Introducing the Confetti Edition

ConfettiIt has been SUPER hard to keep this a secret for the past 5 months so I am SO excited to finally be able to share this with all of my awesome blog readers. One of my biggest dreams has come true. Ack, I seriously tear up every time I think about it! Back in August, I got an email from Becky Higgins asking me if I wanted to design a Project Life edition. Yep, you read that right! Trust me, I had to read the email a few times myself just to be sure I wasn’t seeing things! Ha! I also might have screamed a bit! Did you folks in California hear me screaming here in Tennessee? I would not be surprised if you did! ;)

Of course I quickly emailed her back (after telling my husband and screaming some more) and told her that I would LOVE to and then continued to pinch myself for the next few months.

Speaking of the next few months, it was a bit crazy to say the least. Not only was I designing my first ever Project Life edition, but we were MOVING, too. Yep, can you say I’m a bit nuts? Ok, I’m more than a bit nuts! Ha! It was a dream of mine though and despite how crazy I knew the next few months were going to be, I was bound and determined to get it all done and I was SO grateful for the opportunity. I knew it would be worth it all in the end and it was!

I poured my heart and soul into this kit. I worked MANY hours on it. Let’s just say I have a new-found appreciation for these awesome Project Life designers because I know what all goes into designing one. Sometimes I felt like I had NO idea what I was doing, but I’ve always been the type to – say yes first and figure it out later! Ha! I think you HAVE to be that way in life, especially when it comes to fulfilling a dream, ya know? I am SO glad that I took the leap and am so thankful that Becky gave me the opportunity to fulfill this dream of  mine. This Project Life edition is kind of like my 4th baby.  I can’t wait to have it in my hands and put it to use. It’s going to be a bit surreal and I’m sure some tears will be shed, but I can’t wait and I really, really, really hope you all love it. I just want people to want to use it and I can’t wait to see it in YOUR Project Life albums next to YOUR family photos and memories. That is going to make my heart SUPER happy. I just can’t wait.

So thank you SO much to Becky and her amazing team. They were so wonderful to work with and for. It was such a great experience. One that I will never forget. An opportunity of a lifetime for me, really. I want to thank my sweet, awesome, amazing husband as well because he put in A LOT of hours helping me with the kids and with packing and with moving and with keeping me sane throughout it all. He is my biggest supporter and encourager and I couldn’t do life without him (or want to do life without him)! He actually even gave me some ideas for my designs which I loved and used! Ha! I love you, Michael! Thanks also to my sweet kids who were my inspiration for this edition. It’s a kit full of bold color, happiness, sweetness, delight and a bit of real life thrown in, too! That’s why I knew CONFETTI was the perfect name for it. Life is really a mish-mash of happiness and joy and craziness and messiness – just like confetti.  Confetti can be super messy, but it just makes folks smile and is joyful and worth the mess in the end.

Thanks for sharing in this sweet, exciting news with me. I hope you love the edition as much as I loved putting my heart into it.

I’ll be sharing more about this edition on my blog soon (as well as some more photos, etc). You can head on over to Becky’s blog HERE to see the announcement and get a glimpse of a bit more of it and if you’re going to CHA – be sure to stop by Becky’s booth and see it in person! I SO wish I could! Yippeeeeeeeee!!!! Time to throw around some confetti now and celebrate! ;)

XOXO!

One little word 2015

Every year for the past few years I’ve chosen one little word to concentrate on in the upcoming new year. This year I chose the word:

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I chose this word for a number of reasons.

I really want to focus on reaching for things that are important to me in 2015.

  • I want to reach for God’s word more. Reaching for my Bible is more important than reaching for my mouse to check on people’s Facebook statuses. I need to make better use of my free time.
  • I want to reach for healthier, better foods for my family and I. We are doing pretty well in the eating department, but there is a lot of room for improvement, too. We’ve almost cut out all gluten, but we still have improvements to make and I want to be sure that instead of reaching for the “easy” thing – I reach for the better thing.
  • I want to reach out to my kids more and by that I mean I want to just spend more one-on-one time with them and reach them where they are at that moment. I want to reach for them and give them lots more hugs and kisses, too. I already do give them lots, but there can never be TOO many hugs and kisses as far as I’m concerned.
  • I want to reach for the goals that I’ve placed in front of myself this year. Goals that are not only personal, but goals pertaining to my two businesses, too.
  • I want to reach out to friends that I haven’t talked to in a long time. I want to reach out to distant relatives as well and get to know them better and their families. I want to reach into my ancestry more and discover more about that area of my heritage.
  • I’d also love to reach my toes this year – which means I’d love to incorporate a daily exercising routine. Hahaha! Maybe by the end of the year I can touch my toes without bending my knees! Ha!
  • Reach also means that I want to come to that place in my heart and mind where I find that balance on what is important in my life. Reaching that place and being at peace with it this year is important to me.

Do you pick a OLW every year? If so, I’d love to hear what your word is and why it is important to you. Happy New Year, sweet blog friends! Here’s to a blessed New Year for you and your families!

Thankfulness & blessings

THANKFUL FOR YOU

With today being the last day of November and a month where I spent every day writing down what I am grateful for, I knew I couldn’t let this month go by without talking about this wonderful oil journey that my family and I have been on this year.

This past Summer I wrote a blog post about how my family and I got started on the essential oil journey and how it was blessing us. You can find that post HERE.

Since the day that I said yes to trying the oils, the blessings have kept flowing and the new ways these oils have helped my family and I have been plentiful.

My family and I have been using and loving Young Living oils for about a year and a half now. Not only have they helped us take a more natural approach when treating our everyday ailments (allergies, sleep issues, headaches, belly troubles, etc) I’ve also been able to contribute to our family’s budget, which has been wonderful.

Also, the friendships. Ah, the friendships. The wonderful, kind, sweet and awesome people I have met and continue to meet while being a part of the Lemon Droppers is just amazing. Those friendships have blessed me so much.

Just in case you’re wondering what a Lemon Dropper is – it’s a team of independent distributors that I am a part of and it is a team full of so many amazing, supportive, and encouraging women (and some guys, too)!  We’re blessed with great leadership and so many awesome educational materials and resources. Every day I’m learning something new and every day I am loving this “job” more and more. It’s exciting to set new goals and dream bigger dreams for me and my family. All because of this wonderful journey God placed me on. All because I said yes to something new. The opportunity to share something I am passionate about and financially contribute to my family at the same time, all the while staying home with my children is something I am truly grateful for.

I always just say that I “fell” into the oil business because it really felt like that at the beginning, but as the days have gone by it’s evident to me that it was all God’s plan from the beginning and God’s hand has been on this the whole time. I simply said, “Yes.”

It has been one of the most rewarding experiences to see these oils work in other people’s lives as well and see these oils bless them and their families in the ways that they have blessed my family. I love being a small part of their journey, too.

I’m also so thankful that Young Living is a company that truly and sincerely cares about their customers and their distributors. I’ve seen it first hand  on numerous occasions. I’m also thankful that they are generous not only in the community, but they provide a wonderful compensation plan and offer perks like all-expense paid leadership trips. Another wonderful blessing that I am looking forward to experiencing next year.

I am especially thankful to everyone who has inquired about the oils, purchased the oils from me and told their family and friends about the oils as well. I’m so thankful that YOU are a part of it, too. This year would not be the success it has been without you saying, “yes,” too. :)

Yes, the blessings from this sweet oil journey that I’ve been on have been overflowing this year and my heart is so full of thankfulness. All I had to do was say, “Yes.”

XOXO!

Spotlight: Lu & Ed

LuandEd_FinalLogo_FullHi there! Happy Saturday! I’m so excited to share this super cute shop with you guys! It’s called Lu & Ed and it’s full of the cutest, Mon-stors (as they’re called) that you’ve ever seen. I mean seriously, even the logo is adorable! Ack! Cody, the master Mon-stor maker, is a Mama who started her business back in 2009 when she had the idea to design a monster that “ate” toys as a storage solution for her son because they needed more space. Now she makes hundreds of Mon-stors a year and they are so adorable.

The coolest thing is that all Mon-stors are eco friendly and created using fabric scraps that Cody picks up at discount stores, thrift stores or that she creates using donated clothing and fabric. Each Mon-stor is given the cutest name and has a fun personality all its own.

I purchased a pink Mon-stor from the shop to keep me company in my studio (it was just too cute not to have around) and Cody was sweet enough to send me a few more so that I could give Caylin, Jack and Luke one. They kids LOVE them, just like I knew they would. Caylin and Jack are actually sleeping with their Mon-stors now every night and Luke, well Luke likes to squeeze and drool on his a lot. He giggles at it – it’s the cutest thing!

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Come on – how can you NOT smile when you see these? These cute Mon-stors are definitely a hit with the kids! I know we’ll be adding more to our family soon! How cute would these be stuffed in the kids’ stockings? What a cute gift for a baby shower or birthday, too! Oh, and I need to mention that these guys are SO durable, too! Jack is super rough with his toys and stuffed animals and so I’m glad that his little guy will be able to withstand how hard he plays with him. LOVE that!

I also just love how one-of-a-kind these stuffed Mon-stors are. You just don’t get this kind of personality, uniqueness and love handmade into toys nowadays, ya know?

Lu & Ed is going to have a handful of new Mon-stors in the shop on Monday, December 1st and they are all going to be 30% off! Yep, you read that right! Lu & Ed is participating in a flash sale that day along with 50 other handmade shops and they are going to be offering 30% off. So, be sure to head to the website, bookmark it and check it out and try to snag yourself up a Mon-stor or two! You can sign up HERE to be one of the first to know when the mon-stors are up in the shop! Your kids will love them and you’ll be supporting a super sweet, creative Mama and help her save the world – one monster at a time. How could you NOT want to be a part of that? ;)

Happy Mon-stor shopping!!! XOXO!