

favorite things friday: the crockpot, pink shoes, & Nester's beads ...

Another Friday already!
I have a feeling between now & Christmas
these Fridays are going to be coming fast & furious ...
so much to do.
Today... the tree is going up!
Prayers that all strands of Christmas lights
are fully operational would be
extremely appreciated!

So, while I am untangling strands
of lights, here are a
few of my week's favorites ...

 * this week's MVP ....
My crockpot ... it's been working overtime this week! We have had some majorly cold weather (in a NC majorly cold way .... not a Buffalo, NY majorly cold way).  To me, there is nothing better than a crockpot dinner on a cold day. Because, honestly, if I have to endure coldness the least I could not do is not stand over a stove. I am way too busy wearing layers & drinking hot chocolate. My favorite crockpots recipes .... Paula Deen's Taco Soup & Beverly's Pork Chops (I have no idea who Beverly is, but her pork chops are yummo).
* hot pink shoes ...
Yesterday called for hot pink shoes.

Now, these particular shoes look best sans socks ... Considering the 30* temps in the morning & that I have been known to get a chill in the middle of August, it was a strange wardrobe choice ... but, some days you just need to wear hot pink shoes.

* nester's beads ...
One of my favorite bloggers is The Nester. Her book, The Nesting Place, is one of my all-time favorites ... 

One of her signature decorative pieces is a strand of wooden beads. Well, I decided to get my Nester on last night & whipped up a few strands myself! I bought a couple of bags of beads & cording at Michael's and had the best time stringing beads ... it doesn't take much, y'all!

... & that just about does it!
my crockpot, pink shoes, & Nester's beads ...
love weeks when my favorites are found in the simple things!!!

Linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals ...
hop over & check out some of my
favorite bloggers' favorites!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

happy mail!

I love getting happy mail. Happy mail is when I order something & my mail lady, Tootsie, delivers it! Well ... yesterday was a happy mail day! My Stella & Dot order arrived!

Whoever came up with their packaging deserves a hug ...

How could you not love getting pretty jewelry in boxes with labels that say things like "hello, gorgeous" & "you are fabulous" ????

And because I want to monogram all the things ... I decided on an engraved tag to go along with my birthstone & cross charm.

Monograms are always a good idea ... don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise!

In a couple of weeks I'll be posting a new Stella & Dot link to some great Christmas ideas that won't break the bank! Perfect gifts for your bestie, mama, sister-in-law, co-worker, daughter .... or yourself!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

rainy days & Mondays ... & other completely unrelated news.

Yesterday was a rainy Monday.

I have come to the conclusion that Karen Carpenter must not have had a pair of monogrammed coral rain boots to help her Rainy Days & Mondays situation,

because I was almost giddy that I got to wear mine! Well, the 70* temperatures helped, too.

However, I am sorry to report our one day respite from frigid temps has been replaced with much coldness today ... and I am afraid the evil that is the Polar Vortex is going to be all up in our Winter again this year.

In other & totally unrelated news .... She Reads Truth started a new series yesterday! Their In Everything, Give Thanks reading plan is a 12 day study that will take you all the way through Thanksgiving.


A study pack is available, but the study is completely doable without it. I have their app on my phone & spend my carpool time doing these studies. It's a wonderful way to pass the time!

Have a great Tuesday & stay warm!

Monday, November 17, 2014

sleepover mama ....

I have a confession to make ...

I am a horrible sleepover mama.

There. I said it!

It is no secret that I am a big fan of all of the sleeping. However, if you've ever attended a sleepover, you are aware that sleep doesn't really play a big role in said event. They should really be called, "let's stay awake until the wee hours of the night & eat all sorts of crap - over."

As long as I have been alive, I have been an early-to-bed type of girl. As a teenager, I never even had a curfew because Mama & Daddy knew I'd be home & in bed by 10pm.

Now, don't get me wrong ... early to bed - yes .... early to rise - no! Bestie has determined I am at my best between the hours of 10am & 2pm. I have a very small window of greatness.

So, dear parents of my kids' friends ....

Please know that when your child has a "let's stay awake until the wee hours of the night & eat all sorts of crap-over" at my house, I will going to sleep by 10pm {maybe 9:30} & all sorts of nonsense will ensue.

You have been warned ...

Friday, November 14, 2014

favorite things friday: tommy, toms, too cute ...

Friday! Yay!!!
I hope your week has been full of
all sorts of wonderful favorites!
Here are a few of mine ...
* Semi Finalist Who!?!
Tommy Chong has made it to the semi finals of Dancing With the Stars ...
Am I the only one amazed that a man born the same year the ballpoint pen was invented is still quick stepping & salsa-ing on this show???? And is it just me, or does anyone else think his alternative medicinal practices have to have something to do with his success thus far. I'm jus-sayin' ...
* TOMS & Target ...
This weekend TOMS will be on sale at Target!!!!!
The limited line will be available in stores & online this Sunday! I posted about a few of my favorites that will be up for grabs HERE! For every shoe sold, a pair of shoes go to a child in need  ... AND for every accessory & home good sold, a blanket will be donated to the Red Cross .... LOVE THAT!
* rose hill designs ...
This week I came across some of the cutest artwork ...
Heather Stillufsen has some incredibly cute stationary & prints available in her etsy shop ... CLICK HERE to take a look at some of her pieces that are available.


 ... aren't they adorable?!?
That's it for this week's faves!
Hope your weekend is a fun one ... stay warm!
 Linking up with Andrea and Momfessionals again this week!