Monday, May 4, 2015

Kitchen Vignette With Stitches

I wanted to spruce up this half wall in our Kitchen for some time now. The ledge is giving me trouble, I'm not happy with anything I've set on it so far. 

While drinking my cup of coffee this morning I was staring at it and an idea was formed. I love my Coffee!!

The candle sticks were purchased at a garage sale, vanilla scented votives are from Wal-Mart. The wall hanging was stitched by my Mother about 7 years ago. 

The plant stand was mailed to me in exchange for a review about 8 years ago and has held up well over time. The plant is a ponytail palm we bought from Wal-Mart 4 years ago. I've kept it alive so far! 

Close up of the saying that is stitched on the wall hanging. 

I declare this corner done...For now!


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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Weightloss Journey | Month 2

So for 2 months I've been getting pretty real about my weight...with my Husbands recent health diagnosis of Diabetes and Celiac disease, if he doesn't want to be on a few meds then he has to make some lifestyle changes. I'm supporting him the best I can!!
First purchase are these Excercise clothes- from WalMart 

Then...
This came from Amazon!! 

So far I've lost...


You'll have to watch to find out!

I'm so proud of my Husband for making such strides in this rough diagnosis and turning it around!

Do you have a FitBit? How do you like it so far?



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

~Better Than Before - A Book Review~



How Do We Change?

Gretchen Rubin's answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.
 
So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits?
 
Better than Before answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good. Infused with Rubin’s compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the (sometimes counter-intuitive) core principles of habit formation. 
 
Along the way, Rubin uses herself as guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends, and answers readers’ most pressing questions—oddly, questions that other writers and researchers tend to ignore: 

• Why do I find it tough to create a habit for something I love to do? 
• Sometimes I can change a habit overnight, and sometimes I can’t change a habit, no matter how hard I try. Why? 
• How quickly can I change a habit? 
• What can I do to make sure I stick to a new habit? 
• How can I help someone else change a habit? 
• Why can I keep habits that benefit others, but can’t make habits that are just for me? 

Whether readers want to get more sleep, stop checking their devices, maintain a healthy weight, or finish an important project, habits make change possible. Reading just a few chapters of Better Than Beforewill make readers eager to start work on their own habits—even before they’ve finished the book.

   ~After reading this and really nit-picking each chapter to see where my faults are, taking the time to think about where I can start to adjust and change some things in my everyday life, This book has been a great tool to re-think how and why I do the things I do. I am certainly growing in my day-to-day life and while the changes are small, they are noticable.~

Have you read this book, if so What chapter made you really think?



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring Greens

I don't have much of a green thumb but when Home Depot had these huge Boston Ferns on sale for only $5.00 last Saturday I knew I had to purchase and give it a go...here's hoping I don't kill it!

Here is the Bonsia Ponytail plant that I've managed to keep it alive for almost 4 years! It really loves this corner of our kitchen and whenever we move it is placed in our kitchen next to a window. 

I'm thinking about setting up a little container garden on our porch this year, We really want to try our hand at growing Tomatos in FL this year. 

Have any of you had a container garden?




Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Making Memories...

We have been so busy, having fun and enjoying just being together!

We spent the day at a Civil War Re-enactment...

Richard bought this wool vest!

We celebrated Easter...
Morning 

Afternoon

Then home to Easter dinner

We've been busy with Joey, Crystal is brushing him up on English. 

Hope your enjoying this Beautiful weather!!





Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Happy 10th Birthday!

We celebrated Tanks 10th Birthday!

He enjoyed a shopping trip with Grandma to Toys-R-Us...

Afterwards we celebrated at the Olive Garden, he was so embarrassed when they sang to him...

Great ending to March for us!



Monday, March 23, 2015

Boys Bedroom Makeover~Tank's Room

Tank's bedroom was in some desperate need of TLC. Since moving into this house we have slowly been working on each room and his was truly lacking. 

So when I saw these curtains from Sears that a local FB group yard sale site had listed, I knew that they were going to be my starting point for his room. 

I do need 2 more panels to allow more coverage. They match his comforter so well!


This Sunday my Husband finished this Nerf gun holder. It was a great Pinterest project that I saw and asked him to make it. He did a wonderful job!!

We still would like to replace his desk and dresser and I'm looking for some artwork for over his bed. 

Why are Boys rooms so much harder to decorate than Girls?

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Forever Friday ~ A Book Review


Every Friday, a postcard.
Every Friday, a love poem.
Every Friday for sixty years.
 
Adam Colby is just doing his job, sorting through the unsold Alexander belongings after the estate sale. He is unprepared for what he finds in an old photo album, overlooked by the bargain hounds and treasure hunters—six decades of postcards and poems from Gabe Alexander to his wife, Pearl. The mystery of the Alexanders’ love entices Adam, a man unhinged by divorce and puzzled by the depth of commitment that he finds in the unabashedly romantic cards.
 
Forever Friday invites you to travel back in time to the early twentieth century Texas Coastal Bend where a young couple—Gabe and Pearl Alexander—are swept up in a miraculous love. As the heartwarming, pulse-quickening story of their relationship develops through Gabe’s poems, the Alexanders reveal a new way to consider what it means to be truly devoted to each other. Could the secrets of their love affair, laid to rest twenty years ago, hold the key to one man’s future?

~~ I simply loved this book, the story was timeless, smooth storyline with no hidden twists and turns. It takes you on quite the journey of the heart and at the end you feel like your closing a chapter on a sweet hour long movie.~~

This book was sent to me for Review by Blogging for Books, all opinions are my own.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Guest Bathroom Makover

Remember that BigLots haul I showed you about 2 months ago? 

I'm almost finished with our Guest bathroom, just need to find some Artwork for the walls. 
Not sure if the basket with hand towels will stay. 

Just not sure what to put on these 2 walls. 

Still looking for a tray for those Guest hand towels. 

Loving how these towels match the shower curtain. The towels are thick and nicely sized. 

I'm wondering about adding a nice clock in here and a black scroll wrought iron piece, any ideas Ladies? I'd love a fresh set of eyes and ideas! 


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Monday, February 16, 2015

IKEA~Yes Please

So this past Weekend Husband and I made our very first trip to IKEA!
I know, Where have we been!
Husband was looking for some Desk ideas and I just wanted to browse and take it all in. 
As we entered I saw this Beautiful bed
And Instantly fell in Love!

And then we both saw this
Love the cabbage roses but after awhile Husband admitted it wasn't for him. 

Then...
We both saw this and we Both love how cozy it looks. I love the colors and patterns. We haven't updated our bedroom in about forever so Slowly I'll be using this as our Inspiration and change out our Master. 

I did purchase this IKEA URSULA cozy couch throw. It reminds me of a Cableknit sweater and is so cozy on our couch. The color goes perfect with our BHG flowered couch throw. 
It was a Great Valntines Weekend! Hope you had a great one too!

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