Monday, May 15, 2017

Live. Love. And be happy. Ways to enjoy and embrace life.


“If there's one thing I learned, it's that nobody is here forever. 
You have to live for the moment, each and every day . . . the here, the now.” -Simone Elkeles, Perfect Chemistry
Source

Live. Love. Be Happy.
Ways to enjoy and embrace life.

-Take some time and think of how fortunate and blessed you are to enjoy this new day.
- Wake early one morning and watch the sunrise. I swear sunrises are so beautiful and don't forget to watch the sunset.
-Keep a journal. I keep a personal journal and I also keep two journals for my girls. I fill it with funny, joyful and happy memories. I want them to be able to look back and see all the memories we made throughout their life.
-Live with no regrets. Seriously, just live your life!
-Laugh more! I'm always laughing. I really just love to laugh.
- Enjoy simple moments... 
- Watch a movie outdoors
-BBQ with friends
-Go on a nature hike
-Enjoy a picnic 
-Fly a kite
-Keep positive uplifting thoughts nearby.
-Be happy for this life.
-Choose to inspire others.
-Never be afraid to cry. - It's good for you!

What inspires you to live, love  and be happy?

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Spring time finds and deals. And a few of my favorite stores.


I may have a little obsession with cute little cactus plants and candles. 

If you're looking for cute little cactus plants, candles and pretty candle holders check out the dollar aisle at your nearest Target store. 
You may be lucky and find a few of these items.

I recently took a trip and found these cute plastic cactus plants in clay pots, wild berry magnolia candle, which by the way smells so nice and this pretty pink candle holder, or some may call it a lantern. 


Aren't these adorable?! 
I have them displayed on our kitchen windowsill. 
They were actually $3 each. 

Each plant comes in a different color clay pot.

1 Green pot
1 purple
1 tan







I thought this was pretty and the pink is perfect for spring. 
It was $3 and the magnolia candle I purchased fits perfectly inside of it.


Here is a list of stores that I love shopping at and finding cute decor and great deals.

1. T.J. Maxx. Oh my goodness I love the home decor department in this store.

2. At Home store.- This is my go to store for mirrors, lamps, patio decor and other home decor items.

3. Target.- I can usually find cute items in their dollar aisle. But I also love checking out their home decor aisle as well. 

I could go on with my list of stores, but these are the three stores I normally shop at and find great deals! 

Until next time...
Enjoy your shopping adventure and keep on decorating! 


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

10 things to do to start living a happier life.

  1. Each day take some time and do something you enjoy.
  2. Toxic relationships, emotional vampires, whatever you want to call them, we all have them. Get rid of them!
  3. Count your blessings! 
  4. Be around the people you love.
  5. Start your day with positive thoughts.
  6. Let things go.
  7. Limit your use of social media.
  8. Have a good laugh.
  9. Smile more.- It looks good on you!
  10. Take care of your health.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saying Goodbye.


Saying goodbye is never easy.  
So here I am.
 I'm taking it day by day.
 My emotions continue to run wild.
 My heart still aches.
There's this little voice telling me that it's okay to have all of these emotions.
Emotions are good for all of us.
I have my good days. But I also have my bad days.
I  remind myself that, even if the tunnel is dark...
there will be light at the end of that tunnel. 

I took a much needed break from blogging since the passing of my father.
I needed time to be alone, to think and have this time with my family.
I appreciate those of you who have been so kind and supportive through this tough time.

  We made our way to Texas on February 22, 2017. My brother and I planned the funeral to take place on Friday, February 24th. 

The day of the funeral, our father had his full honor ceremony with the Honor Guard. I had requested that the Patriot Guard Riders attend. I am so grateful for those who came out and showed their support. It was a beautiful ceremony. So many people came out to remember our father. 
I had so many emotions run through me. I still can't believe that my dad is no longer here, but I know that he would be so proud of my brother and I. 
Like I said in my last post, I don't honestly think there is anything that can prepare you for the loss of a love one. 

I'll love you forever Dad.
May you rest in paradise.





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A few ways to help you get through difficult times. And a few simple life reminders.



Lately,

Things aren't quite back to normal around here, but with time we'll get there.
I've taken a break from blogging, since my emotions have been all over the place
My Father recently passed away.
 It's been a difficult time, but with prayer and faith, I've been able to pull through. 
I'm still finding it hard and I do have my moments that I think about how I will never be able to just call my Father up. You know just those simple, day to day conversations.
 I know that emotions are good and we all must let our emotions out. 
My family and friends have been so supportive. I truly appreciate it. 
Life is constantly changing. I never really prepared myself for something like this. Honestly, I don't think any of us do. Life happens so quickly and the people that we love can be taken in a split second. 

Let us all remember to enjoy this life.
 A few ways to help you get through  difficult times and simple life reminders.
-Love the people in your life.
-Remind yourself during difficult times that it is okay to cry. 
-We all heal, some of us take a little longer.
-Emotions are good. Let your emotions run freely. 
-Take time for yourself. Clear your mind, keep a journal and talk to those who are supportive.
-We aren't prepared for losing a love one. Nothing can prepare you for something like this. During these hard times, take a deep breath and let your emotions out.
-Hold on to happy memories. Don't dwell on things you wish you could go back and change. Just focus on the happy memories. When you were around that person what are some of your happiest moments with them?! 
-We may lose the people we love, but always remember that they will forever remain in our heart.

If you are reading this and you are in a difficult place in your life, or you have also lost a love one, please remember that it is okay to feel these emotions. I promise you will get through this. Whether it takes some time, you will get through this.
💓

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A sweet drink to warm you up:Coffee meets cocoa.






For this drink you will need:

2 chocolate pieces. We used Hershey bars.
Whole bean coffee or ground coffee. We used whole bean, but ground coffee will also work.
Milk
1 coffee mug
1 pot
French press

Start off by taking your chocolate bars and placing them in a small/medium pot. Stir them over medium heat. This will cause the chocolate to melt. If you are wanting more of a rich cocoa flavor, just add more chocolate pieces in.

Next, you'll want to take your milk and add that in with the chocolate. You'll want to add in just one cup of milk. Stir both the milk and chocolate together until it becomes smooth.  Allow this mixture to slowly come together. Turn the heat down to low/medium heat.

While those two ingredients are coming together work on preparing your coffee.
If you are using whole bean, this is where you'll want to take a teaspoon of your beans and add them into your coffee grinder.  If you are using regular ground coffee, simply scoop up one teaspoon of coffee. Take your coffee grinds and add them into your french press. Next, take your milk and pour it over the coffee grinds 

Let the coffee and milk mixture sit in the french press for about 2-5 minutes.
Press your coffee and milk down and pour it into your mug and enjoy!

***Note***
We tried this recipe using a pour through coffee maker, 
but the milk was too thick to trickle through the coffee filter. 


Monday, January 23, 2017

A simple wreath for less.





I recently took a trip to the craft store and picked up a few materials for my simple wreath. 
I wanted to make wreath using blue, white and purple. The materials I purchased were all on sale.

Materials I purchased:
1 blue ribbon
2 purple birds
2 white clip on flowers
1 bundle of blue and white flowers

Cost of materials
Under $15

I already had a grapevine wreath at home, so I did not have to purchase one this time. 

Here's what you do:

Simply take your flowers and snip tool and make cuts to your flowers as you arrange them. If you don't have a craft snip tool, you can just take the end of your flower and bend it and tuck it through the wreath.  
You can also use thin wire to make sure your flowers are secure on your wreath. I normally just feed the flower through the wreath. 
My two birdies already had wires on the bottom. I used that wire and twisted them on the wreath. You can also use hot glue to keep your materials in place on your wreath. Now you can take your bow or ribbon and create any design you choose. It's really that simple!
Enjoy!

Below you can check out my Easy Spring time wreath.
Just click the link below.
Spring is near.- DIY Easy Spring Time Wreath.