Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Let's be Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!


A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 45th Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of All My Happy Endings or The Dwelling Tree. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Mandi about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 

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***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

Meet your hosts:

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

All My Happy Endings: Blog, Bloglovin'
  
and your co-hosts:

Simply Anchored: Blog
Southern Beauty Guide: Blog
Happy Kids Inc.: Blog
My Pending Life: Blog

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:



I came across Krysta's blog- Krysta Steen, last week! I loved the idea of doing a year in review and recapping your most popular blog posts. Brilliant. 

This cowboy caviar caught my eye, along with many other great posts. DIY milk glass vases, crock pot cinnamon sugar almonds, and lemon sugar scrub were some other great posts she had highlighted. 

Krysta is a health nut and has lots of great recipes and ideas for staying in shape and feeling good. Check out her blog!

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for me to read all your posts! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Photographer's Christmas Wishlist

I can barely call myself a photographer. Actually I can't call myself a photographer. But I do have a DSLR camera and I can shoot in manual so I guess I'm close right?

I can already feel this christmas being "photographer" themed.  Here's a few of the things I'm asking for.

 

1. Photoshop Elements 12-  I definitely need this! My pictures could use some editing, and I want to begin shooting in RAW.

2. Camera bag- This Jo Tote literally made my heart skip a beat!  This mint color is amazingly beautiful and I want this bag so bad.  I don't know if I could fork out the money for it or ask someone to get it for me but I sure do love it!

3. Lens Cap Holder- I always end up throwing my Lens cap down or trying to hold it awkwardly while taking the perfect shot so having this lens cap holder on my camera strap would be perfect!

4. SD Card Reader- This is a necessity, I can't believe I have lived this long without one to be honest.  I hate nothing more than trying to find the USB cord that fits that certain camera to get the pictures of the SD card, it would be so  much easy to have a reader to pop the card in and download the pictures to the computer.

5. Macro Filters- I'm not real sure what these are or how to use them, but they are cheap and look neat, so I'll give them a try!

6. LensPens cleaning pens-  Two words- MUST HAVE!

7. Cannon 50mm f/1.8 lens-  Need I say more, this lens is said to be one of the best camera lens to have. So of course I must get one to try out!

 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Saw it, Pinned it, Did it: Thanksgiving Decor

Better late than never right! This is my Saw it, Pinned it, Did it Thanksgiving Decor.  To let everyone in on a little secret and tell on myself for being such a slacker, I didn't actually put this sign up until the day of Thanksgiving.  I know I'm terrible but it'll be ready for me next year!


 For this sign I painted my background with white wash paint and spray painted my words on. It was super easy to do, anyone can do it! Here is the pin where I received my inspiration.
 
I still like hers some what better, but mine is cute too!!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Happy December


Happy December! 

December is my favorite month of the year, it's my birth month, and christmas! There's so much about December to love.

Christmas parades, Christmas plays, birthday celebrations and of course christmas with all the family!  There's always something fun to do! 
 
Hope you have an awesome December!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Black Friday Haul 2013

We now have another Black Friday (or should I say Brown Thursday) in the books. I absolutely love Black Friday and fall for the ridiculous marketing tactics played by retail every year.  Good job Walmart for persuading me to arrive at your store at 3pm to get a $75 tv and some other meaningless stuff.

But needless to say, I have a blast with my family and we enjoy spending time with each other shopping so it's became a tradition. 

And look at all the good deals I got!  We went to walmart, kohls and target, and got basically every deal we wanted. The only thing that we wanted that we didn't get was a $75 curl secret. 

And here is everything out of the bag and actually organized.
 


We got home at one am and just through everything into a pile. So I organized everything to take a picture this morning. 

Total spent: $731.29
Total saved:$1734.15
Savings: $1,002.86
Best deal: my best deal was by far the kitchen aid mixer. Normally $299 and after kohls cash I got it for $100!!! I'm going to wrap it up and make myself wait til Christmas to use it, my Christmas present to myself!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! There is so much to be thankful for, I could write a book listing all the thing I'm thankful for.

I'm thankful for my life, the ability to walk, talk, eat and to be able to function normally.
I'm thankful for the lord, my savior, who guides me.
I'm thankful for my family and all they have done for me.
I'm thankful for my home and future home.
I'm thankful for the job that supports me.

There's so many things to be thankful for! Consider your life and take this day to realize all the things your are thankful for.

Friday, November 22, 2013

H54F

I have been a terrible blogger this week. I've felt like crap every single day and finally feel some better after sleeping in till 10 am this morning, I haven't sleep that late since middle school. Sunday I was head-butted (if that's even a word) by our bottle fed calf, Dolly. And I was pretty sure my nose was broken. Ever since then, my nose, jaw and teeth have hurt so bad I have barely even ate solid food. Confirmed by a doctor nothing was wrong and I was just a big baby haha! So now that everything's better how about a high 5 for Friday!


1. This week is over, and it's the weekend!

2.My cat cliff, remains by my side in sickness and health!


3. May or May not be slightly crazy for this one...


4. Haylee, form Jets and a Brunette, is hosting an online Scentsy Party. Head over and order from it now!! There's so many good things to be had!

5.Pray for the families affected during the storms on Sunday.
Many families homes were damage, but not as bad as this one.  This family lost everything but thankful no one was hurt.  A donation drive is being hosted and thankful the family has been relocated to a new home.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

All I want for Christmas

All I want for Christmas is.....
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Of course every girl wants a diamond for Christmas. 

Something you may not know about me, I'm not engaged.  I have been dating my boyfriend for 7 years now, we've discussed getting engaged lightly, but it just hasn't happened for us yet. So of course, I like to drool over engagement rings.  But what girl doesn't like to drool over a pretty ring right??

Here are some rings I'm loving..

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 I'm not picky, any one of these would work just fine!!! 
What type of ring do ya'll like??
 
 
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Friday, November 15, 2013

No Spend November update

We're half way there!

This hasn't been as hard as I thought. I haven't had the urge to go to any antique malls thus far and I've got such a busy next few weeks, I won't have time to go!

Now I have spent just a few dollars on some craft supplies. $5 total if that. Very cheap stuff. 

I kinda failed with the clothing deal thou. Old navy had there vests on sale for $15 one weekend so I racked up on some vests. I hated to wait and have to buy them at the higher price. 

I do feel like I've saved a little bit of money so far which I'll have to put toward this terribly expensive doctor bill I got in the mall yesterday!

How's your no spend November going?
 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hoop Art

 I'm so exhausted today I don't know if I could type a post that made any sense. I'm going to spare ya'll from some long winded post that literally makes no sense at all and just share some pictures of some projects I finished this week.

My very first attempt at embroidery...


Some personalized hoop art as a baby shower gift
 
 
 
 
A quick snapshot of a Christmas ornament I attempted.
 
 
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Weekend Wrap up

I love nice relaxing weekends at Home. Weekends when you don't have to put on make up or fix your hair, you can just lounge around all day! That's basically been my weekend!

Saturday morning we went to a christmas open house and seen alot neat christmas ideas! Hopefully I can recreate some things and post some pictures of my creations on the blog, maybe even sell a few on etsy! I absolutely love going to things like that and getting ideas.  That night was the annual deer hunters supper! We get these to go dinners every year and they are so good. I literally count down the days. It's just turkey and dressing so I don't know what makes it so special but it is so good.


At the deer hunter supper they had a quilt raffle and guess what! We WON! 


Ok a little back story to this next part, early that morning my boyfriend hit a deer and dented up his car. It was his old work car and he does body work and paints on cars for a living so we weren't to tore up about it. After the deer hunter supper my mom and dad went to go get groceries and right before they left they said they were going to drive moms old car in case they hit a deer. Low and behold 5 minutes down the road they call to tell me they hit a deer, or actually it hit them. Ran smack into the side of the car lol.  It didn't really hurt the car, just broke off the passenger side mirror.  Mom said she could hear antlers clanging down the window haha. The deer have been wild this weekend.

Saturday night was spent as a craft night for me and I hope to share some of my crafts on here later this week! 

Sunday I went to church and after church, me and dad went to collect to old barnwood for another project. And we got to go in and check out this house a neighbor is building.  The outside is beautiful but I wasn't to keen on the inside. 

The rest of the day was spent relaxing by the fire, playing candy crush and crafting a little!

How was your weekend??

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

lost my paper....that sucks!






Completely unrelated but I can't focus on anything else right now and I need to vent. I lost my entire paper for school. Thankfully it was only 2 page paper, but it was finished! I was fixing to turn it in! I know your probably thinking, why didn't you save it dummy. Well I thought I did! Evidently it was a autorecovery file I was saving, so when my computer shut down, bye bye autorecovery file. So I only have a few days to rewrite it but instead I'm saying screw it for a little bit. I'll start on it sometime tomorrow!

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Make the best of fall....

One of the best things about fall is the new fragrances! I just love fall scents! At the very first sign of fall, my house being a little autumn bakery. Scentsy makes some awesome fall scents and there are some many great options when you mix and match. Here are some great recipes to make a few extra scents this fall!



Like what you see?!?! Order the scents you need here.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

No Spend November Link Up

I'm  going to try something new this month. I love a little challenge and this will be perfect for my situation. If you follow my blog, you probably already know I'm making November a no spend month. If you don't follow my blog, you definitely should! I've seen these little challenges before and always wanted to try it out. And what better month, considering I need to be saving for Christmas! 

So what exactly am I not going to spend my money on? I love to buy junk, literally junk. I love going to antique shops, consignment stores and flea market malls and buying anything that I think looks cool. So I'm going to refrain from buying junk. 
I'm also going to refrain from buying clothes. My closet is so full I couldn't find another place to put something if I did buy it. And you want to know what is sad. The only day I don't wear scrubs of pajamas are on Saturday and Sunday, so do I really need 50 winter outfits?  No probably not, but I can't help myself sometimes.
Also this month I'm not going to buy one single craft supply. I have several crafts in mind with the supplies on hand, therefore I'm going to force myself to complete the crafts I bought the supplies for instead of buying new supplies for different crafts!
I only have 2 exceptions to my no spend month, I can still buying Christmas gifts and I will go Black Friday shopping. There's no way I'm missing Black Friday! And majority of everything I buy on Black Friday is a gift anyhow! 
 
So I encourage you to try this challenge with me.  Link up below with a post about what you're going to refrain from spending your money on, then on the 15th we will meet again for a progress post, and on the 29th we will finish with a how we did post.  And it's okay if you break down and buy your self something, maybe in the end you will have at least saved yourself a little bit of money!

I don't know about you but I'm excited to see how much money I can save during November!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Birthday Celebrations

I'm a little late on sharing this, but this past Friday was my Grandmother's birthday.  My grandfather's birthday is during the first week of November so we had them a little get together.   It was hosted at my aunt and uncles house.  They had a just finished a new addition a few months ago and were excited to have some company over.   And I must say, the new addition is ah-mazing. I'm in love!

Papaw trying to do Bunny Ears.
This is my Mamaw and Papaw. 


The definition of crazy barely describes my Mamaw, and she gets real excited when there's a bunch of people together.  She spent 30 minutes reading ever single word of her birthday cards to me and made sure I understood every saying. Haha.  Mom and Dad bought her a toothpick dispenser, the one with the little parrot that you push down and it picks up the toothpick in it's mouth.  My mamaw thought it was the cutest thing one day when they were out to eat, so mom and dad picked one up for her.  I wish now I would have got a picture of her with that toothpick dispenser!
This is my aunt and my mom.

This is my aunt and uncle and their little baby, Zoie.
 
Papaw and I
 
I know the picture quality is crap, but I had been at work all day and didn't have my good camera with me. There pictures will work just fine though!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

National Cat Day + a Giveaway!

Were going to keep this short and sweet today because it's National Cat day! Meow!

I have always wanted to host my very own giveaway on my blog!   And on this very day I will host a giveaway that is completely unrelated to National Cat day!  By entering you have a chance of winning a $5 Truth in Aging Gift Card!  They have a ton of great skin care products that is worth checking out!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Winners will be verified 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Monster Monday Sale


Today is the very last Monster Monday Scentsy Sale!

There are huge discounts with 75% off select items. I have never seen scentsy items so cheap! It's today only, and items sell out fast, so head over to my Scentsy site today and see if there is anything you would like!  
Just click here

Linking up for Funday Monday

Thursday, October 24, 2013

No Spend November

Instead of celebrating our men's beloved "No Shave November" because let's face it, a woman not shaving can get pretty scary, November is officially "No Spend November." Don't worry, we're not taking away all your freedom to spend. The idea is to just work on one area of your spending. So, think of something you spend quite a bit of money on and stop your spending for 30 days. I love to blow money at consignment stores, antique malls and craft stores, so I plan to avoid those!


No Spend November

And it's okay, because a few other people are going to be doing it with you. Your hosts Paige from A Dose of Paige, Heather from The Life Unexpected, Olivia from The Lovely Sisters, Kenya from My Pending Life and Keely from Hairbows and Butter are doing this all right along with you! So how does it go down? It's pretty simple.

 On November 1st, come to one of our blogs and link up a post about what you're not spending money on in November. It could be anything from not eating out to not buying anymore books. Tell us why you're not spending money on it and tell us what you're going to do when you're tempted to go spend the money. Like, when I'm tempted to go shopping, I'll go play with my dog instead. Then, stop your spending, unless it's a necessity. Like, if you start a new job and need a new uniform, but you're not spending money on clothes. obviously, buy your uniform. I promise we won't come after you with pitchforks.

 On November 15th, come and link up a post on how you're doing. Maybe you're doing fantastic and want to brag about all the money you saved or maybe you're really struggling, maybe even went out and bought a few things/spent money on something and need some encouragement. Either way, we want to hear about it!

Finally, on November 29th, come back one more time and tell us what your experience was. Maybe it was awful and you hated it, even with all the money you saved. Or maybe you're super excited and realized you don't need the thing you stopped spending money on anyway, you love all the money you saved. Maybe you've realized that you can't possibly ever go without the thing you stopped spending money on or maybe it opened up your eyes. Even if you stop partway through, please link up and share your experience on November 30th! Whew, that was alot I know but I wanted to make sure you had all the details.

 So tell me, are you coming back on November 1st and participating?! Sound off in the comments about what you're not going to spend money on!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pumpkin Spiced Latte and Blueberry Pancakes!!!

Something you may not know about me is I am a Scentsy consultant. I sell Scentsy and I absolutely love Scentsy! If you don't know what Scentsy is, here is a diagram that pretty much explains it all!
So to keep the love of Scentsy alive and fun, I want to share some Scentsy recipes. This is just a combination between a few Scentsy to make a brand new scent! I have to recipes to share with you today, and follow my blog and keep checking back for new recipes!



Like what you see and want to try out these recipes?? Order the bars you need here.


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