Thursday, November 6, 2014

Dollar Tree Bags, Tags, and Paper

Hey everyone!

I am not usually one to get excited about Christmas. I do not get into the Santa thing and I do not tell my children about that. If you want to do that, I will not tell you not to, but it's not my thing and that should be okay, too. The Christmas memories I have are mostly good. The Christmas memories with my parents and siblings only were definitely the best. I remember the dinners the most...houseful of family, lots of cousins to play with...definitely very noisy with lots of laughter and fun. The food was of course delicious because my mother made most of it and she is an outstanding cook.

Now that my dad is gone, this Christmas feels different. I know it's not even Thanksgiving, and no I am not one to rush the holiday seasons. I love Thanksgiving for the same reason I just mentioned about Christmas memories. This year will be our first Thanksgiving without my dad. This will also be our first Christmas without my dad. And it will be the first Christmas living in my mother's home after many, many years of being gone. I am with my husband and our children so it will definitely be something very different this year.

I guess in an unconscious effort today I sort of got into the Christmas Spirit. Maybe I thought that buying some pretty wrapping paper and gift bags like I do every year would sort of be in keeping with tradition. After all, many of the traditions we held fast to before will be a thing of the past this year. Some things may remain the same, but nothing will truly be the same without my Dad here to celebrate with.

I was happy to pick up a few Christmas presents today, though, and I was delighted to find some gift wrap, tags, and bags today. I decided to create a YouTube video showing some of the bags I purchased. Here are a couple of photos:

Here is the video:

Thank you for hanging out with me today! I felt inspired to share a new post on my other blog: Bridge-ing The Gap called Before and After. Hope you will go and check it out!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

House of Aqua's Thrift Store Sweater Challenge

Hey everyone!

As many of you know I love to go shopping at thrift stores. It is something my mother and I enjoy doing from time to time and we always manage to find really nice things for next to nothing. I've been wanting some sweaters and maybe a couple flannel shirts but they are usually so expensive that I haven't wanted to spend that much money on a single piece of clothing...especially for myself. I had been looking around and found some really nice pieces at some different second hand places and I want to share those with you now.
This coat by St. John's Bay was only $3 at St. Vincent's Catholic store. It looked brand new and it is so soft. It feels like suede on the outside and the inside is so soft. I know my daughter will be super warm when she wears this coat this winter.
This short-sleeved denim jacket caught my mom's eye and she asked me if I liked it. I really do. It will be nice to have an extra layer for those fall days when it's still warm outside. The weather we have been having lately is perfect for that. It was only $2 at St. Vincent's Catholic store. I can wear a tank top or camisole underneath and one of my long skirts.
Another score for Kadesia! She loves purple so I thought she would really like this sweater. It was only $1 at St. Vincent's Catholic store. There is a cable-like weave pattern that I thought was so nice and it's light enough that she can wear this throughout the fall.
This striped shirt is bigger than I normally wear but I thought it was cute and I can always layer it. I was looking for some button-front tops since I don't own any ... until now! For only $1 at St. Vincent's I thought I would grab it!
Mom and I went to the Goodwill store in Bloomington. It's north of us about 40 miles (+/-) . It had been a while since either of us had gone up there and I just wanted to look at the sweaters. We got a lot of items for cheap and this sweater by Land's End was one of the great finds! It was $4.29. I really like the color and it still looked really good.
Mother bought this on a different thrift store trip we took to Jasper. I have a YouTube video about it that you might have watched. This was only $2 or $3 at St. Vincent's Catholic store down there. It is nice and big...super soft and oh so comfy! I love it!
When I saw this shirt hanging on the rack at Kara's Kloset I really liked the colors in it. It just looks so fallish to me and I really loved that it was short-sleeved. I have worn this a lot since getting it. My mom had taken some of my kids' clothing in and was given in-store credit for the items. So this shirt was totally FREE!
This is the last item I am sharing today. I really like how this has just the one big button and two small pockets on the front. The sleeves come about to my elbows and it's another great layering piece. I got this at Kara's Kloset also for FREE!

What do you guys like to find at the thrift stores? I usually like to get home decor items, storage solutions, strawberries, and clothing. I created a video featuring these clothes for the House of Aqua's Thrift Store Sweater Challenge. You can watch the video below.
Be sure you check out my contest video where I am giving away $100 in gift cards to 10 stores! You can see that video here.

Thanks for watching! Have a great day!


Monday, October 20, 2014


Hey everyone!

I have over 100 subscribers to my YouTube channel. I think that is so exciting and I wanted to do something fun to celebrate! I am giving away $100 to one of my subscribers! I am going to pick up a $10 gift card from each of the following stores:

*Rue 21*
*Joann Fabric*
*JC Penney's*
*Victoria's Secret*
*Bath and Body Works*
*Dollar Tree*

The rules are very simple:
You must be 18 years of age or older.
You must live in the United States.
You must be a public subscriber.
You must leave a comment below the video on my YouTube channel.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mail Call: Erin Condren, Walmart Beauty Box and The Greeting Farm

Hey, everyone!

Let's face it when you become an adult, getting the mail is just not always fun. Usually there is a handful of bills to pay, maybe a few magazines or junk mail, but rarely is there anything exciting sitting in the mailbox waiting for you.

Recently though I have had a lot of FUN mail! Let me show you what all I got!

Mail Call #1
I received $10 from Erin Condren's website. I could hardly wait to get some customized stickers for my planner. The colors are vibrant and I love how I can create stickers that say exactly what I want for the events that my family enjoy the most.
You can personalize your stickers here. To get your $10 coupon click here.

Mail Call #2
Sample Box Prom POV
Here is a look inside the beauty box I received from Walmart:
For $5 I was able to get all of these products to sample. There will be four beauty boxes per year mailed out and the $5 includes shipping and handling. If you enjoy getting samples of beauty products to try before you buy, you may want to sign up for this offer.

Mail Call #3
The third and final package I am sharing with you all is from The Greeting Farm. My sweet friend Christina Wernstrum from Christina's Creative Expressions sent me a gift card for my birthday to TGF. I absolutely love their stamps and these are the ones I purchased. Thank you, Christina!
You can watch the video I created that shows you all the items I received in the mail. Be sure to watch all the way to the end to find out about an upcoming giveaway I will be doing! More details to come very soon!
Thanks for hanging out with me today. Check back soon for more ideas and inspiration!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Almost to 100 subscribers!!!

Hey everyone!

I have some really great news to share with you all!!!! I got a job! I am so excited to launch my career as a nurse with a wonderful organization who is committed to excellence in healthcare. It is so wonderful to be working with other caring members of our team as we strive to provide the most excellent healthcare experience for our clients.

I have some more news that I am pretty excited about! Many of you may have noticed that I have been doing a lot more YouTube videos lately. If you haven't been to my channel yet, I encourage you to go over there and check it out! It is so much fun for me to share videos with all of you who watch and especially those who leave me comments. I just love that! Of course I don't have a HUGE following right now but that is okay. I am not doing it for that. I am really close to having 100 subscribers so I decided it is time for a GIVEAWAY!!!!

This is going to be a BIG giveaway! I have never done a giveaway on my channel before, so this will be so much fun! You guys are hearing about this here first... When I hit 100 subscribers on my YouTube channel, I am going to give away 10 gift cards for $10 each to my favorite stores! One of my wonderful subscribers will win all $100!!!

So once I hit 100 subscribers I will share a video for my giveaway with the rules and stipulations! I am so excited to be able to do this and I think it will be a LOT of fun! Make sure you go over to my channel and watch a few videos. If you like what you see and enjoy my channel, please feel free to subscribe. I read every single comment and try to reply to each one, too.

Thank you for supporting me here at my blog and of course on YouTube. I appreciate the time you spend with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and here. Social media can be horrible but it can be wonderful, too, and you all make it really great for me!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mother Daughter Tag

Hey everyone!

My daughter and I did a YouTube video recently and I thought I would share it with you all here. Kadesia wanted to create a video with me for my channel and I always enjoy that! We weren't sure what questions to ask each other and we didn't want the video to be very long. I did a Google search and came across a blog by Aimee Lane called It's Overflowing. She did a post on a Mother Daughter Tea Party activity she came up with. It is a really neat way to get to know your mom or daughter better and we enjoyed ourselves. The blog post is Mother-Daughter: How Well Do You Know Me Questions. Definitely go over to her blog and check it out if you haven't already. The post is from 2012 I believe but it is timeless and a lot of fun!

I will include the YouTube video here with our Mother Daughter Tag. I hope you will enjoy watching us as we learn how much we really know/don't know about one another! I was a little surprised!
Thank you all for watching. As always, if you have not subscribed to my YouTube channel, I encourage you to do so. You will be notified each time I upload a new video. I have a lot of fun creating these videos and definitely enjoy hearing from each one of you. Please leave me a comment below if you enjoyed it. You can also give the video a thumbs up on my YouTube channel and leave a comment there as well. Hope you'll join me for another blog post soon!


Saturday, October 4, 2014

School Pictures

Hey everyone!

I wanted to share some pictures with you today of my children. They are getting so big! I can hardly believe my daughter is in SEVENTH grade! She is in the middle of her middle school years!
I know some of you have been with me since I started blogging and Kadesia was so small then! Time absolutely flies on by and doesn't let you slow down no matter how much you want to!

Javan has grown up so much, too! They are both in new schools this year and they love it! They are both doing great. Javan is in first grade. We even went on a field trip together! I will share those photos soon! Here is his school picture this year:
It's just so crazy to think how much they have grown and changed through the years! I absolutely love them to the moon and back!

Thanks for hanging out with me today!