Archives for March 2017

What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up?

{This quote- we see it everywhere. I don’t know who came up with it, but it describes my family so well. I had a local friend, thanks Jess!, make this for me and it’s the first thing you see when you walk in my house. Check her out on her business FB @ Wildflower Holler Signs}

The age old question…

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

We start asking kiddo’s when they’re very young. They say things like a cowboy, a firefighter, a teacher, a doctor, and stuffed animal creator. So much pressure!

Now, I don’t know how you were raised, but I was told pretty often that I could do anything. I could be a marine biologist or an astronaut. I could cure cancer or invent an alternate fuel source. I could be a stay-at-home momma or travel to foreign countries. The sky was/is the limit.

I remember in high school having it all worked out. I’d be an interior designer, my best friends would be architects and doctors and dentists. I’d design their offices and they’d build my home, and give me free medical advice and root canals. It all lined up. Then came life.

I was married and divorced before I turned 23. In that span of time, I had decided that the dreams I held on to could take a back burner, and at that time, it was the right thing to do. I see clearly how things worked together now, but then all I could see was 4 years of my life gone and nothing, not even a degree to show for it. No job, no money, no degree, no husband. No fun!

But, ohhhhhh what God can do!

I remember a few years ago, I wanted a baby so bad that it consumed my every thought and emotion. I was a blubbering, mad mess most of the time. I couldn’t understand going through life happy without a baby. Praise God that He didn’t give me what I wanted!

Fast forward 3-ish years and I still want a baby, but I have peace, which I’ll go into detail about in another post but, for the past 2 years, since I started blogging, I wondered how this would all work out. I have trouble dedicating to two large causes at the same time and keeping them balanced. I thought they were completely separate. I couldn’t see how they fit together. Harmoniously. How they were both part of one big thing for me.

I love interior design, but I love it in a more down-home way than most aspire to. I love to redecorate, revamp and remodel, but I want it to be practical, comfortable, home-y, and fun. I want original and heartfelt. I don’t want showy, I want hospitable. I want babies, 3 if I have my way. I want home cooked meals and family dinners. I want basketball hoops and slip-n-slides. I want furniture and decor that is simple but tells our story. I want home to be mine, not what I see on Instagram and Pinterest. I love my Instagram community, the designs are amazing, but I want my home to be mine.

I am so excited to say, with complete confidence, that I want to be a homemaker when I grow up. I already am. I wish I would have realized this sooner, how it all links- it’s all so clear now. It may seem simple to you, but it’s one of the most profound things I’ve ever known. God made me a housewife. Glory. I love to have housework to do, lists that need checked off, checkbooks to balance, meals to cook, laundry to do. All of it. I love keeping a home running. I love family things.

Is this your calling too?  I’d love to hear about it!

320 Sycamore Candle Co.

{I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are always my own, I would never push a product that I don’t love!}

She sent some love y’alls way too- read more to get the coupon code!

So, incase y’all didn’t know. I am a brand rep. I currently brand rep for Farm Momma Brand {Post about these amazing subscription boxes here} and  Jennifer with 320 Sycamore Candle Co.

I had reached out to her and she offered to let me brand rep for her. When this happens, I am always in shock, I can’t imagine why anyone would want little ol’ me to represent them in any fashion, but I am always super excited for the opportunity!

Jennifer’s candles are so adorable. They’re made in mason jars and that’s just always all around practical. She sent me one pint size candle and one half-pint size.

The larger of the two is ‘Bakery Cupcake’ scented and it sits beside my computer in my office, always lit while I work.

The half-pint size is ‘Blueberry Pie’ scented and oooohhh. myyyyyyy. gooooodddnnesssss. Y’all, it was bubble wrapped and taped tight in to cardboard box and I could smell that little bitty through all of it! It sits in my kitchen, and you bet your sweet butt that it’s lit every time I’m in there.

Some facts about her candles: All hand poured, pure soy, with 100% pure cotton wicks. All candles are poured in small batches. High quality pure soy grown on American farms.

Do yourselves a favor and go check her out:

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The coupon code is :

SGHOME20

for 20% off all orders at checkout!

 

I love supporting small businesses, I’m already planning to buy all my Christmas presents this year from small businesses! I think that’s a cause worth promoting!

The Best Laid Plans…

Ok, so I’d like to say that my plans for road tripping to Texas were as solid as a rock and laid out months in advance, but they weren’t. I knew I wanted to go, but I had only nailed down dates and travel buddies and plans about 3 weeks prior to the day we were supposed to leave.

Let’s just say, things don’t always go the way you think they will. When I’m trying to be obedient to God’s will, I have to be flexible to His will, too.

I am a planner. My dad was a planner. Growing up, when we planned to take a trip, whether it be one state away or half the country away, we started panning more than 6 months in advance. Hotels, how much money in gas, how many bathroom breaks, attractions, food, etc. Honestly, I kind of thrive in planning like this- flying by the seat of my pants is not my strong suit. I forget things, get frazzled easily, and am generally not as fun because I’m so overwhelmed by the disorganization. I know, just a barrel of fun, but this is what works for me.

Now, sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you plan, it’s just not going to come together. Not because of mileage or bathroom breaks, but because of the health of family members, time off for others, personal illness. This week was full of that. On Monday, I started thinking of my trip to Texas. My mom wasn’t going to go, when she usually would, because of the health of her mom. I thought for a while that I would be able to leave when things are so unsure with my grandma’s health, and although some days, things are so out of whack, she doesn’t even know she’s in the world, much less whether I’m there or not, but I’m not a leaver. This is going to sound weird, maybe bad, but when someone is in bad health like that, I run to the hospital, not because of the ill person, but to be support for the one supporting the sick. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll do what I can for the ill one, but the first reason I go is to care of the one caring for them. So, long story not so short, I couldn’t go 1200 miles away from home when my grandma’s sick, I just don’t have it in me. I tried to be selfish for a while and plan to go anyway, but at the end of the day, I just can’t.

Then, Thursday, I woke up with a sore throat and by the evening I was achy and fevered. Flu, round two! I had something similar a couple months ago. It hasn’t been all bad, I got some rest with no guilt. Finished a great book {I love how Shauna Niequist wrote Present Over Perfect}. Cloroxed everything with anticipation that my hubby would be home more this week than he has been in the past 3 months. The weather here was highly unfavorable for leaving and the weather in Texas was highly unfavorable for vacation relaxing.

In the end, deciding not to go is slowly bringing me peace. I was trying to force the trip, when my husband couldn’t go, I made other arrangements, part of that was selfishness on my part, part of it was obeying God’s will {I can’t elaborate on this on the blog right now} When my grandma got sick, I ignored the things I pretended to be trivial. I was so dead set on getting my trip, that I was willing to blow off the things that usually mean so much to me. It’s kind of wild really, it was like I was outside my own head, my priorities weren’t the same, my feelings about the people attached to the priorities were less meaningful. So weird. So, this is what I’m working on this week, getting my head back in MY game.

I love that God isn’t afraid to show me my flaws, but he does it so gracefully and mercifully. I made my word this year ‘self-control’ for lots of reasons, but one word I find feeding into that a lot is selfishness, I’m afraid I was much more selfish than I thought I was. It’ll be a work in progress but God can change a heart, and I’m going to let Him. That means, not taking a trip, at least not now, that I was set on. It means not expecting people to bend to what I want. It means regaining the priorities I hold so near and dear.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Farm Momma Brand Subscription Box Review

{I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own. I would not push a product I don’t love}

Hey everyone!

I’m so grateful that you’ve stopped by. Leave me some comment love at the bottom!

Anywho- a couple of week ago, I was contact by Jessica @farmmommabrand <<<Instagram Link. She had been following me, through a mutual Insta buddy and reached out to me . She wanted me to be a brand rep! Are you serious, Jessica? Of course, I will! She’s the sweetest. She is just getting the word out about her boxes so hurry before they’re all snatched up, she’s gaining followers at warp speed!

(Above photo is from her website)

So, as soon as she got all of her carefully curated pieces in, she put the boxes together and shipped them quickly, I love that! It’s a beautiful medley of hand crafted goodies from home decor to organically made soaps and extras. This is the inside of the box I got

How cute is this!?  I just love it!

The first thing you see is the letter introducing the box and a cinch bag that says “Best Day EVER” on it- I think I’ll just carry that thing around with me everywhere!

{Be sure to follow her on all of these social media sites! You never know when a good deal could come about! Like now- She’s offering free shipping on all orders over $50 and SUBSCRIBE & SAVE 25% ($8.75) ON YOUR FIRST ORDER AND 10% ($3.50) ON ALL REMAINING ORDERS!!!

So, next thing, I opened up that cute little cinch sack- it had a dream catcher in it from DreamByrd-Designs {Links to FB page} I love dreamcatchers and these ones being handmade is just all the better. What do y’all think of a dream catcher mobile above a crib? Future nursery ideas!

The next square I opened was this adorable little neutral tan tea towel and a personalized, hand written note from Jessica. I just love it when businesses personalize things. I’m old fashioned like that. 

The next square I opened was diagonal from this above one. It had a larger striped tea towel in it. It’ll go so awesomely in my butler’s pantry as soon as I get that completed in the next couple of weeks. It’s like she knows, man! She sent me just perfect little goodies.

The next square I opened had two different kinds of organically made soaps. I almost don’t want to take them out of the packages- they’re so cute. Buuutttt they smell awesome, one is honey and almond and the other is made from goat milk but has coffee and honey in it too! Soap with coffee in it, uh, yes please! 

The last square I opened was the best one, in my opinion, because I love honey! Honey in tea, on biscuits- it’s good for scrapes, burns and bumps, it’s organic also and antibacterial. Honey is so versatile. I think this one is primarily for consuming purposed because…wait for it….it’s flavored! You read that right- flavored! The one I got is Wildflower flavored, but they have 2 other flavors offered in the Farm Momma Boxes. It’s made by BeeKing’s Honey <<Instagram Link!

And last, but certainly not least, all those adorable squares I kept talking about, are also a curated item

Berry Baskets

These can go anywhere! Craft storage, snack storage, pens, pencils, guest bedroom gift bins, sample toiletry bins- literally, whatever. you. want.

I love them. And the Spring-y color ain’t bad either!

Keep a watch out, her products will be on my Instagram feed a lot and I’m sure you’ll see them around my house in posts here!

Go order one right NOW!

and “Mike, mike, mike, mike, mike- guess what day it is?!”

Have a good one!

Preparing for a Road Trip

So, in case you didn’t read here or here about my upcoming trip to Texas…I’m going to Texas! I’m so excited. Road tripping about 1200 miles with my sister to see family and go to Magnolia Market is going to be so good. JoJo- if you’re reading, please be at your store the day I’m there, it’ll be better than meeting Mickey Mouse for me!

I usually start making trip and packing lists about a month in advance but since I didn’t have any real plans a month ago, I started last week. So far, I have made 4 separate, categorized lists. My family thinks I’m nuts, but I promise if I don’t get organized like this I’m like a hot mess the whole trip.

How do y’all pack? Do you just wing it? I had friends at 4H camp that just bought a couple of totes and starting throwing stuff in. I tried, I really did. I tried that method. It makes me crazy. Do you make lists like me?

Anyway, I thought I would share basic parts of my lists and how they’re broken down incase you’re too neurotic for your own good like me!

Here’s the big picture

Okay, so then I start putting things in each category.

The first section is Events/Attractions:

I had originally wanted to visit Magnolia Market during their Spring Vendor Fair at the Silo’s, but the dates didn’t work out, so that got scratched off. Now under the Waco heading is: Magnolia Market, with the hours and days they’re open (because our trip itinerary isn’t final) and special instructions (like parking). Then I have other places I want to hit while I’m there like The Findery and Laverty’s. I’ll add the same information under those places. I also have listed Round Top because the Spring Antique Fair is going on while I’m down south, but I’m not sure we’ll go there; I have the information in case.

The second section is ‘To Pack’:

I’ll start with my overnight bag. Since it’s a decently long trip, we’re going to stop when we get to a comfortable place and spend the night. So, that bag will have things like my: straightener, makeup, toothbrush, toothpaste, deoderant, perfume, phone charger, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, medicines, glasses, notebook, Bible, jammies, swimwear, undies, outfit for the next day, lotion, thermometer, planner, and feminine hygiene products.

Then my suitcase: blow dryer, curling iron, hair products, jewelry, qtips, nail products, facewash, tablet, laptop and cord, razor, shave gel, external hard drive, blanket, pillows, outfits, and extra shoes.

Last are the things for the car and cooler: an atlas (yes I know, kind of obsolete now, but I prefer to have hard copy back up!), sunglasses, car charger, money for tolls, camera, drinks, snacks, baby wipes, furniture blankets, and sunglass wipes. I’m taking food with me to make breakfast for my family there so that’s what I’m using the cooler for mostly in addition to drinks for the trip.

The last list I made is my to dos prior to the trip. The week before I need to do things like: bath my dogs, get an oil change, check the fluids in my car, detail my car, make playlists (because who wants to listen to 16 hours of crappy songs), and clean our my fridge. The day before the trip I do things like: call all accounts I could need to spend from so they don’t shut off my access mid-trip, do my nails, and make food for my man. The last part is the few things I need to do the morning that we leave: adjust the house thermometer, take out the trash, feed and water my dogs, and lock everything up.

I sincerely appreciate y’all reading about my quirkiness. Have you taken a long trip in a car? Where to? Tell me, tell me, tell me!!!