Wednesday, October 1, 2014

31 Days Series Launch 2014

Okay, so here we go!!  It's October 1st and you know what that means!!  Well, maybe you don't but for me it means, time to do this writing thing!!  I mentioned on Monday that I was getting ready for the 31 Day Challenge hosted by The Nester.  And, today is day 1!!

If you are unfamiliar with the 31 Day Challenge it is simply a challenge to us bloggers who wish to participate to choose one topic and blog about it EVERYDAY for 31 days. Yes, quite the challenge, but it is a good one that stretches you creative mind a bit.  So, you will be seeing a lot more posts from me than usual but I hope to keep most of them brief so as not to wear y'all out :).

Last year we talked about money for a month, this year I will be talking about making your home function for your family.  So many times I have caught myself thinking "oh, my goodness, we need to move - this house is just not working for us."  Well, yes sometimes that IS the only solution.  But, sometimes we really just need to get in there and make it work.  


I will be sharing with you my thoughts on this, things I've done in our home, and some very practical applications for how to make this work in your own home.  Hope to have you join along!!

If you get behind on posts, or you want to look back at one to read again, this page will be a point of reference.  There will be a button, like the one above, on my sidebar that will lead you to this page.  Here, I will update everyday with a link to all posts.  Happy reading and may you be encouraged!!


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Improving The View

Hey y'all!!  Hope your weekend was grand!!  We had a family work weekend in the yard. It was fabulous!  My back and shoulders are aching today but the weather was glorious, and we got some outside chores done that were overdue.  I also decided to take this opportunity to improve my morning view. 

Each morning I sit at my kitchen table in front of my big picture window and drink my coffee. And, this is what I am greeted with each morning.


Granted it's not all bad.  And the large crop circle to the left is something I have learned to overlook - that's where our ghetto pool goes during the hot summer months.  


But that bare corner back there has been calling to me for a while now.


It's all shade - hence the lack of grass.  So, I decided to embrace it and plant some hostas, bordered by some monkey grass (as my hubby calls it).  


Simple, colorful, low maintenance, comes back year after year (with prayer) - what could be better. So, now I have a new and improved view for my morning coffee.  Ahhh.



I have decided to join The Nester and most likely hundreds of other bloggers in her 31days writing challenge again this year.  I will be working hard the next few days lining things out.  Hope you will join along on the journey!!  If you are new here and want an idea what this is all about - check out my series from last year.



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Friday, September 26, 2014

September Happenings

Here we are, almost to the end of September. Where does the time go these days?? Although, I'm actually okay with it because it means I am one month closer to having my boy home for a few days from college.  I'm telling you, having him far away for college has been one of the hardest things I have had to do as a parent so far. But, he is loving it and doing well and that blesses my heart immensely!

September is always  a time for me to regroup from summer.  A time to get the house, and my family back on track and back into a healthy routine.  It's a good time. So, I thought I would share with you a little peak into what's been going on around him with our little family.

If you follow me on instagram you've seen some of these pics.

The temps have dipped down cooling enough here and there and I have happily taken advantage of that by pulling out the boots and sweaters!!


Cooler temps in the evenings also means more walks with my honey - precious quality time.


(I don't know what's with the feet pictures??)


Cooler temps also signals my craving for fall foods and snacks!  Candy corn is #1 in my book. And, a homemade apple pie just can't be beat!


Especially when you use grandma's pie plate ;).


I officially have another teenager in the house! Love him!!  Birthday's call for yummy birthday lunches, complete with old-time vanilla shakes :).



We've been watching this kiddo run cross-country for the first time this year and rockin' it!


Got to see this precious face thanks to the wonderful world of technology.  Things like this do make the distance a tad easier.


I am a perpetual piler.  I admit it.  So, sometimes I have to go through the piles...


Happiest of days was winning this amazing paint sprayer through an instagram contest held by 11 Magnolia Lane and Home Right.  It came in the mail this week and I have a long list of things waiting to be sprayed!!  


With the state of our world these days it seems hard to hold onto the joy.  I read this in my quiet time several days ago and it brought me such comfort.  I pray that we never forget that even though things may be unraveling all around us, God will hold us together if we will only hold onto Him.  

Praying you have a blessed weekend friends!! Thanks for joining me now and again in my frazzled mess of life!!

Fun things coming to the blog in the near future - stay tuned!

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