Friday, December 29, 2017

                  “She looketh well to the ways of her household.”                                              Proverbs 31: 27



  This woman could easily be me or you. Surrounded by her children playing, talking, and being inquisitive. As you try to complete your daily task's and projects. Constant interruptions and noise through out your home of voices, toys, running feet, and laughter.  Of course in between a tug of war for a toy or an argument of what is theirs. You may not even feel well but continue to on to your daily chores. You may even have a child with special needs that takes up the majority of your day. However,  everyday day as a homemaker we have opportunities to be happy, gentle, loving, or frustrated, upset, and angry.  These are real everyday choices for us as women to make. When frustration sets in I know that God is in the room with me watching. Each word every action we will have to defend. Was there wisdom, kindness, gentleness, patience, and love? 

Proverbs 31:26She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue

  I am no Martha Stewart or Pioneer Woman.  Although, I long to achieve some of their skills. I am human.  I have my moments when I lose my temper just as anyone else and say things I ought not. We often forget to take that moment to breath and think before reacting to our children, family, and friends. Choose patience and gentleness. It's such a simple way to live. A fruitful and delightful way to feel. Building those up around us instead of tearing them down. Knowing that God is pleased with us and our choices. We as woman leave an impression for a lifetime on our children of what is right and wrong. What is acceptable and what is not.  We cast long shadow's in their lives after we are gone. I hope you enjoyed my fruit for thought.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


The year is coming to a close soon. Its a special time for reflection and growth. The month of January will consist of many personal changes for myself. As a wife, mother, and homemaker.  The way I run my home and how I care for it will be will be in the fore front. I will changing a few things and making my home less cluttered. I will be doing more with learning with my younger children. I will also be tending to my spiritual growth and placing much needed Bible study in my every day. Creating more home cooked meals with scents that will welcome my husband home after a long day at work. Learning to be gentle even when in strife and thinking before I speak. Recognize and be thankful for all my blessings everyday. Lastly remembering to acknowledging one's unique ways and embracing them.  That is what makes one special. 



Friday, December 1, 2017

December is here and a crafty share

To welcome in December 2017 I decided to have a craft challenge for myself. I want to share a crafty project once a week.

This week I want to use what I have. I chose a ring from Shopmiss.com that I purchased about a year ago. The owl ring is large and beautiful in details. Unfortunately, the stretch part was to tight.  I simply cut off the stretch portion. Next, I used my Baiyon alcohol ink markers the colors I chose are black and brown. For the background I used Tim Holtz wood pieces I picked up from Joann's online a few years back. I tacky glued 2 wood pieces together for the base/frame. I colored the ring and hot glued the owl ring to the wood. I set it aside to rest and adhere. I then tacky glued the open space on the bottom wood frame and gently poured Recollections gold micro beads. Lastly, I used black marker on the raw edge of the wood to finish the look. I hope this inspired you to use some untraditional items for crafty goodness. Enjoy my friends

Saturday, November 18, 2017

                                  
                         Plus Size Fashions by Simply Be and Torrid


   I just posted 2 video showing some of my fashions. As a plus size woman I want to look and feel good.  No Moo Moo's for me those tent like dress's. I am a 22/24 but even when I was a 30/32 I never wore them. Always wanting to embrace the beauty of womanhood. I just picked up a few things from Simply Be and did a quick try on for you. I find Simply Be to have a really good level of Fashion that is not over the top.  Pieces that can easily blend into a wardrobe and give special occasions a extra boost of fun. I have personally purchased lots of intimates from Simply Be as well and really enjoy the colors, comfort, and trends that they offer. There is nothing more confident than knowing you have a sexy Bra and matching panty under your clothes. It's a personal boost of Sexy you carry all day long. Top that off with a beautiful signature fragrance. You got the Boom Shockalaca factor!! I would love to start incorporating Hats and gloves into my looks. Those were accessories worn in the past that would be devine right now. Never be afraid to rock a different look than the norm. That is what fashion is all about. Embrace it and have fun.

   Let's not forget ladies a good shoe and purse bring's it all together.  Invest in accessories that can change the look of one outfit into something completely different. Be smart and economical.

Accessories like:
Jewelry
Scarves
Vest's
Undershirts/Turtle Necks/Dickies/Tanks
Jackets/Coats
Hats and Glove (Bring em Back ladies)

   Always have a budget for Fashion and stick to it. Shopping at Thrift stores, Church stores, yard sales, and getting second hand items from friends and family is always a win win.  Try something fun like a get together where everyone brings 4 to 5 items where everyone can exchange for other items. You will have fun with friends and change your wardrobe all at the same time. 


Monday, November 13, 2017

                                      Learning to Say No Letting Go to a Better Home


This world is a constant ever churning existence. There is always something to do or some where to be. When do you slow down? When do you rest? Learning to say No is important. We over extend ourselves with obligations, gatherings, children's activities etc..  Saying No will allow you to re-group and focus on yourself and family.

Once your able to slow down. Think of your home it should be a sanctuary of peace, beauty, comfort, cleanliness, and harmony. Coming home to a clean, fragrant, and organized home leaves room for rest and relaxation. Simple ways to conquer is focusing on certain area's of your home for 20 minutes. Pick a space, trash bag, donate box, and timer.  We have to remember this will not be an overnight re-make. It took time to get your home to this point.. it will also take time to change it back.  Think of friends, family, and neighbors do you have something they could use? Or would it be easier to donate. This process will release you of burdens of less items to pick up, clean, wash, move, or relocate. You will feel lighter and good about giving back to the community. This is a short video of when I donated some items. It felt great!!!


Sunday, October 29, 2017

    Dollhouse Miniature Christmas Scene 


              If you didn't know my favorite hobby is Dollhouse Miniature's 1:12 scale. This has been a life long endeavor. I remember when it all began I was 16 and I saw a Dollhouse at Franklin's Nursery.  It was a Farm House with no embellishment's nor furniture. It was made of beautiful light colored wood with bare walls and flooring. The front door had faux glass window 2 pairs of stairs and 2 faux fireplaces to my delight. It's was not electrified and still is not. It spoke to me I had to have it. I stared at it. It was on sale. Many people were walking past looking at it as well as me. They had a few models already built and being discontinued. I hurriedly looked for a worker to help. Although, it was alot of money for a 16 year old back in those days. As I am 46 now. I believe it was a little over $140.00. I opened my wallet I had several weeks worth of work money that could cover the cost. I took the leap.

  I was so excited I had a worker help me to place it on top of the cart. This was a huge 8 room Dollhouse. I checked out and slowly went to my car. I had a 2 door sedan.  It didn't fit!! As I stood in disbelief.. I cried. I can laugh about it now. But then not so much. I took it back in and asked for them to hold it for me till I found a friend with a larger vehicle to pick it up. They said fine I had till closing. I found a friend that came to my rescue and brought his SUV. I was so relieved and happy at the same time. The Farm House made it to my home and my life long passion began. Everything I see I question if it can be used in miniature,lol. I never knew this would be a hobby for life. It's wonderful, expressive, and creative. I will be sharing more on my hobby with all of you. If you like to visit my YouTube page you can go to my play list and you will see my Farm House and some projects that I put together. I am currently working on a Halloween Haunted house it is slow but steady. See my video's below on it's progress.




Saturday, October 28, 2017

It's never to early to think of Christmas for next year. Saving money year round goes hand and hand with financial goals that lead to financial Freedom.  Keeping a budget may be new to you or even something familiar.  Depending on your families yearly income things will vary. Lets do a simple numbers. Lets say you have a family 4 consisting of  husband, wife, and 2 children.
Example:
Husband $100.00
Wife        $100.00
Child 1    $120.00
Child 2    $120.00
Total        $480.00 to set aside for Christmas

That is $10.00 a week to save till the end of December
ramp up the amount so you will have it sooner for early shopping.

Lets not forget friends, family, and Teachers. Here are a few idea's.  Baked goods in a Dollar Tree Festive container or sweet bags that they have out now. Get beautiful boxed Christmas cards from the Dollar Tree while you are there. Remember their are lots of great ideas online, Pinterest, magazines, or books.  Now, if you don't bake or have a crafty bone in your body. You can find really nice gift idea's at the Dollar Tree through out the year so pick things up here and there. Tuck them away in a container or gift closet however your system works. Lastly if your on an extreme tight budget there is nothing better in the world than a receiving a hand written card or letter. Letting the person know the kind of difference they have made in your and your families life.   

Now Family that's a whole other story. We do something simple now every year. Adults do not gift to each other. A month or two before December. The children draw a name of another child. A cap of $20.00 is the norm. This helps each family.  We always get together on Christmas Day everyone brings a dish and desert. Let the good times roll!!! Have your camera to capture memories and create new ones. 

Here are my latest Dollar Tree Christmas Finds! See you can find name brand items.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Living on a Budget is an adventure. I challenge myself to see what I can do with what I have. I see how much money I can save with coupons, apps, and ebates.  I look for items that my family need's water, food, medicine, clothes, shoes, coats, blankets, towels, books (recreation items) and the list goes on. I think to myself of the what if's. What if there is a death, illness, or injury. What if there is an economic crash, War, weather related disaster. What do I have in my home to help us get by.  What do I have to help my family be ok during hard times. Being thirsty, hungry, and cold is not what I want for my family. Living on the East Coast the weather can be harsh. I worry about those things. Some of my favorite shopping places are second hand store's (Goodwill, Salvation Army, Thrifts Store, Church Stores). I would suggest making a list of what your family needs and little by little getting provisions.
When you shop get extra cans of food and 24 pack of water when you go to the store. Look at your children's closets. Is it time to donate or sell unusable items. Make a list of items needed with the sizes per child. Keep the list on you so when you shop you can reference back to it.  Look at your linen closet are some of your blankets thread bare or in need of repair. Can some of them be donated. Can you cut then down for pillow cases, shopping bags, or rags.  Visit your pantry how much food do you have. Is there anything your not eating? Donate it to a shelter, food pantry, family, or friend,  Make a list of foods that you enjoy using and your family enjoys eating. Keep the list with you so you can reference it when shopping. Do you have a second source of heat or cooking.  Do you have a emergency kit in your car that would serve you and your family if you became stuck for hours or days. Have water, food, blankets, wool socks for feet and hands, hats, candy for those with sugar problems. Also, flashlights, lighters, jumper box to self jump. Just a few things to think about. I could talk on this subject forever.  Let me share with you what I found at the Dollar Tree Today for food, home, and Christmas. I was really happy!






Thursday, October 19, 2017

                The hand's God gave us working diligently to bring beauty and memories.
I am blessed to share some of the wonderful work's of my friends here on youtube that joined my Crafty challenge. Enjoy the video!

It often amaze's me how one's imagination can translate to a piece of art. Just as the thought of someone sending a gift give's a smile. The time, effort, and travel to a Post Office. As if completing a journey of sorts. The art of writing a letter that has lessened with each generation. The expectations of a loved one or friend's writing sharing their life, moments, articles, and recipes. It's such a precious offering of memories. One can sit on a chair with coffee or hot chocolate wrapped up in a warm blanket.  A light nearby shedding a soft glow while a gentle smiles comes with the reading of cards, letters, articles, ephemera (photo's), and recipes. We often can tell who the writer is by the handwriting. Little nuance's of time's gone by... I remember as a child my father sending Birthday and Holiday cards to me. I knew just by the handwriting it was from him I was 5. As the years passed my cards and letters became a bit less when he was sick. My father is no longer with us. But I still have memories in my heart and hands that I can read over and over again. Let's take a step back into time and begin writing our family members, friends, and others. Plant the seed of writing in a child's path and watch it bloom. The art of writing needs to be embraced once again. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Good Morning,

I woke up at 5:00 am it's 38 degree's outside in Maryland. As I bundled with my house shoes and ruana wrap I trek downstairs quietly. The house is at brisk 65 degree's we still have not turned on the heat. It's not bad. Times are a bit tight for us right now. So saving a little here and there adds up quickly. I started a load of dish's. Turned on 2 Salted Caramel Dollar Tree candles. Filled up the coffee pot with the last bit of Walmart brand Creme Brulee coffee the kitchen is smelling divine. It's nice to come down early and start my day without the hustle and bustle of children.I feel it's important to have some quite time. As I sit here and write I'm thinking of my day. I have a long list in my head of what I would like to accomplish. Although, it will be only a quarter that will be done,lol. There is nothing wrong with gentle day. I pushed rather hard yesterday and I'm a bit tired.

I should have brought down my Bible and journal. No matter I will go online and do some study. I just noticed I have a My Daily Bread Book here on the table will read that and think on my day. Please know God has gifts and blessings for us every day and we must have our hearts, thoughts, and arms open to receive them. I hope you all have a Blessed day and remember to do a little something for yourselves. It's time for coffee now. I will talk to you later.



Sunday, October 15, 2017

Good morning my friends,

Yesterday, I surprised you all with a husband and wife tag. It was alot of fun. Even more surprising is what happened afterward. My husband and I began to reflect on the times when it was just he and I. The love, passion, and fire we share. We stopped to remember special times and feelings. In our hustle and bustle world we had forgotten those precious memories. It offered a re-connection and secret smiles.



Our lives are so busy with our business (one income family). As small business owners my husband works crazy hours. Getting home very late and leaving early. We are like to ships that pass through the night. I do miss him alot. As I am busy myself here at home it keeps my mind in other places till I lay in bed waiting for him. Hoping not to fall asleep so I may talk with him and catch up. We talk about his day and I mine and the children's milestones. Sometimes I need to reach deep into my inner Woosaaahh to manage feeling's. Strong feelings that are hard to explain. I want him here with the children and I more often. I want him to experience what I see with them and have his wisdom passed on to them. It's a constant struggle for me. I often hand it over to God. To keep my heart light. As I know I am blessed to be home with my children and making ends meet.  It's a challenge and learning experience to say the least.

Finding joy in all things I do is a daily learning curve. Reminding myself that all things are done to please God. Pushing when I'm running on empty. Making a difference in the world starting home.  we are all Gods children and we have purpose and meaning.

Parent Tip: when dealing with your children imagine that God and Jesus are in the room with you watching your interaction's just a few feet away. How your speaking, listening, and caring. Most importantly how your re-acting when your upset, frustrated or angry. When this happens stop. Think before you speak hurtful loud words that can never be taken back.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

                                                                          Freebies  


I enjoy Freebies and there are alot of great places to find them. Here are 2 sites that I visit. I will share more in the coming day's. Enjoy my friends!!

 McGruff the crime dog has a free child safety kit. The kit includes the following items: Fun, family-friendly quizzes and games, Tear-out fingerprint card with child-safe fingerprint ink, McGruff the Crime Dog tear-out emergency numbers card and more. Those interested can order this kit right on their site. You can expect this sample to arrive within 4-8 weeks, if not longer. The sample will last as long as the supplies do.

http://www.mcgruffsafekit.com/mcgruff-kit-

Here are great site's to visit for Freebies!

http://getfreesampleswithoutsurveys.com/

http://www.freebieshark.com/













Friday, October 13, 2017

Dollar Tree Haul

Hello my friends I went to the Dollar Tree today and found lots of new items. Some beautiful mirrors that look like they could have been found at the Home Goods. I also did a review on the Lazer Bond pen that is a As Seen on TV product available at the Dollar Tree now. Remember this is a perfect time to start getting Christmas Gifts and tucking them away. Check out my video below.


I will be sharing a Avon haul tomorrow with jewelry, plus size fashions, and candles. I also will be sharing some home decor for Fall and Winter in the next weeks to come. I believe its never to early for Christmas. They should call me the Crazy Christmas lady,lol. I would wear the title proudly.

The day here in Maryland has been chilly and grey. I'm looking forward to clear sky's and sweater weather. The turning of the leaves is knocking at our doors. My family will be taking long drives in scenic area's to take in the beauty of fall. Since it's Friday no homework for my son. The twins are watching cartoons with their big brother and I am looking at the mess in the house,lol. This is a everyday normal routine for me. I wait till about 5 or 6 then do 1 clean sweep of the down stairs.
Dinner tonite is pizza as I am a bit tired from lack of sleep. It was delicious and the boys inhaled it. I look forward to talking to you all tomorrow.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

                                                                  Freebie Alert

Annie's is offering cute stickers for free for a limited time click the link Below to get them:
Free Stickers! - 

http://www.annies.com/savings-fun/stickers


Free subscription to Redbook magazine check out the link below limited time:

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Today, I stopped in at the Walmart and picked up some food for recipes that I will be sharing this week.
I also used my ibotta to get cash back. Always try to match your coupons and ibotta for the best savings!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Today, I want to invite you to my YouTube channel Only-in-my-dreams*.  I have a quick and easy meal. I used smoked turkey sausage, canned potato's, brown rice, and Bush's vegetarian beans.  It's the perfect time of year to stock up on canned goods for the winter. I will be sharing easy recipes for
crock pot delights.
                                                      Dinner Time Quick and Easy


Dollar Tree Haul and Target Beauty Box Review

Here is my newest Target Beauty Box and Dollar Tree finds. I love finding a great deals at the Dollar Tree with and without coupons. I share them weekly. Also, remember to use that 3.00 coupon from the Target box before the end of the month. Combine that with Target cartwheel,newspaper coupons, and in store deals. It's a winning combination!


                                                        Dollhouse Miniatures 1:12 Scale


  Here I share one of my passions Dollhouse      Miniature's in 1:12 scale. I bought these pieces in a  lot from eBay this week. When I saw them I knew  they had to be mine. The wood, design, and  function are wonderful and will compliment my  collection. I invite to follow my channel as I share  my 1:12 Buttercup thrift store find. I am doing a  series for a Haunted House. with the Buttercup model. See all the changes and creations I will share.