I don’t have it all together

Anyone else?

I have always been the one that has all my ducks in a row, clean and organized home, with a snack tray on the dining room table with people coming and going.

Since working full time, among other things, that ship has somehow sailed off the map.

Things are messy! I may even use the word chaos this particular year.

I just finished Christmas shopping online and decorating the tree and house last night.

I use to be all finished with my shopping by mid- September. October at the latest. The tree and decorations would be all set up Thanksgiving week. And don’t get me started on the Christmas movies that have yet to be watched. I think I’ve only seem bits of one Hallmark movie at this point. I have not even bought Christmas cards yet, yet alone, mailed any.

My days are spent at doctors offices and physical therapist appointments. Throw in two days a week seeing a friend and going out to eat, it has not left any quiet time this season.

This past weekend we went to a Christmas play, parade, and Lights Festival, but it all felt so rushed.

I am looking forward to 2022. In all honesty, 2020 was great for me! Very relaxing and low key. 2021, not so much, but very good for my online stores.

None of this was even registering in my mind, how crazy it’s all been this year, until yesterday morning at church.

We walked into Sunday School. Late!

Everyone was casually talking about Christmas.

One couple went threw the Krispy Kream drive through asking for Christmas donuts and was told that they only have Holliday ones, but they cost more, so.

Another person was talking about the tornado of a mess their house is in. Christmas stuff all over the floors, etc. But everything is decorated and shopping has been finished.

Then I asked the the quiet couple ( homeschool family) how their weekend went, and have they started decorating with the kids yet.

The well spoken father answered me.

They finished weeks ago. House is completely ready for Christmas, including lights and decorations on the outside. Shopping has been done for several months. Gifts all wrapped and under the tree. Christmas cards mailed. Christmas movies have already been watched so they are looking for new ones to add to their holiday traditions. Basically, just taking time to soak in the Holiday.

As soon as I heard all of this I thought to myself, Wow! Dang! Oh my Goodness! You are Awesome! Lucky You!

And then… “Oh me! That use to be me. It really did.”

Everyone in class has younger kids then us. I have adults and teens now. Of course you’d think with an older group that my house would be immaculate, but my house was so much cleaner when they were little. Mainly, we ALL pitched in to help keep things running smoothly bank in the days. I really do miss those days.

Now, no one does much here. it’s like pulling teeth. And there is some stuff that I simply can’t do by myself anymore. Hence, it doesn’t get done.

Odd how this is the norm, in most families with teens. Or do I’ve been told.

With all that said, I know God is still good and has me and my family in his hands. There are seasons or order, but also seasons of utter chaos. I already know how it ends.

Today is a busy one. Doctors appointment, DMV for the kids, lunch with a friend, grocery store, and cleaning and working tonight.

Tomorrow is another day.


Christmas Gifts 2017

A box from Omaha Steak House:

A snow globe style LED COLOR CHANGING candle:

New Make-Up Palettes:

Jordon Almonds. 😋

Coffee soap, coffee mug, vintage Avon locket. ❤️

New manicure.

A millennial pink Franco Sarto Handbag:

And Christmas Hawaiian Rolls filled with peanut butter-stuffed toast.

And Christmas is never complete without Brie cheese smothered with brown sugar and almonds.

With the new year right around the corner, I’m looking forward to starting my annual new year green smoothie fast with my oldest daughter.

Happy New Years everyone! ❤️

Christmas 2017

It was a very special Christmas Day this year. Not to say that others were not, but there was a different feeling this year that previous years didn’t quite have. I never though that I’d enjoy my kids any more then I could possibly enjoy them, yet, with each year.. my heart grows and more love over flows.

Praising God for his wonder and Love. ❤️

Random pictures in no particular order from this past week.



2017 Holiday Bucket List

This was our Holiday Bucket List this year.

1. Buy new tree & decorate as a family.***

2. Buy everyone a new ornament.***

3. Christmas Caroling

4. Watch seven Christmas movies.***

5. Go to Tanglewood light festival.

6. Go to Christmas concert.(Have tickets for next week)

7. Spend weekend at a nice hotel and relax.(happening next weekend)

8. Bake Christmas cookies & surprise friends.

9. Christmas Cards out by the 10th. ***

10. Black Friday Christmas Shopping.***

11. Read a couple Holiday themed books.**

12. Buy Christmas dress.

13. Build Gingerbread House***

14. Make a Holiday themed coffee,cocoa, cider bar.***

15. Decorate whole house in Christmas decor.***

16. Buy Christmas bed sheets.

17. Visit a Holiday craft show. ***

18. Treat myself to a Holiday eye shadow palette.***

19. Christmas craft Day

20. Ugly sweater Christmas party

Santa came early

Santa came early for my teen son. He’s been wanting a gaming keyboard/mouse/ monitor set up all year.

His 20″ monitor will arrive next week, but his keyboard and mouse arrived today and he was the one who got the mail, so I let him open it.

He was so excited. My mommy heart skipped a beat!

I also ordered my 13 year old daughter this lovely necklace to represent her trying everything her heart desires to try…

never listening to the “It will never happen” or the the “what if I fails?”

The necklace says, “Oh but what if it does”

Meaning your dreams coming true. ❤️

All my Christmas shopping is finally done. I finished yesterday online.

Also, my new tree came in and is all set up. I love it so much!

Almost touches the ceiling.

And these below are some hand crocheted ornaments they my daughter whipped up last night while we were watching a Hallmark Christmas movie. ❤️

Black Friday Shopping

We ended up going to the Burlington Coat factory today.

I’ve never been before. But I have a cousin visiting me who loves it, so we were going for her.

I found it to be very similar to Gabes.

Nothing too spectacular. And despite what I bought, which was quite a bit. I probably wouldn’t go back. I prefer TJ Max or Marshall’s. Also similar.

It was super busy.

And whole store was in shambles.

But then again, we went after the Black Friday morning rush. So I probably shouldn’t judge the store so harshly.

Up until today, I thought it was solely a coat store.😁

So what did I buy today..

I bought three pairs of Calvin Klein slides to resell.

They were reduced to $7.99 each

Two Fancy Bath Soaps $8

(No picture, I opened them up and put them in each of the bathrooms before I snapped these pics.)

BeBe lipgloss set $6 (Already opened and swatched them all. Very cheap feeling with no pigmentation.)

A new makeup brush set that I e been wanting to try out. $10

Green Tea (Tried some and it tastes very medicinal.) $3

Radio Active Coffee $5 (I will be trying is in the morning!)

Clippers (No picture because they are a gift.) $5

A new mug ❤️ $3

Then we went to Mega Thrift because they were having a 75% off sale. So I put in a hour of work.

Here is what I bought there:

1. A vintage two piece kinky fleece pajama set.

2. A life is good sweatshirt

3. A Talbots pink cardigan

4. Vintage hiking pants

5. Three pairs of shoes

Total cost: $19.89

And there you have it. Very simple day.

It ended with Cracker Barrel, which is always a treat.

JC Penny’s line

She is obviously thrilled to be in my picture. 😁

en there was this dude who kept complaining he was cold… umm, perhaps you should pull your jeans up buddy. 🤣

We were getting cold!

Opps, bye-bye yellow tape!

Last minute decisions were made and several people l were putting things back, randomly, on this mattress set.

My daughter taking a break. She had the wrong shoes on today. But said she had a blast and is ready for more shopping tomorrow.

We were the 13th people outside in line at the mall today. We ended up with six $10 gift cards that they were giving away to the first people in line. The lady in front of us got a $100 gift certificate, and a man in the back of us got one of the $500 ones. We always seem to get the $10 ones though. Still a lot when we group them all together.I bought a professional clothes steamer, a pink velvet duster, a pair of leather boots, slipper, gloves, and some socks. Regular price of steamer was $119Door price: $29.99 After $10 gift card: $19.99Velvet duster was $69On Sale for $27Reduced 50% of lowest sticker: $13.50After $10 gift card- $3.50Two pair of gloves were $5 each Free after gift card.Boots were $79Door Price: $19.99$10 gift card made them cost only $10Two tops were $37 eachDoor prices were $10 eachWith $10 gift card the were $10 for both. 😃

I also went to Sephora and bought a bunch of stocking stuffers. They were $35 each, The door prices were $10 each. We were in line to pay for the usual amount of time. 2 hours.

We are hitting the Burlington Coat Factory tomorrow. Possibly Belks, and Best Bye. We will see! Now it’s time to eat my homemade Pumpkin roll and watch Hallmark movies. I hope everyone had a fun, and Safe Thanksgiving Day. ❤️

Thanksgiving Day Shopping

I’m pretty excited about tomorrow. I don’t have any extended family near me, and my husbands family does their own thing. Neither of us comes from a traditional background. So we have always kind of made up our own traditions.

Regarding Thanksgiving, we have made it a family tradition to do all of our Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving.

We plan to be in line by noon. Doors open at 2pm.

We look forward to it every year!

The excitement and adrenaline rush is real! 😁

It’s so nice not having to wait till Friday. And I’m not much of a morning person, so this always works out great.

Then the Saturday after Thanksgiving, I make us a big Turkey dinner and we play board games, decorate the tree, and watch Christmas movies.

I love how we have made our own Holiday traditions.

I hear a lot of people enjoying their Thanksgiving Day out shopping. You really get to know people while waiting in lines. Much like a concert. Everyone has their own stories..

Not everyone comes from large families, or wants to stick with tradition. And I’m a’okay with that. ❤️

Christmas Tree

I just ordered a new Christmas tree from Michael’s.

Upgraded to a 7.5ft tree.

Regular price was $299

Sale price was $99

$106 with tax.

Should arrive next week. I will take a picture when it arrives. I think the sale is good until Saturday, if anyone needs a new tree.

Here is the link. 😉

7.5 ft tree

Michael’s Craft Store

Has anyone already decorated?

I still have all the Harvest decor out. We usually start after Thanksgiving with the Christmas things. 🎄