7.30.2014

What You Wish Wednesday No. 11

This summer has been so busy for us. crazy busy.  I feel like I have no time to just sit and breathe for a moment.  Unfortunately, things don't look like they are going to settle down until mid-September.  What that means around here?  My blogging will continue to be sporadic until things calm down.  But don't worry about What You Wish Wednesday!  It is still going strong and will be up and ready for your links each and every Wednesday so get to posting!!
Enough rambling and on to the features from last week's party!
Courtney @ Sweet Turtle Soup shares her summer wish list and I'm loving her picks!
Miss Mandee is at it again and has created this lovely Cherry Blossom printable that is FREE for you to download and enjoy.  
Tawnya @ All of Life's Little Adventures wrote such an inspiring post on fighting against the pull of materialism and idealism.  I really, really resonated with her thoughts.    
The Contented Wife shared an excellent post on why we shouldn't follow our hearts.  In a world that is constantly telling us to trust our hearts/instincts and go with what feels good we should stand guard and be alert to this message that is contrary to God's Word.  After all, "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" Jeremiah 17:9

Thank you to everyone who linked up this past week.  Again, I am loving our little link-up and all of the wonderful inspiration that has been shared.  Features, feel free to grab a button for your blog.
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Alright-y! Let's get this party started!  Here are the details:
  • Share a recent post from your blog. 
  • Include the WYWW button and/or a visible link-back to this post.  
  • Follow one or all of the hostesses: LeslieStasiaNikki, and Melissa
  • Check out a few of the shared links.
  • By submitting a link, you are giving me authorization to feature your post.  If your post is featured, I will include a picture and a link to your site to share the love!
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7.23.2014

What You Wish Wednesday No. 10

Y'all WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY has been up and going for TEN weeks!  Thanks to all of you for coming back each week and linking up your wonderful posts.  

Today, I'm featuring The Crazy Craft Lady's adorable DIY bathroom canvases.
Aren't these canvases adorable?  Lucky for us, she gives a full how-to tutorial on her blog. 

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If you haven't been following along with my IMPERFECT HOME TOUR series, you can check it out HERE.  I just added my living room to the series and I will be sharing my entryway tomorrow.


I have really enjoyed What You Wish Wednesday these past few weeks.  I've made some great connections and have been inspired more times than I can count.  I encourage you to stick around and link-up a recent post.  Also, you can now link-up through your Instagram account.  Just follow the steps below to add your entry and click on the Insta icon instead of linking your blog url.  You are welcome to share you Instagram account and blog entry.  The more the merrier!  I look forward to seeing what y'all share!

Let's get this party started!  Here are the details:
  • Share a recent post from your blog. 
  • Include the WYWW button and/or a visible link-back to this post.  
  • Check out the hostesses' blogs and follow along: LeslieStasiaNikki, and Melissa
  • By submitting a link, you are giving me authorization to feature your post.  If your post is featured, I will include a picture and a link to your site to share the love!
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7.22.2014

Catch-Up

I've been out of the loop and haven't posted my FIVE on FRIDAYs in a few weeks so I need to play catch-up. 

Here are a few updates:

[ONE]  Could JoJo be any cuter?  She's right smack dab in the middle of the adorable phase!

[TWO]  Big sisters have been dressing baby sis up!  


[THREE]  The other night, AG and Edy "made" dinner for Graham.  AG made a little menu and they pretended to be waitresses/hostesses.  I love how they love their daddy!


[FOUR]  Tomorrow I'm headed to Fort Worth for a Classical Conversation practicum.  I am so excited to start Cycle Three and tutor this year.  

[FIVE] Y'all come back tomorrow for What You Wish Wednesday. I'll be featuring an awesome tutorial, too!  
P.S. If you don't have a blog but would like to join in the fun, you're in luck! You can now link-up your Instagram account.  
See y'all tomorrow!

7.16.2014

What You Wish Wednesday No. 9

It's WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY!!!  The details are towards the end of the post, but there's nothing to it--link up WHAT YOU WISH! Easy enough?

I'm thrilled to share a few links from last week's party.  Y'all are going to love these!

You must head over to Julie's blog, Just the Joy's, and take a look at her wedding photos.  Gorgeous wedding, setting, reception, and beautiful bride!  Happy ONE year anniversary, Julie!

Darcy @ The Ruffled Stitch shares instructions on how to make this adorable baby outfit.  Isn't it so cute?

Lisa @ Lisa Love John is so excellent at making her home beautiful on a budget without it looking cheap. I love her style.  Head over to her blog and check out how she added botanical prints to homemade clipboards to create a wall full of color and interest.  I love it, Lisa!

Features, don't forget to grab a button for your blog!

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I have really enjoyed What You Wish Wednesday these past few weeks.  I've made some wonderful connections and been inspired more times than I can count.  I encourage you to stick around and link-up a recent post.  Also, you can now link-up through your Instagram account.  Just follow the steps below to add your entry and click on the Insta icon instead of linking your blog url.  Heck, if you have a blog and Instagram account, you should link-up both!  I look forward to seeing what y'all share!

Let's get this party started!  Here are the details:
  • Share a very recent post of your choosing. 
  • Include the WYWW button and/or a visible link-back to this post.  
  • Check out the hostesses' blogs and follow along: LeslieStasiaNikki, and Melissa
  • By submitting a link, you are giving me authorization to feature your post.  If your post is featured, I will include a picture and a link to your site to share the love!
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7.15.2014

Striped Accent Wall

A few weeks ago, Amanda @ Cultivate Create asked me to participate in her Mini Makeover Challenge! Y'all can check it out HERE.  

THE CHALLENGE:  Make over a space in your home without spending a dime...or a penny for that matter.

The minute I got her email about the challenge, I began to think about areas in my home that I could "fluff" with items I had on hand.  Then it donned on me...I had a bunch of half-used paints in the garage and a drab wall in my entryway that could use a little TLC.

Starting point:

We've turned our awkward entryway into a breakfast nook/school space.  We spend a lot of time in this space and it's never been quite to my liking.

A few weeks ago, I updated the gallery wall and I think I like it.  I think.

BEFORE

How to add a little pizazz to a drab wall with no money, you ask?  Add stripes!

After measuring, leveling, and taping my lines, I used the base color paint (dark gray: Valspar Wet Pavement) and painted over the tape to seal the lines and prevent the lighter color from dripping under the tape.  I found the tip on a blog and it worked wonderfully.  I ended up with perfectly straight lines and hardly any drips. If I'm lyin' I'm dyin'.

I had left-over paint (Valspar Woodlawn Snow) from my kitchen update and used it as my contrasting color.

AFTER


This little update took me just over two hours start to finish including clean-up!  How's that for a mini-makeover without spending a penny!? 

Thanks for the challenge, Amanda


This post first appeared on Cultivate Create.

7.14.2014

Social Media Pet Peeve No. 398,042

Social Media isn't going anywhere--it's the new norm.  How do I know this?  My grandmother has a Facebook account! For the most part, I like social media!  I really do. There are some awesomely wonderful things about Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but there are some aspects I could live without and I'm positively certain I'm not alone in my thinking. Right?

Last week, I read an article about wedding guests taking pics with their phones and ruining the photographer's photos due to guest's phone camera flashes.  In the article, the PROFESSIONAL photographer hired by the bride and groom vented about phone camera use during the ceremony and ruining many of her shots.  She called for an "unplugged wedding" asking for people in attendance to put away their phones and simply enjoy the wedding.  Click HERE to read the article. 

Social Media Pet Peeve:  Sharing Other People's Life Moments Too Soon

Nearing the time of Joy's arrival, I was informed that there was a good chance I would be put to sleep during her delivery.  Essentially that meant friends and family would probably see her precious face before I even laid eyes on the baby I'd carried in my womb for nine months.  About a month before her arrival, I sent an email to the family members who would be present at the time of her birth and asked them to please refrain from texting pics or posting pics of her on Facebook (social media sites) before I gave the "okay".  Does that sound silly?  Is it so much to ask that I get to see my precious baby before "friends" of "friends" of "friends" of "friends" take a quick glance at her!?! People I don't even know!?!  I think not!

Thankfully, I was awake during her delivery, but even so, my family honored my request and waited to post pics of her on social media sites until I gave the nod of approval.
  
Get this: A few pics of my new baby girl were texted (unbeknownst to me) and posted to FB by someone I barely know just seconds after my first FB update. WOW! *By the way, the premature text wasn't a malicious thing--it just happened.

I know of several other accounts of people sharing someone else's life moment and the outcomes have been so frustrating for the folks involved.

Why the rant?  I guess I'm just a little overwhelmed with social media and wish folks could just sit back and enjoy life a little more--myself included.

Ask yourself:  Is this my life moment to share with the world?  In a world where everyone can know virtually anything about everything in a matter of minutes why not make those precious life moments sacred...if only for a little while. 

Am I alone on this one?  What are your social media pet peeves?

7.09.2014

What You Wish Wednesday No. 8

Y'all this week has been CRAZY and it's only Wed Nes Day!  We are in the middle of Vacation Bible School and I'm in charge of...wait for it...CRAFTS!  Needless to say, I am knee-deep in crayons, paint, glue, and construction paper.  No worries...I haven't changed my mind about GLITTER.  I still LOATHE it and try to keep it a good distance from my person.  Remember my mantra...


Let's get this party started!  Here are the details:
  • Share a very recent post of your choosing. 
  • Include the WYWW button and/or a visible link-back to this post.  
  • Check out the hostesses' blogs and follow along: myselfStasiaNikki, and Melissa
  • By submitting a link, you are giving me authorization to feature your post.  If your post is featured, I will include a picture and a link to your site to share the love!


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7.07.2014

Stick Around!

Are y'all still with me?  I've been traveling for three weeks and now I'm home and in the middle of VBS.  I promise I'll get around to answering emails and comments very soon.

Don't forget to link-up with us on Wednesday for What You Wish Wednesday.  It's a no-fuss link-up in which you can share any recent post you wish.  Please join us!  Click HERE to check out last week's link-up.  

Next week I have some updates to the house and projects to share.  Stick around!

7.04.2014

Happy 4th of July

Happy Fourth of July!!!


Here's last year's family pic...


Twelve years ago today, Graham asked me to marry him.  The best was yet to come...


Have a wonderful day of celebration, fun, fireworks, and relaxation!