Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Handmade Ornament Exchange

This year is the third year I have participated in Arkansas Women Bloggers handmade ornament exchange. Since Christmas is my favorite time of the year, I was excited when this was announced we would do this again. I signed up right away and waited to be paired with another blogger who was going to get my ornament. A couple of months ago the email arrived and I was paired with Talya from Grace Grits and Gardening. Go check her out! I promise you like her.

Now, the blogger who got my name is Jodie from The Coffee House Life.  She is a wonderful sweet lady and a great friend.
Now I have the joy to know her in real life but we are from the same town. When she came to the gym at work, I thought she was there to come help with wreath making for Christmas and Candlelight. However, she brought me a box.

 Cute is the box! She wanted to give it to me before she forgot. When I opened it up she had left me a card.

In the note, she said the acorn caps came from their own place and her and her little coffees are going to be making one for themselves. Glitter Bug could not wait to get this on the tree. 

It is an amazing fit on our tree. I love how Momma Coffee spent time to figure out something great for us.  See our tree will never grace magazine covers or be featured on blogs but it is our tree and tells amazing stories about our life. 
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The bottom part has never had lights put on it. This goes back to when Glitter Bug was a baby/toddler and loved to pull lights to look at them. 

And here is our ornament from my parents when we moved into our own home. 

Remember this from last year? This is from last year's ornament exchange. 

And this one was the first ornament my parents gave Hubby and I  when we had our first place together way back in 2005.  

Share your favorite ornament in the comments! Can't wait to hear all about them. 

Until we next meet,

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

AR 529

Every year my mom asks me the same thing: What does Glitter Bug want for Christmas? And it is just about time for that dreaded question. Seriously, this question ranks right up there with breaking a bone in my opinion. I really don't have a clue what she wants. She is one of those children who never really asks for anything expect for a book and candy.  This year I am armed and ready for this question thanks to AR529.
I had never hear of this wonderful program until I had a chance to go to P. Allen Smith home to learn about this great program.
AR529 is a way to save for college for your child or another family member. Right there caught my attention. I have a few nieces and nephews who are all around the same age as my daughter. If my daughter didn't need any of the money we saved then, one of the other children could benefit from the saving. Or Hubby could use some to take a couple of classes. And there is also a little something for the person making the gift. Your gift is
Eligible, as an Arkansas taxpayer, for a state income tax deduction of up to $10,000, if you're married and filing jointly; or up to $5,000, if you're single.
You get to help yourself now and your child later. So it is kind of like two gifts in one.

Also, this makes a great baby shower gift. Babies grow so fast which means the clothes from the baby shower will be a short lived thing and a gift towards their future won't be a short lived thing.

As the season of gifts is upon us, think about a child's future and give the gift which keeps on giving AR529

Go check out my friends Jessica and Sharla who also went to learn about AR529 and check back soon for all the pictures of our trip and all the fun we had.

I was invited to Moss Mountain to learn about this program. All opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dazzle Days at Conway

Last week, was Dazzle Days in Conway Arkansas. When I got invited by Arkansas Women Bloggers to 
go this event I was excited. I had really no clue to what Dazzle Days really was.  Full of surprises awaited me.  The Conway Expo Center was FULL of vendors and couldn't wait to get started. 
This had to come home with me. It came from the Kitchen & More booth. It is also a store downtown Conway. There were a couple of other necklaces and even a cutting board in the shape of Arkansas. 

Meet Cyndi of The Twisted Purl.

She is one of the most talented ladies I know. She spins wool into yarn. She also makes these little things called felted soaps.

These are carried in 80 stores in 5 countries. And you can buy them here. And don't forget about her hand felted snowmen. They are so cute. 
Awww too cute! 

These ladies!
And seeing these two made my night. It has been too long since I saw them both. In 2013, we shared a cabin at our first Arkansas Women Blogger Conference and this was insta-friendship.

There were also other Arkansas companies like Petit Jean Meats and Southern Girl Soapery.  There was so much shopping to be done.  Next year I hope to go back and remember to bring more money with me.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dear Daughter

Dear Daughter,

You don't know it but you have made me one proud Mom. I am so glad to call you mine. Well, I really have been since the day your dad and I found out you were hanging out in my stomach. However, this past week you became a very independent young lady.

We all went to your eye doctor appointment since you failed your eye exam at school. None of us where really wanting to go but there we all were. You wanted Daddy to go with you but I knew I was the one who needed to go back with you. See Moms just know sometimes no one else will work. As the decision was given to you about needing glasses you looked so sad and upset.
When asked why you were upset you told me: "It's because I have to get glasses and everyone is going to make fun of me." My heart broke when you spoke these words. You have to go back to school and there was no way I could stop the teasing from happening. All I could tell you is you will be able to see better and you will be fine. However, inside I was hurting for you.  

Then you did something which surprised your Dad and I. When you put your glasses on and could see so much better, your whole attitude about glasses changed. There you were all smiles and so happy. 

Right then and there, you made the decision to keeping your head up, keep smiling and not care what people thought. In that moment, there was another step toward growing up you took all by yourself. Even though I miss my little girl who would snuggle at every chance, the young lady you are turning into makes up for the missed snuggles. I pray you will keep growing and keeping your head held high and always remember Momma is always here for you.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Fair fun and ribbons

It's the time of the year where the crispness of the night is welcomed like an old friend and the bright lights are on display. It is Fair time!

When I was child going to the fair was all about the games, rides and food. I never thought about the pageant or where all the crafts and canning came from or how it got to into the fair. But the last couple of years have been different for my family and myself. We have had the joy of joining a little group called EHC( extension homemakers club) and where we found out how the arts, crafts, and canning gets to the fair.  This has been a great thing. These ladies (mostly) work tireless to help put together the arts, crafts, and canning part of the fair. This group is a great for the whole family. Most counties in Arkansas have one so you should check it out. It is a great place to learn great skills and to craft as well.

Here is our fair fun and entries:

Until we next meet,

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pizza Pasta Casserole

This week I hit a point where I had not clue what to cook for supper. (For people not from the South this is what might be called dinner or evening meal.) Stuck in grocery store trying to figure out something, I had the bright idea to call Hubby and have him check out my Pinterest board to try something new. Never again will I make this mistake! It took five phone calls and three texts later to get one which was Pizza Casserole. (Click the link!)

Most meals cooked here has to do double duty by becoming lunch the next day to help us save some extra change for a family vacation. This means doubling most recipes which can be tricky especially when I forget how much I am buying. This happened to me this time. After about an hour walking around the store trying to find a signal to makes the calls and waiting on the texts, I was just about at my wits end.  When the text with the list arrived, quick as I could the ingredients were snatched up and off to home. Only when everything was laid out did I find there was not enough of some ingredients but there was no way I was going back to the store. So make sure you have the correct amount.
Sometimes you just want something yummy and new. 
I did take some liberties with the recipe. Garlic and onion are a favorite in our family. Well, garlic is but Glitter Bug doesn't really care for onions however, any chance available I slip things in she doesn't like to expand her tastes such as onions and mushrooms.

Did you click the recipe?  Good,that is where you can get how to make the Pizza Casserole.  Mine doesn't look anything like the original however, if the way it disappeared is any indication this will be something I will be cooking again. Some of the things I will be changing are adding a little more cheese to help bind it together since I made a double batch. Maybe add some green olives and fresh mushrooms. 
Final product. 

What have you tried lately?

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

My little Camera Buddies

I have received product and/or monies for the review. The opinions express are my own.  

Last week I posted about Odor Check and the wonders they have done for my Hubby's boots.  I wanted to share another great use I have found for them. 

They have become my little camera buddies. It has been a wet summer here until these last few weeks. I have worried about my camera getting moisture inside of it since I take it any time I leave the house. And then I remember the Odor Check was a moisture wicker.
Minus the Camera since I am using it. 

Now, I don't have to worry about moisture in my camera or camera bag. As you can see there are two in my bag which works out great for the camera and the lens. I have no worries about grabbing my bag when it is a little damp outside.  
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