Tuesday, March 26, 2013


My sweet child, Ben has been discussing some heavy stuff with me lately.  He told me, in his little man voice, "Mom, the only thing that matters in this world is that we survive, right?  Nothing else really matters in this world. Just to survive." 

I, of course, just kind of sit for a sec, not having a clue what to say.  Then, God in His infinite wisdom tells me (because without Him, I'm a frigging mess). 

I turn to Benno, and say no.  You have it wrong my son.  Love is all the matters.  Love for God.  God's love for you.  Our love for one another.  Love for strangers and others.  You love in your heart will radiate out of you....so people will know that you are a child of God.

This is all that matters.  Nothing else.

Yesterday, at the gro I picked up a 80 year old lady to take home.  She was in the process of calling a cab.  I thought, that's nuts to spend $25 on that....I will take you.  (She was frail, I could take her if I needed to! Ha!)  We headed to pick up Ben on the way.  She was hilarious!  She had two boys as well.  But, I think my very favorite part of the whole stinking thing was that Ben didn't miss a beat.  He was like, yep, that's what we do.  We help people.  He was a little shy talking in the back seat, but he spoke clear as a bell and shared about his day.   I am proud that he is my son.  I love that boy's heart. 

Now, I just need to pray to help prepare him for some of the not-so-great parts.  How do you do that?  How do you protect his heart, yet prepare him for the crappy parts.  Hopefully I will have some help.  Happy day to you and yours.  Go out and spread some love around like butter.  hugs, a

Monday, March 25, 2013

Home Front

Why Hello!  Welcome!  Come on In!  I'm so happy to see you!  Come hug me!!

My front door, thank to my sweet mum making me a lovely wreath. 

Do you like the laundry on the floor in the background?  Yeah!

This is our front entry. It's not grand....but it works for us grandly.  There is a space for little peoples shoes, dog goodies, party things, and outdoor things (such as bug spray, gloves, lint roller, antibacterial, etc).  It corals all the morning crappola like lunch boxes, keys, glasses.  I try to clear it off daily so that it doesn't get too cluttery. Each basket it labeled with a free printable and laminated (perk of being a teacher). 

The lamp is from Home Goods ($39), tray from Target ($12), the have mercy print was found on "Uncovet" for super cheap and I framed it at Michael's.  I will change art out, like I change undies, so I like free to inexpensive art.  The plant and pot are from Ikea, and the small vase is from a vintage store with flowers from my bro's wedding.  I don't remember where I got the rectangular baskets, but the cool one in the middle is from Colorado. 

This is actually behind our door.  It's pretty obvious, but this where all coats, bags, etc go.  It makes me happy.  The art is from etsy that says "Small homes grow tight families" (Kate got it first and I copied her)  I acquired this piece for free in a friends garage....score!  The cute green knob is from Anthro, and the pots are actually cups from Starbucks with little plants in them.  I obviously like plants.  The piece did have a mirror, but I liked it like this better.

As I said before, I am by NO MEANS an expert.  My home is pretty small, and I have live with all boys.  Thus, everything is super functional, inexpensive for in case it breaks and kid friendly.  In addition, I keep everything pretty simple, so it's easier for me to pick it all up at the end of the day.  Having a small house makes you want to just have less.  Less clutter, less mess, just less.

I don't really like the wall color, I would love to eventually paint our "main" rooms a soft grey or white instead of this weird creamy color.  It's not my fave. 

Where do you keep all these things?  Do you like that space?  Is it serving you well?  Does it make you happy when you see it?  Just food for thought.  Have a fabulous day my lovelies. 

(PS: I tool all pics with my iPad, so they aren't the best quality....but way easier for me)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Ramblings

I'm not really sure if you guys are liking the Creativity series or not....so many other people/bloggers do such an outstanding job covering those subjects. My attempt seems very half-done, but I hope it helps some of you!  I will try to take pics of my home/projects I've done this weekend to share with you!

Thanks to Mrs. Katie stepping out of her comfort zone with decorating and clothing, she inspired me to step out of my comfort zone as well.  I ACTUALLY worked out this week!  What, what!  I love the picture above, because that's how I feel this week. I tried Zumba, and loved it.  I've worked out four times.  Yes, four times!  Yeah me!  My pants don't hurt AS bad, but the scale isn't really moving too much yet.  It's only been one week and I was totally expecting these huge, ginormous changes.  Isn't that crazy?  I need to not be so hard on myself.  But, I don't seem to be paralized by fear of it anymore.  That's a step in the right direction.  Hope you have a blessed, restful weekend.  Hugs, a

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Creativity: Part 3

Have you been doing your homework?  Did you find lots of images you just loooove?  Well, yeah you!  If not, get busy sucka.

I love what Shelley (from Part Dos) put in her blog about starting with just one space.  Not a room, or home, just one little-ole-space.  That doesn't seem so daunting!  Later, when you get that one spot done, you can branch out from there to start the process of creating the home/room/area that you always dreamed of!  Even when it's the way you want it, if you are anything like me (just ask Mr. N), it's always a work in progress.  Something you picked, might not be working in that space....but might be great in your foyer.  Work in progress people.  Change it if you don't like it.

Pick a space you want to start with, be it your entry, a little corner, a book shelf, whatever.  My mom taught me years ago, clear it ALL off.  Make it naked.  Wipe it all down, do a little cleaning.  Okay, let's get to work. 

What purpose do you want that space to have?  Look at all your inspiration pages.  What is consistent in them?  What do they all seem to have in common?  What is the major thread that connects them?  Do they all have white walls with pops of color?  Are the traditional?  Are they all shabby chic?  Let me give you an example.

These were all pictures on my Pinterest board "Home Sweet Home".  I didn't go out looking for them.  After pinning loads I realized that I really like white with pop of colors.  Always.  I love it when "like" things are together on shelves and the books are combined by color.  It's the OCD in me.  I adore plants, books, and nature items as decoration.  But, this is the catch....it has to be functional too. 

What do you like?  What makes you happy?  What makes you feel relaxed?  Does your home reflect this? 

Once your space is all cleaned off and ready to decorate, study your images.  How did they create that look?  Do you have similar things in your home?  Maybe in another room?  Go get them!  Slowly start putting it all together.  If you get stuck, take a break and come back to it.  You will make a MASS MESS in the process.  No joke.  Just be creative.  Create the life you want for yourself!  Stay tuned....hugs, a

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Creativity: Part Dos

Looking through some favorite blogs yesterday....low and behold!  I found where Mrs. Shelley Smith over at the "House of Smiths"  did a friggin outstanding job discussing exactly what I wanted to discuss! 

Check it out: Here

She is absolutely amazing!  And has one of the very best decorating blogs out there!  Her tutorials are amazing and she is refreshingly real.  Pop over there and learn something! 

Happy Tuesday my lovelies.  Hugs, a

Monday, March 18, 2013

Creativity: Part 1

Well, hello there!  I've been on Spring Break enjoying friends, family, and the sweet sunshine all over the state of Texas.  And I'm back!  It has come to my attention through a couple of friends, that some of you sweet cats aren't creative.  That it isn't a natural thing for you.  That being creative is actually a little scary and outside your comfort zone.  Well....I will try to help you out, and I'm by no means an expert (my mom is though).  I peruse pinterest, young house love, houzz,  and many, many other blogs for ideas.  So please know, that lots of things are not my idea, I just know how to execute them. 

Thus, without further adieu, we are going to start a process sharing some of my not-so-secret tricks.  I will take pics of bunches of my projects to share, blogs I read, etc, etc.  Let me preface this by saying again, I am not an expert.  I am cheap.  I'm a working mom with not a lot of free time...so I need quick projects.  I don't sew.  I do however spray paint.

1. Go to Pinterest.  Look all around at various images you like.  Home, projects, clothing, art, and so on.  Just pin away.  Put house things together on a board, your clothes on a different board, etc. 
2. I would love for you to do this for a few days.  Don't think too much about the pinning.  If you like it, pin in. Then, after a few days or weeks, we can start to see you patern of style.  I will share mine with you next time.  Like your mom says, go do your homework! 

Feel free to follow my on Pinterest or Houzz.  Happy Monday, A

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Anthro knock off

I made this sweet paper, swirly garland at school yesterday. I loved how it turned out. A little time intensive, but worth it! All is is, is strips of paper and a stapler! Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I Lift My Hands

Just to start your morining off right....I was brought to tears.  Enjoy!  hugs, a

Friday, March 1, 2013


Do you ever look at your hands?  I mean, really look at them?  You can tell alot about a person by their hands.  Mine are not very attractive, but hard working.  I don't mean that in a negative sense either.  They just aren't girly looking.  My fingers are short, stubby and kind of fat.  But, I appreciate them tremendously...for all that they can do.  

I think of all the hard things they can do, like make jewelry, type, create things from scratch, wipe bums and noses, do the dishes with really hot water...you know, just be tough on them.   But, then I'm reminded of all the very tender moments with my kids....stroking their hair or playing with their little hands in the wee hours of the morning, massaging them with lotion after a bath, popping bubbles, pushing swings, all the sweet, adorable moments. 

This is what my life is made of.  Tight hugs....lots of lovings.  All those little moments strung together.  It doesn't seem to be the big stuff.  But as I look back over the week, month, year....all I seem to remember is the sweet feeling.  I am grateful for today. 

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