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!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

year of the pig ...

I have been an awfully lazy blogger the past few weeks.

I don't even have an excuse other than just not having words to type ... that should tell you the level of excitement my life has reached. If it doesn't involve 4th grade math, watching Priss play volleyball, dirty laundry, or a carpool line I have not had the privilege of participating in it.

I did visit the Target yesterday & was reminded that Christmas is coming & coming rather quickly. I was shocked to find out apparently light up pigs wearing Santa hats are now acceptable outdoor Christmas d├ęcor. Apparently, nothing says "Happy Birthday Baby Jesus" like a festive twinkling pig wearing a scarf.

I have barely started Christmas shopping ... which makes my chest tighten up when I think about it. I am usually at least 1/2 way finished by now. I sat down last night to make a list of gifts we still need to buy ... obviously, all of the life I have been living has gotten in the way of all of the gift buying that needs to get done.

How do you explain having a list of names of people you know better than anyone & having absolutely no idea what to get them for Christmas????

Light up pigs for everyone!

Monday, November 10, 2014

laundry for 2 ...

One of my friends posted this on their Facebook page on Friday ...
 And this is almost exactly what my weekend looked like ... just replace the leaves with all sorts of dirty laundry! Wash ... rinse ... repeat, y'all!
Late Saturday night after the last load was dry & folded, Mister announced that Priss had just brought down another basket of dirty clothes from upstairs. And for a split second I thought ...this must be what it's like to work in a post office ... no matter what  you do, it just keeps coming in ... it never stops.
BUT ... before I let frustration set in {too deep}, I thought about what it's going to be like in a few short years when I'm doing laundry for just 2 again. I think I might miss those rogue baskets of dirty laundry. 
The days are long, the laundry pile is high, but the years are short ...