Thursday, January 12, 2017

Reading and a Book Review

I have always enjoyed reading, but the last couple of years I haven't read nearly as much.  So one of my goals for the new year is to read more, at least one to two books a month.  But this goal has brought about a personal revelation,  I don't enjoy reading on my tablet nearly as much as I enjoy having a book in my hand.  I realize it is a bit old fashioned, but the smell and feel of the book is part of the experience for me.

Our public library has a small store in the front where folks donate books in good shape and they are sold for a few dollars each.  All of the proceeds go to support projects of the library, so it is a win, win. The week between Christmas and New Year's Day, Wonderful and I made a trip to the library and I was able to come away with five hard back books for $12.  I have already enjoyed two of them!

Although not one of the books from the library, I also picked up"Grace Not Perfection"by Emily Ley.  This is a beautiful book!  It has lovely pictures, a ribbon bookmark and is just pure joy to read.  I wish I had had a copy of this book twenty years ago when I had three littles under the age of seven!  Emily really stresses the beauty of not only extending grace to others but allowing yourself grace as well.  She speaks of enjoying those precious babies in front of you and not worrying about the pressure of perfection or having it all, I know many of the moms I talk with on a regular basis realize how real this pressure can be daily.  In the midst of encouraging you to enjoy your season of life, she also inspires you to find out your passion and serve God through it.  As a result of discovering her passion, Emily developed the popular Simplified Planner and now has a product line that is nationally known.  She shares her failures and insecurities of developing this business while taking on motherhood and enjoying her people.  I recommend "Grace Not Perfection" for any mom, but especially the mom who might feel overwhelmed with her life.  Emily will encourage you to enjoy the mess of life,  extend yourself some grace while also giving you permission to go for it!

Speaking of grace not perfection, I decided to just make my after Christmas chalkboard one for Valentine's.  I don't do a lot of decorating for Valentine's but I think this will take me into March!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Magnolia Wreath

Like everyone else I love a good magnolia wreath.  I have shopped around for a quite a while, the ones I liked were a little over my budget and let's just say the cheaper ones, well looked cheap.

When at Hobby Lobby, I gave their wreath a second look and because it was fifty percent off, I decided to go ahead and pick it up.  I also purchased a bunch of additional silk magnolia leaves, they were $17.99 and I used the good old faithful 40% off.

Friday, January 6, 2017

DIY Sconses

On my birthday trip to Waco, we came home with lots of treasures.  My friends and I had the car loaded, it was tons of fun and lots of great places to find hidden treasures.  One of the places we stopped was downtown, I don't remember the name now, but it was the traditional antique shop in a huge old building where there were numerous booths.  I love those places, it is almost sensory overload for me, but yet I know there is something unique and beautiful waiting to be discovered, and this place didn't disappoint!

My treasure was under a table on the floor, what first caught my eye was pieces of old bead board with chippy paint in several colors.  As I look through and was thinking of the many things I could do with them, I discovered old porch pickets underneath.  They were the flat pickets with a plain design and I immediately thought they would make perfect wall sconces.  At $6 each they were a little more than I might normally pay but because I knew exactly what I would do I bought them.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 Resolutions and Such

Wow I have missed being here, we have been busy with holiday stuff and I just needed a time of quiet in between the busyness.  I can't wait to share some projects with you.  The bathroom is 90% finished, I just have trim painting to do, then I hope to reveal by the end of the month.  It has already been declared the best shower ever by the whole family!  There are a ton of little things that have been finished as well.  Can't wait to catch you up!

One of my favorite things about the new year is a new planner.  I have been using the same basic planner with a few tweaks the last few years.  (Click here for personal planner post ). I will be sharing a couple of printables that I plan to implement this year.

This is a sign at a local business and I laugh everytime I pass.  😂😂

New Year's resolutions seem to be getting a bad wrap, and I get it we tend to make lofty goals that would be next to impossible to accomplish, but even if we never reach the end goal wasn't the few things we did do, worth it?  Anyway for a list maker like me, it is something I do naturally.  So I wanted to share three of my very achievable resolutions with you:

  • 1.  Be more intentional with my minutes.  I am terrible about thinking well I only have 10, 15, 20 minutes until I have to be somewhere or do something.  My tendency is to think that isn't enough time to start something, but I want to train myself to think about all of the things I can do in short about of time.  So I am putting together a list of things that can be done in 15 minutes or less, including putting in a load of laundry, or folding a load of laundry; sweeping the kitchen; the much dreaded unloading the dishwasher; wiping down the bathroom counter.  What else, what are your suggestions for 15 minutes or less?
  • 2.  Wonderful and I are making a marriage bucket list of 5 things for 2017.  As empty nesters we have tons of time together, but I am finding the struggle has become allowing church responsibilities and home remodel consume all of our time.  Intentionally focusing on fun activities that involve neither of those things is the plan.  We will each make some suggestions and then narrow it down to five things, I am sure an intentional date night once a month will make the list. 
  • 3.  My recipes have been a mess for a long time, I have tried different solutions, but nothing is working for me.  Darling Daughter bought me the cutest recipe box from Anthropologie for Christmas. I am taking this as my motivation to get them whipped into shape.

Speaking of Christmas I got most everything down yesterday.  I wish I had found this article 15 Ways to store Christmas Decor  before I started this task, but I did Pin it for next year!

  I am working on completing a wedding gift so I need to get back to it!  Have a great day!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Has it Been a Month

Oh my word I can't believe it has been a month since I have been here, it wasn't intentional but life happens.  Thankfully it has all been good, so this week I will be catching you up!

No the bathroom isn't complete, but closer!  It has been painfully slow, but I can see the light at the end of the long dark tunnel.

I was kidnapped!  That is a blog post all itself!