Hey! Hey again! Twice in the same week. Get it, Girl!
So I said I’d be back with some goodies, so here I am. A good old friend of mine and I reconnected a little while back, and when I say old friend, I’m talking Sunday School class & VBS! That’s how WAY BACK we’re talking!
Anitra is an Insta Influencer with a following @frugalyetfab, and is sharing her FABULOUS finds with the world. You all know me, and know that I am always on the hunt for an amazing deal, so of course, I was immediately drawn to her posts.
We got to talking and decided that we were going to collaborate and introduce our first challenge. We shall call it……”The Head To Toe” challenge. We will each have $35, 1 day, & only the 3 stores we’ve picked ahead of time to shop at. We will be dressing ourselves from Head to Toe, (see what I did there?) and can add nothing that we already own, outside of underwear & socks!
Well, I hate to do this to you Anitra, (not really) but you are about to go down! This is totally in my wheel house…what I was born for… so I guess you can say that the trash talking starts now!
OK, so back to the real reason for this post. You All! Why don’t you grab your BFF, pick 3 stores, and put your strategy together. The plan is to get our “Shop On” on the morning of October 3rd, separately, and come together that evening to model our finds, and will post to IG with a hashtag, so stay tuned.
We will continue our build up battle on Instagram, so you will be able to join in on our fun! Don’t worry, we we really are fiends. No Friendships will be harmed during this challenge. Ha!
It seems like forever since my last blog post. Hmmmmm, let’s see… at least a good six months. Man! Has the world completely turned upside down?
I will share this. Back in late April, I had it. The dreaded Covid 19. For those of you that knew and prayed with me and for me, they were most definitely felt. It was a pretty scary time with not knowing how sick I would get, or the toll it would take on both me and my household, but the good Lord saw me through. Saw us all through. Thankfully, no one else got sick, at least not that we know of, and the best friends and family saw to it that we didn’t skip a beat! My husband took great care of me, and my kids saw to it that I didn’t have to worry about anything. Thank you Jesus for your blessings up in my house!
Fast forward to present day, and things are still crazy! We are now virtually learning, so Mama is now working from home, monitoring an 11th & 7th grader’s online learning, facilitating a 2nd grader’s two live zoom classes a day, along with helping with the class work that follows, not to mention holding down the fort everyday!
Here are just a few glimpses into what we’ve got going on in the day…
Well, Friends. It felt good to get back into sharing with you all. The plan is to be back on Thursday with some god stuff, so have a Blessed Day!
Hey there! Praying you all are home safe and healthy. The times right now are quite the mess, but what I can say is that with the Lord on our side, we cannot lose.
Philippians 4:88Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Damon and I have been talking about doing an overhaul on our fireplace for a good 6 months or so. We do a lot of discussing, especially after watching HGTV marathons, but rarely take the plunge on a full collaborative project, but with this one, he already had a Home Depot trip planned for something else, and he came back with all of the supplies needed. I do have to add, this was well over 6 months ago…
With Operation: Shelter in Place in full swing, we decided there was no better time like the present, and we got to work! We had already watched multiple YouTube videos and decided which technique we liked best. It was a beautiful day outside, so we opened all doors and windows and got at it.
Here is our fireplace before….
Look at us, all teamed up! We work good together. It was really not a hard task, and it didn’t even take us 2 full hours. The clean up was the biggest job.
Looky there! Our finished masterpiece.
I am so proud of the way it turned out. It really lightens up the room.
I had a few other projects that were tackled over the weekend, but I will share those over the next week or so, so be sure to come back! In the mean time:
There has been a lot going on this past week. The time SPRUNG forward and jacked everybody’s sleep up. The kids were on Spring Break, so groceries had to be stocked. The world went into a frenzy, as the Covid-19, aka Corona Virus was found close to home, so folks bought up all of the toilet paper. Rounded all off with a Friday the 13th! I am not a superstitious person by any means, but really? That’s how the week was going to end?
The kids went to visit Big Sister & Grandma, so Damon and I had us some QT. While I was perfectly fine to stay glued to my couch all weekend, Damon decided we needed to get out and get a few supplies. I hadn’t even seen daylight on Saturday, and fully expected to see some version of The Purge when I finally did go outside. So grateful that that was not the case, we did have to go to a couple of stores just to get milk & eggs. One girl had on a full on hazmat mask working at Walmart! SMH! Damon said, “You know her Grandpa probably sent her to work with that mask. Pulled it out of his garage.” HA!
I was so glad to get away from those folks and back in the coziness of my own house. “Oh couch, how I missed you in those 2 hours I was dragged from you.” #grownupmoviestowatchwithnoanimation
Sunday morning came, and church was still on. I did feel like worship was necessary in dealing with all that is going on. We went to praise HIM, and I felt better about tackling the week.
Since Spring Break has been extended, Grandma offered up a few more days to keep the kids, and since we do miss them, and wanted to lay eyes on everybody, we made the trip to Waco to check in.
We were all sitting on the porch, and while Damon & Donovan decided to cut Mama’s grass, we all got into the swing of working on the rest of the yard. Mama went in and boot them boots on….
And got at it!
We had a great time digging in the dirt, finding snails, re-potting plants, and just spending time together as a family. It was nice out, until it started to rain, then we decided to pack it in. After all was complete, I kissed all 4 of my babies & my sweet Mama, and we set on our way home. Praying that our children & family stay protected from harm and sickness. In Jesus’ name.
3 John 1:2 2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
Hey, Y’all! I just wanted to share something I found to be pretty cool. I have always been intrigued by the whole meal kit craze that I had been seeing advertised everywhere. There are a bunch out there, and unfortunately, no one is paying me to push their brand, (Maybe I need to look into that.) so I won’t necessarily recommend one over the other, but I say all of that to tell you that I took the plunge after a very generous promo code was given, (thank you Imagined Life podcast) and bought a 3 meal a week plan.
Y’all, for what I paid, promotion taken into account, I am getting 3 meals to feed my family of 5, for less than a grocery store trip. Just put it this way, if we all 5 went to a sit down restaurant, we would have spent well over that and eaten just once. Now, I am not saying that this is something that I have to have, but I did want to try it out, and I will say it did not disappoint. There is also no commitment, so you can cancel anytime…
Another really great take away from this was that Damon and I prepped the meal together, while the kids chatted us up. Don’t get me wrong, this is not our first time for us to collaborate in the kitchen by an means, but we felt all gourmet and thangs! Chopping and following a fancy recipe. What I really dug about it, is that they send you EVERYTHING you need. That is one of the main reasons that I don’t really like to recipe cook. You buy certain things for a specific recipe, and use it one time. Or you have to search for it, in the store (which turned me on to grocery ordering), and end up doing aisle laps. I am not about that life…AT ALL.
This is what we ended up with, and it was really good!
If you have been toying around with the thought of purchasing a meal kit, I say go for it. There is no commitment, and if there are fewer people in your house to cook for, then it will be even cheaper. I am not saying that this is going to be a staple in my house, as I could just go grocery shopping, but the experience is just something a little different, and as a whole, another memory to share…us chopping, prepping, & cooking as a family. We even had Google play us some Smooth Jazz. I am excited about tonight’s meal…
What are some of your thoughts? I’d love to her from you.
I’m just stopping by to share the glorious weekend that I had. Yes, I felt like I was running around all day on Saturday, but the end results were worth it.
My oldest daughter came to visit, and while here, decided to have her car serviced at the dealership. Well, we all know that a Saturday for car maintenance is on a lot of people’s agendas, so that meant a 3 hour wait! That led to the phone call, “Mama, you think you could come pick me up? 3 hours is a long time to wait. PLEASE?” Even as a grown up, they are still your baby. I took advantage of the outing, and stopped by the grocery store for a few things to prepare lunch, then we headed to the house.
I made us all some lunch, and remembered that my baby girl, 1st grade, mind you, had a project due on Monday. She had to make a 3D map of her bedroom! You did just read 1st grade, right? You know good and well that this means I would have to be way more involved than I’d like to be with this project. But Wait! BRAINSTORM! Big Sister is here….
Thank God for older siblings! This definitely deserves an A. Do you see the ceiling fan??? Too cute.
In preparation for some “Be About It Organizing” business, Kamren and I had discussed doing a little photo shoot. We went outside to take advantage of the beautiful weather that we had, and she took a few shots of yours truly…
After our mini session, I headed back out to take Kamren to get her car, and came back to:
I bought an old dresser to use for storage in my home office/ guest room, and had this cutie to help me get it sanded. I worked on the painting portion, and will be sure to post the finished project once it is in place. I really enjoy taking something old and making it like new again. Putting my spin on it.
While the paint was drying, Drew had a hair appointment that I had to drop her at. While she was getting beautified, this bundle of adorable came to see me…
This little boy has my ❤. He is a little talker, too. We literally have whole conversations. He just coos and awes, and I swear he is telling me something and responding to my questions. I’m in love!
I picked Drew up, and we all ended the evening at good ole Popeye’s chicken, sharing a family meal. Days like this are the ones that I cherish. Time spent with the ones I love.
Psalm 133:1 “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
I will be back later this week with a few more tales from the White House. In the meantime, be BLESSED.
This has been a whirlwind if a week. I have been working hard at work, hard at home, and hard on my new business! That’s right! MY business! I am so stoked!
I have been doing a lot of research and reaching out about how to navigate through social media to expand my brand, and I must say, I am overwhelmed! I don’t know if it’s that I’m an old lady, or if things are just way too complicated these days. Me wanting to be great, and me actually being great is being challenged. Lol! I’m not giving up though. I’m going to get this figured out!
My passion runs deep in my desire to help others tackle the things that overwhelm. That is why I am working tirelessly to get Be About It Organizing out to the world. I have a few things to ask you.
Have you been trying to organize your home and life for months or years, but haven’t gained any serious traction that inspires you to keep going?
Have you had some success in the past, but you’re starting to realize that your motivation has escaped you and you need some help?
Have you found that you DO NOT currently have a plan in place, and you’re flying by the seat of your pants on how you manage your home?
If either of these describe what you’ve got going on, I would love to speak with you and see how I can help. Like I stated before, this is a passion of mine, and I want to help you to love yourself and the space you are in.
Let’s not just talk about it, let’s BE about it.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Hey there! I pray you all are having a great start to your day, and thanks for stopping by. I just wanted to share with you a few things that I have Amazon “Primed”, lately. Take a gander if you will…
Now, I have been wanting a pair of these sneakers for quite some time. I would see them in the stores, but sadly, due to my humongous feet, I can never find my size. I usually have to buy my shoes online, because most stores can’t keep size 11s in stock. Sad, huh? Its also sad, that a lot of times, I have to send them back because they don’t work for me. Shoes appear a whole lot cuter when they are in a little dainty size 7. TRAGIC!
Funny story on this one. I had a curling iron before that required me to reconnect the tip a few times with Gorilla glue. Damon kept telling me that it wasn’t going to stay, and to just get another one. I was determined to hang on to my beloved curling iron, but alas, the other day, in mid curl, a spring popped out….while Damon was in there with me. The fact that he was in there just got on my nerves! Yes, he made me throw it away on the spot! (Well, after it cooled off). This one is not near as good as the one I had, but it will do for now.
This purchase right here truly sums up why Amazon Prime is the bomb! As you all know, I am a Professional, (yeah, I said Professional with a capital P) Organizer. Deep in the throws of organizing our closet this particular evening, I discovered that Damon did not have a system to hang his ties. I pulled out my phone, found this little gadget, ordered it, and had it the very next day! Guys, this came during the second leg of my process. It did not hold me up one bit! I finished everything that I needed to do, without ever having to leave my house! #winning
I shared my Geeky-ness on Facebook about this purchase. I am about to go “label cray cray”, and I don’t care who knows it!
What are some things that you guys have been Prime-ing lately? I see the trucks coming and going all over. Share a few of your favorites with us!
I am elated that we have made it to Friday, because this week seems like it lasted 93 days!
I do have a wonderful Praise Report to share. I believe in an earlier post, I spoke on my baby girl, Drew, having some major struggles in the behavior department. Just about everyday, she would come home with color coded conduct marks with various issues. I am going to be very transparent in this post, as I as her mother, have had some MAJOR issues with her behavior issues. Where to begin?
I am going to start out by saying that I do not claim to be perfect, as I have many a flaw, but what I will say, is that I love my children. With that being said, I have struggled with how to show her love, when I am constantly having to discipline her for bad behavior, and I feel like I am always mad at her. That is most definitely not the relationship that a mother and child should have. I am already not a cuddly, mushy type of lady, so just imagine what that is like for the two of us. Absolutely no frills!
Just in case you are wondering as to what type of behaviors, let’s just say, we should know better, and we need to tend to our own business, and not be worrying about others.
So I give you all of this background, only to bring you to this. I had a deep, outpouring & distressed conversation with my good friend Yolanda, and she really got me to thinking. We are both a little “older” mothers of younger children, so we have this EXTRA bond where children are concerned. This particular evening, she asked had I had her “tested.” Maybe there is something there that needs help? Maybe she is having some internal struggles?
So, the following week, I began to make some phone calls, and after speaking with the school counselor, I scheduled an appointment with our Pediatrician for the following week. Drew’s teachers, the counselor, & the Dr. were all involved in the process, and then she received a diagnosis of ADHD. While it wasn’t what I’d wanted to hear, I felt better knowing that we now know.
Damon & I have always said that we weren’t down for “doping” our kids, but in talking with a few people, a few people who have kids with the same issues, it was brought up that we give our kids medicine when they have a cough or stomachache. If this is something that their brain needs, then what is the difference? After the prescription was written, I vowed that I would be Mama Medicine Vigilante, and watch over her like a hawk!
Ya’ll! The 1st day I sent her to school on this medicine, I cried all the way to work. I felt like I was throwing my baby to the wolves. I wouldn’t be able to watch her like I said I would, and I felt totally helpless.
A little Giggle…We never had a conversation with her about all of this, only what she overheard at the Dr’s. office. When I picked her up from daycare, you know, the day I cried all the way to work, she bounced over to me and our conversation went like this:
Drew: “MAMA! I think that medicine worked a little bit!”
Me: “How so, Girl?”
Drew: With her head cocked to one side “NORMALLY, I crawl under the table and get crayons that aren’t mine…..I didn’t even do that today!”
I died! That was the funniest thing that I had ever heard come out of her mouth! I was worried for nothing. That little girl is precious, and she recognized a change in herself. I don’t care if it is all a mental thing, she realized that something was different. She wanted to be different.
She doesn’t seemed to have missed a beat anywhere, and I am still able to be Mama Medicine Vigilante on weekends. Just to make sure she is not droopy or anything, but I am astounded at her progress with being more present during her school days, AND she has even received a few “Outstanding” marks in her conduct folder.
I know she is still a 6 year old kid, and we are not out of the woods on the foolishness, but I truly love where we are headed. My baby girl was struggling, and I am sure she did not know why. We were able to get her some help, and we are all the better for it. Thank the Lord for His guidance and for inserting the people into my life to have those conversations with. We are getting things on track. In Jesus’ name…
I have prayed over the writing of this post, as I am often reluctant to share my inner most thoughts.
Hey there, Friends! I pray that today finds you well.
How bout them Chiefs? While I am not a fan of KC, and am down with the Steeler Nation through & through, I am, however a fan of one Mr. Patrick Mahomes, & Mr. Andy Reid. Congratulations Guys! They came through in true KC fashion.
This past weekend wasn’t overly eventful, but it was definitely enjoyable. Got some grocery shopping done and a completed a few more projects around the house. I got a good visit in with my Mama, and got to snuggle a sweet, sweet baby. I spent some QT with my main peoples, attended worship, and enjoyed some time outdoors on the patio. #BLESSED
A Little Giggle….
As you all may know by now, I have started a home & office organization business called Be About It Organizing. There have been quit a few projects going on, and pictures of before and after being taken. Of course, my quest to be organized is not a new development, but it has been on hyper drive here recently. All of this to say, Kori has been bitten by the bug! We got home on Friday, and everyone went on with their chores. After about an hour or so, she comes down the stairs to say, “Mama, if you are looking for me, I am in my closet. Got some organizing to do.” Well, I’ll be danged! I am doing something right, I suppose. If I can achieve reaching just ONE of my kids, I am good with that. There is a running joke in our house that she is the only one whose house we will eat at when they’re grown.
Well, that is all that I have for you to day. Be Blessed, and have a great week!