May 2015 Open Ipsy Bag! | Video |

Friday, May 29, 2015

Hello friends. I hope your Friday evening is going well. I haven't felt very good today....again so I am having a pretty calm night. I thought I would take a few minutes to drop in and share the May 2015 Ipsy Bag I recieved. Ipsy is one of my favorite monthly subscriptions.  Ipsy is a monthly subscription that costs $10. a month and always includes a cute bag and 5 or 6 products to test out. It's one of my favorite monthly subscriptions because I get to try out new products and such. It's so fun! You can sign up right here if you are interested. Hope you enjoy!

This is such a fun subscription service. I love it and many of my family and friends have signed up too and they are loving it as well. I would love to hear what your Ipsy products were if this month, if you are a subscriber too! If you are new here, please take a second to get subscribed so you don't miss any new videos or pictures. Have a beautiful night. ♥


Friday Letters ♥

Happy Friday friends! I hope you enjoy another edition of Friday Letters. Hope you enjoy! 

Dear God, Thank you for allowing me to live another week but more importantly thank you for protecting our children and our family. I trust in you more than anything. Dear tooth, why are you hurting so badly. You look just fine but you have been hurting so badly. FEEL BETTER. Dear Jordan, You will be 19 in a couple of days and it's a happy day and both a sad day for me. I thought when you turned 18 so many things would have changed. I thought you would come rejoin the family that loves and misses you so much. I am not sure what will happen, but in time I hope you realize how long we have waited and how long we have loved you. I guess we will wait forever. Happy Birthday. Dear Planner, it's sure been a busy week. You are filled up to the edge of the pages with notes, schedules and to do's. No wonder I am tired. Dear Brittany, I love and miss you so much. Leave it to you and the rest of the kids to get me to seriously think about moving back to Indiana. You kids are the best thing I have ever done in my life. Dear Bracelet, you keep hitting the laptop while I try to type. Grrrrrrr. It's time to come off.  Dear Shanna, sorry for not talking as much. As soon as I am feeling better I will be on that phone talking your ear off. Dear Jen, I am sorry that people have pitted us against each other. It makes me sad. I wish you and your family all the best. And those are my words not someone pretending to be me. Dear Dad, You still haven't came to see me in my dreams. But I somehow ended up going through a bunch of pictures the other night...and you were there in so many of them. It helped. I really miss you and I am thankful for all the good memories we made together. I saw pictures of your wife too. I know so many people hate to hear that I think she was evil. Everyone thinks of nice loving little old lady grandmothers who should never have the word 'hate' used against them. But she was pure evil and got so much more wrong than she ever did right. I'm sorry. I don't even think years of therapy would change my feelings.  Dear Laci, I can't wait to see you in a few weeks. You know, you were the first person I watched grow up from an infant to a strong lady. I am so happy now that you are older because we seem to be so much closer. I am no longer trying to hide adult issues from you. Instead, I call YOU for advice because you always have a point of view that I don't. I love you sis. Dear Jackson, I can't believe you just walked through the door. And yes, I knew it was a half day but I really had not thought of it today. I am so happy you are out of school. SUMMER IS HERE! Dear Blog/Youtube friends, if you want to write a post, write it.  If you want to say something, say it.  If you preface everything that comes out of your mouth with some sort of disclaimer, I'm just going to assume you're weak.  Not everybody has to like you and the choices you make all the time. Particularly when your choices are dumb.  who cares?  you do not have to defend your decisions to anyone but yourself ....all things I need to remember myself. Just try to learn the lessons of your soul along the way. Dear Mom, Sorry I didn't call about the flooding. Again I saw something on FB that made me think you were ok. I hope you know how much I love you and how thankful I am that you are my mom. I am sorry my grandparents got it so wrong about you. I am ashamed of them because I couldn't ask for a better more loyal loving mother. The cruise is just weeks away!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dear Louisiana, I don't know what is going on but one minute you make us feel everything will be fine and that we are moving in the right direction and then the next day, you make us believe something totally different. I am loosing hope to say the least. And one day, I might change the names and location and write a full book about what we have experienced. I am so disappointed in you. Dear Treadmill, we have a date together in a few minutes even though I feel like crap. My legs still work so I am getting on and hoping that it will make me feel a little better and give me some energy. Dear Trina, I love you so much but you know what? I wish I could drug your ass and get you on that big boat with us. I am going to miss you. Since you are going to be staying home, I might just need your help with some blog and youtube stuff. Dear Cooper, sorry that back window in my car doesn't open up. I didn't mean to tease you with going bye bye only to have to take you back in the house. I guess you are just not made to fit in the Mini Cooper. Dear Scott, Sorry I got grumpy last night about you being so noisy. You know I wasn't feeling good. But I totally appreciated you giving up the hot water for me to take a bath. I love you.  Dear Weather, I wish you would make up your mind on what you want to do. If your going to it already. Dear Romeo, You look so great after your big brush out last night. Sorry you got annoyed by it however it was worth it. Dear Birds, You must be telling all your friends about the birdfeeder in the yard. You guys are eating a bag of bird food every few days. Dear Kevin, I wish you would stop hiding out and come join the family. Believe it or not, I care and so does everyone else. Families are about forgiveness and love. You have a great family whom I adore. I wish you would stop wasting time. Dear Breah, I just want to to know that I have been thinking of you. I hope all is well. I miss your dad.Dear Laura, I think you are such a sweetheart. I am blessed with a older daughter/friend. Your dad and I love you very much. Kiss the kids for us.  Dear House, I need to get up and get you picked up better. I am taking it slow today...still not feeling my best, but I am going to try to get a few things done. Why haven't you figured out a way to clean yourself up!?  Dear friends and family, There is only one acceptable reason. to call me before 6:30 a.m.: you're dying. You might call but don't be surprised that I didn't answer or I did and was not so nice. Dear Friday, here I am.. not feeling good but awake and wishing that I was feeling amazing so I could run around my house and clean it up. But as it looks right is going to be resting and more recuperation. I wish I felt better for you. Dear Danielle, I have been thinking of you lately. I hope things are going well on the West Coast. If you are reading this, shoot me an email and let me know what you have been up to. We have a lot of catching up to do!

I hope you guys are having a great Friday! I'll be back in a bit with a new come back! :

Day in the Life Vlog: May 25 - 28, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hello friends! I hope you guys are having a wonderful Thursday. I wasn't feeling good last night and woke up this morning still feeling like crap. So I jumped out of bed and headed to the Dollar Store for some Advil around 9am and then got right back into the bed and stayed there until just a few minutes ago. Yea... so you can see I am not having the best day. I am feeling a little better now but I am really really sleepy. I was up so much last night tossing and turning and the medicine is making me tired too but we are going on with the day regardless if my body likes it or not. So I normally vlog a little each day throughout the week and break it up betweeen 2 vlogs. I will also be sharing a new day in the life vlog on Monday for the remainder of this week. So here's what's been going on the last few days.

So it's going to be a busy day of sorts for me. Basically I have laid in bed all day not feeling good and now I am going to get going and probably not stop until late tonight. Unless I start feeling bad again. I am just going to keep dosed up on Advil and hope I can take care of my home and family tonight. Speaking of my family, I have to head down to the dealership in about an hour to be a part of a very important phone call. So gotta get cleaned up and head out. I'll see you guys in a bit. xx


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Freezer Purge & Organization { w/ Dollar Tree Products } VIDEO

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday! I am back sharing a new purging video. After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing I have been inspired to declutter and re organize different areas in my house. This method suggests pulling everything out from a certain category, and tackling it all at once instead of doing it room by room. Last time I went through my makeup, beauty, hair and bath products which worked out really well. It's amazing how much stuff I actually had that I didn't want or use anymore. All of it went straight in the trash! Next up.. the freezers. I was getting so tired of digging through the deep freeze and trying to find something. So everything came out, and then I sorted through it.. and re organized it! Here's the video showing how I did it...hope you enjoy!

So what do you guys think? It looks a lot better and the items from the Dollar Tree seem to holding up great being they bend easily to hold different items. I think this setup on the big freezer, will make life a lot easier and it didn't even take that much time. I hope these videos inspire you to change some of the areas in your home that are frustrating you and not working for your families. :) Let me know if you have any places that you want to work on and maybe I will do that area in my house too that might help inspire you!

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Tuesday Truths * Sleepy Edition

:: Its seems like the day lasted forever for me. I have been so busy and still want to finish a few things before I go to bed this blog post!

:: It was pizza night in the Jaggers House. Since I have been so busy, I changed our dinner plans...and I let Papa Johns feed us tonight. 

:: I actually had to turn the air on today. I am not a fan of air conditioning but I was so hot running around the house that I finally gave it. But as the sun starts to set, I am going to turn if off and open up the house again. Nothing feels the same as fresh air flowing through the house. 

:: I have been getting to bed so late. I am totally going to change that. 

:: Another little boy was attacked and killed from a pitbull yet again. I don't understand why people don't understand how dangerous those dogs can be. If Scott came home with would be our family or the dog. No joke. It's just not a chance I would ever be willing to take. 

:: I held on the phone for 45 minutes waiting for a ATT representative. How ridiculous is that? It's ATT....why don't they hire more people. We all have busy lives...and that was 45 minutes I will never get back.

:: I need to make time to either get a pedicure and manicure or just do it myself. The key words..→ Make Time ←. 

:: I hurt a back tooth last night somehow and it has been uncomfortable all day long. Thanks to Advil I have been able to deal with it but it if don't stop hurting soon...I am going to have to go to the dentist. YUCK!

:: There has been NOTHING on tv worth watching the past few days. It makes me just want to pull the cable boxes out and be done with it. Use only Amazon or Nexflix and forget about it. However, the boys would kill me. They out number me on the tv...but it's silly to pay so much to get so little in return. 

:: I am so impressed by the women in my family. What a strong bunch who could seriously do anything they want. I'm blessed.

:: Jackson got talked to today regarding how his actions speak for our family. I wanted him to fully understand that when he is out in society without us, he is in fact representing our family...not just himself. Let's hope talk helps. Sigh...teen-agers! :)

:: My desk looks so clean but there is a hidden organized mess but you can't see it. Maybe that is a job I can tackle in a while...right now Scott and I are finishing a movie so maybe later tonight. And it wont bother the boys sleeping with me cleaning it up. 

:: I did just take a long hot bath and it did an amazing job at making me feel better. And while the water was running, I was able to put away a basket of clothes all while chatting away to my best friend. See...multi tasking at it's finest! 

:: I was reading a poll about the news channels...and Fox news scored the most inaccurate news channel at 60 % false, then MSNBC  was next with 44% and my beloved CNN coming in at 80% TRUE. See...I knew I watched the right news channel. Always CNN....and now you see why. I should have been an anchor for CNN....or on the payroll of the White House! :) 

:: We finally got some rain tonight in the later hours. I have been waiting to water the plants because it looked like it was going to pour down for days. I don't think it lasted long enough but at least the plants finally got a good watering. 

:: I miss my little daughter Brittany Belle. Actually, I miss all the kids up north. They are growing up so fast. Its such a hard thing to be away from them. I talked to Laura today and she seemed as sweet as ever. Brittany is in the crazy teenage years but I am so impressed with all the kids. 

:: My knee is feeling better so I have been on treadmill daily. I still don't like it. But it does make my body feel a little better. Now if I could just stop snacking before might start to help me loose some weight! My mom pointed out the other day that walking on the treadmill and then going out for fast food is not helpful. Ha! I still had to eat! :) But she was right and I need to try to make more of an effort. 

:: My new tag came in for my car today...only husby forgot to put it on. Oh well.. he will maybe do it in the morning or I can do it myself. I am just happy to get rid of the paper tag because I can't leave the state with it. Now I can totally fly the coop in the Mini Cooper!

:: I totally have forgotten to check the PO Box the past couple of weeks. I am sure I have a note in there from the post lady reminding me that I need to pick up my mail on a more consistent basis or I will have to rent a bigger box. Gotta there this week sometime. 

:: It's amazing the amount of garbage we have been holding on to. I have been purging things for weeks and the more stuff I come across, the more stuff I am just throwing away. If it hasn't been used in a long while, I don't see the point in keeping it. I can promise you though...I am totally giving the handy dandy garbage men a bonus at Christmas for hauling it all away for us. 

Sweet Dreams...I'll see ya tomorrow. xx

Abundant Chef Ceramic Knifes Review, Demo, and Giveaway!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hello friends! Happy Tuesday to you all! I am back to go over the Abundant Chef Ceramic Knives. I was asked to test these out and share my thoughts with you guys! Everything is in the video and below you will find more pictures and information to get entered into the giveaway! Hope you enjoy. 

When I was contacted from Abundant Chef, I was able to pick out what I wanted to try. I went for the 9 piece Ceramic Knife Set to test out. It looked like the perfect set to try. It didn't take long before they were here. I thought the packing looked a little cheap for such nice knifes but it's nothing that really matters. Inside the package was 4 fruit and vegetable knifes and one ceramic peeler. 

It came with a 6" Ceramic Chef's Knife. This knife is designed to perform well at many differing kitchen tasks, rather than excelling at any one in particular. It can be used for mincing, slicing, and chopping vegetables, slicing boneless pieces of meat. Unlike stainless steel knifes, these are not heavy. They feel light on the wrist and super easy to use. 

It also came with a 5" Utility knife. This knife is smaller than a chef's knife but larger than a paring knife. It is a very versatile knife excels at everyday tasks, from cutting sandwiches to slicing meat. This indispensable knife is handy for smaller precision tasks like peeling, trimming and slicing small fruits and vegetables.

Here is the 4' utility knife in the set. This paring knife is great for peeling fruits and vegetables; slicing a single garlic clove or shallot; controlled, detailed cutting, such as cutting shapes or vents into dough; and scoring designs and patterns on surfaces of food.

 The last knife in the set is this 3" fruit knife. Thisfruit knife is used to cut and peel fresh fruit at the table in formal and informal dining. Such as peeling an apple for lunch. This little knife is perfect for smaller jobs in the kitchen.

 They also included a ceramic vegetable peeler in the set. I had never used one of these before until I got this set in. It is so sharp and efficient in peeling carrots and potatoes...and I even used it for some Parmesan cheese too.

You can see the size difference between the 6" chefs knife on bottom and the 5" utility knife above and...

Here's the difference between the 4" pairing knife and the 3" fruit knife. 

What I love about these knifes is they will not rust or turn on you when cutting fruits with a lot of acid. These held up well with daily use in our kitchen for the last couple of weeks. I have tested them out in every way and I am very impressed with how sharp they are and how easy they make the work in the kitchen. A dull knife will just make everything you do just feel so much harder than it should. These knifes are not to be used on any kind of meat with bones. They are ceramic and will break if you are try that. Also if you were to drop one on a hard floor, there is a good chance you could shatter it. So be careful! 

All the knifes in this set cut like a dream. No joke. They are super super sharp and have held their edge well. But if you are not use to using really sharp knifes, watch out otherwise you will probably cut yourself. I would rather have a very sharp knife that I have to keep my fingers away from rather than a old dull knife that makes you do a lot of work to cut through something. You are not suppose to put these in the dishwasher because it could damage them. They are to be washed in hot soapy water by hand and you can use bleach and water also.

These knifes have quickly became my go-to set. I use them pretty much daily and for the price I think they are amazing. I might just end up getting a few for Christmas gifts for my family and friends. Since you guys are my " online family" I have a gift for you too! Abundant Chef is sponoring a giveaway where one of YOU will win a box of knifes just like the ones I showed you in the video above! This giveaway will go on from today - May 26, 2015 through June 9, 2015. Use the form below to get entered. You must be 18 years of age to enter. There are lots of ways to earn extra points too! :) If you are interested in going ahead and buying a set of these knifes right now you can use these discounts!

Code:10off50 ($10.00 off $49.99 or more)
Code:5off30  ($5.00 off $29.99 or more)

Here's the entry form for the giveaway. Good luck to everyone!

Thanks for stopping by and getting entered! I hope you guys know how much I enjoy sharing with you! Have a great day! xx


Week in Review w/ 2 DITL Vlogs: May 18 -25, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Monday. As many of you know... I post a week in review recapping what happened over the week & weekend. Its something that I have been doing off and on for years. Its just a simple way to give you guys a glimpse into our week. I have changed up the vlogging schedule where I will be uploading a Day in the life vlog always and then another on Thursday. Monday's vlog will cover Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the previous week and Thursdays vlog will be for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Actually I might be adding more vlogs in during the week...depending on how much I vlog. This time there is 2 ditl vlogs! :)

Here is a look in the first part of our week. For the most part things have been pretty calm and easy going around here. If you haven't seen it yet, here's the first vlog of the week. We had a trip down south and then back to regular to regular life from the middle of the week on. 

Because my vlogs would be over an hour long if I included the entire week, here is the latest Day in the Life Vlog from the weekend! 

Sunday night of last week, I was busy scurring around the house trying to get things ready for our trip to Louisiana. I had a laundry to do, cleaning...packing and so much more. My best friend kept wondering why I wasn't calling only to realize when we did finally speak, that I was leaving the next day. I collasped in bed and woke up and got right back to it. Getting the animals taken care of, packing last minute items and such...and then we hit the road for an 11 hour trip.

The drive is getting harder on Scott and I as we get older. We use to be able to jump in the car and drive for days but now we are starting to tire out a little faster. We didn't have horrible weather on the way down south but we did get rained on both...going and coming home but we saw a rainbow coming back! It crossed my mind that maybe everything happening in our family right now will work out ok. To be honest, I have had my share of doubts but that beautiful rainbow gave me a little more hope. Our trip was lovely for the most part but we were in and out. Our visit there was filled with love, kindness, smiles & giggles which was heartwarming to say the least. 

Once we got back home, it was back to normal life. I had to get things back in order here after being gone 2 days. It doesn't sound like much but there is a lot of things that has to be done before we leave and when we come home. I had to get out and get some shopping done. You can see the haul here. Another thing I have been dealing with is puffy hair. I am using a new shampoo that is help taming it a little more but it's been so full and voluminous, I guess due to the heat. In that picture above, I feel like a helmet head! :)

Over the weekend, I stayed busy around the house with little odd jobs. Scott worked Saturday until 730 and on Sunday laid all around the house not feeling good. It was a little frustrating but I just worked around him most of the day. He did bring flowers home Saturday which are beautiful so I just let him be and went on with my day. I gave Gabby a bath...she is such a sweetheart of a kitty cat. She is wonderful in the bath and it's not hard at all. I moved to after that to computer work and then housework... I played that game all day. I would work around the house for while...take a computer online checking emails, responding to comments and such then back to housework. I actually made some homemade garlic bread for dinner yesterday too. And I finally finished out the evening working in my planner and editing videos. 

Today, Scott is working. Something they always do in the car business..You know it.. Memorial Day Sales and I hate it. But hopefully they get some good sales at least. Jackson has been busy playing with his friends and I am at the desk today. Not so fun for Memorial Day but I am kinda happy we don't have a houseful or party going on. I wish we were hiking or something but I don't mind the peace and quiet. It's ok today. 

:: Get a hold of social worker here in SC. It's important. Probably won't get through till Tuesday though. All need to remember weekly calls down south too. 

:: Daily treadmill time. No excuse...just get my ass on there and run. 

:: Water some tomato plants and get them in the ground. Maybe I should wait till after our vacation...maybe not. Idk. 

:: Order the animals flea meds. 

:: Organize desk in really needs my attention. 

:: Get screen for back window....thanks Scott. 

:: Menu plan for the next few weeks. 

:: Get old ashes out of the fireplace. I have been meaning to buy candles to put in there throughout the summer but keep forgetting. Buy Candles KISHA!

:: Deep clean all the bathrooms this week. 

:: Hang out laundry as much as possible to help keep the electric bill down. 

:: Finish bathing the rest of the cats. 

:: Clean out purse and travel bag... and by travel I mean from the bag I take up and down the steps every morning and night. 

:: Check out ikea for a new shelf for the bedroom. 

:: Start preparing for the cruise we are taking. 

:: Wash windows on the 2nd floor. I finished the 1st floor last week. I am forever rotating the 2 floors. 

:: Calls to make....ATT, Charter ( to fix a box in our house ), Catch up with Laura, and Laci too. It's hard tracking those two girls down! 

:: Clean up files on the computer and also I need to clean up the DVR's. 

:: Fill prescriptions. Something I struggle to remember to do. I miss the days when the bottles just had refills on it. Every month we have to take in the papers for the refills. Honestly...that's due to all the dope heads making it harder on people just need their prescriptions. It's ridiculous. 

♥ Scott was for sure a blessing this past week. He drove us most of the way to Louisiana and got us home safely. I had to help off and on but he did most of the driving. He also pulled off some tiny little miracles around the house this past week too. I am not going to get into all that right now but he did manage to save the day....a couple of times!

♥ Knowing that ALL our kids are ok. We are a blended family to say the least, but all of our children are doing well. The biggest blessing of all is going to be when we get to have Thanksgiving and Christmas with them all together. It will probably take a miracle but we are for sure going to make it happen! :)

♥ The weather here in South Carolina is simply gorgeous. Even rainy days are beautiful here. I like SC for the most part....which makes me think I will be moving. I love the mountains and the beach in the same state. But who knows where life will lead us. Maybe we will be here forever. Maybe not. I guess I will just have to wait and see. 

♥ Sleeping in my own bed. Hotels are fine but there is nothing like being home in your own comfortable bed. I totally felt blessed getting home and snuggling up in my bed. 

Here's some inspiration to take with along with you through the week:

Thank you so much for stopping by. I plan on getting busy with things around the house. It won't be long until Jackson goes to his dads and our house will become quiet. I don't think I am going to like it for long. The first couple of days will probably be ok...then I will start missing and worrying about him. But with all the time we have before and after our vacation, I am going to get a lot of tasks down around the house. Thanks for stopping by. I'd love it if you got subscribed! ↓ xx


What's Cookin' | Our Daily Meals | Vlog Style

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hello friends! I hope you are having a great evening. I totally love love love weekend evenings when the sun is out longer where we can enjoy time outside instead of being stuck in the house. It's such a beautiful evening here in South Carolina. I wish I had all you guys here in my backyard enjoying a bbq with us! Speaking of food, I am actually back sharing our latest What's Cookin' video where I share our daily meals vlog style. It's not just your quick standard video where I show our can actually cook along if you like because I also show you how I make the dinners. Hope you enjoy! 

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you maybe found something you can make for your family. I know not all of our dinners is organic and gluten free but we meals that are for your typical families when you are just trying to get dinner on the table on a busy night. If you have any questions about anything you saw in the video, be sure to let me know. You can find more of these kind of videos right here if you need a little more menu inspiration!  Also if you are new here, I would love it if you took a second to get subscribed!


I'll be back tomorrow with a new Week in Review blog post with 2 Day in the life vlogs! Stay tuned. xx

Sunday Inspiration

Happy Sunday friends! I hope you are having a wonderful day. It's such a beautiful day around here. The windows are open, the birds are singing, the sun is shinning and I feel God in everything. 

I have been thinking a lot here lately of a few people in our lives who are having difficult times. I don't assume to know everything but in their own ways they seem totally in despair. It's a feeling I have known well over the years myself. Maybe that's why I can recognize it in others so easily. For all of us, if we are still breathing...and the sun rises on another day; it is not too late to change things to how you really want and need them to be. Throughout my life I have made a lot of wrong turns ( at least they were wrong in my head ) but because of my family and mostly God, I still found my way to a better place. None of us are our mistakes. Really those mistakes are suppose to be a powerful force that teaches you a particular lesson. And if you don't get the lesson, it will keep coming harder and harder until you do. At least that is what I have found. 

God understands the struggles we all have. He gives us hope and other options and even without our knowledge guides us to where we need to be, if we simply let him. John 13:7 reminds us all that → You don't understand now what I am doing but someday you will. ← Our life with our kids and family is not always easy. We still struggle and wonder why things are happening. But I trust that God will see us through everything. I trust that all our short comings will be forgiven. I trust God will take care of my kids, my family, myself.....our world. I hope though, you guys remember we all free will. We can make our own decisions, we can make mistakes, and hopefully our spirits will grow all the way through. 

We will always have storms in our life and we won’t always make the right decisions.  We won’t always follow-through on things we need to do. But we can either walk through the storm with God and our family or we can go through life never realizing there's a bigger picture. God always has a plan for what we endure and what we struggle with but we can’t always see it. We have to put our trust and hope in him to bring us through it. We can change things. It first starts with living for God and knowing that no matter what happens in our lives, we will be ok. Then it takes actual action to make that u-turn to get back on the road you need to be on. No matter what happens, life has a funny way of going on. I have found with age, the bigger picture is always at the front of my mind. For me that means making sure my children are well prepared for the future when I am not here any longer. Praying, hoping that I will have enough time to make sure that happens. That's my only wish...that's what close my eyes and think about blowing out birthday candles, wishing upon stars and sending prayers up. They have been my biggest inspiration for a more God centered life and better choices.

 And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.  Psalm 39:7

Weekend Shopping Hauls | Ingles Market, Walmart, & Dollar Tree |

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hello friends! I hope your evening is going well. Around here, I have been busy doing all kinds of odd jobs around the house. I thought I would drop in and say hello and share our latest shopping haul(s). I decided to put 3 shopping hauls in one because I have been running behind on videos. I just don't want to eat up 3 days worth of videos with hauls. So in the video below you will see our shopping hauls from Ingles Market, Walmart & the Dollar Tree. Hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope your having a wonderful weekend. The rest of the evening I am going to continue working on some projects and enjoying time with the boys. If you are new here, I'd love it if you took a minute to subscribe! 


Late Late Night Edition of Friday Letters ♥

Dear God, Thank you for hearing our prayers about our kids and family. I think a lot of our last trip south went well because you heard not only my prayers but also the prayers going up from friends and family. Also God, I miss my grandfather/dad. I've asked him myself to come visit me in my dreams and nothing. Maybe he is up there hanging out with a lot of the family but I could use your help. Could just help him understand how much I want to see him. I think there is always going to be a hole in my heart and soul with him being gone. Dear Savolopoulos family, I am so sorry for what you went through. No family deserves to be terrorized in their own homes. It's one of my worst fears. We lift you up in our prayers.   Dear Romeo, you are so cute and cuddly. I like to think I can speak kitty cat but I seriously have no idea why you kept meowing at me earlier. Dear Brittany, could you please stop wasting food at your dads house and don't forget to be nicer to him. I am tired of you guys fighting. I love and miss you. Dear Spare Bedroom, I really want to get you cleaned up..and move everything into the garage that we have stored. I am guessing lots of stuff will end up in the trash.  Dear Mom, I hope you have been enjoying you quiet week. :) I love you and we are going to see each other in about 3 weeks for vacation!!! Yea! Dear Scott, Thank you for getting things figured out. I know it's been a bit stressful here but we are fine and being we are doing what's right...everything else should fall into place. I love you. Dear Body, why do you feel like you are having a heat flash right now at 2am? Maybe I should check the air. Thank you for healing my knee up. Now it's time to get back on the treadmill. Dear Jackson, you are getting a little more moody like Brittany Belle. I know you are teenagers now but come on. Be nice and remember that we are parents are not perfect but we try and we love you. Dear TV, you are about as useless as ever right now. Nothing good on expect CNN and one can only take so much of that. I kinda wish of doing away with you but the boys would kill me. But who needs you with Netflix and Amazon Instant Video???Dear Laura, We miss you! You are such a sweetheart. We are going to have to catch up sometime over the weekend. Dear Inkwell Press, I love your planners. Please don't change up the classic layout too much for your 2016 planners! Dear Jordan, I hope you know that I love and miss you.  Dear Skin, what is going on with you? You are so discolored and a mess right now. Thanks a lot. I just love surprises. Dear Shanna, I think I am just as happy about you moving as you are! I love you. You are a true best friend and I can't wait to come visit! Dear Zane, I loved seeing you. You look just like your dad! We love and miss you. Dear Bird Feeder, I have sat for countless minutes watching the neighborhood birds flock to you. Who knew I liked bird watching! Dear Laci, I miss you. I can't wait to see you on that big boat in a few weeks too. Dear Riley Parks, Thanks for the giggles this week! Dear Trina, thank you for all your love. People would die if they heard some of our conversations!! Your a wonderful sister in law and I am so grateful you are someone I....we can count on. Dear Desk, I am looking at you right now and could seriously spend 4 hours cleaning you up...sorting papers...paying bills and still need more time to work online and do other stuff like plan. Yea, I need a full day at the desk. And I think I need to get a more comfortable chair! Dear Blog/Youtube friends, I promise to catch up on emails over the weekend. They always pile up so fast. It's amazing how many really good relationships I have formed because of this blog and my videos. I couldn't be more grateful. Thank you for being so fun loving and supportive! Happy Weekend. xx