Friday, December 30, 2011

Resolved

I am one of those people that likes to look forward to the New Year and set goals for myself. I love that there are endpoints in time where I feel like I can end one season and start another. Here are some of my resolutions for this year:

Resolved:

-----To make spending time with God a priority every day. 

This has been a year of transition having a new baby and learning what life looks like, but the time I spend in prayer and reflection is always the most important thing I do all day. I need to remember this and make it a priority.
I can't be a good wife unless I spend time with God.
I can't be a good Mommy unless my marriage is a priority.
It all comes back to trusting God with each day and walking with Him.


----- To be more creative in ways I show my husband I love him.
To be a better listener.

------ To take time every day to sit down, ignore my to do list, and just play with C.

------- To read non fiction. I may set a goal each month for how many books I'll read.

-------To be intentional about connecting with my siblings. Text, fb, calls. Life gets busy, but I want to nurture a friendship with them like any of my other friends.

------ To realize there is almost always more than one 'right' way to do things. (Parenting, household tasks, finances, etc...)

------ To count my blessings.

------- To never forget that I am so rich and to care for others who are less fortunate.
Not to get caught up in our materialistic culture.
In a word: to be CONTENT.

------- To encourage my husband's dreams.
------- To not get so caught up in my to-do lists that I miss relationships.

-------- To exercise at least 3x a week.

------- Learn from my mistakes. (Instead of repeating them. :)

-------- Remember that everyone is fighting a hard battle. Be kind.

------- To not compare myself to other women.
(Talents, externals, spirituality, mothering, etc...)
Instead to look to Jesus for my example.

------ To be a blogger that shares more of myself and encourages others in their lives.
------ To challenge myself.

------ To learn to type correctly. (Maybe.)

------ To be a cheerful wife and mommy.

------ To try new things.

------ To have a garden again and preserve more stuff.
----- To do what works for us, not what I think I'm 'expected'  to do by others.
------ To re-use more and buy less.

What are some of your resolutions?


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Making it work.

Do you have pieces in your closet you don't wear anymore because you don't think they're flattering or cute anymore?

I do.

I came across this post from Amy at Sugar and Spice of her revamping a shirt she wasn't in love with and it inspired me to give it a whirl!

My Items:

Khaki jacket from Old Navy that is short waisted.
Tunic that I never know what to wear with.
Skinny Jeans that aren't quite skinny enough to tuck into tall boots without the above the knee "poof".

Here's what I came up with:
 I paired the short jacket with a longer tunic which balanced it well.
I tucked the jeans into some boot toppers which helped with the pouf.

Jacket: Old Navy
Wooden necklace: Dollar General
Tunic: thrifted
Toppers: Kohls
Boots: Target



I like how it turned out! Thanks for the inspiration, Amy!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

WiWW #21

Last WIWW for the year! Hope your year has been full of joy and blessings!

Floral top: F21
Cardi and Jeans: Penney's
 Shoes: Naturalizer

I made several of these flowers last week for Christmas gifts.
The link to my post with the tutuorial is Here


Sweater: Younkers (Christmas gift!)
Jeans: Penney's
Stripe socks: Target (also gift.)

Jeans and black sweater: Penney's
Stripe turtle: Target
Shoes: Naturalizer



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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Our Christmas in Pictures!

We had a wonderful Christmas! Lots of time with family and lots of fun having C understand what was going on so much more this year! 

We started our Christmas on the 24th at my parent's house.


Playing with Mom and Dad's Yorkie, Skiddles. (Ears in the foreground)

Aunt Jessica.


Reading.

Living room vignette.

Reading with Grandpa.


The guys cleaning up. (Not the greatest picture of them, but wanted to show off Mom's tree. Love it!)

On the 25th we headed over to Hubby's parents to celebrate with his side of the family.



 Taco dip I made.






What is it?


Are you finished yet Dad? Huh, huh?




























Hope you had a wonderful Christmas too!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Felt Flowers

I don't know if you're on Pinterest, but if you're not you should be! There are all sorts of great craft ideas! It can be mildly addicting, but oh so fun! :) Here is the link to my Pinterest account if you want to see some other things I've collected.

Here are some of the lovelies you can find on Pinterest:



                                          Source: littlemissmomma.com via Elyssa on Pinterest


                                            Source: littlethingsbringsmiles.blogspot.com via Elyssa on Pinterest



                               Source: homestoriesatoz.com via Elyssa on Pinterest




                                                                                 Source: nestofposies-blog.com via Elyssa on Pinterest



                                                            Source: cherishedvintage.blogspot.com via Elyssa on Pinterest



This is the tutorial I used for my flowers:

                                                                           Source: onelovelylife.com via Elyssa on Pinterest



If you would like to make some of your own I would recommended using her tutorial, but here are a few things I did and some pictures.I made a large one which I might use on a wreath, but the pink one is for pinning on a top or in your hair.

They don't take too long...Maybe 45 minutes. I cut all my squares with scissors. If you had a rotary cutter it would go faster.




 The circle diameter I used was 2 " and the squares were 
1 1/4" and  1".


 I got this nifty clip at Hobby Lobby. I also put a circle of cardboard between the back of the flower and the gray felt backing. I just cut a slit in the gray piece and slipped it over the clip. Then I sewed the gray piece to the back of the flower.


Finished!


Let me know if you have any questions!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wiww #20

This may be my best week yet as far as the most outfits I put together and photographed! It's definitely getting easier to put cute outfits together now that I've already come up with the combos. Getting inspiration from other bloggers is fun too!


I think this outfit was my favorite this week.

Black T, skirt, and jacket: Thrifted
Boots and tights: Target
Earrings: my shop 
Flower pin: Allora Handmade (Love! I see they are already sold out.)


 T: Gordmans
Sweater Vest: Target
Jeans: Penney's
Shoes: Asics
Necklace: my shop

Top: Gordman's
Jeans: Penney's
Shoes: Naturalizer
Pin: Allora Handmade


Turtle and boots: Target
Jeans: Penney's
Necklace: Lisa Leonard

Sweater and jeans: Penney's
Scarf: Target
Shoes: Thrifted


Earrings: Park Lane Jewelry


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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Cherry Cake Bars

This is one of my Hubby's favorite desserts. It goes together quickly and is pretty versatile. Here's what you need:

2 sticks butter, softened
1 3/4 c. granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 t. vanilla

1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. baking powder
3 c. flour
1 can cherry pie filling

Cream together the butter and sugar. Then beat in the eggs. Add the vanilla and mix well.


Add the salt and baking powder. I like to add it to the wet ingredients because it dissolves better and you don't have to wash an extra bowl.



Then add the flour. It should be a thick, sticky dough.


Spread 3/4 of the dough in a greased 9x13 pan. I usually spread as much of the dough as I can with a spatula and then I wet my hands to finish it.


Drop the cherry filling on top of the dough in clumps...


and spread it to the edges.


Use the last 1/4 of the dough to drop on top.


Bake at 350 for approx. 40 minutes. (or until golden brown.)
You can also make these in a 10x12 bar pan, but then they aren't as 'cakey'.

I've also substituted Blueberry pie filling. I imagine you could also do raspberry, apple, peach, etc..


Here is the finished product along with some Chocolate Revel Bars