Sunday, April 30, 2017

Update on Catrina....

Thank you all for your prayers for my friend. She was able to have the surgery on Friday and is resting comfortably at home. Please continue to light candles and pray for her as she awaits results on her biopsy and further diagnosis. 

B You Not THEM!

It's time to be YOU, not THEM. Be proud, be strong, and never apologize for being you. You have purpose, you have passion, and you have love for all. Now is the time to stand, now is the time to let your voice be heard in the din of derision. Embrace your whimsy and set yourself free. Smile in the face of those who try to condescend you, be a living prayer of hope for those who are voiceless. Believe, and do not let the dogma of man crush your spirit. It is time to evolve, love, pray, and embrace what you have been blessed with. Be you. - Kimberly Cole.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Bella Yella.... and Polyvore

I've been having a blast lately, on this fun app on my iPhone called Polyvore. I have this guilty pleasure, fashion magazines. Yet they're missing a lot, like smiling models (why don't fashion models smile, I swear each and every one of them look like someone pee'd in their gluten-free and kale breakfast, they look angry...), affordable clothes that us gorgeous but fund lacking women  can indulge in.... and styles that we would actually wear out it public. Yes, the runway styles are breathtaking and beautiful, but seriously.... would you wear only a thong and satin dinner jacket to Target on a Thursday afternoon? Yeah, well....  Polyvore allows you to chose from different sizes (yes they have a Plus size catagory) and styles of all kinds clothes and accessories and so much more. I discovered Polyvore a couple of years ago, yet now, as I really want to get this blog some exposure and increase readership (shameless plug, I know) I am diving head first into creating style sets. It's so much fun, like going to the mall, and trying on all the clothes, except this time everything fits, you don't have to go to 30 different shops, stuff yourself with an overpriced dry pretzel with too many calories in the food court, and get sprayed by the perfume lady at Macy's...(even though you think the smell is atrocious). All of the fun, none of the hassles. You can even wear your comfy clothes, no make up, and no bra.... so go check it out, follow me, and have some fun! It's totally addictive.

Bella Yella....

Print dress

Verali ballet flat
$37 -

Retro glasses

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My heart is heavy....A friend in need.

As most of you know I had a pretty rough summer last year, lost my beloved Grams and had a heart attack or two, and then open heart surgery. In the middle of all this was my best friend of over 30 years, Catrina, lovingly known as Cat. When my grandmother died I flew to FL to attend her memorial,  and Cat was there for me when I got there, on my birthday. No matter what is going on in her life, Cat has always downshifted and been there for me when I needed her. Those two weeks there she spent every free moment she had helping me through a difficult time, then it got crazy. One of our girls day out, I had a heart attack. Cat didn't blink an eye and rushed me to the hospital, I didn't know then that I had one. She stayed with me in the ER until they got me up into a room, then she was there the following evening, and the day after that. She is selfless with a heart of gold and I wish I can do more than I've already done for her. Right now I would just ask that you take the time and read her story and if you feel moved to donate, please do. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Take it Easy Tuesday...My life as a Home Maker

Over the past year I have been told time and again to 'Take it easy'....  I have the tendency to go 100MPH with my hair on fire, and when you have a chronic heart condition and other health issues it gets me in into trouble, which means the ER. Mondays for me are usually my 'sabbath', as Sundays are full of church, running around doing last minute errands with David, family things, and our traditional big Sunday dinner. Being full time homemaker I don't really have a 'day off'.... laundry has to get done, groceries need to be got, house needs to be cleaned, calendar managed, pets cared for... it's not like I sit around eating bon bons watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (I can't stand reality TV for one thing... real housewives cannot afford Prada house slippers, and I certainly can't afford a maid). Anyhow, I spend my Monday's usually blogging, catching up on my shows (This is Us, Outlander, and Big Bang Theory),  or creating something in my craft room. Tuesdays I start off slow with a load of laundry, unloading the dishwasher, and cleaning one room of the house. This year my health issues have wrought havoc in my home... and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. My house is not my house anymore. Right now I feel like I need to purge.... to through stuff and just get rid of it. David and I have been married for almost 20 years now and together for 22 and between the both of us we've accumulated a lot of STUFF. Stuff I don't even know exists anymore, like a Coca Cola thermometer I found the other day in a box in the hall closet, at least six boxes of stuff under our stair case that I have NO clue what's in there. We need a new couch, the carpets need to be cleaned (professionally), my craft room looks like it's exploded and I think there are house elves living in my bedroom closet.  Yes, I do have a flair for the dramatic... and, yes this is my life as I know it.  I once received this comment from a woman who learned I  was a home maker with no children... 'Well darling, you're just your husband's maid...' It took every bit of energy in my being not to reach through the internet and throat punch that snarky twit. Oh Hell to the no. David and I have been together a total of 22 years, we lived together almost six months before we were married, and since the day I moved in to our first apartment (the glorified broom closet one bedroom) we've been partners. Even now, now that I am home and he is working full time. There was a time when we were both working full time and going to school, then when I was working full time and he was at home... yes the roles were reversed there. Since my doctors decided it was better for my health that I take a step back from corporate America and the 50+ hour work week I was taking on as a database developer, I have been a happy home maker. My power career peers thought I had sold out, my real friends cheered me on, and I stepped into a realm where I wasn't sure what I was supposed to do. Seriously. Since I was 16 years old I have always worked, either part time while going to HS and college, to 24/7 when I was in the Navy, then working and going to school full time, and then working crazy salary hours at my final career. I've always had structure. Now, I'm my own boss.... I take that back. I'm not my own boss... because the dishes will not take themselves out of the dishwasher and the laundry certainly will not fold on it's own and put itself away. David and I share the load, he likes to cook, so I let him. He also does laundry, takes care of the cat box, and lift the heavy stuff. I'm no Martha Stewart, but I like to have my house tidy.... and it doesn't have to be perfect. I don't want people to be afraid to be comfortable in my home. My mom has always prided herself on having a nice home, but one that you can come in and be comfortable in, be yourself in, and LIVE in it. Yes, we used coasters and ate with utensils... LOL... but we also piled up on the couch and got comfy, had picnics in our living room, and built forts with the couch cushions. I want my nephews to be able to visit and not be afraid they're going to break something, and to have fun and play in our house. We even have an extensive collection of Legos.... that are ours. Yes. We play with them too.... 

Back to the structured part of my life... there are three days that I look forward to... Saturdays.... time with the hubby, my morning AA meeting and time with my sponsor, Sundays which is time with my family... my family and my church family and worship. Then, there is Monday, which I have reserved for myself as my 'sabbath'... a time to rest from the week's events and reflect. Like I mentioned before, David and I have no children. Not a conscious decision, just biology and bad plumbing on my part. God has other plans for our life, and we are content with that. Took a long time for me to get over the pain of infertility for, but I am now content with being the 'crazy Aunt' with purple hair and extensive collection of nerdy movies and toys. Life happens when you're making plans... totally. I get strange looks sometimes when people ask what I do and I say home maker, and they give me this bug eyed look waiting for me to blurt out some over the top career like astrophysicist or neurosurgeon. It's kinda funny. Sort of. In the 50's women were expected to stay at home, fetch the slippers and have dinner on the table by six o'clock. Now women are taking their lives back, fighting for the right to choose to either stay at home, or be a career woman with EQUAL PAY. The roles have evolved in many ways. I can deal. I am happy with my life, who I am, and how I contribute to the world around me. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Day After Heidi's Storyline Class and I'm Still in Awe....

Once again Heidi has hit it out of the ball park with her new line of scrapbooking product. These albums, accompanied by journaling packs and 'Decks of Days' (themed stickers and journal prompts that help you tell your story) are revolutionary. All the albums come with a built in plastic folder that allows you to put your Storyline accessories in so you can scrap on the go. Can we say VACATION ALBUM EASE!!! I am in love. It was such a blessing to be selected by Heidi to participate in last night's Facebook Live Event that Heidi and her team produced right out of her home... even had a guest appearance from her husband Eric, and her adorable daughter who brought her some water. It was inspiring! We, the viewers, were able to follow along with her narration and presentation of the product as we opened our own gifts of Storyline product. 

I got my package on Thursday of last week, let me tell 
you it was so hard not to shake it or want to peek.

It was like Christmas and Birthdays all in one! Even 
came with a special note addressed to me from Heidi herself. 
I felt so special. 

Heidi shared that Storyline is her passion, and we must document the 'everyday' and the amazing, and it is so true. We must be able to tell our stories now, and not worry about having the right patterned paper to go with the pictures. The Deck of Days, which are themed cardstock stickers, photo corners (a Heidi fave) and journaling prompts are so elegant and stylish they go with everything. I received a beautiful 12x12 post bound navy blue leather scrapbook with Capture Life in silver on the front. I also received two Deck of Days sets and a journaling set, along with four pens. After Heidi's presentation was finished I got to work on my stories. This year David and I celebrate 20 years of marriage, so I wanted to start telling our stories. 

See how easy it is? Journaling cards along with 
prompts and accents that help tell your story. Easy peasy!

Right now Storyline is available at your local Michael's store, please call ahead to ensure availability. I'm already planning to go to mine and pick up the 8.5x11 vacation themed album 'Take it Easy' along with the Adventure Deck of Days pack for mine and David's vacation next month.