Friday, 30 November 2012

What's your letter?

I saw this letter wreath on Pinterest a while back and decided to give it a whirl. I have always loved the ones seen in Ballard Designs but didn't want to spend the money. Although it looks like they are on sale now for $29.00 which isn't too bad.
I got my letter at Hobby Lobby. They were around $12 but I had a 40% off coupon so I paid a little over $7. Then the garland was 50% off at Hobby Lobby and I bought it 15 feet long.

At first I started wrapping it all the way around and it was too cumbersome and I quickly ran out of garland. So I started doing the front only and zigzagging it around the S. I used my glue gun and staple gun to hold it in place.

Then I decided to hang it on my back storm door and so the back would be visible when leaving our house.  I went back with some cheap Dollar Tree garland (one package was the exact right amount) and glued it to the back of the S.

I attached it with ribbon also found at Hobby Lobby.

And voila! It was pretty easy. I am happy with the results.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Back Door Guests Are Best

We have all seen those signs. Thankfully I don't have one to share with you. But in all seriousness most people come in our back door so I felt like it was time for a minor spruce up.

Here we have before

And after

I love my $12.50 planter from Lowes. Read more here
Yes, I would love a new storm door but that's not in the budget right now and you have to work with what you got! We have all of our Christmas decorating done and check back tomorrow I will post details on the S wreath shown above.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Found Today

I was out shopping this morning and ran across the horses below at Garden Ridge. I thought they were cool for the right space. The smaller ones are $19.99.

I also ran across these planters at Lowes. I bought the large one. I have been looking for a back door planter for months and was thrilled with this one for 50% off.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Thanksgiving in Pictures

With the recent election, Camille has turned to polling. This one is "which do you like better...Halloween or Christmas." As you can see Christmas wins by a landslide and Clyde has two loveys so they both got a vote!  
I made these for our Thanksgiving celebrations

The finished product

Coloring pages found via this pin on Pinterest.

Doll houses from cardboard you can see both loveys have been put to bed. 

This provided so much entertainment!
60 glasses for my Mom's birthday! 
Found at Diversity Thrift for 10 cents a piece! I bought 19 of them. 
Love the detail and vintage handmade look! 
Also found this at Diversity Thrift....but could only find one. I really wanted to do some more scouring but the fam was yelling to leave! I love it and it has no markings or anything to search for another online. It reminds me of the ones found here on Little Green Notebook and I would love to have two for either side of some artwork in my dining room. 
Christmas Tree in Lobby of Hotel Roanoke. First picture taken with my new iPhone! Woohoo! Love that thing. 

Downtown Roanoke. We ate at this great restaurant called Metro.

Chilly willy game in Blacksburg that resulted in a loss for the Hoos! Boo! And the need for....
Battery operated socks. My friend Lindley came prepared! I may have to invest for the next Blacksburg trip. 
Our tailgating spot was in the backyard of this house where Michael lived his last year of college. I remember many a trip to this house to his faux wood paneled room and tiny bathroom shared by 3 college guys! No good. 

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Menu Planner

Monday - Tex-Mex chilaquiles

Tuesday - Hamburger Stew served with blueberry muffins

Wednesday - Black Bean Spinach Enchiladas

Thursday - Brown Butter Gnocchi

Friday - Chili from the freezer

We had a great Thanksgiving and weekend away.  I will post pictures tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012


Happy Birthday to my fabulous Mom! She turns 60 today. Doesn't she look great? She is really the best. 

In other news, I get my new iPhone on Friday. Woot! Woot! Seriously can't wait to upgrade from my blackberry. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving day. 

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Easy Update


And After.....

I finally found a spot for my owl bookends. I like this better than the monkey which was broken in the back. I found the dish at a yard sale and the books for $1 each at the Habitat Restore. I just went there for the first last week and will be going back. There is so much stuff there. Here are a few pictures from my trip.

Tons of Bird Candle Holders. They say $30 as the original price and Restore has them for $4.99

I contemplated this for a long time. It was $25 and I have been on the hunt for a new 3 drawer dresser for our bedroom. But I left it in the store. I was worried it may be slightly too large for our space. 

New artwork...can't remember the price $10 or less I think. 

Tons of College Sports Goods and all of those Wine Glasses have Fleur de Lis' on them. 
And there was more...this was just a small sampling. Check it out! 

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Random Thoughts

I am skipping the menu planner this week. Not too many meals to plan because of Thanksgiving and we are having dinner out Tuesday for my mom's 60th birthday. We are going to Lemaire at the Jefferson! Can't wait!

We had this salmon a few weeks ago and I am making it again tonight. It is delicious!

On Friday, Michael and I are off to the Hotel Roanoke for the night. We made this trip a few years ago and I loved it because everything was decorated for Christmas! I am really excited for a getaway. Then Saturday morning we are headed to Blacksburg to see UVA v Tech! GO HOOS! Many thanks to Neena and Moe who are watching Camille and Clyde.

We had a good weekend but I did have to tame this mess today! Camille was thrilled because we went through and sorted all the babydoll/Mimi clothes. She wanted one bin with baby accessories and supplies and the other with clothes.

Notice the bedskirt on the floor. Read about that here.

One final thought for this random post, we took our Christmas card picture this weekend and it was surprisingly stress free. We purchased a $12 tripod on Amazon and took it with just us in the backyard. Very low stress and everyone cooperated. Much better than trying to get someone to capture that "perfect" moment.

Friday, 16 November 2012

A good slipper?

 I love a good slipper. That sounds strange doesn't it? Anyway, since I work from home and on a daily basis balance my children, my house and my job I like to be warm and comfortable. I have been slipper shopping for the past month or so and can't pull the trigger. Here's what I've uncovered. 

Lands' End

Slipperooz by Kohls

Sequins Bow Tuxedo from Kohls

I have had the Lands'End Skimmer in my cart on numerous occasions but didn't purchase. I think I will end up getting those but I also really want either the pink from Gap or the JCREW Moc. A dressy slipper and a casual slipper? This is sounding crazy maybe I need to get out more.  Any others I need to consider?

Monday, 12 November 2012

Menu Planner

Sunday - Kate's Italian Sausage Pasta

Monday - Chicken Tinga Tostados

Tuesday - Homemade Pizza (Bacon, Chicken, Mozzarella with Ranch Dressing as Sauce), Pepperoni for C & C

Wednesday - Turkey Salisbury Steak with White Bean Mash

Thursday - Burgers & French Fries

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Looky Looky!!!

Guess What?
No I am NOT preggo.

No Frankie did NOT get a sister. 
And no we are NOT moving the wedding date up ... hahaha
But, speaking of weddings ... 

Guess who got a sneak peak teaser of their engagement pictures??


I am obsessed. No words. 

The amazzzzzzzing  Alicia @ Aesthetiica Photography  has outdone herself. 
Let me just say I am going to do an "engagement picture info" blog post as soon as we get the rest of our pictures to see, and that is when I will REALLY rave about Ms. Alicia and how awesome she is ... :) 
But until then, I will just say she is awesome. Period. Love her <3
And have no fear for all you non-Kentucky brides ... she travels ... like every weekend ... ha! 
And she would be TOTALLY worth it ... 
Drumroll please .... 
Only two pictures for now but more to come, hopefully soon ... such a tease! But a good tease ha! 

And for my very favorite ... 

I was so excited about this shoot and my props ;)
Notice my little angel in there too? ha
Frankie=Model ... not a lie. 
Are you loving them?
What do you think?
Click HERE to see her blog and the pictures are a little clearer and larger too! :) 
Can't wait to see more ... then the tough part will come ... deciding on which one to use for our 
Save The Date cards ... I may have to take a blog vote lol ;) great idea! 
Happy Saturday!
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Friday, 9 November 2012

Thankful Friday ....



[thangk-fuhl]  Show IPA
feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative.

That is straight from the dictionary friends :)

I have been reading some awesome posts lately about everyone and what they are thankful for ... like Brooke's post yesterday which was so great I read it twice haha, not joking. If you're not a follower, go check out her blog... because it is great and you will love her... she is so genuine and you can tell when you read her "Thankful" post! 

I love that! 
I stole borrowed that from Megan's post about thankfulness that I also loved reading! Check hers out as too! You will love it! :)

So what am I thankful for?
Here is a semi-short list ... even though there is SO much more... of the serious and "not as serious but still thankful for" things in my life! 

* I am thankful first and more importantly for my Heavenly Father and Savior and the grace and forgiveness that he gives me every day, and for the sheer fact that no matter what life brings, I know that He never gives you more than you can bear... and that, like any father, He wants to bless us with all the blessings in the world! THAT is what I am thankful for! 

* For my best friend ... and fiance ;)

I really can't begin to tell you all the reasons I am thankful for Chris... but to name a few... he is my source of normal. In a crazy world where work is crazy, family can be crazy, friends can be crazy, EVERYTHING can be crazy, he is my normal. He grounds me. He protects me. He is my biggest supporter and fan. He puts up with Frankie even when he gets on his nerves ha. He helps me make good decisions. He has helped me overcome fears. He loves me for me. He is appreciative of when I do things for him and tells me often which makes me feel good. He doesn't get upset easy and rarely angers. He is the perfect person for me and I just love him so much and am so thankful to have him! And even more thankful that in 7 months he will be my HUSBAND! Say what?? Craziness. Can't wait!!! 

* I am thankful for my family ... my parents, my brother, Chris's parents, my mamaw and papaw, my aunts and uncles and of course my cousins :) I am thankful that my family is MY family, and I wouldn't want any other! 
**Yes, that is me and my dad when I was a baby and NO, the sunglasses he is wearing weren't mine... apparently those were cool in the 80's hahaha ;)

* I am thankful that my Aunt Cathy is Ovarian Cancer FREE!
Now that is def something to be thankful for ... because she has too much more life to live and Jesus wasn't ready for her yet! She was so strong and I'm so thankful for her health and the way she fought to beat it! Thankful that she is enjoying a vacation right now and relaxing celebrating her 22nd wedding anniversary!

* I am VERY thankful for my career & clients ... I am thankful that I get to wake up every morning and do something that I truly LOVE and have a passion for. So thankful for all of my clients and the friends that put their business with me, and the referrals I get on a daily basis!! So So thankful for them! (Which is why I like to share pics of all my clients, its so fun and I am so thankful to have them!)
Thankful that I can help people and they can rest assured knowing that I will do my best to work hard for them. That I have been blessed enough to be successful during a very difficult economy and housing market, and been able to develop a team I feel reallllly good about and I know that it will only continue to grow! Gentry-Jackson & Associates WILL be a major real estate team in Lexington, KY if I have anything to do with it ;) I'm so thankful for Maria and Leslie ... they are a great asset to my team and I love working with them every day! 

* I am thankful for the normal things that we take for granted: a car that gets me from place to place, our house which we have made a home, my health when so many people are not healthy... 

* I am thankful for my friends ... the best ones who have always stuck by me ... the ones I have had and then strayed from and then had again ... the ones I talk to every single day and the ones I talk to once a month but it's always the same no matter how long since we talked last, new friends who feel like we've been friends for forever... 
and I'm even thankful for the friends who were so so close that have now faded away or lost touch... because every friend who was a friend, was a friend for a reason at the time... and I think it's easy to forget that sometimes :(

* For not normal things, but things that I just love ... like sweet tea, Orange Leaf, television, magazines, bloggers and technology, multigrain cheerios and lasagna (not together ha gross!), pictures and my camera, SUNGLASSES (I could not go outside without sunglasses!) my office that I work out of, google that I use on a daily basis, my Bible that is practically falling apart but I still refuse to get a new one, lipgloss & chapstick, string cheese, deviled eggs, Pinterest, DVR and the sunshine that I miss so much on days when it is dreary! 

* I want to say I am thankful for these sweet babies 
(well not babies really but that is what I call them ha) ... 
This is a different kind of thankful. 
I am thankful they are in my life ... BUT ... I am more thankful of the way they are to me, and the way they treat me and have treated me since day 1. They are so sweet to me, all the time. They always respect me, they always want to cuddle and love me, and they always know that I will do whatever I can to make them happy ... and for that I am beyond words thankful. In the midst of crazy adult fighting, or parents that don't get along, or busy schedules, or days when not everything is cotton candy and rainbows ha, they are the sweetest kids to me and I am just so so lucky to get to experience that. 
They teach me new things... 
(did you all know Pluto wasn't a planet anymore?? I did not and apparently that is what you're taught in school now ha?!)
They make everything more fun! So much more fun! They give me a reason to do arts and crafts which is one of my favorite things to do ;) 
They know I am not their mom, and they know I would never try to be their mom...
(although their new favorite thing to say is step-mom, which totally cracks me up! But I like that they love to say it and think it's so cute!) 
 but they love me as a friend and a care giver and provider, and they trust me, and that is what's most important to me with them... and will always be <3 
They say it is not easy being a "step parent" or caring for a spouses children that aren't you're own ... and sometimes I can see that being the case, but not when it is 3 kiddos like these ;) They make it easy peasy!

* This is a NO BRAINER but I am so thankful for Frankie ... 
If you are not an animal person you won't understand this, and really I am assuming you probably don't read my blog regularly lol 
But Frankie is my first born, period. And I adore him. 

Let me just tell you why I am thankful for Frankie ... 
He is such a mama's boy hehe and I love it, he would protect me until the end of time, he has NO fear, he is the best cuddler on the planet, he lets me do anything to him including opening his mouth and kissing his little white teeth ha, if I was sick and in bed for 5 days without moving he would not move either, like literally he would pee the bed before he would leave me ;) I am obsessed with him and love him so so so much and am not embarrassed to say that some days he is just the little cutie I need to cheer me up! :) 

Ok maybe that was a little longer than I thought ... 
and I could go on and on about everything I am thankful for. I am just thankful, Period. 

Would love to hear what all you other ladies are thankful for too! 
Please let me know if you do a post and link up! 

Happy Friday!! 

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